The Kinks: Preservation: Act 1 – Money And Corruption + Here Comes Flash

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h/t: Bruce Gagnon for both videos

msspuremusic
October 05, 2008

Artist: The Kinks
Album: Preservation: Act 1
Released: 16 November 1973
Song: Money & Corruption / I Am Your Man
Track-No: 09/13

The Album:

Preservation: Act 1 and Preservation: Act 2 are a 1973 concept released as separate albums in 1973 and 1974 by the English rock group, The Kinks.

The Preservation albums were not well-received by critics and sold poorly (the first one peaking on the Billboard 200 at #177), though the live performances of the material were much better received. Many hardcore Kinks fans were alienated by Ray Davies’ melodramatic songwriting during the Preservation project era, resulting in albums that played more like the soundtracks to a piece of musical theatre than rock albums.

However, more recent reviews of Preservation: Act 1 have been more sympathetic to its ambitions. In particular, All Music’s Stephen Thomas Erlewine has declared “Sweet Lady Genevieve” to be the “real candidate for Davies’ forgotten masterpiece”.

The CD reissue of Preservation: Act 1 includes the single versions of “Preservation” and “One of the Survivors”, neither of which are available on the original vinyl release. The latter briefly charted on the Billboard Pop Singles chart peaking at #108.

Lyrics:

(Sung by Chorus)

We are sick and tired
Of being promised this and that.
We work all day, we sweat and slave
To keep the wealthy fat.
They fill our heads with promises
And bamboozle us with facts,
Then they put on false sincerity
Then they laugh behind our backs.

1st Chorus
Money and Corruption
Are ruining the land
Crooked politicians
Betray the working man,
Pocketing the profits
And treating us like sheep,
And we’re tired of hearing promises
That we know they’ll never keep.

Money and Corruption
(Etc. repeat 1st Chorus above)

Promises, promises, all we get are promises.
Show us a man who’ll understand us, guide us and lead us.

We are sick and tired
Of having to ask them cap in hand
We crawl on the floor
We beg for more,
but still we are ignored.
We’re tired of being herded
Like a mindless flock of sheep
And we’re tired of hearing promises
That we know they’ll never keep.

1st Chorus
Money and Corruption
Are ruining the land
Crooked politicians
Betray the working man,
Pocketing the profits
And treating us like sheep,
And we’re tired of hearing promises
We know they’ll never keep.

We’ve got to stand together
Every woman, every man,
Because money and corruption are ruining the land.
Show us a man who’ll be our Saviour and will lead us.
Show us a man who’ll understand us, guide us and lead us.
Show us a man.
Workers of the nation unite.
Workers of the nation unite.
(Mr. Black sings)

I visualise a day when people will be free
And we’ll be living in a new society.
No class distinction, no slums or poverty
I have a vision of a new society.
And every home will have a stereo and TV,
a deep freeze, quadrasonic and a washing machine.
So workers of the nation unite.

I am your man
I’ll work out a five-year plan
So vote for me brothers
And I will save this land
And we will nationalise the wealthy companies
And all the directors will be answerable to me,
There’ll be no shirking of responsibilities
So people of the nation unite.

Union Man I’ll work with you hand in hand
For we’re all brothers to our Union Man.
I am your man,
Oh God how I love this land,
So join together save the Fatherland.

I visualize a day when people will be free
And we’ll be living in a new society.
No class distinction, no slums or poverty,
So workers of the nation unite,
Workers of the nation unite,
People of the nation unite.

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The Kinks: Preservation: Act 1 – Here Comes Flash

Artist: The Kinks
Album: Preservation: Act 1
Released: 16 November 1973
Song: Here Comes Flash
Track-No: 10/13

The Album:

Preservation: Act 1 and Preservation: Act 2 are a 1973 concept released as separate albums in 1973 and 1974 by the English rock group, The Kinks.

The Preservation albums were not well-received by critics and sold poorly (the first one peaking on the Billboard 200 at #177), though the live performances of the material were much better received. Many hardcore Kinks fans were alienated by Ray Davies’ melodramatic songwriting during the Preservation project era, resulting in albums that played more like the soundtracks to a piece of musical theatre than rock albums.

However, more recent reviews of Preservation: Act 1 have been more sympathetic to its ambitions. In particular, All Music’s Stephen Thomas Erlewine has declared “Sweet Lady Genevieve” to be the “real candidate for Davies’ forgotten masterpiece”.

The CD reissue of Preservation: Act 1 includes the single versions of “Preservation” and “One of the Survivors”, neither of which are available on the original vinyl release. The latter briefly charted on the Billboard Pop Singles chart peaking at #108.

Lyrics:

(Sung by Chorus and Scared Housewives)

You’d better run, you’d better fly.
Hide your daughters, hide your wives.
Lock your doors and stay inside
Here comes Flash.

There’s no way that you can win,
You must obey his every whim,
Or else he’s going to do you in.
Here comes Flash.

He will smile at you, be a friend to you,
Then he’s gonna screw you just like that.
He is going to use you, his heavies will abuse you,
And then he’s gonna lean on you,
Here comes Flash.

He is gonna rough you up,
Duff you up and touch you up,
And then he’s gonna screw you up.
Even though he’s mean on you,
There’s nothing else that you can do
Just sit back and take his abuse.
He will smile at you, be so sweet to you.
Then he’s gonna cheat on you.

You’d better run, you’d better fly.
Hide your daughters, hide your wives.
Lock your doors and stay inside.
Here comes Flash.

Once we loved and trusted him,
Now his thugs and bullies make us live in sin.
They suppress us, oppress us, molest us, possess us.

You’d better run, you’d better fly.
Hide your daughters, hide your wives.
And lock your doors and stay inside.

He will smile at you, be a friend to you,
Then he’s gonna screw you just like that.

You’d better run, you’d better fly.
Hide your daughters, hide your wives.
And lock your doors and stay inside.
Here comes Flash.

There’s no way that you can win,
You must obey his every whim
Or else he’s going to do you in.
Here Comes Flash.
Here Comes Flash.