The Other Side of Nowhere

by Rob Roper

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Rob Roper's 2012 acoustic release features Paul Ermisch on violin, with 5 new songs and 3 old songs with new acoustic arrangements.

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released December 4, 2012

Rob Roper: Lead Vocal, 6 and 12-string Acoustic Guitars
Paul Ermisch: Violin
Peggy Dennis: Backing Vocals
Daren Hahn: Cajon, Djembe, Lap Snare, Shaker
Brian Hunter: Electric Bass
Mary Stribling: Double Bass (Upright Bass)
Hannah Alkire: Cello
Dave Firestine: Mandolin

Recording Engineer: Brian Hunter
Mixed by Rob Roper and Brian Hunter
Album Photography and Artwork design by Scott McCormick

Produced by Rob Roper and Brian Hunter

"On his last effort, 2011's Misfit, Rob Roper more than proved that he had sharp songwriting skills and a knack for penning some pretty damn witty lyrics. There's more of that on the new The Other Side of Nowhere, but musically, this release is more of a stripped-down affair with primarily acoustic instruments, a setting that works quite well with Roper's writing, bringing his lyrics more to the forefront. Roper says he originally intended to make a duo album with violinist Paul Ermisch, with whom he's been performing as a two-piece for the past few years, but during the recording process, more players were brought in, including percussionist Daren Hahn. While Misfit might rock a bit more, The Other Side of Nowhere is equally engaging and potent." --Jon Solomon, The Westword

"...'The Other Side of Nowhere' is all about the music, with four new originals, a stellar cover and new arrangements of three previously-released tunes. Roper sounds terrific here, with 'Sea of Hope,' the title track, and 'The Man in the Movies' the best of the new songs. His cover of Timmy Riordan's 'Trouble on the Way' is a delight, as are the newly-arranged renditions of 'Misfit' and 'Let it Go.' It's time you got to know Rob Roper." --Jeffrey Sisk, The Daily News, 4 stars.

"Rob Roper brings occasional violin and drum instrumentation out alongside his eloquent guitar work on his new record The Other Side of Nowhere. The title track is the most definitive of Roper’s sound: a bit slow, yet melodic; ambient, yet strangely catchy. It is acoustic rock with Roper’s own unique touch on it, and it echoes with Colorado flavor.

Roper has been in Denver since 2000. The influence of Colorado culture is very present in his songs, especially the track “Let’s go to the Mountains.” His music sounds like what you would hear in a small high-country café, there are touches of country as well as some faster paced rock riffs that stand out at just the right times. The album is a great listen to put your mind in a happy, mellow mood, you may just catch yourself “Falling Into Heaven." --Tim Wenger, Colorado Music Buzz magazine

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Rob Roper Denver, Colorado

Rob Roper is a songwriter, singer and guitar player.

"...a guy with some sharp songwriting skills and a knack for penning witty lyrics." --Jon Solomon, The Westword.

"...striking similarities to Elvis Costello... pop rock with a lyrical edge." --Sheryl Radetsky

"...the troubadour of the misfit." --Kurt Loken
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Track Name: Sea of Hope
Sea of Hope
by Rob Roper © 2010


Mistakes are necessary
so I'm gonna make some
This life of comfort is
a life of boredom
Everybody says
"You've got it made"
But even the best zoo is
still a cage

Chorus
Sailing on a sea of hope
Bailing out this leaky boat
Set the sail, catch the wind
Won't be coming back here again
Won't be back here again

Tired of living
in the slow lane
Tired of saying
another wasted day
The radio plays
the same old songs
I've got to do something
even if it's wrong

Chorus

Bridge:
The sand is falling...
The sand is falling...
down the hourglass...

Chorus
Track Name: Let's go to the Mountains
Let's Go to the Mountains
by Rob Roper ©2009

Hey girl, what's up today?
I got an idea, now what you say?
Let's go to the mountains

The trees are turning yellow and red
so get your ass out of bed
Let's go to the mountains

Chorus (ooh, oh)

Remember that place we went last year
We'll sit on the deck and have a beer
Let's go to the mountains

Yeah I know that we're just friends
I won't try to start it up again
Let's go to the mountains

(Chorus)

No, I didn't go out last night
just stayed home and played guitar
How 'bout you?
No wait, I don't wanna know

We don't even have to talk
We'll find a trail and take a walk
Let's go to the mountains

(Chorus)

So hang up the phone, and jump in the shower
I'll be at your house in half an hour
We're going to the mountains

(Chorus)
Track Name: The Other Side of Nowhere
The Other Side of Nowhere
by Rob Roper © 2010


You walk through this world
but you can't find your song
Doing what you should
not what you want
And the last time I saw you
you were drunk on despair
I'll be waiting on the other side of nowhere.

You talk of your dreams
with a frown and a sneer
You've been living the wrong way
for so many years
And you say that you're trapped
but the answer's right there
Waiting on the other side of nowhere.

Drive down the freeway
where the world is all grey
You like to complain
But you don't like to pray
You could take the next exit
But you don't dare
I'll be waiting on the other side of nowhere.

On the other side
You will be free
You do what you want
And you get want you need
On the other side
Your dreams are your life
And you don't have to wait...
No, you don't have to wait...

You walk through this world
but you can't find your song
Doing what you should
not what you want
If you take the next exit
Well, I'll be there
Waiting on the other side of nowhere.
I'll be waiting on the other side of nowhere.
Waiting on the other side of nowhere.
Track Name: The Man in the Movies
The Man in the Movies
by Rob Roper © 2011


She had no time for sadness
Didn't believe in second chances
She was looking for the man in the movies
She wanted flowers without the rain

I played the part for awhile
wearing a crooked smile
I was the man in the movies
I promised her flowers without the rain

Guess I scared her a little
when I let her see my cry
I'm not the man in the movies
Ain't no flowers without
the rain
Track Name: Trouble on the Way
Trouble on the Way
By Timmy Riordan



Janey rolled in on the street that my Dad rode out on
Her big Harley dusted down with her leathers tight on
A heart break girl she was
A hard drinking woman, never did show a buzz
We just fell in love, trouble on the way.

Dad rode out of town headed for a convoy
Vietnam at it’s height taking every manboy
He’d lost it to his girl just before
He headed off to the war
And left her behind with me
Trouble on the way

Chorus:

Trouble on the way…
Trouble on the way
Left her behind with me (or “now I’ve got papers in my hand,” etc…)
Trouble on the way.

(Solo over verse)

Dad never did make it back unless you count the casket
Nearly nine months to the day that I filled the bassinet
Mom raised me a patriot
She said we owe those men everything we’ve got
Now I’ve got papers in my hand
Trouble on the way

(Chorus)

Now Janey may be a drunk but she ain’t no fool y'all
The day that we fell in love she took me AWOL
“This ain’t your fight,” she said
“That desert just leaves a lot of good people dead.”
So now it’s me and her on the road
Trouble on the way.

(Chorus x 2)
Track Name: Misfit (acoustic)
Misfit
by Rob Roper ©2009


Too weird for straight
too straight for freaks
not a hippy
or a redneck
Don't have a tatoo
don't have no piercings
Don't have dreadlocks
don't wear a hoodie
Misft, Misfit

Don't watch the sitcoms
or the cop shows
Don't watch the Oscars
or the Grammys
Don't like the Idols
or the hit songs
The music that I like
you never heard of
Misft, Misfit
What's a misfit boy gonna do?

Don't eat McDonalds
I'm not a vegan
don't drink the Bud-lite
or Jaegermeiser
Don't have no children
don't have a wife
I'm not gay
or even bi
Misfit, Misfit

Not a Democrat
or Republican
not a Christian
or a Buddist
not a Muslim
or a Jew

What's a misfit boy gonna do?
Gotta find me a misfit girl like you.
Like you.
Track Name: Let it Go
Let it Go
by Rob Roper © 2006

I'm out at a nightclub, to see my favorite band
when some fool stumbles by, knocks the beer out of my hand
Pretty little rich boy, thinks he owns the place
He ain't gonna look so pretty, after I rearrange his face
But it don't matter
I hear my buddy say
He ain't worth the trouble, man
it ain't worth the pain
Let it go (4x)

Driving down the freeway, just trying to get to work
Reaching for the radio, when I'm cut off by some jerk
Good thing I don't have a pistol, cuz I'd be doin' time
But I'm tired of all these assholes, tryin' to cut in line
But it don't matter
I hear a voice say
He ain't worth the trouble, man
it ain't worth the pain
Let it go (2x)

Chorus:
It's these everyday aggravations
that eat away at your soul
The human race ain't perfect
As everybody knows
If you focus on the thorns
You won't ever see the rose
So let it go.

Now I don't mean to say, don't ever stand up for your rights
But you gotta pick and choose your battles, and some ain't worth the fight
The world is full of ugly, but there's beauty out there, too
It's just wasted energy, getting angry at a fool
Cause it don't matter
is what I'm tryin' to say
They ain't worth the trouble, y'all
It ain't worth the pain
Let it go (2x)

(Chorus)
Track Name: Falling into Heaven (acoustic)
Falling into Heaven
by Rob Roper ©2009

Lost and found and lost again
That's the way you've always been
Running naked with the wind
Fall down, get up, fall down again

You're falling, falling... into heaven.

Go outside, talk to the trees
Hear the wisdom in the breeze
Lay your head down on the ground
Listen to the way it sounds

You're falling, falling... into heaven.

Give your spare change to a bum
Don't ask what he spends it on
Read a story to your cat
Walk around in a silly hat

You're falling, falling... into heaven.
You're falling, falling... into heaven.

(solo over verse and 2 refrains)

Lost and found and lost again
That's the way I've always been
You don't have to rescue me
It's the way I like to be

I'm falling, falling... into heaven.
I'm falling, falling... into heaven.
We're falling, falling... into heaven.