Ray Davies's
Working Man's Café cover


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


Isn't it strange meeting you here

Two old friends

Just sitting down quietly drinking a beer

But knowing your past the way that I do

After all this time I'm surprised

You'd even come to this rendezvous


They say you went and moved across the border

So it's hard to believe

That you're sitting here with me tonight

I know you're on the run, you shouldn't be here

But do you feel the fear

When you meet an old friend and the enemy's near


It's strange we always go to church on Sundays

After getting right out of it on a Saturday night

And if we stay here too long, I know that we'll quarrel

And end up having a fight

Just a couple of losers putting the world to right


Just two people having a beer

But on either side there is so much anger

And so much fear

Just two people trying to get by

But we're torn apart

Because of different pressures

From different sides


I hear you're on the run from law and order

But you had to show up

'Cos you knew it was a matter of pride

But beliefs aside, religion apart

Did you ever think about all the suffering you caused

And all the broken hearts?


The word is out that you are the informer

Who gave me away without so much as a fight

So be a good friend

And let me take you quietly without a fight

I'll be the one who's

Gonna take you home tonight

I'll be the one who's

Gonna take you home tonight