Slouching Towards Bethlehem (RM)

by Robert James

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A joy of an album to make .. even with everyone in a 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. Mine, mine, mine .. to quote a song I heard somewhere .. I thought of "Beth" in terms of it being a vinyl release. It still may happen down the road. Oddly enough the album is totally based on a song and story I wrote in High School. The song, "Bethlehem, PA" was written for the album, in fact the cornerstone of the album. The story "Back To Bethlehem" will surface on our website in due time. It's a great ride, you'll love it .. I promise. Oh, you can bet "Uncle Mal" 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?". Crazy talk, Uncle Mal .. Yes, this was our baby .. I hope you'll enjoy this album .. as always inspired by the muse ..

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released December 1, 2008

The main culprits for this album ..
RJ: Lead & Backing Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitars
Kevan Van Keith: Drums & Percussion
Mark Gordon: Bass Guitar
Sid Perez: Keyboards, Electric Guitars

Recorded, Mixed & Mastered at Mainline Sound
Vancouver, Canada
Engineered and Mixed by Sid Perez
Assistant Engineer: RJ
Please see individual tracks for custom artwork, lyrics, detailed song notes and oh .. those who done what where guys .. yes, those guys again ...

Lyrics & Music (c) 2008 Robert James
Angry Lion Publishing SOCAN/ASCAP
A division of Horace Media 2018
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Robert James Wetaskiwin, Alberta

Currently calling Wetaskiwin, Canada home, Robert has just released his 4th CD, "Satyr's Day Parade". Saturn's a bit of a taskmaster and the upcoming release "Kizza Me Now" is moving along at breakneck speed. The rough mixes are changing as he prepares the songs for a live setting. Although the upcoming release is a ten song affair, all the songs will get a make-over. Make-over .. mix-over. xoRJ ... more

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Track Name: Say Sorry
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….
Track Name: Wide Open
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
Track Name: Everything Under The Stars
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
Track Name: Get Raw (Midnight Mix)
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
Track Name: Heroine
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
Track Name: Mine, Mine, Mine
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 (a whole lot of his)
Track Name: In My Van
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
Track Name: Nothing (Where's Jimmy Longneck)
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
Track Name: Still ... I Worry (Snack Song)
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) ..
Track Name: You Gimme The Blues
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 -