Songs from YOUR VERY OWN RICKY RUBATO

Blue Train

Words and Music by Ricky Rubato

I watched you fade away
Through the steam
Goodbye for ever, love,
Goodbye dream.

I’ve caught
The Blue Train
From Nothing to Nowhere,
Full speed
Through the night.
Freight cars
Full of spaces
Only lit by
Passing stars.

I’m on
The Blue Train
With no destination,
No stops,
No returns.
I’ve got
Nothing with me
Just your picture
On the pane.

I thought your sun would never go in,
You were my only fire.
One day I caught you looking at me
And saw the evening in your face.

I’m on
The Blue Train
From Nothing to Nowhere
Midnight
Lost on the plains.
Next day
You’ll forget me.
I’m moving
I’m travelling
Unravelling
On the Blue Train.

GRETA (surprised): Why, Ricky, that’s almost…

RICKY: … almost good.

Words and music available from richardkheller@hotmail.com
Music interpreted and transcribed by Daniel Hill (“it’s bi-tonal”)

Metallurgy In Turkestan

The big chorus from the musical comedy of the same name, book, music and lyrics by Stanley Crowne and Grace Harper. Adapted from the global bestseller of the same name by Tom Wolfram.

Metallurgy in Turkestan
Let’s go where the work is, Stan –
Metallurgy in Turkestan.
You will feel that sudden surge
When you get that metal urge
Metallurgy in Turkestan.

Turkestan metallurgy
Hope you don’t get an allergy
Metallurgy in Turkestan.
You will find that mother lode
When you take that golden road
Metallurgy in Turkestan.

In the iron bar in old Kashgar
You might just take a chance
Don’t stop to think, enjoy the zinc
And you will find romance.

Metallurgy in Turkestan
Got no time for shirkers, Stan:
Metallurgy in Turkestan.
Looking for vanadium
You’ll be in Arcadium
Metallurgy in Turkestan.

You’ll be full of glorium
When you light on thorium.
Metallurgy in Turkestan.
Three houses won’t have room in ‘em
When you find aluminum
Metallurgy in Turkestan.

Breaking rockses on the Oxus
Your prospects are fine
You’ll hit home when you find chrome
And know it’s yours and mine.

You will find that life’s a breeze
When you heat that manganese
Metallurgy in Turkestan.
You could spend a whole millanium
Looking for titanium
Metallurgy in Turkestan.

Turkestan metallurgy
Hope you don’t get an allergy
Metallurgy in Turkestan.
You’ll will find that mother lode
When you take that golden road
Metallurgy in Turkestan.

Music still pending.

I Take My Time From You

Words and Music by Ricky Rubato

Verse (molto rubato)

Once I didn’t care about the time of day
No calendar was ever on my wall
Light and dark were simply different shades of gray
Didn’t know if it was spring or fall.

Sometimes I would wake up in the twilight
Wondering how another day went by
Trying hard to think about some highlight
Then you – lit up the sky!

Now…

Chorus (in strict time)

I take my time from you
I take my meridian prime from you
From my dawn until my nightfall
Every moment counts
I measure out my love for you
In strictly timed amounts.

I spend my time with you
I live only when I’m with you
When we’re not together
A clock ticks in my brain
I simply count the seconds
Till I see you again.

You’re the sunrise that stops me yawning
You’re the full moon that makes me howl
You’re light on a summer morning
You’re my midnight owl.

And that’s why

I write all the time to you
Every phrase, every rhyme to you
My heart is set to music
I never miss a beat
When I can’t find new notes to play
I simply press Repeat.

For I spend my time on you
Every nickel and dime on you
My love’s not paid by hour
It’s never slow or late
My life is yours for ever
So can’t we name a date?

Ricky’s response to Greta’s request for a happy song. First performed privately for HM Queen Elizabeth II.

Words by Richard Heller Music by Daniel Hill

This song is available from richardkheller@hotmail.com

16. July 2011 by rkh
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