A Little Redemption

by Danni Nicholls

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1.
The first cuckoo of spring Sets my heart aflame The Caribbean winds Are gently blowing in The first cuckoo of spring Is music to my ears My baby’s coming home Summer’s drawing near The endless snow Flickers in the past All the pretty flowers Are starting to bloom at last The first cuckoo of spring Such beauty to revere My lover’s coming home Summer’s drawing near I’ve been pining for your touch Winter stole the light The first cuckoo of spring Has brought me back to life The sun comes out of hiding Burns away my tears My lovers coming home Summer’s drawing near My baby’s coming home My darlin’s drawing near
2.
I don't wish for you no pain Don't say goodbye Come back again Oh my story's just begun You're cast in stone You've lost and won Hey there sunshine What’s the matter with you Hey there sunshine Hey there sunshine Hey there sunshine What’s the matter with you What’s the matter with you Light me up when i go out Fill up my lungs I wanna scream and shout Guess you know what you're about Cos you've seen it all Of that there's no doubt Hey there sunshine What’s the matter with you Hey there sunshine Hey there sunshine Hey there sunshine What’s the matter with you What’s the matter with you
3.
You slipped in next to me All the lights were out All the lights were out I played you to sleep No promises to keep Cradled in the sound You flew in on the wind I came alive again But I could never cage you in Like the tide you've turned Like the wind you've blown Like a star you've burned And turned to stone I just closed my eyes I woke alone My bird of paradise has flown My mind plays tricks on me You're everywhere I go You're everywhere I go A love so wild and free I wish I'd never known Wish I'd never known Better to have loved Than not have loved at all Never knew how far I'd fall Like the tide you've turned Like the wind you've blown Like a star you've burned And turned to stone I just closed my eyes I woke alone My bird of paradise has flown It's a mystery will I ever know Why my bird of paradise has flown?
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You’re a mystery I want to unravel Get to the bottom of To the dirt and the gravel And when I've solved all the clues And there’s nothing left of you When no stone’s been left un turned And all my bridges have been burned I’ll go on waiting til the next one comes along Yeah I’ll go on waiting til the next one comes along It don’t matter that I kiss you Like I mean it Yeah I’ve heard about love But I’ve never seen it So why after all these years Should she suddenly want to appear? Can we just have a little fun And then darling when we’re done I can go back to waiting for the next one to come along It's never been this hard to leave someone behind I’m the one who steals the hearts but now you’ve stolen mine Sorry I Just can’t let myself And baby don’t you know there’ll always be somebody else Oh i’m gonna miss you when you go You’re the closest thing to love that I have ever known But I’ll always be waiting til the next one comes along I’ll always be waiting for the next one to come along I’ll always be waiting for the next one
5.
Like a runaway train you crashed right in Smashed through the walls into my skin And there’s pieces of you stuck deep inside That I can’t get out though I’ve tried and I’ve tried When I hear your name Takes me right back there again You’re just a piece of a star that landed in my world And I was a player in your beautiful game Yes I was a fool just a pawn to your king You took my castle hell you took everything Now you’re dancing in the desert with wolves and pretty girls Blinding their eyes with sequins and curls When I hear your name Takes me right back there again You’re just a piece of a star that landed in my world And I was a player in your beautiful game Oh its not right Oh its not right You don’t say what you mean you don’t mean What you say like when you say oh baby it’s true There’s nobody else no one like you But there’s a girl like me in every town Gets sucked in and spat right out When I hear your name Takes me right back there again You’re just a piece of a star that landed in my world And I was a player in your beautiful… Oh when I hear your name Takes me right back there again You’re just a piece of a star that landed in my world And I was a player in your beautiful game I was a player in your beautiful game
6.
When you're on the other end That’s when I'm back home again That old sea air fills my high rise room Once more there's that refrain And were floating down the lanes We'll reach the very edge and look out at the blue Bring me home with your sweet voice Home. Home. Bring me home with your sweet voice Keep talking me, singing me home Your melody rises and falls I'm transported each time that you call All the way home down the line And when that line goes dead I pull the covers over head And dream of you til the next time Bring me home with your sweet voice Home. Home. Bring me home with your sweet voice Keep talking me, keep singing me home Oh there's gonna come a day When I'll hold you in my arms again But baby until then Won’t you bring me home with your sweet voice Home. Home. Bring me home with your sweet voice Keep talking me, singing me home Keep talking me, singing me home Keep talking me, singing me home
7.
I dreamed of great adventures When I was very small Of solo quests for treasure chests Alone I’d brave it all The years crept up the fears crept in I packed those dreams away But you turned up and tipped them out Into the light of day So take my hand, let’s go. Let’s set off into the great unknown A two person army, we shall advance The dragons in the distance, They don’t stand a chance. Against you and me my love, They don’t stand a chance. I’ll hold the thorny branch aside While you cut out a path Ever moving forward, Never looking back The glaring sun illuminates Your raven hair and eyes And in your face I see just where The precious bounty lies So take my hand, let’s go. Let’s set off into the great unknown A two person army, we shall advance The dragons in the distance, They don’t stand a chance. ‘Gainst you and me my love, They don’t stand a chance.
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You’ve been turning, turning Round in my head all day long I’m tryin’, tryin’ To figure out what’s goin’ on It’s them eyes. Them eyes Looked so damn deep in my soul & I’m wondrin’, wondering How you got further than anyone’s got before In the cold hard light of the day When the magic of night has faded away And the kisses you gave me on the dance hall floor Have fallen now, got lost between the boards I was on fire, now I feel like a fool In the cold hard light of the day You find gold, find gold At the edge of the earth Oh you gotta weigh it up To see just what it’s worth You said baby you’re such a romantic I said no you just turn me on I’ve been reliving these moments One by glorious one In the cold hard light of the day When the magic of night has faded away And the kisses you gave me on the dance hall floor Have fallen now and got lost between the boards I was on fire, now I feel like a fool In the cold hard light of the day I was on fire, now I feel like a fool In the cold hard light of the day
9.
A little more kindness A little less creed A little more giving A little less greed A little more smile A little less frown A little less kicking A man when he’s down A little more ‘we’ A little less ‘I’ A little more laugh A little less cry A little more flowers On the path of life Fewer on the graves At the end of the strife A little more Love A little less hate A little more thought A little less waste A little more sunshine A little less rain A little more seeing The good in people again A little more light A little less dark A little more together A little less apart A little more hope A little less despair A little shining light That follows everywhere A little more dreaming A little less nightmare A little more peace A little less warfare A little more tolerance Love is love A little redemption For everyone of us A little redemption For everyone of us
10.
Goodnight moon, goodnight stars Goodnight old broke down cars I’m going away, I’m leaving soon Goodnight darlin’ Goodnight moon I don’t know where I’ll be I don’t know if I’ll see Out the window of my room Shining down Goodnight moon Thank you babe I’m gonna miss you When the night comes round That’s when I long to kiss you When the moon’s shining on the ground Goodnight moon, goodnight stars Goodnight old broke down cars I’m going away, I’m leaving soon Goodnight darlin’ Goodnight moon

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"In December 2012 I flew to Nashville, TN to record my debut album with Chris Donohue (Emmylou Harris, The Civil Wars, Robert Plant) and a whole host of world class musicians… upon my return I signed a record deal with Transmission Recordings and together on July 1st 2013 we unleashed ‘A Little Redemption’ on the world!

"A Little Redemption fulfils all the promise of its gestations and more...it slips effortlessly between smoky soul, folk-pop and heart-wrenching alt-country, all in a rich voice somewhere between [Emmylou] Harris and Alison Krauss." Q Magazine 'The one to buy' 4/5 Stars

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released July 1, 2013

Produced By Chris Donohue
Recorded December 2012 by Stephen Leiweke at Yackland Studio, East Nashville, TN

Danni Nicholls Vocals, electric and acoustic guitars
Chris Donohue Electric and contrabass, electric and acoustic guitars, banjo, keyboards
Bryan Owings Drums and percussion
Will Kimbrough Electric and acoustic guitars, mandola
Alan Bennett Keys on Home Down The Line
Billy Livsey Keys on Beautiful Game
Steve Fishell Pedal Steel
Al Perkins Dobro
Jordan Hamlin French horn, trumpet, accordion, ukulele
John Mark Painter Brass arrangement and performance on
Goodnight Moon
Dave Burn Background vocal on Hey There, Sunshine
Cindy Morgan Background vocal on Bird Of Paradise
Brigitte DeMeyer Background vocal on A Little Redemption
Butterfly Boucher Background vocal on A Little Redemption
Laura Donohue Background vocal on Cold, Hard Light Of The Day

All Songs written by Danni Nicholls on this album are published by Jimmy Turner Ltd/Notting Hill Music (UK) Ltd. Additional Writers and Publishers:

Bird of Paradise by Danni Nicholls, Cindy Morgan (Green Bike Music/Simple Tense Songs, ASCAP) and Alan Bennett (Over The Bush, BMI)
Home Down the Line by Danni Nicholls and Alan Bennett (Over The Bush Music, BMI)
Beautiful Game by Danni Nicholls and Billy Livsey (Billy Livsey Music/Bluewater Music, BMI)
Hey There, Sunshine by Danni Nicholls and Dave Burn (SGO Music Ltd)
A Little Redemption by Danni Nicholls and C.Austin Miles (Warner/Chappell Music Ltd)
Goodnight Moon by Will Kimbrough (Will Kimbrough Music/Bluewater Music, BMI) and Gwil Owen (Turgid Tunes/PEN music, BMI)

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Danni Nicholls UK

Award nominated singer/songwriter.

“An artist with the elegance and imagination to restore your faith in the visceral power of an original song”
Paul Sexton, BBC Radio 2 & freelance print/broadcast journalist

“I absolutely love the elegance and beauty of her music”
Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2

“Smoky soul, folk-pop and heart-wrenching alt-country, all in a rich voice”
Q Magazine

“Sumptuous" UNCUT
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