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Stranded (Sunset Mix) (2022)

from .​.​. Or In Cyprus (2020 And Beyond) by Robert James

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Stranded (Sunset Mix). This song scored higher than The Kite. An inner voice told me to wait on it. So welcome to our third single of 2022. It’ll be single releases only until late spring or early summer of 2023. Two songs from 2020’s Friday Night made it into the top ten. This time we made it all about statistics. Our statistics. I needed ten songs for Las Vegas’ Sunset Recording. Want a remix? Pick ten songs. Get back to us. We agreed to hone in on the last four releases only. Songs recorded here at CandyLand. Pick ten songs. I’m no good at these things. They’re like best guitarist polls. Want a remix? Pick ten songs. Okay, okay. So I decided to let the stats do the work. Let the stats make the cuts, so to speak. It’s a darn good thing I didn’t have to pick twenty songs. There are quite a few elements that make up our stats. We take things like release dates into account. It’s had a longer shelf life. How many playlists a song appears on. How many versions of the song have been released commercially. To date, this song takes top honours for most downloads. When it was time to pick four singles from the Sunset Mixes things were pretty much mapped out. Two songs were immediately out of the race due to the fact that they’d already found life as a single and as an album track. Two previously unreleased songs were brought in and two from the top ten were chosen. Ah, the top ten. It’s so amazing to see where the songs go. At times they go to countries I’ve never even heard of. Sadly, no postcards yet. I’d be sad to think one of them would be caught swimming with the sharks. Only takes one to spoil your day … xoRJ

lyrics

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

credits

from .​.​. Or In Cyprus (2020 And Beyond), track released October 31, 2022
RJ: Lead Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Acoustic Piano
Dizzy: Bass Guitar
Rhett Black: Drums & Percussion
Beaverdell Humes: Keyboards & String Arrangements
Backing Vocals courtesy of CandyLand Glee:
(RJ, Astrid, Beaverdell & Rhett) Sadly we couldn’t get
Rhett to help out on handclaps. Says he’s doing enough already.

Cakes, cookies, sweets & treats: Sugar Mountain Confectionary
"Oh, to live on Sugar Mountain" (they paid me to say that ...)
Coffees and Teas: Tiff’s Teaze & Coffee
Additional Beverages: Around The Mulberry Bush

Rhett Black & Beaverdell Humes appear courtesy of
Meet The Blacks and HOH Records.
A division of Horace Media 2022
Dizzy appears courtesy of Sunset Recording
Special Thanks to Hollis Kinglan and HOH Records
Art Direction and Cover Design: Hirografix
Special Thanks to Mark, Don & Mal @Hirografix
Original Cover Photo: Christopher Campbell and Unsplash

Recorded @CandyLand Recorders. Wetaskiwin, Canada
Additional Recordings: Sunset Recording. Las Vegas, USA
Engineered and Mixed by C.M. Sadler
Assistant Engineer: RJ
Produced by Robert James for The Kingsway Group
A division of Horace Media 2022
Assistant Producer: C.M. Sadler

A very special thank-you to Sunset Recording's Mobile Unit
"We bring Las Vegas to you" ... they certainly did. Boy, howdy.
Lyrics reprinted by permission. Angry Lion Publishing.
This recording HOH Records 2022

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As 2024 rolls along we hope to leave you a few more single releases xoRJ

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