These Robot Days

by Dean Bruni

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Released in 2009

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released March 3, 2009

Dean Bruni - Vocals, Guitars, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, E-Bow, Harmonica Percussion
Nick Battani - Drums
Kevin Defro - Drums, Percussion
Steve Rosenstein - Violin

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Track Name: Shadow on the Wall
I was a shadow on the wall in a town that time forgot •
The sound of nothing happening was deafening •
There were years of lost weekends •
Women’s faces made of stone •
Like a movie with no happy ending •
But I’d taken all I could, but what I stole was all the same •
For the ideas of fools could keep one laughing •
For I’ve run three thousand miles •
Just to stand in the sun •
To find myself with that same shadow on the wall •
It’s just my same shadow on the wall •
There were big city games and hillsides covered with flames •
There were smoke screens in every direction •
There was heat rising up with a fire-like lust •
Love was on extended vacation •
Like a dream gone astray •
I woke up on that fateful day •
To find a stranger tending my garden •
I’d harvest just what I could to save the remaining good for some distant rainy day •
And I’ve run three thousand miles •
Just to stand in the sun •
To find myself with the same shadow on the wall •
It’s just my same shadow on the wall •
With every move that I made •
It’s been the shadow’s serenade that keeps me dancing to a tune that’s too familiar •
And wherever I go there’s a song that I know •
That’s been following me down every highway •
I heard it too many times like a broken nursery rhyme •
That I’ll carry from the cradle to heaven •
And I’ve run three thousand miles •
Just to stand in the sun •
To find myself with the same shadow on the wall •
It’s just my same shadow on the wall •
It’s just my same shadow on the wall •

© 2008 Dean Bruni
Track Name: Invisible Tides
I got something to say and someone to see •
Somewhere, somewhere else to be •
Get out of my way it’s my busy day •
That is I don’t think that I’ve got the time to waste •
And it all falls like the night and it feels like we’re lost in invisible tides •
And it feels like we’re caught in invisible tides •
And it feels like we’re caught in another kind of life •
I traveled a road I thought was my own •
Now the weekend’s for sleeping •
While these miles keep creeping along •
It’s empty at home when I’m always gone •
I’m a name on a card with a company telephone •
And it all falls like the night •
And it feels like we’re caught in invisible tides •
And it feels like we’re caught in invisible tides •
And it feels like we’re caught in another kind of life •
I got something to say and someone to see •
Somewhere, somewhere else to be •
And it all falls like the night •
And it feels like we’re caught in invisible tides •
And it feels like we’re caught in invisible tides •
And it feels like we’re caught in another kind of life (it feels like we’re lost) •
In another kind of life (it feels like we’re lost)...

© 2008 Dean Bruni
Track Name: Last Child
Outside looking inside •
You were the last child showing your misfit smile •
They gave you a name, learned to play all their games •
You had to jump so high some days just to be on your way •
You couldn’t stop the rain of the storm that called your name •
You were the last child, you were the last child •
And you might sail away forever to find your home •
And you might drift upon that water until you know,
That you are the only one to choose to find your way out of the blues •
Modern times are turning to desperate times •
We just don’t realize it’s the story of every child •
We give them our name, they inherit our blame •
For the things that we don’t change will surely rise up again •
But you couldn’t stop that rain of the storm that called your name •
You were the last child, you were the last child •
And you might sail away forever to find your home •
And you might drift upon that water until you know,
That you are the only one to choose to find your way out of the blues •
They don’t understand you want to cast off the chain you took on •
As the last in line you paid the price to change your mind •
You might sail away forever to find your home •
And you might drift upon that water until you know,
That you are the only one to choose to find your way out of the blues •

© 2008 Dean Bruni
Track Name: The Forest
It’s late and I’m all alone •
Writing this song for you •
I don’t know where it starts, but I do know where it ends •
Why can’t we see the forest for the rest of reality? •
In the storybooks you’ve read, is there a story to explain you and me? •
How the ending came crashing down, like the sound of a sad, sad symphony •
And why can’t we see the forest for the rest of reality? •
And if you get caught in the woods of blame, there will be no one to save your day •
Maybe you can follow the trail of breadcrumbs to lead you back to the one you once loved •
Now you’re out in your car staring at your set of keys •
While the words of my song start rolling down your cheeks •
Why can’t we see the forest for the rest of reality? •
For the rest of reality •
Just the rest of reality •
For the rest of reality •
Just the rest of reality

© 2008 Dean Bruni
Track Name: So You Dream
Remember when you used to try? •
Remember when you used to cry for the dreams you had? •
Remember when you used to laugh? •
Remember when you’d find a way to get by? •
You know that now it was more than in your head •
The lonely times with the living dead has ended •
And so you dream, like you’ve never dreamed before •
Like you’ve opened up a brand new door to step through •
Remember when you held the sun? •
And it was yours forever when summer would come •
Remember when you’d climb that tree? •
And you’d look down to see all that you could see •
You know it now that it was more than in your head •
The lonely times with the living dead has ended •
And so you dream, like you’ve never dreamed before •
Like you’ve opened up a brand new door to step through •
And so you dream, like you’ve never dreamed before •
Like you’ve opened up a brand new door to step through •
(guitar solo)
And so you dream, like you’ve never dreamed before •
Like you’ve opened up a brand new door to step through •
And so you dream, like you’ve never dreamed before •
Like you’ve opened up a brand new door to step through •
And so you dream, like you’ve never dreamed before •
Like the keys to a brand new door to step through •

© 2008 Dean Bruni
Track Name: Never Want to Stop
Driving my car on the highway after midnight •
I was king of the road with nothing for miles in sight •
Like they rolled out the concrete carpet only for me in the darkness •
There won’t be no trouble following me •
I’m heading East going down to the sea •
No clouds hanging me up •
I feel like I never want to stop •
I feel like I never want to stop •
I feel like I never want to stop •
I feel like I never ever want to stop •
Don’t know if I’ve gone too far looking for her? •
She was queen of the Sun whispering her fire words •
I need a woman who speaks pure moonlight •
Only for me she helps me feel right •
There won’t be no trouble following me •
I’m heading East going down to the sea •
No clouds hanging me up •
I feel like I never want to stop •
I feel like I never want to stop •
I feel like I never want to stop •
I feel like I never ever want to stop •
I’ll only sleep when I see the morning sun on the ocean •
And she’ll be there walking in the sand, reaching for my hand •
There will be no troubles following me •
I’m heading East going down to the sea •
No clouds hanging me up •
I feel like I never want to stop •
I feel like I never want to stop •
I feel like I never want to stop •
I feel like I never ever want to stop

© 2008 Dean Bruni
Track Name: Three Steps Backwards
You say you’re gonna move out •
You’ve been living in a cold, cold house •
He’s not the one you thought he was •
In a different direction you’re going •
You say you only want to be my friend •
As you look at me with fire in your eye •
But I don’t want to take that road, no •
To the burning house of deceit and lies •
You say we can fly on the wings of love •
You say that it’s not just a game of lust •
I’m taking three steps backwards I hope you’ll understand •
I’m taking three steps backwards I can’t hold your hand •
We’ve had intense moments, but we never took it too far •
And he is like your roommate now that you love like an old guitar •
You keep him in the corner, you don’t play him anymore •
But you have a new song in mind now mama •
So you’re walking out that door •
You say we can fly on the wings of love •
You say that it’s not just a game of lust •
I’m taking three steps backwards I hope you’ll understand •
I’m taking three steps backwards I can’t hold your hand •
I hear music playing in my head •
She’s the only lover I need right now •
In the morning laying in my bed •
I’m taking three steps backwards I hope you’ll understand •
I’m taking three steps backwards I can’t hold your hand •
I’m taking three steps backwards I hope you’ll understand •
I’m taking three steps backwards I can’t hold your hand •
I’m taking three steps backwards I can’t hold your hand •
Three steps backwards I can’t hold your hand •

© 2008 Dean Bruni
Track Name: Mercy Street
"Mercy Street" Words and Music by Peter Gabriel - Used with permission under license.

for anne sexton

looking down on empty streets, all she can see
are the dreams all made solid
are the dreams all made real

all of the buildings, all of those cars
were once just a dream
in somebody's head

she pictures the broken glass, she pictures the steam
she pictures a soul
with no leak at the seam

lets take the boat out
wait until darkness
let's take the boat out
wait until darkness comes

nowhere in the corridors of pale green and grey
nowhere in the suburbs
in the cold light of day

there in the midst of it so alive and alone
words support like bone

dreaming of mercy st.
wear your inside out
dreaming of mercy
in your daddy('s arms again
dreaming of mercy st.
'swear they moved that sign
dreaming of mercy
in your daddy's arms

pulling out the papers from the drawers that slide smooth
tugging at the darkness, word upon word

confessing all the secret things in the warm velvet box
to the priest-he's the doctor
he can handle the shocks

dreaming of the tenderness-the tremble in the hips
of kissing Mary's lips

dreaming of mercy st.
wear your insides out
dreaming of mercy
in your daddy's arms again
dreaming of mercy st.
'swear they moved that sign
looking for mercy
in your daddy's arms

mercy, mercy, looking for mercy
mercy, mercy, looking for mercy

Anne, with her father is out in the boat
riding the water
riding the waves on the sea
Track Name: Heal
All of your life has been a question of when
When you’re staring down from that mountain of possible sins
And when the air is so hot, and when the nights are so long
When you start to wonder is there a way to right what’s wrong?
And despite the angels calling, you forever hold that line
And when you finally let go all that you’ve lost is your pride
You can heal
You can heal
You can heal
You can heal
If the light fades out you can always use that line
Your field is open wide
Like a thousand voices in your head talking too loud
The ground starts to rumble still the words just won’t come out
There’s impossible odds backing you in the next race
You look out on the water and you see sweet Mary’s face
And despite the angels calling, you forever hold that line
And when you finally dive in all you wash off is your pride
You can heal
You can heal
You can heal
You can heal
If the light fades out you can always choose that line
Your field is open wide
You can heal
You can heal
You can heal
You can heal
Track Name: The Voice
Staring at the starry sky •
Waving and passing by •
You know the place that you’d rather be •
You think your life is a mystery •
Think your life is a mystery •
So you hitched a ride back to Carter Road •
To the place that you once called home •
You met a ghost there you used to know •
With a voice that broke so clear and slow •
With a voice that spoke so clear and slow •
Say, hang on the end is not near •
And the rain is gone, and the way has been cleared •
Imagine today is your future, where better things are happening, right here •
I heard the waves of the crying sea •
She was the first one she’ll remember me •
We faced the dark from her secret room •
We had no plans to grow up that soon •
We had no plans to grow up that soon •
Say hang on, the end is not near •
And the rain is gone, and the way has been cleared •
Imagine today is your future, where better things are happening, right here •
I’m sorry babe that I could not stay •
For our decision kept us away •
In that division we learned how to pray •
When there’s nothing left, there’s only one thing to say now •
Say, hang on the end is not near •
And the rain is gone and the way has been cleared •
Imagine today is your future, where better things are happening, right here •

© 2008 Dean Bruni
Track Name: These Robot Days
Not everyone recalls your name
When they get rusted by rain
The clouds that pull me deeper down in,
Repeating patterns drain
All I want to do is shake off these robot days

Doesn’t everyone want to see the sun?
Doesn’t everyone want to feel some sunshine?

The super hero lost her way
She fought so long so hard she felt no pain
She got caught in the rescue scene
One day she’ll fly away
She only wants to rise above and watch these robot days

Doesn’t everyone want to see the sun?
Doesn’t everyone want to feel some sunshine?

I knew a scientist named “Ray”
He phoned in a frantic state, as I heard him say
If I could find the frequency
I’d melt these robot days


© by Dean Bruni 2008
Track Name: Your Time
Take all your dreaming and put it in a paper cup •
It’s time to fill up what you’ve been thinking of •
Take all the love you have and put it on a string •
It’s time to let go of those lost and forgotten things •
There are no accidents on the road of your intent •
It’s only how your time’s been spent •
If you think you love me, then say my name again •
If you think you need me then I’ll be your only friend •
There are no accidents on the road of your intent •
It’s only how our time’s been spent •
Too much has come between us •
We’ve come too close to the edge •
We may just fall off into the bitter end •
There are no accidents on the road of your intent •
It’s only how our times, I said it’s only how our time •
I say it’s only how our time has been spent

© 2008 Dean Bruni
Track Name: I Feel You
I remember everything you said to me about your position and your place •
Like a premonition of what has to be, you don’t believe in what you cannot see •
Even while this world is running down you keep your feet tied to the ground,
but you never learn to fly •
Looking out the window, staring, perched in your electric-chair sending out an
S.O.S in silence •
See I feel you, where you’re stuck in your day. See I’m not so far away myself •
Surrounded by the same grey cell, marking time to pay my way •
So I feel you when you say “can’t fake it, can’t fake it anymore, I can’t take it” •
A smoke and a sandwich on the run, cut your hair, keeps you working Saturdays •
Plan a vacation on the North Shore and you finally found that one you’ve been looking for •
And even while this world is running down you keep your feet tied to the ground, but you never learn to fly •
Looking out the window, staring, perched in your electric chair sending out an S.O.S in silence •
See I feel you • Where you’re stuck in your day •
See I’m not so far away myself •
Surrounded by the same grey cell, marking time to pay my way •
So I feel you when you say “can’t take it, I can’t fake it anymore, I can’t fake it” •
See I feel you, where you’re stuck in your day.

© 2008 Dean Bruni