Rob Hawkins

Rob Hawkins
2010-06-08
Rob Hawkins

Story

This love song is a testimony about the miracle and power of love.  How when two people find and love each other, they can take on the world without fear, follow their dreams, and overcome any obstacle that is thrown at them.  It is the most precious thing in the world when you believe in yourself and find someone that believes in you and has your back through all the trials and tribulations of life.  There's just so much to bein' in love with you. 

Lyrics

Bein' In Love With You

Words and Music by Rob Hawkins

Verse 1

I've been in love and I've been out

But you're the one I can't live without

Played all the games broke all the rules

But that all changed when I found you

Chorus

With you beside me

Both of us me and you

You're the silver lining

I love the things we do

There's just so much to Bein' In Love With You

Verse 2

We had it all In small amounts

Captured our dreams without Swiss bank accounts

We did all the work still going strong

Weatherin' the years holdin' on

Repeat Chorus

 

Rob Hawkins
2010-06-08
Rob Hawkins

Story

In the story of this song we follow a little girl named Susie throughout the pivotal points of her life. I tried to get the point across with the universal chorus proving that we have the choice to never lose that child-like freedom that we carry with us throughout our lives. I've always got a kick out of seeing young babies and small children with their parents and grandparents.  I got the idea for this song by watching children over the years easily amused by little games that people would play with them.  It never fails when a child finds something that they like they want to "Do It Again" over and over.  In the studio we went with a playful atmosphere in the music to convey the message of the song.  What a fun song! Hope you think so too, if you do play it again. This song is for my mom and her father Oliver Stayner.

Lyrics

Do It Again

Words and Music by Rob Hawkins

Verse

Little Susie sittin' on Grandpa's knee

At the family reunion

Enjoyin' the summer breeze

Like a bird she sings

They take a turn on the tire swing

Then her ride comes to an end

Chorus

She said, "Do it again!"  "I wanna do it again!"

"Do it again!"  "I wanna do it again!"

Verse 2

Tommy fell for Susie in Sunday school

They promised each other

They'd leave that small town soon

At graduation in spring

He dropped down on one knee

He said, "Fall in love with me again"

Repeat Chorus

Bridge

They made a home

Alive with love

Makin' plans for a family of their own

Then late one night

She woke up and knew it was time

They prayed for a healthy child full of life

As the doctor came in holdin' their beautiful twins

He said, "You should think about doin' this, doin' this again"

Chorus

I wanna do it again  Do it again

Do it again I wanna do it again

Do it again I wanna do it again

Here we go again Whoa oh oh

I wanna do it again

Do it again and again and again

I wanna do it again

Wish we could do it again Whoa oh oh

I wanna do it again  Do it again

 

 

Rob Hawkins
2010-06-08
Rob Hawkins

Story

I wanted to write a song that was a reflection of life. An idea that everyone could identify with outlining the human condition that all of us are in. It occured to me that we need to breathe both literally and figuratively to stay alive. I use the book in the chorus as a metaphor: a comparsion to life and its written contents/history of every person's life and its messy existence. (Torn pages, worn out corners, and of course how books have binding or in this case the breath of life and that we are all bound together by it). We all have our stories and books that we treasure. Loved ones that share our lives and their stories with us. It is said that the true measure of a man is how he acts or reacts to life and situations when no one is watching. That's just one of the many reasons that this song is dedicated to my grandfather Bob Hawkins.   

Lyrics

I Breathe

Words and Music by Rob Hawkins

Verse 1

I spent most of the time growin' up

For the rest of my days I'll just grow older

Then this life soon will be over

And all that's left is the song that I sing for you

Chorus

I Breathe I repeat nothing comes easy

I Breathe there's so much I'll never see

Life's just a book in a hard cover

The pages are torn we wear out the corners

My binding, it holds me I Breathe

Verse 2

I've been up and down roads I've been lost

Rolled all night and day

But it just got harder

The last mile's always the longest

In this life I've searched more than my soul

Repeat Chorus

Rob Hawkins
2010-06-08
Rob Hawkins

Story

In this love song we find the main character frustrated lwith the inability to control most things in life. I wrote the song so it could be sung by a man or woman never disclosing the main character's gender/sexuality. But, the chorus explores the idea that we all are on a quest to find love and it's important not to lose faith in finding it. In my experience we find love when we least expect it...things sneak up on us when we're preoccupied with living our lives dealing with the day to day. I do believe in this sentiment "I loved you before I met you, I just had to find you." Once we meet "the one", we know it's right and all of our energy goes to realize the dream of that love. I once heard Don Was, a famous record producer, say that when you don't know what to write about or have writer's block watch a movie and pretend you are writing the score. Afterall, art spawns art and inspiration is always around the corner.  It Was You All Along is a song I've had in my back pocket for awhile. Of all of the songs on the project, it recieved the most rewrites and production overhauls.  I was encouraged by a hit songwriter that this had a very commercial chorus and to re-write it so from that day on I never gave up on it.  

Lyrics

It Was You All Along

Words and Music by Rob Hawkins

Verse 1

Isn't it crazy how things work out?

Not much we can do beyond a shadow of a doubt

There's a lot of hit or miss

Life slides between our fingertips

It's you I can't deny It's you I can't deny

Chorus

     It was you all along

     I could always see what we needed to be

     It was you all along

    Throughout all the right and wrong

    It was you all along

Verse2

In the big picture the plot's thickening

The screenwriter pushes his pen impatiently

Souls stuck between a hard place and a rock

Still trembling from the aftershock

So I let out a sigh but it's you I can't deny

Chorus

     It was you all along

     I could always see what we needed to be

     It was you all along

    Throughout all the right and wrong

    It was you all along

Guitar Solo

Chorus

    It was you along

    It was you all along

    I could always see what we needed to be

    It was you all along

    Throughout all the right and wrong

    It was you all along

    You all along

    I could always see what we needed to be

    It was you all along

    Throughout all the right and wrong

    It was you all along

    Throughout all the right and wrong

    It was you all along

    Throughout all the right and wrong

    It was you all along

Musical interlude outro

The Key

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Rob Hawkins
2010-06-08
Rob Hawkins

Story

I got the idea for this song by watching an interview with Janet Jackson.  I just somehow got inspired by something that she said and ran with it.  My experiences of living in different states while I was an Air Force brat also came out in this song.  Being on base there was a cultural cross-section of people all put in one place.  Add into that equation that one of our longest assignments was in Cheyenne, Wyoming where I got to learn about the American Indian culure through friends. Later I would be reminded of this at college and truly enjoyed having friends from all over the world and learned how everyone has basic needs and we're all essentially the same. However, in America we tend to think we know everything and live in the best country on earth. Nothing wrong with being proud of your country, culture, or heritage. I think people forget that it took people from all over the world to make our country great and we still have a lot to learn from other cultures. I guess I've always loved learning. I think it's imperative that we learn about our history and the history of others because we might just find ourselves.  The Key=Education  

Lyrics

The Key

Words and Music by Rob Hawkins

Verse 1

Sister sister don't you chastize me

I live my life you live yours but don't judge me

Don't want no problems and I don't need no conflicts

Live and let live but not by false pretense

Pre-Chorus

     The world's a better place than will let let it be

     Peace on earth at let one another free

    Quit giving me excuses and hidin' behind the truth

    Look me in the eye because I've got some proof for you

    Chorus

          Ask my mother, ask my wife

          Education is the key in this lock of life

          Ask my brothers both black and white

          You'll see many colors in your walk of life

Verse 2

    Sister sister don't you patronize me

    I've got a mind that's for sure but don'tcha hate me

    If  you take an eye for an eye well I've got some news

    There's other brothers out there that would take a tooth for a tooth

Pre-Chorus

     The world's a better place than will let let it be

     Peace on earth at let one another free

    Quit giving me excuses and hidin' behind the truth

    Look me in the eye because I've got some proof for you

    Chorus

          Ask my mother, ask my wife

          Education is the key in this lock of life

          Ask my brothers both black and white

          You'll see living color in this walk of life

Guitar Solo

Pre-Chorus

     The world's a better place than will let let it be

     Peace on earth at let one another free

    Quit giving me excuses and hidin' behind the truth

    Look me in the eye because I've got some proof for you

    Chorus

          Ask my mother, ask my wife

          Education is the key in this lock of life

          Ask my brothers both black and white

          You'll see living color in this walk of life

Start vamp

Yeah Oww

won't you sing it for me?

Take me home

I can feel I can feel it

Won't you sing it, won't you sing it, won't you sing it with me

Hey Hey Hey yeah!

Uh oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, ho, ho

Can't you sing it? Can't you sing it? Can't you sing it with me?

Rob Hawkins
2010-06-08
Rob Hawkins and Ron Riddle

Story

I wanted to write a good-time party song....so when I sat down with Ron Riddle, my co-writer, on the song, I brought him a working title of Smoke If You Got'em.  When you first listen to the hook I think people might think it's just about drinking, smoking and partying and it is. However, the story of the song has a deeper meaning.  Too many times in this fast-food world we forget what life is all about which is having fun and making memories.  Everybody's so busy working all of the time and running their kids to practice, lessons, and clubs that life gets too cluttered.  The story behind the first verse comes from me hearing my uncle and dad talk about playing in the holler barefoot where my great grandfather and other family had settled after coming over the pond from England. My grandmother and grandfather had attended a one-room school in the hills of the Blue Creek area in the Appalachian Mountains near the Shawnee State Park in Adams County. In that same area as a part of the "New Deal" President Roosevelt had commisioned "CCC" camps to give the great depression a kick in the pants.  Soon railroads, dams, and roads were being built to connect America and put it back to work. The second verse moves on to the baby boomer generation where the Beatles were broadcast on The Ed Sullivan show. When I was very little I would see clips like this on T.V. and get a little confused because they were in black and white. Of course television by the time I had started watching was in color (technicolor to be exact). Embarrassing as it is, I had asked my mother a very simple question, "Mommy, was the world black and white before color television?" This is a story about a innocent curiosity that my mom loves to tell people because it's so cute.  However, it worked well to describe an interesting time when Martin Luther King was marching, riots were rampant, and schools were being consolidated. The Haight-Ashbury flower children's make love not war theme is cited in the song and it ushers in the cold war of my generation.  Originally, a third verse was written and I perform the song that way live it just seemed a bit long for a studio cut. I've included the third verse in the lyrics as a "live version".  The bridge is set in the present day with technological advances and eco-friendly ideas dominating the headlines.  "The more things change the more they stay the same" brings us back to the central theme of not getting caught up in all of the stuff life throws at us: kicking back, cranking up the tunes, and throwing a party. Light 'em up!!!!       

Lyrics

Smoke If You Got'em

Words and Music by Rob Hawkins and Ron Riddle

Verse 1

Raised in the hills without any shoes

A one room school education

My grandaddy was a railroad man

He helped build this nation

And I know what he'd say, if he was here today

Chorus

    Smoke if you got'em

    Dance if you wanna

    Drink a lot of moonshine

    Have a little fun

    You live once and that's a plenty

    If you save a little livin' for when the work is done

Verse 2

Saw the Beatles on the Sullivan show

Raised in a black and white world

My daddy picked  a different flower child

As the cold war unfurled

And I know what he'd say I talked to him today

Chorus

    Smoke if you got'em

    Dance if you wanna

    Drink a lot of moonshine

    Have a lot fun

    You live once and that's a plenty

    If you save a little livin' for when the work is done

Bridge

    Ozone, ring tones, take off your headphones

    What's the world comin' to

    The more things change the more they stay the same

    Here's what we gotta do yeah

Chorus

    Smoke if you got'em

    Dance if you wanna

    Drink a lot of moonshine

    Have a lot fun

    You live once and that's enough

    If you save a little livin' for when the work is done

Chorus

    Smoke if you got'em

    Dance if you wanna

    Drink a lot of moonshine

    Have a lot fun

    You live once and that's enough

    If you save a little livin' for when the work is done

Light 'em up

Light 'em up!

*Original third verse (live version)

Eight-hundred channels on my T.V.

And the phone won't stop ringing

My blackberry didn't come from a field

What's the future bringin'?

Rob Hawkins
2010-06-08
Rob Hawkins and Ron Riddle
Rob Hawkins
2010-06-08
Rob Hawkins
Rob Hawkins
2010-06-08
Rob Hawkins and Ron Riddle
Rob Hawkins
2010-06-08
Rob Hawkins and Ron Riddle
Rob Hawkins
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Rob Hawkins
Rob Hawkins
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Rob Hawkins
Rob Hawkins
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Rob Hawkins
Rob Hawkins
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Rob Hawkins
Rob Hawkins
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Rob Hawkins
Rob Hawkins
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Rob Hawkins
Rob Hawkins
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Rob Hawkins
Rob Hawkins
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Rob Hawkins
Rob Hawkins
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Rob Hawkins
Rob Hawkins
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Rob Hawkins
Rob Hawkins