Ray Davies's
Working Man's Café cover

When a Solution Comes

Ray Davies, released on Preservation: Act 2, © Davray Music Ltd. 1974


When a solution comes,

It's gonna breathe right down on everyone.

When a solution comes

It's gonna cover up the clouds

And eclipse the sun

And black out a pale blue sky,

And everybody's gonna be terrified,

Because they're all going to feel the bite

And there's going to be a revolution

When a solution comes.

It won't take sides with anyone

Regardless of race or creed,

The whole wide world is gonna feel the squeeze.

The red, black, yellow and white

And even the Arabs and the Israelites

They're all going to feel the bite

And there's going to be a revolution.

I've been searching a long, long time,

Looking for a final solution

Searching here, searching there,

Searching everywhere.

Now my day has finally come

It's time to shout to everyone

I have waited a long, long time,

Biding my time and waiting on the sidelines

Watching it all go wrong.

Witnessing the disintegration,

Rubbing my hands in anticipation.

Everybody's searching so desperately,

They've got to run to someone

And that someone's going to be me.

Yeah, I'm gonna change the world,

I'm going to use a little manipulation.

I'm going to build a new civilisation.