ACCIDENTAL TANGOS

by Craig Robertson

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released July 31, 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: MONSTERS
MONSTERS

I think I was waiting
for you to show up
I know I'm not perfect
I just cant grow up

I remember the time
we were running through the park
trying to get home
cause it was getting dark
and when we arrived
I couldn't find my keys
and I was crawling in the dirt
on my hands and knees

chorus
Baby, I'm sad
you went away
maybe I was mad
you didn't stay
maybe you're right
it was a matter of trust
maybe there are monsters
in all of us

Nothing is easy
I realize
there's nothing as green
as your green eyes

but sometimes when I'm walkin'
by that coffee shop
I don't want to go in
but I have to stop

and let the smells and sounds
and all the memories
run around and round
and wash all over me
it's a ferris wheel
that's spinning way too fast
and I don't want to like it
cause I know that it won't last

chorus
Track Name: THE INVISIBLE MAN RETURNS
THE INVISIBLE MAN RETURNS
(Robertson 2017)

the invisible man returns
but I don't know where he's at
he's here, or there, or maybe not
he's like Shroedinger's cat.

He could be on the roof right now
or could be on the street
he could be miles and miles away
or lying at my feet

chorus

I may never see him again
and I won't even if I do
I can't tell the lie from the truth
if neither one is true

bridge
and every day
I go out to the park and wait
he either shows up or he doesn't
he's either there or he aint...

I suppose when I grow old
and my vision starts to dim
there are other things that I won't see
as much as I don't see him.

chorus
Track Name: LOST ON MARS
LOST ON MARS
(Robertson 2017)

Baby, now I'm lost on Mars
a red dot out among all of these stars
my eyes are red and my heart is gray
cause you're so far away

Every night two moons come up
and I'm twice as lonely every time
I'm light headed, bouncing around
I can't keep my feet on the ground

chorus

every thing I see has turned to dust
I don't believe the eyes I used to trust
I didn't think I would miss you this much
and it's impossible to stay in touch.


there's a hiccup in reality
between me and the things I see
I'm lightheaded and bouncing around
just can't keep my feet on the ground.

Chorus

Bridge golden halos around the sun
another day on Mars has begun

chorus
Track Name: THE MAN WITH THE XRAY EYES
THE MAN WITH THE X-RAY EYES
(Robertson 2017)


I'm the man with the x-ray eyes
and I can see through your lies
I can see through your heart
I guess that's a good place to start

You're a strip of pictures from a photo booth
they are all different but none are the truth
you would have to look deeper to see
the things that matter to me.

I can see through your clothes
though it's not why you suppose
your aura flickers blue or red
depending on what you've said

I wish that I didn't see
the things that trouble me
each time I look your way
I can't listen to what you say

I'm the man with the x-ray eyes
the man with the x-ray eyes
Track Name: IMPERFECT
IMPERFECT
(Robertson 2017)

In a perfect world
you would never have to think about
what you say or protecting your heart
but it's not a perfect world
we make excuses
check our bruises
keep from falling apart

you don't ever apologize
even when I see it in your eyes

I'm imperfect, you're imperfect
words get twisted
so you better keep track
I'm imperfect, you're imperfect
watch what you say
you can never take it
I'm imperfect, you're imperfect
words get twisted
so you better keep track
I'm imperfect, you're imperfect
watch what you say
you can never take it back.

In a perfect world
it would be just like a movie
never worry about protecting your heart.
But it's not a perfect world
we stumble and we hesitate
watch everything we know
falling apart.

Br + chorus
Track Name: THE BOWERY AT MIDNIGHT
THE BOWERY AT MIDNIGHT
(Robertson 2017)

I wish I had a hat on
the rain's coming down
the subway below
makes a rumbling sound
the shops are all closed
the neon is off
down a dark alley
I hear someone cough

some of the buildings
have windows alight
casting strange patterns
that cut through the night
the world seems cold
and unfriendly down here
the rain washes away
the dirt and spilled beer

I should go to Grand Central
I should get on a train
I wish that I
could see you again
I've got a hole in my heart
and water in my shoes
I never will lose
these Bowery blues
Track Name: CULT OF THE COBRA
CULT OF THE COBRA
(Robertson 2017)

cult of the cobra is up to no good
they've been chanting all night
around a bonfire deep in the back woods
it's such a terrible sight.

They're wearing hoods that cover their faces
they're hiding in dark dark dark places
they're scaring everyone in this small town
nobody wants them around

chorus

we told the sheriff but he just laughed
that never happens round here
he laughed so hard he fell off his barstool
spilled all of his beer

chorus

but We have to chase them out of the woods
we have to stop them before we're all dead
or A plague of cobras will fall on this town
our screams and cries will turn the sky red

chorus
Track Name: FACE OF THE EARTH
FACE OF THE EARTH
(Robertson 2017)

She dropped off the face of the earth (3x)
and I can't find her.

I heard she took a train to China (3x)
but I can't find her

bridge
I haven't talked to any of her friends
They wouldn't tell me if they knew
I don't listen to what anyone says
ain't no way to know if it's true

repeat 1

repeat bridge

repeat 1 (2x)

I probably could find her if I tried (3x)
but I ain't lookin'
Track Name: THE GIRL FROM HALF MOON STREET
THE GIRL FROM HALF MOON STREET
(Robertson 2017)

the girl from half moon street is crying
she sits on the curb as the traffic goes by
people laughing, gambling and lying
no one stops to ask her why.

She sits in front of an opium den
no one knows it's even there
no one notices her when they pass
even if they did, they wouldn't care.

Seams from her nylons run into the street
follow the children leaving school
laughing and screaming on their way home
the sky darkens and the air turns cool

the sidewalk is rough the asphalt is smooth
the earth is an oyster without a pearl.
tourists stroll by looking around
she might as well be an invisible girl

repeat first verse
Track Name: DOCTOR CYCLOPS
DOCTOR CYCLOPS
(Robertson 2017)

Doctor Cyclops has his eye on you.
And he thinks that you like him too.
I know he's never talked to you
but he's a little shy

Doctor Cyclops wears a monocle
he looks pretty comical
but if you look him in the eye
he's an okay guy


he wears a lab coat when he works
he has no time for fools or jerks
please don't scream or make a sound
or he'll have to tie you down



Doctor Cyclops has his eye on you.
And he thinks that you like him too.
but if you look him in the eye
he's an okay guy
just a little shy.