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The Kinks were an English rock band formed in Muswell Hill, North London, by brothers Ray and Dave Davies in 1964. Categorised in the United States as a British Invasion band, the Kinks are recognised as one of the most important and influential rock groups of the era. Their music was influenced by a wide range of genres, including rhythm and blues, British music hall, folk and country. Ray Davies (lead vocals, rhythm guitar) and Dave Davies (lead guitar, vocals) remained members throughout the group's 32-year run. Original members Pete Quaife (bass guitar, vocals) and Mick Avory (drums and percussion) were replaced by John Dalton in 1969 and Bob Henrit in 1984, respectively. Dalton was in turn replaced by Jim Rodford in 1978. Keyboardist Nicky Hopkins accomp… more »


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I spy with my little eye 
Anything here that I can buy. 
I see a little thatched cottage 
Looking so neat 
With compulsory purchase we can buy it up cheap. 
Then we'll pull up the floor boards, 
Knock down the walls, 
Rock the foundations, 
Until the house falls. 
Like a pack of cards, 
Crashing to the ground. 
Then we'll build a row 
Of identical boxes 
And sell them all off at treble the profits. 

The deeds are in my pocket, 
I've got a contract in my hand. 
An opportunity for luxury living. 
I'll arrange the mortgage 
To be repaid a hundred percent. 
I can't wait around so make your decision. 
We'll buy up all the cottages 
And every house and every street, 
Until we've got everything we need. 
Every town in the vicinity, 
Every farm and village green. 
We're gonna buy up everything, 
Then it's Demolition. 
Demolition. Demolition. 

Two up, two down, 
It hasn't got a garden, 
But it's got a lovely patio. 
Stainless steel kitchen sink, 
Gas fired central heating, 
Whaaa -- specifically designed for modern-day living, 
Nothing's permanent and nothing lasts, 
We've sold all the houses so put 'em up fast. 
We're gonna buy up this town 
And pull it all down. 
How I love to hear the demolition sound 
Of concrete crashing to the ground. 

It's time to make some money, 
It's time to get rich quick. 
It's the wonderful world of capitalism. 
I've got to make a profit, 
I've got to satisfy my greed, 
It's my faith and my religion, 
Demolition. Demolition. Demolition. 
And we'

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