Twisted – Stan Ridgway

You’re twisted, that’s what you are Just like a bee buzzin’ in a jar Frayed and ragged, spent and strained Watchin’ that water spin down the drain You think that no one sees ya hidin’ your dirt And no one sees the spots and stains on your shirt There’s a big empty room there behind […]

A Mission In Life – Stan Ridgway

It’s time to close upЁCЁCwe’re through Gotta clear it out So let’s drink up, it’s past two Girl, don’t push ’em out They can walk out on their own How many times I gotta tell you, Bob, You gotta drink up and go home I don’t run a business Just to talk to you all […]

Calling Out To Carol – Stan Ridgway

She could really twist the screws What’cha doin’ Monday And are you back on the booze? Now, I’ve been dooin’ some thinkin’ About Colorado Springs A dirty denim jacket And a seven-dollar ring Well, I’ve been keepin’ busy I’ve got lots of pots boiling on the stove Who’s that in the background I’m sorry that […]

End Of An Era – Stan Ridgway

The end of the side The end of relations The end of my mind The end of the shoreline The end of the heat The end of the cold The end of an era My conscience calls me to the phone Speaking voice telling me it’s time to go I think of the past, and […]

Tomorrow – Stan Ridgway

Think about the night before and everything I said I’ve made lots of promises I know that I can’t keep So I’ll do ’em tomorrow That seems like a pretty good idea to me Life is movin’ fasterЁCЁCI can feel it everyday I have trouble keepin’ up with what other people say Big problems in […]

Call Box (1-2-3) – Stan Ridgway

Voice keeps poppin’ on the call box out Mop-man, do you receive? Ten-four, I gotta pull out I got an ETA, five-thirty on the dot A little bit later, it’ll thicken the plot Chorus: They always tell me what’s not is not I just gotta get that 1-2-3 It’s funny how these things always happen […]

Triangle Head – Stan Ridgway

Right past Deadman’s Curve There’s a message in a bottle It’s a scandal, have you heard Now, the bishop’s wife just closed the door The birds don’t fly there anymore And the whole town is talking The whole town is talking Triangle head He sets a big steel trap He’ll find you out with a […]

End Of The Line – Stan Ridgway

You are my only confidant And my only friend Together we will share everything Until the very end Chorus: There’s no one here who shares my views Or sees the way I can see But there’s just one thing that you’ll understand You’ll have to even up with me At the end of the line […]

Lonely Town – Stan Ridgway

They all say that it’s a lonely town Wide open spacesЁCЁCempty rooms If the weather holds out, you can get there by noon Shadows crawl on the highway line Don’t rush, you’ve got time Pull into a donut shop And get a cup of mud Ask for directions from a plumber outside He says “;don’t […]

Dogs – Stan Ridgway

Other dog digs it up and finds A prize in store One dog dies and the other dogs go Dig him up a tomb, with his Name inscribed Chorus: And there, on his tombstone Carved so bold The words are clear and strong It says: This one is for the eyes For the eyes of […]

This Way Out – Stan Ridgway

Who’s got the word on the double talk? Hands on the wheel in a flash of steel We got a secret letter with a government seal And a ticket for a doomsday run We’re goin’ on a doomsday run Ticket for a doomsday run Bombs away Chorus: Gotta ticket for a doomsday run We’re goin’ […]

Nadine – Stan Ridgway

I thought I saw my future bride walking up the street I shouted to the driver, “;Hey, conductor, you must Slow down, I think I see her, please, let me off the bus”; Nadine Oh, honey, is that you Woah, Nadine Oh, honey, is that you Seems every time I see you, baby, you’ve got […]

Highway Song – Stan Ridgway

Sing it with me peopleЁCЁCit won’t be long Underneath the stars, the devil you say What you can’t sing now, you better throw away Chorus: I sing a-la-la-la-la-lalalala And everybody knows how to sing a highway song Like a needle in a haystack, I’ve been searchin’ round I got a bluesteel gun, and an old […]

Factory – Stan Ridgway

But the problem is, to say somethin’ Uh, you’ve got to say it And I still don’t remember a thing Since the funny gas come out of that pipe next to me I guess they didn’t okay it Now I rememberЁCЁCdid I tell ya? ЁCЁCcut my thumb off At the knuckle on a broken band […]

Back Towards Diamond Bar – Stan Ridgway

The snake will crawl, the raven fly And guilty hands will grip the wheel Keep on the road, no skid or peel And then I drove right down the road I saw myself in a cloud of dust I wanna drive, I wanna drive With a trunkload of sin I don’t know the mess I’m […]

I Wanna Be A Boss – Stan Ridgway

And I been taking telephone calls I can tell this job’s at the end of the line And I’m ready for the fall But I been watchin’ the boss carefully And he always seems to be havin’ a ball And then I scratch my head and wonder Why I’m down here and he’s up the […]

Goin’ Southbound – Stan Ridgway

But there’s a big truck waitin’ tonight at the pier Comin’ in on an east-bound boat Now, don’t be late for deliveryЁCЁChere, put this in your coat It’s a strange weight from an exotic locale Don’t worry about the cops, ’cause they’re in on it, pal Just pick it up no later than tonight at […]

The Big Heat – Stan Ridgway

A window open by the fire escape How long have you been following this guy, the bellboy asked Not long enough, ’cause we got here too late And everybody wants another piece of the pie today, he said You gotta watch the ones who always keep their hands clean Chorus: It’s the big heat, there’s […]

Good Times – Stan Ridgway

Its dark and lonely streets Rain falls on my face Mixed with salty tears Confirm your happiness Everything is looking good Look down, feel the pain Falling teardrops to the ground Chorus: Think back through the phrases Restore sanity to the mind You know she’s gone now Are these not the good times? Good times, […]

Wild Bill Donovan – Stan Ridgway

When a slip could get you killed A man appeared with a master plan And they called him Wild Bill He talked you ’round in circles When he was done, yeah, you knew less And he started up the company1 From what was left of the O. S. S.2 Chorus: Wild Bill, Wild Bill The […]

Mexican Radio – Stan Ridgway

And the touch of a world that is older I turn the switch and check the number I leave it on when in bed I slumber I hear the rhythms of the music I buy the product, and never use it I hear the talking of the deejay Can’t understandЁCЁCjust what does he say? Chorus: […]

Mama Had A Stove – Stan Ridgway

They say that I’m a stooge But all I’ve ever wanted Was back in Baton Rouge We’d paddle up the river Go fishin’ in a stream We’d see the people drinkin’ On the Mississippi Queen Chorus: And Mama had a stove And Daddy had a still Then Daddy ran away With his second cousin Jill […]