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The Word (bandcamp Exclusive) 2022

by Robert James

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lisabelle61 Love the song Tick After Tock, great melody, and super fun tempo. It gets you moving.
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1.
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 Lyrics & Music (c)2018 Robert James Angry Lion Publishing SOCAN/ASCAP A Division of Horace Media
2.
Kizza me now - C’mon baby .. kizza me now Kizza me now - C’mon baby .. kizza me now - ooh .. Mystery surrounds you Like a late night midnight creature feature My Achilles heel .. You’re just like popcorn to me I’ll grab you a soda Can we be sweet sixteen again Breath mints in my pocket Just in case you get some big ideas Kizza me now - C’mon baby .. kizza me now Kizza me now - C’mon baby .. kizza me now - ooh .. Stow you in the back row There’s an epic on the techni-big screen Turn down the floodlights I love it when they change the reels If I grab you a soda Can we be seventeen again Candies, mints and pixie sticks In case I think you’re up to something Kizza me now - C’mon baby .. kizza me now Kizza me now - C’mon baby .. kizza me now - ooh .. If I grab you a soda Can we be twenty-three again I’ll laugh when you kiss my cheek “Hey baby, what’s the big idea ..” Kizza me now - C’mon baby .. kizza me now Kizza me now - C’mon baby .. kizza me now Plant one on my cheek .. kizza me now .. Kizza me now .. c’mon baby, kizza me now Kizza me now .. c’mon baby, kizza me now Kizza me now .. c’mon baby, kizza me now Ooh .. kizza me now Lyrics & Music (c) 2018 Robert James Angry Lion Publishing SOCAN/ASCAP A division of Horace Media 2019
3.
I - get lost Every time I hear that name I get nervous The walls close in I’m all kite in the wind I - can’t find A place where I fit it Close my eyes Watch her walking I’m all kite in the wind Kite in the wind Until she comes to reel me in Just a kite in the wind Nothing more … I - have tried Time and time again The halls are haunted And I can’t breathe I’m all kite in the wind All - this time Path was not in vain Dreams don’t die They just keep on truckin’ And I’m all kite in the wind Kite in the wind Until she comes to reel me in Just a kite in the wind Nothing more … Kite in the wind Until she comes and reels me in Just a kite in the wind Nothing more … nothing more Kite in the wind Until she comes and reels me in Just a kite in the wind Nothing more … Kite in the wind But will she come to reel me in Just a kite in the wind Nothing more … nothing more …nothing more … nothing more Lyrics & Music (c)2020 Robert James Angry Lion Publishing SOCAN/ASCAP A division of Horace Media 2020
4.
It's blazing hot, crazy sunny outside The boys are into the grain But I'm expecting rain - Weatherman says the lord’s on his side So he’s predicting more of the same But I’m expecting rain - Been a dog’s long life since I heard from the girl Hoping nothing has changed But my letters go unanswered I’m expecting rain - Postman bops by shaking his head Says there’s nothing today But I’m expecting rain Said she’d write a letter in Mexico City Then mail it when she got into Spain But I’m expecting rain Been a dog’s long life since I heard from the girl Hoping nothing has changed But my letters go unanswered I’m expecting rain - I’m expecting rain - Hey hey - yeah I remember that look through the steam on the glass As you took to your seat on the train I remember those words on the back of a photo As you pressed it tight to the pane Been a dog’s long life since I heard from the girl Hoping nothing has changed But my letters go unanswered I’m expecting rain - My letters go unanswered My letters go unanswered I’m expecting rain - I’m expecting rain Lyrics & Music (c) 2018 Robert James Angry Lion Publishing SOCAN/ASCAP A division of Horace Media 2022
5.
Stranded on a rock Miles from the shore Marooned at sea - paddle's out of reach Now it's gonna storm Behind your wall Cracks will show Fresh lick of paint - all's new again Pray nobody knows … tell me … Why'd they go and leave you stranded, baby With half a heart - Abandoned here and stranded, baby With half a heart Stranded on a rock Afraid of falling down Water's icy cold - it's treacherous below The sharks are all around — yeah, yeah — My, my … my, my … Well, you’re not sure what you hear And you're not sure what you see Swimming with the sharks is not where you want to be Swimming with the sharks is not where you want to be C’mon, tell me … Why'd they go and leave you stranded, baby With half a heart - Abandoned here and stranded, baby With half a heart Why'd they go and leave you stranded, baby With half a heart - Abandoned here and stranded, baby With half a heart Why'd they go and leave you stranded ... Why'd they go and leave you stranded, baby With half a heart - Abandoned here and stranded, baby With half a heart — tell me — Why'd they go and leave you stranded, baby With half a heart Abandoned here and stranded, baby With half a heart Half a heart, yeah … baby, half a heart Half a heart, yeah … baby, half a heart Why’d they go and leave you stranded … Lyrics & Music (c)2020 Robert James Angry Lion Publishing SOCAN/ASCAP A division of Horace Media 2020
6.
Come to me in rag .. hair unbraided Come to me in silk .. jewels around your neck Here beside the hearth .. someone's waiting Try spending nights like I do .. Waiting for the day I've got a hunch there's secret stashes Little red heart banks hidden round the room Visit now and then .. so much dust has gathered You'll have to spend them soon And I know just the place .. Spend your love on me I'm penniless, a pauper I hear love sets you free Spend your love on me Oh baby .. I want to believe .. Come and spend your love here One little, two little, three little hearts Spend 'em all on me I'm standing on a ladder and hearts are hard to reach Spend your love on me I'm penniless, a pauper I hear love sets you free Spend your love on me Oh baby .. I want to believe Come and spend your love here My door is always open .. come and spend your love I'll always be at bargain prices .. come and spend your love So many discount deals .. hmm .. come and spend your love F-I-R-E fire sale .. come and spend your love Spend your love on me I'm penniless, a pauper I hear love sets you free Spend your love on me Oh baby .. I want to believe Come and spend your love here Spend your love on me Spend your love on me Spend your love on me .. why don't you Spend your love on me .. on me Lyrics & Music (c) 2018 Robert James Angry Lion Publishing SOCAN/ASCAP A division of Horace Media 2019
7.
Yay yeah - I'm gliding .. The universe is a big one .. I'm feeling right at home Chatting up a storm with every ghost I've ever known .. They drag those chains behind me But they can't slow me down 'Cause I am gliding .. yay yeah .. yes I'm gliding .. (Look at us) Yay yeah .. I'm gliding .. Welcome to the big one - you're in it on your own No sugar coating here .. you'll have to stand alone I know you can make it through - oh you were made for this You'll soon be gliding .. Yay yeah - yeah you're gliding Never wanted to learn to hurt Sent the sadness away Lantern, lantern .. burn me bright Like a comet 'cross the night sky Ooh - you're gliding .. Ooh - oh yeah you're gliding .. You're gliding - you - are - gliding .. Welcome to the righteous age - don't walk through that door We have to find ourselves before they chain us to the floor Once we hit the open road .. no need to speed at all 'Cause we'll be gliding - Yay yeah .. oh yeah we're gliding Never wanted to learn to hurt Sent the sadness away Lantern, lantern burn me bright Like a comet 'cross the night sky Look at us - (looking good) - Oh we're gliding Look at us .. we are gliding We're gliding - we - are - gliding Oh we're gliding - yes we're gliding Oh we're .. gliding .. Yay yeah Lyrics & Music (c) 2018 Robert James Angry Lion Publishing SOCAN/ASCAP A division of Horace Media 2019
8.
(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
9.
(Body stalking - body stalking) Aw yeah .. you’re on my mind Early in the mornin’ ’til the sun don’t shine Aw yeah .. live in sin No one needs to know what the cat dragged in Aw yeah .. there’s no doubt Life gets better when the troops come out Aw yeah .. preach to me But this I gotta see - Body stalking - Baby come ‘a’ share your body with me Body stalking - Baby come ‘a’ share your body with me Aw yeah .. dangerous curves Come around the corner and I lose my nerve Aw yeah .. mind the store Gonna let you know what the key is for Aw yeah .. knock me out TKO in the seventh round Aw yeah .. remedy me ‘Cause this I gotta see - Body stalking - Baby come ‘a’ share your body with me Body stalking - Baby come ‘a’ share your body with me Where I wanna go .. close my eyes tonight .. (body stalking) What I wanna hear .. silence in the night .. (bodies talking) Body stalking - body stalking - body stalking Aw yeah .. the restless kind Soul gets happy when the heart’s online Aw yeah .. nameless street Can’t get to heaven if the roads don’t meet Aw yeah .. down to time Wait too long and you lose your ride Aw yeah .. if it’s destiny Well .. this I gotta see - Body stalking - Baby come ‘a’ share your body with me Body stalking - Baby come ‘a’ share your body with me Where I wanna go .. close my eyes tonight .. (body stalking) What I wanna hear .. silence in the night .. (bodies talking) Aw yeah .. you’re on my mind Early in the mornin’ ’til the sun don’t shine Bawdy stockings Baby come ‘a’ share your body with me Aw yeah .. live in sin No one needs to know what the cat dragged in Body stalking - Baby come ‘a’ share your body with me Aw yeah .. there’s no doubt Life gets better when the troops come out Body stalking - Baby come ‘a’ share your body with me Aw yeah .. dangerous curves Come around the corner and I lose my nerve Body stalking - Baby come ‘a’ share your body with me Aw yeah .. knock me out TKO in the seventh round Body stalking - Baby come ‘a’ share your body with me Body stalking - Baby come ‘a’ share your body with me Lyrics & Music (c) 2018 Robert James Angry Lion Publishing SOCAN/ASCAP A division of Horace Media 2019
10.
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 Lyrics & Music (c)2018 Robert James Angry Lion Publishing SOCAN/ASCAP A Division of Horace Media 2018
11.
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 2021

about

THE WORD: A BANDCAMP EXCLUSIVE RELEASE
Every good story starts with a flashback. It’s January of 2022 and I’m taking stock. What’s next on the menu. I was entertaining thoughts of a vinyl release. I had been caught up in the vinyl hysteria and found myself surfing Amazon. I had made more than a few purchases there. Okay, a vinyl release. What’s on it? After doing a ton of research it seemed the best approach was a compilation. This would end up being release #8. Lizard On A Rock had been the only physical release to date, having been released commercially on CD. All the other releases had been digital only.

Okay. Thinking seriously about a vinyl release now. That question again. What’s on it? And … hold the phone. Literally. Why, it’s Mr. Sadler on the line. Calling from Winnipeg, just blew in from Las Vegas. Diggin’ the tunes, Mr. James. Any plans for the summer? Thinking about doing a vinyl release. Remixes or new songs? Flash forward to mid-March and there’s a 40-foot Winnebago parked in front of CandyLand. Well … boy howdy. It’s the Sunset Recording Mobile Unit. It’s Mr. Sadler and Sunset’s studio mascot, Jimmy. The dog is small but has that lion quality …

If you’re familiar with our catalogue you’ll recognize most of these songs. With the exception of Expecting Rain (sunset hot mix) and The Word (sunset mix), the remaining nine tracks were selected from our last four full-length releases. I say nine tracks because tracks 12 and 13 are bonus tracks included with the digital purchase. I thought long and hard about including the songs as they appeared on their respective releases. So you could hear the contrast between mixes. Ah, that’s just clutter. If you’re listening to Stranded on the Friday Night release, well, that’s where it belongs. Keep this as is. And keep that over there. The nine songs we did choose for this outing were the all-time stat leaders. At the moment I’m unsure what’s next on the horizon. It’s October, late in the season, and I’m taking stock. Again. But I didn’t want to hold things up. Too much. These remixes deserve a listen. Hear what Mr. Sadler hears. His take on things. Didn’t you hear? Las Vegas came to town … word. Although we didn’t include the original mixes in this package, we did manage to include the original artwork for each of the songs here. Just in case you want to hunt down the original mix and liner notes. And so. There’s an empty glass in front of me. It’s probably time for a Sunset Mix … xoRJ

credits

released October 6, 2022

RJ: Lead Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Dobro, Acoustic Piano
Dizzy: Bass Guitar except*
Astrid Ash: Bass Guitar on Tracks 12 & 13
Rhett Black: Drums & Percussion
Beaverdell Humes: Keyboards
Jett Black: Acoustic Guitar on Track 7

Backing Vocals, Handclaps & Additional percussion
courtesy of CandyLand Glee:
(RJ, Astrid Ash, Beaverdell Humes & Rhett Black)

Cakes, cookies, sweets & treats: Sugar Mountain Confectionary
"Oh, to live on Sugar Mountain" (they paid me to say that ...)
Coffees and Teas: Tiff’s Teaze & Coffee
Additional Beverages: Around The Mulberry Bush

Rhett Black & Beaverdell Humes appear courtesy of
Meet The Blacks and HOH Records.
A division of Horace Media 2022
Dizzy appears courtesy of Sunset Recording
Special Thanks to Hollis Kinglan and HOH Records
Art Direction and Cover Design: Hirografix
Special Thanks to Mark, Don & Mal @Hirografix
Original Cover Photo: The Stavely Collection

Recorded @CandyLand Recorders. Wetaskiwin, Canada
Additional Recordings: Sunset Recording. Las Vegas, USA
Engineered and Mixed by C.M. Sadler
Assistant Engineer: RJ
Produced by Robert James for The Kingsway Group
A division of Horace Media 2022
Assistant Producer: C.M. Sadler

A very special thank-you to Sunset Recording's Mobile Unit
"We bring Las Vegas to you" ... they certainly did. Boy, howdy.
Lyrics reprinted by permission. Angry Lion Publishing.
This recording HOH Records 2022

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 …

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As 2024 rolls along we hope to leave you a few more single releases xoRJ

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