Who Sang 20th Century Man? The Kinks

The Kinks Muswell Hillbillies cover art
Credits
publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
writers: Sammy Hagar, O Pihl Gary
release date: 1971-11-24
genres: Jazz Rock Blues Pop
styles: Folk Rock/Classic Rock
length: 5:53
producer: Ray Davies
This is the age of machinery,
A mechanical nightmare,
The wonderful world of technology,
Napalm hydrogen bombs biological warfare,

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.

Ain't got no ambition, I'm just disillusioned
I'm a twentieth century man but I don't want to 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.

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,

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.

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
'cause the twentieth century people
Took it all away from me.

Don't want to 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 want to die here.

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 want to be here.

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 want to be here



Tracklist
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 20th Century Man
  • 2 Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues
  • 3 Holiday
  • 4 Skin and Bone
  • 5 Alcohol
  • 6 Complicated Life
  • 7 Here Come the People in Grey
  • 8 Have a Cuppa Tea
  • 9 Holloway Jail
  • 10 Oklahoma U.S.A.
  • 11 Uncle Son
  • 12 Muswell Hillbilly

  • Album Information
    label: RCA Victor
    country(area): United States
    format: 12" Vinyl
    script: Latin