Written by: Ray Davies

Published by: Davray Music Ltd.

Chord file


(Sung by Flash and his Cronies in their Den)

I spy with my little eye
Anything here that I can buy.
I see a little thatched cottage
Looking so neat
With compulsory purchase we can buy it up cheap.
Then we'll pull up the floor boards,
Knock down the walls,
Rock the foundations,
Until the house falls.
Like a pack of cards,
Crashing to the ground.
Then we'll build a row
Of identical boxes
And sell them all off at treble the profits.

The deeds are in my pocket,
I've got a contract in my hand.
An opportunity for luxury living.
I'll arrange the mortgage
To be repaid a hundred percent.
I can't wait around so make your decision.
We'll buy up all the cottages
And every house and every street,
Until we've got everything we need.
Every town in the vicinity,
Every farm and village green.
We're gonna buy up everything,
Then it's Demolition.
Demolition. Demolition.

Two up, two down,
It hasn't got a garden,
But it's got a lovely patio.
Stainless steel kitchen sink,
Gas fired central heating,
Whaaa -- specifically designed for modern-day living,
Nothing's permanent and nothing lasts,
We've sold all the houses so put 'em up fast.
We're gonna buy up this town
And pull it all down.
How I love to hear the demolition sound
Of concrete crashing to the ground.

It's time to make some money,
It's time to get rich quick.
It's the wonderful world of capitalism.
I've got to make a profit,
I've got to satisfy my greed,
It's my faith and my religion,
Demolition. Demolition. Demolition.
And we'll buy up the towns,
And we'll knock 'em all down
Build a brand new world of our own.

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)
Preservation Act 1 21 Jun, 2010 UK Konk/Koch/Universal Music 2738375 CD

mono mix, BBC recording (3:41), recorded 6 Jun, 1974 at Langham Studios, Studio 1, London
BBC Sessions 1964-1977 12 Mar, 2001 UK Sanctuary Records SANDD010 2 CD set
BBC Sessions 1964-1977 20 Mar, 2001 USA Sanctuary Records 06076 84504-2 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

live, stereo mix (4:36), 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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