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Nickel Creek – Greatest Hits

  1. “The Lighthouse’s Tale” (Adam McKenzie & Chris Thile) – 5:00
  2. “Out of the Woods” (Sinéad Lohan) – 5:20
  3. “When in Rome” (Thile) – 4:15
  4. “Helena” (Thile) – 4:40
  5. “Smoothie Song” (Thile) – 3:19
  6. “Somebody More Like You” (Sean Watkins) – 2:58
  7. “Reasons Why” (Watkins & David Puckett) – 4:08
  8. “Can’t Complain” (Thile) – 5:31
  9. “I Should’ve Known Better” (Carrie Newcomer) – 4:26
  10. “This Side” (Watkins) – 3:34
  11. “Jealous of the Moon” (Thile & Gary Louris) – 4:40
  12. “When You Come Back Down” (Tim O’Brien & Danny O’Keefe) – 3:52
  13. “You Don’t Have To Move That Mountain” (Live from The Freight and Salvage, November 16, 2000) (Keith Whitley) – 3:51
  14. “The Fox” (Live from The Freight and Salvage, November 16, 2000) (Traditional — arr. by Nickel Creek) – 9:19
  15. “Speak”

1 “The Lighthouse’s Tale” (Adam McKenzie & Chris Thile) – 5:00

I am a light house,
worn by the weather and the waves.
I keep my lamp lit,
to warn the sailors on their way.
I’ll tell a story,
paint you a picture from my past.
I was so happy…
But joy in this life seldom lasts.I had a keeper,
He helped me warn the ships at sea.
We had grown closer,
Till His joy meant everything to me.
And He was to marry,
A girl who shone with beauty and light.
And they loved each other,
And with me watched the sunsets into night.
And the waves crashing around me,
the sand slips out to the sea..
and the winds that blow reminds me,
of what has been, and what can never be.
She had to leave us,
My keeper, He prayed for her safe return.
But when the night came,
The weather to a raging storm had turned.
He watched their ship fight,
But in vain, against the wild and terrible winds.
And me, so helpless,
she dashed against the rocks, and met her rest.
And the waves crashing around me,
the sand slips out to the sea..
and the winds that blow reminds me,
of what has been, and what can never be.
Then, on the next day,
My keeper found her washed up on the shore..
He kissed her cold face,
That they’d be together soon, He swore.
I saw Him crying, watched as He buried her in the sand.
And then He climbed my tower,
and off of the edge of me, He ran.

And the waves crashing around me,
the sand slips out to the sea..
and the winds that blow reminds me,
of what has been, and what can never be.

I am a light house,
Worn by the weather and the waves,
And though I’m empty,
I still warn the sailors on their way
 
 
 
 

 

2 “Out of the Woods” (Sinéad Lohan) – 5:20

I wish you out of the woods
And into the picture with me.
I wish you over the moon,
Come out of the question and be.

Chorus
If this is going to
Run around in my head
I might as well be dreaming,
Run around in my head.

I rollercoaster for you.
Time out of mind
Must be heavenly.
It’s all enchanted and wild,
It’s just like my heart said
It was going to be.

Chorus

First verse

Chorus  

 

3 “When in Rome” (Thile) – 4:15

Where can a sick man go
When he can’t choke down the medicine,
The old Doc knows.
A specialist came to town, but he stays at home,
saying no one knows, so I don’t, Honey, when in Rome.

Where can a teacher go?
Wherever she thinks people need the things she knows.
Hey, those books you gave us look good on the shelves at home,
And they’ll burn warm in the fireplace, Teacher, when in Rome.

Grab a blanket, sister, we’ll make smoke signals.
Bring in some new blood
It feels like we’re alone.
Grab a blanket, brother,
so we don’t catch cold from one another
Oh, I wonder if we’re stuck in Rome.

Where can a dead man go?
A question with an answer only dead men know.
But I’m gonna bet they never really feel at home,
If they spend a lifetime learning how to live in Rome.

 

4 “Helena” (Thile) – 4:40

Helena, don’t walk away
Before you give me back my heart
If it were mine, it would be yours to take
I’m sorry I’ve let down my guard, oh Helena

You looked so sweet
I should have seen
While I was playing for fun
You were playing for keeps

You win, I lose, is there some way
You can leave me in your debt
So my girl and I can live to die another day
On that day I won’t forget you, Helena

You look so sweet waiting for me
While I wait for her to give me any reason to leave
Don’t waste your pretty sympathy
She’s gonna be just fine

And Helena, so will we
So will everything in time, mmm

Helena, don’t walk away
Did you hear one word I said
Oh well, I never really liked us anyway
And I forgot her, I’ll forget you, Helena

You’re not that sweet
And neither is she
Go ahead and tell her anything you want
Cause Helena, guys like me never sleep alone at night
I don’t need your sympathy
Cause I’ll always be just fine

Yeah, I’ll always be just fine
Yeah, I’ll always be just fine

La la la, la la la, la la la
La la la, la la la, la la la

 

5 “Smoothie Song” (Thile) – 3:19

 instrumental

6 “Somebody More Like You” (Sean Watkins) – 2:58

I didn’t hear you say you’re sorry
The fault must be mine
I wish you all the best of luck
At finding somebody more like you
You said you’d love me always, truly
I must have changed
Cause you don’t need me like you used to
I hope you find somebody more like you
I hope you finally find someone
Someone that you trust
And give him everything
I hope you meet someone your height
So you can see eye-to-eye
With someone as small as you
You came out of nowhere, made me smile
Then tore me in two
Saying, “We’re very different people”
So dear, I hope you find somebody more like you

I hope you find somebody more like you

 

 

 

 

7 “Reasons Why” (Watkins & David Puckett) – 4:08

Where am I today? I wish that I knew
‘Cause looking around there’s no sign of you
I don’t remember one jump or one leap
Just quiet steps away from your lead

I’m holding my heart out but clutching it too
Feeling this sort of love that we once knew
I’m calling this home when it’s not even close
Playing the role with nerves left exposed

And standing on a darkened stage
Stumbling through the lines
Others have excuses
But I have my reasons why

We get distracted by the dreams of our own
But nobody’s happy while feeling alone
And knowing how hard it hurts when we fall
We lean another ladder against the wrong wall

And climb high to the highest rung
to shake fists at the sky
While others have excuses
I have my reasons why
With so much deception it’s hard not to wander away
It’s hard not to wander away, it’s hard not to wander

 

8 “Can’t Complain” (Thile) – 5:31

I made her smile, I made her cry
Cleared her head and made her wonder why
I helped her live, I made her want to die
But she can’t complain, she can’t complain
She tried to date a friend of mine
I was at his house when she came to say goobye
He stood her up and she took it as a sign
But I can’t complain, I can’t complain
We took off for the weekend, had quite a time
Shared everything we’d ever tried
I told her I could love her, told her I could lie
So she can’t complain, she can’t complain
She didn’t care if she saw me in her life
I left it up for her to decide
She couldn’t see the end, neither could I
So I can’t complain, I guess I can’t complain

She moved here, bought the first house she could find
I moved in, we locked ourselves inside
I guess we just kidnapped each other’s minds
So we can’t complain, we can’t complain, mmm

I cheated on her with a friend of mine
There are no days when we don’t fight
But remember, I warned her, and I’m a guy
So she can’t complain, no she can’t complain

She knows she can’t complain
She can’t complain
No, she can’t complain…

No, she can’t complain, she can’t complain
She can’t complain, she can’t complain
No, no, she can’t complain, she can’t complain
She can’t complain, she can’t complain
She can’t complain

 
9 “I Should’ve Known Better” (Carrie Newcomer) – 4:26

 

 

 

It’s been a long time comin’ and the card were stacked.
It’s been a long hard road to hell and back.
Your love meant trouble from the day we met.
You won every hand, I lost every bet.
Now you’d think that I should’ve known better.
Now I think that I should’ve seen it come.
My heart sank when I read that letter.
It sank like a stone, it sank like a stone.
A cup of cold coffee, yesterday’s mail.
A bad love like this is always bound to fail.
Your love meant trouble from the day we met.
If you want your things, they’re on the front step.
Now you’d think that I should’ve known better.
Now I think that I should’ve seen it come.
My heart sank when I read that letter.
It sank like a stone, it sank like a stone.

All alone in my kitchen.
All alone in my head.
Somethings you can’t take back, once they’ve been said.
I don’t know what this love is for.
All I know is I don’t want it anymore.

Now you’d think that I should’ve known better.
Now I think that I should’ve seen it come.
My heart sank when I read that letter.
It sank like a stone, it sank like a stone.

 
10 “This Side” (Watkins) – 3:34

 

One day you’ll see her and you’ll know what I mean
Take her or leave her she will still be the same
She’ll not try to buy you with her time
Nothing’s the same as you will see when she’s gone
It’s foreign on this side, and i’ll not leave my home again,
There’s no place to hide,
And i’m nothing but scared

You dreamed of colors that have never been made
You imagined songs that have never been played
(they will try) they will try to buy you and your mind
But only the curious have something to find
It’s foreign on this side, and the truth is a bitter friend,
Reasons few have i,
To go back again

Your first dawn blinded you left you cursing the day,
Entrance is crucial and it’s not without pain
(there’s no pain) there’s no path to follow once you’re here
You’ll climb up the slide and then you’ll slide down the stairs

It’s foreign on this side, but is feels like i’m home again,
There’s no place to hide,
But I don’t think i’m scared,
There’s no place to hide,
But I don’t think i’m scared,
There’s no place to hide,
But I don’t think i’m scared

 

11 “Jealous of the Moon” (Thile & Gary Louris) – 4:40

Tryin’ on a brand new dress
But you haven’t worn the old one yet
You’ve come too far
To turn around now
You’ve given up the good fight
You’re as strong as anyone
You’re back where you started from
I see you’re back where you started from
Starin’ down the stars
Jealous of the moon
You wish you could fly
Just being where you are
There’s nothin’ you can do
If you’re too scared to try
Drag your pretty head around
Swearin’ you’re gonna drown
With a beautiful sigh
And a river of lies

Starin’ down the stars
Jealous of the moon
You wish you could fly
Just stayin’ where you are
There’s nothin’ you can do
If you’re too scared to try

Why don’t you call me, I could save you
Together we’ll find a God we can pray to
That’ll take you by the hand

I hate to see a friend of mine
Laughing out loud
When she’s crying inside
But you’ve got your pride

Starin’ down the stars
Jealous of the moon
You wish you could fly
But you’re stayin’ where you are
There’s nothin’ you can do
If you’re too scared to try

You’re starin’ down the stars
Stay where you are
You’re jealous of the moon
But there’s nothing you can do
If you’re too scared to try

 

 

 

 

12 “When You Come Back Down” (Tim O’Brien & Danny O’Keefe) – 3:52

You gotta leave me now
You gotta go along
You gotta chase a dream
One that’s all your own
Before it slips away

When you’re flying high
Take my heart along
I’ll be the harmony
To every lonely song
But you’ll learn to play

When you’re soaring through the air
I’ll be your solid ground
Take every chance you dare
I’ll still be there
When you come back down
When you come back down

I keep looking up
Waiting your return
My greatest fear will be
That you will crash and burn
And I won’t feel your fire

I’ll be the other hand
That always holds a line
Connecting in between
Your sweet heart and mine
I’m strung out on that wire

And I’ll be on the other end
To hear you when you call
Angel you were born to fly
And if you get too high
I’ll catch you when you fall
Catch you when you fall

The memories, the sunshine
Every new day brings
I know the sky is calling
Angel let me help you with your wings

When you’re soaring through the air
I’ll be your solid ground
Take every chance you dare
I’ll still be there
When you come back down

Take every chance you dare
I’ll still be there
When you come back down
When you come back down

 

13 “You Don’t Have To Move That Mountain” (Live from The Freight and Salvage, November 16, 2000) (Keith Whitley) – 3:51

You Don’t Have To Move That Mountain

You don’t have to move that mountain
Just help me Lord to climb it
You don’t have to move that stumblin’ block
Just show me the way around it

We must climb a great high mountain
To reach God’s gracious kingdom
In His words you’ll find the strength
If you will just believe them

You don’t have to move that mountain
Just help me Lord to climb it
You don’t have to move that stumblin’ block
Just show me the way around it

Well, the way is filled with pitfalls
And sometimes we may falter
You can have His grace, my friend
On your knees down at the altar

You don’t have to move that mountain
Just help me Lord to climb it
You don’t have to move that stumblin’ block
Just show me the way around it

 

14 “The Fox” (Live from The Freight and Salvage, November 16, 2000) (Traditional — arr. by Nickel Creek) – 9:19

The fox ran out on a chilly night
He prayed for the moon to give him light
For he had many a-mile to go that night
Before he reached the town-o town-o town-o
Many a-mile to go that night before he reached the town-o

He ran till he came to the farmers pen
The ducks and the geese were kept there and
He said one of you are gonna grease my chin
before I leave this town-o town-o town-o
One of you are gonna grease my chin before I leave this town-o

He grabbed the grey goose by the neck
He threw a duck actoss his back
And he didn’t mind the quack quack
And the legs all dangling down-o down-o down-o
He didn’t mind the quack quack
And the legs all dangling down-o

Well the old grey woman jumped outta bed
And out the window she popped her head
Crying Johnny John the grey goose is gone
The fox is on the town-o town-o town-o
Johnny John the grey goose is gone
The fox is on the town-o

He ran till he came to his nice warm bed
And there were the little ones 8-9-10
Saying daddy daddy better go back again
It must be a mighty fine town-o town-o town-o
Daddy daddy go back again
It must be a mighty fine town-o

The fox and his wife without any strife
Cut up the goose with a fork and a knife
They never had such a supper in their life
And the little ones chewed on the bones-o bones-o bones-o
They never had such a supper in their life
And the little ones chewed on the bones-o 
 

15 Speak

Well I sat down next to a photograph
Tried my best almost made her laugh
She was my toughest crowd
There in the way was a moutain up in the clouds
Well I can’t sleep and I’m not in love
I can’t speak without messing up
Eye’s tell of what’s behind
And hers showed the way to a long and lonely climb
But through failure I’ll proceed
And she’ll see how far I’ve come
[Chorus]
And it’s you and me in the sun and sea
I’ll offer my arms to yours
It seems to me, no mystery
Well it isn’t
So I’ll try hard to speak

Well I sat down next to a living hell
Tried my best until I struck out
Movement is not mine
I stood in the way pretending that I was the vine
But no failure will proceed from a mouth that drinks it’s wine

[Chorus]
And it’s not me
Not my sanctity
These aren’t my words to you
It’s all clear when it’s not from here
So clear
So I’ll try not to speak

 

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Nickel Creek- Tomorrow is a Long Time

If today was not an endless highway
If tonight was not a crooked trail
If tomorrow wasn’t such a long time
Then lonesome would mean nothing to me at all
Yes, and only if my own true love was waiting
If I could hear his heart softly pounding
Yes, and only if he was lying by me
Would I lie in my bed once again

I can’t see my reflection in the waters
I can’t speak the sounds that show no pain
I can’t hear the echo of my footsteps
Or remember the sound of my own name

Yes, and only if my own true love was waiting
If I could hear his heart softly pounding
Yes, and only if he was lying by me
Would I lie in my bed once again

There’s beauty in that silver singing river
There’s beauty in that sunrise in the sky
But none of these and nothing else can touch the beauty
That I remember in my true love’s eyes

Yes, and only if my own true love was waiting
If I could hear his heart softly pounding
Yes, and only if he was lying by me
Would I lie in my bed once again

 

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