A Simple Plan

by Robin Tymm

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about

This is the first one.
I'd had songs for ages....and I'd sent off a CD to a friend of my brother's who was a producer...he said a lot of nice things but also questioned why I didn't try to do something with it....so I thought I'd have a go at recording an album, strangely choosing none of the songs on the CD I'd sent off.
When you don't know what you're doing, or how long it should take to do stuff, it's pretty liberating...this was recorded in about 10 days over Xmas 2003, and mixed in about 30 minutes in the New Year.
Yes, there a whole load of things I hate about it, but that's balanced by the energy and naivety that I fail to get these days.
The whole thing has been mastered in 2014...not re-mastered because it was never really mastered in the first place...and not re-mixed at all, so the vocals are still a bit too low.

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released June 30, 2004

all instruments - robin tymm

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Track Name: Helping Hand
I’ll tell you something you should know
The parts don’t add up to the whole
Right here, right now
Is all there is to understand
And I’m holding out a helping hand

Her eyes were shining like the sun
I spoke of what we’d left undone
I’ll take the skies
You can keep the seas and lands
Just keep holding out a helping hand

CHORUS
I’m going home
This island life is not for me
I’m cut and dried
Without a hint of mystery
At night I dream of being carried out to sea

That my heart fails is no surprise
I ran my race this was my prize
Your careless words
Are causing more harm than was planned
Just keep holding out a helping hand

CHORUS
I’m going home
This island life is not for me
I’m cut and dried
Without a hint of mystery
At night I dream of being carried out to sea

© 1995 Robin Tymm
Track Name: Going Nowhere Fast
Going nowhere fast
Not one for turning back
I'll make this trip in record time
Oh, you know that it's just like me
Hell-bent on misery
I'm all fast-forward and no rewind
This self-destructive urge
A poisoned spell
A fearful curse
Who knows how long these things may last
Going nowhere fast

Going nowhere fast
The point of no return has passed
I had my chance a long, long time ago
I'm a lost and a hopeless case
It's a crying shame, it's a fucking waste
So tell me something I don't already know
And just how long is not quite clear
It's days and weeks
And months and years
The ending's set in stone and the die is cast
Going nowhere fast

Going nowhere fast
Not one for turning back
I'll make this trip in record time
Oh, you know that it's just like me
Hell-bent on misery
I'm all fast-forward and no rewind
The city stretches out below
This window ledge on the fifteenth floor
As I step out the crowd lets out a gasp
Going nowhere fast
Going nowhere fast

© 2001 Robin Tymm
Track Name: Something
I’m coming to see you, I’ll say that I miss you
And all of those things I never said
It’s not for the first time that this conversation’s
Been going around and around in my head
You’re at the end of the road
And now you’re thinking of jumping
I’m here to talk you down though I don’t know what to say
Guess I’ll think of something

I’m coming to see you, did you think I’d leave you?
High on a wire and out in the cold
What type of journey has this destination?
What in the world has left you so low?
You’re at the end of the road
They say you’re thinking of jumping
I’m here to talk you down though I don’t know what to say
Guess I’ll think of something

CHORUS
Something to help you through tonight
Something to think of when you’re blue
Something to hold when you get lonely
And you don’t know what to do

I’m coming to see you, I’ll say that I miss you
And all of those things I never said
It’s not for the first time that this conversation’s
Been going around and around in my head
You’re at the end of the rope
And now you’re thinking of jumping
I’m here to talk you down though I don’t know what to say
Hope I’ll think of something

CHORUS
Something to help you through tonight
Something to think of when you’re blue
Something to hold when you get lonely
And you don’t know what to do

© 2003 Robin Tymm
Track Name: See You Again
All you left me were those ten days in June
By so fast, they were gone too soon
Now you're leaving though you only just arrived
When you're gone I don't know how I’m gonna get by

CHORUS
I cannot believe that I won't see you again
No, I cannot believe that I won't see you again

Tomorrow came, the world did not end
The sun came up then went right back down again
I guess the same thing's gonna happen every day
Can’t help thinking things were meant to be this way

CHORUS
I cannot believe that I won't see you again
No, I cannot believe that I won't see you again

BRIDGE
I don't know if I could've loved you
'Cause you were gone before I had a chance to really make up my mind
But you know that I would've tried

All you left me were those ten days in June
By so fast, they were gone too soon
Now you're leaving though you only just arrived
When you're gone I don't know how I will survive

CHORUS
I cannot believe that I won't see you again
No, I cannot believe that I won't see you again

BRIDGE
I don't know if I could've loved you
'Cause you were gone before I had a chance to really make up my mind
But you know that I would've tried

© 2003 Robin Tymm
Track Name: Baby In The Park
You know I like walking and talking
With my baby in the park
She makes it feel like the sun’s shining down on me
Even in the dark
I wanna hold her hand and tell her that I love her
And we’ll never be apart
Oh you know I like walking and talking
With my baby in the park

BRIDGE
Well she swore she’d love me
‘Til the end of time
And I swore I’d love her too
And she promised to be faithful
Stay only mine
And I said, “If I’m gonna give my heart
I’m gonna give it all to you”

Well we had some crazy dreams
Walking with my baby through the night
We knew of all the wrongs in the world
But our love was strong enough to make them right
And if some things don’t work out like I planned
I sure as hell ain’t gonna be asking why
Oh I’ll say we had some crazy dreams
Walking with my baby through the night

© 1987 Robin Tymm
Track Name: Want You Back
She got up and she left me without a word
She’s heading off when there’s a change in the weather
Flying south to a warmer land
Falling asleep holding another man’s hand
And girl I can’t forgive you for that but I want you back, yeah

Optimism is misery, it always gets me down
Look on the black side, that way things can only get better
And maybe if I’d thought about it long enough
I’d find a reason to believe you hadn’t wasted all my love
There’s not too many chances of that but I want you back

CHORUS
I want you back baby, can I forget, maybe
I’m overboard and you’re the only one to save me
The telephone is calling, I get so lonely darling
And I don’t know what I gonna do, what I’m gonna do

Well I wish that I could close my eyes and gently float downstream
And when I wake up in the morning I’ve forgotten everything
And what was broken can begin to mend
And though it might take twenty years
I’ll learn to be myself again, be myself again
But for now there’s no avoiding the fact that I want you back, yeah

CHORUS
I want you back baby, can I forget, maybe
I’m overboard and you’re the only one ‘round here to save me
The telephone is calling, I get so lonely darling
And I don’t know what I’m gonna do
What I’m gonna do, what I’m gonna do

© 1990 Robin Tymm
Track Name: Taken For A Ride
I was hitching for a lift ‘long a lonely country road
Wasn’t having too much luck, Lord I was hungry, I was cold
From over the horizon came a reason to believe
There might be a God in heaven, might be watching over me
I said, "How far are you going?", as I looked into her eyes
She said, "Son, you're just a passenger I’m taking for a ride"

I was sleeping in my hotel room; they're knocking down my door
Someone screaming something 'bout me breaking local law
It must have crossed my mind but it was useless to resist
Shone their torches in my eyes and slapped their handcuffs on my wrists
At the car he pushed my head down and he made me get inside
Wanted answers to some questions so they took me for a ride

CHORUS
I’ve been taken for a ride
And I took the long way home
Guess I’m on the road less travelled
'Cause I like to walk alone
And I lie awake and wonder
'Bout that feeling deep inside
Chances are I've just been taken for a ride

I had myself a pretty girlfriend that I just adored
Used to buy her lots of presents that I could not afford
My best friend called to say she's cheating, I'm glad my best friend phoned
He said she'd leave me when she'd taken everything I owned
Then it hit me like a left hook, right then I realised
Don’t you put you trust in anything, you'll just get taken for a ride

CHORUS
I’ve been taken for a ride
And I took the long way home
Guess I’m on the road less travelled
'Cause I like to walk alone
And I lie awake and wonder
'Bout that feeling deep inside
Chances are I've just been taken for a ride
Chances are I've just been taken for a ride

© 1988/12th November 2011 Robin Tymm
Track Name: You & Me
You and me, plain to see
Can’t deny, meant to be
Don’t start a fight, don’t disagree
You and me

Played in time, kept the beat
Sang along in harmony
It’s the same old song, a brand new key
You and me, you and me

BRIDGE
Love’s a mighty big word
Don’t let’s get carried away, carried away
Perhaps you might have misheard
Sometimes the meaning gets blurred
And I forget what to say

You and me, who are we
To fight against this destiny?
The pieces fit so perfectly
You and me, you and me

BRIDGE
Love’s a mighty big word
Don’t let’s get carried away, carried away
Perhaps you might have misheard
Sometimes the meaning gets blurred
And I forgot what I was trying to say

You and me, plain to see
Can’t deny, meant to be
Don’t start a fight, don’t disagree
You and me, you and me

© 2001 Robin Tymm
Track Name: Up The Wall
I wish you’d just say what you mean
You play with words but you’re just playing with me
Your calculations make me scream
You push that button and I’m self-destructing and it drives me…

CHORUS
Up the wall
Gonna sit on the ceiling, stare at the floor
I’m going up the wall
Now with gravity gone got no reason to fall

You keep me locked up in my room
Sometimes the outside world looks so exciting
Incarceration came too soon
I can’t help thinking ‘bout the might-have-beens and it drives me...

CHORUS
Up the wall
Gonna sit on the ceiling, stare at the floor
I’m going up the wall
Now with gravity gone got no reason to fall

I can’t forgive and I can’t forget
All these thoughts running through my head
I’ve a notion I once knew which way to turn
Well, I heard it in a song, I read it in a book
I can’t escape this feeling like I’m falling out of love

And it drives me, yeah, it drives me

CHORUS
Up the wall
Gonna sit on the ceiling, stare at the floor
I’m going up the wall
Now with gravity gone got no reason to fall, no reason at all

© 1997 Robin Tymm
Track Name: A Simple Plan
Was a simple plan
Wrote it out on the palm of my hand
Gonna take what I got
Gonna make what I can
Was a beautiful, blue sky
Lay on my bed
Let the world pass me by
And I’m used to darker days
But they never crossed my mind

CHORUS
Do you feel like your better days have passed
And you’re running out of time?
You’ll never make a moment last
There’s a flaw in the design

On some exotic foreign shore
I’ve got a beer and my guitar
Would it be wrong to hope for more?
It’s been so long since I knew love
Is this a pain I must endure?

CHORUS
Do you feel like your better days have passed
And you’re running out of time?
You’ll never make a moment last
There’s a flaw in the design

CHORUS
Do you feel like your better days have passed
And you’re running out of time
You’ll never make a moment last
There’s a flaw
There’s a flaw in the design

© 2001 Robin Tymm