* Audio file gathered from willc's personal music library
A Well Respected Man - The Kinks (4/4 )
Intro: G Chord (ring) Verse 1 ------- [C C/B] Am [C C/B] Am Cos he gets up in the morning and he goes to work at nine [C C/B] Am [C C/B] Am And he comes back home at five thirty, gets the same train every time [C C/B] Am [C C/B] Am Cos his world is built on punctuality, it never fails Chorus ------ [C C/B] Am [C C/B] Am Cos he's oh so good, and he's oh so fine [C C/B] Am [C C/B] Am And he's oh so healthy in his body and his mind F Em He's a well respected man about town F D [G G/C] G Doing the best things so conservatively Verse 2 ------- And his mother goes to meetings while his father pulls the maid And she stirs the tea with councilors while discussing foreign trade And she passes looks as well as Bill's at every suave young man Chorus Verse 3 ------- And he likes his own backyard and he likes his fags the best Cos he's better than the rest and his arm sweat smells the best And he hope to grab his father's loot when Pater passes on Chorus Verse 4 ------- And he plays the stocks and shares and he goes to a regatta He adores the girl next door cos he's dying to get at her But his mother knows the best about the matrimonial stakes Chorus
A Well Respected Man remains one of the band's most popular and best known songs. It is one of four Kinks songs included on The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's list of the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll along with "You Really Got Me," "Waterloo Sunset," and "Lola".
Davies composed the song based on a negative experience with upper class guests at a luxury resort where he was staying in 1965. He crafted the song to mock what he perceived as their condescension and self-satisfaction.
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