Split Ends

by Robert Steel

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When I was a young metalhead with long hair, me and all my metalhead friends were always concerned about our split ends. We hated trimming our hair, because that meant it was just a tiny bit less long, but it was necessary to keep it growing and healthy. This is a collection of songs that have been hanging around for years or decades without a home. I’m cutting of my split ends. I hope you enjoy them.

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released December 4, 2016

Engineered by Keith Gary
Produced by Robert Steel/Keith Gary
Recorded at Fire Station Studios, San Marcos, TX

Musicians:
Robert Steel: Guitar, Vocals
David Goodrich: Electric Guitar
Andrew Pressman: Electric and Upright Bass
Mike Meadows: Percussion
Keith Gary: Keys
Lindsey Verrill: Cello
David Moss: Cello
Phoebe Hunt: Violin
Raina Rose, Carrie Elkin, Dana Falconberry: Back Ground Vocals

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Track Name: Love Goes Untouched
Stop poking me with a stick, I ain't dead yet
I don't recall who broke my fall

But I bet they didn't mean to
Bet she didn't mean it
Bet she didn't mean to

Ooooh love goes untouched
And ooooh love goes unsearched
I've seen nothing of the such
Still I don't go unhurt

Stop throwing your dirt on me, I still can breathe

I don't quite know who dug my hole

But I bet they didn't mean to
Bet she didn't mean it
Bet she didn't mean to

Ooooh love goes untouched
And ooooh love goes unsearched
I've seen nothing of the such
Still I don't go unhurt

My buddy Doug got shot one night
Still feels the after effects in his life
But if he died on that terrible night
At least he knew love

Ooooh love goes untouched
And ooooh love goes unsearched
I've seen nothing of the such
Still I don't go unhurt
Ooooh love goes untouched
And ooooh love goes unsearched
I've seen nothing of the such
Still I don't go unhurt
Track Name: Quietly Burying Bones
Kim quietly buries her bones in the backyard
And I'm peeking through the blinds
I wish she could tell me how much she loves me so
But she doesn't so

I pull out all the stops, that had always worked on her
But she gets so annoyed when I tell her
How much I love her so
And that I won't let go

But then Holly comes along
Holly laughs at all my jokes
Holly looks me in the eye
Holly's now always on my mind

So I'm quietly burying bones in the backyard
And Kim wonders where I've been
I can't wait to tell her how I don't love her so
And that I'm letting go
Track Name: 1980 Huffy Pro Thunder
Once, when I was a boy I wanted a brand new bike
And a Huffy Pro Thunder was the bike that I wanted
They had commercials where these kids were riding in lightning
With thunder rumbling all around, it was so exciting

I begged my mom for it, she said she would think about it
And maybe if I'd do my chores, I could save my allowance
I had those yellow mag wheels dancing around in my dreams
I knew if I got that bike, I'd be the fastest on my street

Go Huffy Pro Thunder Go!
Huffy Pro Thunder Go!
Huffy Pro Thunder Go!

It didn't take that long, because my mom was a sucker
When it came to me and my sister
If I knew how broke we were, I probably would have felt guilty
But I wanted that bike so bad, I'd find a way to get guilt buried

Go Huffy Pro Thunder Go!
Huffy Pro Thunder Go!
Huffy Pro Thunder Go!

These teenagers came riding by and said I had a cool bike
And if I'd come with them they knew a really rad place to ride
I'd never felt so grown-up and alive
'Til I got to the place where they beat me up and stole my bike

Go Huffy Pro Thunder Go!
Huffy Pro Thunder Go!
Huffy Pro Thunder Go!
Track Name: Strawberry Hill
Strawberry Hill, where did you go?
My tastes have changed as I've gotten older
Strawberry hill, where did you go?
My tastes have changed as I've gotten older

Celebrate a Saturday
Strawberry Hill running through my veins
And on Sunday, a headache
Strawberry Hill make it go away

Strawberry Hill, I miss you so
It's not your fault that I'm moving on
I saw you sitting in a Texaco
You were faded and dusty and looking for a home

To celebrate a Saturday
Strawberry Hill running through my brain
And on Sunday, a headache
Strawberry Hill make it go away

And I, I'm sorry I'm changing
We've grown apart and it's all my doing
And I, I think of your fondly
I hope you hold no grudges on me

Strawberry hill, where did you go?
My tastes have changed as I've gotten older
Track Name: Pros of Divorce
They painted a line down, down the middle of the town
And we had to move out when they sold the house
My mom got an old house about a mile from the old house
My dad got an apartment across town

My dad got a new girlfriend and they joined a new church
And every other weekend, they would take me there
And that’s where I saw her and that’s when my heart sank
Pretty as a picture, if pictures are any gauge

One day in a black dress, at Sunday service
Her violin solo made me believe in love
It was the last time I saw her. Soon after my dad died
And I never stepped foot in that church again
Track Name: Monkey Blood
Tell me a story, tuck me in tight to go to sleep
Sing to me so sweetly, pat my head and kiss my cheek

I’m all skinned up
No amount of monkey blood can heal my wounds
I’m skinned up
Black, bruised and blue

Swing me by my feet, hold something just out of my reach
Let’s hide and go seek, play games by Milton Bradley

I’m all skinned up
No amount of monkey blood can heal my wounds
I’m skinned up
Black, bruised and blue

Tinker toys, vacant lots
Piles of dirt, dirty socks
Running through the sprinklers on a hot summers day
Evel Knievel, GI Joe
Tell me where I’m supposed to go from here
It’s not clear

I’m all skinned up, No amount of monkey blood
Can heal my wounds
I’m skinned up
Black, bruised and blue
Track Name: The Last 8 or 9 Months
I haven’t been down on myself in a song in a while
I’m trying to switch to positive, guess it’s not my style
For the last 8 or 9 months
I told myself you were way off track
I’m a catch, you’d be sorry
But now I’m taking all that back

Stay away from me
Stay away from me
I’ll only make you bleed
Stay away from me

I miss you so much my love
But I don’t know what it is that I love or miss
Feel like I’m going through my life
With no fingerprints

For the last 8 or 9 months
I haven’t had my mind off of you
I was hoping you felt the same
Now I hope that isn’t true

Stay away from me
Stay away from me
I’ll only make you bleed
Stay away from me

I don’t know how to get from here to there anymore
I think I’m throwing up my hands
Let them leave me where I am

For the last 8 or 9 months
All I’ve really done is dream and cry
I know how pathetic that sounds
I wish it was a lie

Stay away from me
Stay away from me
I’ll only make you bleed
Stay away from me
Track Name: Red Rover
Red rover, red rover send somebody over that can break through the grip of my hand
For I’ve been holding on too tight for too long to a stranger who is stronger than I am
I’ll give you a long run and give you a steep hill, run as fast as you can
The stranger and me are clenching our teeth and have no intention of letting you win

Who made this game up?
Where is the rule book?
I’m not so sure I understand
I think I’m winning
It’s getting boring
And no one wants to play with me in the end

Ready or not here I come she says as she comes looking for me
But I’ve hidden so well and I’ll never give up and soon she’ll get bored and just leave
That’s okay I don’t need you to play there are plenty more fish in the sea
But as I get older the fish are getting wiser and seldom bite the bait that I’m using

Who made this game up?
Where is the rule book?
I’m not sure I understand
I think I’m winning
It’s getting boring
And no one wants to play with me again
Track Name: Long Drive to Your House
The steering wheel burns like a cigarette
Tears evaporate before the hit the tip of your nose
The AC in my car is broken
The road to your house is long and sad
The silence grows bigger and swallows us both

Master of puppets is playing on the stereo
We fell in love to it last summer
Now I don’t know where we stand
How long will it take to look back and laugh
I crack a joke but it falls on your broken heart

Where will we go?
I just don’t know
Maybe it’s time we let our love go
Track Name: Scotch Tape Love
Let's tape two pictures together
Pretend we were both there
Side by side, hand and hand

Cause it's been a long time alone
It's been a long time alone
It's been a long, long, long, long time

Let's tape two pictures together
Show it off to our friends
So they won't worry about us

Let's tape two pictures together
Mail it off to our kin
See mother I told you I'd find love in the end

Cause it's been a long time alone
It's been a long time alone
It's been a long, long, long, long time

Remember when we were in our twenties
We swore we'd get married
If we were both single at forty
Those birthdays my dear, they have come and gone
It seems we both believe we're impossible to love

So let's tape two pictures together
Hang it up on a wall
I have just the place for it
Track Name: Leaving Oklahoma
It’ll be a long night, I say to myself
At 7:14 in the evening
3 hours to think about my life
And all that I’ll be missing

I’m leaving Oklahoma
I’m leaving Oklahoma
And I’m miles away from the border
And she’s miles away from me

I start to cry all by myself
at 8:03 in the evening
It’s nothing new, in fact it’s quite
Common for me

I’m leaving Oklahoma
I’m leaving Oklahoma
And I just passed the border
And she’s miles away from me

Outside Wichita Falls on to Dallas
Is the longest stretch of black
I often slap myself to stay away
From sleep that I have lacked

I’m leaving Oklahoma
I’m leaving Oklahoma
And I’m miles past the border
And she’s miles away from me

In 282 hours, I’ll turn right back around
For the next two days she’ll have my life
Turned back from lost to found

I’m going to Oklahoma
I’m going to Oklahoma
And I’m miles away from the border
And she’s miles away from me

I’m going to Oklahoma
I’m going to see my daughter
And I’m miles away from the border
And she’s miles away from me
Track Name: From Here on Back
From here on back will haunt me so
No matter how far I run or how far I go
It's a simple equation, it's a very basic fact
I never will escape from here on back

From here on back will be the end of me
Even if I'm as good from now as good came be
It's not a matter of opinion, it's a very basic fact
I never will escape from here on back

When life gives me lemons I suck the lemons dry
Then I take what's left of them and rub them in my eyes
If I ever get my shit together, I'll cringe at the thought of that
I never will escape from here on back
No I never will escape from here on back