Alcohol

Written by: Ray Davies

Published by: Davray Music Ltd.

Chord file

Lyrics:

Here's a story about a sinner,
He used to be a winner who enjoyed a life of prominence and position,
But the pressures at the office and his socialite engagements,
And his selfish wife's fanatical ambition,
It turned him to the booze,
And he got mixed up with a floosie
And she led him to a life of indecision.
The floosie made him spend his dole
She left him lying on Skid Row
A drunken lag in some Salvation Army Mission.
It's such a shame.

Oh demon alcohol,
Sad memories I cannot recall,
Who thought I would say,
Damn it all and blow it all,
Oh demon alcohol,
Memories I cannot recall,
Who thought I would fall a slave to demon alcohol.
Sad memories I cannot recall,
Who thought I would fall a slave to demon alcohol.

Barley wine, pink gin,
He'll drink anything,
Port, pernod or tequila,
Rum, scotch, vodka on the rocks,
As long as all his troubles disappeared.
But he messed up his life, went and beat up his wife,
And the floosie's gone and found another sucker
She's gonna turn him on to drink
She's gonna lead him to the brink
And when his money's gone,
She'll leave him in the gutter,
It's such a shame.

Oh demon alcohol,
Sad memories I cannot recall,
Who thought I would say,
Damn it all and blow it all,

Sad memories I cannot recall,
Who thought I would fall,
A slave to demon alcohol.

This song can be found on the following releases:

stereo mix (3:30), recorded Aug-Sep 1971 at Morgan Studios, Willesden, London
Muswell Hillbillies 24 Nov, 1971 USA RCA Victor LSP 4644 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
Muswell Hillbillies 26 Nov, 1971 UK RCA Victor SF 8243 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
Muswell Hillbillies 23 Jan, 1990 USA Rhino R2 70934 CD
Muswell Hillbillies 14 Jul, 1998 USA Konk/Velvel 63467-79719-2 CD
Muswell Hillbillies 24 Aug, 2004 USA Konk/Koch Records VEL-SC-79801 SACD (hybrid)
Muswell Hillbillies 21 Jun, 2010 UK Konk/Koch/Universal Music 2738367 CD
Muswell Hillbillies (Deluxe Edition) 7 Oct 2013 UK Sanctuary Records Group/Universal Music 373 493-3 2 CD set
Muswell Hillbillies (Legacy Edition) 10 Nov 2014 USA Sony/RCA/Legacy 88843093772 CD/DVD set

live, stereo mix (5:20), recorded 3 Mar, 1972 at Carnegie Hall, New York
Everybody's In Show-Biz 25 Aug, 1972 USA RCA Victor VPS 6065 12" vinyl 2-LP set (double album), 33 1/3 RPM
Everybody's In Show-Biz, Everybody's A Star 1 Sep, 1972 UK RCA Victor DPS 2035 12" vinyl 2-LP set (double album), 33 1/3 RPM
Everybody's In Show-Biz 26 Jun, 1990 USA Rhino R2 70935 CD
The Kinks' Greatest - Celluloid Heroes 25 Sep, 2001 USA Konk/Velvel/Koch VEL-CD-79734 CD
Everybody's In Show-Biz 20 May, 2003 USA Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs UDSACD 2010 SACD (hybrid)
Greatest Hits 1970-1986 30 Oct, 2007 USA Konk/Velvel/Koch Records VEL-79822 3 CD set
Picture Book 8 Dec, 2008 UK Universal/Sanctuary 5313049 Multi CD box set

live, stereo mix, shortened edit (3:52), recorded 3 Mar, 1972 at Carnegie Hall, New York
The Kinks' Greatest - Celluloid Heroes May 1976 USA RCA Victor APL1-1743 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
The Kinks' Greatest - Celluloid Heroes 25 Jun, 1976 UK RCA Victor RS 1059 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM

live, stereo mix, 5 sec. of applause edited from intro (5:12), recorded 3 Mar, 1972 at Carnegie Hall, New York
Everybody's In Show-Biz 14 Jul, 1998 USA Konk/Velvel 63467-79720-2 CD
Everybody's In Show-Biz 7 Nov, 2006 USA Konk/Koch VEL-SC-79816 SACD (hybrid)
Everybody's In Show-Biz 21 Jun, 2010 UK Konk/Koch/Universal Music 2738353 CD

live, stereo mix (5:36), 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 Alexander Surmont, recorded 1999
Do It Again - The Kover Kontroversy Kontinues Jun 1999 USA - - CD

stereo mix, by The Spivs, recorded 2000
Kwirky - The Spivs Jul 2000 UK Pie SPIVCD002 CD

stereo mix, by The Murder City Devils, 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 Monti Beton, recorded 2002
The Kinks Acoustic Songbook - Monti Beton Apr 2002 Austria Beton Music CD-LSP 1884 CD

stereo mix, as "Alkohol" 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


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