Bob Funck INACTIVE

Bob Funck INACTIVE

 Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
BandRockAcoustic

Rhythmic acoustic folk-pop with a melodic quality that is unpredictable yet fully accessible and full of irresistible hooks. The songs are at once hopeful and melancholy weaving personal and social themes into intricate lyrical tapestries stories of the 4 L's...Love, Life, Loss and Loneliness.

Biography

Bob grew up in the 70s and 80s in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and began performing music as the lead guitarist for a top 40 cover band, The Rhythm Doctors, in the late 90s, in Raleigh NC. From there, he and 3 friends formed the hard rock/R&B project Kernel Mustard in 2000, which he led and was the primary song-writer for. After performing in the Raleigh-Durham NC area for 4 years, Kernel Mustard disbanded, and Bob launched a solo career.

Bobs range of musical influences is wide and varied, and includes Glen Phillips/Toad the Wet Sprocket, Crosby Stills & Nash, Neil Young, The Beatles, America, David Gray, Kansas, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Pearl Jam, 10,000 Maniacs, Phish, Nancy Griffith, The Doobie Brothers, Live, the Jayhawks, Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, the Grateful Dead, The Eagles, Yes, Ben Folds Five, and Sheryl Crow. As a guitarist, Bob has had the chance (almost serendipitously) to study under such masters as Jimmy Herring (Allman Brothers, The Dead), Scott Sawyer (Nina Freelon), Ed Stephenson (Meredith College Classical Guitar Program), and Harold Green (North Carolina Central University Jazz Program, Gradys Hat), resulting in a very eclectic playing style. Bobs guitar work is a dynamic, expressive blend of alternating picking and syncopated strumming that often employs an unusual, beautiful dissonance approach to chord selection. His voice is stirring, rangy, and emotive, exuding the kind of feeling that only comes from bare sincerity.

Lyrics

Alive

Written By: Bob Funck

When I was young and you were mine
Man those were such good times
And when I’m old and I am gray
Nothing will take away

The warmth, the pain
The mention of your name
The smile I can’t hide
That tells me I’m alive

Through the passing of the years
Turning like massive gears
From a story being told
Impressions that can’t be sold

The loss, the gain
The never be the same
The scars I can’t hide
That tell me I’m alive

And when death looks back to birth
Assessing net worth
In the annals of the mind
Surely it will find

The parts, the whole
The colors of the soul
The songs I can’t hide
That tell me I’m alive

Overgrown

Written By: Bob Funck

The trails are all overgrown now
That cut through the woods between your old neighborhood and mine
A place for adventure and mystery
And first times for those things we weren’t supposed to find
Remember the bonfire clearing?
It’s all covered in weeds and thorns

Say it isn’t so now
We diverge
But don’t tell me that you’ve forgotten
Time together
Never realizing just how fast it would all fade away
Reaching behind me
Trying to touch you
Straining just to touch you again
To find a way to find you

That time I slipped out into the night
The streetlights and fog formed a magical eerie blue haze
I made my way to your window
And tapped on the glass but you couldn’t come outside and play
I think that I would have kissed you then
The courage I never found again

Lives woven together
Vines in a garden left to grow without the hand of care
The flowers had become so familiar
That maybe I thought they would always be there
Tassels turned, it would be our last time
We were kids, how could we have known?

That's OK, That's Alright

Written By: Bob Funck

You seem like someone I could really get along with
A girl who’s pretty darn amazing
And I’d love to tell you all my secrets
But I doubt that you could even bear the story of this lonely fucking life

I’m only dying over here
But that’s ok, that’s alright
I wouldn’t want to trouble you
I’m only burning up inside
But that’s ok, that’s alright
It’s not like this is something new, no this is nothing

I try to keep busy, and hold it all together
And make the best of everything
I smile and say hello, we talk about the weather
You think I’m doing pretty well, but you haven’t got a clue

I’ll go to work tomorrow, like every other day
And I’ll just blend into the crowd
The clock up on my wall is ticking in the cruelest way
Why’d I have to pick one that’s so unbearably loud

…that’s ok, that's alright

Harder Than Concrete

Written By: Bob Funck

Harder Than Concrete

I’d like to tell you it’s a walk in the park
I’d like to tell you that you’ll never feel alone in the dark
I’d like to tell you that the flowers are always in bloom
I’d like to tell you but it ain’t true…

Chorus
It’s harder than concrete
It’s sharp as a razor’s edge
It’s thicker than a thousand walls
Son, don’t you fall

I’d like to tell you there’s no coming apart
I’d like to tell you she would never go and break your heart
I’d like to tell you that the future will always be kind
I’d like to tell you but it ain’t true…

Chorus

I’d like to tell you there is peace on this earth
I’d like to tell you that a man is always paid what he’s worth
I’d like to tell you from the bottom of my heart now
I’d like to tell you but it ain’t true…

Chorus

Last Chorus
It’s harder than concrete
It’s sharp as a razor’s edge
It’s thicker than a thousand walls
Son, don’t you fall
It’s tougher than a sailor’s hands
It’s rougher than the badlands
It’s slower than a desert crawl
Son, don’t you fall

Marionette

Written By: Bob Funck

Marionette

She dreams of a future that he will never give her
As she spills a glass of wine out onto the ground
But it’s all she’s ever found

4 years and she’s still hanging on by a tenuous thread
Bound by hope that he’ll come around after a while
Tossed and swayed, tangled in her denial

Chorus
Here, dangling helplessly
Her puppeteer
Moving her randomly as it will please
And she will depend
Clumsy and faltering
World will spin
To this dance around aimless
Marionette

Fragile doll in a house too tall and dangerous
Dances to charm the fear and keep it at bay
As if she’d fall limp and lifeless
Without it to obey

Chorus

She doesn’t yet realize
She doesn’t need his heart to prove her worth
And that these strands that bind her
Are not chains that can’t be broken
If she believed that she’s ok just as she is
She would be free, she would be…
Free

Chorus

She dreams of a future that he will never give her…

Set List

Covers:

1. A Long December (Counting Crows)
2. Alive (Pearl Jam)
3. All Along The WatchTower (Bob Dylan/Jimi Hendrix)
4. Babylon (David Gray)
5. Because I Got High (Afro Man)
6. Behind Blue Eyes (The Who)
7. Better Man (Pearl Jam)
8. Big River (Johnny Cash)
9. Black Dog (Led Zeppelin)
10. Blister (The Violent Femmes)
11. Blue (JayHawks)
12. Breakfast At Tiffany’s (Deep Blue Something)
13. Brown Sugar (Rolling Stones)
14. Casey Jones (Grateful Dead)
15. Champagne Supernova (Oasis)
16. Closing Time (SemiSonic)
17. Cmon Get Happy (The Partridge Family)
18. Crash (Dave Matthews Band)
19. Crazy Life (Toad the Wet Sprocket)
20. Don’t Dream It’s Over (Crowded House)
21. Even The Losers (Tom Petty)
22. Every Morning (Sugar Ray)
23. Elderly Woman (Pearl Jam)
24. Fearless (Pink Floyd)
25. 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover (Paul Simon)
26. Fire On The Mountain (Grateful Dead)
27. Float On (Modest Mouse)
28. Fool In The Rain (Led Zeppelin)
29. Free Falling (Tom Petty)
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