The Man Upstairs

Written by: Ray Davies

Published by: Davray Music Limited/Sony ATV

Chord file


Girl, I want to be with you all of the time

[Spoken word]
Touring relationships are fine when the hotels take care of the housekeeping and you've got room service. But once you check back into the Reality Motel, the dust appears on the furniture, the laundry piles up, and there's no room service to clear away the trash. That's when the tempers get frayed, the emotions get heightened, and the fights break out. Once we tried renting an apartment together, but that was also a disaster.

I can't sleep when I write. My brain keeps working. The person in the apartment above me must have been an insomniac also, because he was still shuffling around at 3 a.m. Amazingly, he was shuffling around to the beat I had in my head, as if he were accompanying me. Then I decided to write the song for the unknown neighbour -- the unseen person above me -- as he listened to the fighting downstairs.

This song can be found on the following releases:

stereo mix (1:37), recorded 2013-2016 at Konk Studios, North London
Americana 21 Apr 2017 USA Sony Music/Legacy 88875102362 CD
Americana 21 Apr 2017 USA Sony Music/Legacy 889853 87101 12" vinyl 2-LP set (double album), 33 1/3 RPM
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