These Little Things

by Nick Teehan

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1.
Forest Nymph 04:34
I have been walking through these woods since time immemorial And I’ve always been alone You came in tripping over trees with leaves in hair and the hope That you’ll never be alone You’re a space in time like a flicker of a single candle flame So erases mine leaves me waxing for the fire to burn again I’ll be there I’ll be there through thick and thin Just simply say you’re mine If you won’t dare just leave me behind Some of these creatures are my friends they pass and nod at me hello This has always been my home If you can live in woods like these I’ll teach you everything I know And you’ll never be alone Press your face to mine kiss me once and never kiss another man You’ve been raised to try changing me but you won’t tame me in the end I’ll be there I’ll be there through thick and thin Just simply say you’re mine If you won’t dare just leave me behind All this time leave the lights low and I’ll Stand beside and protect you from the agents of the realm
2.
Just Waiting 04:42
Nobody loves me for my brain They say I’m intimidating I’m getting laid but it’s so plain Last time I did I said the wrong name Nothing to write home about if I had a home That’s over that’s over Sitting in a coffee shop with a wooden chair And a wooden floor How often do you feel like your whole life just waiting for someone I could be that someone Just take it or leave it and move on I could be that someone Couldn’t have always been this way I think that it started in the ninth grade I wanted to go they made me stay Wanted to go they made me stay Never trust a good book They betray you they leave you Try to find a good nook A little hole to crawl into Blur the line from night to day Holy people out to play Shadows edged with amber light No one bleeds and no one dies Sitting in a coffee shop with a wooden chair And a wooden floor
3.
You are not innocent she said with a smile as she held my hand We’ve all been a snake in the grass once or twice I guess I never confess my sins My grandmother’s episcopalian If you’re in you’re in First date so hesitant while I don’t have a clue even who I am Identities tossed at the river like poker hands I don’t even play to win I just do what little things that I can To feel like there’s a plan But even when our love is real I feel so low Like I’m a fraud It swells in me this shameful doubt I hate myself I doubt myself Sure one day must my luck run out But even when our love is real I feel so low Like I’m a fraud It swells in me this shameful doubt I hate myself I doubt myself There’s only one way to find out
4.
The sun kissed the clouds as sit said goodbye The dew on the grass crystallized to ice The new winters king has a single vice Turns pedals to frost on every rose he finds And the moon said How will you ever fall in love If you won’t play the fool sometime You think your swollen pride’s enough To keep you warm on winter nights When days are short and the ground is white The king replied you know not my plight This crown stands between me and frostbite But the moon gave a laugh said you’re surely right But humor me and read the words inside And the the crown said The wind blew a gust tore the crown from sight The stars warmed a rose through with crimson light And the rose said
5.
I love to play the innocent virtue with a hint of sin easy crime Wash my hands of everyone leave before the job is done I’ll just get mine It’s easy that way until someone gets wise to the con Knock on my door by morning I’ll be gone Started when my mom was sick hocked our TV got the slip from ‘95 Born a hustler on that day had to grind it out to keep us both alive When the needle took her down the only one who cared was gone Ever since then I’ve been moving on Join me on the wrong side of history twentieth century small time Forget the rich I’ll rob the poor Go ahead indulge me tell me you love me When I leave you’ll beg for more Odd jobs in a rusty car pool sharks in a rundown bar pass the time Keep my patience pick my spots only take the cleanest shots and I’ll be fine Sometimes I’ll meet a girl who wants to take my burdens on I’ll lighten hers by morning I’ll be gone I’ve been out of style for decades and I ain’t turned thirty yet But I’ve got camels in my shirtsleeves I’ve got pommade on my head There’s a midnight cowboy complex for a girl in every town I offer special service just lay your burdens down
6.
She was a sweetie at the first glance Long hair and big brown eyes I took her to the wallace bridge She said it wasn’t her first time She said that love is like graffiti Some’s real some’s corporate lies I asked her which one she liked better She said there’s only one I’ve tried Oh, Selma I never knew How could I possibly have known Everything you’ve been through But if you told I don’t know that I’d believe Someone could be so sweet with so much pain inside So let down your hair tonight we hit the town A manic pixie dream girl and an obsolete clown My friends a bartender I know he’ll let us drink for free And if you’re having second thoughts I’d understand It must be hard to trust again If you don’t wanna be alone I think you know where you can find me You know where you can find me Wallace bridge you know where you can find me Been running stairs in my spare time Sweat it out gets easier A rusty monument to loneliness One step closer to forgetting her And then she came around the corner Her dumb hair and her big dumb smile Said forget about your fitness boy Let’s catch up it’s been a while
7.
Is it cold tonight are the neighbours loud Do you worry still without me around Do you feel a chill when the window’s shut I see you’re out of tears is the pillow wet How long has it been I forget your name To only smell your breath I’d give anything Flecks of white ash lit by the moon Footprints in snow from a smaller boot These little things remind me of you Is it easier than it was at first Does it fade with time does it come in bursts Do you know somehow that I’m here with you I can do somethings that I used to do How long has it been I forget your name To only touch your hair I’d give anything Suffer lonely in silence our personal violence On two remote islands No ship that can bear me a light flashes across the sea Every less frequently The horizon is climbing The crest of a wave
8.
I’m tired from working three jobs You’re tired from working three times as hard I’ll be home just after three Some jerks hung out late at the bar I know your friends ask after me When you all go out on friday nights I’m tired of being absentee Believe me I am, belive me But you’ll be asleep when I come home from work tonight And I’ll be asleep when you leave for work A kiss on the cheek will get me through Maybe we’ll have dinner this week At the very least we’ll go on our walks on sunday to the bakery You’re everything to me I know I’m hard to live with I’m so grateful that you’re with me You’ve got this kind of courage It makes everyone around you stronger I live my life in tribute To whatever good you see in me When things have gone wrong you stay so calm And say don’t worry baby But you’ll be asleep when I get home from work tonight And I’ll be asleep when you leave for work A kiss on the cheek will get me through Maybe you’ll have dinner this week At the very least we’ll go on our walks on sundays to the bakery You’re everything to me I don’t know if words can explain When my heart beats is sounds just like your name

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Nick's second full-length album, a group of love songs born from a a ghost story where Teehan haunts his wife after dying in a snow drift. A surprisingly light-hearted venture, given the inspiration

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released March 30, 2019

Nick Teehan
Tyler Emond
Phil Miles
Neil MacIntosh
Chris Pruden
Karen Ng
Aurora Cowie
Mark Godfrey

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