Robert (Lopaka) Souza

Robert (Lopaka) Souza

Los Angeles, California, USA
BandRockSinger/Songwriter

Acoustic/Electric, Roots Rock, Singer/Songwriter with a bit of Protest Song Troubadour stuff thrown in to lubricate the mind.

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Biography

SO WHAT'S MY STORY?
I'll be working on that till my final hour, but at least it's never dull following a creative path. It's not always easy, but while on that road I try to do what I can to make a difference in this crazy world. A great man once said, "We either survive together as one family, or perish together as a family of fools." Well, I'm hopin' and prayin' the former will be our destiny and at least I know I'll have tried to live by that ideal.

Regarding some of my song writing accomplishments: I received a 2009 "Collective Works" award from "Song of the Year" an international song writing contest with over 15000 entries from around the world with celebrity judges that included Eric Clapton, Sting, Tom Waits, the Edge and others. Also from the "Song of the Year Awards" I won a Finalist position in 2010 and a runner up position in 2011. I also won a finalist position for "Male Singer Songwriter" in a prior "LA Music Awards" a few years back. The awards are posted below.

Currently for a living I spend most of my days working as an animation story artist, and like music, it's another great form of story telling. Hopefully one day I'll be able to combine that background with my music. As far as my current musical ambitions are concerned, I'm trying to finish up my album with the working title "For Those Who've Died" As well as craft a marketing and benefit campaign were proceeds will be donated to non profit, human rights and environmental organizations that are working to make this a saner, healthier and more just world. A difficult task indeed and my hat is off to those that try.

As far as performing goes, I love it, when you connect with an audience it's an awesome feeling that validates the passion you've put into your art. Ultimately as a songwriter I hope my songs will stand the test of time, touch, inspire and motivate people to think outside the cage. We can make a difference in this world and music is one of those rare art forms that has that power.

That's it for now folks. Peace out,
Robert aka Lopaka

Robert (Lopaka) Souza: Vocals, Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Percussion.
Band members: in transition

Lyrics

If Time Would Stand For Me

Written By: Robert Souza

IF TIME WOULD STAND FOR ME
© 2009 Robert Matthew Souza

I’ve walked - alone before the rain
I still feel your touch - can’t hide the pain
But I’ve lived long enough to know
Love is never in vain
And the years - I wonder where they’ve gone
And some days - are just harder then others

If time would stand for me
I’d bring you back again
If time would stand for me

I turned around to see the life I left is not the same
And I looked for you - in the faces of others
But you were gone - no where to be found
And some days - are just harder then others

If time would stand for me
I’d bring you back again
If time would stand for me

It’s not my place - to tell you how to feel
How to love - or how to live
It’s just my foolish pride that did
If I could take back the things - I’ve done wrong
I’d bring you back again - if only for just an hour

If time would stand for me
I’d bring you back again
If time would stand for me

Now you’re free and I miss you so
But I’ve no regrets
You were never mine to own

If time would stand for me
I’d give it up for you
If time would stand for me

If time would stand for me…

IF TIME WOULD STAND FOR ME
© 2009 Robert Matthew Souza

Lost in Hollywood

Written By: Robert Souza

LOST IN HOLLYWOOD
© 2008 Robert Matthew Souza

I new you when – You were barely legal then
Lovin’ you was good – life was easy then
Then you had to go – and follow your heart
To where the rich meet the poor – Down on the blvd

Lost in Hollywood -will you ever find your way back
Alone in the hood - Lost in Hollywood
Will you ever find your way back home

Don’t forget to pack your .45 - is that understood
Well you never should - take no wrong turns
Down in the hood -And the toughest gang
wear black and white in Hollywood
And they deal the house - down in Hollywood

Lost in Hollywood -will you ever find your way back
Alone in the hood - Lost in Hollywood
Will you ever find your way back home

You can be a super star
You damn well know you could
You can buy all the sex and drugs
That you ever would Fantasies come cheap down down in Hollywood - It’s where the sirens sing
If they only could
Lost in Hollywood -will you ever find your way back
Alone in the hood - Lost in Hollywood
Will you ever find your way back home

I new you when – I was barely legal then
Lovin’ you was good – life was easy then
I sure hope you find your dreams
Down in Hollywood – and when I think of you
I still get a wood

Lost in Hollywood -will I ever find your way back
Alone in the hood - Lost in Hollywood
Will I ever find your way back home
Will I ever find your way back home

LOST IN HOLLYWOOD
© 2008 Robert Matthew Souza

Bang Bang

Written By: Robert Souza

BANG BANG
© 2009 Robert Matthew Souza

diamond rings – Gold Guns – Drugs and money
fast cars – and faster girl
And a little international intrigue
It’s where the bullet meets the bone

Bang Bang – Shoot ‘em for justice
Bang Bang – Whip it hard and spank it good
Bang Bang – Comes a bullet with your number
Bang Bang – on the rocks stirred never shaken

Cou-de-ta – Bood for money – Money for kisses
You know they’re armed and dangerous
And into – World domination
It’s where the bullet meets the bone

Bang Bang – Shoot ‘em for justice
Bang Bang – Whip it hard and spank it good
Bang Bang – Comes a bullet with your number
Bang Bang – on the rocks stirred never shaken

Imperial dreams – The worlds just a play thing
And flesh is for pleasure
Don’t you cry - For your mother nature
She’s just - Collateral damage
It’s where the bullet meets the bone

Bang Bang – Shoot ‘em for justice
Bang Bang – Whip it hard and spank it good
Bang Bang – Comes a bullet with your number
Bang Bang – on the rocks stirred never shaken

Cou-de-ta – Bood for money – Money for kisses
You know they’re armed and dangerous
And a little international intrigue
It’s where the bullet meets the bone

BANG BANG
© 2009 Robert Matthew Souza

Line of the Law

Written By: Robert Souza

LINE OF THE LAW
© 2009 Robert Matthew Souza

there’s a blood moon risin’ – over your shoulder
you better think fast – you’re getting’ older
life roles on – in a wave of thunder
where you gonna turn – from the new world order
from the rules of law –
I run from the jaws of justice
Run – babe run run

How many lives will it take – before it’s justified
In the name of love – in the name of freedom
In the name of god

Well - I live on the line of the law
Runnin’ from the law now babe
the line of the law
Runnin’ from the law now babe

Blood lies and lust – they sell on TV
It’s a rip off – A tax paid subsidy
Hell son it’s democracy
That’s right boy – a third world victory
From the rules of law
I run from the jaws of justice
Run – babe run run

How many lives will it take – before it’s justified
In the name of love – in the name of freedom
In the name of god

Well - I live on the line of the law
Runnin’ from the law now babe
On the line of the law
Runnin’ from the law now babe

I heard it said once – don’t remember when
You can’t judge a man – by the color of his skin
The only measure by which to judge
Is the balance in his bank – No not god above
From the rules of law
I stand up to the laws of justice
Stand up – Baby stand up

How many lives will it take – before it’s justified
In the name of love – in the name of freedom
In the name of god

Well - I live on the line of the law
Runnin’ from the law now babe
On the line of the law
Runnin’ from the law now babe

Are you gonna stand up – or are you gonna run
Run babe run run
Are you gonna stand up – or are you gonna run
You stand up and face the fire – or are you gonna run run babe run run

And there’s a blood moon risin’ – over your shoulder

LINE OF THE LAW
© 2009 Robert Matthew Souza

Zippy Dippy Do Da

Written By: Robert Souza

ZIPPY DIPPY DO DA
© 2009 Robert Matthew Souza

It’s hot – It’s wild – It’s crazy and it’s cool
It’s savory sweet – It’s bad and nasty too

Fe fi fo fum – come on along
Ring around the rosie - Smokin’ up a bing bong – Zippy dippy doo da - Whipin’ up a ding dong

Bee bop – bing bang – wham bam –
Shakin’ up ya booty - Walla walla bing bang –
Sing a long ya ding dong - Yaba daba doo da

It’s just the dance of love

A tear for a tear – It’s the rules to rumble
No one knows the pain I bare
I’m just a sucker for love

A tear for a tear – It’s rough and tumble
And I like mine straight up and bare
I’m just a sucker for love

Just a s..sucker for your love now
It’s rough and tumble – Yeah yeah
It’s rough and tumble – Yeah yeah

Fe fi fo fum – come on along
Ring around the rosie - Smokin’ up a bing bong – Zippy dippy doo da - Whipin’ up a ding dong

Bee bop – bing bang – wham bam –
Shakin’ up ya booty - Walla walla bing bang –
Sing a long ya ding dong - Yaba daba doo da

It’s just the dance of love

A tear for a tear – It’s the rules to rumble
No one knows the pain I bare
I’m just a sucker for love

A tear for a tear – It’s rough and tumble
And I like mine straight up and bare
I’m just a sucker for love

Just a s..sucker for your love now
It’s rough and tumble – Yeah yeah
It’s rough and tumble – Yeah yeah

It’s hot – It’s wild – It’s crazy and it’s cool
It’s buttery sweet – It’s bad and nasty too

Fe fi fo fum – come on along
Ring around the rosie - Smokin’ up a bing bong – Zippy dippy doo da - Whipin’ up a ding dong 2.

Bee bop – bing bang – wham bam –
Shakin’ up ya booty - Walla walla bing bang –
Sing a long ya ding dong - Yaba daba doo da

It’s just the dance of love

A tear for a tear – It’s the rules to rumble
No one knows the pain I bare
I’m just a sucker for love

A tear for a tear – It’s rough and tumble
And I like mine straight up and bare
I’m just a sucker for love

Just a s - sucker for your love now
Just a s - sucker for your love now
It’s rough and tumble – Yeah yeah
It’s rough and tumble – Yeah yeah
It’s rough and tumble – Yeah yeah

It’s just the dance of love

ZIPPY DIPPY DO DA
© 2009 Robert Matthew Souza

For Those Who've Died

Written By: Robert Souza

FOR THOSE WHO’VE DEID
© 2011 Robert Matthew Souza

So you joined the – to pay for school
Grow up and learn to be a man
But you didn’t know you’d learn- how to be a killer
Now you’re a long way from home
With a loaded gun in the holly land
To fight and die for somthin’ you cant figure

For those who’ve died
You’ll not be forgotten
Lets say a prayer for the soldier you and I
For those who’ve died
You’ll not be forgotten
Lets say a prayer for the victim you and I

There was a time – I remember when
When I was just a boy
Hey mom and dad – don’t you remember
Seems like a long time ago
I wish I could go back again
But that life is gone forever

For those who’ve died
You’ll not be forgotten
Lets say a prayer for the soldier you and I
For those who’ve died
You’ll not be forgotten
Lets say a prayer for the victim you and I

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And for those who’ve survived
Something inside of them has died
And I pray for them – some day love will find them
And for those gone – gone so far so far away
At least for them there’ll be no more - mpain and sorrow

For those who’ve died
You’ll not be forgotten
Lets say a prayer for the soldier you and I
For those who’ve died
You’ll not be forgotten
Lets say a prayer for the victim you and I
For those who’ve died
not be forgotten
Lets say a prayer for the child in you and I

So you joined the – to pay for school
Grow up and learn to be a man
But you didn’t know you’d learn- how to be a killer

For Those Who’ve Died
© 2011 Robert Matthew Souza