So Many Ways

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"So Many Ways" is a single by Mancunian band James, released in July 1986 by Sire Records, the second after the band defected from Factory Records. The record was released in two different versions, as 7" single and 12" EP, with different artworks by John Carroll. So Many Ways and Withdrawn were taken straight from James's debut album, Stutter and the third a slightly longer take on another album track, Just Hip. This was the first James single to have a promotional video, which was set in a large wheat field. The band was dissatisfied with the choice of this song as a single, feeling the track Johnny Yen from the album would have been more suitable. 


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There are so many traps been laid
How can you avoid one
Put your foot down in a moonlit glade
Snap, your ankle's broken

I don't know how decisions get made
Which are the turns to take
It doesn't seem to matter what plans are laid
You can't tell when the wave will break

So many ways
There are so many colorful rays
How are you going to choose one
Bright lights look all right from here
But seduction has to be wrong

So many ways
I don't know which path you're taking, 
If it's bent or straight
All I know is I've found something that will take me home again
So many ways
If you keep your wits about you, 
Search with an open heart
You'll be sure to find your answers, penetrate the scream in the cynics
So many ways
Lost and if you are looking for foot's path
Floating free in space
There are all these lights coming out the dark
Do they lead to the same place

So many ways

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James is a British rock band from Manchester, England. They formed in 1982 and were active throughout the 1980s, but most successful during the 1990s. Their hit singles include "Come Home", "Sit Down", and "She's a Star" as well as their American college radio hit "Laid". Following the departure of lead singer Tim Booth in 2001, the band became inactive but re-formed in January 2007, returning for a new album and international tour. Up to 2010, the band had sold more than 25 million albums worldwide. more »

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