The Best I Never Got

by James Roseman

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    An EP recorded in and about the summer. The second EP release by James Roseman.
    James Roseman: All words and music, vocals on all tracks, sequencing on all tracks.

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released August 4, 2014

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James Roseman Boston, Massachusetts

Raised in the Greater Boston area in Massachusetts, James Roseman ties together musical roots across a variety of genres to produce a unique blend of indie-pop, rock, and alternative. 2014 marked a new style, seen in his 3-song demo "The Demo Tape".

James attends Tufts University. He lives in Medford during the school year, and is always looking for gigs around the Boston area.
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Track Name: Supposed To Be
I watched your cell phone die

I watched your cell phone die, there was nothing I could do
We watched the ocean waves depart in twos
I watched your cell phone die, there was nothing I could do
We watched the ocean waves depart in twos

You said could I be the one
The one for you
I said I don't know
You said I'm pretty sure you do

I don't know what I'm supposed to be
And I don't know what I'm supposed to be

I watched your cell phone die, there was nothing I could do
We watched the ocean waves depart in twos
I watched your cell phone die, there was nothing I could do
We watched the ocean waves depart in twos

You said could I be the one
The one for you
I said I don't know
You said I'm pretty sure you do

If I wanted to be heard then I should have been loud
If I were to be the one then I would by now
If I wanted to be heard then I should have been loud
If I were to be the one then I would by now
Track Name: Another Man
Oh the night she sprawls in a thousand ways
And though I know she can't show it
I would like to imagine her say
Don't go that way, turn back
I know when you're wrong
I know when you're headed off track

I've heard talk of a walk to your icy throne
Where you wait for a lover
Only I don't think you wait alone
Were you the one for me
At least in that moment
At least 'til I'd call that night done

Or do you have another man
Somebody else kicking your can
Is he moving you south
Plucking the words right out of your mouth
Since I saw you last
You looked you couldn't remember the past

That doe-eyed expression
Lies and life lessons
As if all together on cue
Bouncing off you

I turned left and met as my lantern grew
Dim and thin it was clouded I could
Hardly make out the shape
And look on your face, disgrace
Did I get here too late
Did I mean to ignore all that hate

I thought that you were someone
That could take all the blame
But when you push somebody away
It always ends the same

I see that you bite your thumb at me
You bite your thumb at me
You bite your thumb at me
You bite

I think that you have another man
Somebody else kicking your can
Is he moving you south
Plucking the words right out of your mouth
Since I saw you last
You looked you couldn't remember the past

That doe-eyed expression
Lies and life lessons
As if all together on cue
Bouncing off you
Track Name: Only If He Wants It
I don't want to be the anything that anyone
Can live without I start to doubt
That I want wear a big wide grin
That I like to smile
And I wonder if it's worth the hurt
Is it all worth while but

That's not me, I say
That's not me, I say
That's not me
But what if it is

I thought they'd throw him in a cell door and lock it
But they found a twenty in his pocket
He's a big wig so they'll only do it if he wants it

I don't want to be the anything that anyone
Can live without I balance out
That I want to be a special boy
That I want to be real
That I know what it is to kill
And that it's fun to steal oh but

That's not me, I say
That's not me, I say
That's not me
But what if it is

I pray we all get just desserts
But prayers aside, I can't help it if it hurts
That a man so free from any blame
Could walk so free, but I guess it's all the same to me

(What'd you think was going to happen?)
(Yeah, what'd you think?)

I thought they'd throw him in a cell door
And then lock it, that's what I thought

I thought they'd throw him in a cell door
And then lock it, they found a twenty in his pocket

(No way)
(He's a big wig)

I thought they'd throw him in a cell door and lock it
But they found a twenty in his pocket
He's a big wig so they'll only do it if he wants it
Track Name: I Don't Care
I don't know what it is
But I wanna be real good
At just one thing

'Cause I'm pretty sure
It's not that
I can sing

And succeed
At hitting half the notes in half of the right keys
I'm glad you like them, but these are songs for me

I don't care
If I'm shouting at my drink
No, I don't care
How callous this all seems
No, I don't care

If you like me, I'd like for you to know
That you're in my thoughts today
But are you there tomorrow?

I don't care
If I'm shouting at my drink
No, I don't care
How callous this all seems
No, I don't care

If you like me, I'd like for you to know
That you're in my thoughts today
But are you there tomorrow?

You want to fix me
And that's fine
But leave my self alone
It's the only thing that's mine
Track Name: The Greatest Criminal
He's a fictional art, functional scar
Needed until he's gone away

He's got a mind that outraces his speech
No need to eat or breathe away

What is this dream that haunts me
A misunderstanding of the common good
Or is it a deeper feeling
After all we're against

Are you the greatest criminal
Are you the greatest criminal
Did you really think
That you'd get away

Did I give up the dream instead of the ghost
Did I get what I need or what I wanted the most

Selling my soul, my shot at the stage
Kept here by choice or trapped in cage

Burning this bridge for a pocket of cash
Watch it dissolve and turn into ash
Is it a deeper feeling
After all we're against

Are you the greatest criminal
Are you the greatest criminal
Did you really think
That you'd get away

Did I give up the dream instead of the ghost
Did I get what I need or what I wanted the most
Track Name: See You Broken
Deadline rising and there's nothing I can say
We gave it our best which wasn't enough and that's okay
'Cause I'd rather end it here than wade through all the pain
The kind that stains your skin makes you feel that way
Again again okay

Stare at the ceiling, at your door
Counting the tiles on the floor
I can't match your glare
And I can't hide the sigh
I'd rather see you broken than watch this die

Choke up softly I don't want to hear you cry
I'd rather you angry, just to let this break and die
But you're too good for that you'd just bring me back to life
A whispering in my ear telling me that it's
Alright alright okay

Stare at the ceiling, at your door
Counting the tiles on the floor
I can't match your glare
And I can't hide the sigh
I'd rather see you broken than watch this die

I'd wish you the best but I don't know what's there
And I'd stand by your side if you promised not to care
I'd stand by your side, but don't give it another thought love
'Cause this is the best I never got