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Music Written, Recorded and Produced

by Robert Szymanek © 2017

Artwork by Robert Szymanek © 2017

Mixed by Al Lawson

1. The Start of Something

Something rising,
Springing,
Uprooting the ground:
A beautiful forest of sounds

In droves
In a crush of colours:
Life swoops before my eyes
Astounded

Kaleidoscopic sounds
Engulf my ears,
I am surrounded

Just like a flower undone in Spring:
The world has come alive
In beautiful forests of sounds
 

 

2. All Thumbs

Step inside my garden
I’m there

I’m bored of borders
No more rulers
I’m there

Inside
I’m there

Grows a flower
How’d it get there?
I’m there

In it opens
The world opens
Right there

’s All kinds of music
In there
It’s a very crowded planet

Underneath
I’m there

And it’s everything on Earth I ever needed
To do everything on Earth I ever dreamed of

This wild patch is
Where it’s stored
I’m sure.

I want more.

I throw seeds and
Watch them grow

“Fumbling idiot” me,
I do things “less elegantly.”
“All muddy under fingernails,
All untucked shirts and frayed details.”

“All thumbs when it comes to all, it seems.”

No!
This is what I have to bring.

And I keep on,
Do what I do:
I open doors,
And windows too,
To the treasure in the messiness:

Shuffle:
Chuck all:
The wall:
What sticks:
You’ll see:
Discovery:

Intuition: fruition
It’s inside: insight shining, so

I sing in sync with nice surprises

You say, ‘Don’t dare! What’s all the mayhem for then? I say!’

Cos the clues are in the chaos!

Oh and it’s for this I will say this here,
I’m happy in my patch here,
Join in my boyful jump-for-joy here, or
Leave …

Step inside my garden
I’m there

I’m bored of borders
No more rulers
I’m there

Inside
I’m there

Grows a flower
How’d it get there?
I’m there

In it opens
The world opens
Right there

And it’s everything on Earth I ever needed

This wild patch
To when I want some
More:

I throw seeds and
Watch them grow.

 


3. I Can't Do This Without You

Set the sky to the limit
Set the 'scope to the stars
Somehow I gotta run it
But it looks so far

He said: 'Go! Gimme love, gimme something more;
Gimme something special we ain't heard before
(And I’m ready for it now!).'
    
I'm holding it afloat as much as I can
If only: I could know this is the right track
I'm going for it slowly so
I don't overload
Cos there isn’t any more I could carry on my back

Got a mountain to climb
And yet it feels like four
Cos all at once the world is at my door
Singing:

'Go! Giv'us love; giv'us something more;
Giv'us something special we ain't heard before
(And we're ready for it now!).'

I'm holding it afloat as much as I can,
Only
It's the world on one man's shoulders
Take a load off it
Take control of it
Cos there isn't any more I could carry on my back!
So much love to give

I wanna make a song and dance of it
I wanna make a habit of it
Not just for a little bit
You’ll thank me later for it

I can’t do this without you
Not on my own
Help me
There’s a mountaintop:
Go! Get me up!
Help me
Now
Can’t do it alone
Come on:
Go! Push me up!

Go on: just for a little bit

And in return I’ll giv'ya love
I’ll giv'ya something more;
I’ll giv'ya something special you ain't heard before.

I’ve got so much love to give

 

4. Icebreaker  

Inertia.
In summer I sailed, then
The winter came
Stole all my sailors and
Stilled my seas
I wanted to be over there

Radio waves,
Red on the radar.
Eerie sounds,
Ear to the ground.
Horizon-wide eyes
Narrow to make out a dot.

Tiny voice,
Drop in the ocean.
Fear is a cold wind,
Hope is a flame.
Freezing fingers
Versus the warmth of my heart

 


5. Trash Bang Disco, Baby

An already crowded planet covered in it
I guess that's when
I guess that's when
I get the measure of it
Nowhere else to put it so I eat it
I guess that's when
I guess that's when
I wake up finally

It's like I'm under a spell
I see: I want: I buy: I have
And later on: I throw it away
I wish I could let go!

I guess that's when
I guess that's when (before you know it)
I've gone and dumped my bodyweight of it

I see the Devil and his Goat
Look down on us, smiling,
'Those Helter-Skelter boys and girls:
In their own mess they are drowning!
But you can have your toys to chew, my friend.
And I'll have their souls for burning!
They sold them to me for a nice flashy package!
A toast to their future: the oceans of it: universe massive!'

I guess that's when
I guess that's when
I raise my hands and I say:
'What do we do we do with the mountains of it?'

Baby, as a rule of thumb
When you love someone
You wanna dig 'em
A better way out
 
And I got a spade
And a song
And a message:
The beats and the rhythms will
Build us a passage
The mess that we get wet’s in an
Ocean that’s universe massive

I’m gonna through us a life-line from it

 


6. Calm to the Storm

O! It's my joy, it's my pleasure
To give to a moment: space you can lean in to
To give you a tune you can keep to long afterwards

There it goes again:
Jumping around your head;
Springing awake those dance-me-happy feet
And oo-I-feel-better-now cells

If I do for you: get lovely with my beats and strings?
Go to it? Handsomely put a groove on your shoes:
These boots: they root me up to oo-sounds-good;
Neat feat: to get to moving with me.

O! It's my joy; it's what I'm made for:
To give you a hug just when you need me to
I fling it around the room:
Cushion yourself up in it so you
Don't die

There it goes again:
Jumping around your head;
Springing awake those dance-me-happy feet
And oo-I-feel-better-now cells

Can I do for you? Get lovely with my beats and strings?
Go to it? Handsomely put a groove on your shoes:
These boots: they root you up to oo-sounds-good;
Neat feat: to get to moving with me.

For to get you moving
For to get you over the hill
For to get the weight upon you off

Yeah, you got it: it’s heal that’s what I do
Heal
So you don’t
Die
No you won’t die while I’m around
No one’s gonna die while I’m around

Don’t die


7. In Forests

Men that be that bold
Life: open door
Til they die and it’s over.
Men that be that bold,
What dominates their souls’
The youth of eggs, a wombs and so on…
Can I be that bold,
And grow wide-eyed forever?

Can I be that bold?
Strong enough yet
Soft so you can
Bowl me over –
Absolutely floor me so I
See my world brand new?

O, I’d give my all to
Know I’m second guessed
Even on my deathbed

Can I be that bold?
To soften my stance when
I feel in me that truth is more
To take a supple point of view and
Grow wide-eyed forever?

You, you’re like a beacon in raging seas of
Men that think they’re right always:
You turn, you change, you let things in

So I fall at you: adore you
Place a crown on to a adore you
Idolize the heights
The man I hope I will become

Cos all I ever I had was
Oceans of those words:
‘I know what’s right, boy!'
Til I crawled on to your land:

I found myself in forests
No shadows, it's all gold
A sky of dreams above me
In awe: how far they go!

O, like the sapling
Squints to see the canopy from
Way down deep:
I hope I can grow that far beyond my reach…

Can I be that bold?
Eyes youthsome
Until I drop off

Can I be that bold?
And fall
Falling down
Still open wide

Can I be that bold?
I hope I’ll that bold
I will have you as my guide

 


8. Deep Water Blues

Welcome
To the blur
Of modern life:
So fast-paced the
Shapes have merged:
No distinctions;
And no one listens.
Nobody has the time.
I’m no better,
I don’t blame them.

With so much mud in mind,
Nobody hears their hearts…

Maybe
There’s an answer somewhere online:
Download distractions
What was the question?

With so much mud in mind,
How can we hear your heart
Telling you there’s a problem,
Asking you to slow down?
And that pain in your leg says, ‘You take a rest!
No, your body can’t cope down here.’

Slog on
Ignore the song our hearts string
I can’t afford it
Keep on dragging
We got to get it loaded
(We gotta get loaded)

But someday
When our bodies are encrusted
There won’t be that song no more

There won’t be no song no more

 


9. Lifted-Up-Over-Sounding

The sky is wide
The sun is shining
Birds and bees and butter’s flying
Free

I’m inside my little shell
It’s kept me safe
It’s done me well
It’s breaking, finally

I wove up tightly in it
I wanted time,
I wanted change.
Now those silky strings are softening,
I’d like to show you all
My very colourful array:

These are my yellows, my pinks, my reds,
My blues, my blacks, my gold

This song is my heart sprung wide open for you,
And these juicy puddles everywhere,
It's like it's sprung a leak so you can see what's
Deep inside.

Look at that helicopteringly
Rusky husk of me that’s falling down

I look above
To where I will be soaring
Lifted-up-over-sounding
So far and beyond

Why'd it take so long?

The nuts and bolts of it was
I hadn't figured it out yet
I hadn't bent my shapes around that corner
I hadn't grown my leaves that far before

Maybe I wasn't ready
But I'm ready now

I’m ready now

It seems so clear to me now
This is where I take off…

So gimme some of that space
Cos I've got some of those wings myself

Gonna go unfold all in-bloom...

 


10. Springtime Supernova

In the heat of the sun, I send                
Tunes to all directions;
No good; no bad;
From the ground up: a contribution.
Winter is over
My doubt has melted away.

Where did that doubt come from?                
When did it first arise?
How did I let it grow inside me?
How could let it survive so long?

Gone are my rights and wrongs:
I see the world open-wide;
I empty my head (I was never guilty);
It’s here in the middle…        

I feel it running right through me                
I push my self to the side
It’s the start of something super in me
Uncontrollable, how can I hide it from you?
And every atom steadfast:
Unwavering: not a
Doubtful mouthful to pounce on!

Where did that doubt come from?                
When did it first arise?
How did I let it grow inside me?
How could let it survive so long?

Gone are my rights and wrongs:
I see the world open-wide;
I empty my head (I was never guilty);
It’s here in the middle…    

I woke this morning:
Threw the curtains wide,
I felt Spring in the air;
I felt Spring inside.
I knew

There is potential,
(There is so much Spring can bring!)
I am a flower,
And my words are my colours.
You see,

After growth comes the
Full-bloom explosion
To every corner:
What ever I have to offer
I send.

Springtime Supernova!
Are you gonna get ready for it?

Where did that doubt come from?

When did it first arise?
How did I let it grow inside me?
How could let it survive so long?

Gone are my rights and wrongs:
I see the world open-wide;
I empty my head (I was never guilty);
It’s here in the middle