The case has been made both for and against “Arthur” the title track in such detail that I don’t want to repeat it. I come down strongly on the side of the for group. It’s one of my favorite Kinks songs. I’m not sure exactly what Ray means when he writes “could be you were right all along”. However, the song itself is so infectious and enthusiastically delivered that I’m in. The trade-off between Dave and Ray’s voices has never been so effective. The gorgeous folky opening verse of “Arthur was born just a poor, simple man”, through a melodically effective bridge or two, eventually giving way to the irresistible hook of “don’t you know it” is so spiritually nourishing musically that, for once, it practically bypasses the analytical part of my brain. Usually I need both parts stimulated but here I’m willing to give Ray the benefit of the doubt that his song means what he intends it to, whatever that is! The infamous John Mendelssohn wrote something to the effect that no other group save the Kinks has so enthusiastically and so often sung about something being “all right”. The effect of the “don’t you know it” chorus is very similar and, for me, unique to the Kinks. Ray’s writing and Dave’s energy reaches one of their peaks of symbiosis. All a bunch of blather on my part to back up the main point: I love this song.