CREDITS

"GAMES"

Performed by JRDS

Written by JRDS

Special Thanks to Cassie O'Meara

Produced, Mixed & Mastered by Cameron Frittz

COVER ARTWORK & CREATIVE CREDITS

Cover Artwork Photography by Erik Weed

Cover Artwork edited by JRDS 

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GAMES

stand alone single
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"GAMES" MUSIC VIDEO

Directed by Vera VanGuard

Director of Photography - Erik Weed

Makeup Artist - Monroe James

BTS - ICONIC THE ALCHEMIST

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Kicking off 2021 with a twist, the 6th single from Non-binary British pop artist, JRDS, comes in the form of “Games”, packing a powerful and meaningful punch to the damaged yet resilient soul. “As a society, we have been conditioned to live in world of extremes, forcing us to be more divided than we have ever been. Red or Blue, Good or Evil, Man or Woman” JRDS says, speaking on the creation of the single. 

 

Games invites you to dance in a no man’s land in the epicenter of these extremes. In the cinematic single, a dramatic and forbidding introduction opens into a dialog of "what is evil?" paired with the airy notes from JRDS. This single is the perfect juxtaposition yet still feels familiar. 

Lyrics

You’re just smoke with no fire.

Demons get scared when they have nowhere to hide

And I don’t know your face no more,

but my scars ache when you don’t call.

You’re just smoke with no fire.

 

All smoke no fire,

all blaze no burn.

A carbon copy of scars I’ve earned.

If I was just a pawn I’m conceding this war,

I don’t play your games anymore… 

anymore.

 

I feel the water (I feel the water)

fill up my lungs. (fill up my lungs)

You’re a straight faced killer (taking shots at us)

taking shots at us. 

There’s only one winner (only one winner)

fight or fall. (Fall or fight this war)

The Player loves The Sinner, (And the sinner loves The Game)

but I don’t play your games 

anymore. (Games)

Games 

 

… and their poison takes me to paradise,

but the sinners never pray ’til the angels cry.

So take me to Jericho

let my sins take control

I’m so far home.

Did you win all you were betting for? 

You broke your own broken records, 

but i don’t play your games anymore.

 

I feel the water (I feel the water)

fill up my lungs. (fill up my lungs)

You’re a straight faced killer (taking shots at us)

taking shots at us. 

There’s only one winner (only one winner)

fight or fall. (Fall or fight this war)

The Player loves The Sinner, (And the sinner loves The Game)

but I don’t play your games 

anymore. (Games)

Games 

You got me falling down your leaderboard -

I’m sick of keeping score. 

I’m helplessly falling down, I’m overboard -

Why am I keeping score?

When I keep falling down your leaderboard -

I’m sick of keeping score.

When I keep falling down, I’m overboard

I’m over keeping score.

‘cause i don’t play your games anymore 

I feel the water (I feel the water)

fill up my lungs. (fill up my lungs)

You’re a straight faced killer (taking shots at us)

taking shots at us. 

There’s only one winner (only one winner)

fight or fall. (Fall or fight this war)

The Player loves The Sinner, (And the sinner loves The Game)

but I don’t play your games 

anymore. (Games)

Games 

Games (audio)

When writing the lyrics for Games, JRDS poured lyrics into their journal with the sole purpose to mentally release themself from a toxic and abusive situation. The relatable yet unnecessary feeling of deserving the pain and trying to find reasons within yourself that such abusive was acceptable. Poured onto the page and through the production of this song, JRDS finally feels free and hopes Games can do the same for you.

 

As a means to transport themselves out of  an abusive relationship, JRDS began penning the complexity of their emotions in their journal - on one side feeling they deserved the pain, on the other knowing that that couldn’t be right. 

 

Those journal entries became the lyrics for Games.

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Promotional Photography 

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Merch

One thing that makes JRDS' Cover art unique is that they specifically design the artwork to match the world in which the song lives. Each single is truly brought to life when paired with its visual partner. 

JRDS pours their soul into every piece of work, sonic or visual, to truly tell a full story in every aspect of the single.

Now these pieces of art are available to buy as Official JRDS Merch.

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