A Battery Of Tests

by Rob Szabo

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Produced by Rob Szabo
Mixed by Rob Szabo & Cal Brunker
Mastered by Joao Carvalho

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released May 20, 2003

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Rob Szabo Toronto, Ontario

Rob Szabo is a Songwriter/Producer/Musician. He has collaborated on dozens of albums for other artists, recorded 6 solo albums & 4 albums with former bands Plasticine & Groove Daddys -Buy Groove Daddys here: groovedaddys.bandcamp.com

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Track Name: Watchin' A Movie
Watchin' A Movie
(Szabo)

my eyes are floatin’ high above me
I’m just lookin’ down
on some guy impersonating me on the ground
I try to tell him: “don’t you do that, don’t you go there ‘cause you’ll regret it”
even though I’m wrong, I’m wrong, I’m wrong

I’m fighting infection - what you got?
oh, did I mention what I caught?
I’m diggin’ up leads to find a plot
just like I’m watchin’ a movie

I’m floatin’ high above the scene
like a spy
a cold and calculated me
I’m holdin’ my beliefs so very close to me
even though I’m wrong, I might be wrong

I’m fighting infection - what you got?
oh, did I mention what I caught?
I’m diggin’ up leads to find a plot
it’s just like I’m watchin’ a movie

connect
complain
direct
remain

complain
complain
coma-plain

I’m fighting infection - what you got?
oh did I mention what I caught?
I’m diggin’ up leads to find a plot
just like I’m watchin’ a movie

just like I’m watchin’ a movie

just like I’m watchin’ a movie
Track Name: Trampoline
Trampoline
(Szabo)

the blue flame burns the bottle when it falls too far
I’m left thinking out loud in the dark
“am I good for you, are you good for me?”
well, the truth is …
on a trampoline, on a trampoline, when you fall off
it sucks to walk again
just like the candle, I could fall into bottles
far away from anyone who can hurt me
are we even now? are you even now that you know me?
are you leavin’ now without payin’ me what you owe me?
shut up and
dance you little creep
tomorrow, I will be there
shootin’ at your feet, you’ll follow
yeah, I’ll be careful
dance you little creep
you’re not a lot like me
I’ll make you dance you little freak
I’ll show you what I mean
for once, I’ll get a chance maybe to explain
but don’t talk
it’s over when I say
well the truth is I could buy all the candles in the world
and melt them into so many bottles
will they ever learn? no they’ll never learn what the truth is
like you’ll never know, will you ever know what you’re doin’?
shut up and
dance you little creep
tomorrow, I will be there
shootin’ at your feet, you’ll follow
yeah, I’ll be careful
dance you little creep
you’re not a lot like me
I’ll make you dance you little freak
I’ll show you what I mean
for once, I’ll get a chance maybe to explain
but don’t talk
it’s over when I say
Track Name: An Eye For An Eye
An Eye For An Eye
(Szabo)

i was a superman, so what
you were a christ
i was a born again ‘til you gave me some advice

you said:
“an eye for an eye”
it seemed fair
it’s not right
but when did that ever matter?
besides, you’ve got a point
i think I need some air

you were an ember burned to white
i was the night
we were a beautiful
so i don’t have the right

to take
an eye for an eye
it seems fair
it’s not right
but when did that ever matter?
besides, you’ve got a point
i think i need some air

i need some air
i need you to know
i didn’t choose this any more than you

steady fall
i wish that all
this mess
would suggest
something good for us
something blessed
so we don’t have to go on like this

and take
an eye for an eye
it seems fair
it’s not right
but when did that ever matter?
besides, you’ve got a point
i think i need some air
Track Name: Rain
Rain

rain picks up her hourglass

sees that it’s half-past

runs down to the dock

dips oar into water


she’s out to catch the evening news

the big ones she can use

the rest go to the gulls

it’s all so dull



… she falls asleep …



soon, she’s swimming with a man

but the water tastes like sand

it sticks between their teeth

they gasp at the surface to breathe


soon they wash up on a beach

sand rippling like sleep

with the waves stuck on repeat
Track Name: The Life Of The Party
The Life Of The Party

i’m the life of the party
the one you wanna meet
i was there when it started
i’ll be there when you leave
‘cause I’m the life of the party

why are you so demanding?
what d’you want from me?
why don’t you try and be friendly
just take one of these
you’ll be the life of the party

things were goin’ so well …

it could be so romantic
like stars on silver screen
we’ll ride off in the sunset
i’ll watch while you o.d.
you’ll never have to leave

things were goin’ so well ….
Track Name: You Don't Believe Me Anymore
You Don't Believe Me Anymore
(Szabo)

when i see you after months
i won’t know what i been missin’
i still need someone to trust
to tell me “no that colour isn’t"

someone to lie in bed beside
or to say: “hey what’s got into you?”
i can’t deny, but i identify

and i can tell that you don’t believe me anymore

you said I left you in the dust, but I’ll never just admit it
believe that if you must, but I did and I really didn’t

we cut and splice and analyze
and it all adds up to “why?”
i cross my heart and hope to die

but I can tell that you don’t believe me anymore

how did you know we couldn’t go back?
how d’you expect me to know that?
how come i can’t just tag along?
how come you don’t know you can go on

without me?

how did things get so messed up?
how’d we get so complicated?
one could hardly blame us
‘cause we never knew we’d make it

half this far, who woulda thought?
and who knows, I might be wrong
but time is long, and if you hear this song

i can tell that you won’t believe me
anymore
Track Name: If I Could Do It All Again
If I Could Do It All Again

if i could do it all again
well maybe i could do better
well there's some things that i would change, if i could do it all again

if i could do it all again
yeah maybe i could be better
well there's some things that i would change, if i could do it all again

i'd start a focus group
i'd focus right on you

i was afraid that things would change
now i’m afraid they’ll stay the same
it’s such a shame, i can’t erase
i wanna do it again

if i could do it all again
well maybe i could do better
well there's some things that i would change, if i could do it all again

if i could do it all again
yeah maybe i could be better
well there's some things that i would change, if i could do it all again

i've got benefit of doubt
‘cause I doubt like no one else
i was afraid that i would change
now i’m afraid I’ll stay the same
but I’m afraid I can’t explain
now what the hell am I tryin’ to say?
it’ll probably all end up the same way

i've got benefit of doubt
‘cause I doubt like no one else
i was afraid that i would change
now i’m afraid I’ll stay the same
but I’m afraid I can’t explain
now what the hell am I tryin’ to say?

if i could do it all again
well maybe i could do better
well there's some things that i would change, if i could do it all again

if i could do it all again
yeah maybe i could be better
well there's some things that i would change, if i could do it all again
if i could do it all again
if i could do it all again
if i could do it all again
Track Name: I Live For The Summer
I Live For The Summer

i’m lovin’ this, but i hope we don’t last the summer
‘cause i can’t forget the chill i got last December
so i put on my mitts, and dig my trench--hunker down ‘til the snow hits

it don’t make much sense, there’s so much more to discover
but there always is: could we be mean to each other?
it gets so complex, yet we forge ahead without knowing what’s at risk



you ask “why?”
“well what is the difference?”
“d'you need something you can measure?”
“can’t we try?”
“or do you need an audience?”
“well where’s your sense of adventure?”

the wind it whips
it splits our lips
i feel like I’m gonna quit

now don’t be upset, it only grows here from may to october
way up north like this, there‘s no time for the ground to recover
so we all forget, we couldn’t live like this if we had to be honest

you ask “why?”
“well what is the difference?”
“do you need something you can measure?”
“can’t we try?”
“or do you need an audience?”
“well where’s your sense of adventure?”

“well you know what?…"
you remind me of that time
when I got drunk and walked all through the night
i opened wide
i slept outside, they said I coulda died …
but all I know is when I woke up, I felt so alive

i always dreamt that i’d live way south of the border
the months come and went without any leaves changing colour
we didn’t have to forget
we could live like kids
we'd live for the summer

we'd live for the summer

i live for the summer

i live for the summer
Track Name: One More For The Road
One More For The Road

everybody needs
everyone knows
everybody sees what everyone shows
everybody picks through everyone’s bones
everyone needs one more for the road

everybody has
everyone had
everybody here is everyone’s fan
everybody jokes, everyone laughs
everyone needs a pat on the back

so why don’t you bail while you’ve still got time?
don’t look to me ‘cause I’ve stopped tryin’
I’ve cut down the trees, burned all the leaves
just to feel the sun again

everybody here has go the disease
everybody choke
everyone wheeze
everybody cough, everyone sneeze
everyone's just a cog in the machine

so why don’t you bail while you’ve still got time?
don’t look to me ‘cause I’ve stopped tryin’
I’ve cut down the trees, burned all the leaves
just to feel the sun again
Track Name: Umbrella Song
Umbrella song

i just wanna buy that umbrella
you wanted to buy that day
you couldn’t decide but you didn’t, ‘cause you felt guilty ‘bout the money
i thought you should buy it anyway
ya gotta say what the hey
sometime
you might find
something you can’t replace

oh we’ll make it up
we’ll make it up somehow
don’t you worry

i just wanna buy that old wood frame
to put a smile upon your face
she wanted $9, but we’ll settle on $5 if we give her cash money
i think you should paint it straight away
to cover up all the stains
in time
it’ll look real fine
it won’t take up much space

oh we'll make it up
we’ll make it up somehow
don’t you worry
oh we’ll make it up
we’ll make it up sometime
don’t you hurry
oh we’ll make it up

i just wanna buy that old suitcase
i love that shade of grey
sometime
it might remind you
you gotta decide what to leave and what to take
i think you should pack it straight away
and we’ll take some vacation time
somewhere nice
let’s not waste single day

oh we’ll make it up
we’ll make it up somehow
don’t you worry
oh we’ll make it up
we’ll make it up sometime
don’t you hurry
oh we’ll make it up
Track Name: A Promise Away
A Promise Away

grandma saw me wake up
but i promised not to tell
it storms in my umbrella
my guilt begins to swell

a promise away
but i’m too young to say no
i’m too young to say no
but i’m old enough to know

we used to ride in your car
but you called it a machine
we said we’d never go far
now what would you call me?

a promise away
i’m too young to say no
i’m too young to say no
but i’m old enough to know

the difference between right
but i was havin’ the time …
but something didn’t seem right
my thoughts collide
and somethin’ don’t feel right
i’m not gonna lie
i could’ve left anytime
why didn’t i?

i swore i’d never go back
you ruined it for me
i just thought that you should know that
now it’s time we got some sleep