Only a Dream

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"Only a Dream"
Single by The Kinks
from the album Phobia
B-side "Somebody Stole My Car"
Released 29 March 1993
Format 7" single
Recorded September 1990 - February 1992 at Konk Studios, London
Genre Rock
Length 5:04
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Ray Davies
Producer(s) Ray Davies
The Kinks singles chronology
"Did Ya"
(Europe, 1991)
"How Do I Get Close"
(UK/US, 1990)
"Only a Dream"
(UK, 1993)
"You Really Got Me"
(US, 2004)

"Only a Dream" is a song released and performed by the British rock band The Kinks. Written by the main songwriter of the band, Ray Davies, the song appeared on their 1993 album Phobia, the band's final LP.


In the lyrics of "Only a Dream", the singer falls in love with who he describes as "a young executive." He doesn't expect her to "even look at [him] or bother to glance [his] way, but she actually smiled at [him] and said 'Hi-ya handsome, have a good day.'" He starts to wonder if the event was real or "only a dream." On another day, the singer awaits his love to return, only to see her talking to another man, ignoring him entirely. He is crushed, but still wondering if the whole event was "only a dream."

Release and reception[edit]

"Only a Dream" was first released as the sixth song on The Kinks' first Columbia album, Phobia. The album was not met with much success, not charting in Britain, and only hitting #166 in America. Despite the failure of the album, the track was released separately as a standalone single, backed with "Somebody Stole My Car" (another song from the Phobia album.) The single had minimal success, hitting #79 in Britain. A second single from Phobia, "Scattered", was advertised to follow-up "Only a Dream", but was cancelled and eventually released in small quantities to collectors.[1] One year later, Columbia Records dropped The Kinks.[1]

The song also appeared on the compilation album, Picture Book.

Music video[edit]

Like many other Kinks tracks of the era, a music video was shot for "Only a Dream."[2] Featuring both Ray Davies and Dave Davies, Ray Davies lip-synced the song.


  1. ^ a b Hinman, Doug. All Day and All of the Night. 
  2. ^ Emlen, Dave. "Kinda Kinks". Retrieved 2014-06-14.