Born In The Desert

by Robyn Cage

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    This majestically expressive album sweeps the listener away to those vast and mysterious desert lands of her birth and rebirth with the sultry chiming pop of the opening track, “The Arsonist & The Thief.” Highlights along the way include the hauntingly beautiful “Burning Now”; the exquisitely textured title track; the darkly cathartic pop hooks of “If You Don’t Try”; and concludes with the saloon ragtime piano showstopper “Theatre Noir.” The album delivers an indelible message: Embrace your uniqueness, and love that what makes you different.

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released October 7, 2015

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Robyn Cage Park City, Utah

Alternative/Pop with ethereal yet powerful female vocals melting into dreamy soundscapes, featuring vintage pianos. Telling stories of love and empowerment, and delivering an indelible message: Embrace your uniqueness, and love that what makes you different. ... more

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Track Name: The Arsonist & The Thief
They met in the desert- their encounter was brief
He was an Arsonist, She was a Thief
He struck a match and she burned with desire
She stole his heart, he set hers on fire

Love burns, but it don’t burn long
A spark in the dark seems so strong
If you find it, keep it, hold on
Turn your back for a second and it’s gone

The desert heat was a feeble flame
Their bonfire blazed like the future, like fame
They danced ‘round the fire, got high off the fumes
They drank communion and howled at the moon

Love burns, but it don’t burn long
A spark in the dark seems so strong
If you find it, keep it, hold on

Before long, he was looking around
She wasn’t the only thief in town
Everyone wants love that’s real
So we beg, we borrow, we steal

Just before leaving he stole back his heart
She began looking for fires to start
She fed her own flames ‘til her spirit was choked
Her heart and soul- cinders and smoke

Love burns, it don’t burn long
A spark in the dark seems so strong
If you find it, keep it, hold on
Love burns, love burns….
In the end it don’t matter if it’s real or a con
Turn your back for a second and it’s gone
Turn your back for a second and it’s gone
Turn your back for a second and it’s gone
Track Name: Larger Than Life
Picture of a girl, a smile in her eyes
That’s a face I don’t recognize
I’m someone else, that girl is gone
I lost myself, where’d I go wrong?

We walked on holy ground
We took a sacred vow
You stripped me of my power
You broke me down

I used to be a Goddess, a Priestess
In your eyes
I used to be stronger, stand taller
Larger than life
Now you’ve cut me down so small
I don’t exist at all

I built a shrine in my heart
You were divine at the start
You took my pride, took my soul
I pray for you to let me go

We walked on holy ground
We took a sacred vow
You stripped me of my power
You broke me down

I used to be a Goddess, a Priestess
In your eyes
I used to be stronger, stand taller
Larger than life
Now you’ve cut me down so small
I don’t exist at all

I don’t need your love and I don’t need your lies
I’m burning every memory that brought me down to size
Standing in the ashes, like a phoenix I will rise….

‘Cause I’m a Goddess, a Priestess
Larger than life
I’ll be stronger, stand taller
Larger than life
I’m a Goddess, a Priestess
Larger than life
I’ll be stronger, stand taller
Larger than life
Track Name: If You Don't Try
There’s a storm in your soul
hurt taking hold
love isn’t enough
to lift you back up

You’re sinking fast
I can’t pull you from the wreckage of your past

You drag me down
Do I sink or say goodbye?
You can turn it all around
but you won’t, you won’t, you won’t
if you don’t try, oooooh

I’ve done all I can do
you have to choose
I’m trying to stay
you push me away

You’re sinking fast
I can’t pull you from the wreckage of your past

You drag me down
Do I sink or say goodbye?
You can turn it all around
But you won’t, you won’t, you won’t

I know how it feels to be broken and bruised
We have to believe it gets easier soon
I wish to god I knew how to help
How can I save you? I can’t save myself

You drag me down
Do I sink or say goodbye
You can turn it all around
But you won’t, you won’t, you won’t, no
You drag me down
I don’t want to say goodbye
You can turn it all around
Just try,
Try, try, try oooooh
Track Name: Born In The Desert
I was born in the desert
In the year of the flood
In the city of the temple
Bathed in blood

I’ve walked through fire
I’ve shed my skin
I know where I’m going
I’m ready to begin

You tell me I’m too late
You tempt me to walk away
I’m pushing this boulder up the mountainside
Nothing to show for how hard I’ve tried
It’s not in vain

I’m just getting started
Not going down
I’ve come this far
I won’t turn around

A voice in me rages
A noiseless shout
Silently screaming
Let me out, let me out

You tell me I’m too late
You tempt me to walk away
I’m pushing this boulder up the mountainside
Nothing to show for how hard I’ve tried
It’s not in vain

I’ve died the little death of a thousand little cuts
I resurrected, rose from the dust
Wandering the desert searching for a dream
I finally found who I was born to be

You tell me I’m too late
You tempt me to walk away
I’m pushing this boulder up the mountainside
Nothing to show for how hard I’ve tried
It’s not in vain

I was born in the desert
I was born in the desert
I was born in the desert
Track Name: Burning Now
In whispers you told me
I really hurt you this time
Not sure where you’re going
But this is where you draw the line

You’re angry and bitter
You need some time alone
To weigh and consider
And maybe someday you’ll come home

Chorus: As I watched you go, my coldness melted
I didn’t know you’d ever felt it
You didn’t show I’d hurt you…. ohh

I held back, denied it
I tried to play it safe
I was selfish, divided
I tried to take more than I gave

I see now, I used you
I never realized what I did
Love, did I abuse you
More than you’re able to forgive?

Chorus: As I watched you go, my coldness melted
I didn’t know you’d ever felt it
You didn’t show I’d hurt you

Bridge:
But I’m learning now
My love is burning now
I’d do anything
To make you turn around
These icy walls are burning
My heart is burning now

Our closet looks empty
As your side of the bed
My longing, attempting
To fill the void you left
I’m cleaning our bedroom
So it looks nice if you come back
Track Name: Annabelle's Dance
Swinging brown curls, taffeta swirls
It’s Annabelle's Dance
Tiny pink toes, a turned up nose
Stars in her hands

She’s tossing her stars up into the sky
Sparkling promises light up the night
She watches them gleam- each one a dream
Of who she will grow up to be

Long gangly arms, teenage charm
It’s Annabelle's Dance
Spinning around, feet kiss the ground
She’s dreaming of wild romance

She still sees the stars but sometimes they go dark
She’s turning and learning life can be hard
She isn’t so sure of herself anymore
The stars aren’t as bright as before

Pouting red lips, spiraling hips
It’s Annabelle's Dance
Flailing about, twirling with doubts
No-one understands

The stars are falling out of the sky
She’s losing her light and she doesn’t know why
She’s still just a child in her mind’s eye
Whirling and writhing and dancing through life

Swinging brown curls, taffeta swirls
It’s Annabelle's Dance
Track Name: The Cave
The moment has arrived- time to leave the cave
Push the fear aside – it won’t keep me safe
All I’ve ever wanted is to walk in the light
I’m taking one step at a time

I saw the sun today, I saw the sun today
Saw the sun today- all the clouds have blown away
Something’s just begun I saw the sun
Telling me it’s time to be someone

Hiding in the darkness, silent all these years
Took the power from my voice, gave it to my fears
Searching for a reason why I am alive
Today I think I found the reason why

I saw the sun today, I saw the sun today
Saw the sun today- all my doubts have blown away
Something’s just begun I saw the sun
Telling me it’s time to be someone

Alone, memories are all I have of hope
Time is passing so slow
Waiting for a sign to let me know
When it’s time to go

The sun was setting when I left the cave
Don’t know where i’m heading, as I walk away
The sleeper has awakened, the fire is reborn
I see the light, I’m not hiding anymore

I saw the sun today, I saw the sun today
Saw the sun today- from now on I’ll never be afraid
Something’s just begun, I saw the sun
Telling me it’s time to be someone,
Someone, someone, someone
Track Name: Cinderella Story
Hate is a strong word
It’s not the wrong word
You can love someone and hate them just the same
I believe in forgiving
But I can’t help reliving
Memories of those dark and lonely days

Tell me, Cinderella
Does the anger ever fade?
Does it ever go away?
Tell me Cinderella
How long will it take
Till this Cinderella story doesn’t feel so fake?

It’s not that I’m not grateful
I am thankful
For all of the love I have today
I know how much you care
And you’re not going anywhere
So why can’t I just put the past away?

Tell me, Cinderella
Does the anger ever fade?
Does it ever go away?
Tell me Cinderella
How long will it take
Till this Cinderella story doesn’t feel so fake?

Tell me, Cinderella
Does the anger ever fade?
Does it ever go away?
Oh, tell me Cinderella
How long will it take
Till this Cinderella story doesn’t feel so fake?
Track Name: Letting Go
I take your hand in mine
Remind you of my name
Try to make you smile
Distract you from the pain

The color of your eyes
Has changed since yesterday
Their old familiar light
Has begun to fade

All I can give you is a hand to hold
Say I love you
You already know
Tell you to hang on
But you’re letting go

Somewhere in your heart
You’ve decided it’s time
To journey to the stars
Leave this world behind

All I can give you is a hand to hold
Say I love you
You already know
Tell you to hang on
But you’re letting go

If I had a choice I’d get you out of this place
Give you a reason to last another day
I still have hope you’ll find a way
but we both know it’s already too late

All I can give you is a hand to hold
Say I love you
You already know
Tell you to hang on
But you’re letting go
You’re letting go
You’re letting go
I’ll let you go
Track Name: Capacity
You’re taking every measure
To keep me satisfied
Paying close attention
To the details that I hide

There’s something in me changing
It’s your power over me
Charging my emotions
You set them free

Chorus:
I never loved anyone the way you love me
Never had the capability
I wanna be for you what you are for me
So I’m raising my capacity

I used to be so selfish
‘Cause I was afraid
Used to be so careful
Kept my feelings tucked away

You make it look so easy
Simple and safe
My little heart
Is getting bigger everyday

Chorus

Everything I give you comes right back to me
A hundred times stronger, with more intensity
You give more love than I’m able to receive
So I’m raising my capacity
I’m raising my capacity
Track Name: Theatre Noir
Welcome to Theatre Noir
The Traveling Circus Sideshow
Land of the Freaks, Home of the Depraved
Welcome to Theatre Noir

Nagina can charm any cobra
Sabra can swallow any sword
Masters of the Macabre! Gladiators of the Grotesque!
Prodigies of all Perversions!

And now Lydia, the Tattooed Lady, takes the stage
A serpent wound ‘round her neck
Defiant roses decorate her arms,
Flames lick their way up her legs
With a proud full gaze she confronts her audience
Welcome to Theatre Noir

We take pride in our deformities
Profit from your disgust
Natural-born Monstrosities! Self-created Oddities!
Morbid Curiosities!

Next up, Young Aidan, raised in sheltered bliss
In the unassailable Midwest
The red carnival ticket was admission to a brave new world
One look at lovely Lydia he could hardly see the ink
He saw beauty beneath her branded skin
Her eyes whispered to his soul within,
They said “Welcome to Theatre Noir”

Onward the caravan crawls
With Aidan following after
His lunatic obsession only grew with each rejection
Welcome to Theatre Noir

Backstage he proclaimed his love
But Aidan was tragically rebuffed,
“We are all abominations, and without some aberration,
you’ll never be one of us.”

“I’ll do anything,” Aidan replied.
“I’d walk though fire to stay by your side!”
And that’s precisely what he did
His hair melted and his flesh dripped
He rose like a phoenix from the smoking ash; thus was born the Smoldering Man
Welcome to Theatre Noir

Come see the Tattooed Lady,
At her side, the Smoldering Man
The Legendary Lovers, so scandalous, so strange
Twisted and taboo and so deliciously deranged
Witness their wickedness, their pleasure and their pain
And Welcome to Theatre Noir!

We’ll glorify your scars
You’ll be the Greatest Star!
Yes, Welcome to Theatre Noir!