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The Songs: 1991 - 1996
(1999)

album credits/history

obtaining the album

lyrics to the album

 

 

songs:

Boy With No Soul * Mirror With Me * In My Time of Dyin' * Centripetal Force * It's Not Real * Cold and Cynical *
My Window * The Girl at the Video Store * By Your Door * Wanderin' Man * Babylon * Forget About Me

 


Boy With No Soul

The boy with no soul is walking restlessly around,
he tumbles to the ground and finds a solace there.
The girl with no eyes is wandering aimlessly today,
up on the bridge to jump, she says she thinks she may.
And you are not so wise to look beyond the veil;
the wizard shines the lights and we believe his tale.

And I would not be swayed by all the things he sends at me,
and let the boy within without, without a cause.

As we begin act two, the boy grins sheepishly at you;
his mother screams awhile, she don't trust him.
The boy without a soul has left the rest of us in town,
the stereo's are on, we're trapped inside the sound.
And you are not so ignorant to look beyond the veil,
the wizard shines the lights and we believe his tale.

And I will fade, and you will fade, and we will disappear;
the boy without a soul will not come home this year.

 

© 1996 S.W.B. Music/Robert Rottet

 

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Mirror With Me

There's a way in which we imagine ourselves to be,
and then there's the way we really are.
The mirror tells the truth to me,
but sometimes I don't listen.
When you see me can you tell what I'm thinking?
I think more of myself than I ought to.

Sometimes I just need acceptance,
other times I want much more;
if only I had a mirror with me all the time.
Sometimes I just want the recognition,
and other times I need the power;
if only I had a mirror with me all the time.

There's a way in which I imagine you to be,
but then I see you, and you're always much more beautiful.
If only I could have you right here with me
if only I was there with you.
Sometimes I can't remember your face
and that's the worst thing about it.

Sometimes I want to feel your presence
and other times I need your words;
if only I could have you here with me.
Sometimes I need your comfort,
other times I want your truth;
if only I could have you with me all the time.

There's a way I like to see the world,
but all I have is today.

 

© 1996 S.W.B. Music/Robert Rottet

 

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In My Time of Dyin'

In my time of dyin'
don't want nobody to cry,
all I want for you to do
is feed me to the sky.

Well, well, well
so I can die easy.
Well, well, well.
Well, well, well,
so I can die easy.
Jesus gonna make up
Jesus gonna make up
Jesus gonna make up
my dyin' bed.

In my time of dyin'
don't want nobody to moan,
all I want for you to do
is take my body home.

Well, well, well
so I can die easy.
Well, well, well.
Well, well, well,
so I can die easy.
Jesus gonna make up
Jesus gonna make up
Jesus gonna make up
my dyin' bed.

Meet me, Jesus, meet me,
meet me in the middle of the air.
And if these wings should fail me, Lord,
meet me in my dyin' prayer.

Well, well, well
so I can die easy.
Well, well, well.
Well, well, well,
so I can die easy.
Jesus gonna make up
Jesus gonna make up
Jesus gonna make up
my dyin' bed.

 

Traditional Folk Song 
Arrangement © 1996 S.W.B. Music/Robert Rottet

 

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Centripetal Force

They went to the circus and she was bored
but he loved it for the physics
Now watch how he balances the thing on his nose
and the elephant braves the tightrope
and the saber-tooth tiger sends a trainer through the fire
or he eats up the presidentís children
and the beautiful lady is just a beautiful lady
so she exits out the tent

and meanwhile somewhere out there in the universe
laws are shifted, stars are gifted
planets give up on centripetal force

They went to the carnival and he was bored
but she loved it for the philanthropy
the three-ton woman and the little two foot man
and the girl who had eight noses
throwing knives at all those beauty queens
oh well, around on circles
donít forget about the Ferris wheel
roller coaster where I lose my meal

 

© 1994 S.W.B. Music/Robert Rottet

 

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It's Not Real

ďDonít cry,Ē the magician told the little girl
though not altogether earnestly
ďItís not real,Ē he insisted
and perhaps not quite so honestly

Hanzel and Gretel are standing by the furnace
the Wicked Witch is waiting in the wing
Genghis Kahn has promised not to hurt us
should we believe a thing?

            DONíT CRY, ITíS NOT REAL
                        NEVER GONNA FIND REALITY
                        NEVER GONNA FIND REALITY
            DONíT CRY ITíS NOT REAL . . ., TO ME

ďDonít laugh,Ē the seductress told the little boy,
ďdonít you know that Iím tryiní to tempt you?Ē
ďPlease stay,Ē she insisted,
ďand I promise that I wonít kiss you.Ē

Porgy and Bess are riding on a skateboard
Little Boy Bleu is floating out to see
Karl Marx has promised not to hurt us
Should we believe a thing?

            CHORUS

Bridge:    This is the part I call the bridge
               Itís just a way to break up the song
               Just watch the chords go back and forth
               Iíll make it end before too long

ďDonít stop,Ē the Enchanted Weeping Willow sang,
ďdonít you know what youíre doiní to me?Ē
ďI canít stop,Ē I apologized
But she still let the wind see through me

            CHORUS

 

ď3-2-94, Upland, INĒ
© 1994 S.W.B. Music/Robert Rottet

 

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Cold and Cynical

Don't believe a word that I say to you
Don't believe a word 'cause ain't none of it true
Don't believe a phrase, don't believe a moan,
never trust a poet, don't believe a word.

Don't believe a song that I sing to you
Don't believe a song 'cause ain't none of them true
Don't believe a sound, a melody or tone,
never trust a singer, don't believe a song.

I 'm sorry if I hurt you
and for ending it this way.
Sorry that I met you,
but you had to learn some day.
Maybe you'll be wiser
as you start to walk along.
If you learn to live like I do
and you turn your heart to stone.

Don't believe the love that I gave to you
Don't believe the love 'cause ain't none of it true
Don't believe the lies I told you on the phone,
never trust a dreamer when he's cold and cynical

 

© 1996 S.W.B. Music/Robert Rottet

 

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My Window

My day dawns
and I think of you
and all of the light
that you bring

The thunder roars
and I desire you
Ďcause you bring me joy
through the rain

the rain . . . (Bridge)

A childís born
a mother cries
a father prays
and I look through the window

The city stirs
the people dance
the trumpets blast
and I think of you . . ., of you
(every time I think of you)

Light comes from my window
Shining the light in my eyes
Light comes from my window
Light from the sky . . .

(Bridge #2):  And Iím alive again
The autumn has come
with the feelings of my youth
that I thought were done
And so I wait for the light in my window;
please say that you will

A bird flies south
and I think of you
Cause you will be gone
in an hour

But as you go
Iíll write another song
Youíre too good for my
world to hold

 

ďCamden, NJ.Ē
© 1991 S.W.B. Music/Robert Rottet

 

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The Girl at the Video Store

Thereís a girl at the video store
And she stands at the check out desk
Oh, she looks divine I must confess

And for a couple few weekends or more
Iíve been goiní to the video store
And tonight Iím goiní to make my move,
just wait and see

So I walk thru the aisles of tapes
And I wait for the patrons to leave
And then Iíll ask her about a movie
that I hope sheís seen

ďNo, I didnít see that one.Ē
Yes, itís very clean.Ē
Do you think my Mum would like it;
do you know what I mean?

And, by the way, what's your name?
Oh, thatís very nice
Are you from around these parts?
Yes, it does get kind of dull around here

Well your store is the best in the town
and youíve got the best selection around
Oh no, Iíd never say a word I didnít mean

     guitar solo, bridge: 
Ah, Betty Davis
Ah, James Dean
Oh, Bogart movies
Iíve already seen

Well I think that Iíd better stop there
Cause you donít want to move in too fast
Just lay the ground for your second chance

 

© 1992 S.W.B. Music/Robert Rottet 

 

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By Your Door

I donít know
Ďbout the future
I donít know
whatís in store
I canít feel
what youíre feeliní
I canít walk
thru your door

All I want
is to help you
stand with you
thru the storm
be your raincoat
Iíll protect you
if your cold
keep you warm

I donít know
why youíre frightened
I canít see
in your mind
I donít know
much about you
but youíre one
of a kind

solo, diminished thing

I donít know
where youíre hurting
I donít know
where youíre sore
But I know
Iíll be waiting
waiting, by your door

 

© 1990 S.W.B. Music/Robert Rottet

 

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Wanderin' Man

Fell in love with the pastorís daughter
sailed away on across the water
tried to call but I got her father
left a note and no one saw her
so Iíll go over the mountain

Found my fate in Oedipus Rex
canít escape the oracleís hex
missed the cruise on Noahís ark
and I canít see rainbows in the dark
so Iíll go over the mountain

Over the mountain
and across the land
and thru the valley
cause Iím the wanderiní man

Frosty came but it wasnít winter
his corn cobbed pipe gave me a splinter
he waved goodbye sayiní donít you cry
with his button nose and his two coal eyes
and he said, Iíll be back some day

From over the mountain
and across the land
and through the valley
cause heís a wanderiní snowman
over the mountain
and across the land
and through the valley
cause Iím a wanderiní  man

            Think of all the people cryiní
            our town, our town
            think of all the people draggin'
            their town down
            think of all the manuscripts
            and cases of disjointed hips and now
            where ya goiní to now
            where ya goiní to now
            tell me why, why

Tried to climb up Jacobís ladder
but the angel said that it didnít matter
then you came and you plowed me under
someone up there made a blunder
please, could you hold your thunder

Ya never learn much if you donít ask why
but I like peanut butter on my pumpkin pie
the sphinx wonít speak without a riddle
gotta leave you for some vitals
so Iíll go over the mountain . . .

 

ďNov. 27, 1991, Camden, NJĒ
© 1992 S.W.B. Music/Robert Rottet

 

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Babylon

By the rivers of Babylon
there I left my soul
there we took the toll
someone took my woman
now sheís gone

By the rivers of Babylon
here I wear these chains
here we go insane
someone took my sister
now sheís cryiní

My master told me I must dance
My captor told me I must sing
but I laid down my guitar
I canít even sing the blues
so change my name
and call me what you choose

By the rivers of Babylon
Lord I pray my enemy would die
I can barely find the strength to cry
When will these days
come to an end?

Home sweet home, they canít
take that away from me
Youíll always be inside of me,
Iíll be damned if I forget you

Home sweet home, it the one
that God has made for me
And he will one day let me see
that place again

 

ďCamden, NJ.  Jan. 1991.  Text: Psalm 137Ē
© 1992 S.W.B. Music/Robert Rottet

 

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Forget About Me

Mud on your dress
lady donít cry
give it some time
let it dry, brush it off

I am no good
for you or me
push me away
the youíll see
youíll be fine

You gave me your love
you didnít know why
when things that I say
hurt you inside
and you cry

Those are my thorns
stuck in your hand
lady Iím not the right
man Ėnot the man

So forget about me lady
sail across the sea
put the flowers on my
tombstone and
forget about me

Forget about me woman
the clock ran out of time
forget about me girl
and youíll be fine

Mud on your dress
scars on your soul
count up the cost
take up the toll Ėdamage done

Itís for your own good
donít disagree
one day youíll wake up
then youíll see Ėwhat I am

 

ďDecember 22, 1990.  Rantoul, ILĒ
© 1992 S.W.B. Music/Robert Rottet

 

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album credits/history

 

history:

Though Rob released many albums during his lifetime, this project -Songs: 1991 - 1996- was the first and only project he saw come to fruition in the CD format.

As best we know, Rob took master DAT tapes to a studio in North Carolina sometime in the summer of 1999.  He asked the owner/operator of the studio to create a master CD with all songs being the same level.

These songs, as told in the album's title, were written from 1991 - 1996.  Rob re-recorded the first three tracks in 1999.  The original album also included a cover version of Elvis Presley's "All Shook Up."

Rob ordered 100 CDs.  They arrived the week of his untimely death.

 

credits:
(from the back of the original CD)

The Songs: 1991 - 1996
A collection of songs from the different albums by
:
Robert Rottet (pronounced Row'tay)

Recorded at
Mirror Studios, Upland, Indiana
Day Group, Urbana, Illinois
The Lab, Rantoul, IL

Write:
Rob Rottet
PO Box 71706
Fort Bragg, NC 28307

Cover Design:
Jeff George

Skippy:  Drum kit on 4 & 5
Greg Kneller:  Backing vocals on 12 & 13
Mike Day:  Drum Programming & Keyboards on 12 & 13
Rob Rottet:  Guitars, Harmonica, Keyboards, Percussion

All songs ©  1991, 1994 & 1999 S.W.B. Music; written by Rob Rottet except "All Shook Up," Elvis Presley

©  1999 Robert Rottet / SWB Music / Research Records

 

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