Somebody Say Something

by Ríoghnach Robinson

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Andrei Ng
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Andrei Ng This album reminds me of home. Favorite track: AK.
Brudar
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Brudar I'm a fan. Sensitive lyrics dosed with self-awareness and strength, amazing voice and piano lines, just leaves you hoping for her that she finds what she's looking for instead of all the near misses that inspired her songs. Favorite track: NC.
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Alex Claman In some ways this is an album-size version of Sufjan Stevens' 50 States project, propelled throughout by Robinson's lovely vocals. Favorite track: OH.
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released October 10, 2014

Thanks a million to the brilliantly talented Ally Schmaling for the album photo! It's part of her double-exposure series, "Into Blossom," viewable at allyschmaling.com along with the rest of her work.

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Ríoghnach Robinson Gambier, Ohio

20-whatever-year-old human playing and singing things, mostly simultaneously. it's pronounced 'REE-oh-nock'

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Track Name: FL
3 AM last night, I couldn't help but hear your voice
Never wanted anything more than to change that choice I made
And I'm so sorry, but I hope you're well
Hope you're happy, but baby, I'm in hell

I crawled back home to Florida
The shining seas and seasick breeze just hurt me more
Did the pillow whisper out your name,
or was it just the voice inside my head
reminding me that I will never be the same?

Still trying to make sense of all the scars on my right hand
Months now since I left you, try to understand
I walked out 'cause I let you down
Packed up my shame and left this town

I crawled back home to Florida
The shining seas and seasick breeze just hurt me more
Did the pillow whisper out your name,
or was it just the voice inside my head
reminding me that I will never be the same?

I guess someday I'll finish waiting for the sight of you to fade
And I'll be satisfied with dreams about the promises we made
Haven't slept in weeks, my thoughts are crying out your rain
Regret, I can't forget, and it is driving me insane

I crawled back home to Florida
The sunlit streets and heat just made me miss you more
Did the pillow whisper out your name,
or was it just the voice inside my head
reminding me of how you used to hold me
when I knew that nothing else could be the same?

I crawled back home to Florida
Right now I swear to God I couldn't miss you more
Did the pillow whisper out your name,
or was it just the voice inside my head
reminding me that I will never be the same?
Track Name: OH
I asked you, oh why, oh why
Thinking of Ohio, I bleed out time
Thunder and lightning,
Closing signs
I miss what was mine

Look through the blinds from safe in my bed,
Pull all these covers up over my head
We were chasing warning signs
Why, Ohio, why?

Call up the age, I taste it from here
You'd kiss me like whiskey and burn off the tears
We were singing out parallel lies
Why, Ohio, why?

I asked you while drunk on wine
if you thought that this was by God's design
You said you didn't know,
but I knew it was
right up to the night I went and let you go

Now I know why, oh why
thinking of Ohio, I lose my mind
green eyes and snow falling,
deep slow chimes
I miss you all the time
Track Name: ME
Take the ax up and split the boards
We were made out of steel and stone
There are emeralds buried in our throne
Tear them out, they were always yours

Bury the marks that his beauty made,
beat your voice back until it retreats
Water fills up cracked and empty streets
We have all seen better days

Crown your king with a halo of gasoline
Envied by all but the stubborn and vain
Dry your eyes, get up, there's nothing waiting here
Don't cry out or you'll disappear
I did and I lost myself in Maine

Eat up the country, devour the road
there is more here than nothing at all
Comforts wither, never seemed so small
Sometimes there's no one sharing the load

Laud your king with a scepter electric,
now burn him to ashes and lick up the stain
Dry your eyes, get up, there's nothing waiting here
Don't cry out or you'll disappear
I did and I lost myself in Maine

Try goodbye
Can you look yourself in the eye?

Robe your king with the skin of the ocean
and swallow the swords that might carve out the pain
Dry your eyes, get up, there's nothing waiting here
Don't cry out or you'll disappear
So drive away, coward, and never face the fear
and denial will always reign
He got me lost deep in Maine
Lost and alone, here in Maine
Track Name: NC
looking up and the gray light shines like someone's eyes looking to the horizon
i couldn't tell you that yours were diamonds seven years ago
the sun cleared up the foggy highways and all I could think was keep those eyes on mine,
and don't you ever let me go, go, go, go.

and i feel so carolina blue
i feel so carolina blue

seven years and i still wonder is there someone i'll rely on
like i rely on all these memories of you
and in this asheville summer i still think of getting high on
fumes of your perfume in wilmington in '92

and i feel so carolina blue
and i feel so carolina blue
someone asked me for a light
i struck a match, lit up the night
and it burned the whole dawn through
and left me with a thousand thoughts of you
carolina blue

and in those appalachian autumns, in the winston winters
the wind is carrying the voice that breaks me into splinters
from halfway across the world, whichever distant city's holding you
the sky is crashing, falling, drowning me in
carolina blue

and i feel so carolina blue
and i feel so carolina blue
someone asked me for a light
i struck a match lit up the night
and it burned my whole life through
and left me with a thousand thoughts of you
carolina blue
Track Name: NY
Got on a train and I saw a woman
She held a locket in her palm, I saw
A pair of girls just holding hands
Wonder if they think nobody else could understand

Cause I have been every person in this city
Wondering if I'm alone
And we must open up our doors
New York, I'm yours

New York, I'm yours

I saw an old man play a sonata down in the subway,
no one stopped, and what could he do?
I saw a child sobbing and screaming
everyone around seemed like they might start crying too

But I have been every person in this city
Wondering if I'm alone
And we must open up our doors
New York, I'm yours

New York, I'm yours

Don't blink, the neon signs are lanterns in the mines
And what a blinding sight, each other's sunlight

I saw a boy who gave me a smile,
looked like he hadn't done it in a while
I stopped and I wondered
How many others are aching for a voice that is not their own

But I have been every person in this city
Wondering if I'm alone
And we must open up our doors
New York, I'm yours
We must open up our doors
New York I'm yours

When did we learn to let each other go?
A country of islands miles away,
we're scattered like the snow
And did we forget while learning how to hide
that we come from stars and stars are always shining
but it burns so bright when we collide
we collide

And there are some days
that I still miss you
But mostly I just look around and smile because
the world is waiting, and it ain't fading,
strange for me to think about the lonely girl I was

Cause I have been every person in this city
never feeling quite full-grown
But we are not on our own
no, we are not alone

Looking up, oh my heart it soars
New York, I'm yours
New York, I'm yours
Track Name: WA
Cold hands
Something's wrong with my heart, I swear
I'm doing headstands
My world's turned upside-down since you're standing there

It's been so long since I've seen you,
don't know what my memory turned you into
but it ain't that, it ain't that, it ain't that
And there you are, the only one I wanted back

And what can I say besides hello?
And what can I do besides let you in and breathe out slow?
Three feet between us feels like a mile
and damn, it hurts to see you smile

In Washington, you grew up twice
In Washington, a heart's a different price
I try to remember all the angry thoughts I had
but I want you too bad
I want you too bad

I pour a cup of coffee, we sit and stare,
examine faces, I meet your eyes but it's hard to bear
because you're just the same, but somehow new
and still we match, just like we always used to

A million words we could've said a million ways
Life moves right along, so take it in, don't waste the days
So many years I spent on fixing up a broken heart
And here we are
And here we are --
Heading back to the start

In Washington, I hear the heartbeat that I missed
In Washington, I close my eyes, remember how we kissed
In Washington, please take my hand
In Washington, you'll understand

You say you'll never let me go again
I say I missed you, my best friend
You say that you think it's God's design
In Washington, our love's divine
(repeat & fade)
Track Name: AZ (live)
I've never done this before,
Slipping out of the track of this record player
Careful with the needle, baby --
Some things are sharper than others

Never had faith in superstition
Anyway, I need this umbrella
Can't you see, it's raining over my bed

You said,
Trust me
Trust me with everything you need to say,
it must be,
must be the love you never gave away
So here, dear
Here
You can cut me open, break me apart,
take the hope in this little heart
But then
you gotta make me a promise to put me together again

Oh, you said, way out west in Arizona,
Trust me
Trust me with everything you need to say,
it must be,
must be the love you never gave away
So here, dear
Here
You can cut me open, break me apart,
take the hope in this little heart
But then
you gotta make me a promise to put me together again

I'm not fragile,
I'm not broken
Baby, I just leave too much unspoken
You know, honesty was easier
when I didn't think my dreams could come true

I've never done this before
but I'm in love with you,
with you,
with you,
you, you.
Track Name: VA
Do you remember the moment you fell out of love?
One morning in Virginia with the sky white above,
Something in the smell of the frost
made you feel you'd gotten lost
made you think,
This is it, this is it.

You waited so long to stop feeling
suffocated,
but you left it unstated,
and now you're looking back
on the life that you thought you'd have
and nothing has ever seemed so far away
You knew
what this was coming to
Who could blame you for words you had to say?

Do you remember the moment you left me behind?
You told me not to follow you, you said it was time.
What could I do but watch you go,
just wishing I could say,
"no"?

I can't get rid of that moment
It stares out from the shelf.
Me, I'm writing stupid love songs
and I'm hating myself.
And all the small, insidious things
the shower curtain's stained rings
the kettle
how it sings,
how it sings.

I find myself still waiting
slowly asphyxiating
something in this house is fading

Now I'm looking back
on the life that I thought we'd have
and nothing has ever seemed so far away
I try
so goddamn hard these days
not to blame you for words
that you had to say,
words you had to say.
Track Name: AK
I met a boy who looked like the face of surrender
You know what I asked him? I said
I said, boy, you got something inside of those eyes that's alive?
He said, I gave it up, gave it all up long ago,
And I know only that there's just too much to know,
And you live until living just feels like the dead.

You got all these nightmares reined in at your stables,
Got knives in the kitchen and marks on the tables,
And they're all just wrapped up inside of your head
And you'll ride out the nightmares, you'll bare all the arms
And you'll bandage your cuts and they'll sound the alarms.
Cause you live until living just feels like the dead.

You think about dying a lot and it's strange
All you hear about home is the home on the range
while you're there in Alaska locked up at home, going deranged
Though they tell you that normal is some sort of cure,
but honest to God you're not sure?
And honest to God, don't you care what they said.
Cause you're here and you know it's a blessing to breathe,
To share all your maladies with the bereaved,
to laugh like two years past you wouldn't have even believed.

And you rip all those monsters right out of your head
And you clear them away out from under the bed
And your hands feel icy and heavy as lead
While I'm reading that story you told me you read
about living until we all feel like the dead

There are days that you spend, you look back on the morning, it feels a million miles away
There are days that you waste, don't you wish you could slip back and cradle them, keep them all locked up and safe?
There are mornings and nights that I've missed more than you, that I've missed like a thought that's just starting to burn
And for all that it's worth and for all that I've loved you I've still got a few things I just won't return
I'll be there to hold you until all the altars are black and the rivers have died in their beds
But I'm living in something, and God only knows that I can't let it all waste away in my head
You look at me, look at me, tell me it's fine, and if so then it's fine for my own peace of mind
But if something is broken then wind all my clocks up, 'cause every mistake is just me running right out of time.

You know that I'm parched, God, I feel so dry, and I'm choking on questions like who, what, and why
while people around me are struggling just to get by,
And they've told me that normal is some sort of curse
they say it could always be worse
but honest to God, I don't care what they said.

'Cause I'm here in the summer, it's humid as hell, and winter's determined to kill me as well,
and if I just died up here, God even knows who they'd tell
And I sang with a hope that they'd read every note,
if you look you can see all the words that I wrote
on my heart, in this ocean, wrapped up in your coat
I was hopelessly trying to keep it afloat
and trying to live, though i feel like the dead.

and dear God, it's just everywhere sometimes, you know?
more vast and more dark than you thought it could grow
that disease always lying beside you in bed.
and i'll try, fuck, i'll try, 'til the sweet bitter end
that the both of us always saw coming, and then
i'll sleep, because living just feels like the dead.

I met a boy who looked like the face of surrender
You know what I asked him? I said
Boy you got something inside of those eyes that's alive?
He said I gave it up, gave it all up long ago,
And I know only that there's just too much to know,
And you live until living just feels like the dead.

But I don't want to lose it all
But I don't want to lose it all
And you said --
And you said --
Track Name: IN
You asked me how to turn things around,
but I can't tell you how
All I can say is that you're here for now

And I don't know where I'm going,
couldn't measure out this road,
But I'll leave the headlights on
So we can both find our way home,
so we can make it home

Look up now, it's so bright
we could drown in so much light,
I hate to see you down,
oh, my friend
Please just take my hand, been through this time and time again

I made it out
You'll make it through
I swear that no one always knows just what to do
This world's a crowd,
I can't always be around,
but a hundred thousand miles away, I'll still be there for you

I never did forgive, never gave myself a second chance
I lived apologizing in advance
Look me in the eye so I won't see you do the same
I have changed,
and we'll lead each other home
yeah, we'll make it home

Look up now, it's so bright
we could drown in so much light,
I hate to see you down,
oh, my friend
Please just take my hand, been through this time and time again
and time again,
time again,
time again,
time again

You gotta stop, stop looking for that exit door,
you even know, even know what you're asking for?
You got a road up ahead that's full of danger and love,
you got a heart right here that's always thinking of you
When it hurts, just know you're not the only one
and at the very least you
you got the Indiana sun

No, no, no
You gotta stop, stop looking for that exit door,
you even know, even know what you're asking for?
You got a road up ahead that's full of danger and love,
you got a heart right here that's always thinking of you
When it hurts, just know you're not the only one
and at the very least you
you got the Indiana sun
Track Name: DE
I got a lot of things to say about love,
but this is not one of those
The heartstrings they told me of
You played them, God knows

I can look you in the eye,
Say I am through with wondering why
we spent so long trying to hold on
All that wasted time, and now that you're gone

I guess I should've seen the signs
Read between the lines
You never left a heart unbroken,
You never left a word unspoken
I thought that I was your exception,
but what a misconception, I can say
'cause people never change, do they?
At the end of the day

I'd say that I hate you, but honestly,
I just don't have the energy
This broken heart feels like a broken bone,
but at least it's my own

I look up to the sky,
realize I'm through with all the wondering why
So much time ahead now,
Think it's time I said, now
Think it's time I said goodbye

Cause I should've seen the signs
Back when you were mine
You never left a word unspoken,
You never left a heart unbroken
I thought that I was your exception,
but what a misconception, I can say
'cause people never change, do they?
At the end of the day

We met on a Delaware street,
walking along to the same kind of beat
So bitter
So sweet
that now the rhythm's incomplete

But sometimes you let yourself get led astray
and sometimes your heart only gets in the way
and sometimes goodbye is just all you can say
Sometimes you're all that you got
Sometimes you're all that you got
Here I am, all that I've got
At the end of the day

I should've seen the signs
Back when you were mine
You never left a word unspoken,
You never left a heart unbroken
I thought that I was your exception,
but what a misconception, I can say
'cause people never change, do they?
At the end of the day
Track Name: CA
Baby, don't you look at me
Those eyes could burn a building down
And you got better things to do than keep me hanging 'round

Sounded like you said goodbye before you said hello
I'm getting sick and tired of sitting through the same old show
So darling, if you're thinking that I'm so naive,
here's the words that you won't believe

No, I've been told I should be chasing after love,
time after goddamn time
But I ain't sold on this love story
that they keep trying to sell me over cheap red wine
Listen up, baby, I don't want to sit here,
watching you throw out a line
Sorry but I'm not sorry
If life's a love story,
Sure as hell ain't yours and mine

Baby turn and walk away, you've talked at me for way too long
Think you're entitled to my time? You've never been so wrong
Hey now, maybe take it easy with those bedroom eyes
I don't know what I gotta do to make you realize
I'm going home alone at the end of the night
and I know that you'll be all right

No, I've been told I should be chasing after love,
time after goddamn time
But I ain't sold on this love story
that they keep trying to sell me over cheap red wine
Listen up, baby, I don't want to sit here,
watching you throw out a line
Sorry but I'm not sorry
If life's a love story,
Sure as hell ain't yours and mine

We can't keep waiting for the light to change
I'm sick of people putting up with heartache
for a story that they'll never find
You gotta listen to me,
listen to me,
listen to me
What a waste to see yourself through someone else's eyes

No, I've been told I should be chasing after love,
time after goddamn time
But I ain't sold on this love story
that they keep trying to sell me over cheap red wine
Listen up, all you boys in California
who won't get yourself back in line
Sorry but I'm not sorry
If life's a love story,
Sure as hell ain't yours and mine