Crooked Lines

by Kim Nixon

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1.
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
2.
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?
3.
Une Nuit 03:05
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
4.
Yesterday 03:20
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
5.
Stupid 03:38
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
6.
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?
7.
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
8.
Rose 03:06
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
9.
Decided 03:32
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
10.
Bigger 03:31
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
11.
I Want You 07:15
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

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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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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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