Roses

by The Righs

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released 31 January 2010
Nate Williams - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Omid Nowrouzi - Vocals, Mandolin, Acoustic Guitar
Jackson Smith - Vocals, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, 7-string Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Auxiliary Percussion
Jian Azimi - Violin
David Johnson - Vocals, Drums
Alicia Williams - Vocals

Recorded, Engineered, Mixed, and Mastered by David Johnson at Green House Recording Studios of Moore, Oklahoma.
Second Engineers: J.A.T. Smith, Paul Johnson Ian Johnson, John Slawson, Matt Magill
Artwork and Design by Matt Magill
All songs Written, Recorded and Produced by The Righs

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The Righs Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

The Righs (pronounced “rigz”) were a Celtic/Folk-Rock band from Edmond, OK, originally known as The Rivers. They played in the Oklahoma City area from late 2005 to early 2014.
Nate Williams - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Jack Smith - Vocals, Electric Guitar, Banjo
John Slawson - Bass
Omid Nowrouzi - Vocals, Mandolin, Trumpet
Jian Azimi - Fiddle
Ronnie Meyer - Drummer
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Track Name: Double-Edged Sword
All their lives, all their lives they tremble in fear of a world they can’t control
And they pine, and they pine until they are brought to tears cause they can’t get everything they want.
Do we waste, do we waste all of our youths supporting causes that aren’t ours
Or should we fight, should we fight against the abuse of men who’d have us behind bars?

It’s a double-edged sword, our little lives of luxury.
In this country where we are born, are we truly free?

So stand up and fight! Let your voices be heard!
Is the life of a senseless peon one preferred?
Show them your might! Raise your glasses high!
For the struggle to fight for what’s right has always been nigh!


All the wealth, all the wealth lies in their hands and they hope they’re above it all
But they don’t know, they don’t know all of our plans, for we shall rise up and they shall fall
Do we rebel, do we rebel against a society that made us who we are?
Should we promote, should we promote anarchy if it’s not going to get us anywhere?

La-da-da La-da-da-da
La-da-da La-da-da-da
La-da-da La-da-da-da
La-da-da La-da-da-d

So shout out, so shout out for your liberty and make the world what you want it to be.
Go and help, go and help, the refugee and through his eyes you will see
That these men, that these men, just like you have gone through such pain and suffering
And they are many, they are many and what can you do? For changing the world is not an easy thing.

La-da-da La-da-da-da
La-da-da La-da-da-da
La-da-da La-da-da-da
La-da-da La-da-da-da
La-da-da La-da-da-da
La-da-da La-da-da-da
Track Name: The Day Booze Saved Humanity
Cold sweat across his brow as he wakes up from his sleep
In his mind he reflects on what he’s just seen
Images of a world he must struggle to believe
In his heart he sees that he’s been given a new fate
Is there time? Is there time? Could it be too late?
To save a world that constantly leads itself to hate

Tonight, tonight we’ll

Bring back the love
Bring back humanity to the world
And we need you
Let’s have a drink
Let go of all our petty fights
This day, when booze saved humanity

A round down and already spirits are high
Every friend of a friend becomes a friend of mine
If you really wanna fight then take it outside
Slug it out, stamp it down, then buy each other pints
Have a laugh, share a cab then leave it all behind
I can feel it comin’ in the air tonight
Track Name: Poseidon's Wrath
It was early in the morning when we saw the red sun rise
The captain looked to us with fear in his eyes
He said “Me boys, we’d best be getting home.
For it’s likely we might not see tomorrow come.”

So we turned around and headed back west
We all prayed that our time on land was spent best
But as night fell, our sorrow shone like a crown
For that blasted hurricane was bearing down

And the mast it fell and the sails did tear
And the wind it hurled a man through the air
And all the men gave a silent prayer
And held to the hopes that soon Poseidon’s Wrath would clear

As we sailors sunk to the ocean floor
There we saw Davy Jones’ open locker door
He said “Me boys, I’ll make you a deal.
Serve me a century or Death’s pain you must feel.”

He said “Boys, now I don’t know about you, but for hundreds of years I’ve sailed this so-called life. I’ve had it. Now it’s time that we take everything that should rightfully be ours. Life. Now who’s with me? Who’s with me? Who’s with me?

Jones held in his hand
On our way back to land
Stolen from the sea god
Poseidon’s sacred brand
But we came to Zeus’ sight
We incurred the great god’s spite
Because man wasn’t meant to live twice

We sailed on toward dry land
As Zeus and Poseidon dealt their hands
Waves from below and fire from on high
Until we met another’s eyes.

The earth cracked and split and darkness closed
The fiery shape of Death imposed
As Hades laughed, “Your souls are now mine
Cause down here in Hell, we’ll have a fine time
Cause down here in Hell, we’ll have a fine time
Cause down here in Hell, we’ll have a fine time
Track Name: My Dear Molly
I’ve come downtown to Kilmanney’s Bar
So that I could drown my heart
I arrived tonight and washed away my fear
And wrote down these words: “Molly, my dear”

I took the boat to New York City
In this town a man can’t make a penny
I swore to you, Molly, I’d always write
And that’s why I’m writing this letter tonight

I work a job in a factory
There’s so much smoke I can barely breath
I make a meager living for you and me
Molly, my dear, you should come out and see

They say that we Paddys aren’t good for anything
But they sure like to bet on us in the boxing ring
I can’t say I blame them, I’d do it myself
But, oh, dear Molly, I’m no man of wealth

They say that a Paddy can only drink and fight
To them, I say it’s not true
But it makes me so mad that I drink and I fight
And for that, I am screwed.

There’s something to this city that changes a man
I’ve been here so long and I still can’t understand
I’m so scared, Molly, something is wrong
Since I got off that boat, my head’s been in a fog

A man can only be so much as his heart allows him to be
A man can only be so much as his heart allows him to be
Track Name: The Prisoner
I’m sorry, my love, for I’m far away and I don’t know when I’ll return.
But remember what I said on that fateful day, that for you my heart will always yearn.
Lord, what is a man when he’s all alone but a shadow of himself?
Be it friends or a girl and a family of his own, is it then that he has wealth?

So for you, my love, I wish I could stay. But it’s for you, my love, I’m going away.
And as the sails unfurl and my wits begin to whirl, I hope I’ll be back to you some day.

Now there's bars to keep me down below for they say I am a criminal.
But the only crime I have to show was loving you above it all.
And the judge said "String him up for what he did." But you said you couldn't bear the grief
Of telling the little one you will bear to me that his father died like a killer or a thief.

Well I suppose I’m not really traveling the world, for I am a prisoner.
Cause the judge sent me to Australia where it’s barren and remote, appropriate for an adulterer.
But, hell, it’s better than prison and it’s better than the noose and it may not even be for life.
Cause if my behavior is good I might be let loose and then I can take you as my wife.

So for you, my love, I wished I could stay. But it was for you, my love, that I went away.
And as the sails unfurled and my wits began to whirl, I hoped I’ll be back to you some day.
But the world is cruel and I am no fool, I’ll probably never see you again.
Track Name: And So It Goes
There was this time, when I left him on the corner
In the rain, and it was pouring torrents
In his shame, he knew he'd lost his way and so he's
Walking home again, walking home again
The time, well I guess it was 3 or 4 when
She saw him, and she was feeling pious so
She rolled up to him and offered him a ride now he's
Feelin like a light is shining on his soul and it so it goes

It goes. And so it goes. And so it goes. And so it goes.
It goes. And so it goes. And so it goes. And so it goes.

And as they grew, together into lovers
He abused, the alcohol and uppers
He refused, to ever tell the truth and now he's
Sleeping alone again, sleeping alone again
Now, she always would forgive him
Given time, forgetting all the times
Stepped over lines, and as he fell into his hole
She just kept on lovin' him losin all her strength and so it goes

That night, when she held him in her arms and
Begged him please, to not let his soul
Slip easily, he was driftin back and forth
Out of sleep, passing out for the last time forever
He placed, his hand upon her face
She said he's going to a better place
And as he faded away he said
What could be better than my time here with you?
Track Name: The Valley [Billy's Song]
As I walked through the Valley, through the Golden Fields of Wheat
I talked to the spirits, whenever them I did meet
As I came upon the demons who’ve tortured me through my life
I laughed along with them, for I am better for my strife
In The Valley of Life and Death
In The Valley of Life and Death

As I came upon the Canyon, my footsteps echoed far
And I gazed upon the horizon to wish upon a distant star
I made a wish for my family and for all whom I’ve held dear
To always be happy though I am no longer here
I’ll be in the Valley of Life and Death
I’ll be in the Valley of Life and Death

And through all your bad times and through all your good times
I will always be here
And through all your trials and through all your triumphs
I will always be here

As I waded across the River to the Endless Shores ahead
I gave a silent prayer with all the thanks to be said
To all those who’ve known me, to all who’ve shared my fears
I want them to know that with them, I’ll always be here
I will always be here
Track Name: When Johnny Comes Marching Home
When Johnny comes marching home again
Hurrah! Hurrah!
We'll give him a hearty welcome then
Hurrah! Hurrah!
The men will cheer and the boys will shout
The ladies they will all turn out
And we'll all feel glad
When Johnny comes marching home.

The old church bell will peal with joy
Hurrah! Hurrah!
To welcome home our darling boy,
Hurrah! Hurrah!
The village lads and lassies say
With roses they will strew the way,
And we'll all feel glad
When Johnny comes marching home.

Get ready for the Jubilee,
Hurrah! Hurrah!
We'll give the hero three times three,
Hurrah! Hurrah!
The laurel wreath is ready now
To place upon his loyal brow
And we'll all feel glad
When Johnny comes marching home.

Let love and friendship on that day,
Hurrah, hurrah!
Their choicest pleasures then display,
Hurrah, hurrah!
And let each one perform some part,
To fill with joy the warrior's heart,
And we'll all feel glad
When Johnny comes marching home.

When Johnny comes marching home again
Hurrah! Hurrah!
When Johnny comes marching home again
Hurrah! Hurrah!
When Johnny comes marching home again
Hurrah! Hurrah!
When Johnny comes marching home again
Hurrah! Hurrah!
When Johnny comes marching home again
Hurrah! Hurrah!
When Johnny comes marching home again, hurrah! Hurrah!
With your guns and drums and drums and guns, hurrah, hurrah
With your guns and drums and drums and guns
The enemy nearly slew you
Oh my darling dear, You look so queer
Johnny I hardly knew ya.

When Johnny comes marching home again
Hurrah! Hurrah!
We'll give him a hearty welcome then
Hurrah! Hurrah!
The men will cheer and the boys will shout
The ladies they will all turn out
And we'll all feel glad
When Johnny comes marching home.
Track Name: What Good Is Death?
Lubricated with liquor, I’m passed out on my bed.
I’m wishing it was winter, for the heat’s getting to my head.
I’m having a vision of a man going to his grave.
I need to make a decision. Should I smile or should I wave?

And after a while, I’ll find my life is gone.
But in the meantime, I’ll live as I’ve always done.
For what good is death without a life that’s come before?
So give me a start, and I’ll run when I hit the floor.

I can’t find a job, so all I can do is sit
And dream of a better life, where I had work, where I was rich.
But that’s just not enough, dreams can’t be just wished for.
You have to go and get them, stand right up get out the door.

Life can pass us by so fast…