FREE EP: An Introduction to Jim Clements

by Jim Clements

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This free EP features two songs from each of Jim Clements' studio albums, including the upcoming release A Failure, due for release October 26, 2018.

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released December 23, 2011

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Jim Clements Los Angeles, California

Every five years or so, Jim Clements emerges to drop a collection of literate, witty, surreal, gut-wrenching songs, before disappearing again into the shadows. A songwriter’s songwriter in the tradition of Leonard Cohen, Townes Van Zandt, and Nick Cave, his songs have earned him critical acclaim and a devoted following over his fifteen-year career. ... more

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Track Name: Coming Up Roses
My darling, I just can’t believe it’s true,
But I have to let you go, because you wouldn’t let me go.
I can’t believe that it’s lasted so long,
With the way that I treat you, or at least how you say I do.
When I dug you up you didn’t look so good,
But I cleaned you up like I said I would.
Now everything’s coming up roses.

My darling, you wear so much makeup,
But it doesn’t cover you, or the scars I gave to you.
You hurt me too. You hurt me so bad.
My friends told me so, and that’s how I know.
When I painted you, you were looking faint,
So I touched you up with some crimson paint.
Now everything’s coming up roses.

And now you’re gone. I don’t know what I’ll do.
I’ll always miss your touch, and some of that other stuff.
But I’ll get by. I’ll get through.
It was only my heart you took. You left my little black book.
When I buried you, you looked your best.
Now my flowers are blooming and you’re getting your rest.
Now everything’s coming up roses.
Track Name: The Road To Anhedonia
On the road to Anhedonia.
Thanks for packing up my things.
It's a lousy town, but it's like I told you,
It's a wonder I can walk at all.

And you wrote, "Babe, ever since you went away,
I can't believe what I'm getting done,
You know I'm just so happy we're both so happy now."

On the road to Anhedonia.
Don't know what I'll do when I arrive.
Unpack my things, do some laundry,
Lucky to be alive.

And you wrote "Babe, ever since you went away,
I feel just like a little girl,
You know I'm just so happy we're both so happy now."

And I know I shouldn't write, but for the pang in my throat,
And the tear in my eye, I reply:
"My own true love, my own true love, my own,
Oh no, my love, my own true love, oh no!'
Track Name: Love Makes Creeps Of Us All
I caught your eye across a crowded dance floor.
Or at least I thought I did, I wasn’t sure.
I couldn’t say hello. I needed to be certain.
So I double-checked, a dozen times or more.

And it’s not like I planned it, I’ve never done this before.
And you saw I went quietly when your husband showed me the door.
Oh and love, oh, love makes creeps of us all.

I went to your house to make myself feel better,
And because I knew that there was no-one home.
Your door was unlocked, so I thought I’d leave my letter
On the kitchen table, and then I’d turn and go.

And it’s not like I planned it, I’ve never done this before.
But you came home to find me sleeping on your bedroom floor.
Oh and love, oh, love makes creeps of us all.

Oh my Lord, let me out of my thoughts.
Help me believe in the better parts of me.
And let me love move in but one direction,
Because I become more trapped the more I struggle to be free.

Oh and love, oh, love makes creeps of us all.
Oh and love, oh, love makes creeps of us all.