LEMON BOY

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ThinkingFarAway this album is great to listen to when im feeling chill or excited Favorite track: 10 Feet Tall.
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isti This album feels otherworldly and has a pinch of nostalgia mixed into it. It's filled with snazzy n chill tunes and I just love it so much with all my heart. Favorite track: 888.
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pacifistnz I crank Lemon Boy in my car like every day. Makes me feel good. Green is the first song to make me cry, almost every time I listen to it, since TSDWAM by The Cure. Cavetown has changed my life. I've switched from Truth/ Shadow People to indie/bedroom. Pretty big change in vibe. Favorite track: Green.
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about

I'm insanely proud of this project, and I feel that it's a true embodiment of my growth as a musician and as a person. I've poured my heart, my anxieties, my tears, and my love into every single one of these tracks, and for the first time produced some tunes I can actually enjoy myself for more than just 1 day. With each album I've been working harder and harder on improving my sound and my messages, and I hope that shows.
I have no clue what my genre should be considered as, and I'd love to never find out. I hope you enjoy the experiments you'll hear in this album, and I also hope that it speaks to you in some way – whether that be on a relatable, emotional level, or if you don't really understand what I'm talking about in these tracks, perhaps they can encourage you to pursue what you love without boundaries. If it doesn't speak to you at all and it just sounds nice that's also fine, and if you don't think it sounds good that's fine too. I don't know, do whatever you want.
Thanks,
- Robin

credits

released January 1, 2018

All tracks written, produced, recorded, mixed, and mastered by Robin Skinner / Cavetown

Guitars, ukuleles, and MIDI produced sounds played by Robin Skinner

Piano in 'Green' played and recorded by Rachel Lyon (rrrrachel.bandcamp.com)

Lead guitar in '888' played by Tom Field / Saturn Valley (saturnvalleysucks.bandcamp.com)

Bass guitar and kit in '888' played by Tom Massey / GhostbustersVHS (ghostbustersvhs.bandcamp.com)

'888' co-written by Tom Massey and Tom Field

Violin in '10 Feet Tall' written and played by Jed Bevington of Mortal Tides (www.mortaltides.com)

Harmony in 'I'll Make Cereal' written and sung by Conan Gray (www.youtube.com/user/ConanXCanon)

Album artwork by Robin Skinner

Special thanks to Hills Road Sixth Form Music Tech department for the kit, bass, and studio space used in '888'

Hugely appreciated creative support from Daniel Alexander (SNCKPCK), Jed Bevington, Mike Criscimagna, Tom Field, Christine Garratt, Sam Goater, Conan Gray, Marco Lau, Rachel Lyon, Tom Massey, Christian Novelli, Alex Punch, and David Skinner.

Another special thanks to my Panther Cham Patrons for funding this album and making it possible to do what I love full time:
goatappreciationclubforyutes, Carmela Kolak, Felix, Anna Holden, Lauryn Barry, Lola Kage, Danielle Peterson, Angie Picone, tumtumtubs, James Atkinson, Simon, Eli Quiznak, Kristina Son, Wyatt Martin, loveyoumorethanhotmilk, Hazel Hughes, izaya, Kyera Black, Mia Jacobsen, KoolioKiwi, Lisanne Ordelt, Tuva Lindberg, Daisy Graham, Isaac, Rachel Saraceni, Leo Berreman, Toots McGee, FantasticPapaya, Juno Tipton, Audrey Calvin, Austin Gamble, Noah Skinner, and Tom Smith

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Track Name: Lemon Boy
[E, G#7, A, F#m, B]
There once was a bitter sweet man and they called him Lemon Boy
He was growing in my garden and I pulled him out by his hair like a weed
But like weeds do he only came and grew back again
So I figured this time I might as well let him be

[A, E, G#7, F#m, B]
Lemon Boy and me started to get along together
I helped him plant his seeds and we'd mow the lawn in bad weather
It's actually pretty easy being nice to a bitter boy like him
So I got myself a citrus friend

[E, G#7, A, F#m, B]
But soon his bitter sweet started to rub off on me
You'd think smelling like lemon zest would be pretty neat
I found out that my friends are more of the savoury type
And they weren't too keen on compromising with a nice lemon pie

[A, E, G#7, F#m, B]
So Lemon Boy and me, we just gotta get along together
I'll help him plant his seeds and we'll mow the lawn in bad weather
It's actually pretty easy being nice to a bitter boy like him
So I got myself a citrus friend

[E, G#7, A, Am; A, E, G#7, A, Am; E, G#7, A, Am, F#m, B]
But what if I run out of fertiliser
What if the clouds run out of rain
What if Lemon Boy won't grow no longer
What if beaches dry of sugar cane
Oh well
The whales start to beach themselves
Tortoise shells tear away from their spines
It happens all the time, it happens all the time

[A, E, G#7, F#m, B]
Lemon Boy and I, we're gonna live forever
Like Snufkin and Little My, we'll get around wherever
Lemon Boy and I, we're gonna live forever
Like Snufkin and Little My, we'll get around wherever
It's actually pretty easy being nice to a bitter boy like him
'Cause we're the bitterest boys in town
Yeah we're the bitterest guys around
And I got myself a citrus friend

[E, G#7, A, Am, F#m, B]
Track Name: Green
[D, Dadd9, Bm7, G]
This is erosion
Grinding up rocks with your molars
A big fish swims past your rod
You can’t catch it, it’s far too fast

Deep hook marks in rubber lips
I see your eyes in the flowers
I’ll pick a bunch for your room
Green and blue to match your pictures

[Bm7, G, D, A]
You looked so good in green
I hope you’re well
And you look so good with him
And I’m proud of you still
I miss your perfect teeth
I was too blunt
I hope you feel happy
That’s all I want

[D, Dadd9, Bm7, G]
Mess in the kitchen
I was so disappointed
I guess I got to my head
And I was too young to understand it

I get it now that it’s too late
I never stopped feeling guilty
I’m over it, I promise that
I just gotta sing it out of me

[Bm7, G, D, A]
You looked so good in green
I hope you’re well
And you look so good with him
And I’m proud of you still
Take care of my shirt
Warm and red
I hope you think of me
Still as your friend
I hope you love yourself
Your body and heart
I hope you feel happy
That’s all I want
Track Name: It's U
(Capo 5)

[Em, EmMaj7, G, Cm]
I guess it's just another one of those nights
When I'll spend way too much time
On something so small that no one really cares about at all
I guess it's just another one of those thoughts
And I can't really find a cause
Whether it's all just in my mind or something more here in my life

[G, Gmaj9, Em, A7]
It's u, it's u
Oh god, it's u
It's u
If you're awake then I am too
If you're lost then I'll find you
If you're hurt then I'll fix you
If you go blind I'll describe the view
If you can't feel then I'll hold you
If you fall know I've got you

[G, Gmaj9, Em, A7]

[Em, EmMaj7, Em7, Cm]
And if you fall down too far and I can't see you through these marks
And your eyes are covered in scars, and my head's filling with tar
Don't worry we'll find another way out

[G, Gmaj9, Em, A7]

[Em, EmMaj7, G, Cm; G, Gmaj9, A7, G; Em, EmMaj7, A7]
Your silhouette doesn't look quite right
And I can never find the time
To bury my hands in words
I'd grow a new kind of evergreen tree, just for you and me
On second thoughts, will you even remember me?

[G, Gmaj9, Em, A7]
But it's always been u (It's always been u)
It's always been u (It's always been u)
It's always been u (It's always been u)
It's always been u (It's always been u)
It's always been u (It's always been u)
It's always been u
Is it me for u?
Track Name: Fool
(Capo 1)

[C, Am, F, F, G]
I am just a fool to keep on chasing after nothing great
You are just a fool to keep pretending that you're loving me
I don't know where I'm supposed to go
Oh oh oh oh oh o-oh oh
oh oh oh oh o-oh oh

Call me on the phone at three, I talk to you while half asleep
Complaining 'bout your mother so I take you to the cemetery
Rant to me I like the sound, I like your voice, I like your mouth
Oh
O-oh
Mm m m m

Cycling to school at 7.30 in the morning
I am still your baby boy I’m stuck 2013
Don’t understand my body
Washing machine confuses me
Oh
O-oh
Mm m m m

I am such a fool to keep on chasing after nothing great
You are such a fool to keep pretending that you're loving me
I don't know where I'm supposed to go
Oh oh oh oh oh o-oh oh
Oh oh oh oh o-oh oh

I was such a fool to keep on chasing after nothing great
You were such a fool to keep pretending that you’re loving me
Look in the mirror, I love that boy, don’t hurt my dear, don’t hurt my joy
Oh
O-oh
Track Name: Another One Of Those Days
[C, E, Am, D7]
Cycling down town
Thought the fresh air would pick me up
Up up and away from the ground
But there’s no talking dog up here
[F, D7]
Blowing up balloons with my dear

[C, E, Am, F]
Hoped maybe I’d see a familiar face on my way
Passed by some cannabis seeds, it all smells exactly the same
I saw a girl in my dreams but I don’t remember her name
I guess it’s just another one of those days when I’m missing everything

[C, E, Am, D7]
Carousel round and round
Like a kid’s toy you wind me up
And I’ve got nothing to say
So you just throw me in the dump truck
[F, D7]
Hoping round the corner I’ll see her

[C, E, Am, F]
Passed that kid from chemistry who made fun of my name
He didn’t look very happy, I guess we all turn out the same
I saw a girl in my dreams, she kissed me on the face
I guess it’s just another one of those days when I’m missing everything

[D7, C, Em, D7, F]
When she shows up she can sit on my shoulders
Cause I’m so strong, I wish
Piggy back ride to the hill, then we roll down
Feeling like kids for the rest of our lives

[C, E, Am, D7]

[F, D7]
Hoping in the morning I’ll meet her

[C, E, Am, F]
But for now I’ll just be lonely, and my arms will feel so bare
Dreaming ‘bout her body round me, with my fingers in her hair
It might be so easy, but I am just too scared
Cause I saw a girl in my dreams, but she doesn’t like me
Track Name: Taking Care of Things
[G, Gmaj7, Em]
Where do the boys go when it gets cold out
Do they have a place to sleep?
Where did their mums go? Did they get taken
Or had they had enough of taking care of things?
It's hard to say if someone's at fault
If I don't do anything is it my fault?

Where do the girls go when they feel frightened
Do they have something to eat?
Where did their dads go? Did they get taken
Or had they had enough of taking care of things?

[G, Gmaj7, Em, Cadd9, G, Gmaj7, Em]
I've gotta find a way to make this feel okay
When rock bottom for me is routine for someone else

[G, Gmaj7, Em, Cadd9]
I'm gonna take care of things
There's things I need to sort out
I'm gonna take care of things
Cause they're not where I want them right now
I know there's good in everything
And it'll show itself when you're gentle to it
I'm gonna take care of things

[G, Gmaj7, Em]
Where does my mind go when it gets stupid?
Is there anyone in there?
Where did my friends go? Did they get taken
Or had they had enough of going to therapy?
Sat in a cold room, The corners feel friendly
I think they'll take care of me
My brothers are circles, My sisters quadrilaterals
And they're all so pretty

[G, Gmaj7, Em, Cadd9]
I'm gonna take care of things
There's things I need to sort out
I'm gonna take care of things
They're not where I need them right now
I know there's good in everything
And it'll show itself when you're gentle to it
I'm gonna take care of things
Track Name: Big Bowl In The Sky
[Cmaj7, Em, Dm, G]
This one’s for my best friend
We never spoke a word
But the way he looked into my eyes
I knew he understood
Grabbing on so tight
Like nothing matters more
My handsome little scaly guy
My pretty baby boy

[Dm, G, Em, Am]
And I don’t wanna have to miss you
I don’t wanna have to say goodbye
I don’t wanna have to leave you
To the big bowl in the sky
So lucky that you were mine
Put your PJs on for one last time
And I’m really gonna miss you
Rest easy little guy

[Cmaj7, Em, Dm, G]
Rushing home from school
Couldn’t stand to be alone
But this year I had someone there
With you I had a home
If I’m friends with everyone
Or have nobody at all
You helped me see that either way
There’s a place where I belong

[Dm, G, Em, Am] [Dm, G, A] Dm, G, Em, Am]
I don’t wanna have to miss you
I don’t wanna have to say goodbye
I don’t wanna have to leave you
To the big bowl in the sky
Though it’s crushing down on me
We both know it’s what you need
[Dm, G, A]
But I’m really gonna miss you
So rest easy buddy
[Dm, G, Em, Am]
Yeah I’m really gonna miss you
Rest easy for me

[Cmaj7, Em, Am, Dm, G, C7]
Track Name: 888
[E, C#m, E, C#m; A, B7, A, B7]
Walking in Figures of 8
I hope I'm not too late
Figure 8 clouds
I'm working things out 
Clouds looking strange
Papercut fingers dancing on the strings
If I could see you right now
I'd dance just for you when the nightlight goes out
Would you dance for me too?
I'm counting on you
The corner shop closes in under an hour
Lets buy too much booze and get drunk in the shower

[C#m, G#, A, B; E, C#m, E, C#m; A, C#m, A, B]
Thinking in figures of 8 and it's easy 'cause
I know what it adds up to
Every day is the same but you gave me a brand new set of numbers
Life's in a different colour

[E, C#m, E, C#m; A, B7, A, B7]
Would you dance for me tooooooooooo?
We'll make peppa pig plasters the coolest new trend
I never asked for my childhood to end

[G#, C, C#, C#m]
I'm trapped in my tiny human brain and it's killing me
but I'm fine, yeah I'm alright
If I move my hands fast enough I wont die

[G#, F#m, C#, D#; G#, F#m, C#, C-C#]
Track Name: Poison
[A#, F, A, Asus4]
Ease your breath, Untie my hands
Release my neck, If you can
You don’t have to be like that

[A#, A#m; A#, F, A, Asus4]
Don’t be afraid, There’s nothing strange
It’s not a trap

[A#, F, A, Asus4]
But there’s cars coming closer
And I think they’re trying to run me over
Poisoning my food
And putting drugs inside my water
There’s ghosts in my house
And I can taste blood in my mouth

[A#, A#m; F, A, A#, A#m]
Don’t be afraid, I’m not insane
Just irrational, but isn’t that the same?

[F, A, A#, A#m]
[F, G, A, A#]
Track Name: 10 Feet Tall
[A5, E]

[A5, E, Emaj7]
I wanna be ten feet tall
I wanna grow big red horns
Fingers covered in thorns
That pierce everything

[C#m, A, E]
I wanna be ten feet tall
I wanna eat fire and snow
I wanna scare everyone

[A5, E, Emaj7, C#m, A, E]

[A5, E, Emaj7]
I want to collect swords
Stab my walls when I'm bored
Wear clothes made of old socks
Which are missing their pairs

[C#m, A, E]
I wanna be ten feet tall
I wanna eat fire and snow
I wanna scare everyone

[A5, E, Emaj7, C#m, A, E, Emaj7]

[C#m, A, E, Emaj7]
Climb over the circus walls
Finally feel at home
Cotton candy floss
Haunted houses ghosts
I wanna feed the ducks
I wanna eat some stones
Sink down to the bed
Finally feel at home

[A5, E]
Finally feel at home
Finally feel at home
Finally feel at home

[A5, E, Emaj7, C#m, A, E]
My teeth falling out again
The dentist called my name
I didn't answer him
I feel it in my guts
I'd tear them piece by piece
But I don't care enough
For centre 33
Now I wanna be ten feet tall
With big red horns
[E, Emaj7]
Five star banquet
Twenty course
[C#m, F#, A]
I got no friends
I feel so ill
I'm so dang tall and growing still

[A5, E, Emaj7]
I wanna be ten feet tall
I wanna grow big red horns
Fingers covered in thorns
That pierce everything

[C#m, A, E]
I wanna be ten feet tall
I wanna eat fire and snow
I wanna scare everyone
Track Name: I'll Make Cereal
(Tab coming soon maybe)

Fall into my mattress endlessly
I need to run, just let me sleep
Then the nightmares come that feel so real
Seems the darkness weighs it down
The later on, the more it pounds
And in the morning I’ll make cereal

The world’s coming to an end
What’s the point if we can’t be friends?
Pick me up from dungeon’s ferris wheel
Getting lost inside my head
Not too long ’til we’re all dead
And in the morning I’ll make cereal

So what’ll it be
Cornflakes or toast?
Pills or a dose of radiation?
Armageddon is far too close
She visits me every night
At least it makes good conversation

Marine comes before ET
Maybe space is under the sea
And the sky is full of coral reefs
UFOs swim in the dark
We’re fixated on the sharks
Slicing fins and plucking their teeth

All of this it comes to me
In the deep corners of my sleep
And the bed frame starts to creak and reel
Fish leave poison in my brain
Starts to turn me insane
But in the morning I’ll make cereal

As always I’ll make cereal
As always I’ll make my favourite cereal
Track Name: Pigeon
[C, B]
Circling around the kitchen
Why has nothing changed
Feed cucumber sandwich to a pigeon
Chipping nail varnish on guitar strings
Got a pillow case made out of money
Feeling pretty fake when I wake up
Tissue paper castle paper caddy
Scaly little friend’s got my backup

[C, D, G, A]
Didn’t give me time to say goodbye in the way that I wanted to
So honey close your eyes and stay like you’re supposed to do
[C, B]
Don’t you wanna give me time to write another song for you?

[C, B]
Fuzzy feeling and I miss you
Why can nothing stay the same
Fucking stupid head i’m gonna kill you
Melt all your art and drink the paint
I am not a beast I’m not a monster
I don't care what you say
You can’t have the bad guys without a hero
And I’m the only one who’s got a cape

[C, D, G, A]
Didn’t give me time to say goodbye in the way that I wanted to
So honey close your eyes and stay like you’re supposed to do
[C, B]
Don’t know how I’m gonna live without
But I’ll stay strong for you

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