Ray Davies's
Working Man's Café cover

Flash's Confession

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


I've just had a dream that I never will forget.

And I wish I could erase.

I was standing on the street with a whole crowd of people

And no one knew my name.

And I was just another face

No one looked at me or touched me

Spoke to or acknowledged me.

I had no identity or individuality

No thoughts of my own, no mind or personality.

I was just a no one, a total nonentity

I'm just a number waiting to be called.

It is time for confessing it all,

I'm just another face,

Yes, it's time for confessing it all.


Been a cheat, been a crook,

Never gave I always took.

Crushed people to acquire

Anything that I desired.

Been deceitful and a liar

Now I'm facing Hell Fire.

I can't believe that my time has come

For confessing all the evil

And the wrong that I've done.

The reckoning's come

And now I'm just a no one.

I confess to the timid and the meek

To the cripples and the beggars

And the tramps in the street.

I confess my cruelty, my ego and conceit.

I've opened up my body and looked inside

And I'm everything that I once despised.

I confess for the thieves,

The affected and deranged,

I confess for the muggers and incurably insane.

I confess to the ugly for being vain,

I confess to those I hurt for causing them pain.

I'm just a number

Waiting to be called

And it's time for confessing it all,

And I'm just another face,

And it is time for confessing it all,

Yes, it's time for confessing it all,

Yes, it's time for confessing it all.