Piece Of Your Ghost

by Robert James

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1.
Sleep tight (don’t let the bedbugs bite) Long dark night (don’t let the bedbugs bite) 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 Lyrics & Music(c)2020 Robert James Angry Lion Publishing SOCAN/ASCAP A division of Horace Media
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CLEAN THIS HOUSE - Piece of your ghost stuck in my toaster All of the other ghosts are gone CLEAN THIS HOUSE - 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 - CLEAN THIS HOUSE - Here’s another piece of your ghost - ooh yeah - CLEAN THIS HOUSE - Piece of your ghost lurking in the kitchen Going through the cupboards while I sleep CLEAN THIS HOUSE - The poor thing must be starving, getting no attention Fighting with the fruit flies over sweets 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 Here’s a private show for a piece of your ghost - Ah yeah - CLEAN THIS HOUSE - Here’s another piece of your ghost - ooh yeah - CLEAN THIS HOUSE - CLEAN THIS HOUSE 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 - CLEAN THIS HOUSE - Here’s another piece of your ghost - ah yeah - CLEAN THIS HOUSE - Here’s another piece of your ghost CLEAN THIS HOUSE Here’s another piece of your ghost CLEAN THIS HOUSE A toast to the ghost with the most CLEAN THIS HOUSE Here’s another piece of your ghost Lyrics & Music (c)2020 Robert James Angry Lion Publishing SOCAN/ASCAP A division of Horace Media 2020 horacemedia@gmail.com
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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 about 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 — RJ’s been a bad, bad boy Lyrics & Music(c)2020 Robert James Angry Lion Publishing SOCAN/ASCAP A division of Horace Media 2020
4.
For A Minute 03:58
I closed my eyes for a second Go within - explore a bit Such a clean cut mind for a sinner Love was just the game I longed to play - participate I found myself right in it for a minute And when the sun came out to play I was in it - In my life the dark clouds stay For a minute - And then it’s bye-bye … bye-bye Oh, if I open up my eyes Take a peek - dive in deep Rummage ‘round inside for a minute If it rains on my parade I go indoors - mind the storm Atmosphere will change in a minute And when the sun came out to play I was in it - In my life the dark clouds stay For a minute - Such a clean cut life For a sinner- This normality could change Any minute … and then it’s bye-bye Ooh … in a minute Ooh … in a minute And when the sun came out to play I was in it - In my life the dark clouds stay For a minute - Such a clean-cut life For a sinner- This normality could change Any minute … and then it’s bye-bye In a minute - in a minute … in a minute … in a minute In a minute Lyrics & Music (c)2020 Robert James Angry Lion Publishing SOCAN/ASCAP A division of Horace Media 2020
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Crocodile tears … 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 2020
6.
Stars Lament 04:22
I dance at midnight With a blanket of sky They’ve asked - the stars want to see you Asked me about you Whispered secrets in my ear Oh, the stars - the stars want to meet you I gathered stardust To sprinkle ‘round your room Waltzed in while you were sleeping I noticed you were dreaming Come and dance - the stars want to see you I do a jig Ask the stars what they’d like They wink - the stars want to see you They’ve asked the moon To be on her brightest bright Oh you’ll shine - so brightly when they greet you I gathered stardust To sprinkle ‘round your room Waltzed in while you were sleeping I noticed you were dreaming Come and dance - the stars want to see you Ooh, the stars - the stars want to see you Oh, the stars - the stars want to see you So here’s some stardust I sprinkled ‘round your room Waltzed in while you were sleeping I noticed you were dreaming, hey Come and dance - the stars want to see you I gathered stardust To sprinkle ‘round your room Waltzed in while you were sleeping I noticed you were dreaming Come and dance - the stars want to see you Come and dance The stars want to see you Lyrics & Music (c)2020 Robert James Angry Lion Publishing SOCAN/ASCAP A division of Horace Media 2020
7.
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 so 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 2020
8.
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 2020
9.
Psychotic - all hail rock and roll Psychotic - everybody wants to go Psychotic - ooh, c’mon … crank it up Psychotic - just about sums it up Seven thirty … still sunny side up Feeling like a million bucks (oh, baby) Step into the night In my blue suede shoes Money in my pocket and the beat’s all crazy Psychotic - all hail rock and roll Psychotic - everybody wants to go Psychotic - ooh, c’mon … crank it up Psychotic - just about sums it up Nine o’clock … smoky little room Backstage with lady luck (oh, baby) Step out on the stage With a beat up old guitar Drums are pounding and the crowd’s all crazy Psychotic - hail hail rock and roll Psychotic - everybody wants to go Psychotic - c’mon, crank it up Psychotic - just about sums it up Let the music rock and roll you - ah, yeah Take you for a little ride And you’ll feel alright Psychotic - all hail rock and roll Psychotic - everybody’s gotta go Psychotic - ooh, c’mon and crank it up Psychotic - just about sums it up Ten past twelve … witching hour’s here Walk into a million stars (and maybe) Try and get some sleep Give these shoes a rest They won’t stop moving when the beat’s all crazy Psychotic - here’s to rock and roll Psychotic - everybody wants to go Psychotic - ooh, come on and crank it up Psychotic - yeah, just about sums it up Let the music rock and roll you - ah yeah - Take you for a little ride And you’ll feel alright Psychotic - hail hail rock and roll Psychotic - all for rock and roll Psychotic - who’s your little rock and roll Psychotic - here’s to rock and roll Psychotic - c’mon baby, rock and roll Psychotic - hey, little rock and roll Psychotic - here’s to rock and roll Psychotic - hey, little rock and roll Psychotic … Lyrics & Music(c)2020 Robert James Angry Lion Publishing SOCAN/ASCAP A division of Horace Media 2020
10.
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 2020 lyrics reprinted by permission
11.
I am wise Many roads I’ve travelled To get here I’ve crossed deserts Sailed the Northern Sea An urgent message found its way to me So I’m here to bend my knee before the Queen All here - we are all as one - ah ah All here - we are all as one - ah ah I will fight Ring my sword in battle None shall pierce my armour Or harm my trusty steed I wanted freedom - it was not to be So I’ve come to bend my knee before the Queen I am here to see the Queen With my shield and my sword I am here - I am here to see the Queen Such a weary soul but I’m ready to do battle And I’m here to pledge allegiance to my Queen All here - we are all as one - ah ah All here - we are all as one - ah ah Watch the dead Float on barges down the river Stacked like cordwood Staircase to the stars I’m not the kind who can just let it be So I’m here to bend my knee before the Queen I am here to see the Queen With my shield and my sword I am here - I am here to see the Queen Such a weary soul but I’m ready to do battle And I’m here to pledge allegiance to my Queen I am here to see the Queen With my shield and my sword I am here - I am here to see the Queen Such a weary soul but I’m ready to do battle And I’m here to pledge allegiance to my Queen All here - we are all as one Here to pledge allegiance to my Queen All here - we are all as one Yes, I’m here to pledge allegiance to my Queen All here - we are all as one Oh I’m here to pledge allegiance to my Queen All here - we are all as one Oh I’m here to pledge allegiance to my Queen All here - WE ARE ALL AS ONE - Lyrics & Music (c)2020 Robert James Angry Lion Publishing SOCAN/ASCAP A division of Horace Media 2020

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If you're following along you'll see that "It's Me" just got the boot. We'll see how that goes. Sent that cat back to the Sweet Tooth playlist. Just had to add a birthday song ... and so, hello again. And thanks for listening to a short collection of songs (eleven in all) that will become my seventh full-length release. These songs are still in their early stages and I’m still writing. At a vicious pace. Perhaps a song or two will be tossed out. Most of this collection was stolen from Sweet Tooth. We’ll keep them listed until the album is released. Psychotic was the only exception, an afterthought for the Sweet Tooth playlist. And to date, it’s the only song that has been updated. Thus the brackets on our track listing. As we progress you may want to revisit the original demo. So thanks to ol’ Sweet Tooth. I’m just getting started on this album and I’m very excited. So excited that I’ve decided to make this release a birthday present to myself. My cake. January 10th, 2021. And it all makes me feel humbled and incredibly happy. Funny stuff. I will have the ghost assembled in time for the party. I can hear it now … “all here, we are all as one …”
Hopefully you’ll want to try a slice or two of my birthday ‘cake’. Maybe drink a toast to a “Piece Of Your Ghost”. Stay happy and healthy. Your piece of cake is coming …

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releases January 10, 2021

RJ: Lead Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Acoustic Piano
Astrid Ash: Bass Guitar
Rhett Black: Drums & Percussion
Beaverdell Humes: Keyboards, String Arrangements, Kitchen Sink ...
Catlin Hawley: Bass Guitar on "For A Minute" & "It's Me"

Rhett Black & Beaverdell Humes appear courtesy of Meet The Blacks
Special Thanks to Catlin Hawley for the cool vibes ... rockroll ...
Recorded & Mixed @CandyLand Recorders, Wetaskiwin, Canada
Produced by Robert James for HOH Records
A division of Horace Media 2020

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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. 2020's Covid Cutie. "Sweet Tooth" is currently home to at least six tracks that will appear on our upcoming seventh release entitled "Piece Of Your Ghost". I'm currently close to release of two new singles for our "Or In Cyprus" collection. Just one release to date. Lonely soul ... needs pals. xoRJ ... more

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