Written by: Ray Davies

Published by: Davray Music Ltd.

Chord file


(Sung by Chorus)

Daylight over the Village Green early in the morning.
Daylight over the hills and valleys heralding the morning.
Daylight over the mountains, daylight on the Village Green,
Daylight over the field and the factories.
Another night has gone away and here comes yet another day.

See the early morning risers walking round with bleary eyes.
Worn out housewives grit their teeth ignoring new born babies' cries.
Look at all the busy people this way, that way, everywhere
Biting toast and swallowing tea and breakfast specials on the air.
Feel that daylight.

Feel the sunlight on my pillow and it stops my yawing.
I thank God that I'm still around to see another dawn in.
Daylight over the valleys, daylight lighting up the trees,
Daylight over the hillside,
Smile a smile and sing a song, another night has been and gone.

Middle-aged bankers crack their backs and wish they were young and in their teens,
Lonely spinsters dream of dating Roger Moore or Steve McQueen.
Health fanatics in their attics training for the Empire Games,
School boys dream of Captain Scarlet, battle ships and aeroplanes.

Feel that daylight, Daylight.
Daylight on the Village Green,
Field and the valleys,

This song can be found on the following releases:

stereo mix, recorded May-Jul 1973 at Konk Studios, Hornsey, London
Preservation Act 1 Nov 1973 USA RCA Victor LPL1-5002 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
Preservation Act 1 16 Nov, 1973 UK RCA Victor SF 8392 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
Preservation (A Play In Two Acts) 30 Jul, 1991 USA Rhino R2 70523 2 CD set
Preservation Act 1 14 Jul, 1998 USA Konk/Velvel 63467-79721-2 CD
Preservation Act 1 21 Sep, 2004 USA Konk/Koch VEL-SC-79808 SACD (hybrid)
Picture Book 8 Dec, 2008 UK Universal/Sanctuary 5313049 Multi CD box set
Preservation Act 1 21 Jun, 2010 UK Konk/Koch/Universal Music 2738375 CD

live, stereo mix (3:34), recorded 14 Jul, 1974 at Hippodrome Theatre, Golders Green, 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
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