Rich Man's Dime

by Marshall Ruffin

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released February 19, 2008

All songs written by Marshall Ruffin
Producer: Pat Patten
Session Co-Producer: Jim Dellas
Tracking Engineer: Steve Meadows
Mix Engineers: Steve Meadows/Pat Patten
Mastering Engineer: Paul Hammock
Photography: Donald Tipton
Art Direction & Design: Coe Cloud
Recorded & Mixed at Hatch the Egg Columbus, GA, Mastered at Jammates Records
Special thanks to Gorilla Guitars, the Sanders, everyone at The Loft & my family & friends

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Track Name: Ain't Gonna' Work
I ain't gonna work when the sun is shining
The sun is shining, when the sun is shining
I ain't gonna work when the sun is shining
When the sun is shining no more

I spent all my days working on a chain
Driving through the rain, driving through the rain
I spent all my days working on a chain
But I ain't gonna work no more
I spent all my days paying for my crime
And for that I did my time, and for that I did my time
I spent all my days paying for my crime
But I ain't gonna pay no more

I ain't gonna work when the sun is shining
The sun is shining, when the sun is shining
I ain't gonna work when the sun is shining
When the sun is shining no more

I spent all my nights looking at the stars
Out through jailhouse bars, out through jailhouse bars
I spent all my days looking at the stars
But I ain't gonna look no more
I spent all my nights praying on my knees
Asking Jesus please won't you set my soul at ease?
I spent all my nights praying on my knees
But I ain't gonna pray no more

Well one thing is for certain
To that Judge I never lied
When he asked me "Son, what have you done
And by you whom has died?"
I never asked him for forgiveness
And they never saw my tears
But I would have cried if I had know
I'd last for all these years

I ain't gonna work when the sun is shining
The sun is shining, when the sun is shining
I ain't gonna work when the sun is shining
When the sun is shining no more

I spent all my life living on the rich mans dime
Just waiting for them bells to chime, just waiting for them bells to chime
I spent all my life living on the rich mans dime
But now I ain't gotta live it no more
I spent all my life cause that's all I had to spend
But now it's finally at end, now it's finally at an end
I spent all my life cause that's all I had to spend
Now I ain't got no life to spend no more

Well one thing is for certain
Up to heaven I won't go
And ain't no devil down in hell
Could drag me far below
I think I'll stay right where I am
This cell my soul can keep
And every night I'll sing my song
While them boys all try to sleep

I ain't gonna work when the sun is shining
The sun is shining, when the sun is shining
I ain't gonna work when the sun is shining
When the sun is shining no more

I ain't gonna work when the sun is shining
The sun is shining, when the sun is shining
I ain't gonna work when the sun is shining
When the sun is shining no more
Track Name: Them Blues
Since I met you baby
You've been trouble day and night
I gotta find a new lady
One who knows how to treat me right
I ain't about to be lonely
And you are'nt about to be kind
Thats why Im leaving this morning
Before the sun has a chance to shine
Soon I know youll be sorry
But that ain't enough to make me stay
You Know Them Blues will come calling
And you'll be crying in your hands someday

You know how long I've been waiting
So this should come as no surprise
That my last nerves will be grating
If you should try to bring the tears to your eyes
I ain't much for forgiveness
And I sure ain't about to forget how you
Smile when you say that you're sorry
As you light another cigarette
Soon I know you'll be angry
But that ain't enough to make me care
You know Them Blues will come knocking
And you'll be crying in your hands right there

Every time you go down to the market store
You'll hear the people start to say
Well that's the evil girl what drove that loving man away.
Every Sunday down inside the house of the Lord
You'll see the people start to stare
And you'll know down in your soul that when you die
You won't be going up there

Every time you try to go to sleep at night
You'll hear the thunder start to roll
And you'll know the sky is telling you to pray
For what you did to my soul
And every time you get down on your knees
To put your hands up to your face
When those prayers fill the room
You'll know they'll never be enough to erase
All the things that you said
While you lay in my bed
All the times that you told me
You wished I was dead
All the words that I bled
On the page that you read
When you knew you were holding
My heart by a thread
And that feeling of dread
That I keep in my head
Track Name: Fly, Fly, Fly
Well my eyes went wide one morning
When I heard an awful sound
I looked out my window and what did I see
Seven crows were trying to bring an eagle down

Well I hopped out of bed as quick as I could
And I grabbed my 44
I put shoes on my feet and a hat on my head
As I made my way to the door, saying

Fly, fly, fly
You know that if you don't you're surely gonna die
I said fly, fly, fly
Fly, fly, fly

Well my eyes went up into the sky
When I heard that eagle sing
And they fell back to the ground with a feather coming down
You know them seven crows were trying to clip that eagles wings

Well I pointed that gun above my head
And I killed about two or three
But I didn't want to shoot that eagle down
So I had to go and leave her in her misery, saying

Fly, fly, fly
You know that if you don't you're surely gonna die
I said fly, fly, fly
Fly, fly, fly

You know I just couldn't understand
Why she was circling in the breeze
She could've up and flown away
Or hidden down in the trees
But gliding in the distance
Smaller by about a wing
I saw that eagles baby
And I heard its mamma sing, and she was saying

Fly, fly, fly
You know that if you dont youre surely gonna die
I said fly, fly, fly
Fly, fly, fly

I said Fly

Well it didnt take too much longer
Before that that bird was looking mighty lean
And when it fell to the sky well I knew the reason why
Them seven crows had gone and picked that eagle clean

Well when the stopped their happy cawing
And started flying towards that old oak tree
I knew that they had seen that eagles child
And they were making out to reunite the family, I said

So I walked back into the house
And wiped a tear away from my eye
I opened open my window
And held that rifle to the sky
As those tears continued to fall
I put that baby in my aim
And when I heard the shot I knew
Those crows would do the same, so I said

Fly, fly, fly
You know that if you don't you're surely gonna die
I said fly, fly, fly
Fly, fly, fly