'One thing' was written in January 2014 and released as a single in January 2016.
It was first performed live with 'Nick and the Sun Machine' at the launch of Nick Stephenson's second album 'Wide Lying Smiles' on the 8th March 2014. The song also made it to the final of the NATIONAL SONGWRITING COMPETITION 2015 and has been performed Live on BBC Radio London.

'One Thing' explores the two biggest and most universal of themes, love and hate and has a big, thunderous sound thanks to some excellent production and drumming from Steve Rodford (The Zombies)


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


from Behind the Mask - EP, released March 23, 2017
Written by Nick Stephenson © 2017

Produced, Mixed and Recorded by
Steve Rodford

Nick Stephenson: All vocal arrangements and guitars

Steve Rodford: Drums, Bass, Keyboards and Percussion

Mastered by Dale Hurrel at Exeter Sound Services



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

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