Song of the Day: Ray Davies – “Americana”

On this day in 2004, Ray Davies was shot in the leg in New Orleans by thieves who snatched the purse of his girlfriend. Davies later discussed the incident in his 2013 book, Americana: The Kinks, the Riff, the Road: The Story, and along the way he wrote some lyrics, the seeds of which started when he was in the hospital recovering from his gunshot wound. Eventually the lyrics became an album released in 2017 that would serve as the book’s musical companion. Fortunately this song paints a much rosier picture of America than what Davies encountered to put him in the hospital.

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