Nic Swales

Nic Swales

 Sarnia, Ontario, CAN
BandPopSinger/Songwriter

the new recording VARIANT available now

Biography

To say that musician and songwriter Nic Swales, gets around is not an understatement. With his roots firmly planted in Sarnia currently, he has traveled many miles over the last decade honing his craft and getting his music out to the public. His style of song writing and singing is at warm and inviting with a haunting lilt to it that leaves you wanting more.

Known to be one of Sarnia's premier song-smith's, back in 2007, Nic relocated briefly to Halifax Nova Scotia and independently recorded and released an acoustic EP "Sunny River" along with a full length pop/rock album "Bohemian Summer". Both were recorded, engineered and produced by Dennis Field at Denmark Productions. A total of sixteen songs were recorded with a successful CD release party in Sarnia and a brief tour in support of "Bohemian Summer" following.

His hard work was met with much success giving him radio play not only in his home town, but also on the east coast on CBC Atlantic along with other stations. Making the year even more noteworthy, Nic won the 'Runner Up' and 'Suggested Artist' awards in the Annual Song Of The Year Songwriting Contest.

The following year saw Nic being featured on an episode of a television show in Springfield Massachusetts called New Music Showcase as well as having song placement on the national PBS network show called Roadtrip Nation. Once settled back into Sarnia, it didn't take Nic long to become, once again, part of the vibrant music scene of the city. He began hosting the Songwriter's Circle set at the annual Sarnia Artwalk art and music festival and playing regularly at many of the downtown venues.

2012 saw him releasing another full length recording called "Variant" that was a total local production right down to the cover art with photographic work by Hailey McHarg. Recording, engineering and production was done by Adam Miner at DNA Recording Studio. This CD was so successful that Nic was featured on two episodes of a live music show for Cogeco Cable television with his current band, 'The Band Of Friends'. After the broadcast the audio was re-mixed and video was edited to release three live performance videos on youtube

More recently Nic along with Adam Miner, have developed a song writing partnership/collaborative effort which they hope will open the doors for more publishing opportunities. To this end, the songs "Ghosts of History" and "Little Jar" have been added to the song catalogue of U.S. based music publishing company Noteborn Music Inc.

According to CBC Music website... "Nic Swales is one of those songwriters and guitarists you need to keep your eye on in the next little while.... Nic is poised to take his well deserved rightful place on the rich tapestry that is the Canadian Independent music scene."

Lyrics

Little Jar

Written By: Nic Swales

If I could put this feeling in a little jar
Crank the lid down tight, keep it outta sight
Maybe use it up or save it for a rainy day
Anyway ain't gonna let it just slip away

Gonna keep it flowing in waves
Gonna keep it flowing in waves
All my nights and all my days...in waves.

If I could take a journey of the ethereal kind
Open up my mind, pull it out of time
Maybe catch one moment and put it in a little jar
Gonna end this fight let in the light

Gonna keep it flowing in waves
Gonna keep it flowing in waves
All my nights and all my days
Gonna keep it flowing in waves
In Waves

Every face I see reminds me of a little child
Innocent and bright holding on so tight

Gonna keep it flowing in waves
Gonna keep it flowing in waves
If I could put this feeling in a little jar
Crank the lid down tight keep it outta sight
Oooh I could keep it flowing in waves
Gonna keep it flowing in waves
All my nights and all my days
Gonna keep it flowing in waves
In waves, In waves.

Keep it flowing in waves.
Keep it flowing in waves.

Ghosts of History

Written By: Nic Swales

I'm chasing a dollar and contradiction

I celebrate love, and the the world I live in

I'm seeking the truth and I feel conviction

I get lost being in transition

I been walking through the jungle in mid-day sun

I've crossed the great plains with no one

Fighting on-coming traffic down a one way street

Lay my head at night, I still feel the beat pounding

She said come back sugar you're losing me

You've been dancing with the ghosts of history

You've been searching the night feeling lonely

I push my pride aside & put the past behind me.

I'm facing my troubles at point blank range

A bullet's path I can't change

Just have a little more grace for this beat up soul

There's a bright light shining for us I know

Because life is a mystery darling

I can feel your love calling

but in my bones

& with every breath I'm being set free.


She said come back sugar you're losin me been dancin with the ghosts of history lost in the night feelin lonely, I push my pride aside, I push my pride aside...

She said come back honey you're losing me

Been roamin with the ghosts of history

Lost in the night feelin lonely - I wouldn't run and hide

She said come back sugar you're losin me

Been dancing with the ghosts of history

Lost in the night feelin lonely

I push my pride aside and put the past behind me.

No Way To Make A Living

Written By: Nic Swales

No Way To Make A Living

vr. 1
I've had enough killing

I've had enough blood

I've had enough of your righteous preaching

I drown in that flood

vr. 2
I'm sick of these bullets flying

I'm sick of this gun

I'm sick of this burnin desert

With no where to run

pre chorus 1 The grandest of illusions

Has brought me to a conclusion

chorus 1 Made up my mind oh lord

About a little matter I'm stuck in

Baby I've stopped believing

Ain't gonna fight no more for something I don't believe

in

This ain't no way to make a living

vr. 3 Don't tell me I'm crazy

I tell ya I'm done

Don't tell me about losing

Because nobody's won

pre chorus 2 the fire keeps on burning in my head

and the world's gonna keep on turnin

chorus 2 Made up my mind oh lord

About a little place I'm stuck in

Baby I've stopped believing

Ain't gonna cry no more for something I don't believe in

This ain't no way to make a living

repeat chorus 1

In Dreams

Written By: Nic Swales

In Dreams
Music and Lyrics by Nic Swales

1. With the curtains drawn two souls ramble on
tangled up between the sheets
on a cold winter's eve in the darkness they believe
in the love they know is true

2. tomorrow will bring another telephone ring
another day shift on some clock
but the night they know is their's to let go
in their dreams they'll meet again.

chorus: In Dreams
When I'm sleeping I will see you smile
In Dreams
the day is done but you'll be the one
In my dreams
I know that I will find you before toworrow comes
In Dreams.

3. In the pouring rain she waits to catch a train
wishing she was calling out his name
By the dim streetlights the traffic he fights
to get home and dream again

4. Most people show when it's time to let go
when it's just not working out right
but some lovers know they're gonna take the long road
and their souls will ramble on...

chorus - repeat intro + extra section - end

Runnin Free

Written By: Nic Swales

RUNNIN' FREE

1. she'd go out walkin'

in the rain and snow

voice in her head talking

tellin' her she'd know if she just listened from inside

sometimes.

2. he'd go out walkin'

this much I know

music in his head rockin'

but his heart hangs low 'cause she questions his love

sometimes.

chorus: nothin' has changed all the crowded years keep

pushin' through the dark

ain't it strange how we found our way

never quite lost that spark.

you & me were meant to be runnin' free

3. mystery tangles itself in truth

words come at angles

hide & be aloof

you make it hard to get through

4. we'd go out walking

through the changing leaves

sunshine come knocking (on my door)

finally at ease

one more mile down this old road.

Chorus - repeat intro - end

Discography

Eight song EP TRANSIT - 2001
Six song SUNNY RIVER EP - 2007
Full Length BOHEMIAN SUMMER - 2007
new recording VARIANT 2012
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Set List

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