Demon in the Sea

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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

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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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