The Village Green Preservation Society
|"The Village Green Preservation Society"|
|Single by The Kinks|
|from the album The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society|
|The Kinks singles chronology|
The Village Green Preservation Society is a single by the British rock group The Kinks. Written by Ray Davies, the song is a nostalgic reflection on cultural English "village green", country, and hamlet lifestyle, and references many different characteristics and features of it, such as Tudor houses and draught beer. At the same time, it speaks negatively of modern, industrial traits, such as office blocks and skyscrapers.
As the opening track of The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, it sets the theme for the majority of the rest of the album. It is also the best-known track from the album.
The single was only released in America, but has often been part of the Kinks' live setlist, and has since become a fan favourite. The song inspired the band's slogan, "God Save the Kinks".
- The Kinks at the BBC
- To the Bone
- Live in London: 1973-1977
- Ray Davies - lead vocals, guitar, keyboard
- Dave Davies - acoustic guitar, backing vocals
- Pete Quaife - bass guitar, backing vocals
- Mick Avory - drums