"Ramshackle" as written by and Beck Hansen....
You've been so long
Your blind eyes are gone
Your old bones are on their own
So take off your coat
Put a song in your throat
Let the dead-beats pound all around

We will go
Nowhere we know
We don't have to talk at all
Hand me downs
Flypaper towns
Stuck together
One and all

The bargains you drive
Buckets and bags
And all your belongings
Your train's in the sand
Ramshackle land
Let the rats watch the races

We will go
Nowhere we know
'Til we find our one and all
Hand me downs
Flypaper towns
Stuck together
One and all

Praises get spent
Your trick face is bent
Pigsties and prizes
Cause there's no kind of 'well'
You're suiting yourself
You leave yourself behind

We will go
Nowhere we know
'Til we find our one and all
Your hand me downs
Flypaper towns
Stuck together
One and all


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"Ramshackle" as written by Beck Hansen

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    General CommentYeah there is a really weird 2nd part to this song. It scared me the first time I heard it - all of a sudden these beeps and whatever after about a minute of silence. If you go to beck.com they might know if the 2nd part has a title.

    After the last track ("Static") on Mutations there is a really cool song called "Diamond Bollocks." I don't know why he puts songs at the end of songs but Beck is awesome so I forgive him.
    comrade_paton June 21, 2003   Link
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    General CommentVery melancholy and sleep-inducing. That's rare for an artist who dresses like a nerdy pimp and speaks in riddles that would make Bob Dylan jump off a cliff. This is why I like Beck, he's a master of strangeness.
    OpinionHeadon March 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSuch a great song. Its so different from Beck's usuals. if you could say he has any usuals, but a folk song is definitely different. I find it hard to believe noone's commented on it, even if theres not much behind it to describe, which I guess is what the general idea of SongMeanings is supposed to be, but I see it as a 24 hour music chat room where people share opinions. I will be really surprised if anyone EVER reads this.
    -Nobz4life
    Nobzon June 28, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI just read it. This is one of my favorite Beck songs. He's brilliant, and they lyrics and music just flow together absolutely perfectly. I have a feeling this song is about his deceased Grandfather. They were apparantly very close, and his Grandfather taught Beck all about art and music. I've heard he was a wreck after his death.
    faceofdescenton May 08, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthmm am I the only one or is there some "noise" at the end of this song ?
    chbon June 07, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is gorgeous. Just the chorus is really true because we don't know where we're gona go in life,but at the end of the day this life is to find our one and all...totally different to Beck's other songs, but thats the intricate beauty of it.
    fluffypillowon April 03, 2005   Link
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    General CommentA lot of artists use that method ( the extra song after minutes of silence on the last track of an album ) they're called bonus tracks. It's pretty cool though. Beck always has the weirdest one.

    I think that this song is about homelessness, as well as hopelessness and the other feelings you all have associated with it. I read somewhere that it is about homeless people though. It makes a lot of sense to me . . .
    diskobox_on February 01, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHidden tracks are not all that weird...
    read this
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    The hidden track on this album is called "Computer Rock".
    It consists of a synth (Do-De-Do) followed by a guitar rift (Vreeeo). Beck is naturaly an experimental artist, that is why almost all his albums have an experimental track after a few minutes of silence. I know for a fact that Mellow Gold, Steryopather SoulManure ( I think thats what its called), Odelay, Mutations, and Midnite Vultures have one. I guess after Sea Change, he got sick of them.
    As for the song itself, I heard a rumor that before Beck asked the Dust Brothers to produce Odelay, the album was going to sound like Ramshackle for the most part...
    LukyItalion74on May 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis is a song I never really listen to the lyrics to, but to me it's really weird and calming. I love it. It's just got that... feel to it. I mean, if you really do look into the words it's almost depressing, but if you just listen to his voice and to the music it's kind of soothing.

    That is, until you get to the bonus track.
    Tokabion June 09, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti really like the lines "cause there's no kind of wealth, you're suiting yourself. you leave yourself behind."

    i think it means that to everyone, wealth is different. you might think you have nothing, but somebody else might look at you and wish they were in your spot having the "nothing" that you take for granted. it is in the eye of the beholder. then, "you lEAVe yourself behind" means that you keep wanting more and more, and you get left behind when it comes to wanting to have things that when you get, don't mean that much to you.

    Anyways, i think beck is a genius and he is one of the best songwriters i have ever heard. ramshackle is genius, too
    markgbon January 07, 2008   Link

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