Tattoos

by Ríoghnach Robinson

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Tal Salfati I love this so much! this is an extraordinary album, the songs are beautiful, I can't even. I am in love with this album. I chose "Strong" as my favorite, but I have two other favorites- "Invisible" and " "Just words". These songs are incredible. I am amazed. You are so talented. I mean, why isn't on the radio? WHY? I really do think it's crazy. And your youtube channel is amazing. I'm a huge fan.
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released June 24, 2013

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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: Invisible
I? When I grow up, I want to be
invisible
I want to stop being so
predictable
Everything I say or do
You've probably heard a time or two
so I'll
fade away, fade away, fade away, fade away,
fade away, fade away
and you'll never know.

I only wanted to be
indestructible
I want to be something pure and
incorruptible
Something that it hurts to see
because it's filled with honesty
but I'm
nothing new, nothing new, nothing new, nothing new,
nothing new, nothing new
I've turned into
you.

And sometimes when I'm sick with regret
I gotta tell myself it's not over yet
there's time enough to change the road I'm on
there's years to go before the rest of me is gone.

But sometimes I'm sure it's too late
because I'm wrapped up in memory for memory's sake
I'm stitched together from wasted potential
and what could've been is inconsequential.

(INSERT INCONGRUOUS HAPPY WHISTLING)
Track Name: Psalms and Uncertainty
pouring concrete 'round my feet,
impression almost complete
have you seen my knees lately?
penitence suits me.

sobbing blood-red tears from the side
that they thrice denied
i'm so sorry i'm not enough
for what you cried

when am i gonna stop feeling like an open wound?
i am never gonna save the world.
keep forsaking me and save just a couple flames for me
hell is waiting on my bended knee

ave maria, gratia plena
dios, madre mia, mi vida buena

when i walk out these shattered pews will mean more than me and you
i'm begging you take my hand and make me more than a man
make me more than a man, make me more than a man
i've done everything i can, please stop me from being a man

and when you get down on bended knee,
only humility sets you free
a martyr's burning inside of me
go on, take him, let me be

closure's made of sights you still wish
you could somehow unsee
now i'm in the open
i wish they would blind me

tilt your head up, poor soul, and ache
til you crumple under
weights you might have wanted
because you once wondered

god, please suffocate me fast
or i'll never last
i'm your burden, and i'm always sorry
but
Track Name: A Goodbye
won't you walk down the riverbank with me?
we got time, there's a whole world to see
when the sun rises bright and red in the sky,
you and i will reach the sea

will you reach out and take my hand?
there are so many lines to draw in the sand
let the tide roll away satisfied, there's nothing to say
got so much left to understand

with the silence all around us
with a rain of stars to surround us
if the wind's tied and bound us
let your heart be free

'cause if you're leaving me tomorrow
i got no time for sorrow
this day is mine to borrow
for a memory

won't you look in my looking-glass with me?
when you're gone, you're the only one i'll see
with you here by my side,
I've got nothing to hide
you're my one sweetest harmony
Track Name: Stars
look up more often and see the stars
and when the sun comes, remember it's ours.

some other planet, light-years away
is living in worlds of perpetual day.

look up more often, here's what you'll see:
a hundred million lands of the free.

gravity's conscience weighs nothing at all,
watch all the stars as they start to fall

look up more often, when you're in doubt
scream, "let me out!"

look up more often and see the stars
and when the sun comes, remember it's ours.

some other planet, light-years away
is living in worlds of perpetual day.

look up more often, here's what you'll see:
a hundred million lands of the free.

look up more often when you're in doubt
wonder if somehow you'll ever get out.
Track Name: 54 BPM
listen here, lend me an ear
it's been a while since i faced my fears
tastes like sin, burns like gin
gotta get the smell of it out of my skin
heart of mine, past my prime
they're saying, "slow down," but I'm sorry 'cause I'm

out of time, out of time

taste regret, forgive, don't forget.
taste regret, forgive don't forget.
close your eyes and count up to ten
fill me up and i'll tell you when

tell me, when you were young, did you count the minutes?
did you count the minutes?
did you count the minutes?

tell me, when you were young, did you count the hours?
did you count the hours?
did you count the hours?

tell me, when you were young, did you count the years?
did you count the years?
did you count the years?
if you counted the years, did you taste the tears?
did you face your fears?

you're out of time, out of time

i know, though, it will hurt to let it all go
but healing itches miles deep
and if you're gonna get some sleep
then breathe out slow
Track Name: Fingerbones
"Don't go" -
Words I know
just go to show
just how you define "I'm resigned."
And how you can say "I am not okay
without you."

Don't leave.
I once believed
that you could be
my flicker of light in the night
I think that by now it's been dark a while.

And sometimes I think I was meant to be alone
Sometimes I just don't know.
Sometimes I think I was meant to let you go
Sometimes the thought hurts so.

Was it a friend that I needed, or a lie
so I could make myself believe
that I was fine?
What do you think I was waiting for? A sign?
No, I was waiting for
someone to call themselves mine.

Can't you see my body's out
of time?
Sometimes it's a sadness that
won't fit between your lines.

Looking at my fingerbones,
I wonder if they're misaligned,
and if loneliness is
just another way
just another way to say that I have realized
that no one's gonna fix me
not this time.
Track Name: Inadequacy
don't think too hard
thoughts leave scars
your mind will go too far
and lie about who you are

don't live too fast
days don't last
your sky is overcast,
your flag is at half-mast

you will take the blow
for something decided long ago
you will wonder if it's you
you won't know the thing to do
you will blame who you are
and now you've gone too far

so lie awake, lie awake, lie awake
and don't cry
'cause somewhere your voice is someone's
lullaby
the world needs you
more than you know
it'll be over soon
so please don't go

the world needs you
more than you know
so please don't go
please don't go
Track Name: A Kindness Oncoming
the first time that i met you, i dreamed or i knew
we'd be sitting on a pair of playground swings at fifty-two
wearing splinters on our thighs
and smiles a couple miles wide,
catching up on years of our lives

i wondered if your favorite color was anywhere near mine
and if you hated all cliches like "then the stars aligned"
no, these aren't important things,
but far as conversation goes,
it went just fine

let's just share a witty line,
in five years, a glass of wine,
we will talk ten thousand times
be a friend of mine
be a friend of mine

you'll have some harder days, some harder weeks and months and years
i don't have much to offer 'cept a willing pair of ears
we'll sit across a plastic table tucked away in some cafe
and laugh away the day

my natural state of being is being next to you
listening to that band i never liked, but hey, you do
and life is always twice as fun when we are two 'cause we are one
you are the sun

come to me when you're resigned
come to me when you're maligned
you and i are halves designed
be a friend of mine,
be a friend of mine

your front door feels just like coming home
your voice is why i pick up the phone
i hope that you never feel alone
you won't be on your own

let's go roller-skating when we're really much too old
and talk about the times we didn't do what we were told
the little things, the way we laugh, reminds me of some endless past
and here we are grown-up at last

my favorite me is hard to find
she's the one you bring to mind
you put me right back in line
be a friend of mine,
be a friend of mine

sometimes our words start to rhyme
we're two twins like gemini
though that might not be your sign,
just like stars we shine
be a friend of mine,
be a friend of mine
Track Name: Tattoos
let me take the pain
wash those wounds like rain
i've made mistakes
just the same

muscle and bone
drag me home
i've been shattered
like fire-cracked stone

things we saw
blind with awe
tore you, left you raw

guilt excused
show your bruise
sins black like tattoos

strange to see you here,
faces creased with fear
never thought you'd disappear
from the start, my dear.

i once let you go
someone i don't know
took your place and wears your face
like a puppet show.

what we were is long diffused
cold dark hearts and parts unused
they were made to wear abuse
like tattoos

see the holes from all that you lose
inked on like tattoos