Shades of Temperament

by Cody James

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released 24 June 2012
All Songs Written and Performed by Cody James


Additional Percussion by Joel Kern


Additional Double Bass by Nick Sacco


All Songs Produced, Recorded, and Mixed by Joel Kern


Mastering by Carl Saff www.saffmastering.com


Original Artwork by Christopher Melton

My love and thanks goes out to my family and friends for the constant encouragement and support. Special thanks to Joel Kern for opening locked doors of my creative mind and making this all possible. Thanks to Nick Sacco for helping a friend in need, Christopher Melton for the incredible art, Carl Saff for taking everything to an entire new level, and Dad for inspiring me to play guitar. I thank God for my talents and opportunities.

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Cody James St Louis, Missouri

Cody James stretches the sonic boundaries once set by the traditional singer-songwriter. Along with thoughtful song-craft and alluring imagery, his raspy airy voice and refreshing use of melody absorbs attention. Drawing comparisons to Ray Lamontagne, Bon Iver, and Ben Howard, Cody James’ pioneering studio production crosses genres and is destined to leave a lasting print in the indie music world. ... more

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    St Louis, MO

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Track Name: Ball and Chain
Little baby has got alot to say
Hoping, praying for a brand new day

A pacifier, a diaper change, and I'm stuck here in the middle of..

Crawling, walking on me all damn day
This helpless feeling just won't run away

Lost the keys to this ball and chain

Look around

At last am I clear?
It's been so long, please don't you tug me back down

I'm stuck here in the middle of..

Shape-shifting whisper, hold your breath if you dare
Collage of syllables afloat to despair

Haunt this grey matter, come on now, spook my brain
I'll stay stuck here..

Look around

At last am I clear?
It's been so long, please don't you tug me back down

I'm stuck here in the middle of..

Quick, sound may drown
Drop your crown
Alert my people
Release the hounds
Stalk the grounds
Climb the steeples
Follow those noses and the torches that may guide them
Slowly motion towards the powers above

So close, so far
Shielded hope, steel bars
Lost amongst the colors of this crypt

What's that you say?
Mirror, what have I become?
Almost the monster I blamed it on..
Track Name: Smile
Like a story, binded but true
This gal she glued my heart anew

The more I see her, the more I smile

Much too content to flip a page
There's not a plot I'd attempt to change

The more I see her, the more I smile
The more I see her, the less I cry

The characters are only two
Romantic chronicle of me and you

The more I see her, the more I smile

She lays her head, she hogs my bed
But that's ok, I'll hug the edge instead

The more I see her, the more I smile
The more I see her, the less I cry
Track Name: Catch-22
The day you left, left me in a broken state of mind
So I took some time to figure out just what we're all about
A bout of thoughts brawling it out
Why can't I draw the line?
I'd like to think you're somewhere missing me, but I don't...

No, no I don't

Some days I'm fine
Finally making use of all of this time
Other days I'm lost
Someone hire a guide to show me the way
Too bad this clock is so damn lazy
I am dying
Death would be so much easier, but I won't...

No, no I won't
No, no I won't

It was not supposed to end this way
Why are we forcing things to change?
If I make you happy then why do you want me to leave?
We can sit and ponder where we'll be, what we'll do, how we'll feel in so many years
Roll the dice on silly old me
But you can't...

No, no you can't
No, no you can't

No, no I don't
No, no I won't
No, no you can't
Track Name: Sticks and Stones
Rain came walking across the rooftops, brushing past my ear into my eye
Following a draft to the front porch, we toss over a sheet and watch the sky

Softly put, mysterious forces slowly cave us in, yet you don't mind

Sitting, shaking, I'd bend for you
Won't you just let me coil?

Darling, whisper to me gently, soothing sentimental symphonies

Young hearts, they say, one day they break
Sticks and stones, broken bones, possibly...
I guess I'll see

After all those wasted (three hearts, I don't know.. maybe more?)
How much hurt can one man take before he bends and breaks?

Young hearts, they say, one day they break
Sticks and stones, broken bones, possibly..
I guess I'll see
Track Name: Just Say It
Night sky, she cradles the moonlight
The moon, he whispers "not tonight"

"But my dear, you give so much light..
Yes, enough to brighten up so many lonesome stars"

Just say
Just say it
I'm certain you can soften his hold
This demon and my halo

Suppose I sing you some lullaby..
Like the autumn leaves will I catch your eye?

Praying hands never open
One-thousand soldiers couldn't rip them apart

These sweaty palms will not be unglued

Just say
Just say it
I'm certain you can soften his hold
This demon and my halo