The Monster I've Become

by Diminishing Jim

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The sophomore effort from local CT indie rockers is available for free download. Yes, we love you that much!!!!

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released July 13, 2012

Recorded, mixed and produced by Diminishing Jim in Ted's living room, Naugatuck CT. Additional tracking at COX Studios, Cheshire CT, and "The Rehearsal Space", Meriden CT. All songs written by Diminishing Jim. Ted Petrie - Guitars,Vocals & Keyboards; Chris Giard - Guitars & Vocals; Jim Hoefelt - Bass & Vocals; Brendan Johnston - Drums.

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Diminishing Jim Connecticut

Diminishing Jim is an independent band from Connecticut whose sound incorporates elements of Rock, Power Pop and Alternative music. The band's songs are composed with catchy hooks and vocal harmonies, yet maintain a raw and energetic balance. Diminishing Jim is: Ted Petrie (guitar/lead vocals), Jim Hoefelt (bass/vocals), Chris Giard (drums/vocals), and Neil Impelluso (keyboard/vocals). ... more

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Track Name: if i only knew now what i knew then
i used to be so sure
that we would find a way
so much time has passed
but i have lost that confidence and hope
that made me sure

if i only knew now what i knew then

mother nature is cruel:
iron fist and golden rule
everything runs out
so you stay in the shallow end of the pool

if i only knew now what i knew then

these hours pass like years
in the absence of yr melody
a negative space in my afternoon
shaped just like you
an echo with a long tail
an afterburn in the dark
and like the ringing in my ears
just like the ringing in my ears

if i only knew now what i knew then
Track Name: the monster i've become
hey - i saw the way
the way you looked at me
and the way - it made me feel
it's all greek to me
fire up the planetarium
reminded of the monster i've become

and the thing that i should say
never came to mind and now
the moment's over
and the thing that i should do
anything at all for you
i'd be delighted

faces from the past
one more missed opportunity
now the moment passes by
this is where my youth goes to die
success i guess is simply waking up
waiting for the other shoe to drop

and the thing that i should say
never came to mind and now
the moment's over
and the thing that i should do
anything at all for you
i'd be delighted
Track Name: layer by layer
1 to 10 pick a number
make it worth my while
all consumed by a hunger
but i hide it well behind a smile
and i wish i were able
to see what you mean
it's not the age it's the mileage
in ten more years i think you'll see what i mean

this onion life peeling away
layer by layer making you cry
dropped like a stone from a great height
it quickly passes by

and my brains are scrambled
and my eyes are glazed
now my glass is empty
you know i think that that's to blame
this is the catalog of my sins
writing all my wrongs
if you want, you all can sing along

this onion life peeling away
layer by layer making you cry
dropped like a stone from a great height
it quickly passes by
Track Name: throwing smiles
accidentally i intercepted a smile
not meant for me and you followed with a frown
but that's what you get for indiscriminately
throwing smiles in all directions

that's what you get for throwing smiles

and me and you and you and me
and we're all alone together
so please please please keep throwing smiles
it's the best that you can do

that's what you get for throwing smiles

in the wake of our disaster
i raise a smile
in the wake of our disaster...

that's what you get for throwing smiles
Track Name: today's little fantasy
today's little fantasy: your call vibrates on my hip
my name you answer with
tell me what i want to hear
do you want me to come over?
you answer yes
maybe after just the briefest pause
you answer yes

i don't know where you are today
i surely don't know where i stand with you
today

i've been looking for a tactful not-so-obvious way
to introduce the idea of you and me
but i can't, so i give up, here it comes:
the direct approach
no i can't so i give up, here it comes...

i don't know where you are today
i surely don't know where i stand with you
today
Track Name: you could get away with murder
here i sit alone waiting for the end of the world
i pick up the phone just to check that it's still on
as the night wears on sleep settles in like a blanket of snow
it's cold and dark, it covers everything

i promise you no one would care
there's something in the air
i promise you no one cares
you could get away with murder

there's a clock on the wall
ticking like a timebomb
and the ice in my glass
melts with a rhythm of its own
i'm keeping time with my fingers on the arm of the chair
i'm counting down the hours till you get here

i promise you no one would care
there's something in the air
i promise you no one cares
you could get away with murder
Track Name: i'm finished waiting here for you
i'll take you on - i'll take you all on
i just can't take this anymore
i read you like - i read you like a book
i don't appreciate yr dirty look

i understand

i take you off just like a dirty shirt
i leave you on the floor
i'm picking up just where i left off
i'll leave you right there on the floor

i understand

i take you off just like a dirty shirt
i leave you on the floor
this conversation reveals nothing to you
but leaves you wanting more

i understand - this conversation
Track Name: maybe someday is now
you always said that you would tell me someday
i've waited and waited and maybe someday is now
i always thought that i would exercise my self control
but so far i have failed to do too well

take my hand now - let me in
trust in me now - tell me now

i wanna feel like this
i wanna know everything
i wanna become you
maybe someday is now

right down to the wire again
i need to know where i stand with you
i stand with you
my faith in you is corrupted again

take my hand now - let me in
take it off now - let me in

i wanna feel like this
i wanna know everything
i wanna become you
maybe someday is now

fall in love for awhile
maybe loose the chains awhile
when the hardware's denied
finally feel you for a time -
Track Name: a limited war
you're making sure we know
you take it easy on everyone
you pull yr punches less to kill
more just to stun

a limited war - is there really such a thing?
no not at all

you give me fair warning
you're gunning for me
you say i've done you wrong
take a number and get in line
behind everyone we know

a limited war - is there really such a thing?
no not at all
Track Name: omg
paulina - keep this to yrself
composure; and i'll keep mine as well
keep yr head up put a face on for yr friends
and keep still it's time to make amends
paulina - save me from myself

and oh my god can't you see
the song in yr head came from me

i'll keep you only for myself
i've seen enough to know this is what i want

and oh my god can't you see
the song in yr head came from me

paulina - keep me for yrself
these feelings are no good for anyone else

and oh my god can't you see
the song in yr head came from me