Kinks – All Day and All of the Night

The song peaked at #7 in the Billboard 100 and #2 in the Uk in 1964. It’s punk, raw, rock and roll to the core. The guitar was really distorted and hard for the time. On their first hit “You Really Got Me” guitarist Dave Davies cut a slit in the amp speaker to get that sound.

The Kinks would revisit this melody with the song “Destroyer” off of the “Give The People What They Want” album.

From Songfacts.

In a concert on July 12th 2006 at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga, Ray Davies explained how the song was originally rejected by his record company because it was “Too blue-collar, too working-class” and because the record execs thought the guitar sounded like a dog’s bark.

You might notice some similarities between this song and the 1968 Doors song “Hello, I Love You.” According to Ray Davies, his publisher wanted to sue the Doors over it, but Ray refused to take legal action.

There was a persistent rumor that Jimmy Page played guitar on some early Kinks songs, including this one. When Ray Davies was asked about this in a 1981 interview with Creem, he replied: “I remember Page coming to one of our sessions when we were recording ‘All Day And All Of The Night.’ We had to record that song at 10 o’clock in the morning because we had a gig that night. It was done in three hours. Page was doing a session in the other studio, and he came in to hear Dave’s solo, and he laughed and he snickered. And now he says that he played it! So I think he’s an asshole, and he can put all the curses he wants on me because I know I’m right and he’s wrong.”

All Day and All of the Night

I’m not content to be with you in the daytime
Girl I want to be with you all of the time
The only time I feel alright is by your side
Girl I want to be with you all of the time
All day and all of the night
All day and all of the night
All day and all of the night

I believe that you and me last forever
Oh yeah, all day and nighttime yours, leave me never
The only time I feel alright is by your side
Girl I want to be with you all of the time
All day and all of the night
All day and all of the night
Oh, come on

I believe that you and me last forever
Oh yeah, all day and nighttime yours, leave me never
The only time I feel alright is by your side
Girl I want to be with you all of the time
All day and all of the night
All day and all of the night-time
All day and all of the night

Author: badfinger20

Guitar, Bass, song writer,

3 thoughts on “Kinks – All Day and All of the Night”

  1. good tune. The stranglers did a very good cover of it around 1990 (think the design was to ‘break them’ in US but that fell short) which was very good but also very close to The Kinks original

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