Miss Malloy

from Piece Of Your Ghost by Robert James

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MISS MALLOY. “Are you thinking of making a pass, Miss Malloy.” Wow. Two amazing characters in one song. A genuine twofer. First of all there’s Mr. Summersby. That would be the infamous Uncle Mal. Gone but never forgotten. Still number one in our hearts. The only manager Robert James ever had. That english bloke from Bromley Tech. Any highlight would include sitting in on a conversation between Uncle Mal with his thick english accent and my former roommate Dominique, who was as French Canadian as they come. Marianne Faithful had a song called ‘Broken English’. I’d often translate. Dominique: “How you are today, Paul …” Malcolm: “Why does he keep calling me Paul?” Me: “He’s trying to say Pal not Paul …” Words like pal came out sounding like Paul. Umm, he’s trying to say pal … Onto the star of our show. The wonderful Miss Malloy. Let’s flash back to grade eight. And a town called Sherwood Park. Doesn’t matter where it is. Everybody has one. My science teacher. I sucked at science but I attended regularly. And this is funny shit. You can’t make this up. Her name was Miss Robinson. My first older woman crush. Thoughts of rescuing her from a burning schoolroom. Things like that. I’ll always remember her glowing after watching me on television for the first time. It was cowboy music but she loved it. She dropped a bombshell on the class near the end of the school year. Our Miss Robinson was getting married. I was devastated. But time has a way of marching on. We moved that summer, the family re-united once again. And that shy little kid that sang on television was about to discover the guitar. Sadly, no Miss Malloy to teach him. And so Miss Malloy sits comfortably in the number three slot. This song is a bit of a departure for me in terms of style. I was going for a sixties brit feel. Something laid back so Miss Malloy can kick off her shoes and put her feet up on her desk. Ah, the perks of being a teacher. Being a Miss Malloy. Where class is alway in vogue and in session … xoRJ

lyrics

High school classroom - who walks in
A sub for Mr. Summersby
She wrote her name up on the blackboard
Thought I saw her wink at me

Small town boy in a big, big city
I’d never seen an angel before
Caught my eye in a big, big way
The moment she walked through the door

She stopped me in the hallway
Wants to see me right after school
I said I could write an essay on you

Are you thinking of making a pass - Miss Malloy
Is there anybody waiting at home - Miss Malloy
I’ve been a bad, bad boy
I’ve been a bad, bad boy

Danger contents - nice facade
Little Miss Catastrophe
Smell her perfume down the hall
Detention room is calling me

Wild-eyed kid in a big, big city
I’d never seen an angel before
Now I know what they mean ‘bout a five-alarm fire
I felt it when she walked through the door

She stopped me in the hallway
Wants to see me right after school
I said I could write an essay on you

Are you thinking of making a pass - Miss Malloy
Is there anybody waiting at home - Miss Malloy
I’ve been a bad, bad boy
A bad, bad boy

She stopped me by my locker
She wants to see me right after school
I said let me write an essay for you - yeah, you

Are you thinking of making a pass - Miss Malloy
Is there anybody waiting at home - Miss Malloy
Are you thinking of making a pass - Miss Malloy
Is there anybody waiting at home - Miss Malloy
A bad, bad boy - A bad, bad boy
A bad, bad boy - bad, bad boy

Lyrics & Music(c)2020 Robert James
Angry Lion Publishing SOCAN/ASCAP
A division of Horace Media 2021

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from Piece Of Your Ghost, released June 18, 2021
RJ: Lead Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitars
Catlin Hawley: Bass Guitar
Rhett Black: Drums & Percussion
Beaverdell Humes: Electric Piano & Percussion
Backing Vocals courtesy of CandyLand Glee:
(RJ, Astrid, Beaverdell & Rhett)

Special thanks to Catlin Hawley for sitting in.
Digging the vibes and smooth grooves.
Cakes, cookies, sweets & treats: SugarMountain Confectionary
Coffees and Teas: Tiff’s Teaze & Coffee
Rhett Black & Beaverdell Humes appear courtesy of
Meet The Blacks and HOH Records.
A division of Horace Media 2021
Special Thanks to Hollis Kinglan and HOH Records
Art Direction and Cover Design: Hirografix
Special Thanks to Mark, Don & Mel @Hirografix
Heartfelt thanks to Marina Shapovich for lending us her pic for Miss Malloy.

Recorded & Mixed @CandyLand Recorders. Wetaskiwin, Canada
Produced by Robert James for HOH Records
A division of Horace Media 2021
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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