Road to Ruin (Black 47)

“Road to Ruin” Sheet Music (pdf).
“Road to Ruin” Karaoke (midi with lyrics).

Lyrics: Larry Kirwan.
Tune: Larry Kirwan.


The strobe was pulsin’ in the afterhours.
Booze was flowin’ free.
When I first saw you across that room
On down by Houston Street,
You were wrapped around a wise guy
For all the world to see.
Ah, you touched my heart across that room.
Came on home with me.

The angels knew their business, boys.
Knew what they were doin’
With your blazin’ eyes and your raven hair.
On down the road to ruin,
I gave up friends and family.
I gave up all I knew.
I followed you like Jesus Christ
On down the road to ruin.

The dawn threw up across the sky.
We kissed like boy and girl.
But neither of us were innocent.
We’d both been screwed by the world.
We clung onto each other
For fear we’d drift away.
Ah, you touched me to my heart’s desire
On the dawning of that day.

The angels knew their business, boys.
Knew what they were doin’
With your blazin’ eyes and your raven hair.
On down the road to ruin,
I gave up friends and family.
I gave up all I knew.
I followed you like Jesus Christ
On down the road to ruin.

“Johnny,” you said, “I’m clean out of me head.
I can’t take any more pain.
If life’s for livin’, then what are we doin’
Ploughin’ these poisoned streets again and again?”
“Jenny, I didn’t know what I had in you.
How could I be so dumb to walk out on you?
Now, what am I doin’ ploughin’ these poisoned streets
Again and again and again and again and again and again and again?”

I wonder where you are tonight.
Hope you’re feelin’ fine
In some saloon or afterhours
The men around you like flies.
I keep on searchin’ everywhere.
I know just what I’m doin’.
Ah, you’re somewhere out there right in front of me
On down the road to ruin.

The angels knew their business, boys.
Knew what they were doin’
With your blazin’ eyes and your raven hair.
On down the road to ruin,
I gave up friends and family.
I gave up all I knew.
I followed you like Jesus Christ
On down the road to ruin.


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