3 AM

by Nick Tann

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The Story
Around two years ago I made the decision to become a full time musician. It has been an amazing journey and I am loving the ride. So far I have met and played with some amazing people and count many of them as good friends.

This is my first studio album having just recorded home demos in the past. It’s a representation of all the noises in my head that I hear when I perform these songs live as a solo singer songwriter accompanying myself with my beloved Taylor acoustic guitar.

Working with my co producer Toby Vane from Zanzibar Production Facility, we set out to make a contemporary album that showed my songs in their best light. I did consider going down the “string quartet route” but decided that programmed beats suited the songs more and also further reflected my musical influences.

The songs reflect the many musical influences I have from the lyrical genius of Elvis Costello to the musical diversity of Led Zeppelin. You may hear traces of funk, reggae and jazz as well as subtle nods to artists such as John Martyn, Jeff Buckley and Sting.

I am so grateful to all the people who have supported me over the last few years not least the amazing number of people who dug into their pockets and donated money to help me make this album. Without their generosity and belief this album may not have been made at all.

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released April 28, 2014

All instruments and vocals Nick Tann
All programming and trumpet on Sadder Than Sad Toby Vane

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Nick Tann Southampton

As a singer songwriter, I strive to create songs with emotion and honesty. My songs tell stories with a raw and soulful edge, meandering from the fragile to the ballsy and everything in-between.

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Track Name: Never Did Me Harm
NEVER DID ME HARM

I know you never did me wrong
You did your best to keep me calm
It felt so good you on my arm
But I never knew what I had until you’d gone

I had a fire inside of me
A burning heart, no one could see
Now all I have are memories
All I have are memories

Ch
But I did you wrong
So I wrote this song
Did you wrong
So I wrote this song … for you

I didn’t care I made you cry
My life was nothing but a lie
The best thing I did was say goodbye
Best thing I did was say goodbye

Ch

I know you never did me wrong
You did your best to keep me calm
It felt so good you on my arm
But I never knew what I had until you’d gone
Track Name: Sadder Than Sad
SADDER THAN SAD

I'm sadder than sad
I've lost the best baby that I never had
And here's how it started
She walked into the room and I smelled her perfume
And she's badder than bad
And I'm sadder than sad

I know what I'd do
I'd make those mistakes that I always do
I'd start off with flowers
Then I'd go over the top and not know when to stop
And it won't turn out well
I'm going through hell

Ch
It's almost a curse and to make matters worse she's an angel
And she's looking at me and the whole room can see
That she's flicking her hair like she don't have a care
And she's meeting my stare
And I'm totally gone

It's quarter past two
She's brushing my cheek; I don't know what to do.
I'm too weak to fight it
She says nothing at all, simply hangs off the wall
Looks me straight in the eye
Says I'm one hell of a guy.

I'm going out of my head
She gave me that look that says take me to bed
If I'm not mistaken
She just did it again and again and again
And though I've been there before
We just walked out the door

Ch

And it’s madder than mad
It’s badder than bad
It’s sadder than sad
Track Name: Coming Home
COMING HOME

The rain on my windscreen and the sun on my back
Nothing left in this place that can ever hold me back
I’m coming home
I’m coming home

You’re the sun in my morning
You’re the moon in my night
When I get home at 3 AM
You’re such a beautiful sight
I’m coming home
I’m coming home

Ch
I’m not gonna run
I can hear you calling
I’m not gonna hide
I can see you falling
I’m not gonna stop
I can hear you crying

I’ve had my share of good luck and I’ve had my share of bad
And of all the things that I have seen I hate to see you sad
I’m coming home
I’m coming home

When everything gets crazy
When everything turns black
Nothing’s gonna stop me, ain’t nothing gonna hold me back
I’m coming home
I’m coming home

(ad lib)
Track Name: 3 AM
3 AM

It’s 3 AM and you’re not home
Gonna pack my bags I’m gone
You'll see my destination written in a magazine
It’s 3 am, rain’s coming down
Got the water on the ground
Beneath my feet as I walk calmly out of town

It’s 3 AM the stars are out
I hear the taxi driver’s shout
I check my phone, I got my keys and a little cash
The streets are cold and I’m so alone
My head is heavy, I’m a little stoned
I leave with nothing but my soul and some dignity

Ch
Heaven take me you’ll never break me
Heaven take me
Heaven take me you’ll never break me
Heaven take me

Had the good times and you threw them all away
You just don’t even care
Times a wasting but time’s a fool
I’m never going back, never going back there

It’s 3 AM and you’re not home
Gonna pack my bags I’m gone
You'll see my destination written in a magazine
It’s 3 am and you’re not home
Heard my message on the phone
That’s the last time you’ll hear from me

Ch

Heaven, heaven, heaven a little bit of heaven
Heaven, heaven, heaven a little bit of heaven

And the rain is coming down (ad lib)

It’s 3 AM and you’re not home
Track Name: Don't
DON’T

Don’t, take me for another fool
Don’t, you’ve gone and broken every rule
Don’t, you walk away and think it’s cool
Don’t, you didn’t have to be that cruel

Ch
And I, as strong as I am
The fear of falling
You just couldn’t understand

Don’t, you’re never just another bird
Don’t, you and me it’s just absurd
Don’t, you get no points for coming third
Don’t, don’t you say another word

Ch

Don’t, say you want me as I am
Don’t, I try to do the best I can
Don’t, let you see that I’m the man
Don’t, that wasn’t ever in the plan

Ch

Don’t, dream for things they might come true
Don’t, tell me that you want me too
Don’t, not 'til you and him are through
Don’t, ‘cause I could really fall for you

Ch
Track Name: Can't Stop Missing You
CAN’T STOP MISSING YOU

I shed a tear as you were leaving
I know I’m not supposed to cry
Don’t keep my feelings so well hidden
I’m not your ordinary guy

Ch
And I can’t stop missing you
I can’t stop missing you
No matter how hard I try
I just can’t tell a lie
I can’t stop missing you
Can’t stop missing you

You packed your bags as I was watching
You didn’t take that much at all
But what you left me with was nothing
Except the writing on the wall

Ch

I’d thought somebody would have told me
That you could make me feel this way
They said in time I would forget you
I think about you each and every single day

Ch

I can’t, ‘cause I’ve tried, I’ve got no alibi
You know I can’t no no no I just can’t tell a lie
Track Name: Parallel Lines
PARALLEL LINES

Tonight we’re going round again
Who said what and where and when
Another night another dream
Another day another scene

There’s you there’s me…

Now the drama starts again
It’s getting too hard to pretend
We’re too much and not enough
So intense it’s getting tough

There’s you there’s me
There’s you there’s me
In our crazy little world

Ch
We have to face our future, head on head on
We have to face our problems, head on head on.

And as we walk on through the night
The darkness gives way to the light
We’re gonna see this lifetime through
There’s nothing else that we can do

There’s you there’s me
In our crazy little world

Chorus repeat to fade