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released April 18, 2014

rick berlin w/
THE NICKEL & DIME BAND

WHEN WE WERE KIDS

the band:

Jesse Adams-Lukowsky (guit/vox)
Tom Appleman (bass/keys/vox)
Rick Berlin (bells/vox)
Sam Dudley (trombone/vox)
Dino Govoni (sax)
Rob Manochio (bass/guit)
Ricky McLean (guit/vox/keys)
Al Radzikowski (kit/vox)

special guests:

Gary Cherone (vox: whatcha think/kids)
Gordon Gano (fiddle/vox: irish/lil girl/breaks)
David Goodchild (vox: ain't)
Jane Mangini (keys: ain't/street/whatcha think)
Brian McCaffrey (vox: kids)
Sir David Minehan (perc/guit: kids,lil girl/vox)
Jeff Muzerolle (perc)
Ken Pope (theremin)
Aaron Robertson (perc)

engineer/producer: Sir David Minehan
recorded @ Woolly Mammoth Sound
mastered by Bob Westin @ Chicago Mastering Service
label: Teenage Heart Records
cover, disc design: Skye Heitz
graphics: Brian McCaffrey

songs by Rick Berlin
lobsterland publishing
ascap

special thanks:
where we work, hang, JP/all friends, fans, family

Dino Govoni endorsed by Yamaha Saxophones

sites:
www.facebook.com/thenickelanddimeband
rickberlin.bandcamp.com

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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: DADDY'S GOT A GIRLFRIEND
Daddy's Got A Girlfriend

Daddy's got a girlfriend
& I'm the first t know
Daddy's got a girlfriend
the third one in a row

She writes him long letters
he reads em t me at night
tellin' me how wonderful love is
but i don't wanna know
cuz it don't feel right

c

Mama doesn't like it
I hear em fightin in the dark
she cries in the kitchen
doin' the dishes
but i don't wanna know
cuz it don't feel right

c

when i grow up
i won't need anyone
when i grow up
i won't hurt
anyone
anyone

c
Track Name: IRISH GOODBYE
IRISH GOODBYE

hangin' at a party with a whole lot goin' on
i see this guy all dressed in black (his Hamlet period)
he talkin' like a slingshot to this tiny chick in shorts
when suddenly he disappear + run right out the door

it's a
Irish Goodbye

he talkin' to his friend
pretend it real important but the
light upside his cel phone well it isn't really on
his eyes are closed to all of us + we can see right through him
cuz he is just a coward can't admit he's bored

where did he go?
where did he go?
where did he go?

it doesn't take a genius see the beauty in this thing
a way to disappear without explaining whatca thinkin
he isn't in a hurry + he isn't goin' slow but ya have t wonder
what the Hell is up with him ya know

it's just a
Irish Goodbye
Track Name: LEAVE/STAY
LEAVE/STAY

i don't wanna be here
+ i don't wanna leave you
i don't wanna scream
+ i don't wanna hurt you
but i don't feel real
+ i'm not being honest
at all

yr a troubled one
yr daemons are fierce
+ what you don't say
tears yr poor heart to bits
but i know i can't reach you
+ friendship would not - not be
enough

sometimes im guilty
that i'm not attracted
to you...at all
+ i don't want to kiss you
or see you naked
+ sex could not take us
home

help me
help me baby
Track Name: (LIKE A) LIL GIRL
LIKE A LITTLE GIRL

i think i felt my knees give out
today yr bright blue eyes
my heart so full i jump across
my street (i look)
like a little girl
like a little girl

r we both outsider weirdos
is that how ya call me out
yr brain like bombs explodes my heart
i dance, i dance
like a little girl
like a little girl

my independent soho movie star
yr name in lights but ya don't know where ya are
my independent Sundance movie star
yr name in lights but ya don't know who ya are

like a little girl

did we find each other in
the dark starin' at a silver screen
there is no way to promise love
yr smile
yr smile
i will walk the plank
like a little girl

my independent soho movie star
yr name in lights but ya don't know where ya are
my independent Sundance movie star
yr name in lights but ya don't know who ya are

like a little girl
like a little girl
i will walk the plank
like a little girl
Track Name: SOMETHING BREAKS MY HEART
something breaks

something breaks my heart jus' a little bit every day

lil boy gettin yelled at
bully makin' points
latino dude on a stoop
he smilin' but his face is outa joint
best friends breakin' up
get jealous on a girl
a late night phone call
a circle of blame
no refuge in this world

something breaks my heart jus' a little bit every day

a girl w/ the blues
her pills no longer cut it
old man shakin' in a grocery line
had t steal his dinner, he said he lost his wallet
lonesome lady in window
on a bus jes' goin' by
she looks right through you darkly
it's enuf t make ya cry

my soul can feel you
even if, even if i don't say a word
yr darkness i can see standing in the Light
be brave
yr down is goin up
yr heart can win this fight

solo

a kid w/ bad skin
hides behind his daddy
who had a fight this mornin' at breakfast with his mom
oh he look so tragic
my best friend lost her father
cancer again ya see
i don't know what t tell her
no one of us can set another one free

something breaks my heart jus' a little bit every day
Track Name: DEVIL RAT
DEVIL RAT

i saw a rat
a devil rat
i saw the devil x 3

i was shooting pool
the milky way was trashed
i stepped outside to smoke a joint
but no one had my back
across the street a garbage can
was movin' by itself

i saw a rat
a devil rat
i saw the devil x 3

you might say I'm joking
that i made the whole thing up
but them little beady eyes o' his
look at me / it sucked
i threw a rock in his direction
it was not enough

i saw a rat
a devil rat
i saw the devil x 3

they say yr s'posed t stare em down
the creature will back off
but this bitch he had my #
in his scratchy lil paws
yeah he was com in' after me
his wolverine-like claws

i figured out
it had t be weed
the red-eyed monster
i was seeing
he was a just a dream
Track Name: X-WIFE FROM A PAST LIFE
MY X-WIFE FROM A PAST LIFE

she my x-wife from a past life
oo oo oo yeah

was she a boy or a girl?
was i rich or was i poor?
did she cheat on me in a heartbeat?
n did i show her that dirty door? HA!

she my x-wife from a past life
oo oo oo yeah

did we meet in london or was it paree?
did we do it in a barn or was it by the sea?
i can't remember the details
did i pay or did she do it for free? HA!

she my x-wife from a past life
oo oo oo yeah

do we still love each other?
now that she with some new bloke?
they got t be something between us still
but the fire's gone out, n we jes'
ashes n smoke

x-wife
past life

she my x-wife from a past life
oo oo oo yeah
Track Name: I LOVE MY STREET
i love my street

i love my street i love my hood

i love to sit
hiding in my car
peekin out like a owl
at all them people walkin by
+ they can't see me lookin
but i don't care
cuz they in such a hurry
like i ain't even there

i love my street i love my hood

the girl who hopes her boyfriend will answer her call
+ the red nosed rummy sleepin' it off on a bench beside a wall
n the kid with th' new Fat Ram tattoo is showin' it off
to a skateboard hero hot shot who asks him what it cost

i love my street i love my hood

hey, hey you
i got yr back
even if i'm invisible
if i'm white or if i'm black
hey, good lookin'
watch out here i come
i jus' might jump
outa my car
n wrastle ya some

i love my street i love my hood

a boy is leaning out the bus give a finger to a dog
who's pissing on a tree my cuban landlady planted last fall
n she runs out the door from her knick knack store
screaming like a banshee but he pays no attention to her - at all

i love my street i love my hood
Track Name: STALKER
STALKER

watch out here i come
(i am gonna getcha)

ill follow you around everywhere ya go
i know ya really love me, baby
i know ya wanna tell me so
ill jump up on yr back
when you walk away
ill leave ya message on a telephone
every single day

watch out here i come
(i am gonna getcha)

if i feel what i feel then you must too
the sky cracked open when i met you
i dream about you every night
i know you love me tho ya look uptight
they say that love is blind
then i can't see
that look of disgust on yr nasty face
that way my heart can't bleed

watch out here i come
(im gonna getcha)
Track Name: WHEN WE WERE KIDS
WHEN WE WERE KIDS WE WERE A BAND

when we were kids
we wrote a glam rock ballad
it had all the elements ya need
platform shoes
+ weird hair do's
+ make up we stole from our sisters
+ my mom

we played guitar
in front of the mirror
got stoned + stayed up late
screamed diamond dogs
all covered with glitter
+ i promise you, i promise you
we were awesome...awesome

poses + rock n roll prayers
power chords
+ black light stares
from ziggy
+ iggy
+ freddy

the words were crude + tough
they meant the world
to both of us
+ i promise you, i promise you
they were awesome...awesome

back then we knew
it takes only 2
to have a band
to be a band
we were a band

when we were kids....
we were a band
Track Name: AIN'T GONNA LEAVE THE STAGE
ain't gonna leave the stage

we ain't gonna leave the stage
we ain't goin home tonight
we love it up here
with you out there
we gonna sing n play every song we know
TONIGHT! oh oh

rockin' n rollin'
n livin' n loving
it never gets old
even when ya do
we love it up here
with you out there
we gonna sing n play every song we know
TONIGHT! oh oh

every band
n every fan
knows what we talkin about
tie a string to a stick
n brick by brick
we all learn t sing n shout
the music in the band like a one night stand
that lasts forever

solo

we ain't gonna leave the stage
we ain't goin home tonight
we love it up here
with you out there
we gonna sing n play every song we know
TONIGHT!
Track Name: I DON'T CARE WHATCHA THINK
WHATCHA THINK

well i usta be thin
+ now i have no chin
+ i usta have lips
but now i have tits

but i, i don't care
i don't care whatcha think
o' me, whatcha think

well i usta get nervous
when i smoked weed
+ now i jes laugh
n i touch you when i please

cuz i, i don't care
whatcha think o' me,
whatcha think

+ all my friends r free
10,000 candles
on my christmas tree

well i usta get jealous
but now i can breathe
+ i usta get hot
now i jes' find you interesting

cuz i, i don't care
i, i don't care
whatcha think o' me,
whatcha think

well i usta worry
but now i ride the wave
+ i usta hate my reflection
but now i love my face

cuz i don't care
i don't care
whatcha think
Track Name: BEAUTIFUL IN BLUE
BEAUTIFUL IN BLUE

hey kid
i want to see ya cry
or do you only do that alone?
are they quiet
falling silent?
or do you sob
like you lost it all?

in a restaurant
at a table in a bar
on some shady street
where everyone seems free

slowly down yr face
yr eyelashes filled
with tears
dark eyes full
and lonely

is it because ya feel
too much
or you feel nothing
at all?
i would hold you
tears wet on my face too
you r so beautiful in blue

is it selfish to be sad?
have you hurt the ones you love
does your heart belong to anyone
+ if you could would you let them in?

im lookin at you
+ yr lookin away

is it because ya feel
too much
or you feel nothing
at all?
i would hold you
tears wet on my face too
you r so beautiful in blue