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Diary. I found my way back to Vancouver and the West Coast in late January of '83. Fresh from the frozen Alberta top-40 circuit. Penguin had called it quits. So I hooked with a band called Renegade. Very heavy shit. A four-piece. I just sang. The guitar player, Jayson, had four four-twelve Marshall cabs. Maybe you get the picture. That little venture fell apart after five or six months. Bass players get married. Every now and then. I ended up in a high-rise on Georgia Street. Wrote this after a flame begged me to read her diary. I guess a diary is the biggest kiss and tell book of them all. Maybe like discovering your lover was in an adult flick and you weren't even in the credits. I don’t know. I don’t have a diary. Wouldn’t want one. I just have songs and stories. The songs are my travelogue. And every once in a while a story finds its way. Into the song. Very rarely do I write about myself. I don’t have to. Or maybe it’s all a disguise. No matter. But it’s amazing how many people confide in me. After hearing this song. How they managed to fumble their way. To their lover’s secret past. And well. What. Did you think they didn’t have one. No need to be all indignant. That diary will fill up. No matter how you slice it. Work hard. End up being somebody worth writing well about. Better yet. Be a volcano. It may not work out in the end. You have to look on the bright side concerning matters of the heart. (Which reminds me, that’s another song that needs finishing …) Better to be x-rated than ex-hated … xoRJ

lyrics

Look through my diary
Tell me what you see
I see the scandal there in your diary
Do all the characters on each page apply to me
I just can't stand to see your diary

I don't want to read it
Anymore -
I don't want to open the pages like before
In your diary

And with the winter's pass
Will you remember me
It's all in black and white in your diary
When summer comes and goes
And leaves fall from the tree
Will I be remembered in your diary

I don't want to read it
Anymore -
I don't want to open the pages like before
In your diary

Through all the changes that have been
(Da do da do do do)
Read each line and then read in between
In your diary

Through all the times we shared
Why where you scared of me
Scared of what I might find in your diary
If I built a nest for two
Would you come live with me
I'll always love you in your diary

I don't want to read it
Anymore -
I don't want to open the pages like before
In your diary

Through all the changes that have been
(Da do da do do do)
Read each line and then read in between
(Da do da do do do)
And with all the changes that have been
(Da do da do do do)
Read each line and then read in between

In your diary
In your diary
In your diary ..

Lyrics & Music (c) 2000 Robert James
Angry Lion Publishing SOCAN/ASCAP
A division of Horace Media 2016

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from Lizard On A Rock (Remastered), released July 1, 2000
RJ: Lead & Backing Vocals, Acoustic Guitars
Sid Perez: Keyboards & String Arrangements

Recorded, Mixed & Mastered at
Mainline Sound, Vancouver, Canada
Engineer/Mix: Andre Brousseau
Remix/Master: Sid Perez

Remastered by Robert James and Landr Services 2016
Produced by Robert James for The Kingsway Group 2000
A division of Horace Media 2016
Lyrics reprinted by permission. Angry Lion Publishing
Cover Design & Layout:
Malcolm Summersby & MAS for The Kingsway Group
Cover Photo of old mush head: Rick Bird collection
This release* Remastered 2016 Horace Media

Special Thanks to:
Sid for the keyboards and lush string candy. Lifesaver!
As always, my three F’s: Family, friends and fans. You cats rock.
Just like lizards … Most of all this is your album.
*To see individual track listings and album art
please click on the song title …

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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. Our seventh full-length release "Piece Of Your Ghost" becomes available on June 18th, 2021. I'll see what I can do about a single release or two. September sounds good. Summer's coming! Time to kick a few ghosts around ... Something in mind ... hmmm ... xoRJ ... more

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