Sir Raymond Douglas Davies, CBE, explores American life.

By Hayden Wright

The Kinks’ Ray Davies has a new album in the works titled Americana, which explores the contradictions and foundations of the term from a Brit’s perspective. Davies collaborated with the Jayhawks on the first song from the album called “Poetry,” which premiered on NPR this morning.


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“I kneel down and say grace for the comforts the world bestows on me,” Davies sings. “And the great corporations providing our every need/ And those big neon signs telling us what to eat/ And every shop window goods are designed to please/ Oh but I ask/ Where is the poetry?”

Americana debuts in full on April 21. Listen to “Poetry” here:


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