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The Something in Nothing

by James Choice

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1.
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
2.
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
3.
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
4.
Small Talk 02:51
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
5.
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.
6.
Fears/Fire 05:10
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
7.
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
8.
Dead Sea 05:39
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.
9.
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
10.
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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’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 is a singer/songwriter based in Vienna, Austria. Their music is defined by their incredibly listenable, yet constantly surprising and unexpected hooks, underpinned by subtle lyrics, rich vocal harmonies, and melodies that soar from broken and delicate depths to defiant and dizzying highs. ... more

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