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Out To Sea

from Piece Of Your Ghost by Robert James

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OUT TO SEA. “We dragged him from the tavern by his feet.” Sometimes the waves get so high you can’t drink your dinner. Just ask Stan. He wasn’t sure he could come up with anything when we asked him to lend a hand on this one. I always heard an accordion. It took a ton of convincing. No rum involved. He’s no Captain Morgan. Stan prefers vodka. And that’s what it took. Absolutely. But listen to me. Accordion. As if this song’s been in the fold since forever. Not so much. Not nearly. One of the last three to be added to the line-up. I wasn’t really sure where to place this one at first. Seems to fit where it sits. An old saying. For me this song captures my high school days. White Rock, Canada. There’s another piece of your ghost. My very first time living by the ocean. Every ocean needs a captain. Even one like Blackbeard. So much ground to kick around. Always on the go. I’ll always miss my ocean. When I first sketched out the rough demo for this one I immediately thought of a song I hadn’t heard in years. On The Border. Al Stewart. Year Of The Cat. I fell in love with that tune the moment I first heard it. OUT TO SEA captured that feel for me. So that’s where I decided to take it. Out to sea. Give it the old nautical heave-ho. I wanted to keep it as acoustically driven as possible with just a hint of string. A bulk of the guitar parts were done on the Gretsch twelve-string and I had thought about using the Stratocaster for the lead fills. In the end I decided to track with the Martin six string. The trusty D-76. Ghost of Dad. Remembering him playing Tennessee Flattop Box at the kitchen table. That ghost of Dad. It records beautifully. A bit of extra percussion was needed so we called upon Rhett’s expertise in the matter. He certainly did not disappoint. The lyrics could have changed. Keeping Rhett amused is just half of the game you must play. Definitely enough said. Maybe a cruise is in order. A different boat if possible … xoRJ


Out to sea -
With Blackbeard as captain
Drunk in his cabin
We dragged him from the tavern by his feet

Out to sea -
We sail on the hour
First mate needs a shower
He spent the morning dabblin' in the green

Out to sea -
Follow the wind out to sea
Out to sea -
North star says come out to see

Fate is the wind on the sail
Staying afloat is just half of the game
You must play

Out to sea -
The waters look calm
Currents are strong
A storm could send us crashing in the reefs

Out to sea -
Captain's finally sober
Gave the maps a good once over
But the smell of Navy Rum is in his tea

Out to sea -
Follow the wind out to sea
Out to sea -
North star says come out to sea

Fate is the wind on the sail
Staying afloat is just half of the game
You must play

Fate is the wind on the sail
Staying afloat is just half of the game
You must play ... out to sea

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


from Piece Of Your Ghost, released June 18, 2021
RJ: Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitars & Acoustic Piano
Astrid Ash: Bass Guitar
Rhett Black: Drums & Percussion
Beaverdell Humes: Keyboards & String Arrangements
Stan (Rollo) Brollo: Accordion
Backing Vocals courtesy of CandyLand Glee:
(RJ, Astrid, Beaverdell & Rhett) Handclaps were
optional ... all attended ...

Cakes, cookies, sweets & treats: SugarMountain Confectionary
Coffees and Teas: Tiff’s Teaze & Coffee
Special thanks to Stan (Rollo) Brollo on Accordion
Best accordion version of Roll Over Beethoven I’ve ever heard …
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
SongArt photo by Zoltan Tasi. Find his work on Unsplash

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

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

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