Cryonic Freeze: A Tales of Young Robert Archive

by Tales of Young Robert

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HOME - words & music by Nate Butler Day ... night The days last just as long as I say (they don't complain, do they?) Air a sound to come around; air a sound, oh come around Living room where the colors swoon And the darkest shapes don't get up too soon And a thousand wars, and as many decors This is my new home, and I'm calling on my phone At my house, at my house I could not see you walk in my place (if you stood right in my face) Anyone, come in to town; I need a guest, they never come around Come see me, refurbish me Where the light's so bright that no one can see And a thousand wars, and as many decors This is my new home, and I'm calling on my phone At my house, at my house At my house, at my house Home
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SNOW - Words & music by Stan Schaffer & Nate Butler, but mostly Stan. "What's that falling from the sky?" She asked while pointing upward "Don't worry, it won't hurt you; only make you cold" He told her, quite unconcerned with her perception: "It's only frozen water." Why should you care? My winters past are more than yours "Hey, you're standing in my way!" she said, "I'm fascinated With all this frozen water." But you forget; what if you were in her place? Such an innocent trace, the face of an angel And you'd believe if you would have Seen if you could have kept that photo album "What's that falling from the sky?" she asked while pointing upward ... She's looking at the sky ... It's only frozen water ... standing in my way ...
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LOVE ON A SINKING SHIP - words & music by Nate Butler I was on the banquet deck, in my second drink I was not upset as you might think -- It's going around that we're gonna sink (ah-ha) uh-huh The mightiest titan ever to divide the sea Is going down tonight, and she's taking me What a trip, any floor show this should beat (Do you think this is so funny?) I won't miss much; all I did at home was sleep Saw you in the lounge And even though my glass ain't empty, I might just as well be sipping sand ... This is really it ... isn't it? Always did my deepest thinking with my cock, So it's coming up as quite a shock This credibility in Richard Bach (good luck) uh-huh I can't explain what causes my mind to change; Pull away from the lifeboat in the rain Of bodies that don't feel the seem (Do you know you won't see the dock?) My only regret is that I never quit smoking Turn to look by chance And as the rail I'm climbing over starts to shake (Caught in the spotlight dance) I can't help laughing at the face you make Sunglasses and cigarettes, barstools and broomsticks Cigarette butts and broken hearts I'm walking across chairs to serve the water serpents in the view ... the band plays for you. Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye I'm ready to die! You say that black is what you wear on the outside Because black is how you feel on the inside Well, baby, it's time to try rainbow (funny) Ha ha, ho ho (see the dock) Rainbow (so funny) Ha ha, ho ho (see the dock) (Always found in intrigue) at unknown things two thousand leagues underneath the sea (Did not intend to seek) Atlantis, let's go down and take a peek Far beneath the sea, this is a secret we shall keep ... (It's a cruel world if you want it to be; it's a good life if you exit with me) (And we go together, we go together) (I see no good and I fear no evil) ... one confused boy ...
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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC - words & music by Nate Butler 'Round here, not an adventure Passes by your eyes, and you don't care We're all gonna go somewhere Grab a-hold of wildlife by the ear You wanna share in the dividends? I guarantee that the pace never ends with my friends! Follow, the world is hollow, and I've touched the sky Last our trip, cannibals marred it Came out a wee bit missing some bodily parts That's called navigation -- high We're in a big apple that's ripe, take big bites! Until the day we run out of earth, Or fall off the edge -- whichever comes first Casualties that we sustain compensate the wildlife we tame The headcount's never the same! Footsteps, never like men left; how deep then? Man reaches for heaven Walks on the moon, but never walked on the floors of Loch Ness I guess that old Nessie's blessed We'll be looking up her, like the rest of interest If you're craving adventure, drink your fill, and we will make sure Like National Geographic, a bit of mystery will die if you find it So let's put our ties to the test And we'll steer out our vessel, at best, on our way Until the day we run out of earth, Or fall off the edge -- whichever comes first Casualties that we sustain compensate the wildlife we tame The headcount's never the same! On our way, on our way ...
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NARRATOR (Mark): We take you now to the garage of your average American band, trying to find their identity in city Number 277. STAN: Yeah, right. DARREN: Hey guys, let's be a band. STAN: Yeah, yeah! NATE: Yeah, but what kind of band should we be? JOHN: Rock out, dude: let's be like Van Halen! STAN: Yeahhh! (rock music starts; the band attempts to wail like metal singers) MARK: We can play at The Zoo, man! STAN: Oh no no, man, no: metal bands can't play at The Blue! DARREN: But oho, but reggae bands can! NATE: Two nights, usually! STAN: Alright! MARK: Yeah, mon, let's play! Yeah, mon! STAN: We can charge $6.50, mon! NATE: Oh, I dunno, it might work … JOHN: Wait, there was only one Bob Marley, dudes. WHOLE BAND: That's true, yeah. STAN: Hey, let's just be ourselves! WHOLE BAND: In Fresno?! MARK: (singing “Heart of the Matter”): Does anybody belong here? If we can be strong we belong here! NARRATOR (Mark): And so it goes: Tales of Young Robert have found an identity. Meet them Friday, Septmber 16th, at The Wild Blue. WHOLE BAND: Not recommended for children or Republicans!!! DARREN: Or people who like a sixty-forty split!
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HEART OF THE MATTER - words & music by Stan Schaffer Take the life out of living, and it's not living Take the light out of sunlight, and watch it grow dark So much economizing, with nobody realizing See if it stands on it's own See if it stands ... on it's own And everyone you depend may depend on someone too They defend their actions with their assets The TV sets are running; so is the population See if it stands on it's own See if it stands ... on it's own Don't remind me; don't be kind to me Let's check the heart of the matter; see if it belongs Does anybody belong here? If we can be strong, we belong here But it's the middle-man who feels the pull from both sides now Misdirection always causes pain (to the heart of the matter) Listen to your heart, and start to realize Don't let it stand on it's own Don't let it stand ... on it's own Does anybody belong here? If we can be strong, we belong here
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ALMOST ALWAYS - words & music by Nate Butler I came to here to sulk and leer, and be my charming self You ask me why I'm over here, when you know I came with someone else Ha ha, ha ha, enjoy that beer; better have another Don't look that way, you'll see our dates are probably leaving with each other You can come with me anywhere But let's both be considerate, and not go back in there Heart of ice, like velcro dice; she was rusting on a shelf I said I'd like to oil her, but the cure was something else I guess this is what you get when you plan ahead something else's time I thought we were made in heaven before we arrived at this place -- and I wasn't even driving You can come with me anywhere But I don't know a better show to ache my soul, so let's just go Everywhere -- but in there I came to here to sulk and leer, and be my charming self You ask me why I'm over here, when you know I came with someone else Ha ha, ha ha, enjoy that beer; better have another Don't look that way, you'll see our dates have forsaken both us for each other You can come with me anywhere But I don't know a better show to ache my soul, so let's just go Everywhere, everywhere Everywhere -- but in there
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JUST A LITTLE GIRL? - words & music by Stan Schaffer There she is, standing across the room Shining bright, but leaving far too soon Who are we? The ones too far away from where she came And we wish to be Bringing out the happiness in other people Isn't it a funny thing? Making you smile like she will -- from the inside out From the inside out There is plenty of time with eyes that know no pain Wanting to climb, and chase away the rain Who are we? The ones who seed the clouds from where she came And we wish to be Bringing out the happiness in other people Getting rid of tears, I guess, is only natural to her So when you're hurting, you know where to turn Turn and see the innocence is there There, in the eyes, you'll see they're saying something now Now and then you'll even understand Something in the air; she sends an air of personality Take a breath and see Turn and see the innocence is there There, in the eyes, you'll see they're saying something now Now and then you'll even understand Something in the air; she sends an air of personality Take a breath and see ... Take a breath with me.
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SPEED INTENTIONS - words & music by Nate butler I'm gonna work it out -- simple answers, matchlight By nine you'll strung out -- beating fast through the night Got somewhere -- hey, we have got to make it They got to see you there -- see ya! So they don't forget you're alive And we go together; I push you, you push me I'm gonna work it out -- simple answers, matchlight By nine you'll strung out -- beating fast through the night And we go together; I push you, you push me And we go together, and we go together And we go together ... we go together Whatcha thinking now? -- borderline reaction You ready for the bow? -- get me some relaxin' Raped by light and sound -- can't dance any faster I might be giving out -- wonder if I'll outlast her And we go together; I push you, you push me I push you, you push me I push you, you push me
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UNDER CAPRICORN - words & music by Nate Butler If you have time to take me underwater Closest, if you would For us if would, and could, and shouldn't you Listen to the good advice your high has to offer Good news in a karma for all of us Good fortune to see and to be with you Once upon a time ... Back when that was all there was Whatever I was, wherever I was I'm never recognized, but I remember you Good fortune to see and to, to be with you Some people are everywhere, some people are everywhere Some people are everywhere, some people are everywhere But tonight, you are my wish But tonight ... you belong to everyone Once upon a time ... back when that was all there was Whatever I was, wherever I was I'm never recognized, but I remember you Good fortune to see and to, to be with you Some people are everywhere, some people are everywhere Some people are everywhere, some people are everywhere But tonight, you are my wish But tonight ... you belong to everyone Everyone
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ANY STREET - words & music by Stan Schaffer & Nate Butler A is for apple, B is for Big Bird Put them together, and it could be absurd Painting a number (one, two, three, four, five) -- maybe a five Count yourself, be counted alive I am an actor (just like Robert Blake) -- a street for a stage It could be your street, if you feel the age Bob and Susan, Gordon too Will feel with you and guide you through But Mr. Hooper always finds it hard You hardly know your ABC's or even 1-2-3's Count yourself, be counted alive We laugh, and sing, and learn to bring a smile to Any Street You could be writing, learning to spell your name Counting in Spanish, we are all the same But when I go home, I'm wary of all the thugs I meet In reality, you see, I work on Sesame Street We laugh, and sing, and learn to bring a smile to Any Street Bob and Susan, Gordon too Will feel with you and guide you through But Mr. Hooper always finds it hard You hardly know your ABC's or even 1-2-3's Count yourself, be counted alive Alive, count yourself Alive, count yourself Alive, count yourself Alive, count yourself
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TRAIN - words & music by Stan Schaffer There's a train to ride; is it heading home? Nobody knows where it's going; it doesn't tell it on the ticket stub Someone tore it just like at the movies Could be "The Orient Express", or from "Wild, Wild West" Let's hope this train is to freedom ... or something similar SDI can wave goodbye behind me "He said it, he said it -- the train of thought misread it" Cup your ear like you can't hear the siren One man knows where it's going; one man says he laid the tracks And wants to be like his friend in the movies Could be "The Orient Express", or from "Wild, Wild West" Let's hope this train is to freedom Will we understand? Will they take all the guns away? Will we make a stand -- every person, every day? We will see in time ... if we make the train There's a train to ride; is it heading home? Woo-woo ...
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HONESTLY CONVINCED - words & music by Stan Schaffer Something in the air; can you feel it there? See it's making operating hard In between the people and bright lights Opens up the night, and suddenly there's nothing but silence And you're here with me, willingly Honestly convinced ourselves we're wrong Letters on a page; impossible Some coffee; try again Fortune plays a part at the drugstore Recognize and realize the distance Who really knows, possibly so We're honestly convinced ourselves we're wrong Oh, I brought it on myself Holding back, showing, losing 'could have hads' With no way of knowing (Who do you turn to when nobody listens?) With no way of knowing at all No way of knowing at all Then suddenly, there's nothing but silence And you're here with me, willingly Honestly convinced ourselves we're wrong Honestly convinced ourselves we're wrong
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NARRATOR 1 (Mark): Good evening. We take you now to Plymouth Rock, USA. The year: 1988. The pilgrims: The Tales of Young Robert. (ocean sounds) NATE: I dunno, I'm getting' a little seasick … DARREN: Oho, land ho! JOHN: Look out! (sound of screeching tires and crash) MARK: I think we've hit on something! JOHN: Where are we?! STAN: I don't know, where are we? NATE: And what year is it? NARRATOR 2 (Darren): Didn't you hear the intro? The year's 1988! NARRATOR 1 (Mark): You're Tales of Young Robert, and you're at Plymouth Rock. JOHN: Who's the president now? NARRATOR 3 (Stan): It's, why it's George Bush, of course! ALL: Bush?!? NATE: You guys still haven't got the picture, eh? DARREN: Wise up! We just left one King George. NARRATOR 1 (Mark): Or was it .. the Boy George? WHOLE BAND: I dunno, man .. We ain't stayin' here .. We're outta here .. See ya! DARREN: But where to now, guys? WHOLE BAND: Back to The Wild Blue!!! JOHN: We wrote thirty tunes on the way over here! WHOLE BAND: Yeah! Let's play!!! NARRATOR 1 (Mark): Thanksgiving, with Tales of Young Robert, November 24th 1988, at The Wild Blue. DARREN: Eat your turkey, MARK: They'll provide the trimmings, JOHN: And if you're not careful, STAN: You may leave grinning! NATE: I'll give thanks to that! WHOLE BAND: Thank you, thank you, thank you, Fresno ...
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Christmas time, near the new year; '89 soon'll be here We're gonna rock, we'll sing and not shout Tales of Young Robert at The Blue Bring some food, don't you wanna Help the poor in Nicaragua One can or more, save a buck at the door Tales of Young Robert at The Blue Stan and Nate and John and Mark and Darren Playin' on December twenty-third Come on down, no matter what you're wearing We'll play the [censored] you've ever heard Make your list for December Check it twice, and remember We're playin' all night, and singin' alright Tales of Young Robert at The Blue
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This is a compilation of live performances, rare demos, and radio promos by Tales of Young Robert, a late-80's Art Pop band from Fresno, California, USA.

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released July 30, 2014

Nate Butler: guitar, keyboards, lead & backing vocals
Darren Embry: bass guitar, backing vocals
John W. Koontz: percussion, keyboards, backing vocals
Mark Ribera: lead vocal & backing vocals, tenor & soprano saxophones, flute, keyboards
Stan Schaffer: drums, backing vocals

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