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Ricky Ross - B Sides & More (1996 - Present)

Most of these lyrics are unconfirmed and may contain mistakes.

Deathwork Song
Always Alone
My Friend Tonight
Shake Some Action
The River Is Wide
Ghost
Only Love Remains
The Young Rascals
The North Star

Deathwork Song

Let's sing a song for all the workmen
Working on the carpark down by here
Wrecking through the tombstones and the granite
Cutting through the bone here
Sweeping all the dust here
Crunching all the dirt down
Lifting it up and putting it down

For once the sun beats down so warmly
As the earthmovers come on so strong
Move some hard old century closer
Move it from the earth
Put it on the truck
Drive the truck away
Lift it all up and put it all down

And now the site stands still and silent
As the men come circling around
To see the bag left in the ground here
Must have been a time ago
Can't have been that old
Must have been so lonely
So lift up and set it down

I can see my father in his place now
It's many years away from here
Lying back in sleep that's short and deep
I think he's a good man
I feel his good hands
They seemed so soft then
When they were setting us up and putting us down

Always Alone

Always another time
Getting lost in a different dream
Star crossed and never scared to name it
He once was a roving man
Now he wears his wedding band
Never times to waste not being together

Maybe there's a million years
A thousand leagues of fallen tears still falling
We're always alone

She'll be your roving girl
Travel out and in your world
She'll bring you gifts you never thought to mention
Kind words and kisses sweet
High walls and windows deep
To keep safe but show there's nothing worth your missing

Maybe there's a veil of tears
A tapestry of leaden cares we'll share in
We're always alone

Maybe there's a veil of tears
Tapestry of leaden cares we'll share in
We're always alone
So good alone

My Friend Tonight

The only one with a party dress
That could fall in blue waves upon the floor
And step the country waltz that I'd seen her dance
On her front lawn of her house all alone

She lies still beside me with the t.v. on
I see her mummy look so sad
Turn down the volume and watch worried women weep
And touch the ring on her frozen hand

But she's my friend tonight
She's my friend tonight

Now I watch the flames leap up into the sky
From a fire that swallows all her clothes
She's stretched across a floor that's never been her home
I'll take her with me when i go

But she's my friend tonight
She's my friend tonight

We're young again
Oh you never missed me this way...

But she's my friend tonight
She's my friend tonight


Shake Some Action
(Cover version - Flamin' Groovies)

I will find a way
To get to you some day.
Oh, but I, babe, I'm so afraid I'll fall, yeah.
Now can't you hear me call?

Shake some action's what I need
To let me bust out at full speed.
I'm sure that's all you need
To make it all right.

It's taken me so long
To get where I belong
Oh, but, oh, please don't send me back that way, yeah.
For I will make you pay.

Shake some action's what I need
To let me bust out at full speed.
I'm sure that's all you need
To make it all right.

If you don't dig what I say
Then I will go away.
And I won't come back this again. No.
'Cause I don't need a friend.

Shake some action's what I need
To let me bust out at full speed.
I'm sure that's all you need
To make it all right.
To make it all right


The River Is Wide

The river is wide
The river is wide
The river is as broad and white as satan's smile
The soul of man can never hide
The river is wide
The river is wide

The river is calm
The river is calm
The river's as safe as a babe asleep in a mamma's arms
The soul of man needs a soothing balm
The river is calm
The river is calm

The day is long
The day is long
The day's own light is faint and wan
I'm as weak as I am strong
The river is wide
The day is long


Ghost

I've been dancing round your grave
Cos' I'm always much to scared
Hope you've longed to say
I never liked the way you dressed
Or the cheap ways you impressed
It gets better now your dead

Thats O.K.
I'm not afraid
Not afraid what anyone says now

I can sit around all day
Don't need to hear you say
You'll regret it at  my age
And I'm frozen on this stage
I'm blinded by the gaze
Waited for me to say

Its not O.K.
To be this scared
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I don't need your ghost
Coming back, coming back coming back

Just as the dark began to fall
I caught you singing in the hall
But for the beauty of it all


Only Love Remains

Everything gets broken
And pushed aside
Sympathy will be spoken
Even faith will die

I've got a thing about wheels
Everything returning
I've got a thing about wheels
I've got a thing about wheels

Love, Love, Love only love remains

Where we are standing
Is where they put 'em in the earth
All his beautiful faces
There's nothing of him left

I've got to walk through that earth
I've got to walk through that earth
I've got to live through that death
I've got to live through that death

Love , Love , Love only love remains
Love , Love , Love only love remains                                                                                                                           

The Young Rascals
(Unreleased)

She lives up on a house there on the hill
It looks over the river and the fields
And she tells the world what she wills
I hope she never loses patience
I hope she never looks my way

We climbed up to the top so we could see
And suddenly the world was so much clearer
And every way we looked we saw the sea
I hope it stays so blue
I hope we're always me and you

Here comes the ice cream man again
Fifteen hundred pounds of candy fun
The young rascals love the sun
They love the sun

So we ride around the house up on the hill
When darkness falls it all calms down so still
Where everything is for ever and for real
I'm taking nothing when i go
I can't help letting people know

Here comes the ice cream man again
Fifteen hundred pounds of candy fun
The young rascals love the sun
They love the sun

Ha, ha, ha,
Ha, ha, ha,
Ha, ha, ha,
Ha, ha, ha,

r.a.ross april 24th '92


The North Star

I'm holding on to the north star
In case the others all slip away
'Cause the night can be so empty
And so grey
I'll take my line from the hunter
With his lion skin as his shield
He stands there scared of nothing
But what he feels

And he might be home early
And he might be home late
But he won't understand what you say
But you'll say it anyway

Standing under the north star
Only hoping it's still there
'Cause the morning will bring me nothing
When it finally gets here
And he might be home early
And he might be home late
But he won't understand what you say
But you'll say it anyway

'Cause there's only one thing I know now
'Cause there's only one thing I know now
'Cause there's only one thing I know now
'Cause there's only one thing I know now