Beneath your city; as you dream​.​.​. album

by Robberie

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released May 27, 2016

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Robberie Sheffield, UK

We’re Val, Nik and Robin from Sheffield. We play heartfelt, melodic and bittersweet acoustic indiepop.

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Track Name: Journeyman
From Accrington to Yeovil, from Southend to Torquay
Via Rotherham and Dagenham and then on to Grimsby
He’s a man on a journey, through the lower leagues
A spell at Hartlepool, plus a month on loan at Leeds...

Joined his first club as a kid, a YTS trainee
An unremarkable career, no club ever paid a fee
But supporters they could see, that he would give his all
No matter who he played for, no matter what the score

He never had the money, he never had the fame
No model for a girlfriend, you wouldn’t know his name
But he will never be forgotton, by the fans who saw him play
Still talked of in these pubs almost every Saturday

He moved from club to club, before he finally retired
When his gammy knee gave up and his last contract expired
A testimonial was hosted by his final club
And with the money raised, he opened up a pub

Yes sometimes he has flutter and he still likes a drink
But every player did and he don’t care what people think
No medals in his wardrobe, no promotions for the fans
Yet the fanzines in the attic, still pay tribute to this man

The closest that he got to his Wembley final dream
Was the northern semi-final of the Autoglass windscreen

So it don’t matter what you’re doing, if you’ve not risen to the top
An unremarkable career or if you’ve never had a job
You can still touch people’s lives with the smallest thing
So gather your friends here and together we will sing

I may not have the money, I may not have the fame
No model for a partner, plus an anglo saxon name
But I will never be forgotton, by those who hold me dear
I’ll be talked of in these pubs by the people who are here
Track Name: My story
The sun is going down on a summer night
The sky is looking clear and the breeze is slight
My beer’s a little warm I’m near the end of my pint, any-
body want a drink as this next round’s mine?

These faces I know look back at me here
I feel a lot of love from those sat near
I look in their eyes and wonder how we came to be
You were friends of friends’ friends but now it’s you and me

So where in my story is it that you belong?
Are you a friend I’ve known for years, but one that’s now moved on?
Perhaps you’re someone new, who I see here every day
But who’ll be gone tomorrow and who is here to stay?

Keeping in touch is easy these days, but its
Never been so hard despite all the ways:
Minutes are unused and my texts are going free but I’ve stopped
Speaking on the phone to the friends I never see

We were hanging out in groups now I see you on my own
We may be getting older but our friendship hasn’t grown
Do I make the effort or let them all run free?
If I’m not there for you then who’ll be there for me? So where…

It seems as time moves on, people always change
It’s funny when the ones you love, are the ones that are estranged
Some friendships take the effort, while others come so easy
Do I let things run their course just to watch my old friends leave me?

Everyone’s paired off but I’m yet to settle down
Are you always in a couple whenever you come round?
Now the baby’s born does it mean I’ll never see you?
Everything will change, does it mean that we will too?

The moon is in the sky on a summer night
Heading up the hill, it’s time to say goodbye
I’m making up my story, as I go along
Please don’t slip away, I hope that I am wrong…
Track Name: Everyone's a geek
Everyone's a geek these days, I’m not alone in my geeky ways
There’s no need for us to wait, the future’s here, let’s celebrate

Computer club came once a week
Not many dared, to join us geeks
We got our kicks from those old machines
Typed in the code from computer magazines

My digital watch was more than it seemed
Had a calculator with LCD screen
All that power had me enthralled
How did they fit it in something so small?

Everyone’s a geek these days; Brian Cox says science rocks
I’ve got a small computer in my pocket but these days no-one thinks to mock it

Stuck in my bedroom with my Atari
We spent hours together, my computer and me
But now in every house, in every town
There’s a video games console in the corner of every lounge

A trip to Bardwells was such a treat
Surely now, that’s obsolete?
But no they say a generation of geeks will die
Unless we give the kids a raspberry pi

Everyone's a geek these days but I’m still proud of my geeky ways
Grandma’s tablet changed her life - and I don’t mean the pharmaceutical type

Everyone’s a geek these days, all this tech is here to stay
There’s no-one that I’d rather be, we’re all geeks now can’t you see?
Track Name: Academical
It was April or May when I gave my heart
I gave my heart away (you gave your heart away)
Then I looked in your eyes. But then you walked away
Then you walked away (then he walked away)

And I try to move on, but I’m in love with you
I’m in love with you (you’re in love with him)
Wish that you felt the same, but you don’t love me
You don’t love me (he don’t love you)

Can’t get you out of my head, you’ve captivated me (captivation)
It was something you said, intoxicated me (intoxication)

Now its June or July and I ask myself
I ask myself why (you ask yourself why)
Did I feel that way? Why did I give my heart
Give my heart away? (you gave your heart away)

My friends always said I should guard my heart
Guard it every time (guard it every time)
Now I’m using my head, I know I’m over you
I know that I’ll be fine (know that you’ll be fine)

I’ve got you out of my mind, eradicated you (eradication)
You mean nothing to me now that I’m free from you (liberation)

It’s now the shortest day and I’m thinking back
To that night in May (to that night in May)
When we said our goodbyes, I knew that you’d become
The one I’d idolise (the one you’d idolise)

Must get you out of my life, you’ve complicated it (complication)
I know I’m out of your league and you can’t take it (you can’t take it)
Must get you out of my life, you’ve complicated it (complication)
I know I’m out of your league and you can’t take it (you can’t take it)
Track Name: In the next town (same old radio)
We’re kicking off the day with the same old breakfast show
A macho male presenter and I’m the flirting girl in tow
You should have seen us last night, when we were out on the lash. We’ve got more Gaga coming up, but first enjoy these ads

It’s the no-repeat workday, though I think that what you’ll find
Is the same old songs tomorrow, starting just past nine
Listen to the hits, from when you were at school
(Is it nineteen ninety four?) No I think it’s ninety two

And when you go to the next town it’s the same old radio, just a different
station name
In the next town it’s the same old radio, just a different station name

The travel news is sponsored by the same bus company
Text in and you could win a monthly travel card for free
If you’re driving through our patch, then put on your radio
We’ll interrupt this song to tell you where you shouldn’t go

Listen to the network chart, find out who’s at number one
We’ve added up the plays and know the name of the top song
At a weekly station meeting, we made the playlists up, yes our top
40 is a fiction but we couldn’t give a stuff

Because our advertisers like it and it’s them that pay the bills
Have a late night love affair and we promise you the thrills
Call us for a premium or it’s just 50p to text
Here’s three songs in a row cos I need a cigarette

And when you go to the next town it’s the same old radio, (just a different
station name)
Just like when you drink in the next town it’s the same old soulless bars (with generic pub co names)
When you shop in the next town it’s the same old high street shops (with the same old chain store names)
In the next town, it’s all the same
Track Name: Tomorrow
I’m not pointing the finger in your direction
This time I know that its all me
I’ll tell you straight, I can’t give you perfection
Who is the person that I must be?

I never thought I had it in me
Now I know this is what lurks inside
Waiting for my weakest moment
Here I have no place to hide

Tomorrow I’m starting again, please don’t judge me until then

There’s a you-shaped gap here next to me
An empty space, I’ve filled with self-pity
It’s your vacation but you’re not coming home
Each postcard reminds me that I’m alone

On the other side, the grass seems so green
Now I’m in a nightmare, this isn’t - what - I - dreamed
The thoughts in my head, a perfect fantasy
Now I’ve lived them out it’s not who I want to be

It’s making me sad as I sing this song
Thinking back to what we had that’s gone
Another regret to add to my list
One more memory for me to sift

So the finger’s pointing right back at me
I don’t need your help in helping me to see
That I must change, this can’t go on
Just give me til the morning comes, when

Give me one more chance, I will prove this to you

Tomorrow, tomorrow, will I love you tomorrow?
Tomorrow I’m starting again, please don’t judge me until then
Track Name: The t-shirt song
Thanks to my sister, and all her cool friends
Listened to their music and followed all their trends
Copied her albums on to my Memorex tapes
Learned the words to play bad covers with all my mates

When I arrived at youth club, someone caught my eye
So I bought myself a cheese toastie and decided that I’d try
My luck to see if they just might like me
I put my money in the jukebox, and started to speak...

Do you like my long sleeved t-shirt, its got swear words on the back?
Look, I’ve painted my doc martins to turn them blue from black
Did you make your tie-die t-shirt? Will you please do one for me?
If you want I’ll grow my fringe just to show that I’m indie

Things were going okay but it was time to step it up
if I made a compilation tape, it just might change my luck
So I got out all my records and created the mix
It ended with a ballad, yes I knew all the tricks

Well the tape it went down well but I couldn’t lose momentum
Didn’t think that they’d want flowers, so decided not to send them
Instead I phoned the student radio to say hello
We were the only people listening but I wanted them to know

Tell me when you hear those songs, does it really seem so long
Close your eyes and it feels just like the start
Even though that it’s all gone, and I suppose we’ve both moved on
I know we’ll always have that music in our hearts
Track Name: The broad and narrow way
It’s a desperate situation and I’ve got a choice to make
I lose, you don’t win but just I can’t take this hate
They make me happy, my family and my faith
Must I now choose between the broad and narrow way?

This will split us down the middle and it’s tearing me apart
I’m being told to finish things and I don’t know where to start
And if I choose to go ahead I’ll still not understand
How for us, to love like this, was not part of the plan

You make so happy and I love what I have found, though I may
Never be accepted and I’ve let my family down
How could we be created to live a life suppressed?
Either way I look at this it leaves me in a mess

Am I only accepted when I wear this mask?
If I pretend there’s nothing there, will you promise to not ask?
Questions, that make me lie for answers that cause pain
Love me as I am, for I know that I can’t change
Track Name: This dancefloor needs me
Friends dance in the other room, they’ve left me on my own
They say if I don’t join them, I might as well go home
All these happy people are making me feel sad. The so-called
best days of our lives are the worst I’ve ever had

I want to tell the strangers here that I’m out with all my friends. I’m not the loser in the corner, all alone for the weekend
No I don’t need checking up on, I enjoy my company
Things are OK over here, yes I’m content just being me. Though I know that...

This dancefloor needs me, I’m not being funny, it’s just that I am shy
This dancefloor needs me, give it one more song and maybe I will try
I wish I could dance like no-one’s watching
Dance like I’m not stopping, but I can’t, no I can’t even start

Is anyone sat here, may I pull up a chair?
I see you’ve got a table, I thought that we could share? My friends are
in the other room, they’ve left me on my own
Please tell me how you feel cos I’m not ready to go home...

I know I’m getting on but I can’t recall the change
I was dancing every week but now it feels a little strange
I think my days are numbered within this old night club. Should I
stick to a late bar, or stay in an old man’s pub?

I want to lose it on the floor but I’ve lost my motivation
Now I’m rooted to the spot for another song’s duration
I’m trying really hard but I can’t lose my inhibition
so I’ll wait here in the bar because moving is a mission

I know exactly how you feel, I’ve been there before. Sometimes
I don’t wanna dance, and my friends call me a bore. But they
say there’s strength in numbers; I see that we are two
I can feel the music play, so here’s what we should do:

I’m going to take you by the hand we’ll go show our friends next door
Let’s down our drinks in here and head for the dancefloor
I don’t care what song is playing, and it’s not about romance
Leave your fears right here and together we will dance
Track Name: Seven hills
You were all I knew, for all that time
Well I was yours, and you were mine
I lived to learn and learned to live
For all you gave I tried to give

The day we came to say goodbye
When I moved away, something died
Those many years we spent apart
You were always there inside my heart

The yellow lights on navy sky
I’m coming home, I’ll try not to cry

Every time I walk away I keep coming back for more
Something inside pulls me back, right through the open door
I climb up one of seven hills, turn back round and then
I look back on this city and fall in love with her again

I’ve seen the lights, of London town
Full of life, but can get you down
Though the streets down south, aren’t paved with gold
Those friends for life, have me in their hold

The yellow lights on navy sky
I’m coming home, I’ll try not to cry

I should settle down, 'cos I’m getting old
There’s a warmth up here, despite the cold
I can feel the pull, when I step off the train
This city may change, I’ll still feel the same

The yellow lights on navy sky
I’m coming home, I’ll try not to cry

Every time I walk away I keep coming back for more
Something inside pulls me back, right through the open door
I climb up one of seven hills, turn back round and then
I look back on this city and fall in love with her again

I chose to leave but you swallowed your pride
and welcomed me back with arms open wide
In these city walls is the place I will be
There's a lump in my throat, whenever I see...

The yellow lights on navy sky
I’m coming home, I’ll try not to cry

Every time I walk away I keep coming back for more
Something inside pulls me back, right through the open door
I climb up one of seven hills, turn back round and then
I look back on this city and fall in love with her again
Track Name: Beneath your city; as you dream...
Beneath your city; as you dream
five flowing rivers they can’t be seen
underground  beneath your feet
something’s rising from the streets