Ragged Ass Road Album

Artist(s): Tom Cochrane

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Tracklist

I Wish You Well

length: 4:24

I'm gonna check my scars at home
Gonna cash my chips and roam
Gonna walk before you fade to black

I'm gonna write a new resume
I'm gonna write you off the page
I'm gonna take what we might take away

And you will find a brighter
You might find a brighter day
Oh

And in another year
The pain will disappear and I
Will look back on this life as if it were a scene
In a film somebody made for you and me
I wish you well

Oh I wish you well
Na na na na na na na
I wish you well

She wants to be set free
Wants the space to feel love and be angry and I
I watch her bounce off the walls
While the chips they start to fall

And then in a little while I see
That distant smile returning
Just like a ghost in a dream
That we had way back when
And then she'll turn and smile and say
Come again

Oh
And in another year
The pain will disappear
We'll look back on this life as if it were a scene
Somebody wrote about you and me
Somebody wrote about you and me
I wish you well

I cannot believe
There's nothing left to save
Hard as a hammer she wants me
To come again and again (And in another year)

I'm down on my knees (The pain will disappear)
Won't you come again
Don't you need relief
Don't you need relief

And in another year
The pain will disappear and I
Will look back on this life
As if it were a scene

And in a little while I see
That distant smile returning
Just like back in the days
When we were so naive
In a film somebody, somebody made
I wish you well

I wish you well
Oh
I wish you well
I wish you well
I wish you well
I wish you well
I wish you well
Na na na na na na
I wish you well

Wildest Dreams

length: 4:12
You talks as if in riddles
You talk as if in rhymes
Down in the lion's lair
Stroke yourself to feel so fine
And what are you afraid of
Afraid to get so touched
When you begin to feel
Is it way, way too much

Have you lost your sense of purpose
And who can stand alone
There's no more circus here
There's nothing carved in stone
I see you down in the desert
And on a lonely beach
I'll hold you in those places
Where no one else can reach you

For comfort there

[CHORUS]
In your wildest dreams
We can talk until we say something
It don't mean a thing
I will be there
When you come back down oh yeah

I'll hold you in the desert
And on a lonely beach
I'll hold you in these places
Where no one else can reach you
The words cannot reveal this
Nothing's carved in stone
So maybe don't hide around it
This is something you can own

I want you when you're bad
I want you when you're good
I want you when you won't
And when you think you should
I want you when you're angry
And when you come back down
I'll hold you above water
When you think that you might drown

Go under
[CHORUS]
I look back in
And you'll be smiling once again
I turn around
Just as the sun comes shining in on you
We have not lost
But just begun

[CHORUS]
In your wildest dreams
We can talk until we say something
It don't mean a thing
For now and ever
We've just begun

Just Scream

length: 4:54
I'm so tired of all this crap
That falls from you like rain
Do you think that I'm that naive
Or have you gone insane
You can fly 6000 miles
And think its no big deal
And turn and come back in
Anytime you feel
If there's something more need
I cried for you, I would've died for you
Tell it to someone who wants to hear
When the silence starts to haunt you

Just scream
let the voices out, lord
Just scream
Let the voices out

Someone calls me up
And says that you want out
Cause you don't have the guts yourself
And is there any doubt
That you don't know yourself
What you do and don't believe
Are delusions are your own way
Of escaping reality

Let your conscience be your guide
What's real to you
How does it feel to you
Don't believe all that's fed to you
And when the silence starts to haunt you

Just scream
Now it's gone for sure
And your hands wet on the wheel
Does it feel like the world stopped it's turning

Just scream
Just scream
Let the voices out, lord
Just scream
Let the voices know you're there

Has he gotten all he needs
It's so easy
It's so sleazy
To steel from someone who's back is turned
When the karma starts to break through

Just scream
Let the voices out, lord
Just scream
Like I did for you

Just scream
Let the voices out, lord
Just scream

Paper Tigers

length: 3:56
Keep your powder dry and warm
through the coming darkest storm
All the fear that's sent your way
through your eyes you might wash away
When you can
Still your lantern's strong and bright
Even through the darkest night
All those paper tigers
All their lies they might have sold you
Might be wasted on
One so young that you're old again
She walks out through the wind and the rain

They can't give you all those things
No pot of gold no big brass ring
Stay on the road for the night has come
Perhaps at dawn we will be like one again

All those paper tigers
All the lies they might have been sold you
Might be wasted on
One so young that you're old again
Sylvia walks out through the wind and the rain
Still the shock rips you through every nerve
In the bell jar nothing can be heard

I would walk with you
I would talk with you
I would do anything that would get you through
Draw the line for you
Take the fifth for you
I would stand on a bridge and jump off it too

All those paper tigers
All the lies they might have told you
Might be wasted on
One so young that you're old again
All those paper tigers
All the lies your mother told you
Might be wasted on
One so young that you're old again
She walks out through the wind and the rain

Crawl

length: 4:15
She's got a place where she likes to hide from this
Where someday somewhere somehow
She's gonna take a ride from this
Running from a holy host of dark angels
Out from her beaten past
Takes a bus down from nowhere to somewhere
Where love was made to last
Don't know where this might lead
But the light shines for her still
Ain't gonna crawl
No...ain't gonna crawl no more
No...ain't gonna lay down here at your door
You might find her looking
On the outside there and more
Ain't gonna crawl no more
No...no more
Won't crawl

She took so much abuse
Like a scared little girl
Down at fourth street and bleaker
In the soho world
Feels like an outcast there
But there's one thing she knows for sure

Ain't gonna crawl
No...ain't gonna crawl no more
No...ain't gonna lay down here at your door
You might find her looking
On the outside there for more
Ain't gonna crawl no more

Crazy
How the future starts to unwind
Hazy
Still some things get defined in their own way
In their own way

No...ain't gonna crawl no more
No...ain't gonna lay down here at your door
You might find me looking
On the outside there and more
I ain't gonna crawl no more
No...no more

Like a sad dark angel child
Lookin' for that door
But you can't find it anywhere
Can't find it anywhere
But there's one thing she knows for sure
Ain't gonna crawl

Ragged Ass Road

length: 4:46
Moving out, can you see that shine
Feel the change as you roll on down the line
Where the shore fires burn out on a new frontier
Where the past don't haunt you and there's
Nothing else to fear

Baby don't you hold out too long
they might not let you be

(CHORUS)
Movin' out feel the wind in your hair
Where the sun shines at night, I can take you there
To the land of the midnight sun,
Ragged *** Road

I carried you, you carried me
Nothin' we can't hold, nothing we can't be
They've taken everything and what have they put back
I really don't give a damn 'cause there's nothin here that we lack

Baby don't you hold out too long
They might not set you free

(CHORUS)
They might not want to let you see
They can't hold on, as your soul might not let you be,
Stand back while it burns
for the midnight sun Ragged *** Road

All the time, again and again
Standin' out where you might see them shine
Oh did you find the midnight sun
Down on Ragged *** Road

Are you out there everybody out there with me
Shout it out, shout it out there, one more time
to the land of the midnight sun
Ragged *** Road

She's a dandy, yeah you bet
There's some things that you haven't seen yet
In the land of the midnight sun
Ragged *** Road

Flowers in the Concrete

length: 4:03
Tilting at windmills on a downtown street
O the big grey landscape has lost its sheep
She wears a tight smile as she's walking the beat
Looking for a little fame
This ain't no oliver twist - no mister brownlow here
She gathers enough spare change to get
Something to eat
She takes emeralds and ecstasy on a journey that's
Miles and miles away from danger

She just wants to be happy now

CHORUS
She's living on the street
Flowers in the concrete
What a beautiful beat
Flowers in the concrete

Walking on lines of poetry
She's a shakesperian tragedy
Between the beatniks the bums and the bohemians
There's always somebody on the run
Trying to get away from that danger
She's just trying to get away from
The stranger

CHORUS

She dances on the pavement
Likes she's the only one
Who's a stranger

In a cloudburst she starts to cry
You have to do the weirdest things just to
stay alive
I'm going down to meet my fate at the
Jesus saves sign
Maybe get lucky- maybe find my smile yeah

CHORUS

Dreamer's Dream

length: 4:59
If I was a sailor man
If I was lost at sea
I'd see your light shining there
Off the rocks, off the sand
That light would be all that I'd see
And if I was the king of the world
With all the world to set free
You'd be the one there to force my hand
To make a stand
Give me that sweet release
Those are the dreams that a
Dreamer Dreams
Those are the dreams
That he dreams
That he dreams
Fill you up so high
So high you wouldn't come down
Those are the dreamers dreams

If I could see in you
All the things you want me to
And if I could walk a mile in your shoes
An old cliche, anyway
But if you could just do the same
There's nothing we couldn't so
Surround you with a silver crown
Fill you up so high
So high you wouldn't come down

Those are the dreamers dreams
Those are the dreams That a Dreamer dreams
Those are the dreams
That he dreams
Fill you up so high
So high you won't come down
Those are the dreamers dreams

...For Kathy

Message (Rise Up Again)

length: 4:34
The message is faint, but it's coming in clear
Meet by the lake far away from here
The place we'd meet, way back when
Hearts as one
Can you show me how it feels again
Where the moon rises up again
Shining down on your hot white skin
And you know it
Can you reach it

Feeling good like we just don't care
Feeling fine with the moon in your hair
Moon's up down on outlet beach
Something's wild wild wild and there's nothing
We can't reach
Rise up, rise up again
Rise up, rise up again
Come on

Rise up, rise up again
Like a bird with it's wing that's on the mend
I see you like I did back then
So bloody proud with your hands not shaking
Rage against the falling light
The desire is strong and the love is right
And you know it
And you reach it
And you know it
And you reach it

The music's up, the music's loud
A hot night's calling and we're feeling proud
Moon's up down on outlet beach
Something's wild wild wild and there's nothing
We can't reach
Rise up, rise up again
Rise up, rise up again
Come on

Feeling good feeling fair feeling fine like we just
don't care
And the music's up, the music's loud
A hot night's calling and we're feeling proud
Feeling good like we just don't care
Feeling fine with the moon in your hair
Moon's up down on outlet beach
Something's wild wild wild and there's nothing
We can't reach

Best Waste of Time

length: 4:37
Gets so you can't recognize the gentlemen from the jerks
Verbal masturbation prime time on the air
Outside there's another rights parade
Somebody hands you isms of despair

(CHORUS)
And we were sitting in this room
You and me and these four walls
Talking through each others eyes
And saying nothing nothing nothing at all
And it was the best waste of time I ever had
It was the best waste of time I ever had
It was the best waste of time I ever had
It was the best waste of time I ever had

Criminals are big in a world with a misplaced soul
Forget about that old rainbow
Going straight for the pot of gold
We carry umbrellas today
Yea, we're catching lots of rain
There'll be 535 ways to go, ways to go insane

(CHORUS)

I don't want to feel incarcerated by everything I see
It was you and me and we threw away the key
And said nothing nothing nothing nothing at all
And it was the best waste of time I ever had
It was the best waste of time I ever had
It was the best waste of time I ever had
It was the best waste of time I ever had


Will of the Gun

length: 4:47
I find it hard to imagine
This world without guns and wars
When we have our own private battles
Our own bashing and slamming of doors
What makes us want to hurt each other
Can you help me to understand
Why does history repeat itself
And a man keep killing a man
CHORUS
If i believe like you believe
Then I guess we can be one
But when it comes down to the crossfire babe
It's down to the will off the gun
I get so tired by how late it's got
That I wonder if i'm awake or not
We've come this far but there's so far to go
We've learned so much but we still don't know
We used to care for each other
I remember we were good friends once
But now we barely talk to each other
We got nothing to say: and the deal is done

CHORUS

Are we oblivious to the stains on the sheets
Have we grown immune to the blood on the street
The colour of my flag ain't the colour of your skin
Why must somebody lose so
Somebody can win

If I believe like you believe
Then I guess we can be one
But when it comes down to the crossfire babe
It's down to the will of the gun
If I believe like you believe
Then I guess it comes down to religion
But when it comes down to the crossfire babe
It's down to the will
Down to the will of the gun
Ooooo...the will of the gun



Song Before I Leave

length: 4:34
Just a song before I leave
A few words to believe in
A touch we'll both remember in time
Like a warm fire in December
They'll remind us who is real
And who is just passing by
A small taste of what once was
The sweet smell of some bright springtime
CHORUS

And I'll remember
Sunflowers on your breast
And I'll remember
That halston that you'd wear the best
And I'll remember your fatal touch
And when it all becomes too much
I'll pretend I don't care...
I don't care...I don't care...anymore

Did he come to comfort you?
When you were feeling down
And was he there to listen
I listened but then I drowned in it
Behind your silent seal
Were nothing gets revealed
And maybe your eyes can't fake
What your heart no longer feels

And I'll remember
Sunflowers on your breast
And I'll remember
That halston that you'd wear the best
And I'll remember your fatal touch
When it all becomes too much
I'll pretend I don't care...
I don't care...I don't care...

Maybe sometimes over distant lines
When the words ring true to you
Then you might see
Ooooh maybe then sometimes
When you know it's safe and clear
Then you can think of me out here
And remember the good times that we had

CHORUS
Just a song before I leave
A few words to believe in
A touch we'll both remember in time
Like a warm fire in December