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by Frank Nicolas

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released October 23, 2016


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Frank Nicolas Amsterdam, Netherlands

With a versatile voice ranging from Buddy Holly to Johnny Cash and Cat Stevens and the style to match, Frank can be counted upon to hit the listener with upbeat love songs and powerful dirges. Solid guitar playing and catchy songwriting will leave you with a chorus stuck in your head for days. ... more

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Track Name: By Any Other Name
A Rose
By any other name
Is just as sweet
By any other name
Is just as black

But we’ll not carry roses
And we’ll not carry coal
We’ll pick words from thorny bushes
We’ll burn names to fight the cold

By any other name
Is just as grim
By any other name
Is just as wet

We’ll not cry for war
And we’ll not cry for rain
We’ll let euphemisms kill us
After we beat around the bush

By any other name
Is just as…
Track Name: A Long Way Gone
Where once jasmin grew
Where once children played
Our church was painted black
And the children painted red

So we fled westward bound
Nine in a vessel for two
At first they gave us hope
Now we’re a number in a speech

And we’re a long way from home
But home is a long way gone

We said lord, we trust in you
Lord come to our aid
Please guide us to places
Where we can rest our weary bones

We could pray all we want
Ask all we want
Say all we want

It’s still a long way from home
And hope is a long way gone

Can you believe in a higher power
One that loves us one and all
When your house is in tatters
And everything that matters

Is Gone


Track Name: Across And A Cross
A Rose
There’s an old piece of wood here
Once the heart of a tree
It’s seen winters in norway
Now it’s looking at me

In every crack is a story
A tale in every stain
I hear the voice of the ages
Whisper a weathered refrain

I’ve been around the world twice
I’ve seen centuries pass by
I’ve been across the Blue ocean
And here I lie

They felled me one morning
Spring of sixteen-o-four
They hauled me off to the shoreline
To Bragernes Drammen port

And then on to the North Sea
Past the Frisian Isles
We rolled in through the Pampus
To the old river Zaan

Where the windmills drove sawblades
Through every inch of my trunk
Up, and down and up again
Chunk by chunk

Then they left me to dry out
Until the ship-builders came
They took my heart to the shipyards
Put my scraps to the flame

To be part of the ship’s bow
When my body was bent
They poured a cup of wine on me
And away we went

We sailed ‘round the good hope
On a westerly breeze
We brought pepper and nutmeg
From the far, far east

Robert Holmes made a bonfire
Burning ten dozen ships
Vows of vengeance and cries for war
Were on everyone’s lips

Tubes of bronze were upon me
The smell of death in the air
Sailors clutching my edges
On a dying prayer

With the cannonballs raining
Down on splintering wood
We sprung a leak and were towed away
They stripped all that they could

For a woodworker found me
Carved a nice figurine
But his wife quoted Calvin
Saying I was obscene

So he chiseled my legs out
Gave me a thorny crown
He did a half-hearted paint job
And the church paid him down

I’ve been around the world twice
I’ve seen centuries of loss
I’ve been across the blue ocean
I’ve been nailed to a cross

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