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(Ain't Got) You Beside Me

from Piece Of Your Ghost by Robert James

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AIN’T GOT) YOU BESIDE ME. “A goat keeps the lawns nice and green.” Umm. I guess that would be me. The only goat here. Just an alternate truth. Alternate truth. I love that. From the mouth of a press secretary. Talk about a spin on things. I guess it’s time to set the record straight. As far as the song goes, an alternate truth. I had to sell the house by the sea to get the house on the hill. But in alternate truth I did have both. Making the lyrics valid. The same goes for the cars. Everything else is up for grabs, so to speak. Let’s flashback for a bit. I worked closely with Malcolm and the Kingsway Group. Our three collaborations were a true labour of love. And when I’d submit the song order for each of those three outings the question would remain. Malcolm. When are you going to write one for the jazzers? Well, okay. Here it is. And mucho thanks to (Young) Steve Douglas for making the thing swing. The lad’s a natural. Imagine what he’ll accomplish once he’s out of grade school. Just kidding. Silly stuff. He always seems to be hanging around when Tiff from Tiff’s Teaze & Coffee drives by in her lunch wagon. Er. Tea wagon? Beverage wagon? Mobile canteen? Get all Spanish? Mobile cantina? If I was a cowboy I would have called it a c chuckwagon. I apologize. At the moment CandyLand only deals with goats.There’s a few songs here earmarked for the rockers. And finally. One for the jazzers. Too bad it’s not on the Kingsway Group label. This is actually the last song on the album. A fitting end. The sun’s coming out. Oh. Never mind about the bonus track. That’s not really the last song. This one is. Something worth considering. An alternate truth … xoRJ


One, two, three, four … cha pow …

I got a house on the hill
Another one down by the sea
A bunch of guitars and a couple of cars
But I ain't got you beside me

Uh uh … you beside me

An old dollar bill in my pillow
Attracting friends while I sleep
A couple gold bars buried in the yard
But I ain't got you beside me

Uh uh -

You beside me
As a matter of fact that's all I see
You beside me. You … beside me

Well, the house on the hill has a moat
A goat keeps the lawns nice and green
Like Old King Cole I'd be a merry old soul
But I ain't got you beside me

Uh uh -

You beside me
As a matter of fact that's all I see
You beside me. You - beside me - beside me

You beside me
As a matter of fact that's all I see
You beside me

I ain't got you beside me
Mmm, no no - I ain’t got you beside me
Ooh, I ain’t got you
Hey, I ain't got you, I ain’t got you
I ain't got you beside me

Lyrics & Music (c)2021 Robert James
Angry Lion Publishing SOCAN/ASCAP
A division of Horace Media 2021


from Piece Of Your Ghost, released June 18, 2021
RJ: Lead Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitars
Astrid Ash: Bass Guitar
Rhett Black: Drums
Beaverdell Humes: Upright Piano
(Young) Steve Douglas: Clarinet

Cakes, cookies, sweets & treats: SugarMountain Confectionary
Coffees and Teas: Tiff’s Teaze & Coffee
Special thanks to young Steve for the clarinet solo
Where's my Dean Martin smoking jacket ...
Rhett Black & Beaverdell Humes appear courtesy of
Meet The Blacks and HOH Records.
A division of Horace Media 2021
Special Thanks to Hollis Kinglan and HOH Records
Art Direction and Cover Design: Hirografix
Special Thanks to Mark, Don & Mel @Hirografix

Recorded & Mixed @CandyLand Recorders. Wetaskiwin, Canada
Produced by Robert James for HOH Records
A division of Horace Media 2021
Lyrics reprinted by permission. Angry Lion Publishing.


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As 2022 winds down we hope to leave you a few more single releases xoRJ

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