The third song on my newest album “Wince” is called UP HIGH.

I don’t always write songs about angry, bizzarre or sad subjects. Sometimes one perfect moment comes along and it’s good to stop and acknowledge it.

UP HIGH
(Robertson 22)

You know I got up way too early
there was new snow on the ground
I went out to feed the horses
they been makin hungry sounds
up high, the sunlight filters down
as the dust swirls round and round

They were snortin in the cold air
they were kickin at their stalls
I could see the barn was shakin
every time they kicked the walls
up high, through the shingles and the rust
the sunlight dances in the dust

outside it’s cold and blue
inside it’s gold and warm
there are some things I never do
I never sleep with an alarm

I had to dig a path to get there
I dug it right up to the door
I could hear the horses whinny
they were stampin on the floor
up high, the sunlight filters down
as the dust swirls round and round

I forked some hay into their stalls
I filled their buckets up with feed
you know that I’m still half asleep
but I’ve got everything I need
up high, through the shingles and the rust
the sunlight dances in the dust

from Wince, released August 5, 2022

The second song on my newest album “Wince” is JUST ANOTHER FOURTH OF JULY

JUST ANOTHER FOURTH OF JULY
(Robertson 22)

Just another fourth of July
just another day full of rules
just another celebration
the liberation of fools
you can’t build a new life
if someone else has all the tools
just another fourth of July
just another day to be cruel

all along the riverside
people are putting down blanket and chairs
they’re waiting for the sun to go down
so they can sit there and stare
everything happens over their heads
and up in the air
just another fourth of july
ain’t no independence round here

the fbi is putting up cell towers
so they can listen to your phone
you may be surrounded by people
but you’re always alone
don’t act so surprised
it’s something you should have known
just another fourth of july
your cover has been blown

we should really know by now
we should have gotten the word
there isn’t anything you can say
that won’t be overheard
invisible people listening to you
it’s the theater of the absurd
we’re surrounded by spies
the world is shaken, not stirred.

Repeat first verse

from Wince, released August 5, 2022

(this song has been remastered and re-whatever because I can never leave anything alone.)

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand my newest album of original music called “Wince” is now live!

And, the first song on the album is called “NIGHT TIED”

the song tells a story, something happens….

NIGHT TIED
(Robertson 22)

I was sitting alone
in The Blue Grotto
I’d just come in
on the warm night tide
no one is safe from the clutches of the sea

you had a beer
at the Blue Grotto
I said why don’t you sit down right here with me

you talked, I listened
you came in on the night tide
riding a ship that slid silently over the sea

just like magic, some kinda magic
that carried you over silent ocean to me

to the Blue Grotto
here to this table
you talked and I listened
the moonlight glistened
out on the waves that were calling to me

all down the boardwalk
and all down the pier
I’m not used to walking as you can plainly see

sometimes I stumble
and lean on your shoulder
you’re growing older each minute you’re with me

at the Blue Grotto
the lights flicker and go out
clouds pass across the moon silently

the band is packing up
loading their instruments
they look at the dark sky
they look at the night tide
no one is safe from the clutches of the sea

from Wince, released August 5, 2022

some rights reserved

I THOUGHT I SAW A TIGER is the last song on my newest album “seals”

I THOUGHT I SAW A TIGER
(Robertson 2022)

I thought I saw a tiger
crossing the street today
it disappeared
when I looked away

it was early morning
and I tried to wake you up
I tried to show you
I tried to shake you up

but it was too early
too early in the morning
people were getting up
people were yawning

having their coffees
scratching their heads
wishing they could
go back to their beds

…………………………..

we moved to the suburbs
we live on a cul-de-sac
we moved from the city
we’re never going back

been here a couple months
I have to say it’s driving me mad
it’s always too quiet
and you always seem angry or sad

I don’t know what it is
I never sleep anymore
I know something’s wrong
never felt this way before

I think I miss the garbage trucks
filling up the night
I think I miss the people
the screams and the fights

…………………………

you go to bed
I sit up and try to write
I sit at the table
I don’t turn on the light

I look out the window
until the rosy dawn
the sprinklers come on
and water the lawns

our neighbors all get up
and go to work
I sit at my table
and feel like a jerk

all work and no play
make jack a dull boy
all work and no play
makes jack a dull boy

……………………….

I thought I saw a tiger
crossing the street today
it disappeared
when I looked away

from seals, released June 18, 2022

PRECIOUS LITTLE…the sixth song on my newest album “seals”

PRECIOUS LITTLE
(Robertson 2022)

never knew you were an orphan
precious little that I knew
self absorbed and not too self aware
hard to tell what isn’t true

there was nobone on the island
I was stranded on
staring at another sunset
staring at another dawn

I’d drive a million miles to see you
when I arrived, there you were
leaning on the dark bar
looking just a little unsure

well the music was enough for me
it was a neverending fire
too many bottles on the table
too many ways to be a liar

never knew you were an orphan
much, much later I found out
precious little that I did know
there was always room for doubt

I pretended that I didn’t care
when you went back to your guy
I suppose I could have fought for you
but I didn’t even try

never knew you were an orphan
precious little that I knew
self absorbed and not too self aware
welcome to the human zoo

from seals, released June 18, 2022