Robert Allen

Robert Allen

BandCountryAmericana

Robert Allen is songwriter, singer, arranger & producer. He takes the melodies and lyrics bouncing around his soul, heart and mind and arranges them into compositions of country, rock, blues and jazz. His music will move you, make you dance, bring a smile to your face and maybe a tear to your eye.

Biography

I’m Robert Allen Shabarekh. I sing, write music and play about a dozen different instruments – some better than others. It all started in New London, CT at age 7 singing “Happy Trails To You” in the school talent show.

By the time I was 16 my best buddies and I had formed East Hampton, CT’s proverbial high school band. As ‘The Specials’ we played at all the local school dances and I even persuaded the movie theater owner to let us play between matinees on the weekend. That was definitely a first in out town!

Then came the stint in the U.S. Navy and I formed ‘The Signalmen’. The ship’s captain liked the band so well he arranged for us to perform before officials and dignitaries in Italy, Subic Bay, Hong Kong, China, Spain, Africa and Hawaii.

After the Navy I spent several years on Staten Island performing with ‘The Country Echoes’. Just before going on a live radio broadcast the DJ realized he had trouble pronouncing my name. He asked who my favorite guitar player was and I replied that it was Duane Eddy. He said, “Good. For today your name is Bob Dwayne”. And it stuck!

The call of Nashville came next. While there I formed and fronted ‘The Bob Dwayne Show’, ‘Red Hot Ricochet Band’ and ‘Connection”. We played country, top 40, southern rock, oldies and threw in some blues. Between the last two bands, I spent about three years fronting for Grand Ole Opry artist Stonewall Jackson.

I performed at all the major (and some not so major) clubs in and around Nashville and did demo work at four different well-known studios. And I was on the road a lot; all over the country at state fairs, conventions, college campuses, tournaments, fund-raisers, sports arenas, auditoriums, military clubs, country clubs, night clubs, hotel lounges and ballrooms.

Then it was on to the Atlanta area where I re-claimed my real name. After performing with ‘Class Reunion’ for a while, I formed ‘Robert Allen & Co.’ and began playing locally. Then I went on an extended USO tour entertaining in Turkey, Italy, Greece and Spain. After returning I assisted at a recording studio doing everything from administration to demos. I finally took the opportunity to stay put and record some of the material I’ve written over the years. And I was able to help promote others! I co-produced, co-edited, directed, and hosted “Songwriters”, a 30 minute Atlanta area community access TV show featuring unsigned songwriters of all genres.

Now I’m back in the Nashville area making more music and loving it!

Lyrics

Sound Of The Train

Written By: Robert A. Shabarekh, Wilton D. Hodge

I was born in a field of corn My momma used to say
She said and there were angels With us that blessed day
Way off in the distance Past the fields of grain
Momma said that I was born To the sound of the train

Chorus:
Sound of the train Sound of the train
Momma had herself a son To the sound of the train

Instrumental

There’s a set of tracks In the woods out back
Of the house my daddy built
We’d hear the horn In the early morn
That train is running still
I can’t recall A day at all
The train was ever late
The sound of the train Sets the time of day

Chorus:
Sound of the train Sound of the train
You can wind your watch To the sound of the train

Instrumental

I courted Bonny Jane One night we took a walk
We stopped under a trestle It’s there that I recall
She told me she would love me And she would take my name
My life changed forever With the sound of the train

Chorus:
Sound of the train Sound of the train
I became a man To the sound of the train

Instrumental

I married Bonny Jane I was proud to take her home
She’d cook and clean and care for me
One day on the phone
She said our baby’s coming You’d better get here soon
I heard that child a cryin’ Underneath the moon

Chorus:
And the sound of the train Sound of the train
I became a dad To the sound of the train

Instrumental

The Lord has been good to me All these precious years
When he comes a callin’ I’ll be waiting here
Standing at the station When He calls my name
And off in the distance Is the sound of the train

Chorus:
Sound of the train Sound of the train
I’ll hear the angels calling To the sound of the train

Instrumental

Walked Out

Written By: Robert A. Shabarekh

I walked out of out life When you told me last night
You didn’t need me
Your heart must have changed In so many ways
Now I’m without you

I walked out of our life When you told me last night
You didn’t love me Anymore
I walked out of our life Because
You won’t be there Anymore

I walked out of our life When you told me last night
You love Another
My knees hit the ground My spirit broke down
My heart crashed To the floor

I walked out of our life When you told me last night
You didn’t love me Anymore
There was no reason to stay That’s why I walked away
I walked out Of our life

Chorus:
I don’t know where I’ll go I don’t know what I’ll do Without you
I never faced this before I can’t take too much more
I’ll have to survive Without you

I walked out of our life When you told me last night
You don’t love me Anymore
There was no reason to stay That’s why I walked away
I walked out of our life

Instruments Chorus Last Verse

Now there’s no reason to stay That’s why I walked away
I walked out of our life

© 2001 Robert A. Shabarekh (BMI)

Sure Been Missing You

Written By: Robert A. Shabarekh

It’s That Time Of Year Again
(Sure Been Missing You)

Words and Music By:
Robert A. Shabarekh

I sure been missing you Ever since you’ve been gone
I wish that I could hold you Like we’ve always done before

All I do is think of you I feel an emptiness inside
That’s because you’re not here with me But your love makes me strong

I remember all our yesterdays The four seasons of the year
All the special holidays How your love would fill the air

Your smile alone would always carry me A million miles of memories
It’s that time of year again Wishing you were here with me

Instruments

All I do is think of you That’s why you’re always on my mind
If we could make things Like they used to be
I’d never change The times we’ve shared

I remember all our yesterdays A million miles of memories
It’s that time of year again Wishing you were here with me
What would make this holiday complete If you were only here with me

© 2001 Robert A. Shabarekh (BMI)

High On The Hog

Written By: Robert A. Shabarekh (BMI)

High On The Hog

Words and Music by:
Robert A. Shabarekh

I got a pick up truck / with a shotgun rack
Two hound dogs / and a wooden shack
I’m living hi—gh on the hog

Livin’ in the woods / down by a stream
Yard full of chickens / and a tire swing
I’m living hi—gh on the hog

Go honky tonkin’ / dance all night
Put on a drunk / maybe get in a fight
Come early mornin’ / I’ll be sick as a dog
Down on my knees / thankin’ the Lord
I’m living hi—gh on the hog

Instruments

I got a satellite dish / facin’ the stars
Sittin’ out there / in my backyard
I’m living hi—gh on the hog

Not a care in the world / don’t need this or that
Except my little honey / who keeps my life on track
I’m living hi—gh on the hog

Back yard pool / with a barbecue
Cold drinks going around

Music cranked up / so damn loud
You can hear it in Kalamazoooo

Instruments

I’m living hi—gh on the hog
Life’s been good to me
Don’t get no better than this
I’m living hi—gh on the hog

I’m living hi—gh on the hog
Life’s been good to me
Don’t get no better than this
There’s not a thing that I miss
I’m living hi—gh on the hog

© Robert A. Shabarekh (BMI)

When I Found You

Written By: Robert A. Shabarekh (BMI)

When I Found You

Words and Music By:
Robert A. Shabarekh

I climbed up on a mountain High up on a ridge
I tried real hard to tell the world That I began to live
When I found you When I found you

I traveled all around the world To find the one I love
The one for me came forth to be An angel from above
When I found you When I found you

Chorus:
When I found you I really started living
I never knew that love could feel this way
I knew if I would search a little longer
Luck would finally come my way
And it came true When I found you

Instrumental

I had a hard time finding What I was looking for
But then one day love came my way I didn’t look no more
When I found you When I found you

I met a lot of women And carefully took my time
Believe you me it wasn’t hard In making up my mind
When I found you When I found you

2nd Chorus:
When I found you I really started living
I never knew that love could feel this way
I knew if I would search a little longer
That love would finally come my way
And it came true When I found you

It came true When I found you (twice)

© Robert A. Shabarekh (BMI)

Boogie Woogie Rock And Roll

Written By: Robert A. Shabarekh (BMI)

Good gosh almighty It’s Saturday night
The moon’ll be full And there’ll be plenty of light
Put on your best to do And lets do it right

Jump in your car And drive across town
There’s a little place there Where the people get down
They’re gonna boogie woogie, rock and roll and dance a little country tonight

Chorus:
We’re gonna boogie woogie, rock and roll and dance a little country tonight
Shaking to the rhythm and every little movement looks fine
We’re gonna boogie woogie, rock and roll and dance a little country tonight
Yeah you heard what I said We’ll be dancing till the morning light
(Well all right)

Instruments

Put on your dancing shoes And don’t be late
If you’ve got any sense You’ll be on time for your date
Yeah tonight I know Is gonna be your night

Yeah the joint’ll be jumping And the people are right
The music is great And the rhythm is tight
We’re gonna boogie woogie, rock and roll and dance a little country tonight

Chorus (twice)

Yeah you heard what I said We’ll be dancing till the morning light

Discography

Something To Remember Me By