Ricky the Fourth

Ricky the Fourth

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Ricky the Fourth is a master storyteller spinning colorful tales through lyrically driven, percussive rock with singable melodies and a soulful twinge that is delivered in the tradition of blues, rock and folk artists such as Billy Joel, Bill Withers, James Taylor and Tom Waits.

Biography

Ricky the Fourth, a performer from a family of performers, is a direct descendant of the circus. Drawing on family tradition to entertain the masses, Ricky regales crowds with his songs' heart-of-the-matter storytelling and coarse, dry humor. Using his natural born ease and charisma, Ricky has captured the attention of fans from the palm lined beaches of California to the salt licked air of Maine, across the Great Lakes of the Northern Plains, down through the Lower Mid-West and all along the diverse coast of the historic Atlantic Seaboard.

Starting out as a classically trained cellist and young jazz bassist Ricky uses his heterogeneous musical background and long ranging travels to meld a variety of rock that at times appears to be refined on the surface, only to give way to a gritty americana underlay that draws you in to a heavily woven tapestry of the rawest of human emotion.

Drawing from the talents of Infamous Greats such as; Lightning Hopkins, Dr. John, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Bill Withers, James Taylor and Tom Waits to the In-Famous Greats such as; Andre Williams, Robbie Fulks, Brazzaville and Bob Log III, Ricky builds his own brand of Blues and Folk influenced Rock that reaches out well beyond the genres.

His singable melodies with distinct grey matter sticking hooks and crowd engaging showmanship are proof positive that Ricky the Fourth is a true professional artist well worth his weight.

Lyrics

Turning Tide

Written By: Ricky the Fourth

Turning Tide

G / B7 / Emin / Amin
I’ve taken to drinking to help ease the pain
I lost all my charms while I suffered in vain
We all make mistakes for bad and worse
And each day we get closer to a ride in a hearse

And they say, “Why, why do you always cry?”
“Walking like a dead man, aint never seen you smile.”
And I say, my, my it’s the turning tides
I’m gonna find my home it’s just a matter of time

So count out your pennies and throw in your cards
And pack up your suitcase when the times get hard
‘cause it’s a new day in a different town
Hope my reputation doesn’t follow me around

G / B7 / Emin / Amin /2x C / D
And they say, “Fine, fine you can speak your mind,
if it makes us wanna dance and you keep it in time.”
Well I said my, my it’s the changing times
Used to do it for dollars now I do it for dimes
For dimes

G / Amin / C / D
And you can’t keep me off the wall
I climb real high ‘cause I like to fall
Now I give you my reasons every time that I call
and you keep looking for answers when they’re no help at all
so I just open the door and start all over again

G / B7 / Emin / Amin
Some people claim it’s not as bad as it seems
I guess their dogs’ in the backyard making peaches and cream
But it’s another day without a waking smile
And girl I wouldn’t mind one every once in awhile

So I say, why, why do we have to try?
Do we have to do it right or can we do it with style?
And I say, my, my it’s the turning tides
Once I finally found it started loosing my mind.

So I just keep trying to do what I should
I’ve already screwed myself over about as much as I could
And ain’t that picture perfect at the end of the day
When I’m bleeding from my knuckles, but the rest is the same

G / B7 / Emin / Amin /2x C / D
And I say, fine, fine you can waste my time
With the pretty talking people that are standing in line
And I say, my, my I must be blind
If I thought for just one second that you’d ever take my side
My side

G / Amin / C / D
And you can’t keep me off the wall
I climb real high ‘cause I like to fall
Now I give you my reasons every time that I call
and you keep looking for answers when they’re no help at all
so I just open the door and start all over again

Welcome to Columbia (Drinking with Benco)

Written By: Ricky the Fourth

Welcome to Columbia (Drinking with Benco)

Bmin / F# / C#min / F#
Well I’ve got burning fires in my eyes’
And broken bread upon my mind
And you’re far away on a distant shore
Seems my life won’t be the same no more

So we keep talking about them growing trees
It makes time not seem like time to me
And friend I know you’ll be by side if I ever fall away

And times we’ve had both big and small
It’d take a lifetime to recount them all
So bottle raised, boy, and bottle down
‘cause we’ve been bone dry and we’ve been drowned

So go ahead and talk your mean cold game
‘cause we’ve both been bleeding out in the pouring rain
and friend I know you’ll be by my side if I ever fall away

Bmin / C#min / Dmin / C#min
‘cause I’ve got oak trees like a real good friend
never bowed, never bent, never broken by the wind
More time is all you wish you had
Just another summer day

Just another summer day

Well I’ve got oak trees like a real good friend
never bowed, never bent, never broken by the wind
More times all you wish you had
Just another summer day

Sipping mint juleps na na nana

Bmin / F# / C#min / F#
Different views on the same damn point
Night in, night out, brother, back and forth
But it don’t make no difference to me
‘cause we’re the same as we’ll ever be

So look me up when you’re back in town
I’m sure there’s some trouble that can still be found
And friend I know you’ll be by my side if I ever fall away

Friend I’m glad that you came around
You’ve always brought me up whenever I was down
And if ever you’re in need boy I’ll help you out
If ever you’re in trouble boy I’d bail you out

And I know you’d do nothing less for me
And that’s the way that it’s always gonna be
And friend I know you won’t forget my name if I ever fall away

Bmin / C#min / Dmin / C#min
‘cause I’ve got oak trees like a real good friend
never bowed, never bent, never broken by the wind
More times all you wish you had
Just another summer day

Just another summer day

Well I’ve got oak trees like a real good friend
never bowed, never bent, never broken by the wind
More times all you wish you had
Just another summer day

Sipping mint juleps na na nana

Discography

Home Alone - the Demo Tracks
Sunnyside & Winter - the EP release