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Jesse Colin Young — Ridgetop
Album: Song For Juli
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6.8

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Total ratings: 408









Released: 1973
Length: 6:52
Plays (last 30 days): 1
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That's a lot of trees with squirrels in them for just one 70s rock & jazz-blend song. And then there's the travelogue aside, too.  

I'm sooooo incredibly bored with everything by now, in our Time of Great Social Isolation, I was hoping a good fight might break out about the quality and quantity of emojis provided by RP. 
Awright, someone with this album, dig it out and check the credits on this song. I wanted to know who was blowing the hell out of the sax, and there are three sax players credited on the album. Credits are confusing me, too, as there are TEN people credited with "engineer", and they are all performers, too.
 wendyleefrancis1 wrote:
 
 
Chert is not volcanic. Similar to flint and ultimately sedimentary, although metamorphosed.
Chert is a hard rock, volcanic I believe, that was used by native peoples to make spear points and arrowheads.

OggieDogness wrote:
What is chert?
 

What is chert?
Haven't heard this in years. What a true classic. My dream has always been to retire to the beautiful pines of northern California.  And now that time is very near. Thanks  Bill for keeping the dream alive.
Love this song.  It takes me back to the mid 70's, when my boyfriend (now husband) and I saw JCY at the Uptown theatre in Chicago.  He had the crazy idea that he wanted a perm in his long hair, so I gave him a Lilt permanent, but I left it in too long and it really stunk.  We had to park pretty far and walk and it started raining.  By the time we got to the Uptown, his hair was flat on one side and curly on the other side and stunk even more.  Funny, funny memory - but JCY put on a great show.  Husband does not let me touch his hair.
 unclehud wrote:
Lyrics:

Well, I live on a ridgetop
And, Lord knows, I like it just fine
Where it's windy and foggy
And quiet most all the time
Yeah, my lawn is pine needles
And my driveway is old funky dirt
And my front pathway markers
Are pieces of granite and chert
Now, my taxes are high
But I don't believe it's a sin
I've got hundred foot pine trees
That just love to dance in the wind
And a yard full of bushes
That turn into pie in July
Between blue jays and hoot owls
I've got a twenty-four-hour singing sky
Now, when I built my house
I cut six trees to clear out the land
But there's thirty or more left
And you know that they're gonna stand
It's a squirrel sanctuary
They think these woods are their home
And as long as I'm here
I'll make sure people leave us all alone
Yes, the hill that I live on is steep
And the road's full of ruts
And the people who live in the flatlands
Think we folks are nuts
But the ruts in my road and the curves
Keep the tourists at bay
And it's lonesome and peaceful
And you know I like it that way
Now, I work in the city
I think my job is a gas
And I know it's good for me
To travel and get off my ass
But the nervous parts of each trip
Is the Golden Gate Bridge
And the road like a snake
That will lead me back home to my ridge
Ah, I live on a ridgetop
Yes, I live on a ridgetop
And I like it
And I like it


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I did delete !  Thanks, the music is better...
Lyrics:

Well, I live on a ridgetop
And, Lord knows, I like it just fine
Where it's windy and foggy
And quiet most all the time
Yeah, my lawn is pine needles
And my driveway is old funky dirt
And my front pathway markers
Are pieces of granite and chert
Now, my taxes are high
But I don't believe it's a sin
I've got hundred foot pine trees
That just love to dance in the wind
And a yard full of bushes
That turn into pie in July
Between blue jays and hoot owls
I've got a twenty-four-hour singing sky
Now, when I built my house
I cut six trees to clear out the land
But there's thirty or more left
And you know that they're gonna stand
It's a squirrel sanctuary
They think these woods are their home
And as long as I'm here
I'll make sure people leave us all alone
Yes, the hill that I live on is steep
And the road's full of ruts
And the people who live in the flatlands
Think we folks are nuts
But the ruts in my road and the curves
Keep the tourists at bay
And it's lonesome and peaceful
And you know I like it that way
Now, I work in the city
I think my job is a gas
And I know it's good for me
To travel and get off my ass
But the nervous parts of each trip
Is the Golden Gate Bridge
And the road like a snake
That will lead me back home to my ridge
Ah, I live on a ridgetop
Yes, I live on a ridgetop
And I like it
And I like it


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 curtlichter wrote:
Never heard this until now.  Thanks Bill!  Damn, that rhythm section is killing it!
 
Haven't heard it in years, so THANKS, BillG!

Interesting (?) to compare the album cover with his Wikipedia photo.
Never heard this until now.  Thanks Bill!  Damn, that rhythm section is killing it!
Brings back wonderful memories. Love this song.
The start sounds like Steely Dan and then.... vocals and lyrics begins. Garrrr-roomy!
Still sounds fresh in 2019.
First time hearing this song - Love it!!
My new (old) anthem for moving to the country.  A rare early jazzy/rock song about the "hill folk" .  Probably the only one   ;^)
When Nixon brought most of us home from Southeast Asia in December, 1973, this was an album I listened to a lot as I tried to get acclimatized to life again. More than once fell asleep listening to Jesse Colin Young. He was the first to play the Gorge in George, and I was there to get photos. Long may his music reign
I grew up listening to JCY - I haven't heard this for years  - thanks Radio Paradise for trip down memory lane! 
Love this song.  I live not far from JCY's Ridgetop and I continually feel blessed to live where I do.  Also, he just has the smoothest voice.
As a non-American, but one who has visited San Francisco, Sausalito and Marin County in the early 1980's this somehow evokes that holiday.

Pity I did not make it in the 70's - a special time that I just missed out on but JCY has a lovely natural high voice that I can listen to without cringing.

Using LizardKing's methodology... a 6 for JCY and the song +1 for the saxaphone style of the time +1 for pure nostalgia = 8 from me.
Been awhile, Bill.  Give it a spin.
Nice revisit, Bill...I remember this from back when vocalists had to sing well and the sound of a sax didn't equate with cheezy yuppie wannabe jazz.
g1lgam3sh wrote:
I'd forgotten this. RP 8)
Wish it had stayed forgotten, too! I always thought this was a very pretentious song.
I was gonna say this really sucks, but how can I do that to a guy that loves his squirrels so much.
I'd forgotten this. RP 8)
lotus_65 wrote:
Hmmm, Maybe it's this guy who's got my paradise! Never heard this tune before. Pretty good mental visuals there.
Yup. Can't help but think of all the times I've been in similar places, wishing I could live there.
Sweet.
lisa, lisa, where are you now ...
I turned this up so loud my stone deaf dog heard it. He's just gonna have to deal with it. :cowboy:
nice crescendo ...
JCY Y? Because we LIKE him!
Xeric wrote:
Just switched over from my local NPR station because it was playing some horrible squawking 20th century "classical" "music." This is worse.
Boy, there's no judging taste. :stupid:
I have not heard this in probably 15 years very cool!
Dig: This sounds like theme music from some late 70's action movie about a cop in San Fran thats worn of his job and tired but loves coming home to his hot wife in the evenings. *shrug* 8O
Just switched over from my local NPR station because it was playing some horrible squawking 20th century "classical" "music." This is worse.
Nice addition.
cataloger wrote:
what the hell is this? Hippy jazz? Somehow the saxaphone just doesn't say "natural beauty" to me.
Jesse did a jazz album too I think.
This song is about Jesse's love for his place in west Marin County, north of San Francisco. I can relate...
JCY - woke me from my work...reminded me of KMPX...thanks Bill.
what the hell is this? Hippy jazz? Somehow the saxaphone just doesn't say "natural beauty" to me.
ooh! Elevator music rock & roll! This would fit in great with the mix my dentist plays in his office... can't get away from it fast enough. ugh!
This is great borderline with commercial but so enjoyable...yes...
WOW! Ridgetop. Haven't heard this one in way too long. JCY sure has a great voice. Recognized this one in the first two notes. Wonderful. :notworthy: How about a little Gray Day sometime?
Old JCY, ex choice Bill!
Hmmm, Maybe it's this guy who's got my paradise! Never heard this tune before. Pretty good mental visuals there.
A most worthy contemporary of Loggins and Messina. Saw hiim recently at a small venue in Santa Barbara. Fantastic but this is better.
Makes me miss the Rockies...
Ahh, I've always loved the mood of this song.