WALKING WOUNDED…the fifth song on my newest album.

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WALKING WOUNDED
(Robertson 2020)

I don’t understand
a single word you’ve said
the grass is burnt and gray
the sky is streaked with red
I’ve got nothing in my heart
you’ve got nothing in your head
I’m the walking wounded
and you’re the walking dead

this whirlwind is a problem
it blows my mind apart
standing in an empty room
with this empty heart
the rattle of bus tokens
is cold and far away
if you ask your tarot cards
they will tell you to stay

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I’m sure that this road
is not the one we take
to get to the cabin
to one down by the lake
nothing is for certain
but I’ve been here before
just put down your drink
get up and answer the door.

Chorus

the darkness doesn’t have a heart
it only has a mouth
there are things to discover
if we go further south
the tongue that licks the kitchen knife
is tasteless and extreme
all those scary monsters
are coming from your dream

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you can’t put a band aid
on your open wound
it might have saved you once
but now you know you’re doomed
you can’t refuse anyone entrance
once you’ve let them in
the best that you can do
is ask to begin again.

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from Slow Bus to Baltimore, released October 1, 2020

MISTER TELEPHONE…the 4th song on my newest album.

MISTER TELEPHONE
(Robertson 2020)

you know I don’t remember
why we’re so far apart
you’re in the north and I’m in the west
everytime I look around
I hope to see you there
is this some kinda test

long distance relationships
are a pain in the ass
they never work out
they never do the way you want them to
they never work out
they never do

mister telephone
why don’t you ring?
mister telephone
why don’t you ring?

If anybody told me one day
I’d be where I am
out here on the wrong side of the sun
I try to keep it real but it doesn’t feel
the way it should
I keep forgetting to have any fun

chorus

bridge

sitting there watching me
from that bed side table
I’m looking at this motel room
through a half empty red label

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from Slow Bus to Baltimore, released October 1, 2020

EVERYBODY KNOWS YOU…the 3rd song on my newest album.

Reflecting on obsessive reflection.

EVERYBODY KNOWS YOU
( Robertson 2020)

I know you wanted to make a name for yourself
you weren’t happy playing Santa’s elf
you’re always trying something new
some new kind of shit you can get into

I swear I saw you on Tik Tok on my phone
you were dancing crazy and all alone
some things you do don’t make sense anymore
you’ve turned into such an attention whore

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but everybody knows you
everybody knows you
everybody knows you now

I ran into you down on Market Street
your hair was blue and you had happy feet
you had to stop and talk to everyone you met
this was the horse race and you were another bet

chorus

I saw you runnin’ in the marathon
well, not really, you didn’t run for long
when you ran out of crowd you ran out of desire
no one’s ever held you feet to the fire

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I swear I saw you on Tik Tok on my phone
you were dancing crazy and all alone
some things you do don’t make sense anymore
you’ve turned into such an attention whore

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from Slow Bus to Baltimore, released October 1, 2020

SLOW BUS TO BALTIMORE…the second song on my most recent album

When Time slows to an agonizing crawl…

SLOW BUS TO BALTIMORE
(Robertson 2020)

She stood in the living room
and sang slow boat to China
while the curtains swayed
like a sad reminder
Of what I couldn’t say

and on the long ride south
out of the whirlwind
and into the mouth
of the storm that swept away
everything in it’s path

and nothing would ever
stay the same again

you said slow bus to Baltimore
and I can’t breathe anymore
if we drink until the sun goes home
I always was your dial tone
just wait until we’re alone

the world was on fire
we awoke in that hell
and we never asked
for whom the bell tolled
it tolled for you and me

and going home
we stayed apart
you walked up your drive
and I watched you go
while time slowed down
in the mindless dark

Bridge

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from Slow Bus to Baltimore, released October 1, 2020

IT’S (A)LIVE!…My newest album “Slow Bus to Baltimore” is now available for your listening and buying pleasure!

And here’s the first song on the album:

FIREFLY IN A MASON JAR
(Robertson 2020)

I’ve got a firefly in a mason jar
and it doesn’t matter who you are
you can’t see your eyelids when you sleep

don’t close the door all the way
the monster likes it better that way
you can’t see your eyelids when you sleep

two stories down the uncut grass
is moving like a stoned giraffe
you cant see your eyelids when you sleep

everybody stand around
try to make a clapping sound
you cant see your eyelids when you sleep

I went to the rubber tree and took another look
I admit that what I saw left me feeling shook

everyone’s getting a hair cut
everyone’s keeping their doors shut
we’re all falling into this same rut

the needle slips out of the groove
time to get up and move
if you hold it that way you’ll get cut

I’ve got a firefly in a mason jar
and it doesn’t matter who you are
you can’t see your eyelids when you sleep

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from Slow Bus to Baltimore, released October 1, 2020

coming OCTOBER 1ST, 2020, a new album from Craig Robertson called “Slow Bus To Baltimore”…

Nine original songs and one cover.

All brand new recordings:

  1. FIREFLY IN A MASON JAR
  2. SLOW BUS TO BALTIMORE
  3. EVERYBODY KNOWS YOU
  4. MISTER TELEPHONE
  5. WALKING WOUNDED
  6. MEI LING
  7. SIGN YOUR NAME (Terence Trent D’arby)
  8. DON’T MENTION VIETNAM
  9. DANGER TIGERS
  10. GRANITE

available Oct, 1, 2020 at
https://craigrobertson.bandcamp.com/

NIGHTS ON THE MESA…the last song on my newest album

NIGHTS ON THE MESA
(Robertson 2020)

nights on the mesa
the stars in the sky
are so sharp they could stab you
but they never try
in the upper air currents
a hawk’s floating by
I suppose I should move
but I don’t even try

the smell of the Ice Plant
drifts on the breeze
swaths of the flowers
come up to my knees
leaning up against
my favorite Mesquite tree
watching the darkness
flow over me

there’s a log by the campfire
where we used to sit
it was probably my fault
I’m willing to admit

but you don’t come round no more
so what’s the use
I remember the fights
but the truth is so loose
it stands in the darkness
like a tree with a noose
if I say I’m sorry
can we call it a truce

nights on the mesa
the stars in your eyes
where they belong
where the love lies
where the truth goes
where the truth dies
nights on the mesa
a million goodbyes

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from NO MORE COWBOYS AND INDIANS, released August 9, 2020

NOT IN OKLAHOMA…the seventh song on my newest album

oklahoma

all treaties need to be honored.

NOT IN OKLAHOMA
(Robertson 2020)

You go to the store
the store’s not there anymore
you’re not in Oklahoma

I don’t know which law I broke
it’s not a joke
I’m not in Oklahoma

The dogs are too confused to bark
I gotta find a new place to park

My GPS don’t know
where it’s at
I’m not in Oklahoma

I’m gonna take off
my cowboy hat
cuz it’s not in oklahoma

I don’t know what’s goin on here
can I still buy Sunday beer?

cowboys ride in
and cowboys ride out
they’re not in Oklahoma

nobody knows
what it’s all about
they’re not in Oklahoma

I woke up in the middle of the night
I thought, it’s never too late to make things right.

So maybe there’s a chance
for me and you
just not in Oklahoma

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