Sunny Afternoon Lyrics

Sunny Afternoon

The Kinks

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Sunny Afternoon Lyrics

The tax man’s taken all my dough
And left me in my stately home
Lazing on a sunny afternoon

And I can’t sail my yacht
He’s taken everythin’ I’ve got
All I’ve got’s this sunny afternoon

Save me, save me
Save me from this squeeze
I’ve got a big fat momma tryin’ to break me

And I’d love to live so pleasantly
Live this life of luxury
Lazing on a sunny afternoon
In the summertime, in the summertime, in the summertime

My girlfriend’s run off with my car
And gone back to her ma and pa
Telling tales of drunkenness and cruelty

Now I’m sitting here
Sipping at my ice cold beer
Lazing on a sunny afternoon

Help me, help me, help me sail away
Well give me two good reasons
Why I ought to stay

‘Cause I love to live so pleasantly
Live this life of luxury
Lazing on a sunny afternoon
In Summertime, in summertime, in summertime

Save me, save me
Save me from this squeeze
I’ve got a big fat momma tryin’ to break me

And I’d love to live so pleasantly
Live this life of luxury
Lazing on a sunny afternoon

In the summertime, in the summertime
In the summertime, in the summertime, in the summertime


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Sunny Afternoon – Guitar Lesson

‘Sunny Afternoon’ has a bass line to create a looped pattern for the intro/chorus tag in a minor key.

When the chorus starts, the same major key is applied and we get a great sense of positive relief.

Going from minor to major like this is one of the best tricks to apply when you want to create tension and release writing a song.

Go to video lessons: Sunny Afternoon chords.


The Kinks – Biography

the-kinks-thumbCategorized as a British invasion band, along with the other members of the so-called Big Four (The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and The Who), The Kinks changed popular music forever.

Among their hits you can find ‘Lola’, ‘Sunny Afternoon’ and ‘You Really Got Me’ which, fourteen years later, would be covered by Van Halen, using a much louder amp.

To find out more, go to The Kinks biography.


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