“R U Ready?” by Ringo Starr

Originally posted 2010-01-11 23:53:12. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

For Ringo Starr chords & lyrics, CLICK HERE!

By Chris Moore:

Okay, okay, so I know what you’re thinking: how could I have screwed the lyrics up so badly at the end of the song.  You see, when I say, “That’s the real thing, ain’t it?” it should actually be “That’s the real thing, i’n’t it.”

Hopefully you can see past my error…

Seriously though, I welcome you to the Monday night Laptop Session.  This is my first song choice in anticipation of a new music release this year — in this case, tomorrow’s release of Ringo Starr’s Y Not.  Based on the quality of Ringo’s past several albums, I can only imagine that this oddly titled release will be excellent.  There appear to be some promising collaborations with such artists as Van Dyke Parks, Ben Harper, Joss Stone, Richard Marx, and — most exciting — Paul McCartney.

I’ll be honest — the title does throw me off a bit.  After all, can there ever be a good justification for a man of Ringo Starr’s age and stature to use Instant Messenger shorthand in his album or song titles?  I certainly can’t think of one.  And this isn’t the first time that Ringo has utilized such abbreviations.  As you can tell, my song choice tonight was based on the fact that “R U Ready?” — from 2008’s Liverpool 8 — uses IM shorthand for “Are You.”  I can’t tell you why Ringo made this decision when writing the song, but I can tell you that it is indeed a great song.  It was fun and easy to play, and I got to break in my “D” harmonica.  Ever since I started exploring the different keys in my array of harps, I’ve been having more fun than ever breaking them out and playing them.

I’ll have to think of another harmonica-ready song for next week…

But, for now, I hope you’ll enjoy my cover version of “R U Ready?”  Then, consider taking a listen to the new Ringo Starr album Y Not, to be released tomorrow, Tuesday, January 12th, 2010.  He has truly been on a roll these past several years, releasing outstanding records in 2003, 2005, 2008, and now a mere two years later in 2010.  I know where I’ll be heading after school tomorrow — to my local Newbury Comics store for a copy of Y Not.

With Ringo’s recent track record, I ask you: y not?

“R U Ready?” by Ringo Starr – Chords, Tabs, & How to Play

Originally posted 2010-01-11 12:00:15. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

“R U Ready?”
Ringo Starr

D
Are you ready to cross over?
Are you ready to let go,
D  G                                                               D
To face the final curtain in the land of I don’t know?
D                  Bm                    G                   D
Jesus was a wise man, and everyone’s a saint.
D           Em                  A
Are you ready to cross over?
A           G              D
Are you ready?

You can read the good or bad books,
Read them fast or slow.
But is it fact or fiction?
There’s just one way to know.
Buddha was dancing underneath the Bodhi tree;
He was ready to cross over.  He was ready.

D           G           D
So, why hold on, hold on?
D   G
It’s good that you believe,
G         F#
But it’s better if you know.
F#     G           D – Bm – G
Don’t hold on, h   o   l   d       on;
G                             Bm                                A                D
Someone’s there to catch you when you’re ready to let go.

I was sitting by the Ganges looking for another way.
But all roads lead to heaven,
No matter what they say.
Krishna was a good man.
Why was he so blue?
He was ready to cross over; he was ready.

So, why hold on, hold on?
It’s good that you believe,
But it’s better if you know.
Don’t hold on, hold on;
Someone’s there to catch you when you’re ready to let go.

(Play me to heaven…)

SOLO

Are you ready to cross over?
Are you ready to let go,
To face the final curtain in the land of I don’t know?
Everyone can get there, ’cause we all have a soul.
Are you ready to cross over?
Are you ready?

So, why hold on, hold on?
It’s good that you believe,
But it’s better if you know.
Don’t hold on, hold on;
Someone’s there to catch you when you’re ready to let go.
Someone’s there to catch you when you’re ready to let go.
Someone’s there to catch you when you’re ready to let go.

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Fusco-Moore Video Blog: Christmas Decorating 2007

Hello Laptop Session lovers! Today, in addition to a regular Laptop Session, I give you a video montage of what we’ve been doing lately!

As I mentioned previously, Christmastime is my favorite time of the year. Having a condo for the first year (first Christmas, as we moved in last February), I’ve been very excited and ambitious when it comes to making the place look nice.

So, we put a ton of lights on the outside and plenty of decorations inside. Some of it was a pain (Like these sticky squares that are supposed to keep the lights on the wall. The lights fall off, but the squares take the paint off the walls!), but most of it was fun.

I hope you enjoy this little trip into our lives as we celebrate the Holiday Season!

The song in the background is “Run Rudolph Run” by my band “Masters of the Universe” at http://jimfusco.com/albums.html. You can purchase the Christmas Concert 2006 CD or DVD (which contains that song and 29 others!) on our online store at http://jimfusco.com/mou-xmas-concert.html. Check it out- it’s a really cool store with a TON of stuff, including some free music downloads and wallpapers!

Okay, I’ve ranted enough, but the last thing I’ll say is that I’d love to see other people’s decorations! We only have a condo, but I’m sure someone with a house could put on a GREAT show, as I hope to do someday (like my parents do).

Merry Christmas, everyone,

~Jim