This Is Rock and Roll

by FLAtRich-Rich La Bonte

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Remastered 2016. The 2010 release of this album is available in CD format on Amazon.

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released January 12, 2010

Music, lyrics, vocals, real, synth instruments and editing by Rich La Bonté (BMI).

Produced by Rich La Bonté.
Copyright © 2010 Rich La Bonté.
All Rights Reserved.

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FLAtRich-Rich La Bonte New Jersey

Rich La Bonté (1946) is an American musician, writer, editor. He was lead singer of the upstate New York band the huns (1965- 66), played bass and sang in the original cast productions of the musical Godspell in New York and Los Angeles, Original Cast Album and movie soundtrack. Co-produced and co-wrote Son of Frankenstein LP (1981) with Kim Fowley. Get more info, free MP3s & stuff on his website! ... more

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Track Name: Nothing Is Left Here
Nothing Is Left Here
Words and Music by Rich La Bonte
Copyright © 2010 Rich La Bonte (BMI). All Rights Reserved.

Wake up this mornin' and somethin' is missin'
Birds aren't singin' and the air is stale
Future is filled with lack of ambition
Skies are gray and my eyes are pale.

Chorus:
Nothin' is left here, world ain't right
Everything broken, in the night
Nothin' is workin', something went wrong
Nothin' is left here, everything's gone.

Pull on my jeans, reconnoiter the outside
Streets are empty, all the trees are bare
Car won't start, my cellphone is fried
Don't see no people, anywhere.

No cats or squirrels or dogs to chase them
No blades of grass or jetplane contrails
No flags unfurled and no policemen
No radio or siren wails.

I can't explain what's happening here
My world has just crumbled away overnight
And I can't talk to you about it, baby
Because you ain't here either.

Solo

Sidewalk fades out, right before my eyes
The street is deserted, quiet as a tomb
City is vanished from the horizon
The sun is hidin' behind the moon.

Mountains are flattened, wind refuse to blow
Bridges are fallen, rivers dried away
Nothin' ahead, got no place left to go
Losin' hope I'll see another another day

Chorus
Track Name: Just Like Music In The Heart
Just Like Music In The Heart
Words and Music by Rich La Bonté
Copyright © 2010 Rich La Bonté (BMI).
All Rights Reserved.

You know we said we'd never part
Before we finally closed that door
It's just like music in the heart
That plays for ever, evermore.

We met a long, long time ago
The world was different than today
Our expectations weren't so low
No wind could blow our dreams away.

We took a chance and grabbed the ring
Our spinning futures all a whirl
Where are the songs we used to sing?
Whatever happened to that girl?

You know we said we'd never part
Before we finally closed that door
It's just like music in the heart
That plays for ever, evermore.
Track Name: I Can't Do That
I Can't Do That
Words and Music by Rich La Bonte
Copyright © 2010 Rich La Bonte (BMI). All Rights Reserved.

I saw you ridin' down the street in your fine car you really
Blew my mind away I waved you smiled it was a near collision
I made a quick u-turn to follow you but cops were on my tail they asked me
What's your hurry? Put my foot down, wrong decision.

I kept on lookin and I found you with your girlfriends in the
Shopping mall I said hello you smiled again my heart went thumpin.
I asked you out you were shy I persisted girlfriends wide-eyed you resisted
What's your hurry? Disappointment, girl you're somethin.

Chorus
You always say-in
I can't do that
You always waitin
'Til tomorrow
Please don't postpone it
I can't do that
I can't wait another day
You know you're drivin me insane.

Break
I showed up at your house and knocked on your door
Your mama come out and says
What are you standin there for
I said I'm just lookin for that
Sweet thing inside
She said Hey, brother
You better
Run and hide.

You always say-in
I can't do that
You always waitin
'Til tomorrow
Please don't postpone it
I can't do that
I can't wait another day
You know you're drivin me insane.

I sneaked around the house threw rocks at your wall
Your window shade went up
I started to call (Hey, baby!)
Your daddy's gun came out
And he's shootin at me!
I'm tryin to tell you girl
That's not the way it's supposed to be.

I took you walkin in the park one sunny day the birds were chirpin
Everywhere the sky was blue you smiled and then you changed your mind and
Ran away the clouds were dark the dogs were barkin crows were callin me hey
What's your hurry? Disillusioned, what's your problem?

I watched you dancin' in the front row at the rock show boys were playin
You were swingin to the beat you smiled my feet aren't so
Accomplished I tried to keep up you had eyes only for the singer I thought finally
What's my hurry? I give up girl, what's your story?

You always say-in
I can't do that
You always waitin
'Til tomorrow
Please don't postpone it
I can't do that
I can't wait another day
You know you're drivin me insane.
Track Name: It's Bringin' Me Down
It's Bringin' Me Down
Words and Music by Rich La Bonté
Copyright © 2010 Rich La Bonté (BMI). All Rights Reserved.

My lady talkin' about
gettin' satisfaction
From buyin' everything
she say that she need
My creditors are threatenin'
me with legal action.
It's bringin' me down.

The doctor askin' me for high
renumeration
For givin' me a
clean bill of health
Hardly livin' on my
cat food ration.
It's bringin' me down.

(Break)

Police accuse me of a
standin' violation
For parkin' on
the wrong side of the road
No insurance so they
took me to the station.
It's bringin' me down.

The judge returned me to the
penal institution
Make license plates and
become a better man
It's all a part of a
social revolution.
But it's bringin' me down.
Track Name: This Is Rock and Roll
This Is Rock 'n' Roll
Words and Music by Rich La Bonté
Copyright © 2010 Rich La Bonté (BMI).
All Rights Reserved.

Everybody talkin' bout a
New way of dancin'
Better choose your partner
Get some new romance in

This is rock 'n' roll
This is rock 'n' roll

Teddy and Betty do the
Swim and the Stroll
But Patric and Pricilla
Know that's way too cold

This is rock 'n' roll
This is rock 'n' roll

Come on everybody
Have ya heard the news?
Toss that phone
Put on your dancin' shoes

This is rock 'n' roll
This is rock 'n' roll
Track Name: Insects
Insects
Words and Music by Rich La Bonté
Copyright © 2010 Rich La Bonté (BMI).
All Rights Reserved.

What's that tapping on the window
What's that sneaking down the hall
What's that crawling on my ceiling
Just above my head and just about to fall.

What's that slithering in the bathtub
What's that grinning in the mirror
What's that walking on my toothbrush
Making little footprints, buzzing in my ear.

Insects, insects, insects, insects
Insects, insects, buggin' me.
Insects, insects, insects, insects
Insects, insects, buggin' me.
Insects, insects, insects, insects
Insects, insects, buggin' me.
Why they're here, I don't know
But these bugs gotta go!

Won't someone explain to me
How these creatures came to be
Little eyes and wings and legs
Now they're laying little eggs.
I like Boris, he's OK
Til he brings his friends to play
Need exterminator man
Things are getting out of hand.
Track Name: Guess You're Outta' Luck, Carlotta
Guess You're Outta Luck Carlotta
Words and Music by Rich La Bonté
Copyright © 2009 Rich La Bonté (BMI).
All Rights Reserved.

She can't ever have a friend or lover
Guess you're outta luck, Carlotta
Guess you're outta luck, Carlotta
Can't expose emotions under cover
Guess you're outta luck, Carlotta
Guess you're outta luck, Carlotta
She's evil
Might kill you
She's evil
To the end.

Has her way with you for information
Guess you're outta luck, Carlotta
Guess you're outta luck, Carlotta
Works her wiles without infatuation
Guess you're outta luck, Carlotta
Guess you're outta luck, Carlotta
She's ruthless
Don't trust her
She's ruthless
To the end.

It was just a dull assignment
Ascertain the next consignment
She seduced a lowly soldier
And reported what he told her.
Suddenly she could not fight it
Feeling that the boy ignited
Carelessly her heart defected
In the end they were detected.

Banished to Marseilles for restitution
Guess you're outta luck, Carlotta
Guess you're outta luck, Carlotta
Smiling on her day of execution
Guess you're outta luck, Carlotta
Guess you're outta luck, Carlotta
She's evil
Might kill you
She's evil
To the end.
Track Name: Nineteen Seventy Nine
Nineteen Seventy Nine
Words and Music by Rich La Bonté
Copyright © 2010 Rich La Bonté (BMI).
All Rights Reserved.

My baby called me on the telephone
Said let's go dancin' when the moon is high
Put on your spandex and your shoulderpads
A little glitter and we'll really fly.

I said no
She said yes
She said you'd better move out on the floor
I said no
She said yes
We gonna dance til our feet get sore
I said I'm way too old for this stuff
She said you dance or I'm gonna get rough
I said no
She said yes
You better party like it's nineteen seventy nine.

We took a taxi to the local dive
Paid twenty dollars just to get inside
The band on stage was loopin' synthesiser noise
Nobody dancin' cause it sounded so jive.

(Break)
I said I'm way too old for this stuff
She said you dance or I'm gonna get rough
I said no
She said yes
You better party like it's nineteen seventy nine.

We found a club with a DJ man
My baby asked him for The Jackson Five
She want KC and The Sunshine Band
Boney M, Sister Sledge and Bee Gee's Stayin' Alive.

I said no
She said yes
She said you'd better move out on the floor
I said no
She said yes
We gonna dance til our feet get sore
I said I'm way too old for this stuff
She said you dance or I'm gonna get rough
I said no
She said yes
You better party like it's nineteen seventy nine. (Break)
Track Name: Life After Living
Life After Living
Words and Music by Rich La Bonté
Copyright © 2010 Rich La Bonté (BMI).
All Rights Reserved.

Rivers of darkness flood the underworld
Betrayal and dispair
Eons of ashes suffocate the night
And death is everywhere

Life after living is love
Love after living is life

Buried alive three thousand years ago
Forbidden love his sin
And yet he stirs beneath the desert sand
His ghostly cries within

Life after living is love
Love after living is life

Rises his evil spirit to avenge
But now his love is lost
Cursed are all who meet his hollow stare
Obsessed at any cost

Life after living is love
Love after living is life
Track Name: Come The Daybreak
Come The Daybreak
Words and Music by Rich La Bonté
Copyright © 2010 Rich La Bonté (BMI).
All Rights Reserved.

Fade the starshine
The nightside
Turn away

High the moon
Drifting
Lost
And so far away

Come the daybreak
Her face is
Everywhere
Sing the birdsongs
With meaning
That she will never hear

High the clouds
Drifting
Far
So far away

Come the daybreak
Her face is
Everywhere

[Break]

High the clouds
Drifting
Far
So far away

Come the daybreak
Her face is
Everywhere
Her face is
Everywhere
Her face is
Everywhere
Track Name: Why Do Men Wear Ties?
Why Do Men Wear Ties?
Words and Music by Rich La Bonté
Copyright © 2010 Rich La Bonté (BMI).
All Rights Reserved.

Little strips of cloth
Hanging in a row.
Knotted at the top
Or a boring bow.

Why do men wear ties?
Ties!
Why do men wear ties?
Ties!

Stiffened collar buttoned
Tie and tails affair.
Formal attire only
Sorry tie required.

Why do men wear ties?
Ties!
Why do men wear ties?
Ties!

Dull or polka dotted
Thin or wide or droop.
Clip-on double Windsor
Stained with chicken soup.

Why do men wear ties?
Ties!
Why do men wear ties?
Ties!

Flacid silk and cotton
Flapping in the breeze.
Strangulate the fellow
Whether knit or tweed.

Why do men wear ties?
Ties!
Why do men wear ties?
Ties!
Track Name: Robin
Robin
Words and Music by Rich La Bonte
Copyright 2010 Rich La Bonte (BMI).
All Rights Reserved.

Robin
There was nothing
I could ever do or say

Robin
I saw you
You haunt me
And it always takes
my breath away

Robin
Your spirit
Decending through
The mysteries of the mind

Robin
I'm keeping
This melody for you
I'm watching
As you fly
Track Name: Miss LA
Miss LA
Words and Music by Rich La Bonté
Copyright © 2009 Rich La Bonté (BMI).
All Rights Reserved.

Sun and fun in California
That's where I should be

I miss L.A.
God, I miss L.A.
All the boys and girls are runnin'
Down the boulevards of fame
Brazen ghosts beg for a dollar
Cuppa dreams to end their pain
Outside the Chinese theater
Elvis mimes and Miley clone
Hookers line the House of Pancake
Got their agents on the phone

Chorus
I miss L.A.
God, I miss L.A.

Cock roaches and the crows are circlin'
Roadkill sleepin' on your star
Death hands you preview tickets
From the window of his big black car
Palms swinging in the Santa Ana
Buildings quakin' in a Big One soon
Tinsel town is a tired illusion
End of days in a dirty room

Girls and cars in California
That's the place for me
Sun and fun in California
Where I'd rather be