Piece Of Your Ghost

by Robert James

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1.
Radio plays: Sleep tight Don’t let the bedbugs bite (Long dark night) This bed of nails Keeps me up all night I toss and turn all the time Is this the end Catch and release Weight of my world crushing me What I wanted never heard me calling So down the road I go To a long dark night for my soul A long dark night (don’t let the bedbugs bite) Here is a key That won’t unlock the door Caught in the middle of a war More than a trace Of something in my glass Warring factions start to clash Nobody’s gonna see my white flag Lamp burns too low It’ll be a long dark night for my soul A long dark night … yeah yeah A long dark night - What I wanted never heard me calling So down the road I go To a long dark night - Nobody ever saw my white flag So nobody needs to know Just a long dark night for my soul A long dark night - long dark night Long dark night - long dark night Radio plays: Sleep tight Don’t let the bedbugs bite Lyrics & Music(c)2020 Robert James Angry Lion Publishing SOCAN/ASCAP A division of Horace Media 2021
2.
(Clean this house …) Piece of your ghost stuck in my toaster All the other ghosts are gone Pieces must be lonely when I vacuum up their friends Send them to wherever they belong A piece of your ghost was in my closet And then I saw it wander down the hall Found another one … havin’ lots of fun Scaring all the neighbours with telephone calls Here’s another piece of your ghost - Ooh yeah Here’s another piece of your ghost Ooh yeah Piece of your ghost lurking in the kitchen Going through the cupboards while I sleep Poor thing must be starving, getting no attention Fighting with the fruit flies over sweets Piece of your ghost in the shower Winking at me through the steam And here’s another one having lots of fun Tryin’ to take racy pictures of me Uh, here’s a private show for a piece of your ghost Ah yeah Here’s another piece of your ghost Ooh yeah A piece of your ghost in the shower Winking at me through the steam And here’s another one having lots of fun Tryin’ to take racy pictures of me Watch me drink a toast with a piece of your ghost Ooh yeah Here’s another piece of your ghost Ah yeah Here’s another piece of your ghost Here’s another piece of your ghost A toast to the ghost with the most Here’s another piece of your (shhh …) ghost Lyrics & Music (c)2020 Robert James Angry Lion Publishing SOCAN/ASCAP A division of Horace Media 2021
3.
Miss Malloy 04:37
High school classroom - who walks in A sub for Mr. Summersby She wrote her name up on the blackboard Thought I saw her wink at me Small town boy in a big, big city I’d never seen an angel before Caught my eye in a big, big way The moment she walked through the door She stopped me in the hallway Wants to see me right after school I said I could write an essay on you Are you thinking of making a pass - Miss Malloy Is there anybody waiting at home - Miss Malloy I’ve been a bad, bad boy I’ve been a bad, bad boy Danger contents - nice facade Little Miss Catastrophe Smell her perfume down the hall Detention room is calling me Wild-eyed kid in a big, big city I’d never seen an angel before Now I know what they mean ‘bout a five-alarm fire I felt it when she walked through the door She stopped me in the hallway Wants to see me right after school I said I could write an essay on you Are you thinking of making a pass - Miss Malloy Is there anybody waiting at home - Miss Malloy I’ve been a bad, bad boy A bad, bad boy She stopped me by my locker She wants to see me right after school I said let me write an essay for you - yeah, you Are you thinking of making a pass - Miss Malloy Is there anybody waiting at home - Miss Malloy Are you thinking of making a pass - Miss Malloy Is there anybody waiting at home - Miss Malloy A bad, bad boy - A bad, bad boy A bad, bad boy - bad, bad boy Lyrics & Music(c)2020 Robert James Angry Lion Publishing SOCAN/ASCAP A division of Horace Media 2021
4.
Poor Kitty 02:57
Poor kitty, poor kitty, kitty - poor kitty The milk’s all gone - Poor kitty, poor kitty, kitty - poor kitty The milk’s all gone - Yodel-ay-e - ooh, poor kitty Yeah, poor kitty kitty, ooh poor kitty Uh huh huh — uh huh huh Always last in line Hand me downs and left behinds Baby’s put out in the rain … shoo, shoo, shoo Scratching at the screen door Let me in again … shoo, shoo, shoo Out of sight and out of mind And just a little late Nothing in the saucer now You’re gonna have to wait again Poor kitty, poor kitty, kitty - poor kitty The milk’s all gone - Poor kitty, poor kitty, kitty - poor kitty The milk’s all gone - Uh huh huh — uh huh huh Tried to warn you last time Careful walking on his landmines Baby’s put out for the night … shoo, shoo, shoo Everything is always grey Nothing’s black and white … shoo, shoo, shoo Soaked and looking in A wayward rolling stone Fending for yourself Out there ’til the cows come home Poor kitty, poor kitty, kitty - poor kitty The milk’s all gone - Poor kitty, poor kitty, kitty - poor kitty The milk’s all gone - Uh huh huh — uh huh huh Uh huh huh … Yodel-ay-e Uh huh huh … Yodel-ay-e Uh huh huh Lyrics & Music (c)2021 Robert James Angry Lion Publishing A division of Horace Media 2021
5.
Ooh ooh, yeah Saw you walking easy street Strolling in luxury’s lap Tip of the hat to a movie I saw Heading you off at the pass Day and night fixing the road Just to be able to say f-f-f-f-For you f-f-f-f-For you A wave of my hand - I can get that f-f-f-f-For you f-f-f-f-For you I see a path - notice the signs I can still read hieroglyph Off to the left - remains of a fire One never properly lit Day and night I’d be feeding that flame If this was the path I was on f-f-f-f-For you f-f-f-f-For you If I wave my hand I can get that f-f-f-f-For you Day and night I’d be feeding that flame If this was the path I was on - The path I was on f-f-f-f-For you f-f-f-f-For you If I wave my hand - I can get that f-f-f-f-For you f-f-f-f-For you A wave of my hand - I can get that f-f-f-f-For you For you - For you - For you - For you f-f-f-f-For you Lyrics & Music (c)2021 Robert James Angry Lion Publishing SOCAN/ASCAP A division of Horace Media 2021
6.
Out To Sea 03:50
Out to sea - With Blackbeard as captain Drunk in his cabin We dragged him from the tavern by his feet Out to sea - We sail on the hour First mate needs a shower He spent the morning dabblin' in the green Out to sea - Follow the wind out to sea Out to sea - North star says come out to see Fate is the wind on the sail Staying afloat is just half of the game You must play Out to sea - The waters look calm Currents are strong A storm could send us crashing in the reefs Out to sea - Captain's finally sober Gave the maps a good once over But the smell of Navy Rum is in his tea Out to sea - Follow the wind out to sea Out to sea - North star says come out to sea Fate is the wind on the sail Staying afloat is just half of the game You must play Fate is the wind on the sail Staying afloat is just half of the game You must play ... out to sea Lyrics & Music (c)2021 Robert James Angry Lion Publishing SOCAN/ASCAP A division of Horace Media 2021
7.
One little, two little mickeys of Gin Tucked in my boots and I’m sneakin’ ‘em in My friend Julie .. her boyfriend Jack Invited me down past the railroad tracks Goin’ to a riverside rockroll revival tonight Stan .. he got a snare, a kick and a hat A nasty ol’ demeanour he got from his dad Stevie got a bass he bought at a pawn And a second-hand amp from a neighbour named John Goin’ to a riverside rockroll revival tonight Well, the rockroll tunes are fast and tight Down by the riverside Gonna shake, gonna rattle .. roll all night Down by the riverside Goin’ to a riverside rockroll revival tonight Slim knows a girl .. her name’s Irene Smooth talker, fast girl - a Bordeaux Queen She’s got a couple girlfriends she’s bringing along A little razzle dazzle and the beat goes on Goin’ to a riverside rockroll revival tonight Well, the rockroll tunes are fast and tight Down by the riverside Gonna shake, gonna rattle .. roll all night Down by the riverside Goin’ to a riverside rockroll revival tonight Woo yeah - One little, two little mickeys of Gin Tucked in my boots and I’m sneakin’ ‘em in My friend Julie .. her boyfriend Jack Invited me down past the railroad tracks Goin’ to a riverside rockroll revival tonight Well, the rockroll tunes are fast and tight Down by the riverside Gonna shake, gonna rattle .. roll all night Down by the riverside Goin’ to a riverside rockroll revival tonight Woo yeah - Goin’ to a riverside rockroll revival tonight Woo yeah - Lyrics & Music (c)2018 Robert James Angry Lion Publishing SOCAN/ASCAP A division of Horace Media 2021
8.
You mope around like you lost me In your little game, you put me in play Never asked you to want me You break hearts - I’m breaking away That’s enough of those silly love songs Playing in my head all night That’s enough of those burning questions Running through my mind - Like, baby, why - the crocodile tears You picked the angles - you played them all You should be fine … you weren’t happy here Why are you crying crocodile tears Oh, don’t cry - no, no - no more Crocodile tears - mm mm .. Glad you got what you wanted By taking the time to make up your mind Your calculations were off, babe The next one in line just left you behind That’s enough of those silly love songs Playing in my head all night That’s enough of those burning questions Running through my mind - Like, baby, why - the crocodile tears You picked the angles - you played them all You should be fine … you weren’t happy here Why are you crying crocodile tears Oh, don’t cry - uh uh uh - cry Don’t you cry - mm no no - mmhmm Crying - oh no - No - (Plenty more no’s where these came from) Like, baby, why - the crocodile tears You played the angles - you played them all You should be fine … you weren’t happy here Why are you crying crocodile tears Well don’t cry - you played the angles -uh uh You weren’t happy here - crocodile tears Ooh yeah - crocodile tears ( Plenty more crocodile tears where those came from …) Lyrics & Music (c)2020 Robert James Angry Lion Publishing SOCAN/ASCAP A division of Horace Media 2021
9.
Lesson number one … Take out your book The subject is my heart Won’t you have a look … Don’t skip a chapter That’s no way to start Get to know my heart by heart Lesson number two … Take out your pen On the picture of my heart Write your name within Stay after school Until your grades are off the charts And you will know my heart by heart Heart by heart Every cut and scrape How that heart was made Ancient history, poetry and art Heart by heart Lesson number three Find yourself a chair You best get comfy You’re not going anywhere … Kick off your shoes The show’s about to start I watch you watch my heart by heart Heart by heart Every cut and scrape How that heart was made Ancient history, poetry and art Heart by ... Someone should show you What a healing heart can do Maybe there’s something here for you Heart by heart Every cut and scrape How that heart was made Ancient history, poetry and art Heart by ... Heart by heart Ooh - yeah -- heart by heart Oh yeah - ooh yeah - heart by heart Ooh - yeah - heart by heart Oh yeah - ooh yeah - heart by heart Heart by heart Lyrics & Music (c)2021 Robert James Angry Lion Publishing SOCAN/ASCAP A division of Horace Media 2021
10.
Right Time 04:03
On any other Thursday I would’ve missed the call But the whisper on the wind Comforts as it tells you all I have never been this far Whisper said okay Go ahead and freeze on me I will push you anyway Go - move - Or spiderwebs get in the way Go - you - Said everything you wanted to say Okay … I smile … then grin Then take my place This is the right time baby Whatever was near is the now This is the right time baby Come on and show them how you shine Whisper spoke in riddles Come and read the light Colours of the spectrum Are microscopic satellites Whisper had to leave I walked around alone Laughed and said I’m dreaming An astral traveling vagabond Go - move - Or spiderwebs get in the way Go - you - Said everything you wanted to say Okay … I smile … then grin Then take my place This is the right time baby Whatever was near is the now This is the right time baby Come on and show them how Show them how you shine This is the right time … Go - move - Or spiderwebs get in the way Go - you - Said everything you wanted to say This is the right time baby Whatever was near is the now This is the right time baby Come on and show them how you shine Lyrics & Music(c)2021 Robert James Angry Lion Publishing SOCAN/ASCAP A division of Horace Media 2021
11.
One, two, three, four … cha pow … I got a house on the hill Another one down by the sea A bunch of guitars and a couple of cars But I ain't got you beside me Uh uh … you beside me An old dollar bill in my pillow Attracting friends while I sleep A couple gold bars buried in the yard But I ain't got you beside me Uh uh - You beside me As a matter of fact that's all I see You beside me. You … beside me Well, the house on the hill has a moat A goat keeps the lawns nice and green Like Old King Cole I'd be a merry old soul But I ain't got you beside me Uh uh - You beside me As a matter of fact that's all I see You beside me. You - beside me - beside me You beside me As a matter of fact that's all I see You beside me I ain't got you beside me Mmm, no no - I ain’t got you beside me Ooh, I ain’t got you Hey, I ain't got you, I ain’t got you I ain't got you beside me Cha-pow Lyrics & Music (c)2021 Robert James Angry Lion Publishing SOCAN/ASCAP A division of Horace Media 2021

about

Hello. And thanks so much for stopping by. Well, here it is. Our seventh full-length release. And the first with our new label, HOH Records. I hope they’re happy with this first offering. They’ll have to be. This album has had many setbacks. Let’s face it. Isolation has been paramount as of late. And my health was an issue. You’ve found yourself reading this after our June 18th, 2021 release. As I write these notes, it’s June 10th and release is just over a week away. Next Friday to be exact. Gee. Everyone you know loves Friday night. I’m listening to some of the new mixes. But look at you. Jack the lad. Listening to the finished album. You’ve got me there. My health proved to be a major factor delaying our March 23rd release plans. I’m back to my usual self now and firing on all cylinders. But. Major setbacks. Two false starts. January 10th (it’s now a late birthday present) and March 23rd. Ah well. Third time’s the charm. I’ve heard that somewhere. If you’ve been following along for some time you’ll notice that we swapped a few ghosts. Sent a few packing back to ol’ SWEET TOOTH. Needless to say, the dentist bills there are piling up. And yes, a funny thing happened on the way to release day. I had plenty of time with pen and paper to make a few notes. A recuperating couch potato with a pen. Dangerous. Deadly. So I reviewed. Reviewed. Rejected. Revamped. Re-designed. (Gee, you’d think there was a Mercury Retrograde or something …) I’m so glad I did. I tore that playhouse down. I ended up losing a few key songs. And managed to write a few new ones to replace them. I tried to stretch out a bit. I won’t get into the framework of the material presented here. You can discover that for yourself by clicking on the song’s link and ending up on its page. There you’ll find the song’s liner notes, credits and custom song artwork. You’ll be privy to all the dirt. A very special thank-you to HOH Records for lending us their in-house art department. And so we welcome Mark, Don & Mel from the Hirografix camp. Kudos, boys. I’m not yet spoiled and therefore do not have the luxury of hearing the final release. But soon. But I’m so excited about what I’m listening to at the moment. Hopefully, you’ll hear what I’m hearing. It feels good. Angels and intuition tell me this is the right time. A very important thank-you to the gang who rolled up their sleeves and helped out making this album. All the way down the line. Your cheque is in the mail … no foolin’. If you’re listening to Song 12, I humbly thank you! You decided to purchase the Digital Album. Song 12. Our official ghost track. An exclusive. Never been heard before. And it won’t appear on any of the e-tailer’s shelves. How cool is that? Sorry, I get to hear it for free. And a bit torn. A fine song that may never be heard. But. Big deal. After all, this album is indeed lucky number seven. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is no alternate truth.

And so I humbly apologize for the album's delay. If you’re new here you’re thinking no big deal. Whatever was near is the now. Jack the lad again. There’s probably a ghost here for you somewhere. I’ve corralled enough of them. I didn’t manage to get them all. CandyLand’s far too big for that. The obvious ones are gone. Cupboard ghost? Gone. Closet ghost? Gone as well. Shower ghost? Took a few racy pictures, but … gone! The ghost scaring all the neighbours with telephone calls? Reform school. That pesky one in my toaster? I couldn’t get it out. So I donated the toaster. And bought a shiny metallic red one. A regular Rolls-Royce of a toaster. I had to pay a little extra. Anti-ghost technology doesn’t come cheap. Neither do those ghost heat sensors. Yep, back to my bad old self. Lately I’ve been scouring the city for fireworks. The loud kind. There’s a big day coming. Third time’s the charm? And album number seven? Lucky number seven? I’ve also heard that somewhere. No matter. It’ll be a blast. Fingers crossed and matches ready. And if there’s only one thing I’ve learned it’s that fireworks are all the more spectacular after a long dark night. Be ever the optimist and be … LOUDER THAN SEATTLE … xoRJ

credits

released June 18, 2021

RJ: Lead Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Acoustic Piano
Astrid Ash: Bass Guitar
Rhett Black: Drums & Percussion
Beaverdell Humes: Keyboards, Horns & Strings
Backing Vocals courtesy of CandyLand Glee:
(RJ, Astrid, Beaverdell & Rhett) Percussion when needed ...
Guest Artists (including but not limited to):
Catlin Hawley: Bass Guitar on MISS MALLOY & F-F-F-F-FOR YOU
Stan (Rollo) Brollo: Accordion on OUT TO SEA
Jett Black: 2nd Acoustic Guitar on OUT TO SEA
Sal Paglisi: Horns on RIVERSIDE ROCKROLL REVIVAL & HEART BY HEART
(Young) Steve Douglas: Clarinet on (Ain’t Got) YOU BESIDE ME
Special Thanks to:
Catlin, Stan, Sal, Steve & Jett for sitting in and helping out
I’m trying to imagine all these cats at one session …
There’s a ghost story or two for you.

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 & Jett Black, Beaverdell Humes appear courtesy of
Meet The Blacks and HOH Records.
A division of Horace Media 2021
Special Thanks to Hollis Kinglan and HOH Records
Art Direction and Cover Design: Hirografix
Thanks to Mark, Don & Mel @Hirografix
COVER PHOTO:
Gratitude and thanks to Sara-Julie on UpSplash for the toaster pic!
Things are popping … no models were toasted … disclaimer.
SONGART PHOTOS:
Heartfelt thanks to Marina Shapovich for lending us her pic for “Miss Malloy”
Sofia Szalay for her photo gracing “Poor Kitty” ... meow!
Zoltan Tasi for his beautiful artwork on “Out To Sea” … parrot optional …
Find my friends on UpSplash … don’t be shy, say hi …
All other photos stolen by Hirografix from the James collection

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 2021
Lyrics reprinted by permission. Angry Lion Publishing.
Artwork courtesy of Hirografix 2021

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Robert James Wetaskiwin, Alberta

We didn't get to test drive "Friday Night" the way we wanted to. Mr./Ms. Universe stepped in. Our seventh full-length release "Piece Of Your Ghost" becomes available on June 18th, 2021. I'll see what I can do about a single release or two. September sounds good. Summer's coming! Time to kick a few ghosts around ... Something in mind ... hmmm ... xoRJ ... more

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