Robert Steven Williams

Robert Steven Williams

BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

I write fiction by day, songs by night. I Am Not My Job features Rachel Z, the keyboard player from Peter Gabriel's touring band, as well as Sloan Wainwright. Robert was a finalist in the 2005 Raymond Carver Short Story Contest. NPR's Car Talk featured his song the Jersey Cowboy.

Biography

Robert has shared the stage with such established acts as Sloan Wainwright, Severin Browne, and Kate Campbell. He is on the board of advisors of SummerSongs, a songwriter’s annual retreat in the Catskills.

His company Against the Grain has recently established a joint venture with 615 Music in Nashville to create a song library targeted at the film and tv industry. Robert also teaches a workshop on how to place songs in indie film and TV.

Robert Steven Williams is a former music-biz executive. His most recent position was Vice President of Business Development at HMV Records, a division of EMI Music Group. Robert is co-author of the best-selling business book, The World’s Largest Market.

Since leaving HMV, he has studied songwriting with Rosanne Cash, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and several top Nashville writers. He has also attended Bread Loaf, Sewanee and the Squaw Valley Writers' Conferences.

Lyrics

Will You Come Out Tonight

Written By: Robert Steven Williams

Will You Come Out Tonight -- Robert Steven Williams

Davida lives by the railroad tracks
Goes to work on a bus to the A&P
Dreaming of a house and a Cadillac
And a honeymoon in Italy
She’s at a register all day
And there’s no one in her life to say

Will you come out Davida tonight
The moon's hanging low in a velvet sky
Will you come out Davida tonight
And take a ride
We can float on the wings of a butterfly
‘Cause there’s magic in the moonlight
Davida, will you come out tonight

She hopes to meet the right guy
On her weekend shift at the checkout stand
Talking with a smile to the men in line
Week after week the best she can
On her break she holds back tears
A lonely girl just wants to hear

Will you come out Davida tonight
The moon's hanging low in a velvet sky
Will you come out Davida tonight
And take a ride
We can float on the wings of a butterfly
‘Cause there’s magic in the moonlight
Davida, will you come out tonight

Tom bags the groceries
But she never seems to look his way
He wishes he was someone else
Someone with the courage to say

Will you come out Davida tonight
The moon's hanging low in a velvet sky
Will you come out Davida tonight
And take a ride
We can float on the wings of a butterfly
‘Cause there’s magic in the moonlight
Davida, will you come out tonight

Cool Things Down

Written By: Robert Steven Williams

Thunderheads billow upward
In a hot blue sky
Birds sitting on the wires
Getting ready to fly
The rain it's a coming
It will cool things down
It will cool things down

We could weather this storm together
Like two birds in the brush
Or we could let the wind rip us apart
Leave our love to rust
The rain it’s a coming
It will cool things down
It will cool things down

And when you hear the sound
The sound of thunder
Must you runaway
Give it one more day
Cause Baby
When it rains
It will cool things down

Birds fly south for the winter
They know where, they know when
You and I know how to be lovers
Don't know how to be friends
The rain it’s a coming
It will cool things down
It will cool things down

And when you hear the sound
The sound of thunder
Must you runaway
Give it one more day
Cause Baby
When it rains
It will cool things down

Thunderheads billow upward
In a hot blue sky

The Money

Written By: robert steven williams

The Money

Ann just had a baby boy, Suzy’s got a big black eye
Tom’s got four kids, he’s short of cash and Jane lost her job in July
And they’re in line at Archer’s Grocery, right here in South Bend
Buying numbers for the lottery, thinking about how to spend
The money


Ann wants a new baby’s room, Suzy needs the cash to leave
Tom maxed out the credit cards and Jane’s on relief
And they’re in line at Archer’s Grocery, right here in South Bend
Buying numbers for the lottery, thinking about how to spend
The money

A new set of numbers comes down on Saturday night
Across the State folks tune in for this sacred rite
And they pray
And they pray
And they pray -- and into the shining light the numbers arrive:

3, 7, 11, 23, 25, and tonight’s last lucky lotto number is 39

Ann’s husband took an extra shift, Suzy’s eye is fine for now
Tom’s wife went back to work and Jane’s got an interview downtown
But they’ll be back at Archer’s Grocery, right here in South Bend
Buying numbers for the lottery, thinking about how to spend
The money

And they’ll all be back
Back next week
Once again

Zen Cowboy

Written By: Robert Steven Williams

Texas ain’t just a piece of land
It’s a state of mind
Chaparral, the Rio Grande
Lonesome scrub top pine
I want to feel the lone star prairie wind
And find the trail that leads deep within

I wanna be a Zen Cowboy
I wanna round up my fears
I wanna be a Zen Cowboy
And roam about the spiritual frontier

A mesquite fire, the cattle run
Rope burns on my hand
I feel like a smoking gun
I'm a man who's lost his homeland
Drifting with the tumbleweeds
I’ve become a new age refugee

I wanna be a Zen Cowboy
I wanna round up my fears
I wanna be a Zen Cowboy
And roam about the spiritual frontier

Bridge
I wander into a valley
As a dust storm kicks up
Day turns to night
And in the dark I find inner-light

Now I’m a Zen Cowboy
And I’ve rounded up my fears
Now I’m a Zen Cowboy
Roaming about the spiritual frontier

Discography

Music
Released the CD I Am Not My Job
Signed four songs to the music publisher 615 Music in Nashville
Featured artist on BenTMusic, Canada's leading indie website
Track of the Week for two different songs on Garageband.com
Studied with Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Rosanne Cash
Town Crier Open Mic Finalist 2006
Teach at SummerSongs in the Catskills
The Jersey Cowboy song was featured on NPR's nationally syndicated show Car Talk

I have posted an essay every week on my website since June, 2003. Thousands visit every month. I've also generated an international audience on myspace.

www.rswmusic.com
www.myspace.com/robertstevenwilliams

Fiction

“The Chaperone”, Orange Coast Review (2006)
“The Jersey Cowboy”, Raymond Carver Short Story Competition Top 10 (2005)
(“Inheritance” and “A Winter’s Day” were also finalists)
“Coming Home”, Emerging Writer Talent Contest, Honorable Mention (2004)
Squaw Valley Writers Community, Thayer Scholarship Recipient (2004)
“Sound of Money,” New Century Writer quarter-finalist
Attended Bread Loaf, Sewanee, and Squaw Valley

Non-Fiction

Articles in such publications as Poets & Writers and Billboard
Teaching Peace Through Soccer, a story about kids in Somalia for the Irish NGO Concern
Multiple “How to” articles published in Letter Press (web-based writer’s newsletter)
Authored numerous Harvard Business School case studies.
Best-selling business book: World’s Largest Market, AMA (1992) – Co-Author