Robbie McDonald

Robbie McDonald

BandPop

Like Damien Rice meets Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Indie rock torch songs that may help you cry if you need to.

Biography

While retaining an indie rock sensibility, Robbie's lyrics are poetic and layered and the music tends toward the dramatic, taking on a sort of post-Sondheim quality. As such, his fans run the gamut from singer-songwriter lovers to showtune aficionados--and the occasional indie rock fan creeping in through the back door.

Lyrics

Comic Book Hero

Written By: Robbie McDonald


Comic Book Hero
words and music by Robbie McDonald

You’ve been living life just short of making a fuss
and the places I hurt you are gathering dust

And your future’s alright
but some damage is done

I’ve been thinking about
how I turned out to seem
like a mean so-and-so

And someone like me
is well able to know
that I couldn’t be more than a man, could I?
and someone like you needs a comic book hero around

I suppose you feel safe in this hole in the ground
but this place could win medals for tidiest town

Nodding kinship is fine, but they’ll tell everyone
you’ve been talking about how I turned out to be
just a mean so-and-so

And someone like you, of all people, should know
that I couldn’t be more than a man, could I?
and someone like you needs a comic book hero

And if I could hold you tonight
I could only just offer myself, cut and dried

And I couldn’t be more than a man, could I?
and someone like you needs a comic book hero around.

Your Clouds

Written By: Robbie McDonald

What more should I suppose
becomes of this symbiotic state?
I see my life as some symphonic radio diode
But can't hear the sound tomorrow makes

What comes of this dominion,
the spell and the sacred souvenirs?
And who'll keep track of sacrifices long after we're not here? And how long does one disaster take?

We'll fall out anyway and call it a day
Your clouds ruminate and give you away

What then of all that's been? The night that I saw you radiate? The smile that went from embryonic to a big parade? The sunlight that danced across your face?

I'm calling out, I'm calling out, I'm calling out again

One Time Tonight

Written By: Robbie McDonald

If I had just one wish, I'd want you to see me in a different light;
to know more things about each other after maybe half our lives.
It's not like I'm dying but I'm clinging to life and I've loved you a thousand times and you haven't met my eye one time tonight

If I had half your patience, I'd show your new friends true second sight;
I'd talk about their aura colors with my back to the moonlight;
It's not like you're helpless or I have the right, and I've loved you a thousand times and you haven't met my eye one time tonight

Beneath your frantic eyes, there's magic and life

If I had just one wish, I'd want you to see me in a different light;
it's not like we're dying but we're clinging to life, and I've loved you a thousand times, and you haven't met my eye one single time tonight.

Just Ask Adam

Written By: Robbie McDonald

It's thousands to no one,
and still I try and try
to leave this still coma,
to be the best surprise

Hey, I'm browning on your windowsill
and your hand is wet from crying, you'll be understanding
if you just ask adam, you'll be sure to see how good it is

His "baby," his "only,"
(you know how Adam gets)
he's taken to crying, like on our TV sets

Now I'm shouting like an imbecile
to a crowd that's deaf and biased
you'll be understanding if you just ask Adam, you'll be sure to see how good it is

Discography

Mighty Quiet (solo debut), two releases with Trip Adagio (Soapy Bubble and When Nice People say Nasty Things), two releases with the Venetians (current release Rise Mona Lisa has a single charting in the US at #8 in indie charts, #45 in mainstream charts)

Set List

Robbie prefers 40-minute original sets but also does three covers gigs per week (these covers sets run up to three hours in length and range from 70s AM radio, through 80s pop and current chart stuff, all played in a uniquely characteristic way)