Stranded

from Friday Night by Robert James

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“Marooned at sea, paddle’s out of reach and now its gonna storm.” If my calculations are correct, it’s Friday. Somebody up there likes me. I spent the last two days holding on for dear life. To a part of the ship. Our ship. I was deathly afraid. Not afraid of drowning. Just that circle of black swimming around me. Sharks. I watched them circle around me for awhile before blacking out. And now I’m here. On an island. And I guess I’m in shock. As I stir I see my bare arms. Scratched and bleeding from the rocks and coral. I’m worried about my legs. Sharks. As I look down I expect the worst. I am so relieved to discover that all my limbs are intact. Oh, I’m wounded but intact.

Wednesday morning had been a righteous one. Nary a cloud in the sky. Our first mate was on watch that morning. Perhaps he had too much grog the night before. Because he missed the French frigates on the morning horizon. I had just made my way on deck when the first cannonball hit. It punched a hole through the deck not twenty feet in front of me. Splinters and chunks of wood everywhere. A spear-sized splinter found my cheek. And then more cannonballs. We didn’t stand a chance. There would be no need to take us as a prize. We were sinking. As I saw men fall I caught my first glimpses of the sharks. They tore into us. And now here alone on this island. I have been exploring. It was rough going at first. Not one part of my body wanted to move. The island is small. But I’m resourceful. Everything I need to survive is here. And just think, I could’ve been stranded. xoRJ

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Stranded on a rock
Miles from the shore
Marooned at sea - paddle's out of reach
Now it's gonna storm

Behind your wall
Cracks will show
Fresh lick of paint - all's new again
Pray nobody knows … tell me …

Why'd they go and leave you stranded, baby
With half a heart -
Abandoned here and stranded, baby
With half a heart

Stranded on a rock
Afraid of falling down
Water's icy cold - it's treacherous below
The sharks are all around — yeah, yeah —
My, my … my, my …

Well, you’re not sure what you hear
And you're not sure what you see
Swimming with the sharks is not where you want to be
Swimming with the sharks is not where you want to be
C’mon, tell me …

Why'd they go and leave you stranded, baby
With half a heart -
Abandoned here and stranded, baby
With half a heart

Why'd they go and leave you stranded, baby
With half a heart -
Abandoned here and stranded, baby
With half a heart

Why'd they go and leave you stranded ...

Why'd they go and leave you stranded, baby
With half a heart -
Abandoned here and stranded, baby
With half a heart — tell me —

Why'd they go and leave you stranded, baby
With half a heart
Abandoned here and stranded, baby
With half a heart

Half a heart, yeah … baby, half a heart
Half a heart, yeah … baby, half a heart

Why’d they go and leave you stranded …

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, Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Acoustic Piano
Astrid Ash: Bass Guitar & Percussion
Rhett Black: Drums & Percussion
Beaverdell Humes: Keyboards & String Arrangements

Recorded & Mixed @CandyLand Recorders, Wetaskiwin, Canada
Engineered and Produced by RJ for HOH Records
A Division of Horace Media 2020
robert@robertjames.ca

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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. 2020's Covid Cutie. "Sweet Tooth" is currently home to at least six tracks that will appear on our upcoming seventh release entitled "Piece Of Your Ghost". I'm currently close to release of two new singles for our "Or In Cyprus" collection. Just one release to date. Lonely soul ... needs pals. xoRJ ... more

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