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The Kinks: Lola Meaning

Song Released: 1970

Lola Lyrics

I met her in a club down in old Soho
Where you drink champagne and it tastes just like cherry-cola [LP version: Coca-Cola]
See-oh-el-aye cola
She walked up to me and she asked me to dance
I asked her her name and in a dark brown voice she said...


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    Jul 27th, 7:12am report

    You are all in the wrong century. It is about the transvestites or female impersonators in many clubs in London at the time. The singer meets what he thinks is a beautiful woman, gets drunk with "her", and "she" takes him off to make him a man where he discovers "she" is, too.

    Officially, it is based on an experience had by the Kinks' manager, but it is very possible to be based on episodes Ray Davies had in New York and Paris.


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    Jul 27th, 7:08am report

    I think it's about him falling in love with a transgender...


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    Jul 26th, 7:40pm report

    This song is about a man going to a dance club and being asked by a woman to dance. The man feels a very masculine vibe from "Lola" and is not exactly sure why until later in the night..

    Towards the end the song says "girls will be boys and boys will be girls; it's a mixed up, muddled up, shook up world" - I think that this was him acknowledging that people will switch genders, but at the same time he was not interested in changing his sexuality when he sang "Well I'm not the world's most masculine man,
    but I know what I am and I'm glad I'm a man,".

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