Armageddon Rag

Lyrics: Robert Hunter
Music: Robert Hunter

Written by Robert Hunter wrote for the soundtrack of the movie "Armageddon Rag." This was to have been produced by Phil DeGuere from the novel by George R.R. Martin, but was never in the event completed. It was to have been performed in the film by a band called the Nazguls. It was recorded by a band comprising Robert Hunter, John Cipollina, Merl Saunders, Tony Saunders and Gaylord Birch, with its companion piece Resurrection Rag. See also Raise Your Arms, Clap Your Hands, Blood On The Sheets and Raging (note 1).

Ready for the countdown (ready)
Ready on the right (ready)
Ready on the left (ready)
Very much obliged
Ready all round (ready)
Let me hear the sound (ready)
OK, mothers
Count it on down

(Ten) When
(Nine) Fine
(Eight) Too late
(Seven) What you gonna do about
(Six) Sixty Six
(Five) Bust this jive
(Four) Ready for more
(Three) Count it for me

(One, two) Armageddon Rag
(Three, four) Armageddon Rag

You and me got debts come due
I can't pay, neither can you
Life is just too weird to live
I don't forget and don't forgive

Shake your bones to Armageddon Rag
Dance with Jones to Armageddon Rag
Sticks and stones, Armageddon Rag
Soul stone, baby, ain't it a drag
(Ain't it a drag)
(Ain't it a drag)

Walk the mighty final road
Till flesh and bones fall from your soul
Turn and face your enemy
All the dead look just like me

All the living look like you
Now tell me what you're gonna do
You, you, you, brother
We can be mistaken for one another

Armies of the night (Armageddon Rag)
Soldiers of the light (Armageddon Rag)
Idiot's delight (Armageddon Rag)
Hold on tight, ready on the right
Ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three
(One, two) Armageddon Rag
Armageddon Rag
Armageddon Rag
Getting ready for, getting ready for
Armageddon Rag, Armageddon Rag
[etc]
Robert Hunter played a truncated version in a solo performance in 1984:
[This] is where all causes meet
[Weave the pattern] in between
Ready on the left
Ready on the right
Ready in the center
OK countdown

Ten, nine, eight seven
Six, five, four, three
One, two, Armaggedon Rag
One, two, Armaggedon Rag

All the dead look just like me
All the living look like you
You, you, you brother
We could be mistaken for one another
Notes
(1) Armageddon Rag was registered with the US Copyright Office in 1984, described as "on 1 sound cassette + lyrics ... with Ragin' and Ashman." Hunter has performed Ragin' in solo concerts, but I've never seen any other references to Ashman (described in the registration as "lyrics with chord symbols). Resurrection Rag was also registered (separately) in 1984, as "words only". Blood On The Sheets, and Raise Your Arms Clap Your Hands do not seem to have been registered.



 


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