Serious Strains

from Until Now (RM) by Robert James

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Serious Strains. I’ll always think of this one as the Coca-Cola song. I got caught in the rain after a band rehearsal, walking down the street with my guitar case over my head. My grey suede shoes had holes in the soles. Stopped under an awning for a minute and there was this old Coca-Cola sign in the window advising me to enjoy my beverage here. I had a bit of a bite from a local Coca-Cola distributor. Begged me for a copy to send to head office. It seems that this compilation is as far as the song made it. That’s okay by me. Aside from the beverage references there’s a truly amazing story underneath. Wrong side of the tracks times ten. Possibly the weirdest relationship I was ever involved in. Even as I writer I find it a hard story to make up. Never in my wildest dreams. Seriously strange ... xoRJ

lyrics

I walk her beat - from dusk to dawn
Coca-cola flashing sign
Enjoy your beverage here
Enjoy your beverage here

As my head succumbs
To the pounding Euro beat
Coca-cola flashing sign
I used to meet her here
I used to meet her here

And I can’t take no more
As I’m rolling on the floor

You could say I’m under serious strains of pressure
You could say I’m unstable and obscure
You couldn’t lose
Standing in my shoes
It takes a serious strain
To make the world go round

At night I find I lose my sense of time
Check my Seiko wristwatch
Just to find I’m running late
Just to find I’m running bait - yeah

I shake my head - signals turning red
Coca-cola flashing sign
Enjoy your beverage here
Enjoy your beverage here

And I can’t take no more
As I’m rolling on the floor

You could say I’m under serious strains of pressure
You could say I’m unstable and obscure
You couldn’t lose
Standing in my shoes
It takes a serious strain
To make the world go round

Get Serious ..

You could say I’m under serious strains of pressure
You could say I’m unstable and obscure
You couldn’t lose
Standing in my shoes
It takes a serious strain
To make the world go round

You couldn’t lose
Standing in my shoes
It takes a serious strain
To make the world go round

World go round ..

Lyrics & Music (c) 1985/2006 Robert James
Angry Lion Publishing SOCAN/ASCAP
A division of Horace Media 2016

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from Until Now (RM), released January 1, 2006
RJ: Lead & Backing Vocals
Greg Watson: Electric Guitars & Acoustic Guitars
Gord Campbell: Electric Guitars
Dizzy Richerds: Bass Guitar & Backing Vocals
Mike Szekely: Keyboards
Dave Johnstone: Drums, Percussion & Programs

Original Recording: Inside Trak Studios, Burnaby, Canada
Engineered & Mixed by Bill Buckingham

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

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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