Sour Grapes

by The James Machine

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about

Sour Grapes came as an experiment, or therapy session, or self-help project, or whatever. I took a week off of work with intentions of writing and recording an album, top to bottom. While I had the best week in years, I was working 12 to 14 hour days on these recordings. Each track started as a 10 to 15 second guitar and drum loop that I had recorded back in September 2007 and had not yet done anything with.

During this week, I mapped out a song structure, programmed midi drums and bass, then recorded guitars. Each song on the CD was written in the order they appear on the CD. This is also the same order that they were conceived as song ideas last year.

When it was time to record vocals, I got pencil and paper, then stood in front of the microphone, putting words together on the spot. This is not how I usually do things. My process is normally to spend weeks on a song, coming up with something on guitar, then fitting lyrics and melody while playing the guitar. I spend a lot of time smoothing out transitions and planning the song structure. This whole album was completely off-the-cuff.

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released December 12, 2008

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Track Name: Everything's Great
You called today from the same place
as always.
You talked of change and it sounded
dreadfully the same.

I don't feel like lying
down all day is the best place for me.
In the dark, with not a soul around.
It feels like I might waste the day.

You lost your way and lost face,
but it doesn't matter.
You called to say everything's great.

I've got to doubt it.
It would be the first time
it worked out that way.

You called to say you lost face.
God, I hope it matters.
I would love to say everything's great.
Track Name: Patterns
Anyway, as I was saying
before the last break,
my mind it tends to wonder.
You'll never find me asleep.

Endless chatter,
it muddies my water.

It fractures my patterns,
makes new ones.

And now, in closing,
I would like to finally
say something of some interest.
I cherish my neuroses

Endless chatter,
it muddies my water.

It fractures my patterns,
makes new ones

I fall into.
Track Name: Somewhere
If you look, you will find it.
There's got to be something wrong here
somewhere.
It's buried deep in the OK.

Calm down, it's all right

If you think one-sided,
you'll find you'll soon be reminded
if it's not worth the trouble,
then just quit trying.

Hold on, goodnight

Good night, sleep well

Look where you've found yourself.
Track Name: Sorry, Jack
Can you tell me
who I should apologize to?

I'm thinking Page & Plant

But wait, hold up,
weren't you playing covers, then, too?

This melody is Cream-y

Tony Iommi

It's not like the White Stripes.
Oh, wait, I guess it's that, too.

Step back. Sorry, Jack,
You had it coming to you.

Tony Iommi
Track Name: Inside Out
The end result wasn't what you expected.
I fled the scene, like a coward, agreed,
but you can't change the rules
in the middle of the game.

I won't suffer your indulging
of insecurities.

I tip-toed around you
while trying to be true to you.
Fighting doesn't really fix anything
and denial isn't all it's cracked up to be.

You found the nerve
to call me selfish,
well, sure, I'm thinking
only of me.

The end result wasn't what you expected.
My obligations are second degree,
but, now the burns are healing
from the inside out.
Track Name: Take Advantage
Hey, you there,
what are you waiting for?
What are you running from?

Hey, bed-hair,
why don't you clean yourself?
Why don't you go outside?

Time as a commodity,
Vacation break
Go be productive,
quit playing this game.
The chance won't come around again,
just take advantage.

Hey, you there,
when will you tie this up?
When is enough for you?

Time as a commodity,
Vacation break
Go be productive,
quit playing this game.
The chance won't come around again,
just take advantage.

Hey, bed hair,
who do you think you are?
Who are you waiting for?
Track Name: Resolution
The time has come to address the issue,
so let's get moving

on. Forward,
onward, progress to
a resolution.

It could happen at any time,
we don't have to plan it at all.

Dedicate
five minutes today
to a resolution.

We could meet at a drive through window
and order something to take the edge off.

Onward,
forward progress
to a resolution.
Track Name: Friend and Nemesis
What a week it's been,
the best possible, considering.
I've seen shades of myself
I hardly recognize,
it's been so long.

It's good to see you.

Old friend and nemesis
come sit and reminisce.

The times we had
were the beginning of everything.

It's good to see you.

Don't forget,
next week,
it's possible to feel this,
to be this way.

Old friend, enjoy this.
Just take it in, forget about
our nemesis.
He seeks approval
of your imaginary friends.

Our friend and nemesis
is just lonesome,
wading aimless,
through a sea of faces
of the ones he shouldn't meet.
Track Name: The Next To Last Track
It's called a waste, what I was doing,
throwing away this song.
Backward lyrics are funny,
maybe once.

But, now I feel I've got another one in me.
Just need to squeeze it out.
If I can pull it off, I will.

For a minute, it was an amusing
concept for the next to last track.

But, now I feel I've got another one in me.
Whether it's good or not
if I can pull it off, I will.

I will

It's uninspired, but over random crap,
an improvement, true, but over random crap.

Need to appear invested
and enunciate.

How what that?

For a minute, it might be amusing,
but, maybe not.
Track Name: Happy Answers
Day in and day out,
I've been spending my time
trying to find a happy answer
or any answer
to a question that was never asked.

Call me in doubt,
just hand it over if you find
a happy answer
or any answer
to the question I'm asking.

At last, I find out
I've been spending my time
asking why, not what's the question,
I never knew
what I was asking.

So when you are in town,
maybe we can hang out
and spend some time
and clear the air.

Day in and day out,
I've been spending my time
trying to find a happy answer.

At last I find out
I've been spending my time
asking why, not what's the question.
I never knew what I was asking.