Spend Your Love

from Kizza Me Now by Robert James

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Spend Your Love. I’m penniless, a pauper - I hear love sets you free. And here’s the thing. Rich or poor. When cupid hits you with that magic arrow, all bets are off. Saturn’s children know this all too well. No one is immune. The heart has started searching. And has gathered friends. And they want to mingle. This is the only song on the album that’s been tested in front of a live audience. This little girl made her debut last summer. My darling of the festival circuit. The other songs on the setlist being from the “Parade” album. What a blast! Outside rocking. Hitting the stage just as the rains stopped. All the way there I was wondering what would be awaiting me. You can laugh at me .. the belle of the ball presenting my parade and wondering if I’ll get electrocuted on stage .. if there is a stage. Is there a stage? A lot of apprehensions. First solo appearance after many years of fronting bands. New hometown. My own backing tracks. My own mixes. On an i-pod. Scary. This song was one of the first songs I recorded after the “Parade” album was finished. I believe I had it kicking around on the “Curios” album before shipping it off to the Lifeboat Edition. The compilation you eventually chose your eight songs from. It may have also appeared on the Calendar Girls collection. No matter. Miss whatever is here now. Spending her love in the sixth spot on your program. This song was in the completion stages long before most of the others. The only exceptions being the leftovers from the “Parade” album. You didn’t choose any of those four songs. I lushed up the backing vocals and changed up the colouring for some of the guitar and keyboard tracks. I always seem to end up with an imaginary Dave Edmunds type of aura in the room when I’m rehearsing this one. Maybe it’s the sound of the keyboard lines. But it’s a strange feeling. Like thinking a band like Rockpile could have had their way with this one. What do I call it? Why it’s romantic jangle rock/pop. Holy smokes, Batman, it’s a breakfast cereal. There’s so many labels out there. I guess they’re necessary but I’m not a big fan of the division lines. Just put the entire collection in alphabetical order and let me have a look see. I love it all. That’s how it’s set up here at CandyLand. How I’ve always had it. Spend Your Love is still on the setlist. She’s fun. When I made the rounds last year she was the encore song. Up on stage, I closed my eyes for a second and imagined little red hearts on the air. And then I felt them on my cheek. Or were they just remnants of raindrops. Chalk one up for love. Thank you for adding this one to the collection. You may have to go shopping for another red heart bank. The one you’re holding looks full … xoRJ


Come to me in rags .. hair unbraided
Come to me in silks .. jewels around your neck
Here beside the hearth .. someone's waiting
Try spending nights like I do ..
Waiting for the day

I've got a hunch there's secret stashes
Little red heart banks hidden round the room
Visit now and then .. so much dust has gathered
You'll have to spend them soon
And I know just the place ..

Spend your love on me
I'm penniless, a pauper
I hear love sets you free
Spend your love on me
Oh baby .. I want to believe ..
Come and spend your love here

One little, two little, three little hearts
Spend 'em all on me
I'm standing on a ladder and hearts are hard to reach

Spend your love on me
I'm penniless, a pauper
I hear love sets you free
Spend your love on me
Oh baby .. I want to believe
Come and spend your love here

My door is always open .. come and spend your love
I'll always be at bargain prices .. come and spend your love
So many discount deals .. hmm .. come and spend your love
F-I-R-E fire sale .. come and spend your love

Spend your love on me
I'm penniless, a pauper
I hear love sets you free
Spend your love on me
Oh baby .. I want to believe
Come and spend your love here

Spend your love on me
Spend your love on me
Spend your love on me .. why don't you
Spend your love on me .. on me

Lyrics & Music (c) 2018 Robert James
Angry Lion Publishing SOCAN/ASCAP
A division of Horace Media 2019


from Kizza Me Now, released May 20, 2019
RJ: Lead Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitars
Astrid Ash: Bass Guitar
Rhett Black: Drums & Percussion
Beaverdell Humes: Keyboards
Backing Vocals courtesy of CandyLand Glee:
(RJ, Astrid, Beaverdell & Rhett) Handclaps optional, all attended

Cakes, cookies, sweets & treats: SugarMountain Confectionary
Coffees and Teas: Mulberry Cornershop
Rhett Black & Beaverdell Humes appear courtesy of
Meet The Blacks and HOH Records.
A division of Horace Media 2018
Special Thanks to Hollis Kinglan and HOH Records
Art Direction and Cover Design: Hirografix
Special Thanks to Mark, Don & Mel @Hirografix
Cover Photo: The Stavely Collection

Recorded & Mixed @CandyLand Recorders. Wetaskiwin, Canada
Produced by Robert James for The Kingsway Group
A division of Horace Media 2019
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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