Aesop Rock - Ruby '81 Lyrics




July 4th, 1981, candles of a Roman ilk
Unloaded from a chevy truck
Into the home her folks had built
Patio was charcoals and extended fam in folding chairs
Safely arced around the yard to focus on the smoking flares
Couple cousins, uncles, aunts, mostly grown-ups, couple brats
Baby Ruby's only two
She's too close to the jumping jacks
Mommy scoops her to the house
Buckles up the booster seat
Rolls her to the storm door
Let her long for all the lunacy
Telephone distracting Mom
Ruby wriggles out her strap
Fingers push the plexi-glass
She's off into the sour patch
Past the pyrotechnics undetected and invisible
Woke the sleeping beagle skipping toward the kidney swimming pool
Off into the yawning blue
The splash would mum the rocket-ships
Ruby's lungs were filling by the time her kin were cognizant
Many sprung and sprinted down
All arrive belated but
The beast she had earlier stirred had been alert since waking up
Canine let his gainer fly
Water top commotion grow
Howling guests assumed the cloven hoofs had come to do-si-do
Frenzied and congested deck
Part to let the elders see
Soggy beagle gently dragging Ruby in his yellow teeth
Laid the tiny body in the sun before her Father's feet
When she choked the liquid through her bluish lips he dropped his knee
Helped the air to reconvene
Towel his shaking Ruby off
EMT confirm the save
Everybody say
"Good dog! "





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  1. Billy Mays

    reminds me of the pitbull who ate the dudes genitals

    Zoom

    Here we go happy holidays

    Billy Mays

    @Zoom 💀

  2. Wanderer

    Goosebumps every time.

  3. dghi

    good dog

  4. Andy Broberg

    Amazing

  5. mike b

    Happy 4th '19

  6. SULLUM

    Good Dog

  7. SULLUM

    Good Dog

  8. Rich Merritt

    Goosebumps

  9. stgm

    Good boy

  10. Joseph Gregor

    noob noob: GOOOO T DAYUUMM!!! this or the end of gehenna????

    Diego Sánchez Santana

    Not really: Gehenna talks about the death of a Friend and his journey from the living world to Hell, as told by the Quran, and Ruby '81 talks about a child saved by a dog when everyone's watching Fireworks on the 4th of July.

  11. jollyjollyO

    1:30
    is that the audience "woah" from melee?
    https://youtu.be/sDwT__SdhYI?t=18s

  12. jesse brown

    Perfectly crafted short story crescendo, actually brings me close to tears every time

  13. Random Videos Productions

    its just that you can see where this is going starting at 1:26. gives me more than goosebumps man. fuckin ostrichbumps

  14. DarkFoX750

    G.O.A.T

  15. StickyBoy

    Maybe she got brain damage.

    That'd be funny.

    Joseph Vickrey

    Or, the dog's teeth punctured an artery.

  16. Glitch 0ut

    I wonder if this really happened at one of Aesop's family get togethersif so then this dog > Kirby

  17. FreshPrince

    Aesop's ability to tell out-of-the-box stories in unique ways is probably my favorite attribute of his.

    arex82

    Right? It’s why “Grace” is in my ‘top 10 Aesop tracks’. It’s not especially awe inspiring but his ability to take a scene at a dinner table where a kid won’t eat his veg and turn it into such an amusing piece of art blows me the fk away

  18. URSA

    I'm still confused, did the baby drown?

    spaceballkrs1

    EMT(medics) confirm the save,Everybody say "Good dog!"

    PrincipalProductions

    GOOD DOG

    SBB STRICTLY BOUT BUSINESS

    Elias Wood the dog saved her cuz he was the only one who was watching the baby

  19. Silviu Toader

    all that delivered in 1 minute how is that even possible

    dghi

    this is 2:34

    Joseph Tyndall

    @dghi here we go happy holidays is 50 seconds in. everybody say good dog at 2:06 it was packed in a minute lol

    dghi

    @Joseph Tyndall 0:48 - 2:06, to be exact, which makes it 1min18s, but yeah

    Joseph Tyndall

    @dghi still, just over a minute sure packed one hell of a story.

    arex82

    dghi ... stop being so exact and algebraic 😉

  20. Streetpreacher Studios

    This is one of my favourites

  21. Andy Patterson

    this isn't posturing or bragging about how rich you are this is poetry this is real

  22. Jthe Wrestlingfan

    Good dog

    Zoom

    Happy holidays

  23. pab ben

    July 4th, 1981, candles of a Roman ilk
    Unloaded from a chevy truck Into the home her folks had built
    Patio was charcoals and extended fam in folding chairs
    Safely arced around the yard to focus on the smoking flares
    Couple cousins, uncles, aunts, mostly grown-ups, couple brats
    Baby Ruby's only two She's too close to the jumping jacks
    Mommy scoops her to the house/Buckles up the booster seat
    Rolls her to the storm door
    Let her long for all the lunacy
    Telephone distracting Mom/Ruby wriggles out her strap
    Fingers push the plexi-glass/She's off into the sour patch
    Past the pyrotechnics undetected and invisible
    Woke the sleeping beagle skipping toward the kidney swimming pool
    Off into the yawning blue/The splash would mum the rocket-ships
    Ruby's lungs were filling by the time her kin were cognizant
    Many sprung and sprinted down All arrive belated but
    The beast she had earlier bestirred had been alert since waking up
    Canine let his gainer fly/Water top commotion grow
    Howling guests assumed the cloven hooves had come to do-si-do
    Frenzied and congested deck Part to let the elders see
    Soggy beagle gently dragging Ruby in his yellow teeth
    Laid the tiny body in the sun before her Father‘s feet
    When she choked the liquid through her bluish lips he dropped his knee
    Healthy air had reconvenedTowel his shaking Ruby off
    EMT confirm the save,Everybody say "Good dog!"


    holy fuck those lyrics paints a story.

    Brian Zehmisch

    pab ben Here we go
    Happy holidays

    Taylor Minneapolis

    The build up is one of a kind

    dghi

    good dog

  24. gasware

    I actually dont know how to pronounce this guys name nor nujabes

    RedPillBlues

    @HiVoltag3R Well i'm assuming Eee would be pronounced similarly to a A, so it would sound virtually the same, just different spelling. 

    HiVoltag3R

    @The American Reaper Nah, it's like eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee-söp

    kkh369

    +HiVoltag3R Ace-op

    kkh369

    +HiVoltag3R There's a line where he says "Aesop Rock is the catalyst" and he says it AY-sop. So I will go by what the man himself says.

    arex82

    It’s pronounced:

    Ay-SAP RAH-kee

  25. Tristan Matolcsy

    Fuck...

  26. Andreia Freitas

    Esse cara é irado!!!!

  27. Frank White

    So vivid, poetic... still one of my favs. "let her long for all the lunacy.." Happy Holidays... Aesop? Rock on!!

  28. shaido175

    Damn. This song gives me chills every single time... Every. Single. Time.

    shaido175

    +brail xls R.I.P.

    UnitedDiscord

    +Neil Milan It's that build up. He really paints the scene with his words and the background noise. His song "Fumes" had the same effect on me just by how well he paints the scenes and presents the characters.

    Beat Junkie2016

    shaido175 word and it makes me think of my daughter too. but we don't have a dog or a pool, but I just told her I want a dog now

    Andy Broberg

    It’s such a great line...

    Zoom

    Just started it, scrolled down and as the goosebumps were rising I read this comment, stoic

  29. wissen

    omg reminds me of By the Throat by Eyedea

    who else feels that album in Skelethon?

    dghi

    lmao the night i decided to give Skelethon a listen, some person recommended me By the Throat, without even knowing my plans

  30. wissen

    in the very beginning, i thought i was listening to Darude Sandstorm! fuck my life!

    Alessandro La Via

    +556FATHOMS turuturu tu

  31. 420Harlequin

    Im back to being futures presence 
    Wraping anything up that can be past for cash or credit

  32. s sg

    Good dog

  33. DougJ

    Only song that ever teared me up. And that's real.

    TBP_TDM TV

    go hear ''my lost love and addiction'' by hollohan it makes this seem happy

    Mark Henry

    +DougJ dance with the devil by immortal technique

    Melvin Jansen

    damn guys just let him have his sad song

  34. lmbb20

    Amazing song, Aesop is like poetry

    Null is my name

    @lmbb20 Aseop Rock IS a poet. Rap stands for Rhythm, And, Poetry

  35. ergman

    That was intense

  36. Gracious Bears

    Ruby is now 36. Good dog.

    O Ra

    +Gracious Bears ORLY

    dghi

    good dog

  37. satan

    Immortal and Aesop should make heaps of songs.

  38. 13madvillain

    DOGS RULE THE WORLD

  39. albinosnowman12

    Aesop is one of the greatest story tellers in Rap.

    Tabitha Vansant

    Preach buddy he is my favorite

    arex82

    Hands down.. not even a contest.

    My favorite too!!!

  40. IPlayLikeCrap

    I play this every 4th of July.

  41. bjakabyrgen

    Im getting a beagle. Gonna name it Aesop

    Logan King

    Did u do it

  42. Juwon Minor

    Yo...deep ...can't wait for someday to work with you bro....

    Ian Downing

    Lmfao good luck

  43. Juwon Minor

    Yo...deep ...can't wait for someday to work with you bro....

  44. Soszynic

    One of Aesop's fables, (get it?)

    Yukmoufwolf

    Yooooo!

    The derpy Potato

    😐👈

  45. Dillon Gipson

    Ruby 81

  46. 420Harlequin

    fireworks on july 4th,aldults take the kid inside,she sneeks out past the fire tamers,falls into the pool,dog was paying attention to the whole shits,save her,fucking a

    420Harlequin

    how to reduce an amazing track into a string of badly structured unfinished sentences

    Nathan Watts

    that's basically how a main stream rapper would rap this song

  47. eX Snow

    good thing his label is called Macklemore

  48. BIG DIRTY PANDA

    the key to this song is simple: turn the replay button on

  49. eseterik78

    Someone help me.
    I've been listening to this song for an hour.
    Blows my mind.

  50. Joe Babisky

    dude Macklemore is weak, he sings about anti consumerism and the like (Thrift Shop and Wings) yet his concert tickets are upwards of 100$ in some places, always higher than 60$. and the merch at his shows is mad off aswell, because his label fuckin owns him like a person owns a dog, he's their bitch.

  51. Monsees

    Yes but I think he's regarding the fact that no one else gets blamed for their negligence, just praised for their luck.

  52. Flappypantsful

    I buy the savior interpretation especially in the context of Aesop's song "One of Four." Aesop lived in a dark place and was rescued much in the same way this kid was, and he never seems to blame others for his fall. Sometimes tragedy can't be avoided, but sometimes you get lucky enough to have a hand to pull you out of the abyss.

  53. Monsees

    I'm pretty sure the message comes in the very last line of the song. The mother's negligence is disregarded as "everybody says, good dog". The mother should have been reprimanded for her incompetence and not making sure Ruby was safe. The family was lucky that the dog was in a fortunate position, but the child SHOULD have died due to the mother's negligence, and she is not chastised in the slightest.

  54. STILL M.E.M.E.

    this track changed my life #thankyoubasedaesop

  55. MrJambronee

    You're trolling for angry responses and yes I do have uploads.

    p.s. I'm 31

  56. MrJambronee

    Oh, ok you're just a troll. Not gonna lie, you had me fooled for a second there.I almost believed someone could be capable of such stupidity.

  57. KumaD.

    awesome track

  58. Majtzy

    It might just aswell be that the dog symbolizes a friend or close one that stood up for him and practicly saved his life when nobody else noticed. However you interpret this song, it feels really powerful, another chilling masterpiece

  59. 01PartyRobot

    don't forget Cage - I never knew you

  60. Milo Shim

    Finally, a smart person. Shit is sirius.

  61. popular on twitter

    Who you talking to mane you quick to judge everybody huh, crip nasty thuggish huh dude, you straight crippin bruh, Big L , brotha lynch, dude you're hard man, all music intrigues me bruh.

  62. ColdLightProductions

    Fuck this is good

  63. popular on twitter

    Macklemore - Otherside
    Eminem- Till i Collapse
    Aesop Rock - Ruby 81
    Aesop Rock - Daylight
    Jon Bellion - The Wonder Years
    Eminem - Stan
    we might have different taste in music so i don't know.hahah

  64. M. Peach

    everybody say "good dog".

  65. battleboots1

    you said it boy!!

  66. crunkinthis

    so from what I can listen to is. Is he ruby? and he is talking about back in 81 he was drowning and his dog saved him? ill check rap genius just to be sure. good song though.

  67. thisisnotmatter

    Too bad the dog will die soon...Ruby won't make it..

  68. Brendan Gannon

    I neeeeeeeeed to smoke

  69. Gnomey Gnome

    shits tense.

  70. AJ Fuller

    absolutely brilliant. his way with words are unreal

  71. Todd Magnusson

    The more I listen to Aesop Rock, the more I wonder what it would be like if we could have James Joyce here to do excerpts from the pages of Finnegan's Wake. Both of their lyrical use of linguistics is amazing and extremely interesting.

  72. Blade3291PSN

    Amazing writer.

  73. OrlandoHTG

    Only Aesop could put how amazing this is into words.

  74. oubj

    We will cut past the bone and the tendon
    We have no guns or love only god to send them

  75. MoreDrugsMoreAlcohol

    mars dick does 29420 trick

  76. SnailVanquisher

    This song give me chills every time i hear it. Aesop is a master of his craft

  77. RtotheDC

    This takes me through an adventure, I sat playing a game casually when I heard this track, epic! Chills indeed

  78. civilian

    good dog.

  79. pwntzord

    yea lol this is the most straightforward song on the album

  80. scott purcell

    awesome lyric, great tension.

  81. bazuzu5

    Very emotional song

  82. Caty Leader

    this song is poetry.
    amazing.
    story strikes me every time...

  83. Toblerusse

    The hero beagle awakes from his slumber.

  84. DARQIKSKID

    hows has this not reached even 100.000 veiws yet?!!!

  85. Andrew Shahan

    What! most of the material on his new album follows a theme and tells a story! especially grace, zzz top, fryer starter, and crows1 to name a few. they just take a few listens but they are well thought out pieces that follow a narative. come on man

  86. weinerman09

    Makes you remember the old saying "Mans best Friend"

  87. favoritistbrah

    this was fucking sick if, you dont get the song its about a dog who saves a baby from drowning

  88. Brian Kirby

    great song, dedication to a great dog, but has a great cat

  89. Kannabizness

    So fucking dope

  90. c4mac11

    gives me chills every time

  91. Ethan Deetz

    Aesop Rock is King.

  92. ronnie nirvana

    biggles for the win