Still Sitting Backstage Album lyrics

Last Chance Road

I long for our love-drenched years 
Cafés, caresses, gentle jazzy ballads 
My melodies crave your harmony 
An endless palette of hope and afterglow 
  
Let’s take a walk down Last Chance Road 
I heard that the wildflowers never grow old 
  
What is love without abandonment? 
Wildfires of the heart, roaring tigers of the soul 
The aphrodisiac of innocence 
Corroded by erosion of time 
  
Let’s take a walk down Last Chance Road 
I heard that the wildflowers never grow old 
  
Your voice is an icy chill 
Your lovely songs are now frozen solid 
I scream at your silent notes 
You put on your iron vest 
  
Let’s take a walk down Last Chance Road, 
I heard that the wildflowers never grow old 
  
A cool October night just before twilight 
Indian summer took its last breath 
You said goodbye, told me not to cry 
Left me to languish in the cold, dark of night 
  
Let’s take a walk down Last Chance Road 
I heard that the wildflowers never grow old 
  
Let’s take a walk down Last Chance Road 
I heard that the wildflowers never grow old

Written 2021, Copyright 2021 Robert Davoli

Still Sitting Backstage

My sleepy seaside town 
Wakes up in the middle of May 
Goes back to sleep 
Just after Labor Day 
  
Sultry air feels 
Just like Summer love 
Heady with lusty 
Anticipation 
  
Oh, I’m way past middle age 
Still longing for center stage 
Trying to silence my rage 
Cause I’m still sitting backstage 
  
Lonesome old men 
Still trying to write love songs 
Drowning on the beach 
In a sea of thongs 
  
Labor Day has come and gone 
Everything feels so wrong 
Autumn celebrates death 
With crimson on her breath 
  
Oh, I’m way past middle age 
Still longing for center stage 
Trying to silence my rage 
Cause I’m still sitting backstage 
  
But I remember those days 
When we walked hand in hand 
Bare feet dancing in the sand 
Our smiles floating on the breeze 
  
Long, empty beaches 
Aching for bare feet 
Wild winds blow 
I can’t hear my heartbeat 
  
Oh, I love the scent of your smile 
And my black widow flower 
Ravens are screaming 
Louder and louder 
  
Oh, I’m way past middle age 
Still longing for center stage 
Trying to silence my rage, 
Cause I’m still sitting backstage 
  
My sleepy seaside town 
Woke up in the middle of May 
Went back to sleep 
Just after Labor Day

Written 2021, Copyright 2021 Robert Davoli

Dust in the Wind

My favorite time for making love with you 
Is when I hear the ocean roar 
See the sunset glow 
Seabirds soar wild winds blow 
  
I feel the truth in your tenderness 
As we lay down gently 
Sunshine kisses abound 
Lost in our frenzy, lost but still found 
  
Now dusk lingers 
We bathe in twilight 
Soon we’ll be  
Dust in the wind 
  
We can be joyful, we can be sad 
But let’s never be content 
Just turn the pages 
One page at a time  
  
Stars shine through shadows of Mother Time 
The hourglass flows 
As the sun slumbers 
The moon yawns, here comes the night 
  
Now dusk lingers 
We bathe in twilight 
Soon we’ll be  
Dust in the wind 
  
Our love rises beyond the horizon 
Sometimes stormy, sometimes calm 
Sometimes up 
Sometimes down 
  
Stars can burn bright 
Yet, sometimes dim 
Fragile as a fleeting rainbow 
Strong as songbirds celebrating life 

Now dusk lingers 
We bathe in twilight 
Soon we’ll be  
Dust in the wind 
  
Soon we’ll be  
Dust in the wind 
Dust in the wind

Written 2021, Copyright 2021 Robert Davoli

New Hope Express

Sometimes being lonesome is the best you can do 
Cause some things aren’t meant for two 
When you’ve got a song crawling around in your head 
One is better than two 
  
To live in the moment let go of your fears 
And hang onto whatever is near 
You ask me how come I write sad songs 
And I ask you how could you not know 
  
Sometimes you gotta pull the arrows outta your heart 
And look for a brand-new start 
  
Let yourself fly over the rooftops 
Cause love doesn’t come in little drops 
So don’t be afraid to bare your soul 
And let your heart where it wants to go 
  
Sometimes you gotta pull the arrows outta your heart 
And look for a brand-new start 
  
I wish I could ease all of your pain 
And invite you onto my train 
I’m heading south on the New Hope Express 
Where I’ll end up is anybody’s guess 
  
Sometimes you gotta pull the arrows outta your heart 
And look for a brand-new start 
  
I’m heading south on the New Hope Express 
Where I’ll end up is anybody’s guess 
Where I’ll end up is anybody’s guess

Written 2021, Copyright 2021 Robert Davoli

Perennials

My garden of hope 
Overrun by a blight of despair 
My dreams have wilted 
No one is here to water my heart 
  
Regrets cannot be vanquished 
No, they can’t be washed away 
Wring your hands, shed a tear 
Fumes of remorse linger in the air 
  
But when the night crushes the day 
And the vagabonds come out to play 
An angel touches my shoulder 
A song blooms in my heart 
  
It’s hard to peel off layers 
Of your own onion, but 
If you dig down deep enough 
You’ll find a geyser gushing spirits of hope 
  
I long for those times 
When all that I needed 
To get me through the day was a 
Sunny songbird singing outside my window 
  
But when the night crushes the day 
And the vagabonds come out to play 
An angel touches my shoulder 
A song blooms in my heart 
  
Daffodils sipping sunlight 
Children flying a kite 
Trying to silence my fright 
Who’s afraid of the cold, dark night 
  
My garden of hope 
Taught me to cope 
With my lost soul 
Watered my heart back to life 
  
Watered my heart back to life 
Back to life

Written 2021, Copyright 2021 Robert Davoli

Fallen King of the Cool

Cooler than cool, he wore a white t-shirt, 
Faded jeans and a black bomber jacket 
Thumbs tucked inside of his belt loops 
A pompadour and bad boy persona 
  
Skipping school, skinny dipping with biker babes 
Patron saint of the disaffected 
Angst-ridden, “Rebel Without a Cause” 
Living on the edge of the world 

But the years faded faster 
Than his old blue jeans 
The bravado of his youth 
Crumbled into middle age 
  
That was then and now is now 
Life had reached its peak 
On his high school graduation day, now he 
Sits around with his head in his hands 
  
Memories smoldering in his whiskey-addled mind 
The only way to hang on is to let go 
Life gets in the way of best laid plans 
Ya gotta die young for your legend to live on 
  
But the years faded faster 
Than his old blue jeans 
The bravado of his youth 
Crumbled into middle age 
  
Now he’s back at his old high school 
He traded in his cool bohemian look 
For a grey-green uniform, and the 
Hum of the floor-waxing machine 
  
Ripples of hope no longer linger 
The sun has lost its rays 
No use trying to point a finger 
Hallelujah, fallen king of the cool 
  
But the years faded faster 
Than his old blue jeans 
The bravado of his youth 
It crumbled into middle age 
  
The bravado of his youth 
Crumbled into middle age

Written 2021, Copyright 2021 Robert Davoli

Nothing Aches as Hard

(As a Broken Country Heart)

It’s been so long since I wrote a country song 
Now that you’re gone, I feel one coming on strong 
Our love died so young and now I’m so old 
I’m so afraid to come in from the cold 
  
Nothing aches as hard  
As a broken country heart  
Nothing aches as hard  
As a broken country heart  
  
Chug-a-lugging hope from a brown paper bag 
Trying to figure out, should I zig, or should I zag 
My sunken eyes sparkle when pigeons coo to me 
I shower them with peanuts, they seem hear my plea 
  
Nothing aches as hard  
As a broken country heart  
Nothing aches as hard  
As a broken country heart  
  
But long ago 
When you wore your sundress 
We went with the flow 
Your hair fell in a beautiful mess  
  
Nothing aches as hard  
As a broken country heart  
Nothing aches as hard  
As a broken country heart

Written 2021, Copyright 2021 Robert Davoli

Follow Our Muse to the Truth

All my life I fought to survive 
Oh, how I long to thrive 
There is so much that I regret 
Let me sing for you Bluesette 
  
Dreams are now 
Dreams are forever 
Let’s follow our muse 
To the truth  
  
I offer you my gentle melancholy 
As we contemplate our finale 
We can trust the wisdom of twilight 
As it kisses the night 
  
Dreams are now 
Dreams are forever 
Let’s follow our muse 
To the truth 
  
I tried so hard to tame you 
So sorry babe I made you blue 
You gave me a beautiful melody 
But I could not find the harmony 
  
Dreams are now 
Dreams are forever 
Let’s follow our muse 
To the truth  
  
As the trumpets start to fade 
We find our own parade 
Even though Autumn’s in the air 
We feel no despair 
  
We are old, and we sit by the sea 
Our song grows our love flows 
We are old, and we sit by the sea 
  
Dreams are now 
Dreams are forever 
Let’s follow our muse 
To the truth 
  
Let’s follow our muse 
To the truth 
  
Let’s follow our muse 
To the truth

Written 2021, Copyright 2021 Robert Davoli

Quantum of Hope

I was hoping that you and I 
Had a few more pages to turn 
A few more laps around the block 
Maybe we can turn back the clock 
  
But I see distance in your eyes 
You’ve already said goodbye 
So, feed me some lines, tell me some lies 
But please don’t make me cry 
  
Searching for a quantum of hope 
Floating in a sea of despair 
I’d be so happy to be 
So sad with you 
  
Don’t worry about me my baby 
Sunsets always kiss the horizon 
And you know that the moon always rises 
Oceans always ebb and flow 
  
Oh, I’m a beautiful loser 
Chiseled from a life of melancholy  
Every day I sharpen my pencil, and 
Urge my words to leap onto the page 
  
Searching for a quantum of hope 
Floating in a sea of despair 
I’d be so happy to be 
So sad with you 
  
No matter how hard you try 
You cannot hide your sad, sad eyes 
Saddle up your sorrows my dear 
Sail away to un-promised lands  
  
I’ll leave the porch light on for you 
Place your favorite slippers 
Underneath your rocking chair 
I’ll save for you my smile and my love 
  
I’ll save for you my smile and my love 
I’ll save for you my smile and my love

Written 2021, Copyright 2021 Robert Davoli

Dawn Interrupted

Dawn interrupted by the sweet rising sun 
As she lifts her weary head above the horizon and 
Wipes the slumber from my lover’s eyes and mine 
  
We snuggled under the covers until the middle of the afternoon  
Drifted back to sleep in reverie, woke up just in time 
To say goodnight to the sun 
  
You are my hope, my newborn flower 
Warm, sun shower, chasing Autumn leaves, and 
Snowflakes dancing in the breeze 
  
The night is cold and rainy, and I wrestle with my poems,  
You sing in a minor key, we hover under an aura  
Somewhere between fear and ecstasy 
  
Where, oh where, oh where do we go from here 
I think we know the answer my dear 
There’s nowhere to go, cause we’re already here 
  
You are my hope, my newborn flower 
Warm, sun shower, chasing Autumn leaves, and 
Snowflakes dancing in the breeze 
  
There is nothing left for us to do 
But to keep on doing what we already do 
Write a few more lines everyday 
  
Hope cannot be vanquished, it’s ground into our psyche 
Wrap our sorrows in moonglow, let our love flow 
Never let go of our dreams  
  
You are my hope, my newborn flower  
Warm, sun shower, chasing Autumn leaves, and 
Snowflakes dancing in the breeze 
Snowflakes dancing in the breeze 
Snowflakes dancing in the breeze

Written 2021, Copyright 2021 Robert Davoli