Waterloo Sunset by The Kinks is the song I always think of when putting music to twilight times; kind of like America’s Horse with No Name for deserts and The Eagles’ Hotel California for accommodation!
So I was thinking that my recent photos should be called Armley Park Sunrise
and Wellington Sunrise (Wellington Street is nearby).
Both those place names have three syllables like Waterloo. Wellington’s first letter is also a w like Waterloo. Whitehall Road is probably closer than Wellington Street, and also begins with a w, but Whitehall only has two syllables.
Waterloo Sunset More Complex than Imagined
I’d always imagined Waterloo Sunset was just a sunset place sometimes seen by songwriter Ray Davies, but turns out it was much more complex: with multiple personal experiences inspiring the song; incorporating metaphorical meanings and fictional characters. From the Songfacts site:
Ray Davies (From Uncut magazine January 2009): “It came to me first as a statement about the death of Merseybeat. But I realized that Waterloo was a very significant place in my life. I was in St. Thomas’ Hospital when I was really ill as a child, and I looked out on the river. I went to Waterloo every day to go to college as well. The song was also about being taken to the Festival of Britain with my mum and dad. I remember them taking me by the hand, looking at the big Skylon tower, and saying it symbolized the future. That, and then walking by the Thames with my first wife (Rasa, who left Ray, taking his two daughters, in 1973) and all the other dreams that we had. Her in her brown suede coat that she wore, that was stolen. And also about my sisters, and about the world I wanted them to have. The two characters in the song, Terry and Julie, are to do with the aspirations of my sisters’ generation, who grew up during the Second world War and missed out on the ’60s.
songfacts: Waterloo Sunset