SONGS A​-​Z Roots of Paradise (2006​-​2007)

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, 2007

All songs written, performed and produced by Robert LaSalle except
..."Golden Days" engineered by Doug Jansen Smith w/ Dave Anderson playing bass
..."Think Twice Part 1 (The Key)" and "Think Twice Part 2 (Show Me How)" with Aaron/8 playing drums

ALBUM ART BY MEGAN KELLEY

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Track Name: Any Other Night Id Say Goodbye
possibilities are never through and through
the lights are always on when i can't see you
when i dream, i dream of love
there's no one there for me, and there never was
tension breathes between our souls
love you've got to get some sleep i know
it felt so right to be so far from love
the closer i come to you the more i fall apart
tonight i need you more and more
and i'd leave here tonight
but you'd wake me up for every night i'm gone
i thought i'd never love a soul,
but now i really need someone
and if i'd left, i'd never see through
without you, i'd never leave you

you came along, and i knew you would
i never thought i could feel so good
i can't understand, and i never show
if you left now, i'd never know
hopes and dreams leave me in the dark
i hold my hopes so high, i never see them when i fall
i fall down tonight with the sky
any other night any other night i'd say goodbye
Track Name: Blanket of Faith
faith, save me
faith, save me

some shallow desires
are tearing through my dreams
life caught in between
my destiny and me

a level headed liar
living among men
whispering through my soul
but i must abandon him

faith, faith, please don't abandon me
wait, wait, wait, wait for my desperate plea
i'm buried between my vices, and you're the only one that can
save, save, save me, save me where i stand (where i stand)

running down the stairs
eyes completely blind
bodies completely bare
trapped inside minds

please don't abandon me
i'm no longer self-absorbed
it's some kind of distant dream
won't ever close its door

faith, faith, please don't abandon me
wait, wait, wait, wait for my desperate plea
i'm buried between my vices, and you're the only one that can
save, save, save me, save me where i stand (where i stand)

beg at the feet of your beds
give all i have to sacrifice
i'll find comfort in my mind
i won't sleep in between my vices

solitude in mind
with the conscience to change
all it needs is time
and a blanket of faith

faith, faith, please don't abandon me
wait, wait, wait, wait for my desperate plea
i'm buried between my vices, and you're the only one that can
save, save, save me, save me where i stand (where i stand)
Track Name: Cemetery
the cemetery's nice
when there's a full moon
and the scenery is right
there's someone at your feet every step you climb

you can just imagine
what the moment was like
you can walk amongst the living
when the moment stands perfectly still

you can read through
every stone on every grave
the flowers from the loved ones
see the wilted ones -the wilted ones that no one's thrown away

in just a few more hours
a service will be held here
for another one past away
and laid to rest

families and friends will all wear black
gathered together on the fresh grass
the sun will shine where there's no trees
and they'll all be so damn hot that they can't wait to leave

they argue together
who pays the funeral costs
deciphering the will
becomes a reason for their loss

gravedigger, dig another grave
landscaper, lay more sod
and an order will be placed
for more stone to be engraved

the afternoon limelight
soaks up flaunted tears
but in the early morning
there's nobody here

on a still, forsaken night
the moonlight casts all else aside
when the wind blows just right
the shadows open up before your eyes

in this pale light
the cemetery's nice
in this pale light
you can watch it all come to life
you can watch it all come to life
Track Name: Could You Ever Love Again
if one love comes tumbling down
could you ever love again?
if love can last forever
if one could never end
could you ever love again?

you can see the end
you can see again
it's only one love

it's set in stone
if stone could break or bend
could you ever love again?

set out to dry
in the pouring rain
if clouds were just pretend
could you ever love again?

you can see the end
you can see again
it's only one love

if love lasts
if love lasts forever
could you ever love again?

if this is how
the story goes
if the story never ends
could you ever love again?
Track Name: Golden Days
together we found love,
and we can find our golden days
i'll meet you at a brand new dawn
where you can see the way i really love
i love you

let's live a fortune together
that hasn't yet been told
let's grow old

let's get to the days
where we give away all our gold
and i may not have much
but i promise you'll never be alone
our love is all i know

every time we push apart, i pull you back to me
sometimes i still believe we're following destiny
back to the start
where you stole my heart

and if i hold you and tell you everything's alright
it's alright
we can break, break all the spells that we made
together in a blink, we can follow our golden days

it's a love no one can replace
Track Name: Hope to Meet You There
some say we followed the motions
you and i, laying in the sand
we buried the past, we buried the oceans
together you and i, we fought the laws of man

you stole my heart
you shot me off my guard
on the other side of paradise
there's a place for us to care

for heaven or hell, destiny is progress
love, i hope to meet you there
Track Name: Love Part 1
forever for better i'll love you forever
it's the only way i know how to say
that i love you and i need you
and i'll always be with you
some things will never change

february winds
we'll be at the crossroads again
this time i get to take you home
it's only been a year
it's worth while 'cause you're here
i didn't have to spend it alone

i'll always remember my -void- december
'cause everything started to change
i dream of our adventures
in the cold, brushy wilderness
nashville isn't too far away

every week we'll drive back
if that's what we feel like
nowhere
nowhere's too far
all the time in the world for us to explore
together we'll find who we are

we'll travel the country
and we'll finally see
what it's like when we're both set free

you and i will grow,
and then we'll both grow old
we'll stand the test of time
i want you to walk with me
backwards to tennessee
won't you put your hand in mine

forever for better
my trollywood sent you
sent you to take me away
no matter how bad it seems
you'll be beside me
forever for better days

forever for better
i'll love you forever
it's the only way i know how to say
that i love you i need you
i'll always be with you
and that will never change
for -void-
Track Name: Love Part 3
take me down easy
take me down slow
leave me for a lifetime
where i never knew what you’d done

too soft for an empty bottle
that’s what i’ve been swimming in
and i said forever
forever’s what i meant

(all my love- all my love)

forever’s what I meant
you took it all away

all my love
hid behind your guilty eyes
stripped you of your own devices
brought your cold hard heart to life

all my love
all the love i held on to
all the hell you put me through
take me back where i never knew

walking backwards through a hotbed of misery
take me back to when i’m dancing with eternity
take me back to the innocence that hides behind you
take me back to a love i never knew

the veil fell in vein
it’s still falling the same way
love is gone but still love remains

forever’s what i meant
forever’s what i meant
(all my love- all my love)

all my love
all my life i wait for you
now i’m hiding from the truth
now i’m back where i met you

all my love
all my love i gave to you
all my dreams are coming true
i must be a fucking fool

(float away float away, love
i’ll see you again someday, love)

swimming in a bottle babe
there’s a message that i sent
forever’s what i meant
love is relentless

walking forward through a veil i’ll never see
sleeping in a hotbed of apathy
dreaming of a love I never even knew
there is no time or place where i won’t find you

the veil fell in vein
it’s still falling the same way
love is gone but still love remains
Track Name: Love You, I Do
yes, now i know
know you're sorry for what you've
done done to me
and my darling i can't breathe

days, saturdays are lonely
without you
late, tell me that
you love me, my love

those aren't my clothes you're wearing
it's not my house you're living in
that's not me in your bed, and
my love, i'm right here in your head

love, another song for my insulated head
my head to turn you into my melodies feared
once can a man cry for impurities and sing
for life instead of loneliness in writing

did i tell you that i love you so much?
i couldn't wait to tell you "love you, i love you, i do"
you're the message that i sent myself too late
i had to tell me that "i love you, i love you, i do"

you're the secret that i keep between my minds
i want to break it down and build it back up
i have to kill you first and then i'll break your heart
i want to stop you now before you can start

maybe there's still love in my heart
Track Name: Lullaby
another day is done
i'm counting to one
goodnight to the sun
and the moon up above

getting over you
is a hard thing to do
it's a hard thing to do
i'm counting to two

and all the while
i never smile
i never smile

i said everything
i said everything
i have to say

i'm counting the sheep
i'm counting to three
i'm writing a song to
to sing me to sleep

i'm closing the door
i'm no longer yours
i'm counting to four
be lonely no more

lullaby
close my eyes
close my eyes

all the lonely stars
all the lonely stars
shine tonight

missing you every night
i'm closing my eyes
turn out the light
i'm counting to five

and all the while
i never smile
lullaby
close my eyes

and all the while
i never smile
lullaby (smile)
close my eyes
lullaby (lullaby)
close my eyes (goodnight)
Track Name: My Heart Says
i've left so many times
my mind says i'm right when i'm wrong
and i know i'm wrong
come but you go
but you come but you go
and my heart says i'm wrong
in my lethargic cynicism
i can find you in this song

i never listen to my mind
(my heart says, my heart says)
you're mine

redeeming factors lead me to believe
that we're something better than me
but you come but you go
and you come and you go
and my heart says no
my heart tells me tales
in details in details of love
i fall for them every time
i fall for them every time
sure as gone sure as gone
when i tell you never listen to my mind

i never listen to my mind
(my heart says, my heart says)

you find love when you
you find love
(touch love when you're on your own
find your heart)

i never listen to my mind
(my heart says, my heart says)
you're mine
Track Name: New Waters
i wrote them off
i drove straight into the river
everyone's gone
'cause of something i couldn't give 'em

the waters too deep
i can't lay low
i can't touch the bottom
'cause they won't see me as i go

i want it my way
i see it their way
we can't settle our indifferences
the same old way

i know i'm not what they wanted me to be
everyone wants me to be something i can't be
i'm at the bottom and i can't see
diggin' a hole i can't live that deep

i can bleed like tomorrow
when i can't see today
i can't see anything
in this old place

a perfect smile
in their perfect world
it's all getting too thick
i don't want to be there because i know

i'm not what they want me to be
everyone wants me to be something i can't be
i'm at the bottom and i can't see
diggin' a hole i can't live that deep

they dropped the anchor
it's heavier than them
the current is taking us
to new waters

drown out the sensations
that i once had
i know i'm never gonna see the end like i wanted
i know i'm never gonna see the end like i wanted
Track Name: Poor Boy
why? it's all i wanted
if i was you, and you were me
you wouldn't need to be reminded
you're a human being
you wouldn't kick all the vagabonds off the streets
you've met all the greatest world police
now i know, now i know what it's like to be free
yes, you have just about everything i need
you're shaking hands with the man while i'm spitting in his drink
tracers on a white lie will grow
grow, they will grow (it's all i wanted)
no, i don't like your grimacing smile
no, now i know, now i know, now i know why
every hour provoking me
(every step I beg and plea. why? It’s all I need)
running laps around your feet
no, now i know what it's like to be free
why? it's all i wanted
i painted white roses -you walked down red carpet
i captured the moment, and you just lost it
tracers on a white lie will grow
grow, they will grow
(it's all i wanted -it’s all I needed
-it's all i wanted -it's in)
no, i don't like your grimacing smile
no, now i know, now i know, now i know why
i sat on the barstool frozen solid
i followed misery until i was lost
and did i tell you the story of the poor the boy
with the weight on his shoulders
he took on the world
no i don't like your grimacing smile
now i know just why
nobody likes you -nobody minds
no, now i know, now i know just why
you bought your sorrow
(it will never go never go away)
I’ll find a way
Track Name: Roots
i like to start at the roots of a tree that i grew
i like to pulse through the veins of forgotten youth
i like to see the whole world caving in on me
i want to cut my way through the cages of freedom

there's no stopping it

i can't stop i can't stop but in my defense
i got lost in the years where i began at the end
i can't help myself but i can't stop i am who i am
i can't stop i won't stop ever again

there's an edge to the youth that i never lost
there's a war in my head that i never fought
this is my god this is my art this is my love and my friend
this is my world of destruction now but in my defense

there's no stopping it
i can't stop never again
i can't stop i can't stop
never content i can't stop

i got caught up in the typical bruising my face
i found love in the last place i'd ever find faith
i found faith in the back of my mind
but i lost my mind when my love was taken away

i live for it no expression no sorrowful tears
i stand proudly by the flags of a million years
my country is the world my religion is good
i got a feeling it's a feeling and i knew i would

there's no stopping it

there's a hole in the city where i found grace
there's a god among us and he's paving my way
there's a fortress in the middle of the tunnel
and there's a torchlight flickering my way

there's no stopping it
Track Name: Think Twice Part 1 (The Key)
true love
it's hard to find
so hard to find
it's hard to find, but i found you
sunshine
it's hard to give
so hard to give
you can't give in 'cause i gave it all to you
love
the sun will rise
look between the lines
and hope it all comes back to you
all the love that lies in the complacent life
all that hides inside the songs i write for you
true love
it's hard to find
so hard to find
it's hard to find, but i found you
true love
it's hard to find
so hard to find
it's hard to find, but i found you
think twice
read between the lines
the sun will rise
the sun will rise
think twice
read between the lines
the sun will rise
the sun will rise
find true meaning in true love (show me how)
it's the chorus where you open up (show me how)
find true meaning in true love (show me how)
it's the chorus where you open up (show me how)
be, be the key, be the key, be the
Track Name: Think Twice Part 2 (Show Me How)
show me how

touched in politics on the surface
it was short and sweet
she convinced me i was wrong
but so was she

she lost me that night
i held her close inside
i lost her at my expense
and to my demise

love i hold inside
i won't misplace it
i won't ask why
love could be forever mine
open up and show me how
show me how

i’m just someone else
lost but never found
if she’s always on my mind
she’ll never show me how

my old companion rose
wilted fast and will never grow
i lost my love
won’t misplace it ‘cause i’ll never know
i'll never know

love i hold inside
i won't misplace it
i won't ask why
love could be forever mine
open up and show me how
show me how

you know i love you more than anything
you know i wish i wasn’t the way i am
you know i love'd you more
Track Name: Until Its Over
i'm true love and i'm wilting
i keep my heart tied in a knot on my sleeve
hope you forgive but don't forget me
if i get what i give, than it's meant to be
i think i'll fall apart with history
until it's over it's not real to me
mask over defeat, you'll make it hard for me to live
this is as good as it will ever be

won't know what, i won't know when until it's over
never be this good again until it's over
it's not real to me and it never will be until it's over
until it's over

i'm an hourglass and i'm tilting
while i'm alive i control my destiny
the sky is in between infinities
i am the only one who knows it's falling
this is the only heaven i'll ever see
until it's over it's not real to me
all the tears will make it hard for me to burn
live for defeat in a finite world
i lost the future that once saved me
but really i can't be saved until it's over

won't know what, i won't know when until it's over
never be this good again until it's over
i can't be lost, but i can't win until it's over
and i'm gonna live until it's over
until it's over
Track Name: Virgin Marmalade Dye
hey, marmalade
call off the wedding
it will never be
you're in me
or so it seems
a color you and i can only see

hey, marmalade
you took me where
i never wanted to be
what was a perfect shade of pain
this love affair will always
haunt me in my dreams

innocense is so sweet, ya
until you take it away from me
a color only you and i can see
a color you and i can only see

innocense is so sweet, ya
until you take it all away from me
a color only you and i can see
a color you and i can only see

hey, marmalade
i'll never be the same
but i'll be better off
Track Name: Waterways
i found the beach off the beaten trail
i blew the wind through my own sails
i wrote these words with the setting sun
the water’s turning, and this is what i’ve done

the water moves from day to day
it never stops, it never stays the same
i tried to build my own waterway
i built my own waterway

i tried to walk out on my own game
i pried the lock, i could not escape
i kept an eye on my yesterdays
i fought the heartache, and i fought the pain

the water’s turning to carry me along (lift me)
the sun has set, i’ve come and gone (away)
this is what i’ve done (waterways, waterways)
this is what i’ve done (waterways, waterways)

i talked to God, he gave me praise
i sailed through the horizon to see another day
he told me something, sometime, somewhere, someway
somehow i always knew that I would recognize his face someday

and i found love as she found me
it is as real to me as anything i’ve felt or seen
every word that i could ever try to say
wouldn’t come close to me truthfully explaining (love!)

all my love, and all my life, and
all who lived, and all who died
kept me on the water -kept me off the wake
i built my own waterway

the water’s turning to carry me along (lift me)
the sun has set, i’ve come and gone (away)
this is what i’ve done (waterways, waterways)
this is what i’ve done (waterways, waterways)

i am a naked sail at sea
i was what i could never be
but every water has a way to be won
and every day has its setting sun

i learned my colors, and i learned my trade
i earned my honor, and i met my fate
this is what i’ve done
this is what i’ve done
Track Name: Why?
keepin' my distance
takin' my time
it's not stoppin' me from wondering
from wondering why?

what were we doing?
how do you sleep at night?
where were we going?
when will i know why?

don't want your pity
don't want your sympathy
you could just give me an explanation
don't want your love
or too much of your time
to keep me pacing back and forth through your mind
don't want your words
don't want your advice
don't need you takin' another piece of my life
just tell me why

the devil's in the details
love is on the line
awaiting an answer
tell me why

through footsteps and fingerprints
living fairy tail lies
sifting through your livelihood
to find out why, to find out why

don't want your pity
don't want your sympathy
you could just give me an explanation
don't want your love
or too much of your time
to keep me pacing back and forth through your mind
don't want your words
don't want your advice
don't need you takin' another piece of my life
just tell me why

fortunes framed in fool's gold
dreams aren't closing my eyes
sleepin' with a pipedream
i'm just asking why
Track Name: Your Small Tails
it's a forced habitat
it's a lame way to live (wanna shorten it)
it's a get long before it gives

step out, and i'll call your number
show you to your slumber
but don't think for a second that i care
(don't think for a second that i care about you)

you will tell your tall tales
your integrity will shorten them
they'll be small and manageable
they won't be fictional anymore

the western world was bliss
it's an easy melon collie kiss
for the wealthy hypocrites (for the wealthy sons of bitches)

and i counted on the easy life
where everyone felt the strife
they counted on one hand

you will tell your tall tales
your integrity will shorten them
they'll be small and manageable
they won't be fictional anymore

oh stop
we are definitely in need for immediate assistance...