Stripped to the Bone

by Ian Rooke

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The songs deal with various forms of mental illness brought on by alcoholism, physical abuse, alienation, anxiety, depression and loss.


released April 28, 2015



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Ian Rooke Birmingham, UK

“Ian Rooke writes lyrics with bite, tunes with hooks, songs that make their point and make it well.” Folk Words Magazine 2014.

Singer songwriter from Birmingham. Has appeared at a number of folk festivals including Perthshire Amber, Harborough and Isle of Arran. Reached semi finals of UK Songwriters Competition 2012.
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Track Name: Stripped to the Bone
I was lost without a phone
Out of my comfort zone
Like a shark without a loan
I was stripped, stripped to the bone

I was feeling ill at ease
Like a sail without a breeze
And I was down on my knees
Begging mercy help me please

Fear is getting more intense
Struggling to catch my breath
Heart pounding through my chest
Wish I knew what course was best
But I'm lost.
Track Name: Gentleman Jim and Mr Jack
When your expectations at an all time low
And you've no-one to meet and nowhere to go
When all your ideals are under attack
That's when you're drinking
With Gentleman Jim and Mr Jack.
Track Name: Things Fall Apart
I can feel the way it's going
It's always been the same
And we know it
Things fall apart all the time
All the time

If you could see what I was feeling
You wouldn't think me strong.
Sometimes the seed will grow
Sometimes you let it go

I can't guess what you are thinking
You never let it show
Come now, come now come now let it go
Things fall apart
Things fall apart all the time

And we'll ride with the wind.
Track Name: City of Blues
I look across the lake
Behind me is an urban sky.
And I contemplate mistake
Like the buildings they tower high.

Sometimes I feel so distant
Sometimes I feel so alone
In this city of blues.

This girl she sees no evil
She's as fresh as the falling snow
I see a fight in a nearby window
And it reminds me of home.

It's late December
And I drive through dirt brown snow.
These things I will remember
From the sad songs on my stereo

And I can hear the blues is calling me
But I'm already home
Outside the snow's still falling
As I set a place for one.
Track Name: (Meanwhile Back at the ) Looking Glass
Sometimes I get oh so tired
Of dragging myself through the mire
I don't know what I want anymore
I can't tell the ceiling from the floor

How on earth did I get here?
How the hell did i get here?

There's blood on the sheets
A stain on the wall
And I'm still sitting here
Waiting for your call

I know where I'm going
But I don't know where I've been.
And I'm looking for something
That I've already seen.

How on earth did I get here?
How the hell did I get here?

See the strange face looking back from the looking glass
Track Name: In the Dark
I'm just sitting in the dark
Waiting for the words to form
The tune it lingers there
Trying not to be ignored
And I will write this song
Before the light of dawn

There was something in your eyes
It told me that you wouldn't stay here
The things I'm longing for
Always slip away
I will write this song
In the hope you'll come again

Since you've gone it seems
We've lost more than we've gained
All our friends walk by
I guess they feel the same
And in darkness we must lie
The light no longer remains
I guess it's always going to be the same.
Track Name: Nothing At All
There's blood on my hands
From this broken glass
All these things that I planned
They never came to pass

And I felt like a refugee
Without a home and no dignity
I was in my knees I crawled
I was left with nothing,
Nothing at all.

And I awake in the night
In a feverish sweat
All those things that you said
I can never forget.

And you were like the Pharisees
But the one you crucified was me
I was on my knees I crawled
I was left with nothing,
Nothing at all.

And I roam through my past
Trying to find the key
There's a devil on my back
That I can't shake free

And I looked for some therapy
But the problem always lay with me
I could never break down the wall
I was left with nothing,
Nothing at all.