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James
James


Background information
Origin Whalley Range, Manchester, England
Genre(s) Alternative Rock
Britpop
Post-punk
New Wave
Years active 1982—2001
Label(s) Decca Music Group
Sanctuary Records
Mercury Records
Sire Records
Fontana Records
Rough Trade Records
Website Website
Members
Tim Booth
Jim Glennie
Larry Gott
Saul Davies
Mark Hunter
David Baynton-Power
Andy Diagram
Former members
Adrian Oxaal
Paul Gilbertson
Gavan Whelan
Michael Kulas



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James Album


The Night Before (04/19/2010)
04/19/2010
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It's hot enough within this bed
To melt our differences
Woah, a leap of faith

This fiery love
Dissolves the edge
Creates a bridge
Woah, a leap of faith

It's hot
Inside the chrysalis
Our cells
Create a dreamy bliss
A leap of faith
And out of this
A floating kiss
Life loves to exist

Hangover after the party
Woah, a leap of faith
Hangover after the party
Woah, a leap of faith

It's hot
Inside the chrysalis
Our cells
Create a dreamy bliss
A leap of faith
And out of this
A floating kiss
Life loves to exist

It's hot
Inside the chrysalis
Our cells
Create a dreamy bliss
A leap of faith
And out of this
A floating kiss
Life loves to exist

It's hot
Inside the chrysalis
Our cells
Create a dreamy bliss
A leap of faith
And out of this
A floating kiss
Life loves to exist

. . .


This magic world, this magic world
This magic world - it inspires

With the face that I was born with
In my schooling in the forges
Time has lost its power to do its worst

But I don't mean to bore you
With the details of my story
Can't help myself, help myself
I conspire

This magic world, this magic world
This magic world,
It inspires
But I'm not crazy
I'm just laughing at myself
I can look so strong yet feel so insecure
No I'm not crazy
I'm just laughing at myself
Even when I look so strong I feel so small

This is the face that I was born with
In a race I can't keep up with
Separate the stardust from the dirt

But I don't mean to bore you
With the details of my story
Can't help myself, help myself
I'm a anekatips liar

But I'm not crazy
I'm just laughing at myself
I can look so strong yet feel so insecure
No I'm not crazy
I'm just laughing at myself
Even when I look so strong I feel so small
But I'm not crazy
I'm just laughing at myself
I don't know if I'm the poison or the cure

. . .


So I'm on my own
Far from my broken home
And it costs
Feels like ten below
Pack me off to school
Innocence and trust are all lost
Where did my childhood go?

Calling from the pay phone
Trying not to cry
Feeling I am dying
Telling you I'm fine
You tell me it's the making of me
That's a fucking lie
When's the holidays?
Holidays
Holidays

I'm at the bottom of my bed
Headphones on my head
John Peel show
Feels like ten below

The sky's a dull gun metal
Where did the sun go?
And it rains, and rains
Feels like ten below

Turning on the weaker ones when we were bored
I used to have feelings but all I feel's a
Hole is where the heart is
And the organ praise the lord
When's the holidays?
Holidays
Holidays

He's at war
He's at war
With himself, at the world
He's at war

He will strike first to anticipate
He's at war
Don't know how to relate
Feels like a cold war spy
If I'm caught
Take the easy way out

. . .


Knock knock knock
My house is always open
Why shield myself with
Quills and feints and lies
I can put on quite a show
But inside I'm broken
Porcupine
Porcupine

Here it comes again

Please don't stop
You'll get past my defenses
My body armour's plated over time
I got away with it once
But I soon became addicted
Porcupine
Porcupine

At the edge of the world
Leave my things by the door
I surrender control
Diving into the fall

Here it comes again
Here it comes again
Here it comes again

On my back's the weight
Of my offenses
You're a skunk and
I'm a porcupine
Our weaponary's evolved
From the heightened senses
Porcupine
Porcupine

At the edge of the world
Leave my things by the door
I surrender control
Diving into the fall

Here it comes again
Here it comes again
Here it comes again

. . .


Shot myself, ricochet
Crisis as an opportunity
Curtain call to loud applause
As you fall upon your sword

Wake up in a stranger's bed
Hangover and then some
Can't remember what was said
What's her name or what we've done
Wake up in a stranger's head
This one stresses income
On the rich list, born and bred
Blames attached to every sum

Shot myself, ricochet
Crisis as an opportunity
Loud applause
Revealing the conceal
Loser
Shot myself, ricochet
Crisis as an opportunity
Curtain falls to loud applause
The tattoo says it all
Hope and glory
Here's to hope and glory

Where is the peace and the whole
In a half-life?
I can't control my saboteur
Call it my nature
Name it addiction
Kiss on the lips will soon turn sour
Innocence lost in the grip of a hand job
After the surge of ecstasy
I'm walking out the door
Hope and glory

Sh sh sh shine like a ghost
Sh sh sh shine to be loved the most
When you're gone your songs outlive your story
Sh sh sh shine like a ghost
Sh sh sh shine to be loved the most
When you're gone your songs outlive your story
Let it shine
Let it shine
When you're gone your songs outlive your story

. . .


Dr Hellier says
That my body's Afghanistan
And we can't let the Taliban
Take over and breed

He says there's only one answer
In a nuclear age, man
They might spread to Pakistan
So we have to proceed

He enters my bloodstream
With a crew in a capsule
He takes the wheel
With hands that were made to heal

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As he approaches the death star
We lose visual contact
And that's when my temple
Turned into a wasteland

They were shouting and shooting
When the capsule was taken
His last words as he went down
"Press the button"

He slipped my fingers from death's grip
Escaped my body on a passenger ship
Watched T-cells playing in bow-waves

He lives for the ones that died
Don't know how he came to survive
Just know he owes it to them to be happy

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la la-la la-la la-la-la-la
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ah la-la la-la la-la-la-la
la la-la la-la la-la-la-la
la la-la la-la la-la-la-la

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. . .


Oh, ever the hero you won't break
Weak and strong
Oh, ever the hero you won't break
Weak and strong
Weak and strong

You've got to love your brother like you don't
Love yourself
You've got to change
You've got to love your brother like you don't
Love yourself
You've got to change
You've got to change

You think you're strong
Cutting off love like an amputee
You're not alone
We all want love without the grief

Oh, ever the hero you won't break
Weak and strong
Oh, ever the hero you won't break

You're not alone
We can relate to your insecurities
You think you're strong
Measure your courage in empathy

Oh, ever the hero you won't break
Weak and strong
Oh, ever the hero you won't break
Weak and strong

You've got to love your brother like you don't
Love yourself
You've got to love your brother like you don't
Love yourself
You've got to love your brother like you don't
Love yourself
You've got to change
You've got to change
You've got to change

Right, wrong, maybe
Option one's
The dangerous one
And I'll bet
And I'll bet
And I'll bet
And I'll bet
And I'll bet

And I'll bet you make us wrong
And I'll bet you make us strong
Love the dangerous one
And I'll bet
And I'll bet
And I'll bet
And I'll bet
And I'll bet

Another hero
Another hero
Another hero makes another villain
Another hero
Another hard on
Another right on makes another villain

You've got to love your brother like you don't
Love yourself
You've got to love your brother like you don't
Love yourself
You've got to love your brother like you don't
Love yourself
You've got to change
You've got to change

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