Driftwood

by Nicole Estabrooks

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This mysterious mix-tape came in with the tide on Watch Hill beach in 2008, and was discovered by a middle aged man in a speedo, searching for valuables with his metal detector. He was surprised to find that when he took it home, dusted it off, and threw it onto his old radio cassette player, it still worked!

This album features guitar, ukulele, and the occasional flute or glockenspiel synth for flavor.

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released March 8, 2014

©Nicole Estabrooks

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Nicole Estabrooks Providence, Rhode Island

Independent singer-songwriter featuring piano, keyboard/synth, ukulele, guitar, and perhaps the occasional accordion or pan flute. All songs currently recorded on a MacBook Pro in my basement. Prepare for single-take audio clipping and quality background noise. And you know, heart-felt lyrics and vocals with perhaps the rare virtuoso piano riff.

Make music, not money

(Both would be good though).
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Track Name: Lucky Me
Sometimes I want to quit my job and travel far away and
join a goddamn rock band and curse and drink champagne
retirement plan? I don't know man maybe I'll
knit or crochet hats and scarves and grow my food by hand
I feel stupid when I'm writing and the music comes out wrong
I hate that I have never published one stupid song
but I'm lucky like my lucky magic twenty-sided die
and I'm lucky that I've never had one of my friends die

What am I waiting for?
Only several hundred things.
Why do I get so bored
waiting for myself to make me me

as a kid I fell asleep with rocks in my bed
I'd play with them like dolls - they had voices in my head
now I still have rocks for friends, but I don't pretend they talk
(but if they could I know they'd tell me GIRL YOU ROCK!)
now I know I'm not that funny and I'm not really that clever
I just wish I could succeed with my marginal endeavors
I dye my hair a lot and I like the taste of soap
and my ultimate goal is to die in a black hole
seriously though, that would be so radical
and who really needs to accomplish every goal they've had Nicole?

What am I waiting for?
Only several hundred things.
Why do I get so bored
waiting for myself to make me me

I'm not sure that I want to be a parent, but apparently
everybody does it so I guess I should get married
we'll have a big fat wedding we'll say here is the steeple
open up and in side here are all the people
then my mouth gets as big as a pizza dinner plate
so I can kiss you on your whole entire face
and everybody claps because they're all so happy for us
and we ride into the sunset on our rental stegosaurus

What am I waiting for?
Only several hundred things.
Why do I get so bored
waiting for myself to make me me
Track Name: Mother (Sing You to Sleep)
when the spring comes first to see
birdy says how are you today
i will sing you to sleep

not a world unknown to most
"mother," said the man, the madness goes
i will sing you to sleep

i remember when you would sing me to sleep

as the world sits next to me
living like a breadcrumb in our tea
i will sing it to sleep
Track Name: Was it Einstein?
the big clock chimes it patience
looking forward to infinity
i'll meet you in the future
don't forget your past
there's only time to know
there's hardly time to grow
you said, "time is only relevant
in relative thought"
you spent all of your time
trying to answer your questions
forget the fish in the pond
you left your hook behind
i knew someone like you
was it einstein
was it einstein
was it einstein
Track Name: Carnival
'yes, i do, i do'
old new borrowed blue
sweet dreams coming true

bet you thought it was
safe behind the veil
never thought too well

perfect one was he
for the family tree
leaves forever-green

white now black has turned
vows unsaid, unlearned
purity has burned

carnival fell forward on
stars who made predictions
diamond tied to a rising tide
break it off and say good-bye

sniffing dogs will know
at their ropes they'll pull
red hands speak the truth

unfit vanity
injustice is free
walking on the street

point the finger there
standing in plain air
evidence so clear

rosy cheeks now pale
who will aid this ail
justice will prevail

carnival fell forward on
stars who made predictions
diamond tied to a rising tide
break it off and say good-bye

hello blushing bride
you don't need to cry
now has come your time

know your enemy
who else could it be
vengeance is so sweet

carnival fell forward on
stars who made predictions
diamond tied to a rising tide
break it off and say good-bye
Track Name: Fight for Peace
we fight for a cause,
some cause for bloodshed
don't fight the call
leave your homestead

tell your neighbor tell your son
they'll be glad after we've won
so don
the uniform

the uniform for liberty united we are free
free to believe free to speak free to breathe free to bleed

we fight for peace
peace on earth

we play the taps and tip our hats
for those who died
we must wear our stars with pride,
faith is on our side

you've gone away
soon will come the day
your little child
will see your smile

we care we stare
straight into the cannons
bleeding through the camouflage

we fight for peace
peace on earth

fight
what does it mean?
what does it mean?
to fight, to fight, to fight, to fight, to fight, fight
Track Name: The Real Truth About Pigs and Unicorns
faster than a hummingbird's wings beat my heart when I read that part
when you admitted to me what you see when you look at me
unable to speak but able to write that i'm
hurtful, degrading and indifferent it
hurt to know the reasons you avoided me but
you should know

it's alright because what i remember are not the bad parts
it's alright because what i remember is your face
smiling as you're dancing in your red dress, your sweetness
laughing and squirming underneath the covers
please understand
do miss holding your hand

and i don't know whether or not you care or whether you want me there
but there you are, here is your apology, anthology of
you and me, memories of days when there was little doubt that
pigs fly, and unicorns live in the sky
pigs fly, and unicorns live in the sky

it's alright because what i remember are not the bad parts
it's alright because what i remember is your face
smiling as you're dancing in your red dress, your sweetness
laughing and squirming underneath the covers
please understand
i do miss holding your hand
Track Name: Squiggle Jig
you make me
jiggle inside like I'm a fairy,
wiggle my thighs like a Cnidarian
capturing my prey but you're not prey --- stay here and play

magic or lego X-men,
cribbage, pitch or backgammon,
pacman, or spooky house or supernintendo

or
listen to my obnoxious
playing while you are videogaming
and the neighbors are complaining --- either way I'll be

with you while you are sleeping
with you while you are eating
with you while you are brushing your teeth, or buying groceries or writing diary entries or getting colonoscopies or when you have to sneeze please

use a tissue and please don't take
issue with how I want to be
wish you were here right now

then I wouldn't
have to pretend that I am talking
to you, that we are talking in
situ, inventing your words in my head

but
sure as my ears can hear me playing
you will be here and you'll be saying
we can be weird every day
weird as relay races, stealing bases, feeling faces, peeling peaches, healing leeches, eels on beaches, wheels on sea squids, really weird!