When In Rome (Singles 2008 - 2019)

by Robert James

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1.
Another night - I can’t sleep Not getting any further with you in my dreams So I’m gonna fly my rocketship to your heart Wanna write - I wanna call I’m stuck here behind a grade ‘A’ wall So I’m gonna fly my rocketship to your heart I’ll fly my rocketship Park next to your heart I’ll walk right in and claim it mine Checked the stars - lunar tides All systems go tonight So I’m gonna fly my rocketship to your heart Losin’ ground - losing time But giving up ain’t on my mind So I’m gonna fly my rocketship to your heart Gauges up - thrusters on Count from ten and then I’m gone Off to fly my rocketship to your heart I’ll fly my rocketship Park next to your heart I’ll walk right in and claim it mine Another night - I can’t sleep Not getting any further with you in my dreams I’m gonna fly my rocketship to your heart I’m gonna fly my rocketship I’m gonna fly my rocketship to your heart (Apparently, a bunch of guys flying around in Rocketships) Lyrics & Music (c)2018 Robert James Angry Lion Publishing SOCAN/ASCAP A division of Horace Media 2019
2.
Tonight’s that kind of night When I just can’t sleep Unlock the cosmic door And let you bother me Drive your luna-tractor up and down my heart Quartz in my Pulsar all a-flutter Race you to the moon Cocktails when we get there Count all the craters left by falling stars It’s that kind of life When the brush won’t paint Streaks my favourite wall In a room for mistakes I let you drive your luna-tractor up and down my heart Is that - Quartz in your Pulsar yet a-flutter? Race you to the moon Cocktails when we get there Count all the craters left by falling stars Let’s go planet hopping I was kissed by Venus The voice that’s glistening Was blessed by falling stars Two wrongs in the night You’re for me Some when the time is right You can come and bother me I’ll watch you drive your luna-tractor up and down my heart Race you to the moon Cocktails when we get there Count all the craters left by falling stars Let’s go planet hopping I was kissed by Venus The voice that’s glistening Was blessed by falling stars Race you to the moon! Lyrics & Music (c)2019 Robert James Angry Lion Publishing SOCAN/ASCAP A division of Horace Media 2019
3.
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 For half of my life .. this dream has not died Every crowd .. I search for her face 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 .. And when I finally put a name to the face I find she's even further away .. Now she's even further away .. 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 I swear 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 Eyes are shut tight It's my six thousandth time At Tiffany Bastow's place Lyrics & Music (c)2017 Robert James Angry Lion Publishing SOCAN/ASCAP A division of Horace Media 2019
4.
Forget the tinsel and the pretty tree We’ll rock around the clock Just keep those Christmas lights a’flashing .. Forget the spinning tops - toys and trinkets Tommy guns and dolls .. He’s wired for sound .. he’s a rockroll Santa Claus He loves to boogie in his way cool tricked out ride Ah he can rhumba, yeah .. but that’s not his gig tonight Ooh .. a whole new generation wanna make some noise He brought a lot of amps and electric guitars For all of the girls and boys Forget the tinsel and the pretty tree We’ll rock around the clock Just keep those Christmas lights a’flashing .. Forget the spinning tops - toys and trinkets Tommy guns and dolls .. He’s wired for sound .. he’s a rockroll Santa Claus He’ll splash your party in his hip red leather suit He’d love to stick around but he’s got things to do A couple hundred sets of drums are loaded in his sleigh A whole new generation Wants to learn to play Forget the tinsel and the pretty tree We’ll rock around the clock Just keep those Christmas lights a’flashing .. Forget the spinning tops - toys and trinkets Tommy guns and dolls .. He’s wired for sound .. he’s a rockroll Santa Claus Ooh .. A whole new generation wanna make some noise Pianos, horns, wah-wah pedals For all the girls and boys Forget the tinsel and the pretty tree We’ll rock around the clock Just keep those Christmas lights a’flashing .. Forget the spinning tops - toys and trinkets Tommy guns and dolls .. He’s wired for sound .. he’s a rockroll Santa Claus He’s wired for sound .. he’s a rockroll Santa Claus He’s wired for sound .. he’s a rockroll Santa Claus Lyrics & Music (c) 2018 Robert James Angry Lion Publishing SOCAN/ASCAP A division of Horace Media 2019
5.
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
6.
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 2019
7.
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 2019
8.
No reason for leaving you Just say he's gone again No list of things to do And no reason for leaving you The whispering winter wind Snowman is on his way I'm off to somewhere new With no reason for leaving you I can't understand it My eyes are too blind to see How can I hurt you When you've been so kind to me, yeah - Gone are those crazy days Rain's taken summer's place I feel so sad and blue With no reason for leaving you This song offers not one clue And no reason for leaving you ... yeah - Lyrics & Music (c)2017 Robert James Angry Lion Publishing SOCAN/ASCAP A division of Horace Media 2019
9.
When did I start stop making sense I only turned, now I wonder where my mind went When do I stop calling your name I only smiled, now I’m shame-faced and heartless You’ll always want it all but settle for a piece of me Call it what you want to call it You still have a piece of me A piece of me, yeah When will I stop hurting myself I only blink and it hits me like a freight train When did you stop turning it on You flipped a switch or maybe just a time zone You’ll always want it all but settle for a piece of me Call it what you want to call it You still have a piece of me A piece of me, yeah A little piece of me .... a little piece of me That's what you want ... You’ll always want it all but settle for a piece of me Call it what you want to call it You still have a piece of me A piece of me, yeah Lyrics & Music (c)2012 Robert James Angry Lion Publishing SOCAN/ASCAP A division of Horace Media 2019
10.
Oh - her name is Cora Grey And her folks live over yonder I've walked her home from school every day since I was ten Every time I see her mother I ask after Cora - Is there any news of my friend .. She left one sunny day To live with friends in Ireland We traded our good-byes as the train came 'round the bend Many nights I've pined Thinking of my Cora Waiting on some news from my friend .. We'd walk from here to the end of the pier And watch the tide go out And ever since the age of ten she's all I've thought about When I saw her mom today She kissed me on the cheek and said "Today Cora Grey's coming home .." Now I'm rushing home from work To find my fanciest attire I plan to go a'callin' on a lady friend I know She'll be waiting at the station 'Cause the folks are all at my house Today Cora Grey's coming home .. We'd walk from here to the end of the pier And watch the tide go out And ever since the age of ten she's all I've thought about When I saw her mom today She kissed me on the cheek and said "Today Cora Grey's coming home .." We'd walk from here to the end of the pier And watch the tide go out And ever since the age of ten she's all I've thought about When I saw her mom today She kissed me on the cheek and said "Today Cora Grey's coming home .." Ah .. today Cora Grey's coming home .. Yes .. today Cora Grey's coming home .. Aaah ... Lyrics & Music (c)2010 Robert James Angry Lion Publishing SOCAN/ASCAP A division of Horace Media 2019
11.
If you're blue and all alone Just pick up your telephone And Santa - Santa's on his way If your tree won't stand up straight Don't you worry - just you wait Hey, Santa - Santa's on his way Well, he - ain't got no reindeer Or no big black shiny car And his long dark hair is starting to turn grey It's a cold old winter's night You need someone to treat you right Well, Santa - Santa's on his way .. Hanging up your mistletoe Yuletide logs are all a'glow And Santa - Santa's on his way Close the window, trim the lights You won't be alone tonight 'Cause Santa - Santa's on his way Well, he - ain't got no reindeer Or no big black shiny car And his long dark hair is starting to turn grey It's a cold old winter's night You need someone to treat you right Well, Santa - Santa's on his way .. Well, he - ain't got no reindeer Or no big black shiny car And his long dark hair is starting to turn grey If there's someone you would like to see Underneath your Christmas tree Well, Santa - Santa's on his way .. Hey, Santa - Santa's on his way .. Lyrics & Music (c)2007 Robert James Angry Lion Publishing SOCAN/ASCAP A division of Horace Media 2019

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When In Rome (Singles 2008 - 2019). Eleven years. Eleven releases. This When In Rome collection is exclusive to this site. The singles can be found elsewhere. Wherever you search for your music. A few exceptions though. The remastered versions of PIECE OF ME 2013, BALLAD OF CORA GREY 2010 and SANTA’S ON HIS WAY 2008 are exclusive mixes. You guessed it. Available here. Only. A fella has to have some secrets. I find it rather handy to have these nuggets assembled together in a little package. A nice little bundle to scope through. Ha. That’s what I’m doing now as I revise these liner notes. This is our first of two singles compilations. Just the commercially released singles. Starting with ROCKETSHIP 2019 and working our way backwards. This order works well for me. And with our second singles compilation …Or In Cyprus, we’re doing an about face. We start with LOVE BUTTON 2020 and work our way forward as the playlist progresses. Allowing me to take stock of 2020. These two compilations comprise every commercial single released by Robert James. They're all here. And some regrets. Due to publishing and copyright legalities, part of the vault must remain closed. But we’ve managed to scrape together roughly thirty seven minutes. And looking back at this package I smile. The amount of hours. The friends. And magic moments. So many of them. Highlights I will cherish all the live long day. It’s so nice to know I haven’t missed anything. Unpack your suitcase. Everything’s here. Enjoy your stay. You know what they say. When in Rome … xoRJ

credits

released December 31, 2019

RJ: Lead Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Acoustic Piano
Astrid Ash: Bass Guitar & Assorted Percussion
Rhett Black: Drums, Percussion, Congas & Bongos
Beaverdell Humes: Keyboards, Horn & String Arrangements
Kevan Van Keith: Drums on PIECE OF ME
Sid Perez: Keyboards & Percussion on:
PIECE OF ME, BALLAD OF CORA GREY &
SANTA'S ON HIS WAY. Thanks for the bass as well.
Bertil Joseph: Fiddle on BALLAD OF CORA GREY
Mark Gordon: Bass Guitar on PIECE OF ME
Malcolm Summersby: Backing Vocals on PIECE OF ME
Jett Black: Acoustic Guitar & Guest Vocals on:
GLIDING (SINGLE EDIT)
Backing Vocals courtesy of CandyLand Glee:
(RJ, Astrid, Beaverdell & Rhett) Handclaps always scheduled
but very rarely happening.

A very special thanks to:
Bertil Joseph: Rest in peace and thanks for all
Sid Perez: Always above and beyond. The guru …
Kevan Van Keith: A most excellent time … what stop sign.
Mark Gordon: Such a treat, my brother …
Malcolm Summersby: RIP. Hope you like this stuff.
Jett Black: Always on the groove ... shine on
Thanks also to Mainline Sound. Let’s be vibing out …

Cakes, cookies, sweets & treats: SugarMountain Confectionary
Of course … finest treats for ol’ Sweet Tooth at CandyLand
Coffees and Teas: Mulberry Cornershop
Rhett Black & Beaverdell Humes appear courtesy of
Meet The Blacks and HOH Records.
A division of Horace Media 2019.
A very special thanks to Hollis Kinglan and HOH Records
Art Direction and Cover Design: Hirografix
Special Thanks to Mark, Don & Mel @Hirografix
Cover Photo: The Stavely Collection

Recorded & Mixed @CandyLand Recorders. Wetaskiwin, Canada
except: PIECE OF ME, BALLAD OF CORA GREY &
SANTA’S ON HIS WAY recorded at:
Mainline Sound, Vancouver, Canada
Mixed & Mastered by Sid Perez: Muchos thanks, Amigo!
Produced by Robert James for The Kingsway Group
A division of Horace Media 2019
Lyrics reprinted by permission. Angry Lion Publishing.

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.
Special Thanks to brother Darcy for selling me the Drum Kit.
Smiles in heaven? To Daddy. Always.
For family, friends & fans … the three F’s that keep me going.
In the true spirit of things, no guitars were hurt. On any sessions.
*To see individual track listings and album art
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anyone in the main credits (heaven forbid), they’ll show up
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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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