ALCHEMY

by Craig Robertson

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The original intent in doing this album was to make it "folk music"...but I'm not very good at coloring inside the lines, so it's probably just some kind of fucked up folk music. for impatient aliens.

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released 21 May 2015

Recorded, mixed and mastered at Robertson Studio in Boston, MA.

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Craig Robertson Boston, Massachusetts

Craig Robertson has performed at venues all over the United States, from Boston to San Francisco and presents mostly original tunes with a few tasty covers. His own songs explore stories of hypnotism, murder and dancing bears. He has 19 albums out of original music. ... more

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Track Name: Alchemy
ALCHEMY
(Robertson 2014)

I'm so very bad, bad at being good
I can't make you happy, I only wish I could
but I'm so very good, good at being bad
I can't make you happy, I can only make you sad

A fistfull of diamonds thrown into the sky
Hope that they will be stars when it becomes night
but everytime I throw, they just come back down
try to make you smile, I only make you frown.

If I could take back years, years I've thrown away
If I could find the words that would make you stay
and take back all the foolish things I've said
but I'm so very good at turning gold to lead
Track Name: Jigsaw Puzzle and a Patchwork Quilt
JIGSAW PUZZLE AND A PATCHWORK QUILT


CH: I'm a jigsaw puzzle and a patchwork quilt
all the dark rooms in the house that jack built
not a lotta lies, not a lotta guilt
a jigsaw puzzle and a patchwork quilt

1. Used to be happy but it didn't last long
used to be happy til you came along
you didn't seem to care what was right or wrong
used to be happy but it didn't last long
2. I don't understand why you made such a fuss
used to drive a car, now I take the bus
it always was you, it never was us
I don't under stand why you made such a fuss
chorus

3.you always seemed so devil may care
sparrows in the gutters, spiders in the air
I used to look good now I only stare
you always seemed so devil may care

chorus 3x
Track Name: The Other Team
THE OTHER TEAM
(robertson 2015)

We meet for dinner, she's wearing a smile
she's happy to see me, it's been quite a while
she's not at all what anyone thinks
she flirts with the waitress who brings us our drinks

and she's always been the girl of my dreams
but she plays for the other team.

We go to the park and sit in the grass
watch all the couples as they walk past
it's good to have a friend that you can talk to
who picks you up when you're feeling blue

refrain

we go to the movies but we don't hold hands
there's so many things that I don't understand
I sit in the dark, there's nothing else to do
I've felt this way since before I knew

refrain
Track Name: Edge of the Jungle
EDGE OF THE JUNGLE
(Craig Robertson 2012)

She’s sitting at the edge of the jungle
She’s given up the ghost
She’s sitting at the edge of the jungle
She sits closer than most
She thinks she’s strange and wonderful
But she’s really just a clown
Somebody wipe that make up off
And tear the marquee down

Some people know what flies above
Some know what lies beneath
Their eyes full of the promise of love
But Their mouth full of teeth.
She thinks she’s strange and wonderful
But she’s really just a clown
Somebody wipe that make up off
And tear the marquee down

She’s sitting at the edge of the jungle
Getting closer all the time
Some things are made for reason
Some are made for rhyme
She thinks she’s strange and wonderful
But she’s really just a clown
Somebody wipe that make up off
And tear the marquee down

She’s sitting at the edge of the jungle
She’s drinking in the dark
she’s listening to Joni Mitchell
from the album court and spark
She thinks she’s strange and wonderful
But she’s really just a clown
Somebody wipe that make up off
And tear the marquee down
Track Name: Mabel Price
85EDGE OF THE JUNGLE
(Craig Robertson 2012)

She’s sitting at the edge of the jungle
She’s given up the ghost
She’s sitting at the edge of the jungle
She sits closer than most
She thinks she’s strange and wonderful
But she’s really just a clown
Somebody wipe that make up off
And tear the marquee down

Some people know what flies above
Some know what lies beneath
Their eyes full of the promise of love
But Their mouth full of teeth.
She thinks she’s strange and wonderful
But she’s really just a clown
Somebody wipe that make up off
And tear the marquee down

She’s sitting at the edge of the jungle
Getting closer all the time
Some things are made for reason
Some are made for rhyme
She thinks she’s strange and wonderful
But she’s really just a clown
Somebody wipe that make up off
And tear the marquee down

She’s sitting at the edge of the jungle
She’s drinking in the dark
she’s listening to Joni Mitchell
from the album court and spark
She thinks she’s strange and wonderful
But she’s really just a clown
Somebody wipe that make up off
And tear the marquee down
Track Name: Jungle Girl
85EDGE OF THE JUNGLE
(Craig Robertson 2012)

She’s sitting at the edge of the jungle
She’s given up the ghost
She’s sitting at the edge of the jungle
She sits closer than most
She thinks she’s strange and wonderful
But she’s really just a clown
Somebody wipe that make up off
And tear the marquee down

Some people know what flies above
Some know what lies beneath
Their eyes full of the promise of love
But Their mouth full of teeth.
She thinks she’s strange and wonderful
But she’s really just a clown
Somebody wipe that make up off
And tear the marquee down

She’s sitting at the edge of the jungle
Getting closer all the time
Some things are made for reason
Some are made for rhyme
She thinks she’s strange and wonderful
But she’s really just a clown
Somebody wipe that make up off
And tear the marquee down

She’s sitting at the edge of the jungle
She’s drinking in the dark
she’s listening to Joni Mitchell
from the album court and spark
She thinks she’s strange and wonderful
But she’s really just a clown
Somebody wipe that make up off
And tear the marquee down
Track Name: Apparition
APPARITION


So I went down and signed up for that free trip to Mars
told them to strap me to a rocket and send me to the stars
don't want to be on this planet anymore
don't want to be on this planet anymore

they told me there was only one condition
if I go I have to stay
and I don't want to be your apparition
I don't want to slowly fade away

they took a sample of my blood and shone lights in my eyes
they wanted to make sure I was really alive
but I'm just a ghost of who I was
I'm just the ghost of who I was

chorus

they won't let me take anything with me, I'll leave my memories here
I'll make a clean breaK, I'll just disappear
don't want to be on this planet anymore
dont want to be on this planet anymore

chorus
Track Name: Underwater Locomotive
UNDERWATER LOCOMOTIVE
(Robertson 2015)

well, I'm usually pullin' iron ore
from up the northern clime
deep under the forest
we take what we can find
I never had no trouble
until this very day
when the mountain shook it's head
and pushed this train away.

Chorus
Landslide, comin' down the hill
I know I can't outrun it and I know I can't stand still
empty cars headin' back to town
me and this locomotive gonna drown

If I ever get to town I've got a girl back there
she wears printed dresses and flowers in her hair
I think about her all the way back to Montreal
she knows that when I get in I will call

chorus

underneath the river ain't where I'm supposed to be
I should be watchin' birds but fish are watchin' me
the roar of the landslide is fading in my ears
doesn't matter, ain't nobody gonna hear

chorus
Track Name: Flying Fish
FLYING FISH
(robertson 2009)

I wish I was a flying fish
I would leap out of the sea
sunlight glinting on my scales
everyone would smile at me
I would dive down to the depths
where the sea is dark and shy
watch the luminous displays
as they drift so slowly by.

Chorus
but I'm not a flying fish
I'm just sitting in the sun
with my hat and glass of wine
while my world becomes undone.
but I'm not a flying fish
I'm just sitting in the sun
with my hat and glass of wine
while my world becomes undone.

All the children of the sean
wish that they too could break free
of the ocean's constant pull
and fly above so gracefully
they never see the shining sun
or bullet holes that pierce the night
they never feel the stars stare down
with their cold unblinking light.

chorus
Track Name: Bad Lullaby
BAD LULLABY

1.They say if you die in your dreams
you never wake up, you never wake up

2.so close your eyes and drift off to sleep
never wake up, never wake up

bridge: I'll lay down beside you and rock you to sleep
I'll hold your hand until you are still
until you drift off into your dreams
but I won't be with you, no one will

they say if you die in your dreams
you never wake up, never wake up

repeat bridge and first verse
Track Name: Be True
BE TRUE

chorus: you gotta be true to yourself, you gotta be true
you gotta be true to yourself, you gotta be true
I don't care what else you do
but you gotta be true to yourself, you gotta be true

I don't care what you do to yourself
I don't care what you do to yourself
I don't care if you screw up your mental health
I don't care what you do to yourself

chorus

you can't lie to yourself and get by
you cant lie to yourself and expect to get by
you can beat your feelings down, but they wont die
you cant lie to yourself and get by

chorus