Fretting the Small Stuff

by Ukulele Jim

/
1.
2.
3.
4.
02:48
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
04:54
11.
12.
13.

about

"Fretting the Small Stuff plays out like a Greatest Hits album. From the very first song you feel you are meeting a familiar friend. As you settle down, getting comfortable in your favorite couch, sipping your favorite whiskey, the songs that follow just add to the mood. The breezy tunes combined with lyrics that range from humorous to personal keep you hanging on and waiting for the next song. Full credit to Jim for not letting the pace drop for the length of the album and you are just as happy at the last song as you were when the first one started up. Four stars." (Review by Radio Maverick)

"Jim's music sticks to the basics of good songwriting: nice melody around meaningful lyrics. Being a project put together via online collaborations, the results are impressive. A big thumbs-up." (Review by Ukulele Player Magazine)

"Catchy, sweet, and charming, Fretting the Small Stuff is James Clark’s third full album that conveys a sense of wisdom and wonder with the ukelele. In a sense, listening to Ukelele Jim is like falling in and out of love in Hawaii... A dynamic album, illustrating raw emotion and presenting it in a light-hearted, easy-listening fashion. A deep, romantic undertone is suggested throughout the entire album, but the playful ukelele pop creates a musical juxtaposition that keeps listeners from feeling burdened." (Review by The Band Lounge)

credits

released October 25, 2011

Cover photography by Christina Huh.

tags

license

all rights reserved

about

Ukulele Jim Santa Barbara

Don't let the name fool you—Ukulele Jim is no novelty act! Music lovers of all ages will enjoy these catchy, emotive songs that bridge the gaps between pop, rock, country and folk music. Call it Cali folk with an island vibe.

contact / help

Contact Ukulele Jim

Streaming and
Download help

Shipping and returns

Redeem code

Track Name: Go Along to Get Along
When you're holding someone
And their arms are cold
When you try your hardest
But it's getting old
And the feeling's gone
You gotta go along to get along

When you feel like leaving
But you just can't go
When you're missing something
And you just don't know
Why the feeling's gone
You gotta go along to get along

Take a look around
At this thing you've built
Before you knock it down
You just might find
It's worth your time
To get along

When you feel you're losing
The will to fight
It just might take time
To set things right
When they're going wrong
You gotta go along to get along

Take a look around
At this thing you've built
Before you knock it down
You just might find
It's worth your time

When you're holding someone
And their arms are cold
When you're missing something
And you just don't know
Why the feeling's gone
You gotta go along to get along

Keep hanging on
You gotta go along to get along
Track Name: This Love Thing
I'd like to get to know you well
One look at you and I can tell
That you might be the one
If you'd come out of your shell
Maybe we'd get along real swell
And we could have some fun
If you follow me back home
I'll show you paradise
In a Berber carpeted condominium

I'll be yours if you'll be mine
Maybe over time we'll feel this thing
They call love

I've got a yearning in my soul
I need someone to fill the hole
Inside this lonely life
If you'd only take control
Maybe you could fill the role
Of a trophy wife
If you want to share a home
We'll live in wedded bliss
In a Berber carpeted condominium

I'll be yours if you'll be mine
Maybe over time we'll feel this thing
They call love

So if you're going my way
I'd like to ride with you
I've got a love machine
With bucket seats for two

We're getting older every day
Together we could find a way
To feel young again
If you'd only say you'll stay
I'll stick beside you come what may
Until the bitter end
If you want a family home
We'll raise a couple of kids
In a Berber carpeted condominium

I'll be yours if you'll be mine
Maybe over time we'll feel this thing
They call love

I'll be yours, please be mine
Maybe over time we'll feel this thing
They call love
Track Name: Hearts in Harmony
Loving you shouldn't always have to be
So hard to do, take it easier on me
'Cause it's true that I'm just not built that way
Not like you, so I say

I'm coming to you with my hat in my hand
And my heart on my sleeve
And I'm hoping you'll understand when I say
That all of the things you're putting me through
Have a cause and effect
They'll all come back to you someday
Let's run away, forget today
and try to replay hearts in harmony

Remember when we were young, sentimental fools
Way back then, didn't care about the rules
Now we pretend that we just don't feel the same
Once again, it's a shame

I'm coming to you with my hat in my hand
And my heart on my sleeve
And I'm hoping you'll understand when I say
That all of the things you're putting me through
Have a cause and effect
They'll all come back to you someday
Let's run away, forget today
And try to replay hearts in harmony

You were the one who hurt me
But that was so long ago
I'm still standing here
Holding on just to let you know

I wonder why you would run from my embrace
As I try to get back in your good grace
You reply that you just don't feel that way
So I sigh as I say

I'm coming to you with my hat in my hand
And my heart on my sleeve
And I'm hoping you'll understand when I say
That all of the things you're putting me through
Have a cause and effect
They'll all come back to you someday
Let's run away, forget today
And try to replay hearts in harmony
Track Name: Home
I've been away from my home for so long
I forgot what it's like to not be alone
I left behind me all the things that were good
Now I gotta get back before they're all gone

I'm going home
Back where I know I belong
I want to tell you I was wrong to roam
Now I'm going home

I look around me at the places I've been
And the people I meet, they all seem the same
Spirits wander in and out of my life
Always knowing my face but never my name

I'm going home
Back where I know I belong
I want to tell you I was wrong to roam
Now I'm going home

When I'm at home with you
The rest of the world falls away by the side
I know all the things you do
Will keep me satisfied
I really hope that you
Would still have a place for me
Because I'm on my way to you
You are where I want to be

Home
That's where I know I belong
I finally know I was wrong to roam
Now I'm going home

I'm going home
Where you are waiting for me
I know I never will be alone
When I get back home
So I'm going home
Track Name: Mountain River Blues (Down to the River)
Oh Lord, going down to the river
Oh Lord, where the water runs free
Oh Lord, going down to the river
On that shore they will bury me

Lisa Mae was a wild-eyed gal
I laid her down in the chapparal
She went home and her daddy said
I'm gonna find that boy, I'm gonna kill him dead

Oh Lord, going down to the river
Oh Lord, where the water runs free
Oh Lord, going down to the river
On that shore they will bury me

He came around with a Bowie knife
And intention to take my life
I met him down at Miller's Square
He called my name and I shot him there

Oh Lord, going down to the river
Oh Lord, where the water runs free
Oh Lord, going down to the river
On that shore they will bury me

The Sheriff came and took me in
I prayed the Lord to forgive my sin
Purify this wretched soul
I've got a date with the gallow's pole

Oh Lord, going down to the river
Oh Lord, where the water runs free
Oh Lord, going down to the river
On that shore they will bury me
Track Name: (If I Could Only) Keep Your Love
Indubitably
I wish I could see what you saw in me
I wish I could be
Somebody more like the memory
That you have of me

I wish I knew how to keep your love
I wish I knew what you're dreaming of
I wish I could rise above
Those things I said today
I'd wish them away
If I could only keep your love

I wish I knew
What in the world's going on with you
But I haven't a clue
Why you would do those things you do
And say we're through

I wish I knew how to keep your love
I wish I knew what you're dreaming of
I wish I could rise above
Those things I said today
I'd wish them away
If I could only keep your love

If I could keep your love
I'd lock it away
Hold it somewhere special
In case of another lonely day, well
Why keep hanging on
If you're just moving on again
And taking all your love

I'd like to see
I wish I could see what you saw in me
I wish I could be
Somebody more like the memory
That you have of me

I wish I knew how to keep your love
I wish I knew what you're dreaming of
I wish I could rise above
Those things I said today
I'd wish them away
If I could only keep your love

If I could keep your love
I'd lock it away
Hold it warm and dry
In case of another rainy day, well
Why keep hanging on
If you're just moving on again
And taking all your love
Track Name: You and Me on the Run
Be mine sometime
Someday like today
Take my life line
And we can be far away

Throw away your worries and woes
As we lie on the beach and we curl our toes
And let the cool of the water feel good with the heat of the sun
Pack up your material things
And we will pick a new direction and see what it brings
It's you and me on the run

Let's go, start slow
Don't wait, it's not too late
You know as well as I know
That we could be far away

Say goodbye to all of your bills
And your rent and your job and your run of the mills
And the burden on your back that feels like it's weighing a ton
Give up your material things
And we will pick a new direction and see what it brings
It's you and me on the run

I don't want to stay here playing the game
Day after day, it's all the same
How 'bout you and me get away
For one more day

Come on, get real gone
We'll take my Chevrolet on the interstate
We'll drive until the dawn
So won't you come along
And we will be far away

Give up all the struggle and strife
And the troublesome things that always tangle your life
Or it'll all be over and you won't even have any fun
Throw away your worries and woes
As we pick a new direction and see where it goes
It's you and me on the run
Track Name: Song of the Sky
I am here, I fill the space
As I wait to see your face
I stand my ground, I wonder why
Will you hear me if I let out a cry
To the sky

The summer days turn into fall
And still I wait to hear your call
I hold on for your lovely voice
When I hear it, I shall rejoice
To the sky

Open your eyes
And see that I am alive

Like a breath becomes a wind
One will end, another one begins
You feel familiar in everything
When all is quiet, it's your name I sing
To the sky

Open your eyes
And see that I am alive
Track Name: The World Still Turns
You gave me your heart, I tore it apart
Left you wondering why the world is so cruel
You're working so hard to let down your guard
In the end you just feel like a fool

The world still turns
Something inside you still burns
You're living those lessons of life you have learned
Look around you, the world still turns

You hope and you pray that maybe someday
You might feel something new that won't involve crying
You swallow your pride and dig deep inside
Just to find out you don't feel a thing

The world still turns
Something inside you still burns
You're living those lessons of life you have learned
Look around you, the world still turns

If you're willing to try, let me back in again
I promise you now, I'm not who I was way back then
I'm making amends

In all of the trials you've seen through the miles
As you traveled alone and held your head higher
You stumbled along and it made you strong
But you always succumb to the fire

The world still turns
Something inside you still burns
You're living those lessons of life you have learned
Look around you, the world still turns

You're living those lessons of life you have learned
Look around you, the world still turns
Track Name: All I Need
You don't impress me with the way you do your hair
I'm not concerned with the clothes you choose to wear
I only like you for the way you carry yourself
Just be natural, let the world take care of itself
It'll be all right

You feel the pressure, it's always on your mind
All this pressure to follow close behind
Don't you listen, break out from the pack
Be your own self, give the costume back
It'll be all right

You're all I need, and I need a lot
You don't gotta be something you're not
You're all I need, I say yes, indeed
You're all I need and all that I want
You're all that I want and just what I needed

All around you, in everything you see
Endless pictures of who you're supposed to be
Close your eyes now, let the pictures fade
Take my hand, there's no need to be afraid
It'll be all right

You're all I need, and I need a lot
You don't gotta be something you're not
You're all I need, I say yes, indeed
You're all I need and all that I want
You're all that I want and just what I needed

Every time you run away from all
The things you thought would make you fall
Into a place where you were on your own
Turn to me and I will help you see
You don't need to hide your love
And hold it all alone

You're all I need, and I need a lot
You don't gotta be something you're not
You're all I need, I say yes, indeed
You're all I need and all that I want
You're all that I want
You're all I want and just what I needed
Track Name: That's What I Was
I went searching for you all around the town
I found you with him and I felt just like a clown
That's what I was, yes, that's what I was

When I saw you I tried to play it cool
But when he kissed you I felt just like the fool
That's what I was, yes, that's what I was
You made me feel just like a fool because
That's what I was

I should have seen it coming long, long ago
I had suspicion but I didn't want to know
Now I found the reason why you're out all night
It's 'cause you're doing me wrong
And you ain't got the right

My friends, they tried to warn me 'bout your wicked ways
But I just turned away like I was in a daze
Because I was, yes, that's what I was
I let you treat me like a fool because
That's what I was

I should have seen it coming long, long ago
I had suspicion but I didn't want to know
Now I found the reason why you're out all night
It's 'cause you're doing me wrong
And you ain't got the right

When you cheated I tried to play it cool
But when you left me I felt just like the fool
I knew I was, yes, that's what I was
You made me look just like a fool because
That's what I was

You left me for another fool because
That's what I was
Track Name: Crawlin' Away
Give me something to hold on to
I need a reason to stay with you
I'm trying to leave here, but it just don't show
I've been doing it real slow

I've been crawlin' away

I let a woman get the best of me
Still, I'm hanging around so helplessly
I lack the courage to just cut and run
Even after all you've done

I've been crawlin' away

The road is long, it's been calling me
It brings me down onto my knees, yeah

I've been trying to stand up on my own
But being held down here is all I've ever known
I wish I had a way to make you see
I just want to be free

I've been crawlin' away

The road is long, it's been calling me
It brings me down onto my knees
Lord, I've been crawlin' away

I've been crawlin' away
I want to leave today
I've been crawlin' away
Oh lord

I've been crawlin' away
Track Name: Love Song #47
In the time it will take to write this song
I will have fallen in love with you
I promise it won't take me long
Maybe just about a minute or two

When I start singing 'bout
All the things that make you "you"
Then I start thinking 'bout
All the wonderful things that you do
And you do

In the time it will take to write this song
I will have fallen in love with you
If you listen and follow along
Maybe you will feel it too

This is the part where I sing
About all the time you've been my friend
So just keep on listening
The payoff will be there in the end
Just for you

In the time it will take to write this song
I will have fallen in love with you
My predilection for affection prolongs
Accumulation of ovation for you

I write all these fancy words
To appear as if I'm witty and smart
The truth is I'm really a fool
Who is wishing you would give me your heart
And you do

In the time it will take to sing this song
I hope you've fallen in love with me
Together we'll never go wrong
You'll be astounded by how happy we'll be

This is the part of the song
Where I repeat the things I told you before
I tell you how great you are
And I end it all with you wanting more
And you do

In the time that it took to sing this song
I think I've fallen in love with you