"Ruby" as written by Terry Martin, Michelle Poole and Andy Hill....
It isn't always I am well
For sometimes I am ailing
And yet in steaming night I smile
To downplay this my failing
And make a noise to bury all
Of your weeping and your wailing

And then in bed by little light
And closed off from it all
I must try and bring a conscious end to night
And hope that dreams begin to fall

The color of my dreams, they would be you...ruby
Oh if I could close my eyes and bring you to me
Push your head into
Make you not you not you not you but me

And then in dreams I wander free
And see some things I'm meant to see
And sometimes even I see thee

And would the night go on and on
And not tomorrow end at dawn
And whatever mat I lay upon

The color of my dreams, if I had dreams, they would be you...ruby
Everything I do is done to bring you closer to me
When you sleep your breath it blows right on through me

The color of my dreams, if I had dreams, they would be you...ruby
The color of my dreams, they would be you...ruby

And illness be or wellness thrive
My dream proves I am yet alive

Lyrics submitted by xfesty

"Ruby" as written by Mitchell Parish Heinz Roemheld

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group

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    General Comment2am wake up call, great music. and its true that 2am is productively a great time to work, think, reflect, dream while conscious. this song captures that eerie aura successfully. and takes me to another place. will oldham's voice matches the song incredibly well and add's to the feeling created.
    sleepy...on May 10, 2004   Link
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    General CommentBest song ever... 'nuff said.

    Not enough people listen to Tweaker. But maybe that's a good thing.
    Tokabion December 17, 2005   Link
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    General Commentum, that's not exactly the meaning of the song, but whatever. Like happy child, this one seems to be about loss, or maybe never having someone in the first place "everything I do is done to bring you closer to me" and then what he thinks about this person while suffering from insomnia.
    Janzamaon December 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI'm going out on a limb here, but...


    "and yet in steaming night i smile
    to downplay this my failing
    and make a noise to bury all
    of your weeping and your wailing"

    Weeping and wailing... steaming night... you know.

    And also, ruby, the color of blood?

    I don't know, I'm just guessing. Excellent song.

    Heheh. I just realized that it was almost a year ago today that I posted the second comment on this song.

    Tokabion December 16, 2006   Link
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    General CommentFrom tweaker.net:

    "Since I'm the type of person who enjoys full albums (records that take me on a journey, teach me, have something special to say), I've tried to capture this with both tweaker records. Where the first album dealt with one concept (one man's journey through life to find contentment), 2 a.m. wakeup call is more of a concept within a concept.

    It's a nighttime record about dreams, nightmares, and insomnia -- things that keep us up at night.

    My wife was suffering a long bout of insomnia, where she would bolt awake every night, strangely, at exactly the same time Ð 2 a.m.. It led to me sharing her insomnia night after night and I wound up staying up with her and discovered that when the world-at-large was fast asleep I had unearthed a wealth of creative energy in myself. These were the hours when most of the work on 2 a.m. wakeup call occurred.

    When collaborating with the guest singers, I explained what my inspiration was and only gave them the directive "What keeps you up at night? And what do you dream about?" What you hear lyrically on the album is how each singer interpreted the music and direction. "

    I figure that these lyrics are the nighttime ramblings of someone trying desperately to get to sleep. Just crazy thoughts jumbled together when your mind is so foggy but still keeping you awake.
    givemegraceon December 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentCrimson (non-spectral red) or simply "real red" contrary to blood red (variants include "devil red", scarlet, brick red, lava and vermilion) which lies on the low frequency end of the solar spectrum -the color of communism- is the color of wine, rubies and fruits i.e. cranberries, pomegranates, raspberries.
    Cerise, a variant is the name for "cherry red." Given the speculated location of the Garden of Eden, it is quite possibly the fruit which represents Original Sin is the pomegranate. Isiah 1:18
    CatofNoahon May 29, 2015   Link

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