Behind the Mask - EP

by Nick Stephenson

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Brilliantly crafted songs that encompass acoustic aggression, melodic romanticism and surreal, political soundscapes - all drenched in harmonies and full of arresting twists and turns.

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released March 23, 2017

All songs written by Nick
Stephenson © 2017 except Blackstar written by
David Bowie © 2016

June Angel, One Thing and Shaking Rain produced and recorded by
Steve Rodford

Obey and Blackstar produced
and recorded by
Nick Stephenson

Nick Stephenson: All vocal arrangements and guitars

Steve Rodford: Drums, Bass and keyboards on 1, 3 and 5

Mastered by Dale Hurrel at Exeter Sound Services

Front and back cover design and artwork by Kate Snowdon © 2017

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Nick Stephenson Saint Albans, UK

London based singer/songwriter. Passionate, hard hitting, dynamic, powerful and honest. Acoustic folk/rock with a sometimes punky edge.

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Track Name: June Angel
June Angel by Nick Stephenson

I turn to look at all tings to say, try to look at me today
Running through this all I keep is hope
And I’ve got it in droves

Turn to look at you knock me out
In a flash I’m dizzy with your love
I am so vein, oh I know it
You’ll pull me through

Coz I know that you saved me
And there is strength in the stars
We’ll flourish through the ages
You’ll be music to my ears
June angel fill my years

This connection never brings me down
I am bigger than my little town
We are lighter than the thinnest air
Behind the mask I’m present, always there

Try to look at me today
Try to think of good things to say
I don’t suffer fools anymore
Because I met the one I adore

I believe that you saved me
And there is strength in the stars
We’ll flourish through the ages
You’ll be music to my ears
June angel fill my years

Fill my years

Nick Stephenson Music ©2016
Track Name: Obey
Obey by Nick Stephenson

Care, frozen out
Obey, shop your way

Everything you need, everything you see
It was never just a game
Never just a game

Safety’s gone and leave me dead
Politeness gonna fuck my head

Safety’s gone and leave me dead
Something’s gonna fuck my head

Unless I lay the golden egg

Everyone’s asleep

Care, frozen out
Obey, shop your way

Nick Stephenson Music ©2016
Track Name: One Thing
One thing by Nick Stephenson

One thing about love, you can’t lie to it, looks you up and down, it’s not a torturous crime

One thing about hate, we won’t learn from it, cause love is there any day, anyway all the time

I’m leaning through the balcony in a mood of near content; the vines keep creeping up the terrace to wrap around my neck
This pull is gravitational, I’m addicted to it’s force, I’m lost in admiration, I’m governed by these thoughts

Ooo don’t run away, oo lie on the bed and stay
Ooo don’t run away, oo lie on the bed and stay

We’re stirring up this hatred, won’t someone change the tune or take a matchstick to these ways and finalise us soon. Wreck the park and fields, run naked through the flames, to the endless sweep that pulls us one step further from the rain

And I’ve got no inhibitions when staring at your eyes, there is no contradiction in their movement or their shine
It couldn’t be the devil, dragging me to hell
Impossible, as I know that’s what somebody wants to sell

Nick Stephenson Music © 2017
Track Name: Blackstar
Blackstar by David Bowie

In the villa of Ormen, in the villa of Ormen
Stands a solitary candle, ah-ah, ah-ah
In the centre of it all, in the centre of it all
Your eyes

On the day of execution, on the day of execution
Only women kneel and smile, ah-ah, ah-ah
At the centre of it all, at the centre of it all
Your eyes, your eyes

Ah-ah-ah
Ah-ah-ah

In the villa of Ormen, in the villa of Ormen
Stands a solitary candle, ah-ah, ah-ah
At the centre of it all, at the centre of it all
Your eyes, your eyes
Ah-ah-ah

Something happened on the day he died
Spirit rose a metre and stepped aside
Somebody else took his place, and bravely cried
(I’m a blackstar, I’m a blackstar)

How many times does an angel fall?
How many people lie instead of talking tall?
He trod on sacred ground, he cried loud into the crowd
(I’m a blackstar, I’m a blackstar, I’m not a gangstar)

I can’t answer why (I’m a blackstar)
Just go with me (I’m not a filmstar)
I’m-a take you home (I’m a blackstar)
Take your passport and shoes (I’m not a popstar)
And your sedatives, boo (I’m a blackstar)
You’re a flash in the pan (I’m not a marvel star)
I’m the Great I Am (I’m a blackstar)

I’m a blackstar, way up, on money, I’ve got game
I see right, so wide, so open-hearted pain
I want eagles in my daydreams, diamonds in my eyes
(I’m a blackstar, I’m a blackstar)

Something happened on the day he died
Spirit rose a metre then stepped aside
Somebody else took his place, and bravely cried
(I’m a blackstar, I’m a star's star, I’m a blackstar)

I can’t answer why (I’m not a gangstar)
But I can tell you how (I’m not a flam star)
We were born upside-down (I’m a star's star)
Born the wrong way ‘round (I’m not a white star)
(I’m a blackstar, I’m not a gangstar
I’m a blackstar, I’m a blackstar
I’m not a pornstar, I’m not a wandering star
I’m a blackstar, I’m a blackstar)

In the villa of Ormen stands a solitary candle
Ah-ah, ah-ah
At the centre of it all, your eyes
On the day of execution, only women kneel and smile
Ah-ah, ah-ah
At the centre of it all, your eyes, your eyes
Ah-ah-ah
Track Name: Shaking Rain
Shaking Rain by Nick Stephenson © 2014

I’d like to see you wearing sunshine
Swinging on a tree of stars
Walking through a magic doorway and feeling like the world is ours.

Talking at a pace only we know
Putting dark times to right
Burying the bad reactions and the armour we used to fight.

Chorus
Holding hands
Shaking rain
Staying whole
Floating away again x2

If I ever had to dig too deeply
Wadding through a mud graveyard
I wouldn’t trust people to save us and try to rescue what we have.

Coz people got their own agendas, hang-ups and histories
Projecting all their guarded feelings onto something only we believe.

Now I can see you wearing sunshine
Smiling with the kiss of stars
We’ve learned to swim across this ocean
Now we claim the worlds as ours