"A Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy" as written by and Ray Davies....
Hello you, hello me
Hello people we used to be
Isn't it strange, we never changed
We've been through it all, yet we're still the same

And I know, it's a miracle we still go
For all we know, we might still have a way to go

Hello me, hello you
You say you want out, want to start anew
Throw in your hand, break up the band
Start a new life, be a new man

But for all we know, we might still have a way to go
Before you go, there's something you ought to know

There's a guy in my block, he lives for rock
He plays records day and night

And when he feels down he puts some rock 'n' roll on
And it makes him feel alright

And when he feels the world is closing in
He turns his stereo way up high

He just spends his life living in a rock 'n' roll fantasy
He just spends his life living on the edge of reality
He just spends his life in a rock 'n' roll fantasy

He just spends his life living in a rock 'n' roll fantasy
He just spends his life living on the edge of reality
He just spends his life in a rock 'n' roll fantasy

He just spends his life living in a rock 'n' roll fantasy
Look at me, look at you
You say we've got nothing left to prove
The King is dead, rock is done
You might be through, but I've just begun

I don't know, I feel free and I won't let go
Before you go, there's something you ought to know

Dan is a fan and he lives for our music
It's the only thing that gets him by
He's watched us grow and he's seen all our shows
He's seen us low and he's seen us high

Oh, but you and me keep thinking
That the world's just passing us by

Don't want to spend my life living in a rock 'n' roll fantasy
Don't want to spend my life living on the edge of reality
Don't want to waste my life hiding away any more

Don't want to spend my life living in a rock 'n' roll fantasy


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"A Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy" as written by Ray Davies

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    General CommentIt's a plea from Ray Davies to his brother Dave not to leave the band.

    Dave is apparently thinking that there's no point in carrying on, but Ray says "you might be through but I’ve just begun". He then goes on to tell him about Dan, a loyal fan, illustrating that their continuing to make music is not for nothing, that "it’s the only thing that gets him by".

    Incidentally, the song came out on the Misfits album in 1978, just a year after Elvis Presley died - hence the relevance of "the king is dead".
    yewbarrowon October 02, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it's about a member of a band who doesn't want to be in the band anymore.
    wcr94on October 15, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think it's Ray arguing with himself whether it's time to chuck it all in or keep the band going.
    LolaBaton October 19, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdesperation, sadness..realizing that it's over and not having anything to replace it
    marie1021on December 16, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's about the band about to break up, but before they do they should consider the consequences for their fans. In the end they decide that if they indeed need to break up they need to inevitably do so otherwise they would be just like their fans listening to their music, living a fantasy.
    webmasterdeeon April 03, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"Dan is a fan and he lives for our music
    It’s the only thing that gets him by...Oh, but you and me keep thinking
    That the world’s just passing us by"

    He's telling his brother that while things seem to be boring and monotonous, as I'm sure they are in that business, when you only have a limited selection of songs to play at every gig, some of the people listening to you are living on every word, and their world will come crashing down on them if you end it all.

    In other words, the world is bigger than Ray and Dave, and they owe the world the best music they can provide. And, thankfully, the song did seem to get through to Dave.
    DocMessengeron September 27, 2013   Link

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