Collected Recordings 2009​-​2011

by Ashley Robyn

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a collection of live recordings since i first entered the studio in 2009. all of them done in one take except the first and last. i've been writing these kinds of songs since 2008. my work and progress thus far. the foundation for my first studio album, coming soon... dedicated with love to my friends and family.

Bird, Michelle, Mansfield, Nikoleo, Niki, Katie, Smellanie, Uncle, Joshada, Markuru, Nat, Mama Danu - you watched all of this happen. I love you guys.

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released June 17, 2011

Recorded by Dave Paunonen - Backlight Studios
Josh Asselstine - Vogville Recordings
and myself at my home studio

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Ashley Robyn Vancouver, British Columbia

Ashley Robyn is a local singer/songwriter and guitarist based in Vancouver, B.C. She is also the front-woman of the funk/soul/rock band Jackie Treehorn. Ashley has been hitting up coffee shops and small venues all over Vancouver, attracting praise and a growing fan base for her fusion of folk, blues, gypsy, soul and alt rock, and her 4 octave vocal range. ... more

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Track Name: Berlin Blues
well i just got word today
that my true love has died
the poor boy didn't even make it to 25

well i look over the horizon
and what do i see
well my true love
he's come back for me

now i just can't believe
mm what i've been told
but his eyes they're so cold
his fingertips they leave no trace behind
his words they fall so heavy
and his mouth is so unkind

oh my lord
why do good things have to die
cause they still come back
they still come back
just to make me cry

i guess i just gotta believe
but still i wish it didn't have to be
that my true love
can still stand
in front of me
Track Name: Summer Drive
let it go
its time
c'mon
i wanna hear it
i ain't scared
i ain't scared
but i didn't come here
to feel prepared
to feel prepared
yeah

let the wind blow
through this window
making our own weather
everywhere we go
with my best friends
in the backseat
and this feeling of
okanagan heat
drive you past
oh the fields where i was grown
i'm still going
vines and stone

and i'm lucid
and its puzzling me
the ways that i learned
to love
oh are they gone

oh this moment
i can't enjoy it
why do i see it
makes it pass too quick
can i slow down
oh i lived a thousand years
last night
in your room

and i'm lucid
and its puzzling me
the ways that i learned
to love
oh they're gone

oh i have bliss
and i want you in on this
oh god i'm helpless
but i'm blessed by witnessess
y'all keep a record
of my follies for me
and regale me
with love and coffee

see the dream going lucid
and its puzzling me
oh the ways
that i
the ways that i'm gone
Track Name: On The Breeze
on the breeze
in the dark
i can feel it
on the breeze
in the dark
you don't see it
do you
do you

and the weather is cold
getting colder
i don't need to look
over my shoulder
to see what's behind me

oh you had me
when the breeze blew
like my heart, my hand
so blue
when it spoke
the words came through
said
i can't loosen my grip
on you love
i can't loosen my grip
on you love

mmmm....

overcome
all the odds
they're with me
and i know
but they
push me along
wordless i'm
lost in the hum

and my head
is cut in two
all the parts
they're in me
but they know it
and they wrestle me down
wrestle me down you can't
me wrestle me now
wrestle me, pushing me

my poor hand
can't find a way through
when my foolish hand
yeah it try to tell me
just what to do
but its warm now
its just like summer
there's the voice of my
latest young mother saying
i just can't
loosen my grip on you love
i can't
loosen my grip on you love
Track Name: Desire
here in the room
i go dark in the light
everything's moving
but i'm nowhere tonight yeah

but i look at the clouds
i look at them and there's
something in between

mmm those clouds
yeah look at them, tell me
there's something in between

desire, desire, desire
be a friend to me
make me need what i want
and want what i need
cuz you take your time
take your time with me
desire, desire, desire, desire, desire

rolling on home
leave the crowds far behind
i couldn't vibrate
with a sound that wild
now i look at the clouds
look at them and there's
nothing in between

tell me
there's nothing in between us now

desire, desire, desire,
you're a friend to me
yeah i need what i want and
want what i need
so love take your time
take your time with me
desire, desire, desire, desire, desire

desire

oh i'm on my knees
love do what you please
sometimes my dreams they're not so bright
and clean
but tonight, tonight, tonight, they set me free
Track Name: Hide Your Man
in the other room
its ticking
oh its moving again
like it had a heart anyway
like it wanted to start this again
the face and hands
are so unhappy



but you're never really sure, no
You're never really sure
It could either go the one way or
You could find yourself holding on
to every sound to keep it down


I fear the time has started to slip
like the chain of thought still
locked to my hip
and all the stars conspire to whisper and show
and do they know?

hide your man
and hide your girl
underneath the devil
all over the world
at your command
at your command
you'll leave this place
and show your face
not caught at all

oh, oh.

it walked in through the door
What do i see that I haven't seen be
Fore, the heart don't know
It never cares

It steps in too slow
something about the way
that you move is hollow
your skin's too loose
it ain't your own

come on money in my pocket
Which little burnt desire will walk
up on it's knees and say I can't
no more

I'm not sure I'll find
at the end of love
something to show for it
but when the moment comes
I don't wanna do
what you've done and

hide your man
and hide your girl
underneath the devil
all over the world
at your command
at your command
you'll leave this place
and show your face
not caught at all

but in my dream she was
bodiless, she was
free in the room where love
was bound
she said
the very worst your devil
could ever do
was fall in love with love
and hide it
Track Name: Backwards
silence in your room
slow falling down
on this night
and as it lays itself
along it brings
light, it brings light

now i can see
these curves, these lines, you can't
shake it off, you can't
shake it off
they were lost
uncast by white
don't fight it
don't fight
oh, don't fight it

cause you'll go backwards
you don't move
you go backwards
backwards

lying in your room
you'll sleep
you'll sleep
me i don't know myself that well
cause these lines they
run deep
hands tied i am enclosed
examined heart
goddamn this beat
it just won't start
so don't believe
a word
unsaid

cause you'll go backwards
you don't move
cause you'll go
cause you'll go
you go
you go
backwards

if we break it apart
if we break it open
and break it yeah
and break it yeah
break it yeah
mmm
break it yeah
break it
open
Track Name: Declaration
declaration
say what you mean but
i'm asking you to
look right at me, yeah

declaration
speak and be heard
i'm asking you through
circles and blur
what's left

i'm gonna throw this in the light
i'm gonna cast you in my spell
forgive the weight of my hand its
pressing on you
this is the way i feel alive

mmm...

declaration
say what you mean
i never wanted to
say how i feel but a
declaration
hopeless for me is
the only way to
get you to be
what's left


i'm gonna throw this in the light
i'm gonna cast you in my spell
forgive the weight of my hand its
pressing on you
this is the way i feel alive

declaration
all that i want
a moment of space i
give what i can yes
flattery yes
sun set yes
beauty it lends but
beauty it tends
beauty it tends
beauty it tends
to forget
it was mine
it was mine
it was mine
it was mine
it was mine
it was mine
it was mine
in the end