In The Dark

by Courtney Robb

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released July 1, 2014

All songs written by Courtney Robb
(except Girl With The Crooked Smile, co-written by Emily Smith and Railroad Boy, traditional).
All tracks recorded and produced by Tristen Bird (except Circles, recorded by
Gabriel Agostino at Chapel Lane Studios and Anthony Stewart at Red Brick Music).
Co-produced by Courtney Robb.
Mixed by Tristen Bird at Bird On The Wires.
Mastered by Govinda Doyle.
Photography by Ben Searcy.
Layout by Paperdoll Graphic Design.

Courtney Robb - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Ukelele & Hand Claps
Emily Smith - Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar & Mandolin
Steve Temple - Upright Bass
Ashley Davies - Drums
Emma Woolcock - Violin & String Arrangement
A.P. D’Antonio - Banjo, Acoustic Guitar & Hand Claps
Chris Weber - Trumpet & Trombone
Nigel Wearne - Dobro & Weissenborn
Melissa Daniel - Electric Bass (Circles)
Marta Bayly - Backing Vocals
Tristen Bird - Hand Claps

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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: Dark Of The Night
You put that heavy load on me
I'm down so deep I can't see
I wanna walk away, but you look at me and say it's OK
And I change my mind

But I don't regret any time we spent together
In the dark of the night
'Cause you made me feel how I wanna feel forever but
We both know it ain't right

You got another back home
She is the girl that you care for
When you come to me, it just helps me see she's the one
And I change my mind

But I don't regret any time we spent together
In the dark of the night
'Cause you made me feel how I wanna feel forever but
We both know it ain't right
But I don't regret any time we spent together
In the dark of the night
'Cause you made me feel how I wanna feel forever but
We both know it ain't right

It just ain't right
Track Name: Circles
I am more than just a lover, I am more than just a friend
I am more than just another singer following a trend
I am more than just a lyric, I am more than my guitar
I am more than just another punter holding up the bar

And I tell myself a hundred times I need more than you can give
So I take it where I find it while I’m learning how to live

I am more than just a mother, I am more than what I wear
I am more than just another girl trying to make it out there
I am more than a distraction, I am more than just a lie
I am more than just a pair of tits, A useless alibi

Chorus

I am going around in circles
I don’t know if I can stop
We are like two mice on a wheel
Once I get on I can’t get off

I am more than just an artist,
I’m more than a pair of shoes
I’m not asking for perfection
Please stop asking me to choose
Cause I will not sit here waiting
While around us life goes on
I am tired of masturbating
I’m tired of writing sad sad songs

Chorus
When I’m old and grey I will not regret a single thing
Cause I always choose the hard road
It’s way more interesting
Track Name: Girl With The Crooked Smile
There was a girl with a crooked smile, who walked herself a crooked mile
Only to end up back where she began
Fumbling around in the dark, searching for that little spark
But things never go according to her plan

There was a time she knew precisely, what she wanted for her life
But those ideas they fade after a while
And with ever little disappointment, she felt a little bit more disjointed
And became the girl with the crooked smile

I know you will find a way... eventually
It's just a matter of recognising... opportunity
It's scary as hell to take that step I know
But when holding on is worse than letting go
You let go... You let go

Touching down in Melbourne town, where her happy thoughts they go to drown
This city will never ever have her heart
Sure they had fun for a little while, but wearing black just ain't her style
And she's counting down the days 'til they can part

Looking at grey clouds and rain, she's letting go of all her pain
The sky was just a mirror to inside
A little sense of deja vu, this half-loving she outgrew
It's time for changing with the tide

I know you will find a way... eventually
It's just a matter of recognising... opportunity
It's scary as hell to take that step I know
But when holding on is worse than letting go
You let go... You let go

That girl with the crooked smile, walked herself a crooked mile
And now she's doing everything she can
Track Name: Satisfy Me
I got all I want
I got all I need
No matter what I do
Nothing seems to satisfy me

I got my baby girl
To me she means the world but
No matter who I be
Nothing seems to satisfy me

I know this thing that I been going through
Has got to run it's course I got to see it through
I know I'm not alone, it's all been done before
But I ain't feeling bad no more

I got a lovin' man
He takes me by the hand but
No matter who I see
Nothing seems to satisfy me

I know this thing that I been going through
Has got to run it's course I got to see it through
I know I'm not alone, it's all been done before
But I ain't feeling bad no more

I got all I want
I got all I need
No matter what I do
Nothing seems to satisfy me
Track Name: Railroad Boy
She went upstairs to make her bed
Not a word to her mother she said
Her mother she went upstairs too
Said daughter dear what's troubling you

Ma oh ma I cannot tell,
that railroad boy I loved so well
He courted me my life away
And now at home he will not stay

There's a place in yonder town where that boy goes and sits on down
He takes a strange girl on his knee, and tells her things he won't tell me

Father he came in from work
Said where's my daughter she looked so hurt
He went upstairs to give her hope
And found her body hanging from a rope

He took his knife and cut her down
And in her bosom these words he found...

Dig my grave both wide and deep
Put a marble stone at my head and feet
And on my breast a snow white dove
To show the world I died of love

I wish, I wish, I wish in vain, I wish I was a maid again
A maid again I'll never be, 'til apples grow on a cherry tree
Track Name: Just Before The Storm
I like it better just before the storm
You think you know what's coming but you're never really sure
And when it's all over, there's nothing left to long for
Anymore

Now I'm left here just sitting on my own
Writing on a napkin, the lyrics to a song
Hoping something interesting will happen soon
In this crowded room

When I'm in that moment there ain't no looking back
I'm not thinking of tomorrow, it'll only make me sad
No I'm not looking for someone
To come and rescue me
'Cause I'm already free

You walked into that room like there's nothing going on
Is it easy to forget that we're doing it all wrong
Or maybe you're just better at talking yourself back down
But my feet are off the ground

It's been so long since things have felt so real
I'm confused I don't know what I'm allowed to feel
But I know I don't want you
to leave yet
So come on back to bed
Come on back to bed
Track Name: Widows Walk
I'm climbing these stairs day after day
I keep looking out to the sea
For I lost my love a year ago
In my arms no more he will be
The seas got too rough, he couldn't hold on
And the storm clouds above him were grey
They were bailing out water for much to long
It was easier to go than to stay

And I'll keep watch on the horizon
Maybe they'll salvage my heart
Sunshine or rain, I'll hang onto this pain
'Til the day that I make a new start

This widow's walk helps me deal with the loss
It fills me with purpose each dawn
There may come a day when our paths again cross
For now it's up to the roof I am drawn
And although in my mind I know he is gone,
I'm not ready yet to be free
So each day I will climb the widow's walk
And I'll keep looking out to the sea

And I'll keep watch on the horizon
Maybe they'll salvage my heart
Sunshine or rain, I'll hang onto this pain
'Til the day that I make a new start

And I'll keep watch on the horizon
Maybe they'll salvage my heart
Sunshine or rain, I'll hang onto this pain
'Til the day that I make a new start
Track Name: I Got A Man
I got a man
who only wants me when he's drunk
I got a man, a low down man
who only wants me when he's drunk

Only one drink he won't look my way
He ain't got a word to say
Only one drink he won't look my way
He got nothing to say

Two drinks down he smiles at me
Just a little bit more friendly
Two drinks down he smiles at me
A bit more friendly

By the third he's inching closer
Who is real and who's the poser
By the third he's inching closer
Which man is the poser

Four drinks down he takes my hand
This was never ever part of the plan
Four drinks down he takes my hand
This was never planned

Now he's got five drinks under his belt
His resolve begins to melt
Now he's got five drinks under his belt
He begins to melt

When the beer stops
And the whiskey starts to flow
And the music goes on and on and on
That's when I know
That's when I know...

I got a man
who only wants me when he's drunk
I got a man, a low down sorry man
who only wants me when he's drunk
Track Name: Sinking
My body's aching
My boots are worn
This heart is breaking
This heart is torn
I kept on waiting
For a sign
You left me hanging
Every single time

No more chasing, no more drinking
No more feeling like we're sinking
No more needing, no more bleeding
This time it's for real

When I close my eyes
You are all I see
It just ain't right boy
It's killing me
So when I wake up
I'll put on a smile
And I'll just fake it
For a little while

No more chasing, no more drinking
No more feeling like we're sinking
No more needing, no more bleeding
This time it's for real
Track Name: Selfish Heart
The night that we met it was raining
The moon was full in the sky
I waited so long just to meet you
I've been waiting for most of my life
I'm not one for writing love songs
It really isn't my style
But this time I know that it's different
Something has shifted inside

'Cause you're the only one I can see myself growing old with
And when I think back to before you were here
I know that my heart was selfish
There isn't a single thing you could do that would
ever make me love you less
So this is what they meant

I am so scared that I'll fail you
That I'll somehow let you down
I know I have many flaws
But I'll always be around
If ever you need me to listen
If ever you need me to hold
And when you decide to go it alone
I will take a step back, and let you be bold

'Cause you're the only one I can see myself growing old with
And when I think back to before you were here
I know that my heart was selfish
There isn't a single thing you could do that would
ever make me love you less
So this is what they meant

It wasn't love at first sight
It took us a while, I put up a fight
But when I let go there was no going back
For me

'Cause you're the only one I can see myself growing old with
And when I think back to before you were here
I know that my heart was selfish
There isn't a single thing you could do that would
ever make me love you less
So this is what they meant