CAFE SONGS

by Craig Robertson

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All the songs on this album were written in the four week period between the middle of June to the middle of July. The instrumentation is really sparse. As a matter of fact, it's all acoustic guitar except for melodeon on one track. When I listened to the scratch tracks I put down, I realized that the acoustic guitar played in open tunings (that's "slack key" for all you island people) with steel fingerpicks was more that up to the task of carrying the songs.
This method gives the songs a more raw or naked sound, but I think it suits the lyrics.

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released August 1, 2016

Engineered and produced in Boston, MA in the summer of 2016. pen and ink cover drawing by Craig Robertson. All songs written by Craig Robertson.

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Craig Robertson Boston, Massachusetts

I live in a landscape of ghosts and scientific oddities. Memories surface like flying fish in a glassy ocean. Songwriting for me is like a spiderweb; the strangest things fly into it.

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Track Name: Fireworks
FIREWORKS
robertson 16

How did things get so serious so fast?
I never believe that anything's gonna last.
I go screaming into the future while I'm living in the past

if I feel something I'm sunk
that's why I'm such a happy drunk
if I feel something I'm sunk

and here come those fireworks
and here come those fireworks
I hang on until it hurts and then I let go

why did I ever think that we would fit together
thunderstorms and blue skies, it's always stormy weather
I can make it worse, I can't seem to make it better

chorus

bridge;
why do I even try to get through
another century without you?
chorus
Track Name: Broken Arms
BROKEN ARMS

my heart is still broken
my arms are still open
the sun comes up and birds start to sing
I walk on the bikepath
down by the river
I'm eager to see what each new day brings

my heart is still broken
my arms are still open
altho I know there's no use waiting round
I walk down the dark streets
and everyone I meet
looks like they're dying to get out of this town.

My heart is still broken
my arms are still open
I can't believe what I see with my eyes
so I just accept it
I'm never tempted
to unwrap the package that we closed with our lies

My heart is still open
my arms are still broken
they can't wrap around you.
Track Name: The Center
THE CENTER
Robertson 2016


I don't want to do this anymore
I wasn't certain, but now I'm sure
I can't do this anymore
everytime I open that door
all your demons fly out
and carry my thoughts away
if I stay here I will drown
the earth with turn liquid
and I will sink down
to the center of your heart
the center of your heart
the center of your heart

I don't want to do this anymore
don't want to be crazy and unsure
I tried to make a calendar
I put your name on the top
everytime I thought of you
I made a mark but it didn't stop
me from thinking about you
and this probably isn't true
but it's as close as I can get
to the center of your heart
the center of your heart.

I don't want to do this anymore
I'm gonna lay her on this floor
until I am sure
you know what I'm down here for
I know you think this is a joke
but something inside me broke
and this is close as I can get
to the center of your heart
the center of your heart.