Half Empty

by Robin Tymm

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Album #6….the "Half Empty" of the title refers to both my general outlook on life, and the fact that the album is stripped back, acoustic and without any drums.
As with the other albums on Bandcamp, if you add enough for p&p to the price I'll happily send you out a copy of the physical CD.

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released July 14, 2010

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Track Name: Buried Treasure
I’ve been waiting for so long
For you to unearth me
I was lost underfoot
And pressed deeper through centuries
Try digging faster
Help speed my recovery

Let’s hope you look over
In this direction
And break my success
Of avoiding detection
So many near misses
I can’t bear to mention

CHORUS
It’s not that I’m claiming to be buried treasure
But don’t let me stay undiscovered.....forever

You could be forgiven
I’m not easy to see
Yeah, you’ve got to get down
On your hands and your knees
Oh, you won’t be the first one
If you fail to notice me

And one day I’m valueless
Best left to rot
And the next I’m a diamond
Mislaid in the dirt
You can sell me for more than you’d think
But for less than I’m worth

REPEAT CHORUS

BRIDGE
May-be there’s nothing
To find underneath
We’re just flesh, blood and bones
Only hair, skin and teeth
And before very long
We’re consumed by the ground at our feet

REPEAT CHORUS

© 2008 Robin Tymm
10th April 2008
Track Name: Seed
These are moments we must cherish while there’s time
We’ve not got long before we perish on this vine
We are subject to the seasons just the same
It hardly seems a year but winter’s here again

CHORUS
We can’t stay together
We’ll fall out of love
Nothing lasts forever
‘Cause nothing ever does
Nothing ever does

We were the centre that the universe revolved around
So immature and not quite sure exactly what we’d found
Now I’m reminded of some things I thought but did not say
Like in this first sweet kiss the seeds of our destruction lay

CHORUS
We can’t stay together
We’ll fall out of love
Nothing lasts forever
‘Cause nothing ever does

BRIDGE
Nothing ever does....and it’s not enough
‘Cause I know what will become of us
If we build it up we’re bound.....to tear it down

We tried against the tide but realized we’d lose this fight
It’s wasted labour ‘cause on paper this was never right
And though it’s wrong keep hanging on a little longer ‘til the spring
When me and you will find someone new and make the same mistakes again

CHORUS
We can’t stay together
We’ll fall out of love
Nothing lasts forever
‘Cause nothing ever does
Nothing ever does
No, nothing ever does

© 2009 Robin Tymm
7th March 2009
Track Name: Shine
I don’t speak the language, I can’t read the signs
It’s like a foreign country, another place and time

There are rules and regulations and laws to be obeyed
There’s a whole new set of customs and ways I should behave

CHORUS
While I’m sure that I’m not dreaming
Yet still I can’t believe
You could shine your sun on anyone
But you chose me

I’m met by smiling faces and touched by gentle hands
In unfamiliar places I’m yet to understand

CHORUS
While I’m sure that I’m not dreaming
Yet still I can’t believe
You could shine your sun on anyone
But you chose me

BRIDGE
How long do you think we’ve got?
A week, a month, a year?
Oh, I’m not so naive
You got it wrong I don’t belong
I’ll be unmasked and asked to leave

I am used to colder weather, together with the rain
Where the nights might last forever and the days are all the same

CHORUS
While I’m sure that I’m not dreaming
Yet still I can’t believe
You could shine your sun on anyone
But you chose me
You could have shone your sun on anyone
Why did you choose me?

© 2009 Robin Tymm
25th January 2009
Track Name: The Great Divide
I’d rather be the one who’s leaving
Than the one who’s left behind
I hope you knew I spent with you
The best years of my life

But the other side of this great divide
Is where you must remain
Though you are always with me
We will never meet again

BRIDGE
An early April afternoon so alive with nature’s sounds
We gathered few will watch as you are taken by the ground

The books I read you, meals I fed you
Whilst in that bed you lay
Those last few days the morphine haze
Stole most of you away

It seemed a lifetime
Waiting for this moment to arrive
Though hardly unexpected
It still comes as some surprise

BRIDGE
An early April afternoon so alive with nature’s sounds
We gathered few will watch as you are taken by the ground

© 2008 Robin Tymm
28th December 2008
Track Name: Transparent
How did this happen to be?
It’s become quite apparent that I’m too transparent to see
The people that knew me these days look right through me

I’m the invisible man
Lacking in substance and not worth a second glance
Don’t you spare me a thought, I am paler than water

CHORUS
Because I don’t talk much
Don’t mean I’ve got nothing to say
I look from the outside
And hope to be inside someday

If my life were a film or a play
I’d be cast as an extra, a background artiste as they say
Well aware from the start it’s a non-speaking part anyway

I’m not at the centre of things
I’ve been pushed to one side and derided by paupers and kings
I was hid at the bottom, unloved and forgot for my sins

CHORUS
Because I don’t talk much
Don’t mean I’ve got nothing to say
I look from the outside
And hope to be inside someday

BRIDGE
As clear as a window
The sun casts no shadow of me on the ground
No mirror’s reflection
I’m falling unwatched without making a sound

CHORUS
Because I don’t talk much
Don’t mean I’ve got nothing to say
I look from the outside
And I hope and I pray
That I’ll be inside someday

© 2008 Robin Tymm
29th December 2008
Track Name: Sad Song
Day after day and year after year
I’m singing these songs that no-one will hear
I’m writing down words, even I don’t know quite what they mean
It’s the loneliest journey I’ve chosen to make
But at least there’s nobody to see my mistakes
They are crossed through and torn out
Screwed up then thrown in the bin

CHORUS
With tunes ten-a-penny, a dozen-a-dime
Oh, what chance do I have with these sad songs of mine?
They’re worth next to nothing, or they’re priceless, I cannot decide
The most expensive ingredients I can afford
Are a head full of thoughts and a handful of chords
But if that’s not enough, I don’t think I can give any-more

Though I’ve not discovered, I’m sure there’s a way
I can keep making music but start making it pay
Though if that never happens I’ll do what I do anyway
Perhaps what I need’s to get up in some bar
And to beat out a song on some battered guitar
I’ll forget where we are and pretend no-one’s watching me play

REPEAT CHORUS

It’s the best and the worst
It’s a gift, it’s a curse
But there’s nothing else working for me
Should I cash in my chips?
Start by calling it quits
And accepting how it’s gonna be

REPEAT CHORUS

© 2007 Robin Tymm
10th August 2007
Track Name: Different Life
I could have had a diff‘rent life
The perfect house, some kids, a wife
I might have worked a job I liked
I could have had a diff‘rent life

I might have never lived alone
Or played guitar or wrote this song
I’d prob’bly never realize
That I could have had a diff‘rent life

CHORUS
If I’d answered “Yes” more times than “No”
And opened up instead of closed
Chosen left where I turned right
I could have had..... a diff‘rent life

I might have travelled, seen the world
I might have found this ideal girl
If I’d booked that ticket, took that flight
I could have had a diff‘rent life

I might have loved a whole lot more
And worried less what people thought
Not cared about my foolish pride
I could have had a diff‘rent life

REPEAT CHORUS

BRIDGE
For worse or better, who decides?
Puts values on these little lives
Our chances, choices came and went
It could have been so different

If I’d not tried to make it home
Or had that last drink for the road
If I’d not jumped that traffic light
I could have had a diff‘rent life

REPEAT CHORUS

© 2009 Robin Tymm
4th November 2009
Track Name: Phase
There’s no need to worry, it’s not that unusual
I’m going through a bit of a phase
And it won’t last forever but don’t hold your breath
‘Cause it might take a few thousand days
‘Til I get through the worst and emerge from this darkness
The person you knew way back when
But there’s always that chance I won’t be the same
And I’ll never be like it again

You won’t hear me say it ‘cause I don’t believe it
There’s nothing the matter with me
I feel fine in myself it’s just everyone else
Oh, but sooner or later they leave
No one thing in particular makes me feel sad
But it’s not something you just wish away
It’s a constant companion, the closest of friends
Who’ll stay with me ‘til my dying day

I can’t blame my parents or an unhappy childhood
For creating an unhappy man
It’s most likely genetic, a predisposition
For being the way that I am
So it’s not worth making a song or a dance about
Some things that can’t be explained
Learning to live with it’s all I can do
It’s too late to expect me to change
It’s too late to expect me to change

© 2007 Robin Tymm
27th April 2007
Track Name: Perfect
With each passing day
It gets hard to believe
That somebody out there
Could be perfect for me
There is no-one who fits
Just admit that’s not meant to be

Six billion people
And all of them wrong
I know it’s thinking like that
Is why I am alone
But in spite of the numbers
I’m never gonna meet anyone

CHORUS
The most tragic part
Of this whole sorry tale
Is I don’t think I’d know it
If love came my way
I prefer not to dwell
On the chances that I might have missed
I’m singing a song that’s for someone
Who doesn’t exist

Everyone out there
Who needs someone else
They choose imperfect unions
Deluding themselves
Think unhappy together
Is better than left on the shelf

And when I’m not looking
There may be some girl
Who is floating out there
In a cyberspace world
She’s not totally real
And that some-how helps make her ideal

REPEAT CHORUS

© 2007 Robin Tymm
2nd August 2007
Track Name: Simple
CHORUS
I’m not in it for the money, I’m not in it for the fame
I don’t care for the awards or for applause or for acclaim
I don’t do this for the memories of the women that I’ve lain with
I do it for the simple joy of sitting here and playing

I’m not saying that to make a decent living isn’t nice
So I’m grateful to the folks like you prepared to pay the price
Cause’ it takes cash to keep a mansion and the pink champagne on ice
But it’s not the reason why I do the things I do

REPEAT CHORUS

No, I don’t seek recognition for the music that I make
I am not in competition but to come out top feels great
All the Grammys and the Oscars are just icing on the cake
But they’re not the reason why I do the things I do

REPEAT CHORUS

I don’t pretend there’s no advantages with my name up there in lights
It opens up a world of pretty girls, so what’s there not to like
And though the road gets kinda lonely I don’t sleep alone at nights
But it’s not the reason why I do the things I do

REPEAT CHORUS

© 2010 Robin Tymm
18th April 2010
Track Name: Infamous Son
Kids at school can be cruel, yeah, they call me a spastic
‘Cause I like comic books and applied mathematics
They won’t be so bold when I’m holding my semi-automatic

My so-called teachers have long since stopped asking me questions
I sit there alone at the back of the room during lessons
Scheming and dreaming of firing my new Smith & Wesson

CHORUS
Gonna be this town’s most infamous son
Shooting the kids in the back as they run
I never knew high school could be so much fun

I no longer make much distinction between right and wrong
I could spare my friends but the truth is I ain’t really got none
Except my collection of knives and my mail-order shotgun

REPEAT CHORUS

BRIDGE
Just like in that movie called Fahrenheit four-fifty-one
I’ll set fire to the library and laugh as I watch those books burn
With fact and with fiction alight on the shelves
My last act is turning this gun on myself
You can’t live forever but this way you never can tell

If you’re looking for some explanations for these things I do
Well last year I posted a video up there on YouTube
It got four thousand hits but I guess that it’s since been removed

REPEAT CHORUS

© 2008 Robin Tymm
15th November 2008