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.​.​. Or In Cyprus (2020 And Beyond)

by Robert James

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1.
“Like button” - “Love button” “Like button” - “Love button” Sexy little posts - hints of dynamite So I respond in kind Where does she get those crazy little devils She puts at the end of her text line I used to notice flowers Now they’re flaming hearts and devils Start to disconnect and I say - next time … I always hit the “like” button - I’m kinda shy But I’m gonna hit her “love” button - next time Gonna wait around - she’s gonna come online Then I’ll hit the “love” button - hit the “love” button Gonna hit the “love” button - next time, yeah “Like button” - “Love button” “Like button” - “Love button” Really has a flair - the way she builds her words Her punctuation’s fine So where does she get those steamy little devils She puts all over her text lines Power to the planet Power to the people I’ll have to plan it better when my heart’s on the line I always hit the “like” button - I’m kinda shy But I’m gonna hit her “love” button - next time Gonna wait around - she’s gonna come online Then I’ll hit the “love” button - hit the “love” button Gonna hit the “love” button - next time, yeah Funky little flowers are flaming hearts and devils Heart’s all horse, reins on fire Hot, cold sweats, get me to a medic Better keep ‘em close when I’m here online “Like button” - “Love button” “Like button” - “Love button” “Like button” - “Love button” “Like button” - “Love button” “Like button” - “Love button” “Like button” - “Love button” “Like button” - “Love button” “Like button” - “Love button” Lyrics & Music (c)2020 Robert James Angry Lion Publishing SOCAN/ASCAP A division of Horace Media 2020
2.
Under your Cypress moon Look at you - how you shine Stars are out on display And every one sends a sign Love notes to you - under your Cypress moon It's been a long, long road Not always sunny and warm Saved all the brightest rays To shield my heart in a storm I send it to you to show to your Cypress moon Light up your candle Show me the way Just keep it burning for me I'll be there in a jiffy and a shake Light up your candle Show me the way Just keep it burning for me I'll be there in a jiffy and a shake Under your Cypress moon Night air to warm your soul Soft music on the breeze Every song you know Here's one I wrote for you and your Cypress moon Here's one I wrote for you ... Here's one I wrote for you. Lyrics & Music (c)2020 Robert James Angry Lion Publishing SOCAN/ASCAP A division of Horace Media 2020
3.
One little cake - one little party crown One little cat with a grin If I get a guest I'm sure I'll have a heart attack Nobody knows where I live And so the angels got together "Let's see what we can do ..." They scaled back the clouds Pasted in a sun And a pencil crayon coloured in the Peacock Blue And then they trained the birds in my backyard To sing ... Happy Birthday to me Every bird on every tree - Happy Birthday to me Happy Birthday to me ... Last little drink from a big red coffee cup Then get to work on my day Sit on the patio - birds all wondering Which guitar I'll play And well, the gang all got together "Let's see what we can do ..." They scaled back the clouds Pasted in a sun And a pencil crayon coloured in the Peacock Blue And then they trained the birds in my backyard To sing ... Happy Birthday to me Every bird on every tree - Happy Birthday to me And then they trained the birds in my backyard To sing ... Happy Birthday to me Every bird on every tree - Happy Birthday to me Every bird on every tree ... Lyrics & Music(c)2020 Robert James Angry Lion Publishing SOCAN/ASCAP A division of Horace Media 2021
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Snow stuck around my little town Setting the scene for Christmas Tinsel galore, wreath on the door The most wonderful time of the year Middle school choir invaded the mall Singing - Oh - Holy - Night The stores are all closing I'm busy shopping Looking for Christmas lights Shopped for a toy - small orphan boy Anonymous Santa this Christmas Metal toy train dipped in red paint A friend to last all through the years Little town choir with angels on high Singing - Oh - Holy - Night I'm walking home Treasures in tow And ... I found some Christmas lights Here's to the wise men who followed the star Seek and you will find More than a baby born in a stable The first Christmas light So - snow's coming down in my pretty town Just a few sleeps 'til Christmas One little tree is perfect for me I've kept it for all of these years Church choir aided by angels on high Singing - Oh - Holy - Night When I get home I'll write a song One about Christmas lights So - here's to the wise men who followed the star Seek and you will find More than a baby born in a stable The first Christmas light Snow stuck around in my pretty town Just one more sleep ' til Christmas Lyrics & Music (c) 2021 Robert James Angry Lion Publishing SOCAN/ASCAP A division of Horace Media. 2021
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It's blazing hot, crazy sunny outside The boys are into the grain But I'm expecting rain - Weatherman says the lord’s on his side So he’s predicting more of the same But I’m expecting rain - Been a dog’s long life since I heard from the girl Hoping nothing has changed But my letters go unanswered I’m expecting rain - Postman bops by shaking his head Says there’s nothing today But I’m expecting rain Said she’d write a letter in Mexico City Then mail it when she got into Spain But I’m expecting rain Been a dog’s long life since I heard from the girl Hoping nothing has changed But my letters go unanswered I’m expecting rain - I’m expecting rain - Hey hey - yeah I remember that look through the steam on the glass As you took to your seat on the train I remember those words on the back of a photo As you pressed it tight to the pane Been a dog’s long life since I heard from the girl Hoping nothing has changed But my letters go unanswered I’m expecting rain - My letters go unanswered My letters go unanswered I’m expecting rain - I’m expecting rain Lyrics & Music (c) 2018 Robert James Angry Lion Publishing SOCAN/ASCAP A division of Horace Media 2022
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I - get lost Every time I hear that name I get nervous The walls close in I’m all kite in the wind I - can’t find A place where I fit it Close my eyes Watch her walking I’m all kite in the wind Kite in the wind Until she comes to reel me in Just a kite in the wind Nothing more … I - have tried Time and time again The halls are haunted And I can’t breathe I’m all kite in the wind All - this time Path was not in vain Dreams don’t die They just keep on truckin’ And I’m all kite in the wind Kite in the wind Until she comes to reel me in Just a kite in the wind Nothing more … Kite in the wind Until she comes and reels me in Just a kite in the wind Nothing more … nothing more Kite in the wind Until she comes and reels me in Just a kite in the wind Nothing more … Kite in the wind But will she come to reel me in Just a kite in the wind Nothing more … nothing more …nothing more … nothing more Lyrics & Music (c)2020 Robert James Angry Lion Publishing SOCAN/ASCAP A division of Horace Media 2020
7.
Stranded on a rock Miles from the shore Marooned at sea - paddle's out of reach Now it's gonna storm Behind your wall Cracks will show Fresh lick of paint - all's new again Pray nobody knows … tell me … Why'd they go and leave you stranded, baby With half a heart - Abandoned here and stranded, baby With half a heart Stranded on a rock Afraid of falling down Water's icy cold - it's treacherous below The sharks are all around — yeah, yeah — My, my … my, my … Well, you’re not sure what you hear And you're not sure what you see Swimming with the sharks is not where you want to be Swimming with the sharks is not where you want to be C’mon, tell me … Why'd they go and leave you stranded, baby With half a heart - Abandoned here and stranded, baby With half a heart Why'd they go and leave you stranded, baby With half a heart - Abandoned here and stranded, baby With half a heart Why'd they go and leave you stranded ... Why'd they go and leave you stranded, baby With half a heart - Abandoned here and stranded, baby With half a heart — tell me — Why'd they go and leave you stranded, baby With half a heart Abandoned here and stranded, baby With half a heart Half a heart, yeah … baby, half a heart Half a heart, yeah … baby, half a heart Why’d they go and leave you stranded … Lyrics & Music (c)2020 Robert James Angry Lion Publishing SOCAN/ASCAP A division of Horace Media 2020
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There once was a word In the land of make believe Wondered about it All the time Word was in fables In text I could not read Just kept me guessing All the time Word was spoken all the time Book just kept on closing all the time Seems like I’m moving Maybe find my “okay” Keep myself waiting All the time Can’t seem to shake it It all comes into play Close enough to miss it All the time Still I listen for it all the time Word is getting closer all the time Listen for it - eyes wide open Ancient tongues that spoke it all the time Ears that listen for it all the time Listen for it - and eyes wide open Still I listen for it all the time All the time … Still I listen for it all the time I listen for it all the time Lyrics & Music (c)2020 Robert James Angry Lion Publishing SOCAN/ASCAP A division of Horace Media 2021
9.
Da da da da da ta ta ta tum Snow’s on the ground and old man winter’s .. Just - spreading his blanket over my head You’re out there .. oh so sad and blue Shall I - send my heart out to you .. It’s nice to know you’re still writing I used to be - head over heels in love with you You’re falling apart .. what’s a girl to do Shall I - send my heart out to you .. Any old way you want it I’ll send it by bus or mail Any old way you want it I’ll send it by plane or rail It don’t matter which way - it’ll get through If I - send my heart out to you Da da da da da ta ta ta tum Courting a storm without a shelter I was - closest to cold I ever knew You put your heart in a jar .. the jar it broke in two Shall I - send my heart out to you Any old way you want it I’ll send it by bus or mail Any old way you want it I’ll send it by plane or rail It don’t matter which way - it’ll get through If I send my heart out to you Da da da da da ta ta ta tum Sending my heart out to you .. Sending my heart out to you .. Sending my heart out to you .. Yes, I’m - sending my heart out to you Lyrics & Music (c) 2008 Robert James Angry Lion Publishing SOCAN/ASCAP A division of Horace Media 2022

about

… Or In Cyprus. Say it isn't so. Not another compilation. Well, not so much. In actuality, … Or In Cyprus is merely a continuation of 2019's When In Rome. That compilation spanned eleven years and contained our first twelve singles. But we had to stop somewhere. The team felt we needed a new complex to house the new singles in. Because. The sound has changed. The delivery has changed. And most importantly, the writing and focus have changed. So this is where you'll find all of our worldwide single releases from 2020 onward. Of course, you'll be able to find all of our releases through all of the usual music media platforms. Many of our diehard fans prefer to come here to listen. Which is more than fine by us. Regardless of whether or not the song is part of an album or just a stand-alone, it gets all the perks. Each song comes complete with individual artwork, lyrics, song credits, and song write-up. A mini-package if you will. If you think you may have missed out on hearing a recent single release you can check in here. With the When In Rome compilation, we moved back in time, with the most recent releases at the top of the playlist. We'll be flipping that around this time so you get a better indication of just what the hell's going on with that writer guy. You've just got to keep a guy like that on his toes … or in Cyprus … Enjoy!

credits

released June 28, 2020

RJ: Lead Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Acoustic Piano, Xylophone
Catlin Hawley: Bass Guitar on "Love Button" & "Birthday Song"
Astrid Ash: Bass Guitar on "Cypress Moon" & “Christmas Lights”
Dizzy: Bass Guitar on “Expecting Rain”, “The Kite (Sunset Mix)”,
“The Stand (Sunset Mix)” & “The Word (Sunset Mix)”
Rhett Black: Drums & Percussion
Beaverdell Humes: Keyboards and String Arrangements, Percussion
Montana Steve: Kettle Drums on "Cypress Moon"
Stan (Rollo) Brollo: Accordion on “Cypress Moon”
Backing Vocals by CandyLand Glee (RJ, Astrid & Beaverdell)

Cakes, cookies, sweets & treats: SugarMountain Confectionary
"Oh, to live on SugarMountain ..." They paid me to say that ...
Coffees and Teas: Tiff’s Teaze & Coffee
Rhett Black & Beaverdell Humes appear courtesy of
Meet The Blacks and HOH Records.
A division of Horace Media 2022
Special Thanks to Hollis Kinglan and HOH Records

Art Direction and Cover Design: Hirografix
Thanks to Mark, Don & Mal @Hirografix
Special Thanks to Apple Logic and Landr … Still an apple a day.
The usual suspects were abused: Fender, Martin, Gibson, Ovation, Gretsch & Hagstrom guitars. Amplification by Fender, Traynor, Marshall & Gretsch. As per the norm.
Sennheiser, Shure and a bevy of ancient beauties …

Recorded & Mixed @CandyLand Recorders. Wetaskiwin, Canada
Produced by Robert James for HOH Records
A division of Horace Media 2022

TRACKS 5 THRU 8: Produced by Robert James for HOH Records
Additional Recordings: Sunset Recording. Las Vegas, USA
Engineered and Mixed by C.M. Sadler
Assistant Engineer: RJ
Produced by Robert James for The Kingsway Group
A division of Horace Media 2022
Assistant Producer: C.M. Sadler

A very special thank-you to Sunset Recording's Mobile Unit
"We bring Las Vegas to you" ... they certainly did. Boy, howdy.
Lyrics reprinted by permission. Angry Lion Publishing.
This recording HOH Records 2022
Lyrics reprinted by permission. Angry Lion Publishing.
Artwork courtesy of Hirografix 2022

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