NOT QUITE LOVE SONGS

by Craig Robertson

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This is a compilation album of select "love songs" from many of my past recordings
N.S.F.M.W. (not safe for motherfuckin' work)


NOT QUITE LOVE SONGS

Strips everything to the bone
He wears a sardonic smile and a gumshoe fedora
Brave enough to crawl into the breech as the bonfires on the beach shine their bright luminosities and the strangled Christmas lights remind us of besotted hope

Her anger changed him into another man
An invisible man
He always showed up until he didn’t and that was the straw that broke the camel’s last hump

These songs are an interrogation under an undressed bulb as our sheetrock chemistries leave us in the vandalized dark with a dead feeling lying atop our suicide vests
“Inside my heart locked away are all the things I’m meant to say and all the songs I’m meant to play for you are locked away in my heart.”
The evil dead are at the bedroom door endlessly knocking out their smash mouth melodies

Meet the challenge by doing your chosen work no matter how small the room is
The boardinghouse is meant for those down and out, not idiot savants or stable geniuses who believe a trade war will change a fucking thing
“I was saying fuck you before you were born. I’ll be saying fuck you long after you’re gone.”

Charles Cicirella
6/2/19

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released June 2, 2019

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Track Name: She's A Man of Steel
SHE'S A MAN OF STEEL
(Robertson 2019)

She worries a lot
that she doesn't feel
anything at all
she's a man of steel

sometimes she gets so hi
she can't come down
sometime reality
swirls around and around
she thinks something should
be happening in her life
but she's nobody's girlfriend
and she's nobody's wife

chorus

sometimes she gets so low
she can't crawl up
out of the hole
in her green tea cup
late at night
it hits the worse
she begins to think
she's really cursed

chorus

and she wants to help
and she volunteers
everyone is in pain
and she holds back tears
as she listens to their stories
and she tries to be wise
but she secretly thinks
that everyone lies
Track Name: Red Tide
RED TIDE (JADE LOUISE)
robertson 2016

chorus: Jade Louise, there's a red tide tonight
all the trees, are strung with christmas lights
baby please, it's such a terrible sight
when you cry
Jade Louise, why you always gotta be right?

Down on the beach
they're lighting bonfires
the sky is full of crazy points of light
don't ask me, I'm so sick and tired
of trying to decide what's wrong or right.

Ch

I took some photos by the water
you were laughing at the sun
sometimes you're the devil's daughter
you don't wanna talk to anyone

ch

I never liked the park gazebo
until you leaned against the rail
I never understood your anger
I don't like pounding in that nail.

ch.
Track Name: The Evil Dead
THE EVIL DEAD
Robertson 2017

inside my heart you're a part of me
the things you said are a part of me
and they affect the way I see
outside my heart

Inside my heart, locked away
are all the things I meant to say
and all the songs I meant to play
for you, they're locked away
inside my heart.

bridge

inside my head when I'm alone and in the dark
the evil dead come out and sing to me
I lie in bed, trying to fall asleep
I never can, I never do

inside my world you have a place
I hold a photo of your face
it's a photo time will not erase
inside my world

repeat bridge
repeat first verse
Track Name: Lucky
I’M LUCKY
(Robertson 2012)

I had a small room in an old boarding house off the square
But across the street was a bar, I said why don’t we meet there?
I suggested that evening and you said okay
But you called me later and said let’s do the next day in the afternoon
I said fine, that’s fine with me I said fine, that’s fine with me

And I got there before you, I was standin’ there looking’
You came up behind me and you said what’s cookin’?
And I knew it was you, cause I could smell your perfume
The minute you opened the door and walked into the room

We got a table for two cause it was just me and just you
We ordered some food, we ordered some drinks too
But mostly just drinks, you were drownin’ your nerves,
We were drownin’ our nerves in drink

I drank Corpse Revivers you drank Margaritas
We ate all the food they brought out to feed us
You drank a lot in the afternoon and it turned into evening
And I guess you were there, cause you came over and sat on my lap,
You sat on my lap.

You said fuck me, I’m lucky, fuck me I’m lucky, fuck me I’m lucky tonight (6x)
Track Name: You Were The Salt
YOU WERE THE SALT
(Robertson 2019)

I know you think
it was all my fault
I was a fresh cut
and you were the salt
I was the fresh cut
and you were the salt

you can't apologize
to a voice on the phone
it never works
cuz you're both alone
it never works
cuz you're really alone


I guess I was reckless
I'm more careful today
but as far as you're concerned
it don't matter any way

what's done is done
it will never go away
and as far as you're concerned
it don't matter anyway

maybe I'm damaged
maybe I'm rough
maybe I don't know
when enough is enough

and I know you think
it was all my fault
but I was a fresh cut
and you were the salt
I was a fresh cut
and you were the salt
Track Name: The Down Deep
The Down Deep
Craig Robertson 2019


come with me tonight
I haven't seen you in years
the last I remember
we went down to the fishing pier

The moon was over the water
kingfishers were in the air
I told you it was gonna storm
but you didn't care

chorus
is it true people don't change?
that down deep they're all the same
and we all know where the down deep is
we all know where the down deep is

a light was in your head
it shone thru your eyes
like a science fiction movie
your heart was full of lies

and I won't ever forget
what you said to me
the way that you choose
each word so carefully

chorus

how did Iend up here
standing on this beach
watching as you walked
just beyond my reach

chorus
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?

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