Eric Saint Nicholas

Californian Folk Rock & Americana

Californian Folk Rock & Americana


American heartbreak radio
LYRICs

All Songs Written & Performed by Eric Saint Nicholas • ASCAP


 

SWEET WAY

RAINING BLUE



Raining Blue, yeah it’s Raining Blue
I sit and write a song, a tale you might know too
Raining Blue, what am I to do?
Now that I’m on my own, and she’s with someone new


You don’t know what she’s thinking of
You don’t know what she’s doing
And you don’t know if it’s you she loves
You wonder now, might she come around?
Will she be walking slow
When she finds herself in your part of town


Raining Blue, yeah it’s Raining Blue
I sit and write a song, a tale you might know too
Raining Blue, tell me what can I do?
Now that I’m on my own, I’ll have to face what’s true


One day I might have known
Where to go and what to do
Oh and I might have said
That I knew the way and just what to say


I’m thinking now
That was a feeling of another day
I’m feeling sick because I know
I miss myself the other way
But I’m gonna pick things up
I won’t be lead astray
 

I’m finding out from day to day
That when I double the work, I get double the pay
So breathe on in, go where you want to go
And if you live out loud you’ll be singing to the
Heat of the Sun
The Heat of the Sun
The Heat of the Sun
Yeah the Heat of the Sun..


Raining Blue, oh now that it’s all through
I’ve written down my song, and now you’ve heard it too
Raining Blue, now what’s a man to do?
Go on and sing out loud, go on and play your tune

There is nothing left to say now
It’s all up here, just read my face
I speak to you, and you turn away now
That says it all, and I bet you’re feeling tall
You know, you and I have seen better days
 

By now you’ve gone, I’m sure some other way
This’d be your song, but instead I’m here to say
Fare thee well, on your Sweet Way
 

I know you see it in the mirror now,
And it’s getting clearer every day
But this house of mirrors ain’t full of cheer, no
And it’s no one’s fault that at times you’re feeling small
Just keep that gaze, you’ll be ok
We’ll each go our way, and we’ll be ok,  
Yeah, we’ll be alright
 

I know you’ve gone, I felt you turn away
This’d be your song, but instead I’m here to say
Fare thee well, on your Sweet Way
 

You and I, we go into the blue now
Over the hills and far away
Your path and mine, they’re not the same, no
We’ll see in time, but right now you sure ain’t mine
And I’ll let you know, that’s just ok
 

By now I’ve gone, yeah I’ve turned another away
This’d be your song, but instead I’m here to say
Fare thee well, on your Sweet Way
Fare thee well, on your Sweet Way

 

 

How Many Times (Love Is All)

3:45



Sometimes you bring me wine
Today from a bitter vine
Some nights your eyes are sweet
But now they’re cold, so cold and discreet
 

Still it’s for you I fell
And I think of no one else
Today you’re all I want
But darling you're not the one
 

How many times, how many times, how many times...
Must I watch this thing go wrong?
How many ways, for how many days, and how many nights...
Must a lonesome heart be strong?
 

I take another out tonight
First date at the opera
I can’t help but treat her nice
When she seems to have no flaws
 

She’s a writer and she can sing
Music was her first love
Serenade you all night long, but then
She might date you for the song
 

So how many times, tell how many times, how many times...
Must my hopes be broken down?
And how many ways, for how many days, and how many nights...
Must the strength to love be found?
 

Flowers from a broken hearted man must feel just like
The crystalline tears that have fallen away
From a girl lead on and astray
Should I carry on? Should I carry on?
I don’t mind how many times
No, how many times, oh no
‘Cause love is all
 

With open eyes she sees
My new girl thinks just like me
But add 2,000 miles, and take away her touch
To hide the tears and smile
Was just too damn much
 

How many times, how many times, how many times...
Must I watch this thing go wrong?
How many ways, for how many days, and how many nights...
Must a lonesome heart be
Must a lonesome heart be
Must a lonesome heart be strong

Well I’m walking home at 3:45
And I don’t know where you’re at tonight
I don’t mind ‘cause I’m doing just fine
But let me tell you, you’re on my mind
 

Woah yeah, it’s 3:45
We’re steering clear of each other tonight
But go on, it’s 3:45 and I know
Just where to go
 

Now you've got something over me
I don’t mind 'cause the rest of me’s free
But I’m sure you ain’t home fast asleep
And the devil knows just where you might be
 

Woah yeah, it’s 3:45
I don’t know where you've been tonight
But alright, it’s 3:45 and I know
Where I’m bound to go
 

You once begged to be close by my side
So other men would know that you’re mine
Now you’re gone and it’s 3:45
So I better find me something to keep me alive
 

Whoa yeah, it’s 3:45
And I don’t know where you’re at tonight
But go on, it’s 3:45 and I know
Just where to go

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Way it is

SISTER CALIFORNIA



I walked on down the road, flowers in my hand
Aw, she was such a pretty thing, she said come on in
Truth be told I felt unsure, could it really be so good?
Soon as we shut the door I heard a shotgun click and thud
 

See she ain’t a woman alone, and she never could be, no
There’s a man around every corner, lock-loaded, n’ ready to go
I can see that a fight breaks out any time she drops a thing
- “I’ll pick it up for ya”
Cause every man in the whole damn world
Want to be the one to give her a ring
 

I feel a change, shift and phase, a turn of the moon
Been here too long, I’ve sung my song, there’s nothing left to do
Yeah, I’ll walk my way 'till I’m in the grave, that’s the way it is
This old wolf gonna grin and howl ‘cause he knows that moon is his
Mmhm, that’s the way it is.. Yeah huh, that’s just how it is

 

I can take you there, show you right in, then it’s up to you
Heard em’ say that once, didn’t take em' twice
I knew just what to do
Get going, carry on, yeah, sing my song to the moon
You ain’t a man if you can’t walk alone
For a minute and hum your tune, mhmm

 

If you take a step, call it your own, ‘cause it sure ain’t mine
If I hold your hand, it’s just me and you, know that I ain’t lying
So don’t fake your love, pretend you know it all,
That’s a waste of time
Give it up, give it up, come off yourself
Walk a new damn line
 

I feel a change, shift and phase, a turn of the moon
Yeah, I’m movin’ on, I’ve sung my song, nothing more to do
‘Cause I live my way till I’m in the grave and that’s the way it is
A lone wolf gonna grin and howl, ‘cause he knows that moon is his
Aw yeah he howls for that moon to be his
 

Still..
No one knows who’s gonna take him in
'Cause just when there’s a place to stay
Somehow, aw, it fades away... What can you say, that’s how it is
You get what you need I suppose... Move quick, change course  Then it slows
You know where you been, you learn where you’re going
So don’t mind that some’ll just get you down
Don’t mind the ones that get you down
 

Yeah girl, I’m gonna save a dime, so forget that grand ol’ chase
And hold on to that cherry pie, no matter how good it may taste
You know we’re bound to move, If I can’t, then I won’t stay
Take a tip from the moon, let change be change
 

Yeah, I’ll keep my head up high, stay close to my suitcase
And this leather here, is gonna weather, yeah, just the way it is

I’m gonna board a plane to California to see you now
I know that lately you’ve been feeling pretty down
See I’ve been there, I am your kind
And I’m right here on the other side.. of that fight
 

You tell me all the things that kept you happy are now long gone
You’ve got this sense that all the world is going wrong
I think you miss feeling free
I think that love is all you need... All we need
 

Sister California, this won’t last forever
Sister California, we’re in this together
An oak tree don’t move for a little cold weather, mmhm
 

I want to share with you what keeps me smiling, it’s the little things
It’s when I get a phone call from a friend just thinking of me
It’s when I hear of snow in Santa Fe
It’s when the Cali sun comes out my way... In Tennessee
 

Yeah, I know that you want to break out,
That you just want to be
Anywhere that’s somewhere new
There’s nothing that you wouldn’t do for peace of mind


Sister California, we’re in this together
Sister California, you can bear the bad weather
Skies'll turn blue, even clouds, they know better
This won’t last forever
 

Consider this a little detour, it’s one you don’t walk alone
You can call it a test, or, the place where beauty its formed
Find yourself a place to rest now, go on and lay your head down
Sister California, you’re gonna turn things around


Sister California, the skies are looking better
Sister California, we’re in this together
To the stars and the moon the world is light as a feather, mmhm
Know that I am right here for you
I hope you know that I am right here for you

 

I Know You

Highway Rhymes



Highways rolling by, I can’t help but mind
Passing inch by inch, though we’ve travelled miles


God knows I take the time to listen to your rhymes
And I sure make the time to listen to your crying
I take the time, I do. I take the time, I take the time


Half a tank of gas, emptied by the fire
Burnt to see the day, half then to retire

 

God knows I take the time to listen to your rhymes
And I sure make the time to listen to your crying
I take the time, I do. I take the time, I take the time

 

Every dirt worn path, every sign we pass
Speak no words to us, may they gently last

 

God knows I take the time to listen to your rhymes
And I sure make the time to listen to your crying
I take the time, I do. I take the time, I take the time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Have you been here before?
I swear I know your face, at least I’d like to say
That I’ve been here with you, another time, another day
And you know... You’ve got a beautiful way
About you now

 

Now I’ll take the lead, and play along if you please
Won’t you please? I’ll strum if you sing
Smoky bar, dim lights.. I tell you we’ve met
You pretend that I’m right
I’ve got you rocking, keep us rolling tonight


You know I’m talking about what’s in the air
You’re picture perfect just the way you’re standing there
I’m into learning how we met before
Even if it’s in my dreams... I know you, you know me


Woah oh.. Honey child
You’ve got the feel, what a groove, oh ... what a sweet sound
Our eyes agree, let’s keep this jazzy feeling around


Slow dancing, sweet glancing, you know
The way that you stare could stop a freight train from speeding
The way you dance could start a fire when it’s freezing
Took a midnight chance
And the band played all the songs that we love


You know I’m talking about what’s in the air
You’re picture perfect just the way you’re standing there
I’m into learning how we met before
Even if it’s in my dreams... I know you, you know me
I know you, you know me... I know you, you know me

 

AMERICAN HEARTBREAK RADIO

ALBUM CREDITS:



I’ve been waiting for, seems like a while now
A little bit of something good
It was not long ago you were at my door
I turned the volume up, and your voice fell low
Sometimes I hear only what I wanna hear, that’s not fair, I know
And because of me
Our only company was the radio
 

That American Heartbreak Radio
Our own American Heartbreak Radio
 

Feels like they put on the same song
Each and every day and all night long
And it just won’t end
So when it don’t make sense to feel alone, I want you to know
We’re in this together
 

That’s America’s Heartbreak Radio
Our own American Heartbreak Radio
 

So while I wait for what I’m hoping for
Play me a song, make it fast or slow
Just give me a tune so true that it hits me at the core
A glint of light on broken glass, one more kiss even after our last
And know that when I sing, or strum this guitar
It's to rev the engine in your heart

That’s America’s Heartbreak Radio
Our own American Heartbreak Radio

A heart-warmed thanks to my mentors and fellow musicians.

Lead Vocals
Eric Saint Nicholas
Background Vocals -
Eric Saint Nicholas, Kaitlyn Connor, Kim Parent
Guitars
Eric Saint Nicholas
Drums/Percussion -
Dennis Holt (Raining Blue, How Many Times, 3:45, I Know You), 
Jeffery Teague (Sweet Way, Sister California, The Way it Is)
Bass -
Dave Francis
Wurlitzer/Organ -
Howard Duck
Keys/Synth -
Kaitlyn Connor
Upright Piano -
Eric Saint Nicholas
Auxiliary Acoustic Guitar -
Pat McGrath
Cello -
Paul Nelson
Ambient Electric Guitar -
Pat Buchanan

Produced by Eric Saint Nicholas & Jeffery Teague
Engineered by Eric Saint Nicholas (all),
Jeff Zacharski (all except Raining Blue, How Many Times), 
Kenny Royster (Raining Blue, How Many Times)

Cover Photo by Erick Anderson
Cover Design by Katerina Matheos & Eric Saint Nicholas