robby hecht

I DON’T BELIEVE IT

Don’t tell me it’s wrong
Don’t tell me it’s wrong
Don’t tell me it’s wrong
I don’t believe it

Don’t tell me it’s gone
Don’t tell me it’s gone
Don’t tell me it’s gone
I don’t believe it

Cause the look on your face is easily read
And the words that you say, they’re not what it says

Don’t tell me you can’t
Don’t tell me you can’t
Don’t say you just can’t
I don’t believe it

Don’t tell me it’s wrong
Don’t tell me it’s wrong
Don’t tell me it’s wrong
I don’t believe it

Cause the look on your face is easily read
And the words that you say, they’re not what it says
Yeah the look on your face is easily read
And the words that you say, they’re not what it says

NEW YORK CITY

New York City, take my mind off it
Take my mind off it
New York City, take my mind off it
Take my mind off it
All the girls are witty in New York City

New York City, make me fight for it
Make me fight for it
New York City, make me fight for it
Make me fight for it
Well there ain’t no pity in New York City

In a subway car, where the sun don’t shine
People looking down, feel their skin on mine
When I’m on the street in the midnight glare
I got faith that still there are stars out there

New York City, shake me up a bit
Shake me up a bit
New York City, shake me up a bit
Shake me up a bit
Cause I ain’t so pretty in New York City

In a subway car, where the sun don’t shine
People looking down, feel their skin on mine
When I’m on the street in the midnight glare
I got faith that still there are stars out there

New York City got me scared as shit
Got me scared as shit
New York City got me scared as shit
Got me scared
Oh but I am ready for New York City
I am ready for New York City
I am ready for New York

FEELING IT NOW

Going out on Tuesday night
Think I just might be alright
Cause I’m feeling it now, feeling it now

Calling everyone I know
Just to hear how their life’s going
I’m feeling it now, feeling it now
Yeah I’m feeling it now, feeling it now

See that bar I always pass
Walk inside, knock back a glass
Cause I’m feeling it now, feeling it now

Everybody in this place
Laughs at every word I say
Cause I’m feeling it now, feeling it now
Yeah I’m feeling it now, feeling it now

I’m feeling hardly sane
I could do anything
Plant a kiss on a bullet train
If I want to

After hours, driving home
I’m in love with the radio
Cause I’m feeling it now, feeling it now
Yeah I’m feeling it now, feeling it now
I’m feeling it now, feeling it now

SOON I WAS SLEEPING

I spent half the night thinking about her dressed up in that old wedding gown
So I took a few sips from the bottle just to settle my memory down
Then I noticed that phone on the nightstand out the corner of my teary eye
And I knew that I could be a better man, Lord, if she’d just say she loved me tonight

So I called her up tipsy
She said she doesn’t miss me
And I was thinking I’d rather be dead
But I put that bottle of whiskey right where she used to kiss me
And soon I was sleeping instead

I remember the way that you held me when you’d say it was love at first sight
You’d come home brimming with roses, and you’d take me out dancing all night
But when you lost your heart to that bottle, I lost the man you used to be
And now it’s always the same, when you’re feeling ashamed, you come crying to me

So you call me up tipsy
Saying girl, don’t you miss me
Cause you’re thinking you’d rather be dead
Just put that bottle of whiskey right where you used to kiss me
And soon you’ll be sleeping instead

So I called her up tipsy
She said she doesn’t miss me
And I was thinking I’d rather be dead

Just put that bottle of whiskey right where you used to kiss me
And soon you’ll be sleeping instead

I put that bottle of whiskey right where she used to kiss me
And soon I was sleeping instead

THE SEA AND THE SHORE (Robby Hecht / Amy Speace)

Said The Sea to The Shore when the evening tide came in
I am here to tell you tales of where I’ve been
Into shells I’ve whispered my love songs in secret rhyme
And left them at your door for you to find
I’ve tempered the force of my waves when your gods would roar
And took care of the ships full of men that you sent off to war
I have longed for you for so long said The Sea to The Shore

Said The Shore to The Sea, you left me here so long
I was promised to The Moon while you were gone
He waited here until the brightest night
To demand my hand under his fullest light
And promised he’d always be there to watch over me
Oh why did you wait ‘til now said The Shore to The Sea

Said The Sea to The Shore, I swore that I’d return
And here I am with all that I have learned
I can hold you now with arms of foam and spray
Touching you at the coming of dusk and the breaking of day
Smoothing out the folds on every stone
Said The Sea to The Shore, don’t leave me here alone

Said The Shore to The Sea, you’ve said all these things before
And I tell you, I can’t hear them anymore
There was a time once I’d have given in
I’d hear your savage whitecaps rolling in
Your troughs would come up slow beneath my chin
Your mist would kiss me softly on my skin
Leaving salty trails where you had been
My legs would give out in your undertow
Oh but Sea, that was a long long time ago

So The Sea took one last look and turned away
And The Shore was more than strong enough to stay
And castles melted back into the sand
Driftwood drifted up onto the land
Rocks rose up proud in shiny skin
And shells began their gossiping again

THE LIGHT IS GONE

There was no warning in the stars last night
No foreboding in the sky today
There ain’t no reason she should feel this way
But the light is gone, gone from my lover’s eyes

She’s said, I love you, so many times
She’s always assured me when I’ve had my doubts
Her friends have all told me she’s so happy now
But the light is gone, gone from my lover’s eyes

She’s still walking these halls, we’re still sharing this bed
And it’s nothing she’s done, it’s nothing she’s said
And I’m trying to believe it’s all in my head

I’ll always remember my surprise
When I first saw her looking at me
The whole world was on fire, and I was finally free
But now the light is gone, gone from my lover’s eyes

PAPA’S DOWN THE ROAD DEAD (Robby Hecht / Wyatt Easterling)

Mama come running through the screen door
Throwed herself down on the floor
Papa’s down the road dead
Sister, she began to sob
Brother knew he’d have to find a job
Papa’s down the road dead
Papa’s down the road dead and gone

They found him in his Sunday best
Overalls were freshly pressed
Papa’s down the road dead
Angels gathered all around
Fedora hat lay on the ground
Papa’s down the road dead
Papa’s down the road dead and gone

Looking back on all he gave us
He done pretty good
Yeah that man gave everything he could

Built that piney coffin strong
Everybody sang along
Papa’s down the road dead
It started as Amazing Grace
But Uncle Pen done took its place
Papa’s down the road dead
Papa’s down the road dead and gone

Looking back on all he gave us
He done pretty good
Yeah that man gave everything he could

Sometimes I think, now that he’s gone
I can’t believe the world went on
Papa’s down the road dead
But Summer comes when Winter dies
I see him in my baby’s eyes
Papa’s down the road dead
Papa’s down the road dead and gone
Papa’s down the road dead and gone

HARD TIMES (Gillian Welch / David Rawlings)

There was a Camptown man, used to plow and sing
He loved that mule and the mule loved him
And when the day got long as it does about now
I’d hear him singing to his muley cow

Calling, come on my sweet old girl
I’d bet the whole damn world
We’re gonna make it yet to the end of the row

Singing, hard times ain’t gonna rule my mind
Hard times ain’t gonna rule my mind, Bessie
Hard times ain’t gonna rule my mind no more

Said it’s a mean old world, heavy in need
That big machine is just picking up speed
They were supping on tears; they were supping on wine
We all get to heaven in our own sweet time

So come on all you Asheville boys
Turn up your old-time noise
And kick ’til the dust comes up from the cracks in the floor

Singing, hard times ain’t gonna rule my mind, brother
Hard times ain’t gonna rule my mind
Hard times ain’t gonna rule my mind no more

But the Camptown man doesn’t plow no more
I seen him walking down to the cigarette store
I guess he lost that knack; he forgot that song
Woke up one morning and his mule was gone

So come on you ragtime kings
Come on you dogs and sing
Pick up the dusty old horn and give it a blow

Playing hard times ain’t gonna rule my mind, honey
Hard times ain’t gonna rule my mind, sugar
Hard times ain’t gonna rule my mind no more

BARRIO MOON

Every Sunday in spring when the sun would go down
The streets came alive in my old little town
The men would make music; the women would swoon
Under the light of the barrio moon

He had a bottle of wine and he poured me some
He said he’d missed my sweet smile and was glad I had come
The quartet was playing a familiar tune
And my cup it was full with the barrio moon

Barrio moon, barrio moon

I followed him down to the edge of the glade
He pulled me in close, but I twisted away
And I prayed I’d mistaken good will for desire
But the moon through the trees showed his eyes were on fire

My hand found the blade by its handle of wood
I lunged with it hard as my shaking arm could
And it flashed for a moment before it passed through
Catching the light of the barrio moon

Barrio moon, barrio moon

I fell back in anger and fear to the ground
The people were rushing like wolves to the sound
And my hermano rose high like a wayward balloon
Smiling adios down through the barrio moon

Barrio moon, barrio moon
Barrio moon, barrio moon

CARS AND BARS

In the better part of town, you caught me watching from afar
And when you asked if I’d sit down, I led you by the arm

And my pulse was unsteady
In the heart of the city
As we watched all the sinners driving by
It must have been crazy around us
But that night all I saw was
Nothing but cars and bars and midnight stars and you

Well we sat there for a while and we shared some of our scars
Then I followed you outside and I kissed you in your car

And your pulse was unsteady
In the heart of the city
As we watched all the sinners driving by
There might have been hardly an ember
But the night I remember
Was lit up with cars and bars and midnight stars and you

In the better part of town, I’m still watching from afar
And when I think about it now, I wonder where you are

And my pulse is unsteady
In the heart of the city
As I watch all the sinners driving by
And sometimes I drift when I’m talking
Cause I’m really sleep walking
Just dreaming about cars and bars and midnight stars and you

STARS

Last night
I saw you in the stars last night
I saw you in the stars last night
I saw you in the stars

Sunrise
Work makes it okay sometimes
Work makes it okay sometimes
Work makes it okay

What am I supposed to do in the dark?

Brake lights
Take my breath away sometimes
Take my breath away sometimes
Take my breath away

One time
Come down to me one more time
Even if it’s in my mind
Come down to me

What am I supposed to do in the dark?

Last night
I saw you in the stars last night
I saw you in the stars last night
I saw you in the stars

WHEN I’M WITH YOU NOW

When I’m with you now
When I’m with you now
It’s like flying away
When I’m with you now
When I’m with you now
It’s like flying away

As if a vandal in the night cut my tethers
And that old life is gone forever

When I’m with you now
When I’m with you now
It’s like flying away
When I’m with you now
When I’m with you now
It’s like flying away

As if tomorrow came at last and gave me feathers
And that old past is gone forever
When we’re together

When I’m with you now
When I’m with you now
It’s like flying away
When I’m with you now
When I’m with you now
It’s like flying away