The Kinks - You Really Got Me - 1964




Originally released on 4th August 1964, the band's 3rd single You Really Got Me went to number 1 on the UK singles chart and later in the year to number 7 in the US charts. The track is taken from the Kinks self-titled album "Kinks" released in the same year, which also features tracks including All Day And All Of The Night.


Davies expanded on the song's inspiration during a 2016 interview with Q magazine: "I was playing a gig at a club in Piccadilly and there was a young girl in the audience who I really liked. She had beautiful lips. Thin, but not skinny. A bit similar to Françoise Hardy. Not long hair, but down to about there (points to shoulders). Long enough to put your hands through... (drifts off, wistfully)... long enough to hold. I wrote 'You Really Got Me' for her, even though I never met her."





Dave Davies got the dirty guitar sound by slashing the speaker cone on his amplifier with a razor blade. The vibration of the fabric produced an effect known as "fuzz," which became common as various electronic devices were invented to distort the sound. At the time, none of these devices existed, so Davies would mistreat his amp to get the desired sound, often kicking it.




Lyrics


Girl, you really got me goin'

You got me so I don't know what I'm doin'

Yeah, you really got me now

You got me so I can't sleep at night


Yeah, you really got me now

You got me so I don't know what I'm doin', now

Oh yeah, you really got me now

You got me so I can't sleep at night


You Really Got Me

You Really Got Me

You Really Got Me


See, don't ever set me free

I always wanna be by your side

Girl, you really got me now

You got me so I can't sleep at night


Yeah, you really got me now

You got me so I don't know what I'm doin', now

Oh yeah, you really got me now

You got me so I can't sleep at night


You Really Got Me

You Really Got Me

You Really Got Me

Oh no...


[Solo]


See, don't ever set me free

I always wanna be by your side

Girl, you really got me now

You got me so I can't sleep at night


Yeah, you really got me now

You got me so I don't know what I'm doin', now

Oh yeah, you really got me now

You got me so I can't sleep at night


You Really Got Me

You Really Got Me

You Really Got Me






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