Tunes from the Big Belly

by The Shakey Rays

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released 02 August 2011

Tracks 1,2,3,4,7 recorded at Soundgarden studios, pondichery
Tracks 1,3,4 and 7 mixed by Sanuj, Dhruva and Vikram
Tracks 2,6,8 and 9 recorded and mixed at Krimson Avenue studios by Prithvi Chandhrashekar
Track 5 mixed by karthik Varma and Vikram

Album art by Sushmitha Sankar
Cover + Band pictures by Varun Vasudevan (thesimplecrew)

All songs written, arranged and produced by Dhruva Gautham and Vikram Kannan

Drums and all other percussion by Niranjan Swaminathan
Vocals, guitars, bass, harmonica, slide etc by Vikram and Dhruva
*Bass on track 5 by Handel Jim


The Shakey Rays are:

Dhruva
Vikram
Niranjan


Contact - (+91 - 9717145792)

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Track Name: No secret
You know I’ve seen this all before, you better stop your crying
You’ve got all that you wanted and more, you better stop your crying
Someday it’s gonna turn your way, start preparing,
You’re gonna have to face the light of the day,
turn around and tune in, I know
You long to watch my soul decay, with our photograph burning, it’s no…
….It’s no secret (you bet)
it’s no secret anymore

A little tease with a book of tricks, you’d better shelve your plans, love
God-given ease by the looks of it, you’d better shelve your plans, love
Someday it’s gonna turn your way, start preparing,
You’re gonna have to face the light of the day,
turn around and tune in, I see
You long to watch my soul decay, with our photograph burning, it’s no…
….It’s no secret (you bet)
it’s no secret anymore


It’s sad to see you drift away,
You’d always be by my side you said,
Hid a frown behind the smile,
You know I’ve never been in love before
The dream is fading away
And I can’t stand being left all alone,
All the noise around me seems like it’s never gonna end

Weekend games and a tale of thorns
Weekend games and your famous song
Gonna make em blue, make em blue, make em blue…doncha know how it feels?

(Break)

Someday it’s gonna turn your way, start preparing,
You’re gonna have to face the light of the day,
turn around and tune in, I see
You long to watch my soul decay, with our photograph burning, it’s no…
….It’s no secret (you bet)
it’s no secret anymore

Stop all that crying, love… and lying about your past (It's no secret anymore)
Stop all that crying, love…and lying about your past (It's no secret anymore)

I know what's goin on...
Track Name: This is where it all begins
I hear a far away town a-screaming
I hear their voices so loud and clear
Your dogs are prowling and the rats are scheming
To keep us running while we’re locked in fear
This is the where the story begins
This is where it all begins
It's our day, it's our night-
it's alright, it's alright

Gotta give it a night of healing
I remember how you taught me to play it hard and deliver a lie,
But I’m stealing back my future from a pack of cards
This is the where the story begins
This is where it all begins
It's our day, it's our night-
it's alright, it's alright

I don’t need no fortuneteller, I know what I hold in my palm
I don’t need your sympathy, I don’t buy your cool and calm
21st century papers still filled with fear and lies and hate
Everybody’s talking about the big bad end
But step out and look at all there is to celebrate.
And I was out in the cold,
down the old dirt road,
Picked up a stone and left for a nowhere night...


This is the where the story begins
This is where it all begins
This is our day and our night, and it’s alright, it’s alright

The next time you look down on us, I hope you’ll remember what I’m saying
Another million on your own shrine but you won’t ever catch me praying
21st century papers still filled with fear and lies and hate
But I’m still here and the water’s near and so,
what’s not to celebrate?
And I was out in the cold, down the old dirt road,
picked up a stone and left for a nowhere night

Drop your coins in, drop your coins in- play the king and lead the way
It don’t seem near but I’m sure I’ll win, with love and music floating away
Pretend you love me, love me tender, love me sweet and I’m flying high
Whip your little people 'round and round, it's time for another.... eternal sigh

Gotta give it a night of healing
I remember how you taught me to stand at ease and deliver your lie
But this time I’m walkin away, I’m doing as I please

This is where the story begins...
Track Name: Late night tales
I want to be the one to keep you up at night
I want to be… I want to be the one
Late night tales- you’ve got so many to share
I gotta know… I gotta know where
Your late night tales are gonna make me cry
You oughta know… you oughta know why
The night leaves its glittering gates wide open,
rearranged and so rudely awoken are the last of my brittle little bones,
and I don’t know… I don’t know if I can take any more

I’m lying next to you, rehearsing a goody goodbye-
One eye on the TV playing the usual,
another on that picture on the wall-
There was a time when I really loved you
Now I’m looking for a chance to run from it all-
A free ride to a hill in Katmandu

The truth is I’m gonna stick with you for a long, long time

I want to be the one to keep you up at night
I wanna be, I wanna be the one
Late night tales, you’ve got so many to share
I gotta know, I gotta know where
Your late night tales are gonna make me cry
You oughta know, you oughta know why
The night leaves its glittering gates wide open,
rearranged and so rudely awoken are the last of my brittle little bones,
and I don’t know… I don’t know if I can take any more

Take a walk outside yourself, step outta your throne
Forget what you’ve been told, nothing’s set in stone
I heard you say you’re slipping away,
Dreaming of another world
Now you’re on your own

A cup of tea with the early morning cigarette
And then some coffee if I'm tired all too soon
I feel like I’m sinking, I’m hiding behind the sun-
One down on a rainy Wednesday afternoon
Wishful thinking don’t help me get things done
But in the evening I’m comforted by the smile of the moon

Gotta find me someone to keep a watch on this wayward heart of mine

I want to be the one to keep you up at night
I wanna be, I wanna be the one
Late night tales, you got so many to share
I gotta know, I gotta know where
Your late night tales are gonna make me cry
You oughta know, you oughta know why
The night leaves its glittering gates wide open,
rearranged and so rudely awoken are the last of my brittle little bones,
and I don’t know… I don’t know if I can take it anymore
Track Name: Queen bee on the radio
Swept off my dirty feet and I’m on a hillside,
dreaming,
lying awake
My love, you blow out the daylight
And I scream out your name in my sleep so you know
that I need you so

Your love is a stream train through my mind,
forever knowing,
Enclosed in the palm of your hand
In free-flowing rhymes about your time of the year
You’re the one
and I need you so

I need you when I peep through a keyhole and watch an empty street
Move backwards and forwards to Diddley’s beat

And it’s…
Mad love, mad love
It’s your radio calling out
It’s your radio calling out
To wild lovey-dovey animals roaming the streets and
Whispering secrets about the future
in each other’s ears…

Counting the days when I would wake up feeling certain
that I could ignore the fever-spinning-wheels of burden
Slipping down a cold mountain slope-
A picture of me you enjoy
And it just shows

(Break)

I need you when I peep through a keyhole and watch an empty street
Move backwards and forwards to Diddley’s beat

And it’s…
Mad love, mad love
It’s your radio calling out
It’s your radio calling out
To wild lovey-dovey animals roaming the streets and
Whispering secrets about the future
in each other’s ears…

I could use a line or two from your book of fairytales
Spend another day or two in sweet make believe
Could I stay there a while
Could I stay there a while

(wild lovey-dovey animals roaming the streets and whispering secrets....)

Hollered and squalored my way through the city,
Growing fonder of you everyday, my love,
believe me
That’s why I’m a nervous wreck
at the sight of you approaching
my back door

Queen Bee on the radio... how I love her so
(at my backdoor)
Queen Bee on the radio... how I love her so
(at my backdoor)
Track Name: Hard to understand
So I see you’re at it again,
There I see you with your beautiful friends.
There’s no need to pretend,
There’s no need ‘cause I know what is real.
Every time I wonder why you do all the things you do.
Every time I wonder why you say all the things you say.
You are so beautiful,
You are so hard to understand,
You are so beautiful,
Someday I hope you’ll be mine.

So you speak with the tongue of angels
Preaching, teaching love like the ancient tales.
But there’s no need to pretend,
There ain’t no need ‘cause I know what is real.
Now I see you lookin at me like I’m a fool
Who’s not in tune with the rest of you
You are so beautiful,
You are so hard to understand,
You are so beautiful,
Someday I hope you’ll be mine.

Candles lit while sailing ships across
the ocean of your mind,
I feel your gliding hands
reaching down to mine, oh no,
I look at you when
I look in me
A minute’s love changes all that’s real
I see you see me through your secret window
Track Name: Down the drain & 8 floors high
Walking on lonely avenue, caught your eyes catching me go insane,
I need a drink of cool water to ease the pain.

So long, blow the horn on our kiss goodbye

Walking like a queen,
Talking big,
Coffee day conversations,
Phony names,
Inventing games,
You think you’ve hit the sky-
You’re down the drain and 8 floors high


Stoking your fire, flying by, swinging high up with the birds and the bees-
And I remember going down all the way to my knees

So long, blow the horn on our kiss goodbye

Party hop
Never stop
Sipping rum n cola
Rock N Rolla
Never off your phone
Taking photos
All your lies slip
Down the drain and 8 floors high

Walking on lonely avenue, caught your eyes catching me go insane,
I need a drink of cool water to ease the pain.

So long, blow the horn on our kiss goodbye

Dancing with the stars
Crash your car
Light the bar up with your smile
Out in style
Do it all to win or just to get by-
You're down the drain and 8 floors.... high
Track Name: I'm gonna catch that train
Hello, hey, lowdown morning, you don’t arrive here alone,
glad to meet the family
I see cameras and microphones talking everywhere,
making waves across the country
Paranoia, page three for yer- I think I’ll run away and join a wedding choir
But then again…then again I’d get bored and old,
rolled into the back of yesterday’s paper

I’m gonna catch that train movin on and on and on…
Laying down a song on the way on to the next one

I’m gonna catch that train movin on and on and on…
Laying down a song on my way on to the next one

Anywhere I want to go, I’m there with a little shot of everything around me
Pack my bags and sail away into a little glimpse of all that’s around me

I’m gonna catch that train movin on and on and on…
Laying down a song on my way on to the next one

I’m gonna catch that train movin on and on and on…
Laying down a song on my way on to the next one

Anywhere I want to go, I’m there with a little shot of everything around me
Pack my bags and sail away into a little glimpse of all that’s around me

I’m gonna catch that train

I’m gonna catch that train
Track Name: Let's build a home
Shaken little soldier, run home to say another prayer
They made you play their games and wait there alone-
Well, not anymore…
I don’t care what they say,
They’ll never know what it’s like to be here,
To turn your back on the road that you’ve been traveling on

Cannibals, they're sniffing ‘round the corner,
Leaders sticking to their guns
Blood thirsty and with a badge of honour
Point a finger in some direction, we’ll up and run...

Run, run…
Run, run, run on…
I’m dropping the act; I’ll find a place to call my own
Run, run, run,
Run, run on
I’ll hit the sack when I find a place to call my own

Broken little beauty queen writes home,
only love can save her
They made her walk the ramp and smile like a fool
And hide those tears,
So long,
so long

I woke up crying from a dream, them lies’ve got me in its sway
See those little children play outside, they seem to have lost their way
I scratch out all that I’ve got to do, it’s just you and me today-
Let’s run away and build a home

I don’t care what they say,
They’ll never know what it’s like to be down here,
to turn your back on the road that you’ve been traveling on

Old blue-eyed stars, they slipped away,
Decorated their hiding shells
What lies ahead is another heartless day
Point a finger in some direction, we’ll up and run…

Run, run,
Run, run, run on
I’m dropping the act, I’ll find a place to call my own
Run, run
Run, run on
I’ll hit the sack when I find a place to call my own
Track Name: Sleeping in the back of her car
I was walking through these empty streets, beer on my breath and a smile on my face,
another crazy, hazy night
One after the other, I saw them coming for me, I turned back and I said
“I didn’t do anything wrong, I was only sleeping in the back of her car”
I saw a policeman’s stick being waved around
Cursed and kicked, midnight laughter all gone
“I’m so sorry sir, can I please go home? I swear I’ll be a good boy from here on”
And I call you, the telephone’s ringing, you never seem to answer at all

I couldn’t stop staring at her, the music’s moving her feet, I think I’m in love
Another crazy, hazy night
I walked up to her and in a minute or two, we were alone in her car
But we never drove very far, I found myself a-sleeping in the back of her car
And I woke up to find this girl lying next to me,
think she was planning our wedding day
I kissed her goodbye, and turned to leave, she said I’ll see you on a brand new day
And I call her, the telephone’s ringing, do you think she’ll ever answer at all?

I was lying back and making rounds as I listened to you sing, didn’t have no regrets,
Had her love really turned me around?
And I picked up my guitar to pretend my dreams were made, try walking into the night
Then some drinking, we’re all singing out of tune
Don’t it seem to make sense where we are?
But I woke up to find that nothing’s changed,
the same old mellow yellow sun shines on me
Bored out of my mind, lost and lonely, I asked myself what’s in this for me?
And I call you, the telephone’s ringing, you never seem to answer at all

Sha la la
La la la la

And now I’m walking through these empty streets with beer on my breath and a smile on my face,
another crazy, hazy night
One after the other I see them coming for me, I guess I’ll just turn and say
“I didn’t do anything, I didn’t do anything wrong
No I didn’t anything wrong,
I’m so sorry sir, can I go home?
I was only sleeping in the back of her car
Track Name: One look out the window
The evening broke its promise when she changed her mind
Packed her bags and made the first flight out on time
I still love her but ain’t that a blind man talking?

Made a list of things to keep me occupied
Said I was alright but I think you know I lied
I hope someday I’ll hear her big fat pride knocking

A smoky Saturday night
I walk into a party and the music’s alright
but one look out the window and I see it all
Nothing’s the same since the weather’s changed
And I think it’s time for me to leave

I heard she’s moved on, she’s now engaged to some guy
Working in some place with the bucks played high
If you see her, won’t you say hello,
and I'm on my way outta here

(Break)

The only face I'll ever know too well
is one that won't disappear until she casts her forever spell
Ooh I hope she remembers the time when we escaped the night and left for a while
So many years so close behind
So many years so close behind
So many fears still here, I'm slipping out of my mind

(Break)

The evening broke its promise when she changed her mind
Packed her bags and made the first flight out on time
I still love her but ain’t that a blind man talking?

A smoky Saturday night
I walk into a party and the music’s alright
but one look out the window and I see it all
Nothing’s the same since the weather’s changed
And I think it’s time for me to leave

If you see her won't you say hello for me

If you see her won't you say hello for me