Nostalgia

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Nostalgia


A little bit afraid of Chinese music
A little bit ashamed to burn the old church down
A little complication, slip of the tongue
A little bible burning in the name of the crown

A little old dream I wish I'd killed her
A little quiet moment when the sun goes down
A little cold religion, fit of a wise man
Skinning a cat in the dress of a clown

I'm in and out of change
Like a porter through the rain
I found my baggage in an old hotel
Without any poets to its name

Wondering how it's gonna be
Two strong hands
But there's nothing here for me

A little bit of dark to make the children brave
A little sweet maria to be saved
A little conversation, a mystic door
A little blood to wipe up off the floor

A little bit of shadow in the water
A little birdsong in the oil and the wine
A little candle for the mourning
A little old dog in the ruins and her master's blind

I tell it like it is
I'm hiding phantoms in this old guitar
I burn the window as I sit
And dream I'm someone from afar

Looking out across the hill, I imagine army running
Through the mind of an old man killing
The nightmare runs and the bells keep ringing

A little bit afraid of Chinese music
A little bit ashamed to burn the old church down
A little complication, slip of the tongue
A little bible burning in the name of the crown

A little bit of animal in the spark of the knife
A little funeral at the heart of my life
A little dance with a dying ghost in my eyes
A little hand on the mouth of the child in me crying

I'm in and out of change
Like a porter through the rain
I found my baggage in an old hotel
Without any poets to its name

Wondering how it's gonna be
I escape for a moment
The world falls back on me

So I tell it like it is
I'm hiding phantoms in this old guitar
I burn the window as I sit
And dream I'm someone from afar

Looking out across the hill, I imagine army running
Through the mind of an old man killing
The nightmare runs and the bells keep ringing

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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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