Don't Try This at Home

by Acoustic Fingers

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about

I write a ton of material... and waiting on a band to fully realize it can take years. Sometimes all you need is a voice and an acoustic guitar to get the song across to the listener. This is a collection of acoustic rock originals stripped down and left in their intimate forms so the focus stays on the melodies, lyrics, variety and soul of each song.

I chose the overused phrase, "Don't Try This at Home" to jokingly imply that nobody should want to make a whole record by themselves. It's certainly better to collaborate with other musicians and create something BIGGER than one person. But this CD was finished on my own by default and after writing a few songs that involved acrobatic visuals, that title just fit too well ...cliché or not.

"Acoustic Fingers" has become a side-project to finish and perform songs on my own that may otherwise just occupy my already cluttered head. ENJOY!

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released June 22, 2012

Rob Roush all writing, recording, performing and mixing.

Mastered by Ed Jones and Rob Roush.

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Track Name: Strength
STRENGTH

She fights my battles
She hides my crimes
She give good lovin' any day or any night

She licks my wounds
And cleans the knife
I turn around to find
She's always smiling

She gives me shelter from all my rain

Her strength
Can move the Heavens
Her faith
Can take me higher
She never ceases to amaze me with her
Strength

She'd stop a bullet
To save my skin
She'd march through Hell or high water then back again

She'd take the punches
Right on the chin
She's got my back
Through thick and thin

And she's no stranger to all my pain

Her strength
Can shake the Heavens
Her faith
Can take me higher
She never ceases to amaze me with her
Strength

She's like a soldier
Right by my side
Through all our land mines
We have survived
She's earned my honor
Up for the task
'Cause she was built to last

Her strength
Can move the Heavens
Her faith
Can take me higher
She never ceases to amaze me with her
Strength
Track Name: Rescue Me
RESCUE ME

I'm running out of blue sky
I'm running out of time
Running out of patience
Waiting
Lord
Rescue me

I've been stumbling
Through these city streets
I've been drinking
All my ghosts to sleep

God please won't you hear my plea?

And rescue me
From a world full of anger
Rescue me
From myself going down in flames

I'm empty as a soul can be
Choking on the smoke
Of tragedy

God please can you hear my plea?

Rescue me
From a world full of hatred
Rescue me
From myself going down in flames

So many lives were taken
I know my faith was shaken
Running out of patience
Waiting
Lord
Set me free
Oh lord
Rescue me
Track Name: Man on a Bridge
MAN ON A BRIDGE

There's a man on a bridge
Standing high in the wind
And everybody's wondering who he is

There's a crowd gathered 'round
Peering into the clouds
All waiting to see how he comes down

But birds fly
In the blue skies
Around him

Who are you?

There's a man on a bridge
And he's stepping to the edge
And everyone is wondering how this ends

Now the roads have been closed
Underneath in circling boats
The police are preparing for the worst

Still birds fly
In blue skies
Around him

Who?

Red engines have arrived
They raise a ladder to his side
The hours passing by
Above the flashing lights

There’s nowhere left
There's nowhere left to
There’s nowhere left to go
But down

Come Down
Come Down
Come Down
Come Down

Was a man on a bridge
Now they've taken him in
And I wonder if we'll see him there again
Track Name: Arlene
ARLENE

Her eyes are alive
With a wisdom beyond their own time
Her words ringing true
In my head I try not to
But I can't help but hear

Arlene
She's one of a kind
And she's got my eye
Though I should know better

Arlene
What are we doing here?
Arlene
You're a rarity

She takes me by the hand
All the years disappear like magic
Though I've been here before
And I should know better
It's coming so naturally

She makes me sing
Filling my head with dreams
She makes me weak
And keeps me in mystery

Arlene
Where are we going here?
Arlene
Guess we'll wait and see

Arlene
She's one of a kind
And she's got my eye
And I can't resist her
No
Track Name: Hey Angel
HEY ANGEL

Hey angel
I love you
Come fly with me a while
Hey angel
I'm sorry
Can't bear to see you down

Let me mend your
Ruffled feathers
Put your mind to rest

Hey angel
Don't worry now
We're gonna be alright

Together
We'll find our
Way back to the sky

Ohhh

Through it all
We've come so far
So wipe your eyes and
Realize
I'm still here by your side

Hey angel
I love you
You're still my miracle

Someday soon
I'll get you
Back into my arms
And heal your wounded heart

Ohhh

Hey angel
Hey angel
Hey angel
Hey
Angel
Track Name: Josephine
JOSEPHINE

Josephine on her trapeze
Swings herself into a daydream
Up so high she longs to fly
Way out of touch
Beyond this life

Up and down she swings
Up and down again

Josephine on her trapeze
Up above reality
She's just like other girls you see
But her life is a puzzle
Missing one piece

Up and down she swings
Up and down again

She points her toes towards the sky so graceful
And reaches up to touch the sunshine
A sea of people cheer under her feet
And for a moment she's alright

Josephine on her trapeze
Sits alone imagining
Mother watches through the screen
Wishes every hope and dream come true
For Josephine

Josephine
You can be
Anything that you
Want to be
Mmm Hmm

Up and down she swings
Up and down again
Up and down she swings
Up and down again
Track Name: Sweet Misery
SWEET MISERY

Sister heartache
Please don't cry
Now wipe the tears from your eyes

Life gets better
Don't you hide
Love is still worth the fight

Nothing ever works out the way that you dream
When it does it's bound to fall apart at the seams
Too good
To believe

My sweet misery
Nothing's as bad as you think
My sweet misery
My sweet misery
But nothing is ever too easy

Brother sorrow
Please don't start
Second guessing your heart

Time will show you
All you've got
Is greater than what you wanted

Strolling down memory lane
You're looking back again
Just turn around to see the present day
Is second
To nothing

My sweet misery
Wish I could make you believe
My sweet misery
My sweet misery
That everything here has a reason
Even misery

So sister heartache
Please don't cry
Life is still worth the fight

My sweet misery
Nothing's as bad as you think
My sweet misery
My sweet misery
And everything here's temporary
Even misery

Sweet misery
Track Name: Phoenix
PHOENIX

Phoenix
Phoenix

Broken
For a moment
Into pieces

Shattered
For a fraction
Of a second

But I know what I'm after
I can see the big picture
And I'll wait for my phoenix
From the ashes

Phoenix

Fragile
And I'm rattled
Been bruised and battered

Weathered
And I'm severed
But I need to remember

That I know what I'm after
I can see the big picture
And I'll wait for my phoenix

My phoenix from the ashes
Will turn the tears to laughter
I'll rise above the dust
And fly into the sun…

On my phoenix
My phoenix
Phoenix
Track Name: Back to the Garden
BACK TO THE GARDEN

Does it seem the world
Is growing colder?
Does it seem our lives are out of order?
Overwhelmed and underpaid
When did we become such slaves?
Where can we be free?
Where can we find peace?

Take me back to the garden
Take me back to the start
Take me back where time stood still
When we were young and free
Take me back to the garden

Doesn't seem like anybody's listening
Doesn't seem like anywhere is home
Can we sit together
Face to face
Turn off the world
Slow down the pace?
Where we can all be free
To sing in harmony

Take me back to the garden
Teach me how to love
Take me back to the start
Where we can live as one
Take me back where time stood still
When we were young and free
Teach me how to love
Yea, teach me how to love

Teach me how to love
Teach me how to love

Take me back to the garden
Teach me how to love
Take me back to the start
Where we can live as one
Take me back where time stood still
When we were young and free
Take me back
Take me back
To the
Garden
Track Name: Deadhorse
DEADHORSE

There's a ghost
Living your eyes
There's a postmortem
Feeling inside
It's haunting you
And stopping you
From being in the now

Don't wither in the dust
Stand up

Don't lay down like a
Dead horse
Show me some life
Don't lay down like a
Dead horse
Everyone's waiting for you now
Don't lay down

There's a bolt
Broken on a rusty chain
There's a path
To an open gate
It's calling you
What's stalling you
From walking through?

What are you waiting for?
Wake up

Don't lay down like a
Dead horse
Show me some life
Don't lay down like a
Dead horse
Everyone's waiting for you now
Don't lay down

There's a willow weeping in the wind
There's a tomb that the dust is burying
It's not for you
It's not your time
Don't lay down and die...

Don't lay down like a
Dead horse
Show me some life
Don't lay down like a
Dead horse
Everyone's waiting for you now
Don't lay down
Track Name: Tightrope
TIGHTROPE

Under the spotlight
I'm out on a limb
I somehow find myself up here again
I'm closer to heaven
Than I’ve ever been
But further from guessing how this ends

I’m walkin’ on your tightrope
It's a balance of doubt and high hope
Will I turn around?
Will I get across?
Or will I fall?

It's truly amazing
My balancing act
I somehow juggle our fiction from our fact
Just keeping things straight
And trying to reason
Reason myself out of pain

‘Cause I’m walkin’ on your tightrope
It’s a balance of doubt and high hope
Will I turn around?
Will I get across?
Or will I fall?

Tight
Tight
Rope