These Little Things

by Nick Teehan

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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

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Phil Miles
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Chris Pruden
Karen Ng
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Track Name: Forest Nymph
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
Track Name: Just Waiting
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
Track Name: Snake in the Grass
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
Track Name: How will you ever fall in love
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
Track Name: Wrong side of history
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
Track Name: Wallace Bridge
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
Track Name: These Little Things
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
Track Name: You're Everything to Me
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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