I've Heard It All Before

by Rob Tunbridge

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1.
I felt my heartbeat racing away as I watched the giant screens in the park Bands were playing, trying to feed the world To save a nation from hunger and starvation but I don't think a thing has changed the headlines, still read the same so CHORUS Welcome to the 21st century, same as the last one only older not wiser Welcome to the 21st century, same as the last one only older not wiser I felt my heartbeat racing away as I heard the news on the TV today War is coming to a foreign land and our soldiers are gonna go and lay their lives on the line but I don't think a thing will change the headlines, still read the same so CHORUS I felt my heartbeat racing away as I heard them talking in the bar today My mind went back over history all the things that people used to do to each other but I don't think things have changed the headlines, still read the same so CHORUS
2.
I’ve read all the books know what I’m supposed to do Tell me why I fall apart everytime I think of you Inside I feel so strange there’s this exquisite pain I know I can’t explain it’s everytime I think of you CHORUS Everytime I think of you my heart stops beating Everytime I think of you my heart stops beating Though I see you everyday I don’t know what to say You steal my breath away everytime I think of you They say Love is blind I think love’s unkind Inside I feel so strange everytime I think of you CHORUS CHORUS I play old love songs to try and understand what’s going on Why I feel the way I do everytime I think of you I’ve heard it said love’s a game but love’s an exquisite pain That burns me up inside everytime I think of you CHORUS
3.
Do you know what it's like when you hurt deep inside? You've lost what you had Been thrown from a speeding train Do you know what it's like when shadows follow you? Magic should carry the warning you could win or lose but you've gotta choose CHORUS Do you know what it's like honestly can you tell me how it feels? Do you know what it's like honestly can you tell me how it feels? Do you know what it's like when there's nothing but love left behind the line? Do you know what it's like when there's nothing but love left behind the line? Do you know what it's like when someone hurts you so bad that you lose your heart but something inside says you're glad? Do you know what it's like when I wanna lay on your heart lose the world from my shoulders bring people back from the dead? CHORUS
4.
Sunday morning 10.00 a.m. Feeling fragile and I don’t know why I didn’t drink at all last night But my head feels like it belongs to someone else I wish that I could comprehend What it is I can’t explain I don’t know what’s going on But the blood is pounding through my brain And it’s Sunday morning 10.00 a.m. Sunday morning 10.00 a.m. There’s no sanctuary for me And I’m not convinced of this reality Dreaming awake that I’m asleep There’s a vision before my eyes I cannot reach CHORUS Now I try to read the words I write But they make no sense, no sense at all I suppose that it’s meant to be This poets words without a reason or rhyme CHORUS
5.
I saw her standing by the door All alone of that I’m sure I thought I’d risk it take a chance Walk on over ask her to dance But she closed her eyes and breathed a heavy sigh Said man’s heart is made of wood If I took you by the hand Would it end up being no good? I tried to say we’re not all the same But she dismissed me with a wave I said I’d like to try and make you laugh She said you already have don’t you know that I watched you dance? Then she closed her eyes and breathed a heavy sigh Said man’s heart is made of wood If I took a chance on you Would it end up being no good? I said I'm not the fortune telling kind But I know love is hard to find Sometimes you have to hide your pain away Pick up the pieces start to love again But she closed her eyes and breathed a heavy sigh Said man’s heart is made of wood If I took you by the hand Would it end up being no good? Then she closed her eyes and breathed a heavy sigh Said man’s heart is made of wood If I took a chance on you Would it end up being no good? Would it end up being no good? Would it end up being no good?
6.
Friday 13 03:37
Must be unlucky Friday 13 Tread on pavement cracks, beware Strange feelings taking over Roller-coaster in your mind Never say three things to the mirror Your friends have left you unaware Wheel of fortune spinning slowly Who's been dealt the losing card? CHORUS Walking under ladders, crossing on the stairs One black cat, one Mr. Magpie Is it going to get you? And do you really care? CHORUS CHORUS
7.
Freedom 04:24
Can’t you see, that they’re playing with your liberty and they call it freedom A subtle erosion, but where will it end? In your own home now their prison cell And they say if you’ve nothing to hide you’ve nothing to fear Fear to them, is the final solution They’re controlling your life and they call it freedom They’re controlling your life and you think you've got freedom It’s for your protection ‘cos they received information but they won’t say where from Just part of a plan, formed by grey, nameless faces That answers to no-one And they say if you've nothing to hide you’ve nothing to fear Fear to them, is the final solution They’re controlling your life and they call it freedom They’re controlling your life and you think you've got freedom They watch you, from every street corner But it’s for your own safety We’re fed half-truths, wrapped up in lies Until we’re blinded by deceit and confusion And they say if you’ve nothing to hide you’ve nothing to fear Fear to them, is the final solution They’re controlling your life and they call it freedom They’re controlling your life and you think you’ve got freedom And they say if you’ve nothing to hide you’ve nothing to fear Oh! They say if you’ve nothing to hide you’ve nothing to fear They’re controlling your life and they call it freedom They’re controlling your life and you think you’ve got freedom
8.
It’s taken so long for me to understand The way I really feel about you When you’re not here there’s an emptiness inside I feel my heart is torn in two I want you, I need you and that’s the truth My heart beats, just for you and that’s the truth I’m nothing, without you and that’s the truth That’s the truth Now I know it’s late, but I want you here with me A telephone can’t bridge the miles I like to feel your arms around me tight And I miss you more than I can say CHORUS
9.
Maybe it’s the feelings, of an insecure boy Watching the shadows, fall from the walls A vision of fate, is after the skin on his back But a room filled with pillows, its all that he feels History is piled face down, in a blank black file Ending like a farce or West End show Only draw breath, when the interval finally arrives And the wind at night, takes him back to where he belongs CHORUS The photos in Babylon are white on white He sees the images burn in the light The photos in Babylon are black on black He feels shadows dance in the night How could he be wrong, when he seems so right? Reflection in the mirror, is not who he sees Magicians cast spells, that can never be proved And at night, their fantasies haunt his dreams He try’s to succeed, where others have failed Walks through the door, that’s always been closed Thinks of the future, tied up in the past And the photos in Babylon burn a hole in his heart CHORUS
10.
Sometimes the knowing is too much to bear And the pain of a letter leaves no chance of repair All dreams forgotten the past has taken hold Like a shadow to the wall you find your soul has now been sold And the fear; is not knowing The questions to the answers Day turns into night And there’s no time for delay Fear is the pain That never fades away Look back to the future Now there’s no time There’s no time No time for delay Watch the teardrops falling, who tells all the lies? Judge and jury sitting say: “No justice here today!” All dreams forgotten how can we explain that it’s only love that causes all this pain? Chorus Barriers are forming, from our conquests of the night What we didn’t know just disappeared from sight Dreams are for dreamers, dreams that never fade Every inch a nightmare in which we were enslaved Chorus Chorus
11.
You’re The Best Thing When I see your face it makes me smile When I hear your voice my heart crosses the miles But I hate to be, so far away from you To feel your kiss, upon my lips, is all a want to do, cos…. CHORUS You’re the best thing, that’s ever happened to me You make my heart sing, with the love that you bring Oh, You’re the best thing, that’s ever happened to me You make my heart sing, with the love that you bring Oh, You’re the best thing. When I think of you my heart misses a beat Since I met you, my life is complete But I hate to be, so far away from you To hold you in my arms, is all I really want to do, ‘cos…. CHORUS I dream of you, all the time I want to hold you in my arms I want to make you mine ‘cos…… CHORUS
12.
I know it’s kind of late to call But I’ve got to tell you how I feel I wave a flag of truce ’though the battle carries on I close my eyes; I see your face But I’ll cry no more for you The words we spoke were said in haste Out of context out of place I wave the flag of truce ’though the battle rages on You believe we’ve said it all But I’ll cry no more for you Break I’ve had my share of not sleeping I’m not going there again Inside, for you, I feel nothing Where once was love; emptiness remains There’ll be no winners can’t you see Only wounded you and me Though I wave a flag of truce For you the battle carries on If I’m the loser I don’t care ‘cos I’ll cry no more for you I will cry no more for you I will cry no more for you I will cry no more for you
13.
Hitching a ride on the last train home Going somewhere you don’t know Heading for the future all alone The past has gone but still you’ve got to grow Chorus And it’s the day when you wake-up find everything has changed All those days are now forgotten when you lived your life a slave Watching the sunlit flames Dance in the velvet light The howling trees Controlled the diamond night Controlled the diamond night Singing songs of years gone by Reminds you of the tears run dry Now treading water 'til you find the shore A place so safe you really want to explore Chorus Instrumental Break Watching the sunlit flames Dance in the velvet light The howling trees Controlled the diamond night Controlled the diamond night Walking in circles to find the right door A hurricane of pleasure leads you to the core Heading for the future all alone The past has gone but still you’ve got to grow Chorus
14.
How can we go on, in this world that we call our own? When the dust settles back into the desert Waves are short of the shore How can we move on, thinking things will be ok? When the screaming of a child is silent And the noise of the hurricane, won't fade away CHORUS For the music we love will never die Into the mirror we fly Dreams we created never lie Into the mirror, into the mirror we fly How can we go on, in this world that we call our own? When the sun falls to never rise And we see the truth through the lies How can we move on, living with borrowed time? When the lights flicker off and no-one's home the world carries on; you stand alone CHORUS

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A collection of Rob's songs, taken from various albums he has released and from his live set. These tracks have been recorded or re-recorded, remixed & remastered, especially for this album

The 14 tracks on this album were selected by people of various ages that know Rob, but who hadn't heard his music before. They were chosen from an original short-list of 23 songs and are not necessarily the songs that Rob would have picked.

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released May 9, 2016

Thanks go to the usual crew, you know who you are.

Special thanks to:
Sayuri, for putting up with the repetition of hearing the same four bars over and over again and also for putting up with the bad language when things went wrong.

Matt Lawson, for his lyrical input and for the odd phone call encouraging me to get on with it.

Extra special thanks to those, too numerous to mention by name, that helped to choose the tracks for this album. You're advice, criticisms, comments and final choices are very much appreciated.

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Rob Tunbridge Chelmsford, UK

Rob Tunbridge is a singer/songwriter, based in Chelmsford, Essex England.
His music draws on his love of Glam Rock from the 70's and Synth Pop from the early 80's and was once described by a music critic as: "Status Quo, meets Erasure, crashes with Depeche Mode and Slade, the result being, a unique style of music that can only be classified as Rob Tunbridge!" ... more

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