SONGS A​-​Z Cynic & the Sunrise (2004​-​2005)

by Robert LaSalle

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SONGS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

Never released, recorded in many random bedrooms, garages, basements and kitchens, “Songs” is a huge compilation of music recorded from 2004 onward. The music is an autobiography that starts out with a teenager experimenting with new songwriting techniques, production, instrumentation, progressions, melodies, time signatures and lyrical themes. Nearly everything recorded from 2004-2009 was recorded on a shitty multi-track (Korg MKII) with a shitty microphone (SM58) and mixed on-the-spot with shitty headphones (shitty headphones). That’s the producer’s disclaimer. Voilà.

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released December 31, 2005

All songs written, performed and produced by Robert LaSalle except "Allegories" with Luke Freeman playing drums

ALBUM ART BY MEGAN KELLEY

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Track Name: Bittersweet and Baby Blue
there's a bridge over water in a town on a hill
it fits us all without a splash or a spill
here's much too many lives to fill
too modest and stable for a town on a hill

so, when a man decides to jump,
he's sacrificed a swim
his humble beginnings
his bittersweet end
but bittersweet, we welcome you
and it's the last breath of mankind

it's the price you pay for protection
reprimanded and re-elected
it's natural selection
it's finalized
nothing more and nothing less.

who's the trend setter? who cares?
the end, and what's left?
who's the worst at what they do?
it doesn't matter who's best
the last one standing
is the last one standing, i guess

it's a game without objective
it's war in seven sections
don't give us the answers between the lines
we live to ask the questions

if i'm the last one standing
i'm the last one standing, i might!
if i'm the last one standing,
then i won't come home tonight

sleeping through the battles
and concealing all the weapons
and i never could imagine
watching hell inside of heaven
it's the good times, waking up,
and fleeing far from anything
and everything you'd ever known
and anything you've ever known

it's a game without objective
it's war in seven sections
don't give us the answers between the lines
we live to ask the questions

if i'm the last one standing
i'm the last one standing, i might!
if i'm the last one standing,
then i won't come home tonight
if i'm the last one standing
i'm the last one standing, i might!
then i won't come home,
i won't come home, i won't come home
no i won't come, no i won't come
i won't be home, i won't be home
tonight tonight tonight...

who's who baby blue?
the last one standing is the last one standing is you
Track Name: Count Your Stars
soon we'll step in your place
we'll remind you, we have something more to say
this grave that's taken up your lives
this mess you made, we'll stuff it all behind us

peace and your love is ours now
but we're not so dumb
step in your place
we've learned from you and your dumb mistakes
count your stars
this modern world changes
and the future's ours

now there are outstanding new cries
when religion is leery, knowledge on the up rise
all cultures will unite
your old world is your sacrifice to us

peace and your love is ours now
but we're not so dumb
step in your place
we've learned from you and your dumb mistakes
count your stars
this modern world changes
and the future's ours
Track Name: It Poured All Night
(too much sunlight)

fall from the wind of a warm summer sky
it rained all day and it poured all night
Track Name: It'll All Come Back
"you's the law, man. you says what's is true."
but your morals still stuffed deep inside of you
you’ve covered them up with your bloodstained hands
and stomped out the ashes in every other man

i could wash your brain too -it needs the cleanse
i choose not to fuck you but to make amends
take your hand off the book and lift it to your head
you were born with integrity; now you're better off dead

take it all away
it'll all come back someday
if what you say is true
it'll all come back on you

we're civilized now -no more savages in cages
only oppressed desires and fat middle ages
steal toe battles with guns and knives
"all the good folks are lawyers with fat housewives"

think twice before you really know what's good
and if you think you're better... you probably shouldn't
who's the judge? who's the jury, and who's here to endorse them?
where's the baby blue peasants you pay to enforce them?!

take it all away
it'll all come back someday
if what you say is true
it'll all come back on you

all of those things I plan to do
(all of the good I plan to do)
the only one in my way is you

take it all away
it'll all come back someday
if what you say is true
it'll all come back on you
Track Name: Love The Night
when the world is in a day
i'll be in a dream
when the world is wide awake
i'll be fast asleep

if two blue moons are twice a year
than something's bound to keep us here
love the night with me
if you're angry on an afternoon
my love stands before you
love the night with me

when the moon has stepped above
love the night with me
reach into the sun
it beats the life from me

i can't live forever babe
i need your light on sunny days
love the night with me
wait until forever's done
we'll never need to see the sun
love the night with me

love the night with me
love the night with me
love the night with me
Track Name: Midnight Accumulation
midnight is the hour
words won't be devoured
actions won't speak at all
which leaves him to his thoughts

free of thought, opinionated
precision, religion, and education
science, art, and the law of man
free of thought, free at hand

fruitful is the human race
savage, or a blank slate
the present without the past is lame
but fruitful is the human race

at the center of his immagination
is midnight, accumulation

midnight is the hour
words won't be devoured
actions won't speak at all
which leaves him to his thoughts

the center of his imagination
is midnight accumulation
the suspicion of god and his realization
if he didn't exist, well
we'd have to make him
democracy and liberation
liberty and maculation
the lesser power is the lesser nation
democracy and liberation

at the center of his imagination
is midnight, accumulation

midnight is the hour
words won't be devoured
actions won't speak at all
which leaves him to his thoughts

the political animal lives and dies
his thoughts are political and religious lies
he who's taught what he believes
is no more than what he seems to be

midnight is the hour
words won't be devoured
actions won't speak at all
which leaves him to his thoughts

midnight is the hour
midnight is the hour
Track Name: Need You But You'll Never Know
i need you and you'll never know
i need you and you'll never know
i need you and you'll never know
i need you and you'll never know

you'll never know without a sound
i'll never stop or settle down
and if i could i'd be for you
i'll never be what you want me to

secrets always fall apart
i feel it but i know it's gone
is it me or is it someone else
i need you and you'll never know

i need to make you understand
without you i'll be better off
better off in my head
without you i'll take on the world

i need you but you'll never know
i need you and you'll never know
i need you and you'll never know
i need you and you'll never know

nothing stands in my way
i love you but love is a plague
i need you and you'll never know
i love you and you'll never know

i'll take the long way out
i'll be the lonely one
forever now
forever now

i need you and you'll never know
i need you but you'll never know
Track Name: Settle for Less
heaven is a mountain
if hell is just a hill
i'm here for answers
i'm here to kill or be killed
what's this, you say?! i'm in a valley?!
what good is this to me?
i'm climbing; getting tired; i've stopped to
rest beneath a tree
so, yes, might i settle for less
and build a castle on this hill
if it doesn't make me stronger
than it's bound to make me ill
and it's bound to make me ill

i'll settle for less
i'll never ask for more and
i'll never be the best
i'll settle for less
incompetent excuses?
call me lazy if you wish
the cynic and the sunrise
the product of someone else’s eyes
i'm free to do whatever i want and so are you
and so are you...

revisions and sadists and crud in your head
i've come clean; i'm godspeed, and i'd rather be dead
don't surrender-don't decay-don't be shun from the day
can you feel it? it's real; it can blow you away

fuck your dreams
fuck your fortune and that sparkle in her eye
fuck your "feelings inside"
fuck all four stable lives

do i pray for this sentiment?
is this not what won’t hit me?
my prayers do have answers and they're all 50/50

i'll settle for less
i'll never ask for more and
i'll never be the best
i'll settle for less
incompetent excuses?
call me lazy if you wish
the cynic and the sunrise
the product of someone else’s eyes
the cynic rides west
the grains of salt have turned to seas
the cynic breathes his own disease and
the sun won't set if i keep riding east
the sun won't set if i keep riding east, ay

wouldn't it be great if we all died and god said,
"ha ha ha life's a game
and now you're all dead
you'll all rot in the ground with
men and women and kids
-you'll decay for days and days and then...
i'll turn you into sin
what's sin, you ask?
why haven't you begun to read the book?
i gave it to dear constantine
and never had a second look
yes, your purpose for being here on earth
is for our amusement
i didn't want the game to end
the devil couldn't use it

i'll settle for less
i'll never ask for more and
i'll never be the best
i'll settle for less
competent excuse:
i said i'll never be the best
i said i'll settle for less
no no no no
i'll settle for less
i'll never be free to be
Track Name: The Allegories
in seas of free
we can't release
allegories change the proof
and murder's coming through the roof
you might find a wholesome surprise through
our lives our sealed
in harmony
allegories change the proof
and murder's coming through the roof
and you might find a wholesome surprise
murder's coming through the roof
can i get mine?
murder's coming through the roof
Track Name: The Distance
when the day's at end
your fortune is your future
do you have the aim?
your time is a wasting away

you got the distance
do have the aim
count the hours
'til the days at end
Track Name: Wash It Away
it never comes, it never goes
living in a glass, can't make it alone
second class citizens sucking his toes
plastic laughs can't hold your own

i'm here to show you how
throw it away, can't say it aloud
got to keep it a secret in a season's scorn
got to wash it away in a thunderstorm

never dies it never grows
living in a glass can't make it alone
make it intense it never goes
plastic laughs on a telephone, on a telephone

i'm here to show you how
throw it away, can't say it aloud
got to keep it a secret in a season's scorn
have to wash it away in a thunderstorm
wash it away, wash it away

hold up secrets, pills, and thrills
got 60 more years to be kill or be killed
it never comes it never goes
living in a glass and all alone

i'm here to show you how
now now now now
wash it away
hold your own
Track Name: Yur His Lust -See Loving In God
competing with the best of them
admiring all that once was
there's no way to stop the rest
or maybe there is, but no one does
the past is on a plaque
we watched the cities fall
knowledge is an artifact
history defeats us all

fend for yourself
i'll fend for myself
the smoke will only burn your eyes
free yourself into my hell
you've only begun to touch the fire