Weird Antiqua

by James Room

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Recorded and mixed by Javier Peña and Borja Muro at Beard Studios in Bilbao during the winter of 2013, and mastered by Estanis Elorza at Doctor Master studios in San Sebastian in early 2014.

A compact yet detailed sound that supports James’ powerful voice. A collection of songs ascending from darkness to light, starting with “Deception” and all the way to “Light in the Mist”. Lyrics that exude disenchantment, loss, melancholy, rebellion and eventually love and hope entwined with evocative instrumental melodies.

In this album one can find blues, rock, jazz, soul, folk… anything goes in Weird Antiqua. Special features such as harp player Pablo Almaraz (Pablo Almaraz & Los Voodoo Santos), Naiel Ibarrola (Le Traste)’s hammond and rhodes or Borja Muro’s santoor become the icing on the cake to the atmosphere surrounding this album.

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Grabado y mezclado por Javier Peña y Borja Muro en los Beard Studios de Bilbao el invierno de 2013. Masterizado por Estanis Elorza en los estudios Doctor Master de San Sebastián a inicios de 2014.

Un sonido a la vez compacto y detallista que respalda la potente voz del autor. Una colección de canciones que asciende a la luz desde la oscuridad. Desde “Deception” hasta “Light in the Mist”. Textos de desencanto, pérdida, añoranza, rebelión, lucha y finalmente amor y esperanza se mezclan con evocadores pasajes instrumentales.

En este álbum se puede escuchar blues, rock, jazz, soul, folk,... Todo cabe en Weird Antiqua. Colaboraciones especiales como las del armonicista Pablo Almaraz (Pablo Almaraz & Los Voodoo Santos), el hammond y el rhodes de Naiel Ibarrola (Le Traste) o el santoor de Borja Muro ponen la guinda a la atmósfera que se respira en este disco.

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released February 26, 2015

James Room: vocals, guitars,
Indigo L. Agudo: drums, percussion, backing vocals,
'The Malamute': guitars, backing vocals,
Gabriél 'Brown' León: double bass,
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Pablo Almaraz: harmonica
Naiel Ibarrola: hammond, rohdes
Borja Muro: santoor
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All songs writen by James Room except "My Baby's Gone", co-writen with Izaskun Gracia and "Turn Left", co-writen with Vian Prelia.

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James Room Bilbao, Spain

James Room, musician and singer/songwriter.
Weird Antiqua defines the sound, concept and band that goes along with James Room.


James Room es músico, compositor y cantante.
Weird Antiqua es el estilo, el sonido, el concepto y la banda que acompaña a James Room.
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Track Name: Deception
DECEPTION

ONE BY ONE, THEY BEGIN TO FALL
FALL FROM THIS OLD HOUSE I BUILT SUPPORTED BY THE PILLARS
OF THE TIME I’VE SPENT LOOKING FOR THE THINGS THAT I KEEP

NIGHTMARES, COME! LAST NIGHT I HAD FOUND
SCORPIONS IN THE CUPBOARD ‘N’ AT MY WINDOW THERE’S A MAN
WHO FREEZES ME, TELLS ME WITH HIS GAZE I GOT NO TIME

OH! I DID MY BEST
LEFT MY FADED BOOTS ALONG THE WAY
MY BEST
IF IT MEANS NOTHING TO YOU
JUST LEAVE ME ALONE!

ONE BY ONE, THEY PUT AWAY THE MASK
TRYING TO STEAL AWAY FROM ME THE ONLY THING I ASK
THAT’S IRONY, KILLING EVERY LITTLE THING I TRUST

NIGHTMARES, COME! TELL THE STORY OF MY LIFE
WE’LL FILL OUR HATS WITH COINS, WE COULD BRIBE THE FERRYMAN
TO COME BACK HERE, ONCE THE NIGHT HAS LEFT AND I’M LYING DOWN

OH! I DID MY BEST
LEFT MY FADED BOOTS ALONG THE WAY
MY BEST
IF IT MEANS NOTHING TO YOU
JUST LEAVE ME ALONE!

OH! I DID MY BEST
Track Name: Jailed Lion
JAILED LION

WALLS, THESE FOUR DAMNED WALLS
THIS WINDOW ASPIRES TO BECOME A WEIRD ILLUSION
BARS, UNSEEN COLD BARS
AND HIDDEN CHAINS TIE MY BODY DOWN
I CAN’T SCAPE

BREATH, THIS LACK OF BREATH
THESE FINGERS MARKED IN THE WINDOWS OF THE BORDER
DREAMS, STRANGE BORDER DREAMS
WITH PAINFUL MOANS TELLING ME:
“THIS IS YOUR NIGHTMARE”

THEN, I HURT MYSELF. I CAN HEAR VULTURES ‘ROUND MY CELL.

PAIN, MY LONELY PAIN
OF VIOLENT EYES I’VE ALREADY LEARNED TO LIVE WITH
SONGS, REDEMPTION SONGS
THEY SEEM TO BE NOT ENOUGH TO SAVE MY CRUMBS OF

BLAME THAT BURN LIKE A FLAME. I CANNOT TAKE AWAY THESE CHAINS.

BLOOD, I’M OUT FOR BLOOD. DON’T WANNA DIE BEFORE I’M BORN

I HAVE LOST THE SUNSET IN THE STORM THAT BRAKES MY BACK
MAGPIE ARMIES, ACES UP MY SLEEVE
GOT TO BE AS CLEVER AS THE LIGHT BREAKING THE DARK
GONNA RIDE A CLOUD AND GET AWAY FROM HERE
Track Name: Sometimes
SOMETIMES

SOMETIMES LOVE GOES WITH THE TASTE
OF THE LAST CIGARETTE
WHEN WE PRAY, WHEN WE CRY
WHEN WE LIVE, WHEN WE DIE

SOMETIMES WISH YOU WERE HERE
WHEN I WHISPER YOUR NAME
WHEN I THINK, WHEN I DREAM
WHEN I DRINK, WHEN I SCREAM

WELL I KNOW I’VE GOT MY DEFECTS
BUT I STILL CAN MAKE YOU SMILE
AND I BEG YOU TO STAY WITH ME
PLEASE DON’T LEAVE ME ALONE
YOU KNOW I COULDN’T STAND IT

SOMETIMES WOULD LIKE YOU WERE ME
WHEN YOU LOOK AT ME LIKE THIS
WHEN YOU GO, WHEN YOU CRY
WHEN YOU DRINK, WHEN YOU’VE DIED

WELL I KNOW I’VE GOT MY DEFECTS
BUT I STILL CAN MAKE YOU SMILE
AND I BEG YOU TO STAY WITH ME
PLEASE DON’T LEAVE ME ALONE
YOU KNOW I COULDN’T STAND IT

WELL I KNOW I’VE GOT MY DEFECTS
BUT I STILL CAN MAKE YOU SMILE
AND I BEG YOU TO STAY WITH ME
PLEASE DON’T LEAVE ME ALONE
YOU KNOW I COULDN’T STAND IT

PLEASE DON’T GO
Track Name: Neverland (there is a Clown)
NEVERLAND (There is a clown)

THERE IS A CLOWN
I CAN FEEL INSIDE OF ME,
BUT HE’S WOUNDED.
I CAN HEAR HIM CRYIN’.
I CAN HEAR HIM CRYIN’.
SO SAD, SO POOR,...

AND INTO THIS CLOWN,
THOUGH NOBODY SEEM TO KNOW,
THERE’S A HEART BEATING
AND HE CAN’T STOP CRYIN’.
OH, HE CAN’T STOP CRYIN’.
SO STILL, SO LONE,...

AM I GROWING UP, BABY?
I DIDN’T REALIZE.
GET ME, PLEASE, ONE TICKET
TO REMEMBER THE PAST.
I CAN’T LET HIM DYIN’,
HE’S A PART OF ME.
SHOW ME NEVERLAND.

OH, POOR LITTLE CLOWN!
TAKE YOUR NOSE AND TAKE YOUR SHOES.
WE’LL MAKE A LITTLE JOURNEY.
YOU CAN TRUST IN ME.
YOU CAN TRUST IN ME,
I’M STILL A CHILD.

SO SAD, ALONE, BUT TRUE.
Track Name: My Baby's Gone
MY BABY’S GONE

I HEAR YOUR VOICE WHEN I CLOSE THE DOOR
FEEL YOUR WORDS DYING IN THE COLD
ALL MY PATHS I LOST
I KNOW I’M DREAMING AND IT’S SO UNFAIR
I DIDN’T ASK FOR THE LIFE THAT’S LEFT
IF YOU’RE NOT THERE
IF YOU’RE NOT THERE
MY BABY’S GONE
MY BABY’S GONE
MY BABY’S GONE FOR GOOD

THE DEVIL MOANS AS I TEAR YOUR CLOTHES
THE WIND WILL BLOW AFTER I’M GONE
IF ONLY I HAD KNOWN
I HEAR THE BEASTS CRYING DAY AND NIGHT
AROUND YOUR COFFIN PUTTING ME ASIDE
AM I STILL ALIVE?
WHY AM I ALIVE?

MY BABY’S GONE
MY BABY’S GONE
MY BABY’S GONE FOR GOOD

A MILLION ROSES CANNOT HEAL THE PAIN
OF BEING UNABLE TO CARESS YOUR FACE
DID I GO INSANE?
I’LL RUN AWAY FROM THIS BLOODY PLACE
FORGET THE LAND THAT BECAME YOUR GRAVE
WON’T COME BACK AGAIN
WON’T COME BACK AGAIN

MY BABY’S GONE
MY BABY’S GONE
MY BABY’S GONE FOR GOOD
Track Name: Ausencia
AUSENCIA
(instrumental)
Track Name: Weepin' Willow
WEEPIN' WILLOW

PLEASE, EXCUSE MY CHRONIC LONELINESS.
BABY, IT'S NOT YOUR FAULT.
DON'T GET ANGRY IF I NEVER SMILE,
I WAS BORN TO BE SAD.
THERE WAS A TIME, LONG TIME AGO,
SHE WAS STANDING BY MY SIDE.
SHE TURNED MY DARKNESS INTO GLOW,
BUT THEY TOOK'ER AWAY.
THEY TOOK HER AWAY.

OH, NO! OH, NO! OH, NO! MMM!

OUR TASTES WERE SO CLOSE.
THE CHILLY, DRIZZLY DAYS OF THE FALL
'N HOW THE WIND BLOWIN' MADE US DANCE
A FUGITIVE WALTZ.
ONE SUMMER DAY THOSE DEVILS CAME
AND CUT HER LIFE WITH, OH, NO SHAME.
SHE WAS AS WINSOME AS THE MOON,
NOW I´M HERE WITH MY GLOOM.
ALONE WITH MY GLOOM.

AND I, CHAINED AS I AM,
TELL ME, WHAT MORE COULD I DO?
I SHOUTED, SHOUTED, SHOUTED, SHOUTED LOUD TO THEM
BUT THEY DIDN'T HEAR ME.
I WAS ASKIN' TO BE TAKEN TOO.
LET ME GO AWAY WITH HER!
SHE WARMLY FREED ME FROM THE FEAR,
NOW THE WIND DRIES MY TEARS.
THE WIND DRIES MY TEARS.

OH! OOOOOOOH! OH!... AH! AAAAAAAAH!!!
Track Name: Same Old Jack
SAME OLD JACK

THE FIRST TIME I SAW YOU AROUND,
I JUST DON’T KNOW WHY,
MY HANDS STUTTERED AN EXCUSE
TO TEAR OUT MY HEART.
WELL, MY MAMA DIDN’T TELL ME
THIS COULD HURT ME, OH, SO BAD.
I WON’T BE THE SAME.
WON’T BE THE SAME.

I WENT TO THE NEAREST BAR.
I MET SAME OLD JACK.
I READ IN THE DEPTH OF THE GLASS:
THERE’S NO WAY BACK!
WELL, MY PAPA DIDN’T TELL ME
THIS COULD MAKE ME FEEL SO SAD.
BUT I DON’T MIND.
I DON’T MIND.

‘COUSE BABY, IF YOU DON’T LOVE ME
TELL ME WHAT LASTS FOR ME NOW?
I CAN’T BREATH.
‘CAUSE I BLEED.

ON MY MIND, PRETTY BABY.
ON MY MIND, HERE YOU STAND.
ON MY MIND, PRETTY BABY,
NO MATTER HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE.
BUT I DON’T MIND.
I DON’T MIND.
Track Name: Tin Box Man
TIN BOX MAN

I AM ALWAYS HERE
AT YOUR BACK
HANGIN’ AROUND HERE
AT YOUR BACK
AND THERE’S NOTHING YOU COULD DO
IF I WANT YOU
IF HE WANTS YOU

MAY YOU SAW ME ON THE ROAD
TO NOWHERE
CARRYING A BOX IN MY HAND
YOUR SENTENCE
WHERE ALL MY VICTIMS ARE JAILED
FOREVERMORE
FOREVERMORE

LOOK INSIDE MY BOX
YOUR FUTURE
ETERNITY IS YOUR HOST
AND YOUR CAPTOR
AND YOU WON’T GET OUT OF HERE
EVEN IF YOU DIE
IF YOU DIE

NOW YOU KNOW THE TRUTH
BEHIND YOU
YOU BETTER BEAR IN MIND
IN YOUR MIND
I’LL BE WAITING FOR YOU
UNTIL YOU FALL
UNTIL YOU FALL

IF HE WANTS…
Track Name: Time is Strange
TIME IS STRANGE

YOU GOT ME HOWLIN’ IN THE KITCHEN
AND LYING IN THE HALL.
GAZING WITH MY FINGERS
AT THE SADNESS IN THE WALL.
TIME IS STRANGE.
TIME IS STRANGE.

YOU GOT ME SAILING THROUGH OUR PICTURES,
TRYING NOT TO KNOW
I CAN EVER TURN BACK TIME
AND I’M REALLY SO ALONE.
TIME IS STRANGE, SO STRANGE
WHEN I AIN’T GOT YOU ‘ROUND.

YOU GOT ME SCRATCHIN’ ALL YOUR PILLOWS
WITH VIOLENT BREATH.
WATCHING AS MY ASHES FILL
THE MINUTES WHILE I BLEED.
TIME IS STRANGE.
TIME IS STRANGE.

THE NIGHT COMES UP AND SHADOWS FALL
AND COVER ALL MY TOWN.
SILENCE SLOWLY KILLS ME
TILL THE BREAK OF DAWN.
TIME IS STRANGE, SO STRANGE,
WHEN I AIN’T GOT YOU ‘ROUND.
WHEN I AIN’T GOT YOU ‘ROUND.
WHEN I AIN’T GOT YOU ‘ROUND.
Track Name: Scars
SCARS

WILL YOU BURN ME DOWN IF I HOLD MY SINS
WILL YOU BURN ME DOWN IF I HOLD MY SINS
WILL YOU BURN ME DOWN LIKE A SENTENCED WITCH
WILL YOU BURN ME DOWN IF I HOLD MY SINS

WILL YOU BLAME ON ME IF I HAVE ONE MORE DRINK
WILL YOU BLAME ON ME IF I HAVE ONE MORE DRINK
WILL YOU BLAME ON ME WHEN MY SCARS ARE PAYING THE BILL
WILL YOU BLAME ON ME IF I HAVE ONE MORE DRINK

WILL YOU TIE ME DOWN IF I LOSE CONTROL
WILL YOU TIE ME DOWN IF I LOSE CONTROL
WILL YOU TIE ME DOWN WHEN I FACE AGAINST IT ALL
WILL YOU TIE ME DOWN IF I LOSE CONTROL

WILL YOU BURY ME IF I AIN’T DEAD YET
WILL YOU BURY ME IF I AIN’T DEAD YET
WILL YOU BURY ME AND GET ME BACK TO MOTHER EARTH
WILL YOU BURY ME WHEN I AIN’T DEAD YET

WILL YOU HOLD ME CLOSE WHEN THE NIGHTMARES COME
WILL YOU HOLD ME CLOSE WHEN THE NIGHTMARES COME
WILL YOU HOLD ME CLOSE THERE IS NO PLACE LIKE HOME
WILL YOU HOLD ME CLOSE WHEN THE NIGHTMARES COME
WILL YOU HOLD ME CLOSE WHEN THE NIGHTMARES COME
WILL YOU HOLD ME CLOSE WHEN THE NIGHTMARES...
WHEN THE NIGHTMARES COME
Track Name: Turn Left
TURN LEFT

WE’RE DAMNED SINCE THE DAY WE’RE BORN
JUST LIKE A CHILD WITH THE DEVIL’S MARK.
DON’T BLAME US IF THE FEAR YOU FEEL
RULES YOUR MIND WITH THE DARKEST AIM.
RULES YOUR CRIME, RULES YOUR KILLING HAND.

YOU MAY TRY TEARING US APART.
GALLOWS, CHAINS, BURNING DOWN OUR WILL.
DON’T HIDE US FORCING US TO HIDE.
ALL YOUR RAGE WON’T CHANGE ANYTHING.
ALL THIS PAIN GAVE US ENDLESS STRENGTH.

GAME OVER. NO MORE BLOOD TO SHED.
MAY SHEEPS AND WOLVES MAKE A FINAL DEAL.
BUT BE CAREFUL, PEACE’S NOT MADE TO LAST.
ONE MISTAKE, AN AWFUL, VILE MISTAKE,
ONE MISTAKE SHOULD BLOW IT ALL AWAY.

WE’RE NOT DAMNED.
Track Name: Magic Trick
MAGIC TRICK

SOME OLD THINGS I KNOW
THEY WON’T HELP YOU AT ALL
YOU’LL FIND YOUR OWN TREASURES, KEEP, DON’T LET THEM GO
SOME WILL MAKE YOU CRY
SOME WILL LIFT YOU UP

PLEASE DON’T EVER QUELL
YOUR CRAVINGS TO HUG THE WIND
LEARN THE STEPS AND LEARN TO DANCE AND DANCE AGAIN
LIFE’S A MAGIC TRICK
LIFE’S A FULL MOON TRIP

LET THE BEAUTY IN
LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE THROUGH
MAY YOUR HOME BE SHELTERED ONLY BY THE TRUTH
LOVE WITH ALL YOUR HEART
LOVE WITH HONESTY

DO NOT FEAR THE BIRDS
THEY CAN TAKE YOU AWAY
BUT DON’T LET THEM MAKE YOU NOT TO BE BACK AGAIN
I WILL BE RIGHT HERE
COME, REPAIR YOUR WINGS
Track Name: Light in the Mist
LIGHT IN THE MIST (epilogue)
(instrumental)