The Problem Ain't The Man

from by The Nikki O'Neill Band

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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


from The Nikki O'Neill Band, released April 10, 2012
Nikki O’Neill – Lead vocals, guitars
Rich Lackowski – Drums, percussion
Joshua “Cartier” Cutsinger – Bass
Ed Lyon – Hammond organ, Fender Rhodes
Philip Clark – Saxophone
Nic Chaffee – Trumpet, trombone

Written by Nikki O’Neill, Rich Lackowski, Joshua “Cartier” Cutsinger

Snowflower Music (ASCAP), Beaten Path Studios (ASCAP), Up in the Hayloft (ASCAP)

Produced, engineered and mixed by Joshua “Cartier” Cutsinger at Hayloft Studios, Los Angeles, CA,

(C)2012 The Nikki O’Neill Band. (P)2012 Snowflower Music. All rights reserved.
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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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