Whole Lies & Half​-​Truths

by Robin Tymm

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#4.....songs on this album come, mainly, from the first time I was able to really sit down and write....before this I'd written 40 songs in 20 years...this time I wrote 24 songs in 6 months...the beginning of the new me....question: who is Annie?

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released May 29, 2007

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Track Name: Breathe
I'm made of bone, so broke and brittle
It's a wonder I can stand at all
The medication helps a little
But heaven help me if I fall

CHORUS
Oh, it only hurts when I breathe
This air's like poison to me
They say the pills are gonna give me life but none can help me sleep
Oh, it only hurts when I breathe

I'm made of skin, so soured and sallow
I've looked for signs of life beneath
This radiation rots the marrow
And kills the cells that bring relief

CHORUS
Oh, it only hurts when I breathe
This air's like poison to me
They say the pills are gonna give me life but none can help me sleep
Oh, it only hurts when I breathe

CHORUS
Oh, it only hurts when I breathe
This air's like poison to me
They say the pills are gonna give me life but none can help me sleep
Oh, it only hurts
Yeah, it only hurts when I breathe

© 2006 Robin Tymm
Track Name: Telephone Line
I made a big mistake when I let you go
If I could find you know I would let you know
But you could hardly wait to pack your things and leave this place
If I could find you now it wouldn't change things anyhow

CHORUS
So if it's not too late can I change your mind?
And that one last chance, gonna need it one more time
I don't know if I can reach you down this telephone line

I can't go fighting against my destiny
No matter what my friends all say to me
I find it hard to sleep, these tin-pot jobs are hard to keep
I’m drinking far too much but it doesn't substitute your touch

CHORUS
So if it's not too late can I change your mind?
And that one last chance, gonna need it one more time
I don't know if I can reach you down this telephone line

CHORUS
So if it's not too late can I change your mind?
And that one last chance, gonna need it one more time
I don't know if I can reach you down this telephone line
I don't know
Can you hear me down this telephone line?

© 1993/2006 Robin Tymm
Track Name: Whole Lies & Half-Truths
So it didn't mean anything
And you promise to never see him again
It was a one-time-only, just a small mistake
It's the kind that any single one of us can make

I've been deceived and I've been fooled
All I believed has been betrayed by you
Oh, you say your lines, you're so well rehearsed
Is it the lying or the cheating that hurts the worst?

CHORUS
So what's left when we remove
The whole lies and the half-truths?
You talk of love but what does that prove?
When you're full of whole lies and half-truths

So I'm through with trusting my memories
Of every word that you have ever said to me
You're admitting this one time 'cause you got found out
But how many others are there that I know nothing about?

CHORUS
So what's left when we remove
The whole lies and the half-truths?
You talk of love but what does that prove?
When you're full of whole lies and half-truths

BRIDGE
If you can do it this one time you can do it again
And maybe someday you'll end up on the receiving end
Of those little lies to what they become
And you'll finally see the damage that gets done

CHORUS
So what's left when we remove
The whole lies and the half-truths?
You talk of love but what does that prove?
When you're full of whole lies and half-truths

© 2006 Robin Tymm
Track Name: Vicariously
I’d like to claim as my own all these thoughts in my head
But I stole them from every film that I’ve seen
And all the books that I’ve read
There might be something for real in maybe some of these lines
But most of it's here for the way that it sounds and the fact that it rhymes

CHORUS
So why live a life when you can live it for me?
I’ll spend my time vicariously

I have not been in love so I could hardly fall out
It's just one more part of this whole human nature I know nothing about
Oh, I get no buzz from the bees and the birds
So I’m forced to imagine what it must be like from the things that I’ve heard

CHORUS
So why live a life when you can live it for me?
I’ll spend my time vicariously

It’s just the way that I am
You may not understand
But I enjoy the experience more if it comes second-hand

CHORUS
So why live a life when you can live it for me?
I’ll spend my time vicariously
Yeah, I'll spend my time vicariously

© 2006 Robin Tymm
Track Name: Hope
If there is a light
At this dark tunnel's end
I pray to God it's just around the bend
But here comes disappointment
One more false alarm
You say the darkest hour's before the dawn

CHORUS
So should I hope? Should I dream?
Should I wish for everything?
Is the power of thought enough to make it so?
If I just wish and I just dream
I’ll not end up with anything
But empty promises are all that’s left to show
If I just hope

All these desperate people
Good luck's in short supply
There’s never quite enough to satisfy
So I’ll just sit here waiting
All my fingers crossed
I know how much I’ve paid but at what cost?

CHORUS
So should I hope? Should I dream?
Should I wish for everything?
Is the power of thought enough to make it so?
If I just wish and I just dream
I’ll not end up with anything
But empty promises are all I’ll have to show
If I just hope
If I just hope

© 2006 Robin Tymm
Track Name: Burning Bridges
I’ve been busy burning some bridges
Laying little mines in the road
Not that I expect you to follow
But you never know
You never know

So I’m sticking to a path that's less travelled
Taking care to cover my tracks
I think that I move faster without you
And you're holding me back
Are you holding me back?

CHORUS
Oh, I’m frozen, I dare not move 'cause I’m so scared to fall
You can watch as I tumble down and crash land on the floor
But thank God for you all

Better leaving something’s behind me
Finding ways to lighten my load
History was teaching me nothing
I didn't already know
But all the things I don't know

CHORUS
Oh, I’m frozen, I dare not move 'cause I’m so scared to fall
You can watch as I tumble down and crash land on the floor
But thank God for you all

INSTRUMENTAL

CHORUS
Oh, I’m frozen, I dare not move 'cause I’m so scared to fall
You can watch as I tumble down and crash land on the floor
But thank God for you all
But thank God for you all

© 2006 Robin Tymm
Track Name: Annie & Me
There’s something about Annie and me
That’s not for the whole world to see
We’re keeping ourselves to ourselves
It’s not the business of anyone else

It’s not like we’ve something to hide
It’s just safer and cleaner and warmer inside
And we figured out sometime before
That we’d shut all the windows and lock all the doors

Now there’s only the two of us here
The friends we once had, one by one, disappeared
We were cast out to sea
And since then it’s just Annie and me

CHORUS
We live in our own little world
Talking in whispers so we won’t be heard
Holding our breath for fear that we might be disturbed

You can’t make up something like this
The touch of her hand or the taste of her lips
It’s easy to see that there’s something about Annie and me

Now time may have taken its toll
With the disintegration of bodies and souls
But some things will always remain
Like this lump in my throat when I mention her name

CHORUS
We lived in our own little world
Talking in whispers so we won’t be heard
Holding our breath for fear that we might be disturbed

There’s something about Annie and me
That’s not for the whole world to see

© 2006 Robin Tymm
Track Name: The Trouble With You
Yeah, the trouble with you
Is that you're not like me
But if you were like me
I guess you wouldn't be you
And if you were like me
Perhaps I wouldn't like you
It would be better by far
For you to stay as you are

Yeah, the trouble with you
Is that you can't believe
There's no place else
That I’d rather be
'Cause you're all I should want
And you're more than I need
So why am I desperately searching and searching
For a reason to leave?

CHORUS
'Cause the trouble with me
Is that I find a way to bring out the worst that's inside everyone
Yeah, the trouble with me
Is that I’m thinking ‘bout how this will end before it's even begun
Yeah, the trouble with me
Is I can sometimes only say how I’m feeling through the words of a song
I can't change so easily
And that's the trouble with me

But the trouble with you
Is that you just can't see
How much you could lose
Being someone like me
Such a high price to pay
For a life so free
I’ve only one thing to say
Don’t be someone like me

REPEAT CHORUS
I won’t change so easily
That's the trouble with me

© 1998/2006 Robin Tymm
Track Name: Tearing The Neighbourhood Down
Yesterday I took a drive
Where we're going I don't mind
I just let the car decide
We left the city far behind

The destination soon 'came clear
Though all along I must have known
It's been more than twenty years
Since I last called this place my home

CHORUS
But now they're tearing the neighbourhood down
And the house where we once lived has been raised to the ground
Is this the last time I'm coming back to my home-town?
Now they're tearing the neighbourhood down

I used to come back all the time
To visit family and my friends
But everyone either moved away or died
And now there's no-one left

CHORUS
So now they're tearing the neighbourhood down
And the house where we once lived has been raised to the ground
Is this the last time I'm coming back to my home-town?
Now they're tearing the neighbourhood down

BRIDGE
Our old house stood tall and proud
Though there were strangers in there now
Sometimes I’d park out on the road
And think about when we were boys and girls
And these few streets were all the world
It seems so very long ago

CHORUS
And now they're tearing the neighbourhood down
And the house where we once lived has been raised to the ground
Is this the last time I'm coming back to my home-town?
Now that they're tearing......... tearing the neighbourhood down

© 2006 Robin Tymm
Track Name: Missing You
Oh, we let it slip and we let it slide
We let too many precious years go by
Is it too late for us? Are we out of time?
Or can we just pretend for a while?
That we're right back there, in the blink of an eye
Before we let half of a lifetime go by
We somehow missed the chance to change our minds

CHORUS
I’ve been missing you for the longest time
It’s a simple truth that cannot be denied
I’ve been growing old and I’ve been wasting time
And that hundred miles don't seem so far to drive

I have looked for you, I have called your name
And I’ve thought of what I’d do if I could do it again
In the fading light, in this empty room
I’m still searching for the words to fit this tune

CHORUS
I’ve been missing you for the longest time
It’s a simple truth that cannot be denied
I’ve been growing old and I’ve been wasting time
And that hundred miles don't seem so far to drive

BRIDGE
‘Though the world's been getting smaller
It don't help to change the fact
To be in the same place at the same time
What are the chances of that?

CHORUS
I’ve been missing you for the longest time
It’s a simple truth that cannot be denied
I’ve been growing old and I’ve been wasting time
And that hundred miles don't seem so far
It don’t seem so far to drive
It don’t seem so far to drive

© 2006 Robin Tymm
Track Name: Was It You?
The sun is shining, baby, but it's not round
And the trees are still green but they're growing upside down
And the sky's no longer blue
Who changed my world, was it you?

The cold north wind blows warm now from the south
There’s a lack of understanding for the words I’m forming in my mouth
And the truth's no longer true
Who changed my world now?

CHORUS
Was it you who turned the whole thing inside out?
Was it you who made the heavens fall?
Was it you who told me what to think about?
Maybe it wasn't you at all

Some days the moon don't rise to fill the night time sky
And my island's shrinking, shrinking as the oceans grow and grow in size
Now I can't find my way through
Who changed my world now?

REPEAT CHORUS

© 1996 Robin Tymm
Track Name: The Last Time
Is this the last time that I’ll look out of this window?
Is this the last time that I’ll gaze upon your face?
Is this the last time that we'll lie out in the garden
And invent new constellations out in space?

Are these the last chords that I’ll play on this piano?
Is this the last song that I’ll write with my guitar?
And are these the last words that won't quite tell you what I’m feeling?
But they never have done and maybe now's a little late to start

CHORUS
Is this the first time that I’ll fail to wake from sleeping?
Is this the first time there's no spark behind my eyes?
It’s the first and last time that they'll say we think he must have slipped away
So will the last one to leave the room turn out the lights?

Is this the last time that you'll lay down here beside me?
Is this the last time that your lips will brush my cheek?
And are these the last thoughts that will stay with me forever
And the last time that my heart will skip a beat?

CHORUS
Is this the first time that I’ll fail to wake from sleeping?
Is this the first time there's no spark behind my eyes?
It’s the first and last time that they'll say we think he must have slipped away
So will the last one to leave the room turn out the lights?

© 2006 Robin Tymm
Track Name: Birthday Song
So what's all this fussing all about?
I'm aware of the number, did you forget that I can count?
It's not the occasion to get up to twist and shout
I'm getting old but why the need to point it out?

So now I'm halfway ‘round the track
I'm a long way from the finish and it's too far for turning back
Don't give me no more surprise parties or you'll give me a heart attack
I might be smiling but you know it's all an act

CHORUS
And it's a happy birthday just for me
I appreciate you coming, was there nothing on TV?
I don't need no cake or candles but I could use some sympathy
And when you leave I'll sing a happy birthday just for me

I'm not the man I used to be
Due to cell regeneration this is version number three
So yeah, let's celebrate the birth of one who might have once been me
Oh, I sure could use a little privacy

Switch off the phone and lock the door
It's the one day in each year it's my intention to ignore
Oh, I'm surely not alone in thinking birthdays are a bore
The only present that I want is not to have them anymore

CHORUS
And it's a happy birthday just for me
I'm so glad you couldn't make it, was there something on TV?
I don't need no cake or candles but I could use some sympathy
And when you leave I'll sing a happy birthday
When you leave I'll sing a happy birthday
When you leave I'll sing a happy birthday just for me

1st September 2006
Track Name: Song #23
Well, I’ve fast run out of words with which to regale you
All my stories told, there's not much that remains
Oh, these fumbled chords are getting tiredly familiar
Should i stop before they all start to sound the same?

CHORUS
For now I am emptied and hollowed
With no song left to sing
I’ll beg and I’ll steal, I’ll lie and borrow
Before I entertain a thought of giving in

I was always gonna be here, sooner or later
With these simple words and phrases refusing to rhyme
Oh, how quickly spent is one imagination
Can I write what just might be my final line?

CHORUS
For now I am emptied and hollowed
With no song left to sing
I’ll beg and I’ll steal, I’ll lie and borrow
Before I entertain a thought of giving in

© 2006 Robin Tymm