"Assassin" as written by and Jimmy Harry....
Everyday is a long disguise
Everyday is a compromise
I can tell a blatant lie
While looking you deep in your eye

Everyday I look for a sign
What triggers your death
Triggers mine
We will ride together in the end

Assassin, assassin
Show me paradise
Life is not the same
Assassin, assassin
Show me paradise
I'll never be the same

Twenty years, a loyal friend
But now the knife is in my hand
I can't begin to understand
How I've been deceived

Show me visions out of time
Greater than my stinking life
If I serve you to the end
I will find some peace


Baksheesh, Baksheesh
I'd sell my sainted mother
For another glimpse of paradise
Baksheesh, baksheesh
Twenty years, deep cover
For another glimpse of your paradise


I'll never be the same

Lyrics submitted by MaskOfSanity

"Assassin" as written by Lawrence Gott Timothy Booth

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    General CommentApparently this song is about the thoughts of a Middle-Eastern Executioneer and his disillusionment with his role in life and the way he is paid to take the lives of others. The term 'Baksheesh' is a Middle-Eastern term for a form of charity, often in exchange for services.

    This is one of my favorite James b-sides. I can see why it ended up as a b-side as it seems kind of unfinished musically, it ends very abruptly, but I think if it was expanded and reworked a bit it would easily have been strong enough for an album track.
    MaskOfSanityon February 05, 2007   Link

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