Only a Dream

Ray Davies, released on Phobia, © Davray Music Ltd. 1993

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Standing by the elevator

Feeling gloomy and down

Waiting for the flashing light

To lift me up from the ground

Then the elevator opened

And I saw her standing there

She had to be a young executive

She looked so corporate and clean

And I thought I'd seen her somewhere before

On the cover of a magazine

I didn't think she'd even look at me

Or bother to glance my way

But she actually smiled at me and said

Hi-ya handsome, have a good day

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[Chorus:]

I must be dreaming if she looks at me

I gotta be dreaming, is it a fantasy

Now I've got positive emotions

Buzzing 'round every molecule in me

I gotta be dreaming, is it reality

But over and over I live that memory

Was it real or only a dream

La la la la

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Was it my imagination playing tricks on me

When she looked my way

Maybe she took me for somebody else

Whatever it was, it made my day, hey hey

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I wake up in the morning

Smiling with anticipation

Suddenly I feel alive

Face the world with expectation

I must be dreaming this world is a better place

Was my imagination playing tricks on me

Was it real or only a dream?

I see a great big sunset

Where only clouds used to be

Was it all an illusion, is it fantasy

If it's just a dream

It's good enough for me, yeah yeah

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Waiting by the elevator

Feeling optimistic and keen

Waiting for my executive goddess

to appear as if in a dream

Then the elevator opened

She was talking to another guy

And I tried to say hello to her

But I failed to even catch her eye

Then everybody crowded inside

And I sadly stood my ground

Thinking life's just like that elevator

It takes you up and brings you down

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[Chorus]

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Was it only an illusion

Was it real or only a dream

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[Chorus]

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