There was a game we used to play
We would hit the town on Friday night
Stay in bed until Sunday
We used to be so free
We were living for the love we had
Living not for reality

Just my imagination (my imagination)
Just my imagination (my imagination)
Just my imagination, it was
Just my imagination (my imagination)
Just my imagination (my imagination)
Just my imagination, it was

That was a time I used to pray
I have always kept my faith in love
It's the greatest thing from the man above
The game I used to play
I've always put my cards upon the table
Never be said that I'd be unstable

Just my imagination (my imagination)
Just my imagination (my imagination)
Just my imagination, it was
Just my imagination (my imagination)
Just my imagination (my imagination)
Just my imagination, it was

There is a game I like to play
I like to hit the town on Friday night
And stay in bed until Sunday
We'll always be this free
We will be living for the love we have
And living not for reality

It's not my imagination (my imagination)
It's not my imagination (my imagination)
It's not my imagination, it was
Not my imagination (my imagination)
Not my imagination (my imagination)
Not my imagination, it was

Not my, not my (my imagination)
Not my, not my, not my (my imagination)
Not my, not my, not my

My imagination, my imagination
My imagination, my imagination (not my imagination, not my imagination)
My imagination, my imagination (not my imagination)


Lyrics submitted by Puka, edited by phoeb

Just My Imagination Lyrics as written by Dolores Mary O'riordan Noel Anthony Hogan

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  • +2
    Memory

    I feel a little sad every time I hear this song, regardless of how beautiful it is.

    We all grow old and we all end up yearning for times as careless as such in this song, when one feels the youngest one could possibly be. I do not know if I will ever be able to live for love again, and leave responsibilities to be a duty that goes on and not a burden, but faith is all you have sometimes.

    Vishakanthaon July 17, 2014   Link
  • +1
    My Opinion

    I think the line is actually "And stay in bed ON TIL Sunday". Many Irish use ON when talking about staying in bed. For example, "I'll be lying on" means you plan to sleep late (or as in the US, we say "sleeping in"). Also there is a bit of a gap between the ON and the Til, when Dolores sings this line. BTW, I visited her grave when we were in Ireland this past May (2018).

    QuiGonJohnon October 30, 2018   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    This song is my life, and currently I am at the stage where this awesome life of "hit[ting] the town on Friday night and stay[ing] in bed until Sunday" is just coming to an end. It is now just my imagination. And I fear that I will never get it back, but this song gives me hope.

    I cannot wait for the next stage in my life when it is not just my imagination... And I can stay in that bed until Sunday...

    kaleidoscopeeyes8on May 14, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Great song.Cool video too.

    Mmhmm_rkon April 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Madness - Our House

    samwaltonon May 31, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    This song is really really good. I love it and I felt this way once.

    Andrew Evenstaron November 28, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Could almost be a wedding song...

    Zunkon February 20, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Hey, that's "zombie". Where tha fck are the real lyrics?

    rotseNon November 08, 2011   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretation

    as The Cranberries were founded as an indirected rock band at their starting,then they became of the Irish Folks' needs and after being 'weary'o the weary civil war thing that was it that they now gave their irish ones a bit courage with reminiscencing their old do-s.as you could definitely see the countryside where there were ambushes of their ancestors against the shitty anglos army.but they survived it and now it's the time for them to enjoy it while in the background of those struggling days...

    doctorunkardon May 14, 2020   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    It's real meaning doesn't hit you until the song is altered to reflect a present tense. It's about how your life can be just as happy as it always has been if you shift your head space back to the way things were before whatever tragedy or trauma occured or just the way the years and there responsibilities have beaten you down. It is a very positive, intentionally therapeutic song.

    ACIDBATHERon June 06, 2023   Link

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