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Lizard On A Rock​/​Happenstance At Fire Mountain

from Lizard On A Rock (RM) by Robert James

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Lizard On A Rock. The working title was lizard on a box. Thanks to my nephew Dylan. My brother Darcy’s son. I needed one more song for the project and I had a nice verse pattern that I was messing with on the Ovation acoustic. I hadn’t been home long. Having spent the last few weeks on a road trip. To visit my family back in Edmonton. I’d been home a couple of days at best. My nephew had packed a small plastic lizard in my suitcase. I had this little cedar box I kept on my kitchen table. Kept it full of guitar picks. So I placed the lizard on top of it. It’s a beautiful sunny day. I’m playing the Ovation acoustic and having a nice cup of tea. I settle into a cool groove. A bounce, if you will. And out of my mouth pops "I barely move at all, I'm a lizard on a box ..." After a couple of Weird Al verses, I finally got serious with the song. Always thought Michael and INXS should have covered this one. Trivia time. A joke. Did you hear the one. A rattlesnake walks into a bar. Bartender, an Armadillo, say what’ll you have? Rattlesnake replies. How about a lizard on the rocks? That one’s courtesy of Uncle Mal … xoRJ


I barely move at all ..
I’m a lizard on a rock
I stick to the surface when the sun gets nice and hot
I don’t think about much at all
I change my colours when it’s time to crawl
Yeah – I like this lizard on a rock

Heat doesn’t bother me ...
I like to soak it up
I’m in the lap of luxury in this desert that I love
Don’t need a special friend
I been alone since time began
Yeah - I own this lizard on a rock

Rattlesnakes don’t bother me
And I’m much too tough to eat
It’s harsh and unforgiving, baby
In this desert heat

Oh – lizard on a rock
Oh – lizard on a rock

I only catch my dinner
When it wanders up too close
And then I jump right in there, yeah ...
’Cause I love their flesh the most
I barely move and I never blink
I watch the sun just rise and sink
Yeah - I am this lizard on a rock

Rattlesnakes don’t bother me
And I’m much too tough to eat
It’s harsh and unforgiving, baby
In this desert heat

Oh – lizard on a rock
Oh – lizard on a rock
Oh – lizard on a rock
Oh – lizard on a rock

On a rock, on a rock, I’m a lizard on a rock -

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


from Lizard On A Rock (RM), released July 1, 2000
RJ: Lead Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitars
James Sky: Electric Guitars
Dale Pleven: Bass Guitar
Kevan Van Keith: Drums & Percussion
Sid Perez: Keyboards
Rose Reiter: Guest Female Vocals
John Kisil: Electric & Slide Guitars
Backing Vocals: RJ, Kevan & James

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:
John Kisil for the wonderful guitar work on
“Happenstance At Fire Mountain” rest in peace, bro
Rose Reiter for the crazy sexy Vox
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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