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Avondale Drive

by Nicki Bluhm

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1.
I guess I perfected the art of placing the blame It’s just so easy It’s just so easy cursing your name I lost my train of thought When your words cut me off But then I realized The only clothes hanging on the line to dry were mine If I don’t have you If I don’t have If I don’t have If I don’t have you If I don’t have If I don’t have you I guess I’ll have to learn to love myself If I can’t have you there’s no one else So, I spent some time just looking at the mirror And I saw the face of a little girl, oh boy And I realized all that little girl needed was a little bit of love If I don’t have you If I don’t have If I don’t have If I don’t have you If I don’t have If I don’t have you I guess I’ll have to learn to love myself If I can’t have you there’s no one else I guess I’ll have to learn to love myself If I can’t have you there’s no one else
2.
I can’t give you what you want If that’s alright So, if you stay with me tonight I apologize, yeah And if you’re wanting something real You gotta know just how I feel Oh, and that’s why (why) That’s why (why) Why, tell you why (tell me why) I got love to share but none to spare right now Maybe tomorrow or Or another day You might own my heart Or you might steal away But if you’re wanting something real You gotta know just how I feel Oh, and that’s why (why) That’s why (why) Why, I’ll tell you why (tell me why) I got love to share but none to spare right now I can’t tell ya, oh no What you want me to say I might love you darling But it won’t be today Oh, and that’s why (why) That’s why (why) Why, I’ll tell you why (tell me why) I got love to share but none to spare right now Oh, and that’s why (why) That’s why (why) Why, I’ll tell you why (tell me why) I got love to share but none to spare right now
3.
I don’t wanna feel This way no more I don’t wanna feel This way no more Said I don’t wanna feel This way no more No more, no more No more, no more Sometimes I wonder Will it ever end? Sometimes I wonder Will it ever end? Sometimes I wonder Will it end? Oh, Lord tell me When does it end? Somehow it does Yes, it does Somehow it does Oh, it does I don’t wanna be This way no more I don’t wanna be This way no more Said I don’t wanna be This way no more No more, no more No more, no more Sometimes I wonder Can I ever change? Sometimes I wonder Can I ever change? Sometimes I wonder God, can I change? Oh tell me When will I change? One day I find Yes, I find I’ve changed Oh, then I find Oh, I find Ooh ooh
4.
Every morning you get to begin again And you can choose the thoughts That dance or die in your head Stop asking why you said what you said ‘Cause tomorrow you get to try again All this time to sit and think of what went wrong Step into the sunshine and sing your favorite song Maybe a smile is enough to trick the mind But crying feels good sometimes And you can whisper sweet surrender And get to know that Time will make things better Surrender Sometimes you gotta feed the lion Just to be the lamb you really are Only in a dark sky can you find the truest stars It takes a lifetime to learn who we are And you gotta earn every scar And you can whisper sweet surrender And get to know that Time will make things better So just let her surrender So, just let go of what you don’t know And all the things you can’t control Stay in real time Keep your eye on the white line And keep on driving down the road And you can whisper sweet surrender And get to know that Time will make things better And you can whisper sweet surrender And get to know that Time will make things better So just let her surrender Surrender
5.
Woke up this morning You were on my mind Thought about calling I had to ask myself why We had a good thing for a long time But that ship has left the shore Yeah, I could call you It won’t be what it was before I sit and remember Those evenings in the desert Juniper woodsmoke and the touch of your hand We’d lay for hours under the falling Stars as they soared Yeah, I could call you But it won’t be what it was before Who says it’s a failure? Ten years ain’t worth nothing I got a whole lotta something From the memories we made Though we may never ever settle the score It don’t matter ‘Cause it won’t be what it was before Though we may never ever settle the score It don’t matter ‘Cause it won’t be what it was before Woke up this morning You were on my mind
6.
It’s easy being angry It’s harder being sad When loving turns from being good To being bad It hurts my heart and spooks my soul To think of doing it again So, let’s be friends Friends Let’s be friends Well, words don’t mean a thing The proof is in the action And it’s hard to fight the power of attraction But I’ve put that cart before the horse Done it again and again So, let’s be friends Friends Let’s be friends But do you know how to do it? Can you take your time? Can you pick me up in your pickup truck Without saying I’m gonna make her mine? I’ve heard the critics doubt it And I guess I’m on the fence Can a man and a woman just be friends? Well, if this sounds confusing (Yeah, please explain) Ok, you know a woman of my age is tired Of playing a young man’s game (I can hear that) I’ve been around enough to know The love that has no end And it all begins by being friends But do you know how to do it? Can you take your time? Can you pick me up in your pickup truck Without saying I’m gonna make her mine? I’ve heard the critics doubt it And I guess I’m on the fence Can a man and a woman just be friends? And I know how to do it I can take my time (I can take my time) I can pick you up and try my luck And take a chance, I could make you mine I heard all about it and how it all could end Can a man and a woman just be friends? Can a man and a woman just be friends?
7.
How long til you believe her? She’s speaking loud Can’t you hear her? Bravely drawn into the light So, tired of hiding Mother wouldn’t ever speak up That’s just the way that she was brought up Enough should have been too much She just couldn’t be alone She is a woman (woman) She is a woman (woman) She is a woman She is her mother’s daughter Only getting stronger Stronger than her mama would dream She’s been quiet for a long time Dared to speak her own mind Fighting on the frontlines for you and me How long til you believe her? She’s speaking loud Can’t you hear her? Finally stepped into the light No more hiding this time She is a woman (woman) She is a woman (woman) She is a woman She is her mother’s daughter (woman) Oh, and she’s only getting stronger (woman) She’s been quiet for a long time (woman) And now she’s dared to speak her own mind (woman) She is her mother’s daughter (woman) Oh, and she’s only getting stronger (woman) She’s been quiet for a long time (woman) And now she’s dared to speak her own mind (woman)
8.
Fool's Gold 03:06
Everywhere I’ve ever been Some called it freedom Some called it sin The villains and the heroes both Chase the illusion of control Fool’s gold Fool’s gold Father tells you how it’s done Fairy tales and old re-runs It’s a hollow feeling icy cold When expectation takes its toll (Fool’s gold) Fool’s gold (Fool’s gold) Fool’s gold Uh huh Do you remember what you told me In your singsong lullaby? Those golden tears that you sold me How they sparkle But they weren’t worth a dime Never knew what I needed Til I had what I wanted Don’t know if it’s real Til you bite down on it No money, no lies and no regrets I turn and toss my cigarette Fool’s gold Fool’s gold Fool’s gold Fool’s gold Fool’s gold Fool’s gold
9.
You won’t have to touch me in the morning You’ll no longer have to close your eyes and pretend This house was a home you’re here but I’m alone You’re already gone so go The loving you is leaving me It hurts to know it’s true That leaving me is the loving thing to do My ring no longer fits your finger My smile no longer lights up your eyes We’ve wandered down this road And I think we both know You’re already gone so go The loving you is leaving me It hurts to know it’s true That leaving me is the loving thing to do The loving you is leaving me It hurts to know it’s true That leaving me is the loving thing to do Yes, leaving me is the loving thing to do
10.
It was a whirlwind getting started I put my trust in you so foolishly And the road’s been long since you departed I don’t miss you much, as much as you miss me How do you keep the wheels rolling When you’re running outta road? When whatcha done before Just ain’t working anymore I was going nowhere With the pedal down to the floor They say if everybody likes you You’re probably doing something oh so wrong Well a guy in my old band Don’t consider me a friend He’s holding on to a grudge til the bitter end How do you keep the wheels rolling When you’re running outta road? When whatcha done before Just ain’t working anymore I was going nowhere With the pedal down to the floor Going nowhere with the pedal down Now I’m in a town starting over But it ain’t like it was in San Francisco I had a finely tuned machine But it wasn’t fueling me A full tank of gas don’t mean You got somewhere to go, so How do you keep the wheels rolling When you’re running outta road? How do you keep the wheels rolling, rolling When you’re running outta road? Coming to the end of What you thought you could depend on And you can’t just sing the same song Can’t lean on what you leaned on And changes come again Quit looking out and get to looking in That’s how you keep the wheels rolling Keep the wheels rolling Keep the wheels rolling Keep the wheels rolling

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Nicki Bluhm’s creative confidence and authentic vocals are front and center on Avondale Drive, her sophomore solo album and the follow up to her critically-acclaimed 2018 release To Rise You Gotta Fall. The native San Franciscan who now calls Tennessee home possesses a gorgeously emotive voice and her clear-eyed perspective on life informs the 10 tracks on the new release.

Produced by Jesse Noah Wilson and recorded in East Nashville, the new album features a cast of musical luminaries including Oliver Wood, James Pennebaker, Jay Bellerose, Jen Condos, Erik Slick, Erin Rae, Karl Denson and AJ Croce. The album combines nostalgic country-rock with distinctly modern lyricism–an apt contrast for the process of studying one’s past in order to make a better future. Stand out tracks include a duet with Oliver Wood on “Friends”, the folksy “Juniper Woodsmoke", the reflective “Learn to Love Myself and “Wheels Rolling,” a windows-down, hit-the-gas banger that ends the album.

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released June 3, 2022

Produced and Engineered by Jesse Noah Wilson
Additional recording at Compass Sound Studio, Nashville TN by Jesse Noah Wilson
Additional vocal production by Kai Welch · Mixed by Steve Christensen · Mastered by Chris Longwood
Cover photo/artwork by Jesse Noah Wilson
Insert photos by Hayden Bilson and Joshua Black Wilkins
Package design by Robert Hakalski at Visual Machinery
Due to Covid the majority of our musicians were self-recorded in their homes.

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Nicki Bluhm Nashville, Tennessee

A San Franciscan now calling Tennessee home, Nicki Bluhm possesses a modern, clear-eyed perspective that grabs the heart and keeps you holding on to every word.

Releasing June 3 of 2022, her new album AVONDALE DRIVE is a masterful exploration of what it means to be fully yourself, rather than a vessel for the expectations of others.

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