"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

[Chorus]
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

[Chorus]

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

[Chorus]

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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