Curios

by Robert James

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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 "Turn" 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

See individual tracks for lyrics, song notes, original artwork and who played what where when ...

Lyrics & Music by Robert James
Angry Lion Publishing SOCAN/ASCAP
A division of Horace Media 2018
horacemedia@gmail.com

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Robert James Wetaskiwin, Alberta

Currently calling Wetaskiwin, Canada home, Robert has just released his 4th CD, "Satyr's Day Parade". Saturn's a bit of a taskmaster and the upcoming release "Kizza Me Now" is moving along at breakneck speed. The rough mixes are changing as he prepares the songs for a live setting. Although the upcoming release is a ten song affair, all the songs will get a make-over. Make-over .. mix-over. xoRJ ... more

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Track Name: Heart Attached
I really need you .. by my side
Open your arms and love me
I’d love to - baby

If I had three wishes .. you would be mine
Stay by my side and love me
I’d love to - baby ..

Send you my love
Been waiting here for years
Send you my love - heart attached

I need to see you .. eyes open wide
Come for my soul then love me
I’d love to - baby ..

If I had three wishes .. never let go
Time after time you’d love me
I’d love to - baby ..

Send you my love
Been waiting here for years
Send you my love - heart attached
Heart attached ..

Oh, yeah - heart attached ..
Aw .. ooh - heart attached .. heart attached

I’ve got some secrets .. let me confide -
I’m taking you home .. so trust me
I’d love to - baby ..

If I had three wishes .. one would be time
Just say you’ll be there to touch me
I love you baby

I’ll send you my love
Been waiting here for years
Send you my love
Oh I need to feel you here ..

I’ll send you my love .. heart attached
Heart attached .. oh
I’ll send you my love
Heart attached
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: Emily Trann - Wide Open
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
Track Name: Didn't Know A Thing
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
Track Name: I Will .. For You
(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
Track Name: Room In My Heart
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
Track Name: Standard Issue Lies
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
Track Name: Miss Runaway
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 ..
Track Name: K.T. Rouge - Is It Love
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?
Track Name: K.T. Rouge - Fields Of Flanders
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