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12.03-YOUNG & INNOCENT DAYS (Kinks)

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[Intro]

I look back at the way I used to look at life--
Soft white dreams with sugar coating outside.
It was great! so great!
Young and innocent days.

I wish my eyes could only see
Everything exactly as it used to be.
It's too late! so late!
Young and innocent days. (2x)

     [Break]

I see the lines across your face.
Time has gone and nothing ever can replace
Those great (so great!)
Young and innocent days. (2x)

[Coda]


As in Shangri-la, my claims to psychedelia in the Kinks song Young & Innocent Days is mostly dependent on its use of the harpsichord. The falling pattern (frequently used as a psychedelic structure) & curling melodic line between the acoustic guitar and the harpsichord effectively connotes the falling of leaves and autumn. Of course, Ray Davies is again evoking nostalgia, and of the most common sort, nostalgia for one’s own youth. He describes it as Soft white dreams with sugar coating outside as if youth were a delicious candy. Or maybe a psychedelic pill. It was probably not Davies’ intention here, but falling, as it does, toward the tail end of the psychedelic era, the song carries nostalgia for the 1960s period as well. In this it reflects a similar attitude to that of David Crosby in his CSN song, released in May 1969, of Long Time Gone about the 1960s: It’s been a long time coming / It’s going to be a long time gone.

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