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"Brilliant melodies, beautiful harmonies and songwriting that captures the best of Anglo and American pop" --Curtis Ross, Tampa Tribune

Steve Robinson is a British ex-pat lost in America…Ed Woltil is a Florida boy who has always felt that England was his real musical homeland.

Steve's old band, The Headlights, were a mainstay on stages throughout Florida and the southeast, often sharing the bill with Woltil's heralded power-pop trio, Mad For Electra. After catching the eye of legendary Byrds founder Roger McGuinn, The Headlights joined him for a Tonight Show appearance and subsequent US tour as his backing band.

After leaving the Headlights, Robinson continued to write and record music at his St. Petersburg home, releasing a brace of acclaimed folky pop CDs on his own label, Sunshine Drenchy Records -

"Every cut is a crystalline gem" --Luke Torn, Uncut Magazine



"His sound here straddles the divide between folk and pop without ever losing sight of melody" --Stephen Ferra, Absolute Powerpop.

After the break-up of Mad For Electra, Ed Woltil teamed with ex-Barely Pink frontman Brian Merrill to form The Ditchflowers. A stunning debut album of sophisticated pop, "Carried Away" made a bit of a splash in 2006 and had critics lining up to sing its praises -

"A dozen of the most radiant pop songs I’ve heard in quite some time. ‘Carried Away’ has quality and intelligent pop coursing through its veins.” —Geraint Jones, leicesterbangs,UK

“A masterful collection of songs that blend grabby power-pop, singer/songwriter fare and just enough quirky touches to dodge genre constrictions.”—Eric Snider, Creative Loafing, Ranked No. 1 CD of 2007

Robinson and Woltil's musical partnering was borne of a Robinson guest vocal session on Carried Away and further blossomed when Woltil and Merrill co-produced Robinson's "Undercurrent" album the following year. Both Carried Away and the magnificent Ditchflowers 2011 follow-up, "Bird's Eye", saw release on the Sunshine Drenchy label, furthering their musical kinship.

Now they’ve teamed up in a shared obsession to create their perfect pop “album.” Luckily for Robinson and Woltil, guest contributors on Cycle include heroic XTC guitargonaut, Dave Gregory, ex-Headlight and renowned bay area producer Steve Connelly, ace session bassist Andy Irvine, and the incomparable Dave Mattacks, whose drumming skills have graced recordings by Richard Thompson, XTC, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Elton John, to name drop just a few.

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released April 13, 2015

Steve Robinson - Lead & Background Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Piano, Keyboards
Ed Woltil - Lead & Background Vocals, Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Programming
Dave Gregory - Electric & Slide Guitars, 6-String Bass
Dave Mattacks - Drums & Percussion
Chuck Darling - Drums & Percussion
Aaron Kant - Drums & Percussion
Andy Irvine - Bass
Steve Connelly - Lap Steel & Pedal Steel Guitars
Emma Robinson - Background Vocal

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Ex-Roger McGuinn sideman and award-winning
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Track Name: Seize The Day (Prelude)
Instrumental
Track Name: Love Somebody
You don't need a therapist to show you how
To love somebody, love somebody
Don't need to be a poet or evangelist
To love somebody true

You don't need to be a Beatle or Bee Gee
To love somebody, love somebody
You don't need permission just to let it be
Just love somebody do

Excuses fall like rain
Around you, lost and found you
Sing it again
Love is all around you yeah, but it's not all about you

Look before you leap is overrated
He who hesitated told me so
Don't just spin your wheels
Get your head over heels and go!

You don't have to sit and wait till kingdom come
To love somebody, love somebody
Call yourself a krishna or a dharma bum
just love somebody do

Excuses fall like rain
Above you, push and shove you
Sing it again
Love just might be everywhere, don't wait for it to find you

You gotta love somebody,
Just love someone.
Track Name: Wake Up Dreamin'
When you wake up dreaming
visions fill your head
and sunbeams spillin' 'cross your bed
come through the window streaming
like chords from God's guitar
that ring across the reaches from afar.

You know the sound, you know the fury
in a shell, seashell, swing on a bell
and all the world may be sad and weary
but you can say that she's lookin' well

'Cause you wake up dreaming
and everything is new
like poppies dropped with morning dew
in fields of color seeming
to liberate the day
and rescue grieving eyes from skies of grey.

You know the power, you know the glory
of a grin, come in, where've you been?
And every day may be the same old story,
but crack a dream door and tumble in…

{ I N S E R T D A Y D R E A M }

You know the sound, you know the fury
in a shell, seashell, swing on a bell
and all the world may be sad and weary
but you can say that she's lookin' well

'Cause you wake up dreaming,
the schedule squares your brain
and holds you prisoner on the train.
Somewhere an angel's scheming
to switch you off the track,
you can't switch off the dream of turning back,
you can't switch off the dream of turning back,
you can't switch off the dream of turning back.

When you wake up dreaming,
when you wake up dreaming…

When you wake up dreaming
on a sunbeam streaming
You're wide awake
no time to waste.
Track Name: Elastic Man
He'll try to be what you want
In a million places
One push and he'll spring right back
While pulling new faces

Elastic man with elastic plans and lesson learned
Soul returned, unopened
Stretchy mouth for the stretchy truth
Spine removed, unbroken

He'll try to be who you want
Do the best that he's able
Be the head of the restaurant
Or a crumb at your table

Elastic man with elastic fans who'll come and go
Ebb and flow, forsaken
Bouncy groove made for bouncy mood
Vision skewed and shaken

Everything to everyone
Bending over backwards
Pin him down? (It can't be done)
His mind's made up and undone too
He's stretched so thin, he's quite see-through
All the lies are coming true
Yeah, no!
No, yeah!

Sticky sweet
Bitter pill
No he won't
(Yes he will!)
Hype it up
Kill the buzz
Says he can
Never does

Elastic man with elastic hands for big applause
Slamming doors, once open
Bendy pen for the bendy rules
Bendy fools have spoken

Everything to everyone but you
Track Name: Godspeed
Dear friend, I heard the news
you'll soon put on your travelin' shoes
and bid your fond farewell.
I hope that the smoke has cleared
and was it bad as you had feared?
Well, only time will tell.

Tighten down the cargo rack
and pile the boys into the back
and try hard not to dwell
on boxes of memories
and lethal freeze-frame memories
of those who knew you well.

A time will come, your thoughts will run
to that day when darkness fell.
But the sun will rise, you'll open your eyes
and be surprised that you've shaken
that evil spell.

So steer clear and don't look back
and keep those boys on the right track,
I know you will do well.

A time will come, your thoughts will run
to that day when darkness fell.
But the sun will rise, you'll open your eyes
and be surprised that you've shaken
that evil spell.

From Westport, Connecticut
to 'bout as far as you could get
and fate you can't foretell.
If you look around the place
and cannot find one friendly face,
just call me on my cell,
here's one who knows you well,
I love you very well.
Track Name: Little Regrets
I could kick myself
I’ve skipped so many towns.
They raced past my window so fast…
Thought I was glory bound. (I think I let them down)
Ugly city scenes,
Pretty village greens.
Little regrets behind a white fence
I could kick myself.

Sometimes I hate myself
for stupid things I’ve said.
They rolled off my tongue so fast
Me and my leaky head
Ill-tempered cries,
Well-mannered lies.
Little regrets grin down from the shelf
Sometimes I hate myself.

No big sweeping scenes or dreams of innocence
(How soon we forget)
Little sparrow shoots an arrow through my heart
when she sings her song, No Regrets…

I should forgive myself,
or so I read somewhere.
But the world keeps spinning too fast
and we’re getting nowhere.
Give me belief
and sweet release
Little regrets come down from the shelf
I’ll forgive myself.
Little regrets behind a white fence
I forgive myself.
Little regrets like everyone else…
Track Name: Wintersleeping
I feel a change of weather in my bones
(but not in my clothes)
And a spark to warm my wintry soul
(I’m over-exposed)
You come to me for answers
But all I know I learned from you.

Wintersleeping, my mistake
In the lion's den again, the bed I made.
Now I'm wide open, and wide awake
Shadows lie, then change their minds
in shifting shade.

I feel the solstice winding up ahead
(I go where the wind blows)
And a change of heart inside my head
(still I follow my nose)
You look to me for kindness
But all I have I stole from you.

Wintersleeping, my mistake
In the lion’s den again, the bed I made.
Now I’m wide open, and wide awake
Shadows lie, then change their minds
in shifting shade.

We all look for forgiveness—the one thing I can’t get from you.

North wind blowing, your slip is showing
dewdrops kissed away your icy gown.
Shimmering sun you're fooling no one
with your fake, painted frosty frown.

Wintersleeping, my mistake
In the lion’s den again, the bed I made.
Now I’m wide open, and wide awake
Shadows lie, then change their minds in shifting shade.

I feel a change of weather in my bones...
Track Name: The Boy From Down The Hill
Headless pig in a window said:
"When you left, you made your bed
I hope you're keeping safe and warm
Hope you're staying free from harm

It's good to have you back where you belong
Good to have you back with your feet firmly on the ground
Are we good enough?
Are we good enough?"

Five chains and tethered still
I'm the boy from down the hill
Doesn't matter where I go
This is where I'm from, you know

It's good to be back home where I belong
Good to be back home with my feet firmly on the ground
Good enough
Am I good enough?

Back to the old house, nose to the window
Familiar faces feeling the strain
You're running fast but you're going nowhere
See your reflection in a bead of rain
Faded names on the underpass
Quicksand stuck in the hourglass
Spin it again
Spin it again

Good enough
Am I good enough?
Track Name: Who You Are
Though the world might
love the grand sight
of a shooting star
I love your light
warming me tonight
I love who you are.

Kings may come and
queens may go and
we glimpse them from afar
but you're all I see
you reign over me
I love who you are.

But every time I try to let you know
words only go so far, but I know
I adore you
and cheer for you
fragile thing that you are
any game you choose
win or lose
I love who you are.

Words only go so far, but I will
always love you
and dream of you
whether you're near or far
I wish you might
hear my heart tonight
I love who you are.
Track Name: Hello, Hello (We're Back Again)
Look at me in this one
trying hard to be sincere
And look at you in fencing trousers
and your finest sneer
We were so young
and we were full of it,
fearless on the face of it
and not much underneath
to hold us back,
from taking all the chances,
never looking in,
and never needing answers

Look at how we lost ourselves
and found ourselves again
I pissed off to the USA
while you went down to London to find yourself
Guess I did the same
on different streets with different names
and different points of view
to fall into,
busy taking chances,
drinking it all in
and looking for the answers

Hello hello
Hello hello
Hello hello (we're back again)

And then your parents leave you
with no one to impress
Little children helping you
to make sense of this great big mess
of headlines, deadlines, white lines
by the book, take your time
and take a look at him

He looks a lot like you,
(it might be just as well)
Look at her upon a pedestal,
she's casting spells
They are so young
and they are full of it,
fearless on the face of it
and innocence beneath,
pure and easy
Living in the moment
drinking it all in
It's looking like the answer

Hello hello
Hello hello
Hello hello (we're back again)

{ EXCHANGE PLEASANTRIES }

It made me happy when we said hello
Ain't it funny how we sing about what we don't know?
It made me happy when we said hello
Ain't it funny how we talk about what we don't know?
Track Name: Liberty Daze
Liberty daze, I’m in a liberty daze
down so deep in the maze
where innocence slays and ignorance pays
I’ve lost my way.

Land of the free, I sing of thee
a eulogy to dreams.
Appetite slave, the drop you crave
in never-ending stream.

Liberty daze, we’re in a liberty daze
we’re adrift in the haze
of corporate plays and media glaze
a portrait in grays
we’ve lost our way.

Land of the strong, we do no wrong
we string along history.
My, what big eyes! Please super-size,
anesthetize sanity.

Hit the street, skipped a beat, feel it coming down
All around hear the sound of it spinnin’ round
Hit the street, skipped a beat, feel it coming down
All around hear the sound of it spinnin’ round
Hit the street, skipped a beat, feel it coming down
All around hear the sound of it spinnin’ round…

Land of the free, I sing of thee
a eulogy to dreams.
Appetite slave, black drop you crave
in never-ending stream.

Liberty daze, we’re in a liberty daze.
Track Name: Butterflies
Flushed cheek and teardrop
making my heart stop
teaching me all I know

Her face like thunder
and innocent wonder
see how her garden
grows up very high
to kiss the cloudy skies away

She paints hearts and flowers
in ivory towers
See all the smiles they bring

Delivered in whispers
signs them with kisses
see her she's pulling strings
to hold me down
or lift me off the ground

At once to fly away
then crashing down
and I'm all butterflies
and sunshine smiles
enjoy the ride
here we go...

High, high, high!

Petal and raindrop
making my heart stop
See how her garden grows
Track Name: Seize The Day
Seize the day right away
there will not be another like it.
Feel the power of this hour
soon another sunset will strike it
and it's up to you
to see its promise through—
you take today and make it come true.