Edge of Blue

A new Roy Forbes recording is a rare occurrence. Roy doesn’t pop ‘em out every year or so. He takes his time, working slowly to get it right. Edge of Blue may just be the Vancouver singer-songwriter’s best yet – a summation by an artist who has been doing this for a long time. On this album both Roy’s roots and routes are showing; the influences he’s absorbed and where he’s been. Edge of Blue is ten songs full of wisdom, confessions, vulnerability, sensuality, self-reflection and celebration. More of a soul album than country or folk; it has nothing to do with what is ‘hip’ and ‘happening’ in the mainstream music business. This is art song – memorable words, compelling compositions, spare production and a voice every bit as original as when the “kid full of dreams” first came to town almost fifty years ago – pure Roy Forbes.

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"On his 11th album, the Canadian folk fixture from Dawson Creek offers up another collection of soulful numbers that range from an almost La Bamba-esque early rock ‘n’ roll sounds ("Don’t Let Go"), to beautiful country folk balladry ("The Beating of Your Very Own Heart") and sweet blues ("Feeling Mighty Lonesome"). As always, his quavering tenor is powerful and full of emotion, the playing is deep in the pocket and listening to the album leaves you wondering why he isn’t a household name." – Stuart Derdeyn, Vancouver Sun/Province February 12, 2020

Edge of Blue Lyrics

Shine a light in the dark
Work your way through your sorrow
You’ve got to find the joy in your heart
And don’t let go

Shine a light in the dark
See your way to tomorrow
You’ve got to find the joy in your heart
And don’t let go

When you’re drowning in falling rain
When your love is all in vain
When you’re dragging a ball and chain
Everything weighing you down

Shine a light in the dark
Work your way to tomorrow
You’ve got to find the joy in your heart
And don’t let go
You’ve got to find the joy in your heart
And don’t let go

Woh, don’t let go...

When you’re drowning in falling rain
When your love is all in vain
When you’re dragging a ball and chain
Everything weighing you down

Shine a light in the dark
Work your way to tomorrow
You’ve got to find the joy in your heart
And don’t let go
You’ve got to find the joy in your heart
And don’t let go

Woh, don’t let go...

Roy Forbes – Human Condition Music (SOCAN)

Look up in the sky tonight
Big and round, giving off a mellow light
Moving in above the site
It’s a lover’s moon

Drummers’ circle playing loud
There’s a horn band whipping up a side stage crowd
You and me, we’re walking proud
‘Neath a lover’s moon
‘Neath a lover’s moon

And then I feel my arms
Around your waist
Nuzzle my face in your hair
Then the taste
Of your two lips
And then my heart does a flip

Look up in the sky tonight
Big and round, giving off a tender light
Passion burning ever bright
Like a lover’s moon
Like a lover’s moon

And then I feel my arms
Around your waist
Nuzzle my face in your hair
Then the taste
Of your two lips
And then my heart does a flip

Look up in the sky tonight

Big and round, giving off a tender light
Passion burning ever bright
Like a lover’s moon
Like a lover’s moon

Keeps on burning like a lover’s moon...

Roy Forbes – Human Condition Music (SOCAN)

I’m here
You’re gone
Coal black night crawls to the dawn
And I am more than a little
More than a little bit blue

They said it was bound to be
But that brings no comfort to me
And I am more than a little
More than a little bit blue

I wonder why, why, why
We had to say goodbye
Makes me so lonesome I
I could cry

Ooh, you flew away
You’re gone
Guess I’ll learn how to carry on
But right now, I’m more than a little
More than a little bit blue

I wonder why, why, why
We had to say goodbye
Makes me so lonesome I
I could cry

Ooh, you flew away
You’re gone
Guess I’ll learn how to carry on
But right now, I’m more than a little
More than a little bit blue

I just sit here, and I wonder why, why, why...

Roy Forbes – Human Condition Music (SOCAN)

When you’re fumbling in the dark
And you just can’t get a spark
Check out the beating of your very own heart

When you’re all up in a bind
And deep blue misery fills your mind
Check out the beating of your very own heart

Ooh, you might be lost on the river
Drifting from the shore
Thinking that you just can’t
Take it anymore

Try put one foot in front of the other
Keep walking and discovering
The beating of your very own heart

When your world is in a spin
Fate’s about to do you in
Check out the beating of your very own heart

When you’re feeling kicked around
And your life is sorrow bound
Check out the beating of your very own heart
Ooh, you might be lost on the river
Drifting from the shore
Thinking that you just can’t
Take it anymore

Try put one foot in front of the other
Keep walking and discovering
The beating of your very own heart

Ooh, you might be lost on the river
Drifting from the shore
Thinking that you just can’t
Take it anymore

Try put one foot in front of the other
Keep walking and discovering
The beating of your very own heart
Check out the beating of your very own heart
Listen to the music in the beating of your very own heart

Roy Forbes – Human Condition Music (SOCAN)

On the edge of blue
Out there where the tears are falling
On the edge of blue
Out there where the fears are calling

Then I hear a voice
Coming from another room
Moving through descending gloom
Then I hear a voice
Changing wrong to right
Filling my heart with light

On the edge of blue
Out there where the banks are crumbling
On the edge of blue
Out there where my feet are stumbling

Then I hear a voice
Coming from another room
Moving through descending gloom
Then I hear a voice
Changing wrong to right
Filling my heart with light
And pulling me through
From the edge of blue

Then I hear a voice
Coming from another room
Moving through descending gloom
Then I hear a voice
Changing wrong to right
Filling my heart with light
And pulling me through
From the edge of blue

Roy Forbes – Human Condition Music (SOCAN)

Strumming on my old Stella
Trying to get in a groove
Having a bit of a haywire day
Like I can’t get up and move

Starting to tally my blessings
All that are good and true
Like how the luckiest day in my life
Was the day that I met you

Feeling mighty lonesome
Very, very lonesome
Here all on my ownsome
Feeling mighty
Lonesome

Been in a mental prison
Been in a rotten jail
Been all of my own making
But I’m just about to get my bail

You will be home in an hour
That’s what you said in a text
I’m gonna hug you when you walk in
And who knows what’ll happen next

Feeling mighty lonesome
Very, very lonesome
Here all on my ownsome
Feeling mighty
Lonesome

Been in a mental prison
Been in a rotten jail
Been all of my own making
But I’m just about to get my bail

You will be home in an hour
That’s what you tapped to me in a text
I’m gonna hug you, squeeze you when you walk in
And who knows what’ll happen next

Feeling mighty lonesome
Very, very lonesome
Here all on my ownsome
Feeling mighty
Lonesome

Yeah, I’m feeling mighty lonesome...

Roy Forbes – Human Condition Music (SOCAN)

Lydia Anne
No one can thrill me quite like you can
Lydia Anne
I’m so thankful I am your man
Understand, I’m your biggest fan
Lydia Anne

Lydia Anne
We stroll along walking hand in hand
Lydia Anne
Living our lives and making our stand
No piece of paper or a wedding band
Lydia Anne

Well, we fell in love
Back in high school
Now I do declare
I’m still a love-struck fool for you

Lydia Anne
No one can thrill me quite like you can
Understand, I’m your biggest fan
Lydia Anne

Well, we fell in love
Back in high school
Now I do declare
I’m still a love-struck fool for you

Lydia Anne
No one can thrill me quite like you can
Understand, I’m your biggest fan
Lydia Anne
I’m so glad that I’m your man
Lydia Anne

Roy Forbes – Human Condition Music (SOCAN)

Said a word, kind of half in fun
Now I seem to be on the run
Out in the backwoods, hiding in a hut
I should have kept my big mouth shut

Said a word, kind of off the cuff
Never dreamed it could get so rough
Now I’m like a car wheel, spinning in a rut
I should have kept my big mouth shut

You might want to pick your battles
Think, before
You play your knucklehead games
You might want to pick your battles
Quick, before
Everything goes up in flames

You might want to pick your battles
Think, before
You play your knucklehead games
You might want to pick your battles
Quick, before
Everything goes up in flames

Said a word that I shouldn’t have said
Now it’s ricocheting in my head
Big remorse come and hit me in the gut
I should have kept my big mouth shut

Now I’m like a car wheel, spinning in a rut
I should have kept my big mouth shut
Out in the backwoods, hiding in a hut
I should have kept my big mouth shut

Roy Forbes – Human Condition Music (SOCAN)

Come on, heart
Heart have mercy
Climb out of your secret space
I know you’re there
Deep in the hide of me
Ooh, come on, heart
Heart have mercy
Put those memories in their place
Help me get back
To the brighter side of me

You’re the well that I crawl to
When my soul is cracked and dry
You’re the courage I call to
When I’m too afraid to cry

Come on, heart
Heart have mercy
Climb out of your secret space
I know you’re there
Deep in the hide of me

Ooh, come on, heart
Heart have mercy
Put those memories in their place
Help me get back
To the brighter side of me

You’re the hope that I’m saving
When I misplace the will to live
You’re the love that I’m craving
When I’ve forgotten how to forgive
Ah, please help me remember how to forgive

Come on, come on, heart
Heart have mercy
Climb out of your secret space
I know you’re there
Deep in the hide of me

Ooh, come on, heart
Heart have mercy
Put those memories in their place
Help me get back
To the brighter side of me
I know you’re there
Deep in the hide of me
Help me get back
To the brighter side of me

Ooh, come on, heart...

Roy Forbes – Human Condition Music (SOCAN)

Midnight is falling
Stretching out ahead
We should be at home
Rolling in our big brass bed
But we’re out on this highway
Doing the swerve and dip
We’re tuned in
For the wake-up call

When the tires hit the rumble strip
Swing it back on the road
Got no time to
Hit the ditch

Gonna ride with our ears wide open
For the clatter of the rumble strip
Oh, the rumble strip

Temperature dropping
Out in the rising storm
We’re headed for shelter
We’ll be living safe and warm
Steady hands on the big wheel
Ah, they will not lose their grip
Tuning in
For the wake-up call

When the tires hit the rumble strip
Swing it back on the road
Got no time to
Hit the ditch
Gonna ride with our ears wide open
For the clatter of the rumble strip
Oh, the rumble strip

Sometimes a guy lands right on top
Or maybe he takes a hard fall
Either way, why should a guy up and stop
Why fumble or crumble
Or let your mind get all in a jumble
Keep it right on the ball

Right on the ball

Tuning in
For the wake-up call

When the tires hit the rumble strip
Swing it back on the road
Got no time to
Hit the ditch
Gonna ride with our ears wide open
Gonna ride with our ears wide open
For the clatter of the rumble strip
Oh, the rumble strip...

Roy Forbes – Human Condition Music (SOCAN)