Song Lyric Sunday — Imaginary Lover

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday prompt, Jim Adams themes are “fiancé,” “husband,” “lover,” and “wife.” The song that immediately came to mind was “Imaginary Lover” from the Atlanta Rhythm Section.

“Imaginary Lover” was a 1978 hit single by the Atlanta Rhythm Section, an American Southern rock band, formed in 1971. It was written by lead singer Perry Carlton “Buddy” Buie, drummer Robert Nix, and keyboardist Dean Daughtry. “Imaginary Lover” was the first release and biggest hit from the band’s album Champagne Jam. The song reached number 7 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

As the title suggests, the song is about the virtues of fantasy and “private pleasure” as being an easy way to guaranteed satisfaction in the absence of an actual lover. It’s about how fantasized lovers can often be superior to real, flesh and blood lovers. Imaginary lovers are flawless, the song implies, while real people have flaws. Fantasy lovers eliminate the complications of relating to an actual partner as well as the possibilities of disagreement, rejection, or boredom. In an interview, Buie was asked if the song was about masturbation. He emphatically answered, “Yes!”

Here are the lyrics to the song.

Imaginary lovers
Never turn you down
When all the others turn you away
They’re around
It’s my private pleasure
Midnight fantasy
Someone to share my
Wildest dreams with me
Imaginary lover you’re mine anytime
Imaginary lovers, oh yeah

When ordinary lovers
Don’t feel what you feel
And real-life situations lose their thrill
Imagination’s unreal
Imaginary lover, imaginary lover
You’re mine anytime

Imaginary lovers never disagree
They always care
They’re always there when
You need satisfaction guaranteed
Imaginary lover, imaginary lover
You’re mine all the time
My imaginary lover
You’re mine anytime

12 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday — Imaginary Lover

    • Fandango November 22, 2020 / 11:47 am

      I haven’t heard it in quite a while and, I agree, it’s a good song.

      Liked by 1 person

  1. newepicauthor November 22, 2020 / 7:53 am

    I guess that an imaginary lover could be a plastic fantastic lover. This is a nice song from a group that I never paid any attention to. I love the guitars.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. J-Dub November 22, 2020 / 8:52 am

    I had forgotten about this song. Always enjoyed it. Especially the piano.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Carol anne November 23, 2020 / 7:16 am

    Those lyrics are good! I enjoyed the song selection this week fandango!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango November 23, 2020 / 9:51 am

      Thanks, Carol Anne. I’m glad you liked it.


  4. leigha66 November 28, 2020 / 1:43 am

    I haven’t heard this one in ages! Just curious, I love all the background information you get for these challenges, where does it come from?

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango November 28, 2020 / 11:55 am

      Some from Wikipedia, some from a site called “Songfacts,” some from the artists’ website, some from another site called “songmeanings.”

      Liked by 1 person

      • leigha66 November 29, 2020 / 12:38 am

        Well you do a good job of researching them every week… thank you for the wealth of information!

        Liked by 1 person

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