Significant Song Number Three- I better start numbering these now.
Ray Davies has an extraordinary talent as a lyricist, in addition to being an outstanding composer/musician. He creates stories about people, places, and situations in very appealing ways. "You Really Got Me", as great a rock song as there is, lacks the poetry, but Davies evolved form that and found his own voice.
I saw this performed live in Irvine, CA, in 1976, and would have seen it again in Santa Fe, NM, in 1987 had it not been for a rain at an open-air concert.In 1979 and 1983, when visiting the UK, naturally I thought of the song as I went through the station and whenever I looked at the "dirty old river".