The Nikki O'Neill Band

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released April 10, 2012

The Nikki O’Neill Band

1-Say What You Think

2-You Are So Good For Me

3-The Problem Ain’t The Man

4-Higher Levels

5-Push Me Down

6-Distance

The Nikki O’Neill Band is:

Nikki O’Neill – Lead and backing vocals, lead and rhythm guitars

Rich Lackowski – Drums, percussion, backing vocals

Joshua “Cartier” Cutsinger – Bass, backing vocals

Additional Musicians:

Ed Lyon – Keyboards (All songs)

Philip Clark – Saxophone (The Problem Ain’t The Man)

Nic Chaffee – Trumpet, trombone (The Problem Ain’t The Man)

Ruby Friedman – Vocals (Higher Levels)

Laurel Geare – Vocals (Higher Levels)

Halina Janusz – Vocals (Higher Levels)

Nikki “deLUXE” Perry – Vocals (Higher Levels)

Ladwan Sherman – Vocals (Higher Levels)

Elissa Sydnie Rosen – Vocals (Higher Levels)

Nikki O’Neill – Mellotron (Push Me Down)

Joshua “Cartier” Cutsinger – Additional guitar/keys (Higher Levels, Distance)

All songs written and arranged by Nikki O’Neill, Rich Lackowski, and Joshua “Cartier” Cutsinger. Snowflower Music (ASCAP), Beaten Path Studios (ASCAP), Up in the Hayloft (ASCAP)

“Higher Levels” written by Nikki O’Neill, Rich Lackowski, Joshua “Cartier” Cutsinger, Lowell “Sly” Fillmore Dunbar, and Robbie Shakespeare. Snowflower Music (ASCAP), Beaten Path Studios (ASCAP), Up in the Hayloft (ASCAP), IXAT (ASCAP)

“Distance” written by Nikki O’Neill, Rich Lackowski, Joshua “Cartier” Cutsinger, Johanna Stahley Snowflower Music (ASCAP), Beaten Path Studios (ASCAP), Up in the Hayloft (ASCAP), All About The H Music (ASCAP)

Produced, engineered, and mixed by Joshua “Cartier” Cutsinger at Hayloft Studios, Los Angeles, CA www.hayloftstudios.com, cartier@hayloftstudios.com

Cover artwork by Nikki O’Neill

Cover photo by Laurel Geare, www.laurelgearephotography.com

(C)2012 The Nikki O’Neill Band. (P)2012 Snowflower Music. All rights reserved. Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws.

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The Nikki O'Neill Band Los Angeles, California

The Nikki O’Neill Band is a soul-influenced rock band from Los Angeles featuring Nikki O’Neill (lead vocals, lead/rhythm guitar) and Rich Lackowski (drums/percussion, backing vocals.)

The band fuses rock with r&b, soul, funk, reggae, and occasionally blues.

They released their self-titled EP in April, 2012. It features "Higher Levels" co-written with Sly & Robbie.
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Track Name: Say What You Think
Don’t look away when I ask an important question
Don’t you talk behind my back instead of making a connection

I want to keep life simple, but I’m wandering in a maze
Caught up in speculation of what you really meant to say

So come on baby – give it to me straight
I can’t read your mind, and I ain’t got time to waste
Say what you think

I never knew you felt like that – we could’ve found a way
But you kept it down, told your friends around town, grabbed your diary and walked away

And I feel like I’m so dumbfound
I should have noticed every frown, I should have read between the lines

Come on baby – give it to me straight
I can’t read your mind, and I ain’t got time to waste

So come on baby – give it to me straight
I can’t read your mind, and I ain’t got time

Baby – just come on, baby
I can’t read your mind, and I sure ain’t got the time
Say what you think

Say what you think

Say what you think
Track Name: You Are So Good For Me
It’s Saturday
You rub your eyes and reach
for your glasses and the coffee machine

I wash my face
Smooth out the wrinkled sheets
while I try to forget a gloomy dream

And then you come out from the kitchen and notice me
You pull me close and wrap your arms ’round me
And I find comfort just beneath your shoulder
Hear your heart beat, and my bad dream is over

You are so good for me
Honey, if you only knew how good you are for me
You are so good for me

I work from home
and take a shower at three
Leave the laundry and the dishes undone

Inspiration won’t come
There’s nothing I’ve achieved
and after five, my self-esteem is close to none

But then you come in through the front door and notice me
You take me out to dinner at that cafe down the street
The way you care for me, I can feel it all over
Your hand touches mine, and my bad day is over

You are so good for me
Sugar, if you only knew how good you are for me
You are so good for me
You are so good for me, yeah

We say goodnight
You hold me tight
As darkness closes in on me
You light a candle and play “In a Silent Way”
Chase the ghosts away for another day
You’re like an angel always there for me
What would I do without you here with me

You are so good for me
Baby, if you only knew how good you are for me
Sugar, if you only knew how good you are for me

You are so good for me
You are so good for me
You are so good for me, yeah
You are so good for me
Track Name: The Problem Ain't The Man
I could’ve picked the boy who treated me right
Who favored my looks but fell for my mind
Who fought back the nerves as he kissed me goodnight
But he gave me no thrill, so I brushed him aside
The problem, the problem ain’t the man

Now I’m stuck on a mat in a New York flat
Sick from obsession, I thought it was passion
I’m spilling my time, like a broken glass
Too young for this initiation
The problem, the problem ain’t the man

I’ve got a guy who’ll call me, but I can’t get his number
He’ll take me home, but I’ll rarely get kissed
He won’t settle down, but he’ll pull me under
And I still believe I’m the angel he’s missed
The problem, the problem…

My guitar’s been un-played for seventeen days
My mind’s in a bind, can’t break the circle
Life’s on hold ’til I end this phase
To break this spell I need a miracle
The problem, the problem ain’t the man

Now all you friends and preachers, don’t you put yourselves above me
Spare me your sermons … ’cause I will recover
I don’t know what I’ll need to set me free
But in my own sweet time I will discover
The problem, the problem…
The problem, the problem…
Oh, the problem, yeah, my problem ain’t the man
Track Name: "Higher Levels"
LYRICS:

Written by Nikki O’Neill

I touch the sky
I’m so alive
I can walk on water
Or take a dive

I fear no evil
Wake or sleep
‘Cause when I let you light my path
All I feel is peace

Love is you
That’s for sure
I can’t imagine
Life before
Knowing you
Getting together
Oh, it takes my life
To higher levels

Well, it’s not like
I’m in denial
Some days it takes so much
Just to make me smile

It takes one thought
To hit the depths of despair
But it takes one thought, just one thought
To get out of there, yeah

Love is you (love is you)
That’s for sure (oooh)
I can’t imagine
Life before
Knowing you (knowing you)
Getting together
Oh, it takes my life
To higher levels
Track Name: Push Me Down
A penny short and a minute too late
World on my shoulders, can’t take the weight
Work to the bone, and still it’s never enough
My feet are aching and my hands are rough

Oh, I wonder – how much more?
I wanna jump, but I can’t find my ground
Do I shut my mouth and keep sticking around?

Push me down into something new
Now I’m ready to fly – how about you?
Forget that raise
I’ll take a rise
I wanna thank you
So go ahead, push me down
Into something new

I’m showing up, each and every day
Give them my time, never use my brain
I wanna jump, but I can’t find my ground
Can I get a life and turn it around?

Push me down into something new
Now I’m ready to fly – how about you?
Forget that raise
I’ll take a rise
I wanna thank you

No matter what you say
I’m gonna walk away
It ain’t about what you pay
I ain’t gonna play your game

I ain’t got time to be caught in the grind
Or scared into wasting away

Push me down into something new
Now I’m ready to fly – how about you?
Forget that raise
I’ll take a rise
I wanna thank you

Push me down into something new
Now I’m ready to fly – how about you?
Forget that raise (forget that raise)
I’ll take a rise
I wanna thank you
So go ahead, push me down
Go ahead, push me down
Just go ahead and push me down
Into something new
Track Name: "Distance"
Lyrics by Nikki O’Neill, Rich Lackowski, and Johanna Stahley

Expressions
I touch your hand to show you my affection
In a crowd who can see
And your reaction
When you pull away – it happens day after day
And it’s wearing on me

You’re out of reach, so I’m gonna let you be
There’s no more that I can do

Distance – each time I reach out to you
You keep your distance – keeping us apart
I’m wondering – what did I do to make you stop responding
How did it start… did I get too close to your heart

Revelation
You hang in bars and I long for conversation
Our worlds never meet
Where’s our connection, baby
I can’t get through to you, and it’s all fine with you
But not for me

Distance – each time I reach out to you
You keep your distance – keeping us apart
I’m wondering – what did I do to make you stop responding
How did it start… did I get too close to your heart

I’m moving on
‘Cause I’ve dealt with the topic, and I’m tired of your issues too
Playing your game, or getting real –’cause you don’t deserve me, no

Oh, I’m wondering- what did I do to make you stop responding
How did it start… did I get too close to you

Distance
Each time I reach out to you

Oh, I’m wondering
What did I do to make you stop responding
How did it start