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Wide Open. I think the title sums it up. A sparse tune. Lots of air. Sometimes the room you write in influences the song's outcome. That's the case with this ditty. A beautiful summer morning, just enough traffic noise to keep city folk content, a green room with living trees, a patio with a future. Never knew I had a smirk until my next door neighbour pointed it out. The glory days when the "Biltmore" was the home beacon. Emily Trann added her vocals to “You Gimme The Blues.” Her only feature on the album. But I also have a version of her handling the lead vocals on this one. The instrumentation is the same. We just muted my lead vocal track and let her have a go. So cool to hear somebody else singing my song. And an amazing take on the song. That was pretty much a first for me. A version the new label, HOH Records, is seriously considering releasing as a single in the not too distant future. At this point in time it’s still wide open … xoRJ

lyrics

What shall I do today
Where shall I start
Spent all day yesterday
Nursing broken hearts

The sun is up - the sky is blue
The air is suckle sweet
With that little smirk of mine
I wander down your street ..

With my eyes wide open
And my arms wide open
Is your night wide open
‘Cause I’m wide open, yeah

I’m feeling like
I haven’t felt in years
There’s no dust up there
There’s no pain down here

The sun is up - the sky is blue
My calendar is bare
Tall drinks on the patio
I wander in the square ..

With my eyes wide open
And my arms wide open
Is your night wide open
‘Cause I’m wide open, yeah

The sun is up - the sky is blue
The air is suckle sweet
With that little smirk of mine
I wander down your street ..

With my eyes wide open
And my arms wide open
Is your night wide open
‘Cause I’m wide open -

With my eyes wide open
And my arms wide open
Is your night wide open
‘Cause I’m wide open - yeah

Wide open - I’m wide open -
Wide open

Lyrics & Music (c) 2008 Robert James
Angry Lion Publishing SOCAN/ASCAP
A division of Horace Media 2016

credits

from Slouching Towards Bethlehem (RM), released December 1, 2008
RJ: Lead Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitars
Kevan Van Keith: Drums & Percussion
Mark Gordon: Bass Guitar
Sid Perez: Keyboards, Electric Guitars & Additional Percussion
Backing Vocals: RJ, Kevan & Sid

Recorded & Mixed @Mainline Sound, Vancouver, Canada
Engineered and Mixed by Sid Perez
Assistant Engineer: Robert James
Original Master by Sid Perez 2008
Remastered by Robert James & Landr Services 2016
Produced by Robert James for The Kingsway Group 2008
A division of Horace Media 2016
Lyrics reprinted by permission. Angry Lion Publishing
Cover Design & Layout:
Malcolm Summersby & MAS for The Kingsway Group
This release* Remastered 2016 Horace Media

Special Thanks to:
Pro Tools and Landr … a worthy righteous combination …
The usual suspects: Fender, National, Gibson & Ovation guitars.
Amplification by Fender, Traynor, Marshall & Gretsch.
Special Thanks to Malcolm Summersby. MAS design.
Kevan Van Keith & Mark Gordon.
As always, my three F’s: Family, friends and fans. You cats rock.
Most of all this is your album.
Here’s to the old apartment on East 12th. The times.
*To see individual track listings and album art
please click on the song title …

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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. And our upcoming seventh release "Piece Of Your Ghost" has been delayed. Expect it in mid to late February of 2021. I'll see what I can do about a single release. Something in mind ... hmmm ... xoRJ ... more

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