MUSIC
 

Besides acting, James Marsters sings, plays the guitar and writers songs. He was introduced to music by his father at nine; at 14, he used to play in bars, and while acting on BtVS, he used to perform at 14 Bellow in Santa Monica, and at The Gig and Opium Den in Hollywood; also, James performed with [Four Star Mary] at The Garage, in London (06/14/2001) and at the 14 Bellow, in Santa Monica (02/09/2002). 

[JM/Four Star Mary report]

From 2002 to 2004, he performed with his band Ghost of the Robot; after they split up, James returned to do solo concerts as well as record albums.

[GIGS]

About the lyrics he writes, James tells that when he writes them he speaks about things he wouldn't have the nerve speaking in a conversation, for instance ó and just because they are accompanied by a melody, nobody cares... Frequently, he writes about or to his girls ó  Smile and Angel (Helena); Goodbye (Liz Stauber); Patricia (his German girlfriend); Bad (a girl he met in England, during the 2003 GoTR Tour); Katie (about a girl who didn't want anything with him because she was... gay) are some of them.


The singing thing is much more vulnerable and scary to me both because it is live and somehow for me, sustaining a note and producing that sound makes you dig into an emotional realm or at least makes you connected to it. Also, the fact that I am singing my own material or material that I was on hand for when it was being made and I really know what it is about. So there is a real terror of 'God, I'm going to be too honest today' and then the joy of 'Hey, they love it!' I can't tell this to my own brother, you know. I can't tell most of this stuff to anybody but I'm just singing it out and they like it.
(Vulkon Cleveland - 2003)

Acting, I can do anything. I'm not embarrassed. I can drop my pants for a nickel. But singing gives me hives. I fear it, which is why I do it. (Buffy Magazine - 2001)

I want fire. I guess I tend to sing songs about people who are gonna go to jail, who've just killed someone, who just had their heart broken, who just got screwed over by the Establishment, who just lost their house. I was singing songs for Joss [Whedon], and he's like, 'Do you have any happy songs for us today, James?' I guess I'm self-pitying enough that the sad stuff hits me the most. (Buffy Magazine - 2001)

Whose footsteps am I gonna follow? William Shatner? There's so much egg-on-the-face possible. When I go into a club, I don't fool myself. The reason I'm there is because I'm on a really good TV show. There's probably some other guy who didn't get that slot because of me. I'm aware that people will book me into clubs even if I'm no good, so I just try really hard not to suck. (Buffy Magazine - 2001)

If you really examine the lyrics you'll learn a few things about me that might be surprising actually. Sometimes I can write a songs and I think, people are gonna go, "you're a freak" And then they just hum along and say, "That's a beautiful song." It's just an amazing experience. That's what art does, it reminds people that they are not alone. You say "Wow, I feel that too! I thought it was just me! I thought that I was a weird freaky person; everybody's like that! Wow I'm not alone." (SFX - 2003)



Singing on Buffy, the Vampire Slayer

In the Buffy's musical episode ó Once More, With Feeling ó James sings Rest in Peace, Life'sa Show and Drawn to the Fire.

A lot of the cast were afraid, they were so public about not being able to sing, they weren't supposed to be able to sing. I myself have been singing for so long. There are places that music can take you emotionally that words cannot and the way Joss wrote it, the characters can't express themselves anymore by just talking, they are forced to jump up into song. Shakespeare did the same thing by going into moral anguish, and Joss turned this on it's head and forced people to sing about stuff they should shut up about and there was, a lot of the emotional arcs of the season really intersected in that episode. And a lot of important moments for the characters came in that episode. The music kicked in and you would just get carried into the thick of it. So much so that we went to do the next script ("Tabula Rasa"), we were just like, this is boring! We're wearing different costumes and we're calling each other 'Randy'! (The Harvest - 2003)



CDs

 

Civilized Man (April 2005)

Katie
Bad
This Town
Smile 
For What I Need
Long Time
Every Man Thinks God is on his Side
Poor Robyn
No Promises
Patricia
Civilized Man



DVDs

Halloween 2004 Acoustic Concert (2005)




LYRICS

Patricia

She had a piano
And her hands danced lustfully on the keys
She has a pen and a paper
And she draws her favourite people and one is me

She wasn't s'posed to be cool
Now I'm her fool
But I don't care

She's given me a passkey
That has led me to what is
Patricia, Patricia

Patricia, Patricia

Small calves
Dark eyes
Full lips

Small hands
Long arms
Touch me, I'm gone

Now please
Make your own cage
Now she wants out
Now she breaks out

Now I
Sit here and I sigh
'Cause the girl has gone back home to Germany

I can't
Break through
And get to

Patricia, Patricia
Patricia, Patricia

Patricia
 
 

Civilized Man

There are walls just to get to you
You can hit me till Iím black and blue
You set me up
Not gonna fall
Run away 

Went to sleep a long time ago
Several years since I hurt anybody
Donít wake me up
Let me sleep
Wonít do you no good

Just keep to myself
Yeah yeah ye-eh-eh
Nobody want a part of this

Itís hard to be a civilized man
Times a woman with just what I am
Woah catch yourself
Wanna wind up in jail?
Better smile and watch football

Civilized man
I ainít no civilized man
Civilized man
Wasnít born to be a civilized man

Thatís it, I ainít got no more to say
 

For What I Need

I'm goin' swimmin' now
Get up your stream, baby
Gonna get wet yeah

For what I need
What I need
Is you baby

Yeah I'm goin' climbing now
I'm gonna get high
Up your peaks baby

For what I need
What I need
Is you baby

I don't get if you put it in my way
Not nearly
Not ever since I met you
Now I'm like a heat seeking missile, baby

For what I need
What I need
Is you baby

I'm goin' walking now
The only problem
Up a [unclear] road
I said the only problem is
Get home to you baby
If I don't get to you
I'm gonna go insane

For what I need
What I need
Is you baby

Yeah

I don't care
What kind of hole is in the ground
I don't care
What kind of ocean is in between me and you
Oh baby I ain't gonna get halfway
I'm gettin' to you
Watch out

[laughs]

Watch out
 

Long Time

I remember
What you told me
Last time I said I wanted you

A crooked smile played
'Cross your lips
And you said
Damn all you men are just the same

And it's been a long time
That's granted
But I bet you haven't changed

It's been a long time
Since I was okay, okay

Yeah

In the years we
Spent together
I fell in love with your honesty

You never told me that
Your sweet words
Were never meant to apply to me

And it's been a long time
That's granted
But I bet you haven't changed

It's been a long time
Since I was okay, okay

Lalalalalala
Lalalalalala
Lalalalalala La
Lalala
Lala

You're so perfect
Put together
Liz your beauty is faultless

But what I thought was
Done for my eye
Was really building a fortress

And it's been a long time
That's granted
But I bet you haven't changed

It's been a long time
Since I was okay, okay

It's been a long time
It's been a long time
 

Every Man

Every mornin'
Under the big yellow sun
A boy named Pedro
He's the lucky one
Can't read or write
Never been to school
Pedro picks coffee in Brazil
He no fool

You remember Billy Jack
How 'bout brother Sam
Jumped from a window last night
Somewhere in Amsterdam
Fool done broke his neck
Broke his lover's heart
She cried and shook her head
Now they're worlds apart

Every man thinks god is on his side
Ain't that true
Ain't that true
Every man thinks god is on his side
Ain't that you
Ain't that you
Yea-eah

Lately I've been feelin' strange
Yeah maybe a little afraid
Maybe 'cause we live and die
In a world we never made
Sometimes it's so damn hard
To believe in what is true
And if you'll be there for me
I will be there for you

Every man thinks god is on his side
Ain't that true
Ain't that true
Every man thinks god is on his side
Ain't that you
Ain't that you
Yea-eah
Every man thinks god is on his side
Ain't that true
Ain't that true
Every man thinks god is on his side
Ain't that you
Ain't that you
 

New Man

Time of breaking through to you
Donít mean as much today as Yesterday
Now I see I was a fool
Hungry for a boot to step on me

I donít care why you cut me
Iím not giving you a second chance
You can hide there by the sea
Take revenge on men who want romance

If you ever see me out
With my new french girlfriend too
There wonít ever be a doubt
That I donít care what you do

This Town

Well you didn't even care
What they said about you
And you ran away from there
Made a home
And you filled it
With a candle
On a cinder block
And a mattress on the floor

And this town baby, this town baby
It's gonna be ours,
And this town baby, this town baby
It's gonna be ours, uh huh huh

You find a man
And he swears he will protect you
From the dark
And you love him
And you try a little harder
And it feels good
And you don't give a damn

And this town baby, this town baby
It's gonna be ours,
And this town baby, this town baby
It's gonna be ours, uh huh huh

I've got a job at the hotel
And the car runs good
Billy's moving out
Got my place
And I got me a plan
How to make a little money
And I take you along
If you just look at me

And this town baby, this town baby
It's gonna be ours,
And this town baby, this town baby
It's gonna be ours, uh huh huh
 

Runaway

Hope I meet you on a good day
When I'm feeling all myself
Don't be startled if I runaway
Especially if you smile and really ring my bell

Hope you take it in a good way
when I show myself to you
I wouldn't worry about it anyway
I have soft skin and scars are nothing new

Please, no promises, don't wanna hear the words
Nothing you can say that I haven't already heard
Please, no promises, let's just pass the time
Come and sit with me and give me your eyes

We can find ourselves a quiet room
And let our hands run free
You can tickle underneath my arm
All the way down to behind my bended knee

Please, no promises, don't wanna hear the words
Nothing you can say that I haven't already heard
Please, no promises, let's just pass the time
Come and sit with me and give me your eyes

When we made ourselves that quiet place
And the world was just us two
I hope that you wont runaway
We can stay there
And make us something new.

Katie

I'm through with pastry, 
No more sticky bun cherry tarts
I want a good girl,
one who rocks but has a decent heart
Well I've been waiting
Now I'm sick of that
I think I saw you...

Katie, come out and play
I've got a present
For you today
It's got your name on it
I hope I spelled it right

She's got tattoos, 
Runnin down underneath her shirt
She wears long sleeves
So you can't guess what's on her
But the coolest one
She can't hide
Yeah the coolest one
Says Dad

Katie come out and play
I've got a secret for you today
I think you're pretty
I wanted you to know

This is pointless
She's already got a guy
Now or never
Hit on her and make her life awry
But I don't care
I'll find another one
No I don't care

(spoken) 
Maybe she's got a best friend or something

Katie come out and play
I've got a secret for you today
I think I love you
Though I dont know you well

Over Now

It's over now
I think I get this
It's been years
Since I saw your face
But now I don't want 
To hear from you
Don't want to hear about anyone
Or anything for awhile
Goodbye... sweetheart
I'll be there
By the water
Keep your toes dry

Nobody heard what you had to say
Kisses whisper "stay away"
They make me feel
like that again

Dont be scared
Let me hold you
Let me take you there

I want you so
I want you... sooooo
I want you so... what

Bad

We met, we smiled
I put my arm around you
the camera flashed and it was over
my face was flush
you turned and walked away
but in my pocket was your number
and I'm thinking
who's that girl who smiles and hides at the same time
I really think she's got issues
the way she looks at me I can tell what a kiss brings
and if I taste her pain is that a crime

that night
we're upstairs in my room
I'm trying to ply you
with champagne and caviar
but you just wrinkle up your face
won't get off second base
I'm trippin' on how strong you are
oh my toes start dancing when you kiss me
you pull me down and I like it
hey my head explodes and I know something's hit me
you make me want to be BAD... YEAH

I am a monkey behind glass
turn on the lights have a laugh
get up you filthy thing and dance
and you would come across the sea
give me kisses that would speak
of your seven lonely oceans
who are you to smile and hide at the same time
I really like your issues
the way you look at me I can tell what a kiss brings
you make me want to be BAD... YEAH

Smile

In, I'm falling in
I didn't want to
Not so fast, boy
Slow,
Don't wanna hurt the girl
Get her a pretty box
You better fill it

And I get blinded when she opens the door
It's like looking into the sun, you know
And I'm just blinkin', mumblin', starin' at my shoes
And she just looks at me
And smiles
Smiles
Smiles

So, there we go again
And it feels so good
To fall up and down
Damn, it's 2 AM again
And she kisses me goodbye
For the sixteenth time in the night
Driving home, it's 5 AM
And I look at the sun come up above the hills
And the clouds are turning pink and green
And all I can see is her eyes
Eyes
Eyes

I get blinded when she opens the door
It's like looking into the sun, you know
And I'm just blinkin', mumblin', starin' at my shoes
She just looks at me
And smiles
Smiles
Smiles

Angel

She comes home to me after a hard night's work
Falls in my arms and sleeps like a bird
Startle, wakes up, like she don't know me
Cocks back her fist like she's going to slug me
Like, who are you anyway
And what are you doing to me?

She's an angel
But she can't see it
She's got wings,
But she can't feel 'em
She's an angel
But she can't see it
But she's flying above me every day
Every day of my life

Bright diamond eyes with daggers beneath them
She carries the chains of a million decisions
That weren't even hers to begin with anyway
But she carries them all
All the people around her
Never even notice that she's very very tired

She's an angel
But she can't see it
She's got wings
But she can't feel 'em
She's an angel
But she can't see it
But she's rising above me every day
Every day of my life

Goodbye

I don't care what people're gonna say about it
I just wanna sit here and drink your sweet wine
Know you're gonna say you're too young for me but
Think if I kiss you that would be fine

Know how it's gonna end before it ever starts now
Gonna give me love sweeter than pie
Part your lips as if you're gonna kiss me
Say a word that's gonna break me

Bye, bye bye bye goodbye
Bye, bye bye bye goodbye

Christopher Robin gave old Pooh up
Grown up, didn't need Pooh no more
Babe, believe me this ain't the first time
I've been thrown down on the playroom floor

Bye, bye bye bye goodbye
Bye, bye bye bye goodbye

Bye bye baby, baby bye bye
Bye bye
Bye bye baby, baby
Sorry baby,
I'm just fast

Dangerous

I don't think you know my name
I think you'd leave me standing in the rain
You're a pretty little thing, got a thing for me
But you'd cut me open and let me bleed

But I'm lookin' at you
With your long brown hair
Pretty little feet
Sparkling everywhere

You look so good
When you come my way
But I have to look down
When you talk to me

'Cause you're dangerous
Dangerous
Dangerous
And you don't even know it

One baby, two, maybe three more years
You'll be a full hot baby, have all your curves
And here's my little taste of irony
You'll be a too-hot baby, too good for me

But I'll be looking at you
With your long brown hair
Pretty little feet
Sparkling everywhere

You look so good
When you come my way
But I have to look down
When you talk to me

'Cause you're dangerous
Dangerous
Dangerous
And you don't even know it

So little baby, you better stay set
Play with fire when you get too wet
So set me down and leave me be
You'll find a devil when you unchain me

But I'll be looking at you
With your long brown hair
Pretty little feet
Sparkling everywhere

You look so good
When you come my way
But I have to look down
When you talk to me

'Cause you're dangerous
Dangerous
Dangerous
And you don't even know it



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