California Skies

by Nicky Haldenby

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Nicky Haldenby is a 20 year-old singer-songwriter from Scarborough, England. A prolific writer and recorder, Nicky has written and produced 3 albums so far in his 4 year career. His latest record, California Skies, cements his place as an exciting up and coming young talent.

Having written songs since he taught himself to play piano at age 13, Nicky has a knack for writing personal piano-led singer-songwriter songs with memorable lyrics and undeniably catchy hooks. His diverse influences range from Mika and McFly, to Bruce Springsteen and Tom Waits, even through to Dolly Parton to name but a few. Nicky says: “I don’t limit what I listen to. If I like a song, I’ll listen to it; regardless of where it originated from.”

Having released his first album, Beautiful Moment, in 2011, which he calls ‘an experiment’ rather than a fully fledged album, the progression as an artist is clearly heard in his 2013 album This Is Everything. The melodies grew stronger, the lyrics became deeper and the production got bigger. And this continues to evolve with his new release. Although still rooted in piano-led singer-songwriter music, Nicky has expanded his horizons on this album, collaborating with musicians from around the world.

“I actually wrote a lot of miserable songs in the process of making this album. The album has turned out to be a revolt against the miserable. It’s an uplifting, life-loving album. It has a lot of heart.”

The album is full of lyrics about longing and desire, but fuelled by optimism and hope, unlike on any of his previous records. The strongest collection of Nicky’s songs yet, California Skies is underpinned by Nicky’s “angelic and soulful” vocals. Nicky comments that this album is an “innocent album, it felt like making a record for the first time again.”

The album has already spawned two infectious singles- ‘Summer’ and ‘Electricity’. More singles will follow through the course of the year, such as ‘Jealous Fools’, a more downbeat moment of the album with its soulful lead guitar and shimmering strings and ‘Fall For Me‘, an all-out pop song, with soaring vocals and dazzling electric guitar riffs.

A pioneer of online music creation, Nicky’s plans for 2015 also include setting up an online ‘Write With Me‘, where songwriters will be invited to create music with Nicky in an online environment. As Nicky explains: “I feel it’s important as a songwriter to collaborate with others on a regular basis. Hopefully I’ll be able to find some songwriters who I can connect with and write with for their projects and for my own. I’m always looking for ways to reach out to new musical friends, wherever they may be in the world.”

Nicky’s online presence is still very much growing, with him being at the helm of all promotional efforts, and creative ideas. Whether in a recorded song or in a live environment, his strength is his ability to engage with an audience, and to hold their attention with his heartfelt lyrics and irrepressible melodies.

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Track Name: Golden
Hey I heard you were a lucky one,
Hey I heard you were a bright star falling,
And no I never meant to find someone,
But I think I might have found my calling and

All we’ve known is people stay, people go, people come and people change,
All we know is on nights like this

Everything we see is golden, dreaming and our dreams are golden,
We’re sleeping with our eyes wide open, we’re heartbroken; but still golden,
Everything we see is gold.

Hey I thought I heard that love was hard,
Hey I thought that when our worlds collided,
Everything would turn to black and white,
But all the colours start to come to life and

All we know is people go, people come, people change and people stay,
All we know is on nights like this

Everything we see is golden, dreaming and our dreams are golden,
Sleeping with our eyes wide open, heartbroken, it’s not over; we’re still golden,
After midnight, honey most nights, let your light shine,
Shining and the world is golden, everything we see is golden,
Everything we see is gold.

Even when it gets, gets hard to breathe, wrap your words around me,
Everything you say is golden, everything you say is golden.
Even when it gets, gets hard to see, your light guides me,
Your light is shining golden, shining and the world is golden, everything we see is gold.

Everything we see is golden, dreaming and our dreams are golden,
Sleeping with our eyes wide open, heartbroken, it’s not over; we’re still golden,
After midnight, honey most nights, let your light shine,
Shining and the world is golden, dreaming and our dreams are golden,
Sleeping with our eyes wide open, we’re heartbroken, it‘s not over; we’re still golden,
After midnight, honey most nights, let your light shine,
Shining and the world is golden, everything we see is golden,
Everything we see is gold.

Hey I heard you were a lucky one, hey I heard you were a bright star falling down.
Track Name: Fall For Me
I’ve been living a lie, I’ve been living alone, I’ve been trying to be free,
And all I know is I don’t know anything about you or me

Well now I’m falling and now I’m free,
Now I’m falling will you fall, fall for me?

I’ve been searching so hard, I’ve been trying to find the girl with the prettiest eyes,
A girl who’s always in tune with whatever I do yeah it’s me and you

Well now I’m falling, now I’m free,
Now I’m falling will you fall, fall for me?

So now I’m falling for you, will you be falling for me?
Cos I’ve fallen once too many times for the world to see
Now I’ve found the one, is your love enough?
Could you be the one to pick me up?

So now I’m falling, now I’m free,
Now I’m falling will you fall, fall for me?

Will you fall?
Will you fall?
Will you fall, fall for me?

So now I’m falling and now I’m free,
Now I’m falling will you fall, fall for me?
Track Name: Jealous Fools
It’s 2am in the morning and I’m still up
Convincing myself that it’s normal but it’s not
Over-thinking the things that have been on my mind for days
Like changing my name and my number and changing my ways

There’s only so many times you can push me before I give up
And only so many times I can tell you that I’m in love
But I don’t wanna let you down, I don’t wanna give you up
All I know is that we’re jealous fools and jealous fools fall in love

It’s 8am the next morning, I’m wide awake
My mind filled with a thousand words you’ve said
But words they come and go so easy not like before
And words they’ve lost all their meaning, they don’t make sense anymore

There’s only so many times you can push me before I give up
And only so many times I can tell you that I’m in love
But I don’t wanna let you down, I don’t wanna give you up
All I know is that we’re jealous fools and jealous fools fall in love

I don’t wanna let you down, I don’t wanna give you up
All I know is that we’re jealous fools and jealous fools fall in love

There’s only so many times you can push me before I give up
And only so many times I can tell you that I’m in love
But I don’t wanna let you down, I don’t wanna give you up
All I know is that we’re jealous fools and jealous fools fall in love
Track Name: Electricity
There’s lithium in my bloodstream but I’ve never felt more alive
Than with a current passing through my body,
Touch my skin and take a ride

It’s running through you and through me
It’s running through you and through me
It’s running through you and through me, can you feel it?
Running through you and through me; it’s electricity

You are the light, the light that’s running through my veins
And to my heart, you keep on going through my brain,
You blow the fuse my bones reacting to the spark you put in me
You’re electricity

There’s ions rushing through these cell walls, just atoms in a sea of blood
The physics to their best to stop me but the chemistry is all too much

It’s running through you and through me
It’s running through you and through me
It’s running through you and through me, can you feel it?
Running through you and through me; it’s electricity

You are the light, the light that’s running through my veins
And to my heart, you keep on going through my brain,
You blow the fuse my bones reacting to the spark you put in me
You’re electricity

I’m a radio, stereo, turn me up before you go oh oh
I’m about to blow, all aglow, a silhouette from neon shows

It’s running through you and through me
It’s running through you and through me
It’s running through you and through me, can you feel it?
Running through you and through me; it’s electricity

You are the light, the light that’s running through my veins
And to my heart, you keep on going through my brain,
You blow the fuse my bones reacting to the spark you put in me
You’re electricity

You are the light, the light that’s running through my veins
And to my heart, you keep on going through my brain,
You blow the fuse my bones reacting to the spark you put in me
You’re electricity
Track Name: Waiting For My Time
Waiting for the light and the break of day,
Waiting for the sun to shine,
Cos I’ve travelled many miles on restless nights,
Waiting for my day to come

I’ve been watching, waiting,
Dreaming I could be the one,
When I’m up against the odds,
Praying to the Gods,
I’m waiting for my time to come

Beggars are believers in the breaking light,
And oh I‘ve got a story to tell,
I’ve seen men search for their souls in the setting sun,
Just waiting for their day to come

I’ve been watching, I’ve been waiting,
I’ve been standing here for days.
For the first time or the last time,
When it’s lights out we go…

Cos I’ve been watching, waiting,
Dreaming I could be the one,
No distance is too far,
When all the stars align,
I’m waiting for my time to come

And oh they tell me oh they say you’ll be the one, one
And oh they tell me oh they say we’re gonna soar, soar
So luck don’t leave me, luck don’t leave we’re gonna sort it out, sort it out,
Luck don’t leave me, I still believe, we’re gonna turn it round and sort it out.

I’ve been watching, waiting,
Dreaming I could be the one,
No distance is too far,
When all the stars align,
I’m waiting for my time to come

I’ve been watching, waiting,
Dreaming I could be the one,
No distance is too far,
When all the stars align,
I’m waiting for my time to come
When I’m up against the odds
I’ll be praying to the Gods
I’ll be waiting for my time to come,
When the universe aligns,
I’ll be wishing on a star.
Waiting for my time to come,
Just waiting for my time to come.
Track Name: Summer
We are lost in a summer haze
The golden sun on the deep blue waves
I follow the footprints you leave in the sand
I follow your lead I hold both your hands oh summer
Summer will you wait for me

We are lost in the barley fields
You made daisy chains and paper planes said they were mine to keep
You turn up the song that’s on the radio
We could lay and watch the stars or we could dance real slow all summer
Summer will you dance with me

Will you wait oh wait for me?
Will you wait oh wait for me?
I see the golden sun on the deep blue sea will you wait
Will you wait oh wait
Summer will you wait for me

We are lost in a light night sky
Like a wish on a shooting star
Lit up by lanterns and satellites
There’s a million constellations in that sky tonight
Oh summer, summer will you watch with me

Will you wait oh wait for me?
Will you wait oh wait for me?
I see the golden sun on the deep blue sea will you wait
Will you wait oh wait
Summer will you wait for me

Well it’s all coming clear
The skies shine blue whenever you are here
And though the seasons change you still stay the same won’t you wait?
Summer will you wait for me

Will you wait oh wait?
Will you wait oh wait?
Summer will you wait for me

Will you wait oh wait for me?
Will you wait oh wait for me?
I see the golden sun on the deep blue sea will you wait
Will you wait oh wait
Summer will you wait for me
Will you wait oh wait for me?
Will you wait oh wait for me?
I see the golden sun on the deep blue sea will you wait
Will you wait oh wait
Summer will you wait for me
Track Name: NYC
I know a man who left his job in NYC,
He says every day since has not been the same,
He moved away to Virginia Beach,
He moved from the city where liberty knows your name,
He said some come for the thrill, some stay to find their dream,
But they’re dreaming in a city that doesn’t sleep

They want to live under the lights of New York City,
Where all of the building are reaching the skies,
They want to live for the stars and the stripes of New York City,
On the streets where liberty knows your name

The lights always right down in NYC,
It glistens by day and it roars at night,
And there’s been days when the tiger has lost its fight,
But if you look to the stars you’ll see the tigers still got its stripes

And they want to live under the lights of New York City,
Where all of the building are reaching the skies,
They want to live for the stars and the stripes of New York City,
On the streets where liberty knows your name

He says it never loses it’s touch and once it’s got a hold it’s never letting going cos tonight,
It’s got that feeling.
And of all the cities in all the states there’s only one that can equate to this,
It’s feeling good.

They want to live under the lights of New York City,
Where all of the building are reaching the skies,
They want to live for the stars and the stripes of New York City,
On the streets where liberty knows your name

They want to live under the lights of New York City,
Where all of the building are reaching the skies,
They want to live for the stars and the stripes of New York City,
On the streets where liberty knows your name
They wanna be living in the city where liberty knows your name
Track Name: Dreaming
I don’t know about you but I’m falling for your eyes,
I’ve been counting the colours and I see more every time.
From deep shades of dark brown to light shades of blue,
And I see colours I’ve never seen before in there too.

So tell me, tell me is this love?
Just because I’m falling doesn’t mean I wanna get back up.
Cos these dreams that I’m dreaming they’re the only thing that make me feel alive;
You’re the only thing that makes me feel alive.

I don’t know if you’ve noticed but I like talking to you,
I like our stupid jokes and the way you talk like time doesn’t matter to you,
And I’ve fallen in love with the thought of falling in love with you,
And from the way that you look at me sometimes I kinda think you might be falling too.

So tell me, tell me is this love?
Just because we’re falling doesn’t mean we have to get back up.
Cos these dreams that I’m dreaming they’re the only thing that make me feel alive

Cos I see the light that’s in your eyes and I see the sparkle in your smile
And I know I’m not the only lonely heart to hope that maybe someday,
I’ll be far away from here among the stars and you will take a rocket-ship just to find true love.

So tell me, tell me is this love?
Just because we’re falling doesn’t mean we have to get back up.
Cos these dreams that I’m dreaming they’re the only thing that make me feel alive;
You’re the only thing that makes me feel alive,
You’re the only thing that makes me feel alive,
You’re the only thing that makes me feel
Track Name: Wild Wild West
Just a Texas sweetheart and a city boy,
Living together and taking on the world.
Until one night in a cheap motel,
He left his sweetheart for another girl,
Now they’re fighting in the Wild Wild West.

Now they’re fighting in the Wild Wild West,
They’re like cowboys in the Wild Wild West.

Their love is a battlefield; the lines are drawn,
Their memories are scars and the scars are torn.
She said “Keep on fighting cos there’s no love lost,
You thought your bullets could hurt me
but honey it came at a cost,
Now we’re fighting in the Wild Wild West.”

They’re like cowboys in the Wild Wild West.
Just keep on fighting.

Then one night in a late night saloon,
They were dancing around the room to a boy on his piano,
In the Wild Wild West.
Track Name: Tonight
My hands upon your skin tonight, it just feels right
I feel the silence in your eyes and it just feels right

But oh these dreams are tainted by a love that cannot be,
I feel the weight of waiting when you’re lying next to me

We lay under these sheets tonight, it feels alright
And with your body so close to mine, I feel alright

But oh these dreams are tainted by a love that cannot be,
I feel the weight of waiting when you’re lying next to me,
Oh what could it mean?
Lie here next to me

So what if we fall? Don’t get back up
Cos we’ll land among the stars and worry about it in the morning light,
But until then we’ve got tonight

Oh these dreams are tainted by a love that cannot be,
I feel the weight of waiting when you’re lying next to me
Oh what could it mean?
When you lie here next to me

And we could tell the world what we want,
And tell the world that we mean it,
We could tell the world we’re in love,
And pray to god they believe it cos tonight,
Oh tonight you’re gonna be mine.
Track Name: California Skies
I’m not afraid of flying; I’m just afraid to fall,
I’m afraid of nothing; of having nothing at all.
I wanna go somewhere I haven’t been before,
Cos I’m sick of this lonely town, I’m sick of these four walls

I wanna see the California Skies,
And I wanna see the sunset on the Hollywood sign,
Cos I’ve got a sense of adventure that’s just waiting to be found,
Yeah I’m waiting to be found.

We’ll ride along the highway at ninety miles an hour,
When the music is up and when the windows are down;
And when this town is ours.
We’ll drive to San Francisco, we’ll take a swim in the bay,
Then we’ll dance upon Fourth Street under the moonlight,
We’ll dance our troubles away

Cos I wanna see the California Skies,
And I wanna see the sunset on the Hollywood sign,
Cos I’ve got a sense of adventure that’s just waiting to be found,
Yeah I’m waiting to be found.

We’ll cross through the border, we’ll run into Nevada,
And we’ll put all our money on red.
And even if we lose it all to black at least we’ll have our dreams back,
And one night in Vegas ahead

Cos I wanna see the California Skies,
And I wanna see the sunset on the Hollywood sign,
Cos I’ve got a sense of adventure that’s just waiting to be found,
Yeah I’m waiting to be found,
Under California Skies.

Dancing on the Hollywood sign, I’m dancing on the Hollywood sign,
Cos I wanna see the California Skies,
And I wanna see the sunset on the Hollywood sign,
Cos I’ve got a sense of adventure that’s just waiting to be found,
Yeah I’m waiting to be found,
Under California Skies.