Ray Davies's
Working Man's Café cover

Only a Dream

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


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



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


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


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


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




Was it only an illusion

Was it real or only a dream