Words and Tricks

by James Roseman

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The debut album from James Roseman, an 18-year-old singer-songwriter from Swampscott, Massachusetts. Words & Tricks home-recorded on a G4 Powerbook with a USB Microphone.

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released June 2, 2012

James Roseman: All words and music, vocals on all tracks, acoustic guitar on all tracks, miscellaneous instruments including saxophones, kazoo, bass drum, and snare, on other tracks.

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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: Bleeding Stone
When I said that I loved you this I meant
I love the illusions you present
I love all the hopes you represent
Fabricated little white lies though

I fell prey to a blackened widow
I'll gouge your eyes and I'll steal your soul
I found myself in a darkened forest
But who was I to attest the cold?

Won't you be my inspiration?
Won't you be my bleeding stone?
Won't you be my inspiration?
Put your heart out for sale and name the price

A thousand reasons and a solar kiss
Broken thoughts on a night like this
Diamond eyes and a topaz stone
Sunk deep in the devil's clone

What I thought you were was so much more
Than the creature I'd fallen to adore
With all the hatred all the force
I buried love, I set the course

Won't you be my inspiration?
Won't you be my bleeding stone?
Won't you be my inspiration?
Put your heart out for sale and name the price

It's not the anger, it's not the pain
Nor the hatred, nor the shame
But it is the distrust I detest
I'd have killed for so much less

And my closest of friends you stole from me
But a shade of a former colleague
What is you suggest I do?
Forget the misery?

Once I held you in my arms
A broken girl on her bedroom floor
How quickly the slightest action changes
All I've done and so much more

Won't you be my inspiration?
Won't you be my bleeding stone?
Won't you be my inspiration?
Put your heart out for sale and name the price
Track Name: What Are You Waiting For
This to the girl with the eyes made of fire heart of coal
Does she know, does she know just what she's done?
With the boy, trading words out in back for their souls
Makes you love, makes you trust

But who are they to say this to the girl
With a smile melts your heart down to bones
Does she know?

Perhaps she never cared for the boy
Drags his feet picks her up calms her down
Does she know, does she know he's not alone?

What are you waiting for?
The damage is done.
What are you waiting for?
The damage is done.
What are you waiting for?
The damage is done.

This to the girl broke my patience in two with her scorn
Does she weep, does she mourn, does she brush it aside

My foolish mess of a brain, made me think
That she'd changed, that she'd changed

Heed the advice from my closest of trustworthy friends
When it's time, don't make a thing, just say goodbye

What are you waiting for?
The damage is done.
What are you waiting for?
The damage is done.
What are you waiting for?
The damage is done.

You can never take back what it is you've done
I'll forever hold a blank page in my book for you

Am I crazy to believe, that we'll be?
Was I crazy to believe that you could change

What are you waiting for?
The damage is done.
What are you waiting for?
The damage is done.
What are you waiting for?
The damage is done.
Track Name: (Track 3)
You said (you said) that it didn't, it didn't matter
You said (you said) that you couldn't care anymore
You said (you said) that it didn't, it didn't matter
You said (you said) that you couldn't care anymore

That you were walking away
That you were walking away (and you were)

I'll set you free and make you miss
Before the heart turned before the bliss
And when the day comes to shoot me down
I'll flip the world right upside down

And you were
And you were
And you were walking away
And you were walking away

In the nighttime in the shade
We'll travel far we'll soon be saved
In the nighttime in the shade
We'll be the broken and braved

You said (you said) that it didn't, it didn't matter
You said (you said) that you couldn't care anymore
You said (you said) that it didn't, it didn't matter
You said (you said) that you couldn't care anymore

That you were walking away
That you were walking away (and you were)

And you said as you slammed the door
And you said as you fell to the floor
And you said as the floodgates you built
Crumbled down to the tears that you spilt

Here, please take my hand, please guide the way
Please take my hand, please guide the way

Please
You said it didn't matter
Don't
You said you couldn't care
Do
You said it didn't matter
This
You said you couldn't care
Track Name: Young Blood
With your feet in the mud, you feel right at home
And it's in the dark you feel so alone
Yet so at ease, no one to please, hasn't it ended yet?

Dirt on your face from the places you've been
Striped with the tears from all of your sins
Feel no remorse, soon but a corpse, hasn't it ended yet?

All of your demons, all of your fears
Your brother in arms, speak your mind
Your brother in arms, speak your mind

As the hopes and the dreams bleed out of your lips
The secrets you held fly out and sink ships
Faces you pressed, devils impressed, hasn't it ended yet?

Build shelter seek alms, don't forget how to breathe
Nurse your young love, but the pain won't aleve
Raised as your own, prime to disown, hasn't it ended yet?

All of your demons, all of your fears
Your brother in arms, speak your mind
Your brother in arms, speak your mind

You're a creature of habit
Sluff off to your nest
You're a creature of habit
But who knew you best?

Don't you know anything, anything else?
Don't you know anything, anything else?
Don't you know anything, anything else?
Don't you know anything?

All of your demons, all of your fears
Your brother in arms, speak your mind
Your brother in arms, speak your mind
Track Name: Such Great Heights (Cover)
I am thinking it's a sign that the freckles
In our eyes are mirror images and when
We kiss they're perfectly aligned
And I have to speculate that God himself
Did make us into corresponding shapes like
Puzzle pieces from the clay
And true, it may seem like a stretch, but
Its thoughts like this that catch my troubled
Head when you're away when I am missing you to death
When you are out there on the road for
Several weeks of shows and when you scan
The radio, I hope this song will guide you home

They will see us waving from such great
Heights, 'come down now,' they'll say
But everything looks perfect from far away,
'come down now,' but we'll stay...

I tried my best to leave this all on your
Machine but the persistent beat it sounded
Thin upon listening
And that frankly will not fly. You will hear
The shrillest highs and lowest lows with
The windows down when this is guiding you home
Track Name: Whatever It Is
I think it needs more...

You learn to live without
You learnt to hold the doubt
You learn to bite your tongue
You learn to love the one
You learn to walk on shells
You learn to give 'em hell

And it's not
And it's not
It's not what you came for
It's not what you asked for
It's not what you call out at night
It's not what you call out at night

Whatever went wrong
Whatever went safe
Whatever the name it's all the same
Whatever went wrong
Whatever went right
Whatever it is you need at night
Whatever you took
Whatever you keep
Whatever it is you need to sleep

And it's not
And it's not
It's not what you came for
It's not what you asked for
It's not what you call out at night
It's not what you call out at night

You learn to
You learn to
Whatever went wrong
Whatever went safe
(You learn to live without)
Whatever the name it's all the same
Whatever went wrong
Whatever went right
(You learn to hold the doubt)
Whatever it is you need at night
Whatever you took
Whatever you keep
(You learn to walk on shells)
Whatever it is you need to sleep

It's not what you wanted but it's all that you needed
It's not what you wanted but it's all that you needed
Track Name: 21 Grams
I hope you get help that you get what you need
But I'm just a thief taken by greed
Baby dust off your knees and wipe off my shoes
'Cause you can't hold your own, but you like to be used

By the stains on your teeth and the lies in your past
I see you swallow with ease it's the same as the last
A call in the dark but it's plain to see
It's a pen and a sheet, and he's better than me

21 grams I follow for
21 I'm chasing
21 grams I follow for
And your dead end is calling me

I remember a time when my eyes seemed to see
Words written of love, ones you said to me
Say darling do tell do your fingertips burn?
From writing such lies and refusing to learn

Do your ears smell of smoke from the words on your back?
Do the letters I hold seal even a crack
Of the heartbreak you left and the void in my chest?
Guess you sure showed me, got me good for the rest

21 grams I follow for
21 I'm chasing
21 grams I follow for
And your dead end is calling
21 grams I follow for
21 I'm chasing
21 grams I follow for
And your dead end is calling me
Track Name: Words & Tricks
Oh beneath my ancient race lies a virtue and a face
And I swear I've never felt this way before you
Beneath my words and tricks well I'm still haunted by your lips
And how they shot me down softly

I don't sleep because I don't dream
I don't care anymore just what it means
'Cause I got what I wanted from you

Beneath the skin and lace well I'm still haunted by your face
And the way it touched my heart so sweetly
I pray you best to miss, I wish good luck and then dismiss
Your siren's call to me as I walk away

I don't sleep because I don't dream
I don't care anymore just what it means
'Cause I got what I wanted from you

I don't sleep because I don't dream
I don't care anymore just what it means
'Cause I got what I wanted from you

Despite the lace and all the skin
Despite the face

I got what I wanted from you
Track Name: Things To Understand
Say Marie what you've done to me
It ain't fair but it's probably
The best I'd ever hoped, the most I ever got,
The person that I hold, I can never let go

Navy girl have you done me wrong?
You gave me life helped me move along
Things to understand, I will never fall
I will never let you drift apart

Actions speak but the silence burns
I could show how but you'd never learn
Girl I've got some scars from standing too close to the flame
Girl I've got some scars but you're not to blame

How I wish we could always share
A past defined by a golden hair
What she stole from me, is the most I'd ever be
Without what you gave, you will always save

Me from darkness, I will always owe
My life to you and the things you show
Things to understand, I will never fall
I will never let you drift apart

Actions speak but the silence burns
I could show how but you'd never learn
Girl I've got some scars from standing too close to the flame
Girl I've got some scars but you're not to blame

Silver face as the night goes on
Light my way light my soul upon
The lives I'll never lead
The days I'll never spend
Aching for the touch
Bracing for the fall

Actions speak but the silence burns
I could show how but you'd never learn
Girl I've got some scars from standing too close to the flame
Girl I've got some scars but you're not to blame