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The Something in Nothing

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’The Something in Nothing’ is the debut album from James Choice & the Bad Decisions. In it, we tell a story of change and development through the eyes and experiences of the protagonist, ’James Choice’.

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released April 27, 2018

All songs written by James Choice & The Bad Decisions:
Sebastian Abermann, Michael Dey, Bernd Faszl, Georg Schober, Kathrin Kolleritsch.

Lyrics by Sebastian Abermann and Michael Dey

Released on Kleio Records (2018)

Produced by Markus Perner
Mixed by Stefan Deisenberger
Recorded at Tonkombüse and GAB Music Factory, Vienna
Mastered by Kai Blankenberg
Original Artwork design by Flö Rastbichler

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James Choice Vienna, Austria

James Choice & The Bad Decisions are a five piece song writing team based in Vienna, Austria. Their music is defined by their incredibly listenable, yet constantly surprising and unexpected hooks, underpinned by subtle lyrics, rich five part vocal harmonies, and melodies that soar from broken and delicate depths to defiant and dizzying highs. ... more

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Track Name: Why I Keep Falling Down
So you say that you walk a line,
but you worry all the time
You learnt the lines but lost the plot,
the courage that you mime
You twist and turn, in need to learn
You're just spinning a wheel

So you dig into your heel
And in the wake you feel
In front, behind from side to side,
the damage that you deal
And just the thought of you alone
is enough to weigh me

Weigh me down
Weigh me down
I think of all I wanna say after you have walked away

I don't know why I keep falling down
Grasping dirt, I am gaining ground
Let's find out where this shit is bound
I sure hope that you stick around

So you know how it feels to land,
but what I cannot understand
With every fall, you stand so tall,
I cannot reach your hand
You're just too proud to turn around
and face how far we've gone

All the ways that we went wrong
The pain we can't prolong
You've been my guide to depths that I
never thought I'd walk along
But the thought of you alone
is enough to weigh me

Weigh me down,
Weigh me down,

I think of all I wanna say
after you have walked away

I don't know why I keep falling down
Grasping dirt, I am gaining ground
Let's find out where this shit is bound
I sure hope that you stick around

You never seem to understand
You clung so tightly to the end
Well I'm just trying to make amends
Well real is just what you pretend
You always find yourself to blame
Well I don't like who I became
Well that's a truth you could have lived without
You call it fear, I call it doubt
You never seem to make amends
Truth is written, never sent
We never spoke, we both became
Now every line just sounds the same
For all I know the ones afraid,
will always find someone to blame
I've said all that I wanna say,
but now I need to walk away

I know why I keep falling down
Letting go, I am standing my ground
I sure know where this shit is bound
You can bet I won't stick around
Track Name: You Know The Score
Get a job, settle down, find a dream to work around
It's always been, it seems, all that you're allowed.

Get in lane, settle in, the life your time will bring
Aimlessly, your destiny, always falling for

A void, a cavity in which you feel safe
Filled with the time obscurity makes

You say you are where you wanna be to everyone but me
You're locked in your normality, and believe you've lost the key.
How can you give up on something that you've never tried?
There's a way of doing things that don't need to be right

‘Get a grip, yeah it's all wrong’, is all I hear each way I've gone,
solidity, complicity, I gave in to them long ago

Go, sign this form, you know the score,
punch the clock and lock the door
this is all I've been, and will be evermore

The hope you need but say you've never found
It's here, it's there, it's everywhere, in everyone around
You need to choose which eyes will see

So If you want me as a part of this, there's a choice to make right now,
your doubtful mind has been your weakness, go find the bliss you've lost somehow
So come on let's get out of here and let's break into the night.
There's a way of doing things, that don't need to be right
Track Name: November Leaves
There’s a hole inside my pocket,
my thoughts fall into every night
but time to time I think it’s worth it
having them not roll around inside my mind

The cold tap in my apartment,
let’s nine drops fall every hour
on the day it reaches ten, I swear to you,
I’m gonna focus all my power
and close the door to that room

Father wakes up every morning,
picks up the paper with a frown,
reads at the table, eats his breakfast,
and devours all of the sadness of the town

And there’s a man who lives on Grove street
Each day he rakes November leaves
And leaves them all piled high so neatly,
yet let’s them be blown back beneath his feet

You make me love you in a way that I don’t want to love you

Every night it feels I’m chasing
a dream I’ve always hoped to see
I slept through most of them, mistaking
fantasies for memories of you and me

And there’s a song that I’ve been writing,
that goes around the same four chords,
The minor fall is just a fnger’s slide away,
but I keep pulling it towards a brighter sound for you

You make me love you in a way that I don’t want to love you
Track Name: Small Talk
I'll never know, you always hide
the darker tales, your other sides
It's easier to disregard
detach the times, the ways you've played a part

and It's the same old story every time
the never landing punchline
where I sit beside an empty voice
filling silence, making noise

To put it in a way that I can say
nothing that I do blows you away

so if you never challenge, always buy
the missing truths that make a lie
your past presents a better ride,
you pick the part, romanticise

and dodge until there's nothing left to say
and nothing that I do blows you away
I'm having trouble reading you
missing pages, different views
all your empty words just take up space

Once you strip away your fanfare name
pull every thread that weaved your fame
what's left is you, you're still the child
I'll never know, you always hide

You flap your gums with nothing left to say
and I lost my mind in blowing you away
I am having trouble reaching you
missing links and different views
all your empty words just take up space

I won't listen to your phony stories
covering up what's dead inside
I'll save us both a lot of time
and speak out loud whats on my mind
I don't like your way of dealing
with different truths and made up feelings
imposing them on every face
as if you own the fucking place
Track Name: My Friend, The Stray
Lately, you've been nothing but a problem
Shaking and crazy, evading all the
necessity, your own enemy,
The basket you're leaving, covered in bite marks and fleas.

Flee now companion, friend we abandon
The times we would call you, the more you'd withdraw to
insanity, the uncertainty,
The places we'd find you, struggling to stand on your feet.

Fills me with wonder how quickly it took her,
Laid ‘neath a basket of brambles and branches,
We put you to sleep, and all I can think
is your mouth in my hands, the only way that you could drink.
Track Name: Fears/Fire
Just before the break of day,
would you walk a mile along my way?
Leave your fears and fire on the shelf,
see them written deep inside myself

Clocks ticking timeless till we're dead,
the pages pile, they're left unread
Tell me where I'm coming from,
let me root and branch and grow up strong

Why would you weigh a life in gold?
How many precious treasures do you hold?
Questions I can't even spell,
and answers only time will tell

You're always asking where I go
To be honest I don't really know
The past is gone, future's unclear
There is only really now and here

Nothing can kill this pain, I'm a black hole and I am leaking
I'm a lonely light past the point of no return

Fear it fills my brain, I feel my knees steadily shaking
I’m a frozen fire yearning to burn
Track Name: Gravity/Motion
You know I know you, know I care
You never suit that guilt you wear,
it has never helped at all

Yet all the ways you tried to run,
before your feet had caught along,
you never feared the fall

If you're not where you wanna be,
you've lost your grip on fantasy
and gravity is dragging you down

Well, tides get high, and lives get low
and from all sides the wind will always blow

Come on now, put it right
Let's set this wheel in motion
Feel your heart beat in time with your brain
'cause if you sit on idle hands,
you won't ever fix what's broken
Don't let all your bruises be in vain

I know it takes a lot to share
your worries that hang in the air
I'm always there to talk

But once everything is said and done
there is no we there is only one,
and the road you have to walk

If you're not where you wanna be,
you've lost all sense of fantasy
and gravity is dragging you down

Come on now, put it right
Let's set this wheel in motion
Hear your heart sing in tune with your brain
'cause if you sit on idle hands,
you won't ever fix what's broken
Don't let all your bruises be in vain

I see now how you seem to know every spoke within my wheel
It's finally time for me to fully stand the weight I feel

I see now how I've tried to reap the hopes and dreams I sow
before that I had given them the proper time to grow

I can clearly see the steps now with no fear to fail
and leave behind the burdens I've allowed to tip the scales

and I can sense the blood flow back into my hands again
to mend the bond that held us close and pull apart the chain
Track Name: Dead Sea
Confined, there's no space, through holes in the plank
we watch them raise fences, whilst the ship sank
the sea has been rough now for more than a night
but maintains the blood flow, keeps feeding the fight

There's a fortune to be made, encouraged by greed
to look down on the famished, and people in need
To abandon all trust and the hope to succeed
leaves the ink to dry on yet another terrible deed

Yet under the waves, the ways we weigh the world begin to fail
the loss of your breath, lifts the veil
Come back to the air, pressures lifted from your chest
you’re stripped to bare, now do you care?

Come find me displaced, with hell on both sides
from peril to peril, to build a new life
Drowned in the voices, on the edge of a knife
with those who could help us, adrift in the strife

Home is now so, so, so far away
Where will we be going? Will we find a way?
Searching for safety, and a place to belong
A thousand lost people, an ordeal so wrong

Yet under the waves, the ways we weigh the world begin to fail
the loss of your breath, lifts the veil
Come back to the air, pressures lifted from your chest
You’re stripped to bare, now do you care?
We’ll meet you there.

Back to the air, take us
How do you dare forsake us?
We paid the fare, take us
Back to the air

Nametags empty, meek, mast history
Keepers of plenty, moats and mystery
Give us something for our suffering,
Lead us back to the air.
Track Name: The Late Night Wonderer
A wrong turn led me right,
and brought me to your side
With minds so close, yet worlds apart
If only I’d told you from the start.

And I hate it when you call,
I hear the ache beneath it all
That heart of your’s, your mind despairs,
that beats for those that weren't ever there.

And all your late night wondering
That doubt burns deep within
What made you strong has left you frail,
treat a ship to sink, and never sail
An etch in time for all we’ve done
Alone in all that you’ve become
Track Name: The Something in Nothing
Through all of the fire, the falls and the fear
The something in nothing, I find myself here

All the direction just willed me to change
I put me apart, I realized, I rearranged

This is the ending of someone I've been
making sense of the stories written into my skin

I'm afraid
that I
slip back
the time
when I toed
the line
to find
that

Nothing has changed
The lies all sound the same
The puzzles that piece me
together again
The Something in Nothing
Within
Without
The lost to be found

But it get's better, the view I can see
The straight of my back, I brush the dust off my knee

This story's ending remains to be seen
You'll find me written in the lines inbetween

Compared, defined,
a course assigned
What we share is time
to find your own peace of mind

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