Turn Up For The Books

by Robbie McIntosh

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New album from journeyman guitarist Robbie McIntosh

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released September 7, 2013

Produced by Robbie McIntosh and Stephen Darrel Smith.
Engineered by Stephen Darrel Smith
Additional engineering by Robbie McIntosh, Rowan McIntosh and Simon Small
Cover photography by Angela Heron
Cover design by Angela Heron, Holly and Flo McIntosh
Additional photography by Luke Beavis, Robbie McIntosh and James Thrift.

THANKS:
Paul Beavis, Stephen Darrel Smith, Steve Wilson, Jess Upton, Pino Palladino, Mark Feltham, David Symes, Frazer, Flo, Rowan, Holly and Hannah McIntosh, my Mum and Dad, Barbara and Jeannie and my nephews and nieces, Johnny Gawlik, The Cox family, Bonnie and Dan Smith, Ian Brown, Geoff Baker, Angela Heron, Ken Watkins, Chris Lonergan, Ady Milward, The Steamer Ducks, Al Strawbridge, Marco Rossi, Pete Smith and all the Weymouth posse, Wix and Margo Wickens, Douglas Adams and Family, Charlie Chandler, Bill Puplett, Vince Hockey, Mike Hill, George Bade, Mike Lewis, Dave King, Gary Dear, Duesenberg Guitars, Steve Fairhead.
Brad Jackson and Jackson Ampworks
Hugh Gilmartin and D'Addario Strings
Fine Resophonic Guitars

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Robbie McIntosh Weymouth, UK

Robbie McIntosh is well known as a guitar playing sideman/session player (Paul McCartney, The Pretenders, Talk Talk, Norah Jones, John Mayer, Tears For Fears, Mark Knopfler to name but a few)
As a solo performer and singer, he has released 3 song based albums:
"Turn Up For The Books"
"Widescreen" and "Emotional Bends"
Also, 3 albums of instrumentals:
"Unsung", "Hush Hour" and "Christmas Carols"
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Track Name: Biodegradable Man
Well I'm a Biodegradable man,
you can take me for what I am
Just a great big lump o' ham sitting in the pig pen

You can throw me on the compost heap
you can bury me down real deep
you can stand around and weep but I'll be back again

Arms like twigs, a trunk like tree
a head like a cabbage and a brain like pea
with a couple of potatoes hanging down below
Well I'm carbon based from head to feet
plenty of fat, plenty of meat
Deep down just sinew and bone

Well you are, what you eat
Sometimes sour and sometimes sweet

Well I'm a biodegradable man etc.

I make a whole lot of methane gas
I'll make flowers grow out of your arse
I'll do anything that you ask, which way'd the wind blow

Well you are, what you eat
Recycle me into something sweet

Well I'm a biodegradable man etc.
Track Name: Trouble Will Soon Be Over
Trouble soon be over
Sorrow will have an end
Trouble soon be over
Oh Sorrow will have an end

I'd talk to God if he could hear me
With only myself to praise
I'd talk to God if he was near me
Pray for better days

Trouble soon etc

God is my soul protector
He's my bosom friend
When trouble rose all around
I know he'd take me in

Trouble soon etc.

Though my burden may be heavy
I won't let it crush me down
Someday I'll rest with Jesus
And wear a starry crown

Trouble etc.
Track Name: Carousel
You're the power in me, you turn my wheel
You're the warm wind, that fills my sail
You're the only one, that makes my day
It's always night, when you're far away

Well you sent me out with a price upon my head
I guess I made my bed, and broke it

I'm like a carousel, that can't go round
Without a push from you, I make no sound
And there's a noisy world, spinning round me

And everytime, I don't jest
I make the line, second best
I can't do my work, or make the grade
Overdressed, and underpaid

High and dry with no water in my pail
No wind to turn my sail, and turn me

I'm like a carousel etc
Track Name: Highland Blues
Highland blues, highland blues
Highland blues hidden in a song (Rpt.)

A horse thief were I
For that I must die
In cold gaol I lie with my highland blues
My highland blues

On mountainside
The cold wind does chide
For home I ride and my highland blues
My highland blues

Highland blues, highland blues
Oh highland blues hidden in a song

For king I fight
A man I despise
His hatred and lies and my highland blues
My highland, highland blues

Sweet bonnie gal
Wait for me shall
Track Name: Keep It To Myself
You know that I can see pretty clearly I just never care to look
I'm gonna take some notes and maybe I will try to write a book
Or get myself some pots and pans and then I'll teach myself to cook
And I'll be gone, yes I'm gone

And I'll keep it to myself
Why would I want to tell anybody else
I'll put it up on the top shelf and I'll keep it to myself
Yeah I'll keep it to myself
I'll keep it to myself
Yeah I'll keep it to myself

I could shout it from the roof tops maybe I could write it in the sky
Or get myself a judge and a jury and I'll stand up and I'll testify
Or put on my traveling' shoes and then wave everyone goodbye
And I'll be gone, yes I'm gone

And I'll keep it to myself
Why would I etc.
Track Name: Mississippi John Hurt
Put on your new hat
Put on your new spats
We're gonna see a gent
He really is a gent
Lift up your hat cos
Mississippi John Hurt's in town

He came all the way from Avalon
Left a pretty girl in Avalon
He ain't gonna be here long
So we really oughta get along
Lift up your hat cos
Mississippi John Hurt's in town

Well you know he's gonna pick some
With his fingers and his thumb
With a voice that is cool and clear
Sweetest voice that you'll ever hear
Lift up your hats boys cos
Mississippi John Hurt's in town

Lift Up Your Hat
Track Name: Turn Up For The Books
I bought a boat - It had a leak
I met a strongman - He was weak
I bought some fried chicken - It had a beak
I got lost - Playing Hide 'n' seek

Was a turn up for the books
Just a turn up for the books
Many many hands - Or too many cooks
It was a turn up for the books

I bought a clock - With no face
I bought a horse - That wouldn't race
I got myself some shoes - I couldn't lace
I got a pacemaker - That couldn't stand the pace

Was a turn up…etc
Take no notice of all those strange looks
It's just a turn up for the books

Well you drinker - You smoker
You're off line - Playing online poker
Well you wretch - You joker
That's the fire - And you're the stoker

Was a turn up…etc
Lining the pockets - Of Dirty crooks
Just a turn up for the books
Track Name: Swing Races
Instrumental
Track Name: Go To The Races More
See my face out on the river
Striking for the distant shore
With all the things I can deliver
I'm gonna raid the store
And go to the races more

Now I know which way the wind blows
Now I'm fighting in the war
Tired of sitting in the window
Step through the open door
Go to the races more

Is it me that's being distant
Calling from a foreign shore
Fight against so much resistance
I know I've found a cure
I'll go to the races more

I hoped that love would find the answer
Put my body to the fore
Break the rules just like a chancer
Breaking up every law
And go to the races more
And go to the races more
Get down to the races more
Track Name: Wonderful World
Don't know much about history
Don't know much biology
Don't know much about the science book
Don't know much about the French I took
But I do know that I love you
And I know that if you loved me to
What a wonderful world this could be

Don't know much about geometry
Don't know much trigonometry
Don't know much about algebra
Don't know what a slide rule is for
But I do know one and one is two
And if this one could be with you
What a wonderful world this could be

Well i don't claim to be an 'A' student
But that's what I'm trying to be
'cause if I was, an 'A' student baby
I could win your love for me
Track Name: Stone Cold
As I lay beneath the sun
There's more races to be won
I'm stone cold, stone cold again

As I lift my body up
As I lift the coffee cup
It's stone cold, stone cold again

Stone cold,
Stone, stone cold
Stone cold again

As I lift the glass of wine
As I wait for party time
I'm stone cold, stone cold again

Take me with you if you can
Lead me there, just take my hand
It's stone cold, stone cold again

Stone cold etc.
Track Name: From A Buick 6
I got this graveyard woman, you know she keeps my kid
But my soulful mama, you know she keeps me hid
She’s a junkyard angel and she always gives me bread
Well, if I go down dyin’, you know she bound to put a blanket on my bed.
Well, when the pipeline gets broken and I’m lost on the river bridge
I’m cracked up on the highway and on the water’s edge
She comes down the thruway ready to sew me up with thread
Well, if I go down dyin’, you know she bound to put a blanket on my bed.
Well, she don’t make me nervous, she don’t talk too much
She walks like Bo Diddley and she don’t need no crutch
She keeps this four-ten all loaded with lead
Well, if I go down dyin’, you know she bound to put a blanket on my bed.
Well, you know I need a steam shovel mama to keep away the dead
I need a dump truck mama to unload my head
She brings me everything and more, and just like I said
Well, if I go down dyin’, you know she bound to put a blanket on my bed.
Track Name: This Time It's True
You said that you're gonna leave me, like it or not
Better watch your temper now 'cause it's burning hot
Take no prisoners now, take it away
Could be the last thing that you say to me

Something tells me that this time it's true
Something tells me that this time it's true
Well I can read the signs…and the lines… on your face
Tell me that this time it's true

You've said that you're gonna leave me, many times before
I've tried to find a reason, I just find the door
I'll cover you in love, take away the pain
But you'd say that it's... it's all in vain and that

This time it's true
Something tells me that this time it's true
Well I can read the signs…and the lines… on your face
They tell me that this time it's true

You said that you could have helped me, here and there
We could have helped each other more…to be fair
So now the world's in your hands like an oyster shell
I guess it's time, that we wished each other well

Cos this time it's true
Tell me that this time it's true
Well I can read the signs…and the lines…on your face
Well they tell me that this time it's true

Something tells me that this time it's true
Tell me that this time it's true
And it's down to you, down to you
If you tell me that this time it's true
Track Name: Arms
Well the storm it rages, high above our head
As we turn the pages, we turn the pages red

Don't you lay down your arms
Cos I won't give up so easily
Don't you lay down your arms for me

If we show no mercy, how can we survive
Chapter and verses, dominate our lives

Don't you lay down your arms
Cos I won't give up so easily
Don't you lay down your arms for me

Well it's time to hang onto, all the things we love
Well it's time to hang onto….isn't that enough?!

Don't you lay down your arms
Cos I won't give up so easily
Don't you lay down your arms for me