THE VISITOR

by Craig Robertson

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All songs (except #11) written, played and produced by Craig Robertson
Thanks to James Bussolari for suggesting #11

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released March 25, 2017

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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: The Visitor
VISITOR
(Robertson 2017)

This is all new to me
I just arrived from outer space
I have a human skin and clothes
and a human face
I don't speak the language yet
but I will very soon
I get homesick every night
staring at the moon.

I am not a wolf, I am not a sheep.
I eat when I get hungry
and when I'm tired I sleep
I try to watch and listen
to everyone I meet
but I don't understand at all
so it's no good to me

I'm not here to frighten you
I'm here to understand
how you think and what you do
when things get out of hand
but I'm not learning anything
'cause, from what I see
you cant even save yourself
so how can you save me?
Track Name: Empty Inside
VISITOR
(Robertson 2017)

This is all new to me
I just arrived from outer space
I have a human skin and clothes
and a human face
I don't speak the language yet
but I will very soon
I get homesick every night
staring at the moon.

I am not a wolf, I am not a sheep.
I eat when I get hungry
and when I'm tired I sleep
I try to watch and listen
to everyone I meet
but I don't understand at all
so it's no good to me

I'm not here to frighten you
I'm here to understand
how you think and what you do
when things get out of hand
but I'm not learning anything
'cause, from what I see
you cant even save yourself
so how can you save me?
Track Name: Acrobat
ACROBAT
(Robertson 2017)

chorus

She's an acrobat
she tumbles all the time
she has a heart that dances
to each and every line
and I wish that I could figure out
how to make her mine
but she's an acrobat
she tumbles all the time

she's made a career
out of falling down
she recovers gracefully
every time she hits the ground
she's got bells around her waist
and sawdust in her hair
it only makes her lovelier
people stop and stare

chorus

I've watched her fall so many times
she spins head over heels
she doesn't know which way is up
and I know how that feels
she runs around in circles
and dances in the light
dazzles all the audience
every single night

chorus
Track Name: My Way of Falling Down
MY WAY OF FALLING DOWN
Robertson 2017

Why don't we sit under the stars
and watch the night come down?
If I lay back and look up
I get dizzy and turned round

but that's my way of falling down
I don't know if you're the same
what you get for the same result
may have a different name

learning how to stumble
was difficult for me
I was taught to stand up straight
and move carefully

like the stars in the sky
I'm falling every day
you must be that satellite
I passed along the way

ch

the sun will soon be coming up
and the moon is going down
we don't have to move at all
we can stay here on the ground

the universe is expanding
but I can take that hit
it isn't the falling that I hate
it's the landing, I admit.

ch
Track Name: Sunday At The Human Zoo
THE HUMAN ZOO
Robertson 17

and though it's good to see you, monkeyface
I ain't got a horse in this race

all the boys line up outside
and hope you'll take them for a ride
they chase you down the rabbit hole
singing heart and soul, heart and soul

ch.

every evening when you feed
you choose companions who can bleed
you don't know what a spoon is for
since you became a carnivore

I don't envy your success
when you leave you leave a mess
when you go you're gone for good
when you go you're gone for good.

ch

it's a family thing to do
Sunday at the Human Zoo
Track Name: Dead of the Night
DEAD OF THE NIGHT
Robertson 2017

It's the dead of the night
and everything's still
I got a feeling
I just can't kill
(refrain)
I got a feeling
I just can't shake
and everytime I close my eyes
I'm wide awake.

There ain't no animal
left in me
I've cut it loose
and set it free.

Refrain

bridge
I've been here hanging out all night
sometimes I think nothing's ever gonna be right
sometimes I think that the joke's on me
the joke's on me

chorus
Track Name: The Ghost of Frank Sinatra
THE GHOST OF FRANK SINATRA
(Craig Robertson 2017)

You know, baby, you can't carry a tune
you don't get up til half past noon
but when you're around, you sing to me

you don't like Sinatra, you think he's a hack
you can't stand Metallica or Nickleback
but when you're around, you sing to me

you're haunted by your exes, you're always blue
the ghost of frank sinatra follows you
but when you're around you sing to me

you don't sing in the shower
you don't whistle at all
sometimes you just show up
and don't even bother to call

I like the surprise, so that's okay
you're not a 45, you're a long play
and when you're around you sing to me.
Track Name: Darkside
DARKSIDE
(Robertson 2017)

I took the train to the suburbs
got off where you told me to
you were leaning against the fence
looking nervous like you always do
you had a car parked down the stairs
and your husband was waiting at home
I wasn't sure what I should think
I guess I should have known

chorus
everybody has a darkside
you can see it in their eyes
everybody has a darkside
you can hear it in their lies
everybody has a darkside

I don't remember any details
of the weather or the town
your jeep was pink and your hair was red
all my thoughts went round and round
now it's the middle of the night
and I hear that shrieking sound
I know without a doubt
the circus is in town.

Chorus

all the days go by so fast
sometimes sunny sometimes rain
it seems like everything I wiss
is connected to a train.

chorus
Track Name: White Boots
WHITE BOOTS
(Robertson 2017)

lace up your white boots
I will never make you choose
I will hold you in my arms
and rock away your blues

normal people are boring
their lives are the humming of bees
it's a drone in the back of your head
it the whisper of Fall in the trees

all the time we spent together
is embedded in my memories
and I'm sorry you were a wooden boat
rocking on my stormy seas

repeat first verse
Track Name: A Million Ways
A MILLION WAYS TO SAY THE SAME THING
(Robertson 2017)

chorus:
there are a million ways to say the same thing
that's what I'm thinking when I hear the phone ring
so how can we talk so long and not say anything
there are a million ways to say the same thing

I'm driving in my car down a one way street
at the the intersection roads go every way
that's what I'm thinking every time we meet
why is it you can never think anything to say?

ch.

if I take all the letters of the alphabet
toss them up and watch where they come down
the words they form are as meaningfull as meaningless can get
perhaps I should just stop coming 'round.

ch.

we're both playing Scrabble with this thin that we're in
I've gotta lot of letters but no words
I can't handle losing, and I don't need to win
I'm not sure you're saying what I heard

ch.
Track Name: The Green Tambourine
THE GREEN TAMBOURINE
(THE LEMON PIPERS 1968)

Drop your silver in my tambourine
Help a poor man fill a pretty dream
Give me pennies, I'll take anything
Now listen while I play
My green tambourine

Watch the jingle jangle start to shine
Reflections of the music that is mine
When you toss a coin you'll hear it sing
Now listen while I play
My green tambourine

Drop a dime before I walk away
Any song you want I'll gladly play
Money feeds my music machine
Now listen while I play
My green tambourine