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    All songs written by Dr. Bob and recorded in October of 2014.
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    Mixed, mastered and engineered by Dr Bob in April of 2015.
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    All vocals, instrumentation by Dr Bob, except for bass on select tracts.
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Track Name: 18 Wheels
18 Wheels (for Arlene Boumel)
10/13/11 - FtLd


Eighteen Wheels
Will never do
You can keep you farrieries
And your lamborghinies too
This hard land
Oh lord I do not know
It’s so damned cold here
I have to find my coat

And I’m out here on the highway
But I’m looking for a breeze
Oh lord won’t you
Please return this
Sailor to the sea

Rolling hillsides never
Move like the waves
But when I stand still
Can you feel me sway
And this dirt
That stands between my toes
Is not as solid
As the decks when I’m below

So I’m out here on the highway
But I’m looking for a breeze
Oh lord won’t you
Please return this
Sailor to the sea


verse:
D - Em(long) - Bm - G(long)
(all 4x)


chorus:
Em(long) - G(long)
Bm - G(long)
Em(long) - G(long)
D(trill 12) - A7+23 - A7


copyright 2013 Robert Ben Mitchell, all rights reserved.
Track Name: 27
27 (for Hunter Altschul)
09/01/11 - FtLd


Time changes
Completely rearranges
And I don’t know
Where I’ve gone
Don’t let go

Swept by the breezes
Never reaching
The road
That takes me home
Don’t let go

And I’ve come
So far all alone
Don’t let go

Looking for answers
Clues even chances
To show
That I have grown
Don’t let go

But if I’m mistaken
Will I be forsaken
And left
On my own
Don’t let go

And I’ve come
To find my soul
Don’t let go

Reaching forever
Falling but never
Getting
To rest long
Don’t let go

But when I see you
I only need to
Be
Myself
Don’t let go

And I’ve come
To take you home
Don’t let go
Don’t let go


intro:
Ef73 (G7) - Ef7 (G) (all 4x)


verse:
Ef73 (G7)
Ef3 (G)
23.34.45.55
A7f3 (C7) - A7f3+34
Ef73 (G7) - Ef7 (G) (both 2x)


chorus:
35.47.57
49.57.68 - 39.49.57.68
Ef73 (G7) - Ef7 (G) (both 4x)


end:
49.57.68 - 35.47.57
A7f3 (C7) - A7f3+34
Ef73 (G7) - Ef7 (G) (both 2x)


copyright 2013 Robert Ben Mitchell, all rights reserved.
Track Name: A Little Shrapnel In My Eye
A Little Shrapnel In My Eye
10/28/11 - FtLd


Baby you know I love to be
With you every time
But when you turn around
I’m about to lose my mind

You cut me every way
And you make me wanna fly
You tear me limb from limb
Before I even know why

And every time you blow up
The doctor says I will be fine
Yet there still seems to be a little
Shrapnel in my eye

Loving you has always
Been a little more
Than I would have thought I would have
Had to bargain for

You can be so nice
And then you can be so cruel
You know one day I’m gonna
Walk right out on you

Cause every time you blow up
The doctor says I will be fine
Yet there still seems to be a little
Shrapnel in my eye

(break)

And every time you blow up
The doctor says I will be fine
Yet there still seems to be a little
Shrapnel in my eye

But baby you know I would like
To see you one more time
But I’m afraid if I do
Then I will surely die

Your love can be so tender
Until you lose control
There’s just too much anger there
For me to be inside your soul

And every time you blow up
The doctor says I will be fine
Yet there still seems to be a little
Shrapnel in my eye

Yeah there still seems to be a little
Shrapnel in my eye
Oh there still seems to be a little
Shrapnel in my eye
There still seems to be a little
Shrapnel in my eye


verse:
49.57.68 - Glong
Emlong - A7f3
49.57.68 - Glong
Emlong - 27.36.47
C - Glong
Emlong - A7f3
C - Glong
Emlong - 27.36.47


chorus:
33.42.53 - 32.41.52
Em - C
45.54.65 - 35.44.55
Glong - 47.56.67


end:
C - 35.44.55 - Glong - 47.56.67
C - 35.44.55 - Glong - 47.56.67
C - 35.44.55 - Glong


copyright 2013 Robert Ben Mitchell, all rights reserved.
Track Name: All Around
All Around
05/22/11 - FtLd


I’m floating
Above another day
I’m holding
Onto everything you said

Words I needed
Words I found
Words are spoken all around

I’m going
Through another change
I’m trying
To find myself again

Things I needed
Things I found
Things are changing all around

I’m seeing
You for the first time
In colors
Instead of black and white

Pictures I needed
Pictures I found
Pictures of you are all around

Now I’m being
What I need to be
When I’m breathing
Your breath into me

Kisses I needed
Kisses I found
Kissing you all around
Kissing you all around


verse:
25.36.46 (C#m) - E
A - 32.44.54 (F#m) (2x)


chorus:
Ef7 (B) - Ef5 (A)
Af7 (E) - Ef4 (G#)
Ef5 (A) - Ef7 (B)
E - 23.44.54 (F#m)


end:
Ef5 (A) - Ef7 (B) - E


copyright 2013 Robert Ben Mitchell, all rights reserved.
Track Name: Beautiful Mess
Beautiful Mess
07/16/11 - FtLd


Never saw the sign posts
I was moving too fast too far
Never read the warnings
That was never in my cards

Couldn’t see the reasons
Never wondered why
I was flying through my life
As time was flying by

But don’t forget the seasons
And don’t forget that bell
And don’t forget to ring it
When you need someone to tell
All of the secrets
That weigh (lay) upon your chest
When you finally realize it's all
It’s all... a beautiful mess

No one knows the reasons
No one is to blame
Why things turned out the way they have
I never could explain

So dance a little dance with me
As we pass away the time
Cause tomorrow there’ll be someone else
Waiting here in line

But don’t forget the seasons....

And I have come to love you
In each and every way
Even though I cannot be with you
That’s just no how it is

But I still take comfort
In your memory
Cause when I fly away in dreams
You’re waiting there for me

But don’t forget the seasons....


intro:
Am7 - Ef3(G) }all 3x
Ef1(F) - 52


verse:
A7f3(C7) - Am7f7(Em7long)
Ef1(F) - Am7 - E7f3(G7)


chorus:
Ef1(F) - 17.55.63(Glong)
Am7f7(Em7long) - Am7
Ef1(F) - Ef3(G)
Am7 - Am7f7(Em7long)
Ef1(F) - E7f3(G7)


copyright 2013 Robert Ben Mitchell, all rights reserved.
Track Name: Bliss
Bliss
03/21/11 - FtLd


Goin the round-a-round
You go around all day
Lookin for something
That you don’t know what it is

And you cannot find the feeling
That you’re trying to replace
So don’t ever let it slip away

Gettin the goin goin
Goes a long long way
Makin the motion
But you’re still in just one place

And you really should be speaking
To the one you cannot face
So don’t ever let it slip away

Holding the king of hearts
The queen will not obey
Saving the aces
Lets the joker rule instead

And it’s time to count the reasons
For the hands you did not play
So don’t ever let it slip away

Tippin the lights alights
A feeling that feels fake
Knowing too much is never
Worth the price you pay

So hold on to your ignorance
If bliss is what you crave
And don’t ever let it slip away


verse:
37.45.57- 32.42 - 52 - 45.54.65 (2x)


chorus:
42.53 - 35.44.55
52 - 45.54.65
33.42.53 - 47.56.67


intro/inter:
Em - 41.52 - 52
45.54.65
42.53 - 33.42.53
47.56.67


end:
C#m


copyright 2013 Robert Ben Mitchell, all rights reserved.
Track Name: Blue On Blue
Blue On Blue
02/05/14

Blue on blue
Who could I have ever told
About you
You were like a dream slowly unfolding
In heaven
But your were never
Someone I knew

Blue on blue
How could I have ever told
You all I felt
Longed to say
And I wanted to do
With you in heaven
But you were never
Someone I knew

Blue on blue
Who could I have ever told
Your eyes, your face, your lips
The things that only I could know
Here in heaven
But you were never
Someone I knew
Someone I knew
Here in heaven
Cause in heaven
There’s only you

chords:
25.34.46 - 34.46.55
25.36.46 - 36.45.54
33.44.54 - 37.47.59
39.49.57 - 25.34.46
39.49.57

end:
25.34.46 - 33.44.54
37.47.59 - 39.49.57
25.34.46 - 34.46.55
27.36.47
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Track Name: Button
Button (#326)
10/07/13 - FtLd


Whoever says they got it
Has gotten it all wrong
Whoever says they know it
Don’t know how wrong they’ve gone

They’re holding on to something
That won’t last very long
So push another button
And play another song

Yeah push another button
And play another song

Whoever says they have it
Hasn’t very long
Whoever says they own it
Really don’t belong

Cause if you have what you don’t own
Then you can’t tell right from wrong
So push another button
And play another song

Yeah push another button
And play another song

So if I say I got it
And that I know it too
And that I own what I have
You’ll know that I’m a fool

Cause everything is nothing
And nothing lasts too long
So push another button
And play another song

Yeah push another button
And play another song



verse:
34.46.55 - 33.45.54
33.42.53 - 32.41.52
36.46.55
34.46.55 - 33.45.54
33.42.53 - 32.41.52
39.411.511


chorus:
39.411.512 - 39.410.510
38.49.59 - 36.47.57
34.46.56
34.46.55 - 33.45.54
33.42.53 - 32.41.52
39.46.57
(all 2x)


end:
37.46.57 or Bar7+46


copyright 2013 Robert Ben Mitchell, all rights reserved.
Track Name: Call For Me
Call For Me
04/29/12 - FtLd


Call the doctor
I’m not standing on my feet
Call the preacher
I am sinking in the sheets

And I don’t want the devil
Playing for keeps
Call for me

Call the children
Call my banker call my boss
Get everything you can
Before it all gets lost

Cause I don’t care what happens
There ain’t nothing that I want
Call for me

This old world
Is like playing hide and seek
Cause everything I found
I found buried down so deep

So I’m getting rid of everything
That I don’t need
Call it what you want but baby
Call for me, call for me

(break)

Round up the river
Take the clouds down from the sky
Put the sun away
And tell the stars goodbye

Cause nothing means nothing
When time passes you by
Call for me

Cash your stocks and bonds
And throw your money down
Into that hole that you
Been digging in the ground

Cause what don’t grow on trees
Ain’t gonna keep you round
Call for me

This old life
Is like living in deceit
It never tells you how or what
Or who you gonna be

So the only thing, the only thing
That I really need
Is for you to pick up that phone and baby
Call for me, call for me


intro:
25.35.45 - 37.46.57


verse:
25.35.45
37.49.57 - 29.37.49
25.35.45 - 37.46.57


bridge:
310.412.512 - 37.49.57
210.39.410 - 25.35.45
310.412.512 - 37.49.57
210.39.410 - 29.37.49 - (37.46.57)


end:
37.46.57 - 29.37.49 - 27.36.47


copyright 2013 Robert Ben Mitchell, all rights reserved.
Track Name: Dreamed In A Dream
Dreamed In A Dream
06/17/12 - FtLd


I will whisper
In the morning
In the evening
Whenever I’m free

And I’ll listen
To the wind blow
And the sounds
Of the leaves in the trees

And I’ll wonder
Have you ever
Dreamed in a dream

And I’ll hold you
And I’ll know you
And before
I’ll set you free

I will give you
All the glory
Of being
Simply at ease

And I’ll wonder
Have you ever
Dreamed in a dream

In a world
Unconnected
How can you
Possibly see

And I wonder
Have you ever
Dreamed in a dream

So I’m giving
Up the meaning
Cause it’s no longer
Important to me

And I’m seeing
Just the being
That you
Are trying to be

And I wonder
Have you ever
Dreamed in a dream

Yeah I wonder
Have you ever
Dreamed in a dream


intro/bridge:
26.35.43 - 25.35.47
23.34.45.55 - 21.32.43.53
C+63 - G - C+60 - 45.55.63


verse:
23.42 - 23.42.53 - 52.63 - Ef1 (F)
42.53 - 37.46.57 - 35.47.57 - Ef1 (F)


chorus:
C+63 - G - C+60 - 45.55.63


end:
C+63 - G - C+60 - 45.55.63 - 25.45.53


copyright 2013 Robert Ben Mitchell, all rights reserved.
Track Name: End Of That Road
End Of That Road (2)
02/16/12 - FtLd

Time’s a keeper
Of everything it takes
Starts at forever
Then slowly starts to break
All of the promises
We promised to keep
And in the end you find
No time left to waste

And you are standing
Right next to me
Yet somehow you’re always
A million miles away
And it’s a long time coming
But such a short way to go
When you are standing at the
End of the road

And I somehow never
Find solid ground
To stand and build upon
A life that is my own
Cause time keeps pushing us
Farther down the road
Changing everything
The further down we go

And the rules are so simple
And the rules never change
And the rules always guarantee
Things remain the same
Cause it’s a long time coming
But such a short way to go
When you are standing at the
End of that road

(bridge)

And everything I’ve taken
I have given up again
But I just keep holding on
To anything I can
For reasons I never
Really understood
Questions no one’s answered
Cause no one ever could

And time has both seasons
To die and to grow
And it has so many ways
To tell me I don’t know
And it’s a long time coming
But such a short way to go
When you are standing at the
End of that road

Yeah it’s a long time coming
But such a short way to go
When you are standing at the
End of that road


chords:
34.46.57 - 27.37.45 - Amf4 (C#m) - Ef5 (A)
Ef7 (B) - 36.47.57 - Amf4 (C#m) - Ef5 (A)
34.46.57 - 27.37.45 - Amf4 (C#m) - Ef5 (A)
Ef7 (B) - 36.47.57 - Amf4 (C#m) - 27.35.47


bridge:
34.46.57 - 212.311.410 - 210.311.410
210.38.410 - 38.49.59


end:
Ef7 (B) - 27.37.45
27.35.47 - 38.49.59 - 34.46.57


copyright 2013 Robert Ben Mitchell, all rights reserved.
Track Name: I Was With You
I Was With You
08/20/12 - FtLd


I was with you
On that long
And stormy night

And I tried
So hard to tell you
That things weren’t working out

And I remember
I don’t know why
I remember you in the light

I remember
I don’t know why
How you stood there
And cried

And I held you
As I whispered
Everything would be alright

But you didn’t
Have to tell me
Cause I knew you knew I was lying

And I remember....

And we argued
Oh for hours
Never making any point

Trying
To hold onto
Something that wasn’t no more

And I remember....

Then the razor
Cut so swiftly
And the pills they fell so fast

As the car
If flew so quickly
And the trees moved in our path

And I remember....

And the lights
Were all around us
As you lay there in the grass

And the people
Passed so slowly
Saying rest in peace at last

And I remember....

I was with you
On that last
Long and lonely night


intro:
47.57.65 - verse2 - verse1


verse1:
26.36.47 - 25.36.45
25.45.57 - 25.45.54


verse2:
210.39.411 - 39.411.510
37.49.58 - 36.47.57


chorus:
210.39.47 - 28.37.45
37.47.59 - 36.47.57
210.39.47 - 28.37.45
37.47.55 - 47.57.65


end:
26.36.47 - 25.36.45
25.45.57 - Ef5 (A)


copyright 2013 Robert Ben Mitchell, all rights reserved.
Track Name: In The Night
In The Night - 2014 (#336)
01/14/14 - FtLd


The daylight is so heavy
It weighs me down
It tries to bend and break me
And it leads me on

But everything will seem so light
And everything will seem alright
When everything is in the night

The daylight is so scary
It screams and shouts
It tries to rip and tear me
And it leaves me in doubt

But everything will be so quiet
And everything will be alright
When everything is in the night

The daylight’s so unfriendly
It chases me around
It leaves me feeling empty
Without a single sound

But everything will be alright
Cause everything will settle down
When everything is in the...
Everything will seem so nice
Cause everything will be alright
When everything is in the night


verse:
37.45.57 - 36.45.57
39.47.59 - 38.47.59 (all 2x)


chorus:
47.59.68 44.56.65
37.45.57 - 36.45.57
47.59.68 - 49.59.67 - verse


copyright 2013 Robert Ben Mitchell, all rights reserved.
Track Name: It's All Right
It’s All Right


Looking for the answer
To a question we never heard
Oh baby ain’t it absurd
Trying to find something
That don’t exist
Don’t be surprised if we miss

But it’s all right
Yeah it’s okay
If we get lost
Along the way
Just hold on
To the night
Cause the morning’s
Round the corner
Shining bright - Shining bright
Shining bright

Who are you
Who am I
Try to find out
Before we die
Where you from
Oh where you going to
If I don’t give a damn
How the hell can you

But it’s all right
Yeah it’s okay
If we get lost
Along the way
Just hold on
To the night
Cause the morning’s
Round the corner
Shining bright - Shining bright
Shining bright

Run around
Waste some time
Try to be
What you’re not
When you can’t
No one cares
If you try
Be good
Oh be bad
Be happy
Laugh
Cry
Be sad
Get mad

But it’s all right
Yeah it’s okay
If we get lost
Along the way
Just hold on
To the night
Cause the morning’s
Round the corner
Shining bright - Shining bright
Shining bright


verse:
A - E - D - A - E (2x)


chorus:
A - E - Bm - D - E (2x)


copyright 2013 Robert Ben Mitchell, all rights reserved.
Track Name: It's So Hard
It’s So Hard
11/18/13

The giraffe walked down the aisle
Took the monkey by the hand
Said baby please help me
Cause I just don’t understand
It’s so hard
It’s so hard
It’s so hard

And the monkey took one look
Right in the giraffe’s eyes
Said I know just what you mean
Cause it just tears me up inside
It’s so hard
It’s so hard
It’s so hard

And I been to the mountain
The valley and the streams
I seen the changing of the seasons
And heard the falling of the trees
And it all just makes me wonder
Why why everything
It’s so hard

And the owl and the ostrich
They were flying overhead
They said babies don’t you worry
Cause it’s always been this way
It’s so hard
It’s so hard
It’s so hard

You can go to the moon
And take the stars down from the sky
Tell the clouds to go away
And the sun that it’s no longer required
But baby can you please just tell me
Why it’s your tears that make me cry
It’s so hard

And I will hold your hand
Until you say goodbye
But don’t you ever tell me no
When it says yes right in your eyes
Cause baby I need to know you’re there
Or you know surely I will die
It’s so hard

But the monkey kept right on walking
While the giraffe just stood and stared
Said baby where you going
But the monkey never said
It’s so hard
It’s so hard
It’s so hard

Cause I been to the mountain
The valley and the streams
I seen the changing of the seasons
And heard the falling of the trees
And it all just makes me wonder
Why why everything
It’s so hard
It’s so hard
It’s so hard
It’s so hard

verse:
34.46.57 (E) * - Amf4 (C#m)
Af2 (B) - 25.36.47 (A)
34.46.57 (E) *

chorus:
210.39.411 (A) - 39.411.512 (Adim)
34.46.57 (E) * - Af2 (B)
25.36.47 (A) - 34.46.57 (E) *

end:
38.49.59 - 36.47.57 - 34.46.57 (E)

* = alternate 34 with 30
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Track Name: It's Time To Go
It’s Time To Go
03/18/11 - FtLd


Thanks for everything
You’ve been so very nice
But now it’s time to go
And I’m takin your advice
So I’m leaving on the next train
And I won’t be comin back here no more

You were so good to me
In each and every way
But you can only be so nice
For just so many days
So I’m leaving on the next train
And I won’t be comin back here no more

You know your memory
Will stay here in my heart
But when it comes to you
I don’t need the other parts
So I’m leaving on the next train
And I won’t be comin back here no more

So keep that toilet down
And the toothpaste cap screwed on
You can have it any way you like
After I am gone
Cause I’m leaving on the next train
And I won’t be comin back here no more

And if lovin you was easy
How come it felt so hard
You know you turned from a Barbie doll
Into a firing sqaud
That’s why I’m leaving on the next train
And I won’t be comin back here no more

So thanks for everything
You’ve been so very nice
But now it’s time to go
And I’m takin your advice
So I’m leaving on the next train
And I won’t be comin back here no more
And I won’t be darkenin yo door no more


chords:
G long
32.41.52
Em
C
G
D - G
25.33.44 - 23.35.44


copyright 2013 Robert Ben Mitchell, all rights reserved.
Track Name: Light Up The Moon
Light Up The Moon
03/23/12 - FtLd


All the jackasses
Running for the shed
All the middle men
Spinning on their heads
And all the elephants
They fell down dead
Cause they said it was too soon

All the dixie daughters
Dancing in the street
All the daisy dukes
Champing at the bit
But who’s gonna tell you
That the shoe fit
When you’re spinning round the room

And there’s a time for the engine
And a time for the sail
A time for the hammer
And the time for the nail
But you can’t come back
If you don’t know how to bail
And you’re living in a typhoon

And there’s a reason to stay
And a reason to go
A reason to go fast
And a reason to go slow
But you better know when
To say hell no
Or you’re gonna light up the moon
Light up the moon

And Paul went right
And John went left
When the magic in the mystery
Was put to the test
While one flew over
The cuckoo’s nest
For breaking all the rules

And the lion in winter
Fell drunk down in the lane
When the president’s men
All went insane
As the titanic sank
While the fat lady sang
You better turn round you fools

And there’s a time for the engine....

(break)

And the river’s in the rock
And the rock is in the roll
And they’re rolling out the rockets
For the rocket men to go
And they’re going so fast
That no one knows
If they’re coming back again

And they’re digging down the line
And they’re digging up the mines
And they’re taking down the land
To take what they can find
But they ain’t leaving
Nothing good behind
So we better keep moving

And there’s a time for the engine....


Tune:
EADGBE -> EADGCC


Intro:
410.510.68
47.57.65 - 45.55.63 - 43.53.61 - 45.55.67


verse:
42.53.63 - 45.55.63 - 43.53.61 - 47.58.68 - 52.61
42.53.63 - 45.55.63 - 43.53.61 - 410.58.68 - 412.510.610


chorus:
22.32.42 - 45.55.63 - 43.53.61 - 410.58.610
42.53.63 - 45.55.63 - 43.53.61 - 49.510.610 - 410.510.68


break:
314.414.512 - 312.412.510 - 414.510.613 - 412.512. 610
410.58.610 - 312.412.510 - 410.58.610 - 49.510.610 - 410.510.68


end:
47.57.65 - 45.55.63 - 43.53.61 - 45.55.63
47.57.65 - 49.58.67 - 410.58.68 - 410.58.610 - 49.510.610 - 410.510.68


copyright 2013 Robert Ben Mitchell, all rights reserved.
Track Name: Little Boy Blues
Little Boy Blues
01/27/11 - FtLd


My daddy-o he loves me so
And his little girl know it’s so
Because he never does
The things he says he’ll do

He shouts, he hits and he roars
And tells my mamma she’s a whore
But he does it all
Just to help me know

That although he sure likes to yell
And makes our lives a living hell
Deep down inside
He’s always smiling at me

Cause everything he does by day
Is to make sure that we can stay
Together and be happy
All the time

And every night he comes around
To play the games that make no sound
That no one else
Knows we ever do

Oh my daddy-o he loves me so
And his little girl knows it’s so
Because he never does
The things he says he’ll do

Now other children like to play
Outside by the light of day
But I am not
Allowed to leave our home

Though my mother shouts that I should
My daddy vows I never will
Until the day
That I am fully grown

Cause the world is fully run by fools
Who are so pitiful and cruel
They will hurt you in
Each and every way

And though deep down I wish I could
My daddy yells I never should
Play with those who lie
And who betray

But at night when we’re all alone
My daddy makes me cry and moan
And promise that
I’ll do everything he says

Oh my daddy-o he loves me so
And his little girl knows it’s so
Because he never does
The things he likes to say

And if others should ever ask
I just turn and give them my back
To prying eyes that have
No right or place

Our lives they are our own
And I promised and I swore
That I’d do anything
My loving daddy said

So no one should ever know
What goes on in our home sweet home
Cause they’re too dumb
And full of jealousy

Yet somehow word gets around
And in the end it all comes down
To what it is
That you want to believe

But I’ll never let them see
How my daddy played with me
And the places where I bruised
And where I bleed

Oh my daddy-o he loves me so
And his little girl knows it’s so
Because of all the things
He said and did to me

Yet now I am all alone
Cause bad men came to our home
And took my daddy off
In tears and shame

And although it could be hard
I never wanted us to part
Cause love is always
Full of hurt and pain

Now they say I’ll never see
My daddy smiling down on me
To use me
And abuse my like a toy

But there’s still just one mystery
That somehow got away from me
And I need to know
To share my daddy’s joy

If he said in all the world
That I’m his only little girl
Why does everyone else say
I’m a little boy

Oh my daddy-o he loves me so
And I know that I’ll see him no more
Cause of what my daddy really did to me
What was it that he wanted me to be
What happens next when I am...
Daddy


verse:
28.49.57 - 45.54.65
47.56.67 - 28.49.57 (all 2x)


chorus:
45.54.65 - 47.56.67 (2x)
28.36.47 - 49.57.68 - 47.56.67


copyright 2014 Robert Ben Mitchell, all rights reserved.
Track Name: Louis On Hold
Louis On Hold
06/24/12


He gives it all away
Without any thought
For what he needs
Or what he wants to say
And no one hears the words
That he longs for them to know
It’s just Louis on hold
It’s just Louis on hold

He goes from day to day
Trying not to think about
The things he wish
Would go away
Too many people need him now
For him to have a say
It’s just Louis on hold
It’s just Louis on hold

But when does the child
Get to come out and play
Tell me Louis how will you know
Dear Louis when to let go

He sits and waits
For something that will change
And come to take away
All of his many sufferings
Why hold on to these things
That cause you oh so much pain
For Louis on hold
Just Louis on hold

But if one day the wind should blow in
Warmly from the west
To take away the little boy
And let the old man rest
Would all the years he never had
Finally come to pass
For Louis on hold
Dear Louis on hold

But when will the child
Ever come out to play
Tell me Louis would you want to know
Dear Louis it’s snowing don’t you know


verse:
23.32 - 23.32.53
23.52 - 23.51
D - 23.32.53
23.52 - 23.51
C(+60) - C+52 - C+51 - G
D - A7 - G
Amf2 (Bm) - A - G


bridge:
C(+60) - C+52 - C+51 - G
D - A7 - G
Amf2(Bm) - A - G


copyright 2013 Robert Ben Mitchell, all rights reserved.
Track Name: Magic Eyes
Magic Eyes
09/02/12 - FtLd


I can last the day
If the day lets me through
I can hold my own
Even when I let go too soon

I can shine a light
When the darkness closes in
And I can make a wave
That’ll ripple through your skin

And it’s the magic in your eyes
That makes me wanna live

I don’t have no answers
Just questions that I keep
But I can tell the time
Even sometimes in my sleep

And I can smell the river
Even after its run dry
And I can touch the heavens
Just being by your side

And it’s the magic in your eyes
That makes me wanna cry

I can be forever
Or maybe just a day
I can be the one and only
Or the one who got away

I can take a moment
And make it last a year
I can hold your hand
And take away the fear

And it’s the magic in your eyes
That makes me want you near

I can find a diamond
In the lost and the lame
I can hear the buddha
Singing in the pouring rain

And I can feel each breath
As it comes and goes away
And I can feel you move in me
When there’s nothing left to say

And it’s the magic in your eyes
That makes me wanna stay


intro/end:
Glong (17.55.63)
212.314.414 - 210.39.47
37.45.57 - 35.45.53 - chorus


verse1:
23.42.53 - 42.53.63
33.52.63 - 32.41.52
25.45.53 - 35.45.53
45.55.63 - 47.56.67


verse2:
49.57.68 - 312.412.510
312.414.515 - 312.411.512
212.314.414 - 210.39.47
37.45.57 - 36.45.54

chorus:
23.52.63 - Am7 - C+63 - Glong (17.55.63)


copyright 2013 Robert Ben Mitchell, all rights reserved.
Track Name: No More
No More
05/02/11 - FtLd


Woke up this morning
With the bookie in my hand
I had the numbers
Take me to the promised land
But the numbers all ran backwards
And I was out ten grand
Ain’t gonna play that game no more

Went to the casino
To spin that wheel around
I marked all red
And I laid my money down
But the numbers all came black
Like a cloud over a clown
Ain’t gonna play that game no more

Went downtown
Looking for a job
Filled out some forms
And then filled out some more
They said don’t call us, we’ll call you
If it’s your lucky star
Ain’t gonna play that game no more

Went to the local bar
To wipe away my blues
Talk with the hookers
And have a drink or two
But two led to three and four
And I threw up on my shoes
Ain’t gonna play that game no more

Went to see my baby
To try and get ahead
But she was off with someone else
Sleeping in their bed
And all she left me was note
And you know just what it said
Ain’t gonna play that game no more

Went to find jesus
Cause I needed a friend
To see if he could tell me
How all of this would end
But jesus said all that we got here
Is some wine and bread
Ain’t gonna play that game no more

Then jesus looked at me and said
You’d be better off dead
Ain’t gonna play that game no more


chords:
G - 33.42.53
Ef3 (G) - Amf3 (Bm)
Em - 32.41.52 - 33.42.53
A7+23 - A7
C - D
G - D


bridge:
49.57.68 - 47.56.77
28.49.57 - 28.36.47
C - D - G - D


copyright 2014 Robert Ben Mitchell, all rights reserved.
Track Name: Old Miller Creek
Old Miller Creek (Smoke & Fire) (#315)
06/26/13 - FtLd


Everyone just stood around and prayed
When Martha said they come
And they took it all away
That’s how it comes and goes
When nothing goes your way
I guess

Living up on Old Miller Creek
Ain’t the kinda place you want
It’s the kinda place you seek
When there ain’t nothing left to do
And nothing left to keep
Or show

But one day
I surely will know

Had a farm
Built a cottage and small barn
Found a horse that was lame
And taught it how to walk again
Plowed a field, sowed some rows
Grew my meals and so it goes
Or so they say

But had a past
That I thought I left behind
And when the sheriff he showed up
You know he really didn’t mind
That it wasn’t me that he found
So he burnt everything
To the ground

But on day I surely will know
If the smoke and fire
Helps you grow

(break)

Martha turned and said
It’s really not your fault
You can’t keep the world from being
What it really oughta not
So let’s pick up what we can
And find another place
To go

And as I watched the tears
Dry upon her face
I knew somehow that we’d get by
And make it through another day
It’s just a matter of, a matter of
Keeping faith

But one day
I surely will know
If the smoke and fire
Helps you grow
Cause I could never make it
On my own


verse:
28.30.45.57 - 27.30.45.55
25.30.45.53 - 23.30.45.52
22.30.45.50 - 30.410.510.68
30.45.55.63


chorus:
Ef5 - C+63 - 30.45.55.63


alternate pick 2 outer then 2 inner strings


copyright 2013 Robert Ben Mitchell, all rights reserved.
Track Name: Penny Picture Frame
Penny Picture Frame (#308)
12/31/12 - FtLd


Snow on the sidewalk
And the moon is on the shelf
The night has just begun
As the terrors start to yell

And it’s a shame
It always starts the same
So can you hear the mad dogs
Howling in the rain
As they’re barking in
A penny picture frame

Loose fit lightening
It brings a building down
And it tumbles all around you
As you ride the merry-go-round

And it’s a shame
That nothing else remains
As the mad dogs howl
Standing in the rain
So can you hear them barking
In a penny picture frame

Nine inch nails
In a ten penny hat
They start to rattle roundly
As if to kill the cat

And it’s a shame
It starts all over again
With the mad dogs always
Howling in the rain
While they’re barking in
A penny picture frame

And I think that
This will be the end


chords:
Amf4 - Af3
16.55.63 - 36.45.57
Af3 - 16.55.63
49.57.68 - 47.56.67
28.49.57 - 28.36.47
49.57.68 - 49.59.67 - 36.47.57


end:
49.57.68 - 49.59.67 - 45.54.65
36.45.57 - Af3 - 16.55.63


copyright 2014 Robert Ben Mitchell, all rights reserved.
Track Name: Pillow
Pillow
03/20/14 - for Lou Rawls

I could love you in a minute
I could love you in a day
I could love you when you’re in it
Or when you’re far away

I could love you at the seaside
Or sitting by a well
I could love you when you’re here
Or when you say farewell

But love ain’t nothing special
It’s just another reason not to say goodbye
So hold onto your pillow
And try not to cry

I could love you in the moonlight
Or running through the rain
I could love you just listening
To everything you’re saying

I could love you in a mansion
Or in a shack so far away
I could love you every minute
Of each and every day

But love ain’t nothing special....

verse:
17.37.45 - 19.39.47
39.47.58 - 37.45.57
35.44.55 - 37.46.57
17.37.45 - 37.46.57

chorus:
38.47.58 - 37.46.57
19.39.47 - 39.47.59
35.44.55 - 37.46.57
17.37.45 * - 37.46.57

end:
(from *) - 35.44.55 - 38.47.58
37.46.57 - 17.37.45 - 19.39.47
38.47.58 - 37.46.57 - 19.39.47

tune:
EADGBE to EADGCC
.
Track Name: Poor Poor Peter
Poor Poor Peter
05/10/11 - Ft Ld


Crossed the mississippi
A boxcar for a home
Lay down in the valley
Where so many souls have gone before

And poor poor peter
The jasmine still blooms in the spring
But I’m down here in the station
Just listening to the whistles sing

Take away the river
Take away the sand
Leave behind the winter
Leave behind the man

And pour me a river
Of whiskey and champagne
For I’m down here in the station
Just trying to find a train

(break)

And if I had some money
Yeah if I had some gold
I’d buy me a locket
To keep me from the cold

And the pouring rain
Makes the jasmine bloom once again
And poor poor peter
He’s on that last train


verse:
Am7 - Ef1 (F)
21.32.61 (Dm) - Ef3 (G)
Am7 - Ef1 (F)
Amf5 (Dm) - 37.46.57 (E)


chorus:
Bar8+47 (F) - 37.46.57 (E)
25.36.46 (A) - Ef1 (F)
21.32.61 (Dm) - Glong (17.55.63)
Bar5+44 (D) - 37.46.47 (E)


end:
Am7 - Ef1 (F)
21.32.61 (Dm) - 37.46.57 (E)


copyright 2014 Robert Ben Mitchell, all rights reserved.
Track Name: Sail Away
Sail Away (a retread of Randy Newman's classic)
dedicated to the 2011 Occupy movement
10/19/11 - FtLd


In America we are raised on dreams
Work hard, play fair and you will see
Then why did all those companies
Do what they did to you and me

Sail away, sail away
We will cross the mighty ocean
To the Charleston Bay
Sail away, sail away
We will cross the mighty ocean
To the Charleston Bay

Go to school then university
Work 9 to 5, 5 days a week
Until one day you come to see
A pink slip change your reality

Sail away, sail away
We will cross the mighty ocean
To the Charleston Bay
Sail away, sail away
We will cross the mighty ocean
To the Charleston Bay

In America everyone is free
To fall down into poverty
You can work hard all day for a little pay
And never have any security

Sail away, sail away
We will cross the mighty ocean
To the Charleston Bay
Sail away, sail away
We will cross the mighty ocean
To the Charleston Bay

So, in America we still have a dream
That one day we’ll get back all the things
That matter the most of all to us
Like justice and equality

Sail away, sail away
We will cross the mighty ocean
To the Charleston Bay
Sail away, sail away
We will cross the mighty ocean
To the Charleston Bay


verse:
G - C - G - D (2x)


chorus:
G - C - G - Bm - D
G - C - G - Am - D - G


end:
G long - Em long - C high - G long


copyright 2014 Robert Ben Mitchell, all rights reserved.


Personal Note: PS - I wrote Sail Away, a retread of the Randy Newman classic, for Occupy Fort LauderdaLe in 2011. I recorded a live album - Towne Crier - for Occupy Fort Lauderdale on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, 2011, on the Fort Lauderdale City Hall Plaza in front of the Fort Lauderdale City Hall. Sail Away is on that album, and a free download of the album or its individual tracks are available at:

http://occupyfortlauderdale.bandcamp.com/
Track Name: Scary Mother Blues
Scary Mother Blues (#334)
12/10/13 - FtLd


Scary mother hobbles on
To get along her way
So many folks to scare
But just so much time each day

And it’s not enough to scare them
They gotta want it too
That’s why scary mother sings the
Scary mother blues

Scary mother wonders
What’s the reason why
She should scare anyone
When no one really like

To be scared, be in fear
But that’s what scary mothers do
So scary mother sings the
Scary mother blues

(break)

Scary mother leaves a mark
A mark upon your heart
Takes away our innocence
Then leaves you in the dark

You struggle to get out
But there ain’t nothing you can do
Whenever scary mother sings the
Scary mother blues

(break then 1st verse and 1st chorus)


verse:
38.45.57


chorus:
28.35.47
38.45.57
27.38.49
28.35.47 - 38.45.57


copyright 2014 Robert Ben Mitchell, all rights reserved.
Track Name: She
She (#340)
03/13/14 - FtLd


She gets her hair done
Washed, set and dried
But she don’t know why

She puts her dress on
Perfume, not too much, just right
But she don’t know why

Drives to the local bar, parks her car
Goes inside
But she don’t know why

Thinks he’s kinda cute
And hopes that maybe he’s real nice
But she don’t know why

Everything is such a mystery
In her life
It’s all right

She lets him buy her drinks
Lets him buy her all night
But she don’t know why

Plays a few games of pool
But all she sees are his eyes
But she don’t know why

Lets him take her out to his car
And lay her down inside
But she don’t know why

Then watches him drive off
Without even so much as a goodbye
And she don’t know why

She breaks down on her knees
As she starts to cry
It’s all right


tune:
EADGBE to EADGCC


intro:
Ef1 - Ef3 - 47.57.65 - Ef3
Ef1 - Ef3 - 47.57.65 - 37.46.57


verse:
Ef1 - Ef3 - 31.53 - 22.32.42 - 32.42


chorus:
Ef1 - 31.53 - 22.32.42 - 32.42
Ef3 - 42.53.63 - 37.46.57


bridge:
Ef1 - Ef3 - 47.57.65 - 49.58.67
410.510.68 - 410.58.610 - 49.58.610
37.46.57 (end)


copyright 2014 Robert Ben Mitchell, all rights reserved.
Track Name: The Dissident Song
The Dissident Song
05/13/12 - FtLd


Where are you running to
Who have you become
Why are you hiding here
What have you done

All the policemen
Tell the children to sing
And everything
Remains the same

Why did you tell the truth
When you knew the lies
And now that you let it go
How will you get by

All the policemen
Tell the children to sing
And everything
Remains unchanged

When did you raise you hand
To strike a blow
Who paid the price for you
And who got the gold

All the policemen
Tell the children to sing
And everything
Remains in chains

So fly to a foreign land
Some place far away
And try to imagine who
Will take your place

All the policemen
Tell the children to sing
And everything
Remains the same

Everything remains the same


verse:
11.21.22.40 (Dm) - 10.23.32.43
Ef6 (A#) - Ef5 (A)


chorus:
10.211.310.48 - 210.39.47.50
Amf5 (Dm) - Ef3 (G)
Ef6 (A#) - Ef5 (A)


end:
Ef3 (G) - Ef1 (F) - Ef5 (A)
11.21.22.40 (Dm) - 10.23.32.43
10.211.310.49 - 210.39.48.50


copyright 2013 Robert Ben Mitchell, all rights reserved.
Track Name: The Martin
The Martin
01/11/11 - FtLd


The Martin was blackened by steel
20,000 tons from top deck to keel
Her holds were laden and sealed
To take care

They left from the port of Nanglay
Bound for ten calls in forty-nine days
With a crew of fourteen and a cargo
For which they would slave

They rounded the horn in the junes
The storms lifted and spooned
Turn round to starboard
And breached by the crest of a gail

They clamored and clung to the rails
The bell tolled out the score
The breach measured forty or more
On the swail

They turned back the screws on the nine
Let the block and the tackle go blind
Swing out the oars and call time
If you dare

And the hatches were battened and sealed
But the bulwarks gave way to the keel
And she lifted and buckled mid-steel
On the line

And the fires below burn no more
And the shovels all lay on the floor
As her coal dust washed upon shore
Everywhere

The Martin was blackened by steel
20,000 tons from top deck to keel
It was nineteen-o-ten
And her crew has not left her
Since then


intro:
Af7 - 27.38.49 - 25.36.47
A - A7 - A7+23
E - Ef7 - Ef5 (2x)


verse:
Amf4 - Ef7 - Ef5 (3x then intro)


copyright 2013 Robert Ben Mitchell, all rights reserved.
Track Name: The Sanity Song
The Sanity Song
09/26/86 - WPB, FL


hey
what you lookin' for
something lost long before
there was anyone
around to ignore you
but do you think you'll find it
i think you should never mind
it's gone away
it's gone away

and if it's love
who cares
and if it's life
i dare anyone
to hold on for long
cause once it's gone
it won't return
your only chance
is to learn
no to
hold on too strong

as days turn into years
thoughts they disappear
and soon you realize
you cannot find it
but don't you fear
it's still standing there
right in front of you
it's just that you're blinded

so carry on
in the search among
the corners of your mind
that are waiting
for their chance
to comfort you
insanity is not
cruel enough
for you to fight it

but as you turn away
remember what i say
i am not
trying to deny it
for one day i too will be
questioning my sanity
in the hopes
that i can find it

so hey
what you lookin' for
something lost long before
there was anyone
around to ignore you
but do you think you'll find it
i think you should never mind
it's gone away
it's gone away
for good


chords:
D
D+10
D+10.53
23.52
23.51
Em
G
D
A7+23
A7


copyright 2014 Robert Ben Mitchell, all rights reserved.

personal note: I wrote this for my grandfather when he got senile dementia from Alzheimer's. I played it for him once. After I was done he looked up and said, "That was nice. Who are you?" I never saw him again.
Track Name: We Are The Ones
We Are The Ones
03/09/11 - for Frank Buckles (02/01/01 to 02/27/11)
The Last U.S. Veteran of WWI

The war ended in 1918
But no soldier was paid for his deeds
So we marched for what we were due
In July of 1932

Now we’re building a line
From Boston to Key West and beyond
We’re the ones

But Franklin would never give in
So he sent MacArthur, Eisenhower and Patton
To march down on Washington DC
And kill their own men down there in the streets

So we’re building a line
From Boston to Key West and beyond
We’re the ones

Yet Eleanor would not remain
She sided with the slain veterans
So Flagler worked us in the C.C.C.
And sent us down to the Florida Keys

Where we’re building a line
From Boston to Key West and beyond
We’re the ones

Then came the hurricane of 1935
The third strongest ever measured alive
And Flagler was rescued in time
But they left hundreds of us there to die

Cause we’re building a line
From Boston to Key West and beyond
We’re the ones

Now you’ve earned your pay when you’re through
But the boss man still makes the rules
And you’ll never see one single dime
Til the boss man tells you that it’s time

verse:
23.52 - 23.42 - 42.53 - 25.45.53
28.49.57 - 27.47.55 - 25.45.53
(all 2x)

chorus:
G+10 - 25.45.53
35.44.55 - 33.42.53
G+10 - 25.45.53 - D

inter:
1 verse sequence (no vocals)
.
Track Name: What If Harry Potter Were A Pothead
What If Harry Potter Were A Pothead (#354)
11/28/14 - Ft Ld


What if Harry Potter were a pothead
Lighting up a doobie with his wand
What if Harry Potter were a pothead
Maybe he and Voldemort would get along

Woud you could you should you read that story
Or would you simply say that it was wrong

What if Batman and Robin they were potheads
Sliding down those poles every night
What if Batman and Robin they were potheads
With eyes only for each other in those tights

Woud you could you should you read that story
Or would you run away in dread and fright

What if Barbie Doll was a pregnant pothead
Sleeping round the toy box every night
What if Barbie Doll was a pregnant pothead
Was it Woodie or Buz Lightyear she enticed

Woud you could you should you read that story
Or would you simply say it was not right

What if Hillary Clinton was a pothead
Running round the White House in the nude
What if Hillary Clinton was a pothead
Would you vote for her or would you say that’s rude

Woud you could you should you read that story
Or would you simply say “No way dude!”

What if Vladimir Putin was a pothead
With his finger on the button night and day
What if Vladimir Putin was a pothead
Do you think the way he rides that horse is kinda gay

Would you could you should you read that story
Or would you simply say “No way, Jose!”

What if George Bush Jr. was a pothead
Oh wait! He is!

(break)


So what if Harry Potter were a pothead
Lighting up a doobie with his wand
What if Harry Potter were a pothead
Maybe he and Voldemort could share a bong

Woud you could you should you read that story
Or would you simply say that it was wrong

Would you could you should you read that story
Or would you could you should you sing along


verse:
C - G - G - C

chorus:
F - C - G - C
Track Name: When The Circus Comes To Town
When The Circus Comes To Town


When the circus comes to town
Everybody gather round
Don’t you want to go
See the fat man and the queen
And the bearded lady sing
Oh I just don’t know

When the circus comes to town
Everybody lays it down
Says come on with the show
See the man who eats the flames
And the lady without shame
Tattooed head to toe

And if you wanna laugh awhile
And feel what it’s like to smile
We got what you’re looking for
But if you think it’s all the same
And nobody feels the pain
Well that just ain’t so

Cause we’ll let you have your fun
At our expense
Don’t be dumb
We don’t cry no more
And when you go away
It’s just another day
Just one more show
Just one show more

So when the circus comes to town
Set it up then tear it down
That’s life on the road
The wagon wheels they roll the miles
With the boxes piled high
It’s a heavy load

And the cages hold the eyes
Of the animals that cry
Dear God I’m a slave
Hey mister won’t you please
Open up this door and let me free
Out of this cage

And the people stare and stop
They throw popcorn, they throw taunts
And say oh daddy look there
But the lion with a tear
Says little girl now don’t be scared
I’ll never get out of here

But the people cannot see
The pain on which they feed
Though it’s crystal clear
And I am one of those
Whose life is but a joke
But I still care
Yeah I still care

So when the circus comes to town
clap your hands and jump around
Let’s get on with the show
Make ‘em laugh and make ‘em scream
Let ‘em cry and let ‘em dream
And they’ll lay down the dough

And if someone says hey freak
When I see you I get sick
You should be put away
I just smile and say hey man
Won’t you please come back again
Into my world my way

Why you think it’s such great fun
To look at us then run
Back to your world I don’t know
You’re happy you’re not one of us
Cause we’re the ones who must
Be so sad and oh so cold

But my friend you know it’s true
That I wouldn’t want to be like you
Though you think I’m the one
Cause it’s the freak who stops and stares
And sees a soul but doesn’t care
You’ve missed all my love
You’ve missed all my love

So when the circus comes to town
Everybody gather round
Don’t you want to go
See the man who eats the flames
And the lady without shame
Tattooed head to toe

Yeah when the circus comes to town
Everybody lays it down
Says come on with the show
See the fat man and the queen
And the people without dreams
Oh I just don’t know
No I just don’t know


chords:
C+23 - G
F - G
C - G

C+23
G - F
G - C

F - G
C - F
G - C

F - G
C - F
G - Dm
G - C - G


copyright 2014 Robert Ben Mitchell, all rights reserved.
Track Name: Why Do I
Why Do I
07/09/12 - FtLd


The dreams I am dreaming
Are the ones I dreamed oh so long ago
And they call out to me of an untold story
And of everything I still need to know

And the sea comes to me slowly
And the desert leaves me far behind
But I want to find the place where I am only
Trying not to try
Why do I
Why do I

It seems things have come to only
Be the things we thought that they would always be
But that means that I have been only
Seeing things in ways that only I can see

And the sea comes to me slowly....

And all of these feelings that I’m holding
Like the leaves that never fall down in the snow
Have become reminders of the morning
When I wake to find how far I’ve got to go

And the sea comes to me slowly....


verse:
38.46.57 - 25.36.46
36.46.54 - 29.39.49
(all 2x)


chorus:
29.39.49 - 25.35.45
38.46.57 - 25.36.46
36.46.54 - 34.44.52
Am7
25.34.45.53
27.36.47


end:
29.39.49


copyright 2013 Robert Ben Mitchell, all rights reserved.

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