"Ballad of A Dead Man" as written by Jonathan Robert Coghill, John Andrew Collins, Bernard Joseph Fanning, Ian David Haug and Darren Stuart Middleton....
Run little rabbit, can't break the habbit for none
Shapes like a rocket and shoots like a pocket gun
Every mothers son has spent a lifetime on the run

One by one and two by two
Our hearts beat a rhythm true
Wave goodbye now baby blue
You're exploding like a star into the gloom

I thought I could shut you in
You said 'Babay let me out'
I thought that I could pick you up and roll you like a dice

There's hitchhikers thumbingon the verge of the lovers highway
But we just roll on by with the top down,the sun's out
I'm so glad when you came along you happened to be going my way
The wheels roll round and round

One by one and two by two
Our hearts beat a rhythm true
Wave goodbye now baby blue
You're exploding like a star in the room

I thought I could shut you in
You said "come on pull me out"
I thought that I could pick you up and roll you like a dice
When I'm close to you,I could feel it coming in, here they come
They're coming one by one coming two by two
They're coming one by one coming two by two

Yeah,if I ever let you down
If anything should come to bleed you dry or cut you out
Don't turn me away
Yeah I never meant to spin you round
If anybody comes to do you harm or pin you down
I'll take your place



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"Ballad Of A Dead Man" as written by Darren Stuart Middleton Bernard Joseph Fanning

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    General Commentthis song is wonderful.
    it makes me very sad though.

    i heard that it is about the Aboriginal stolen generation.

    i love the lines, "I thought that I could pick you up and roll you like a dice"
    and, "hitchhikers thumbing on the verge of the lonesome highway"

    brilliant.

    this, and "surviving" are my favourite on "Dream Days At Hotel Existence."
    bleedthecoloursopenon June 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAnd these lyrics are quite wrong. Just a few alterations to the original post. Enjoy.

    Run little rabbit, can't break the habit for none.
    Shaped like a rocket and shoots like a pocket gun.
    Every mothers son has spent a lifetime on the run.

    One by one and two by two
    Our hearts beat a rhythm true
    Wave goodbye now baby blue.
    You're exploding like a star into the gloom.

    I thought I could shut you in.
    You said "Baby let me out".
    I thought that I could pick you up and roll you like a dice, yeah.

    There's hitchhikers thumbing on the verge of the lover's highway.
    But we just roll on by with the top down,
    the sun's out
    I'm so glad when you came along you happened to be going my way.
    The wheels roll round and round.

    One by one and two by two
    Our hearts beat a rhythm true
    Wave goodbye now baby now baby blue
    You're exploding like a star into the room.

    I thought I could shut you in.
    You said "baby, pull me out".
    I thought that I could pick you up and roll you like a dice to get close to you.

    I could feel it coming in.
    Here, they're coming, coming one by one,
    coming two by two.
    Coming one by one coming two by two.

    If I ever let you down.
    If anything should come to bleed you dry or cut you out.
    don't turn me away.
    Yeah, I never meant to spin you round.
    If anybody comes to do you harm or pin you down – I'll take your place.
    If anybody comes to shut you in or spin you round - I'll take you're place.
    If anybody comes to shut you in or pin you down - I'll take you're place.
    If anybody comes to do you harm or spin you round - I'll take you're place.
    bleedthecoloursopenon June 23, 2007   Link
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    General Comment*shakes head in disgrace*

    This song isn't about anything even remotely about Aboriginies.

    Ballad is about (singer) + (person singer likes). How love can be our undoing? (the first verse is a little vague). How he tried to control, and tame his love... and didn't appreciate how amazing she (or he... but I'll go with she for the moment) is, and how he's now willing to take her place if anyone tries to do it to her again, much in the same way someone who is a walking dead man is likely to sacrifice their life for another (and by dead man, I mean a person who is about to die and knows it).
    It's a little sad, but so romantic.
    PirateXxEsqueon July 25, 2008   Link
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    General Comment*shakes head in disgrace*

    This song isn't about anything even remotely about Aboriginies.

    Ballad is about (singer) + (person singer likes). How love can be our undoing? (the first verse is a little vague). How he tried to control, and tame his love... and didn't appreciate how amazing she (or he... but I'll go with she for the moment) is, and how he's now willing to take her place if anyone tries to do it to her again, much in the same way someone who is a walking dead man is likely to sacrifice their life for another (and by dead man, I mean a person who is about to die and knows it).
    It's a little sad, but so romantic.
    PirateXxEsqueon July 25, 2008   Link

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