A Little Redemption

by Danni Nicholls

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about

"In December 2012 I flew to Nashville, TN to record my debut album with Chris Donohue (Emmylou Harris, The Civil Wars, Robert Plant) and a whole host of world class musicians… upon my return I signed a record deal with Transmission Recordings and together on July 1st 2013 we unleashed ‘A Little Redemption’ on the world!

In a 4 star ‘the one to buy’ review, Q Magazine said that the songs slip “effortlessly between smoky soul, folk-pop and heart-wrenching alt-country, all in a rich voice somewhere between [Emmylou] Harris and Alison Krauss." Which was pretty nice of them!

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released 01 July 2013

Produced By Chris Donohue
Recorded December 2012 by Stephen Leiweke at Yackland Studio, East Nashville, TN

Danni Nicholls Vocals, electric and acoustic guitars
Chris Donohue Electric and contrabass, electric and acoustic guitars, banjo, keyboards
Bryan Owings Drums and percussion
Will Kimbrough Electric and acoustic guitars, mandola
Alan Bennett Keys on Home Down The Line
Billy Livsey Keys on Beautiful Game
Steve Fishell Pedal Steel
Al Perkins Dobro
Jordan Hamlin French horn, trumpet, accordion, ukulele
John Mark Painter Brass arrangement and performance on
Goodnight Moon
Dave Burn Background vocal on Hey There, Sunshine
Cindy Morgan Background vocal on Bird Of Paradise
Brigitte DeMeyer Background vocal on A Little Redemption
Butterfly Boucher Background vocal on A Little Redemption
Laura Donohue Background vocal on Cold, Hard Light Of The Day

All Songs written by Danni Nicholls on this album are published by Jimmy Turner Ltd/Notting Hill Music (UK) Ltd. Additional Writers and Publishers:

Bird of Paradise by Danni Nicholls, Cindy Morgan (Green Bike Music/Simple Tense Songs, ASCAP) and Alan Bennett (Over The Bush, BMI)
Home Down the Line by Danni Nicholls and Alan Bennett (Over The Bush Music, BMI)
Beautiful Game by Danni Nicholls and Billy Livsey (Billy Livsey Music/Bluewater Music, BMI)
Hey There, Sunshine by Danni Nicholls and Dave Burn (SGO Music Ltd)
A Little Redemption by Danni Nicholls and C.Austin Miles (Warner/Chappell Music Ltd)
Goodnight Moon by Will Kimbrough (Will Kimbrough Music/Bluewater Music, BMI) and Gwil Owen (Turgid Tunes/PEN music, BMI)

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Track Name: First Cuckoo of Spring
The first cuckoo of spring
Sets my heart aflame
The Caribbean winds
Are gently blowing in

The first cuckoo of spring
Is music to my ears
My baby’s coming home
Summer’s drawing near

The endless snow
Flickers in the past
All the pretty flowers
Are starting to bloom at last

The first cuckoo of spring
Such beauty to revere
My lover’s coming home
Summer’s drawing near

I’ve been pining for your touch
Winter stole the light
The first cuckoo of spring
Has brought me back to life

The sun comes out of hiding
Burns away my tears
My lovers coming home
Summer’s drawing near

My baby’s coming home
My darlin’s drawing near
Track Name: Hey There, Sunshine
I don't wish for you no pain
Don't say goodbye
Come back again
Oh my story's just begun
You're cast in stone
You've lost and won

Hey there sunshine
What’s the matter with you
Hey there sunshine
Hey there sunshine
Hey there sunshine
What’s the matter with you
What’s the matter with you

Light me up when i go out
Fill up my lungs
I wanna scream and shout
Guess you know what you're about
Cos you've seen it all
Of that there's no doubt

Hey there sunshine
What’s the matter with you
Hey there sunshine
Hey there sunshine
Hey there sunshine
What’s the matter with you
What’s the matter with you
Track Name: Bird Of Paradise
You slipped in next to me
All the lights were out All the lights were out
I played you to sleep
No promises to keep
Cradled in the sound

You flew in on the wind
I came alive again
But I could never cage you in

Like the tide you've turned
Like the wind you've blown
Like a star you've burned
And turned to stone
I just closed my eyes
I woke alone
My bird of paradise has flown

My mind plays tricks on me
You're everywhere I go You're everywhere I go
A love so wild and free
I wish I'd never known Wish I'd never known

Better to have loved
Than not have loved at all
Never knew how far I'd fall

Like the tide you've turned
Like the wind you've blown
Like a star you've burned
And turned to stone
I just closed my eyes
I woke alone
My bird of paradise has flown

It's a mystery will I ever know
Why my bird of paradise has flown?
Track Name: The Next One
You’re a mystery I want to unravel
Get to the bottom of
To the dirt and the gravel
And when I've solved all the clues
And there’s nothing left of you
When no stone’s been left un turned
And all my bridges have been burned

I’ll go on waiting til the next one comes along
Yeah I’ll go on waiting til the next one comes along

It don’t matter that I kiss you
Like I mean it
Yeah I’ve heard about love
But I’ve never seen it
So why after all these years
Should she suddenly want to appear?
Can we just have a little fun
And then darling when we’re done
I can go back to waiting for the next one to come along

It's never been this hard
to leave someone behind
I’m the one who steals the hearts
but now you’ve stolen mine
Sorry I Just can’t let myself
And baby don’t you know there’ll always
be somebody else
Oh i’m gonna miss you when you go
You’re the closest thing to love
that I have ever known

But I’ll always be waiting til the next one comes along
I’ll always be waiting for the next one to come along
I’ll always be waiting for the next one
Track Name: Beautiful Game
Like a runaway train you crashed right in
Smashed through the walls into my skin
And there’s pieces of you stuck deep inside
That I can’t get out though I’ve tried and I’ve tried

When I hear your name
Takes me right back there again
You’re just a piece of a star that landed in my world
And I was a player in your beautiful game

Yes I was a fool just a pawn to your king
You took my castle hell you took everything
Now you’re dancing in the desert with wolves and pretty girls
Blinding their eyes with sequins and curls

When I hear your name
Takes me right back there again
You’re just a piece of a star that landed in my world
And I was a player in your beautiful game

Oh its not right
Oh its not right
You don’t say what you mean you don’t mean

What you say like when you say oh baby it’s true
There’s nobody else no one like you
But there’s a girl like me in every town
Gets sucked in and spat right out

When I hear your name
Takes me right back there again
You’re just a piece of a star that landed in my world
And I was a player in your beautiful…
Oh when I hear your name
Takes me right back there again
You’re just a piece of a star that landed in my world
And I was a player in your beautiful game
I was a player in your beautiful game
Track Name: Home Down the Line
When you're on the other end
That’s when I'm back home again
That old sea air fills my high rise room
Once more there's that refrain
And were floating down the lanes
We'll reach the very edge and look out at the blue

Bring me home with your sweet voice
Home. Home.
Bring me home with your sweet voice
Keep talking me, singing me home

Your melody rises and falls
I'm transported each time that you call
All the way home down the line
And when that line goes dead
I pull the covers over head
And dream of you til the next time

Bring me home with your sweet voice
Home. Home.
Bring me home with your sweet voice
Keep talking me, keep singing me home

Oh there's gonna come a day
When I'll hold you in my arms again
But baby until then

Won’t you bring me home with your sweet voice Home. Home. Bring me home with your sweet voice Keep talking me, singing me home

Keep talking me, singing me home
Keep talking me, singing me home
Track Name: Dragons in the Distance
I dreamed of great adventures
When I was very small
Of solo quests for treasure chests
Alone I’d brave it all

The years crept up the fears crept in
I packed those dreams away
But you turned up and tipped them out
Into the light of day

So take my hand, let’s go.
Let’s set off into the great unknown
A two person army, we shall advance
The dragons in the distance,
They don’t stand a chance.
Against you and me my love,
They don’t stand a chance.

I’ll hold the thorny branch aside
While you cut out a path
Ever moving forward,
Never looking back

The glaring sun illuminates
Your raven hair and eyes
And in your face I see just where
The precious bounty lies

So take my hand, let’s go.
Let’s set off into the great unknown
A two person army, we shall advance
The dragons in the distance,
They don’t stand a chance.
‘Gainst you and me my love,
They don’t stand a chance.
Track Name: Cold, Hard Light of the Day
You’ve been turning, turning
Round in my head all day long
I’m tryin’, tryin’
To figure out what’s goin’ on

It’s them eyes. Them eyes
Looked so damn deep in my soul
& I’m wondrin’, wondering
How you got further than anyone’s got before

In the cold hard light of the day
When the magic of night has faded away
And the kisses you gave me on the dance hall floor
Have fallen now, got lost between the boards
I was on fire, now I feel like a fool
In the cold hard light of the day

You find gold, find gold
At the edge of the earth
Oh you gotta weigh it up
To see just what it’s worth

You said baby you’re such a romantic
I said no you just turn me on
I’ve been reliving these moments
One by glorious one

In the cold hard light of the day
When the magic of night has faded away
And the kisses you gave me on the dance hall floor
Have fallen now and got lost between the boards
I was on fire, now I feel like a fool
In the cold hard light of the day

I was on fire, now I feel like a fool
In the cold hard light of the day
Track Name: A Little Redemption feat’ Butterfly Boucher
A little more kindness
A little less creed
A little more giving
A little less greed
A little more smile
A little less frown
A little less kicking
A man when he’s down

A little more ‘we’
A little less ‘I’
A little more laugh
A little less cry
A little more flowers
On the path of life
Fewer on the graves
At the end of the strife

A little more Love
A little less hate
A little more thought
A little less waste
A little more sunshine
A little less rain
A little more seeing
The good in people again

A little more light
A little less dark
A little more together
A little less apart
A little more hope
A little less despair
A little shining light
That follows everywhere

A little more dreaming
A little less nightmare
A little more peace
A little less warfare
A little more tolerance
Love is love
A little redemption
For everyone of us
A little redemption
For everyone of us
Track Name: Goodnight Moon
Goodnight moon, goodnight stars
Goodnight old broke down cars
I’m going away, I’m leaving soon
Goodnight darlin’
Goodnight moon

I don’t know where I’ll be
I don’t know if I’ll see
Out the window of my room
Shining down
Goodnight moon

Thank you babe I’m gonna miss you
When the night comes round
That’s when I long to kiss you
When the moon’s shining on the ground

Goodnight moon, goodnight stars
Goodnight old broke down cars
I’m going away, I’m leaving soon
Goodnight darlin’
Goodnight moon