Man-Made Masquerade

Man-Made Masquerade

yes i know these walls i know them well
i put them up around myself to dwell
you gotta get out
move out
you might as well
or you'll just end up
spent up
in this shell

i used to see for miles in every direction
and i'd sit for hours and hours with no objection
you gotta get out
move out
and be done
you can't spend
'til the bitter end
dreaming 'bout the sun

and if you just allow
yourself the power
to kick a hole
create a whole
different world
a world so big
it scares you
but was made to do
a simple job
a better job
than plucking strings
and hoping things
work out
you won't become a man-made masquerade

yes i know these string i know them well
they make a sound so sweet resonates round this cell
you gotta get out
move out
can't you tell
it's a mess
all you've left
a new hell

now i work the gears to pump the engines oil
it's enough to move but i've got nowhere to go
just gotta get out
and set out
on the road
set your sights
let the lights
guide you home

and just allow
yourself the power
to kick a hole
create a whole
different world
a world so big
it scares you
but was made to do
a simple job
a better job
than plucking strings
and hoping things
work out

for better
or just for a change
even if it all ends up
a broken trail
at least you'd learn
to set your sail
on different seas
to differently
see the place
you might have never known
you won't become a man-made masquerade

but a normal everyday man
who's made a mask
and joined the rest
in life's big parade

- Elijah James

 

That Girl Of Mine

That Girl Of Mine 

what a difference it makes
it used to be so cold out on bold street
now i keep it in mine
just incase my knees go weak
and when sometimes i lose my grip
she squeezes tight and keeps a hold of it
so if i'm going down
she'll be right there beside me

i'm not afraid of the major leagues anymore
a day could feel like a thousand years then some more
there's this burning i've got running through my veins
like a steam train i'm boiling blood
my circulations never been so g'g'g'good

what a difference it makes
sun is out got my head screwed on dead tight
and i'm present in mind
for the past is a vampires bite
all the world on a ferris wheel
no-one can tell you how you're gonna feel
when you're going down
now she's right there beside me

i'm not afraid of the major leagues anymore
a day could feel like a thousand years then some more
there's this burning i've got running through my veins
like a steam train i'm boiling blood
my circulations never been so g'g'g'good

next to her this planet seems so shallow
across lakes in her eyes floats a moon all hollow
she's a twisted vine twisted around my spine
how i seethe
how i teethe
how i need
that girl of mine

i'm not afraid of the major leagues anymore
a day could feel like a thousand years then some more
there's this burning i've got running through my veins
like a steam train i'm boiling blood
my circulations never been so g'g'g'good

- Elijah James

On A Stage

On A Stage

here on a stage with no tricks up my sleeve
there's no trapdoor below and no strings moving me
keeping my eyes closed i'll open my heart
for a room full of haircuts to call it humanities art

and tomorrow i'll be king for the day
a new meaning to the words that i say
and all the bright eyes that never shine my way
will light me up

as bright as a star
igniting the moon
through the cracks in my heart
upon painted black sky
just like a parade
still born and high

now this is my last request don't expect me to return
if it all goes bad this is for good
and i'll be the one to admit i was wrong
but i'm right where i want it was here on this stage all along

and tomorrow when i'm king for the day
i'll lift myself out of the place
and all the bright minds that never shine for me
will lift me up

as high as a star
fire shimmering gold
through the cracks in my heart
above a treacle ocean
just like a parade
in slow motion

i used to be a little boy
that was made out of mud
and all of my friends
were worms and slugs
oh how we dreamt of new horizons
beyond the limits of our restrictions

as big as a sun
bares heavenly light
through the cracks in our skin
upon a vast open space
just like a parade
you'll see my face
then the curtain will fall

- Elijah James
 

Movie In Your Eyes

Movie In Your Eyes

i see a faded silhouette
on the face of the moon
long life for little fleeting eyes
to chase through the gloom
you've got the red button right
under your thumb
i never thought you needed
a reason
to lose your cool and blow us all to hell

i'll be your keeper tied and true
you'll be in ruins once a brute
'til modern man built new homes
you picked the devils from your teeth
but kept the common kids like me
'til spinning drills tore a hole
like the movie in your eyes foretold

we form an all forgotten youth
but we are not scared
'cause you are the precious little mind
and we're the nightmares
there is a rocket in our hands
and infinite dark
we don't need a fire
just a little spark
to flick the switch and sent it to the moon

i'll be your keeper tied and true
you'll be in ruins once a brute
'til modern man built new homes
you picked the devils from your teeth
but kept the common kids like me
'til spinning drills tore a hole
like the movie in your eyes foretold

just like an ocean in a shell
we are contained in ourselves

- Elijah James

The Canal

The Canal

take me back
to when the cider was heavy
and the way was long and unsure
take me back
to the days that I kissed
with patience and naive certainty
those days
when I never wasted a beer
take me back to that bedroom, that first kiss, that feeling
to when I was
her waking thought
her lunchtime talk
and her goodnight kiss
to when I was her first 'first' love
introduced to her father
over fish and chips
take me back
to the day that I spend in high school
that lasted 22 years
to me and Ian Curtis
holding on for dear
life
just take me out of this sequence
and back to those house of my youth
upon the canals edge
where the water was polluted
but our minds were crystal clear

- Elijah James

There's A Place

There's A Place

there’s a place where I feel safe
it’s long abandoned, and quite obviously for a reason
but there’s something there for me
an essence of who I was
and the man I longed to be
like a temporary tomb
for playing dead
with all the cigarette butts and the empty cans of lager
the broken records and the smell of ex girlfriends
it serves only as a reminder
to forget sometimes

we brand the cortex to haunt our every day
not thinking or being
just simply doing
still, I remain fearful I will forget the fool I was
and become the fool I was seeing

there’s a place where I feel safe
but never used to
I think of it sometimes
like right now
I think of all the things that are said and done
and all the flies on the wall
and on the cold chips in the corner
next to the stringless guitar
who must have heard it all
I think about them throwing up
not the flies, but the drunken strangers
the ones like me who didn’t give a fuck

time doesn’t pass in the place I feel safe
because time scares me
and time’s the reason I can’t go back
though I’m hungry for it all again
I know
there’s no cure for that

there’s a place where I feel safe
it’s full of non believers
or so they believe

- Elijah James