Nick Stevens

Nick Stevens

 South Windsor, Connecticut, USA
BandFolkAcoustic

It’s not easy to describe my sound. My love of rock, pop, and folk permeates my music and has led to a rock infused acoustic sound with strong melodies and lyrics. I aim to write songs that go beyond the ordinary, and connect with audiences emotions in the same way my influences have reached me.

Biography

It’s hard to pigeonhole Nick Stevens into a single genre. Equal parts folk, rock, and pop, Nick has created a unique synthesis all his own. A self taught singer, guitarist, pianist, and writer, Nick has been performing as a solo artist since the 2009 release of his debut EP “Lost and Found”. His introspective and thoughtful lyrics, coupled with his emotive baritone voice have won Nick rave reviews and warm receptions wherever he performs. He is currently hard at work at his eponymous debut album, which will be released in late 2012.

Lyrics

Soul (Where I'll Be)

Written By: Nick Stevens

Oh weary wind, won't you tell me where you're blowing?
Won't you help me find my way into tomorrow?
Oh weary wind, won't you show me where I'm going?
You know the way, and I try my best to follow
But I'm lost, lost without a trace of understanding
In a world where its hard to run free
Though its tough living through a life that's so demanding
In the end, I know just where I'll be

Oh rolling rain, won't you tell me why you're falling?
Won't you show me all the places that you've been?
Oh rolling rain, what do I hear you calling?
I know there's something there deep within.
But I deaf to the truth that's drowned out by the lies
And I'm blind to all in front of me
Though its hard to hear your voice among the cries
In the end, I know just where I'll be.

(Instrumental)

But I'm lost, lost without a trace of understanding
In a world where it's hard to run free
Though its tough, living through a life that's so demanding
In the end, I know just where I'll be

When the Door Flew Open

Written By: Nick Stevens

I heard it when the door flew open
The melody that rose above the din
I heard the music speak to me
It said "Listen to the breeze
Follow it through the autumn leaves
And you'll end up where you should be"
There I met a girl named Jane
Who asked me everything except my name
And handed me the key
She told me "Follow your soul
It'll be easy to find your role
And in the end, you'll be free"

It took me to a secret world
Where my heart would be unfurled
And a lover's arms would finally find me
Where everything seemed so bright
Shining in me like a light
And that was all that I would need
But sometimes it just wouldn't last
And I'd hope for days long since past
Hoping it just couldn't be
But if I could get through the worst
And triumph over love's cruel curse
In the end, I'd be free

Though these aren't the best of times
Not everything in life will always rhyme
And they're the only times I'll see
Life's too short to not take chances
Sit around through all life's dances
And follow instead of lead
It made me wonder, when I'm dead
What kind of life will I have lead?
And where will me spirit be?
Could I look back at the end of the day
And could I finally say
"The end is here, I'm finally free"?
I'm finally free

The Game

Written By: Nick Stevens

Love’s a battle, a two way dance
Sometimes just a game of chance
Hoping someone says your name
Sometimes you find that love is just a game

Sleight of hand and twist of fate
Nothing to do but sit and wait
Cards in your hand, nerves untamed
You place your bet, and hope you win the game

And every time the cards were dealt
I’d always run away
Afraid of losing all my heart
I’ll try again some other day

See her standing over there
Slight glimpse of golden hair
Hoping that I might catch her name
Hoping I might finally win the game

Familiar fear grips my heart
Unable to win her love today
But there may not be another time
I guess it’s time for me to play

So I go to throw the die
Unable to look you in the eye
As you glance across the room and call my name
Tell me, have I won or lost the game?
Tell me, have I won or lost the game?
Tell me, have I won or lost the game?

Someone Like You

Written By: Nick Stevens

Felt something stir in my soul
When I saw your raven hair
Looked into your eyes
I found the answer to a prayer
Every time I feel you near me
The future seems so bright
And it pains me every time
We have to part and say goodnight

And I always hoped I’d find someone like you
Someone who could show me all the things I never knew
It means the world to have someone like you

When all I saw was darkness
You turned on the light
Helped me see the birds by day
And the starry sky at night
Though my path is long and rough
I know I’ll find my way
‘Cause the thought of being near you
Helps to get me through the day

And I always hoped I’d find someone like you
Someone who could show me all the things I never knew
It means the world to have someone like you

Answers

Written By: Nick Stevens

There are always times in my life
Where I wish my roots were from a different tree
And times I’ve cried into the night
When it seemed that I could never break free
Though sometimes my path may lead
To places that I would prefer not to go
To the city in the sky
I'm happy here just laying low

The skies once so black and cold
Have cleared to blushing pink
And all of this disrupted time
Is running back in sync
No longer blind to the truth
That I hadn’t seen before
And the answers to your questions
Aren’t so hazy anymore

I’ve often felt like a man out of time
Running from the future to dwell in the past
Too eager to step on the brake
Afraid my life would be moving too fast
The life that I’d been hungry for
The thirst I’ve tried to quench
It's easier to damn my fears
Than for me to keep sitting on the bench

The words I’d feared to say
Now are commonplace
And a smile has overpowered
The frown that lined my face
Feel the warmth after the chill
Feel so rich after being so poor
And the answers to your questions
Aren’t so hazy anymore

And I hope you’ll find one day
That you can feel the same

The skies once so black and cold
Have cleared to blushing pink
And all of this disrupted time
Is running back in sync
No longer blind to the truth
That I hadn’t seen before
And the answers to your questions
Aren’t so hazy anymore

Home

Written By: Nick Stevens

Walking through January rain
On the cold and lonely lane
The chill upon my bones
A wanderer in the streets
Blind to everyone I meet
Just straggling to and fro
Let the ashen snow descend
Through the winter without end
I’ve never felt so alone
Won’t you tell me which way is home?

She decided to depart
And the love within my heart
Vanished with the wind so cold
So I was left for dead
The rain falling on my head
And left here on my own
I’m just searching for the light
For that beacon burning bright
Somewhere my roots can grow
Won’t you tell me which way is home?

Through the rain, hail, sleet and snow
Won’t you tell me which way’s home?

With springtime’s gentle breeze
Leaves swaying in the trees
You’re standing in the grove
Just dancing in the light
The evening’s soft twilight
An iridescent glow
So the winter finally ends
And the vernal rain descends
As I’m taken as your own
It’s good to be home

Dance with Me Tonight

Written By: Nick Stevens

He sees her standing there alone
A young lost soul in the warm June night
A thousand secrets buried in her eyes
Her face aglow in the pale moonlight

So near to her, drawn to her side
Hoping she would make him feel whole
As she turned, and met him with her eyes
There and then, he just lost all control

Lost in her sky blue eyes
Searching for something to say
Hoping to break through the silence
Praying he might find a way
Then he says:

Oh, won't you dance with me tonight?
Hold me in your arms so tight
Being alone here seems so wrong
When the night is cold and long
When all the world is full of lies
I see the truth there in your eyes
So 'til we see the morning light
Oh, won't you dance with me tonight?

Silence cuts through the heat of the night
Underneath the vast starry sky
Until her voice rose from the void
And a single tear fell from her eye
"My heart and I have been here before
And its more than I could ever bear
I would fall, then lose all control
My soul would be torn beyond all repair

In her pale eyes he sees
All her faith is gone
How could he right this wrong
And show her life goes on?
Then he said:

Oh, won't you dance with me tonight?
Hold me in your arms so tight
Being alone here seems so wrong
When the night is cold and long
Your heart is safe here with me
So let your spirit run free
Until we see the morning light
So won't you dance with me tonight?

Alone in the pale twilight
There was nothing more to say
In the stillness and silence
They knew that they'd found a way
When she said:

Oh, won't you dance with me tonight
Hold me in your arms so tight
Being alone here seems so wrong
When the night is cold and long
When all the world is full of lies
I see the truth there in your eyes
So till we see the morning light
Won't you dance with me tonight?

Outer Orbit

Written By: Nick Stevens

In January, on fire in the cold
In January, on fire in the cold
In January, on fire in the cold

Am I dreaming, or has the wine gone to my brain?
Am I dreaming, or am I standing in the rain?
Am I dreaming, or has the wine gone to my brain?

In outer orbit, somehow it don’t feel real
In outer orbit, somehow it don’t feel real
In outer orbit, somehow it don’t feel real

The stars are falling, and sailing cross the sky
The stars are falling, and streaking across the sky
The stars are falling, and setting in my eye

Waiting for the Rain

Written By: Nick Stevens

Here I am again
Along the winding road
Where I saw you standing
And felt my heart slow
When you waved hello
A smile I did feign
Standing on the corner
While waiting for the rain

Trembling in the shadows
Feeling so afraid
Holding onto my breath
Hoping it would fade
This hold you have on me
Let it slip away
As you’re standing by my side
While we walk through the rain

I can feel myself clinging
To every word you say
More weight upon my mind
And each mistake I’ve made
As I looked into your eyes
I felt a nagging pain
When you turned away from me
And looked into the rain

Here we are again
End of the street
As I turn to watch you leave
My heart slows its beat
Inside I feel the cold
It’s how I am each day
Standing on the corner
Waiting for the rain

We'll Never Know

Written By: Nick Stevens

What keeps the world turning?
Keep the sun in the sky?
Does the rain come falling
Because the angels cry?
Is it the breath of God that makes the cold wind blow?
One thing’s for sure, we’ll never know

At the end of our numbered days
Where do we go?
How do you get to the clouds above
Instead of burning below?
Never mind the preachers, and what the books have told
Where we’ll end up, we’ll never know

At the edge of the ocean
Where the waves crash and curl
Sit and wonder what lies ahead
At the end of the world
Just sit back, and enjoy the show
Some things we’ll just never know

Discography

Nick Stevens - Late 2012
Lost and Found (EP) - November 2009

Set List

ORIGINALS

Soul (Where I'll Be)
The Game
When the Door Flew Open
Someone Like You
Dance with Me Tonight
Home
Answers
Outer Orbit
Waiting for the Rain
When I Hear Your Name
We'll Never Know
Waiting for the Sunrise

COVERS

Caroline (David Gray)
Down (Jay Sean)
There's Too Much Love (Belle and Sebastian)