Rosie Won't You Please Come Home

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"Rosie Won't You Please Come Home"
Song by The Kinks from the album Face to Face
Released 28 October 1966
Recorded 23 October 1965 – 21 June 1966 at Pye Studios, London
Genre Rock, pop, baroque pop
Label Pye
Composer Ray Davies
Producer Shel Talmy
Face to Face track listing
"Party Line"
"Rosie Won't You Please Come Home"

"Rosie Won't You Please Come Home" is a song by the British rock band The Kinks. The song appeared on the band's album, Face to Face, and, like all the other songs on said album, it was written by Ray Davies.


"Rosie Won't You Please Come Home" was mainly inspired by Ray and Dave Davies's sister, Rosie.[1] She, along with her husband, Arthur Anning, had moved to Australia in 1964, which devastated Ray to a great extent. On the day that they moved, Ray Davies broke down on the beach after a gig.[1] "I started screaming. A part of my family had left, possibly forever...I collapsed in a heap on the sandy beach and wept like a pathetic child." Ray Davies said on the incident.[1] Dave Davies added, "All of a sudden, the fact that they were really leaving finally hit Ray. He ran to the sea screaming and crying."[1] Rosie and Arthur's departure later inspired the premise for The Kinks' 1969 concept album, Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire).

Release and reception[edit]

"Rosie Won't You Please Come Home" appeared as the second track on the album Face to Face in October 1966. That same month, the song made an appearance on the French EP Dandy, which also featured "Dandy", "Party Line", and "Fancy". The song also appeared on the compilation album Picture Book.

AllMusic critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine called the track a "classic" and cited the song as a highlight from Face to Face.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d Kitts, Thomas M. (2014-05-25). Ray Davies: Not Like Everybody Else. 
  2. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine (1966-10-28). "Face to Face - The Kinks | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-06-13. 

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