Time Bomb

from by Robert James

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“Time Bomb” ~ Tick three … honey, there’s no kill switch. And that’s the point. The songs and ideas just keep coming. So I’m a time bomb. This is crazy. But maybe not. Two years ago I decided to spend the rest of my life with my music. Decisions were made. Many guitars were loaded into my trusty van, Alex. I looked at the “Welcome To Vancouver” sign in the rearview mirror and off we went. Spend the rest of my life going through the catalog. Catching up. Saturn and the angels said no. Here’s some new stuff to mess about with. Hmm. Okay, I’m up for the challenge. This one took me about five minutes to write. Technically. It actually surprised me how fast the demo was put together. It was that little intro solo that sparked things. There’s tick one. Most of the ideas and parts stuck around. And there’s always that little bit of craziness. Every session. Some thing that sets it apart from all the others. In this case, it was a last minute add-on. The breakdown section. Out of nowhere. It seems natural now. Oh, I latched on to that idea pretty quickly. And spent an extra hour jamming when I should have been moving on. Like a boy in a sandbox. This is why I love the WarRoom. I can loop the studio track in the NerveCenter. Then assign the feed one floor down to the WarRoom. A small PA, monitors and a whole lot of amplification. And those guitars. And those foot pedals. And those effects units. And. Well, I could go on. At some point you have to get the doll ready for her debut. A little frosting, my lovelies. Time Bomb was actually written for the Lifeboat Edition. The temporary compilation that housed the twenty-five songs you would choose from. Some songs were castaways from the “Parade” album. Some songs came from “Calendar Girls”. This girl will get her first live test drive in late June. Maybe see if I can’t get the audience clapping along. Bring ‘em all in. I love that stuff. Summer festivals. When it’s right there’s no vibe that can beat it. Of the fourteen songs I’ll be performing at the festival, this one is second on the program. For now. And with the new album finally making the rounds, I’m ready to begin work on the live mixes. And then it’s rehearse, rehearse, rehearse. In the WarRoom. On the highway. Other drivers must think me insane. Singing along at the top of my lungs to the backing tracks blasting out of Alex’s stereo system. Window down. Probably a big smile across Alex’s front grille. We’ve been down a lot of roads. I feel like the karaoke king. I’m a bit blown away. Forty new songs ready to go. Without touching any of the material from “Lizard”, “Until Now” or the “Beth” album. And I just can’t keep up with the new stuff. I must be at least ten demos behind. Oh, well. It’s a very good thing there’s a lot of back burners here at CandyLand. Even before clean-up in aisle three, this song was one of the top five chosen for the album. By you. So if our little time bomb makes a big noise somewhere in cyberspace it’s your fault. Tick, tick, tick, tick, boom! Watch for fall-out … xoRJ

lyrics

Tick one .. tempermental
Tick two .. I’m unpredictable
Tick three .. handle with caution
Tick four .. hit the floor

I’m a time bomb - baby
Ready to go off on you
I’m a time bomb - baby
Tick - tick - tick - tick

Tick one .. timer’s faulty
Tick two .. my wires are crossed
Tick three .. watch for fall-out
Tick four .. hit the floor

I’m a time bomb - baby
Ready to go off on you
I’m a time bomb - baby
Tick - tick - tick - tick - boom ..

Mmm .. yeah, yeah .. mmm yeah
I’m a time bomb - baby

Tick one .. untested model
Tick two .. I’m the prototype
Tick three .. honey, there’s no kill switch
Tick four .. hit the floor

I’m a time bomb - baby
Ready to go off on you
I’m a time bomb - baby
Tick - tick - tick - tick

Time bomb - baby
Ready to go off on you
I’m a time bomb - baby
Tick - tick - tick - tick - boom ..

I’m a time bomb - oh, I’m a time bomb
Ooo yeah ooh yeah
Mama said - now, yeah - you’re a time bomb
Ooh, I’m ready to go off on you
Time bomb - baby
Ready to go off on you
I’m your time bomb - baby - yeah yeah
Ready to go off on you
Ready to go - ready to go
Whoo hoo hoo - ready to go off on you
Ready to go - I’m ready to go ..

credits

from Kizza Me Now, released May 20, 2019
RJ: Lead & Backing Vocals, Electric Guitars, Acoustic Piano
Astrid Ash: Bass Guitar
Rhett Black: Drums & Percussion
Beaverdell Humes: Keyboards & Horn Arrangements
Additional Backing Vocals by CandyLand Glee: (RJ, Astrid & Rhett) Beaverdell was off sick when we laid down the bg's. Missed by all

Lyrics & Music (c)2018 Robert James
Angry Lion Publishing SOCAN/ASCAP
A division of Horace Media 2019
Rhett Black & Beaverdell Humes appear courtesy of Meet The Blacks and House Of Horace Records.
Recorded & Mixed @CandyLand Studios, Canada
horacemedia@gmail.com

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Robert James Wetaskiwin, Alberta

Currently calling Wetaskiwin, Canada home, Robert has just released his 4th CD, "Satyr's Day Parade". Saturn's a bit of a taskmaster and the upcoming release "Kizza Me Now" is moving along at breakneck speed. The rough mixes are changing as he prepares the songs for a live setting. Although the upcoming release is a ten song affair, all the songs will get a make-over. Make-over .. mix-over. xoRJ ... more

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