Who Sang Second‐Hand Car Spiv? The Kinks

The Kinks Preservation Act 2 cover art
Release information
Release Date: 1974-5-8
Genre: Rock Pop
Style: Pop Rock/Classic Rock
length: 4:02
Lyrics
Spiv: I was born a slum gutter infantile,
Brute-force educated, delinquent juvenile.
I am a product of mass produced factory fodder,
Streets full of tenement blocks, rat infested filth and squalor.

I left school, went straight on the dole
And unemployment's no enjoyment,
Welfare State owned my mind and my body and my soul.
So I worked my way up to be a second-hand car spiv,

But don't judge me harshly because I'm just a slum kid.
I built up my business with a quick wit and fist,
So don't double-cross me or my hoods will dissect you
With their black jacks and shiv.

Slum kids never get a break, they've got to fight their way up.
Wheel and deal, beg and steal,
Sweat blood to earn a buck.
I didn't want to work on the factory floor,

I wasn't content, I wanted more
Than to be a slave of a lathe,
Work all day and go home bored.
So a second- hand car spiv was what I became.
I built an empire because I used my brains.

[Chorus]
He was a second-hand car spiv up from the slums,
So don't judge him harshly because he's just a slum kid.
Then he moved into property, stocks and shares,

Spiv: And into high finance and you've got to agree
That running a multi-million corporation
Sure beats selling cars second-hand.

[Chorus]

Once he sold old worn out heaps to the punters on the street,
Spiv: Now I'm in control of the country as a whole,
And the world is at my feet.

[Chorus]

The world is at his feet.
Spiv: Power, power, I've got power oozing out of me,
And when you think of all the things I've done
It says a lot for one
Who worked his way up from the streets.

Yes I'm a second-hand car spiv.
Do a deal, buy and sell,
It's my trade, I know it well.
Make a sale, ring the bell

And let the suckers go to hell.
Bank the profits, count the change
Another sucker comes your way.
Life is a crooked game,
And slum kids never change.

Tracklist
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Announcement
  • 2 Introduction to Solution
  • 3 When a Solution Comes
  • 4 Money Talks
  • 5 Announcement
  • 6 Shepherds of the Nation
  • 7 Nothing Lasts Forever
  • 8 Announcement
  • 9 Artificial Man
  • 10 Scraphead City
  • 11 Announcement
  • 12 Salvation Road
    12" Vinyl 2
  • 1 Scum of the Earth
  • 2 Second‐Hand Car Spiv
  • 3 He’s Evil
  • 4 Mirror of Love
  • 5 Announcement
  • 6 Nobody Gives
  • 7 Oh Where Oh Where Is Love?
  • 8 Flash’s Dream (The Final Elbow)
  • 9 Flash’s Confession

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