Carlsbad Nights

by Nick Woods

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A collection of songs by Nick Woods.

Originally formatted as an LP, this download contains a slightly different track-listing and sequence of songs that were recorded for what was almost Nick's first album, Carlsbad Nights.

This download will be available for a limited time!

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released December 15, 2016

All songs written by Nick Woods (Breakfast for Dinner Music, BMI) except 'Somewhere Far Away,' written by Nick Woods and Bradford Lee Folk

Produced by Nick Woods

Recorded and mixed by Andrija Tokic at The Bomb Shelter

Assisted by Eduardo DuQuesne and Mitch Kluge

Additional sessions engineered by Jason Blackburn

Mastered by John Baldwin

Players and singers: PJ George, Drew Lawhorn, Nora Jane Struthers, Rachael Hester, Aaron Jonah Lewis, Ward Stout, Christian Sedelmyer, Joe Overton, Diego Vasquez, Chris Scruggs, Zack Setchfield, Micah Hulscher, Robert Trapp, Bradford Lee Folk

Recorded in 2012 and 2013 in Nashville

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Nick Woods Nashville, Tennessee

singer-songwriter from the commonwealth of Virginia, working in Nashville. cine-songs, breakfast for dinner music, bridge and tunnel tunes, free clinic compositions and grilled cheese balladry; for and by ham & eggers, strap-hangers, professional hobbyists, lobbyists, pipe-dream-fitters, codependents, co-defendants, drama kids, trauma kids, West Texas roughnecks and irritating artsy-types. ... more

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Track Name: Till the Smoke Clears
I can't wait till the smoke clears
I can't wait till the reinforcements are here
I can't wait till the smoke clears

I can't wait for the dust to stop moving around
I can't wait for the merry-go-round to slow down
I can't wait till the smoke clears

While my plants die
My kids cry
And I sit by
Feeling sorry for my own self
And I'm the only one who can help
I need to do it for myself

I can't wait till I know that I know that I know
I can't wait till my stars are like ducks in a row
I can't wait till the smoke clears

While my plants die
My kids cry
And I sit by
Feeling sorry for my own self
And I'm the only one who can help
I need to do it for myself

Some people wait for the day their chance has passed 'em
Some people can't fix mistakes, and so they mask 'em
Some people carry the weight of too much askin'
Some people can't seem to take the thought of passin'
And I can't be one of them

I can't wait till the smoke clears
I can't wait till the reinforcements are here
I can't wait till the smoke clears

I can't wait for the storm cloud to rise
I can't wait for to see the whites of their eyes
I can't wait till the smoke clears
Track Name: Carlsbad Nights (Lubbock Lights)
I'm not tired, I feel good-to-go
My tires could use a little road
Carlsbad nights are crystal-clear and cold
Arizona Skies is on my radio

Carry me back
To the things that I know
I wanna see that golden sunset explode

This wind is carrying the sand
That pits the windshields of the cars in Carlsbad
A painted overpass is telling me to go
The Saint Behind the Glass is on my radio

Carry me back
To the things that I know
I wanna see that golden sunset explode
Track Name: The Unmapped Road
Another walk with nowhere to go
Somewhere something's happening, and I hope
I haven't been too slow
I think I might head on

We just met, but I have to go
And regret not getting the chance to go slow
The getting-to-know
It's time I head on

Down the unmapped road
That leads away from what made you low
Take time when you take time to see it
And just go slow, and ask for help when you need it
From a friend who's been down the unmapped road

You were in my dream yesterday
I couldn't quite hear what I had to say, but heard you-
You said, "I wish we could"
But you had to head on

Down the unmapped road
That leads away from what made you low
Take time when you take time to see it
And just go slow, and ask for help when you need it
From a friend who's been down the unmapped road
Track Name: Rumspringa
I was taken in by a family that needed me
Just as much as I needed them in the end
I can honestly say that they truly treated me
Like I was a friend, not a friend of a friend

And they told me
To live guilt-free
And they told me
That all the wind
You're gonna get
Is determined
When you take your last breath

They live on a street that's surrounded by greenery
They live in a house that's surrounded with friends
They live by a lake that's surrounded by scenery
Then they took me in, and surrounded me with them

And they told me
To live guilt-free
And they told me
That all the wind
You're gonna get
Is determined
When you take your last -

It came time
To draw lines, and I
Never had a steady hand

The Sun is like a magnet that pulls up the plants and trees
They all get a turn, 'cause the world knows to spin
My old family told me that fun's like that Sun to me...
Once you've had your turn, then you give it a rest

But my new family
Told me to live guilt-free
And they told me
That all the wind
You're gonna get
All the wind
You're gonna get

All the wind
You're gonna get
Is determined
When you take your last breath
Track Name: Somewhere Far Away
I like the seasons for all kinds of reasons
The ways that they change the trees and the leaves on 'em
Makes me feel like I'm somewhere far away

I like the lights on the wings of a jetliner
How they blink out when it cuts through the cloud cover
Makes me feel like I'm somewhere far away

I like to hear a train's whistle sing to me
As it draws near, the plain song it brings to me
Makes me feel like I'm somewhere far away

Everyone thinks that I'm dyin'
Livin' too fast

But I like to watch a bottle get empty
The way that I feel when I got a few in me
Makes me feel like I'm somewhere far away

Your eyes are so light brown that I see the green in ya
Like shallow water in a lake in Virginia
Makes me feel like I'm somewhere far away
Track Name: The Next You that I Meet
Well into the ride that my night's become
Pulling past the sights that my flight started out from
Shoulder-length and light, like the hair she combs
Is the moon's shy light
That comes down through the sky
Of a weirdly warm March night' then right
Through my windshield comes

I can see my mother in the way I cling and need
And I carry my father in the anger that I keep
Underneath an unassuming face that spells out peace
Lord, help me as I try
To be a person I
Think could be more right
For the next you that I meet...

The next one that I meet, makes my heart dance
The next you that I meet won't stand a chance
As sure as you're hearing this from me
As sure as the shore is made of sand and sea
It sure would be nice if you turned out to be
The next you that I meet

The end of a 12 hour drive is a two day drunk
Friends that I would fight, and words I'd say and never thunk
Of just what they might mean after they'd had time and sunk
Into a tender mind
Cautious of crossed lines
That maybe only needed time
With pictures in a trunk

The next one that I meet, makes my heart dance
The next you that I meet won't stand a chance
As sure as you're hearing this from me
As sure as the shore is made of sand and sea
It sure would be nice if you turned out to be
The next you that I meet

It's already daylight by the time I stop and park
And I find myself sitting, wishing that it was still dark
As if that way you'd be unable to see through my heart
It's broken and it's tired
And not so soundly wired
From the last time that it caught on fire
And then got pulled apart

The next one that I meet, makes my heart dance
The next you that I meet won't stand a chance
As sure as you're hearing this from me
As sure as the shore is made of sand and sea
It sure would be nice if you turned out to be
The next you that I meet

Oh yeah, it sure would be nice if you turned or to be
The next you that I meet
Track Name: New Green 'nother
Don't write me letters
Don't ring my bell when I'm at home
'Cause I won't come
Don't call my pager
Don't ring my number, don't buzz my phone
Don't call me

'Cause I have seen a new green 'nother
And I can see a fleet in her eyes

Don't pull my folder
Be a good little soldier, don't rock the boat
'Cause I'm not here to expose
Don't take my picture
Don't blow my cover, don't make me known
Don't mark me

'Cause I have seen a new green 'nother
And I can see a fleet in her eyes

They say you can't go home again
That's true and untrue
You can try, but you'll only find
That it's filled with somebody new,
And they're not like you

They say you can't go home again
Well, that's true and untrue
It's hard to wanna go when you already know
That it's filled with somebody new
And they're not like you

So don't map my fractures
Don't trace my fissures, don't fill my faults
Don't site-plan me
Track Name: Sandy Mule
I am a sandy mule
Making my way
Down a canyon, who'll
Be fool enough to try
To ride a sandy mule?

I am a windy hawk
100 feet up
tie the sky in knots
Who would waste a shot
On a windy hawk?

Who?

I am a sad old drunk
Room to rented room
With a steamer trunk
Who would open up
To a sad old drunk?

I am a mule-faced whore
Doin' my turn
On a wood dance floor
Who would dance a dance
With a mule-faced whore?

Who?

I am a coiled-up snake
Never showing fear
Just for fear's sake
Who'd come face to face
With a coiled-up snake?

I am a white Dall sheep
Ledge to ledge
On a cliff so steep
Who would take a leap
With a white Dall sheep?

Who?

I'm a woodpecker with a bright red head
Knocking at the heart of something that seams dead
Who'd try to reach the heart
Of something that seams dead?

I am Jesus Christ
Came down to earth, just to pay the price
For you, and you alone
And everyone else, too

And I'd try to reach the heart
Of something that seams dead
I'd take a leap
With a white Dall sheep
Come face to face
With a coiled-up snake
I'd dance a dance
With a mule-faced whore
I'd open up
To a sad, old drunk
I'd waste a shot
On a windy hawk
And I would try to ride
A sandy mule

I'd be fool enough to try
To ride a sandy mule
Track Name: The Movies
I wanna go to the movies with you
But I'm afraid to ask
For all I know you wanna go, too
You'll never know if you don't ask

I took your friend out a few years back
And things got kind of strange
And you know once girls start to talk
Opinions lock, decisions get made
I want to go to the movies with you
But I'm afraid to ask

Do you live a life of caution?
Or maybe would you take a chance on me?

'Cause I want to go to the movies with you
But I'm afraid to ask
For all I know, you wanna go, too
You'll never know if you don't ask

The last time I saw you, she was there
Whispering in your ear
I couldn't make out what she said
But in my head, the message was clear
I want to go to the movies with you
But I'm afraid to ask
You'll never know if you don't ask
You never know if you don't ask

I wanna go to the movies with you
I want to go to the movies with you
Track Name: Worried Mind
I wrecked my car three times this year
'Cause I was thinkin bout you
I tried to laugh, cut loose a tear
'Cause I was thinkin bout you
You took away my peace of mind
And my confidence, too
You have a key to get into my mind
And I gave it to you

I didn't show for my court date
'Cause I was thinkin bout you
I called in to work today
'Cause I was thinkin bout you
You took away my peace of mind
And my confidence, too
You have a key to get into my mind
And I gave it to you

Give back the keys and leave my sight
Stay gone, if you could be so kind
Last thing I need is a worried mind
Old enemies start as friends sometimes
Old memories of a sour-sweet kind
Last thing I need it's a worried mind

I put my first through my windshield
'Cause I was thinkin bout you
I went all day without a meal
'Cause I was thinkin bout you
You took away my peace of mind
And my confidence, too
You have a key to get into my mind
And I gave it to you

Some people worry bout tomorrow
I'll get by the best that I can
And maybe by being an A student
Baby, you'll get what you need
To set you free

Give back the keys and leave my sight
Stay gone, if you could be so kind
Last thing I need is a worried mind
Old enemies start as friends sometimes
Old memories of a sour-sweet kind
Last thing I need it's a worried mind

I had a drink and took a pill
'Cause I was thinkin bout you
I love you still, and will until
I stop thinkin bout you
Track Name: Wake Me Up
Wake me up
before you leave
Because I like to have the run of the house
Every once in a while

That's when I
Can really roll up my sleeves
That's when I can really get some work done
In the morning time

So don't let me sleep through the best
Part of the day
Make sure I'm up before you go away

Wake me up before you go
'Cause I like to have the run of the house
Every once in a while

So, please don't let me sleep through the best
Part of the day
Make sure I'm up before you go away

Wake me up before you go
'Cause I like to have the run of the house
Every once in a while
Because I like to have the run of the house
Every once in a while