Sketches In The Key Of Life

by Rob Tunbridge

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1.
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 CHORUS 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 CHORUS 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 CHORUS
2.
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! CHORUS 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 CHORUS 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 CHORUS
3.
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? CHORUS 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 CHORUS 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?” CHORUS
4.
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
5.
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
6.
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
7.
Me & You 05:13
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 CHORUS 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 CHORUS 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? CHORUS
8.
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
9.
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 CHORUS 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 CHORUS 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 CHORUS
10.
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 CHORUS 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 CHORUS 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 CHORUS CHORUS
11.
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
12.
Friday 13 03:39
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
13.
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

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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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