Lizard On A Rock (Remastered)

by Robert James

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The debut release. "Rockers galore, a breezy beach song, a downright haunting version of "Diary" and two previously released nuggets makes this offering a surprisingly refreshing first effort". It's always nice to read a review like that .. When I was going about designing "Lizard", I wanted to set up a template guideline for future releases as well. So it had to be well rounded. Tunes like "Save My Soul", the rockers, are nice to have in the rockroll club setting. I'll always love rockroll. And songs like "Ride With Me", the loungers (as Uncle Mal/Malcolm Summersby) liked to call them. Looking back I'm very thankful it came together thusly. Nice to be able to plug in anywhere. "Lizard" was probably the most organic of all the releases so far. Hit the stage and give these songs another go round.

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released July 1, 2000

This was the core for the recording of Lizard On A Rock:
RJ: Lead & Backing Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitars
James Sky: Electric Guitars & Backing Vocals
Dale Pleven: Bass Guitar
Kevan Van Keith: Drums, Percussion & Backing Vocals
Sid Perez: Keyboards

Please see individual tracks for additional credits, lyrics, song notes, etc.
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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

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: Lizard On A Rock
I barely move at all ..
I’m a lizard on a rock
I stick to the surface when the sun gets nice and hot
I don’t think about much at all
I change my colours when it’s time to crawl
Yeah – I like this lizard on a rock

Heat doesn’t bother me ...
I like to soak it up
I’m in the lap of luxury in this desert that I love
Don’t need a special friend
I been alone since time began
Yeah - I own this lizard on a rock

Rattlesnakes don’t bother me
And I’m much too tough to eat
It’s harsh and unforgiving, baby
In this desert heat

Oh – lizard on a rock
Oh – lizard on a rock

I only catch my dinner
When it wanders up too close
And then I jump right in there, yeah ...
’Cause I love their flesh the most
I barely move and I never blink
I watch the sun just rise and sink
Yeah - I am this lizard on a rock

Rattlesnakes don’t bother me
And I’m much too tough to eat
It’s harsh and unforgiving, baby
In this desert heat

Oh – lizard on a rock
Oh – lizard on a rock
Oh – lizard on a rock
Oh – lizard on a rock

On a rock, on a rock, I’m a lizard on a rock -
Track Name: Save My Soul
Keep all my pictures
And don't let 'em fade
Sometimes I feel it all slipping away
Save all my letters
Don't send 'em all back to me

I save all my money
It's all I can do
Save all my nights
But that's nothing new
I'm safe from myself
But there's one thing you could save for

Ooh, I need some salvation
Maybe you can save my soul
If I give you my heart
Give me redemption
Maybe you can save my soul .. oh

Build me a watchfire
Let it burn bright
So I can still find my way home in the night
When I'm out alone
There's no place that I'd rather be

Save me a mountain
So I can belong
A road that leads to it
So I can walk on
It hits here too soon
But there's something you could save for me

Ooh - I need some salvation
Maybe you can save my soul
If I give you my heart
Give me redemption
Maybe you can save my soul .. oh

Maybe you can save my soul

Ooh, I need some salvation
Maybe you can save my soul
If I give you my heart
Give me redemption
Maybe you can save my soul

Ooh, with a few calculations
Maybe you can save my soul
If I give you my light, give me reflection
Maybe you can save my soul......oh
Maybe you can save my soul

Maybe you can save my soul, na na yeah ..
Track Name: Ride With Me
It’s a perfect night for a drive along the coastline
Ocean wind is warm and it really loves your hair
Tryin’ to find some happiness and concrete makes you crazy
Box yourself in when everything is just out there - -

Let’s walk the beach…….
I’ll show you what you mean to me
Let’s let the ocean lap our feet
Just out of reach
There’s a new plateau I’d like to see
Aw baby, say you’ll ride with me

Instill a perfect heartbeat, yeah – to everything around you
I hold the moon in high esteem, it lights you up just right
And there’s a midnight move or two I’d like to show you
Can’t make it last if we can’t shame the night

Let’s walk the beach…….
I’ll show you what you mean to me
Let’s let the ocean lap our feet
Just out of reach, there’s a new plateau I’d like to see
Aw baby, say you’ll ride with me

Aw baby, say you’ll ride with me

Ride with me .. say you’ll ride with me -

Don’cha wanna ride – say you wanna ride
Don’cha wanna ride……(ride with me)
Track Name: You Tear Me
A change a-comin' in the wind
Tons of sobs and a heart full of pins
Chances are ..
Chances aren't good I'll get out

Knew that someday I would see
All of the reasons she had to be free
Still I sow the seeds
In the shadow of a doubt

So I forgot to slam the door
It doesn't matter anymore
You know I never let them see
You tear me

A brand new chill is in the night
I cross my fingers 'til I feel alright
Chances are ..
Chances aren't good I'll get by

Know that somewhere down the road
She'll forget all the reasons she had to let go
Shouting and counting
And naming the stars in the sky

So I forgot to slam the door
It doesn't matter anymore
You know I never let them see
You tear me ..

(Never let ‘em, never let ‘em, never let ‘em see)
You tear me -
(Never let ‘em, never let ‘em, never let ‘em see)
Oh - you tear me
(Never let ‘em, never let ‘em, never let ‘em see)
Yeah - you tear me
(Never let ‘em, never let ‘em, never let ‘em see)
You tear me -

So I forgot to slam the door
It doesn't matter anymore
You know I never let them see
You tear me ..

(Never let ‘em, never let ‘em, never let ‘em see)
Yeah - you tear me
(Never let ‘em, never let ‘em, never let ‘em see)
You really tear me
(Never let ‘em, never let ‘em, never let ‘em see)
Why doncha’ tear me
(Never let ‘em, never let ‘em, never let ‘em see)
Just tear me .. you really tear me
Track Name: Diary
Look through my diary
Tell me what you see
I see the scandal there in your diary
Do all the characters on each page apply to me
I just can't stand to see your diary

I don't want to read it
Anymore -
I don't want to open the pages like before
In your diary

And with the winter's pass
Will you remember me
It's all in black and white in your diary
When summer comes and goes
And leaves fall from the tree
Will I be remembered in your diary

I don't want to read it
Anymore -
I don't want to open the pages like before
In your diary

Through all the changes that have been
(Da do da do do do)
Read each line and then read in between
In your diary

Through all the times we shared
Why where you scared of me
Scared of what I might find in your diary
If I built a nest for two
Would you come live with me
I'll always love you in your diary

I don't want to read it
Anymore -
I don't want to open the pages like before
In your diary

Through all the changes that have been
(Da do da do do do)
Read each line and then read in between
(Da do da do do do)
And with all the changes that have been
(Da do da do do do)
Read each line and then read in between

In your diary
In your diary
In your diary ..
Track Name: Through My Eyes
Nice face - has it ever been to China
Sent a postcard and wanted to remind you
The view behind the wall is great
Through my eyes ..

Thought of you when I saw the Eiffel tower
Clouds had menaced promising a shower
A new world every seven days
Through my eyes ..

Nobody lies about being lonely
Scrap the notes - baby you just call me

Foreign country life is getting out of hand
In a language I don’t even understand
Every face looks so afraid
Through my eyes ...

Look around it’s anything to do you in
Big boys still take it on the chin
You build a life like working clay
Through my eyes ...

Nobody lies about being lonely
Scrap the notes baby you just call me
If the hour’s not too late
Here the hour’s never late
Through my eyes

Nobody lies about being lonely
Scrap the notes - baby you just call me
If the hour’s not too late
If the hour’s not too late ..

Nobody lies about being lonely
Scrap the notes baby you just call me
If the hour’s not too late
Here the hour’s never late
Through my eyes -

Whoa - oh - oh - oh …

Through my eyes -
Track Name: Master Of The Zoo
B-r-r-o-o oow .. yeah …

Somewhere a lion's roaring in the distance
Nearby a monkey cries out in the night
The neighbours live in constant fear
There's nothing they can do
They sense and feel the master of the zoo

The river's thick, she's runnin', lord, she's twistin'
She'll toss her toys like wild rivers do
Throw toxins in the ocean
No ripple of emotion
Small presents from the master of the zoo

Who wants to be the master of the zoo
Make mistakes, beat the earth black and blue
Be responsible for all the wildest nightmares that come true
Who wants to be the master of the zoo

The sun is hot ... so white it makes you blister
Yeah, mister it's just coming down on you
You're deadly when you deal
For the things you cannot steal
Small wonder for the master of the zoo

Who wants to be the master of the zoo
Make mistakes, beat the earth black and blue
Be responsible for all the wildest nightmares that come true ..

Who wants to be the master of the zoo
Make mistakes, beat the earth black and blue
Be responsible for all the wildest nightmares that come true

Who wants to be the master
Who wants to be the master
Who wants to be the master of the zoo