Private Eye

from Friday Night by Robert James

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Private Eye. Meet me after midnight, baby. Nothing strange there. That’s when I do my best work. Just another night for me. It’s a lonely job. I’m my own best-kept secret. A trench coat full of secrets. I’m blue-collar, baby. Like your daddy. Salt of the earth. That’s why you hired me. Your man’s not very smart. He left his rubber boots out in the rain. Sadly, on someone else’s back porch. Sorry to break it to you. You had a feeling. And I can’t sugar coat it. There’s always a touch of irony to life. No matter which life you’re living. You’ll always loathe me. I’ll present truths to you. Pictures. Folders. Notes. Receipts. You’ll pay me for a job well done but you’ll always shun me on the street. You were all over me when you hired me. Little Miss Lonely. Batting those baby blues. Well, I expected nothing less. You’re not my first client. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander. Your take on things. Not mine. But hey, it’s the forties.

You knew where to find me. On the wrong side of the tracks. I’m sorry you didn’t expect to find morals there. I’ll take your money. No regrets. I worked hard for it. My cupboard’s bare and rent’s a little late. It’s a life. You’ve got to get through it. So I look for the silver lining. Aah. Blessings are many. My wallet is fat for now. It’s stopped raining. Chester, or whatever the hell his name is, is boinking the shit out of Sally. They’re tucked in for the night. Little Miss Lonely is armed with all the evidence she needs. And it’s Friday Night. My job is done. Think I’ll wander to the Canada Hotel and catch this Robert James guy I’ve been hearing about. Talk about a cat with nine lives … xoRJ

lyrics

Meet me after midnight, baby …
Meet me after midnight, baby …
Meet me after midnight, baby …
Meet me after midnight, baby …

They told her she could find me
On the wrong side of the tracks
She checked out my credentials
And then she called me back
A little out of season
Cupboard’s bare and rent’s a little late -
Oh, yeah -

She knows I’m over thirty
And the only local dirty private eye
Meet me after midnight, baby … yeah, yeah -
Meet me after midnight, baby …

Nobody ever sees me
My scene is never blown
The chick was in the hen house
So the fox was bound to show
Night loves surprises -
Like this pair of rubber boots out in the rain -
Oh, yeah -

Lies, deceit, and worry
You’re gonna need a dirty private eye
Meet me after midnight, baby - yeah, yeah

Watch the rats all scurry
When you find yourself a dirty private eye
Meet me after midnight, baby - yeah, yeah
Meet me after midnight, baby - private eye -

They told her she could find me
On the wrong side of the tracks
Something in the hen house
Want to make the fox come back

She knows I’m over thirty
And the only local dirty private eye
Meet me after midnight, baby -

Watch the rats all scurry
When you find yourself a dirty private eye
Meet me after midnight, baby - yeah, yeah

Lies, deceit, and worry
You’re gonna need a dirty private eye
Meet me after midnight, baby - yeah, yeah
Private Eye —
Meet me after midnight, baby -
Meet me after midnight, baby -
Meet me after midnight, baby -
Meet me after midnight, baby -
Meet me after midnight — private eye

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

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from Friday Night, released May 22, 2020
RJ: Lead Vocals, Electric Guitars & Acoustic Piano
Astrid Ash: Bass Guitar & Percussion
Rhett Black: Drums & Percussion
Beaverdell Humes: Keyboards & Horn Arrangements
Backing Vocals courtesy of CandyLand Glee:
(RJ, Astrid, Beaverdell & Rhett)

Cakes, cookies, sweets & treats: SugarMountain Confectionary
Coffees and Teas: Astro Cafe on Main
Rhett Black & Beaverdell Humes appear courtesy of
Meet The Blacks and HOH Records.
A division of Horace Media 2020
Special Thanks to Hollis Kinglan and HOH Records
Art Direction and Cover Design: Hirografix
Special Thanks to Mark, Don & Mel @Hirografix
Cover Photo: Wendy Huber Collection

Recorded & Mixed @CandyLand Recorders. Wetaskiwin, Canada
Produced by Robert James for The Kingsway Group
A division of Horace Media 2020
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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