"James" as written by and Billy Joel....
Kneel down
Close your eyes
Hit the ground
I want you to, to kneel all day
Alone in this desolate cave
So I said
Scream if you want to
Cause no one is around
I want you to
To scream all day
'Cause there's eleven words that I've rehearsed to say

And I say
How I love to hate you! (repeat)

You're
Not so brave
When I'm the snake
And you're my prey
Let me tell you I'll eat all day
Alone in this desolate cave
So I say
Squeal if you want to
Cause no
No one is around
I want you to
To squeal all day
'Cause there's eleven words that I've rehearsed to say

And I say
How I love to hate you! (repeat)
James, how I love to hate you
Oh, how I love
How I love to hate you


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"James" as written by Billy Joel

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    General CommentI know that this song was written about Justin's former best friend. But to me this song has a totally different meaning. I was molested by a man named James when I was a child. This is my venting song. I'm glad they didn't go into alot of details. It leaves the song open to interpretation.
    Carissa40701on April 28, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhen I saw them in concert this song was introduced as "the meanest song I've ever written." I still don't understand why there aren't eleven words in the chorus though...
    Paradoxon April 12, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe eleven words he has rehearsed to say are not sung. The phrase is: "James, how I love to hate you. James you f***ing prick." =)
    dfuryon July 27, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwho is James in this song? I don't understand why he hates this person. Its a cool song but it would be better if i knew what he was really talking about.
    Jessica137on August 31, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti agree with jessica. i love the song, but i dont get it. when they were introducing it they said "sometimes a special someone comes into your life with the power to change it all. this song is about that someone" I thought it was a love song...i guess i was mistaken. awesome song though
    snafu287on March 03, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDefinitely not a love song. James was his friend, then did something that made Justin (lead singer) hate him, simple as that.
    opuewon June 03, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJames was Justin's former best friend, who a girlfriend cheated on him with. This song is his reaction to the ultimate betrayal.
    alex116on December 21, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits a song about anger a song about hating someone so much betrayal its on the dvd argue with a tree
    hat3meon April 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYou know, the strange thing about this song, was right when I was getting into this band, I ran into a real prick... his name.... James...
    locodisastrechicon July 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHave any of you ever read the Twilight saga? Well, Stephanie Meyer (the author) is a huge fan of Blue October. In the saga there is a vampire that wants to kill Bella, his name is James. Meyer has said in many interviews that she listened to our Blue buddies while writing the book, I'm just wondering if maybe this song could have had any effect on the hated character in the series, I mean come on... she has said it herself that she is obsessive over Blue October. I think it is a huge possibility. If you have read any of the books, send me an email or IM telling me what you think; I would love some further insight into this. hxcnuggets@aim.com
    hxcnuggetson June 27, 2008   Link

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