Tuesday, April 26

When I was eleven (reprise)

I met her in a club down in old Soho
Where you drink champagne and it tastes just like cherry-cola
C-O-L-A cola
She walked up to me and she asked me to dance
I asked her her name and in a dark brown voice she said Lola
L-O-L-A Lola lo-lo-lo-lo Lola

Well I'm not the world's most physical guy
But when she squeezed me tight she nearly broke my spine
Oh my Lola lo-lo-lo-lo Lola
Well I'm not dumb but I can't understand
Why she walked like a woman and talked like a man
Oh my Lola lo-lo-lo-lo Lola lo-lo-lo-lo Lola

Well we drank champagne and danced all night
Under electric candlelight
She picked me up and sat me on her knee
And said little boy won't you come home with me
Well I'm not the world's most passionate guy
But when I looked in her eyes well I almost fell for my Lola
Lo-lo-lo-lo Lola lo-lo-lo-lo Lola
Lola lo-lo-lo-lo Lola lo-lo-lo-lo Lola

I pushed her away
I walked to the door
I fell to the floor
I got down on my knees
Well I looked at her and she at me

Well that's the way that I want it to stay
And I'll always want it to be that way for my Lola
Lo-lo-lo-lo Lola
Girls will be boys and boys will be girls
It's a mixed up muddled up shook up world except for Lola
Lo-lo-lo-lo Lola

Well I'd left home just a week before
And I'd never ever kissed a woman before
But Lola smiled and took me by the hand
And said little boy I'm gonna make you a man

Well I'm not the world's most masculine man
But I know what I am and I'm glad I'm a man
And so is Lola
Lo-lo-lo-lo Lola lo-lo-lo-lo Lola
Lola lo-lo-lo-lo Lola lo-lo-lo-lo Lol

The Kinks' song was the soundtrack of my holidays at eleven. It made a deep erotic impression on me. But only ten years later I understood it's meaning.
(I wasn't that good in English then...)


  1. great song and so is it parody

  2. Same here for the erotic part -which is annoying in the way I half to walk away from the radio when it comes on at work. Always loved that song -and the kinks are one of the most underated bands of the "British Invasion." It was a brave song at the time, yes it was played off as a joke, but my take is that Ray Davies isn't judging her so much as just saying, sorry it's not for me, but I do love you. I could be, and often am, wrong. It's an incredible song, and far superior to the more often credited crap by Aerosmith "Dude looks like a lady" I wish I could go back to the time when I first heard this song and tell myself it's okay. Girls will be boys and boys will be girls.

  3. And now you've got me on a Kinks listening session. Thanks.

  4. Aerosmith? Who's Aerosmith? - The only really good thing Steven Tyler gave to the world is his daughter.
    But I think the Kinks do get due credit, at least among people who know about rock music.

  5. Lola is a great song and Ray Davies is possibly the best writer's song of England but this song is a little ironic i think but at the time it was a song very brave, no doubt about it

  6. Now wait just a minute. I never understood the Liv Tyler thing. I concede she's pretty but not world class. But "Toys in the Attic" is a classic. I had it in quadraphonic sound!