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by Robin Tymm

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The first chapter of a three album release that also includes "Medium" & "Large".
The songs on this album are mostly played on an acoustic guitar, often with a piano....and with minimal drums and percussion.

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released May 7, 2016

All songs written, performed & produced by Robin Tymm

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Track Name: Where To Begin?
This is the first time I have tried
And there is much I need to know
Do I just clasp my hands and close my eyes
And let my feelings flow?
Tell you my deepest, darkest secret
If you promise not to tell a soul
And you won’t judge me, you won’t hate me
If you don’t like….what you’re told

There’s no need to say a word
‘Cause I have heard them all before
Wait in quiet contemplation
As I cry out to these four walls
Please just stay with me and listen
‘Til you can’t take any more
Then leave me where you found me
Kneeled in prayer….down on the floor

CHORUS
I have never asked before and I may not ask again
But now’s the time when I could really use a friend
So sit there in the darkness
And I’ll confess to you my sins…..where to begin?

I come seeking your forgiveness
For all the times when I’ve gone wrong
I am burdened with a heavy load
I’ve carried for so long
Will it be brighter, will I feel lighter
When all the shame and guilt are gone?
Father, grant me absolution
And I’ll change….from that moment on

CHORUS
I have never asked before and I may not ask again
But now’s the time when I could really use a friend
So sit there in the darkness
And I’ll confess to you my sins…..where to begin?

INSTRUMENTAL

CHORUS
I have never asked before and I may not ask again
But now’s the time when I could really use a friend
So sit there in the darkness
And I’ll confess to you my sins…..where to begin?

© 2013 Robin Tymm
9th June 2013
Track Name: Atoms
There’s a hundred billion atoms in a single human hair
And each one of ‘em made almost entirely of air
So although we think we’re here right now we’re nearly not all there
A hundred billion atoms

There’s a hundred billions stars up there and that’s just what we can see
Each one orbited by planets, helped along by gravity
So if this world’s so insignificant, well what does that make me?
A hundred billion stars

CHORUS
That is more or less as many drops of water in the rain
Plus or minus all the sand if you count each and every grain
Roughly equal to the neurons lying dormant in my brain

A hundred billion breaths are took each minute every day
Some a first and some a last and some just gasps along the way
So put aside you thoughts of failing, keeping inhaling come what may
A hundred billions breaths

And a hundred billion souls will live before this place is gone
Time had barely blinked an eye and then the human race was run
We’ll spend eternity just coldly spinning slowly ‘round the sun
A hundred billion souls

CHORUS
That is more or less as many drops of water in the rain
Plus or minus all the sand if you count each and every grain
Roughly equal to the neurons lying dormant in my brain

BRIDGE
I've been looking for some answers, oh, and heaven knows I've tried
I’ll never reach what’s far beyond me, never see what’s deep inside
I have searched for truth in words but heard the numbers never lie
No, they never lie

So there’s a hundred billion atoms in a single human hair
And each one of ‘em made almost entirely of air
So although we think we’re here right now we’re nearly not all there
Really not all there
Not all there
Not all there

© 2013 Robin Tymm
9th November 2013
Track Name: Footnote
I can't stop this getting older
I can't halt the march of time
The fire's been growing colder
In this broken heart of mine
I think about her some days
I'm living in the past
I should be trying some way
To find new love at last

CHORUS
But there is something strong
That cannot be out-run
It's been with me for so long
Will not be overcome
It's something deep inside
That couldn't be denied
There's no holding back the tide
And heaven knows I've tried

The days are getting shorter
The night so quick to come
I'm sure that I just saw the
Last fall of a dying sun
I'll dream I wake tomorrow
With her lying next to me
But each new morning follows
Same way as it's always been

CHORUS
But there is something strong
That cannot be out-run
It's been with me for so long
Will not be overcome
It's something deep inside
That couldn't be denied
There's no holding back the tide
And heaven knows I've tried

BRIDGE
I stayed here and she moved on
She went right when I went wrong
She chose life and I chose none
Now I'm just sat here writing songs
Yeah, this is how it's meant to be
And I don't want your sympathy
Just take a moment, think of me
The footnote in your history

INSTRUMENTAL

CHORUS
But there is something strong
That cannot be out-run
It's been with me for so long
Will not be overcome
It's something deep inside
That couldn't be denied
There's no holding back the tide
And heaven knows I've tried

© 2015 Robin Tymm
7th March 2015
Track Name: Voices
The angel and the devil speak together in my ear
And which one of them's talking to me never is quite clear
Each will tell me something that they think I want to hear
The angel and the devil speak together in my ear

CHORUS
What am I going to do about the voices in my head?
They talk the whole day through and whisper to me in my bed
Tempting me to follow, blindly swallow what they said
Oh, what am I going to do about the voices in my head?

I've got two paths to choose so I don't know which way to turn
Which directions should I use and just whose lessons should I learn?
One way leads me to salvation, down the other I might burn
I've got two paths to choose so I don't know which way to turn

CHORUS
What am I going to do about the voices in my head?
They talk the whole day through and whisper to me in my bed
Tempting me to follow, blindly swallow what they said
Oh, what am I going to do about the voices in my head?

BRIDGE
They've made me do some bad, bad things
For that I am ashamed
But I am really not myself some days
So I can’t take the blame
I'm just following my orders
I'm just doing what they say
And for a brief few minutes
Make the voices go away

The angel tries appealing to my kinder, brighter side
While the devil keeps revealing darker thoughts I'd like to hide
But in the end there is no appeasing them and nothing satisfies
Between the angel and a devil I will choose not to decide
Between the angel and a devil I will choose not to decide

CHORUS
What am I going to do about the voices in my head?
They talk the whole day through and whisper to me in my bed
Tempting me to follow, blindly swallow what they said
Oh, what am I going to do about the voices in my head?

© 2015 Robin Tymm
26th April 2015
Track Name: Merry-Go-Round
The clock has been a-ticking
And a bell's about to sound
The last few grains of sand
Will soon be falling to the ground
The daylight's lost its fight
And now the night is coming down
This ride is nearly over
Then I'm getting off
Of this merry-go-round
Of this merry-go-round

I can still recall that feeling
Like I was flying through the air
And those painted wooden horses
Came alive right then and there
But now the spin just makes me dizzy
I don't know my ups from downs
So I’m waiting for a chance
When I can jump off
Of this merry-go-round
Of this merry-go-round
Of this merry-go-round
Of this merry-go-round

They must have worked all through the night
To take the fairground down
The only sign that it was here at all
Was this muddy patch of ground
They took their rides and their sideshows
To some other town
Where a whole new bunch of kids like me
Are getting on and getting off
Of that merry-go-round
Of that merry-go-round

The clock has been a-ticking
And a bell's about to sound
The last few grains of sand
Will soon be falling to the ground
The daylight's lost its fight
And now the night is coming down
This ride is nearly over
Then I'm getting off
Of this merry-go-round
Of this merry-go-round
Of this merry-go-round
Of this merry-go-round

© 2014 Robin Tymm
18th April 2014
Track Name: Grace
This life is slowly killing me, a little every day
While I'm not ready for eternity I'm well along the way
This is not how I would've wished it but now time is running out
Did I blink and somehow miss it? What this journey's been about

Once I thought I was a young man, now that's plainly not the case
Look at the paper thin skin on my hands, the lines etched on my face
In this moment of reflection, a little searching of the soul
It's too late for me to mention, I hope I die before I'm old

CHORUS
It doesn't matter if you lose or win
It's how you run your race
You get no second chance to choose again
Don't let it go to waste
You must accept your fate, admit your sins
With humility and grace
Then God decides to let you in
Or send you to that other place

I lived my life transparent, there for everyone to see
But it soon became apparent no one was looking out for me
I wish I could've told you, had some secrets to bestow
But there ain't nothing I could show you that you don't already know

So before my sun is setting am I supposed to make amends?
I am fed up with regretting and I'm tired of losing friends
There will be no one there to miss me when I am dead and gone
I'll leave behind this simple legacy, just a pocketful of songs

CHORUS
It doesn't matter if you lose or win
It's how you run your race
You get no second chance to choose again
Don't let it go to waste
You must accept your fate, admit your sins
With humility and grace
Then God decides to let you in
Or send you to that other place

© 2014 Robin Tymm
27th October 2014
Track Name: Grand Designs
We’re in the hands of the Fates and we get what we get
And we can’t deviate from the path that’s been set
The future has happened, we just don’t know it yet

We’re a piece in a puzzle, a pawn in a game
Every move pre-determined, each outcome the same
Over and over, again and again…

CHORUS
We are part of a plan that is reasoned and rhymed
Our threads have been spun, we keep walking the line
Another brick in the wall of some grander design

Free will’s an illusion, a trick of the mind
And this journey we’re taking we didn’t get to decide
Nothing more than a passenger along for the ride

Some they will question what everything means
There are others convinced this is only a dream
Me, I lay back as I’m floating downstream

CHORUS
We are part of a plan that is reasoned and rhymed
Our threads have been spun, we keep walking the line
Another brick in the wall of some grander design

BRIDGE
You can’t change what is written, won’t do you no good
‘Cause it’s there in the stars and every drop of your blood
Who set the ball rolling, was it Darwin or God?

INSTRUMENTAL

CHORUS
We are part of a plan that is reasoned and rhymed
Our threads have been spun, we keep walking the line
Another brick in the wall of some grander design
Some grander design

© 2013 Robin Tymm
1st December 2013
Track Name: Fingers Crossed
Don’t spend your time on me
It’s wasted and lost
I’ll take your everything
And more than you’ve got
So heed my warning
Or be counting the cost
I’ll tell you that I love you
But my fingers will be crossed

I was the worst of men
That you ever knew
There’s nothing out there mean enough
That I would not do
But don’t ask me for my word
‘Cause I can’t give it to you
I’m a liar and a cheater
That’s the God’s honest truth

CHORUS
Trust me when I tell you
You don’t want me around
Don’t think you’re different
I let everyone down
And soon enough you’ll realise
What I’m all about
I’m only in this for what I can take out

Don’t kid yourself you’re nothing
But a pawn in my game
I’ll play you like the fool you are
Again and again
Dig a little deeper
You’ll find more of the same
Lonely, desperate people
Who will think they are to blame

CHORUS
Trust me when I tell you
You don’t want me around
Don’t think you’re different
I let everyone down
And soon enough you’ll realise
What I’m all about
I’m only in this for what I can take out

© 2013 Robin Tymm
25th August 2012
Track Name: Before The Daylight Fades
Take a photograph before the daylight fades
Put it in an album to remind us
Of all the fun we had and all the love we made
For when those days are far behind us

Take a photograph before the daylight fades
Let’s make a memory worth the keeping
The sun is sinking fast and cannot be delayed
The golden hour is oh so fleeting

BRIDGE
So take the photograph ‘cause soon the moment will be gone
Let the light and silver nitrate mix to fix this time in stone
Then we’ll pick up our belongings, pack the car and head for home
So please take the photograph ‘cause I can’t hold this smile for long

Take a photograph before the daylight fades
Imagine that our children’s children find us
Flattened like a butterfly and stuck onto a page
A single picture to define us

Take a photograph before the daylight fades
The sun is falling into the horizon
For now our hearts unbroken and our love not yet betrayed
But I’m afraid a bad moon will be rising

BRIDGE
So take the photograph ‘cause soon the moment will be gone
Let the light and silver nitrate mix to fix this time in stone
Then we’ll pick up our belongings, pack the car and head for home
So please take the photograph ‘cause I can’t hold this smile for long

Take a photograph before the daylight fades
Put it in an album to remind us

© 2013 Robin Tymm
12th October 2013
Track Name: Troubadour
I've got nothing left to say that you ain't heard before
At least a thousand times by countless bedroom troubadours
There's no stories left to tell
'Cause we all draw from the same well
So I hate to break the spell but there's no more

I've no lines to help you find your way out of the dark
And no words of wisdom that can mend a broken heart
Just creaking chords and awkward rhymes
The best of which aren't even mine
Oh, you don't need to be so kind but I'm glad you are

CHORUS
Don't be sad but now's the time to bring this curtain down
I’ll take one last bow and leave the stage in style
I don't want to feel so tired
So emptied out, so uninspired
I'm gonna say goodbye to this life for a while

INSTRUMENTAL

Spare a thought for guys like me who sit there writing songs
Lost in worlds of make-believe where we don't quite belong
As the daylight turns to stars
We gently play on our guitars
And while away the wee small hours until it's done

CHORUS
Don't be sad but now's the time to bring this curtain down
I’ll take one last bow and leave the stage in style
I don't want to feel so tired
So emptied out, so uninspired
I'm gonna say goodbye to this life for a while

I'm gonna say goodbye to this life for a while
I'm gonna say goodbye to this life for a while

© 2015 Robin Tymm
26th October 2015