Mockingbird Lane

by Danni Nicholls

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1.
Long Road Home by Danni Nicholls One hour north of the city lights In a tiny town by the riverside Where a castle stood now there’s just a mound That’s where I ran from that’s where I’m bound Oh it’s a hard thing to do When you’ve roamed the world alone To turn upon your heel And walk the long road Walk that long road back home I ran from my people now they are ghosts And those that I’m afraid of are the ones I love the most I dread to see their sad and empty eyes When they discover I’ve returned without the prize Oh it’s a hard thing to do When you’ve roamed the world alone To turn upon your heel And walk the long road Walk that long road back home
2.
Let Somebody Love You by Danni Nicholls and Sam Ashworth Climb the mountain Hold somebody's hand Trust in Love The softest place to land You will fall You will fall We all fall down Let somebody love you When you touch the ground The path is steep So don’t let go Hope will keep You afloat and lift your soul You will fall You will fall We all fall down Let somebody love you When you touch the ground You will fall You will fall We all fall down Let somebody love you It’s too easy to keep yourself alone There is someone waiting for your call And I know, ‘cause I’ve been there before You will fall… The path is steep Hold somebody's hand
3.
Leaving Tennessee by Danni Nicholls The sun’s going down behind the hills of Tennessee I’m Georgia bound, got a one way ticket cheap On the run from my broken heart If I just keep moving the tears will never start I know in time you’re gonna fade from me Like the light slipping down as I’m leaving Tennessee Sorcerer your magic lingers on All the miles I put between us yet still you do me wrong The spirit of our love’s a constant shadow by my side I can run run run run oh but I can’t hide You’re an empty boat just drifting out to sea Soon you’ll be gone entirely And the light is fading now as I’m leaving Tennessee The sun’s going down behind the hills the sky’s aflame And for one sweet moment I feel no pain I know the love you have for me runs deep But more than love you wanted to be free And in time you’re gonna fade from me Like the light slipping down as I’m leaving Tennessee Leaving Tennessee The sun’s going down
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Feel Again 03:32
Feel Again by Danni Nicholls and Amy Stroup Since you've gone I've tried to find  A better place some of peace mind I haven't even cried Morning comes moving slow  Roll up my sleeves and try to go Anywhere  When will I feel again? I don't know, I don't know When will your shadow fade? I don't know, I don't know Someday The world I knew just disappeared I tried to fly far from my fears Its just another distraction  I look myself in the eye Asking why there's nothing going on inside   When will I feel again? I don't know, I don't know When will your shadow fade? I don't know, I don't know Someday
5.
Look Up at the Moon by Danni Nicholls and Phil Madeira I’m sitting by the window of my second story room With a smoke and a drink staring up at the moon She’s throwing down a silver light on everything she sees Creeping through the curtains won’t let me be You were gone this morning when I opened up my eyes Looking for some greener grass in search of bluer skies Don’t know where in the world you’ve gone off to If you’re lonely look up at the moon Never thought we’d be apart or that I’d end up alone Never thought I had the strength to go it on my own I can’t figure out love’s mysterious ways Sometimes it goes but sometimes it stays Hindsight’s twenty twenty now it’s crystal clear I held you in my arms but you were never really here You said you loved me but you spoke too soon If you’re lonely look up at the moon You were gone this morning when I opened up my eyes Looking for some greener grass in search of bluer skies Don’t know where in the world you’ve gone off to If you’re lonely look up at the moon You said you loved me but you spoke too soon If you’re lonely look up at the moon You said you loved me but you spoke too soon If you’re lonely look up at the moon
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Where the Blue Train Goes by Danni Nicholls and Billy Livsey You left me at the station just gone nine We kissed goodbye for the very last time You drove away, I called out to you Now I don’t know what I’m gonna do Ooh I hear the train coming Makes me cry when the whistle blows Ooh I got a tear stained ticket I don’t know where the blue train goes Press my head against the window as the world goes by Thinking this is the beginning of the rest of my life Try to move forward left my heart behind And its too late now to change my mind Ooh the train keeps rollin’ Makes me cry when the engine slows Ooh I got a tear stained ticket I don’t know where the blue train goes I’m riding on the blue train (I don’t know where the blue train goes) You left me crying in the pouring rain (I don’t know where the blue train goes) Will I ever see your face again? (I don’t know, I don’t know) Ooh the train keeps rollin’ Makes me cry when the whistle blows Ooh I got a tear stained ticket I don’t know where the blow train goes Ooh the train keeps rollin’ Makes me cry when the engine slows Ooh I got a tear stained ticket I don’t know where the blow train goes You left me at the station just gone nine I’m miles and miles on down the line Makes me cry when the whistle blows I don’t know where the blue train goes I don’t know where that blue train goes
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Beautifully Broken by Danni Nicholls and Rebekah Powell Our cars crashed in the pouring rain Going opposite ways on Mockingbird Lane I was searching for someone to save You just needed someone to blame And I wonder to this day If I should’ve walked away I should’ve walked away We were beautifully broken all along Like the scratched forty-five of sad love song Like antique pearls come unstrung You can’t make it right when it’s wrong We were beautifully broken all along You came home one cloudy day With a tiffany lamp that had a crack in the shade You were looking for something to mend But I knew it would never light again And I wonder to this day If it was always gonna fade It was always gonna fade… We were beautifully broken all along And I wonder to this day What we tried our best to save There was nothing left to say We were beautifully broken all along
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BACK TO MEMPHIS by Danni Nicholls, Steve O’Brien and Tommy Reilly Sometimes I get tired of smiling all the time I wanna hear a song where the words don't rhyme The cowboy rides off in the end and leaves the girl crying Don't wanna look out my window and see the sunshine It's a long, long way back to Memphis It's a long, long way back home It's a long, long way back to Memphis But some people, some places are best left alone I put on my shoes, turn off the lights Slip out into another lonely night I am a stranger to these streets they hold no memories But sometimes I hear your voice blowing round in the breeze It's a long, long way back to Memphis… Lately that old river It’s been rollin through my mind It's a long, long way back to Memphis…
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Between Forever and Goodbye by Danni Nicholls and Steve O’brien I’ve been walking around with a boulder in my shoe It’s been dragging me down but now I know what I must do I put the whisky away my head is starting to spin I’m calling you again Tell me darling please I can’t let it lie Whatever happened in between I’m gonna love you forever and goodbye I gave you my heart to keep safe inside But you stole it away now theres a hole in my chest Where love used to lie I tremble and shake but my need outweighs my fear It’s your voice I long to hear Tell me darling please… I’m still holding on Oh it kills me to know There’s nothing tied on to the end of this rope Tell me darling please…
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Sad Swan 03:25
Sad Swan by Danni Nicholls The mist is rising on the water The early morning birds sing There’s gold red and orange Falling down upon your wings You built your nest too soon It swept away when the high waters came You’ve got so much living to do  And the waters they wax and they wane Sad sad swan You take all the love you can get You’re going the wrong way up the river Haven’t grown your white feathers yet And you’re sitting there crying But I can’t wipe your tears away God knows we’re trying Just to get on through the days Sad sad swan You take all the love you can get You’re going the wrong way up the river Haven’t grown your white feathers yet
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Travellin' Man by Danni Nicholls Well I’m a travellin’ man I got a suitcase full of dreams Been collecting my whole life my case is bursting at the seams So I’m selling one by one ‘cause there’s too many unfulfilled I’m trading in my dreams for dollar bills I’d have liked to’ve been an astronaut but I'm afraid of flying And I never did good at school so I thought there ain’t no use in trying Oh it’s every young boys dream to fly way up in the sky But that was long ago so it’s yours for twenty five When I was twelve I went to Birmingham to see a travellin’ show Saw the master in the ring coax the tigers to and fro But later on I heard that he got eaten in Dundee So I gave up on that dream and that’s why this one’s going free Oh there came a point in time I thought I need a wife and child Someone to wake up to share my laughter and smiles But I don’t laugh or smile that much and I’m as ugly as a stick If you got a hundred bucks now we’ll call it quits I got fireman and fisherman and multi millionaire I got roller skater high class waiter I got Fred Astaire I got all these dreams and more that I got no use for now So I’ll make my living selling ‘em ma and pa would be so proud Yes I’m a travellin' man I got a suitcase full of dreams Been collecting my whole life my case is bursting at the seams So I’m selling one by one ‘cause there’s too many unfulfilled I’m trading in my dreams for dollar bills I’m trading in my dreams for dollar bills I’m trading in my dreams for dollar bills

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Nominated for 'UK Album of the Year' at the 2017 Americana Music Association UK Awards.

"[Danni] possesses an old-school country voice as capable of a sumptuous Cline-like croon as it is of the husky intimacies of an Alison Krauss, and a warm, wry line in confessional songwriting. Mockingbird Lane was recorded in Nashville, which will struggle to produce many better albums this year.” Uncut (8/10)

“Mockingbird Lane is the perfect Americana release with elements of blues, jazz, soul, gospel and country" Get Ready To Rock!

“‘Mockingbird Lane’ is a fabulous record that is a testimony to Danni Nicholls’ rising talent. Her mastery of Americana is impressive…her songwriting is tight and authentic, and her vocals are raw and distinctive, bringing each song to life and letting us know exactly who’s singing it. Definitely one to watch as she spreads her wings.” For The Country Record

”…sultry vocals, majestic musicianship and songs strewn with the emotional strains of life.”
Three Chords and the Truth UK

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released October 23, 2015

Produced By Chris Donohue
Recorded January 2015 by Stephen Leiweke at Yackland Studio (East Nashville, TN)

Additional recording by Chris Donohue at Nada Brahma Studio (East Nashville, TN) and Sam Loor at Seaside Lounge (Brooklyn, NY)
 Mixed by Stephen Leiweke at Yackland Studio. Mastered by Alex McCullough at Yes Master (Nashville,TN) Artwork by Katie Hobson

MUSICIANS
Danni Nicholls Vocals and acoustic guitars
Chris Donohue Electric bass, contrabass, electric, acoustic, and lap steel guitar, keyboards
Bryan Owings Drums and percussion
Will Kimbrough Electric and acoustic guitar, mandola, washboard guitar, background vocals on ‘Blue Train’
Stephen Leiweke Electric and acoustic guitars
Ralph T. Lofton Keyboards on ‘Blue Train’ and Back To Memphis
Billy Livsey Keyboards on ‘Blue Train’ and Travellin’ Man
Pete Lanctot Viola on Feel Again
Sam Ashworth Harmony vocal on Let Somebody Love You
Brandy Zdan Background vocal on Leaving Tennessee, Feel Again and Back to Memphis
Laura Donohue Background vocal on Feel Again, ‘Blue Train’ and Between Forever and Goodbye.

All songs written by Danni Nicholls on this album are published by Jimmy Turner Ltd/Notting Hill Music (UK) Ltd. PRS/BMI. Additional writers and publishers:

Feel Again by Danni Nicholls and Amy Stroup (Milk Glass Music/Incognito Street Music, BMI)
Look Up at the Moon by Danni Nicholls and Phil Madeira "
(Nashville Minute, BMI)
Beautifully Broken by Danni Nicholls and Rebekah Powell " (Indigo Flame Music/Selma Avenue Music, SESAC)
Where the Blue Train Goes by Danni Nicholls and Billy Livsey (Billy Livsey Music/Bluewater Music, PRS/BMI)"
Back to Memphis by Danni Nicholls, Steve O’brien and Tommy Reilly (Steve O’Brien Music, BMI) (BMG Chrysalis Music, BMI)
Let Somebody Love You by Danni Nicholls and Sam Ashworth (Downtown Music Publishing, BMI)
Between Forever and Goodbye by Danni Nicholls and Steve O’Brien (Steve O’Brien 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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