Australia (The Kinks song)
|Single by The Kinks|
|from the album Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire)|
|B-side||"She's Bought a Hat Like Princess Marina" (R. Davies) (Australia)|
|Recorded||May–June 1969 at Pye Studios (No. 2), London|
|Length||6:46 (album version)
2:38 (Australian single edit)
|Label||Astor AP-1680 (Australia)|
|The Kinks singles chronology|
"Australia" is a song by the British rock band The Kinks, appearing on their 1969 album, Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire). It was written by the band's main songwriter, Ray Davies.
Lyrics and Music
In the song, the character Derek (who is featured in the story line of Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire)) attempts to convince his father, Arthur, of the great opportunities available in Australia, where there's "no drug addiction" and you can "surf like they do in the U.S.A." Derek's advertisement is compared to John Smith, who campaigned for America in a similar matter, by author Thomas Kitts.
The song also features a jam sequence lasting for approximately half the song, which is atypical for The Kinks. In the Australian single edit, this section is removed by editing an earlier section of the song into another section during a drum beat, which is then followed by a fade-out.
"Australia" was only released in most countries on the Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire) album, where it was the closing track on side one. However, in Australia, a dramatically cut down version of the song was released as a single, with another Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire) track, "She's Bought a Hat Like Princess Marina", on the B-side. However, the single was commercially unsuccessful.
- Kitts, Thomas M. (2014-05-25). Ray Davies: Not Like Everybody Else.
- The Official Ray Davies Web Site
- The Official Ray Davies Forum - "The Old Grey Board"
- The Official Ray Davies Forum on YouTube
- Full lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics