Robert Urban

Robert Urban

 New York City, New York, USA
BandRockSinger/Songwriter

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUNeqqBKz5w

Biography

ROBERT URBAN - Singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, composer, music producer & published literary writer is also owner/operator of Manhattan-based Urban Productions recording studio. Robert is accompanist, guest soloist, session musician, producer, arranger, sound engineer, private music teacher & mentor for a variety of musical artists & arts organizations. He has composed scores & soundtracks for numerous professional dance, theater & film productions. In addition to his own 4 solo cd releases, Robert’s work (esp. as guitarist) can be heard on the recordings of many other musical artists. He supports the NYC area arts community thru producing & hosting his "Urban Productions Boldly Presents" live-in-concert series (now in its 10th year). Robert is a contributing writer to MTV/LOGO’s AfterElton.com & AfterEllen.com arts & entertainment magazines. He is the author of the poetry book Abominations and a contributing poet to various literary/poetry journals. In recent years, Robert’s various arts achievement awards include "Musician of the Year", "Outstanding Performer of the Year" and
"Outstanding CD of the Year" awards from the national musicians organization OUTMUSIC; "Producer of the Year", "Song of the Year" and "Poetry Literary Achievement" awards from THE STONEWALL SOCIETY; "Best Performance", "Best Spirit" and "Best Event" awards from the NYC FRESH FRUIT FESTIVAL.
More info at: www.roberturban.com and
and www.myspace.com/roberturban

Lyrics

The Courtship of Europa

Written By: Robert Urban

THE COURTSHIP OF EUROPA

From high upon Your royal throne
You watched the new world bleed
while gallant knights and crusaders fought
to satisfy Your greed

Your suitors sailed off to distant lands
to Asia's eastern isles
and there they ravaged the paradise
to keep their Queen in style

From Buddha's eye they plucked the stone
to grace their Regent's crown
From China's hand they stole the silk
to make a bridal gown

Your merchants stole through darkest Africa
for ivory, slaves and skins
They even sought out the Font of Youth
to sate Your Faustian sin

From tombs of old they gathered gold
in Montezuma's land
they melted down all the Aztec gods
to forge Your wedding band

And by this troth the Earth was raped
with avarice unconcealed
In days when fair Europa wed
the modern mans ideal

J'ACCUSE

Written By: Robert Urban

J'ACCUSE

Who tore a hole in the sky
where there used to be blue?
Who caused a crack in the air
letting the black show through?
Who ripped the clouds into shreds?
Was it you?

Who thrust a sharp burning stick
into Earth Mother's eye?
Who slapped Her face with their pricks,
and who laughed when She cried?
Who said "there's nothing more to fear"?
And who lied?

Who raped the heavens overhead
but will not now confess?
Who held a gun to Her head
while Our Lady undressed?
Who turned the sun's light into death?
Can you guess?

"Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

Written By: Robert Urban

We've all be taught to follow the Golden Rule
It's one more thing we all swallowed way back in Sunday school
"Judge not unless you would be judged yourself"
and "To thine own good self be true"

But if your heart should dare proclaim
The Love that dares not speak its name...

DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL - DON'T BREAK THE SPELL
WE BUILT US THIS HEAVEN - NOW STAY IN YOUR HELL
IT'S ALL FOR ONE, BUT NONE FOR ALL
WHO GAVE YOU PERMISSION TO TEAR DOWN THIS WALL?

You know we love a sinner - We just hate the sin
We'll ask you home for dinner - (as long as you don't bring "him")
A land of equal opportunity
Stretching from sea to shining sea

But if you dare to raise your hand
that's when the shit will hit the fan...

DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL - DON'T BREAK THE SPELL
WE BUILT US THIS HEAVEN - NOW STAY IN YOUR HELL
IT'S ALL FOR ONE, BUT NONE FOR ALL
WHO GAVE YOU PERMISSION TO TEAR DOWN THIS WALL?

Discography

Robert Urban cd releases include:
ROCK WIDOW
ELEGIES
"godless"
WHO I WAS

all available on i-tunes

tracks can be heard on www.myspace.com/roberturban

videos on youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/roberturban031553

including: JEFF BUCKLEY TRIBUTE - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUNeqqBKz5w