Rob Berretta

Rob Berretta
Rob Berretta

Lyrics

How many times you close your eyes and see yourself so clear?

Up there tall on the pedestal and now you are so near

You’re held up fine in a pleasure high as your endorphins overload

You feel so primed as your heartbeat climbs and you’re ready to explode

But sometimes it’s better still when your pace has slowed

 

Chorus:

Marathon Sunday, Marathon Sunday

All the joy’s in the grind

Never mind how the journey ends

 

You’re working up a sweat so good and you’re lost inside the ride

To your side I come just to drive you on, now you’re so close to satisfied

So hear my cry now amplify as your coach, your fan and lover

As your rhythms spin all the ways to win are yours now to discover

And if all those pass you by we’ll find another

(chorus)

 

Now I’ll be there when you cross the finish line

To dry you off and help you catch your breath

There’s a celebration just for you and we can kick it off real smooth

With the practiced art of two healthy hearts

And a love locked in its groove

 

So come on let’s stay home, we’ll make our own, we’ll run our own

(chorus)

 

© 2009 Rob Berretta

Rob Berretta
Rob Berretta

Lyrics

This may not be the day I know to talk about the past

Your future’s blurred, your worries grow,

You don’t even know if your job’ll last

But while the moment breeds uncertainty and we might have to tighten now

Know every age has its trying days, it feels like the end but it cycles somehow

 

Chorus:

Hard times, they ebb and they flow

They claw in like a lion and fade quiet as the snow

So take my hand when the blues try to take control

And darlin’ just say no

‘Cause it’s our time, it’s all that we’ll know

And with a love like ours we’ll just bet on hope

So take my hand and if the world demands, “let it go,”

My darlin’ don’t let go

 

In the shadow of the fallout shelter he met his only bride

Through those days of fear and anxiousness they always saw life from the bright side

And he passed to me his philosophy that all you’ll have’s just what you see

So I’m my father’s son and we won’t be undone

And no one can foreclose on what love’s guaranteed

(chorus)

 

So we live in the world we live in, well what’s the news there?

But it’s only to they who give in that heartache takes over when things turn unfair

So when all the money’s gone – have mercy – but remember that’s not why we’re here

When no love’s gone bad, there’s no need to feel sad

We’ll live for each other till the climate is clear

(chorus)

 

© 2009 Rob Berretta

Rob Berretta
Rob Berretta

Lyrics

Heartache breaks open at dawn

When you wake and he’s still really gone

And each hour you struggle the more

To find what drove him away

 

But he was no good for you dear

You were kind, he was cavalier

Face the truth, you were just his next score

He never intended to stay

 

Now you need some help to start a new direction

But before the healing grief must have its say

 

Love disappears, love disappears

Love fades away, drowned in margaritas and tears

 

Don’t think of the time that you’ve lost

How spring faded to love’s first frost

Friends tell you they’ve been there before

But you’re still frozen within

 

But the drink’s finally taking its hold

And the sting of the lime it makes you feel bold

It wasn’t love, just a little war

And you promise you won’t let him win

 

With dizzy eyes you look out for the next one

To come and take your bruised heart for a spin

 

Love disappears, love disappears

Love fades away, drowned in margaritas and tears

 

Now soon again you’ll dream about perfection

A lover who will comfort and erase

But you can’t avoid the risk to find connection

So now you climb into another a new embrace

 

Love disappears, love disappears

Love fades away, drowned in margaritas and tears

 

© 2009 Rob Berretta


Rob Berretta
Rob Berretta

Lyrics

We banked to the left as the landing gear shook

I pulled up the shade, every inch a newcomer

The clouds gave away and I took my first look

As we dropped through the heat of my first desert summer

We passed through the valley speeding to the hotel

And the hills became buildings, heaven straight into hell

I should be on the mountains communing with rattlers and bones

Instead of wasting away my sweat on these cracked cobblestones

 

Chorus:

Urban Arizona, so close to paradise it’s a pity

Urban Arizona, when you’re trapped in what passes for city

When nature abounds in her majesty pure

But necessity grounds you to barely endure

You hope for a break, wait for beauty to lure you away

But now it’s urban Arizona and slow decay

 

Maria Conchita Perez de Guzmán lives in a house up on Altadena

Bought the place of her dreams but now her savings are gone

And she works every day at the downtown arena

As she pours me a beer she says, “It’s quite an event

For a woman like me to finally own and not rent

But to even the workers I’m still second class at best

That’s the price you must pay as you work your way up in the West”

(chorus)

 

I miss New York with her concrete gods

The grime and glitter pull at me like lightning rods

But coming out here I don’t want to compare

The layout of streets, Times with Copper Square

I just want to revel in the glories I can’t find at home

Ah, but here I am in these corporate halls I must roam

 

The plane’s slanting east shooting into the sky

Only one window free, of course it’s over the left wing

So I crane my neck back and bid a silent goodbye

To the uncharted wonders I was always awaiting

And I think of Maria in her portable bar

We can both see our freedom so near yet so far

And we’ll meet up one day when we’re tired of working too hard

We’ll trade in for grand canyons with this empty boulevard

(chorus)

 

It’s just urban Arizona and slow decay

 

© 2009 Rob Berretta

Rob Berretta
Rob Berretta

Lyrics

Sunrise in the summer sky, a perfect love in flight

Shadows flew, the hours grew till we never said goodnight

It's like I merely turned my head and you were there

It felt so sure I'd forgotten to be scared

As we threw away the loneliness we shared

 

Chorus:

Only first love grows this grace

Only first love grows this grace

There's a bounty full of gold still ‘cause we won and kept the prize

It’s a mountain not a molehill; you’re the best thing in my life

 

Now flames chase time across the sky, how suddenly it dies

The passion that we held so deep runs scared in older eyes

When we’re done the words we want will flow

And cradle all the truths that we both know

From high above the angels watch us go, and they sing

(chorus)

 

No love is fixed without some give

To let hearts breathe, not break to live

When perfect luck seems double-crossed

Just take a breath and weigh the cost,

Then nothing’s lost, and we’ll sing

 

Only first love grows this grace

Only first love grows this grace

So we never reached perfection, who can ever get it right

Let’s just ride the whirl, we’ll show the world to believe in love’s first light

There's a bounty full of gold still ‘cause we won and kept the prize

It’s a mountain not a molehill; you’re the best thing in my life

 

© 2009 Rob Berretta

Rob Berretta
Rob Berretta

Lyrics

There’s a soldier drinking coffee, there’s a soldier over there

Heading homeward, so tired of waiting,

And he’s caught me in a stare

Now I’m thinking he’s filled his duty

While there’re others still in place

There’s a soldier and I’m wondering

If another soldier’s safe

 

There’s a mother keeping cheerful, there’s a mother unaware

If her daughter is being truthful, that there’s no reason to be scared

When we’re speaking she’s always fine

‘Cause there’re no battles near her base

There’s a soldier and I’m hoping

That another soldier’s safe

 

You said to me ‘fore you left

“Let Mother last, and Bro you know I’ll make it through”

Soon will it be finally your tour has passed?

Then you’ll have strangers staring too

 

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

Never sleeping, and never certain just how long the wait will 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 solider brave

 

And it won’t be fair

Till there’re no more stares at any soldiers

Anywhere

 

© 2009 Rob Berretta

Rob Berretta
Rob Berretta

Lyrics

You stood like a light at the foot of the stairs

Glistening, beckoning, answering my prayers

For over a year all I wanted was you

Reading the signs but never taking the cue

Why didn’t I kiss you?

 

You offered me all my heart and body craved

But the hints weren’t clear by the way you behaved

Were you looking for love or just for some fun

While I stood there loaded with a frozen gun?

Why didn’t I kiss you?

 

In all the time passed since that fateful day

Do you ever go back and get carried away?

And think where you’d be if you’d made that move?

Well I want you to know that I think on it too

 

I guess we know now what we didn’t know then

It’s best just to answer the pull and dive in

But what could have been wasn’t and all that lives on

Are our hearts less full and our chances all gone

Why didn’t I kiss you?

 

© 2009 Rob Berretta

Rob Berretta
Rob Berretta

Lyrics

I’ve got some sense to talk straight into you ‘cause I heard about your plan

To make my favorite part of you as different as you can

So stop before you drive me off and make up your mind too soon

‘Cause you American brunettes you lead me down the road to ruin

 

Now it isn’t such a tragedy to try for something new

It’s not as permanent as surgery just to lighten up your hue

But if blondes get all the fun then what’d we do all afternoon?

‘Cause you American brunettes you lead me down the road to ruin

 

Don’t buy it…don’t dye it

Don’t buy it…don’t dye it

 

So now it’s time to see who’s shallower, baby you or me

You to want to change yourself or me to disagree

Beside a bottled refugee you know I’m sure to be immune

But those American brunettes they lead me down the road to ruin

 

Don’t buy it…don’t dye it

Don’t buy it…don’t dye it

Don’t buy it…don’t dye it

Don’t buy it…don’t dye it

Don’t dye it

 

© 2009 Rob Berretta

Rob Berretta
Rob Berretta

Lyrics

You think you’re being discreet – you idiot

Walking down the street

Keeping a safe distance but your eyes they cross the line

I admit she’s pretty fine – you’re taste is good

But acting like a swine,

Could you ever bridge that distance

To sublime from asinine

 

Chorus:

Yes I’m checkin’ you checkin’ her out

Checkin’ you checkin’ her out

We’re both chasing love in our own certain ways

Love we know nothing about

 

Other guys walk by – we’re all the same

They turn around and sigh

It’s like they’ve never seen a girl before

Till the next one turns their eye

But me I’m watching you, so tacky,

And I’m wondering what you’d do

If she took the bait and nibbled

Could you even satisy?

(chorus)

 

But wait a minute, why are you looking at me?

Your head’s turned around and now you’re dressing me down

Then you stop, where is she, and now your winking at me

And you’re checkin’ me out, you think I’m checkin’ you out

Well I’m not checkin’ you out, I’m not checkin’ you out I’m just

(chorus)

 

We’re both looking for love in our uncertain ways

Love we know nothing about

 

Yes I’m checkin’ I’m checkin’ you

Checkin’ I’m checkin’ you

Checkin’ you checkin’ her out

 

Yes I’m checkin’ I’m checkin’ you

I don’t mind checkin’ yes I’m

Checkin’ you checkin’ her out

 

© 2009 Rob Berretta

Rob Berretta
Rob Berretta

Lyrics

I promised I loved her and showed her the money

‘Twas enough for the passage, but only for me

Then I kissed her and flew ‘cross the wide, frozen sea

And would send for her soon as well,

I would send for her soon as well

 

I told her I’d letters from friends who had made it here

Bookbinders, shoemakers, the odd profiteer

For America’s free, we could live without fear

And we’d only be split for a spell

We would only be split for a spell, but

 

Chorus:

I told her not to come, I did

I told her not to come

And she’ll never forgive, but at least she can live

Without knowing what I’ve kept her from

Though it’s true that this land isn’t what it once was

And I’ve surely lost sight of my dream

She’ll never suspect ‘twas my heart to give pause

And that neither is now what we seem

Not this strange, hallowed country or me

 

I wrote her of pain, and the shame of rejection

The stares of the citizens, faces that shun

I told of the solace of feigned resignation

And whispers of anger and fright

Whispers of anger and fright

 

But I didn’t explain that my heart had stopped beating

When I looked at her picture the choirs wouldn’t sing

That this distance I’d summoned had killed all the yearning

And left me as cold as the night

And left me as cold as the night, then

(chorus)

 

For centuries past here, before the alarms

This nation of promise would open her arms

But native resistance and real foreign harm

Will keep these arms close for a while

Will keep these arms close for a while

 

Now as one of the last souls to pass through this border

A symbol of yore failed by new law and order

May this scarred land forgive that I’m slanderous toward her

For to keep my old love in denial

For to keep my old love in denial, for

(chorus)

 

© 2009 Rob Berretta

Rob Berretta
Rob Berretta

Story

For my friend Mark Lineberry, inspired by his “Every Human Heart”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YG7pkGT8-2I

Lyrics

Chorus 1:

This says this song we must sing as we sail into tomorrow

Some are taken, some stay ‘cause a lock bars the way

And to give is the key, not to borrow

 

Chorus 2:

This says this song we must sing, that we celebrate what lives long

It’s not the ages we reach but the lessons we teach

So that every human heart serves its song

 

There is a mark of kindness in everyone you know

Measure the yield by the way it’s revealed

Haltingly, or gauged to grow?

(chorus 1)

 

A friend of mind brought vision into this void we roam

He sought music to fill in time others just kill

It called to him, and called him home

(chorus 2)

 

Creating definition’s like mining the spiral in life’s spin

Winding in doubt trying to figure it out

Over and over and over again

(chorus 1)

 

This says this song we must sing, that we celebrate what lives long

That before our days are gone we remind and pass on

That every human heart must serve its song

So that every human heart can serve this song

 

(For Mark Lineberry)

Inspired by “Every Human Heart”:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YG7pkGT8-2I

 

© 2009 Rob Berretta

Rob Berretta
Rob Berretta

Lyrics

Big questions need little answers

Old mysteries breed myths beyond control

Embrace wonder, bring peace to your soul

Delve too deeply and imagination dies

Still in the end, we can’t avoid surprise

 

© 2009 Rob Berretta