Lucent

by natalie nicoles

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1.
I can read your lips But you give no heed to it I know I burden all your thoughts You’ll see one hand from the grave Reaching out to be saved but you stumbled down onto your pride Oh….. Oh….. Oh…. Oh…. I showed my calloused hands my wrinkles I earned from the land You would never wave a white flag I would never take from you but had to hide the battered bruise Of your will to have the command Oh….. Oh….. Oh…. Oh…. And now the time has come The sea has called the morning sun I will fall back into the tide
2.
03:06
We couldn’t stay in this place Time made us fools and spun us out of place Vision blurred, facedown on pavement we kept each other warm Lifelessness come from your lips Kissing the lips of the breathless Christmas lights bright on the rain – covered porch Take off my muddy boots and the coat that you wore Temporarily safe, our jocund hearts beat as one Move to the sound of the drum Move to the sound of the drum Now we have come to the end The tide has washed in and took me by the hand Keep to the flow of the sea Keep to the flow of the sea Keep to the flow of the sea Keep to the flow of the sea
3.
05:33
We built our homes with callused hands Our figures immortalized while we make our plans I can feel the wind I can feel the wind Blood moving through my veins to my toes As I lay still, entwined in your pensive arms filled with prose Figures in a venn diagram Breathing in again We’ll take our broken bones and mend them Close our eyes and shed our skin Oh, We’ll find our way again Oh, with our breath held in As the wick burns at both ends Oh, take me home again The crops have been sown, the trees have grown Metal plates frame the moon and stars with a new home Walking down the road with blinded eyes Shifting through the dark All the sticks and stones we’ve built are gone Leaving only our words mark Oh, We’ll find our way again Oh, with our breath held in As the wick burns at both ends Oh, take me home again Father time has run his course Moving quickly, no remorse We were singing all our days Until the rain drowned out our ways Oh, We’ll find our way again Oh, with our breath held in As the wick burns at both ends Oh, take me home again
4.
04:49
The morning dewdrops form upon the grass And quiets the sky The air is chilled and calm after the fire, the fire it swept through the night The trees begin to wake And crickets cease their songs My hands they start to shake I open my eyes I’m wide awake The winds blew merciless and strong We’d fallen to the ground We laid face down with leaves in mouth Our broken bones were sore Out of my skin came my bones Letting out a cry “Not again they cried!” As the oil spilled out the joints and stained the sky Well I can’t see My body’s growin’ weak Stop pullin’ on my limbs For surely they will rip Huddled close for warmth We wept long into the night I said, “Things will come to pass, that are not yet in sight” Still in silence we laid No words exchanged for fear of the unknown Just look me in the eye, Just look me in my eyes! Well I can’t see My body’s growin’ weak Stop pullin’ on my limbs For surely they will rip Oh we tried, Oh we tried Oh we tried, Oh we tried Oh we tried, Oh we tried We gave it our best try
5.
Travel safe, honeybee My voice will carry with the breeze And if you are lonely or tired I will come to you Whether it be a falling leaf or a mist from the sea I will always come to you My gentle eyes of blue You had your choice of ladies I’m sure glad that I was one Your humble heart and quiet strength My heart was overcome With gladness I could not contain Oh my heart was slain I will always come to you My gentle eyes of blue And when I go travellin’ ‘cross the sea I will be the breeze You’re the best thing, my honeybee that’s come my way in a while
6.
After I’ve gone will you swing on your pendulum It seems I’m a bump on the log After I’ve gone will you be a bit freer Will you see any clearer my friend We’ve trecked through the mountains and found rest again but it seems that the sun has gone down And I don’t really know to stay or to go But the memories of day I will stow I’ve seen all I need, you’re will to be free I’ll untie the knots in the sails Battered and bruised I will row to the shore Alive by the burdens I’ve bore We’ve trecked through the mountains and found rest again but it seems that the sun has gone down And I don’t really know to stay or to go But the memories of day I will stow
7.
I don’t know where I’ll go To distant lands where the wind will help me grow My hands are plowing soil to sow For a seed that will grow much larger than me I know I must go and see But where I sleep is most foreign now to me But must I leave you behind? Must I leave you behind? ‘Cause You are the roots that grow deep And my bones cry out to sing that I have no home, you are the home that I love to keep My body aches, my soul awakes I am trying to trust what the good Lord will make But my love, I hear your voice in the sea It warms my bones and sets me free ‘Cause You are the roots that grow deep And my bones cry out to sing that I have no home, you are the home that I love to keep Everything must grow Everything must grow Everything must grow Everything must grow
8.
06:14
The winter moon shone dim upon the sea I saw you underneath the gloom The wind swept you backwards While the world was pulling you Onward the sea pressed The ship was tossed and swarmed I could see through the fog and clouds A light bright o’er the hills And we cried and we cried and we cried That we’d be saved And we cried and we cried and we cried That we’d be spared We turned around and sailed onward Different ways than those before You were consumed in your own words You were lost and torn in two Cold and chilled I sat and wept My stomach dropped with deep regret Then the waves pulled us under So we tried to kick and swim And we cried and we cried and we cried That we’d be saved And we cried and we cried and we cried That we’d be spared Death will not take us
9.
***I did not write these lyrics*** // This song is a traditional English folk song (Roud 1434) In the heat of the day When the sun shines so freely There I met Master Kilby So fine on that day I pulled off my hat And I bowed to the ground And I said "Master Kilby Oh, where are you bound?" He said, "I'm going to the west Where I hope to find rest In the arms of my darling (Nancy) I'll build a new nest She’s the one I adore She’s the choice of my heart Her heart shines like silver In every part. And if I was the master Of ten thousand pounds In bright gold and silver Or in King William's crown I would part with it all With my own heart so freely It's all for the sake Of my darling one. Oh, I gave her some kisses It was down on the sea shore But still she lay asking She lay asking for more"

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With nods to traditional American and Celtic folk, "Lucent" has some modern textures and production that can lend itself to a other genres beyond traditional and contemporary folk. The entire album is centered around growth, and coming to terms with change, which the album artwork (done by the incomparable Marissa Quinn) lends itself to. The album title "Lucent" means glowing with or giving off light. I believe that a glow, even the softest one, can contribute to to our positivity and growth.

I hope these songs help you to grow and embrace your seasons of change. My sincerest thanks for taking a listen, and I truly hope you enjoy this record.

To read more about me, go to natalienicolesmusic.com

credits

released August 14, 2015

Endless Thanks:

Corey Martin - bass
Jake Ithurburn - vocals on Master Kilby
Evan Trine for drums - The Sea Has Called The Morning Sun
Kiel Feher for drums - Silhouettes, Figures, & Dewdrops
Phillip Glenn - violin on Master Kilby & After I’ve Gone
Lydia Sewell - violin on The Sea Has Called the Morning Sun
James Hansen - slide guitar on Dewdrops

Marissa Quinn for your stunning album artwork

Tyler Nagayama for finding a perfect font and album layout to fit my quirky needs

Engineered and Mixed by Mark Montgomery. Thank you for sticking with me on the long journey that was this record. You’re a saint!

And so many thanks to Jacob Montague for mastering the album!

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Natalie Nicoles Los Angeles, California

Musician, singer, songwriter, and dreamer born and raised in the foothills of Los Angeles.

Active member of California native band Branches + Los Angeles native band muur.

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