Rob Berretta

ROB BERRETTA

Lyrics

Lucky me, I was born under your wing

So I knew from the start all the joy you could bring

You’re not just a place, but a perfect ideal

For the people within you to try to make real

And like most inspirations you’re not trouble free

Those had best stay away who would live carefully

But you’ve kept your promise to those who have come

To make their own dance to the beat of your drum

New York, magnificent place of extremes

You capital city of dreams,

You capital city of dreams

 

You alone give all opportunity

To dedicate living to art and beauty

Some come up short, yes and some really fail

But only here’s even the chance to prevail

And it’s been this way through your long history

Full of heartache and triumph is the road to glory

You’re always uncertain, and sometimes bring pain

But those who belong celebrate every gain

New York, magnificent place of extremes,

You capital city of dreams,

You capital city of dreams

 

Those who hurt you will call you today’s Babylon

A false light deceiving whose best days are gone

But all the misleading’s with those who condemn

For you’re more of a new world Jerusalem

I’m asked if I’m worried and want to leave town

But I’m not one to kick those I love when they’re down

So I’m here for the keeping, my loyalty’s true

You gave me my future, now I’ll give yours to you

New York, you wonder, don’t crack at the seams,

You capital city of dreams

You capital city of dreams

Capital city of dreams

Capital city

 

© 2004 Robert Berretta

ROB BERRETTA

Lyrics

My mother had a wild side, and no one dared to rein her in

Her appetites were not denied, and this became her greatest sin

She carried me and wanted love, but stakes were high and life was rough

 

My father wouldn’t dare admit, his pride was strong and patience thin

But soon their love would dry and split, and then he would be off again

It wasn’t hard for them to see that nothing good would come of me

 

But I was Frank and Ava’s child, the fruit of love irreconciled

I had the looks, I had the voice, but it wasn’t me to make the choice

No it wasn’t me to make the choice

 

She left Africa for England’s shore, a break from shooting in disguise

Did she leave me there forever more in one last act of compromise?

Or was she so through with Frank by then that this is how she thought to win?

 

I don’t know which one declared creation had to be reversed

Or if they would have better fared if I’d have touched their lives uncursed

And what life lay in store for me but second-class celebrity?

 

But I was Frank and Ava’s child, the fruit of love irreconciled

I had the looks, I had the voice, but it wasn’t me to make the choice

No it wasn’t me to make the choice

 

Beauty is a rarer thing when it comes with stability

They stand like gods, in praise we sing, but these gifts seldom come for free

And me I carry on a shade, this legend who was never made

 

But I was Frank and Ava’s child, the fruit of love irreconciled

I had the looks, I had the voice, but it wasn’t me to make the choice

And it wasn’t you to make the choice

 

My mother had a wild side

© 2004 Robert Berretta

ROB BERRETTA

Lyrics

Even lovers drown, seeking no escape

Cradled by the sun, or the warm water’s nape

But driven by the mystery and thrill of impending bliss

Never knowing how or what pulls them down

Even lovers drown

 

In the kiss of light shooting off her skin

She pulled him down inside to the gray within

He didn’t fight the whirl as the waves grew high and the lights went dim

The cold was in his eyes before she realized he could never swim

 

Chorus:

Wonder where you are when you wake up from your dreaming?

How you came this far or if you still can turn?

When you just give in and let the waters overtake you

Do you even know or care that there’s no return?

 

Even lovers drown when the singing turns to silence

When the spell is done and the wonders now make sense

Better to have felt not to forget the sages whisper

But to stay alive the hearts survive most that never stir

 

© 2004 Robert Berretta

ROB BERRETTA

Lyrics

I felt with my elation, when out of time you just emerged

The unsettling sensation of many phases of my life converged

Different loves from distant days

Beating off this mellowed heart

Many years of peaceful ways

In danger now of being blown apart

 

Chorus:

Come ‘round, good things come to those who wait

Come ‘round, but do I have the strength to tempt my fate?

Come ‘round, what goes down comes ‘round sometimes too late

 

I had found so many friends back from years of being gone

But I never thought we’d make amends when you could have been the closest one

There are now many words to say

Hope competing with regret

How I drove you hard away

But found still that I never could forget

(chorus)

 

© 2004 Robert Berretta

ROB BERRETTA

Lyrics

You’re a full-grown Juliet, still grieving all these years

It’s time to see beyond the tears, and end this tragedy you’ve set

 

So you played a little trick, and your strategy it failed

Now he’s free and you feel jailed, but it was your own rhetoric

 

Never matter who’s at fault that he will never come again

But there’ll be other men if you can break out of this vault

 

Full-grown Juliet, still grieving all these years

It’s time to see beyond the tears, and end this tragedy you’ve set

Full-grown Juliet

 

You’re a full-grown Juliet, it’s time to face the world outside

No more excuses just to hide behind mistakes and your regret

 

But you’re still laying in your crypt, a prisoner of your broken heart

Though you could make another start if you’d stop living out this script

 

Full-grown Juliet, still grieving all these years

It’s time to see beyond the tears, and end this tragedy you’ve set

Full-grown Juliet, still grieving all these years

It’s time to break out of your fears, you can live and not forget

Full-grown Juliet

 

© 2004 Robert Berretta

ROB BERRETTA

Lyrics

It was a dark day, and it was raining, and I couldn’t find my way

Out on the parkway, no pride remaining, I pulled over in dismay

The counter man looked up at me when I told him where I thought I’d be

He said, “You can’t get there from here, you see

Your directions I’m afraid are far from sound.

You took the wrong road buddy turn around!”

 

But in an hour I was still driving, searching for that highway sign

My mood was sour, but I was striving to find the road I claimed as mine

But when I crossed the state I stopped again and they said go back where you began

So in circles I just spin and spin

Feel like I’m lost without a hope of being found

You took the wrong road buddy turn around

 

The tunnel’s long and the end is bright

Just reflections of your own headlight

You think you’ve finally passed the test

Just to find that you’ve been second-guessed

 

My destination was not appearing, so much for saying it can’t be missed

Hope of elation lost in my steering, just confusion in my midst

So I pulled in for one last chance, drowning now in an endless trance

He said “where d’you want to go?” and I said, “Really I don’t know”

I can’t remember where I thought I might be bound --

You took the wrong road buddy turn around!

 

© 2004 Robert Berretta

ROB BERRETTA

Lyrics

Hey come on up, now don’t you be shy

The parties are better close to the sky

The money is tight but clothing is too

You can’t have fun till you live like we do

Now don’t go too fast in search of success

The older you’ll look the more that you press

And the ones who have more now wish they had less

The bodies are better, the bodies are better, the bodies are better up here

The bodies are better, the bodies are better, the bodies are better up here

 

Hey come on check ‘em out down below

We think they’re on top ‘cause they have all the dough

They once were here too when young without fuss

And now they pay high to look more like us

Still some of us think we want to be there

But gold is a bad exchange for no care

And they wish they were us and think it’s not fair

‘Cause the bodies are better, the bodies are better, the bodies are better up here

The bodies are better, the bodies are better, the bodies are better up here

 

Hey now don’t whine you know it’s the truth

There is no price to recapture your youth

You had your years too to do what you could

You’ve only one shot and I hope it was good

And when it’s my turn I’ll know it’s not right

But I’ll cling to the edge and put up a fight

But when fire is doused it can’t reignite

Oh the bodies are better, the bodies are better, the bodies are better up here

The bodies are better, the bodies are better, the bodies are better up here

 

© 2004 Robert Berretta

ROB BERRETTA

Lyrics

I knew Julia Beiring for most of my life

And closer we grew every year

Till we knew it was time, and I made her my wife

But one day she would just disappear

No I didn’t suspect that we weren’t secure

But it must have been building awhile

Though she gave me no reason to doubt we’d endure

She just had to go out in this style

 

Chorus:

For she never came down, she never came down

She flew far away and then stayed in the sky

Oh I’ll never know why, it just is that way

She took off and never came down

 

Julia Beiring was a slave to no one

And maybe I pushed her this time

Should I have foreseen her desire to run?

But I slept as she started her climb

When there was no message to say she’d arrived

I thought she was too proud to call

Didn’t turn on the news to hear no one survived

In those hours I managed to stall

(chorus)

 

It’s a guilty relief no one else will now keep

What I wasn’t willing to share

It’s not what I wished for, but what you sow you reap

Though no justice could be more unfair

When she said her ambitions were set on a star

How could she mean it literally?

If she wanted space why not a little less far

Not another dimension from me?

(chorus)

 

As you lie in my arms now my mind’s far away

In a world I hope never exists

So I’ll pray for tomorrow, but be grateful today

‘Cause the road sometimes buckles and twists

And each time we part I’ll make sure it’s in peace

And make certain I’ll never be rash

‘Cause you want to believe that this never will cease

But it all can be gone in a flash

(chorus)

 

© 2004 Robert Berretta

ROB BERRETTA

Lyrics

I.

They found him dead on the Holy Cross Road

Alone on the plain where alive he’d been towed

By the four told horses of the seven seals

And a King in a truck who lives and still feels

 

His mother gave birth in a bathroom stall

Then went back out to hide in the school dance hall

Safe lost in her peers she escaped all the blame

And left him to die without even a name

 

He made himself known, he must have been blessed

They found him a home and sent him out West

He never lost sight of this chance he received

Like an instinct of knowing why he was conceived

 

Most knew him with love against odds ever slim

But enemies came ‘cause he wasn’t like them

Then he died filled with pain pinned crosslike on a fence

And only his love was his mortal offence

 

You who lived violently wait impatiently for judgment to decide

You took another down, now you’ve lost your crown to the turning of the tide

You think your time has come and you’re already numb, but there’s a last surprise

Vengeance will not be done, for your victim’s son reverses your demise

 

The father turns to yours and says, “I give you life

In memory of the one I love who’s gone.”

It’s beyond the right of justice to invert the knife

Says the wisdom of the father and the son

 

You fear he’ll come again, like the son of men, and sear you in his light

But now you’re already lost by the sharp swords crossed by those too strong to fight

 

And what of the mother who chose to deprive

Does she stop now to wonder if her son’s still alive?

Would she even have cared, would the father inside

That their son was the reason for choosing a side?

 

The Lamb and the Shepherd are one and the same

And this one act of love can the kingdom reclaim

The beginning remembers the end’s final seed

As we sign on the line of the earth’s title deed

 

II.

He’d have killed his son Isaac if demanded as sacrifice

So she drowned her five children to the voices of paradise

          

Did she know she’d suffer more here as she silenced one by one?

Saviors die to rescue others yet she chose to carry on

 

III.

They found him dead on the Holy Cross Road

Unburned and unburied but free of his load

Is there quiet in heaven as the prophets have sung

As the false priests are silenced has the ending begun?

 

Are we losing the light of the sun and the moon

Will the cries of the trumpets sound anytime soon?

Will new songs of love flow to wake the redeemed

As the mad, the possessed and the chosen have dreamed?

 

Or maybe we’ve written out wrong what we’ve seen

And we’re not ready yet for the strengths to convene

And these aren’t the signs that are written in code,

But they found him dead on the Holy Cross Road

 

They found him dead on the Holy Cross Road

They found him dead on the Holy Cross Road

They found him dead on the Holy Cross Road

They found him dead on the Holy Cross Road

 

© 2004 Robert Berretta

ROB BERRETTA

Lyrics

It's never true love comes easily

There was no star saying you were made for me

So we thanked our good fortune and carried along

There's no use to worry about things that might go wrong

 

That time was short I’m glad we couldn’t see

It would have hurt to live more carefully

 

Chorus:

When winter came it wasn’t on our terms

It only brought about the sting that life confirms

Don’t put much weight on what you lean upon

For it’s a cold, cold winter and you’re gone

 

In so many ways I should have known

A short time together means a long alone

What you did baby, I can't forgive

But it's worth the anger for the chance I had to live

But even knowing now, no I would not trade

A better future for the love we made

(chorus)

 

It felt some days that time would stall

The perfect weather in this awful fall

You used to tell me that I was your spring

For all the happiness our love would bring

But nature always will beat you out

You get complacent and things turn about

(chorus)

 

© 2004 Robert Berretta