NO TIME

by JIM

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This week, without warning or explanation, I stayed up nearly all night every night to make my rawest recordings since my teenage years. Here they are.

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Recorded 7/25 - 7/31/2016 with a handheld cassette machine, a computer, a badly damaged acoustic guitar, amplified and unamplified electric guitars, a Casiotone keyboard, the shittiest set of drums that anyone has ever seen, and various other stuff at PINK AMOEBA Recording Studio and Sawmill, TRSC.

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released July 31, 2016

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James Wesley Nichols Greenville, South Carolina

All songs, voices, guitars, keyboards, drums, percussion, sequencing, tape and digital recording, artwork, design, packaging, and so on, by James Wesley Nichols, unless otherwise indicated.

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Track Name: The Frigid Season
There are candles in every window
and wreaths on every door
Holly, pine, and mistletoe
hang from the ceiling to the floor
We sing for the sun's warm citrus glow
to stay a long while more

The robin has dispatched his rival,
the ever-present wren
And dead lives swirl in spirals
in the crisp November wind
You'll live forever within my soul
though your bodies are gone
Life's endless cycle begins and ends
again and again and again

The days are getting shorter still
in winter's fast approach
And vagrants take to ruined Victory Mill
where the cold can still encroach
for the frigid season kills
like a bloodless poacher
Track Name: Nerve Damage
He burned her so many times she could no longer feel
Cigarette butts on her skin made it burn and peel
Nerve damage will protect her from the pain
Nerve damage keeps her sound and sane

The cuts all heal; the bruises fade
Her bones feel strong and hard like jade
Come now do your worst
You won't be the first or the last

Nothing makes as blue a bruise as a blow from one you love
Nothing leaves a mark as true as kisses turned to shoves
Nerve damage will protect her from the pain
Nerve damage keeps her sound and sane
Track Name: The Freeze
There will be no resurrection.
There will be no afterlife.
There will be no second chances.
Everything that lives must die.

There will be no spring renewal.
There will be no summer sun.
There will be no autumn harvest.
Eternal winter now has come.

This snow will never melt.
This frost will never thaw.
Everything that begins must end.
That is nature's law.
Track Name: Home
He stood motionless in the living room,
arms rigidly forty-fived towards the floor,
looking like nothing so much as an arrow,
convinced that this attitude was the one that would keep the structure standing.
First the furniture disappeared, then the pictures.
The windows and the doors dematerialized then,
the roof and walls evaporated,
and he just stood there, motionless,
not realizing until it was all gone
that his home had left him.
Track Name: I Was Wrong
I thought that the pleasure was worth the pain;
I was wrong; I was wrong.
I told you that the losses were worth the gains;
I was wrong; I was wrong.
Now it's time for me to be moving on.
Now it's time for me to be moving on.
I thought that it was true when we said "I do;"
I was wrong; I was wrong.
I thought that I was gonna grow old with you;
I was wrong; I was wrong.

Now it's time for me to be moving on.
Now it's time for me to be moving on.
I thought that this ship could weather every storm;
I was wrong; I was wrong.
I thought that in love I could be reborn;
I was wrong; I was wrong.
I was wrong.
Track Name: I Need a Friend
I don't wanna be a loser anymore.
I don't wanna be a loner anymore.
I need a friend.
I need a friend.

I am always on the outside looking in.
I am always being denied in the end.
I need a friend.
I need a friend.

The house is empty and it's freezing. I want to die.
Someone give me one good reason to stay alive.
I need a friend.
I need a friend.