Ripple

by Nick Edelstein

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released August 1, 2006

© 2006 NESS Monster Music (BMI)
Initial recording at Loch NESS Studio, Atlanta, GA
Additional recording at Lakefront Studios, Conyers, GA
Produced by Nick Edelstein
Mixed by Ben Cornthwaite
Mastered by Rodney Mills
All songs by Nick Edelstein.
Art direction and design by Nick Edelstein.
Photography by Sara Speert Photography.
Exterior and disc artwork by Nick Edelstein.
℗ 2006 NESS Records

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Track Name: Kentucky Sun
I can’t live in the city anymore; too many women in the night.
I’m headed for the Bluegrass State
where people love the light and I will run. I’m on the run, run, run.
Yeah, I gotta get to the Southland so I can see Kentucky sun.

They call it “the meadow land,” the “land of tomorrow.”
From the Cumberland waterfall, to the sassafras of Owensboro.
I got to go, go, go.
I’ll find peace in the Southland underneath Kentucky sun.

The riverbank near Louisville is “dark and bloody ground.”
Lush hills of goldenrods.
And then there’s the state fair grounds. There’s enough for everyone.
So get to the derby and help yourself to Kentucky sun.

I’m not from the Big Apple with its neon night.
I come from the Bluegrass State – I got to spread my wings and fly.
And I’m on the run, run, run.
So get to the Southland and help yourself to Kentucky sun.
Lyrics ©2005 Nick Edelstein (BMI)
Track Name: When Lilies Fade
Take a deep breath, child within.
Collect. Ah, recollect. Now, how do you feel?
Invisible chairs, watching the world drive by.
Don’t you wish those dark Autumn leaves could fly you

higher and higher? I can make it just a
little further, where the world seems smaller.
Farther up that tree where all the lilies suddenly seem . . . faded.

Serenity is not a birthright.
You must love the Earth to feel it move.
Talk up a storm if it makes you feel better.
Evaporate your mind if it gets you

higher and higher. Life will stop you to
take that breath. Let the child inside scream
“father, I have made it to the top and I can see . . . forever.”

When lilies fade, memories flood
and time stretches still.
Lovers lost beneath an Autumn breeze, imagine.

You played the cards at hand, ‘cause the odds were in your favor.
But looking back you never won. Stop chasing the sun!

Well, there’s nothing wrong with a dreamer
but you can’t spend all your time asleep.
Lyrics ©2005 Nick Edelstein (BMI)
Track Name: Road To Nowhere
Driving down a paved road,
wave to the people passing.
Taking in the sights,
[there’s] so much to see.
Buildings everywhere
stretching the horizon.
At night they glow
it’s hard to breathe. So hard to breathe.

So I’m taking that road to nowhere, but this can’t be all I want to be.
One in a million odds we’ll meet again.
Just remember me.

Driving down a dirt road,
wave to the kinfolk.
Taking in the sights,
[there’s] not much to see.
When the sun shines
I will recognize
the sweetness that I used to feel
in your lying eyes.

And I’m on this road in the middle of nowhere, but this can’t be all I want to be.
One in a million, shining stars in the sky.
Could you be happy just getting by?

Hear the thunder, feel the rain drops falling on my head.
Coming down in buckets and filling me with lead.

And I take that road to nowhere when I’m alone at night and it’s hard to breathe.
One million, shining stars in the sky.
Could you be happy just getting by?
I’m happy right where I am, trying to get by. I’m getting by.
Lyrics ©1997 Nick Edelstein (BMI)
Track Name: Ripple
So you squeeze a little harder,
as hard as you can.
And pray it’s enough to get through the day.

Body is aching
but you dare not let go.
When you love a dream, do whatever it takes.

Go make your ripple
in the waters of time.
Find your sweat tastes bittersweet.

Those scars will vanish
in the smiles of children,
and you’ll feel the ripples collide.

Stop fishing for a lover
and chisel your niche.
And you’ll find the fish are finding you.

Say something peculiar
or speak nothing at all;
that’s always been my finesse.

And when life brings you to words
for which books have no meaning,
search your heart -
‘cause that’s where our ripples collide.
Oh, that’s where our ripples collide.
Lyrics ©2004 Nick Edelstein (BMI)
Track Name: A.J.E.
City lights in the distance
across the bay.
Out my window in the Bayview
I saw the day.

Freshwater marsh, saltwater air.
Run my fingers through your hair.
See your small hand, tiny fingers.
Then a smile, through your fingers.

Rest your head upon my arm.
The storm will pass there’s no alarm.
Lightning flashes. Hear no thunder.
I’ll protect you. Feel the rain fall.

And you sit there, at the table
eating your grilled cheese.
You’re the cutest little girl.
You’re the cutest, little girl.

Fly your kite out, on the beach.
In the soft sand, you’re the cutest.
Build your castle, live your kingdom.
Audrey. Little Audrey. A.J.E.
And I love you.
Lyrics ©1997 Nick Edelstein (BMI)
Track Name: Sign From Above
Never saw the Dark Side of Oz
and now I’ll never need to.
Max says I’m not missing much,
I think I was just missing you.
Who knew freedom could be ink on paper?
I always thought it was love.
But if it’s true how come I’m so lonely?
I needed I sign from above

just like this one.

Oh, singin’ and prayin’
ooh, oooooh
‘cause I was strayin’ from what I was born to do.
just like this one
There must’ve been something about the weather
ooh, oooooh
in that Georgia September.

I close my eyes to dream automatic
’cause I don’t want to see the end.
Wrap my soul in the blanket you gave me
and write a song again

just like this one.
Oh, singin’ and prayin’
ooh, oooooh
‘cause I was strayin’ from what I was born to do.
just like this one
There must’ve been something about the weather
ooh, oooooh
in that Georgia September.
Lyrics ©2004 Nick Edelstein (BMI)
Track Name: Trip Up The Mountain
When you’ve taken that first step there’s no turning back.
‘nd there will be a long road ahead of you so make sure you pack.
Now you’ll never make it to the top until you take the risk.
Until you take that first step and believe within yourself.

When the fire inside you goes away you’ll know loneliness
and what it feels like to be turned away; to be second best.
So you’ve got to reach into your soul and let the fire grow again.
Risk the only thing you’ve got left to hold on to
and let the cuts mend.

‘Cause it’s the trip up the mountain that counts in the end.
That’s where you’ll find the good times,
that’s where you’ll find true friends.
Baby it’s the trip up the mountain takes all that you’ve got.
If you want to make it to the top and claim your rightful spot,

you’ve got to give it your all and climb the highest you can.
Andwhen the others fall, lend a helping hand.
‘Cause even though the top of the mountain,
is what you’re aimin for; I tell ya it’s the trip up the mountain,
that counts for so much more…..

And it’s the trip up the mountain that counts in the end.
That’s where you’ll find the good times,
that’s where you’ll find true friends.
Don’t you know the trip up the mountain takes all that you’ve got.
If you want to make it to the top and claim your rightful spot,
Don’t you know the trip up the mountain counts in the end.
That’s where you’ll find the good times,
that’s where you’ll find true friends.
Don’t you know the trip up the mountain takes all that you’ve got.
If you want to make it to the top and claim your rightful spot.
Lyrics ©1997 Nick Edelstein (BMI)
Track Name: Sarasong
Watch her watch the watch to watch the morning sun
come in, come in, come in, come in
to me from the cold garden.
“I love,” I scream. “It’s true!”

When seasons change it can be easy to
turn your cheek and harden your heart.
But you open your hand and satisfy everything on Earth.
פּ וֹ תֵ חַ אֶ ת ־ יָ דֶ ךָ וּ מַ שְׂ בִּ י עַ לְ כָ ל ־ חַ י רָ צ וֹ ן ׃

Living in that minimalistic, cliché paradise
a bohemian saw the light.
Another paradox deconstructed.

Andyou fill the air with your Sarasong.

“Follow your dreams with a backup plan”
Everybody’s on a different path.
Lyrics ©2005 Nick Edelstein (BMI)