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You Gimme The Blues. The last song written for the 'Beth' CD. I already had more than enough material for the disc, but was inspired to write this one after a magical day in the studio. That intro riff came first, just something I started humming to myself on the way home from the studio. I literally ran the rest of the way home, praying that the riff would still be intact in my head when I got there. For some reason, I've always found lost love much easier to write about than the mushy, starry-eyed stuff. I imagine by the blues purist's standards, that this isn't really blues at all. Then again, it's hard for me to wrap my mind around something I know very little about. I’ve always leaned more towards the rock in rock and blues. And a bit of that country influence. Gee, is there a ‘G’ chord in there somewhere? Try to picture me as Sven, the happy blues wanderer. A special thank-you to Emily. Uncle Mal and I listened on the mains as it was going down. Shivers up our spines. Same reaction the next day at work. And listening again. Now. Here comes the tingles … xoRJ


Sat all night - a lost and lonely child
Here in my room
A paper bag with the few things you have
Tells me we’re through

The why of leaving .. it just doesn’t matter
You’re tired or in love
If truth be told I’ll give you an hour
If push comes to shove ..

But, yeah I know - when you walk out that door
I’ll take you back like I always do

You gimme the blues
You gimme the blues
Ah, you gimme the blues
The best is gone, lord it’s gone.

I’ve been a victim of some real bad luck
It followed me here
Though faith in kindness is not your strongest suit
One thing is clear ..

An hour after you’re crossing that line
I’ll pull you back like I always do

You gimme the blues
You gimme the blues
Ah, you gimme the blues
The best is gone .. lord it’s gone.

An hour after you walk out that door
You’ll beg me back like you always do

You gimme the blues
You gimme the blues
Ah, you gimme the blues
The best is gone .. lord it’s gone -

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


from Slouching Towards Bethlehem (RM) 2008, released December 1, 2008
RJ: Lead Vocals, Electric Guitars, Bass Guitar
Sid Perez: Keyboards, Electric Guitars & Stylus Percussion
Emily Trann: Female Guest Vocals
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.
A very special thanks to Emily: You made it shine …
As always, my three F’s: Family, friends and fans. You cats rock.
Most of all this is your album.
*To see individual track listings and album art
please click on the song title …


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Robert James Wetaskiwin, Alberta

As 2024 rolls along we hope to leave you a few more single releases xoRJ

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