Definite Maybe

Written by: Ray Davies

Published by: Davray Music Ltd.

Chord file

Lyrics:

Got a letter through the post that says I don't exist.
Apparently the new computer thinks I won't be missed.
We need more facts, perhaps you would find out and forward them.
There's no proof or trace or date or place or where or when.
Central Information's got no news today (today).
Is there a change in my position?
No decision, no decision.

All I ever get is a definite maybe.

Head office thinks I'm dead,
But I'm not even ill.
How do I get attention,
Tell me who I have to kill.
Is there a change in my condition?
Not today.
The answer comes with repetition,
No decision, no decision.

'Round and 'round the circle goes,
Stood in line but the counter was closed.
And when I ask who is responsible,
Nobody knows, "Try one of those."

All I want is a yes or a no,
(All he wants is a yes or a no).
But all I ever get is a definite maybe.
Tried to make my life a misery,
But they don't want to know,
They don't want to know,
They don't want to know.

And all I ever get is a definite maybe.
No decision, no decision.

Surely there must be a way to open all the doors,
And wade through all the petty bureaucratic little laws.
Frustration everywhere I turn, I just get more and more.
Everyone's got problems and they've heard all mine before.

Oh, I'm tired of making endless calls.
(Somebody help this poor man.)
Banging my head against the wall.
I walk along an endless corridor,
Then I knock on the door, then I realize
That I've been there before.
No one here can hear my case.
So all I ever get is a definite maybe.
When they say, "no news today, get back in the queue,"
What can I do? What can I do? What can I do?
No decision, no decision.
No decision.
All I ever get (no decision) is a definite maybe (no decision).

This song can be found on the following releases:

stereo mix, recorded Feb-Mar 1983 at Konk Studios, Hornsey, London
State Of Confusion 1983 Brazil Arista (Ariola Discos Fonograficos) 812 945-18 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
State Of Confusion 24 May, 1983 USA Arista AL8-8018 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
State Of Confusion 24 May, 1983 USA Arista AC8-8018 Cassette
State Of Confusion 10 Jun, 1983 UK Arista 205 275 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
State Of Confusion 10 Jun, 1983 UK Arista 405 275 Cassette
State Of Confusion Dec 1983 Germany Arista 610.037-222 CD
State Of Confusion May 1984 USA Arista ARCD-8018 CD
State Of Confusion 27 Apr, 1999 USA Konk/Velvel 63467-79731-2 CD


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