"James" as written by and Billy Joel....
You said, "Young man, don't rely on a sword,
Cause your words will outlive even time."
I've counted my blessings. The rest are for you.
Please listen close for a while,
And breathe, breathe, deep for me James.
Don't you feel that you're free now from pain?
I've heard about heaven for years.
Can't be sure where you are, wander on blessed James.
I'm fine with you here.

I made the mistake once of fearing an end.
Is this life that we live just the world's accident?
Not a chance, so I move on with a smile.
Are you surprised where you are?
So breathe, breathe, deep for me James.
Don't you feel that you're free now from pain?
I've heard about heaven for years.
Can't be sure where you are, wander on blessed James.
I'm fine with you here.

I grew up slow on the heels of the rest.
Left my heart back at home, carried you in my chest.
And I don't feel like crying today.
Why can't we talk for awhile?
And breathe, breathe, deep for me James.
Don't you feel that you're free now from pain?
I've heard about heaven for years.
Can't be sure where you are, wander on blessed James.
I'm fine with you here.

You said, "Son, just listen to me."
But I'm doing fine, James.
So you can sit back and just breathe.
And it's time now to let yourself go.
Hold us close, spin the dream,
The curtain will fall but behind it I see that you're here.


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"James" as written by Marc Andrew Roberge Jerry De Pizzo

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    General CommentI'm supprised no one has commented. This is a beautiful song, about one of the band member's grandfather (i think) who has passed away. In my humble opinion, this is their most beautiful song.
    Lissy Ratzon June 01, 2004   Link
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    General Commentyea, it is about the sax player, jerry's grandfather passing away. it's a beautiful song, i never met james himself, but i know members of the family.
    allishagson January 05, 2006   Link
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    General Commentyea, it is about the sax player, jerry's grandfather passing away. it's a beautiful song, i never met james himself, but i know members of the family.
    allishagson January 05, 2006   Link
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    General Commentbeautiful
    Freedomis40ozon July 28, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"is this life that we live just the world’s accident"

    This is anti-evolution propaganda.
    collegeguy666on June 10, 2007   Link
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    General Commentit's not anti-evolution propaganda...
    he's implying that there is more to life than just being animals who have well adapted to the planet. maybe there is more to it than just a few chemical reactions.
    potterfaceon June 29, 2007   Link
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    General CommentExactly, anti-evolution propaganda. I think we've proved time and time again where no better than animals, if anything, were worse. At lease animals rely on instinct, we start wars of religion and race and orientation.

    Whats worse is people like you support such violence.
    collegeguy666on July 20, 2007   Link
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    General Commenteasy on the attacking, collegeguy666. assumptions and labels on people = bad.

    my opinion: it's not going against evolution. it is expressing the hope/belief that it's not all a meaningless accident. they've made it clear that they believe in Love and a god of some kind, so this just goes to support that. Similar to John McCain's "divine engineer through it all" theory, although probably not Christian.

    if you are here looking for a full song meaning, listen to the song and find out what it means to you. that's what it means.
    marcmarcon August 01, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"diviine engineer" is a christian way of sneaking in creationism through INTELLIGENT DESIGN.

    Either way it's one person forcing their religion onto another.
    collegeguy666on August 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentBeing a fan of O.A.R. i don't feel like the band is "forcing" anything on me. If I felt like they were forcing any of their opinions/views on me, I wouldn't be listening to them. The song is about someone who passed away. Just like you're on here expressing your feelings and emotions, the band is doing the same. Don't be so bitter.
    Biammo444on August 27, 2007   Link

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