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Made Up. A very happy accident right off the bat. And the reason why I lovingly refer to this one as the “Water under the bridge” song. The whole intro section came out of left field. A happy accident. I had the drums and the keeper bass track and was fooling around with a muddy chorus sound on another previous take. I scrapped it but kept the intro. So two bass parts but only in that one section. So your water under the bridge is now a bit murkier. The chiming guitar parts were just meant to accentuate but became something else. So, yes, a happy accident. But not a happy song. I imagine we all go through this. If you haven't yet it's a good thing you're hearing this. You’ve been living under a rock. Forgiven. In life you skin your heart and your knees. Thick skin it or get knee pads. Some of my favourite parts of songs end up being ones assembled on the spot. Not sure at first but after a few listens ... the whole "water under the bridge" passage came about thusly. Heaven sent. I was going for a late 50's/mid-60's style. Route 66 in a ragtop. Maybe there’s a god fearing girl who thinks I’m the antichrist. Can’t be helped. Just a songwriter who goes thru the gamut of emotions like everyone else. My dating experiences are limited. The boy next door at the local dance. So I live vicariously through others. Yep, wild friends. But don’t miss the message with this one. Life is full of surprises. So are songs. I made this one up … xoRJ

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Water under the bridge .. water under the bridge

I was a fool to believe you
When you said you believed in me
I've been on my own so long
Living in a stalled menagerie
I was sure fooled by the twinkle
Of your eyes when you scoped out the room
And if I ever thought I was the prey that you stalk
Well, I won't let on that I knew ..

You made it all up .. all of the dreams
You said you were saving for us
You made it all up .. plans by the fire
Pinch me -- I'll never wake up
I never called it surrender
My end was all soldiered up
Maybe feelings are novel and new
When you make it all up

Water under the bridge .. water under the bridge

If only a moth to be near you
To see how brightly you burn
The star on the stage never fading away
Dreaming of her big return
I never pawn my affection
I am mine when I walk in the room
If tomorrow's as stark and as black as your heart
I won't let on that I knew ..

You made it all up .. all of the dreams
You said you were saving for us
You made it all up .. plans by the fire
Pinch me -- I'll never wake up
I never called it surrender
My end was all soldiered up

Maybe feelings are novel and new ..

I always thought you were special
But something just didn't add up
Now we're water under the bridge

Water under the bridge .. water under the bridge
Water under the bridge .. water under the bridge
Water under the bridge .. water under the bridge

Lyrics & Music (c)2018 Robert James
Angry Lion Publishing SOCAN/ASCAP
A division of Horace Media 2018

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from Satyr's Day Parade, released June 15, 2018
RJ: Lead Vocals & Electric Guitars
Astrid Ash: Bass Guitar
Rhett Black: Drums & Percussion
Beaverdell Humes: Electric Piano & Organ
Backing Vocals courtesy of CandyLand Glee:
(RJ, Astrid, Beaverdell & Rhett)

Cakes, cookies, sweets & treats: SugarMountain Confectionary
Rhett Black & Beaverdell Humes appear courtesy of
Meet The Blacks and HOH Records.
A division of Horace Media 2018
Special Thanks to Hollis Kinglan and HOH Records
Art Direction and Cover Design: Hirografix
Special Thanks to Mark, Don & Mel @Hirografix
Cover Photo: The Stavely Collection

Recorded & Mixed @CandyLand Recorders. Wetaskiwin, Canada
Produced by Robert James for The Kingsway Group
A division of Horace Media 2018
Lyrics reprinted by permission. Angry Lion Publishing.

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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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