One time ago a crazy dream came to me
I dreamt I was walkin' into World War Three
I went to the doctor the very next day
To see what kinda words he could say
He said it was a bad dream
I wouldn't worry 'bout it none, though
Them old dreams are only in your head
The protagonist dreams of WWIII, so he goes to see a doctor who says he's only dreaming, assuring the protagonist that everything is fine.
I said, hold it, Doc, a World War passed through my brain
He said, nurse, get your pad, this boy's insane
He grabbed my arm, I said ouch
As I landed on the psychiatric couch
He said, tell me about it
The protagonist insists, saying that he saw a World War, so the doctor thinks the man is insane, sending him to a counselor, asking the protagonist what they saw.
Well, the whole thing started at three o'clock fast
It was all over by quarter past
I was down in the sewer with some little lover
When I peeked out from a manhole cover
Wondering who turned the lights on
The protagonist begins telling the doctor what he saw, starting in a sewer with a lover, and decides to peer out of a manhole cover to find out what is going on.
Well, I got up and walked around
And up and down the lonesome town
I stood a-wondering which way to go
I lit a cigarette on a parking meter
And walked on down the road
It was a normal day
After leaving the sewer, the protagonist walked around the town which seemed abandoned, although to him it was a normal day.
Well, I rung the fallout shelter bell
And I leaned my head and I gave a yell
Give me a string bean, I'm a hungry man
A shotgun fired and away I ran
I don't blame them too much though
They didn't know me
The protagonist then finds a fallout shelter, and asks the occupants for food, and they fire a shotgun at him instead.
Down at the corner by a hot-dog stand
I seen a man, I said, 'howdy friend'
I guess there's just us two
He screamed a bit and away he flew
Thought I was a Communist
The protagonist then says 'howdy' to a man operating a hotdog stand, causing the man to run away.
Well, I spied a girl and before she could leave
I said, let's go and play Adam and Eve
I took her by the hand and my heart it was thumpin'
When she said, hey man, you crazy or sumpin'
You seen what happened last time they started
The protagonist sees a woman, and invites her to go have sex, which she refuses.
Well, I seen a Cadillac window uptown
And there was nobody aroun'
I got into the driver's seat
And I drove down 42nd Street
In my Cadillac
Good car to drive after a war
The protagonist steals a Cadillac, and starts driving around.
Well, I remember seein' some ad
So I turned on my Conelrad
But I didn't pay my Con Ed bill
So the radio didn't work so well
Turned on my record player
It was Rock-A-Day, Johnny singin'
Tell your Ma, tell your Pa
Our loves are gonna grow ooh-wah, ooh-wah
While driving, the protagonist regards a an advertisement, so he attempts to turn on the radio, to discover the vehicle lacks one. Then he turns on the recorder, which begins playing "Rock-A-Day".
I was feelin' kinda lonesome and blue
I needed somebody to talk to
So I called up the operator of time
Just to hear a voice of some kind
When you hear the beep
It will be three o'clock
She said that for over an hour
And I hung up
Feeling lonesome, the protagonist calls an operator so he can have someone to talk to, only to find out that the operator was automated.
Well, the doctor interrupted me just about then
Sayin, Hey I've been havin' the same old dreams
But mine was a little different you see
I dreamt that the only person left after the war was me
I didn't see you around
The doctor interjects into the protagonist's story, saying again it is only a dream. The protagonist thinks he was the only person left after the war, and did not remember the doctor.
Well, now time passed and now it seems
Everybody's having them dreams
Everybody sees themselves walkin' around with no one else
Half of the people can be part right all of the time
Some of the people can be all right part of the time
But all of the people can't be all right all of the time
I think Abraham Lincoln said that
I'll let you be in my dreams if I can be in yours
I said that
The protagonist concludes, saying that everyone is having dreams of being lonely.