Robert Bobby Duo

Robert Bobby Duo

 Wrightsville, Pennsylvania, USA
DuoFolkSinger/Songwriter

Robert Bobby (like John Prine only cheaper)) has received critical acclaim in publications such as Rolling Stone, The Village Voice and Sing Out! for his eclectic mix of humorous, irreverent, well crafted songs of love and life, sung with energy and passion. Robert Bobby performs live with Mrs. Bobby on bass as The Robert Bobby Duo. And depending on the show as The Robert Bobby Trio adding a lead instrumentalist..

Biography


SURGEON GENERALS WARNING:  Exposure to Robert Bobby's blend of Folk, Singer/songwriter, Americana & Blues music could prove to be habit forming.


A live performance by The Robert Bobby Duo has been known to cause the following symptoms: uncontrollable toe-tapping, infectious laughter, the occasional tugging of the heart, provocation of thought & a general feeling of warmth.

Robert Bobby was born in Philadelphia and grew up in the suburb of Newtown Square. As a young teenager, his brother introduced him to the music of Bob Dylan and that was his doorway into his own musical adventure. In high school he often frequented The Main Point folk club, getting to hear people like Dave Van Ronk, Chris Smither, Tom Rush, Tim Buckley, Steve Goodman, Muddy Waters and many more.

After attending college at Franklin & Marshall in Lancaster, PA, Robert Bobby formed The Speedboys, think British Pub Rock meets Americana, which gained a widespread regional following. They released two (2) self produced albums which were critically acclaimed in publications like Rolling Stone, Musician Magazine, The Village Voice, The Los Angeles Herald-Examiner & Philadelphia Inquirer.

Robert Bobby has been a staple of the Central Pennsylvania music scene for more decades than Tim McCarver played major league ball, and has been favorably reviewed by music critics in Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, Sing Out! and numerous other publications. He is known for his way with words, his passionate voice, sense of humor and his ability to connect with an audience.

Mrs. Bobby learned to play the bass around the time her AARP membership arrived in the mail, Mrs. Bobby is an inspiration to anyone who has ever wished they could learn to play a musical instrument. The York PA native brings her vast knowledge of roots music and a joy that is evident in her performance. Above all, she's Mrs. Bobby!

The Robert Bobby Duo  is a perfect blend of singer/songwriter, folk, Americana & blues!


Robert Bobby has had the pleasure of supporting such diverse acts as:

Chris Smither, Roy Book Binder, Dom Flemons

 Fred Eaglesmith, Steve Forbert ,

 James Maddock, Rory Block, 

Diana Jones and Parker Milsap, Junior Brown.

Dr. John, Mick Taylor, Dickie Betts (in my electric days)


Robert Bobby has performed at the following :

The Birchmere: Jan. 23, 2015 Alexandria, VA.

The Tin Angel in Philadelphia, Anderson Fair in Houston,

Steel City Coffeehouse,  Lansdowne Folk Club, 

Falcon Ridge Festival (emerging artist showcase),  the Susquehanna Folk Music Society, 

Little Buffalo Festival, Lancaster Roots & Blues Festival

 & Gene Shay's Folk Show on WXPN.

The Robert Bobby Trio was selected for a Quad Showcase at NERFA in November, 2011. The Robert Bobby Duo was selected for a Showcase at the one day Nerfa in DC in June, 2013.

Lyrics

Ask A Man Who Owns One

Written By: Robert Bobby

Ask A Man Who Owns One

I thought she loved me
I know she did once
Hit me so hard
like a sucker punch
got to keep your eyes open
got to listen for clues
or you’ll be living alone
with the lonesome blues

(Chorus) How do you live with a broken heart?
Why don’t you ask a man who owns one?

Train is coming on down the track
it might be bringing your baby
it might be taking her back
and you can’t be certain
and you’re living in doubt
and you just won’t know
until the train pulls out

(Chorus)

You got to pick up the pieces
got to make a new start
got to add a little sugar
if the pie’s too tart
and like a weed that’s growing
thru a sidewalk crack
you got to keep on pushing
and never look back

How do you live with a broken heart (3)
Ask a man who owns one (3)

Dance

Written By: Robert Bobby

G D
Dance and the dance has begun
G C
Smile that’s my heart that you’ve won
G D
Come out tonight come out tonight come out tonight
G/// C/// G/// D/// D///
Baby come out & dance
G D
You you’re the one in my eyes
G C
Dance let your skirts fill the skies
G D
Come out tonight come out tonight come out tonight
G/// C/// G/// D/// D///
Baby come out & dance
C
Bridge: It’s the night & the sight of your dance
G
That’s got me a reelin’
C
I’m as drunk as a skunk but you know
D/// D///
I like what I’m feelin’

G D
Dance while the young girls are sleeping
G C
Dance to the time that you’re keeping

G D
Come out tonight come out tonight come out tonight
G/// C/// G/// D/// D///
Baby come out & dance

Instrumental verse

Bridge:
C G
Don’t stop to think come on take a drink slip away
C
We can be back by dawn they won’t now that you’re gone
G D
And we’ll dance the night away

G D
Dance my sweet senorita
G C
Dance & it’s La Dolce Vita
G D
Come out tonight come out tonight come out tonight
G/// C/// G/// D/// D///
Baby come out & dance

G D
Dance and the dance has begun
G C
Smile that’s my heart that you’ve won

G D
Come out tonight come out tonight come out tonight
D G///
Baby come out & dance
D G
Baby come out & dance
D G
Baby come out & dance

When Strangers Start To Cry

Written By: Robert Bobby

WHEN STRANGERS START TO CRY

Who said breaking up
is so hard to do?
Well he didn’t know me
& he never met you
For us it was easy
so easy to quit
No- it’s not breaking up that’s so hard
It’s living with it

So you sit in a bar
but you just can’t forget
So you pour out your story
To some stranger you met
And you know that they’ll listen
Just as long as you buy
But you don’t know what you’re missing
Til Strangers start to cry

BRIDGE:
When Strangers start to cry
You know they’re feeling your pain
In every corner bar
You tell your story it’s the same

You look up & down the bar
You won’t see one dry eye
A dozen beers get watered down
WHEN STRANGERS START TO CRY

I should have known
but I wouldn’t listen
Cause you don’t miss the lips until you can’t kiss them
And you don’t miss the arms
“Til they’re waving goodbye
And you don’t mind the tears
Til Strangers Start to Cry
No you don’t mind the tears
Until Strangers Start To Cry

LIPSTICK ON A PIG

Written By: ROBERT BOBBY

LIPSTICK ON A PIG

TO GET THIS JOB I HAD TO GO TO COLLEGE
BUT I DIDN’T TAKE NO ALGEBRA OR TRIG
MY DEGREE IS IN POLITICS AND SPIN
THAT’S RIGHT I”M PUTTING LIPSTICK ON A PIG

ALL YOU NEEDS SOME ROSE COLORED GLASSES
AND YOU NEVER EVER CALL A SPADE A SPADE
YOU MIGHT HAVE TO SUGARCOAT
JUST TO RAM IT DOWN THEIR THROAT
BUT HEY THAT’S JUST THE WAY THE GAME IS PLAYED

I CAN MAKE THEM THINK THAT YOU DON’T LOVE YOUR COUNTRY
IF YOU DON’T WEAR A FLAG SHAPED LAPEL PIN
I CAN TAKE A WAR HERO
AND MAKE YOU THINK HE’S LESS THAN ZERO
IF HE COME’S HOME FROM THE WAR A QUESTIONING

SOMETIMES EVEN I HAVE TO CHUCKLE
AT THE THINGS I GET THESE CANDIDATES TO SAY
WE CAN’T HAVE HEALTHCARE FOR EVERYONE
BUT EVERYONE CAN HAVE A GUN
YOU GOTTA LOVE THE GOOD OLD USA

WELL I GOT TO GO DISPEL THAT GLOBAL WARMING
I TELL YOU FOLKS I REALLY LOVE THIS GIG
PLEASE DON’T CALL IT LYING
BUT AS LONG AS YOU KEEP BUYING
I’LL KEEP PUTTING LIPSTICK ON A PIG

IT’S ALL DONE WITH SMOKE & MIRRORS
IT’S BEEN GOING ON FOR YEARS
I’M JUST PUTTING LIPSTICK ON A PIG
I’M JUST PUTTING LIPSTICK ON A PIG

I wish I had a better world

Written By: Robert Bobby

I wish I had a better world
Kinder gentler if you will
where you can raise a boy or girl
and have faith in their future still

I wish I had a better world
with better folks than you or me
who'd tolerate their differences
and wouldn't hate so easily

I wonder what God thinks about
what goes thru that godly mind
is it "I wish I had a better world
I'll make a better world next time"

I wish I had a better world
where all the women look like Jaime Lee
yes I wish I had a better world
and handsome meant you looked like me

I wish I had a better world
where there'd be no need to sing this song
John Lennon would still be aive
and he & Paul would get along

I wish I may I wish I might
have the wish I wish tonight
a wish for every boy & girl
I wish I had a better world
I wish I had a better world
I wish I had a better world

GUNS ACROSS THE USA

Written By: ROBERT BOBBY

Guns Across the USA

He was a brilliant loner
His gun craved company
6 bullets found new owners
on a campus shooting spree

chorus: MAYBE I CAN'T CHANGE YOUR MIND
IF IT'S MADE UP ANYWAY
BUT THERE'S TOO MANY PEOLE DYING
FROM GUNS ACROSS THE USA

It was a drive by shooting
they were shooting more than smack
little girl caught in the crossfire
blood pooling down a sidewalk crack
CHORUS

He was driving home one Friday
some joker cut him off
used to be you'd flip the finger
now a finger's around a trigger
one life's wasted one life's lost
CHORUS

guns in the hands of children
guns in the hands of everyone
it's time we bite the bullet
what good's a right that's wrong

CHORUS

THE PEACE SONG

Written By: ROBERT BOBBY

D
It's been going on since before you & I were born
D G D
probably be going on when we're ancient history
G D
somewhere someone draws a line in the sand
D A
separating you from me

D
sometimes in the name of religion
G D
sometimes it's ethnicity
G D
we've been waiting on them for the change to begin
D A
I guess it's up to you & me

G D
I'm not talking about quantum physics
G D
or some kinda string theory
G
live & let live
D
try to forgive
D A Bm
How hard does peace have to be
D A D111 D111
how hard does peace have to be?

instrumental Section: repeats I'm not talking about…instrumental section

People killing one another in a fight for peace
how's that working out for you?
sometimes it's catholic versus protestant
sometimes it's moslem versus jew

doing the same thing & expecting a different result
is a sign of insanity
it may be naive but I'd like to believe
there's still hope for you & me

I'm not talking bout love everybody
I'm talking bout Let it Be
Do unto others
As you'd have done to yourself
how hard does peace have be?
how hard does peace have be?

G
open up your heart
D-stop
okay I'll start
D A Bm
how hard does peace have be?
D A D
how hard does peace have be?

D A Bm
how hard does peace have be?
D A D
how hard does peace have be?

ROCKIN' MY BABY BACK HOME

Written By: ROBERT BOBBY

The moon was shining thru the pines at night
and I was holdin' my baby close & tight
I was rocking my baby
I was rocking my baby
I was rocking my baby...rocking my baby back home

Well I called my baby on the telephone
"She said Come on over Daddy cause I'm all alone
You could be Rocking your Baby
Rocking your Baby
Rocking your Baby back home

Bridge: If it's the Kiss of her lips
the touch of her hand
the woman knows how to work a man

And when she shifts it on down into overdrive
Just sit back & enjoy the ride

She got the lips the kind that taste like wine
Great God ALmighty that girl is fine
That's why I'm rocking my baby
rocking my baby
rocking my baby
rocking my baby back home

She got a figure like an hour glass
and when it comes to good loving ....DON'T ASK
That's why I'm rocking my baby
rocking my baby
rocking my baby
rocking my baby back home

That's why I'm rocking my baby
rocking my baby
rocking my baby
rocking my baby back home


A Brief History of Time

Written By: Robert Bobby

A Brief History of Time

The Xmas issue of Playboy hit the old news stand today
That means Summer's almost over it'll soon be Labor day
They say time flies when you're having fun & I guess that must be so
Hugh Hefner's singing Deck The Halls and I've still got lawn to mow

Time is on my side that's what Mick Jagger said
Maybe that explains why Keith Richards isn't dead
Some say time is not sequential there's no future & no past
if you look forward fast enough, you'll be staring at your ass

Bridge: I woke up this morning with the Stephen Hawkings Blues
No one could understand me they didn't have a clue
I got out a pen & paper & I wrote it down in lines
I'm just trying to tell my brief history of time

When you hear that cowbell you know "Time Has Come Today"
The Night time is the right time-so says brother Ray
There's no time like the present can't argue with that
of course history repeats itself so the present will be back

And "time runs like a freight train" I heard some folky say
Tomorrow's such a long time-compared to yesterday
Time is of the essence & time's the enemy
and if you spell it wrong it goes with parsley, sage & rosemary

Bridge: I woke up this morning with the Stephen Hawkings Blues
No one could understand me they didn't have a clue
I got out a pen & paper & I wrote it down in lines
I'm just trying to tell my brief history of time

The Xmas issue of Playboy hit the old news stand today
That means Summer's almost over it'll soon be Labor day
They say time flies when you're having fun & I guess that must be so
Hugh Hefner's drinking egg nog and I've still got lawn to mow

Discography

Since 1981 Robert Bobby has released 10 albums including 3 with The Speedboys and 7 Robert Bobby CD's.

2011-"A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME" Robert Bobby Trio CD is officially here June, 2011. It captures the excitement of a live RB3 performance. Folk DJ charts July & August, 2011.

2008 - MEET ROBERT BOBBY. A selection of songs from 3 prior CDs.

2006 - TODAY!

2004 - S*N*A*F*U

2004 - MISTER JOE by The Robert Bobby Quartet

2001 - F*U*B*A*R

1989 - POSITIVELY JAMES STREET by The Speedboys

1987 - CHILLY WIND by Robert Bobby

1983 - LOOK WHAT LOVE'S DONE TO ME NOW by The Speedboys & reviewed in Rolling Stone Magazine.

1981 - THAT'S WHAT I LIKE by The Speedboys -Robert Christau's top 100 albums of the year list.

Set List

Sets usually include mostly Robert Bobby original tunes with the occasional select cover tune.