Tabula Rasa

by The Earth From the Moon

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My debut album thingy, a collection of songs that I think are kinda neat. I originally released this as Robbing Bandits, but I decided to take it with me along with the name change. I only released three days before the change anyway. Some of these songs are older, but I see this whole thing as the start of something new for me, a Tabula Rasa, if you will.

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released April 21, 2014

Written, performed, and recorded by Justin Roth

Artwork and vocals on Burn This Down by Kate Dawson

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The Earth From the Moon Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Formerly Robbing Bandits

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Track Name: Dinosaur Shirt
(see ya later Justin)

last night i meant to tell you
you're the most beautiful human being in the world
well i guess i can't vouch for that
cause i haven't seen every human being in the world
but i can say you're the most attractive person
that i've ever seen

and you're probably gonna apologize for crying on my shoulder
and getting makeup on my brand new shirt
but really that is all i really want, to see you at your weakest
and i will wear that stain proudly on my shirt

lately i've been listening
(see ya later Justin)

to the Decemberists a lot
and i am starting to worry
you think that i'm replacing you with Colin Meloy
and though i do love Colin Meloy
he couldn't hold a candle to you
no not to you
not a metaphorical candle

and you're probably gonna apologize for crying on my shoulder
and getting makeup on my brand new shirt
but really that is all i really want, to see you at your weakest
and i will wear that stain proudly on my shirt

cause the weakest point is when you see the most of a person
or so the tv screen would have me believe
but i believe it, it doesn't seem wrong or bad
and i will wear that stain proudly on my shirt
Track Name: Cobweb
the cobweb wrapped its way around my hand
and showed me things i didn't wanna see
it stuck to the cracks in my knuckles
where i saw what i didn't wanna be

cause there's nothing i want more than
to keep you here with me

the cobweb found its way between my fingers
where it was most difficult to remove
it told me that i should take up drinking
it told me lots of things to do

but there's nothing i want more than
to keep me cool with you

i told the cobweb to stay in my pocket
and it listened most of the time
but when it crawled back out on my hand
the fault always was mine

cause there's nothing i want more than
to keep up with the time

but there's something i want more now
and that's to make you mine

so last week the cobweb was evicted
i tore it up and threw it on the floor
it its dying breath it told me i was good now
and i didn't have to worry anymore

so there's nothing stopping me now
from being what we're made for
Track Name: Change of Season
there's warnings on the gas pump
i have never seen before
there to keep me safe for sure

there's a sticker on the bumper here
of a man we loved last year
who told us there'd be nothing to fear

and i am ready for a change of season
i am ready to hate for another different reason

there's locks on the front door
people wondering what they're waiting for
and little girls who grow up whores

a magazine for have-nots there
bikini bods and bleach blonde hair
to remind us life is never fair

i am ready for a change of season
i am ready to hate for another stupid reason

i am ready for a change of season
i am ready to hate for another different reason

i am ready for a change of season
i am ready to hate for another fucking reason

there's boys who love their girlfriends there
take em to the county fair
but at another woman they stare

there's little kids who got it bad
shitty homes, alcoholic dads
but you would never catch them sad

and i am ready for a change of season
i am ready to hate for another different reason

there's warnings on the gas pump
i have never read before
what the hell am i reading them for
Track Name: Never Thought You Would Leave
i didn't think you would be the first one to leave
and i didn't know you would go and leave me all alone
i might go outside if i thought i could fix anything
and i swear i saw you down the hall
you fell right into me

couldnt have seen this coming, your feet move silently
there's a bitter taste in my mouth, do you still taste as sweet?
and i might try if i thought i could change anything
i still see you in these walls
right in front of me

and i would take you no matter who you are
would you take me too?
all that's left is black and blue
i can't get it in my head, it won't through
could you take me with you?

i didn't think you would be the first one to leave
Track Name: Intergalactic Love Song
crash landing into you
we have got nowhere to go
any space that you can spare
we would happily stow
been in space for so long we
cannot remember memories
bringing peace to the galaxy
we're ready to settle by the sea

and i know i've lost your mind
but please let go of mine
i can't stand to see you cry
tears like demons from your eye
now promise me you'll be cool when i saw
we have got to go away
we've got a galaxy to save
and i promise i will meet you here one day

we are gone and we're alright
and for you we'll always fight
to keep you far away from fright
as long as you remember to keep your eyes
towards the sky and to the stars
we will be there catching fires
braving heartache and all the scars
keep your eyes to the stars

crash landing into you
i have always been true
as along as the sky still is blue
i will return for you
and even if it turns a different shade
or a different color all the same
though i can't remember memories
my memory of you will never fade
Track Name: Home From the Station
driving home from the station
the septa trains don't move fast enough
to get me home before dark
and make my ride less frightening

i left you at the end
of daylight in philadelphia
where lips would part and wave
goodbye to those
who we love the most
i am heading home from the station
Track Name: Burn This Down
well i always thought that you were so much better
but there you go making a fool out of me
indirectly i thought you'd come closer
well there i go making a fool out of me

things are spinning around and its your fault
i never thought that you could throw this all away
i guess i'm just stupid, but i'm not crazy
i know what i heard and i know who's to blame

you were the one who burned this down
you were the one to make a sound
you were the one who had lost what we had found
you were the one who burned this down

clearly your motives are simple: get in, get out
well clearly my motives have gotten out of me
why are you so difficult? why are you so easy?
i really think that things are getting out of hand

you were the one who burned this down
you were the one to make a sound
you were the one who had lost what we had found
you were the one who burned this down

well how could you ever let me down?
you were the one who dropped all that you found
left me lying on the ground
now things won't ever be the same

you were the one who burned this down
you were the one to make a sound
you were the one who had lost what we had found
you were the one who burned this down
Track Name: Jealousy
it's ok if you don't care
it's not like it was important
it's ok if we don't share
the same level of enthusiasm

cause i've got enough
for the both of us
and i don't mind
giving it to you

it's ok to be somewhere else
i'll just be here

looking at a screen
what else do i need
anyway

i do just fine
when the company's mine
but thanks for asking

oh honey do you miss me?
cause oh god how i've missed you

and its not the same
you forgot my name
amongst the legions riding your tail

just waiting for you
to ride them too
oh god
what do you expect me to do?
Track Name: Wishful Thinking
late at night the rats all find
a place for them to rest their heads
one of these rats lay in bed
when the thought of a girl
fills his head tonight
he can't sleep

he takes a seat and stares blankly ahead
and his heart begins to sink like lead to his feet
he walks up, she disappears
and flooding back come all the fears
of losing her

he wants
to talk to her but he is scared that
she will
get the wrong impression of what
he is
trying to do, become closer
to her
just wishful thinking on his part

well in reality, she never said much
but in his mind she's cold to the touch
you think she'd be confused as he
but she's never heard a thing

how could he expect her to react
when he doesn't give her one single fact
his attention span's been cut way short
that ship has long since sailed out of port

he tries
to speak but all that comes out of his
mouth is
silly words and stupid jokes that
he tells
to try and get a response out
of her
just wishful thinking on his part

but the wishful thinking just won't get him far
he loves her but that won't get him far
time is running out and he will hate to part
with the wishful thinking on his heart
Track Name: Pine
the more i write the more i have left
the more i think the closer to death
can someone please show me the future
will i have nice furniture
will i get off this easy
in an attempt to please me
i took my pen and put it in a box
and there it remains locked up by self-righteous locks

is this worthless to you
am i worth this to you
i would hurt this for you
i would end it for you

the more i pine the more i gleam
i will rip you apart at the seam
i will try to stitch you back together
but we both know that won't last forever

i guess ruins were made to fall
i guess but i don't know for sure
maybe we weren't meant to last
don't know about you but i'm falling back into the past
Track Name: Tabula Rasa
i'm so sick of being lonely
i'm so sick of being tired
i'm so sick of being sick
and complaining about it

i'm so scared of what i think
i'm so scared of you
i'm so scared of the feelings
i have when you're not around

but finding a reason to stay
is hard when you're miles away
but i cannot move my feet
with cinderblocks hanging beneath

i will find you eventually
i will find a way
i will find a good thing and wear it down
til it's gone

i will tell you i love you
i will love you for sure
i will not live without you
no matter how near or far

but finding a reason to stay
is hard when you're miles away
but i cannot move my feet
with cinderblocks hanging beneath