When Close Is Not Good Enough

by Craig Robertson

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released 06 August 2013

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Track Name: When Close Is Not Good Enough
WHEN CLOSE IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH
(Robertson 13)

G C G C
If I gave you a paperboat would you sail it ‘cross the sea?
G C G D
If I gave you a paperboat would you would you send it cross the sea?
Em A C D
Would you write a message on it, just for me to see?
G C D G
Why do you have so much trouble talkin’ to me?

If I gave you a rabbit’s foot to keep you safe and free,
If I gave you a rabbit’s foot to keep you safe and free.
Would you take a few more chances, or live more carefully?
Why do you have so much trouble talkin’ to me?

C Em
Why do you get tongue-tied when you try an’ talk to me?
A C D
You know that I’m on your side, and I will always be.

If I gave you a street map and marked where I would be
If I gave you a street map and put an x where I would be
Could you take a little direction and go where this thing leads?
Why do you have so much trouble talkin’ to me?
Track Name: She Dances On Horses
SHE DANCES ON HORSES

She dances on horses
Ten feet from the ground
The audience faces
Spin around and around

Farmers and mystics
Knock on her door
After her act
They want to see more

They don’t understand
There’s nothing else there
Sequins and lipstick
In her makeup mirror

She dances on horses
In the center ring
The lights and the sawdust
All make her life sing

Every new city
Is just like the last
They all look the same
From the train as they pass

Her costume is tight
It’s been sewn and re-sewn
The clowns and the roustabouts
Leave her alone

Her movements are smooth
Like butter on toast
And everyone tells her
That she is the most

Beautiful woman
That they’ve ever seen
But she don’t feel beautiful
She just feels mean

And if anyone asks
I don fuckin care
They never can touch me
They only can stare
Track Name: From Your Hat
From Your Hat


You got some good excuses, darlin’
You know I’ll give you that
But they aint gonna work this time
You cant pull one from your hat.

Your ex is sittin downstairs
He’s playing with your cat
I know you got a good excuse
You can pull one from your hat

The world is getting smaller
But you’re just getting’ fat
I know you got a good excuse
But you can’t pull this one out of your hat.

You think that you’re a magician
But you don’t know where it’s at.
I know you got a good routine
You can pull one from your hat

You’re surrounded by your friends
And they tell you you are magic
But from what I’ve seen so far
The results are always tragic.
Track Name: Perfect Match
PERFECT MATCH
(Robertson 12)

She said give me another whiskey I’ll keep the same glass
I’m not drunk, just biblical and this too shall pass
None of this has changed since I was in here last
Was it really seven years? The time goes by so fast.

I guess I got that itch again, the one I have to scratch
I need a little friction to be a perfect match

Well, I could just stay home, but the windows have grown bars.
I need to let my hair down and dance under the stars
I’m not a good role model I never tried to be
I don’t mine being tied up, and I don’t mind being free.

Chorus

I think I’ll have another, just put it on my tab
No, I’m not driving, I came here in a cab.

Chorus
Track Name: Everyone's An Asshole
EVERYONE’S AN ASSHOLE
(Robertson 13)

Everyone’s an asshole except for you and me
Everyone’s an asshole as far as I can see
Everyone’s a lazy, no good so and so
Everyone’s an asshole, everyone I know

You may think that this is harsh
But, really, it’s the truth
So make me another martini
And this time no vermouth

Everyone is greedy, as greedy as can be
Everyone’s an asshole, except for you and me.

You may think that this is harsh
And maybe you are right
It’s all unicorns and candycanes
Sweetness and light….
Track Name: Amusing, But Not True
AMUSING BUT NOT TRUE
(Robertson 13)

Am Cm6 G Gdim
I don’t think you’re better than me
Am Cm6 G D7
I don’t think you’re worse
Am Cm6 G B7
I just think you need to see
Em A7 D7
Being different’s not a curse

The things that make you different from me
Are the things I treasure most
But if you never come to that
You’re living like a ghost

C
Tell me honestly
Cm G B7 Em G7
How can you be so hard on yourself?
C
Tell me honestly
Cm G
What do you see in me?

There’s a bench out in the garden
where I like to sit
And try on different faces
But they never seem to fit

Sometimes I think that you don’t like
Yourself, that makes you blue
And friends can be a fun house mirror
Amusing, but not true

chorus
Track Name: Whatcha Tango
WHATCHA TANGO
(Robertson 13)

If you want to stay out late at night
If you need me to say that it’s all right
You don’t need my permission to make me blue
(refrain) aw, go on; do whatcha gotta do.

If you wanna play that little game
It don’t matter to me, it’s all the same
I’ll just take a raincheck on me and you
(refrain)

(bridge) if you wanna make some money on the side
you can take some other poor sucker for a ride.

‘cause, if you wanna hang out in all those clubs
if you wanna trade your nods for shrugs
well, I ain’t your Department of Revenue
(refrain)

repeat first verse and chorus
Track Name: The Rain Fell Up
THE RAIN FELL UP
(Craig Robertson 13)


The rain fell up into a clear blue sky

The rain fell up, I didn’t even ask why

Every little word you told me

Every little word you sold me I bought

The birds flew back to the limbs of the trees
The birds flew back to where they needed to be
Refrain

The leaves jumped up to the limbs of the tree
The leaves jumped up, Autum came too late for me
Refrain

I cannot see the hands of the clock

Spinning in the wrong direction

I used to be steady as a rock

Never needed protection from the rain…
Track Name: So Submissive
SO SUBMISSIVE
(Craig Robertson ’12)

When I first met you, you were slaying some pretty big dragons
You kept moving forward even when the wheels fell off of your wagon
Maybe your life was out of control
But at least you still had a good grip on your soul

You’re so submissive now
You’re so submissive now
I can’t believe that it’s true
What’s happened to you?
You’re so submissive now.

You bought your own home and drove around in your own car
You did things on your own, you lost a few battles,
But you were winning the war.
Why has all of that changed?
I just think it’s awfully strange…

Chorus

Bridge:
It makes me feel sad, it makes me feel bad
When you open your mouth and those words come out
It makes me feel sad, it makes me feel bad
Is it the money or security?
Is that what this is all about?
chorus
Track Name: Ah Ah Ah
AH AH AH
(Robertson 13)

C G C G
I been thinkin’ about you tonight.
Am F G
I know that sounds trite but it’s true.
C G C G
I been wonderin’ if you ever got
Am F G
That new job? Maybe you’re not so blue.
F Am G F Am G
Ah ah ah. Ah ah ah.

I been talkin’ to no one at all.
I can’t get past this wall inside me.
I’d be lyin’ if I said I was
Doin’ okay because I’m not.
Ah ah ah.

I been playin’ this baritone
I think it’s kinda grown on me.
And the feelin’ when I see your name
Makes me insane, insane.