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My Sister's Bringing Alex Chilton Home

from Until Now (RM) by Robert James

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My Sister’s Bringing Alex Chilton Home. So bittersweet. Alex died on St. Patrick's Day of 2010 and the Irish blood runs through my veins. Met Alex once and handed him a cassette copy of this song. At Vancouver’s Town Pump. He was held up at the border so the festivities got off to a rather late start. I'd like to think he got a chance to listen to the song. I love Big Star. And the Box Tops. "The Letter" was my first encounter with Alex. Fell in love with that voice. For those of you who don't know much about Alex, you owe it to yourself to check out the man and his music. If you're familiar with Big Star you'll easily catch all my references to lyrics and song titles. We could make a game of it. How many can you spot. Bottom line? As soon as I strum the A chord that kicks off this song I know Alex is there in spirit. And it’s same feeling I get when I hear the opening chiming guitar on Big Star’s September Gurls. Yeah, January boy’s got it bad … xoRJ


Woke up this morning
With my head down in my shoes
My sister called from Memphis
With some real terrific news

Now I’m choking on my coffee
My mother’s just delirious, you know ..
She’s coming back from way out west, yeah
And my sister’s bringing Alex Chilton home

My father asked point blank
What Alex Chilton’s all about
I played a “Big Star” record
He nearly threw me out

He says it’s hell in small change
Alex shows up here - they’re gonna come to blows
But she’s latched onto a December boy
My sister’s bringing Alex Chilton home

Hey, Hey, Hey - Alex Chilton’s on his way
Oh my soul - with a September gurl in tow

It’s like a modern love story ..

It’s only seven-thirty
And our house is under siege
They’ve been lining up for hours
Does this party ever leave

This time I’m cashing in, yeah
These souvenirs I’m holding ain’t for show
I’m renting thirteen rooms at my house
My sister’s bringing Alex Chilton home

Hey, Hey, Hey Alex Chilton’s on his way
Oh my soul, they’re at the station, don’t you know

A limo to the station
Precious time is wasting
Just a small assassination
My sister’s bringing Alex Chilton home
Alex Chilton home - Alex Chilton home
Sisters…bring it home

(That’s enough, baby)

Lyrics & Music (c) 1995/2006 Robert James
Angry Lion Publishing SOCAN/ASCAP
A division of Horace Media 2016


from Until Now (RM), released January 1, 2006
RJ: Lead & Backing Vocals
Marty Kinack: Electric Guitars, Keys, Bass & Drums

Original Recording: Cave Studios, Vancouver, Canada
Engineered & Mixed by Marty Kinack

Remixed and Mastered @Mainline Sound
Engineered and Mixed by Sid Perez (2006)
Remastered by Robert James and Landr Services 2016
Produced by Robert James for The Kingsway Group 2006

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 from the Dominique Lamarche collection
This release* Remastered 2016 Horace Media

Special Thanks to:
Tape transference & Mastering at:
Mainline Sound, Vancover, Canada
Special thanks to Sid Perez - above and beyond the call of duty
The folks at Landr
All the fab brothers who made an appearance here!
So many amazingly groovy times!
As always, my three F’s: Family, friends and fans. You cats rock.
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

As 2022 winds down we hope to leave you a few more single releases xoRJ

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