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Stuff. Okay. I owe this one to my past. The start. Where it all began. Sitting in a park across from my Aunt Jeannie’s house with my back to an oak tree practicing the two chords I knew and was hoping to find a third. Or just stumble on it. Where’s the stuff? No, silly, I didn’t write it back then but this was the style of song I loved growing up. And the stuff we ended up playing first starting out. Three of us playing through one amplifier. If I had to come back and do it all over again I wouldn’t change a thing. I tried a few guitars for this solo and ended up doing what I usually do. Going for my white Strat. God bless Fender .. and Gibson .. and Gretsch .. and Martin .. and .. (more homework?). If, years later, after all the wounds and battle scars, you can experience the wonders of that 15 year old boy again, does distance traveled and time spent really matter? Not if that 15 year old bites you in the ass .. I remember having the stereo cranked and singing Yes’s Heart Of The Sunrise at the top of my lungs. No way I could sing that style all night. I was sure glad when Phil Lynott and Thin Lizzy came on the scene. For a while there it seemed like the airwaves were dominated by those high vocal cats. Where’s the stuff? I remember Dad helping me with the chord structure for Queen’s Tenement Funster. The way he looked at me when I sang the high parts; you’re young, you’re bored and you’re crazy. Or something like that. If I’m going for a sound these days, I tend you go with the version I hear in my head. If I actually put the song on the stereo I tend to over analyze. No time for that .. there’s still over five hundred songs in my catalogue that want to travel. I haven’t counted but I think there’s only about forty songs collecting travel stickers for the suitcase. Not nearly enough. And actually the only song of the bunch to ever be tested live, although in a somewhat different format. The audience participation was incredible when the band finally locked in. It's a lot of fun to play this live … included here for just that reason. See you this summer, rain or shine. There's a parade on the agenda. Somewhere … xoRJ

lyrics

You got the stuff .. aw you got the stuff ..
Oh baby (in my best Fergie voice ..)
Where'd you get the stuff .. Ah you got the stuff

Early to bed, early to rise
Makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise
But honey you got stuff .. stuff I like yeah
I'm starting to steal .. you're so hard to please
Oh baby have mercy on me
You got stuff .. stuff I like .. yeah ..

You got the stuff .. aw you got the stuff .. oh baby
Where'd you put the stuff .. aw you hid the stuff

Well the stuff I like is right inside your door
Don'cha know that's what I come here for
Let me be the one you're thinking of ..
I got a great big bucket of love
Help you see stars .. you make me see red
Oh baby what you do to my head ..
You got stuff .. stuff I like .. yeah

You got the stuff .. oh you got the stuff ..
Sure you got the stuff .. oh baby
Where'd you hide the stuff

Well the stuff I like is right inside your door
Don'cha know that's what I come here for
Let me be the one you're thinking of ..
I got a great big bucket of love
Help you see stars .. you make me see red
Aw baby what you do to my head ..
You got stuff .. stuff I like .. yeah

You got the stuff .. aw you got the stuff
Where'd you keep the stuff .. oh baby
Surely hid the stuff (where's the stuff ..)

I'm starting to steal .. you're so hard to please
Oh baby have mercy on me
You got stuff .. stuff I like .. yeah
You got stuff .. stuff I like .. yeah

You got the stuff .. ah you got the stuff
(surely got the stuff) show me all the stuff
Where'd you hide the stuff .. oh baby
Yeah .. you got .. stuff

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

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from Satyr's Day Parade, released June 15, 2018
RJ: Lead Vocals & Electric Guitars
Astrid Ash: Bass Guitar
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
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 2018
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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