I've Heard It All Before

by Rob Tunbridge

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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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Track Name: Welcome To The 21st Century
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


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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


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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


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Track Name: Everytime I Think Of You
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

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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

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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

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Track Name: Do You Know What It's Like?
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


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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?


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Track Name: Sunday Morning 10:00 am
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

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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


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Track Name: (would it end up being) No Good?
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?
Track Name: Friday 13
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?


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Walking under ladders, crossing on the stairs
One black cat, one Mr. Magpie
Is it going to get you? And do you really care?


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Track Name: Freedom
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
Track Name: That's The Truth
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

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Track Name: Photos In Babylon
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


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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


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Track Name: No Time For Delay
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?

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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

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Track Name: You're The Best Thing
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….

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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….

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I dream of you, all the time
I want to hold you in my arms
I want to make you mine ‘cos……

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Track Name: I Will Cry No More For You
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
Track Name: Diamond Nights
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

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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

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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

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Track Name: Into The Mirror
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


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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


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