The First Step EP

by Lonely Robot

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A nostalgic collection of personal and introspective tales from a period of reflection brought on by the onset of fatherhood

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released July 14, 2016

Written and performed by James Stewart.
Recorded at the Snug Recording Co by Rich Collins.
Photo by Mum/Dad.

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Lonely Robot Derby, UK

Acoustic folk/emo songs about hope, home and nostalgia from Derby/Nottingham, England.

I'm neither lonely nor a robot.

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Track Name: Fossils of the Past
Flick away the dust and dirt and stone, then gently chisel out a gap between the rock and bone to make an outline of something i don't know; a relic of a creature that once walked here long ago. And this could be the one i need to answer all those questions that have haunted every dream since i was seventeen. Words alone cannot describe the size of the excavated skeleton frozen in my mind. So fetch preserves to make it last before it's buried in the sediment like fossils of the past. And this could be the one i need to answer all those questions that have haunted every dream. But still inside there hides another part of me that magnifies the doubt and dampens all expectancy. And so we trust in all our radiography to penetrate the earth and bring us back the imagery of love deserved.
Track Name: Betrayal at Otter Keep
Cards fall as minutes tick away and your talking won't matter anyway, but those signals are only there for show. We all say "no i don't sit safe in here", it's only your disguise that i fear. You saw my heart, but you might have been a part of this. There may be pitfalls, there may be snares, but your talking won't get you anywhere. Did you betray us at Otter Keep? Or maybe I'm just trying to deceive. As i sit safe in here. It's only your disguise that i fear. You saw my heart, but you might have been a part of this. Given time, these words will dry. Given time, our tongues will lie. Given time, those fists will fly. Given time, all wounds subside. Given time. As i sit safe in here, it's only your disguise that i fear. You saw my heart, but you might have been a part of this. Now i sit safe in here, but it's losing my disguise that i fear. You saw my heart. Well I guess I’ve been a part of this.
Track Name: Fences and Fields
Check my compass and recap, search for landmarks on the map, retrace steps to where they started. Shaking hands will fight control as memories start their frail patrol of the times when we were young. But now it’s so cold in this snow. Water seeps through everything, soaking my clothes and drowning my skin. And it’s so cold in this snow. Crowds wait to watch as i fall. Over fences and fields i crawl. I'm safe in here where the winds don't blow and all of those mountains are there to catch my hope. I see the perfect symmetry in downward slopes, but i need more than these charts and maps to find my way home. Watch as the distance fades away. I’m sick of all the problems, but i'm ok. It's never what we wanted, but hope seems strange. We'll wait as our wishes fall away.
Track Name: Three-Horns Never Play With Long-Necks
I'm skimming stones and spending time with Simon Furman's take on life. I waste my days and waste my lies. I didn't want to cry for you, or me. I'm not the boy you hoped i'd be but i colour my pictures oh so well. Let's start again. I'm breaking codes. We'll lose control, pretend we're not so old. Is this letting go? I just don't know. We'll high-tail to wilton cos i'm not fine. Hey, Presto tried to save my life. The Lightning League and Feryl's fire made me want to sigh for you, for me. It's not like all those tv dreams but i cover my feelings oh so well. Let's start again. I'm breaking codes. We'll lose control, pretend we're not so old. Is this letting go? I just don't know. So take a look at yourself. Listen up, don’t just stare at the ceiling. And in time these hopes will fly like your city’s gold. I know, i know, that a light will shine and glow.
Track Name: Snapshots and Memories
Those snapshots and memories are decorated with obscenities and words you shouldn’t know. Interpret every sign. Where exclamations close out every line, nothing’s a surprise. Keepsakes and contour lines echo out the paths we never tried and hopes left far behind. Take heart in souvenirs that penetrate those dark and gloomy fears, if only for tonight. These are the lies we’re living. These are the tides we’re bringing in. When all i want to say is "let’s get the hell out of here"
Track Name: Sea Monsters
So i take the first step with frost-bitten feet and this solitude will hide all the anger underneath. You claim that you're the victim, but don't take this to heart. I never quite figured out the confidence part. Bury me under the sea or carry me towards the dream. So grab a pen, lets draw some lines, we'll make our hands a map connecting all the places where the stars leave gaps. Latitude will drift out and longitude will freeze, but maybe there's a saviour in old cartography. Bury me under the sea or carry me towards the dream. Bury me under the sea, just like the monsters that hide in the fathoms deep between the surface foam and the ocean floor beneath. Where it’s so dark, and sharks encircle everyone. It’s so dark, that clouds hang over everyone. It’s so dark, those vultures circle everyone. It’s so dark, storm clouds follow everyone until they break your heart in style. But symmetry is gold, you know.