Rob Berretta

Another Banker's Dozen

by Rob Berretta

Released 09/26/2015
Released 09/26/2015
New album 2015. 11 songs, free download.
  • 03:24 Download Lyrics
    This Year

     

    All dressed up with a place to go

    New Year's Eve, but it's moving slow

    To something big you don't yet know as the clock starts ticking down

    In this new year, I know that we're

    Gonna get dressed up again and you'll be in your wedding gown

     

    Chorus:

    This year let's get married

    This year let's get married

    This year let's get married

    Let's throw this love a wedding

    When winter turns to spring

    And here’s the ring

     

    The moment's nearly on us now

    Packed as tight as the cops allow

    I'm all pumped up to make this vow with resolutions in the air

    This one I'll keep; it's time to leap

    But first I'll steal this one last kiss, while you're still unaware

    (chorus)

     

    Who knows what more this year will bring

    Maybe little steps will grow, I'm wondering

    But what a thought, my heart just stopped

    'Cause when my little question's dropped

    I'll be hanging out there a nervous mess

    Waiting without breath to hear that yes

    Oh - you'll say yes

    3-2-1-

     

    This year we're gettin' married

    This year we're gettin' married

    This year we're gettin' married

    Let's throw this love a wedding, here comes the bling

    When winter turns to spring

    And here’s the ring

    © 2015 Rob Berretta

  • 03:52 Download Lyrics
    Soldier

    There’s a soldier heading homeward, just a few more hours to bear

    Drinking coffee at Reagan Airport, and he’s caught me in a stare

    So I thank him, ask where he's come from

    Like he'd have news from the same place

    There’s a soldier and I’m wondering

    If another soldier’s safe

     

    There’s a mother sounding cheerful from her barracks far away

    To her daughter, saying "don't be fearful, and I'll be back by your birthday"

    On our touch screen she's always smiling

    Saying there's no danger near her base

    There’s a soldier and how I’m longing to feel my solder's soft embrace

     

    She said to me as she left

    “Till I'm home, lover, just keep our daughter close to you”

    Counting the days until her tour is over

    When she’ll have strangers staring too

     

    There’s another morning breaking but the sun goes down so fast

    Never sleeping, afraid of darkness, how long those bad dreams seem to last

    Come tomorrow, in joy returning,

    More'll join the forces of the saved

    But there’s a soldier, and someone praying now for another soldier brave

     

    Each time we find we stare let's say another prayer

    For every soldier everywhere

     

    © 2015 Rob Berretta

  • 03:49 Download Lyrics
    Empty Cage

    There you go in your new car, one last wave and you disappear

    Mom and I on the front porch looking toward a lonely year

    You've set yourself a fast pace, dreams of change and claims to stake

     

    You're charging like the cavalry, so ready to engage

    Looking back on who you've been like a bird on her empty cage

     

    I dreamed you came back someone new, just as strange as a long-lost twin

    Are you someone I don't recognize or the same fine girl within?

    And as you're surging forward will you give more than you take?

     

    You're charging like the cavalry, so ready to engage

    Looking back on who you've been like a bird on her empty cage

     

    When you wade in life's big river, you won't slow its current down

    If you want to hook the big ones you've got to stand your ground

    And don't turn around

     

    And though this means you'll never really call this home again

    Know that you can still be wild and free if you come back now and then

    As you get a little older, you will feel this same small ache

     

    You're charging like the cavalry, so ready to engage

    Looking back on who you've been like a bird on her empty cage

    Don't look back forever like a bird on her empty cage

     

    © 2015 Rob Berretta

  • 03:05 Download Lyrics
    The Right to Bear Arms

    Come, little darling, come sit on my lap

    It's been a hard day and I'm trying to forget

    More grateful than ever for you, little one

    But I'm scared for the damage that's done

     

    Chorus:

    Some raised alarms, but the right to bear arms

    - Ah, we think we can teach wrong from right -

    Some raised alarms, but the right to bear arms

    Leaves a whole lot of searching tonight

     

    We all know with sadness no law can suppress

    The lost filled with hate so why punish the rest

    But buying visions of safety with "guns everywhere"

    Our salvation, or buyer beware?

    (chorus)

     

    So sleep my sweet boy, in the morning I'll try

    To tell you what happened though I can't explain why

     

    I guess I'll tell you that sometimes an awful surprise

    Like a broken man shooting a school out of spite

    Can shatter our hearts but not steel our resolve

    You should be too young to have to know

    There are things we can't solve

    (chorus)

     

    And we think we can teach wrong from right

     

    © 2015 Rob Berretta

  • 04:16 Download Lyrics
    Barbara May

    Barbara May, Barbara May, I heard you've gone away

    Barbara May, Barbara May, and we're without you

    It's been a long, long time since we were young and you were mine

    But Barbara May, there's not a day I don't think about you

     

    Moving on was easy then, we took every change in stride

    Our hearts healed fast as we flew around the globe

    Our lives weren't ours to make yet, kids on for the ride

    But how far we rode

     

    Barbara May, Barbara May, I heard you've gone away

    Barbara May, Barbara May, and we're without you

    It's been a long, long time since our stars fell out of line

    But Barbara May, there's not a day I don't think about you

     

    I caught up with you just too late, didn't know there wasn't time

    Didn't say hello in time to say goodbye

    Who knew all those years ago as our lives spun on a dime

    Some loves never die?

     

    Barbara May, Barbara May, I heard you've gone away

    Barbara May, Barbara May, and we're without you

    It's been a long, long time, and though I never caught a sign

    Barbara May, there's not a day I don't think about you

     

    So we weren't meant to be, while I can live with that

    Well your life was full and your cards looked good

    But now we know just how unfair your deck was stacked

     

    Barbara May, Barbara May, I heard you couldn't stay

    Barbara May, Barbara May, and we're without you

    It's been a long, long time since we were young and you were mine

    Barbara May, Barbara May, Barbara May

     

    Barbara May, Barbara May, I heard you've gone away

    Barbara May, Barbara May, and we're without you

    It's been a long, long time since our stars fell out of line

    But Barbara May, there's not a day I don't think about you

    Barbara May, there's not a day I don't think about you

     

    © 2015 Rob Berretta

  • 04:09 Download Lyrics
    She Broke Her Born to Run

    She broke her Born to Run, cause the time had come

    Without her lover's touch, it didn't mean as much

    They loved their Springsteen

    Till their love turned hard and mean

    Now love is dead and gone

    So she broke her Born to Run

     

    The plastic shattered hard as she picked up the shards

    She thought of love gone south yeah as she threw them out

    Maybe she'll love again

    She thought of one good friend

    Maybe she'll try him on,

    But not to Born to Run

     

    Yeah maybe he's the one, but there'll be no Born to Run

     

    © 2015 Rob Berretta

  • 02:47 Download Lyrics
    The Endorphins Song

    I can't get up in the morning

    The pressure keeps pushing me down

    My boss will yell without warning

    And I'll let her push me around

    But when I drag myself into the shower

    I've got to psyche myself up in an hour

    So I sing out loud and strong

    My pick-me-up endorphins song:

     

    Well I love my job and my boss is great  

    She just smiles at me when I walk in late                              

    Work's piling up but I just can't wait

    Oh I feel so good to me

    (repeat chorus)

     

    Last night while driving at sundown

    I know you won't find this absurd

    Some kid cut me off in a rundown

    But  it was he who flipped me the bird

    But when I pulled over onto the shoulder

    I told myself that I'm wiser and older

    So I sang out loud and strong

    My feel-better endorphins song:

     

    Well I love the road 'cause I get around

    The traffic's fine and I'm homeward bound

    Reflexes good and my judgment's sound

    Oh I feel so good to me

    (repeat chorus)

     

    My girlfriend's parked on the sidewalk

    It doesn't look like she'll be staying

    I thought I'd let her finish then I'd talk

    But I can't even hear what she's saying

    So if this is goodbye and we've blown it

    And the time's come for going alone it

    I'll sing out loud and strong

    My get-over-it endorphins song:

     

    Well I love my life and life loves me too

    Girls come and go and this bird just flew

    Come tomorrow I'll find someone new

    Oh I feel so good to me

     

    Well I love my life and life loves me too

    Girls come and go and this bird just flew

    I know you must think I have a few loose screws

    But I'll feel so good, yes I feel so good

    Oh I feel so good to me

     

    © 2015 Rob Berretta

  • 03:49 Download Lyrics
    Autocompleted

    When I said that I leave you I meant that I love you

    But autocomplete did me in

    When I swore that I'm so sore I meant I'm so sorry

    This device isn't letting me win

    Now you've told me we're finished and I hope it's not true

    That your autocompleting lies too

    If you'd dial my number you'd know how I feel

    But I'm not gonna be calling you

     

    Chorus:

    Autocomplete wasn't true, autocomplete can't undo

    Just because thumbs will fly in a knee-jerk reply

    Are we're autocompleted and through?

     

    Back when we started dating our phones weren't thinking

    And our typos were just kind of cute

    But now phones are so helpful they get us in trouble

    When the old words of love don't compute

    Now I'm not gonna proofread, I'm just hitting send

    And with autocomplete I'll pretend

    That you'll dial my number and love me again

    And that this isn't really the end

    (chorus)

     

    (repeat first verse and chorus)

     

    Are we through?

     

    © 2015 Rob Berretta

  • 03:09 Download Lyrics
    Sunblock

    I think I'll skip the sunblock

    Don't wanna live no more

    I'll get myself a sunburn

    To burn into my core

    No I won't go to the gym

    Or take my  multi-vitamin

    I think I'll skip the sunblock

    And let the poison in

     

    Not gonna buy a pistol

    Or anything that rash

    I'll maybe draft a letter

    But won't blow all my cash

    This is what I'm thinking

    Yes this is where I'm at

    Not jumping out my window

    No I can't imagine that

     

    So if today's a bad one

    And you're looking to express

    A way to free your darkness

    And flirt with emptiness

    Yes when you're feeling tempted

    With visions of demise

    You can skip the sunblock

    That's a healthy compromise

     

    © 2015 Rob Berretta

  • 04:00 Download Lyrics
    These Fantastic Times

    I know we couldn't see this coming

    Change comes on when we least expect

    But here we are at last

    Cause when it comes it's fast

    Blown in by a great cause and effect

     

    You said we'd never stand together

    Our dream would never realize

    I thought that you were right

    But here we stand tonight

    Happy and completely by surprise

     

    Chorus:

    It took so many lives to get to here from where we'd been

    To these fantastic times we're living in

     

    Married, two lovers hand in hand

    Glad as the leaves of doubt turn brown

    It's just a point of view

    That set its roots and grew

    And took so long to finally settle down

    (chorus)

     

    Look at us now, imagine how generations past would look at this

    There may still be whines and whispers, but they're drowning in our kiss

     

    I know there's still a long, long way up

    There're still so many scorned and shamed

    But now here's to you and me

    On an aisle of liberty

    As we stake our love on these just rights we've claimed

    (chorus)

     

    Singing to our life together...

     

    © 2015 Rob Berretta

  • 04:08 Download Lyrics
    Sky After the Rain

    Sky after the rain, trace the breath of angels

    So full of light then gone, vanishing away

    In half a sip of time from miracle to faded

    Sky after the rain, tell us why we pray

     

    Sky after the rain, it will clear tomorrow

    Like clouds that disappear to never form the same

    We struggle to hang on in memories that linger

    Sky after the rain, then back the way we came

     

    Sky after the rain, let there be forever

    May those no longer here wake to see it then

    What faith will not reveal to whisperings of amen

    Sky after the rain, and let us love again

     

    (Thunder by Mike Koenig)

    © 2015 Rob Berretta

     

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