Crooked Lines

by Kim Nixon

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released September 25, 2009

Recorded and mastered by Thomas Glatzer in his home studio in Berlin
Produced and mixed by Thomas Glatzer and Kim Nixon

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Kim Nixon Berlin, Germany

Geboren in der Heimat Elvis Presleys, aufgewachsen in der Folk-Szene Kentuckys und gereift an den Erfahrungen von knapp 100 Auftritten in Deutschland tischt die Wahl-Berlinerin Kim Nixon ein fabelhaftes Sortiment für ganz verschiedene Musikgeschmäcker auf. ... more

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Track Name: Crooked Lines
Foundations that were laid
The plans that I thought I’d made
Were so overrated
Not worth the breath that was bated, a sad display
Then you took my hand

You make things new, give me hope I can’t ignore where there was none before
You make things right, take my crumpled-up designs
Draw straight with crooked lines
Straight with crooked lines

My memory, so short-lived
I'm great at wasting what you give, what you give
But words that cut, that condemn, that I deserve, I’ve yet to hear them
And once again

You make things new, give me hope I can’t ignore where there was none before
You make things right, take my crumpled-up designs
Draw straight with crooked lines
Straight with crooked lines

With my head down, with my hands high
I’m coming around, just takes some time

You make things new, give me hope I can’t ignore where there was none before
You make things right, take my crumpled-up designs
Draw straight with crooked lines
Straight with crooked lines
Track Name: When Your Heart's Not In It
Listening for hours without hearing what you said
Going through the motions so that I can go to bed

I know that we’re tired and that it’s been a long day
But I can’t recall the last time I’d something to say

This feels wrong but what can you do?
What can you do?
What can you do when your heart’s not in it?

Everybody’s dancing in this atmospheric room
While I think of better things that you and I could do
It’s not that you’re blind, that all this doesn’t mean a thing
I’ve been thinking lately it’s just not my song to sing

Hope I’m wrong but what can you do?
What can you do?
What can you do when your heart’s not in it?

I don’t want to make excuses
Or be the one who always screws it up
Let’s give it time and maybe we’ll find alternatives to giving up

What can you do? What can you do?
What can you do when your heart’s not in it?
Track Name: Une Nuit
Nous sommes une nuit
C'est vrai Cherie
Nous sommes une seul nuit
Le jour nous chèrch mais il trouve rein
parce que nous mourrions demain

J'adore cette nuit
Cette nuit, sombre, clàre, et tragique
Quand tu es moi c'est le coulour noire
qui nous dans la clarité que fornit pas le soleil

La nuit descend et au lit nous tombons
Les rèves delicieux s'avance à nos yeux

J'adore cette nuit
Cette nuit, sombre, clàre, et tragique
Quand tu es moi c'est le coulour noire
qui nous dans la clarité que fornit pas le soleil

Savez vous revez comme nous
Dans le pays ou la lumiere et perdu

La nuit descend et au lit nous tombons
Les rèves delicieux s'avance à nos yeux
Track Name: Yesterday
Yesterday we talked a long time about my fears and doubts
and how I’m gonna get them up and out of my head Find some hope instead, now I’m turning red for thinking it’d be easy
Just to change my point of view
Have a big breakthrough and feel brand new
And find a few extraordinary maps to mark the way from this sad foray to a grand soiree
Right to there from where we spoke of yesterday

Morning came and with the sunrise I spied to my surprise those scores of well-learned singers
Streaming from the stereo, oh I forgot what I am not, my fingers made of butter
But they sure know how to wave at a parade as it’s passing by and packs the earth atop my grave real nice oh let me up
Is this my cup - to slowly waste what I don’t taste?
I hate you yesterday

Do I look like someone to bother
Whose head needs to be turned round further faster
Away

Tired of anticipating highs and lows and firey coals that I must somehow conquer
Courage strength and eloquence where have you gone and what is my song
Too long I have been writing words that I don’t understand
From my own hand the reprimand
Just brand the sky with your big plan and then I’ll see for sure what I’m looking for and which race to run
But don’t chase me yesterday, you are no fun
Track Name: Stupid
I’m not that stupid
Just misled by cupid
In bed with broken dreams
Overwhelmed by the little things
Waiting at open doors
My two feet glued to the floor, need I say more?

Laugh at me with your pretty eyes
Suddenly I'll be so unwise as to bare myself, scare myself

It’s bad bad luck when you’re downright stuck on what people see and which girl they'd like you to be
That’s why I like to close my eyes
Take to fits of such sad sighs
I don’t want anybody but me inside

Have your fun with me, be witty and wink
I’m not as dumb as you think
I can bare myself, dare myself to open wide
Confide, though I’d rather run inside my head and hide

Laugh at me with your pretty eyes
Suddenly I'll be so unwise as to bare myself
Share myself with you, with you
Track Name: You Know I Do
Why am I feeling so tired?
Why do I feel so alone?
Why is the daily so dire?
When will my heart reach home?
Why is it so hard to smile?
Why do I like looking back?
Why is it taking awhile to roll with this and relax?

You know I do want to, you know I do want you

Shouldn’t I be more excited?
Shouldn’t my head be more clear?
Shouldn’t what you have ignited evoke more than than fear?
Why when my life is before me, why do I dig in my heels?
Why am I looking for reasons to stop the spinning wheel?

You know I do trust you, you know I do my best to

All the best days have been with you
And all the rest have brought me closer to knowing that I’m made for whatever race you choose
Whatever place you choose
What’s leftover I can lose

You know I do want to, you know I do want you
Can you help me today to get me out of my own way?
Track Name: If You're Next to Me
It’s been such a long time, every day another fight
To keep my hopes up, believe I am enough
and I’m so tired of being just fine

But I can do this, I’ll get through it
I can do this if you’re next to me

So hard to get up again when I’ve fallen more times than I could ever count, just trying to amount to something

But I can do this, I’ll get through it
I can do this if you’re next to me

If every night I have to cry
If every effort leaves me dry
I know I’ve still got a chance
As long as you will hold my hand

Then I can do this, I’ll get through it
I can do this if you’re next to me
Track Name: Rose
Wilt on red rose and I’ll watch you share your colors with the ground
Tilt your head rose and I’ll hear you spilling wise words from little birds with happy tunes

Shake your spine rose and I’ll cheer for you
Throwing thorns off of your back
Take your time rose and I’ll wait for you
This is dry land you’ll need a hand to help you bloom

Would you believe that good things can weave their way into what has passed?
It’s true I’m telling you

Cut off your roots rose and I’ll pray for you
The world’s a scary place for one so sweet
But put on your shoes rose and I’ll walk with you
Through the tall walls and down the halls that call you

And should you grieve over what you perceive
Spread out wide before your eyes
Believe me the sun’s still in the sky

Sha la la...

Just shake your spine rose and I’ll cheer for you
Throwing thorns off of your back
Take your time rose and I’ll wait for you
This is dry land you’ll need a hand to help you bloom
Track Name: Decided
One chance is all I’m asking for
No song and dance, I’ll keep it short
I wasn’t always this thick
Baby it’s you who makes me tick

And I have decided lately that you were made for me
Yes I have decided lately that my heart beats for you

and with each new day
You give me more reasons to stay
I won’t always be this kind
But I won’t ever change my mind

And I have decided lately that you were made for me
Yes I have decided lately that my heart needs you

How you love me, I’m sticking to your side
When push comes to shove we couldn’t go back if we tried
Track Name: Bigger
Stretched too far between how things could be and how things are
Being realistic is hard
All I’ve done here is spread myself thin
Most days I don’t know quite where to begin

My world is getting much bigger
and I can't figure out how to take hold
No wiser, just older and wistful
Getting a fistful of losing control

When I was young, so full of dreams I couldn't pick one
I'd choose whichever best suited my mood
I had time to make up my mind
I had time, I had time

Now my world is getting much bigger
and I can't figure out how to take hold
No wiser, just older and wistful
Getting a fistful of losing control

With nothing to say I've nothing to lose
But being this way only leaves me confused

My world is getting much bigger
and I can't figure out how to take hold
No wiser, just older and wistful
Getting a fistful of losing control
Control, my control
I'm losing control
Track Name: I Want You
Fish to the bait, magnet to steel
Moth to a flame, road to a wheel
Beggar to food, gum to my shoe
You're all i want, i'm drawn to you

Sail to the wind, frost to my pane
Deer to a stream, child to a game
Train to a track, dog to a bone
You're all i want, i want you alone

No one has a hold of my life like you do
I am captivated
Fascinated by the fact that you love me too
and I want you, I want you

Bird to the sky, summer to sun
Frog to the flies, cowboy to his gun
Singer to song, reason to rhyme
You’re all I want, all of the time

No one has a hold of my life like you do
I am captivated
Fascinated by the fact that you love me too
and I want you, I want you

How do I love you? I'll tell you the ways
From the depths of my heart to the length of my days
From the grin on my face to the tear in my eye
You're all that I want and without you I’d die