Tales from the Deep Dark Middle

by Cock Robin

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INSPIRED by Billie Holiday, Django Reinhardt, Tom Waits and early Calexico, COCK ROBIN sets out with a nylon-stringed guitar, a few bits of percussion and a beat-up old keyboard to create a set of lo-fi gypsy-blues songs

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released January 1, 2013

everything performed/created by Cock Robin
all songs written by R. Mitchell
recorded over a few dark, lonely days in December 2012

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Track Name: Playing It Cool
government’s a hypocrite
and business is a hypocrite
they’ll turn around and leave you
with the troubles that they gave you
talk is cheap and money’s cheap
I’m headstrong, but my knees are weak
I’m right at the heart of the action
I'm failing to see the attraction

but I’m play play playin’
playin’ it cool

so I'm here just hangin’ out
patiently plying my trade
while making all of these crazy claims
that I just can’t substantiate
I could walk on water
if my faith was stronger
I could right step up to the moon
if my legs were just a little bit longer

but I’m play play playin’
playin’ it cool

life’s a game of cards, my friend
and there’s an ace in ever hand
but be very careful how you play it
(I'm afraid there’s no easy way to say it)
peak too soon and the moment will be gone
but if you go too slow then you’ll wind up late
so don’t rush in all guns blazing
but when the time is ripe don’t hesitate

whatever else you do
when all eyes are on you
you’ve got to keep playing it cool
whatever else you’re hearing
whatever else they’re saying
just keep on playin’ it cool
play play playin' it cool
Track Name: No Secrets
fix yourself a drink, dear
lay down by my side
if you open yourself up completely to me
I'll take it all in my stride

you tell me that you're nothing special
well, I'm just a regular guy
you and me, we're both drops in the sea
so let's drink this whole ocean dry, oh

there's no secrets in my heart
and no secrets in my head
just a whole bunch of reasons
why I won't tell you anything at all

I heard you could fortell my fortune
so come here, take a look at my palms
and whatever the future may promise me
I'll welcome it with open arms
if the wind turns a page in my notebook
you might catch a glimpse of your name
but don't read too much into it dear
and I'll try to do just the same, oh

there's no secrets in my heart
and no secrets in my head
there's nobody keeping me down
nobody keeping me down
just a little bit of intereference, oh
I thought I could figure it out
but I can't quite put my finger on it
I can't quite put my finger on it
I can't quite put my finger on it
I can't quite put my finger on it
Track Name: Be Blue
I'd be blue for you, baby
if you'd be blue for me
and I'd be true to you, baby
if you'd be true to me
but we're both liars, aren't we darlin'?
and I'm so tired of tryin' to be somebody that I'm not

my smile's all crumpled
all crooked and all creased
and yours don't fit right
it's just a little bit too tight
so let's frown at each other
like young, jealous lovers
and see how much pretty we've got

I'm a fool for you baby
always fooling us both
and when you fell for me
truly, I think you fell for a ghost
but don't you mess me around
or drive me into the ground
'cause I'll be no good to anyone there

I'd take a walk with you baby
on a cold, cold night
wrap my coat around your shoulders
warm your hands within mine
then we could go to a bar
or call for a car to take us home
and home is where the heart is
Track Name: Scratch
scratching your name in the ground
scratching your name in the dry ground
but there’s no love to be found
when I’m downhearted, down on luck, down on my knees

scratching at the roots of the trees
searching through the dirt and leaves
searching for a way that’s gonna lead me straight to you

but you are not the thing I need
you’re never in the places I seek
you’re never in the faces that come and go and come and go

but there’s no love
no love to be found

in the arms of the frosty ground
in the heart of the cold, hard ground
in the eyes of the long, lonesome, weary, empty night

I empty out my empty heart
to an empty, echoless sky
swallowed in the throat of the night
my words sticking like ice, sticking to the throat of the night

stuck like a knife stuck in the throat of the night
stuck like a knife stuck in the throat of the night
stuck like a knife stuck in the throat of the night
stuck like a knife stuck in the throat of the night