Turn (Works In Progress)

by Robert James

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Ah .. Turn (Works In Progress) My little oasis. My audio cocktail lounge if you will. It’s a mix of songs that didn’t make the last album, aren’t quite finished or are on their way to the next album. My little purgatory. No one song will stay on this playlist for longer than a year. With the exception of our song of the month, there won’t be any announcements here. Remixes, additional tracking, additional songs are updated behind the scenes. Some songs will be shuffled to a new album under quarantine while other songs will be sent back to the vault. Once the playlist is loaded (ten songs) then choices have to be made. From the looks of things, that won’t be long … Thanks for the listen .. RJ

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released May 13, 2018

RJ: Lead & Backing Vocals, Electric & Acoustic Guitars
Astrid Ash: Bass Guitar & Backing Vocals
Rhett Black: Drums, Percussion & Backing Vocals
Beaverdell Humes: Keyboards & Backing Vocals

Additional Musicians:
Jett Black: Acoustic Guitar

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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: Expecting Rain
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 -
Track Name: Torch-up (August)
(Little Texas) - Torch-up job
(Little Texas) - Torch-up job
(Little Texas) - Torch-up
(Little Tejas)

Spent a crazy night down in Houston
Stranded at the Lone Star Hotel
A little dive out on I-25 and that's where the action is
Saw her in the doorway
Cool, long-legged and blonde
Someone kicked the jukebox ..
And "Your Cheatin' Heart" came on
Yeah yeah ..
She sat down on a barstool
And asked if I'd been waiting here long
I looked right at an angel
Cowgirl hat and denim
A little Texas torch-up job

(Little Texas) - Torch-up job
(Little Texas) - Torch-up job
(Little Texas) - Torch-up
(Little Tejas)

Started up a conversation
Told her I was passing through
A Canadian man in a Canadian band
Visiting the Red, White & Blue
Then a cowboy with an Arkansas toothpick
Staggered up and called her a whore
I had to show that big ol' boy
What a big ol' fist was for
I drew a crowd when I put him down
So I backed my way to the door
As I was walking down the highway
Who pulled up beside me
But the little Texas torch-up job

(Little Texas) - Torch-up job
(Little Texas) - Torch-up job
(Little Texas) - Torch-up

She was so much sleeker
Than the black Corvette she drove
Pedal to the metal -
Highway Queenie loves to roll ...

Spent a crazy night down in Houston
Stranded at the Lone Star Hotel
A little dive out on I-25 and that's where the action is
Saw her in the doorway
Cool, long-legged and blonde
Someone kicked the jukebox
And "Your Cheatin' Heart" came on
Yeah yeah ..
She sat down on a barstool
And asked if I'd been waiting here long
I looked right at an angel
Cowgirl hat and denim
A little Texas torch-up job

She really was an angel
Love her like the devil
My little Texas torch-up job
Little Texas ... T4Texas ..
Track Name: Strangled
I used to say I'd live a quiet life
But baby, that's not where you are
I used to say I'd never stay out late
Until I hitched on to your star

I wanna lay your body down
Taste your little pain ..

I used to say I had a single dream
But the ones you have are real
I used to save mine for a rainy day
All hands, all touch .. no feel

I wanna lay your body down
Taste your little pain
Take you to that little room
And make you shout my name ..

Until I'm strangled .. by my love
Yes I'm strangled .. by my love
Oh I'm strangled .. by my love
My love for you ..

I used to say I'd always keep in touch
Now you're the only one I call
I used to say I'd never stalk my prey
But now your picture's on my wall

I wanna lay your body down
Taste your little pain
Take you to that little room
And make you shout my name

'Til I'm strangled .. by my love
Yes I'm strangled .. by my love
Oh yeah I'm strangled .. by my love
My love for you (my love for you)

I wanna lay your body down
Taste your little pain
Take you to that little room
And make you shout my name

'Til I'm strangled .. by my love
Yes I'm strangled .. by my love
Oh I'm strangled .. by my love
Yes I'm strangled .. by my love

Yes I'm strangled .. strangled .. strangled
strangled .. strangled .. strangled

(My love for you)
Track Name: Land's End
Sunrise for my ocean
You're what I've been needing
Barge right in and blast me .. heat and sound

Beat my heart electric
And you are all you seem
Someone slipped your face into my dream

Watch the time .. tide is rushing in
Bang your drum .. let the fun begin
I have tried to look away
But you were always my focus
Land's end - sunrise for my ocean

Sunrise for my ocean
I've discovered meaning
Given up for lost but now I'm found

Solar face - electric
And baby's skin is coo-o-o-o-l
Just maybe I'm the ocean for your view

Watch the time .. tide is rushing in
Bang your drum .. let the fun begin
I have tried to stay away
But you were always my focus
Land's end - sunrise for my ocean

Watch the time .. tide is rushing in
Bang your drum .. let the fun begin
I have waited long enough
And you were always my potion
Land's end - sunrise for my ocean

Land's end - sunrise for my ocean
Track Name: Spend Your Love (June/July)
Come to me in rags .. hair unbraided
Come to me in silks .. 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
Track Name: Rings
Rings .. (a whole bunch of 'em)

You don't see much here now do you
Are you moving along - moving along
There's not much chance for a maybe
But maybe you're wrong .. just maybe ..

Of all the things I wanted
I'd still be your fool
I'd make the sun rise and die in your eyes
Say it matters to you

Tonight the stars just aren't bright enough
Come over here let me light you up
It's all eclipsing - waiting on you
Think of me when you see rings around the moon

Rings ..

Nothing to fear here with my heart
It's your open door .. ah yeah, ah yeah
Keep it around if you need it
That's what it's for .. ah yeah

Of all the things I wanted
I'd still be your fool
I'd make the sun rise and die in your eyes
Say it matters to you

Tonight the stars just aren't bright enough
Come over here let me light you up
It's all eclipsing - waiting on you
Think of me when you see rings around the moon

Tonight the stars just aren't bright enough - oh no
Come over here let me light you up
It's all eclipsing - waiting on you
Think of me when you see rings around the moon

Rings ..
Track Name: Big Stone House (For Anna)
When they hear the iron bell
The workers in the field
Know it's time to meet at the big stone house
You can hear it peal
Rings across the hills
Time to find your seat at the big stone house

A table made of oak
Probably polished in the sunlight
By hands that enjoyed a job well done
Silver dishes shine
Bread is freshly baked
No one's turned away at the big stone house

Oh the day's been very hot
So they're slow comin' in
Still they make their way to the big stone house
They feel the cooling water
Fever goes away
Another perfect day at the big stone house

A table made of oak
Probably polished in the sunlight
By hands that enjoyed a job well done
Silver dishes shine
Bread is freshly baked
No one's turned away at the big stone house

All the birds and beasts know
When it's time to meet
Someone rings the bell at the big stone house
When you hear it chime
You'll want to go and see
Hear the joy and mirth at the big stone house

A table made of oak
Probably polished in the sunlight
By hands that enjoyed a job well done
Silver dishes shine
Bread is freshly baked
No one's turned away at the big stone house

When they hear the iron bell
The workers in the field
Know it's time to meet at the big stone house
You can hear it peal
Rings across the hills
Time to find your seat at the big stone house
Time to find your seat at the big stone house

No one's turned away at the big stone house
Track Name: Without You 'Round
(Round and round and round)

Don't ever want to be without you
Or ever have to do without you
There's nothing going on without you 'round

I never wanna wake without you
Redo those crazy dreams about you
Stars come crashing down without you 'round

Without you 'round - down I go
Twist and turn and spiral ..
Without you 'round - down I go
Twist and turn and spiral
Without you 'round .. around .. around

I always want to see you happy
Do my best to keep you that way
Bad days are a frown without you 'round

Aw let me have a room in your heart
You got a knack for making fun start
Stars come crashing down without you 'round

Without you 'round - down I go
Twist and turn and spiral ..
Without you 'round - down I go
Twist and turn and spiral
Without you 'round .. around
Without you 'round .. ya yeah - yeah

Without you 'round - down I go
Twist and turn and spiral ..
Without you 'round - down I go
Twist and turn and spiral
Without you 'round - down I go
Twist and turn and spiral ..
Without you 'round - down I go
Twist and turn and spiral

Without you 'round .. around
Without you 'round .. yeah
Without you 'round
Without you ..

(Round and round and round)
Track Name: Tiffany Bastow's Place
I fall asleep - then every morning
I'm piecing a dream that won't go away
Eyes are shut tight, it's my six thousandth time
At Tiffany Bastow's place .. yeah .. well well

For half of my life - this dream has not died
In every crowd I've searched for her face
I'd drift off to sleep then wake up and be
At Tiffany Bastow's place

Same dream each night .. I walk up the drive
I swear I feel the wind on my face
I open the door and the fire's so warm
At Tiffany Bastow's place

Haunted by dreams for so many years
I tried to lock them away ..
When I finally put a name to her face
I find she's even further away ..
I find she's even further away .. yeah .. yeah yeah

I fall asleep .. then every morning
I'm piecing a dream that won't go away
Eyes are shut tight and I'm back here tonight
At Tiffany Bastow's place

Same dream each night .. I walk up the drive
I swear I feel the wind on my face
I open the door and the fires just roar
At Tiffany Bastow's place

Haunted by dreams for so many years
I tried to lock them away
And when I finally put a name to the face
I find she's even further away ..
Now she's even further away

Same dream each night .. I walk up the drive
So real I feel the wind on my face
I open the door and the fires just roar
At Tiffany Bastow's place

I open the door and the fires just roar
At Tiffany Bastow's place