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by Nicola Farnon

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about

I've been wanting to record an album like this for AGES. YEARS! An album that's different from the usual more jazz albums that I've recorded in the past. An album that hopefully evokes the love I have for my other musical influences - so a more funky, souly, country, rock, pop even - feel then.... But I kept thinking it wouldn't fit anywhere...kept making excuses basically. Anyway now I've done it and I'm reeeeally bloody pleased, happy, relieved... and also extreeeeemely bloody GRATEFUL to all the fantastic musicians who have played and sung for me - they have lifted this album into something I would never have dreamed possible! Bring on the next one...HAH!!

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released October 2, 2018

There are LOADS of bloody brilliant blighters I'd like to credit on this album....: -
Steve Beighton - saxes, flute and all horn arrangements
Benny Lee - Trumpet
Stuart Garside - Trombone
Jem Hewitt - vocals track 9
Billie and Jodie Johnson bvs on tracks 1,3,& 13
Phil Johnson and Curt Russell bvs on track 13
Roo Walker - guitar tracks 1,3,5,9,10,11,12,13
Bryan Walker - guitar tracks 2 & 6, guitar and vocals track 7
Sam Dunn - guitar tracks 4 & 8
Dougie Stevenson - dobro steel guitar tracks 2 & 7
Ryan Taylor - organ tracks 2, 5,6,7,8,9, keys & organ track 12
Christian Madden - organ tracks 1,3,11 and 13
Piero Tucci - piano tracks 2,6,7 and 8
Rachael Gladwin - harp tracks 4, 5 and 10
Shaun Perry - bass guitar track 9
Aron Bicskey - drums tracks 1,3,4,9,10,12 and 13
Phil Johnson - drums tracks 2,6,7,& 8
Ali Mac - drums and percussion track 11 & percussion tracks 5,8 & 11

I wrote, arranged and sang on all the tracks whilst also playing the following instruments (not at the same time obvs) : -
bass guitar, double bass, various keys, bass synth, fender rhodes, piano (track 10), cello, violin, viola

I created all the tracks in Farnon Studios(!) and then finished them in the following two studios: -
All tracks recorded at Farnon Studio and with Martin Smith at MU Studio, Sheffield apart from -
Tracks 2,6 &7 recorded with Keith Angel at Wavelength Studio, Doncaster

Special thanks to Martin at MU Studio where the bulk of this album was recorded - whose patience was probably massively tested, on many levels - especially when trying to decipher the occasional unintelligible but dramatically passionate stream of consciousness that would routinely verbally pour forth..

Special thanks to Steve Beighton for his brilliant horn arrangements that were an unexpected surprise and joy.

Stuart Hukin - for all his encouragement

Phil - just cos

Nicola Farnon - Short Bio
Widely recognised as one of the classiest Jazz and Swing musicians in the UK, Wiltshire born and now Sheffield resident, Nicola has a remarkable musical pedigree, both parents being professional classical musicians and her great uncle no less than the late Robert Farnon. After an early start on piano and cello (grade 8 in both by the age of eleven), she followed her dad's love of the 'standards' into jazz via the double bass and an enchanting voice which was developed during her Performing Arts studies at Middlesex University. Her sparkling trio and quartet appears regularly on the jazz circuit and the band's arrangements are all done by her - with some melodic and extremely catchy originals thrown in for good measure! She has played with such Jazz luminaries as Dave Newton, Digby Fairweather, Jim Mullen, Bruce Adams, Martin Shaw, Roy Williams and Alan Barnes and alongside class jazz acts as diverse as Eliane Elias, Courtney Pine, Georgie Fame,Tony Kofi, Michael Garrick Jazz Britannia Orchestra, Sir John Dankworth and Dame Cleo Laine, Humphrey Lyttleton and Acker Bilke.
Nicola's performances, with her wide variety of music, versatility and attention to detail, keeps audiences spellbound with classic songs ranging from 1930's to the 1970s. A truly talented singer, Nicola is a class act with a passionate and swinging style, outstanding personality and a charismatic stage presence to match - and an uncanny ability to adapt her performance to captivate and embrace any audience.

Scarborough Jazz Festival
The Nicola Farnon Trio combine first class musicianship with a genuine enthusiasm for being on stage at a prestigious jazz festival. Time and again Farnon’s bass playing swung, her winning vocals a delight.

Durham Jazz
Ms Farnon is everything a performer should be; accomplished, communicative and effervescent, her expressive voice a delight. [She] writes her own material and gives it 100%, winning new fans wherever she goes.

Southport Jazz festival
When your uncle is the highly acclaimed arranger and composer Robert Farnon (arranger for Sinatra and Tony Bennett amongst others) - you'd hope some of that talent might brush off on you.. For vocalist / double bassist Nicola Farnon it certainly has..

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Singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Nicola had an early start on piano and cello and her classical love combines perfectly with the jazz, funk, soul + rock influences. reflected in her singing, playing and compositions. Recognised as one of the classiest Jazz and Swing musicians in the UK Nicola has a passionate and swinging style, big personality and a charismatic stage presence to match ... more

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Track Name: The Right Question
LYRICS
I've been searching in my house - for something I can't find
Cos I'm not sure quite what it is - this thing that's slipped my mind

From my window I look out - search the sky to see
If there lies a clue - beyond the clouds - that's gonna hold my key

Always felt unsure - feels like something isn't right
Like a fish I just consume the bait - no matter what I bite
Spinning for a thrill on the wings of my windmill
Moving all the time - even when I'm standing still

I'm clinging to the notion....I retain my own free will

CHORUS
The right question (searching still)
The right question (and I know)
The right question I will find (I've a long way to go)
The right question (It's gotta be there)
The right question (deep in my bones)
The right question I will find (got to know, know, what's going on in my mind

Well I'm not looking for answers - don't tell me what's what
Don't want to be reminded - about the facts I forgot
Cos there's something more important, that I feel I've missed
Just like I felt immediately after my first kiss

No this may take a lifetime - but that is all I've got
To find what I am looking for whether I like it or not
Cos I keep coming back to thIS thing on my mind
And one day I might just get it
And the right question I will find

DOUBLE CHORUS AND FINISH
Track Name: Time to Blow The Whistle On Me
LYRICS
I know it's a cliche - but this time it's true
You were right when you said, 'It's not me - it's you'
And every time you turn around and look at me that way
I don't know where to hide - don't know what to say

CHORUS
Oh well it's time to blow the whistle on me
You deserve more than I can guarantee
I've tried and I've tried to be good company
And now it's time to blow the whistle on me

Love means nothing, when it's a loser's game
And the stakes don't seem high - when you're dealing the pain
But for those who just sit tight - pretending everything's alright
They'll gamble all or nothing - on foolish dreams, the could have beens

CHORUS
Oh well it's time to blow the whistle on me
You deserve more, you deserve honest
I've tried and I've failed so miserably
And now it's time to blow the whistle on me
And now it's time to blow the whistle on me
And now it's time to blow the whistle on me

And when you know down deep inside
There's no place left to hide
The roses had their day
The colours fade, the view is grey
And when you know it's the time - the time to say goodbye
I don't know when
I lost the way

Chorus and finish
Track Name: Loving You In Vain
LYRICS
Sometimes I feel good - forget the pain
And then I remember - ooh that's its just, just the same
I do my best, to sit back, and play that losing game
Oh but it kicks back and it hurts me
Cos I'm Loving you in Vain

CHORUS
What can I do or say
To make you look my way
Seems such a shame but it's still the same
Cos I'm Loving you in Vain

I can see the sense in changing - we all have to grow
And I know that we weren't really meant for each other
Now I'm letting you go
But in case you might want to see me - just to meet again
Well don't worry baby, I'm right here
cos I'm Loving you In Vain

CHORUS
Tell me what to say
To stop me from going crazy
Tell me what to do
To stop me from loving you ooohhhhh

DOUBLE CHORUS AND FINISH
Track Name: My New Crush
LYRICS
You don't know that I think of you a lot
You don't know how I feel
Can't see how I care
I won't lay myself bare
Even when my fate seems yours to seal

Know you don't have a clue about my feelings for you
It might surprise you or scare you to know
Your the focos of my obsession - I even thing of you as my possession
To do with - whatever I want to

I don't know how I hide - how much I'm out of sorts
I'm weary with all my inappropriate thoughts

CHORUS
And when I think of you, it makes me blush
And I think about you, much too much
If I had less control, I'd let it all go
Cos youuuu you you are my new crush
Yes you you you - are my new crush

It's ok, it won't last
Not if it's like those in the past
When I thought i could not adore - anyone else more
that my heart would never beat this fast
So for now I'll hold on to these feelings so strong
My secret feels so right
Cos it also feels so wrong

CHORUS AND FINISH
Track Name: Such A Lovely Thing
LYRICS
Look out of the window, it's such a rainy day
Postman comes to tell me, I've got bills to pay
And all the telephone does is ring and ring
But i don't pick it up because I've nothing to say

I haven't brushed my teeth yet, I don't think I'll get dressed
Will I do anything today, well that's anybody's guess
Cos all my heart wants to do is sing and sing
cos I've got and man - who's such a lovely thing yeh
I've got a man - who's such a lovely thing

CHORUS
Feels like I'm flying so high - like a bird in the sky
Floating around with my head in a whirl
Dancing in my kitchen just like a giddy girl
Cos I've got a man who's such a lovely thing yeh
I've got a man, who's such a lovely thing
Track Name: How Fair Is Fair
LYRICS
A little can mean a lot - that's how are defined
One tiny thought going round in my mind
Like the time I laughed at someone else's pain
safe in the shadows of the voyeurs game

The law of attraction has a lasting effect
How many blind eyes do I turn - to a world I just don't get?

CHORUS
How fair is fair?
How we judge who we care for?
Who decides who is there for?
How do we choose who wins, and who has to lose?

For one tiny action can have a lasting effect
The blind will lead the blind into the arms of regret tell me

How fair is fair?
How we judge who we care for?
Who decides who is there for?
Is it the favoured or the fallen - who holds the key?
Do I smile back at the mirror....like an innocent child?

Ooohh I just can't see
What lies behind the eyes when I look at me
OOhh how fair is fair
How we judge who we care for?
Who decides who is there for?
Is it just the lucky few - like you, like me
Smiling into the eyes of complicity?
Bedding down with greed and dishonesty...

I'll shake that hand....
Yes I'll lick that hand that feeds my reality
And I'll smile back - when I look at
Me
Track Name: I Woke Up This Morning (in Love with You)
LYRICS
We've been off and on for a long long time
Each time it's the other, changing their mind
But something's just hit me out of the blue
And when I woke up this morning I knew just what to do

CHORUS
I've got to send you a letter, or maybe a card
To say I'm feeling better, I'm not working too hard
A text or an email, just won't do
Cos when I woke up yawning, I just knew
Yes I woke up this morning in love with you

All this time we've wasted being indecisive fools
Who know we could just break all our limits, our rules?
I know you feel the same, I know you feel it too
And when I woke up this morning I knew just what to do

CHORUS

BRIDGE
Both of us so foolish, blinded by our pride
It's taken us so long to see what's right in front of our eyes
Let's not ask for forgiveness for what we've been through
Cos it's time to give ourselves what is long overdue..

CHORUS AND FINISH
Track Name: My Sister
LYRICS
I was sheltered by the shadows of my road less travelled
I took the easy way
Stayed out of trouble
Avoiding pain was the name of my game

For I knew better, than my sister
Whose bravery never set her free
Her weary path took her to places
I'll never see, I'll never be

CHORUS
For if I stumble and fall
it won't bother me at all
For there's always someone there to carry me
And her flame that burns so bright
Will guide me through the night
Take me back home
With her I'm never alone

BRIDGE
And if I should see, one day ahead of me
Hazy dreams brushed to the side
Who knows
My destiny
May be the way for me..
Or for the girl, behind who I hide?

CHORUS
For if I stumble and fall
it won't bother me at all
For there's always someone there to carry me
And the flame that burned so bright
Will guide me through the night
Take me back home
With her I'm never alone

Chorus 2
Because she believes in me
Understands the way I want to be
Will never walk away or leave me on my own
And her flame that burns so bright
Through my darkest night
Taking me home
with her I'm never alone x 3
Track Name: Tell Me
LYRICS
It started yesterday
I made a comment
You looked away
I knew - right away
I was wrong but what did I say?

CHORUS
Tell me tell me tell me
Tell me what to say
Oh tell me tell me shout it in my ear
What's not good and what's ok?


Don't walk away baby don't give me the sack
I didn't mean to hurt you don't look at me like that
Cos all I need to know is how to make you let this go
Tell me tell me tell me loud and clear

I'll try anything, I'm not proud
Just tell me what to say - for crying out loud
Please baby please - I'm begging you
I've done it again - but what did I do?!

CHORUS AND FINISH
Track Name: The Longest Kiss Goodbye
LYRICS
You say you love me - and then you sigh
It's like an endless kiss goodbye
I wait a life time - for you to share
It's only secrets - we go nowhere

If I could only walk away
If I could only leave
My body's strong - but my heart
But my heart but my heart
But my heart is so weak

You say you love me - and then you sigh
Then you turn and laugh and I know you lie
Always pretending I'm ok
Much better things to do
With my day

You say you love me
And then you sigh
It's like an endless
The longest Kiss Goodbye

Come on
Save Me
Come on
Save Me
Come on Save Me
Just let me go
Come on
Save Me
Come on
Save Me
Come on Save Me
Just let me go
Track Name: YesToday
LYRICS
And now it's today....yes now it's today....

If someone asked me yesterday
About the way I feel
The things I like to do
How I like to be

If someone told me yesterday
That today I'd be changed
That today I'd feel so differently
In ways I can't explain

If someone told me yesterday
What I'd do last night
I'd laugh a bit - I'd be alright

And now it's today
Yes now it's today
Yes now it's today

If someone asked me yesterday
Which I would prefer
Would I take familiar - would I take new?
Would I want the same?
Or would I want you?
Track Name: A Song In My Heart
The sun - looks down
A red and orange crown
Our kite - so high
Comes tumbling from the sky
Your eyes, your eyes
the night shines in your eyes
And the moon and the sand
And the starts and the sea

Oh so many notes
Playing in my head
Every word - waiting to be said
You're here - you're here
You're here right next to me
I've got all that I need
I've got moonshine on the sea

CHORUS
Oh I've got a song in my heart
Haven't been able to stop it right from the start
I've got some beautiful notes in my head
Play that melody - it's sweet sweet music to me
And if it's love that makes me sing
Every word, every line, everything
I'll just keep thinking of you, cos that's the part
Of the song that I sing in my heart
Track Name: Slip From My Mind
Time is a healer - we all know
But the mind plays tricks - it wanders high and low
It will go over, things left to rest
Now you're neglecting that rose
Pinned to her dress

Mine is to dwell - in my deepest darkest hell
But crack are appearing, I'm starting to tell
The pain that is with me - today I know
I'm saying goodbye
This friend has to go

CHORUS
And I was just fine when I met you
And I will be fine when i forget you
Now is the time, it's time
For you to slip from my mind

CHORUS 2
And I hear the trees gently swaying
In the breeze - the're just saying
Go find you rhythm girl, find your song
Go on, move on

And I was just fine when I met you
And I will be fine when i forget you
Now is the time, it's time
For you to slip from my mind

Now is the time...for you to slip from my mind......

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