Little Boy at Heart

by Rob Ellis

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My first thanks goes to Joanie who has encouraged, inspired, and supported every stage of my music development over the years, not to mention her patience in dealing with my "artistic temperament"!
Thanks and love to my parents and my siblings for the gift of a joyous childhood that still keeps the “little boy” alive today. To my amazing kids, Nate, Ben, and Hilary, who make me so proud of the quality people they have become.

Many thanks to the countless fellow musicians who have encouraged me to keep moving forward with the often painful craft of songwriting, notably my instructors Peggy Lynn, Delilah Poupore, and Jerry Bryant, and a whole host of great friends from Meadowlark Music Camp, especially my dear friends Beth Lawton and the ladies from Y2K. A warm appreciation for the angelic voices of Delilah Poupore, Kathie McCatherin, and Jen Comeau , the "Divas" of song. To the incredible craft of Michael McNerney of Port Media. To my many dear friends, especially Cherie, and to the "Rangeleyettes" who prompted me to record these songs after hearing me play on freezing cold nights at camp.

This CD is dedicated to my grandparents, Mary and Alfred Scanlon, who first instilled my love of music around the piano in their New York City apartment. Married for over 67 years, they were my first teachers of the meaning of love and are still the cutest couple I have ever met.

Peace and good wishes to all,

Rob

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released December 22, 2010

To my band chums- Delilah Poupore, Jen Comeau, Kathy McCatherin, Michael McNerney, Don Wessels, Neal Zweig

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Rob Ellis South Portland, Maine

From his first terrifying solo singing performance in 1967, at the tender age of 9, Rob has been belting out songs across all musical genres. His love of music started as a child crowded around the piano in his Grandparents' tiny NYC apartment. His songs are honest and heartfelt and Rob’s tenor voice lets loose to the accompaniment of angelic backup singers and a host of incredible musicians ... more

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Track Name: I'd really like to meet you
I’D Really Like to Meet You Words and Music by Robert E. Ellis © 2009


I don’t know you but I’d like to meet you

Standing there, just love to greet you

Can you see me

We’re standing here is this crowded room

And I’m hanging out with my cloud of gloom

Oh can you see me now

Years of life spent up against the wall

Just trying to blend in

I’ve been thinking

It’s about time

To let this old wallflower in

I don’t know you but I like to meet you

Standing there, just love to greet you

Can you see me

I can’t even look your way

To catch your eye and try to say

Can you see me now

Never sure of and always doubting

What it is I’m supposed to do

I’ll need something

Close to a miracle

Just to pull me through

I don’t know you but I like to meet you

Standing there, just love to greet you

Can you see me

I don’t even know your name

But I’d like to meet you just the same

Can you see me now

Draw the courage and make that first move

Step from the sidelines of life

Just be bold and completely outrageous

And ask you to be my wife

I don’t know you but I like to meet you

Standing there, just love to greet you

Can you see me

I don’t even know your name

But I’d like to meet you just the same

Can you see me now
Track Name: in the morning light
In the Morning Light Words and Music by Robert E. Ellis © 2009


In the morning light

Sun upon your skin

Dancing freely there

Warm and comforting

Ah……….

Don’t let this end

Drifting in and out

Fight against the day

Catch a dreamy look

At your sleeping face

Ah……..

I love you so

Chorus

As we start another day

Pack the dreams along the way

Fear won’t hold us back no more

Take my hand and dare to soar

Touch that icy floor

Barely make the stairs

Coffee’s brewing now

Frightful tussled hair

Ah….

Will you love me still

Back beneath the sheets

Talking soft and low

Just another day

With our dreams in tow

Ah…I love you so

Chorus

In the morning light

Ah………

I love you so
Track Name: neverland
Neverland
Words and Music by Robert E. Ellis © 2006



There’s a world out there

Where man has lost his way

He’s forgotten how to dream

But little boys all know
The secrets in the games
We’ve all forgotten how to play

Chorus

So I’ll be your Neverland


I’ll be your Peter Pan


Already half way there


Lost boy without a care

Come and take my hand

I’ll take you to Neverland

Lifted by faith it seems

To that place beyond our dreams

But don’t tell me stories that are true


Cause if you do


I can’t fly

There’s no place here for all that pain

I wanna fly……….

So I won’t go back there

I’m safe within my world

I’ll keep your reality at bay

If growing up makes you think

That happiness is child’s play

Then this is where I’m going to stay

Chorus

So go believe in what you will

I’m just fine cause I can fly

With every twist and turn of life

I’ll just fly…….

Chorus
Track Name: Joanie's song
Joanie’s Song
Words and Music by Robert E. Ellis © 2006


Saw you standing at the head of the line

A Dark Haired woman looking so fine

My head took a spin towards your way

And your glance made me want to say

CHORUS

Won’t you be mine


Could you be mine


Won’t you be mine


Oh just this one time

Well a glance turned to hours and long, long days spent

Talking on end about the ways

We’d pass the time and have some fun

And love each other till the morning sun


But somewhere along the line

We passed that place in space and time

Where our two hearts joined it seemed

And now I’m asking with that gleam


Won’t you be mine
Could you be mine
Won’t you be mine
Oh more of the time


And as we stroll those evening sands

Still laughing loud while hand in hand

I catch that look within your eyes

That takes me to those morning sighs


And as we lay there in the glow
We warm ourselves with love that grows
Basking sweetly in tender smiles
That leaves me all the more beguiled

I ask why
Won’t you be mine
Could you be mine
Oh a lot of the time





I know there will be hard times

But we’ll get by

Babe we’ll get by

Love’s not for the fainthearted

Let’s give it a try

Let’s give it a try

Well I don’t know where we may go
But something tells me I may know
We’re headed where the view is fine
And love surrounds all the time

So take me to that special place
Where nobody else can trace
A paradise with rainbow skies
Flamingos, oceans, and endless highs

And be mine
Could you be mine
Won’t you be mine
Oh all of the time

Won’t you be mine
Could you be mine
Won’t you be mine
Till the end of time
Track Name: little pumpkin
Little Pumpkin
Words and Music by Robert E. Ellis © 2008


Little Pumpkin

Where you rushing to this time

Slow it down girl

Let me read you one more rhyme


Secret Gardens and magic bears

Little Women and country fairs

Bed time stories to end the day

Oh stay this way

Daddy’s girl stay this way



Little Pumpkin
Where you headed oh so fast
Slow it down girl
Let the moments last


Let me braid your hair
How it looks we don’t care
One more game before you sleep
Cause your Daddy’s girl
Stay this way Daddy’s girl



But bikes and board games
Are traded for your car
Won’t slow you down now
You’re racing off so far

But slow it down and play
We have another day
Let’s walk the beach and stay
Daddy’s girl

One more time

Let me see

That great big smile

Take my arm now

Let me walk you

Down the aisle


Little Pumpkin
Life is all about change
Stars and Planets may all rearrange


Start your life this day
Don’t you change in any way
Grab those girlhood dreams and stay


Daddy’s Girl

You’ll always be

Daddy’s Girl

Won’t you be

Daddy’s Girl
Track Name: where are you now
Where are you now
Words and Music by Robert E. Ellis © 2009


Where are you now

When nights are cold and lonely

Where are you now

When it really counted

Where are you now

While I’m slowly sinking

Where are you now…

Come to me now

Won’t you come to me now

Smooth this furrowed brow


Chorus

But time was the only way to see

The truth behind all my selfish needs

Change came too late for you and me


Where are you now that I’m finally growing

Where are you now that guilt’s subsided

Where are you now that I finally see you

Where are you now…


Come to me now

Won’t you come to me now

Let me smooth your furrowed brow


Chorus


Come to me now

Won’t you please forgive me now
Track Name: still dreaming of you
Still Dreaming of You
Words and Music by Robert E. Ellis © 2009

Chorus

We were dancing in the Hall

We were dancing in the Hall

We were dancing in the Hall

Still dreaming of you


How we’d swing and we sway
And your hair how it’d splay
We were Dancing in the Hall
Still Dreaming of you


Floating on air

Gliding in Space

Moonlight’s sweet charm

Smiles on your face



Chorus

We’d dance until the dawn

With our High Stepping on

We were Dancing in the Hall

Still dreaming of you


As we prance through the night

Keeping to stride

I’ll always be

Here by your side

Chorus


Won’t let this dream

Come to and end

I’m holding tight

Through thick and thin


Chorus

I’ll hold you close to me

As the band plays past three

Forever in my arms

Just dreaming of you


Swirling in time

Dancing with grace

I’ll keep on going

If you hold the pace

We were dancing in the Hall

We were dancing in the Hall

We were dancing in the Hall

Still dreaming of you
Track Name: last sail
LAST SAIL
Words and Music by Robert E. Ellis © 2007

Well its anchors away

Again my son

And I’m sailing to

My journey’s end

Chorus:

Don’t be sad
Don’t you cry
Hug your Mom
Tell her why

You just stop and take the time
From the storm raging in your mind
Cause I’m always there with you
I'm in their eyes

Well its anchors away my son
Take the helm and steer
Her true and firm

Don’t be sad
Don’t you cry
Hug your Mom
Tell her why

It’s the wake you leave behind
That ripples and moves with time
I’m gone but there with you
I’m in their smiles


Well its anchors away again my son
Hold on fast and rise above each storm

Don’t be sad
Don’t you cry
Hug your Mom
Tell her why

That legacies pass with time
From the father on down the line
With each child born you’ll find
I’m in their hearts

Well its anchors away, again, for sure
And the lessons you leave are tried and pure

Won’t be sad
I won’t cry
Hug my Mom
Tell her why

That love will never fade
Once it’s lived and sown with care
With the choices made each day
To be a family man
Track Name: coney island girl
CONEY ISLAND GIRL
Words and Music by Robert E. Ellis © 2007

Coney Island girl

Pretty as a picture

Standing there

Such a beautiful fixture

Coney Island girl

Won’t you take me home

Saw you there
By the boardwalk sign
Parasol in hand
Nearly lost my mind
Coney Island girl
Won’t you take me home

Coney Island girl
Won’t you make my day
Say you’ll be mine
In every way
Coney Island girl
Won’t you take me home

Lost in love while the world crashes down
Fortunes gained, crumble before us

But lives built on empty promises falter
Shattered and broken they fall to the ground

So here we are just rising above
We only see love’s reflection

Cause…

Coney Island girl
You’re here in my dreams
Pulling this man
Through love so it seems
Coney Island girl
Won’t you take me home

Coney Island girl
Won’t you give me this dance
And we’ll waltz through life
As if in a trance
Coney Island girl
Won’t you take me home
Track Name: memories of loving kindness
Memories of Loving Kindness

Words and Music by Robert E. Ellis © 2009



We were Oh so young
Our Life stretched out before us
Standing amidst the trees
Unable to see the forest
But where does that youth go
And our visions of tomorrow

I broke a solemn vow

And left us both in sorrow


Our Life began with hope
But my heart it did wander
And brought us to an end
Our happiness I squandered


The gift of precious children
Loving Mother, wife to me
I paid you back with pain
It’s the same sad old story

And as the years unfold
I’m grateful for the fondness
You took a chance on me
And put the fault behind us


But how does one repay
A lifetime of forgiveness
Sorry is too weak a word to say
Forever bound to you
In Memories of loving kindness
Track Name: patiently waiting for you
Patiently Waiting for You Words and Music by Robert E. Ellis © 2009

I don’t care if the sun don’t shine

If the taxman comes and he robs me blind

I don’t like mean people I’ve met

Reality shows or the national debt

I can’t stand that Dr. Phil

And the crap he sells and other swill

People are numbed by a TV screen

A cathode ray is stealing their dreams

Chorus

I’m just here waiting for you

Patiently waiting for you

To take me from this dreary life

And lead me to the another side

Where I can catch a fresh breath or two


I don’t care if my 401 tanks

Or if we ever rescue another bank

I don’t like where this country has gone

Leaving the little man stepped upon

Hard work rewarded with unemployment lines

Killing each man just one at a time

It was greed that started this great big mess

And dragged us all into the deep abyss

Chorus

I don’t care for myopic news

That’s got us all singing the blues

The Earth heats up and the markets crash

And we’re all going down in a heap of trash

Filling our minds with depressing views

Got us all thinking we can only loose

Chorus

I don’t care if my hair falls out

My joints all ache and I’m growing stout

I don’t like this old wrinkled skin

But it’s what I’m forced to be living in

My mind’s still strong and my will’s still bent

On searching for something that’s heaven sent



Final Chorus:

That's why I’m waiting for you

Patiently waiting for you

I am just waiting here for you

To take to me another life

So I can just go spend it with you
Track Name: until now
UNTIL NOW
Words and Music by Robert E. Ellis © 2008


Can’t believe this state I’m in

You’re the one who started this tailspin

I don’t know oh where you’ve been

But til now this is where we begin

Chorus

Because I know

There have been holes

In my life

Only you can fill in

Cause until now

Oh I’ve been lost

Cold in the dark

Searching you out



And as we spend
Another day
Who would have thought
We’d end up this way

Chorus

Backing Chorus:

The long and lonely nights, lonely nights

Recede and fall

Your love is saving me, saving me

From drowning years

You reach within me now, in me now

And see what’s real

My love falls down on you, down on you

With grateful tears


So let’s hold
This gift so dear
A chance like this
Could soon disappear

Chorus

Backing Chorus:

This empty wandering, wandering

Hopeless wandering

Is slowly vanishing, vanishing

I feel you near

Your beauty’s calling me, calling me

And calms the storm

The endless crashing tides, crashing tides

And waves of fear

The long and lonely nights, lonely nights

Recede and fall

Your love is saving me, saving me

From drowning years

You reach within me now, in me now

And see what’s real

My love falls down on you, down on you

With grateful tears


Backing Chorus:

This empty wandering, wandering

Hopeless wandering

Is slowly vanishing, vanishing

I feel you near

Your beauty’s calling me,

And calms the storm

Final Chorus:

Then came you
There’s only you
Thank God it’s you
My precious you
Babe it’s you