PAST THOUGHTS (Phantom Limbs Vol. 4)

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A compilation of songs.

PHANTOM LIMBS is an ongoing series of raw recordings of songs, made immediately after writing them. Some of these will appear in more fleshed out forms on later releases, some will not. Occasional covers of favorite songs are also included.

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released November 27, 2015

Songs, guitar, & voice: James Wesley Nichols

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Track Name: BILLY NEON
Where has Billy Neon gone?
Will he be gone for gone?
He's left two smouldering hearts
whose embers crumbled when he had to depart.
Billy Billy Neon has gone.

Always in and out of love,
Bill swung like a pendulum.
By day, he'd pray on his knees,
but by night he was a libertine.
Track Name: DON'T WASTE YER TIME
Don't waste your time,
don't waste your time one me.
I'll never treat you right;
I always wanna fight.
Don't waste your time on me.

If you see me coming,
you'd better go the other way.
Hit the ground running
or you will rue the day.
I have no use for laughter
and I've got not time for fun.
I only talk if I hafta
and I really hate the sun.
Don't waste yer time.

My clothes are a disaster
and my hygiene is a mess.
Maybe you'll broom me faster
if I steal your favorite dress.
I've got no transporation
and I've got no place to stay.
Don't ask for cash at the gas station
and rent I'll never pay.
Dont' waster yer time.
Track Name: I LUV TV
I don't sleep now that you're gone,
I just lie awake until the dawn with the TV on.
You were my queen in bootcut jeans so long and lean
but I was mean now you're a sight unseen.
How did you ever love one such as me?
When all I love is on the screen?
That's right -
I love TV, baby

I can't forgive myself for losing you,
a love as true as you is few and far between.
Wouldn't everyone be better off if I left this world without a cough,
swallow a bottle of pills so clean?
But I don't think that I'll go just yet.
There's too much great stuff on my TV set.
Track Name: I'M SPACING OUT
I'm on a capsule to the sky.
I don't have wings, but I can fly.
Never thought I'd feel so high.
I'm spacing out; I'm seeing stars.
I'm spacing out; traveling far.

I'm on a high-speed rocket ship,
what a kaleidescopic trip,
Like when I first kissed your lips!
I'm spacing out; I'm seeing stars.
I'm spacing out; traveling far.
Track Name: KILL SOMEONE
I wanna kill someone tonight.
Said, "I wanna kill someone tonight."
Tonight!
Tonight!
Tonight!
Tonight!

I want to end your life tonight.
Said "I wanna end your life tonight."
Tonight!
Tonight!
Tonight!
Tonight!

Tonight!
Tonight!
Tonight!
Tonight!
Track Name: LET ME BE YOUR GLOVE
Use me
Bruise me
Confuse me,
so long as you
Choose me.

Blame me
Shame me
Maim me,
but baby, please
Name me
- The one you love.

Hit it!

Accuse me
Refuse me
Booze me
and you'll never
Lose me.

You hit me
You bit me
Don't quit me
Baby, you fit me
Let me be your glove.

Dissect me
Reconnect me
Don't reject me
Oh, baby,
select me.

Blast me
Plaster cast me
I feel so nasty
When you pass me up.
Let me be your glove.
Track Name: MAYA
You are the sunshine;
you are the shore;
you are the one whom I adore,
and since you're gone
I don't know who I am anymore.
You are the moonlight;
you are the breeze;
you were everything to me.
Now I want to drink myself
to death in this motel in Tennessee.
Oh Maya, please come home, now.
I live for loving you.

You are the tape-gag;
you are the chain;
you are the wax when I'm the wane,
and losing you is
the wrong kind of pain.
You are the orchard;
you are the peach;
you are the nourishment I seek,
but I stand parched in my pool
and your fruit is just out of reach.

I would eat rice and beans
every night to be with you.
I’d live in a tiny apartment
forever if you were there too.
I would go with you wherever you may roam
because wherever you are is home.

You are the mountains;
you are the trees;
you are the green and all the leaves,
and no one else can
take my breath and drive me to my knees.
You are the rifle;
you are the blade
you are unending summer shade

and without you all the world
appears so lifeless and gray.

Oh Maya – please come home, now.
I’m in love with loving you.
Track Name: PAST THOUGHTS
A
Someday, you and I will drive
E
the Pan-American highway.
From the North to the South,
from Anchorage down to Santiago,
from the Bering Strait all the way
down to the Strait of Magellan,
I will shout to the western world
that you are mine!
Bm E A
Or so I once thought.

You did not detect
the ring in my pocket
or the lump in my throat
but both were there
on that cool October afternoon
as we went walking arm in arm
forever and ever, world without end.
Or so I once thought.

We got bogged down at the
Darien Gap – 90 miles of impassable jungle.
I tried to cut a swath, when I failed
you said I’d never amount to anything.
That cut like the machete in my hand,
but that doesn’t mean I didn’t deserve it.
But in spite of it all, you made me glad to be alive.
Or so I once thought.
Track Name: THE WORLD is NEW
The sun is out; I'm born again.
All the worries of winter have washed away.
The April rain will rinse the pain
and make everything lush and green again.
So say "goodbye" to the cold.
Say "goodbye" to the snow.
Say "hello" to the spring.
Winter is finally gone.

The flowers bloom; the world is new.
Everything looks sparkling clean and green.
Birds and bees populate the trees
and sweeten our mornings with singing wings.
So say "goodbye" to the cold.
Say "goodbye" to the snow.
Say "hello" to the spring.
Winter is finally gone.

You and I are pie in the sky.
Than remain with me you'd rather die.
Now I grow old in sheets so cold
until like the dove this bruised spirit flies.
Track Name: ALL DOLLED UP
Lipstick and mascara,
eye-eye-eye shadow whoa whoa.
A bit of blush on his cheeks
really makes them glow whoa whoa.
She's going out tonight
'cause she's all dolled up.

Julian put on his makeup,
then he slipped into a sequined gown.
Wig and heels, he's ready to rave up,
out the door headed down down town.

All she ever wanted was to be wanted.
All she ever needed was someone to need.
Lonely days and lonely nights are all she ever knew.

Lovely, lovely lady,
could I be the one for you?
If I was your baby, I could help you drink away those blues.
Track Name: I WON'T DIE
I could be killed out on the road tonight
or end my life in a drunken fist fight
or be gored in the running of the bulls
or even torn apart by rav’nous wolves.
But none of that will ever mean a thing
if I can’t learn to love you once again.
No I won’t die before I’ve learned to live –
No I won’t die before I’ve learned to love.

I could meet death blasted by a grenade
or I could swallow poisoned lemonade
or be bisected by an anxious train
or crushed beneath the weight of heartbreak pain.
But what would be the use in such a death
without your lips to draw my final breath?
No I won’t die before I’ve learned to live –
No I won’t die before I’ve learned to love.

I could fall victim to a police truncheon
or suffer a stroke at some genteel luncheon
or be permafrosted on subarctic tundra
or silverbacks could tear my limbs asunder.
But all my blood and sweat will just be wasted
if the lips I’ve long for I’ve not once more tasted.
No I won’t die before I’ve learned to live –
No I won’t die before I’ve learned to love.

I could be stewed by hungry cannibals
or struck upon Achille’s heel so fallible
or be dashed on the rocks while river rafting
or have a scissor accident while crafting
I’d gladly suffer any sort of harm
for one last moment with you in my arms.
No I won’t die before I’ve learned to live –
No I won’t die before I’ve learned to love.

I could be tasted by a great white shark
or robbed and cudgeled in a darkened park
or pulverized by a jilted jackhammer
or crucified for errors in my grammar.
Though none of these would ever aggrieve me
I’d be bereaved if you would not receive me.
But I won’t die before I’ve learned to live –
No I won’t die before I’ve learned to love.
Track Name: THIS NIGHT
I finished my drinks and leaned into the dusk.
The failing sun tried hard to crush
my mood but failed.
I slouched down Broadway; I hadn’t a plan
I could barely stand so I started to dance
Oh whoa! Where will I go?
I stumbled through a door, locked eyes with a girl
olive skin, green eyes framed in dark curls.
My, my! How my head swirled.
The room was crowded and the lights were dim.
Her smiled reached out and took the strength from my limbs.
Oh no! I won’t think of you.
Because I’m feeling like this night belongs to me.
Anything can happen ‘cause I feel so free!
Yes, I’m feeling like this night belongs to me, yeah yeah.
Oh whoa! Where will I go?
Yes!

Her car was in the alley, a little black hatchback.
We steamed the windows, “Stray Slack” for a soundtrack.
Dear Lord, I’m in love.
She said “there’s a party at the Econo Lodge!”
I replied “that’s strange, but who am I to judge?
Oh whoa! Baby, let’s go!”
She started the car, threw it into reverse,
it sputtered and she muttered my favorite curse,
but we were on our way.
We pulled into the lot at a quarter of 12,
delved into the motel it sweltered like hell.
Oh no! You’re not on my mind.
Because I’m feeling like this night belongs to me.
Anything can happen ‘cause I feel so free!
Yes, I’m feeling like this night belongs to me, yeah yeah.
Oh whoa! Where will I go?
Yes!

Never had I seen so much PVC, so many
whips and chains and strange looks directed at me.
“I’m not sure about this,” I thought.
She handed me a drink. I took it in one draught.
She paused for a second, then hurled the wickedest laugh
I’d ever seen or heard.
Then all of a sudden, all eyes were on me,
my head started spinning, I wanted to flee
but I was too dizzy.
The next thing I knew I was being led on a chain.
I was light as a dewclaw, I was feeling no pain.
Oh woah! Now I’m missing you.
But I’m feeling like this night belongs to me.
Anything can happen ‘cause I feel so free!
Yes, I’m feeling like this night belongs to me, yeah yeah.
Oh whoa! Where will I go?
Yes!