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Ricky was a young boy, He had a heart of stone.
Lived 9 to 5 and worked his fingers to the bone.
Just barely got out of school, came from the edge of town.
Fought like a switchblade so no one could take him down.
He had no money, oooh no good at home.
He walked the streets a soldier and he fought the world alone
And now it's

18 and life You got it
18 and life you know
Your crime is time and it's
18 and life to go
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Tequila in his heartbeat, His veins burned gasoline.
It kept his motor running but it never kept him clean.
They say he loved adventure, "Ricky's the wild one."
He married trouble and had a courtship with a gun.
Bang Bang Shoot 'em up, The party never ends.
You can't think of dying when the bottle's your best friend
And now it's

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"Accidents will happen" they all heard Ricky say
He fired his six-shot to the wind that blew a child away.

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  • U
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    UnregisteredJul 2, 2012 at 10:44 am
    It's not that ricky shot a child. The child ricky shot is his own childhood. A bad childhood ended when he became a "responsible adult" with no prospect of improving his situation. Now ricky, like all of us, live in a prison - a life imposed by circumstances we little control over. Our crime is time, and we all serve a life sentence. A lucky few excape, but not ricky, not most of us.
  • Justin5043
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    Justin5043Mar 2, 2010 at 7:19 pm
    This song is about Ricky struggling to make it in the word and his parents are upset with him so he runs away with his friend and one nite they get wasted on tequila and his friend kind starts daring him to do it, so he does and now hes serving a life sentance for killing his best friend.
  • sockpuppet872
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    sockpuppet872Jul 9, 2009 at 3:53 am
    Sebasion is the best singer ever.(period)
    its not about a real person, but it tells a story, to comon to america where a younge boy not yet in his manhood can blow a life sentence at the age of 18 when its not just a month in juvi and its real. Where as (ricky) wasnt ready for the consequeces of the real world.

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