"Ponderosa" as written by Adrian Nicholas Matthew Thaws, Martina Topley-bird and Howard Simon Bernstein....
The place where I stand gives way to liquid lino
Underneath the weeping willow lies a weeping wino
The place where I stand gives way to liquid lino
Underneath the weeping willow lies a weeping wino
Don't mind the crowds
Search for the spaces
Turn around time goes on (Turn around time's gone)
A day to day basis (Take ten paces)
Been up ahead
Can't made head or tail of it
I drink till I'm drunk
And I smoke till I'm senseless
See you black and white
Feel in slow motion
I drown myself in sorrow
Until I wake up tomorrow
The illusion of confusion is not from where I am sat
Different recycles resemble me
Different levels of the devils company.

They lead us outside, take us out quietly
To the cage through the bars
You see scars: results of my rage
The place where I stand gives way to liquid lino
Underneath the weeping willow lies a weeping whino
The place where I stand gives way to liquid lino
Underneath the weeping willow lies a weeping whino
The mind's a crowd, search for the the spaces
And turn around time's gone, I take ten paces.
Been up ahead - can't make head or tale of it
I drink till I'm drunk, and I smoke till I'm senseless.
You see in black and white, feel in slow motion,
I drown myself in sorrow, until I wake up tomorrow
(The illusion of, until I wake up)


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"Ponderosa" as written by Howard Simon Bernstein Adrian Nicholas Matthew Thaws

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    General CommentOkay, after a little bit of listening to it, I'd say the song's about hedonism and how much it leaves someone empty and unfulfilled. There's a lot of references to drink (drink til I'm drunk) and drugs (liquid lino), and very little positive about them- there's the weeping "wino"- a nice way of saying "drunk"- and she "drowns herself in sorrow". The part where they take her outside with "scars to show my rage" seem to be about her getting off her face and starting fights and getting kicked out. All and all, it's about the people who go out and binge drink and "smoke til I'm senseless" and how it never seems enough.
    Appers66on August 30, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti don't care about what this song means, it's just so beautiful. This song will definately put an angry beast to sleep or in a good mood.
    relephoraon September 17, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song reminds me of the first track of Tom Waits's "Bone Storm" album (a very excellent album by the way), and the fourth track from Beck's album, "Odelay", but this song is one of the masterpeices, i think, of Tricky. It's probably one of my favorites they've done. It's very innovative, and I love the rough-banging-style percussions for the beat.
    Phrogexon September 27, 2004   Link
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    General CommentPhrogex- Bone Machine, man, not Bone Storm. Sorry. :P

    I'm just getting into Maxinquaye! I love Martina's voice, she enounces things so uniquely.
    Appers66on August 29, 2008   Link
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    General CommentGreat song, just the right combination of creepy and party. Yes, very Tom Waits-ish.

    It's about getting fucked the hell up.
    pratyekayanaon January 16, 2011   Link
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    General Commentone should note that ponderosa means "heavy" in latin.
    pratyekayanaon January 16, 2011   Link

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