Singles

by Robert James

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A collection of the commercial single releases and assorted oddities I couldn't bear to toss ...

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released April 24, 2018

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Robert James Wetaskiwin, Alberta

Robert is currently living in Wetaskiwin, Canada and has just released his 4th CD, "Satyr's Day Parade". No rest for the wicked. Turn (Works In Progress) is where you'll find him hard at work. Mixes will change. Eventually ten songs will be chosen for the next full length release. Title still undetermined. ... more

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Track Name: Upton Blues (High-wire Mix) Single
Ooh .. hot .. ooh ooh ooh hot
Ooh .. hot .. ooh ooh ooh hot

A nasty case of the Upton blues could lay me up for a week
Morning shakes and midnight chills ..
Get no relief but you're fading in style .. yeah .. uh huh ..

Found me in an east end room like a match so ready to burn
High-wire acts are hard to find
You better hold on tight, my girl

I rock and roll all night - it's been my life
And nothing was ever free .. nothing was ever free
Well, you're in it for a whole lotta love
Or you're shaking my tree ..
Don't give me those Upton blues ..
Don't give me those Upton blues

Just this morning, half past nine, I made my way to the street
Sunlight surely hurt my eyes .. still not able to see
I won't try and chain you, honey .. I'm not made that way
Kick off your sandals if you think you might intend to stay ..

I rock and roll all night - it's been my life
And nothing was ever free .. nothing was ever free
So you're in it for a whole lotta love
Or you're shaking my .. tree
Don't give me those Upton blues
Give me those Upton blues

Upton blues .. the death of me .. I'm running out of time
Send a whirling dervish girl
To weave in and out of my mind

We're stuck here in this east end room
And I'm a matchstick ready to burn
Well, high-wire acts are hard to find
You'd better hold my hand, my girl ..

I rock and roll all night - it's been my life
Nothing was ever free .. nothing was ever free
So you're in it for a whole lotta love
Or you're shaking my ..
I rock and roll all night - it's been my life
And nothing was ever free .. nothing was ever free
So you're in it for a whole lotta love
Or you're shaking my tree

Give me those Upton blues
Track Name: Tick After Tock (Dance Mix)
Tick tock - tick tock
Tick tock - tick tock

So cool .. so caramel
My favourite glue ..
Sirens in my closet
You're the mess I'm sticky to ..
My kind .. hey, trouble
The crow at my door
In distress, a fabumess
Femme fatale I can't ignore

You make the time for me
You never get me wrong
I never make believe I'll stay away too long

Tick after tock .. I won't miss a beat
Tick after tock .. you can count on me
Baby I owe you and if eternal's what you want
I am tick - after tick - after tock

Tick tock - tick tock

So rock .. so candy
Mackintosh toffee to go
Building cars to drive on Mars
More than afterglow ..
Be tart, out orange me
Be why they took Tang to the Moon
Luna rocks your Terry socks .. static cling was made for you ..

You make the time for me
You never get me wrong
I never make believe
I'll stay away too long

Tick after tock .. I won't miss a beat
Tick after tock .. you can count on me
Baby I owe you and if eternal's what you want
I am tick - after tick - after tock

Tick after tock .. I won't miss a beat
Tick after tock .. you can count on me
Baby I owe you and if eternal's what you want
I am tick -after tick - after -
Tick after tock .. I won't miss a beat
Tick after tock .. you can count on me
Baby I owe you and if eternal's what you want
I am tick -after tick - after tock

A - E - I - O - U and sometimes why?
'Cause you are hot
I am tick - after tick - after tock
Track Name: Opium Train (Trail Mix)
Even through sandstorms
We followed the lights
Burning and weaving their way through midnight

And all of the fifty horsemen
That ride with the train
Each of them wishing that it would rain

As the sun climbed higher our throats were fire
The reins burned hot in my hands
The train would snake - find it's way
To waterholes not on the map
We'd conspire by the speck of a fire
Go over it again and again ..
I would die in the sand or have silver and gold for my Jane
Robbing the Opium train - robbing the Opium train ..

The horsemen, they drop like flies
In this sweltering heat -
All of the rest will be slaughtered like sheep

Tonight while they make their camp
Is when we attack
Think of my Jane - no more rehearsing .. no more turning back

As the sun climbed higher our throats were fire
The reins burned hot in my hands
The train would snake - find it's way
To waterholes not on the map
We'd conspire by the speck of a fire
Go over it again and again ..
I would die in the sand or have silver and gold for my Jane
Robbing the Opium train - robbing the Opium train ..

Close my eyes .. mmm .. see my Jane
Going down .. robbing the Opium train
Say a prayer - aw lord, keep me safe
Glory bound .. robbing the Opium train

Robbing the Opium train .. robbing the Opium train
Robbing the Opium train .. Opium train
Track Name: No Reason (Single)
No reason for leaving you
Just say he's gone again
No list of things to do
And no reason for leaving you

The whispering winter wind
Snowman is on his way
I'm off to somewhere new
With no reason for leaving you

I can't understand it
My eyes are too blind to see
How can I hurt you
When you've been so kind to me, yeah -

Gone are those crazy days
Rain's taken summer's place
I feel so sad and blue
With no reason for leaving you

This song offers not one clue
And no reason for leaving you ... yeah -
Track Name: Piece Of Me (Single)
When did I start stop making sense
I only turned, now I wonder where my mind went
When do I stop calling your name
I only smiled, now I’m shame-faced and heartless


You’ll always want it all but settle for a piece of me
Call it what you want to call it
You still have a piece of me
A piece of me, yeah


When will I stop hurting myself
I only blink and it hits me like a freight train
When did you stop turning it on
You flipped a switch or maybe just a time zone


You’ll always want it all but settle for a piece of me
Call it what you want to call it
You still have a piece of me
A piece of me, yeah

A little piece of me .... a little piece of me
That's what you want ...

You’ll always want it all but settle for a piece of me
Call it what you want to call it
You still have a piece of me
A piece of me, yeah