Fatal Flaw

by Robin Tymm

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Album #5.....this one's got more bells and whistles on it than the others....too much time on my hands, and new equipment are too blame....recorded at the end of a 2 year sabbatical, before the money ran out!

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released June 10, 2008

Robin Tymm - all instruments
Beth Burrows - harmony vocals

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Track Name: Big Sky
Oh, no...I didn’t see the future coming
Don’t go...I’m falling through the cracks
Move slow...can anybody tell me where’d the time go?
And is it coming back?

Tick tock...I’m taunted by a second-hand that
Won’t stop...I’m trying ev’rything
Wake up...the devil hides inside of my alarm clock
Deciding when to ring

CHORUS
Big sky...I’m standing underneath the heavens
Black night...is brighter than the day
Starlight...that taken many years to reach us
Don’t look to be so far away

Bad dream...one more night of sleep escapes me
Morning...another empty bed
Lonely...if only for a moment but it leaves me
Messed up in the head

REPEAT CHORUS

I’m in....the outer reaches of my understanding
I know the universe is still expanding
But my world’s getting smaller ev’ry day

Oh, no...I didn’t see the future coming

Move slow...can anybody tell me where’d the time go?
It’s never coming back

REPEAT CHORUS

© 2007 Robin Tymm
19th August 2007
Track Name: Freedom
It’s been decided
Might seem a touch misguided
But tomorrow I am turning myself in
I’ve seen it coming
I have dreamed that I stopped running
Time to face the consequences of my sins

CHORUS
Take my guitars ‘cause I won’t need ‘em
Last day of freedom, I’m going back to jail
And keep my songs I’ll never sing them
They don’t mean a thing when I’m in a prison cell

Serve out my sentence
But refuse to show repentance
Sold my liberty as payment for my crimes
Made my reservation
I’ll accept incarceration
Where the only thing I can’t escape is time

REPEAT CHORUS

Four plain concrete walls and a bolted metal door
Could never hold me if I’d even half a mind
But I tried it once before, I could not outrun the law
And I’ve used up all the places I can hide

REPEAT CHORUS
In a prison cell
In a prison cell

© 2007 Robin Tymm
14th September 2007
Track Name: Shorter Fatter
It’s been decided
Might seem a touch misguided
But tomorrow I am turning myself in
I’ve seen it coming
I have dreamed that I stopped running
Time to face the consequences of my sins

CHORUS
Take my guitars ‘cause I won’t need ‘em
Last day of freedom, I’m going back to jail
And keep my songs I’ll never sing them
They don’t mean a thing when I’m in a prison cell

Serve out my sentence
But refuse to show repentance
Sold my liberty as payment for my crimes
Made my reservation
I’ll accept incarceration
Where the only thing I can’t escape is time

REPEAT CHORUS

Four plain concrete walls and a bolted metal door
Could never hold me if I’d even half a mind
But I tried it once before, I could not outrun the law
And I’ve used up all the places I can hide

REPEAT CHORUS
In a prison cell
In a prison cell

© 2007 Robin Tymm
14th September 2007
Track Name: Reach
You caught me sleeping
It’s still dark out-side
What time does your clock tell you?
You know, know that I don’t mind

Every hour between us
Is a thousand miles
Lay the phone beside you
Let’s talk, talk for a while

CHORUS
You reached out to me
In your hour of need
But I could not hear you calling
I could not catch you falling

Wires bring you nearer
From half a world away
But it makes no clearer
The words, words that you don’t say

I want to hear your secrets
Ones you can’t let go
Things you bury deepest
And hope, hope won’t show

REPEAT CHORUS

There’s only so much I can give you
When I’m only a voice on the line
We can talk about nothing at all if you have the time

You can always call me
Even at your worst
When we say goodbye
You hang, hang up first

REPEAT CHORUS x2

© 2007 Robin Tymm
27th September 2007
Track Name: Crash
I did not heed the warning signs
They’ve cried of wolves too many times before
And any talk of danger on the road ahead
Is easy to ignore
I feel safely separated
And securely insulated by design
But I did not hear the squealing tyres
Or see the pulse of braking lights in time

And then we crash, colliding into one another
Thought I could stop before I hurt her
But my momentum was too great
And all this time the radio keeps playing
And I think I heard them saying
That it’s already far too late

As sound returns and visions clear
My legs are pinned beneath the steering wheel
An unholy mess of crumpled zones
Of shattered glass and broken bones revealed
We are hanging by the thinnest threads
The smallest change, the biggest consequence
But if I’d reacted faster
Would those fractions of a second make a difference

And then we crash, colliding into one another
Thought I could stop before I hurt her
But my momentum was too great
And all this time the radio keeps playing
And I think I heard them saying
That it’s already far too late

And all this time the radio keeps playing
And I think I heard them saying
That it’s already far too late

© 2007 Robin Tymm
19th April 2007
Track Name: Rolling With The Punches
I've been counting, counting on a happier ending
Have I been pretending
That everything would turn out right?
But this life here is all that I know
I could move on but where would I go
So I'll try to put on a show for you tonight

CHORUS
Oh, I've had enough of this fighting
And these days I'm barely surviving
You must know I’d never think of taking a dive
Lately it hurts me too much
I have bruises too painful to touch
Maybe I should have just rolled with the punches this time

It's over before it's begun
Swollen eyelids and blood on my gums (tongue?)
As the room spins I fall to my knees on the floor
'Though I've tasted of victories sweet
I'm a far, far better friend of defeat
You need both if they’re to have any meaning at all

CHORUS
Oh, I've had enough of this fighting
And these days I'm barely surviving
You know that I’d never think of taking a dive
Late-ly it hurts me too much
I have bruises too painful to touch
Maybe I should have just rolled with the punches this time

Lately it hurts me too much
I have bruises too painful to touch
Maybe I should have just rolled with the punches this time

© 2007 Robin Tymm
7th April 2007
Track Name: (We're All Going To) Hell
The good in everyone
Finds itself outweighed
There’s nothing to be done
It’s just the way we’re made
Takes us in our sleep
Can’t avoid the sin
Waters, dark and deep
Slowly pull us in

CHORUS
We’re all going to hell
Angels fall from grace
Poisoned by the spell
Of paradise misplaced
We’re all going to hell

The devil’s in disguise
Moves without a sound
Before you realise
You’re half-way underground
Is this what we’ve become?
In pandemonium

REPEAT CHORUS

INSTR.

A never-ending race
Will last eternally
We’re each reserved a place
In that penitentiary

REPEAT CHORUS

© 2007 Robin Tymm
31st August 2007
Track Name: Fatally Flawed
There are chinks in my armour
I can’t keep forever concealed
And I know that sooner or later
All these swords won’t be stopped with this shield

I am left undefended
Dying slowly on some battlefield
My weak spots no longer protected
All my faults and my failings revealed

CHORUS
I saw the end in the beginning
Now I’m too tired to fight anymore
I have never once claimed to be perfect
I have always been fatally flawed

If I am to be remembered
The subject of handed down tales
Don’t think of me as I lay fallen
So vulnerable, fragile and frail

CHORUS
I saw the end in the beginning
Now I’m too tired to fight anymore
I have never once claimed to be perfect
I have always been fatally flawed

INSTR.

CHORUS
I saw the end in the beginning
Now I’m too tired to fight anymore
I have never once claimed to be perfect
I have always been fatally flawed
Always been fatally flawed

© 2007 Robin Tymm
28th July 2007
Track Name: Bored (On A Thursday Afternoon)
Throw playing cards in graceful arcs into an upturned hat
Listening to water dripping from a leaky tap
Staring in the mirror ‘til my features rearrange
Watching raindrops run in rivers down a window pane

CHORUS
Now I’m bored.....on a Thursday afternoon
I’m so bored.....and there is nothing left to do

Check my email inbox for the hundredth time to-day
See how many hits I get by googleing my name
Fail to make the phone ring with just the power of my mind
Try counting in prime numbers, get as far as twenty-nine

REPEAT CHORUS
I’m so bored.....when there’s nothing much to do

I could always think of something that would keep me entertained
That would stimulate my neural paths and occupy my brain
Now I practice putting golf balls ‘cross the carpet of my room
Oh, I’m bored just like it’s Thurs-day afternoon
I’m so bored.....there’s nothing else for me to do

Flicking through the music stations doesn’t last for long
Attempt to guess the band from just the intro to a song
Once more I check the door in case I didn’t hear you knock
And I’m counting down the hours ‘til I can drink at 6 O’clock

REPEAT CHORUS
I’m so bored.....when there’s nothing more to do

© 2003/2007 Robin Tymm
25th May 2007
Track Name: Cowboys & Indians
Cowboys and Indians
Used to be best friends
Playing together
With no reservations
You were the brave squaw
I was the white man
You liked to powwow
I burned down your wigwam

CHORUS
Dancing ‘round campfires
Howling at the moonlight
Watching the sunrise
Over the mountain side

Cowboys and Indians
Out in the garden
Me with a tin star
You wearing wampum
Painting on faces
Riding on the prairies
Smoking the peace-pipe
Proved unnecessary

REPEAT CHORUS

I knew the difference
But I didn’t realise
This ten-gallon hat I wear
Means I’m on the other side

This cowboy and indian
Ran out of affection
When you fired your arrows
In my direction
I circled my wagons
The cavalry soon comes
You might have a cool name
But I’ve got a big gun

REPEAT CHORUS

© 2007 Robin Tymm
7th August 2007
Track Name: Silhouette
So you think that you know me
Well, try thinking again
You mistook that the way that I look’s
Gonna tell you the way that I am

And don't believe in the stories
Or in things that you hear second-hand
'Cause they're never true and won't give you a clue
And they won’t help you to understand

CHORUS
Is there a God in the detail
Or only chaos the closer we get?
I’m so much more than a shadow upon a cave wall
Yeah, you’ve only seen my silhouette

Don’t assume that my songs all have meaning
Or the things that I speak of are real
‘Cause sometimes they’re only words that I once overheard
And they don’t always say what I feel

So forgive me for any deceptions
And for keeping my feelings inside
Though there’s no guarantees for the way I’m perceived
It was not my intention to hide

REPEAT CHORUS

INSTR.

REPEAT CHORUS
Yeah, you’ve only seen my silhouette
All you’re seeing is my silhouette

© 2007 Robin Tymm
16th May 2007
Track Name: Plan B
What if the world just stopped turning?
And then the sun quit its burning
We would float through space with a silence and grace
Just a beautiful blue piece of ice
It’s not easy to face, there is no human race
But the peace and the quiet is nice

CHORUS
There is no Plan ‘B’
There is no safety net
We are walking a wire
The only chance that we get
But we’re all out of luck
And our credit’s run dry
Put your head through your legs
And kiss your asses goodbye

What if I find you no longer love me?
That you’re looking for something beyond and above me
But that nearest star’s just a little too far
It’s a grain on a beach full of sand
I don’t know where you are so I’ll play my guitar
While the universe slowly expands

REPEAT CHORUS

I don’t hold out too much hope for the fate of mankind
The little worlds we all strive create are destroyed all the time

REPEAT CHORUS

© 2007 Robin Tymm
2nd July 2007