Sketches In The Key Of Life

by Rob Tunbridge

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This album was originally released in September, 2003.

Sketches In The Key Of Life was recorded in Rob's first home studio (absic) and features songs written and composed by Rob, as well as the first songs co-written with Rob's friend & current lyricist, Matt Lawson, who also supplied backing vocals on some of the tracks.

It features quite a few songs that have become very popular in Rob's live set including, Photos In Babylon, Head Down, Boogie! (which was written for his sister Nikki, who chose one of Rob's live shows over a chance to see Status Quo), Welcome To The 21st Century & the original synth based version of Into The Mirror which has had a new lease of life recently, when Rob re-wrote the music to deliver this song in a heavier rock version, which makes an appearance on the album "I've Heard It All Before".

This digital version has been remastered.

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released April 24, 2016

Lead Vocals and all instruments/Synth & Drum programming: R. Tunbridge

Backing vocals: R. Tunbridge & M. Lawson

Spoken parts in Stories For Boys: R. Lawson & N. Scarlioli

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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: Out Of The Blue
You never know what's around the corner
You never know what'll happen next
One moment the old routine
Next it's on its head
'cos it's coming at you from out of nowhere
Take a chance, run with it

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Whoa! Whoa! Whoa!
It's out of the blue - Something happens
Out of the blue - Unexpected
Out of the blue - Can't believe it
Out of the blue, out of the blue

Never think every day is normal
Don't think things will never change
You never know what's around the corner
What'll happen next
'cos it's coming at you from out of nowhere
Take a chance, run with it

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Always expect the unexpected
Always be prepared to leave your past behind
Never think every day is normal
Thing's will never change
'cos it's coming at you from out of nowhere
Take a chance, run with it

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Track Name: Stories For Boys
Do you remember Johnny in the lonely backroom?
He knew his place and he never spoke out of turn
The boys in the backroom they read the headlines
A movie queen on drugs again whoa!

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Now’s the time to turn away as the silver screen locks up its heroes
Now’s the time to turn away as the silver screen locks up its heroes

He looks out of a room with a view
memories come flooding back to him
He dreams of his hero on the silver screen
the movie king, the rebel whore, James Dean

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Do you remember Johnny in the lonely backroom?
He knew his place and he never spoke out of turn
He dreams of his hero on the silver screen
the movie king, the rebel whore, James Dean

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Track Name: The Affair Of Nina B
Looking in the mirror tell me what can you see
The face of Nina B staring back at me
Front page news every day
But who believes what the papers say?


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They try to break you, shape you, make you theirs
But they just couldn’t see
That the only thing that would bring you down
Was the affair of Nina B


One in a million but who really cares?
As long as you obey them there is no-one there
Don’t ever try to break the rules
Or they’ll drag you to your knees again

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Running through the streets again – running scared
Look for shadows in your mind – no-one there
Guarded alleyways you pass by – people that you meet
Everyone’s a reflection, a reflection of Nina B

Tenement steps lead you somewhere
An empty room with a light from nowhere
A government plan or conspiracy
The headlines read; “Where’s Nina B?”

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Track Name: Can You Take The Pressure? (edit)
Can you see the shadows where the lines don’t meet?
Can you feel the pavement underneath your feet?
I said can you feel the person standing beside?
Can you see the person on the inside?
Your body wants to scream but there ain’t no sound
Can you feel the wait that is pulling you down?
Can you see the images that aren’t on the screen?
Can you hear the voice that is nowhere to be….Seen?

The question to the answer there is no reply
you can feel the pressure but you can’t ask why
I said the question to the answer there is no reply
You can feel the pressure but I won’t tell you why

There’s a thousand pictures not one of them you
You’re in my sight but out of my view
Every time you’re right they say you are wrong
I can’t believe you’re weak when you seem so strong
Picture the girl with a gun in her hand
She’ll shoot you down but still you stand
Picture the man in the padded cell
They talk of illusion but to him it is…. Real!

The question to the answer there is no reply
you can feel the pressure but you can’t ask why
I said the question to the answer there is no reply
you can feel the pressure but I won’t tell you why

Repeat verses to end
Track Name: Here With Me (Sayuri's Song)
Blue skies this morning, sun's riding high
Another day drifting idly by
I want you here with me. Wrapped in my arms
I want you here with me. Is that such a crime?

Cold cup of coffee, another cigarette
Just killing time: with you on my mind
I want you here with me. Wrapped in my arms
I want you here with me. Is that such a crime?

And our conversations on the telephone
Somehow make me feel more alone
'cos it seems as if you're right here with me
But when I look you’re not there
Is that our destiny?
I want you to be right here with me
Here with me, wrapped in my arms
I want you to be right here with me
Here with me, is that such a crime?

Red sky this evening, sun's going down
Time’s passed me by; ' cos I’ve had you on my mind
I want you here with me. Wrapped in my arms
I want you here with me. Is that such a crime?
I want you here with me. Wrapped in my arms
I want you here with me. Is that such a crime?

Repeat ad lib to fade
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

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

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Track Name: Me & You
Sitting, waiting, for your call
The one you’ll never, ever, make to me
The one that tells me how you feel inside
Love that cannot be denied

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Late at night, when the stars are bright, I think of you
I run our conversations through my head
But shadow walking’s all we seem to do
Keep our distance me and you

Sometimes dream of how it could be
You and me girl; fantasy
I’d give my heart to you willingly
If you’ll give your love to me

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Watch the sunrise on another day
You’re not here with me, you’re far away
Memories etched on my mind can’t ease the pain
Will it always be this way?

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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

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?

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Track Name: Head Down, Boogie!
Got a white Fender Tele, a Fender Strat
put them in the car with my Peavey Amp
Heading down the road to the watering hole
Gonna play some music, play some rock 'n' roll

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Head down, boogie rolling along
get into the rhythm of this rock 'n' roll song
Head down, boogie rolling along
get into the rhythm of this rock 'n' roll song

It's a little dittie based around Chuck B
'cos he's always been a hero to me
Johnny B. Goode, Sweet Little Sixteen
Roll Over Beethoven, Memphis Tennessee

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12 bar boogie in a major key
The rhythm section's nice and clean
Gonna keep you moving all night long
Play the music get you singing along

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Track Name: It's A Game (Called Life)
I’ve seen it all – Watched proud men stand and fall
I’ve seen despair in their eyes as the truth cuts through the lies
Don’t cry, don’t weep, don’t lose any sleep
Lessons learnt, fingers burnt, the pain lasts just a while

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It’s a game, a game, a game called life
No rule books are given at birth
It’s a game, a game, a game called life
You pick it up as you go along

I’ve heard it all – The story always stays the same
Tears fall down – Tired clichés hit the ground
Don’t cry, don’t weep, don’t lose any sleep
Lessons learnt, fingers burnt, the pain lasts just a while

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I’ve felt it all – A merry-go-round of emotions inside
From a baby’s birth. To standing by a freshly covered grave
So don’t you cry, don’t you weep, don’t you lose any of your beauty sleep
Lessons learnt, fingers burnt, the pain lasts just a while

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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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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: 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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