Let the People Sing

by Robby Grant

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released December 8, 2010

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Robby Grant Memphis, Tennessee

As co-frontman of perennial genre-blurrers Big Ass Truck, Robby Grant spent the better part of the 90s touring, writing and recording his way around the U.S

A number of works followed over the next decade and a half, including 2015's Let The Little Things Go--the last of five albums released under Grant's sounds-like-a-band-but-it's-really-just-one-guy pen name, Vending Machine.
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Track Name: I'm Your In
the feathers do not bend
the fathers always spend
i'm your in
i'm your in

tree at it's knees
scratching at his fleas
i'm your in
i'm your in

storm has come and gone
the bodies on your lawn
i'm your in
i'm your in

buried in the snow
frostbitten toe
i'm your in
i'm your in \\\\\

asleep in the chair
just leave him there
i'm your in
i'm your in

forgotten in your purse
standards in reverse
i'm your in
Track Name: It's Not the Things You Want
there are many things
like a diamond ring
that mean nothing to you at all

i could buy you a boat
you'd want it to sink in a moat
laugh while the castle walls cave-in

it's not the things you want
it's the things you don't
that's why i love you

piles of dollar bills
bunch of bottles of doctor pills
a new car wrapped up in a bow

a big house invokes a yawn
break plates we can't eat on
40 of us could live there anyway

it's not the things you want
it's the things you don't
that's why i love you
Track Name: Tell Them All
you saw this worm
with legs inside your room
it went to bed and then got up and flew out toward the moon

it made a noise
sounded like thunder through the wind
disapeared when you tried to show it to your friend

tell 'em all
tell 'em all

as he flew higher
and hung out in the clouds
the rain he made fell to the ground but did not make a sound

through your window
the ground turned into sand
you tried to tell your sister but she screamed at you and ran

now you tell 'em all
tell 'em all
tell 'em all

you will notice
as you get up in years
it is easier to not believe and amplify your fears

but don't listen
even if it's me
just stay true to what you do and all that you see

tell 'em all
tell 'em all
Track Name: Naked as a Jaybird
I'm as naked as a jaybird
I'm as naked as can be
I'm as naked as a jaybird
runnin loose and wild and free

I'm am going to build a nest in your hair
I'm gonna build a nest there
I'm gonna build a nest in your hair
and then I'm gonna lay an egg there

In a little while a little baby jaybird
is gonna pop out
right behind your ear
he'll stretch open his beak and let out a peep
You'll be sure to hear
Track Name: You Don't Need It
folks act crazy and some are crazy all the time
some can't help it they just talk in rhymes
thoughts weigh heavy make you short of breath
it was nerves but you understood the rest

you don't need it
you don't need it
you knew that
you knew that

flashing lights and strip off everything
it touches every human being
they let every, everyone in
you think it's over but it just begins

you don't need it
you don't need it
you knew that
you knew that

all the questions came at you really fast
back and forth would make you sing your last
death will come and you won't turn your head
it is peaceful your body turns to lead

you don't need it
you don't need it
you knew that
you knew that
Track Name: Let the People Sing / The Computer Thing
Let the people sing
Let the people sing
Let the people sing

Let the people sing
Let the people sing
Let the people sing
Track Name: Moments
Alone is better than
telling kids they can
stay scared
in the bed

Knocks come two by two
faceless voices who
bring the news
that it is gone

Pack it up in the sand
and tell the garbage man
to take it far away
and fast

Another cities’ view
it won’t make you
forget no matter
how hard you try
Track Name: Your Black Eye
there are things i've never told you
haunted breaks and fractured shoulder
i want the never-ending to just see it now

if you got three i want them
i don't care what you got in it
it can make you see the dream that scared you last night

your black eye
your black eye
your black eye
... nothing you can do

it slowly covers your left eye
and then it make you shudder
soon your closest friends will not be able to tell who you are

the funny thing is that it
doesn't hurt that makes it worse
even when it heals it will always leave a scar

your black eye
your black eye
your black eye
... nothing you can do
Track Name: I Don't Think Why
I fooled you into thinking
that i know more than i do
you said it doesn't really matter
beaten til your black and blue

they didn't feed us much for dinner
couldn't find you upstairs
i search around for a towel
stained the carpet under my chair

the sun was up again for an hour
you just slept on through\

i don't think why
you don't think when
i hope we never have to come here again
Track Name: 4:44 AM
wake in the middle of the night
takes your heart it takes eyes
it takes a much stronger fight
to fall asleep

count from 1 to 10
remember your best friend
do it all over again
now it's working

should i stay right here?
i will

did i heard a sound
get up to fall back down
i want my thouhgts back on the ground
and own them

sneak out when you're still asleep
tip toed tigers do not scream
the nest is bare the nest is clean
forever

should i stay right here?
i will

when do things change?
at will
Track Name: The Worms that Glow
The worms that glow
Turn snails into snow
Their patterns show
You're not close and have a long way to go

And when they were trapped here
For over a year
It didn't take long the rain washed them on

One touch and they're gone
One inch will carry on
Hiding back in the rock
That the way they walk

safe and sound
but don't turn around
totally unwound
can't show your face in any town