Nick Doneff

by Nick Doneff

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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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Track Name: Latest Hiatus
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
Track Name: Easy
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
Track Name: Old Dog
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
Track Name: These Things Change
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?
Track Name: On and On
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
Track Name: Jenny Jones
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
Track Name: Willoughby Clay
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
Track Name: Apartment Twenty-Two
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
Track Name: That's Just the Deal That We Make
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
Track Name: Light of Day
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
Track Name: I've Been Alright
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