Tiny Death

by Nico Rivers

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After releasing 3 self-produced EPs, Nico Rivers has put together his first full-length album backed by the Black Grass. Recorded in a log house, Tiny Death touches on themes of existence, transformation and the cyclical nature of the universe.
One of the only known constants in the universe is transformation. All that exists has been and will someday be something else. Tiny Death is meditation on this notion.

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released May 25, 2018

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Track Name: Tidal Wave
Tidal Wave

I got me a mirror
but it told me lies
So I boarded the windows
and closed my eyes
All the while I just saw you
There was nothing I could do

I lost my reflection
in the dead moonlight
Oh, well he was never even on my side
I don't mind to say goodbye
It's alright to say goodbye

I followed your shadow
she told no lies
She told me your secrets
and where you hide
It's alright I'm not out to make you cry
Darling, I just want to waste your time

I bend just like the riverbed
I don't know who I'll be tomorrow
You break like a tidal wave
Hold my breath and aim for the bottom

Me, I've died a hundred times
and I'll die ten thousand more
If you'd like to kiss death tonight
I'll be waiting at your door

I bend just like the riverbed
I don't know who I'll be tomorrow
You break like a tidal wave
Hold my breath and aim for the bottom
Track Name: Devil's Boots
Devil's Boots

She let off the weight on my shoulders saying "don't,
don't think too hard 'bout the ocean that's filling your boat
Battered and bruised
Licking all of my wounds
Stumbling home
Wearing the devil's boots

Didn't take much time 'fore I was on my way
Down that broken path, hell, it never seemed to change
No, I ain't been here before
but it's familiar like the truth
Standing at your door
wearing the devil's boots

Won't you come down
Mangle my brain
Can't recall how
everything changed

I've been looking deep inside
my little mind
but honey I can't find the words

They just run from my forked tongue
at the blast of guns
and scatter with the birds

Oh, my my my, my my darling won't you
Let me walk you home
Wearing my new boots

Oh, my my my, my my darling won't you
Let me walk you home
Wearing my new boots

Wearing my new boots
Wearing my new boots
Wearing my new...
Track Name: All the same
All the Same

I've been down this road before
and I've seen
the way it's gonna go down
I mean
It's all the same to me
If it's all the same to you

Do what you please
just watch your step
and if it shakes your knees
then it's probably deadly
and you should probably just leave

Who are you?

I wasted my belief on faith
and got no remedy for my pain
but it's all a dream to me
Is that how it seems to you?

Who are you?

Do you, do you know?
Does it make me weak?

You've made your mark
and all your scars
Carved them deep
into my heart
for the world to see
while I share it carelessly

Who are you?
Track Name: Backroads
Backroads

Somebody open my eyes
I must be dreaming
I can't believe that
I'm all alone out here
chasing a hole in the sky
haunted by demons
begging for freedom
with a head full of doubt and fear

Hit like a cannonball
so I broke with the morning sun
didn't know what to do but run
to break my fall

Oh, oh bottle of sorrow take me home
back where I know the roads
I got all mixed up looking for a ghost
but she was never home

We've got the wisdom of years
can you help me reason
in the Garden of Eden
we all fight for air
pumping the pain
the the gears of greed
crushing our weak bones
to dust and despair

Nothing but open roads
can't seem to make a move
I can't even lift my shoes
forget my soul

Oh, oh bottle of sorrow take me home
back where I know the roads
I got all mixed up looking for a ghost
but she was never home
Now you're all I've got so I hold you close
won't ever let you go
Oh, oh bottle I think I'm losing hope
Won't you just take me home?
Track Name: Misty Nebraska
Misty Nebraska

I'm not sure
of many things in this world but I
I can tell the truth from a lie
I know that both can make you cry
I've seen it happen once or twice

It's not war
at least it's not supposed to be
but sometimes I feel the universe against me
even though I got everything I need
That's just the American that's running through my blood stream

Oh darling, where did we go wrong
One day you're here the next you're gone
and like the mist of the morning sun
we're slowly burning off

What's this for?
This life we lead and where we go?
Them tired trees don't seem to know
but every day they still proceed to grow
and the rivers chatter down the mountains as they flow

Is there more
beyond the depths that we can see?
Inside of you and outside of me
In all the spaces in between
collecting dust and shattered dreams

Oh darling, where did we go wrong
One day you're here the next you're gone
and like the mist of the morning sun
we're slowly burning off
Track Name: Oildrips
Oildrips

Tied my shoes, kissed my wife
and waved the sun goodbye
Next time I see his light
will be under a desert sky
When all else seems to fail
you know in government we trust
shackles 'round our ankles
as our bones begin to rust

Asleep beneath the palm trees
laid out in freedom's rest
stretching as far as I can reach
trying so hard to forget
about the landmines sitting next to me
and the angel of death
He's been circling like a vulture
hanging just above my head

My heart still kicks
My lungs they swell
The oil drips
as the bodies start to smell

Death came graceful
and stepped into the light
He said take my hand son
but I just waved goodbye
I've got to

Shoot through the sun again
We're halfway home now

I turned 21 on Tuesday
and I took 15 shots of sand
Dried out my mouth 'til I couldn't speak
but it wasn't hard to stand
The devil he just laughed
sent his best regards and love
calling me back home
but lord he knows
I was meant for up above

Or maybe not
It's hard to tell
My eyes can't see if there's
a bottom to the well

Death be patient
and take a step aside
You must be mistaken
it's just not my time
I've got to

Shoot through the sun again
We're halfway home now

Long live the free
bathe in black gold
Track Name: Ghosts
Ghosts

Open your eyes and let me in
I wanna see what's inside of there
Wanna know what's inside
Between the bones beneath your skin
I wanna go where you've ever been
Wanna go where you've been

Tell me how it is you know
that this is real
'Cause I know only that I don't
unless I can feel it in my arms
or see it in the light
but when everybody's gone
who'll be there to say goodbye

Do you believe in ghosts?
Don't you wanna know?
Where'd everybody go?

I've seen your body every inch
but I could never read your mind
so I'm begging you please
I wanna know the words that make you itch
see the color drip in your spine
and drift off to sleep

to the pictures racing by
the ones that keep you up and breathing tight
honey, I know what it's like
to feel the empty in your bones
under a neverending sky
chasing ripples from a stone
through the oceans of the night

Do you believe in ghosts?
Seems everybody knows
where you're gonna go
if you believe in ghosts
How come I've never seen the light
My eyes are open all the time

When all the world is coming unglued
and everybody goes away
just let it go away
Oh, but hell I heard that, too
nothing every goes away
it changes shape
Do you believe in ghosts?
Don't you wanna know?
Where'd everybody go?
Do you believe in ghosts?
Honey, can't you see that I
just wanna be there all the time
Track Name: The Wheel
The Wheel

Some days I wish I could shed off my skin
Exposed and bleeding, I would let it all in
Every bruise, every cut, feel the sting
and know that it, too, will end

If we run out of room for the stars in the sky
who will determine which one takes a dive?
Scattered in pieces and lost in the night
no effort to defend

Another shimmering spoke in the wheel
Which one's a lullaby and which one is real?
I'm never quite sure how it is I should feel
I just take it on the chin

So give me your love, make it real make it true
If it's anything else my dear, what's the use?
The mind can get twisted when the heartstrings are loose
Upon them won't you swing?

Some days I wish I could shed off my skin
and do it all over
Exposed and bleeding, I would let it all in
and take every breath slower
Every love, every heartache and sting
and know that it, too, will end
just like everything

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