Amid the Noise & the Haste

by Courtney Robb

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released January 1, 2009

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Courtney Robb Adelaide, Australia

When you are watching Adelaide songstress, Courtney Robb, the first thing that hits you is a rare honesty and sense of self that pulls you along with her on an emotional roller coaster. Her husky, but undoubtedly Australian vocals are woven with purposefully delicate guitar in a style teetering on the edges of folk, country and blues. ... more

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Track Name: Time
The world is asking you to be a man
But you're holding on to all you can
You're clawing at the boy you used to be
He'll slip right through your fingers wait and see
Time's a funny mistress she'll take away your youth
When you think she's against you she'll help you se the truth
Time is moving quickly now you've got something to lose
That's what life has thrown at you
We are not so different you and I
We're both afraid to let our passion die
But what you've been thinking just ain't right
You know that this child will be your life
Track Name: Games
I know a girl who's baby boy is dying
What is my excuse for all the crying
I don't know what the hell I'm doing no more
As long as I feel a little better
When I buy myself a new sweater
I don't know what the hell I'm doing no more
Cause I swore that I'd never write again with anyone else in mind
But I guess I didn't realise I been doing it this whole time
Oh oh oh...
Overseas they're giving kids weapons
Back home I'm learning no lesson
I don't know what the hell we're fighting for
Who do I think that I am kidding
I'm not here to do nobody's bidding
I don't know what the hell I'm doing no more
Cause I swore that I'd never write again with anyone else in mind
But I guess I didn't realise I been doing it this whole time
'Cause I'm scare I'm confused but I am no longer ashamed
I been down I been used now I'm stepping out of this game
Track Name: Jaded
Took me a while to wash the city from my skin
Soon enough my own thoughts began to creep back in
Because we're three days drive from the nearest town
And when I'm lying in my van I do not miss the city sounds
Don't ever want to feel so jaded
Like the whole damn world owes me a favour
And so I fall onto my knees, look up at the trees
To remember 'm a part of something bigger
And I open up my eyes look past all the lies
Cause I know we're jus a part o something bigger
I can see that orange haze rising up from behind the trees
And there's no one else out here on this road but you and me
And finally I feel like I can breathe
Breathe in something other than negativity
Track Name: Lies
Thank you for making this easy on me
i've been having such a hard time trying to see
but then you called and it all became clear
you took the fear away
you taught me to love who I am
and I could realise all that I can
when everybody else looked at me in a funny light
your words seemed to make it alright
I don't need expensive things to know what i'm worth
I don't need to bitch and whinge to know what comes first
I'm not taking part in this falseness and lies
that I despise
who would have thought that i'd end up like this
the way I used to shy away is such a disgrace
and now I say exactly what's on my mind
even though I say the wrong thing most of the time
Track Name: Company
ten years ago I was a different girl
I would not get in line with the ways of the world
I was marching through my life staring straight ahead
acting on my impulses not using my head
how dare they say to me he don't have what it takes
to keep me company?
now anyone might think we're all the best of friends
but i've discovered sometimes it's just easier to pretend
but i'm not going to fake it i'm not holding back no more
don't feed me your pleasantries just show me the door
how dare they say to me he don't have what it takes
to keep me company?
now some time has passed and i'm still finding my feet
I could learn a thing or two from that girl I used to be
cause I just smile and nod when I really wanna say
F you to all those people that stood in my way
how dare they say to me he don't have what it takes
to keep me company?
Track Name: A Step Back
go on tell me all about what you're gonna do
I've stuck around but I guess I always knew
that you never really cared about me
you just had me round cause you like the sound of your own voice

so tell me all about who you're gonna be
a girl with no cares or responsibilities
but you rely on the very things you say you hate
it's in your hands you choose to live this way

I don't ask for much but you don't even come close
and all the good times that we shared now just haunt me like a ghost
and you will be defensive but i'm not on the attack
i'm just making my choice to take a step back

this is not a goodbye it's merely a see you round
cause it's never really over in this little town
and I see we've chosen very different paths
mine is slowing down and yours is speeding past

I don't ask for much but you don't even come close
and all the good times that we shared now just haunt me like a ghost
and you will be defensive but i'm not on the attcack
i'm just making my choice to take a step back
Track Name: Reflections
In my dream last night my mind was bruised and sore
and every single dream I dream has the same theme as it did the night before
you and me were just the way we used to be
when we were kids in the yard when now was far far away

you come to me in hand with your dependency
but I'm not the one whose job it is to keep you happy
when everything is all messed up and you're calling out my name
I am giving up I'm tired of making everything OK
who will be there for me?
mine always seems to be the hand that pulls you free
I've been wonderin' who will be there for me
when all I do is reflect all the things that people think they see
the lessons you're supposed to learn from have taught you nothing at all
as long as I the one to pick you up, you'll always be the one who'd rather fall
for now we're in the land of everything's fine baby don't you worry
but next time you call I will not be in such a hurry
who will be there for me?
mine always seems to be the hand that pulls you free
I've been wonderin' who will be there for me
when all I do is reflect all the things that people think they see
Track Name: Letting Go
I woke up this morning with a song in my mouth
A tune in my belly aching to get out
Cause it's been so long since I've known just what I wanted to say
All of this silence, all of this room
Helps me accept there was nothing I could do
So I crawl out of bed letting go of this heavy head
Cause we've all got some letting go to do
So we can make room for something new
So just walk away don't look behind there are
no mistakes it's all in your mind
There's a man that I know who cannot let go
of al f the things he believes to be so
But the times are a changing and baby we are changing too
so grab hold of your choice an run away with it
Cause nothing lasts forever don't rest on content
and the warmth will grow to fill the empty spaces that are left in between
There's no right or wrong honey can't you se
That all those bad decisions they seem alright to me
They'll be more defining than the best laid plans could ever be
And all of your options just get in the way
Be grateful you're greeting the dawn of the day
and know that I'm happy remembering who I am
Folks come and go that much I know
Sometimes it hurts but we're not alone
This time apart what will we learn
Will you still love me when you return?
Track Name: Lazy Afternoons
I've never found it quite so hard to say how I feel
I guess in many ways this doesn't seem real
Sometimes I forget and I go to call on you
Then I realise that you're no longer there to tell me what to do
Every day that passes by
The less I remember the less that I cry
This alone it makes me blue
How can I be happy with what we're going through
I miss you
The way I see it is I got some options up my sleeve
I could stay in bed and draw the blinds and never be seen
Or I could just get on with it and try to make you proud
But it ain't easy when I'm always under this goddamn heavy cloud
Every day that passes by
The less I remember the less that I cry
This alone it makes me blue
How can I be happy with what we're going through
And I miss those lazy afternoons drinking tea listening to tunes
and I miss the way you hated food and all those other things you use to do
I miss you
And I'm keeping my house really clean
Cause I know you'll be watching over me
Track Name: Good Intentions
I look to my left and I look to my right
make sure that i'm not being followed
i'm keeping my distance doing my thing
try so hard not to be swallowed whole
sure, there have been
times in my life when i've not known which way to go
away from me now
it's too painful to relive the days when I feel so low
i've been living one way now for so goddamn long
that I don't know how to do anything else
and I keep my hands busy so I don't have to think
everything's fine as I pour my next drink
I'm asking to give me a chance
i've been trying real hard and I know I fall short sometimes
you take me all wrong and I see in your eyes
that you know i'm much wiser than you
i've been living one way now for so goddamn long
that I don't know how to do anything else
and I keep my hands busy so I don't have to think
everything's fine as I pour my next drink
Track Name: Major Chords
I've discovered the major chords
got no room in my life for anything minor anymore
it's all up from here
with the darkness behind us there's nothing left to fear
I could write a hundred songs about a hundred towns but they'd
all start to sound just the same to me
wherever I roam
is the place that I'd like to call my home
call me cheesy
but I never feel as free as I do when you're with me
I could be anywhere
whether it be on the open road
or a house in the hills I guess time only knows
no more wishing on the past
let us look at each day as though it might be our last
Track Name: Playtime's Over
I was not looking for it, it simply fell into my lap
Oh you were asking for it, but I'm not going to bite back
you think that you coulod have me, you think that you could have it all
but boy it ain't that easy, my back's not up against the wall
You've got that courage 'cause you hide behind your hat
i've got you worried cause you're hands are tied behind your back
oh run along now
playtime's over
you think that they all want you, but boy it ain't like that at all
I won't let you pick me up when you'll only let me fall
we're going round in circles when will we put this thing to bed
there was a time we had fun, but baby now that time is dead
You've got that courage 'cause you hide behind your hat
i've got you worried cause you're hands are tied behind your back
oh run along now
playtime's over
Track Name: More Like You
I pour myself another drink
and I think of all the thing I should've done
another week another month gone down the drain
and I dream of all the things I could've done
the sun comes up and I feel down
cause I can't recall the night
and the feelings I went out with the aim to drown
haven't disappeared not quite
but I made the choice to be here to try and change the way I live my life
but i'm doing all the same damn things I always do
and i'm praying for a way that I can trick this little brain of mine
into thinking more like you
more like you
where have all the people gone?
all they left behind is a ghost of a town
and I still hear the echoes of all that once went on
but the heartbeat is slowing down
slowing down
but I made the choice to be here to try and change the way I live my life
but i'm doing all the same damn things I always do
and i'm praying for a way that I can trick this little brain of mine
into thinking more like you
more like you
Track Name: Waiting For You
I've been watching a movie but the story made me cry
so I turn off the TV, jump back inside me and decide
i'll open the windows open the doors so I can smell the rain
I hear distant thunder distant traffic distant pain
I'm waiting for you
to come home
that wind she's working hard blowing the leaves about my yard
and I do much the same but it's just a game we all play our part
and when there were no distractions ever action felt justified
now we miss each other when we're together all through the night
I'm waiting for you
to come home