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APB! Robby Manochio and I are working our proposition: We write you a song. You define the style, genre, topic. Ring us up! We’re totally down for this!

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www.berlinrick.com/2-hep-cat-songbirds-ink/

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released June 15, 2016

Robert Manochio (guitars, mix)
Rick Berlin (vocals, lyrics, changes)

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Rick Berlin (now playing w/ THE NICKEL & DIME BAND) Jamaica Plain

A giant on the Boston music scene. His colorful songwriting + strong stage presence have influenced countless other artists since the early 1970s. He continues to make music w/ intelligence + integrity, building an international reputation around his knotty, singular piano playing, straight-from-the-heart singing and a style of character-based songwriting that's drawn comparisons to Waits + Cohen ... more

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Track Name: WIT (for Clint White) - demo
WIT (for Clint White)

back to Shakespeare (William)
back to Plato (even)
back to Lennon (John that is)
Oscar Wilde
he was the best of them
Oscar Wilde
he was the best

you can always pick em out
the sharp shooter
thinkin on his feet
ready w a pistol shot. HA!
Oscar Wilde
he was the best of them
Oscar Wilde
he was the best

bells ringing on a jester hat
serious laughter
so smart ass
he’ll never ever hurt ya
it ain’t his style
Oscar Wilde
he was the best of them
he was the best

we love how smart he is
he’s never aiming at you
he’s best when all he does
is getting at the truth

i’m never quick enough
t zing back a zinger
clean up my mess
the mess made by a amateur
trying t stick in the knife
but that wasn’t the point
Oscar Wilde
he was the best of them
he was the best

i just fumble around til later
when i know what i should o’ said
but it’s too late
ain’t got the wit
no bullets in my gun
no joy in my laughter

Oscar Wilde
he was the best
Track Name: WIT (for Clint White) - final
WIT (for Clint White)

back to Shakespeare (William)
back to Plato (even)
back to Lennon (John that is)
Oscar Wilde
he was the best of them
Oscar Wilde
he was the best

you can always pick em out
the sharp shooter
thinkin on his feet
ready w a pistol shot. HA!
Oscar Wilde
he was the best of them
Oscar Wilde
he was the best

bells ringing on a jester hat
serious laughter
so smart ass
he’ll never ever hurt ya
it ain’t his style
Oscar Wilde
he was the best of them
he was the best

we love how smart he is
he’s never aiming at you
he’s best when all he does
is getting at the truth

i’m never quick enough
t zing back a zinger
clean up my mess
the mess made by a amateur
trying t stick in the knife
but that wasn’t the point
Oscar Wilde
he was the best of them
he was the best

i just fumble around til later
when i know what i should o’ said
but it’s too late
ain’t got the wit
no bullets in my gun
no joy in my laughter

Oscar Wilde
he was the best
Track Name: WHEN I WAS A KID (for Jane Mangini) - demo
when i was a kid

when i was 9
my world was huge
+ my best friends
were forever

when i was 10
life was never slow
+ my mama was the prettiest
girl i know, yeah

when i was 11
i wished my ears were pierced
n there were MANY things i couldn't have
but i was fierce

WHEN I WAS A KID
I DIDN’T KNOW HOW PEOPLE HURT INSIDE
WHEN I WAS A KID
I DIDN’T KNOW HOW MY DAD MADE MY MAMA CRY
WHEN I WAS A KID
THE WORLD WAS A GREAT BIG GIANT SKY
WHEN I WAS A KID
CHRISTMAS WAS THE REAL DEAL

i stole when i didn't know it
i laughed when i shouldn't show it
i saw elvis shakin' his ass on tv

when i was a 13
i fell in love
wouldn’t ya know it

the days slipped BY like the sand under my feet
+ love was strange as the ocean

WHEN I WAS A KID
I DIDN’T KNOW HOW PEOPLE HURT INSIDE
WHEN I WAS A KID
I DIDN’T KNOW HOW MY DAD MADE MY MAMA CRY
WHEN I WAS A KID
THE WORLD WAS A GREAT BIG GIANT SKY
WHEN I WAS A KID
CHRISTMAS WAS THE REAL DEAL, BABY
WHEN I WAS A KID
Track Name: WHEN I WAS A KID (for Jane Mangini) Upgrade
when i was a kid

when i was 9
my world was huge
+ my best friends
were forever

when i was 10
life was never slow
+ my mama was the prettiest
girl i know, yeah

when i was 11
i wished my ears were pierced
n there were MANY things i couldn't have
but i was fierce

WHEN I WAS A KID
I DIDN’T KNOW HOW PEOPLE HURT INSIDE
WHEN I WAS A KID
I DIDN’T KNOW HOW MY DAD MADE MY MAMA CRY
WHEN I WAS A KID
THE WORLD WAS A GREAT BIG GIANT SKY
WHEN I WAS A KID
CHRISTMAS WAS THE REAL DEAL

i stole when i didn't know it
i laughed when i shouldn't show it
i saw elvis shakin' his ass on tv

when i was a 13
i fell in love
wouldn’t ya know it

the days slipped BY like the sand under my feet
+ love was strange as the ocean

WHEN I WAS A KID
I DIDN’T KNOW HOW PEOPLE HURT INSIDE
WHEN I WAS A KID
I DIDN’T KNOW HOW MY DAD MADE MY MAMA CRY
WHEN I WAS A KID
THE WORLD WAS A GREAT BIG GIANT SKY
WHEN I WAS A KID
CHRISTMAS WAS THE REAL DEAL, BABY
WHEN I WAS A KID

i was a shoplifter….
Track Name: WHEN I WAS A KID (Jane Mangini) - rough mix
WHEN A I WAS A KID

when i was a kid
i stole when i didn't know it
i laughed when i shouldn't show it

the days slipped by like sand under my feet
and love was strange as the ocean

when i was a kid
the world was a great big giant sky
when i was a kid
christmas was the real deal

the days slipped by like sand
the days slipped by like sand
and love was strange as the ocean
and love was strange as the ocean

when i was a kid
i didn't know how people hurt inside
i didn't know how my daddy made my mama cry
when i was a kid
the world was a great big giant sky
and christmas was the real deal

when i was a kid
Track Name: MAGGIE
MAGGIE

maggie, dear maggie
what a fine girl you are
what a sister to your brother
what a daughter
to your father + your mother
oh maggie, dear maggie
my friend

you bring the sun
to a cold heart
to everyone
your smile
hangs the moon
+ your hug
calms the water
calms the water

you are a pal
right away
poetry on Facebook
messages like music
w notes i can’t explain
notes i can’t explain

you love your dog (Bouki!)
+ you love yr cats (Kiki n Ozzy!)
you love your street
+ the house ya live in
when it’s rainin’

solo

maggie, dear maggie
what a fine girl you are
maggie, dear maggie
my friend
happy birthday