Angel at the Gate

by James Thomas

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released June 15, 2014

Recorded and Mixed by: Daryl Chonka (www.oldgrowthmusic.com)
Cover Photograph by: Josh Soskin (www.joshsoskin.com)
Mastered by: Graemme Brown at Zen Mastering, Gabriola Island
Songs Written and Performed by: James Thomas

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James Thomas London, UK

James Thomas is a singer/songwriter from Vancouver. A blend of Nick Drake, Jeff Buckley and Paul Simon. He plays in a finger- picking acoustic style with literary influences from Henry Miller to Walt Whitman. His songs deal with themes of conflict between the search for peace, alienation, women, the imagination and self-destruction. ... more

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Track Name: Alibi
Alibi


Maybe I’ll take a train home
Maybe I’ll dream for a while
Maybe I’ll find a coat to wear
Herb in my cigarette
I can’t quit not quite yet
There’s such a thin line
‘Tween the modern in me
And the old slave chained
To the black oil tree

But every way’s another way home
Maybe I’ll crack the code
Her love lacked the quality,
Romance or poverty
To make me believe she was worth all the life in me
But you’re making me shake girl up and down
So the sky gets big and the world turns ‘round

You are the dream
You are the light
Out at the crossroads
In the dark of the night
You are the alibi
You are the reason why
I keep staggering
All of my life
You are the way I go
Mama, don’t you know
The way you shine

Dead entertainer talking on the telephone
Circus tent wrapped around his frail and brittle bones
I want to fit in but I feel so much better
Reading the map on my own
So blindfold the eyes of the future in me
‘Cause I don’t want to see what died in my sleep
Make me more like a river Lord and less like a stone

You are the dream
You are the light
Out at the crossroads
In the dark of the night
You are the alibi
You are the reason why
I keep staggering
All of my life
You are the way I go
Mama, don’t you know
The way you shine
Track Name: Demon in the Sea
Demon in the Sea

I’m so afraid of the demon in the sea
There must be something I don’t want down in the darkest part of me
It’s like there’s blood on the wings of the shy dove in my cage
They’re drawing back the curtains while I’m still painting my face
The tears of a savage on a little café stage

With a black tie and an axe inside a church of angel bones
I spit out stained glass with a country organ hanging from a rope
Until I see I’m just a bridge with my nightmares whipping through
All I was taught as a child like icy bullet through my mama’s womb
I knelt and learned to pray until the virgin came with the pouring rain
To wash away the truth

I’m dying, and I know I missed your birthday
But I’m trying to take my mind off yesterday
For I can’t see the city of God glow inside the rose
So blind I bleed in the arms of something I might never know

Tomorrow swings the hammer like a baby on the snow
I climb that holy mountain with such crackling in my soul
Like a candle in the hand of a slave ship engineer
I’m going down beneath the shouts and cries the end is coming near
I wouldn’t mind shattered reality if I could disappear

I’m dying, and I know I missed your birthday
But I’m trying to take my mind off yesterday
For I can’t see the city of God glow inside the rose
So blind I bleed in the arms of something I might never know

Swallows they will mourn for free
Even kids like you and me
As I run my feet they weave
Through razorblades and dregs of Eden
Wreathes I tie with such regret
Around the arms of all the dead
That burn along with all the pain
Of memory inside my brain
And all the faces she can see
When she spaces out in my company
Track Name: Last Supper
Last Supper

There are ways a man can live
That let him sleep in peace oblivious
There are ways a man can learn to fight
What will never die

I’ve got that rose in my crown
As I kiss the tear on the shoulder that tears my world down

Pour me a drink
Tonight I’m in love
Pour one for sorrow
And the angels above
Tomorrow it’s war boys
And they called out my name
That silvery river will swallow me
If I can ever learn to be brave

There are ways a man can hide
And turn from the lantern
That glows through the night in his eyes
There are ways a man can learn to fight
What will never die

I’ve got that rose in my crown
This empire will bury my bones like the sun going down

Pour me a drink
Tonight I’m in love
Pour one for sorrow
And the angels above
Tomorrow it’s war boys
And they called out my name
That silvery river will swallow me
If I can ever learn to be brave

When I can’t come down to take your hand
Go quiet and seek all the peace in your heart
That your conscience can stand
For under your thoughts I shall play
Like a shimmering ghost in a grave
Here at your side I shall stay
‘Till the first birds of morning arise
To wash me away

Pour me a drink
Tonight I’m in love
Pour one for sorrow
And the angels above
Tomorrow it’s war boys
And they called out my name
That silvery river will swallow me
If I can ever learn to be brave