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Poor Kitty

from Piece Of Your Ghost by Robert James

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POOR KITTY “Fending for yourself, out there ’til the cows come home.” Love this tune. It kicks royal butt. Just what was needed for the fourth slot in. There’s a YouTube clip of a rougher version of this track featuring a former bandmate and great friend giving this song the old what-for, as Uncle Mal used to say. Jadran is one powerhouse of a drummer. Just one more indication of what could be. For the song. Poor Kitty was a late addition to the line-up. One of those songs that takes a ridiculously short time to write. Like you’ve stolen something. Those are the craziest of gifts for a writer. You could wrestle with a song for an hour and get nowhere. In frustration, you take a breather and grab a coffee. Come back to the song in earnest and while tuning up you start bashing out a driving riff. Hey, that’s not the ballad I wanted to work on. I live for this stuff. What the hell, we can always come back to that stinky old ballad any old time we want. Plenty more stinky old ballads where that one came from anyway. It’s bash and pop time. The original demo posting was very sparse and the vocals rushed. To say the least. The songs were coming out like gunfire. Rapid succession. I didn’t want to lose the momentum but I also didn’t want to leave the song languishing on my desktop. Hell or high water, we add it to the working playlist. So. During the song’s infancy it hovered around the final slot. Because of the guide vocal track. When I finally got around to revisiting the track I realized the song needed to be closer to the front. Poor Kitty’s happy here. She’s found a spot. A new home, if you will. The cup may not runneth over but the saucer’s always full. Apparently the cows have come home … xoRJ


Poor kitty, poor kitty, kitty - poor kitty
The milk’s all gone -
Poor kitty, poor kitty, kitty - poor kitty
The milk’s all gone -

Yodel-ay-e - ooh, poor kitty
Yeah, poor kitty kitty, ooh poor kitty
Uh huh huh — uh huh huh

Always last in line
Hand me downs and left behinds
Baby’s put out in the rain … shoo, shoo, shoo
Scratching at the screen door
Let me in again … shoo, shoo, shoo
Out of sight and out of mind
And just a little late
Nothing in the saucer now
You’re gonna have to wait again

Poor kitty, poor kitty, kitty - poor kitty
The milk’s all gone -
Poor kitty, poor kitty, kitty - poor kitty
The milk’s all gone -
Uh huh huh — uh huh huh

Tried to warn you last time
Careful walking on his landmines
Baby’s put out for the night … shoo, shoo, shoo
Everything is always grey
Nothing’s black and white … shoo, shoo, shoo
Soaked and looking in
A wayward rolling stone
Fending for yourself
Out there ’til the cows come home

Poor kitty, poor kitty, kitty - poor kitty
The milk’s all gone -
Poor kitty, poor kitty, kitty - poor kitty
The milk’s all gone -
Uh huh huh — uh huh huh

Uh huh huh … Yodel-ay-e
Uh huh huh … Yodel-ay-e
Uh huh huh

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


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

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
A very special thank you to:
Sofia Szalay for her unsplash photo ... meow!

Special Thanks to Apple Logic and Landr … Still an apple a day.
The usual suspects were abused: Fender, Martin, Gibson, Ovation, Gretsch & Hagstrom guitars. Amplification by Fender, Traynor, Marshall & Gretsch. As per the norm.

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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