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Back To You

Written by Robbie Smith

They make me a soldier – give me a uniform,
Strap a rifle ’round my back;
Give me my orders – march me down the road
The smoke of battle looming black…

But if I were still in one piece when the enemy withdrew
Then I…would find my way back to you.

They could set me adrift on the going tide
With no water and no food,
No stars above me to serve as my guide
And the sea in a bitchy mood…

But if I could just hold out til a ship hove in view
Then I would find my way back to you,
Yes, I would find my way back to you,
Oh, I would find my way back to you.

Out in the desert – a sandstorm just begun
An empty canteen in my hand,
Countless mirages ‘neath a scorching sun
Endless dunes of writhing sand…

But if I could again find water – my strength to renew –
Then I would find my way back to you,
Yes, I would find my way back to you,
Oh, I would find my way back to you…
Back to you… back to you.

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Ages Ago

Music by Robbie Smith
Words by Anne Smith

Ages ago when I was a child
There were fish in the ocean and beasts running wild
Family sharing the warmth of a home,
The freedom to roam
Now everything’s done but ages ago there was fun.

Ages ago when I was a youth
It was noble to seek after honour and truth
Challenge to tackle a prize to be won
A place in the sun
Then everything died but ages ago there was pride

“Read to me my dear grandfather
Can’t we stay a little longer
Can’t we stay until the twilight comes”

Ages ago, well, I took me a wife
There was wisdom, compassion and meaning to life
Loving our children then watching them go
The river must flow you know
Down to the sea, yes, ages ago we were free

Ages ago – well it seems like today
But the phantoms of time have tricks they must play
Old men and children can welcome a rest
From every day quest
Turning the pages of ages and ages ago
Ages ago my friend
Ages ago

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That Man!

Written by Robbie Smith

Well, this neighbourhood’s rough and you’ve gotta stay tough to get by
And there’s one man around who’s keepin’ the standards real high
He’s smart – real smart – he’s a fighter
They don’t come – don’t come – any brighter
And when he’s out on the street – well, you just better treat him real fine

Cause he takes his time – he’s a straight-“a” winner
He can eat you alive and then order dinner
Won’t take any jive from friend or stranger
They say that he thrives on trouble and danger

Look out! He can pounce like an alley cat
One minute you’re up and the next out flat
Yes, all of you rats better scramble and scat
Wherever that man goes

Look out – there he goes – that man!
He’ll punch you out and bloody your nose
You’d better run as fast as you can –
From that man!

Now, you can search every hideout in town with a fine tooth comb
But if he wants to lay low you won’t find out where he’ll roam
He won’t run – he walks thru the city
He won’t cry – won’t beg for pity
But you know he’s got friends and in the end he’ll survive

Cause he’s a legend alive – he’s got a reputation
He can handle himself in any situation
Got plenty of drive always gets the glory
Got twenty-nine lives and each one’s a story

Like once they cornered that man in an alleyway
And each was determined to make him pay
But instead they all lived to regret the day
They ever stepped on that man’s toes

Look out look out – cause there he goes – that man!
He’ll punch you out – and bloody your nose
You’d better run – he’ll getcha –
As fast as you can – he’ll getcha –
From that man!
Well, it’s somethin’ to see what one little man can do
You see that man he only stands about five-foot-two ooh, oo–oo-ooh
But he’s strong – real strong – and he’s tricky
And he’s slick when things get sticky
And if you don’t call him sir you’ll be the victim of a perfect crime

Cause he takes his time – he’s a straight-“a” winner
He can eat you alive and then order dinner
Won’t take any jive from friend or stranger
They say that he thrives on trouble and danger

Look out! He can pounce like an alley cat
One minute you’re up and the next out flat
Yes, all of you rats better scramble and scat
Wherever that man goes

Look out, look out – cause there he goes – that man!
He’ll punch you out and bloody your nose
You’d better run – he’ll getcha –
As fast as you can – he’ll getcha
From that man!

Look out, look out – cause there he goes – that man!
He’ll punch you out and bloody your nose
You’d better run as fast as you can
From that man! Wo-wo-wo wo that man!

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Chorus of Love, The

Words and music by Robbie Smith

I love the way that you sing,
And I love the way that you bring me
All of the things I’ve been longing for –
With all of my heart…

I love the sound of the strings –
And I love the music that brings us
So close – uniting two lonely hearts
That once were apart.

You sing of a future that opens its doors for us –
You slowly invite me into the chorus –
The chorus of love…

I love the things that you say –
And I love the soft, simple way
That you touch the innermost chords of love
That stir in my heart…

You sing of a future that opens its doors for us –
You slowly invite me into the chorus –
With the promise of love…

I love the way that you sing,
And I love the way that you bring me
All of the things I’ve been longing for –
With all of my heart.

I love the way – yes, I love the way that you sing
And the way that – the way that you play on the strings
And the things that – the things I’ve been longing for
You sing of the future

I love the things that you sing
I love the sound of the strings
I love love the music you bring
With all of my heart.

Instrumental

With all of my heart.

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That One Perfect Night

Words and music by Robbie Smith

Her voice held the nightime transfixed with its sound
From that moment forward none truer I’ve found
My heart it was soaring with joy in my blood
How could we not have fallen in love?

I strung her a harp and she strummed a sweet song
I carved out a flute and the flute played along
Winter was over and spring in full bud
How could we not have fallen in love?

And hers was a face akin to perfection
As her creamy white skin blushed warm with delight
There’s a lot to be said for just being lonely
Til the love angels give you that one perfect night.

The day brought us close – ah, but night was the bond
We knew then that more than a friendship had spawned
My heart was a fire and hers was a flood
How could we not have fallen in love?

And her sleepy eyes widened to emerald desire
And the pearls of her necklace gleamed silver and white
As her lips parted sweetly and pressed to mine gently
She tenderly whispered that this was my night

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Ah, the texture of silk was her skin to my hand
Each delicate moment unflawed and unplanned
One night – no – one lifetime could n’er be enough
How could we not have fallen in love?

And her rich raven mane curled down to her shoulders
And followed new contours through shadow and light
There’s much to be gained – ah, by just wanting
Til the love angels give you that one perfect night –
Til the love angels give you that one perfect night.

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Taking in the View

Written by Robbie Smith

Leaving my pillow starting a perfect day
Walk to the window brushing my city born sadness away
Faintly I hear her singing without a care
She looks in the mirror, choosing a smile to wear

Drinking some moonlight left in a glass last night
Hoping we soon might walk to the beach and see all the sights
Follow the sand hills down to the hazy shore
Hearing the surf sounds seeing the seabirds soar

Half a world away, well it seemed so impossibly far
Half a world away, but I just had to be where you are
‘Cause paradise is here, right here next to you
Paradise is clear and I’m just taking in the view

Na na na na na I’m taking in the view
So nice, paradise with you – I’m just taking in the view
Na na na na na I’m taking in the view
So nice, paradise with you – I’m just taking in the view

Blue speckled eggs concealed in a nest of love
No don’t touch, see the mother bird perched on a tree twig way up above
Blanched almond driftwood, sifted by wind and sand
But no other gift could mean quite as much as the touch of your hand

Half a world away, well it seemed so impossibly far
Half a world away, but finally I’m here where you are
‘Cause paradise is here, right here next to you
Paradise is clear and I’m just taking in the view

Na na na na na I’m taking in the view
So nice, paradise with you – I’m just taking in the view
Na na na na na I’m taking in the view
So nice, paradise with you – I’m just taking in the view

Na na na na na I’m taking in the view
So nice, I just want to share it with you – I’m just taking in the view

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Reggae Rhythm

Words and music by Robbie Smith

Ah she works to a reggae rhythm
Yes, she works to a reggae rhythm,
Cooking, cleaning, sewing and sweeping,
To that reggae rhythm;

Oh she’s movin’ to a reggae rhythm
Yes, she’s movin’ to a reggae rhythm
Mama, sweet mama, you’ve been working too hard
You need to get out of the kitchen

And come dancing to that reggae rhythm
Let’s go dancing to that reggae rhythm,
Follow me down to the palm-lined shore,
Where there’s a party just beginning

And when she hears that down beat
It takes complete control –
It fills her up with a sound so sweet
She can feel it in her soul

Steel drum player from a steel drum band
Well it’s a cool, cool sound in the hot, hot sand,
She let’s out a yell as she takes my hand
And we start dancing…

And we’re dancing to that reggae rhythm
Yes we are dancing to that reggae rhythm
We don’t care about the world and its rules
‘Cause when we’re dancing, hey we’re living

And when she hears that down beat
As the conga drum moans and groans,
That double dare ya down beat
She can feel it in her bones…

Liimbo dancer – dancing low to the ground
He says: “I’m the best limbo dancer around”;
He nearly makes it but his nose knocks it down
So she starts laughing…

And she’s laughing to a reggae rhythm,
Yes she’s laughing to that reggae rhythm
She jiggles and she shakes, she wiggles and she quakes,
To that reggae rhythm

Now this song – it doesn’t have an ending,
Cause this song – it goes on forever,
You can hear the instruments blending
See the people – dancing all together…
So, let the rhythm lift ya – let the rhythm take ya
It’s for the people – the people of this island
The island of Jamaica…

And we’re dancing to that reggae rhythm
‘Cause it’s the rhythm of their island
O-o-oh reggae
No problem, mon – when I hear that reggae band
O-o-oh reggae
It’s the rhythm of their island
O-o-oh reggae
No problem, mon, no problem, mon

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Medals, Trophies and Lovesongs

Written by Robbie Smith

I want to give you my medals
My soldiering days are done
The troops are marching away, to find their freedom

I want to give you my trophies
All the ribbons that I’ve won
They’re taking up space in my past, now I don’t need them

And in return just give me all your teardrops
Give your fears up, my love
You don’t need them any more

Yes, in return just give me all your sadness
Take the gladness from my eyes,
And make it yours

I want to give you my love songs
They were written just for you
Even the ones that I wrote before I knew you

I want to give you my future
All that’s mine I give to you
Whatever you can find that might be of value

And in return just give me all your teardrops
Come on and cheer up, my love
Find the joy that love restores

Yes, in return just give me all your sadness
Take the gladness that is mine,
And make it yours

And you can give me your hardships
The weakness that you feel
The wounds that you’ve been hiding maybe love can heal

And the weight on your shoulders
Give that weight to me
I’ll carry it with new strength and carry it gladly

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I’ll carry it with new strength…
I’ll carry it with new strength…
And carry it gladly
I want to give you my medals, trophies and lovesongs

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Carefree Smiles

Written by Robbie Smith

I used to be a drifter, as restless as the tide
Searching for some laughter and trying to hitch a ride
To a place that held more promises than the place I’d left behind
With miles and miles of carefree smiles and dreams to fill my mind

I welcomed every season just like a long lost friend
I had my freedom, I didn’t want that road to end
But then someone tried to hold me once tried to mend my ways
But something told me that she knew I wouldn’t stay

And she said:
Hey stranger whom no one seems to know
Well don’t be in such a hurry to pack your dreams and go
You must learn to take your comfort where comfort can be found
Some men never find it, though they might search the whole world round

Looking back it wasn’t easy, but I chose the open road
The world was there to please me and its sadness seldom showed,
Until I grew a little older and things began to change
The wind seemed so much colder as it filled my heart with rage

And I recalled her saying:
Hey stranger whom no one seems to know
Well don’t be in such a hurry to pack your dreams and go
You must learn to take your comfort where comfort can be found
For some men never find it, though they might search the whole world round

And if only she were near me now, she’d cheer me with her smile
And I’d be more than willing to give up one dream for awhile

But then, you see I’m still a drifter, as restless as the tide
Still searching for some answers and trying to hitch a ride
But the life that I am leading now isn’t what I had in mind
Though as miles and miles of carefree smiles have all been left behind

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Those Who Are Strong

Written by Robbie Smith

You were patient with me, when others turned away
You stood faithfully, yes you chose to stay
To keep my spirits alive with songs and poetry
You taught my heart to strive to see a future I never thought could be

You always did what you could so unselfishly
You let me know where I stood through life’s uncertainty
You painted sweet skies of blue through times of winter grey
I owe so very much to you, more than I ever can repay

But those who are strong, may one day weaken
And those who are weak may yet be strong
And if our love carries on, shining like a beacon
We can cope together, whatever comes along

And now that you are the one that needs a guiding hand
Someone to show you the sun, someone to understand
It’s with my thankfulness I give my loyalty
How could I do any less for you, than you always did for me

For those who are strong, may one day weaken
And those who are weak may yet be strong
And if our love carries on, shining like a beacon
We can cope together, whatever comes along

For those who are strong, may one day weaken
And those who are weak may yet be strong
But still our love carries on, shining like a beacon
Keeping us together, whatever comes along
Keeping us together, where both of us belong

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Little Reassurance, A

Written by Robbie Smith

I can tell you feel like crying
Trying to hold back as tear
But you wouldn’t want it showing
Knowing I’m near

Looking back on all your hurts
It won’t be very long
If you wait until tomorrow,
You’ll find them gone

Just some tender reassuring
During a dark lonely time
With the sadness of November
Remember this rhyme

Looking back on all our hurts
It won’t be very long
If we wait until tomorrow,
We’ll find them gone

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Peaceful Song, A

Words and music by Robbie Smith

Come with me to the mountains, and I’ll share with you all I know
And I’ll stay with you till the moon cries to the sun rise far below
Walk away from the future, to the past that’s where I’m bound
Where the old ways of our fathers may be lost but still can be found

Rest awhile and lay your burdens down, the road is long
I think it’s time we heard somebody sing – a peaceful song

Long ago on this hillside grew a stand of strong lofty trees
‘Til the wars came and the trees died and the soil was washed to the sea
But from the earth grew a seedling with a yearning thirst for the skies
For the seed of life is eternal and the breath of hope never dies

Rest awhile and lay your burdens down, the road is long
I think it’s time we heard somebody sing – a peaceful song

Now, some will say we are wayward, but our quest has scarcely begun
We will share our dreams with our children, see them build their homes to the sun
Some will try to dissuade us, but they’ll never lead us astray
For the path is worn with our footsteps, and they’re bound to follow some day
And they’ll be singing…

Rest awhile and lay your burdens down, the road is long
I think it’s time we heard somebody sing – a peaceful song
We’ll hear them singing…

Rest awhile and lay your burdens down, the road is long
I think it’s time we heard somebody sing – a peaceful song…
A peaceful song.