Curios

by Robert James

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1.
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
2.
What shall I do today - where shall I start Spent all day yesterday nursing broken hearts The sun is up, the sky is blue - the air is suckle sweet With that little smirk of mine I'm walking down your street With my - eyes - wide open And my - arms - wide open Is your - night - is your night wide open 'Cause I'm - wide - I'm wide open ... yeah ... I'm feeling ... like I haven't felt in years There's no dust up there, no pain down here The sun is up, the sky is blue - my calendar is bare Tall drinks on the patio and wander in the square ... With my - eyes - wide open And my - arms - wide open Is your - night - is your night wide open 'Cause I'm - wide - I'm wide open, yeah The sun is up, the sky is blue, the air is suckle sweet With that little smirk of mine I wander down your street With my - eyes - wide open
3.
This morning was rushed .. A little blessed but uninspired I drown out when it hurts too much But I finally realized - I didn’t know a thing ’til I met you I didn’t know a thing ’til I met you Oh - and you’re out there .. Building bridges I may burn In all the years I’ve played with fire There is one thing I have learned I didn’t know a thing ’til I met you I didn’t know a thing ’til I met you Didn’t know what time it was Didn’t know what day it was Didn’t know what year it was Or how I managed until now .. This morning was rough Another topsy turvy day - If I have to spell it out for you There is one thing I must say I didn’t know a thing ’til I met you I didn’t know a thing ’til I met you I didn’t know a thing ’til I met you I didn’t know a thing ’til I met you I didn’t know a thing - I didn’t know a thing - ’Til I met you .. I didn’t know a thing
4.
(scat guy) I see your road’s getting easier You can travel in luxury’s lap Well, I am repairing the holes in my road In hopes of heading you off at the pass I’ll spend my whole life fixing the road Just to be able to say .. I will .. for you - I will .. for you Whatever you need baby Fill in the blanks - I will .. for you I’ve noticed you starting to notice me more I’m happy you know I exist Maybe in time I will grow more on your mind And nothing could feel quite like this I’d spend my whole life in search of a feeling Just to be able to say .. I will .. for you - Oh, I will .. for you Whatever you need baby Fill in the blanks - and I will .. for you I’d spend my whole life My passion - my fire Just to be able to say .. I will .. for you - Oh, I will .. for you Whatever you need baby Fill in the blanks - I will .. for you - oh - I will .. for you - Whatever you need baby I can get that - I will .. for you
5.
Maybe there’s not enough space Has the world lost it’s lustre Left you alone in the night Afraid of the dark .. Remember .. There will always be room in my heart When the fear of the dawn closes in And the fingers of love Did not linger long on your skin .. But left you a scar Remember .. There will always be room in my heart There will always be room in my heart (Always room for one more ..) There will always be room in my heart (Always room for one more ..) Safe from the thunder - and from the lightning And from the rains when they start You’re not quite yourself on the street Abrasions abound Like the concrete that eats at your feet Leaving it’s mark Remember .. There will always be room in my heart Ooh - yeah .. There will always be room in my heart (Always room for one more ..) There will always be room in my heart (Always room for one more ..) Safe from the thunder - and from the lightning And from the rains when they start Maybe there’s not enough space Has the world lost it’s lustre Left you alone in the night Afraid of the dark .. Remember .. There will always be room in my heart Remember .. There will always be room in my heart Room in my heart .. always be room in my heart
6.
She learned young From her momma - maybe Set the pace with those “fool you” eyes You’ll always want her .. She never will deliver She comes with standard issue lies She’s not the playground You’d like to get to know better Lots of sorry soldiers who have tried Out on the battlefield She won’t take any prisoners She comes with standard issue lies .. She comes with standard issue lies Crawl around with a wound That doesn’t want to close again - And every battle you lose Makes her harder to defend - She comes with standard issue lies .. She comes with standard issue lies She’ll learn to love .. From another - maybe Never one to savour a good-bye You’ll always need her - It won’t get any better She comes with standard issue lies .. She comes with standard issue lies Crawl around with a wound That doesn’t want to close again - And every battle you lose Makes her harder to defend - She comes with standard issue lies .. She comes with standard issue lies Crawl around with a wound That doesn’t want to close again - And every battle you lose Makes her harder to defend - She comes with standard issue lies .. She’s oh, so standard issue - Crawl around with a wound That doesn’t want to close again - And every battle you lose Makes her harder to defend - She comes with standard issue lies .. She comes with standard issue lies
7.
04:16
Another little urchin in the chain of life Sold your story to me A rage of red turned to blinding white It only gets stranger in dreams - You’re a brat on a hot tin roof - baby You’ll get what’s coming to you - yeah Go find some sanctuary underground Or you’ll pay for a heart battered black and blue Miss runaway You’ve been a bad little girl from the start Miss runaway You’d better cover your tracks if you’re smart - Oh yeah .. You looked so sweet while you were telling me lies You gave me the works - Ran the name on the tip of my tongue .. honey All we could come up with was dirt You’re a brat on a hot tin roof - baby You’ll get what’s coming to you - yeah So find some sanctuary underground Or you’ll pay for a heart battered black and blue You’ll get what’s coming to you .. Miss runaway You’ve been a bad little girl from the start Miss runaway You’d better cover your tracks if you’re smart - Miss runaway You’ve been a bad little girl from the start Miss runaway You’d better .. oh .. baby .. SPOKEN: So the story goes on down the line Electric blue fire on the wire Steal my heart - baby .. tug at my sleeve You never did cool my desire You looked so sweet while you were telling me lies You gave me the works Ran your name on the tip of my tongue Here’s what I heard .. You’re a brat on a hot tin roof - baby You’ll get what’s coming to you - yeah So find some sanctuary underground Or you’ll pay for a heart battered black and blue You’ll get what’s coming to you .. Miss runaway You’ve been a bad little girl from the start Miss runaway You’d better cover your tracks if you’re smart - Miss runaway You’ve been a bad little girl from the start Miss runaway You’d better - you’d better .. You better run away .. oh ..
8.
She worked late at the office So she had a hard day At night she would moonlight, havin’ no fun Just tucking her money away She’d dream of excitement After paying the rent So she’d go to the bank and she’d take out some money But somehow it never got spent Is it love that holds it together Is it love that softens her heart Is it love…..I gotta know When you turn out the lights and whisper goodnight Is it love? Her future is changing Her skies are not sordid and grey At night she still moonlights, she’s havin’ no fun But she’s tucking her money away I feel kinda’ special… When she brings me my coffee for free ‘Cause I work at the bank and she works at the restaurant At midnight she’s waiting for me Is it love that holds it together Is it love that softens her heart Is it love…..I gotta know When you turn out the lights and whisper goodnight Is it love? Is it love .. Is it love that holds it together Is it love that softens her heart Is it love…..I gotta know When you turn out the light and whisper goodnight - Is it love that holds it together Is it love that softens her heart Is it love…..I gotta know When you turn out the lights and whisper goodnight Is it love? Is it love?
9.
I woke up in the trenches with the smell of mustard gas Stench of fallen comrades all around Such a handsome price you pay for the real estate of war Ten thousand die for one square foot of ground And here I am .... Dragging myself through the bodies Here I am .... Bleeding, hungry and cold I don't mind fighting for home And I don't mind dying alone But do I have to die - on the fields of Flanders Hut two three four - hut two three four .. Hut two three four - hut two three four .. Guns had started speaking when I heard somebody scream “If the armour plate don't stop them we'll catch hell” Some men started running and I guess I fell behind 'Cause the last thing I remember was the shell ... Here I am .. Dragging myself through the bodies Here I am .. Bleeding, hungry and cold I don't mind fighting for home And I don't mind dying alone But do I have to die - on the fields of Flanders Hut two three four - hut two three four .. Hut two three four - hut two .. Sound off! And here I am .... Dragging myself through the bodies Here I am .... Bleeding, hungry and cold I don't mind fighting for home And I don't mind dying alone But do I have to die - on the fields of Flanders On the fields of Flanders On the fields of Flanders

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From time to time I'll stumble on something I think should belong here. Of course it all boils down to reference. In the same sense that "All Lit Up" is a necessary holding tank for new material, "Curios" is here for the oddities, one-offs, artist covers and alternate takes. Hence "Curios". Believe me, there is an awful lot of material in the vault. A lot of which will never see the light of day except for a section here or there stolen for something new. So I leave this for you to discover. From another time ... xoRJ

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released August 13, 2018

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Lyrics & Music by Robert James
Angry Lion Publishing SOCAN/ASCAP
A division of Horace Media 2018
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Robert James Wetaskiwin, Alberta

In just over a month, RJ will release his sixth full-length album. A demo mock-up of "Friday Night" is ready for discovery. We'll pull it all down in a week or so. On May 22nd, come and say hello to "Friday Night". A full moon, no less ... Enjoy! xoRJ

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