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Devon Ross - Killer

Devon Ross
Killer

Harking back to The Jam with its bass line and guitar stabs, ‘Killer’ is an alt-rock masterpiece from Devon Ross that becomes a Beck-esque adventure in music and lyrics.

The song is stylish. It brings an effortless quirkiness through its structure, and though the music is faultless, it’s not soulless. The vocal has a languid air that sells the at times abstract lyrics well.

The song has the shape of a chorus, which emerges from within the verse-like structures. That’s not something you hear often in modern music – it happened more in storytelling songs back in the fifties and sixties. In this song, it works well.

Devon Ross has captured that almost impossible trick of creating something that’s oddball while absolutely listenable. The effortless cool of this song makes it a winner.

Listen to Devon Ross – ‘Killer’.

Killer Lyrics

You got it too good
Cause you can’t have nothing less
Hide it all away close your eyes
Take the books off the shelf

Do you believe it
If you can’t feel it
The man in black’s got a knife in his hand
Can’t you see it
The man in black’s got a knife in his hand
Can’t you see it

Hold it back and let me run
I’ll help you find your golden gun
Cause you’re a sinner
And I’m a winner
I’ll have my fun
You gotta go but not now

Flip the curse around and get born and let it go
No! Not now
Flip the curse around and get born and let it go no

I’ll wait for you to prove it
Pat down and let me lose it
Cause he’s next
I’m last
You’rе wrong

Take it back a little more
Dyе your hair get off the floor
Your standard television couldn’t come up any clearer
Your standard television couldn’t come up any clearer

Your coloured walls make me sick
Your face is fading quick
Cause he’s next
I’m last
You’re wrong
You gotta go but not now

Flip the curse around and get born and let it go
No! Not now
Flip the curse around and get born and let it go no

The man in black’s got a knife in his hand
Can’t you see it

You’re a killer
You’re just a killer
And I’m a sinner/winner
But you’re a killer

Cause he’s next
I’m last
You’re wrong
You gotta go but not now

Flip the curse around and get born and let it go
No! Not now
Flip the curse around and get born and let it go no

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Steve Fenton writes in our music, words, and culture categories. He was Editor in Chief for The Mag and covered live music for DV8 Magazine and Spill Magazine. He was often found in venues throughout the UK alongside ace-photographer, Mark Holloway. Steve is also a technical writer and programmer and writes gothic fiction. Steve studied Psychology at OSC, and Anarchy in the UK: A History of Punk from 1976-1978 at the University of Reading.
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