Candyland (Cracked Actress Mix)

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“Candyland (Cracked Actress Mix)” ~ Everything’s frosted and waiting in Candyland. I’m the curious and down to earth type. So, what’s under the frosting? The girl next door or the cracked actress? Ironically, this song wasn’t even meant to be on this album. It’s quirky. It’s stark. Exactly what I wanted. You can almost see the veneer fading as we glimpse inside the gated community that is Candyland. Much like polyester and polo shirts. It scares the hell out of me. I’ll never be a hit with the lawn bowling crowd. Once a rebel, always a rebel. Denim forever. “Candyland (Cracked Actress Mix)” has the distinction of being the last track added and the first track ready for the "Kizza" album. It took me two days to tally the votes. Votes and statistics. I had all my data collected and planned on crunching the numbers the following morning. So I decided to re-string the Martin. I have the bi-centennial model. The D-76. While I was in the process of stretching the strings, I stumbled on a cool little progression. And expanded on it. All the while I was scatting the piano line. I had the vocals follow this melody. Lyrics structured to fit. The chorus was a little different for me. I’m getting a little more experimental with chord structure. I’m so humbled by music. I’ll never know everything there is to know. Not even half. I like that. I really like that. Unless you saw the quick posting for this song, you would have missed it entirely. It never surfaced on the Lifeboat compilation. I worked through the night on this one. The sun was coming up while I was doing the final mix. A few hours sleep. Then begin crunching numbers. There was actually a tie for the tenth and final spot. I had entertained thoughts of releasing both songs as singles. Long before the voting began. I took it as a sign. Both of those songs are on my “to do” list. That big-ass list. Which left the tenth spot open once again. Hello Candyland! I decided to tag the title. “Cracked Actress Mix”. If I ever revisit the song I can shorten the title to “Candyland” for release as a single. If ever. The song is the unhappy ending to the album. Think about it. From my perspective. The album opens with an innocence and closes with a bag of spoiled treats. I'll buy you a soda. Breath mints in your pocket. You start out with a pixie stick and end up saving the straw. You’ll find a use for it. In Candyland. Something for the dreams. Cheesecake slumber. Valley of the dulls. Oh yes, you keep the sugar in. I christened my home "CandyLand". The studio as well. Why? Living, breathing and creating music day in and day out is like living in Candyland. And four floors of music. Make a loud and raucous noise to the angels. And they join in. How could I ask for more? And that is what life is like living in Candyland. My version of it, anyway. Something for the dreams. I like that. I really like that. Summer’s coming, be a tangerine … xoRJ

lyrics

Ginger bred girl in a big bowl of lemon drops
That’s what it’s like for her
Living in Candyland
Peppermint twists - Cherry loves baby talk
That is what life is like
Living in Candyland

Men just fall like leaves
Vanilla cream is in the bath
Spearmint on the breeze … in Candyland

Stakes are high - walls are higher still
You keep the sugar in
When you’re living in Candyland
Something for the dreams - cheesecake slumber
Cars smell like cinnamon
Parked there in Candyland

She’s a tangerine
Gin and tea in frosted glass
Do hearts still fall like leaves … ooh … in Candyland

Candy cane girl in a cotton candy world
Smiles like caramel
But only in Candyland
Licorice whips - Cherry loves dirty talk
Everything’s frosted …
And waiting in Candyland

Men just fall like leaves
Vanilla cream is in the bath
Spearmint on the breeze … in Candyland
She’s a tangerine
Gin and tea in frosted glass
Do hearts still fall like leaves … ooh … in Candyland

Peppermint twists - Cherry loves baby talk
That is what life is like
Living in Candyland
Something for the dreams - cheesecake slumber
Cars smell like cinnamon
Parked there in Candyland
Licorice whips - Cherry loves dirty talk
Everything’s frosted …
And waiting in Candyland

Everything’s frosted and waiting in Candyland -

credits

from Kizza Me Now, released May 20, 2019
RJ: Lead Vocals, Electric Guitar & Acoustic Piano
Rhett Black: Drums & Sidestick Percussion
Beaverdell Humes: Keyboards & String Arrangement
Heavy breathing courtesy of CandyLand Glee (Rhett only). Rhett had no problem recording many tracks of this. Probably stemming from his teen years.

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

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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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