Rubin and Cherise

Recordings

December 17, 1973

Chords

Intro
1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4
B F# E       B F# E   F#  
Verses
1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4
B F# E B F#       F# B F# E       E B F#      
B F# E B F#       F# B F# E       B F# E       E      
Chorus
1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4
C#m   F#   B       B     A       Ab      
C#m B F# B     F# E       E     F#

Structure

Lyrics


1a. Cherise was brushing her long hair gently down
It was the afternoon of the carnival, as she brushes it gently down
Rubin was playing his painted mandolin
It as inlaid with a pretty face in jade, played the Carnival Parade

1b. Cherise was dressing as Pirouette in White
When a fatal vision gripped her tight, Cherise beware tonight
"Rubin, Rubin tell me truly true
I'm afraid and I don't why I do, is there another girl for you?"


c1. "If you could see my heart, you would know it's true
There's none Cherise except for you. Except for you
I swear to it on my very sould, if I lie may I fall down cold."


2a. As Rubin played his painted Mandolin
The breeze would stop and listed to him, before going its way again
Masquerade began when nightfall finally broke
Like waves against the bandstand the dancers broke, to the painted mandolin


c2. Looking out on the crowd, who was standing there?
Sweet Ruby Claire at Rubin stared, at Rubin stared
She was dressed in Pirouette in red, and her hair hung gently down


3a. The crowd pressed round, Ruby stood as though alone
Rubin's song took on a different tone, and he played it just for her
The song that he played was the carnival parade
Each note cut a thread of Cherise's fate, cut through like a blade

3b. Rubin was playing his painted mandolin
When Ruby froze and turned to stone, for the strings played all alone
The voice of Cherise from the face of the mandolin
Singing "Rubin, Rubin tell me true, for I have no one but you."


c1. "If you could see my heart, you would know it's true
There's none Cherise except for you. Except for you
I swear to it on my very sould, if I lie may I fall down cold."


4a. The truth of love and unsung song must tell
The course of love must follow blind, without a look behind
Rubin walked the streets of New Orleans till dawn
Cherise so lightly in his arms, and her hair hung gently down