THE COURAGE OF THE LONELY

by Rick Berlin w/ THE NICKEL & DIME BAND

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Nickel & Dime Band's 4th record.

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released October 20, 2017

CAST:

Keys: Jane Mangini
Guitars: Rob Manochio, Ricky McLean
Kit: Al Radzikowski
Kit: Ken Diaz
Bells: Ricky McLean
Trombone: Sam Dudley
Alto sax: Paul Alstrand
Bass trombone: Joe Stewart
Bass: Mike DeLisle, David Goodchild, Rob Manochio
L Vox: Berlin, Sam Dudley, Ricky McLean
Backups: Sam Dudley, Ricky McLean, Al Radzikowski, Berlin
Snare/percussion overdubs: TJ Wenzl

Studios: Dimension Sound, Bitch Kitty
Engineers: Joe Stewart, TJ Wenzl
Mixs: Joe Stewart, TJ Wenzl

MASTERED BY:
Bob Weston Chicago Mastering Service

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Rick Berlin (now playing w/ THE NICKEL & DIME BAND) Jamaica Plain

A giant on the Boston music scene. His colorful songwriting + strong stage presence have influenced countless other artists since the early 1970s. He continues to make music w/ intelligence + integrity, building an international reputation around his knotty, singular piano playing, straight-from-the-heart singing and a style of character-based songwriting that's drawn comparisons to Waits + Cohen ... more

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Track Name: TEASE ME
TEASE ME

tease me,
go ahead
just 1 look from you
ya keep me from feelin’ dead
tease me
make it bite
i take ya with me
deep inside the bed room light

sometimes ya hide behind
sun glasses lookin’ left n right
i know ya feel the heat
i am so obvious

would ya like to leave w me
n smoke up at my place
you can do all of the talking
n i will stare
at yr face

i know i ain’t the 1 ya want
i know it
but i don’t care
n you don’t have t show it
rock n roll romance is just a
old old story
a 1 night stand
w/ a one man band
ya won’t be sorry

tease me…
Track Name: I LOVE MY ROOM
I LOVE MY ROOM

I love my room
It’s just for me
No one can go in there
Without a secret key

I love my room
It’s just for me
If it’s messy or clean
I look around n I know
I’m free

oh oh

I love my room
It’s just for me
If I want t get naked
I close the curtains

I love my room
It’s just for me
At night I troll the web
n smoke a lotta weed

oh oh

If i bring you home
I’ll sit ya on my bed
Close the door n keep
My fingers crossed

I love my room
It’s just for me
No one can go in there
Without a secret key

oh oh
Track Name: HOW CAN I LET YOU GO?
HOW CAN I LET YOU GO?

how can i let ya go?
so many days we been together
you want out
we need to talk you say
oh i HATE those words
can’t we try again
cuz baby this is
killing me

how can i let you go?
where did we go wrong, sugar?
somethin’ about yr face…
hiding’ the truth
you fell outa the sky
a direct hit
can’t we try again
cuz baby
this is killing me

a river of feeling
burns through my soul
where do we begin r end?
a mountain top
a cloud
a divining rod
a shotgun
i just can’t stop
i just can’t stop
loving you

how can i let you go?
yr everywhere i look
i am shook
w breaking up
you ain’t in my love boat, baby
throw me a lifeline
in the nick o time
cuz baby this
is killing me

a laugh on a bus
an eye with a wink
a tourist on a island
postcard away from here
i’ll write you a letter in my mind
but i won’t send it
cuz i can’t stop
i just can’t stop
loving you

how can i let ya go?
i just can’t stop!
Track Name: THE NICKEL & DIME SONG
THE NICKEL & DIME SONG

well i ain’t got a nickel or a dime
t rub together
i ain’t looking’ for that kind o’ fix
i got the sky and my city street and my teams and my band
hey man i’m rich

i got the northern lights
inside my heart
i got a back beat in my chest
I’m on a dirty ol’ stage
in a dirty ol’ town
i got nuthin’ but the best

well ya ask me why i’m smilin’
how can i give complaint a rest
i don’t need some perfect one of a kind lover
no sir, i’m happy
i got my song

well i stare out the the window
at the rain and the snow
fallin’ like a whisper in my ear
hey man
let’s dance
Track Name: I THINK I'M FALLIN'
I THINK I’M FALLIN’

i think i
i think i
i think I’m falling
again

i always go
for the Rimbaud kid
w the disturbed hair
& a cane
fearless &
challenging
everything in sight
who i am
& who I ain’t
why i always chase
what’s in the box i lock

i think i
i think i
i think I’m falling
again

all i did was
shake his hand just once
& he smiled like he’s
ready to run
like an alley cat
in a dirty french quarter
i was out of order
mr chairman
i was out of order
& jumping again

nothing in life is worth
doing i guess
unless it can break your heart
tear you apart
turn you upside down
run you outa town
r forsake you
Track Name: THE BOYS AT THE BAR
THE BOYS AT THE BAR

the boys at the bar
stand apart
but lean in close
it's their club house
it's a church
a confessional
w a hangin rope

they sing
all the songs
they know
all the words
+ they're chasin'
the broads
when they get up
the nerve

love like this
ain't awkward
pour me
another shot
a late night hug
a belly laugh
we give it
all we got

RAP

don't matter
what they running' from
where they grew up
or hurt someone
bar stool stands
like an altar boy
upright
like a friendly gun

will we remember
the friends we have
will we forget 'em
when then clock runs out
here it's ok
it's all right
t be found out
Track Name: MY FICTIONAL FRIEND FROM NORWAY
MY FICTIONAL FRIEND FROM NORWAY

you grew up in a world that was
filled with trees
+ cemeteries
+ friends were few and far between
+ far between
but the girls were very pretty in a brand
in a brand new way
+ a spark was lit that never went
would never ever go away
+ yr mom was something

saturday nights wr weird when the drinking got bad
+ you got sad
but now yr over all that
more r less yd say
+ yr life is grand
+ ya look like a elf today
in a story i read on a subway train
yr my fictional friend from norway
a beautiful kid laughing in the rain

i can carry you around in my coat like a kitten
all worked up
askin’ more than i can ever give out
r simply give up
like a little red truck

+ the kids in the summer camp
say that they like you they like you, they do
ya got hair like gold
+ yr eyebrows in a knot
in a vacant lot
throwin’ rocks at a secret spot
ya got a song in yr head
a painted bird in yr bed
a forest of roses
+ moss all over yr arms
like i said
ya live forever in my head
+ in my heart

emerald eyes
+ pearl white skin
in a homeless hat
that ya fit right in
where are you now
hey what should i do
is there a trick or a clue
i am so lucky to invent
you

first i saw yr hair n then i saw yr ala-bastard skin
yr eyes locked me onto your soul like a angel
living in sin
let the right one in

you like t sleep but ya work real hard
+ yr honest like a con man
like a dog
+ ya never say goodbye w a tear in yr eye
but ya feel me don’t ya boy
like a tin can noisy on the sidewalk kickin’ the dust up
like the truth
+ ya sing it like a song in a treehouse
hammered w yr best friend
naked
on the roof

emerald eyes
+ pearl white skin
in a homeless hat
that ya fit right in
Track Name: THE COURAGE OF THE LONELY
THE COURAGE OF THE LONELY

his shoulders all bunched up
confidence betrayed by a slow walk
head hung low
smiling at the girl she can’t see him
laughing at his private joke

it’s just the courage of the lonely
bound up in a broken heart
bleeding but still strong

is he afraid to die alone
afraid to try again for love
will she make that call she promised
or will she hang up again

it’s just the courage of the lonely
bound up in a broken heart
bleeding but still strong

wings won’t open in a soft sky
her song can’t be sung
without fear
the sidewalk is his best friend
the tv was her daddy as a kid

it’s just the courage of the lonely
bound up in a broken heart
bleeding but still strong
Track Name: NEW YORK GIRL
NEW YORK GIRL

when she walks in the door
everybody turns to look
a hundred years ago
a portrait by Picasso

she come from Brooklyn
New York
she come from London
UK
she come from gay Paree
Monsieur!
or Blitzkrieg Germany

but she ain’t
stuck up
+ she ain’t just pretty
oh she’s cool
so cool
voice Alice B
eyes like January
so cool!

no one knows her name
Diana
or where she used to live
Jamaica
or who she left behind
or what is on her mind!

but she ain’t
stuck up
n she ain’t just pretty
oh oh oh she’s cool
so cool
voice Alice B
eyes like January
so cool!

when she walks in the door
everybody turns to look
a hundred years ago
a portrait by Picasso
Track Name: SAD SONGS MAKE ME HAPPY
SAD SONGS MAKE ME HAPPY

sad songs make me happy
sad songs make me smile
sad songs tell the truth 'bout love
when yr poor heart's standin' trial

if i had a dollar
for every time im down
baby, i'd be a rich man
w/ my silly ol' head up in the clouds

sad songs make me happy
sad songs make me smile
sad songs tear the heart out
of every face in the lonesome crowd

if i was in trouble
w/ a loss i could not bear
an old song whispers, yr ok mister,
please,
do not despair

i know we all get cut t pieces
makes us feel insane
lost in the jungle blind and wasted
look for answers t heal the pain
look for answers t ease the pain

sad songs make me happy
sad songs make me smile
sad songs tell the truth 'bout love
when yr poor heart's standin' trial

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