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Guster — Ruby Falls
Album: Ganging Up On The Sun
Avg rating:
7.5

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Total ratings: 3867









Released: 2006
Length: 7:04
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Tonight
Where do we go from here?
The road through Ruby Falls has reached the end
And now we're digging in the sand
They're promising that help is on the way

Love, confession number one
Impossible and sorry
And judge, can you look the other way?
Some things are best unsaid

And now where can we go from here
When all the morning birds have gone away
Two wrongs won't navigate tonight
The afterlife is all in the end
The afterlife is ours in the end

Love, don't look me in the eye
Just wash it all down
And judge, can you let me run away
We're outta here, straight outta here

Somewhere down buried in the sand
Two birds give out a song
And all of Ruby Falls is singin' along

Sing along...

(...gone and turned away (?))
(...gonna make you pay (?))
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There are many, many Guster songs I love, but this takes the cake
Probably their finest tune, from their finest album.
Well I had a dream. Me & my fella's were going to try something new. So after long deliberation we decided to Gang Up On The Sun...Bad Idea....Way too HOT.

This production gets a 10 from moi.
Hell of a song.  Powerful.
absolutely the joy of rock and roll here.
 michael.wagner91 wrote:
Makes me sad, that Guster didn‘t record more songs with a depth in sound like this one. I find their works rather shallow compared to Ruby Falls (which by the way was the first Guster track I ever listened to and I absolutely deeply love it). Even more this one deserves a 9 from me. One of my all time favorites from start to finish.
 

Wow, it's amazing to me how perception differs. I've been a huge Guster fan for 20+ years now and don't get me wrong Ruby Falls is a fine song, but I would never have thought of it as one of their best (or even in the TOP 10).
Makes me sad, that Guster didn‘t record more songs with a depth in sound like this one. I find their works rather shallow compared to Ruby Falls (which by the way was the first Guster track I ever listened to and I absolutely deeply love it). Even more this one deserves a 9 from me. One of my all time favorites from start to finish.
Sometimes you know exactly where you are going.
Sometimes, it's ok when you do not.
An epic adventure, as my friend would have said.
This is beautiful, but then, I'm a sucker for a great chord change...
This song was a real eye opener to me, because I really like it (like 9) and it comes from the same band that recorded "Satellite", which turns my stomach.
Heard this song here four years ago for the first time, loved it then, and love it more now. A truly unique gem. 
Yes, the brass is good.  THe lyrics too.  I never heard of this band but I will look them up now.  THank you RP.  THis is really a great station, my friend was not kidding me because I thought I knew the best that was out there (from satellite), but I see now I was wrong. Happy to know you now {#Smile}
This drives me crazy - hate the high squeal tone in the middle!

 

What an amazing song this is!


Love the muted trumpet!
love it
9.875
 werner wrote:
nickshortie wrote:

Well said!

Long live Radio Paradise!

 
 Listening (with interrruptions) for more than 10 years now. RADIO PARADISE beats them all !!

From Germany with Kudos.

 
You are Werner... from where else would you be but from Germany! {#Smile}  Agree with you that RP is awesome.
 ThePoose wrote:
I can muster a lot of bluster about the lustre of Guster before I ride off in my Duster.

 
And this song is one big f*ck comma cluster
 jchap5 wrote:
8, trending toward 9...

 


                                 ... HUTT, HUTT.


 
8, trending toward 9...
I can imagine playing this at the point of the date when i want to slow the night down a little; it might accompany the statement "let me make you another drink, darling "

I like longer songs, or pieces really, and wasn't surprised to hear BillG pair this beautifully with the splendid TWOD piece "Thinking of a place "
And it does feel so very real.
Awesome  segue as usual!
 Motolorax wrote:
can't get enough of this for some reason.

 
I may be one of the very few RP listeners who actually has had enough of this song.  Along with a few other songs, I downloaded this to my ipod about ten years ago to hear while I work out.  I have been listening to it ever since...because I am too lazy to update my tracks.  I can't even remember how I felt about this song when I first downloaded it.  I must have liked it enough to download it in the first place I guess. 
can't get enough of this for some reason.
 ThePoose wrote:
I can muster a lot of bluster about the lustre of Guster before I ride off in my Duster.

  

 Proclivities wrote:

{#Cheers}  It's a good thing you sold that Electra 225 or you'd have been stuck for a rhyme.

  
would Deuce and a Quarter work?
Phenomenal Live band- seen on a couple of occasions years ago when my daughter was too young to drive herself to concerts.  Love their passion and humor.  And the relationship they have with their audience- intimate, no matter the setting.  
I find myself whistling along to this one. Its great!
 flyboy wrote:
This song's 10 years old and still I stop what I'm doing and listen every time it gets queued up.

 
Yes!


One of the best songs I've ever heard first on Radio Paradise! (several years ago)
I love the album cover. Very cool!
 vanillagorilla wrote:
Not sure about their other stuff but this one I've always liked a lot

 
It's all good. Not a bad song on this album.
Not sure about their other stuff but this one I've always liked a lot
Definitevly 10
 
Like Guster quite a bit.  This reminds me of Pink Floyd.
 flyboy wrote:
This song's 10 years old and still I stop what I'm doing and listen every time it gets queued up.

 
Same here. I always have to stop and listen, They played it live here in Raleigh - it was amazing.
 
It's amazing how well this band blends the soundscapes of The Beach Boys, The Shins, and even Pink Floyd into magical masterpiece
A few folks have commented on the lyrics. To me, they seem like word salad. If you think you see a deep meaning, you may be right, or perhaps it's an aural rorschach?

But who cares. That melody! Those harmonies! It's a lovely tune.
nickshortie wrote:

Well said!

Long live Radio Paradise!

 
 Listening (with interrruptions) for more than 10 years now. RADIO PARADISE beats them all !!

From Germany with Kudos.
 ThePoose wrote:
I can muster a lot of bluster about the lustre of Guster before I ride off in my Duster.

 
{#Cheers}  It's a good thing you sold that Electra 225 or you'd have been stuck for a rhyme.
Love this tune.  Never tire of hearing it here on RP.
Whoa, this comes on at 4:20 on a Friday... what shall I do?    {#Devil_pimp}
If I am ever in Chattanooga I will have to check them out.
sweet, real and far out
 djengs wrote:
I think this was one of those songs that got my support for RP. It woke me up to how much great music is missing from commercial radio, and how little thought is put into their playlists. Long live Radio Paradise!

 
Well said!

Long live Radio Paradise!
Artful.
Oh, those harmonies near the end.
Echoes of Jah Wobble at the end with the muted trumpet over the twinkling vamp.
Guster is a great band. One of the best concerts I've been to last year for their Evermotion tour.
 Easyrider wrote:
Top tune and a solid 10,love it
 


Best song ever!
This song's 10 years old and still I stop what I'm doing and listen every time it gets queued up.
 djengs wrote:
I think this was one of those songs that got my support for RP. It woke me up to how much great music is missing from commercial radio, and how little thought is put into their playlists. Long live Radio Paradise!
 
Yep... and hearing them play this live in concert (Northampton, MA) last October brought tears to my eyes. Their harmonies are spot on, and this song is emotionally evocative to the extreme.

Commercial radio died a long time ago. Here is what it used to be like:  https://floydslips.blogspot.com/2009/07/freeform-radio-masterdave-dixon-on-wabx.html.
I think this was one of those songs that got my support for RP. It woke me up to how much great music is missing from commercial radio, and how little thought is put into their playlists. Long live Radio Paradise!
 ThePoose wrote:
I can muster a lot of bluster about the lustre of Guster before I ride off in my Duster.

 
That's what I said to my tax adjuster.
 
I can muster a lot of bluster about the lustre of Guster before I ride off in my Duster.
Just saw Guster a few weeks ago and this song SOARS live. If they come near you catch them!
Thanks Bill!
 torino390 wrote:
why haven't I heard this before? great stuff. now on my 'to buy' list.

 
That was exactly what I thought when I first heard it here!
 
why haven't I heard this before? great stuff. now on my 'to buy' list.
Always turn this one up!
The muted trumpet just took a 7 to 9.
instant classic for me. 
I just can't believe how much I like this song...
Oversaturated with precious details.
Some of those gorgeous chord changes just pull me across the room...
Or a sax?
Like the surprise ending!  Is that a trumpet ?
I can't put my finger on exactly why I like this, but I do. Maybe because I live in Georgia where you'll fine barn roofs painted with "See Ruby Falls" in large white letters.
That overdriven jazz fueled muted trumpet outro... Just wow!
I've been enjoying this cd a lot. Although it's hard to match the accomplishment of this song, most all the songs have grown on me and the cd is lasting very well.
Pretty goddamned epic if you ask me
Recently saw them in London. Being from the uk never heard of them before rp.

After the london show I'll make sure to see them if they ever come back. Great live show. 
Lyrically, musically, theatrically, WOW, it just doesn't get much better than this, and I am happy to hear it, here on RP, and THANKS!
I always expect to hear the first chord of the song "C'mon" after this fades out.  I'm surprised that track isn't on RP.  "C'mon!"

I have some really cool memories of seeing these guys live.  I don't usually do this kind of thing, but for some reason I can recall three separate Guster shows where I had snuck somewhere I shouldn't have been and ended up having an awesome time.  One time I saw them with some friends at the Berkeley Community Theater in Berkeley, CA.  The upper mezzanine floor was closed and it was just general admission on the ground floor.  When the band before Guster finished their set, we went out into the foyer to check out the merch and stuff, and I snooped around and found the way up to the upper floor — and it was unlocked!  We waited for our moment and all sprinted through the door as quickly as we could, shutting it behind us.  When we got up there it was completely empty, we had the whole balcony to ourselves and never got caught.  We sat front and center and smoked joints and rocked out the whole show.
Like others, I had to check to see if this was Jellyfish.
I feel a purchase coming on. 
This song is the best RP find I had so far. A fat 9 from me.

Guster — Ruby Falls

Bill should have skipped Pink Floyd {#Tongue-out} Maybe Flamenco Sketches from Miles Davis instead? That would be a great set.
Me and gels seeing them in Charlottesville 4/23. Good times.
 jagdriver wrote:
An RP classic track, in my book. However, I did use Audacity to edit out the one ultra-uber-screechy portion toward the end. That makes the track even more pleasant to this ear. My golden retriever is happier for it, too.

 
I love that ending!
An RP classic track, in my book. However, I did use Audacity to edit out the one ultra-uber-screechy portion toward the end. That makes the track even more pleasant to this ear. My golden retriever is happier for it, too.
Thom Yorke melody mixed with Paul McCartney skydiving bass.

What's not to lo like about this amalgam? 
I thoroughly enjoy Guster;
solid hooks, great harmonies, and they modify their sound, not too repetitive. Good ambience! 
Still think this is their best album.
Outstanding! Love the Pet Soundsesque outro!
 DaidyBoy wrote:
I just don't tire of this wonderful track.

ps I don't think I have seen so many positive comments anywhere else on RP

 
Me too.  It didn't really grab me the first several times I heard it, but slowly it's really grown on me.  In my experience, the songs (and movies, etc) that have that property are the ones I've gone on to enjoy greatly for years.
 
I just don't tire of this wonderful track.

ps I don't think I have seen so many positive comments anywhere else on RP
 musikluvr wrote:
Like this song better and better every time I hear it.

 
{#Music}
Like this song better and better every time I hear it.
I just love Guster.
This elicits a comment...  

Just so smooth and dreamy.  But I am trying to get some work done :)
 
Always think of the band Big Elf when I hear this.
 aaronm wrote:
I think this song is the most quintessentially "Radio Paradise" song on the library. (And that's a good thing!)

 
I'd like to think that RP is more esoteric than this, good though the song  is.


I think this song is the most quintessentially "Radio Paradise" song on the library. (And that's a good thing!)
I wonder how I never rated this before.  Certainly heard it a few times.  Cool song too.
May have made a comment before for this tune.
I don't know why but it is a 10.
Oh Yes the end is wonderful.


Beautiful song.  Just listened to/read the lyrics carefully for the first time though.  Seems to be a song about someone having done something terribly wrong (or at least illegal) and then trying to make a run for it.  Thoughts, or am I completely misreading this one?
(Banned) wrote:

I like the ending too, especially that repetitive bass line and the muted trumpet.

 
my most favorite part is the ending.
Just a bump from 8->9 because the more I hear it the more I love it.
Gaaaah! I just listened to their album on Napster, and now I have to buy it!  I will have no money left at this rate.
just amazing and refreshing to hear modern-day creative songwriting... sends me drifting through space and time.. {#Music}
 msymmes wrote:
I have heard this so many times on RP and it just keeps getting better.
 

 
Me too.  I'm pretty sure this is my favorite song of the last 10 years.  It doesn't seem to get old for me.  I have a hard time getting anything done every time Bill plays it.
One of the songs I'll never get tired of... relatively simple, melodic, powerful. {#Meditate}
 (Banned) wrote:

I like the ending too, especially that repetitive bass line and the muted trumpet.

 
The trumpet is brilliant. This song hooks my brain...I often wake up humming it. Sad, maybe, but a well crafted song.
 djengs wrote:

different strokes...the end is what makes the song great to me. 

 
I like the ending too, especially that repetitive bass line and the muted trumpet.
I have heard this so many times on RP and it just keeps getting better.
 
This is really an epic for the ages
Bought it right after hearing it. This is a remarkable and unique gem. Once again RP, you have brought me to another room in your musical mansion!
Yep, the harmonies are still spine-tingling.  
This keeps getting better every time I hear it!!! Outstanding song. Bumped from 8 to 9 after  years of hearing it !
{#Heartkiss}{#Bananapiano}{#Heartkiss}  ......... luv this song, has to be a big F A T 9
 Kaw wrote:
Made 7 years ago and I hear it for the first time. This is so good... Why wasn't this on commercial radio back in the days?

 

...a question we could ask about many songs you'll hear on RP...

Never heard this before - makes me feel all .... HAPPY :)
 Gazraman wrote:
its got it all hasn't it?
 
Yes....we put the all in Ruby Falls
its got it all hasn't it?
I'd love to say something negative to break up this love fest but it ain't gonna happen cuz this is an classic of the alltime variety....
Perfect song for the beginning of the day.... just puts you in the right mood.
Good Album! {#Mrgreen}
It would almost be fair to say I am addicted to this song. Found it on RP. As always, THANK YOU.  
I love being able to hear Ruby Falls on RP. Again, and again and again ad infinitum, I hope. Just gone up to a 10.  Irresistible....