How Original 2012

by Robert Borden

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released January 1, 2012

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Robert Borden New Haven, Connecticut

Robert Borden is a 17 year old singer/songwriter from Connecticut. His unique brand of acoustic folk/pop music has been featured on the popular YouTube show, What The Buck?!, and he has since accumulated a wide following. Musical influences include Bright Eyes, Julia Nunes, Paul Baribeau, Orla Gartland, and Max Bemis/Say Anything. ... more

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Track Name: Funny Guy
You look like Carrot Top
Mixed with the wicked witch from the wizard of Oz
I walk down the dark staircase
And you’re always there to catch me in your devilish embrace
As you look at me through your Groucho Marx glasses
I think of how you’ve been around the world, tickling the masses
Wearing a knit beret and completely dressed in black
How can someone meant to make me happy make me so sad?

You’re making me laugh
You’re making me cry
You’re such a funny guy

You take me to the dollar store and purchase a potato gun
And say kid, we’re gonna have some fun
I try to run away, through the parking lot
And the exhaust fumes hit me, but so does your starchy potato shot
I fall to my knees on the cold, icy pavement
You cackle your cackle, my pain’s your entertainment
You cage me in your buick hearse
And I don’t see how this could get any worse and then you take out a Furby

You’re making me laugh
You’re making me cry
You’re such a funny guy
You’re making me laugh
But I don’t know why
When all I want to do is cry

This one’s to all the kids out there
There’s a chilling reason as to why I’m so damn scared
He’ll make you laugh so hard, until you’re out of breath
But he won’t just stop there; he’ll tickle you to death

You’re making me laugh
You’re making me cry
You’re such a funny guy
You’re making me laugh
But I don’t see
Anything that’s funny to me
Track Name: Julia
Julia you are so beautiful, yah
I just want to hold you close; I just want you to know
That I’m here, I’ll always be here

FIRST IMPRESSIONS:
I saw you on YouTube in early 2008
You played your ukulele and I knew “Nothing [could be] That Great”
And every day since then I’ve been hopin I’ve been prayin
That you’ll put “Pen to Paper” and respond to me
I’ve been saying

Julia you are so beautiful, yah
I just want to hold you close; I just want you to know
That I’m here, I’ll always be here

I’ve seen you play live three times
And each time you were swell and as usual you looked so fine
Well I’m seeing you again at the end of this month
And I’m just wondering if you’d reciprocate my crush
I “Stay[ed] Awake” super late to see you on Conan
But my heart breaks every single time I think of you alone and
“Maybe You Will” love me back
And maybe you won’t
But all I ask is please don’t lie to me
Spare me your “Sugar Coats”

Julia you are so beautiful, yah
I just want you to be mine; we could fly “Into the Sunshine”
Together, we’ll always be together

And I’ll be “Waiting” alone, for you to reply
It feels like it’s been a week, a month, “A Century,” since I last saw that smile
“I Think You Know” that we are meant to be
Seven years is so short compared to Ashton and Demi

Julia you are so beautiful, yah
I just want you to be mine; we could fly “Into the Sunshine”
Together, we’ll always be together

Julia you are so beautiful, yah
I just want you to be mine; won’t you be my Valentine?
I’m here, I’ll always be here
Track Name: Say Cheese
I've had crow's feet since the age of thirteen
And I honestly can't believe I can speak
Between the numbness of my cheeks
See I've been at this shit for weeks
Cos I've been trying to hide and I've been trying to run
But all this grinning-and-bearing-it is pulling at my gums
And I think I've had enough
But it'll never be enough

So give me a smile
Say cheese
Smile wide
Said 123 now eyes on me
Wait wait wait wait for the flash
You know it's gonna pass my darling, soon
I know you and I know you've got important things to do

I won't ever make a truly serious face
In pictures of me that anybody else will take
The only way to hide your lack of faith
Is to fake and fudge all your mistakes
Cos if you admit you're flawed, everyone will run far
Cos no one gives a damn about how dreadfully you're scarred
And it may sound a good bit harsh
But it's really not so hard

To just give me a smile
Say cheese
Smile wide
Said 123 now eyes on me
Wait wait wait wait wait for the flash
You know it's gonna pass my darling, soon
I know you, and I know you've got important things to do
So if you wanna live comfortably
Suck it up and clench your goddamned teeth
It will be over before you know it
But it's never over and I'm damned if I don't know it
And don't I know it

So give me a smile
Say cheese
Smile wide
Said 123 now eyes on me
Wait wait wait wait wait for the flash
You know it's gonna pass my darling, soon
I know you too well for this to work out
So give me a smile
Say cheese
Bear your grin wide
Now hold your pose and keep your head high
Wait wait wait wait for the flash
You know it's bound to pass my darling, soon
I know you and I know you've got important things to do
Track Name: The Windshield (Wash Me)
The corners of my windshield never become clean
They remain just out of the out of the wipers’ reach
And although the daylight still shines right through
It’s hard not to let the mess obstruct my view

The corners of my windshield they harbour death
As the dust lies over every insect’s last breath,
Opens up the freeway graveyard
On every other, other fast-moving car

And oh, you are not alone in how you feel
So many images pass by but your vision’s obstructed
And oh, you are not alone in things you know
Things you do change the cars around you

There’s a spot right in the middle catches my eye
And it’s never cleansed and it always stays dry
And it’s impossible to avoid it
As it sits directly in the centre of the traffic

And I’ve been waiting for a long-due downpour
To wash away the remains of the men lost at war
And the worthless gnats and all the others that have gone
Will be buried properly on I-95 come morn

And they, they will not die alone, nor will you
The cracks are still left from the impacts of the enemy’s surge
And they, they will not die in vain, unless you want,
Wont them to, and every striker subsequent too

Ah, rain, come wash over me
Set my enemies free
Ahh, rain, shatter the glass
Let me see past

And I, I’ve been waiting for a storm and so have you
Streaks from windshield wipers draped across my view
And I’ll glaze it over with a tint so none will see
See inside, see how clean I can afford to be

And there’s an asshole in front of me who doesn’t know how to drive
And his back windshield’s got “wash me” traced into the grime
Oh if only
Only
Track Name: Dead Weight
Who’s gonna steer a sinking ship love
Who’s gonna drag your ass to shore
Your anchor’s down but your guard’s still up and you’ve thrown everyone you’ve ever loved off-board, oh what’d you do that for

And I don’t know much about boats
But I always thought we would stay afloat
Turns out a stern filled with tiny little holes
Will overflow no matter how much you hope it won’t

Who’s gonna steer a sinking ship
Who’s gonna deal with all your shit
Once I’m gone
No one

Who’s gonna catch you when you fall down
When you snap and jump out that window
You say you’re up but you’re facing down and you’re picking up speed as you shoot nearer to the ground
Who’s gonna catch you now

And I don’t know much about gravity
But I always knew you liked the sky more than me
But love, you can’t fly and you’ve known it all along
You just like the feeling of falling down

Who’s gonna steer a sinking ship
Who’s gonna deal with all your shit
Who’s gonna carry your weight when you refuse to use the legs you’ve been blessed with
Who’s gonna carry your dead weight
I won’t hesitate

To sink this now
Tie weights to its feet and sail away
Walk the plank
You’re already dead anyway

You’re cold and you’re cold and you’re (4x)

Who’s gonna steer a sinking ship love
Who’s gonna drag your ass to shore
You’re breaking down going belly up
Drink your bitter poison from that golden cup
Oh who’s gonna steer your sinking ship
Once I’m gone
No one