Sunny Afternoon

Written by: Ray Davies

Published by: Davray/Carlin Music Corp.

Chord file

Lyrics:

The tax man's taken all my dough,
And left me in my stately home,
Lazing on a sunny afternoon.
And I can't sail my yacht,
He's taken everything I've got,
All I've got's this sunny afternoon.

Save me, save me, save me from this squeeze.
I got a big fat mama trying to break me.
And I love to live so pleasantly,
Live this life of luxury,
Lazing on a sunny afternoon.
In the summertime
In the summertime
In the summertime

My girlfriend's run off with my car,
And gone back to her ma and pa,
Telling tales of drunkenness and cruelty.
Now I'm sitting here,
Sipping at my ice cold beer,
Lazing on a sunny afternoon.

Help me, help me, help me sail away,
Well give me two good reasons why I oughta stay.
'Cause I love to live so pleasantly,
Live this life of luxury,
Lazing on a sunny afternoon.
In the summertime
In the summertime
In the summertime

Ah, save me, save me, save me from this squeeze.
I got a big fat mama trying to break me.
And I love to live so pleasantly,
Live this life of luxury,
Lazing on a sunny afternoon.
In the summertime
In the summertime
In the summertime

This song can be found on the following releases:

mono mix (3:31), recorded 13 May, 1966 at Pye Studios (No. 2), London
Sunny Afternoon/I'm Not Like Everybody Else Jun 1966 Sweden/Norway Pye 7N 17125 7" vinyl single, 45 RPM
Sunny Afternoon/I'm Not Like Everybody Else Jun 1966 Denmark Pye 7N 17125 7" vinyl single, 45 RPM
Sunny Afternoon/I'm Not Like Everybody Else 3 Jun, 1966 UK Pye 7N 17125 7" vinyl single, 45 RPM
Sunny Afternoon/I'm Not Like Everybody Else 3 Jun, 1966 UK Pye 7N 17125 7" vinyl single, 45 RPM
Sunny Afternoon/I'm Not Like Everybody Else Jul 1966 USA Reprise 0497 7" vinyl single, 45 RPM
Face To Face 28 Oct, 1966 UK Pye NPL 18149 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
Face To Face 28 Oct, 1966 UK Pye NSPL 18149 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
Face To Face 7 Dec, 1966 USA Reprise R 6228 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
Face To Face 7 Dec, 1966 USA Reprise RS 6228 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
Sunny Afternoon/Dead End Street Aug/Sep 1967 USA Reprise 0708 7" vinyl single, 45 RPM
Sunny Afternoon 17 Nov, 1967 UK Marble Arch MAL 716 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
Sunny Afternoon 1969 Brazil Musidisc HI-FI 2174 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
The Kinks 27 Feb, 1970 UK Pye NPL 18326 12" vinyl 2-LP set (double album), 33 1/3 RPM
Sunny Afternoon/Sittin' On My Sofa 13 Jun, 1975 UK Pye 7N 45482 7" vinyl single, 45 RPM
Big Deal - The Kink 20 May, 1977 UK Pye BD 105 12" vinyl EP, 45 RPM
The File Series - The Kinks 14 Oct, 1977 UK Pye FILD 001 12" vinyl 2-LP set (double album), 33 1/3 RPM
20 Golden Greats 20 Sep, 1978 UK Ronco (Pye) RPL 2031 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
The Kinks Collection Aug 1980 UK Hallmark/Marble Arch (Pickwich) PDA 072 12" vinyl 2-LP set (double album), 33 1/3 RPM
Spotlight On The Kinks Mar 1981 UK PRT SPOT 1009 12" vinyl 2-LP set (double album), 33 1/3 RPM
Tired Of Waiting For You/Sunny Afternoon Jan 1983 UK Flashbacks (Pye) FBS 15 7" vinyl single, 45 RPM
Face To Face 21 Jan, 1983 Japan PRT SP20 5026 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
Shape Of Things To Come 1 Apr, 1983 UK PRT DOW 4 10" vinyl mini-LP, 33 1/3 RPM
The Kinks' Greatest Hits - Dead End Street 14 Oct, 1983 UK PRT KINK 1 12" vinyl LP (album) with bonus 10" vinyl disc, 33 1/3 RPM
The Kinks' Greatest Hits 3 Feb, 1984 UK PRT KINK 2 12" vinyl LP (album) with bonus 10" vinyl disc, 33 1/3 RPM
The Kinks/The Yardbirds - Greatest Hits Feb 1984 USA Era BU 3950 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
20th Anniversary Edition 13 Aug, 1984 USA Complete CPL-2-2003 12" vinyl 2-LP set (double album), 33 1/3 RPM
The Kinks - Greatest Hits 30 Nov, 1984 UK PRT KINK 7251 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
The Kinks - 20th Anniversary Box Set 7 Dec, 1984 UK PRT KINKX 7254 12" vinyl 2-LP set (double album), 33 1/3 RPM
The Kinks - Greatest Hits May 1985 UK PRT CDKINK 7251 CD
Backtrackin' (The Definitive Double Album Collection) 6 Dec, 1985 UK Starblend TRACK 1 12" vinyl 2-LP set (double album), 33 1/3 RPM
Sunny Afternoon/Tired Of Waiting For You Apr 1986 UK Old Gold OG 9577 7" vinyl single, 45 RPM
Backtrackin' - Volume One Jun 1986 UK Starblend CD TRACK 1/1 CD
Dedicated Follower Of Fashion 9 Jul, 1986 UK PRT 7P 355 7" vinyl maxi-single, 45 RPM
Dedicated Follower Of Fashion 9 Jul, 1986 UK PRT 12P 355 12" vinyl single, 45 RPM
Face To Face Dec 1986 UK PRT CDMP 8829 CD
Hit Singles 28 Sep, 1987 UK PRT PYL 4001 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
Hit Singles Jan 1988 UK PRT PYC 4001 CD
Face To Face Jan 1988 Germany PRT/TELDEC 8.26673 ZR CD
The Kink Kronikles 10 Jan, 1989 USA Reprise 6454-2 2 CD set
From 64 At [To] 70 Mar 1989 Brazil Rarity (Brasidisc) LP 5070 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
Greatest Hits 28 Mar, 1989 USA Rhino R1 70086 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
Greatest Hits 28 Mar, 1989 USA Rhino R2 70086 CD
PRT Collector Series - The Kinks Apr 1989 UK PRT GHCD 1 CD
The Kinks Are Well Respected Men - Greatest Hits Sep 1989 Brazil Young (BMG Ariola Discos Ltd.) 320.7035 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
The Ultimate Collection 4 Sep, 1989 UK Castle Communications CTVLP 001 12" vinyl 2-LP set (double album), 33 1/3 RPM
The Ultimate Collection 4 Sep, 1989 UK Castle Communications CTVCD 001 CD
Face To Face 18 Dec 1989 France PRT/Castle Communications CLACD 158 CD
Fab Forty - The Singles Collection 1964-1970 Feb 1991 EEC Decal CDLIK D 74 2 CD set
Best Of The Kinks 1966-67 Aug 1991 UK Pickwick PWKS 4075 CD
The Kinks Sep 1991 EEC Music For Pleasure/EMI CD-MFP 5921/CDB 7 97481 2 CD
The Complete Collection Nov 1991 EEC Castle Communications CCSCD 300 CD
The EP Collection Volume Two 18 Nov, 1991 UK See For Miles SEE 329 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
The EP Collection Volume Two 18 Nov, 1991 UK See For Miles SEECD 329 CD
The Kinks Story Vol. 1 1964-1966 Jun 1992 EEC Castle Communications EUKCD 101 CD
The Best Of The Ballads May 1993 Germany BMG/Arista 74321 13687 2 CD
The Definitive Collection (26 Original Recordings) Sep 1993 UK Polygram TV 516 465-2 CD
The Best And Kollektable Kinks 16 Dec, 1993 Japan Victor Entertainment, Inc. VICP-5332 CD
60 Rock Shots Mar 1994 France Castle Communications/Une Musique PKF 563301 3 CD set
Till The End Of The Day/Sunny Afternoon Dec? 1994 USA Collectables COL 0366 7" vinyl single, 45 RPM
Tired Of Waiting For You 24 Jan, 1995 USA Rhino R2 71489 CD
The Kinks Remastered 28 Mar, 1995 UK Castle Communications ESB CD 268 3 CD set
The Very Best Of Mar 1997 UK Polygram TV 537 554-2 CD
The Singles Collection/Waterloo Sunset 29 Sep, 1997 UK Essential (Castle) ESSCD 592 (GAF 40 592 EFF) 2 CD set
Face To Face 30 Mar, 1998 UK Essential/Castle Communications ESM CD 479 CD
The EP Collection 9 Nov, 1998 UK Castle ESFCD 667 Multi CD box set
The EP Collection 2 1 Aug, 2000 UK Castle Music/Sanctuary ESFCD 904 Multi CD box set
The Marble Arch Years 18 Jul, 2001 UK Essential/Castle/Sanctuary CMGBX318 Multi CD box set
Face To Face 20 Aug, 2001 UK Castle Music/Sanctuary CMTCD302 CD
The Ultimate Collection 27 May, 2002 UK Sanctuary Records Group RTV0023 2 CD set
Face To Face 26 Apr, 2004 UK Sanctuary Midline SMRCD028 CD
The Pye Album Collection 25 Apr 2005 UK Castle Music/Sanctuary Records Group CMXBX 1125 Multi CD box set
Picture Book 8 Dec, 2008 UK Universal/Sanctuary 5313049 Multi CD box set
Face To Face (Deluxe Edition) 20 Jun, 2011 UK Sanctuary Records/Universal Music 277 262-0 2 CD set
Face To Face (Deluxe Edition) 20 Jun, 2011 UK Sanctuary Records/Universal Music 277 262-0 2 CD set
The Kinks In Mono 21 Nov, 2011 UK Sanctuary/Universal Music 602527769448 Multi CD box set
Waterloo Sunset - The Very Best Of The Kinks & Ray Davies 13 Aug 2012 UK Sanctuary Records/Universal Music 371 248-9 2 CD set
The Essential Kinks 14 Oct 2014 USA RCA/Arista/Legacy (Sony Music) 88843066622 2 CD set

simulated stereo (3:31), recorded 13 May, 1966 at Pye Studios (No. 2), London
Sunny Afternoon 17 Nov, 1967 UK Marble Arch MALS 716 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
Then, Now And Inbetween Jul 1969 USA Reprise PRO 328 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
Golden Hour Of The Kinks 8 Oct, 1971 UK Pye/Golden Hour GH 501 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
The Kink Kronikles 25 Mar, 1972 USA Reprise 2XS 6454 12" vinyl 2-LP set (double album), 33 1/3 RPM
The Pye History Of British Pop Music-The Kinks Nov 1975 USA Pye 505 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM

alternate stereo mix (3:49), recorded 13 May, 1966, remixed Dec 2009 at Pye Studios (No. 2), London
Face To Face (Deluxe Edition) 20 Jun, 2011 UK Sanctuary Records/Universal Music 277 262-0 2 CD set

live, mono mix (5:03), recorded 1 Apr, 1967 at Kelvin Hall, Glasgow, Scotland
The Live Kinks Aug 1967 USA Reprise R 6260 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
Live At Kelvin Hall 1968 Brazil Musidisc HI-FI 2165 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
Live At Kelvin Hall 12 Jan, 1968 UK Pye NPL 18191 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
Live At Kelvin Hall 25 May, 1998 UK Essential/Castle Communications ESM CD 508 CD
Live At Kelvin Hall 27 Sep, 2004 UK Sanctuary Midline SMRCD061 CD

live, stereo mix (5:03), recorded 1 Apr, 1967 at Kelvin Hall, Glasgow, Scotland
The Live Kinks Aug 1967 USA Reprise RS 6260 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
Live At Kelvin Hall 1968 Brazil Musidisc HI-FI 2165 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
Live At Kelvin Hall 12 Jan, 1968 UK Pye NSPL 18191 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
Live At Kelvin Hall Jan 1987 UK PRT CDMP 8832 CD
The Live Kinks 15 May, 1990 USA Reprise RS 6260-2 CD
Live At Kelvin Hall 25 May, 1998 UK Essential/Castle Communications ESM CD 508 CD
Live At Kelvin Hall 17 Sep, 2001 UK Castle Music/Sanctuary CMTCD323 CD
Live At Kelvin Hall 27 Sep, 2004 UK Sanctuary Midline SMRCD061 CD
The Pye Album Collection 25 Apr 2005 UK Castle Music/Sanctuary Records Group CMXBX 1125 Multi CD box set

mono mix, BBC recording (2:52), recorded 25 Oct, 1967 at BBC Maida Vale Studio 4, London
Something Else By The Kinks (Deluxe Edition) 20 Jun, 2011 UK Sanctuary Records/Universal Music 273 214-1 2 CD set
The Kinks At The BBC - Radio & TV Sessions And Concerts: 1964-1994 13 Aug 2012 UK Sanctuary Records/Universal Music 279 721-8 Multi CD box set

mono mix, BBC recording, alteration of commercial release, "off-air bootleg" (2:10), recorded 22 Jul, 1968 at BBC Television Centre, Studio 8, London
The Kinks At The BBC - Radio & TV Sessions And Concerts: 1964-1994 13 Aug 2012 UK Sanctuary Records/Universal Music 279 721-8 Multi CD box set

live, stereo mix (1:48), recorded 24 Dec, 1977 at Rainbow Theatre, London
The Kinks At The BBC - Radio & TV Sessions And Concerts: 1964-1994 13 Aug 2012 UK Sanctuary Records/Universal Music 279 721-8 Multi CD box set

stereo mix, by Bob Geldof, recorded 1992
The Ray Davies Songbook Oct 1997 UK Connoisseur VSOP CD 244 CD

live, stereo mix, recorded 25 Mar, 1994 at Guildhall, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
To The Bone 3 Oct, 1994 UK Konk/Grapevine KNKLP 1 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
To The Bone 3 Oct, 1994 UK Konk/Grapevine KNKCD 1 CD
To The Bone 15 Oct, 1996 USA Guardian 7243 8 37303 2 2 2 CD set
To The Bone 3 Mar, 1997 UK Guardian 7243 8 37303 2 1 2 CD set

stereo mix, by Andy & Rachel, recorded 1997
The Kover Kontroversy Jan 1997 USA - - Cassette

stereo mix, Karaoke instrumental by unknown musicians, recorded around 1999
Legends Series Volume 38 - The Kinks about 1999 Taiwan Legends 038 CD

stereo mix, by Ginny Dodds (with Jim Smart, Olga Ruocco & TJ), recorded 2000
The Great Lost KPS Album - The Kover Kontroversy Kontinues Jul 2000 UK Pie KPSCD003 CD

stereo mix, by Baby Gramps, recorded 2001 at Egg Studios, Seattle, Washington
Give The People What We Want - Songs Of The Kinks 6 Nov, 2001 USA Burn, Burn, Burn/Right Now Records/Sub Pop Records SPCD575 CD

stereo mix, by The Kinky2, recorded 2002 at The Suite, Holland
The Greatest Hits & More... - The Kinky2 Nov 2002 Holland H&H Records H&H - 001 CD

stereo mix, as "Solen over by'n" by Veldig Respektable Menn, recorded 2004
Sanger av Ray Davies og The Kinks - Veldig Respektable Menn 24 Sep, 2004 Norway Tylden & Co. GTACD 8267 CD

stereo mix, by Ghost of Electricity (3:47), recorded 2010 at Paradiddle Studios, Huntington, NY
The Kinks UnKovered 22 Jun 2010 USA Paradiddle Records 8579670021049 CD

stereo mix, as "Herumliegen In Der Sunn" by W. Ambros, recorded 2004
LOLA! :kinks-klassiker interpretiert von ambros bis wilfried 11 Nov, 2004 Austria Universal Music GmbH 986 687 0 CD


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