The Magic EP

by James Bell

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This forms part of a trio of EPs: The first being 'The Wilderness EP', the second being 'The Magic EP' and the third being 'The Goodbye EP'.

Each has a very loose theme. 'The Magic EP' is about love, really. Not the most original of topics. But, be honest, still the most fascinating.

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released November 15, 2010

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James Bell Oxford, UK

I'm a musician based in Oxford, UK. I play guitar and sing. I've been writing and recording songs since 1988 and adapting English traditional music since 2006. I perform solo and with the band James Bell & The Half Moon All Stars.

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Track Name: So You Want Electricity
So you want electricity?
You want brilliant light?
You want dazzling energy?
Beautiful, warm and bright?

It seems the essence of simplicity
But here's a little advice
You can have electricity
But it comes at a price


You want more electricity
Than you've already got
It makes a warm glow energy
You want it burning hot

It causes too much pollution
And one day it will run out
There has to be another solution
Of that you have no doubt


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And yeah that's the riddle
When it comes to love
It's either something in the middle
Or it's more than enough
In which case the price is reality
Your sanity melts
Because you can have electricity
But you can have nothing else
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Because yes, there's another source
That'll give you much more
It goes much deeper of course
But it's unstable to the core

And if it gets too close to you
It'll sow bad seeds in your soul
And make things grow inside of you
That you can't control


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And yeah that's the riddle
When it comes to love
It's either something in the middle
Or it's more than enough
In which case the price is your sanity
Your harmony melts
You can have electricity
But you can have nothing else
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It will cost you your balance
And nothing can heal it
A feeling so intense
You won't be able to feel it

So you want electricity
My foolish little man
Beware of dazzling energy
That you don't understand
Track Name: Opening A Wound
Tonight
I opened up a wound
Just to watch it bleed
To see where it would lead
I double-locked the door
And curled up on the floor
At first it made me drowsy

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Tonight
I opened the incision
Even though I knew
The damage it would do
I couldn't help myself
It wasn't my decision
It came from somewhere else
An itch I had to scratch
A sore I had to pick

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Tonight
I took a nagging ache
And made the ache much worse
It wasn't a mistake
I did the thing on purpose
My mind was somewhere else
I noticed that my fingers
Were rubbing at the skin
This strange sensation lingers
I'm starting to begin
I undo all the stitches
I sterilise a needle
And then i go to work

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Tonight
I wagered up my soul
Surrendered my control
And yes
I don't need to be told
Some needs are best resisted
Best left out in the cold
But this idea persisted
The adrenalin took hold
I watched it all unfold
That crimson line appears
Like ink on paper towel
Like in my teenage years
But that was to impress
And this cut is for real
We
Hadn't seen each other in years
I'd long put it to bed
But then it just popped in my head
And i just had to know
And so

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Tonight
I opened up the wound
I let the fluid run
Until it was all done
And now i feel much better
Now the wound can heal
Track Name: The Crystal Cabinet
THE MAIDEN caught me in the wild,
Where I was dancing merrily;
She put me into her Cabinet,
And lock’d me up with a golden key.

This Cabinet is form’d of gold
And pearl and crystal shining bright,
And within it opens into a world
And a little lovely moony night.

Another England there I saw,
Another London with its Tower,
Another Thames and other hills,
And another pleasant Surrey bower,

Another Maiden like herself,
Translucent, lovely, shining clear,
Threefold each in the other clos’d—
O, what a pleasant trembling fear!

O, what a smile! a threefold smile
Fill’d me, that like a flame I burn’d;
I bent to kiss the lovely Maid,
And found a threefold kiss return’d.

I strove to seize the inmost form
With ardour fierce and hands of flame,
But burst the Crystal Cabinet,
And like a weeping Babe became—

A weeping Babe upon the wild,
And weeping Woman pale reclin’d,
And in the outward air again
I fill’d with woes the passing wind
Track Name: The Heart Is A Muscle
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The heart is a muscle, so the text book says
The more that you use it, the stronger it gets
The stronger it gets, the better you feel
So meet me tomorrow at the Whip & Wheel
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I'll meet you at 7 at the Whip & Wheel
We'll go see a film and then I'll buy you a meal
And then we'll go out drinking till the sun comes up
We'll do the Macarena while the world wakes up


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The heart is a muscle, so the text book says...
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I'll take you to the ceilidh by the riverside
I'll take you to the ceilidh and I'll take you inside
And there we'll strip the willow up and down the floor
We'll strip the willow till we can't strip anymore


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The heart is a muscle, so the text book says...
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The heart, the heart
Oh, it's just a muscle and
The heart, the heart
Oh, it's just a muscle and
The heart, the heart
However you feel
Meet me tomorrow at the Whip & Wheel

I know you think it's over and you feel so sad
And every time you think of him it hurts so bad
But maybe your old ticker has some more fight yet
The heart is a muscle, honey, don't forget


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The heart is a muscle, honey, don't forget
The more that you use it, the stronger it gets
The stronger it gets, the better you feel
So meet me tomorrow at the Whip & Wheel...
Track Name: Love Is Coming
It's nearly over
And it's been so hard
But it's nearly over
Take my word

You'll need your courage
There's one last tunnel
There's one more chest-wound
To be incurred

When you cry out
Because it's burning
When you cry out and the world echoes empty
And your stomach is so heavy and so twisted and you're shaken like a tree
In a hurricane

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And you're lost
And alone
With just a candle, a million miles from home
And the flame burns down
Till the flame might drown
And the last light fade away
But hold on
Love is coming
It'll be okay
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They've got you shackled
On the platform
Amongst the shouting
Watch for me

For I'll be there
As that sweet chariot
Sends them running
Sets you free

And you'll cry out
For you'll be burning
Burning brighter than you ever burnt before
And the smile on your face will be visible from space, I guarantee
Everything will change

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So now you're lost
And alone
With just a candle, a million miles from home
And the flame burns down
Till the flame might drown
And the last light fade away
But hold on
Love is coming
It'll be okay
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And I know
Your grip is slipping
Why would you hold on
Another day?
But you should know that
Love is running
It got your message
And now it's running
As fast as it can
To come and save you
Save you...


And you will fall
Into the arms
Of impossible, impenetrable, fickle, brutal
Beautiful Love

Hold on
Love is coming
It will be okay