Ride On



Way down, deep dark and funky
Tie me tie me to your bed
Ride on lady I'm your monkey
Yes the organ grinder's gettin' wet
Ride on

Will the last dollar bill
Be dragged from the sand
On another man's land
Another man ridin' on another man's dream

A full car on a boulevard
The main issue
I don't want to miss you
I put you on my list you
I put you on my list you

Way down deep dark and funky
Tie me, tie me to your bed
Ride on lady I'm your monkey
Yes the organ grinder's gettin' wet
Ride on

Will the last dollar bill
Be dragged from the sand
On another man's land
Another man ridin' on another man's dream
Sittin' in the doorway, a beggar in the light
Lucky as the strike
It's alright
Just I caught ya playin' with the light

The main issue
Don't wanna miss you
Caught in a brace you
I don't wanna miss you
I put you on my list you
I put you on my list you

A full car on a boulevard
The main issue
I don't wanna miss you
Callin' to bless you
I don't wanna miss you
I put you on my list you
I put you on my list you


Lyrics by:
Squire / Brown

Music by:
Squire / Brown

Written:
1995

Personnel:
John Squire (guitar)
Ian Brown (vocals)
Gary Mounfield (bass)
Alan Wren (drums)

Produced by:
Simon Dawson

Available on:
Ten Storey Love Song single (b-side) (5.45)

First live performance:
Never performed live.

Details:
If you buy Ten Storey Love Song on 7 inch record (as I did), when you play Ride On for the first time, it sounds as if you are playing it at 33 1/3 rpm instead of 45 rpm. Featuring a deeply sensual vocal, heavy dub bass and subdued shots of fuzz guitar through murky production, this splendid b-side is Moses played through a computer at half-speed. When John Squire was younger, he persuaded his dad to customize his record player so that he could pick out the guitar parts. This act was the genesis of tracks such as Ride On and Moses:

The riff from Ride On was used by Squire in live performances of Daybreak, and also features on Ian Brown's Can't See Me (listen to the melody of "I know mine ... I can sail upon your sea so easy"). Ride On is very close to 'The Lemon Song' from 'Led Zeppelin II', in its sexual subject matter.

 

Left: 'The Lemon Song', which had a working title of Killing Floor, can be found on Led Zeppelin II (1969).
Right: Both Squire and Reni became immersed in Led Zeppelin circa the recording of Second Coming. In his post-Stone Roses project, The Rub, Reni opened his gigs with a cover of 'Immigrant Song', the opening track of Led Zeppelin III (1970).

This lemon squeezing phrase has roots in the work of Blind Boy Fuller and Robert Johnson.


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