Nick Doneff

by Nick Doneff

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1.
GROWIN’ UP AND GETTIN’ IT TOGETHER WHO KNOWS WHETHER OR NOT I’LL FIGURE IT OUT? YOU CAN TRY TO PRETEND THAT YOU’VE GOT THINGS COVERED BUT TRYING AND PRETENDING, THEY DON’T SEEM TO COVER ME NOW I HAD A PAL FROM BACK IN COLLEGE AND WHILE I WORKED OFF MY STUDENT DEBT HE FOUND A WAY TO NEVER LIFT A FINGER HE’S SAILING ‘ROUND THE WORLD AND HE - WELL, HE AIN’T BACK YET WAY DOWN DEEP IN THE CRACKS OF MY MIND DOWN IN THE DARKEST LINES THAT THE C.A.T. SCANS SHOW THE TRACKING’S FUZZY AND THE PICTURE’S OFF ON THE INSTRUCTIONAL FILM THAT OUGHT TO BE SHOWING WHERE TO GO THIS AIN’T HEAVEN, AND I KNOW I - I SHOULD’VE TAKEN THAT LEFT TURN AT ALBUQUERQUE THAT DAY BUT THINGS AIN’T BAD AND I AIN’T COMPLAININ’ NO, I GUESS THAT I’M JUST SAYIN’ I DON’T MIND IT THIS WAY SO GO ON BUDDY! GO WITHOUT ME IF IT’S TIME TO GO OH, BUT I’M STICKIN’ AROUND, ‘CAUSE PART OF ME’S STARTING TO ENJOY THIS SHOW I QUIT MY JOB. I’M GONNA FIND SOMETHING BETTER I JUST PUT MY LETTER UP... ON THE CRAIGSLIST SITE I AIN’T GOT THE PAPER FOR THE UPCOMING RENT BUT THINGS GOT THEIR FUNNY WAYS OF COMIN’ UP RIGHT AND EVERYBODY’S JUST WORRIED ‘BOUT NOTHIN’ AND TAKING THINGS JUST A LITTLE TOO SERIOUSLY WELL, I’M CALLING THESE DAYS MY LATEST HIATUS IT’S JUST TIME AWAY FROM WHAT I’M SUPPOSED TO BE
2.
03:22
THINGS LOOK EMPTY IN THE HALL I FINALLY TOOK THOSE PICTURES DOWN FROM OFF THE WALL ERASED THE MESSAGES OF EVERYONE THAT CALLED LIKE IT WAS EASY I DON’T TALK ABOUT YOU NOW YOU NEVER SAID TO MUCH ABOUT US ANYHOW THE ONLY THING THAT GETS ME ALL WORKED UP IS HOW - HOW IT WAS EASY SO I NEVER TRIED TO FIND THOSE WORDS TO MAKE YOU WANT TO STAY I LET YOU WALK RIGHT OUT THE DOOR AND I SEE THE TROUBLE IN THE WAY THAT I’M RESIGNED BUT I’M SO BLIND THAT I DON’T MIND ANYMORE SMILING WIDE AND KEEPING PACE SEEING ALL THOSE PEOPLE I DON’T WANT TO FACE HEY, I AIN’T BIG ON THIS DISGUISE OF SUBTLE GRACE BUT IT’S EASY LET ‘EM SEE THAT YOU’VE BEEN TOUGH LAY IT ALL OUT NOW TO LOOK LIKE IT WAS ROUGH ‘CAUSE I’M THE ONLY ONE WHO READS RIGHT THROUGH YOUR BLUFF AND IT’S EASY SO I NEVER TRIED TO FIND THOSE WORDS TO MAKE YOU WANT TO STAY I LET YOU WALK RIGHT OUT THE DOOR AND I SEE THE TROUBLE IN THE WAY THAT I’M RESIGNED BUT I’M SO BLIND - MY LOVE WAS EASY TO IGNORE YET, I DON’T MIND ANYMORE
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02:44
WELL, I COULD SAY THAT IT’S THE SNOW OR HOW IT’S DARK EACH DAY WHEN I DRIVE HOME OR ‘CAUSE SOME SONG CAME ON THE RADIO THAT’S GOT ME THINKIN’ THIS WAY BUT IT’S THIS HABIT AND THIS CURSE AND AS EACH DAY GOES, IT JUST GETS WORSE SEE, MY TRANSMISSION, IT AIN’T GOT NO REVERSE AND I’VE GOT NOTHING TO BLAME AND THE MORE I THINK ABOUT IT, I HAD IT ALRIGHT PLAYIN’ EUCHRE IN THE GARAGE ON A SATURDAY NIGHT WITH MY OLD BUDDIES WHO, LATELY, I DON’T SEE AND I’VE GOT LOUSY EXCUSES FOR HOW THEY SLIPPED AWAY FROM ME I’VE BEEN BEATIN’ ‘ROUND THE BUSH WHEN I SHOULD BE BARKING UP THE WRONG TREES MAYBE I JUST NEED A LITTLE PUSH TO GET ME ROLLING AGAIN SO GO AHEAD AND SAY YOUR PIECE BUT I DON’T THINK WORDS ARE GONNA FIND MY RELEASE NO, YOU MIGHT NEED TO USE SOME ELBOW GREASE TO GET ME ROLLING AGAIN ‘CAUSE MAYBE I’VE GROWN SOFTER IN THESE YEARS WELL, I’VE STUMBLED ON WISDOM AND LANDED ON FEARS AND I’VE LOST TOUCH WITH MY YOUTHFUL WAYS AND LIKE AN OLD DOG, MAN, I DON’T BARK SO LOUD THESE DAYS
4.
I’VE GOT A STACK OF OLD 45S AND I DON’T WANT ‘EM ANYMORE IF YOU’VE GOT A USE FOR ‘EM, STOP BY AND PICK ’EM UP THEY’LL BE IN A BAG BY THE SIDE DOOR BUT THEY DON’T SOUND LIKE THEY USED TO AND THEY DON’T MEAN WHAT THEY USED TO I HAD A DREAM IN THE BACK OF MY MIND SO I DUG IT UP AND WROTE IT IN A SONG I THOUGHT I’D DUST IT OFF AND SHINE IT UP LIKE NEW BUT THEN IT ALL JUST CAME OUT WRONG ‘CAUSE IT DON’T SOUND LIKE IT USED TO AND IT DON’T MEAN WHAT IT USED TO MAYBE I’M OLDER NOW, MAYBE I’M AFRAID TO SEE HOW THESE THINGS CHANGE TO ME OH, WON’T YOU TAKE ME HOME? ‘CAUSE I’M TOO SCARED NOW AND I DON’T CARE ANYMORE OH, WON’T YOU SIT ME DOWN AND HELP ME SEE HOW THESE THINGS CHANGE TO ME? I MADE A PHONE CALL, A WEEK AGO, TO AN OLD FORGOTTEN FRIEND I THOUGHT WE’D GET CAUGHT UP, I THOUGHT WE’D KILL SOME TIME BUT IT WAS SHORT-LIVED IN THE END IT DIDN’T SOUND LIKE IT USED TO IT DIDN’T MEAN WHAT IT USED TO MAYBE I’M OLDER NOW, MAYBE I’M AFRAID TO SEE HOW THESE THINGS CHANGE TO ME OH, WON’T YOU TAKE ME HOME? ‘CAUSE I’M TOO SCARED NOW AND THIS AIN’T FUNNY ANYMORE OH, WON’T YOU SIT ME DOWN AND HELP ME SEE HOW THESE THINGS CHANGE TO ME?
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04:58
MY OLD FRIEND, HOW DID YOU SEE THINGS SO DIFFERENTLY? NOW AND AGAIN YOU COULD’VE SETTLED DOWN RUNNIN’ AROUND, HOW DID THIS EVER GET TO BE? THE PASSING YEARS DIDN’T MAKE A SOUND BUT ON AND ON THE WORLD WILL GO THE SUN WILL SHINE AND THE TREES WILL GROW YEAH, THE WORLD AROUND YOU JUST MOVES ON AND ON I’LL GET OUT OF HERE. OUT OF THIS DUSTY, LOW-LIT ROOM I’LL GET OUT OF HERE AND I’LL RUN LIKE HELL SO WISH ME WELL, OR WISH FOR ME ANYTHING THAT YOU FEEL JUST MAKE A WISH AND TIME WILL TELL FOR ON AND ON THE BIRDS WILL SING THE WIND WILL WHISTLE AND THE BELLS WILL RING YEAH, THE WORLD AROUND YOU JUST MOVES ON AND ON A VOICE IS CRYING ‘CAUSE SOME THINGS NEVER CHANGE AND SOME THINGS WON’T EVER BE THE SAME MY OLD LOVE JUST WON’T GIVE UP SO EASILY A RUSTED HEART THAT KNOWS NO END I'LL SEE YOU AGAIN. I’LL SEE YOU AND I’LL LAUGH WITH YOU AGAIN WE’LL BREAK SOME RULES IF THEY WON’T BEND FOR ON AND ON YOU SHALL REMAIN THROUGH LOVE YOU’VE GOTTEN AND THE LOVE YOU GAVE IN SOMEONE’S HEART YOU SHALL LIVE ON AND ON IN SOMEONE’S HEART YOU SHALL LIVE ON AND ON
6.
03:32
JENNY DOESN’T LIKE MY CHECKERED SHIRTS JENNY DOESN’T LIKE MY BEAT-UP HAT JENNY DOESN’T LIKE THE WAY I CHEW MY GUM TOO LOUD AND JENNY, SHE’S ALLERGIC TO MY OLD CAT JENNY ALWAYS CALLS IT HOW IT IS JENNY ALWAYS CALLS IT HOW SHE SEES JENNY ALWAYS CALLS A CAB WHEN HER BIKE HAS GOT A FLAT THE ONLY OLD THING THAT JENNY DON’T CALL IS ME SO I’VE BEEN SITTIN’ ‘ROUND DRINKIN’ BEER AND GETTIN’ STONED WAITIN’ IN THE ARMCHAIR BY THE PHONE AND EVERY TIME I THINK OF HER AND FIND MYSELF ALONE ALL I WANT IS JENNY, BUT ALL I GOT’S THE JENNY JONES JENNY, SHE LIKES GETTIN’ ALL DRESSED UP JENNY, SHE LIKES CUTTIN’ HER OWN HAIR SHE’LL KICK YOUR ASS IN POKER WHILE SHE PAINTS HER FINGERNAILS ‘CAUSE JENNY’S GOT A STYLE THAT ONLY JENNY CAN WEAR AND I’VE BEEN SITTIN’ ‘ROUND DRINKIN’ BEER AND GETTIN’ STONED WAITIN’ IN THE ARMCHAIR BY THE PHONE AND EVERY TIME I THINK OF HER AND FIND MYSELF ALONE ALL I WANT IS JENNY, BUT ALL I GOT’S THE JENNY JONES THE GODS’LL TELL YOU US TWO JUST WON’T WORK THE SIGNS’LL SHOW YOU US TWO DON’T BELONG BUT I’LL SURE SHOW ‘EM GOOD - IF I CAN - IF I COULD ONCE I LET MY JENNY HEAR THIS SONG BUT I’M JUST SITTIN’ ‘ROUND DRINKIN’ BEER AND GETTIN’ STONED WAITIN’ IN THE ARMCHAIR BY THE PHONE AND EVERY TIME I THINK OF HER AND FIND MYSELF ALONE ALL I WANT IS JENNY, BUT ALL I GOT’S THE JENNY JONES
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PASSING BUCKSHOT HOLES IN THE SPEED LIMIT SIGNS OVER COUNTRY MILES WITH OUR BIKES ON THE FADED CENTRE-LINES TO THE BACKYARDS WE’D RETREAT AND SLIDE THROUGH THE DAYS OF THE SPRING THAWS WITH SCHOOL SHOES DEEP IN THE WILLOUGHBY CLAY I WAS RAISED ON THE WILLOUGHBY CLAY AND THE WORLD THAT I KNEW WAS IN THE AIR SO CLEAR THAT BROUGHT THE BUFFALO NEWS ACROSS THE RIVER TO MY PARENTS’ RABBIT EARS BUT LIGHTS GROW OLD AND SIGNALS FADE AND WHAT COMES IN ON THE WIND CAN JUST BLOW AWAY I WAS RAISED ON THE WILLOUGHBY CLAY IT HASN’T CHANGED AND THE OLD FOLKS SAY THAT WHEN IT’S ALL YOU KNOW, YOU MIGHT AS WELL STAY STAY FOR A LITTLE WHILE MORE ON THE WILLOUGHBY CLAY THE OLD STATION’S GOT A TREE GROWIN’ OUT OF ITS ROOF IT WAS THE LIFE OF THIS TOWN, BUT NOW IT’S JUST LIVING PROOF OF GROWING UP AND OUT FOR GRACE OR ILL WHEN THERE’S OTHER LIFE TO LIVE AND OTHER TIME TO KILL I WAS RAISED ON THE WILLOUGHBY CLAY IT HASN’T CHANGED AND THE OLD FOLKS SAY THAT WHEN IT’S ALL YOU KNOW, YOU MIGHT AS WELL STAY STAY FOR A LITTLE WHILE MORE ON THE WILLOUGHBY CLAY YOU THINK I REALLY KNOW HOW THIS LIFE WILL GO? WHEN THE YEARS FLOAT BY LIKE SMOKE IN THE TIME SPENT AWAY? BEEN TAKING IT HARD - AND IT’S STARTING TO SHOW SOMETIMES MY GOD, AND IT’S JUST LIKE DYING - BUT I’M WIDE AWAKE SO WHEN MY TIME COMES - WHEN THE BILLS ARE ALL PAID NO MATTER WHERE I’VE ROAMED I’LL HEAD HOME, ONE TIME, TO STAY GIVE THE GRAVEDIGGER MY GOLD WATCH AND MY SHARPEST SPADE ‘CAUSE HE’LL HAVE A HELL OF A GO, I KNOW, IN THAT WILLOUGHBY CLAY I WAS RAISED ON THE WILLOUGHBY CLAY IT HASN’T CHANGED AND THE OLD FOLKS SAY THAT WHEN IT’S ALL YOU KNOW, YOU MIGHT AS WELL STAY STAY FOR A LITTLE WHILE MORE ON THE WILLOUGHBY CLAY I WAS RAISED ON THE WILLOUGHBY CLAY
8.
COME ON IN! DROP YOUR JACKET WITH THE OTHERS ON THE FOLDING CHAIR AND THIS TIME DON’T BOTHER TO LEAVE YOUR BOOTS OUT ON THE STAIRS WE’RE JUST HANGIN’ ‘ROUND IN THE KITCHEN - STANDIN’ ‘ROUND IN THESE EMPTY ROOMS ’CAUSE ALL WE’VE BROUGHT IS ALL THERE IS IN APARTMENT TWENTY-TWO AND WE’RE GONNA SHAKE THE PLASTER TONIGHT AND YOU CAN FINALLY PLUG MY TELECASTER IN TONIGHT ‘CAUSE I SAID I’D BE OUT OF HERE BY YESTERDAY AT NOON BUT LUCKY ME FOUND MY EXTRA KEY TO APARTMENT TWENTY-TWO THE FRONT DOOR STICKS ‘CAUSE THE SUPER DON’T FIX ANYTHING BUT HIS GREASY HAIR DESPITE MY FINE INSTRUCTIONS ON WHERE TO PUT THE TOOLS HE WEARS AND THE FRIDGE AIN’T GOOD FOR NOTHIN’ BUT POSTING NOTES FOR BILLS PAST DUE THAT I CAN’T PAY, AND SO, I CAN’T STAY IN APARTMENT TWENTY-TWO AND WE’RE GONNA SHAKE THE PLASTER TONIGHT AND YOU CAN FINALLY PLUG MY TELECASTER IN TONIGHT ‘CAUSE I SAID I’D BE OUT OF HERE BY YESTERDAY AT NOON BUT LUCKY ME FOUND MY EXTRA KEY TO APARTMENT TWENTY-TWO I POLITELY TOLD THE COUPLE FROM THE PLACE THAT SHARES MY WALL THAT THEY CAN TAKE THEIR RIGHT TO A QUIET NIGHT A LITTLE FURTHER DOWN THE HALL BUT PEOPLE CHANGE THEIR MINDS, AND MY DOOR’S OPEN IF THEY DO ‘CAUSE LUCKY ME FOUND MY EXTRA KEY TO APARTMENT TWENTY-TWO
9.
IT’LL CATCH YOU FLAT-FOOTED - IT’LL HIT YOU SO FAST WITH NO TIME TO CHECK IF YOUR HEART’S MADE OF GLASS PULLED IN WITH NO WARNING - NO SIGNS FROM ABOVE BUT THAT’S JUST THE DEAL THAT WE MAKE IN LOVE BUT THINGS MIGHT GET UGLY AND THINGS MIGHT GET BAD YOU MIGHT HAVE TO TRADE UP ALL THE GOOD TIMES YOU’VE HAD FOR AN UNWANTED LESSON ON PUSH COMES TO SHOVE BUT THAT’S JUST THE DEAL THAT WE MAKE IN LOVE AND SOME FOLKS KEEP RIDING TO THE END OF THE LINE BUT AT SOME POINT, SOMEBODY LEAVES SOMEBODY ELSE BEHIND ONE’S LEFT IN THE TRENCHES - ONE’S OFF LIKE A DOVE BUT THAT’S JUST THE DEAL THAT WE MAKE IN LOVE AND I’D NEVER PROMISE A LIE SO YOU’VE GOTTA TRUST ME IF I CAN’T EXPLAIN WHY FOR THAT MIGHT TAKE SOMEONE MUCH SMARTER THAN I BUT THE OTHER SIDE... IS WHEN EVERYTHING IS PERFECT - WHEN EVERYTHING IS FINE WHEN EVERYTHING ALL FALLS TOGETHER IN TIME WHEN EVERYTHING JUST FITS LIKE A HAND IN A GLOVE WELL, THAT’S JUST THE DEAL THAT WE MAKE IN LOVE
10.
03:42
IT’S TIME TO WAKE UP IT’S JUST AN ORDINARY DAY FULL OF ORDINARY WAYS TO PASS ME BY IT’S TIME TO SHAKE UP ALL MY ORDINARY THINGS FIND MY ORDINARY WINGS AND LEARN TO FLY IT’S GOOD TO SEE THE SKY WATCHING THE SUN COME ‘ROUND I’LL LICK MY WOUNDS AND PREPARE FOR THE LIGHT OF DAY IT’S TIME TO LET GO OF EVERY FICKLE, LITTLE THOUGHT OF EVERY DREAM THAT’S COME TO NAUGHT AND JUST UNWIND IT’S TIME TO LET SHOW ALL THE THINGS I WANT TO BE I’LL LOOK UP, FOR ONCE, AND SEE WHAT I CAN FIND IT’S GOOD TO SEE THE SKY WATCHING THE SUN COME ‘ROUND I’LL LICK MY WOUNDS AND PREPARE FOR THE LIGHT OF DAY
11.
I GUESS I DIDN’T KNOW THE JOKE WAS ON ME I GUESS I DIDN’T SEE HOW MUCH TROUBLE I’D BE SO I’LL BUY ANOTHER DRINK FROM THE BAR I’LL BE BACK HERE IN THE MORNING FOR THE CAR OH, AND DARLING, DARLING, PLEASE DON’T BE ALARMED IF YOU DON’T HEAR FROM ME ‘CAUSE I WON’T TELL YOU I’M SORRY AND I WON’T TELL YOU NO LIES AND I WON’T PRETEND AS THOUGH TO YOU, I’VE BEEN PERFECT NO, NO, BUT I’VE BEEN ALRIGHT I’VE HEARD IT ALL BEFORE - THIS VERY SAME THING IT’S LIKE THE BACK OF MY HAND IN THE BACK OF MY MEMORY SO LOCK ME UP AND THROW ME AWAY I CAN’T STAND THE THOUGHT OF ONE MORE DAY OH, AND DARLING, DARLING, I KNOW YOU’LL BE OKAY WHEN YOU DON’T HEAR FROM ME ‘CAUSE I WON’T TELL YOU I’M SORRY AND I WON’T TELL YOU NO LIES AND I WON’T PRETEND AS THOUGH TO YOU, I’VE BEEN PERFECT NO, NO, BUT I’VE BEEN ALRIGHT

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released December 9, 2016

PERSONNEL:
Nick Doneff - Vocals, Guitars, Pedal Steel, Wurlitzer Piano (Track 10)
Josh Cavan - Wurlitzer Piano
Ben Phelan - Hammond Organ, Wurlitzer Piano (Tracks 1, 7, 8)
Mark Wilson - Bass Guitar
Mike Ardagh - Drums / Percussion, Spiritual Guidance
Catherine MacLellan - Vocals

PRODUCTION:
Produced by Nick Doneff
Engineered by Andrew Mullin at Canterbury Music Company, Toronto;
Sam Ibbett at Humber College Recording Studio, Toronto;
Adam Gallant at Hill Sound Studio, Charlottetown
Audio Mixing by Andrew Mullin
Mastering by Reuben Ghose at Mojito Mastering, Toronto
Photograph by Anna Karpinski

All words and music by Nick Doneff

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Nick Doneff Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Ontario-born, PEI-based singer/songwriter, session player, and sideman.

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