ROBBIN THOMPSON

ROBBIN THOMPSON

 Richmond, Virginia, USA
BandAmericanaAcoustic

original acoustic rock with stories of over 35 yrs in the music biz, why his songs were written. 2-time american song festival winner, independent music awards winner-2007, former springsteen bandmate, written songs with dave matthews band members, phil vassar and timothy b. schmit.

Biography

ROBBIN THOMPSON

Robbin Thompson has been a Richmond resident since 1969. He is the Vice President and co-founder of In Your Ear Music and Recording Corp. a company that composes and produces music for commercials and films.

His musical career spans over 40 years and still counting.

He was the lead singer in the Bruce Springsteen band Steel Mill, won the American Song Festival twice, won the Independent Music Awards-2007, and so far has recorded twelve albums. Thompson, along with friend Steve Bassett, authored the song "Sweet Virginia Breeze," which is considered by many to be the unofficial state song of Virginia. He has also written and recorded songs with Eagles bassist Timothy B. Schmit (who also sings harmonies on many of Robbin's recordings).

Check out the Brucebase for some cool gig information and photos of Robbin with Steel Mill.

Thompson has shared the stage with many recording artists, including Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Crosby, Stills, & Nash, and Bruce Springsteen, to name just a few.

His film scoring credits include the title song to the cult classic GLEAMING THE CUBE . . . and Robbin was the co-writer and vocalist on the song "I WON'T QUIT" in the film THE FIGHTING TEMPTATIONS starring CUBA GOODING JR. and BEYONCE.

Due to Robbin's involvement with Bruce Springsteen, he is proud to have a song on the EMI/CAPITOL release entitled ONE STEP UP/TWO STEPS BACK - The Songs of Bruce Springsteen. This two-cd set includes artists such as David Bowie, John Hiatt, Ritchie Havens, Ben E. King, The Smithereens, The Bodeans and others.

OUT ON THE CHESAPEAKE was released in October of 1998. It features songs that Thompson wrote while sailing his boat on the Chesapeake Bay. The cover art of this cd is an original painting by artist JOHN BARBER, done especially for this release.

UNITED WE STAND, another Capitol Records release to aid the victims of 9/11, includes Thompson's song, WOULDN'T WANNA BE YOU as the single for the album. Artists included on the release were John Lennon, The Beach Boys, Woody Guthrie, and others.

ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE BLUES includes performances by EAGLES bassist Timothy B. Schmit and Dave Matthews Band keyboardist Butch Taylor. It also includes a previously unreleased Springsteen song called TRAIN SONG.

THE VINYL YEARS is a compilation cd of songs previously on LPs from 1976 to 1985.

His latest album is JUST A BLUR IN THE REARVIEW (2007).

After many years of touring. Thompson now reserves much of his spare time for his family and his second love, sailing the Chesapeake Bay. His concert schedule is limited mostly to concerts he knows "will be enjoyable."

Lyrics

it's hit the fan

Written By: robbin thompson

well she walks into the room and she gives you a lookthat ain't love
she goes straight to the kitchen it's the last thing she's thinkin of
she's got her hands on her hips and she's tappin a hole in the floor just stairun out the window man you'd better look for a door
oh..run as fast as you can
don't look back save yourself man
there's nothin you can do to make her understand
it's hit the fan
you've been out with the boys playin cards you've had a few drinks
then you realize it's just a little bit later than you think
you hop into the car tryin to save yourself a headache
you make it home but the lights are on it's just a little too late.
oh run as fast as you can
don't say nothin save yourself man
there's nothin you can do to make her understand
it's hit the fan
nothin you can do 'cause the damage is already done
all the flowers in the world ain't gonna get you through this one son
the jig is up,case closed,goose is cooked thats all she wrote.
party's over,last dance,out of the skilet and into the pan and this ai't no time to take a stand
it's hit the fan.
(break)
you got a car in the shop and the rents a couple weeks late.
you're workin 2 jobs just tryin to keep everything straight
you know your due for a raise and the bossman calls you in
he says i'm sorry boy but the market done crashed again
oh run as fast as you can
don't say nothin save yourself man
there's nothin you can say to make him understand
it's hit the fan.
the jig is up,case closed,goose is cooked that's all she wrote
party's over, last dance out of the skillet into the pan and this ain't no time to make a stand
it's hit the fan
it's hit the fan.............

water from the moon

Written By: robbin thompson

if we could be closer together
if i could turn back the hands of time
if we could touch one another
if i could hold your hands in mine
if i could live forever and not leave this world too soon
then i'd toast the morning sunrise with water from the moon

if i could find the words to make the whole world live in peace
if i could only write a song
to make this madness cease
we could sing all together
be united by a tune
then i'd sail across an ocean filled with water from the moon

miracles can happen sometimes dreams come true
if this is the time baby i wanna be next to you
drinkin water from the moon

move on down the line

Written By: robbin thompson

i'm gonna wake up one mornin' and move on down the line
i'm gonna wake up one mornin' leave all my troubles behind
i'm gonna wake up one mornin' at the break of dawn all this pain and sufferin' will be gone
i'm gonna wake up one mornin and move on down the line

all this rain's gonna stop and the sun's gonna shine once more
no more thunder and lightnin' just the sound of the engine's roar
the rhythm of the wheels goin' down the track and the feelin' of the sun shinin' on my back
i'm gona wake up one mornin' and move on down the line

it don't matter to me it's just a matter of time
'cause i know when my time comes the train will pick me up and move me on down the line

bad luck and trouble will be left behind with all my worries and pain
the blues can't get no ticket to ride
to ride on this glory train
if you've got the sun shinin' in your soul put a smile on your face and get ready to go
and you'll wake up one mornin' and be movin on down the line

it don't matter to me it's just a matter of time
'cause i know when my time comes the train will pick me up and move me on down the line

i'm gonna wake up one mornin and move on down the line
i'm gonna wake up one mornin' and move on down the line( train's gonna pick me up)
i'm gonna wake up one mornin' and move on down the line(bad luck and trouble will be left behind)
i'm gonna wake up one mornin' and move on down the line(are you ready to go)......

one-horse town

Written By: robbin thompson

the word's on the street
the rumor's bein' spread around
people start talkin' before you know it everybody knows what's goin' down
somebody cheated, somebody lied
somebody woke up
somebody broke up
before you know it somebody cried
that's just the way it is
livin' in a one-horse town

sally got married to billy
billy lost his job at the stop and go
if he don't find some work
in a couple of weeks
he's gonna have to sell his gto
man he's had it since highschool
that would be a damned shame
but sally she's pregnant ready to pop
i think they already decided on a name
that's just what i heard
livin' in this one horse town

everbody knows your business
talkin on cellphones e-mails
and over the fences
who said this and who done that
and how come that woman got so damned fat?
that's the price for paradise found
livin' in a one-horse town.

one of these days i'm gonna buy a ticket
get outa this place just lickety-split it
go somewhere man i don't know
i shoulda got outa here long ago
but i'm still hangin 'round
livin in this one hors town.
the word's on the street
the rumors bein' spread around
i'm livin in a one-horse town

CHRISTMAS WITH MY BABY

Written By: ROBBIN THOMPSON

the snow looks beautiful on the highway tonight
i'm feelin kinda tired but i'm gonna be alright
i'll be rollin in my baby's arms before the mornin light
long as nobody gets in my way

t won't be long before i'm in my hometown
and when i get there i'm gonna lay this body down
don't you come over 'cause we're pretendin that we're not around
there'll be a busy signal on the line
but you can come over new years day any old time but i'm gonna spend

christmas with my baby
we're gonna wrap ourselves in ribbons and make love under the tree
i'm gonna spend christmas with my baby, just my baby and me

seems like every year i get stuck out on the road
slung up in some hotel doin' another show
this years gonna be different 'cause i'm just sayin "no"
there's nothin nobody can say
i got promises to keep until new years day,
i'm gonna spend

christmas with my baby
we're gonna wrap ourselves in ribbons and make love under the tree
i'm gonna spend christmas with my baby, just my baby and me
just me and my baby
we're gona wrap ourselves in ribbons
make love under the tree
i'm gonna spend christmas with my baby
that's the way it oughta be...
christmas my baby and me

i'm all in

Written By: robbin thompson

ive been playin this game most all of my life
i've been layin my cards on the table and lettin' things ride
sometimes i ain't so lucky but sometimes i win
i always seem to bet with my heart, baby i'm all in

i ain't got a good poker face that comes as no surprise
i've got a million tells you can see just look into my eyes
if you look deep enough you'll find i can't pretend
when you see my heart on my sleeve
you know i'm goin' all in.

i'm all in i can't lay this hand down
i'm all in i can't seem to walk away
i'm all in it's all or nothin with me
lose or win, baby i'm all in

if you're holdin aces i probably just have kings
but i've been known to double up when i don't have anything
so go ahead and call my bluff
there's a good chance that you'll win
i always seem to bet with my heart baby i'm all in

i'm all in i can't lay this hand down
i'm all in i can't seem to walk away
i'm all in it's all or nothin with me
lose or win, baby i'm all in

i can't lay this hand down
baby i'm all in
i can't seem to walk away
baby i'm all in
it's all or nothin' with me
lose or win...baby i'm all in

Discography

1. robbin thompson-nemperor-1976
2. robbin thompson/steve bassett together-1978
3. 2B'S PLEASE-1980
4.BETTER LATE THAN NEVER-1985
5. SINCE GRADESCHOOL-1988
6. DON'T NEED A REASON TO RIDE-1990
7. FAMOUS UNKNOWNS-1993
8. ONE STEP UP/2 STEPS BACK-THE SONGS OF BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN(CAPITOL/EMI-VARIOUS ARTISTS-1997
9. OUT ON THE CHESAPEAKE-1998
10. UNITED WE STAND(CAPITOL/EMI-VARIOUS ARTISTS-2001
11. ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE BLUES-2003
12. THE VINYL YEARS-2003
13. LIVE IN STUDIO A-2006
14. JUST A BLUR IN THE REARVIEW-2007

Set List

all original....well, mostly.
a headline concert consists of 2-1hr sets
or variations