Bait My Soul

from by James A.M. Downes

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BAIT MY SOUL: I saw a beautiful girl floating down the street with “fuck off” lips and a face so sweet. She wore a knit hat that said “Satan.” I lazered in on her and our eyes did meet. The other angels can’t compete. Today is a good day for forsaking. I said "I could really use your help right now. I need a way out but I can’t see how." I’ll tear a page from Robert Johnson’s book: bait my soul on a fishing hook. Oh baby, would you please take care of me? Of course I’ll pay your spiritual fees for a Benz and clear complexion. Now I race the streets of Dis in a bucket seat. Dante failed to enjoy this treat: down here, everyone is naked. I know where I wanna spend eternity. All you saints look down on me. Well, I don’t need your persuasion. Thank you, but I’ll hang with dead rock stars and in bathroom stalls in Hell’s dive bars I’ll have me some spectral fornication.


from Prison Font, released March 17, 2017



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James A.M. Downes New York, New York

Brooklyn based singer-songwriter. James A.M. Downes has been around since 2002, knee deep in the basements of the American indie/hardcore scene.

His debut EP Prison Font reverberates with lush guitar beds and new-retro progressions that are the bedrock to lyrical narratives that teem with dark humor and humility.
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