Greatest Hats, Volume 1

by Craig Robertson

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released 04 January 2015

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Track Name: The Hypnotist
THE HYPNOTIST
(C.Robertson 2003)

tune ukulele: G C E A

Cm6 G7 Bbdim G7 (Cm6=2333, Bbdim=0101)

1. I went down to a part of town I’d never been before

Cm6 G7 Bbdim G7

Saw a sign, a strange design in paint upon the door

Fm Fm7 Cm6 (Fm=1013, Fm7=1313)

It seemed to say a cabaret was going on inside

D7 G7

It was locked, but when I knocked, the door swung open wide.


2. The room was filled with people of varied dress and age
the lights grew dim and a hypnotist walked out upon the stage
he bade me to come up and help and pointed to a chair
when I went up and sat down, he held me in his stare:

Cm6 G7 Bdim (1212)

chorus: His gaze was so hypnotic, he put me in a trance,

Cm6 G7 Bdim

he made me bark just like a dog and do a silly dance.

Fm Fm7 Cm6

And I don’t remember anything at all

D7 G7


Until I woke at the police station staring at these walls.


3. They told me they had found me, a knife lay at my feet
Standing on a doorstep on an unfamiliar street
And when they looked inside they found a woman dead
She was the wife of a hypnotist, one policeman said.

(chorus)

4. People say you can’t be made to act against your will
People say you can’t be made to take a knife and kill
But here I sit in spite of it, alone in this cold cell
And curse the day I saw his gaze and ended up in hell.

(chorus)
Track Name: She Likes To Pull The Wings Off Flies
SHE LIKES TO PULL THE WINGS OFF FLIES
(C. Robertson 06)

Gm Adim Gm
Because she likes
Gm Adim Gm
To pull the wings
Gm Adim Gm Gm Adim Gm
Off flies, off flies.
D7 Gm Adim Gm
You can see it in her eyes.

Gm (add C#)
I came around the corner and met her face to face
Cm6 D7
She seemed a little breathless, like she’d been running in a race
Gm (add C#)
She said a man was chasing her, I looked, no one was there.
Cm6 D7
She had the longest lashes and a spider’s deadly stare

Chorus

She asked if she could come up and sit with me awhile
To catch her breath until he left…she gave the sweetest smile
Like broken glass and honey, she touched me on the arm
And an electric shock went through me like a fire alarm

Chorus

Now she’s looking out the window, she’s drinking all my wine
She’s pacing back and forth and looking at the time
I don’t think she trusts me, she keeps looking a the door
As her black stiletto heels clickety click across the floor.

chorus
Track Name: Goodbye Paul Tibbetts
GOODBYE PAUL TIBBETS
(C. Robertson 2007) (CC)
F Aaug (0110)
Paul Tibbetts died today at the age of ninety two
Bb Gm C7
He was there when they dropped the bomb, in fact, he led the crew
F Aaug
And all the people from Hiroshima are still dead as the sky is blue
Bb Gm C7 F
Today Paul Tibbets died at the age of ninety two

He said he had no regrets about that August day
When they dropped the atom bomb from the Enola Gay
The plane was named after his mom in Colombus so far away
He said he had no regrets about that August day

Am Bb C
The bomb was an infant then, they nicknamed it their “Little Boy”
Am Bb C
They flew over Hiroshima and delivered their “bundle of joy”

It’s been sixty two long years from that day in 45
I think the reason he lived so long, the reason he stayed alive
Wasn’t because he was lucky or happy or strong or brave
But because he knew
there were 90 thousand
ghosts waitin’ ‘round his grave

Dm Aaug
Some writers will accuse you of not knowing the difference
Bb
Between a casualty and a fatality.
C5 (0033)
I’ve never been a friend to reality.
Dm
Writers juggle words
Aaug Bb
One day in a circus, I watched a man juggle knives.
C5
The way politicians juggle lives.

(repeat third verse)
Track Name: Locust
LOCUST
(Robertson 2008)

Cm6 D7
Toss your clothes in a suitcase
DbM7 Cm6
walk right out and close the door
D7
don’t go standin’ on the threshold
DbM7 D7
that’s not what threshold’s are for.

Cm6 G7
CHORUS: Don’t be a locust. Fly now.
Fm G7
Don’t wait until your wings fall off
Cm6 G7
Don’t be a locust. Fly now.
Fm G7 Cm6
Don’t wait until your wings fall off

Got a little bit of money
Got a car that runs all right
You can laugh but it ain’t funny
You can’t hang around all night.

Chorus
Fm Cm6
BRIDGE: If you look straight up you can see
Fm Cm6
Thunderclouds up in the skies
Fm Cm6
All these people round here about
Fm G7
Got sticky fingers and flypaper eyes

Close the windows and the door
There ain’t nothing in this whole place
That you need any more
Chorus
Track Name: Narcissa
Narcissa
(c.robertson 09)

G D
When I finally worked up the nerve
C G
I guess I got what I deserved
G D
I said you were heaven to me
C D G G7
And you just agreed

C
Why don’t you go fuck yourself?
G
Cause you really don’t love no one else
D
Under the makeup and hair
C D G
There ain’t nobody there.


You dragged me from right into wrong
That summer was hot and long
Then you went back to that other man
now I understand.

Chorus

I could use fancier chords
An’ I could use fancier words
But it’s pretty straightforward to me
I’m sure you agree,
(and even if you don’t)

Chorus(3x)

(You can take my heart, just leave the bottle…)
Track Name: Proximity Effect
PROXIMITY EFFECT
(Robertson 10)

I went to the opening, I grabbed a glass of wine
ate a couple grapes, I was having a good time
Til I saw you in the corner with a bottle of beer in your hand
You were laughing and talking to some man
Refrain
I don’t know why it’s true
It’s a proximity effect, I can’t be in the same room as you.

I got out of there so fast, I grabbed a yellow cab
But every light was red and I kept looking back
Don’t know what I was lookin’ for, or what I would see,
Cause I swear you don’t mean nothin’ to me
Refrain

Bridge
I’m sure sooner or later
I’ll be fine sooner or later
I won’t mind sooner or later
I’m sure that’s true, but for now…
It’s a proximity effect, I can’t be in the same room as you

If you stay in your own town, I will stay in mine
I won’t go to openings and it should be just fine
Don’t make any sense, don’t make any sense to me
It’s just all a matter of don’t tell, don’t see.
Ref.
Track Name: She Talks To The Snakes In Her Hair
SHE TALKS TO THE SNAKES IN HER HAIR
(c.robertson 2010)
B E C#m F#
I’ve been to your house, it looks like a cave
B E C#m F#
All of your trophies are there
B E C#m F#
I thought you were talking (she talks to herself)
B E C#m F#
You talk to the snakes in your hair
Ebm E
Sometimes you take all the money you make
Ebm E F#
Buy yourself a slave
B E C#m F#
But they run away and all you can say
B E C#m F#
Is they missed all the good things you gave

Chorus
B E
You’re such a sore loser
C#m F#
And just like Medusa
B E C#m F#
You’re turning your friends into stone
B E
You’re such a sore loser
C#m F#
And just like Medusa
B E C#m F#
You’re alone

You’re mad that you’re stuck here, you don’t want to be here
I get it—you’ve made that quite clear
But you made a bargain and now you’re stuck with it
No one gets out of here
Someone told you that this was your fate
You think it’s too early, but you know it’s too late
You used to have options, you used to have choices
But they have all disappeared

chorus
Track Name: Dancing On The Edge Of The Knife
DANCING ON THE EDGE OF THE KNIFE
(robertson 2010)
Cm Fm G7
I’m always hopin’ that things won’t get worse
Cm Fm G7
I’m always tryin’ to duck the next curse
Fm
I’m always hopin’ to start a new life
Cm G7 Cm
I’m always dancing on the edge of the knife.

2. I’m always bleedin’ from too many cuts
I’m always goin’ just a little bit nuts
I’m always hoping to start a new life
I’m always dancin’ on the edge of the knife.
Fm Cm
(bridge) You got money and you say you got no time
G7
Every time I look at you, I wish I was blind.

3.I’m always eatin’ a helping of crow
I’ve got a box full of things I don’t know
I’m always hopin’ to start a new life.
I’m always dancin’ on the edge of the knife.

Repeat bridge