"It's A Shame About Ray" as written by Tom Morgan and Evan Griffith Dando....
I've never been too good with names.
The cellar door was open, I could never stay away.
I know it's prob'ly not my place.
It's either or, I'm hoping for a simple way to say.

It's a shame about Ray.
In the stone, under the dust,
His name is still engraved.
Some things need to go away.
It's a shame about Ray.

If I make it through today,
I'll know tomorrow not to put my feelings out on display.
I'll put the cobwebs back in place.
I've never been to good with names,
But I remember faces.


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"It's A Shame About Ray" as written by Tom Morgan Evan Griffith Dando

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  • +2
    General CommentEvan said in an interview that Ray represents both the human race, and an imaginary friend that's disappeared.

    He looked kind of high in said interview.
    blucowon August 11, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWell, I was reading the Stephen King short story "The Body"(later made into the River Phoenix movie "Stand by Me), when I had an epiphany. Maybe, just maybe this name "Ray" was chosen by Evan Dando because he read this short story. In the story a group of kids go looking for the dead body of a kid their age, that they don't know, named Ray Brower.
    pjkdogon March 05, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentgood song. it IS a shame about ray
    beanickaon October 22, 2004   Link
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    General CommentWell I think Ray is definetly dead, and this guy was one of his friends. I'll take it further and say that Ray probably committed suicide. The second stanza seems to talk about not displaying his feelings. Ray suffered some sort of pain by putting himself out there. Maybe heartbreak, or maybe he was picked on a lot... anyway, the singer saw what happened to Ray, and is trying not to let the same thing happen to him.
    TheSilverNobleon January 09, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentEvan Dando and Tom Morgan got the idea from a newspaper article that had a photo of Ray with the caption underneath that read "It's A Shame About Ray"
    scratcheron April 10, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI remember reading that the name of this song came from an article in a Sydney newspaper about this child named Ray who had something traumatic happen to him, and was also partly inspired by a club owner who called everyone Ray. The guy who co-wrote the lyrics with Dando is an Aussie indie pop muso named Tom Morgan, so he probably would have provided his knowledge of this story to this song and help Dando to turn it into the gem this song turned out to be. And doesn't that guitar break just ooze Nirvana.
    feminist92on April 14, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think Ray is dead but I don't think they were friends. I think he knew of him and what happened to him and was able to feel empathy/sympathy.
    Pechorinon March 04, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentactually Ray is Ray Neal of the old CT band Miracle Legion (who later found fame without Ray as Polaris who did the theme to the TV show "Pete and Pete"). myspace.com/…

    i still don't know what the songs about beyond that though.
    seakydenon January 31, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentim pretty sure its
    "it SEEMS* I'm hopin for a simple way to say"
    and im bloody positive its this..
    "in the stone under THE DUST* his name is still engraved"
    under the desk? didnt it seem odd as to why someone would have an engraved stone under their desk.. com'on.
    childsplayon March 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentRay is some guy that he doesn't really know well but felt attached to and he was really saddened by his passing or maybe even how he passed. He was looking at some things that either belonged to Ray or had something to do with him. He knows he shouldn't have looked at them but he did and felt really sad about his passing. He also knows that nobody should know his feelings about Ray and should probably keep it to himself. Even though he felt bad for Ray, and since all things come to an end, he had to go.
    RoWyNon September 13, 2007   Link

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