Ankle Bracelet

by Craig Robertson

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released May 1, 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: HANNAH
HANNAH
(Robertson 2017)

in forgotten basements of old stone churches
strange symbols are drawn on the floor
if nobody knows who they're letting in
they really shouldn't open the door.

(chorus)
Hanna,
I'll unlock your ankle bracelet,
now you have no reason to stay
no reason to stay
Hannah,when you mate you mate for life
even though I have a wife,
Hannah, why you always fly away

on the other side of the glass, the drunkards come and go
they sit and listen while you sing
swaying while they're dreaming and dreaming while they sway
no one knows the cost of anything

chorus

I don't want to lock you up, I don't want to keep you here
if you don't really want to stay
the world is like a whirlwind, confusion is everywhere
every thing is changing day to day

Chorus
Track Name: FOUR SHADES
FOUR SHADES
(Robertson 2015)

the doctor checked my heart out
he couldn't find a beat
He said you should be dead you know
but I'm still on my feet

this is four shades of fucked up
red white black and blue
four shades of fucked up
girl, you know it's true.

I tried suicide
but it didn't work out you know
besides I'd rather take you
with me when I go

chorus


tell your husband that you're goin' out
leave some cat food in the bowl
leave the bible you won't need it
cause you ain't got no soul.

Chorus 2x
Track Name: THERE IS A GHOST
THERE IS A GHOST
(Marianne Faithfull)
There is a ghost
And it goes out
On the land
On the land
It's lifted up
It feels and flows
On many hands
On many hands
Oh, my lover
Oh, my lover
Never was there another
Where has my loverman gone
There is a dream
You've had before
And forgot many times
So many times
When you remember who I am
Just call
When you remember who I am
Just call
When you remember who I am
Just call
When you remember who I am
There is a tree
But its leaves have gone
For what it seem
It stands alone
Oh, my lover
Oh, my lover
Gonna, gonna find another
Where has my loverman gone
Away, away
Across the land
Across the land
Across the land
Songwriters
CAVE, NICHOLAS EDWARD/FAITHFULL, MARIANNE
Track Name: HOW LONG?
HOW LONG?
(Robertson 2015)

I got a neighbor
she's afraid to leave her place
last year she was robbed
and got shot in the face
she says the NRA
is a national disgrace
How long 'til we get rid of the guns?

I take my wife to dinner
we grab a bite to eat
some fool walks up to the waitress
and he demands a seat
he's got a rifle strapped on his back
everyone looks at their feet
How long 'til we get rid of the guns?

We take our kids to school
and when they get out of sight
we sit home and worry
you know that just ain't right
we jump everytime the phone rings
I think it's time to fight.
How long 'til we get rid of the guns?

We don't go to the movies
we don't go to the store
we don't go to McDonalds
or Wendys anymore
we just stay home and wonder
what we're living for.
How long 'til we get rid of the guns?
Track Name: THE COMET
COMET

I could see the futures
all lined up in your eyes
but the one that I most wanted
never realized.
I tried to pick the right path
but I guess I didn't see
that when one door opens
another closes for you and me.

The comet I was riding on is gone
and I'm all burned out

I tried to roll with the punches
and just ignore the lies
but I found out how many
is one too many tries
the path down by the river
is overgrown they say
I could try another
but that's just not my way.

c.

we made it to the winter
and then it fell apart
I could see why it might be best
to never have a heart.
I went out on the front porch
and sat there all alone
looked up at the evening sky
and wished I was back home.

c.
Track Name: NEW PERSPECTIVE
NEW PERSPECTIVE
(Robertson 2017)

I been lyin' on my back
I been starin' at the sky
everything looks different from down here
I used to think that you were crazy
now I think maybe you weren't
maybe you were right to disappear

I've got a new perspective on it now
new perspective on it now
I'm lyin' on my back
starin' at the sky
got a new perspective on you and I.

I know you took an airplane
cause I drove you there myself
I probably should have watched you get on board
but I guess that I was busy
tryin' to find my way home
you know what they say about living by the sword.

Chorus

well, I don't know your neighbors
and I don't know your friends
I never really wanted to anyway
cause I saw them through your stories
and I saw them through your eyes
and I thought it was better that way

chorus
Track Name: THE HALF OF IT
THE HALF OF IT
(Robertson 2015)

Tourists and hipsters are flooding the sidewalks
they're spilling out into the streets
and Sunday's the worst day to be single in Boston
cause everybody you meet
is half of a couple, half still asleep
hungry and looking for food
everyone seems to be lovin' the sunshine
they're all is a great fucking mood.

You left when you said you would go
and you thought you knew all you needed to know
but you don't know the half of it, do you?
You think hearts are either fickle or true
mine's black and it's blue and it's broken into
and half of it left here with you.

There are ducks in the public garden
frogs on the esplanade
most couples come straight here from church
where they were just talking to god
half of me wants to just go back in time
when you were still talking to me
half of the things that I thought were true
were just my own fantasy.

Chorus

I'd like to pick up the phone and call you
just to hear the lilt in your voice
but I never do, and anyway,
we both made that choice
but choices are hard to live with
they scream like the morning sun
they blind you and find you sitting alone
waiting for the day to be done

chorus
Track Name: NOT EVER
ROCKETSHIP
(robertson 2017)

If I was a rocketship sailing past the moon
like some thirties cartoon
spinning out of control
when I hit the atmosphere
streaking past your weather balloon

crashing into the desert
splashing into the ocean
pieces of me all around the world
put me back together
I'm your jigsaw puzzle
put me back together again

we will be together
forever
we will be together
forever

If I was a rocketship sailing past the rings
of Saturn while choirs sing

we will be together
forever
we will be together
forever.