“If you’re asking me don’t take my advice.”
Ray Davies, singer, songwriter
Ray Davies new CD Working Man’s Café is truly wonderful. I am even rather partial to the CD’s title. However, it may not be obvious right away because it takes time for the songs to grow on you. By that I mean the songs require more than just a casual listening. Nothing too complicated, just not pop fluff.
“Vietnam Cowboys” tackles the topic of a global village and all the jobs that have disappeared and how the world has morphed into a U.S. city:
Mass production in Saigon
While auto workers laid off in Cleveland
Hot Jacuzzi in Taiwan
With empty factories in Birmingham
My favorite song on the CD is “You’re Asking Me:”
You’re asking me What’s it leading to
Will we live a long life will it treat us fare
No point asking me because I haven’t got a clue
I like this song because when I am asked a question I give the same advice.
He tackles about a hospital ward in “Morphine Song,” being shot in New Orleans, as Davies was, in “In a Moment.”
Davies will be in Los Angeles March 29 at the Wiltern.