Here's what Ray Davies has to say about his new EP, "Thanksgiving Day" (some of this you've heard before I think), from aversion.com:
"Thanksgiving is a time for sharing and even though they throw up their eyes as though it were a chore, family members traditionally gather for a reunion at the house of the oldest relative. In the song 'Papa looks over at the small gathering' and wonders how many of the children are going to make it for the dinner. During the story, we see how one by one, they try to make it home. The Thanksgiving Day holiday was originally 'a day of unity' and it occurred to me that it might be an idea for Great Britain to adopt a similar day.”
The EP released today, and his new LP, "Other Peoples’ Lives," comes out Feb. 7 from V2.