Ray Davies's
Working Man's Café cover

Back In The Front Room

Ray Davies, released on The Storyteller (solo) © Davray Music Ltd. 1998


Got back to the frontroom, Dave was plugged in to the green amplifier

Pete was on the bass, they sounded great

Dave had this great way of playing the guitar

The way Dave played was very individual

I'd been overwhelmed by all the culture

Art School prays the life I'd never really understand

I sat down and started to jam,

was astounded by the speed of Dave's hands

The way Dave played guitar was very similar to the way he spoke


I thought to myself "This is the way it's gonna be.

I'm gonna join this band, leave college behind.

Forget culture, rock 'n' roll is where it's at"


And daytime was dawning

We were up all night, we were all yawning

But we were playing, raving

Sometimes so loud, to the early morning


Our friends keep knocking at the door

The neighbours shouted out "No more"

They even sent the police around to hear us play

And this is the way we played


We thought "If we could annoy all of the neighbours with the green amp

think of what we could do with a four piece band"

But there was no doubt Dave was the star,

a connoisseur of the old twelve bar

And even dad said "That boy is bloody marvelous"

As I said Pete was on the bass,

so the only way I could SLY my way into the band

was to become the rhythm guitar player

While we were bouncing up and down

the house was shaking to the sound

of the full distortion from the gramophone

We had stayed up playing all night long

ran out of other people's songs

so we started making music of our own


And dawn was breaking, my mind was calculating

This time there's no more waiting

I was awake, my mind was clear

I could see a way out of here


And then the cops knocked at the door

with letters from solicitors

We'd disturb the peace and woke up all the neighbours

But dad says "Forget the neighbours.

Keep playing, boys, keep playing"