by the Ghostwrite




This is a home-recorded demo... I'm currently in a writing fever, so I'm sure more songs might end up here, eventually.

Anyway, I hadn't really thought about writing music (nor did I plan on writing this) in well over two-years. However, a few nights ago, a friend asked to hear some of my music. Since this person had never heard me play before, I obliged. As the night drifted onward, I ended up noodling around with a riff that eventually found its way into "Poison Ivy Oak." Right away, I felt something about that noodling that I hadn't felt in a very long time. It was exciting and enjoyable, so I decided to run with it. Now, here we are, a few days after the original noodling, and I guess I had a lot more piled up in my brain that I thought.

Hope yinz enjoy it.

*Edit. I rerecorded the first three songs on June 3rd, 2016. I recorded "John Bruce Wayne" and "Bloody Mary" on June 4th, 2016.



released May 29, 2016

Written and recorded by Robby Lester, at home.




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A friend asked, do I have more retirement attempts or albums? Albums. I've attempted retirement, unsuccessfully, twice. A combination of high-risk investments and piss-poor planning really fucked me. To add insult to injury, everyone keeps telling me social security won't be available when I can "legally" retire, so it looks like I'll be doing this shit for longer than originally anticipated. ... more

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Track Name: Poison Ivy Oak
Wake up and scream
We're still not free

It's a hard shot to the spine
When this is what's believe

Can we ever come back from this?
Track Name: This House is a Haunt
Light a candle and a cigarette
Our lungs are fucked no matter what
Oh, we know this will never change

Crack a smile and a joke
Take a drag or a toke
Oh, we know this will never change

We lost a friend and then another one
All those funerals piled up
Oh, we know, it'll never be the same

Broken strings and broken hearts
We're still damaged by all of it
Oh, we know, it'l never be the same

Hey, hey, everything's okay?

In the moment, broken down
hope is hopeless and it feels so strange
But we know, it never stays this way

God damn, when the weather breaks
we feel alive in the current state
But we know, it never stays this way
Track Name: Bloody Mary
You fell down to your knees
I didn't even know you believed
I wanted to apologise
but that look in your eyes said
Don't say a god damn thing
You let me have it all
said I made you fucking ill
"How can anyone get through a day
with the thoughts that you think?"
With a bloody tongue

I guess it answered all your prayers
Cause you're gone and I'm still here
I guess it answered all your fucking prayers
Track Name: John Bruce Wayne
I walked into that room
wanting to collapse into your arms
but I just stood there

Hey, what can I say?
I was raised by American men
Always keep a stoic face
bottled and silent
emotion motionless

But I've been trying to change
ever since I told that friend
I think I'm a feminist
They just chuckled and laughed,
"boys don't cry, so good luck with that."

But that's totally untrue
I remember that funeral
and everyone in those pews
They just stood there
bottled and silent
like all those American men
I've come to know and love

Boys don't cry?
Track Name: Keystoned
I guess I'll never forget, even if you do.