Satyr's Day Parade

by Robert James

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We had finished the "Beth" album and Malcolm, my manager, and I were listening to some of my old board tapes from back in the day. "Bert" he says in his best Bromley accent ... "no poncing about like jack the lad .. next album, back to the roots." He would have loved Satyr's Day Parade. I began the album in Vancouver but would never finish it there. As it turned out Thursday's child had even further to go. To where? Wetaskiwin. Where? Alberta. Where? The heart of nowhere, many thought. A regrouping, a homecoming for the heart. I needed it. Or quietly waste away in a 655 square foot box I'd never completely own. So off to Alberta.
But .. in an odd sort of way .. back to the roots. I hope you'll enjoy listening to this as much as we loved making it. My fingerprints are all over this album so I have no one to blame but myself. And oh, to be seventeen again and have this stuff .. But like Malcolm used to say .. "Life's good, keep it coming .. blesses, the music lives on. This album is dedicated to Dad, Malcolm and to all the loved ones I lost in life's trenches. And if there's one song on here that you really have to hear twice - well - you've made me very happy. Blesses to the Muse. And Malcolm? ...It's your parade day .... xoxoRJ

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released June 15, 2018

THIS WAS THE CORE ...
RJ: Lead & Backing Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitars
Astrid Ash: Bass Guitar & Backing Vocals
Rhett Black: Drums & Percussion, Backing Vocals
Beaverdell Humes: Keyboards & String/Horn Arrangements, Backing Vocals

Plus an assortment of ne'er do wells ... oops, see individual song for credits to see who done what where ... lyrics and liner notes as well ... Special thanks to Beaverdell Humes & Rhett Black of Meet The Blacks They appear courtesy of House Of Horace Records

All songs (c)2018 Robert James & (p)2018 Angry Lion Publishing

Recorded and Mixed at Wholly Goat Studios, Wetaskiwin, Canada for Horace Media
Mixed and Engineered by RJ assisted by Beaverdell Humes
Mastering at the Landr facilities .. Powered by Apple and Logic
All rights reserved 2018 Horace Media

Powered by the Starbaby1 Console .. and of course, Jon John the Sky King

The usual suspects were abused: Fender, Martin, Gibson, Ovation, Gretsch & Hagstrom guitars. Amplification by Fender, Traynor, Marshall & Gretsch. Special Thanks to Phil Coelho @ radial engineering. And the gang at Landr. You cats rock.
Family, friends & fans .. beside me through it all .. when I didn't think I'd make it, you knew I would. Most of all this is your album.

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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: Tick After Tock
Tick tock - tick tock
Tick tock - tick tock

So cool .. so caramel
My favourite glue ..
Sirens in my closet
You're the mess I'm sticky to ..
My kind .. hey, trouble
The crow at my door
In distress, a fabumess
Femme fatale I can't ignore

You make the time for me
You never get me wrong
I never make believe I'll stay away too long

Tick after tock .. I won't miss a beat
Tick after tock .. you can count on me
Baby I owe you and if eternal's what you want
I am tick - after tick - after tock

Tick tock - tick tock

So rock .. so candy
Mackintosh toffee to go
Building cars to drive on Mars
More than afterglow ..
Be tart, out orange me
Be why they took Tang to the Moon
Luna rocks your Terry socks .. static cling was made for you ..

You make the time for me
You never get me wrong
I never make believe
I'll stay away too long

Tick after tock .. I won't miss a beat
Tick after tock .. you can count on me
Baby I owe you and if eternal's what you want
I am tick - after tick - after tock

Tick after tock .. I won't miss a beat
Tick after tock .. you can count on me
Baby I owe you and if eternal's what you want
I am tick -after tick - after -
Tick after tock .. I won't miss a beat
Tick after tock .. you can count on me
Baby I owe you and if eternal's what you want
I am tick -after tick - after tock

A - E - I - O - U and sometimes why?
'Cause you are hot
I am tick - after tick - after tock
Track Name: Made Up
Water under the bridge .. water under the bridge

I was a fool to believe you
When you said you believed in me
I've been on my own so long
Living in a stalled menagerie
I was sure fooled by the twinkle
Of your eyes when you scoped out the room
And if I ever thought I was the prey that you stalk
Well, I won't let on that I knew ..

You made it all up .. all of the dreams
You said you were saving for us
You made it all up .. plans by the fire
Pinch me -- I'll never wake up
I never called it surrender
My end was all soldiered up
Maybe feelings are novel and new
When you make it all up

Water under the bridge .. water under the bridge

If only a moth to be near you
To see how brightly you burn
The star on the stage never fading away
Dreaming of her big return
I never pawn my affection
I am mine when I walk in the room
If tomorrow's as stark and as black as your heart
I won't let on that I knew ..

You made it all up .. all of the dreams
You said you were saving for us
You made it all up .. plans by the fire
Pinch me -- I'll never wake up
I never called it surrender
My end was all soldiered up

Maybe feelings are novel and new ..

I always thought you were special
But something just didn't add up
Now we're water under the bridge

Water under the bridge .. water under the bridge
Water under the bridge .. water under the bridge
Water under the bridge .. water under the bridge
Track Name: It's Gonna Hurt
It's gonna hurt .. this is gonna hurt
It's gonna hurt .. really gonna hurt
It's gonna hurt .. think it's gonna hurt
It's gonna hurt .. this could really hurt .. aah ah -

Large time - fast train, jet plane
Life on earth will stop ..
Up here - I wave from Saturn
The cooler side of hot

Oh, no - you left me again
And you never made up your mind
Oh, no - don't want to believe
You won't make it out on time

It's gonna hurt, it's really gonna hurt
If you don't bring your space face back to me
It's gonna hurt, you know it's gonna hurt
If you don't bring your space face back to me ..
Bring your space face back to me ..

It's gonna hurt .. this is gonna hurt
It's gonna hurt .. really gonna hurt .. ah aah ..

Long nights .. counting rings here
It's warmer where you are ..
I wish you'd change your flight plan
Find a safety star

Oh no - the shuttles are ready
And you haven't made up your mind
Oh oh - three hail marys'
That you'll make it out on time ..

It's gonna hurt, it's really gonna hurt
If you don't bring your space face back to me ..
It's gonna hurt, you know it's gonna hurt
If you don't bring your space face back to me
Bring your space face back to me

It's gonna hurt .. this is gonna hurt
It's gonna hurt .. really gonna hurt .. ah ah

Bring your space face back to me !!!!
Track Name: So Bad
How come you treat me like a worn out old shoe
Polish me up or go find somebody new ..
'Cause you're bad .. baby, you're bad ..
Running around - all over town
I get mad .. you're so bad ..

What happened to the girl I used to know
I bet your evil's sorely missed down below ..
'Cause you're bad .. baby, so bad ..
That trident you jacked - big 'D' wants it back
And he's mad .. you're so bad ..

You're a she-devil, hellcat
Bringing all your spooks back
Tryin' to get 'em all through my door
White sheet, witch hunt
Bet the Halloweens are fun
Hits you right between the horns .. yeah, yeah, yeah ...

My nights are wasted just to sit by the phone
Your instant karma cake is here getting cold ..
And you're bad .. baby, you're bad ..
Tell me you're mine - I know it's a line
I get mad .. you're so bad ..

You're a she-devil, hellcat
Bringing all your spooks back
Tryin' to get 'em all through my door
White sheet, witch hunt
Bet the Halloweens are fun
Hits you right between the horns .. yeah, yeah

(You're so bad ..)

My nights are wasted just to sit by the phone
Your instant karma cake is here getting cold
And you're bad .. baby, you're bad ..
You tell my you're mine - I know it's a line
I get mad .. you're so bad

Running around - all over town
I get mad .. you're so bad
mmm .. you're so bad .. mmmhmm ..
Track Name: Radio City
You get the skinny, it's radio city
C'mon hit me with radio city
You get the picture, it's radio city
C'mon baby - it's radio city

I play the dial each and every night at twelve o'clock
Jon John the sky king's coming through ..
"Jon John the sky king"
Half-past the hour and I'm hit by an electro shock
It's not the stratosphere I knew ...

If it riffs and it rolls and it rocks, well it's from radio city
Cooks, it steams - yeah, it's hot, well it's from radio city

Shakes like a piston out of sync on an assembly line
Slaps out a rhythm for the man -
Black legs and miniskirts belting out the blues
Thick fingers plucking out the lows

If it riffs and it rolls and it rocks then it's from radio city
Cooks, it steams, gets hot, well it's from radio city
Riffs and it rolls and it rocks, well it's from radio city
Cooks, it steams and it's hot, well it's from radio city

Get the picture, it's from radio city
Get the skinny from radio city
C'mon hit me with radio city
C'mon baby, it's radio city

I ride the airwaves with the sky king on my radio
Lost in the crackle and the beat
"Jon John the sky king"
Crepe sole and penny loafer make the strangest pair
Word is "get rhythm" when I drive - and I drive ...

If it riffs and it rolls and it rocks then it's from radio city
Kicks, and it steams, gets hot, then it's from radio city

Here kitty .. it's from radio city
C'mon kitty, it's from radio city
C'mon hit me with radio city
Play the ditty from radio city .. play that ditty ..

Here's the ditty .. it's from radio city
Track Name: Stuff
You got the stuff .. aw you got the stuff ..
Oh baby (in my best Fergie voice ..)
Where'd you get the stuff .. Ah you got the stuff

Early to bed, early to rise
Makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise
But honey you got stuff .. stuff I like yeah
I'm starting to steal .. you're so hard to please
Oh baby have mercy on me
You got stuff .. stuff I like .. yeah ..

You got the stuff .. aw you got the stuff .. oh baby
Where'd you put the stuff .. aw you hid the stuff

Well the stuff I like is right inside your door
Don'cha know that's what I come here for
Let me be the one you're thinking of ..
I got a great big bucket of love
Help you see stars .. you make me see red
Oh baby what you do to my head ..
You got stuff .. stuff I like .. yeah

You got the stuff .. oh you got the stuff ..
Sure you got the stuff .. oh baby
Where'd you hide the stuff

Well the stuff I like is right inside your door
Don'cha know that's what I come here for
Let me be the one you're thinking of ..
I got a great big bucket of love
Help you see stars .. you make me see red
Aw baby what you do to my head ..
You got stuff .. stuff I like .. yeah

You got the stuff .. aw you got the stuff
Where'd you keep the stuff .. oh baby
Surely hid the stuff (where's the stuff ..)

I'm starting to steal .. you're so hard to please
Oh baby have mercy on me
You got stuff .. stuff I like .. yeah
You got stuff .. stuff I like .. yeah

You got the stuff .. ah you got the stuff
(surely got the stuff) show me all the stuff
Where'd you hide the stuff .. oh baby
Yeah .. you got .. stuff
Track Name: Upton Blues
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
You wanna 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
You wanna 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
You wanna 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
You wanna whole lotta love?
Or you're shaking my tree

Give me those Upton blues
Track Name: Opium Train
Even through sandstorms
We followed the lights
Burning and weaving their way through midnight

And all of the fifty horsemen
That ride with the train
Each of them wishing that it would rain

As the sun climbed higher our throats were fire
The reins burned hot in my hands
The train would snake - find it's way
To waterholes not on the map
We'd conspire by the speck of a fire
Go over it again and again ..
I would die in the sand or have silver and gold for my Jane
Robbing the Opium train - robbing the Opium train ..

The horsemen, they drop like flies
In this sweltering heat -
All of the rest will be slaughtered like sheep

Tonight while they make their camp
Is when we attack
Think of my Jane - no more rehearsing .. no more turning back

As the sun climbed higher our throats were fire
The reins burned hot in my hands
The train would snake - find it's way
To waterholes not on the map
We'd conspire by the speck of a fire
Go over it again and again ..
I would die in the sand or have silver and gold for my Jane
Robbing the Opium train - robbing the Opium train ..

Close my eyes .. mmm .. see my Jane
Going down .. robbing the Opium train
Say a prayer - aw lord, keep me safe
Glory bound .. robbing the Opium train

Robbing the Opium train .. robbing the Opium train
Robbing the Opium train .. Opium train
Track Name: Just Leave
Just leave ...

You want it so bad
And want it just right ..
Something so rad - impossibly bright

All here by myself
Small part in this show
You're not on the list .. guess you'd better go

Your baby I'm not .. your baby I'm not
Since you said leave ..
Your baby I'm not .. your baby I'm not
Since you said leave ..

Your baby I'm not ..
Should've been never baby
But you were such a clever story
Stop .. saying "whatever"
It's a little too late for that ..

We don't see things the same
I don't work like you do
No more head in the clouds .. no more I'm losing you

Your baby I'm not .. your baby I'm not
Since you said leave
Your baby I'm not .. your baby I'm not
Since you said leave
Whoa, your baby I'm not .. your baby I'm not
Since you said leave
Just leave ..

Just leave .. bye ..
Track Name: Satyr's Day Parade
I couldn't sleep last night .. your list kept me awake
More like a scorecard for your Satyr's Day parade
You asked for tattooed men .. I'm rounding up some clowns
Too bad my dog and pony show is out of town -
For your Satyr's Day parade - your Satyr's Day parade

Keep searching for your spring hare .. I can march today
There's really no one else who could lead your parade
Cotton for your candy smile .. search all over town
Gather up the boys and girls so they can stand around -
At your Satyr's Day parade .. your Satyr's Day parade
At your Satyr's Day parade .. your Satyr's Day parade

Look at me .. can't wait to be in your Satyr's Day parade
A golden coat .. the only goat in your Satyr's Day parade
Your Satyr's Day parade ..

Those silver stars I keep in a jar
Give them away .. today is my day

Let's watch the fire breathers .. maybe not so close
You click your heels when you feel it's time to go
Just keep an eye on me .. the hand I play will win
I knew I'd be here with the saints all marching in
Your Satyr's Day parade .. your Satyr's Day parade
At your Satyr's Day parade .. your Satyr's Day parade

Look at me .. can't wait to be in your Satyr's Day parade
A golden coat .. the only goat in your Satyr's Day parade
I wear the crown 'cause I got it down
At your Satyr's Day parade
I wear the key 'cause I'm meant to lead
At your Satyr's Day parade ..

Your Satyr's Day parade
Your Satyr's Day parade
Your Satyr's Day parade