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Ricky Ross - What You Are (1996)

01 Good Evening Philadelphia  
02 Icarus
03 Cold Easter
04 What You Are
05 Radio On
06 When Sinners Fall
07 Jack Singer
08 The Lovers
09 Wake Up And Dream
10 Rosie Gordon Lies So Still
11 Promise You Rain
12 Love Isn't Hard Its Strong


Good Evening Philadelphia

Good evening
Philadelphia
I can`t believe what I just said
I got up again
Like a monkey
And I raged right through the set
We went outside
Into an autumn wind
Running scared from the crowd
Headed out for an all night cafe
Where the waitresses got off on singing loud

I`m just a small town noise
I`m just a
Small town noise
I`m just a small town noise
I`m just a
Small town noise

Easy does it
Washington D.C.
What a state you`re in
Looks like you`ve cracked
A hundred hallelujahs
Through
Fifty nights of sin
You get hungry for some leg over easy
Or packing someone`s pistol in the hood
It doesn`t mean
You`re not as fucking boring
As some dirty dark river that don`t move

I`m just the village voice
I`m just the
Village voice
I`m just the village voice
I`m just the
Village voice
I`m just the village voice
I found out that

I realise
I need you
More than you need me
I realise
I need you
More than you need me

Goodbye
Denver Colorado
Goodbye Portland Maine
So long
Baden Baden
So bad they named you once again
We`ll be breezing through the
Windy city
For the
Last time you`ll see
The only way the traffic`ll stop
Is if some angel flies down and touches me

I`m just the village voice
I`m just the
Village voice
I`m just the village voice
I`m just the
Village voice
I`m just the village voice
I found out that

I realise
I need you
More than you need me
I realise
I need you
More than you need me

Icarus

Take my wings and take my hands
Put a weight round
Where I stand
And bind these ropes around my feet
If they`re not tied
I can`t concede

To never chase around the stars
Always the shadow
Of where you are
Only I`m as silent
As the sun
And as faithful
When I come

And I`d join you in your dreams
And if nothing comes between
I`ll meet you out
Across the milky way

Let some light fall in this cell
Give me a pen so I can tell
Of transcendent radiance half seen
From today to what might be

But you might wake me when you come
And if all this joy is done
I`ll come riding out
Across the milky way

And I`d join you in your dreams
And if nothing comes between
I`ll meet you out
Across the milky way


Cold Easter

There`s gonna be trouble from the start
When you break somebody`s heart
You hope the damage does them good
Like it does you
You put a rock around my heart
And you know the killing part
Is sunday morning
When nothing rolled away

Cold
Easter
It rained on the parade
Cold
Easter
God everything`s the same

I took the car through where you`d been
I couldn`t see anything you`d seen
I thought riverside drive
Went on and on
And I got a chill right through my soul
When I found out the ride can`t go
Round forever and forever
Amen

Cold
Easter
It rained on the parade
Cold
Easter
God everything`s the same


What You Are

You`re in a car
A pale blue car
Under some sky
Some northern sky
The radio`s on
Some music`s playing
Fingers are moving
And your lips are singing
I`m a fool
I`m a fool
For even thinking
That`s what you are


Still on the road
That`s where I see you
Stop at a lay by
And lightly sleeping
The music`s playing
So far away now
Your hands aren`t moving
So what are they saying
I`m a fool
I`m a fool
For even thinking
That`s what you are


You`re moving out now
And talking to strangers
They`re telling stories
Your eyes say it`s easy
They`re giving you reasons
To keep on going
Wheels keep on turning
Things keep on selling

And here`s your jacket
And here`s your cuff links
And here`s some letters
And a hundred worthless things
You kept them unhidden
Maybe hoped we`d find them
They lie unopened
For no one to own them

I`m a fool
I`m a fool
I`m a fool
I`m a fool
For even thinking
For even thinking
For even thinking
For even thinking
That`s what you are


Radio On

Under a dark storm coming
They found the car out in the lake
A crowd had gathered on the shoreline
Two tons of black on steel plate
They put some chains all around it
And a hoist up on the pier
Hung above the surface like a prize catch
Wriggling till the water disappeared

You`ve gotta have a reason to be
Gotta reason to be
Gotta reason to be

I`ve got my radio on
The wind is blowing
Everything is shining
In the winter sun
The winter sun

Down on the beach one July morning
Just as the dawn had hit the sand
Sun caught her heels and summer cotton
An extra rock out on the land
Kids dropped their nets and ran over
And saw the tears upon the skin
And how her gold and pearl earrings
Couldn`t stop the water coming in

You`ve gotta have a reason to be
Gotta reason to be
Gotta reason to be

I`ve got my radio on
The wind is blowing
Everything is shining
In the winter sun
I`ve got my radio on
The wind is blowing
Everything is shining
In the winter sun

Down on the beach one July morning
Just as the dawn had hit the sand
Sun caught her heels and summer cotton
An extra rock out on the land

An extra rock out on the land

An extra rock out on the land


When Sinners Fall

You always saw the best in me
Even when you knew the worst in me
Always something I forgot to say
You took a while to say what others said
Even when I walked away

We all know
When sinners fall
So what`s the point
In a wind drowned call
I`m just a sinner
Falling out of your life again

You took a while to set me free
Especially knowing how happy I`d be
There`s always some who`ll only say
What a mess better leave him be
Let the devil take the rest and then we`ll see

We all know
When sinners fall
So what`s the point
In a wind drowned call
I`m just a sinner
Falling out of your life again

First you say wheels
You`re wanting them to carry you
Next you say leave
Find a place to hide away
Then you say blood
Soon enough we all do
Then you`ve had enough

We`d better tell the waiting ones
I only acted like they said I`d always done

It`s no surprise
This sinner fell
They`re only glad
`Cause they could always tell
He`s just a sinner
They`re only mad because I crashed
Into your arms again

Into your arms again


Jack Singer

You come
Awake
And lie in a bed
Of fevered state
You rise
Again
And open a curtain
To find only night
Coming in

The dream
Comes back
Your up on the stage now
Slumped collapsed
Everything is blurred
The people come
They come at you all at once
The man at the front says all he wants is Jack Singer

I`m so sorry
For what I`ve done
Against all forecasts
I`ve been the one
Who turned the world round
And made it pass
Through hell`s own corner
God we made it at last

I`m here
Tonight
Up on the stage now
Doing my thing
And that`s all
The worst
Thing ever
Is to sing to the Gods
And discover nothing coming back
That`s all there is there


The Lovers

The lovers baby
They walk through the earth
And nothing at all now
Is going to change what it`s worth
They`re lovers baby
And everyone knows
That only lovers girl
Follow where love goes

You can feed me darling
You can keep me even
But I don`t pretend that
It all means anything

Unless we`re lovers baby
Don`t come and go
We only sleep through the world
And the world doesn`t know
About lovers baby
We wait a long time
But once it all happens
It all comes right

There`s no evidence darling
There`s no steps in the sand
I couldn`t even place
A ring on your hand

But we were lovers baby
And we waited our time
Till the waters had rolled
And the clocks had chimed
We`re lovers baby
We wait a long time
We`re lovers baby
Love is on time

Love is on time
Love is on time
Love is on time


Wake Up And Dream

I need to wake up soon
So very soon
Into the light zone
Into the light
I`m falling forwards
And into sight
And running backwards
And falling down

They cheer they cheer

Under a piercing and
Blinding light
The crowd all gather
Singing
Right on right on
But there`s no dark corner
Only
Centre stage
The crowd gets restless
I begin to say

I don`t know if you know
I care I`m here
I`m only barely holding on
To something that is real
I`ll stand up to the noise and light
Until everything requires
I might be heard
Or else wake up
And dream
Dream
Dream

He`s so good looking
The traffic stops
He`s a politician
A heavenly cop
Words of healing
Fall from his lips
Lifting up the weak
Is in his gift

People say yeah
To the hall of office
And the foreign stage
Maybe at last
The world`s a
Better place
He`s brought down swiftly
By the
Hand of fate
The people weep
And the thought remains

When you fight for every breath
Do you stop to think about your friends or do you
Realise
That in that moment separating life and death
You want to take what you can get
And maybe
Only wake up
But not
Dream


Rosie Gordon Lies So Still


Don`t be afraid to let the rain come in
Don`t be frightened for your skin
The heart`s as open as it`s
Ever been

It doesn`t beat
Or break or cry
There`s only earth
And grass and sky

Now you stretch beneath the
Beating sun
Within the minute of all time
The grass and trees don`t for a
Second long

Pause to say
Hello goodbye
To where you live
Or when you die
They know nothing about your heart
They know nothing about your heart

Rosie Gordon lies so
Very still
Under the carpet
Of the earth
If this won`t wake you then
Nothing will

They cut your clothes
Round your blackened skin
You`d never know
Where life begins until you learn
They know nothing about your heart
They know nothing about your heart
They knew nothing about your heart

It doesn`t beat
Or break or cry
There`s only earth
And grass and sky
They know nothing about your heart
They know nothing about your heart
They know nothing about your heart

Promise You Rain

Please remember
Please remember you`ll know why
This is nowhere
This is nowhere then you die

We`ll maybe not like it
We`ll maybe not like it
When we die
We`ll maybe not like it
We`ll maybe not like it
When we die

So I could promise you rain
But it would only
Bring you down again

Here`s to you girl
To you and me into the
Bright blue yonder
We had it coming
A little bit of what you like
Will only haunt you

Your eyes will open
Your eyes will open to the light
You`ll maybe not like it
If what you like`s what made you blind

So I could promise you rain
But it would only
Bring you down again

There`s an old man
Used to pass this way so much
He seems to know it
It seems a shame that we`ve lost touch
It wouldn`t scare me
It wouldn`t scare me if he spoke
It wouldn`t scare me
It wouldn`t scare me if he spoke

So I could promise you rain
But it would only
Bring you down again
So I could promise you rain
But it would only
Bring you down again
But it would only
Bring you down again
But it would only
Bring you down again


Love Isn't Hard Its Strong

Whatever I call you`s your name
You`ll get on with it just the same
Sometimes you`ll blame me
And think that love is hard

Your lover`ll break your heart
Make you make a brand new start
He`ll say that nothing`ll touch him
You`ll think that love is hard

It`s your birth
It`s your birth
It`s your birth
It`s your birth

Love isn`t hard it`s strong
True love will never be wrong
Whenever you know it
You`ll think that love is hard

When Icarus crashed from the sun
Some boatmen looking on
Saw only a golden
Bright beautiful dawn

It`s your life
It`s your life

It`s hard to watch you on your own
Getting up and growing old
Trying to remember
Love isn`t hard it`s strong

It`s your love
It`s your love

It`s your love
It`s your love