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17/25 ~ Someone kicked the jukebox. Maybe there’s a similar lyric line somewhere. Not sure. Just felt right. A tip of the hat to Hank. Story song. I’ve never been to Houston. Hell, I’ve never set foot in the lone star state. But, oh I’ve met Texas ladies. Two of them. One, living in Texas, visiting her sister who had recently moved to Canada. A cabaret on Vancouver Island long, long ago. I’m in a top-40 band and it’s not my first time there. It’s Texas sister’s birthday. Oh, she’s already a bit tipsy coming with sis through the door. She asked me if we did any Shania Twain. I told her we weren’t that kind of band. Her accent killed me. I was hooked. That may have to be added next to popcorn on my “Achilles Heel” list. Not sure if it’s just the texan drawl or a southern drawl in general. I’ve only ever spoken to the two texan ladies. The now Canadian sister only said one line .. “It’s my sister’s birthday and she wants you to be her present ..” Just totally out of the blue. Got me thinking .. a Canadian man in a Canadian band touring thru the red, white and blue .. hmm .. xoRJ

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(Little Texas) - Torch-up job
(Little Texas) - Torch-up job
(Little Texas) - Torch-up
(Little Tejas)

Spent a crazy night down in Houston
Stranded at the Lone Star Hotel
A little dive out on I-25 and that's where the action is
Saw her in the doorway
Cool, long-legged and blonde
Someone kicked the jukebox ..
And "Your Cheatin' Heart" came on
Yeah yeah ..
She sat down on a barstool
And asked if I'd been waiting here long
I looked right at an angel
Cowgirl hat and denim
A little Texas torch-up job

(Little Texas) - Torch-up job
(Little Texas) - Torch-up job
(Little Texas) - Torch-up
(Little Tejas)

Started up a conversation
Told her I was passing through
A Canadian man in a Canadian band
Visiting the Red, White & Blue
Then a cowboy with an Arkansas toothpick
Staggered up and called her a whore
I had to show that big ol' boy
What a big ol' fist was for
I drew a crowd when I put him down
So I backed my way to the door
As I was walking down the highway
Who pulled up beside me
But the little Texas torch-up job

(Little Texas) - Torch-up job
(Little Texas) - Torch-up job
(Little Texas) - Torch-up

She was so much sleeker
Than the black Corvette she drove
Pedal to the metal -
Highway Queenie loves to roll ...

Spent a crazy night down in Houston
Stranded at the Lone Star Hotel
A little dive out on I-25 and that's where the action is
Saw her in the doorway
Cool, long-legged and blonde
Someone kicked the jukebox
And "Your Cheatin' Heart" came on
Yeah yeah ..
She sat down on a barstool
And asked if I'd been waiting here long
I looked right at an angel
Cowgirl hat and denim
A little Texas torch-up job

She really was an angel
Love her like the devil
My little Texas torch-up job
Little Texas ... T4Texas ..

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from Kizza Me Now (Lifeboat Edition), released March 15, 2019
RJ: Lead & Backing Vocals, Electric Guitars
Astrid Ash: Bass Guitar
Rhett Black: Drums & Percussion
Beaverdell Humes: Keyboards & Horn Arrangements

Lyrics & Music (c)2018 Robert James
Angry Lion Publishing SOCAN/ASCAP
A division of Horace Media 2018
robert@robertjames.ca

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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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