20th Century Man

Ray Davies, released on Muswell Hillbillies, © Davray Music Ltd. 1971

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This is the age of machinery,

A mechanical nightmare,

The wonderful world of technology,

Napalm hydrogen bombs biological warfare,

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This is the twentieth century,

But too much aggravation

It's the age of insanity,

What has become of the green pleasant fields of Jerusalem.

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Ain't got no ambition, I'm just disillusioned

I'm a twentieth century man but I don't wanna be here.

My mama said she can't understand me

She can't see my motivation

Just give me some security,

I'm a paranoid schizoid product of the twentieth century.

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You keep all your smart modern writers

Give me William Shakespeare

You keep all your smart modern painters

I'll take Rembrandt, Titian, Da Vinci and Gainsborough,

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Girl we gotta get out of here

We gotta find a solution

I'm a twentieth century man but I don't want to die here.

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I was born in a welfare state

Ruled by bureaucracy

Controlled by civil servants

And people dressed in grey

Got no privacy got no liberty

Cos the twentieth century people

Took it all away from me.

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Don't wanna get myself shot down

By some trigger happy policeman,

Gotta keep a hold on my sanity

I'm a twentieth century man but I don't wanna die here.

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My mama says she can't understand me

She can't see my motivation

Ain't got no security,

I'm a twentieth century man but I don't wanna be here.

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This is the twentieth century

But too much aggravation

This is the edge of insanity

I'm a twentieth century man but I don't wanna be here.

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