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Pt. IV: COMPLETE "BOTM" LYRICS [Tracks 12 + 13]

SAVE ME, GIRL

in the Great North Woods lost and up to no good/ no, no good at all just hoping to kill off the past/ and I did next thing I'm breathing my last/ then I fall and it all seemed so harmless and light so sure I could deal with it all on that night so sure that the weight on my heart marked the last of the past/ not so fast it's only the start

the voices they fade out/ and off to the back the dusk turns to night then to dark/ then to black as the cars speed away/ to banish the fact on the cold streets of downtown and never looked back

come and save me, girl bring me back to the world not the one I just left come and save me, girl cause everything's sadness and badness and death

didn't see no white light didn't look on myself/ from any great height no one came to show me the way there was only the black/ one last gasp and then I'm slipping away

the blood ran down the street though I can't feel the pain or hear the thunder that roared as it mixed with the rain as the people pass by/ on their way to the train the black bloody water it ran down the drain

try and save me girl/ hear me call though I can't make a sound anymore try and save me girl give me a reason to get up off the floor

when you're on your way home less than looking for this/ busy being alone but you saw and you stopped when no one else would as you went for a pulse but it seemed gone for good

the cops don't believe/ with nothing to say I reach out for your hand and we just walk away then I asked you again why'd you bother to care? you said you'd seen the light I'd forgotten was there stopped and watched as the sun climbed up out of the sea you said now you won't let nothing happen to me then the green of your eyes caught the first rays of dawn and the spark caught to fire and our new love was born

you save me, girl six million to one this it how it'd be you save me girl it's true/ only you could inspire me cause you save me girl every time I fall into your arms where there's no pain or strife cause you're amazing, girl my best friend/ my angel my mystical wife

(GIVE MY LOVE A) SECOND CHANCE

I don't wanna make you sing and I don't wanna make you dance I don't wanna make you/ anything at all just give my love a second chance

didn't want to see you cry and I don't want to make you said I thought it would make you happy/ not me give my love a second chance and I know/ and I know/ it's hard

now I don't wanna see you cry and I ain't looking for romance it's just I don't wanna regret this all my life so give my love a second chance give my love a second chance give my love a second chance and I know/ and I know it's hard and I know/ and I know it's hard.

******************************************************** DAN NICHOLSON: BETTING ON THE MUSE Copyright 2013 Brooklynda Records. All songs written by D. Nicholson except "Bring The Whip" (words and music by D. Nicholson and Anthony DeSilva, music by D. Nicholson.) www.reverbnation.com/dannicholson Cover photo & art direction: Linda Carroll Insert photo: Stefanie Maravegias THIS ALBUM IS DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF LOU REED.

Pt. III: COMPLETE "BOTM" LYRICS [Tracks 7-11]

THE FADEAWAY

'do you wanna take a walk?' she said do you wanna take a walk? did you just ask or was that just in my head? I used to know somebody just like you precious heart with a vicious attitude she left me/ will you leave me too?

(chorus) and the fadeaway gives away what I'm going through

down in the park/ there's only time tonight no one watching/ hold my hand tight it's not mind and I might not try to begin with I used to watch you/ when we both were young it's just a dream/ then the moment comes and I try and I try/ but I won't find fault with you

(chorus)

she said 'fadeaway'/ she said 'fadeaway' she said 'break that spell and fade'

'do you wanna take a walk?' she said do you wanna take a walk in my/ fadeaway? I used to know somebody just like you you could make this one better, too/ fadeaway

(chorus 3x)

HORIZON (Shore Road 3:08 al.m.)

we were lying half-awake on our backs beneath the stars the wind blows/ the expressway howls with the sound of passing cars we were gone for so long now I never wanna go away to think now/ there was a time we promised we would never say

that it's never gonna be this good again but I'm never gonna say remember when

(chorus) your weary eyes looked toward the Island ancient ghosts were falling silent horizon/ slipping out of sight we left a part of ourselves there that night

crush that pack of cigarettes crush the leaves under my feet hold on to this moment still I hope no one wakes us from this dream no electric, no TV no cassettes and no CDs just an old guitar down by the Hudson stream

and it's never gonna be this good again but I'm never gonna say remember when

(chorus)

and it's never gonna be this good again/ no but I'm never gonna say remember when

(chorus)

LEAVING THE REST UNSAID

we got the feeling/ and you know how it feels so we cut us a deal for two wounds that don't heal we got a system/ it's a matter of trust now the whole thing could bust it's all leaning on us

(pre-chorus) it's in my heart and it's in your eyes that's what you said it's there so I can leave the rest unsaid

(chorus) leaving the rest unsaid it's on your mind and it's in my head it's in my dreams when I'm in your bed leaving the rest unsaid

you got the notion that this time's going wrong and the feeling is strong and it's there all night long you know you're dreaming cause the room's black and white and the ghosts from last night don't look real in the light they wanna see you falling down on your knees though they smile in your face when you're gone, baby please time to remember everything that you were if you think you're still her maybe not/ but you were

(repeat pre-chorus)

(chorus)

it's in my heart and it's in your head it's in my eyes/ that's what you said it's in your face when you're not in our bed that's why I'm always leaving the rest unsaid

SILVER BOX go on and pack your things put them in the silver box I gave you you wanna go away and start a new life somewhere else honey I can't blame you I know I brought you down I know I kept you hanging round this shithole and now you're not around I know you have to do your own thing but it was only talking/ now you're walking

(chorus) just yesterday I read the letter that you wrote and gave me how all the words took on new meanings after you betrayed me just yesterday I read the letter that you wrote and gave me put it put it put it in the silver box praying that you'll come and save me

go on and let me go the flowers that I didn't send ain't gonna haunt me you really ought to know the way your eyes look in the sun still haunts me you're still a pretty child we're still so young/ and so dumb but pulling it apart/ you know it's easy but I can't bear to let you go and leave me

(chorus)

just yesterday I read the letter that you wrote and gave me guess I'll abandon hope that maybe you might come and save me

(chorus) **************************************************** ALL SONGS BY D. NICHOLSON Copyright 2013.

Pt. II: COMPLETE "BOTM" LYRICS [Tracks 4-7]

PROMISE TO YOU (Nicholson)

you know/ you know where to go when you wanna go cause you know the way that the whole trip goes down you know where I/ where I wanna be when I wanna keep up with the changes/ I've fallen too deep

(chorus) I'm gonna make a promise to you I'm gonna make a promise to you I'm gonna make a promise to you not to do things like you do

I'll play the part/ yeah I'll fall apart when the music starts caught in an avalanche of helpless feeling it's got me good/ and I really should realize that you could tackle me down with just one little detail

(chorus)

all your psycho dreams you write 'em like movie scenes now all of the drama queens are screaming

you know/ that it's time to go that it's time to go cause you know we're not the kids that we used to be you know/ you know where to go when you wanna go cause you know the way that the whole trip goes down

(chorus)

FALLING DOWN (Nicholson)

baby I'll make the fireside to keep you real/ to keep you warm to keep your eyes upon me to make your eyes dance upon me like you danced that day there's 10,000 more ways to touch you in places I don't even know your cigarette burns like a goddess glow cause you're the one I wanna know

(chorus) and I'm falling down in the face of your love baby when I see you on the street I wish you'd never wake me up cause for the first time for the first time/ for the first time you're the only angel in the sky

and I'm falling down

searching for a lover on the edge of the night someone's gotta make it real for you someone's gotta make it feel alright on the edge/ of the lipstick glass of wine/ blushing in the morning light I can't not make you mind this time

(chorus) cause I'm falling down in the face of your love baby when I see you on the street I wish you'd never wake me up cause for the first time for the first time/ for the first time you're the only angel in the sky

you shouldn't wanna know me/ but you do you know what I wanna do and you still come through you shouldn't wanna know me/ but you do you know what I wanna do to you and you still come through so I'm falling down

TRANSMISSION FROM A FAR-OFF LAND (Nicholson)

you'll never hear that song again and not think of me you'll never walk that street and not see our names in the hearts that we carved on the tree

but I can't/ start this over even though I'm sober/ now

(chorus) notes and letters buried in the sand a transmission from a far-off land you know that I been looking for you now notes and letters buried in the sand confession written with a shaky hand you know that I been looking for you now

give me a minute/ before it's too late and we run out of time could've tried to test my fate only it's too late/ you won't ever be mine

cause I can't/ bring this back now make you/ react somehow

(chorus)

you know I been looking for you now you know I been looking for you now you know I been looking for you but I can't/ start this over why tell you I am sober now?

(chorus)

Side B. JUST TO GET CLOSE TO YOU (Nicholson)

hey girl/ won't you come near? I wanna hear what you're saying hey girl/ you broke that mirror I thought maybe you were praying hey there/ lying in the garden staring into the trees hey/ I wondered what you saw when you stared back at me

(chorus) and the moon is gone and the wind blows on and the waves crash on the shore for you but I'll pull the wagon/ I'll climb the mountain I'll slay the dragon just to get a little close to you

hey girl/ won't you come round? you gotta say what you're thinking hey now/ you heard that sound and now my eyes aren't blinking at all

(chorus)

(repeat 1st verse)

(chorus 2x)

hey girl/ won't you come near? I wanna hear what you're saying (just to get a little close to you) hey girl/ you broke that mirror I thought maybe baby you were praying hey girl/ won't you come near? I wanna hear what you're saying

***************************************************** COPYRIGHT 2013 Dan Nicholson. Reprinted with permission.

COMPLETE "BOTM" LYRICS: Pt. I [Tracks 1-4]

BRING THE WHIP (Nicholson/DeSilva)

I'm a hypocrite, a liar/ I conspire under fire I'm a loser, I'm a user/ I abuse you cause I can I'm a jerk and I'm a villain can't let nothing be chillin' I'm a loser, I'm a loser/ I abuse you cause I can

(chorus) but you wouldn't want to talk to me you wouldn't want to walk with me if you knew what I do you'd probably bring the whip with you and if you knew what I do you'd probably bring the whip with you

I'm a joke and I'm the hoax to your lethal overdose I propose a toast to decompose and shed my skin in style I'm the side in your thorn/ and refuse to conform I'm a loser, I'm a loser/ I abuse you cause I can

(chorus)

(repeat 1st verse)

(chorus)

STEAL AWAY (Nicholson)

I think you're calling me/ in a room full of people I don't know/ look and see wondering where are you gonna go? I see the lost look in your eyes same as mine/ it takes me by surprise

and now I'm calling you do you wanna get away like me to things to do I'd do anything you want me to

I been waiting for an angel to come walking through the door you're as perfect as an angel just because you have been born not because I need you

(chorus) so steal away come across that river now take us away there's something that I have to say somehow so what/ you got shook up you got fucked up but you got back up so now steal away forever steal away forever

now you sleep I could watch you for the hours when our eyes they meet and it seems to last for hours I can't buy you fancy mansions just write you silly songs I can sit at home and dream about you just like I done all along and dream a dream of you you can make it true/ if you

(chorus) steal away come across that river now take us away there's something that I have to say somehow so what/ I got shook up I got fucked up then I got back up so I'll steal away forever/ steal away forever

so steal away come across that river now take us away there's something that I have to say somehow so what/ we'll get shook up we'll get fucked up then we'll get back up and then steal away forever

DEMON CALLED WOMAN (Nicholson)

did you ever wake up from a dream in tears over the girl you haven't thought of in all these years and you try and you try but you just can't make it go away? hey hey so you reach into the dark/ try to hold on tight and something in the air doesn't seem quite right but you know that there ain't nothing back there for you anyway/ hey

I guess I didn't mind the faking I knew I'd have to break away after all the years it's taken there's all these signs that say

(chorus) it's all one Woman a demon that I summon the one who I was chasing and the one I'm chasing now no use hoping for feminine perfection now they're all one girl/ a set-up on the world the one who leaves you hanging and the one who reels you in no use hoping/ boy you're never gonna win that's the story of Woman

did you ever wake up with your mind afire while your brain is splitting atoms of pure desire just the glint of her eye/ from the side back there in your memory? and the cauldron filled with tears for the years that ain't coming back like a silver bullet train down a one-way track would I do it again? in the end/ it's what brought you to me

in the times I'm lost in thinking when those old songs start to play in the second I was blinking I saw it clear the way

(chorus)

at first I didn't see the lying but they got darker every day for every time I left you crying I swore I heard you say

(chorus) ****************************************************** All Rights Reserved. COPYRIGHT 2013 Dan Nicholson.

"Betting On The Muse" Out NOW!!!!

Dan Nicholson's new LP "Betting On The Muse" was released last night and is available on CD and download at the Dan Nicholson Online Store. Check it out!!!! http://www.reverbnation.com/store/view_item_album/artist_2713363?item_id=1919962

Track Listing for new LP out 12.27!!!!

Merry Christmas! Here is the track listing for "Betting On The Muse," the new LP from Dan Nicholson which will be released on CD & digital formats on Friday, December 27th, 2013. 1. Bring The Whip 2. Steal Away 3. Demon Called Woman 4. Promise To You 5. Falling Down 6. Transmission From A Far-Off Land 7. Just To Get Close To You 8. The FadeAway 9. Horizon (Shore Road, 3:08 a.m.) 10. Leaving The Rest Unsaid 11. Silver Box 12. Save Me Girl 13. (Give My Love A) Second Chance

Stay tuned for links to purchase the album coming Friday,,,

12/27/13:THE NEW LP "BETTING ON THE MUSE" AVAILABLE 12/27/2013!!!

Dan Nicholson's newest LP, hid third (and first since 2010's "The Minneapolis Years") will release his new 13-song LP, "Betting On The Muse," on Friday, December 27th, 2013. "This is far and away my best record today," Nicholson says. "In terms of strong songs, unified sound, good production...it's way past where I was just a couple years ago." The LP, which Nicholson produced himself, features 13 tracks, including several old favorites, alongside his many groundbreaking new songs. "There was several tunes I wrote in Brooklyn that I hadn't been able to record properly." "Betting On The Muse" remedies that, featuring definitive renditions of tunes like "Bring The Whip" and "Promise To You," along with Nicholson's most recent compositions like "Demon Called Woman" and the sprawling, Phil Spector-esque "Save Me Girl." The album will be available starting at midnight on Friday, December 27th, 2013 on CD and digital download through reverbnation.com as well as standard music retailers like amazon.com.

New Show Date Added!

Very happy to announce that we've just confirmed the date for a performance on Thursday, October 3rd 2013, at the Driftwood Char Bar (located at 4415 Nicollet Avenue S. in Minneapolis). No Cover! Show starts @ 9:30. Stay tuned for announcements the other acts who will be appearing on the bill. The Driftwood Char Bar is a great venue in South Minneapolis and a night of fun and great music is guaranteed for all!

TWO Brand-New Cover Tracks!

Hey all, just wanted to spread the word that I posted not one but TWO of my very latest recordings. They're full-band cover versions of two of my most favorite Dylan tunes--"Just Like A Woman" and "Shelter From The Storm." Here's hoping everyone gives them a listen and likes what they hear!

NEW CD TrackList!

The new LP "Leaving The Rest Unsaid," is finally just about ready for release, so it should be available well before summer! Here's the track list and running order for the new album: 1. Bring The Whip 2. Steal Away 3. Demon Called Woman 4. Promise To You 5. Falling Down 6. Transmissions From A Far-Off Land 7. Just To Get Close To You 8. The FadeAway 9. Horizons (Shore Road 3:08 a.m.) 10. How It Is With You 11. Leaving The Rest Unsaid 12. Silver Box 13. Save Me, Girl 14. Give My Love A Second Chance