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A bunch of leftover songs from 2010-present.

(robste at xs4all dot nl).

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released December 20, 2014

Written & Recorded by Rob From Amersfoort except By My Saviour Tonight lyrics by Pete Murphy.

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Rob From Amersfoort Amersfoort, The Netherlands

Post-Retro Indie-Pop

Influences: Beatles, Prince, Fiona Apple, Roxy Music, Elliott Smith, Bowie, Harry Nilsson, Michael Penn, Suzanne Vega, Neil Finn, Wilco, Liz Phair.

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Track Name: Advice
I
am not your father
I
don't want to preach
I
don't write columns
in fancy magazines

still I need to get
something off my chest

let it go
let it go
put it behind you
break free and
move on move on

I
am not your teacher
I
don't write self-help books
I
am not a politician
campaigning for votes

still I need
something to say

let it go
put it behind you
break free and
move on move on

what is done is done
look to the future
you got to make do with what you got

don’t worry
it will be better soon
but don't expect
miracles
Track Name: Fan Theory
you think your life
is a tv show
evolving around you
wherever you go
we are all actors
in a supporting role
were mere puppets
under your control

this isn't a fan theory
fan theory
oh no
this isn't a fan theory
fan theory
oh no
you can theorize all you want
but you better look around
and
put your feet on the ground

you better get real
forget about MacGuffin
factually inaccurate
he's only bluffing
sometimes events
are just coincidence
there are no hidden meanings
and no covert evidence

contradictions don't need
to be reconciled
Occam's Razor is the best
put it to the test!

this isn't a fan theory
fan theory
oh no
this isn't a fan theory
fan theory
oh no
you better be realistic
and look around
keep your feet on the ground

apophenia distorts your mind
confirmation bias makes you seeing blind
your life ain't a movie, not by far
you're not the Manic Pixie Dream Girl you think you are!
Track Name: Dream House
when I was young
I build castles
made of little wooden blocks
but now I am older
I can't afford much
but in my dreams I'm rich

I'm gonna build me a house
build us a house
a beautiful house
a home sweet home

a butterfly garden
a balcony with lake view
a fireplace, a pool room
(anything more)
a cool swimming pool

I buy a brick
and a brick
and brick by brick

I'm gonna build me a house
build us a house
a beautiful house
a home sweet home

it will protect us
from the storm
it shields us
from the rain
it keeps us warm
in the winter
it even survives
a hurricane

I'm gonna build me a house
build us a house
a house in the sun
a home sweet home
I'm gonna build me a house
build us a house
a beautiful house
a home sweet home
Track Name: Gonna 22
Slinging down the daydream
Gathering up the dark
Giving all the takings
To the blue horizon

Gonna gonna gonna gonna gonna Monday 22
Wanna wanna wanna wanna honey, honeydew
Funny on a Friday
On a Monday, gonna 22

Smearing all the purples
Turning to the moon
Walking every railroad
To the delta fairground

Gonna gonna gonna gonna gonna Monday 22
Wanna wanna wanna wanna honey, honeydew
Funny on a Friday
On a Monday, gonna 22
Track Name: Countdown To Nothing
lying in my garden
looking at the sun
wondering about
if we're lost or if we've won

beyond our borders
poverty and wars
all we have are debts
and shiny new cars

countdown to nothing

crazy businessmen
running for president
a horseman of the apocalypse
ignorance is bliss

countdown to nothing

I see the signs and go inside
but there is no place to hide
Track Name: You Could Have Been My Lover
You could have told me sooner
When you told me “slow down”
I know that you’re new here
In this part of town

Winds blew cold fear at noon
And the skies fell dark
It's the same old tune
Searching for the spark

You could have been my lover
But now we are just friends

It could have been so beautiful
Instead of pain as usual
if only I had known
From the expressions that were shown

I would have taken it slow
But you ran away so fast
But we kind of agreed
To leave it in the past

You could have been my lover
But now we are just friends
Track Name: Dance Around The Sun
throw away your sorrow
don't think about tomorrow
focus on the bright side
life is a roller-coaster ride

try having fun
dance around the sun
you deserve to be happy
dance around the sun

fight for the good side
respect each other's rights
we're all equal don't complain
we need light not more rain

try having fun
dance around the sun
you deserve to be happy
dance around the sun

ignore all the pain
don't think about yesterday
live in the now
think away the clouds

try having fun
dance around the sun
we deserve to be happy
dance around the sun
Track Name: Screen Actors Are Failed Actors
Screen actors are failed actors
They drink and whore around
Left wing nutcases
Hollywood is a battleground

They use you and abuse you
Till they are fed up with you
You'll be a waitress the rest of your life
Listen to my advice

Screen actors are failed actors
They can't remember their lines
Always drunk and faking scenes
Nothing is what it seems

They use you and abuse you
Till they are fed up with you
You'll be a shopgirl the rest of your life
Listen to my advice

Please don't go to LA
Don't marry that actor
I'm your biggest fan
Better marry a decent man
Track Name: The Blonde Bombshell
born a Carpenter
in the Show Me state
drawn to the silver screen
by a flying magnate

burned up so fast
but you will last
baby you are missed
you're still on my list

you’re the true Blonde Bombshell
you’re the first Blonde Bombshell
you're the only Blonde Bombshell
we’ll never forget you
my platinum blonde

you played an angel from hell
only fate could break the spell

bright flames burn out fast
but if you're an actress
your fame might last

in my dreams
we're on a date
dinner at eight?
Track Name: The First Time You Die (OST James Bond)
This is not a game
You play again and again
Actions have consequences
(cause and effect)

And when it’s too late
You close your eyes
Too late to cry
The first time you die

The first time you die
The first time you die
The first time you die

Death is the ultimate purpose of life
Everything will decay someday
Enjoy it while you can

The first time you die
The first time you die
The first time you die

The first time you die
The first time you die
The first time you die
Track Name: The Lady Eve
You need me like an axe needs a turkey
Again and again
Again and again
You need me like a snake needs an apple
Again and again
Again and again

You’re my destruction
You're my downfall
You’re the reason I wanna live

Like Napoleon and Josephine
Again and again
Again and again

You’re the lady Eve
I’m a clumsy Adam
Without me you cannot be

You’re my destruction
You're my downfall
You’re the reason I wanna live

You need me like an axe needs a turkey
Again and again
Again and again
Like Clinton and Monica
Again and again
Again and again
Track Name: Birthday Birthday
friends are gathering
eating the cake
balloons filled with air
everybody's awake

the sun is shining
rain is away
for one day a year
life ain't so grey
Track Name: Do Something About It
Finish what you started
Take what you can get
You reap what you sow
Life is one big show

Bring some joy to the neighborhood
Don’t act like a 2 year old
You will get what is coming to you
Trust your life to unfold

Stop wining do not quit
You're no half-wit misfit
Stop wining, be a hit
Do something about it!

Don’t ever limit yourself
Grab your potential from the shelf
Don't wait too long to act
Be a player or get wacked

Stop wining do not quit
You're no half-wit misfit
Stop wining, be a hit
Do something about it!

You can’t have joy without pain
you can’t have love without grieve
Be sure to choose the right train
The destination is important indeed
Track Name: 3:20 (The Ambience Was Nice)
at 3:20
it became clear
the train has arrived
but you aren't near
you stayed at home
chatting with friends
I waited in vain
wondering who's to blame

At 3:20
it became clear
our love was doomed
not my worst fear
waiting at the platform
hoping you wouldn't come
I felt so tens
when it should have been fun

I didn't like your stories
despite your pretty face
you always knew better
telling me how to behave
your friends are crooks/fake/phoney
your excuses are lies
but the ambience
the ambience
was nice

no more awkward silences
when you call
you never displayed
any interest at all
I don't like to complain
but sometimes I wonder
was I so insane
when I started this blunder
Track Name: Letter To Self
dear boy here is a letter
providing some advice
I can tell you who I am
I am old and not so wise
there are so many things
I'd like to tell
and rest assured
I know you well

15 is a joyous age
so much to learn
enjoy it while you can
it will never return

and please believe in yourself
have more confidence
follow your heart and
do what you want to do
try to stand more
on your own two feet
don't listen so much to
what other people say

stay in contact with your friends
you might need them and they may need you too

don't be so shy
loosen up
don't be so hard
on yourself
tough times
will pass by
it's part
of life

and please believe in yourself
have more confidence
follow your heart and
do what you want to do
please don't go to university
to study things you don't really like

take a year off by plane or by bike
ask for advice, people will be nice

dear me
I know you won't listen
but I don't lie
please give this a try
Track Name: Be My Saviour Tonight
lyrics by Pete Murphy

I watch the silhouettes grow longer
I've always been afraid of the dark
I've been standing so long by this shallow water
Waiting for an ocean to form

I can't breathe when you're not close to me
I can't see when you turn off the light
Come be my saviour tonight

I feel my innocence get colder
I've always been afraid of the light
I've been pounding on the door so long, my fingers are broken
And you wonder why I've been so uptight

I can't breathe when you're not close to me
I can't see when you turn off the light
I can't feed without your energy
Come be my saviour tonight
Track Name: You Cannot Be Who You Are Not
it's always the same song
sung by the same people
their act is useless and wrong

intentions attentions
pretensions apprehensions
convention is just another word for detention

what you leave behind
you claim too late
lost baggage
makes you lose weight

you cannot be who you are not

nobody said you would live forever
nice people do not always get better
Track Name: You Don't Need To Do Anything Anymore
This is what you wanted
This is the end
You've been excluded from everything, my friend

You Don't Need To Do Anything Anymore
You Don't Need To Do Anything Anymore
You Don't Need To Do Anything Anymore

What you're gonna do now
With all your free time
Nothing to do
Sit back and whine

You Don't Need To Do Anything Anymore
You Don't Need To Do Anything Anymore
You Don't Need To Do Anything Anymore
Track Name: I Am OK
Don´t look at me the way you do,
don´t ask me how I am…
I´ll tell you things that are not true
while the old tape spins in my head again…

Don´t ask me how I spend my days…
what do you expect me to say

(Chorus)
I´m okay… I´m okay…
I keep singing all the day,
I´m okay… I´m okay…
just bliss and rainbows come my way

I´ve worn-out trousers, an old hat,
a pair of holey shoes…
yes, I just wanted them like that,
all is really fine since I´m not with you…

Don´t ask me how I spend my days…
what do you expect me to say

(Chorus)
I´m okay… yes, I´m okay…
I keep singing all the day,
I´m okay… yes, I´m okay…
I am lucky, I can say:
I´m okay… yes, I´m okay…
just bliss and rainbows come my way

(Bridge)
So next time,
don´t ask me if I’m fine,
just keep moving,
I`ll be fine… yes… I´ll be fine…

(Chorus)
I´m okay… I´m okay…
I keep singing all the day,
I´m okay… yes, I´m okay…
I am happy, I can say:
I´m okay… yes, I´m okay…
just bliss and rainbows come my way
Track Name: π
3 is a crowd
1 a lonely number
4 is a double date
1 is not loosing
5 is a column
9 John’s favourite number
2 is company
6 is 9 turn around

Oh pi

Calculate the perimeter
Of a circle
Or the area
Of a sphere
I don’t know its origin
Or its creator
Infinite decimals
They are here

Oh pi
Track Name: Time Won't Wait
Time is of the essence
Time won’t wait
You’re easily distracted
You’re always late

Time is of the essence
Time won’t wait
You’re easily distracted
You can’t concentrate

You better keep you’re priorities straight
The clock is ticking
Life won’t wait

Time is of the essence
Time won’t wait
Realise you’re potential
Before it’s too late
Track Name: Traffic Jam
Speed is nowhere to be found
Everyday another round
Counting potholes is not my style
I need coffee for a while

Traffic Jam
(oe oe)
(datadatadata)

They tell me my car is a joke
The engine erupts in smoke
The police grant me a fine
They sure need their moment to shine

I am sick of jamming in the morning
Standing still without a warning

What about public transportation?
It's a mess!
What about public transportation?
It's causing stress!
(The highway is like a parking lot)

I am sick of losing time
To step on the gas is not a crime
Track Name: voicemail
You can call me later
Or you can’t call me back
Anyway
I don’t give a heck
Track Name: My Platinum Blonde
born a carpenter
in the Show Me state
drawn to the silver screen
by a flying magnate

burned up so fast
but you will last
baby you are missed
you're still on my list

you’re the true Blonde Bombshell
you’re the first Blonde Bombshell
you're the only Blonde Bombshell
I’ll never forget you
my platinum blonde
my platinum blonde

you played an angel from hell
only fate could break the spell

bright flames
burn out fast
but if you're an actress
your fame might last

you’re the true Blonde Bombshell
you’re the first Blonde Bombshell
you're the only Blonde Bombshell
we’ll never forget you
my platinum blonde
my platinum blonde

in my dreams
we're on a date
dinner at eight?

you’re the true Blonde Bombshell
you’re the first Blonde Bombshell
you're the only Blonde Bombshell
we’ll never forget you
my platinum blonde
my platinum blonde
Track Name: Today Is Tonight (Bombshell)
You're so pretty in your white dress
An example of youthfulness

You are certainly not a dumb blond
If you were here you could respond

Today is tonight
Platinum blonde
You play so well
You are a bombshell

Your such a swell actress
Your talent is limitless

Today is tonight
Platinum blonde
You play so well
I'm under your spell
Track Name: Free The Monkeys
Birds in the air
Fish in the sea
The greatest gift in life
Is liberty

Locked up in Seaworld
Jailed in a zoo
That is not
A humane thing to do

We've got the let them out
Free the monkeys
We've got the let them out
Free the monkeys

How would you like
To be locked up in a cage
Testing fragrances
To die at a young age

We've got the let them out
Free the monkeys
We've got the let them out
Free the monkeys

Free the dolphins
Track Name: Dear Me (Letter To Self)
dear boy here is a letter
providing some advice
I can tell you who I am
I am old and not so wise

try to stand more
on your own two feet
don't listen so much to
what other people say

stay in contact with your friends
you might need them and they may need you too

and please believe in yourself
have more confidence
follow your heart and
do what you want to do

don't be so shy
loosen up
don't be so hard
on yourself

tough times
will pass by
it's part
of life

and please believe in yourself
have more confidence
follow your heart and
do what you want to do

please don't go to university
to study things you don't really like

take a year off by plane or by bike
ask for advice, people will be nice

dear me
I know you won't listen
but I don't lie
please give this a try
Track Name: We're Alone (Take Me Home)
Feel free to correct me
If I had to do it all over again
I would change everything

I'm happy without you
Now where are all my friends
Lost in the world

We're ... alone
We're ... alone

I can’t cry anymore
We're in this together
One day we’ll all be gone
Take me home
Track Name: My Car
My car brings me everywhere
With no delays
On the highways
I feel like a billionaire

Stranded halfway
Call the AA
My car is a nightmare
Track Name: Hazardous Waste
why don't you
talk to me
sometimes I feel lonely
to a certain degree

why don't you
dine with me
drink some wine
act care-free

we're just hazardous waste
glowing in the dark
we're just hazardous waste
trying to make a spark

why don't you
travel with me
sometimes I feel lonely
you'll be my VIP

why don't you
dance with me
with eyes closed
wondering what will be

we're just hazardous waste
glowing in the dark
we're just hazardous waste
trying to make a spark

don't get so pretentious
feet on the ground
stay with me
let's agree to disagree

why don't you
live with me
I've got spare rooms
and it's rent-free

I'm just a wannabe
I'm what you want me to be
Track Name: Rain
Lyrics by Cindy Prince

In the beginning
You loved me
In the beginning- or so it seemed
In the beginning
There was only sunshine
Or was it all simply a dream?

The ice became water
The tears went from joy to pain

When it all ended
You left me
And the rain came from my eyes
When it ended
There was only thunder
That filled up my ears every night

The ice became water
The tears went from joy to pain
I don't care about tomorrow
Cause all I can feel is the rain

Every day those storm clouds keep rolling in
In my mind I lose you over and over again

When it ended
You left me
And the rain came from my eyes
When it ended
There was only thunder
That filled up my ears every night
Track Name: White Socks Black Bra
I met her at the bookstore
Old fashioned brown
She counted my money
And asked me out

We drank some coffee
Hurried back home
She untied
The knot in her hair

She wore
White socks black bra
She wore
White socks black bra
Track Name: Have I Seen You Before?
hi
what’s your name
where do you live
have I seen you before?

yes, nice apartments
kitchens built-in
wide view from the window
but the walls are so thin

sometimes I hear shouting
sometimes I hear fighting
and I wonder
should I interfere

I take a glass
and listen through the wall
I hear the silly arguments
the drunken brawl

are you OK?
is that a black eye
some bruises are showing
you look you want to cry

you look so unhappy
with no confidence
full of shame
who’s to blame

my door is always open
if you need to get away
if you want to talk
there is so much to say

I heard you crying
didn’t dare to do something
is that good or bad
would you like to get a drink
Track Name: End Song
Do you feel better now
Are you satisfied
No more things
To hide inside

Find a reason
For your existence
Go, with what you’ve got
Unlock your potential
You really can do a lot

One thing, leads to another
Enjoy it, while you can

Accept your limitations
Accept your limitations
Track Name: (Let's Get This Room) Empty
Hi my name is Rob
I perform for you
You don't have to listen
Cause even I don't have a clue
I don't care if you ignore me I just do what I please
Play with your phone while I have my feast

I'm indifferent whether or not you are kind
There is only one thing going through my mind

Let's get this room empty
Let's get this room empty

I'm not an entertainer
You can continue drinking your beer
Just ignore me
You won't even know I'm here

You better lower your expectations
I'm not here to get frustrated
I just do what I like
I don't care if I am hated

I'm indifferent whether or not you are kind
Here is my objective for tonight

Let's get this room empty
Let's get this room empty
I scare everybody away
Let's get this room empty

Empty
Empty
Empty
Empty
Track Name: The Aliens Are Coming
The aliens are coming
They're gonna take your jobs
Live in your own house
With your spouse

You better watch yourself
You better watch yourself

The aliens are coming
They're gonna steal the show
They won't ask politely
And don't accept no

You better watch yourself
You better watch yourself

They're coming...
They're coming...
They're coming...
They're coming...
Soon!

The spy you from a distance
And they like what they see
Nice green meadows
And a blue sea

They come from afar
Lightyears away
They are so hungry
For some meat and Beaujolais

You better watch yourself
You better watch yourself
They're watching you
They're watching you

They're gonna eat you...
They're gonna eat you...
They're gonna eat you...
They're gonna eat you...
Alive!

Watch yourself
Watch yourself
They are coming
Watch yourself
They are coming
Watch yourself

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