Out to Lunch

by Drew James

Released 2017
Road Tested Tunes, LLC
Released 2017
Road Tested Tunes, LLC
Drew's lyrical and musical style earned him the title of "Master of the Bittersweet" from Butch Kara of KZGM-FM. Out to Lunch is very true to this style.
  • 03:06 Story Lyrics Miss Lucy

    Miss Lucy

    Drew James © 2014

     

    Chorus:

    Miss Lucy I'm a losing my shoe

    Miss Lucy I'm a losing my shoe

    I can't keep up with you

    Miss Lucy I'm a losing my shoe

     

    Miss Lucy my life is a mess

    I'm a man in deep distress

    My boss says I work too slow

    That new guy's behind it I know

    He's trying to make me look bad

    Miss Lucy, it's driving me mad

    Don't know what I'm gonna do?

    Miss Lucy I'm a losing my shoe

     

    (Chorus)

     

    My sister, she's coming to town

    With that new boyfriend that she found

    I guess he's off his parole

    For that identity that he stole

    He wants to stay at my place

    It's making me a mental case

    His face is all tattooed

    Miss Lucy, I'm a losing my shoe

     

    (Chorus)

     

    My neighbor he just bought a dog

    A pit bull as big as a hog

    He chewed a hole in my fence

    The mess he makes is raising a stench

    He woke me up this morning at four

    He'd chewed through my back door

    Did you see my house on the news?

    Miss Lucy I'm a losing my shoe

     

    (Chorus)

     

    Miss Lucy, I bought this guitar

    From a guy down at Gino's bar

    Miss Lucy, it cost me a lot

    Now I just found out that it 's hot

    Miss Lucy, It's all such a shame

    I got nothin' left to my name

    Can I borrow a few bucks from you?

    Wait! Miss Lucy, I'm a losing my shoe

     

    (Chorus ending with Miss Lucy I'm a Losin' (X2), Miss Lucy I'm a losing my shoe)

     

    My shoelace is broken in two

    Miss Lucy I'm a losin' I'm a losin' I'm losin'

    Miss Lucy I'm a losing my shoe

  • 04:36 Story Lyrics Blame It on the Moon

    Blame it on the Moon

    Drew James © 2015

     

    Baby, baby, baby

    As I look in your face

    My heart, my heart begins to race

    From the thrill of this warm summer night

    The tension's high as the pines

    And the moon begs the question

    Tonight will you be mine?

     

    Baby, baby, baby

    I've held you so tight

    In daydreams and night dreams

    Thousands of times

    Now you're waiting for the touch of my hand

    Just the way my dreams began

    But now that it's real

    I wonder how my dreams will end?

     

    Baby, baby, baby

    You're drawing so near

    You whisper sweet things

    Into my ear

    Words so enchanting and blue

    Your skin looks so soft and so smooth

    I see it shining

    By the light, the light of the moon

     

    Baby, baby, baby

    The next move is mine

    You look so sexy

    But it's just not right

    When day breaks through this night mountain air

    Where will we go from there

    Will the moon still take the blame

    When sunshines on our affair

     

    I can see you can read it in my eyes

    You whisper me your goodnight

    Then you laugh as you say that it seems

    It seems somethings, somethings are better left to dreams

    From the thrill of this warm summer night

    The tension's high as the pines

    And the moon begs the question

    Tonight, tonight will you be mine?

    Tonight, tonight will you be mine?

     

  • 03:37 Story Lyrics Did You Say?

    Did You Say?

    Drew James © 2016

     

    I have a question that just won't wait

    I hope you don't mind I called so late

    When I saw you at the party tonight

    You looked so fine in that dress so tight

    The friend you came with he seemed so nice

    I guess that's no surprise

     

    There was a strange look in your eyes

    I caught you staring once or twice

    As you were leaving at the party's end

    You came by and took my hand

    But your words I could not understand

    As the crowd sang loud with the band

     

    Chorus:

    Did you tell me that you love me?

    With words I couldn't hear

    That loud song filled my ears

    Those words I read upon your lips

    Touched me like a kiss

    I've never felt like this

    Did you say that you love me?

    The crowd drowned out what you said

    I read your lips instead

    As you walked away

    I fell for you

    On the day that we first met

    Now I just can't forget

    The three words I hope you said

     

    If you don't answer, I'll understand

    I'll never mention it again

    Look at the time, it's almost three and I've called you with some fantasy

    Should I hang up still wondering

    What you said to me?

     

    (Chorus)

    Did you say that you love me? (X2)

     

  • 04:10 Story Lyrics Love

    Love

    Drew James © 2010

     

    I spend my time making rhymes

    Is this any way to live?

    Sometimes by chance those rhymes start making sense

    Other days they just don't forgive

    Then life becomes no different than a job

    Nothing but a problem to be solved

    Then suddenly it all fits like a glove

    The answer to my riddle must be love

     

    When you find love

    It'll find you happiness

    Life can be so sweet

    Life can be sweet

    Where love comes to live

    That's the gift love loves to give

    That's the gift love loves to give

     

    I spend my days composing music I can play

    Trying to turn my rhymes into a song

    Tell me how it sounds there can be no middle ground

    It's either right or it is wrong

    Some days nothing seems to grow

    Other days it all begins to flow

    It all seems so simple once it's done

    The words and the music must make love

     

    (Chorus)

     

    A love songs knows who you are

    It'll find you in the dark and knows everything you do

    And when a love song speaks it tells the truth

     

    (Chorus)

    The gift love loves to give

     

  • 03:47 Story Lyrics Where There's a Will

    Where There's a Will

    Drew James ©2014

     

    My blue eyes melt into the sky

    High above my bed

    How I wish I can fly

    Somewhere else instead

     

    Maybe out near the ocean

    My troubles will stay behind

    I an wash away the emotions

    Tangled up in my mind

     

    I'm just trying to find my way

    I'm just trying to find my way

    They say where there's a will there's a way

     

    My blue eyes melt in the sea

    Rolling across the sand

    This place is not for me

    This life I don't understand

     

    Maybe in Prescott Arizona

    I can rekindle my heart

    The desert breeze may be blowing

    The seeds of a brand-new start

     

    (Chorus)

     

    The bright lights of Las Vegas

    The night life of LA

    My scenery keeps changing

    But I never find a reason to stay

     

    So many roads left to travel

    To places I've never been

    May my mysteries unravel

    Somewhere in the arms of the wind

     

    (Chorus X2)

     

     

  • 03:41 Story Lyrics I've Come Home

    I've Come Home

    Drew James © 2015

     

     

    I've come home

    I've been away so long

    I've come home

    All my days of waiting are gone

     

    I arrived at the station

    The bus turned in for the night

    I arrived at the station

    Blinded by the light

     

    Walking down first Street

    Windows dressed in red and green

    Walking down first Street

    Wondering if you'll remember me

     

    (Chorus)

     

    On a path paved with memories

    That guides my way tonight

    On a path paved with memories

    To your porch light burning bright

     

    (Chorus)

     

    Your door slowly opens

    Crowd of people waiting there

    Many familiar faces

    Greet me with warm and happy tears

     

    He's come home

    He's been away so long

    He's come home

    All our days of waiting are gone

     

    I've come home

    I've been away so long

    I've come home

    No more will I be alone

    No more will we be alone

     

     

     

  • 04:57 Story Lyrics Long John

    Long John

    Drew James © 2002

     

    Chorus:

    Long John are you coming home, its Saturday?

    Are bad days ahead?

    Bed count at the jailhouse was short one

    You were long gone Long John

    You were long gone Long John

     

    Armored car delivery at the Nashville Bank

    It was a Thursday afternoon

    Payroll bag was lyin’ by a sleepy guard

    It’s the first hot day in June

    Cherry bomb lit with a cigarette fuse

    Made the banker run when it blew

    The guard said, “Mister, please don’t shoot”

    As Long John grabbed the loot

    Long John grabbed the loot

     

    (Chorus)

     

    Smith and Rockefeller’s Jewelry Store

    It was a moonless Friday night

    Lock came flyin’ off the back door

    As he kicked with all his might

    Alarm bell wire had already been cut

    At least that’s what old Long John thought

    The cops they came they locked him up

    The case was open and shut

    The case was open and shut

     

    (Chorus)

     

    A gun lays here beside my bed

    Sleep has been chased from my head

    I remember his eyes when I testified

    Now his mother says he wants me dead

    His mother says he wants me dead

     

    (Chorus)

     

  • 04:14 Lyrics Luck Is for Losers

    Luck is for Losers

    Drew James © 2016

     

    Luck is for losers

    Tears are for lovers

    Freedom is the prison of the free

    Rules are for fools

    Money's for the taking

    Life is for dreamers you see

    Life is for dreamers you see

     

    I was born a rambling gambler

    Taking chances on the fly

    The only thing that I was ever good at

    Was using people then saying goodbye

     

    I was blessed with cool persuasion

    Mannish looks and boyish charm

    I know you knew I made up all them stories

    And I hope you knew I never meant you any harm

     

    (Chorus)

     

    They say be careful what you wish for

    What that meant I guess I never knew

    Cause wishes were all that I lived for

    Until the day you made that wish come true

     

    I always dreamed about tomorrow

    And that new man that I would be instead

    Tomorrow finally made it's arrival

    But that new man, he never did

     

    (Chorus)

     

    I couldn't face the fact you left me

    I wasn't there and I hope you understand

    I miss you, but I'm grateful for one thing

    You didn't see me blow my second chance

     

    I promised I'd be by to visit

    I promised that I would not forget

    I planned to be down there tomorrow

    But this damned truck ain't runnin' yet

     

    Luck is for losers

    Tears are for lovers

    Freedom is the prison of the free

    Rules are for fools

    Money's for the taking

    Life is for dreamers you see

    Life is just a game to me

     

  • 05:08 Lyrics Pyromaniac

    Pyromaniac

    Drew James© 2016

     

    The first time I saw your big almond eyes

    I felt the sparks beginning to rise

    Sweet violins put me in a trance

    When you began your hot and feverish dance

     

    That’s when I knew

    You are all my dreams come true

    My dreams come true

     

    The light of your smile was sunshine aglow

    The fire in your charms spread out of control

    Heat filled the room your eyes were ablaze

    Your raging inferno could not be contained

     

    That’s when I knew

    You were all my dreams come true

    My dreams come true

     

    It's not for just one night

    This spark will stay alive

    You are all that I crave

    Like a moth drawn to a flame

     

    The color of your lips was fire engine red

    Your five alarm kiss made blood rush to my head

    Bright burned the stars on that steaming night

    You stole my heart and set it alight

     

    That’s when I knew

    You were all my dreams come true

    My dreams come true

     

    And when the smoke has cleared

    I will still be here

    When all is said and done

    This pyromaniac won't run

    You lit the fuse

    The one that made my dreams come true

    My dreams come true

     

    It's not for just one night

    This spark will stay alive

    You are all that I crave

    Like a moth drawn to a flame

    You lit the fuse

    The one that made my dreams come true

    My dreams come true

  • 03:22 Lyrics Sweet Magic

    Sweet Magic

    Drew James © 2016

     

    The streetlights shine so bright, Tonight

    Above the busy city sidewalks

    The stars go dancing by, tonight

    Everything seems new and different

    I can see my smile

    Reflecting in her eyes

    She touched something in me

    Something deep inside

    My arm's around her waist

    But it's only a taste

    Of that sometimes tragic always sweet magic called love

     

    Small pajamaed feet, run by

    Through the hallway to the kitchen

    Time to say goodnight, sweet dreams

    Read a book, dad, something different

    In no time at all

    They grow so big and tall

    You try not to let on

    That you worry when they don't call

    You risk heartbreak and pain

    Cause all's fair in it's game

    The sometimes tragic always sweet magic called love

     

    All the summer leaves, turn gold

    Above the busy city sidewalks

    An early evening breeze, blows cold

    But inside it's warm with laughter

    We can see our smiles

    Reflecting in their eyes

    This family's grown and grown

    Three generations wide

    We started as a pair

    Now this full house we can share

    Sometimes tragic always sweet magic called love

     

     

  • 03:19 Lyrics Next Time Around

    Next Time Around

    Drew James ©2015

     

    One broken heart

    Doomed from the start

    Every wildflower in the meadow 

    Carries the same last petal

    She loves me

    She loves me not

     

    The table's been turned 

    The lesson's been learned

    This story that began once upon a time

    Has ended without reason or rhyme

    She loves me

    She loves me not

     

    She won't say goodbye, she don't need to

    But she'll leave me with one last hope to cling to

    Maybe baby, I'll be seeing you

    Next time around”

     

    Friends give advice

    She's loaded dice”

    The gamblers dream has more of a chance

    Than your costumed masquerade romance

    She loves me

    She loves me not

     

    Close just one eye

    Count up to five

    I'm a master at hiding from the truth

    If it finds me I'll make up an excuse

    She loves me

    She loves me not

     

    So I'll pick one more flower from the meadow

    Than I'll pull off the very first petal

    Maybe it will be settled

    Maybe baby

    Next time around

     

    She won't say goodbye, she don't need to

    But she'll leave me with one last hope to cling to

    Maybe baby I'll be seeing you

    Next time around”

    Maybe baby I'll be seeing you

    Next time around”

     

     

  • 04:13 Lyrics The Soundwall

    The Soundwall

    Drew James © 2015

     

    Sometimes I think it's made of stone

    It hides a world I've never known

    If I had a fortune

    I'd trade it all

    To venture far beyond the great soundwall

     

    Can’t climb it’s too tall

    No space beneath to crawl

    If I had a fortune

    I'd trade it all

    To venture far beyond the great soundwall

     

    Wondering but not out loud

    Is it there to keep me in or keep me out?

    These questions I can't resolve

    The answers lie beyond the great soundwall

     

    (Chorus)

     

    Coins in the well

    Every wish I've kept to myself

    Sometimes I wish I had the gall

    To shout them loud beyond the great soundwall

     

     

    (Chorus)

     

    Words I’ve never said

    Rattle around in my head

    Thoughts I can’t express

    Pound deep, deep within my chest

     

    If I had a fortune

    I'd trade it all

    To venture far beyond the great soundwall

    Far beyond the great soundwall

  • 03:42 Lyrics Rainy Holiday

    Rainy Holiday

    Drew James © 2004

     

    She’s my rainy holiday

    The semi-sweet icing on my cake

    The bubbles in the champagne

    That spills out on the tray

    Life with her is like a Rainy Holiday

     

    The fingers of her hand

    Hold my every wish at her command

    Lifting me to heaven

    Or sifting me to sand

    All with the fingers of her hand

     

    I took her to the carousel

    And she set the horses free

    But they didn’t know where to go

     

    She filled her house with clocks

    And then she turned and said to me

    “Some things never grow old”

     

    She’s my rainy holiday

    Showing all her cards before the game

    But the one that always wins me

    Is the one she never plays

    Except on Rainy Holidays

     

    She lines her shelves with flowers

    Raised in pots of red and green

    I tell her, ”My how they’ve grown”

     

    She named them all like children

    Then she laughed and said to me

    “At least they’ll never leave home”

     

    My rainy holiday

    The perfect excuse for sleeping late

    The world outside her door begins

    To slowly drift away

    I love Rainy Holidays

     

    Thise rainy holidays

    The semi-sweet icing on my cake

    The bubbles in the champagne

    That spills out on the tray

    Life with her is like a Rainy Holiday (X2)

     

  • 05:33 Story Lyrics Sign of the Times

    Sign of the Times

    Drew James © 2015

     

    It was me

    I was there

    I was one of the team

    Working class factory

    We built an American dream

     

    Send a man

    To the moon

    The engineers drew the plans

    But the ship he rode

    Up to the moon

    Was made by our blue collar hands

     

    Chorus:

    It was a sign

    A sign

    A sign, sign of the times

    It was a sign, sign of the times

     

    I watched it all

    From Billy's Bar

    In black and white live

    In July on the 20th

    Of 1969

     

    Pride built up

    In my heart

    When I saw that Eagle land

    And I recall Billy cried

    At that small step for man

     

    (Chorus)

     

    There's no more

    Billy's Bar

    And no more factory

    All of our blue collar jobs

    They were lost cross the sea

     

    It's a sign

    A sign

    A sign, sign of the times

    It's a sign, sign of the times

     

    I just read

    In the news

    They're sending people to Mars

    Although they'll fly 500 times as far

    It won't be as big a step as ours

     

    Cause

    (Chorus X2)

NOTES
Drew's “Out to Lunch” collection serves up his newest round of “road tested” songs that receive top attention from fans. The CD begins with “Miss Lucy,” a jumping tune that frequently inspires dancing within the crowds at his gigs. Drew then leads us on a musical journey (in his inimitable storytelling style) exploring the emotional meanings of love, home, regret and the challenges of life. The CD ends with “Sign of the Times” a tribute to Bob Thompson who helped build the manned space capsule that landed on the moon in 1969. Drew is most proud of his vocal and guitar work on this CD.Award winning songwriter Drew James performs his solo act all over the west coast, primarily in the bay area, including the Bread and Roses concert series. Drew’s songs receive airplay around the globe.

Drew's studio releases ”Out to Lunch (2017), “Love Through a Prism” (2015), “Screaming at the Sky” (2012) and “Mystic Rhythm Fingers” (2010) include his most requested songs. His 2007 acoustic release "Way Beyond the Maze" includes the Great American Song Contest award winner "You Can Cry to Me" and the Billboard World Song Contest award winner “Thicker than Blood.” His 2006 release “The Last Second Chance,” produced by Bruce Kaphan, was submitted for Grammy consideration. It includes the Billboard Song Contest award winner "That Old Friday Night Feeling." The CD was also featured at the Toofy Film Festival in Boulder, Colorado. He appeared on Shuteye Records’ “United State of Americana” compilation CD that made it to #53 on the Americana Music Association charts in 2005.

“On his The Last Second Chance CD (2006), Drew James has created his own music realm, attractive and hospitable to any Real Music lover, no matter his or her genre preferences. Strictly speaking, the album is recorded in a folk-rock key, but there's so much True Blue feeling in every track that they sound "more Blues" to me than many of the "canonized" 12-bar standards. The arrangements and performance are tasteful and natural, and the production is simply perfect (a George Martin level work done by guitarist Bruce Kaphan). To those yet deciding whether to buy or not this CD, I'd say it'd be one of their best investments, a "long term" one - the more you play this record, the better it sounds. Drew James' music world is a place to stay - "you can check out any time you like, but you can never leave".”
- Paul Bondarovski, Midnight Special Blues Radio

“As Far As I Know subscribes to traditional roots songwriting, but bends the rules slightly by subverting traditional sounds with intimate singer/songwriter blues tones” – Ryan Hoffer, Shuteye Records A&R

Award Winning Songwriter

 

Out to Lunch - New CD!

 Stream samples from this and Drew's other CD's on the AUDIO page.

Listen to Drew on Pandora Radio

Upcoming Shows

  • Nov 25
    Belmont Farmers Market, 
     
  • Dec 2
    Los Gatos Farmers Market, 
     
  • Dec 8
    Daly City Farmers Market, 
     
  • Dec 22
    Bayfair Farmers Market, 
     

Follow Drew on Spotify:

Check out Spotify Playlists Featuring Drew's Music