Ray Davies's
Working Man's Café cover

Permanent Waves

Ray Davies, released on Misfits, © Davray Music Ltd. 1978


Please call a doctor, I've been so depressed

That I think that I'm finally breakin

I can't quite explain, I can't feel any pain

But I know that this time I'm not fakin

Oh, what can it be, oh, inside of me


I saw my doctor he said man you look sick

He said I think you better do something quick

He checked me over and he said I was fit

What you need is a change, have a shave, find a chic

Your body functions, but your hair's a disgrace

You shouldn't let it hang all over your face

Change your image 'cos you look out of place

Comb your hair, put on weight, try to look up to date

Why don't you put in some permanent waves

You'll look smooth you'll look cool, you'll be laughing

You'll get lots of dates, you'll be made you'll get laid

You'll get out and about, you'll be laughing

Oh, you'll be O.K. once you get those permanent waves,


I was really up but now I'm down once again

I went out walking and it started to rain

My perm washed out it just got flushed down the drain

My neurosis returned, I'm a wreck once again

But wait 'til I get back my permanent waves

I'll be cool, I'll be smooth, I'll be laughing

I'll be all the rage with my permanent waves

And I'll start a new craze, I'll be laughing

Oh, I'll be O.K. once I get my permanent waves


Start a new craze, permanent waves

I'll be all the rage, my permanent waves