Slouching Towards Bethlehem (RM)

by Robert James

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1.
Say Sorry 03:18
If he never would’ve dumped her He’d never have to suffer I told him that time and again How could he have a problem with that hot little body And the tight little dress it was in - yeah The band played a slow one So she asked him to dance He rolled his eyes and shrugged her off She told a silly joke and I started laughing He told us both to fuck off - I said say sorry You’re a fool to treat the girl like that I said say sorry Cause believe me you can’t leave a girl like that Say sorry… She reached for him to calm her She was headed for hysterics He smiled and pushed her away Said don’t ever touch me Then he turned around and left her She started cryin’ on me - yeah I reached for a napkin From somewhere on the table I did my best to dry her eyes She sadly smiled Said it was building for awhile But the sad thing is he just didn’t try I said I’m sorry - He’s a fool to treat a girl like that I said I’m sorry - He’s a fool to leave a girl like that I said I’m sorry - It’s so cruel to treat a girl like that I said I’m sorry but believe me .. I won’t leave a girl like that A girl like that… Why don’t you just say sorry…. Say sorry Say sorry - just say sorry You’ve torn your dress; your face is a mess…. Lyrics & Music (c) 2008 Robert James Angry Lion Publishing SOCAN/ASCAP A division of Horace Media 2016
2.
Wide Open 03:31
What shall I do today Where shall I start Spent all day yesterday Nursing broken hearts The sun is up - the sky is blue The air is suckle sweet With that little smirk of mine I wander down your street .. With my eyes wide open And my arms wide open Is your night wide open ‘Cause I’m wide open, yeah I’m feeling like I haven’t felt in years There’s no dust up there There’s no pain down here The sun is up - the sky is blue My calendar is bare Tall drinks on the patio I wander in the square .. With my eyes wide open And my arms wide open Is your night wide open ‘Cause I’m wide open, yeah The sun is up - the sky is blue The air is suckle sweet With that little smirk of mine I wander down your street .. With my eyes wide open And my arms wide open Is your night wide open ‘Cause I’m wide open - With my eyes wide open And my arms wide open Is your night wide open ‘Cause I’m wide open - yeah Wide open - I’m wide open - Wide open Lyrics & Music (c) 2008 Robert James Angry Lion Publishing SOCAN/ASCAP A division of Horace Media 2016
3.
Da, da da da da Everything under the stars are all right Da, da da da da Shines with its own little light in the night Da, da da da da Everything under the stars are all right Da, da da da da Shines with its own little light in the night Ah oom - Ah oom I didn’t mean to disappoint you Had to cancel I was ill And the doctor wasn’t coming When I swallowed all these pills I took one to make me happy Two to keep things straight Three to make my night complete Now there’s four left on my plate And if that’s what it takes I’ll get through it Every dog has his day… Can I stand up straight and prove it to you Da, da da da da Everything under the stars are all right Da, da da da da Shines with its own little light in the night Da, da da da da Everything under the stars are all right Da, da da da da Shines with its own little light in the night Ah oom - Ah oom I didn’t mean to call the Coast Guard In this weather I got lost I can’t navigate these channels And my gin is almost gone I took a drink to make me sorry Two to make me blind Three to make me stumble Now there’s four that I can’t find And if that’s what it takes I’ll get through it Every dog has his day… Can I stand up straight and prove it to you Da, da da da da Everything under the stars are all right Da, da da da da Shines with its own little light in the night Da, da da da da Everything under the stars are all right Da, da da da da Shines with its own little light in the night Ah oom - Ah oom Spoken: (Kevan Van Keith) “I didn’t want to have to tell you, but somebody has to do it Everything falls apart for a reason you should know that But tonight it doesn’t matter ‘cause everything’s a little starry out there Reminds you of a song you’ve heard before but can’t remember where You want to know the secrets of things you can’t control The answer’s in yourself, so grab on or just let go Lyrics & Music (c) 2008 Robert James Angry Lion Publishing SOCAN/ASCAP A division of Horace Media 2016
4.
You’re so in fashion Outshine a brilliant diamond My every dream revolves around your style Oh so delicious You’re tops upon my wish list Something very vicious in your smile Out on a mission Just a step outside your eight ball I don’t suppose it’s rainbows all the time I’ll climb the ladder Find the closet where you’re nesting I’m best at bringing little flaws to light I’ve got a camera Let’s have sex I’ll take some pictures So get raw - then we get off C’mon baby, get raw - then we get off I look around me See the devastation Men are entertaining with their eyes Some apparition The dangers I envision In a heart that never listens to the mind Enough with the fanfare I only want to go where Your warfare’s hot and sweaty every night Hours would be dreamless The tortures would be seamless Black fades into grey then into white I’ve got a camera Let’s have sex I’ll take some pictures So get raw, then we get off C’mon baby, get raw, then we get off Get raw - get off I’ve got a camera Let’s have sex I’ll take some pictures So get raw, then we get off C’mon baby, get raw, then we get off So get raw, then we get off C’mon baby, get raw, then we get off Get raw, get off Lyrics & Music (c) 2008 Robert James Angry Lion Publishing SOCAN/ASCAP A division of Horace Media 2016
5.
Heroine 04:24
Here I am…make your move It isn’t hard for you to hold me tonight You should know - you can’t lose I’m the best thing you could have in your life Shall I wait .. in a room ‘Til your small voice beckons me on Until that day gets closer, babe It’s just one more night alone. I only want to be a hero In a world where we can win I’ll be the author of your story And you will be my heroine. Ah, the moon … burns like a candle Pools of wax all over the ground Tonight the nightbirds scream your name And you’re nowhere to be found Shall I stay … in this tomb With tapestries as dark as the stone One more day in this empty place And just one more night alone I only want to be a hero In a world where we can win I’ll be the author of your story And you will be my heroine. I only want to be a hero In a world where we can win I’ll be the author of your story And you will be my heroine. I only want to be a hero In a world where we can win I’ll be the author of your story And you will be my heroine. You will be my heroine You will be my heroine You could be my heroine Lyrics & Music (c) 2008 Robert James Angry Lion Publishing SOCAN/ASCAP A division of Horace Media 2016
6.
When you stare with the blues I’m a little bit more than a bit confused When I reach for a glass I squeeze too hard and I cut my hand So I fall to my knees Pick up the pieces that are easy to see Somehow, something still gets left behind - If I think I might drown I grab at straws when I’m going down On the edge or the brink I’m a lit cigarette in your kitchen sink With the funk that I’m in Put a hole in my heart with a safety pin If there’s a heart with clothes out on the line - It’s mine, mine, mine Mine, mine, mine Mine, mine, mine It’s mine, mine, mine It’s only all mine… You know it’s all mine It’s only all mine Mine, mine, mine All the threats and abuse I just shrug it off ‘til I’m ready to move Find a soul - paint it black Give your momma a heart attack Call you up on the phone I’ll tell you all my sins until you’re deaf as stone If just one voice sends shivers down your spine - It’s mine, mine, mine Mine, mine, mine Mine, mine, mine Mine, mine, mine It’s only all mine… You know it’s all mine It’s only all mine Mine, mine, mine Oh - It’s mine, mine, mine Mine, mine, mine Mine, mine, mine Mine, mine, mine Mine, mine, mine Mine, mine, mine Mine, mine, mine Mine, mine, mine Lyrics & Music (c) 2008 Robert James Angry Lion Publishing SOCAN/ASCAP A division of Horace Media 2016
7.
In My Van 03:48
Wanna take you out for a spin in my van Pack a lunch…. we’ll go for a drive if you can I’d like to drag you where the warm wind blows I’ll write your name in the sand I’ll take you out to see, now - in my van Find a cassette while I drive you around in my van Just root around and find something loud if you can Let’s pack up our things and just run away And hope that they’ll all understand Is there some place you’d like to go with me in my van We don’t need much money We can find our way along I’ve been waiting forever for you Holding out so long ... I drive you home or we just drive away in my van It’s getting late; let’s make our escape while we can I’ll drive to where the warm wind blows You think of beaches and sand Or do I drive away without you in my van In my van - We don’t need much money We can find our way along I’ve been waiting forever for you Holding out so long ... I drive you home or we just drive away in my van I drive you home or we just drive away in my van I drive you home or we just drive away in my van ... I drive you home or we just drive away in my van Lyrics & Music (c) 2008 Robert James Angry Lion Publishing SOCAN/ASCAP A division of Horace Media 2016
8.
Old playmates don’t keep in touch New playthings - he don’t like them as much But there’s Cindy .. she’ll show him some fun If he calls .. so he called So Jimmy Longneck - he jumped in his car With a rap sheet as long as your arm Grabbed Cindy .. her cash and her stash And was gone - he was gone I know nothing I saw nothing I heard nothing – not a thing She went missing for weeks on end We all searched for Cindy - and then They found her in some woods by a stream Dead as stone .. overdose Got a postcard three months ago It holds a secret only I know Cheap soft-shoe - he dog me around Every day .. still I say I know nothing I saw nothing I heard nothing .. not a thing I know nothing I saw nothing I heard nothing .. not a thing Not a thing .. yeah .. Not a thing .. absolutely nothing - nothing Lyrics & Music (c) 2008 Robert James Angry Lion Publishing SOCAN/ASCAP A division of Horace Media 2016
9.
I see your wings are clipped again Do you break every time you bend Still .. I worry Still .. I worry I used to love your late night crunch You’ve lost the spark - now there’s no rush Should I worry (still .. I worry) Oh baby .. should I worry (still .. I worry) I got a picture of you on my shelf I got a little heart left - keep it for myself Should I worry (still .. I worry) I see you breathin’ up and down his back Is last night’s lover tomorrow’s snack Should I worry (still .. I worry) Oh baby .. should I worry (still .. I worry) I live without you .. I sleep without you Why should I worry Dream about you - don’t speak about you Why should I worry Oh baby .. should I worry (still .. I worry) Oh baby .. should I worry (still .. I worry) I used to chuckle up your every rant and rave But now I buckle up, ‘cause baby, I’m no slave Should I worry (still .. I worry) Oh, baby .. should I worry (still .. I worry) I live without you .. I sleep without you Why should I worry Dream about you - don’t speak about you Why should I worry I live without you .. I sleep without you Why should I worry I dream without you - don’t speak about you Why should I worry Oh baby .. should I worry (still .. I worry) Oh baby .. should I worry (still .. I worry) Oh baby .. should I worry (still .. I worry) Oh baby .. should I worry (still .. I worry) .. Lyrics & Music (c) 2008 Robert James Angry Lion Publishing SOCAN/ASCAP A division of Horace Media 2016
10.
Sat all night - a lost and lonely child Here in my room A paper bag with the few things you have Tells me we’re through The why of leaving .. it just doesn’t matter You’re tired or in love If truth be told I’ll give you an hour If push comes to shove .. But, yeah I know - when you walk out that door I’ll take you back like I always do You gimme the blues You gimme the blues Ah, you gimme the blues The best is gone, lord it’s gone. I’ve been a victim of some real bad luck It followed me here Though faith in kindness is not your strongest suit One thing is clear .. An hour after you’re crossing that line I’ll pull you back like I always do You gimme the blues You gimme the blues Ah, you gimme the blues The best is gone .. lord it’s gone. An hour after you walk out that door You’ll beg me back like you always do You gimme the blues You gimme the blues Ah, you gimme the blues The best is gone .. lord it’s gone - Lyrics & Music (c)2008 Robert James Angry Lion Publishing SOCAN/ASCAP A division of Horace Media 2016

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Slouching Towards Bethlehem. Remastered. The originally release and its songs can be found through CDBaby, Amazon, Spotify & Apple. This remastered version is exclusive to this site. I thought about a re-release but decided against it. Make it something special for the fans that wander by here from time to time. A proper commercial re-release would entail a proper remix. Meaning I change up the sounds and colours. And then I’m sure I’ll start adding things. Looking back in hindsight things. And that’s a no-go. There’s too much on my plate as is. This is something I can do when I’m ninety, all strung-out on nursing home medications. Ha! I better win the lotto so it’s all done at my house. “Beth”, as I lovingly call this album, was a joy of an album to make .. even with everything in transition. I remember finishing off the mixes at Mainline Sound and then either rushing to work, to my rental home or to my new home which I had just purchased. So .. vacating an old residence and moving into a new one. My first property purchase. I actually got more planning done at the rental home. So much construction and re-modelling going on at the new home. “If I think I might drown, grab at straws when I’m going down …”, to quote a line from a song I heard somewhere. I thought of "Beth" in terms of it being a vinyl release. Basically side two starting with MINE, MINE, MINE. A bit of juggling may or may not have been necessary to make it work. It still may happen down the road. But bring in the bells and whistles brigade. Oddly enough the album is totally based on a story I wrote in High School. The song, "Bethlehem PA" was written for the album, and in fact is the cornerstone of the album. The song is pretty much the entire story condensed. The story "Back To Bethlehem" will surface on our website in due time. In a section I’m hoping will be called ’StoryTeller’. The story is a great ride, you'll love it … I promise. Oh, you can bet "Uncle Mal” (Malcolm Summersby, my manager) had a chuckle when I showed him the final song roster. "Where's Bethlehem PA .. I don't see it on the track listing .. isn't that why you named the album in the first place?". That’s just crazy talk, Uncle Mal. Yes, this was our baby. Every day he had a new cover design for me. I miss that man. I hope you'll enjoy this album. We had such a blast putting this together for you. And as always, inspired by the muse … xoRJ

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released December 1, 2008

RJ: Lead Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitars
Kevan Van Keith: Drums & Percussion
Mark Gordon: Bass Guitar
Sid Perez: Keyboards, Electric Guitars
Emily Trann: Guest Vocals on “You Gimme The Blues”
Meori: Female Guest Vocals on "Get Raw"
Walter Fuschetto: Electric Guitars on "Get Raw"

Recorded & Mixed @Mainline Sound, Vancouver, Canada
Engineered and Mixed by Sid Perez
Assistant Engineer: Robert James
Original Master by Sid Perez 2008
Remastered by Robert James & Landr Services 2016
Produced by Robert James for The Kingsway Group 2008
A division of Horace Media 2016
Lyrics reprinted by permission. Angry Lion Publishing
Cover Design & Layout:
Malcolm Summersby & MAS for The Kingsway Group
This release* Remastered 2016 Horace Media

Special Thanks to:
Pro Tools and Landr … a worthy righteous combination …
The usual suspects: Fender, National, Gibson & Ovation guitars.
Amplification by Fender, Traynor, Marshall & Gretsch.
Special Thanks to Sid Perez for getting her done. Bravo.
Malcolm and The Kingsway Group. Getting tighter.
Kevan & Mark: Thank-you my friends. True spirit.
Emily Trann: A beautiful statement! See? Nothing to be nervous about.
Meori: Video did not kill the radio star. Our video queen.
Walter Fuschetto: A stone groove, my man ...
As always, my three F’s: Family, friends and fans. You cats rock.
Most of all this is your album.
*To see individual track listings and album art
please click on the song title …

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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. And our upcoming seventh release "Piece Of Your Ghost" has been delayed. Expect it in mid to late February of 2021. I'll see what I can do about a single release. Something in mind ... hmmm ... xoRJ ... more

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