James Robert Murray

James Robert Murray

 San Antonio, Texas, USA
BandRockSinger/Songwriter

Jim Murray has, for years, been revered as a truly talented singer songwriter. His AntHill Society has been churning out hit after hit of a style being known as 'Texas Soul.' The music is far from eclectic or fringe. Their style has the appeal of mainstream with the originality of Dylan/Young.

Biography

With two highly rated albums under their belt, AntHill Society is achieving a fan propelled momentum in both live performance and album spin.

Their trademark 'Texas Soul' is unlike any style of music around. Granted, in it you will find inspirations from Rock, Blues, country and even a light seasoning of jazz. But the mix is total Jim Murray. The lyrical message - a direct communique to the heart of any listener.

Jim Murrays AntHill Society is experiencing a phenomenal growth in fan base and industry buzz. They were featured on the cover of Action Magazine. (see News link above) The article read, Like his music, Murray is bold, brash and unapologetic for anythingHe has a rough-grain voice which reminds of Delbert McClinton(AntHill Society) is probably the best new rock band in San Antonio.

Matt Matlack of Space 380 Music Promotion said, AntHill Society is like Santana doing the Stray Cat Strut with the depth and soul of Robin Trower. These guys are truly ones to watch.

Sandy Dorian of the New York Music Festival wrote: I like your style of music. Definitely what we are looking for. Keep up the good work. You guys are definitely talented.

Their debut album, Low Life, was released March of 2004 to an eager fan base. Low Life was a broad-scoped introduction to the Society style without relying on a common theme or message. Jim wanted to produce a montage of different styles from which he hoped to attract a diverse audience. The album is now available in music stores and on line. Currently, radio stations regionally and out of state are giving it play.

AntHill Society returns to the studio in December to begin production on their next album, Short of the Blues. The second album will feature 11 of Jims latest works tending towards a more grass roots feel and Texas rock drive for which he is becoming popular.

Jims Anthill Society consists of Jim Murray singing Lead and playing guitar; Matt Gilmore on Lead Guitar and backing vocals; Jerry Winkler on Bass; and Craig Rainey on Drums and backing vocals.

As word grows about this great new sound from south central Texas so has the bands burgeoning fan base. Society membership has expanded exponentially to the point that fans keep up with the band from all over the country. Recently, a radio station from Italy requested a copy of Low Life for regular rotation. A British radio station reported that the tune Just Add Alcohol (Low Life) was most requested in rotation.

Where will AntHill Society go from here? Industry experts agree straight up! The buzz is astounding. Audience response is unprecedented. What does Jim think? This is a dream come true. My whole life has been preparation for doing this.

Jim has been fortunate to be surrounded by tremendous on-stage talent and the love and respect of family, friends, and a loyal fan base. His on-stage persona is natural and his voice is uniquely suited for his music. With Jim what you see is what you get. He is honest and cares deeply that those who share in his music are given something heart-felt and real. Every fan has his or her favorite tune; a song which has a connection to them individually. Jims music is inspired by his life experiences, relayed with a style and turn of phrase that creates a picture in the listeners mind. It is rare that a songwriter has the gift of both catchy melodies and powerful lyrics. Jim Murrays AntHill Society is the embodiment of life and art.

Lyrics

Time for you

Written By: James Robert Murray

Hard to believe there’s a son knows his father
Well enough to take a lonely afternoon
No he’d never sing to me
he only wasted his time

Now both the hands on that old watch won’t let you
Won’t let you go back for bonds that slipped away
I understand they slipped your mind
Where’d they go to this time

(Chorus)
hear you made some time for you
yes this time
You best be sure enough

Lord and as for me
Forged out of misery
I’m up the road just a few more times
See these lights we all seem to need
Lead to freedom

So Tell me how’s it feels on that first stretch of highway
Just blown out streetlights
Man and all the power that can bring
And all the magic we feel we feel
ya we feel that it’s time

(Chorus)
Hear you made some time for you
Ya this time
You best be sure enough

Lord and as for me
Forged out of misery
Look up the road just a few more times
See these lights we all seem to need
Lead to freedom
(Chorus)

Less Hard

Written By: James Robert Murray

Ain't much...travel light
You can't touch.... what's too hard
If it's right ....then divine
You cant want.... what's too hard

You're the hardest thing Ive had to do
Even harder when I'm missing you
It's hard,it's hard
I really mean it baby
I'll make it less someday
I'd like to make it all....less hard

Uplifting guitar solo!

Ain't right,and that's fine
You can't want....it's too hard
If you'd like.....stay behind
Not enough's..... way too hard

Your the hardest thing I've had to do...
Even harder when I'm missing you...
It's hard,It's hard
I really mean it baby
I'll make it less someday

Id like to make it all.....less hard

Turn On The Daylight

Written By: Jim Murray


You turn on the daylight
the darkness comes too fast
you turn on the daylight
this aint nothin
I can take more than that
you turn on the daylight
it'll help brighten your past
you turn on the daylight
ahuh,wherever your at

Everything you wanted
every little thing you felt
odds and ends and insults
you get back all the crap that you sell
and you turn on the daylight

You simply turn on the daylight
well you know the darkness comes too fast
you turn on the daylight
this aint nothin
I can take more than that
you turn on the daylight
it'll help brighten your path
you turn on the daylight
ahuh,wherever your at

And everything you like they take
leave it out all night
it doesnt really matter where it is
you leave it out its gone all right
ohoh yeah its gone all right

You turn on the daylight
the darkness comes too fast
you turn on the daylight
this aint nothin
I can take more than that
you turn on the daylight
it'll help brighten your past
you turnon the daylight
ahuh,wherever your at

And everything that aint nailed down
locked up or glued
they will come in
in the middle of the night
and make a fool
out of you and you and you
yeah yeah yeah

You turn on the daylight....

Bloody Ugly Knees

Written By: James Robert Murray

I aint so discustin that I gotta change
Change the only way I'm livin light
If you look in closer you will see a faith
Faith built on dishonesty and lies

Once I found a woman thought I'd make it right
Rights the only way it gonna be
I found out later that she wasn't quite the type
Least the type who really wanted me

So won't you please............help me
Oh won't you please............help me

Not livin life all out here night after night
Leaves sounds alarmin me
But with the dark through out you Is there a chance
That you might think of me
Maybe pity me
Down on my bloody ugly knees
I'll be playin my guitar

People keep on tellin me I'd better change
Changes only seem to do me in
I live my life the only way that I see right
But look at all the sin I'm sleepin in

So won't you please............help me
Oh won't you please............help me
I'm beggin please..............help me
Down on my bloody ugly knees
Playin the same guitar

I ain't so discustin but I've gotta change

Look At The Sun

Written By: James Robert Murray

I know all these things that you're wantin'
But none of those things are on sale
Iv'e got more on my mind then you've got the time
More of a chance that I fail
And Iv'e seen everything that you're needin' baby
I've needed them a few times myself
Look back at me find it easy to see
It's hard it's harder then hell....Help

Look at the sun
The wind still blows by
And I've never heard of it stopping for no one in my life
And she won't stop the sun

I know all the things i'd be leaving baby
In any case you kicked me out
Since livin' is hard we'll try another card
I'm livin this life for myself...for myself

Look at the sun
The wind still blows by
And i've never heard of it stopping for no one in my life
And she won't stop
look at the sun
look at the sun
look at the sun

Long Shot

Written By: James Robert Murray

Since the beginning
We both knew this love could fit Now there are no tools
Inside my shed that can fix
These thundering clouds
Have chased all of our rainbows away
As we send each other down ole River Road here today

See it's a long shot maybe its a long way down
A long way down river road

And your always thinkin'
That I'm thinkin' this should be it
You raise three reasons
But none of them focus on this
The rain's over head
and now all of our blue skies are gone
I don't know how much of this road can be walked alone

See it's a long shot maybe it's a long way down
A long way down River Road
See it's a long shot baby it's a long way down
A long shot back to you and the love I long

You lie there reading
Makes me wish I was the book
Not really romance a mystery's more how it looks
The storm up ahead
Now it seems to be reading like rain
I've read every sign down that road
Frankly Im ashamed

See it's a long shot maybe it's a long way down
A long way down River Road
See its a long shot baby its a long way down
A long shot back to you and the love I long
A long shot back to you and the love I long
A long shot back to you......

Lady June

Written By: Jim Murray

She left me with it on my mind
Sometimes I forget and get a little upset
Lord you know she's thinkin' I'm blind
Thinks I can't see signs
Kinda love you might want off your back
Sometimes I forget and draw a little straw hat but
Girl you know you said you could
But you never did me no good

Yeah you can have me when I'm through
When I'm not so in love
Yeah you can have me and him too
Lady June

You left me with it on my mind
Yeah you sweet little freak who left a little upset
Lord you know you really should
But you never did me no good
Kinda love you won't want to attract
Sometimes I forget and want a little love back but
Girl you know you really should
Still you never did me no good

Yeah you can have me when I'm through
When I'm not so in love
Yeah you can have me and him too
you brought the cold to Texas
You brought the cold to Texas
Cold to Texas
Girl you brought the cold to Texas
Lady June
Like we know cold in Texas baby

Short Of The Blues

Written By: Jim Murray

Left yesterday waiting now tommorrow won't come
Lookin' out for Sunday
monday morninings never helped me none
I'm waiting here I'm waiting
See now my nothin won't slide
Even a week, a day ,an hour without ya's suicide
Right now I'm trying to get up on that road called life
but you keep on driving me down
I'd like to sit and tell you all about myself but your gonna want to stick around
Well I've been low and high
Hell I nearly died,I found a woman says she couldn't love
Uh huh uh huh Lord when's it good enough?
Uh huh uh huh Lord when's it good enough

All I can muscle
is the strength to choose
You stop me just short of the blues

If tommorrow comes later and still my nothin ain't right
Be looking out for Wednesday,
Thursday,fridays never passed me by
I'm waiting here I'm waiting
and but still my moter won't drive
Only the weakest days gone down without you by my side
Right now I'm trying to get off my back again
but you keep on holding me down
I'd like to sit and tell you all about myself
but your gonna want to stick around
Well I've been drunk and high
Hell once I flew with a fly,
finally found a way to change my luck
Uh huh uh huh Lord when's it good enough?
Uh huh uh huh Lord when's it good enough?

All I can muscle
Is the strength to choose
You stop me just short of the blues

You aint got nothin'
Girl I'm willing to lose
You stop me just short of the blues

You aint got nothin'
Girl I'm willing to lose
You stop me just short of the blues

Me In Dreams

Written By: Jim Murray

Focus on the bright side last cigarette
Right now the road I'm on
Is a road with luck I've not seen yet
Muddle through it twice the way I've done
All alone with a powerful dream
See a dream can power most anyone

And on said highway I won't forget
Fall back to the alleys and streets In a dream I hope not to regret
Struggle to it half the way I've done
I've been seen with a powerful dream
And a dream can power most anyone

That's me in a powerful dream
Where those we love may one day see
Back where they need truly be
Eleanore
Me in dreams

Forward to the highlights that suit me best
If only for a moment I sleep
There's a time and place in wich to get
Rest get back to it find a place to run
I believe in a powerful dream
And a dream can power most anyone

That's me in a powerful dream
Where those we love may one day see
Back where they need truly be
With Eleanor
Come see me,Eleanore,please
Come be with me
Me in Dreams

The Right Thing

Written By: Jim Murray

You're at the right place at the right time
We're gonna have a little fun
We'll take a long walk on a thin line
And never touch a fishin pole

You're at your own place down the river
The paddle's really all your fault
You left it right there on the left bank
Between the smokes and alcohol

I'm changin my mind
And I promise this time
I promise little girl
I'll never take anymore than I need
It's the right thing

We'll take a short day in the summer
Over golf and basketball
We'll take a cool shower in the hot tub
Or never take a chance at all

You're at the right place at the right time
We're gonna have a real ball
We'll take a short walk through the bread line
And never have to share at all

I'm changin my mind
And I promise this time
I promise little girl
I'll never drink anymore than I need
It's the right thing
It's the right thing
It's the right thing

Take The Jale Off

Written By: Jim Murray

Yeah she's gonna take the jale off
And leave it all behind
Tell them why she's come
She'll lay it on the line
She's a girl you'd endure
Mighty fine for this frame of mind ya'll
Come on and take the jale off

Yeah she's gonna need a lot of room
So kindly make her space
She'll turn a holy red
And I'm not talkin 'bout her faith
Here's a girl you'd endure
Mighty fine for this frame of mind
Come on and take the jale off

Yeah she's gonna take the jale off
And leave it where it is
She don't care if it's yours
She don't care if it's his
Here 's a girl you'll insure
Mighty fine for this frame of mind
Come on and take the jale off

By Surprise

Written By: Jim Murray

Stand next to me here alone
Girl you fill my life
You serve my soul
And after all of this
She keeps me whole
Now look into both my eyes
You'll see all the tears
hear all those cries
I,m gonna fill your heart
with blue green skies
Now want me bad
Want you to want me bad

Why don't you take me by surprise?
Why don't you take me by surprise?
Why don't you take me by surprise?
Come make me take it
Come make me take it back
Girl I need a nice surprise

Why don't you take me by surprise?
Why don't you take me by surprise?
Why don't you take me by surprise?
Come make me take it
Want you to want me bad

Well if you look into
All my heart and soul
Another twenty years
And wev'e come so close
We'll build a better life
with love, earth and gold
Now want me bad
Want to to want me bad

Why don't you take me by surprise?
Why don't you take me by surprise?
Why don't you take me by surprise?

Whatcha Got

Written By: Jim Murray

Look, you know I'm really too kind to peek
Well have we had a home long here
Looks like it's bustin out to me at the top
No...I'll never get used to using such a phrase
I'm just afraid the phase might stop
For what you got

Honey and I,this corner lot
I'd probably even mow here
The movers met the likes of me well or not
No...I know it's hard ya pickin up alone
And with no help from me at all

Hey ...what do you mean no need to hurt yourself
Yeah look what you've got
Hey... what do you need I'll pass that way my love
Yeah and look what you've got
Look what you've got
It's all I need

Someone pay the kids to kindly sleep
I'd never leave my coat here
The floor is clean the jackets neat
It's the bomb
No...I'll never get used to waiting on money owed
We're leaving all the bills for Bob

Hey... what do you mean no need to hurt yourself
Yeah look what you've got
Hey... what do you need I'll pass that way my love
Yeah and look what you've got
Look what you've got
Look what you've got
Yeah look what you've got
You'll get exactly what you need
Come on tell me what you got
Come on tell me what you got

Give The Girl A Ride

Written By: Jim Murray

Tell me stranger where'd you go awry
Crossing down some one-way street
See now, they're questioning your sanity
And it's left you mostly open wide

Come back and make me understand
Never really opened up to me
Was it somthing that she couldn't say
Say things you know she didn't mean

Just as far and just as well
He could stop it on a dime
Couldn't cost that much
To have offered her a ride

Cheap bastard offer her a ride
Ride her off to someplace green
A box of chocolates and some dignity
Will get her to the other side

Cheap bastard give the girl a hand
These hand me downs now don't come cheap
Shown a little common courtesy
I'm sure she'll try and understand

Just as far and maybe just as well
We could stop it on a dime
Couldnt hurt that much
To have given her a ride
Cheap bastard give the girl a ride

So,soon you'll maybe need a hand
Your chest grows tight so hard to breathe
Was there something that you meant to say
Say what you know you truly mean

Maybe when we come to lay you down
Down in the ground so cold and deep
Well you've forgotten all the sympathy
Passed on by you yeah while you sleep

Cheap bastard give the girl a ride
Ride her off to someplace green
A box of chocolates and some dignity
will get her to the other side

Cheap bastard give the girl a hand
These hand me downs now don't come cheap
Shown a little common courtesy
I'm sure she'll try and understand

Just as far and maybe just as well
We could stop it on a dime
Couldnt hurt that much
To just give the girl a ride

Takin By The Rain

Written By: Jim Murray

I don't wanna go
I don't wanna go talkin bad
Now that's just not the kind thing I'd do....to you
See when the rain starts coming down
I'd like to be next to you
Baby when the rains coming down on us

I don't wanna go
I don't wanna go takin back
Girl if I said it must be true... so true
But when the rain starts coming down
I hope to be next to you
Maybe when the rains coming down on us.. on us

She's taken by the rain
She's taken by the rain
No need to hear my name.... no, no

I don't wanna go
I don't wanna go kickin back
There's so many thing's I wanna do, do for you

But when the rain starts coming down
I hope to be next to you
Maybe when the rains coming down on us.. on us

She's taken by the rain
She's taken by the rain
No need to hear my name.... no, no

Oooh I guess that leaves me with nothin
Oooh cold lonely nothin
Oooh nothin
Help me my Lord help me back She's takin by, by the rain
Help me my Lord help me back She's takin by, by the rain
She's taken by the rain
And I've had all that

Half Of Nothin

Written By: Jim Murray

Half of Nothin

Your memory's here tonight
Well it's lonely here near cowtown
Picture to the rights leanin' left
It never fails to fail me
And in the end
Plain means gone

I can't justify your leavin'
Since I fell apart
And I can't feel my way 'round your heart
And I can't simplify a fact like failure floodin' in
I'm lonesome for my cows
Half of nothin

Sad an still the same
It drizzles down true rain drops
Lonely window pains
Ask me less
It never fails to fail me
And in the end plain means gone..
I mean gone

But I can't justify your leavin'
Since I fell apart
And I can't feel my way 'round your heart
And I can't simplify a fact like failure floodin' in
I'm lonesome for my cows
Half of nothin
See nothin's worth this time..
Worth the pain
All for half

Behind Late

Written By: Jim Murray

Say what you want
Well you will anyway
Do what you want la...
Live like you'd like for me
Be who you want
Oh but darlin' get back
Me I'm always behind
And I'm left insecure
Always late
Always

Say what you want
At least care anyway
Go where you want -la...
See what you want in me
Paint what you'd like
Oh but darlin' get back
But me I'm always behind
And I'm left insecure
Always late
Always

In Love With A Low Life

Written By: Jim Murray


She needs a knee that can keep her and an arm to go round
A love above her for the next time around
Shoulder to hold her on a foot she can stand
If she needs some help Im sure you'll give her a hand

She fell in love with a low life yeah
That's all she wrote
She fell in love with a love life yeah
But thats never told

If you need her be easy
Now don't you be hard
If you need her hell she'll give you a card
A card with a name , a date and a place
When you meet her man you see the pain in her face

She fell in love with a low life yeah
And that's all she wrote
She fell in love with a love life yeah
But that's never told

She fell in love with a low life yeah
In love with a low life yeah
She fell in love with a low life yeah
My baby's movin' down the road

Now when you see her believe her
You know she can't tell a lie
She'll be with him for the rest of her life
I'm not uneasy there's no reason to cry
I'm gonna get to love her
Just as soon it dies

She fell in love with a low life yeah
That's all she wrote
She fell in love with a low life yeah
But that's never told

She fell in love with a low life yeah
She fell in love with a low life yeah
She fell in love with a low life yeah
My baby's goin' down the road

Just Add Alcohol

Written By: Jim Murray

Here comes another lonely night
It sure aint your fault and it aint mine
Lets take this time to maybe be ourslves
Come mornin there'll be nothin' left

Just add alcohol
Maybe I"ll be true
Just add alcohol
And I'll still want you

Here comes another way to go
You won't come back yeah baby that I know
This river's got to find a place to end
Before it rises to the banks again

Just add alcohol
Maybe I'll be true
Just add alcohol
And I'll still want you

There's still one lonely day to come
This time it's not for two
Girl it's just for one
Must find some way to try and ease my pain
But in the end winds up the same
And I'll tell you why

You just add alcohol
Maybe I'll be true
You just add alcohol
Maybe I'll be true
You just add alcohol
Maybe I'll be true
Just add alcohol

Mickey Mouse My Way

Written By: Jim Murray

Try'n to find my way back home
Seein' you's the only thing on my mind
Try'n to buy my way back home
yah freein' you's the only thing on my mind

down a two lane highway pushin 55
at four am
sincerly?

I'll Mickey Mouse my way back home
Sleepin' aint the only thing on my mind
I'll Micky mouse my way back home
Dreamin' aint the only thing on my mind

Did I make it here by feel or did a brother drive me home thru the stones
Yeah, Paint me black
And there's a way you move
You make it hard to just stop, say no,no,no

Well I'm sleepin on the streets
Bushes all as tall as me yeah
My sleepin' bag is my motel baby
I'm gonna Mickey Mouse my way
Micky Mouse my way

I'll Micky Mouse my way
Micky mouse my way
I'll Micky mouse my way
Micky Mouse my way
I'll Micky Mouse my way
Micky Mouse my way

Eye Out For Lucy

Written By: Jim Murray

She's cruel I know
But that's the way she is I'm told
She's out,to see
She looks through you right through me

I don't mind she'll see
When I'm blind
I'll keep an eye for Lucy

She leaves alone
She won't stray too far from home
She's out, she's out to prove
She can school both me and you

I don't mind she'll see
When I'm blind
I'll keep an eye for Lucy

This lady's cruel I know
But that's the way she is I'm told
She's out, she's out to prove
She can fool both me and you

I don't mind she'll see
When I'm blind
I'll keep an eye for Lucy
yeah yeah yeah

Marlboro Man

Written By: Jim Murray

Ya you walk the streets you walk tonight
think you fool you think you've got made
You think bad think your mean
think your livin all bills paid
But you don't know don't even care
just get up move over there

All right.... so you're the Marlboro Man

He's gotta real cool flat know where he's been
knows where hes at kinda leaves ya wonderin
thinks he's man thinks he's stud walks the streets
in search of love
lets grab a late night snack
grab your coat grab you hat
I'll put you're boots on

All right.... Ya you're the Marlboro Man

You got the world by the hand
but you don't give a damn
you can't trust um
so you get to work late
it's you're own fault you hate so you quit
you're the Marlboro Man

Ya you walk the streets you walk tonight
think you fool you think you've got made
You think bad think your mean
think your livin all bills paid
lets grab a late night snack
grab your coat grab you hat
I'll put you're mood on

All right.... Ya you're the Marlboro Man

Discography

2006 "LowLife"
2007 "Short of the Blues"
Audio clips available at the link below:
http://music.download.com/anthillsociety/3600-8933_32-100465679.html?tag=listing_song_artist

All songs are original compositions by Jim Murray.

Set List

Turn On The Daylight
Just Add Alcohol
Short Of The Blues
The Right Thing
Bloody Ugly Knees
Time For You
Something I Need
Eye Out For Lucy
By Surprise
Half Of Nothing
Less Hard
Marlboro Man
Behind Late
Taken By The Rain
Look At The Sun
Mickey Mouse My Way
Rescue Me
Take The Jole Off
Dry
Whatcha Got
Hey Marge
Cut Me Up
Part Time Job
What I Like
In Love With A Lowlife
Lady June
Me In Dreams
A Long Shot
Give the Girl a Ride
Funny Kind of Change
Broken Down
Bombshell in Portales
Why Torture Me
Coming Out of the Dark
Alone all the Time
Labor Day
Far out Misery