YOU WERE THE SALT…the sixth song on the compilation album “Not Quite Love Songs”

salt

from the album Wordplay for Beginners 2019

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

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THE EVIL DEAD…the fourth cut on “Not Quite Love Songs”

evildead

from The Day The Sky Exploded 2017

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

RED TIDE…the second song on the album “Not Quite Love Songs”

red tide

from the album The Red Hat 2016

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.

NOT QUITE LOVE SONGS…new compilation album. Select songs from the last 15 years of recording…

quitefront

13 songs, remixed, remastered and, in some cases, re-recorded for consistency. I have a pretty wide definition of a “love song”. It includes: not in love but looking, in love, a long relationship, one falls out of love, both fall out of love, breaking up and, again, not in love.

NOT QUITE LOVE SONGS

The first song on the album is

(from Wordplay for Beginners 2019)

SHE’S A MAN OF STEEL
(Robertson 2019)

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

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

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

 

THE WAY OF THE DEVIL…the eighth song on “Having the River Dragged”

the way of the devil

Evil isn’t exotic; it’s mundane and prolific.

WAY OF the DEVIL
(Craig Robertson 2019)

I believe in the devil
we met face to face
he lives upstairs
right over my place

Aint that the way of the devil
for what its worth
Aint that the way of the devil

welcome to hell on earth
I asked him if he wanted
to buy my soul
he said we’re overstocked now
so the answer is no
chorus
he said it don’t matter
if you sell it to me
cause I get it anyway .
and I get it for free
chorus
everybody livin
in their own private hell
here on earth
you got nothin left to sell
chorus
you mean I dont go
nowhere after Im dead?
yeah, thats what I meant
and thats what I said
chorus

DOWN ON MEMORY LANE…the seventh song on “Having the River Dragged”

down on memory lane

“Neural networks are a set of algorithms, modeled loosely after the human brain, that are designed to recognize patterns.”

Down on Memory Lane
(Craig Robertson 2019)

all the names that I don’t need to know
everything is black and red
like pages from the book of the dead ,
I used to enjoy this hallucination
but there you are and here I am
standing on the Hoover dam
looking for another new sensation

why am I in this horror movie
I used to think that it was groovy
the way that you turned me inside out
but I don’t like that anymore
that’s not what I signed up for
I don’t think that’s what it’s all about

Jack the Ripper’s down on memory lane
he’s standing in the pourin rain
watching all the couples com and go
he’s slicing through my neural net
its helping me to forget

another night out with the girls
another day in Wendy’s world
looking at that house up on the hill
another dog, another cat
its funny how I remember that
but can’t remember what gave me such a thrill

Jack the Ripper’s down on memory lane
he’s standing in the pourin rain
watching all the couples com and go
he’s slicing through my neural net
its helping me to forget