Urbane

by Robert Swipe

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released April 29, 2017

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Robert Swipe London, UK

Robert Swipe is a singer/songwriter/musician/producer based in West London. His previous releases include 'Madcap in the Attic', 'Bedroom Burlesque' and 'Urbane'.

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Track Name: Welcome to the world of spirits
There's a girl who looks like one of the Supremes
Gun metal nails and
Unfathomable dreams
Looks like she might have taken you somewhere
Want to reach out and touch her hair

But I see dead people everywhere
They don't see me and they don't care
Heaven or hell but which is it?
Welcome to the world of spirits

A woman or a nun all dressed in black
Blocking up the exit with
The rucksack on her back
Was she a terrorist or just a fake?
Be careful of the lives you take

But I see dead people everywhere
They don't see me and they don't care
I see dead people London Bridge and Berkeley Square

Heaven or hell but which is it?
Welcome to the world of spirits
Track Name: Shirley Trampled (another bloody pavement)
Shirley Trampled watches
All the little folk go by
With Lady Gaga's teeth
And Gwyneth Paltrow's eyes

Shuffling along in their own little sitcoms
A million miles away a trillion different atoms

And all she's living for is a holiday

Wish you weren't here
Welcome to your annual enslavement
Wish you weren't here
Beneath the beach another bloody pavement

Shirley Trampled wears
A sloganed t-shirt for the poor
Keep calm fill the fridge and
Keep on voting for class war

Pumping at her weight machine
Imagining the video
And two weeks in a dancefloor hell
Trying to catch chlamydia

All she's living for is a holiday
Track Name: Buddha on the Bus
Buddha's on the bus and he's feeling slightly frayed
Thinking 'bout the government and feeling betrayed
And the noise of the engine is sinister and avant garde
And everybody thinks that they're so damn hard

Buddha's on the bus and he's feeling slightly mad
Thinking about the life that's turned so bad
And he's tried being neither happy nor sad
But you wouldn't believe the day he's had

The word on the street is that Buddha's drawn a blank
Nothing comes from nothingness - but who do we thank?
And they drive these buses like they were a tank
Then someone screams hysterically - "change the record Frank!!"

Buddha's on the bus and he's turned into his Dad
A meercat doll dressed in gabardine and plaid
He thought he'd found enlightenment
But it was just a fad
And you wouldn't believe the day he's had
Track Name: A Hipster on Skid Row
I have no spiritual core
Anymore
I am as empty as a glass
In the unperpass

Now the money's gone
And the house has gone

I am as tatty as a sheet
Blown in the street
I am as wretched as the rain
Waiting for the train

Now the hope has gone
And the future's gone

I tell my friends it's just a phase that it will pass
Yeah, but that ain't gonna happen
In private I remonstrate with my old man
And thank him for this fascist future

I am as helpless as a child
Now the wind blows wild
I keep a feather in my coat
as a mental note

Now brother's gone
And my wife has gone....
Track Name: Madonna @ 80
Frail
When did I becvome so frail?
My skin cracked
And my memory fails
The blood still pumps
But no goose bumps

Veil
I do so become a long black veil
In funeral black the only one alive to tell the tale
I've finally become
A nun

Who's that girl
With soot black lids
Cream white skin
And full red lips?

Remember when my hair was brown?
I somehow sensed you felt I'd let you down
So I bleached it back

(Poor is the man whose pleasures depend
On the permissions of another..)
Track Name: The Beatles
The angels record who prays
And take the faithful to God

Before the war
There were lunches on Fridays
Day trips
Swimming in the Euphrates
Sometimes a smile
From a beautiful girl
Dancing
Singing

Before the war there were lunches on Fridays

Dancing
Singing

They called us the Beatles
All you need is hate
They called us the Beatles
Boy, you're gonna carry that weight

And death goes on, within you and without you
We love to die the way you love to live

I write from a field of pain
Burning flesh in the afternoon
Hide your hair
Hide your face
Feel your soul
Slip into the dark
Track Name: "Velma"
They tied a Union Jack
To the back
Of my chair

And the clothes I wear
And my hair
Are down to them

So I look like Velma
(from Scooby Doo)
But what can you do?

Just because my mouth won't say the words
Doesn't mean I don't still have the feelings
Just because I'm staring into space
Just because I'm staring at the ceiling
Oh I'm not some plastic kid with a collection box
That you can pat on the head...

Mustard pickle on my cheese
Oh these
Are the things that drive you mad

And what do you care
Tony Blair?
(Or whatever your name is)

You might look like Shaggy
(From Scooby Doo)
But I could quite fancy you

Just because my mouth won't say the words
Doesn't mean I don't still have the feelings
Just because I'm staring into space
Just because I'm staring at the ceiling
Oh I'm not some plastic kid with a collection box
That you can pat on the head...I wish I was dead

But I've got to carry on

Just because my mouth won't say the words
Doesn't mean I don't still have the feelings
Just because I'm staring into space
Just because I'm staring at the ceiling
Oh I'm not some plastic kid with a collection box
Oh no.

But I've got to carry on

Just because my mouth won't say the words....
Track Name: Sparklejumpropequeen
And the music will be epic
As befits the grandeur of death
We'll stand and watch
On a lost highway
As the mushroom clouds unfold

And the camera glass will shatter
And the baying crowd will cease
You'll apply some powder
And ready for the end

So the world will burn and be consumed
To salve a young man's pride
And the screen will fade just like your dreams
Of a sparkle jump rope queen

So the world will burn and be consumed
To salve a young man's pride
And the screen will fade just like your dreams
Of a sparkle jump rope queen
Track Name: Now/Then
Guyz
Galz
I don't mind which
I take every chance I get
To scratch the itch

Whys
Wherefores
Don't interest me
I'm here at the centre
Where things are free

Now I'm a frail old man in a caravan
Now I'm a frail old man in a caravan
Then I was a dirty a dirty old man

Now
Now
Now
Now
Then
Howzabout that?

Lying
In state
Lying
I was good at
I was really great
Crying
In the rain
Save your tears
Forgive the sin
And the sin disappears

You wanted the stars so
I gave you the stars
You never smelt a rat
You wanted the stars
So I helped you see stars
Now, howzabout that?

Now
Now
Now
Now
Then
Howzabout that?

Now
Now
Now
Now
Then
Howzabout that

Now
Now
Now
Nooooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwww