"Ruby Sees All" as written by and John Mccrea....
Do you think she's swimming in your lies?
Do you think it's all just murky green?
Don't you think that she would realize?
Yeah do you think she has never seen?
Cause when the seaweed sinks and the sun gets low
When the waves retire to the darkness below
I know I know Ruby sees all.
I know I know Ruby sees.
I can feel the pressure building high.
You should see you're headed for a storm.
Don't you see it building in the sky?
Don't you think it's time to swim to shore?
Cause when the seaweed sinks and the sun gets low,
When the waves retire to the darkness below,
I know, I know Ruby sees all.
I know, I know Ruby sees all.
I know, I know Ruby sees.


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"Ruby Sees All" as written by John Mccrea

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    General CommentI think that Ruby's boyfriend is cheating on her, as can be seen in this line: "Do you think she's swimming in your lies?" and also here: "Don't you think that she would realize?" The singer is warning Ruby's boyfriend that he won't be able to get away with it, thus the "heading for a storm" comment, and that "Ruby see's all".

    Really great song.
    tehlimeon October 24, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe personification of 'Ruby' seems natural and the song reads well from that perspective. However, I think the song could be interpreted as a larger metaphor for the Earth and our precarious relationship with it. Read Ruby as Gaia or Mother Earth and the song still reads well. "I can feel the pressure building high.
    You should see you're headed for a storm.
    Don't you see it building in the sky?" (Pollution, global warming?)

    Anyway, that's how I hear the song.
    Dude1138on August 29, 2014   Link
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    General Commentyep.
    Aerionon July 22, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCool song. Love the bluegrass thing they have going on this album.
    Wrapidon November 07, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmhm.
    ondraon November 07, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis is a great song, and i'm pretty sure this is what its about:

    Ruby is some guy's girlfriend, and the guy is cheating on her and thinks she is oblivious. however, john is telling him 'how can you think that she has no idea? how can you tell yourself this will never end up in a big fight (see second verse)?'
    tunasandwich77on January 16, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song always reminds of the song "Ruby Don't Take Your Love to Town." Perhaps this is CAKE's response? Maybe I'm just weird, but the song ends with a paralyzed guy in the Vietnam War wanting to kill Ruby because she's "gone to town" to find someone new since he came back in that state. I've always taken it as a metaphor for a cuckold situation, too. Anyway, I could see CAKE's version as a continuation of the Loggins song. Ruby could be dead, hence the seaweed sinking and the waves retiring to the darkness below (I get this image of Ruby buried in the deep). She "sees all" because she's dead, maybe.
    asSTARSfallxon May 18, 2010   Link
  • -1
    General Commentby far the best cake song, He is saying that Ruby needs to stop cheating on her boyfriend before too late since she's "headed for a storm" and that its really obvious even though Ruby thinks she "sees all" and can get away with it.
    ianmadon June 30, 2008   Link

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