Body Stalking

from by Robert James

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“Body Stalking” ~ No one needs to know what the cat dragged in. Exactly. The early sessions were quite straight forward. Everything mapped. Bed tracks, scratch guitar and vocals. The chorus melody came first thanks to a pattern I had been working on. I’m notoriously bad for playing guitar in front of the big screen. An old movie on, sound down. A western this time. Things really came together when I brought the ideas into the studio. A verse pattern took shape. I loved the contrast so I kept at it. It’s usually at this point in the studio that a song’s immediate worth is determined. Is there something there? Can I work off this? Can I truly manifest this? To fruition? Or do we send it to the vault? This song comes to the album courtesy of “Calendar Girls”. The working title for this little ditty was Bodies Talking. Then Bodystockings, Bawdy Stockings and finally… Body Stalking. Freud would approve. And everything came together seamlessly. Like good stocking should. I guess. I would be working on a section and new lyrics would come. Or vice versa. Magical for me. The chorus wrote itself. Shock and awe. The good kind. And that’s when I went looking for a happy East/West marriage. I found the gong first. I wasn’t thinking “Black Betty” by Ram Jam. I was visiting “This Is Japan” by Jack Green and “Discovering Japan” by Graham Parker & The Rumour. I wanted contrast for the answer back section near the end of the song. I wasn’t quite sure how to color it. I finally decided on two separate vocal treatments and then combined them. I’m very happy with the results. And I get to be a slacker on stage. Just singing the body stalking line in that section. Artistic license. I absolutely adore this one on headphones. I love having the phones on when I’m looking for placement. This guitar at three o’clock. That guitar at nine o’clock. I was quite surprised when this one was chosen. Off the beaten track. Out there. Life offers many surprises and things can get comical at times. Blown. The way lyrics are perceived by others. Case in point. “Life gets better when the troops come out …” I thought of it as your tribe coming out to a show to support you. A friend looked at the body of lyrics (pardon the pun) and assumed the line to mean something else entirely. I’d go into it further but this is a family show. He did have an excellent take on things so I hired him on as technical advisor. Keep me away from those double-edged lyrics. Thoughtful soul. Those of you that voted for this song will be pleasantly surprised, I think. This is one of the songs I was particularly keen to work on should it be chosen. We went to town on this one. Everybody pitched in. A bit of a gong show, really. Perhaps it’s true. Life gets better when the troops come out… xoRJ

lyrics

(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

credits

from Kizza Me Now, released May 20, 2019
RJ: Lead & Backing Vocals, Electric Guitars
Astrid Ash: Bass Guitar
Rhett Black: Drums & Percussion
Beaverdell Humes: Zither & Keyboard Arrangements
Additional backing vocals courtesy of Candyland Glee (RJ, Astrid & Beaverdell. Rhett helped out with the whispers, the creepy ones - that's our Rhett)

Lyrics & Music (c) 2018 Robert James
Angry Lion Publishing SOCAN/ASCAP
A division of Horace Media 2019
horacemedia@gmail.com
Rhett Black & Beaverdell Humes appear courtesy of Meet The Blacks & House Of Horace Records
Recorded & Mixed @CandyLand Studios, Canada

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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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