The Roxburghe Ballads

by Jerome Rankine

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1.
Spite 04:23
I’ll give you everything you want Yeah I’ll do that for you. If you would tell me what was wrong Then I’d fix it for you Was I wrong to assume That you’d melt at the sight of me? Was I leaving too soon? With wet pillows behind me With wet pillows behind me I’ll do it to spite you. I’ll tell you anything at all Yeah, I’ll say it to you. Then turn around and write a song And use it against you Had to stitch up my pride As it fell into disrepair Just a bit on the side Turned around and I wasn’t there. Turned around and I wasn’t there. Watching you weep From a great height above you I’d intervene And make it OK for you. Don’t be deceived, I’m stronger than steel without you Lifted the seas And painted the ocean. I’ll do it to spite you.
2.
I wish I could let out every drop, Until it hurts and I make myself stop. And I’ll wrap myself up in cotton wool Once I’m drunk, once my belly is full. We’d best get up or We might drown in The things we’ve said I’ll stitch you up and I’ll lie down here If you would let me There’s my lover waking up! This is something that I don’t need To think about right now It’s a sickness that I don’t need To feel better from It’s just something that I don’t need It’s just something that I don’t need Right now
3.
Good Advice 02:24
When you are struggling and covered in wax look to the sun ‘cause it melts you out. It helps you out each time you call. When all your pleasures leave blood on your hands Don’t even try ‘cause it won’t wash off. No it won’t come off until it’s time. That’s good advice. When all your choices are bottles of wine You’re tasting them all until you can’t stand up. You’ve got to sober up. When all of a sudden the wind’s at your back Don’t second guess how it all works out. It’ll all work out, always, for you. We’ve got a long way to go, walking through walls and bolted doors. It’s all around, it’s on the floor. We’re on our way. That’s good advice.
4.
Silver Lines 04:00
Resting my gaze on every face building a mask out of pretty eyes and I have to keep it on forever 'cause I'm going blind Read the writing on the wall Wind the winter back to fall See through the shine of city girls islands of perfume and painted doubts and I'll let you be this young forever 'cause I'm older now Everyday citizens, please don't try to pacify me I'm sober enough for driving and liquored enough to lie And I have to keep this up forever Sign your name right under mine though it's dark and boiling hot there's a cloud with silver lines we're the only thing we got
5.
Rose City 03:57
I want to fuck New York Feed her whiskey and diamonds Her nights are long, her temper’s short But I was prepared for that Her bank accounts are telescoping Heard it on her cellular ring City that drips gold as it spins Will you encounter that at all? I don’t miss the snows And bitters of Chicago And London is not my cup of tea Rose City, it’s all your fault So give it up New York You’re a whore yet you tease me Just settle down and hold me close How much will I pay for that? Your bank accounts are microscopic Felt you up while we were shopping Then passed out on Elizabeth Street Can you account for that at all? I don’t miss the snows And bitters of Chicago And London is not my cup of tea Rose City, it’s all your fault I don’t mean no disrespect New York Your head is still a mess Fell asleep behind the wheel In Manhattan we have our fun Then freeze to death in blazing sun This time the signs are real This time the signs were mine You give us so much choice But we’re taking the subway
6.
Did anybody tell you it’s all in the bag? So clear away the crisis that you never had. And you should take the day off And fill it up with just you Laughing your face off Serves you right, it’s better Learn how to travel light I’m still on LA time The hits are on tonight Live via satellite If you’re nice I’ll cut out your tongue For advanced communication Trust me, I am not lying this time If you’re nice I’ll cut out your tongue For advanced communication Your words echo and scroll through my mind Did anybody tell you it’s all in the bag? So clear away the crisis that you never had. Learn how to travel light I’m still on LA time The hits are on tonight Live via satellite
7.
You could’ve you should’ve and you would’ve But you couldn’t so you didn’t and you don’t You’re pouring it out and rolling it up and your will is gone What if your world was all unstable And turning over What if your sail was made of rainbows? It’s always better when your eyes stay closed It’s always different when I get close You’re feeling something and you want to take your time
8.
Open Wide 03:30
Bringing the dead to life The colors are blowing through the house you work at Trading it all for time The living are eating cakes and sipping drinks with it Remember to light the light The monster eats orphans: His mouth is open wide Open wide Under my bed This must be the season For fudging lines And dodging mines above the ground Pick the lock of reason To steal the hours The monster’s mouth is open Open wide Under my bed
9.
Pixels 02:24
10.
When you are struggling and covered in wax look to the sun ‘cause it melts you out. It helps you out each time you call. When all your pleasures leave blood on your hands Don’t even try ‘cause it won’t wash off. No it won’t come off until it’s time. That’s good advice. When all your choices are bottles of wine You’re tasting them all until you can’t stand up. You’ve got to sober up. When all of a sudden the wind’s at your back Don’t second guess how it all works out. It’ll all work out, always, for you. We’ve got a long way to go, walking through walls and bolted doors. It’s all around, it’s on the floor. We’re on our way. That’s good advice.

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released October 24, 2007

All songs by Jerome Rankine
Recorded at The Den in New York, except as noted

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