The Folkster

by some guy named robb

My favorite part about hearing “The Folkster” was seeing Robb’s evolution both as a musician and a person.

From the gritty and raw emotionality of “The Irresponsible Years” to the more polished, reflective nature of this newest album, 

I have loved seeing all the iterations of Robb. Plus I always imagine all his friends in the background and all the fun they must have had making this music together.

 

-Sarah Post 2019

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The Songs

The Stars

Let it Rain

The Same Love

If You're Cold

Take a Stone

Woke Up This Morning

Sofi

On the Blades of the Tall Grass

Laughter and Tears

Wildflowers

The Sinking of the USS America

The Musicians

The Ben Smith

The Jason Jones

The Adrianna West

The Judith Stiritz

The Michael Stiritz

The Zach Carter

The Stephanie Cannon

and 

Some Guy Named Robb

Recorded at Blue Chair Studio

by Darian Stribling

And Sun Studio in Memphis

by Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell/Sean Rowe/Margo Price)

The Executive Producers

Stephen and Bridgette Shrum

Music Producers

Ben Smith, Darian Stribling,

and Some Guy Named Robb

Gloriously funded by Kickstarter in the

month of February 2018 by 

generous supporters who

pre-ordered The FOLKSTER

All Words and Music written by

r. mccormick

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Words and Chords for the Little Folksters!

The Stars

THE STARS

KEY OF D (chords for capo 2)

C                                                F                       C                         

when i was young i used to want to make it big

  C                                           G                C

back in my hometown when i was a just kid.

C                                                F                       C                         

shining like the stars way up high on the screen

  C                                           G                C

for everyone to hear for everyone to see

C                                                       F                 C                         

used to look at the night sky and dream i'd go far

  C                                           G           C

spent half my time staring up at the stars

 

      C                                  F          C

moved to the big city when i turned 18

 C                                                     G                         C

played loud for the crowds and made the girlies scream

 C                                      F                     C

offered a contract that seemed like a dream

  C                                        G                       C

but sometimes dreams aren't quite what they seem.

 C                                                     F        C

i'd spend every night drivin' round in fancy cars

 C                                               G                C

but them big city lights don't let you see the stars

 

Dm                                      G           C                 F

i've seen night skies and lifetimes disappear after dark.

Dm                                      G           C                    F

i've heard drunkards and gypsys harmonizing in the park

Dm                                      G           C                    F

I've seen bar flies have bar fights and i'd think i'd rather not...

Dm                                      G           C                    F

i'd rather be studying the sunset while she's giving up the stars.

 

 C                                              F                       C

I spent all my money on women and clichés,

  C                                           G           C

I spent all my talent, got another man paid

 C                                 F                  C

Forgot what i loved and wasted my time

  C                                           G           C

Like the stars in the daylight i forgot how to shine

 

 

 C                                              F                       C

you get to a point where it's all fun and games

  C                                           G           C

till someone loses their soul and the games all seem lame

 C                                              F                       C

i started out big but what i wanted was small

  C                                           G           C

like stars in the daytime i turned my back on it all.

 

CHORUS

Dm                                      G           C                    F

i've seen night skies and lifetimes disappear after dark.

i've heard junkies and dealers harmonizing in the park

i've seen the high life from the high rise and I think I'd rather not

i'd rather be studying the sunset while she's giving up the stars.

 

 C                                              F                       C

found my old hometown it was still on the map

  C                                           G           C

they were more than happy to welcome me back

 C                                              F                       C

found a little woman just as sweet as can be

  C                                                                     G           C

and now we sing to the stars and we swing from the trees.

 

 C                                              F                       C

you can spend your whole lifetime searching for things

  C                                           G           C

chasing all after the wrong kind of dreams

 C                                              F       C

if you thought what you wanted was big, might be small

  C                                           G           C

don’t be afraid to walk away from it all

 

Dm                                      G           C                    F

i've seen night skies and lifetimes disappear after dark.

Dm                                      G           C                    F

i've heard junkies and dealers harmonizing in the park

Dm                                      G           C                    F

i've had club beats, VIP seats and we all yelled "MAZELTOV!"

C                                             G                                  C

but i'd rather be holding my darling underneath the stars

 

words and music by robb

9.30.11

The Same Love

THE SAME LOVE

Key of Eb capo 3rd 

F                G       Am

When the day is long

F                G       Am

And the night is hard

F                G       Am

When the world is cruel 

 G                      F

Babe, I know who you are

F                G       Am

Sometimes you're down

F                G       Am

Sometimes your out

F                G       Am

Sometimes you can’t

G                            C

figure out what it's all about 

 

            F              C            G               Am

Well life was meant to break your heart

          F           C          G            Am

And pain it comes to hurt and steal

            F      C              G   Am

Whatever makes you fall apart

            F    C        G         C

Love will find a way to heal

            F    C        G         C

Love will find a way to heal

 

F                G       Am

Sure as water finds a way

F                G       Am

Through every seep and crack

F                G       Am

Don't go so far that you can't make it back

 

F                G       Am

Cause when you cry

F                G       Am

Honey, I cry too

F                G       Am

And if you forget

G                               F             G

No one knows you like i do

 

            F              C            G               Am

Well Love was meant to break your heart

          F           C           G          Am

And pain it comes to hurt and steal

            F      C         G      Am

Whatever makes you fall apart

            F    C        G         C

Love will find a way to heal

            F    C        G         C

Love will find a way to heal

Refrain:

 F                                   G                C

 The same Love that breaks you down

 is the same Love that heals you now/lifts you out

 

words and music by robb   3.9.13

Take a Stone

TAKE A STONE

Capo 4th without big E

Key of E

 

C                        G7                   C

take a stone and put it in your pocket

take your heart off of your sleeve

come on in the front door and lock it.

only if it’s where you want to be.

            Am

take a stone.

C                   G7                  C

take a walk through bona dea

take a drive through ol’ new mexico

taste the cold glass bottle of sangria

as we sail down a dusty road

take a stone

 

F                                                  Dm

take a stone from everywhere you go.

       C                                            F

and leave it at the next place you find

   F                                                                G

and you will never have more than you can carry

                     Am                                       F

you’ll never take more than you leave behind.

 

F                                                               Dm

leave a stone to remind you where you’ve been

       C                                                        F

and then take one for where you want to go

   F                                                                   G

and though you may not end up where you planned

           Am                                                  F

even when you’re by yourself you’re not alone

 F                             G

you’re never alone

                 C    Am / Am7

take a stone

 

C                   G7                  C

take the stone out of your pocket

put your heart back in your chest

pull the pistol trigger back and cock it

shoot the apple off of my head

 

See The Mountains see the valleys

See the sunrise see sunset

See the building tops and the alleys

See everything, see nothing.

 

take a stone

 

F                                                  Dm

take a stone from everywhere you go.

       C                                            F

and leave it at the next place you find

   F                                                                G

and you will never have more than you can carry

                     Am                                       F

you’ll never take more than you leave behind.

 

F                                                               Dm

leave a stone to remind you where you’ve been

       C                                                        F

and then take one for where you want to go

   F                                                                   G

and though you may not end up where you planned

           Am                                                  F

even when you’re by yourself you’re not alone

 F                             G

you’re never alone

                 C    Am / Am7

take a stone

 

words and music by robb 4.3.16

last verse 4.25.17

Sofi

SOFI

key of D Capo 2

VERSE 1

C    

Sofi she speaks to me

G

Sofi she sings to me

F                              G

I love her but I don’t understand

C

Sofi she comes to me

G

Sofi she runs from me

F                                          G

But I always try to find her wherever I am

 

VERSE 2

C

Sometimes she kisses me 

G

Sometimes she misses me

F                                         G

When I’m tripping out of my head.

C

She speaks oh so famously

G

While I wander aimlessly

F                                                G

Then she brings me back from the dead.

 

CHORUS 1

                F                            Em7

   I said, “hey girl why won’t you stay girl?

                 Dm7

   Why run away girl?”

                              G

   But I’m acting the fool.

                             F                        Em7

   Then she says, “Hey man, that’s so uncool, friend.

                  Dm7                                     G

   Don’t be a tool, yeah and, then we’ll be cool.”

 

VERSE 3

C

She speaks in a tongue,

              G

That’s as old as the ages

F                                                G

Cuts through to the heart of every matter

C

She strips me of vanity
            G

Brings peace from calamity

F                                                G

Every way she leaves she always leaves me in tatters

 

VERSE 4

C

She wounds with her words

G

Till each one is heard

F                                        G

It hurts like it’s for my own good

C

Offers herself blamelessly

G

Humbles me shamelessly

F                                  G

She does it like only she could

 

CHORUS 2

                F                             Em7

   I said, “Hey girl why won’t you stay girl?

             Dm7

   Don’t runaway girl.

                              G

   I won’t act the fool.”

                            F                          

   Then she says, “Why won’t you marry me

           Em7                                    

   And always be true to me

     Dm7                                 G

   Why won’t you stay with me too?”

 

BRIDGE

                     F       Em7       Dm  

she says, “I’ve never once left you.

               F             Em7       G  

No, I’ve never even once left you.”

 

             F                        Em7

I said, “Hey girl, I’m gonna stay girl

              Dm7

I’ve been away girl.

But never again.”

                F                            

Let’s be husband and wife,

             Em7

Through joy and through strife

              Dm7                          G

And let’s see this through to the end

 

C

Sofi she speaks to me

G

Sofi she sings to me

F                           G

Sofi she’s my only friend

 

words and music by robb

1.16.15

rewrite 2.2.15

2nd rewrite 4.2.16 

Wildflowers

WILDFLOWERS

Key of D

C  G  Am  F

C                                G             

see how the wildflowers grow

Am                               F

they do not labor, work or toil

up on top of the mountains of snow

or in between the cracks in front of the grocery store

 

watch them defy the places they can not be

watch them define the elements they can resist.

watch how a twig can grow into a tree

and burst right through the harsh pavement

 

see how they grow

see how they climb

see how they leave their little world behind

out of darkest earth

into the Light.

see how they grow

watch how they shine

 

see how the little children grow

grow up from ashes and dirt

up they come from beneath the waves

of katrina's flooded earth

 

out of harshest adversity

like phoenixes they burn

flooding in for all the world to see

teaching us what we have yet to learn

 

see how they grow

see how they climb

see how the leave their little world behind

out of darkest earth

into the Light.

see how they grow

watch how they shine

 

consider the human heart

for all it's frailty and mirth

consider how it beats, how it breaks,

how it aches, how it yearns

 

now consider the universe,

consider the birds

consider the One Who makes things grow

now consider your worth.

 

see how you grow

see how you climb

see how you leave your little world behind

out of darkest earth

into the Light

see how you grow

watch how you shine

 

HalleluJah

 

words and music by robb

12.2.11

10:15 am

Let it Rain

Let It Rain (Got to Let it Go)

CAPO 4th in E

INTRO

CGCF/CGC

VERSE 1

C                            G
All the things you said

C                                 F
All the things you never said

C                                 G               C

Come on now you’ve got to let it go

VERSE 2

C                         G
It’s only in your head

C                           F
It’s only in your precious head

C                                 G               C

Come on now you’ve got to let it go

CHORUS 

G

There’s gonna be rain,

Am

There’s always rain,

F                                   C
It’s gonna be alright someday

G

There’s gonna be rain,

Am

So let it rain

             F       G     C

You’ve got to let it go

VERSE 3

C                              G
When the world is asleep

C                               F
But your heart’s is wide-awake

C                                G               C

Come on now you’ve got to let it go

VERSE 4

C                           G
All the world’s a play

C                                               F
I said all the world’s a big ol’ stage

C                                 G              C  

Come on now you’ve got to let it go

CHORUS 2

G

There’s gonna be rain,

Am

There’s always rain,

                 F                    C
It’s gonna be alright someday

G

There’s gonna be rain,

Am

So let it rain

            F       G      C

You’ve got to let it go

VERSE 5

C                           G
No he never said sorry

C                     F
No he never will

C                                 G              C

Come on now you’ve got to let it go

VERSE 6

C                  G
Take out the knife
C                   F
Still in your chest

C                                G                 C

Come on now you’ve got to let it go

ENDING CHORUS

G There’s gonna be rain,

Am There’s always rain,

FC
It’s gonna be alright someday

G There’s gonna be rain,

Am So let it rain

            F        G     C

You’ve got to let it go

             F      G     Am

You’ve got to let it go

             F     G           C

You’ve got to let it ... (to ending)

ENDING

C G/B Bb A7
Go...
            F       G      C
You’ve got to let it go

words and music by robb 5.28.16 

If You're Cold

  

If You're Cold (Firewood)

this is actually played in E with a key change to F#    [capo 2]

 

  D                                                           A

I love this old guitar that lives inside my car

   Em                         D/F#            A        

and everywhere we go, it goes too.

   D                                                                          A

and when I have a song that's rolling ‘round my heart

          Em                    A                       D

I take it out, it helps me sing along to you.

               A                                    A           

yeah the tone just right and the tuning's tight

          A7

my favorite one the actions nice  

                            A7add7                                                       D

and I’ve strummed it ten thousand times 'neath a bright full moon

 

                      Em     Bm  

but if you’re cold

                  Em                       A

baby, if you're cold it's just no good.

                        Em                        A                         D

if you're cold, this old guitar is just firewood,

 

  D                                                           A

I love these songs I write how they kept me through the night

   Em                         D/F#            A        

and shelter me in the midst of all my storms.

   D                                                            A

the things I could not say, got me penned down here someway

          Em                                         A               D

the pages with stained by time, tears and torn.

               A                                          A7

the handwritten tunes that I’ve played for you

                                 A7

when you were in still your momma's womb

                       A7add7                             D

inspired by the best and worst of times.

                 Em  Bm                     Em            A

but if you cold, baby if you're cold and tired.

if you're cold then all these songs are just kindling for the fire.

 

bridge:

 C                                         G   (G2)

cause everything means nothing

  C                                         A7          

if something don't mean everything.

 

key change to E here  (F#)

  E                                                                 B7

I love this old house that drapes around our lives

                              A                                     B7

on a frozen winter night, keeps us warm inside.

  E                                                              B7

I love the way it's too small when the gang's is all here.

                       A             B7                         E

but as we disappear, how it seems too big.

 

 B                      

yeah the doors all creak, and the floors they squeak

 B7

the mirror's spotty where we brush our teeth

  B7  [build up]                                               E

and we've had it since the day you were born.

                            F#m    C#m

but if you're cold.

                             F#m                     B

baby, if you're cold it's just won't do

                   F#m                    B                    E     

if you're cold this whole house is firewood

 

REPEAT CHORUS AND FADE

 

words and music by robb 3.31.08

 

 

Woke Up This Morning

Woke Up This Morning

key of D / capo 2nd

C

I woke up this morning and my love had left me

        G7                            C

my love had left me, my love had left me

C

I woke up this morning and my bed was empty

      G7                            

my love had left me oh Lord

 

I woke up this morning feeling cold and clammy.

I was cold and clammy, I was cold and clammy.

woke up this morning feeling as old as granny.

I was cold and clammy, my Lord.  

 

F             

I guess it’s true what people say

C                                  C7

good times come and then pass away

F

every blue sky will turn gray

  D/F#7                      G

into every life falls a little bit of rain (walk down, pause)

 

woke up this morning and ain’t got no money

ain’t got no money, ain’t got no money

work up this morning and my belly was a-hungry

but I ain’t got no money, oh Lord

 

went back to bed but I couldn’t sleep at all

I couldn’t sleep at all, I couldn’t sleep at all.

went back to bed sheep (pause) bouncing off the wall

but I couldn’t sleep, my Lord

 

woke up (pause) in the morning and I heard you Love me Lord,

I heard you Love me. I heard You Loved me.

I woke up this morning with blue skies above me,

when I heard You Loved me oh Lord.

 

F             

it don’t matter what people say

C                                  C7

bad times come but they never stay

F

every rain cloud floats away

  D/F#7                      G

every night turns as bright as day

 

woke up this morning and I know You Love me, Lord

Lord, I know You Love me, Lord. I know You Love me.

I woke up this morning with heaven right above me

I know you Love me oh Lord.

 

I woke up this morning and said thank You Jesus Lord

thank You Jesus Lord. I thank You Jesus

I woke up this morning cause I found a reason

I thank You Jesus, oh Lord.

 

words and music by robb 9.28.13

On the Blades of the Tall Grass

On the Blades of the Tall Grass

intro

Em  Csus X2

 

VERSE 1

Em                                             Csus7

I see you on the blades of the tall grass

Em                                             Csus7

I see you like the edge of a knife

Em                                             Csus7

I see you on the side of the road begging

Em                                             Csus7

I see you with your insides spilling light

 

PRE-CHORUS 1

                           Am    C

I know where you go, m’darling

                       Am         C

I know you come from baby

                                  Am    C

I know where you’ve gone, m’darling

                                D      D7

I know why you’ve gone away.

 

CHORUS 1

                                    G                                       

I won’t let no one say nothing,

                     C               Am             D7

No one say nothing about you

(3x all together)

 

Em

That ain’t true…

 

Em  Csus X2

 

VERSE 1

Em                                             Csus7

I see you in the sway of the tall grass

Em                                             Csus7

I see you on the corner of the dance floor

Em                                             Csus7

I seen you in the throes of the wild love

Em                                             Csus7

I’ll see you till I won’t see you any more.

 

PRE-CHORUS 2

                        Am             C

You know what I do, cause I want you

                        Am             C

You know what I do, cause I’ll wait

                        Am             C

You know what I’ll do just to haunt you

                             D   D7

You know what it takes…

 

CHORUS 2

                                    G                                      

I won’t let no one say nothing,

                     C               Am             D7

No one say nothing about you

(3x all together)

 

Em

That ain’t true…

                 Em

(‘Less it’s true)

 

Vocal Riff at the end on the Em  Csus X2

 

 

words and music by robb    4.24.14

The Sinking of the USS America

The Sinking of the USS America

Capo 2

Key of A

 

VERSE 1

    C                                                  D                      G                  C     G    

I was safe on the lifeboat when I jumped back over board

    C                                                   D                      G                  C     G 

Swam past the rudder, the anchor and some floaty toys

          Am7                              D7

Got back on the ship, it was lilting to the left

      G                                          C

Reached a compartment and grabbed a life vest

  Am7                              D                   Em

Looked around to see who all was going down

 

VERSE 2

The band was still playing “Superstition” by Little Stevie

The drinks were being served in the hall by the big screen TV

The gamblers were sitting drunk in their pj's

Placing their bets and tipping the dj's

The bartenders kept serving, the ladies kept on dancing for tips

No one seemed to notice or care about the angle of the ship

 

CHORUS

         C                                  F

I said, “Hey we're all going down

                 G                              Am

But we can all make it out if we leave right now.”

          F                      G

But no one looked around

               Am

Or said anything

 

VERSE 3

C

Went down to second class they were gathering up all of their gadgets

They had heard the alarms they had Tweeted, Facebooked and blabbed it

They were charging their phones and uploading them now

Transferring pics them from their phone into the cloud

They knew what was up but man, they were heavily distracted

 

CHORUS 2

  C                              F

I said, “Hey we're all going down

               G                                        Am

But we could still make it out if we leave right now.”

          F                      G

But nobody looked around

                  Am

Or said anything

 

VERSE 4

I went down to third class I found a little girl who was crying

I said,  “It's going to be ok tell me who are your parents and we'll find them.”

She said, “Last time I checked they were up to their necks

Said to go on without them and climb up to higher decks

“Save yourself.” They said, “We don't even speak the language.”

Then they closed and locked the cabin door saying no one but Jesus could save them

 

CHORUS 3

  C                              F

I said, "Hey we're all going down

               G                                       Am

But we might still make it out if we leave right now."

     F                      G

So she looked around

                      Am

She took my hand

 

VERSE 5

We made it to the top but the lifeboats had already gone

Ain't that just like America to send 'em out with nobody on them

I took her in my arms and said hold tight

And with a leap of faith we sailed into the night

The taste of saltwater filled up our noses and mouths

We turned around in time to see the big ship headed south

 

VERSE 6

Yeah, The USS America in all of her glory.

Headed straight down to the bottom of the sea floor

With its Captain, it’s crew, and sadly most the passengers too

Just a few lifeboats hanging around no one knew what to do

 

CHORUS 4

I said, "Hey we can all go down

But we can still survive if we start right now."

So we tied our boats together and started to row

And when the sun was coming up we discovered a brand new home/shore.

 

Words and Music by robb 1.16.12

Laughter and Tears

 

 

Laughter and Tears

A   G    D   /   A    G   A   D

D                                                    G       D

sighs as she collapses on the sofa tonight

D                                      A

the kids are in bed with just a night light

G                                                                        D

but then she hears them giggle and pitter-patter of flight

A                                              G       D       

a bump from the wall and a little lady cries

 

D                                        G              D

it's laughter and tears that fill up our lives

D                                     A

it's joy and sorrow that binds us and ties

G                                                      D

each tear into darkness and each smile into light

A                                         G               D

it's laughter and tears that fill up our lives.

 

 

D                                              G              D

a scrape on the knee only a mother can fix

D                                               A

the remedy is a Band-Aid, two hugs & a kiss

G                            D

a flat on the bicycle, daddy's got this

A                                                G                     D

then it's off to kill dragons or make them our pets.

 

D                                                 G             D

cause this part is filled with laughter and tears

D                                          A

the climbing up trees and falling down stairs

G                              D

the echo of joy on new year’s midnight

A                                                                G       D

where the soft lulling ocean drinks in the moonlight

 

D                                                                  G           D

mom, you don't understand you've never felt like i do

D                                        A

smiling she says i once was young too.

G                                                   D

and heart's they break open and get torn in two

A                                                                  G             D

but heaven holds the promise that makes all things new

 

D                                          G                 D

cause this is the part with laughter and tears

D                                                    A

of teenage disappointments and first driving fears.

G                                                D

the freedom of knowing the wrong from the right

A                                                  G        D

the pain of forgetting, the hurting inside

 

[instrumental break]

 

D                                        G             D             

wife, i have loved you for all of my days.

D                                           A

through all of the changes one thing has stayed.

G                                           D

the Love that we share will not wilt away

A                                                                G               D

what is planted on earth... will grow in heaven one day.

 

 

D                                              G                 D

cause this part is filled with laughter and tears

D                                                   A

the happy and sad, the hopes and the fears

G                                            D

her eyes run the mantle and fill up with tears

A                                                    G                   D

as she sits by the fireplace and remembers the years

 

A  G   D  / (key of C) it will be G   F   C exit music

                          

laughter and tears; words and music by robb

rewrite on 2.9.11 added 2nd and third verses, finally