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'Taking A Ride' - Luke Vassella 'By The River' song series 2024
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'Taking A Ride' - Luke Vassella 'By The River' song series 2024

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Luke Vassella's 'By The River' song series is a collection of bittersweet love songs to Lismore, recorded live on location. These songs are honest reflections from a town recovering from Australia's most expensive natural disaster to date. Real songs for real people in real places.
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'Taking A Ride' - words & music by Charles Luke Vassella
I heard someone calling out on Keen Street but I couldn't understand a word
I was busy, I was hungry, so I drove on undeterred
But that someone crossed the road and spoke to my wife waiting at Ying's Chinese
With his walker and his bottle bag, he asked her "can you help me...please?"
He'd come all the way from Grafton to be at Aunty Dorrie's funeral
He had no money and no place to go and a sadness not unusual
I thought if I can help you Raymond then I will help you my friend
But if I get caught up in your story now brother where's it ever going to end?
Oh Aunty Dorrie we're missing you tonight Oh Aunty Dorrie we're missing you
I guess I'll be taking a ride with Raymond
Taking a ride trying to find a place for Raymond in the middle of the night
I thought Ray was an old man but he was only 44
In pain so bad he could hardly get in or out of my car door
I tried to book him into a motel room but the man didn't want to know
He took one look he said "He should be in hospital, there must be somewhere else you can go
I can't look after this man, look at him, he can hardly stand
Mate, I know you're trying to do a good deed but neither you or I can meet this man's need"
Oh Aunty Dorrie we're missing you tonight
What are we going to do Ray? Looks like there's nowhere here you can stay
It'll be no use at the hospital but if your sister's 2 hours away
Well I guess I'll be taking a ride with Raymond
Taking a ride, trying to get him back to his family in the middle of the night
So I bought us some servo sandwiches and a couple of dodgy pies
I said a prayer under the cresent moon and I filled up the VY
I'm taking a ride with Raymond and I don't know where we're going,
Taking a road I've never been down to a destination I've not known
And he told me "take the long way round past the Tabulum Bottle Shop"
But the pub was closed and anyway I wasn't going to stop
Ray said he was 44 but he looked about 75
We were only halfway there when he fell asleep I wasn't even sure if he was still alive
I've been taking a ride with Raymond
Taking a ride down a cold dark Bruxner Highway in the middle of the night
And will the dog's down here be friendly Ray or are they going to bite?
Maybe I could have just left you on Keen Street
Could have given you a few dollars and kept my charity short and sweet
Now I'm taking a ride with Raymond what the hell are we doing?
This journey's taking a very long time I sure hope we get there soon
I've been taking a ride with Raymond
Taking a ride down a dark and empty Bruxner Highway in the middle of the night
As the Baryulgil winds howled, and the Baryulgil gums groaned
We're finally here! We made it Ray! Ray..? Ray?! Are you still with me?
Oh thank God you're only fast asleep and stoned
I'm taking a ride with Raymond, taking a ride
I helped him onto his Uncle's porch then I turned around and disappeared into the night
I got no spare tyre, I realise I got no roobar I'm thinking I'll be FUBAR if I get stuck out here
What are the chances? what are the answers? my phone's out of range God knows
We're either going to live by faith or fear
I just want to get back to my safe warm bed and get back to my wife
Back to my three sleepy children and my white privileged life
RoaDart never made it this far South there's no love hearts painted on this track
He's moved further on up the road now and he won't be coming back
Oh Pete you know we're missing you tonight Pete you crazy diamond we're missing you
Cos I've been taking a ride with Raymond, taking a ride
Taking a ride with Raymond taking a ride and I wish every Australian could be
Taking a ride with Raymond taking a ride
Yeah that Baryulgil Road it's a rough old road
But it's not nearly as rough as Raymond's road