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"Victoria" is a song written by Ray Davies of The Kinks, which appeared as the opening track of the 1969 concept album, Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire). The song is a homage of sort to Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom , occasionally called affectionately "Toria" in the lyrics. The narrator remembers gleefully that the British Empire under Queen Victoria would spread all across the globe ("Canada to India, Australia to Cornwall") while expressing strong attachment for "a land that [he] love[s]" and for which he claims to be ready to fight and die. Raymond Douglas Davies, CBE (born June 21, 1944 in Fortis Green, London) is an influential English rock musician, best known as lead singer-songwriter for The Kinks - one of the most influential, prolific and long-lived British Invasion bands - which he led with his younger brother, Dave. ... The Kinks were an English rock group formed in 1963 by lead singer-songwriter Ray Davies, his brother, lead guitarist and vocalist Dave Davies, and bassist Pete Quaife. ... For the Stargate SG-1 episode, see 1969 (Stargate SG-1). ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... </gallery> </gallery> </gallery> </gallery> </gallery> </gallery> </gallery> </gallery>neygoround, Part One]] (1970) Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire) is a concept album by English rock band The Kinks, released in late 1969. ... Victoria (Alexandrina Victoria; 24 May 1819 – 22 January 1901) was the Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 20 June 1837, and the first Empress of India from 1 May 1876, until her death on 22 January 1901. ... The British Empire in 1897, marked in pink, the traditional colour for Imperial British dominions on maps. ... Cornwall (pronounced ; Cornish: ) is a county in south-west England, United Kingdom, on the peninsula that lies to the west of the River Tamar and Devon. ...

Chart performance

The single version of "Victoria" failed to crack the top 40 on the American Billboard Pop Singles chart, but was a top 40 hit in both the UK and Canada, and charted in the top ten in Sweden.

Cover versions

The song was covered by The Fall in 1988, Cracker, and Sonic Youth. The Fall are an English post-punk band, formed in Manchester in 1976. ... Cracker is an American alternative rock band fronted by former Camper Van Beethoven singer David Lowery, with guitarist Johnny Hickman. ... Sonic Youth is a seminal American alternative rock group formed in New York City in 1981. ...

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Well done Victoria, every song is catchy, I haven't taken the cd out of my car since it arrived and I buy on average 2-3 cds a week, so I have plenty of choice.
Victoria wispers throughout the song which takes you in to a whole new world.
Victoria is such a wonderful mother and this song is heart warming.
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