The Stand

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“Time is all but fleeting, waste it on the way.” It’s Friday night. It could be any night. The beginning of my last weekend here on this earth. I’m sure of it. It’s been hell up until now. We’ve lost so many men. Good men. Family men. Men who have given their lives for a cause. This cause. From every corner of this new nation. To make a stand for the cause. Texas. And here of all places. The Alamo. I wish I could say that the cause brought me here. That would be lying. I’m a slinking lowlife bank robber and cattle rustler. I managed to outwit the posse chasing me. And found myself here. Seeking sanctuary. Amidst the death and brutality there’s a calmness here. A found serenity. There’s no hope for the people inside these walls.

There’s a big price on my head. But I’ve finally stopped running. I make my final stand here. With these people. Perhaps I can find retribution this way. I told Colonel Travis and the others as much. As I look across the plain, I realize that Santa Anna’s army has grown in the night. Frightfully. I can see small campfires. Outlines of soldiers, wagons, tents and cannons. Word has it that they’ll throw everything at us on Sunday morning. God’s day. My belly’s full and I’m tired. I picked up a bullet in the shoulder today but I’m still ready to fight on. I want to sleep but can’t, although I know they won’t attack tonight. Superstition. My rifle needs cleaning. I best get down to it. I look up at the night sky and sadly smile. And ponder Rosalita, a girl I left back in the territories. I can think of better ways to spend a Friday Night. xoRJ

lyrics

Battles I have won
Wars that I have lost
Time is all but fleeting
Waste it on the way
Stick around ...
The playing field gets even, baby
Like a cloudy sky without a touch of grey

Here is a life
That just won’t wash away
Those little lines that run
Were placed there by the sun

I will never stumble
Been around too long to lose a fight
Stand my ground
They’d love me when I’m down
But I am tall and standing in my light (just under 6’)

Standing in my light -

I am not a saint
But I have always been here
If I show the masks I wore
They’d surely be afraid
Many times before -
I’d stand up and deliver
That’s how the West was won
Face me in the grey

Someone broke a mirror
Pieces on the ground
Glue the mirror back as one
Send love to the sun

I will never stumble
Been around too long to lose a fight
Stand my ground
Oh, they’d love me when I’m down
I am tall and standing in my light

I will never stumble
Been around too long to lose a fight
Stand my ground
Oh, they’d love to see me down
But I am tall and standing in my light

I will never stumble
Been around too long to lose a fight
Stand my ground
Oh, they’d love me when I’m down
But I am tall and standing in my light

Stand my ground
Oh, they’d love me when I’m down
I am tall and standing in my light

Finally home and standing in my light …

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
Rhett Black: Drums
Backing Vocals & Handclaps provided by CandyLand Glee
(RJ, Astrid, Rhett & Beaverdell Humes)
Sadly, we couldn't get Rhett to help out on
the handclaps ... says he's doing enough already ...

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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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