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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

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from Before the Light, released December 25, 2014

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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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