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No Place Is Safe

by Nia Andrews

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How’d we get so far from the one dream How’d we get so far from being who we are
2.
Linger 03:34
When you’d go away from me I’d stay and wait for you And when you’d sleep at night I used to pray you still cared for me I say I saw you dared to walk away Though you know I knew you Such a shame your frivolities my mind can’t erase They deride my value And it’ll haunt you in those quiet times when no one’s around The silence in your sound of mind I’ll haunt you wherever you go Was it my fault who dropped the ball when it was ready to be served It was your turn And now it’ll linger in the quiet of your heart And I’ll wonder but ain’t goin’ nowhere And I’ll whisper for all time watch it linger That ghost is yours and mine I’ll linger to forever He said ‘I’ll leave her’ Though he didn’t go nowhere Linger Linger, linger and I’ll whisper I ain’t goin’ nowhere Watch it linger in the quiet of your heart And I’ll wonder but it ain’t goin’ nowhere
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They rarely come to the valley If I didn’t live here would I even come and see me Dodging my way through the alleys Avoiding the neighbors and those I don’t wanna see He said pour me a drink will ya Let us take a load off imagine the both of us free I’ll go for a walk with ya We can tune out the world then sit under our favorite tree Oh I don’t know when this day will end So pull up a chair it might be eternity Boom an unforeseen gamble Swallowing language counting from one to three Still find myself in a scandal Guess it don’t matter they’ll still question your loyalty They say pour out your eyes will ya Put your pointer to thumb until your mind is empty I stand in the sun with ya Let the lotus unfurl remind myself what makes me, me Oh I don’t know when this day will end So pull up a chair it might be eternity Oh I don’t know when this day will end So pull up a chair it might be eternity Oh I don’t know when this day will end So pull up a chair it might be eternity
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I didn’t call your name Visiting each night in my dreams And in the waking game Pretending you don’t think of me
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All of that sweetness that swam in your mouth Some found it harmless I had my doubts Sift your intentions what I didn’t do I surrendered you withdrew What if we don’t win this Do I get lost up in it Can’t believe I lost all my good senses Be a smart girl this cannot happen again Very good show here’s a slow hand-praise Thought it was real and now it’s too late Coming undone from the sound of your voice Running for cover is my only choice What if we don’t win this Do I get locked up in it Can’t believe I lost all my good senses Be a smart girl this cannot happen again
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I survived it you and I know that I designed you but they don’t know no no When I get scared and retreat underneath my two shells The king waits for me brave and silently He won’t punish me like the others have done Like Cleo who sought the warmth of other suns Held by an army of love in return That he did not deserve They don’t know but you and I do The role of you the role of you Perfectly casted and played by us two Played by us two Cleo destroys me over and over again My grace it belied all the torment I knew as your friend Standing for you but discarded at whim ‘til I learned to use my own legs by its end But I’m crawling I’m barely crawling They don’t know but you and I do The role of you the role of you Perfectly casted and played by us two Played by us two I did not deserve it over and over again I did not deserve it over and over again I did not deserve it over and over again deserve it over and over again I did not deserve it over and over again deserve it over and over again over again over again over again over again
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The Ceiling 05:00
I’m climbng up the wall it’s what I do it is not my fault My mind ran wild when I couldn’t reach you It’s twenty after one I sure do hope you had fun While I’ve been sitting here going crazy Never mind the texts and the thirty-four calls And disregard the bottle on the bedroom floor You think it’s such a problem that I don’t stay calm like they do Like they do Oh no there I go again boy you got me seeing red And I can’t blame you when you go ‘cause I lose all self-control Though it’s not an easy ride I promise I’ll be good next time ‘cause I’m feeling like I pushed you to the ceiling The silence is so loud in here cuts through the air razor clear It’s like the walls are caving in on me I know you’ve had enough if I could find a way to stop Life for you and me would be easy Hurt people hurt people endlessly And when I don’t feel safe I will fight for me Even if that means that I won’t make nice like they do Like they do I know I go too far But I’m trying hard to be the girl you love I forget myself and I scream and yell No one can put me out when I’m this fired up
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Seems So 03:54
I’m used to walking in a straighter line I could learn to love a zig zag but it’ll take a little time Wild and free you are but me I lost my roar I should learn to scream sometime open up a little more ‘Cause I love how you say what you want (hey hey) And I love how you don’t give a mutha- (hey hey) And I wish I didn’t think so much It seems so wonderful You know that war between logic and the heart I can tell what side you’ve won and I knew it from the start When you said you wanna be with me until you’re older You sure you really mean that ‘cause once I love I don’t let go But I love how you do what you want (hey hey) And I love how you don’t give a mutha- (hey hey) And I wish I didn’t think so much It seems so wonderful
10.
Little Girl 02:28
There’s a little girl Deep inside you She don’t trust nobody no, Not even you but tell her That I won’t ever fail Fail her no ‘Cause this love is not for sale I can let you go if you want Let me tell you this You’ll never find a sweeter love no And I would be remiss not to tell you That I won’t ever fail Fail you no ‘Cause my love is not for sale I won’t ever fail Fail you no ‘Cause my love is not for sale
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Old Man 04:07
There are things that I wanna do but I don’t make plans Don’t you see that I’m struggling here baby won’t you give me a hand Won’t you be quiet and face all the music going through my head And I won’t be over it ‘til I go through it and reach the end Am I crazy Sometimes I think I am Or just lazy Let me lie here ‘til I’m an old man There are days when I’m made of iron and can’t be destroyed But the truth is sometimes I get tired power unemployed Where is the valor to tell you the stories running through my mind When I can’t be honest or even wholehearted I’ll try to be kind Am I open I like to think I am Or just broken Let me lie to you like an old man You see that I’m struggling here baby You see that I’m struggling here baby I’ll just lie here ‘til I’m an old man Wake me up when I am an old man I’ll just lie here ‘til I’m an old man Let me lie here ‘til I’m an old man

about

No Place Is Safe is the debut full-length from Nia Andrews, a singer-songwriter whose unique vision and expressive aesthetics fly high over her undeniable legacy in the artistic culture of Los Angeles. Building on her beautiful voice that appeared on Solange’s #1 album A Seat at the Table, Andrews has transformed herself into a powerhouse producer in her own right. The daughter of music educator and philanthropist Reggie Andrews, she grew up immersed in the vibrant sounds of the rich musical community that he championed – including The Pharcyde, Kamasi Washington, Thundercat, and Terrace Martin.

With the release of No Place Is Safe, Nia Andrews adds an impressive new chapter to the musical narrative of Los Angeles. The album is a poignant exploration of the damage caused by chronic unacceptance and a feeling of being unseen. Pining for safety – an anchor that continues to elude her – Andrews is haunted by shadows closing in on all sides. She wrestles with the pain of not being chosen, weighed down by the exhaustion of ending after ending while the world outside burns. But as Andrews learns to find safety within herself, No Place Is Safe develops into a nuanced story of understanding, surrender, and finally – triumph.

Revealing an innate sense of musicality, Andrews’ intimate release balances between lush instrumentation and the raw beauty of her unadorned voice. She transforms sounds into symbols that augment her lyrical narrative: broken dreams, mental chaos, yearning and forgiveness. Thoughtful and exposed, the music looks you in the eye even as it questions itself.

How did we get so far from the one dream? How did we get so far from being who we are? The album’s contemplative incandescence is evident from the first measures of “The Road.” Andrews’ vocals curl around tender strums and keystrokes in “Linger,” a hushed and haunted love song.

Lo-fi electronic fuzz transforms “Call Your Name” from peaceful pretending into a muddled distortion, a sonic reflection of a relationship’s devolution. Even Andrews’ dreams are not safe. She implores herself to “Be a Smart Girl” with a syncopated warning and rhythms that run for cover. Winsome strings illuminate “Cleo and the King” with symphonic elegance and “The Ceiling” loses control in a rushing jam that climbs the walls.

No Place Is Safe is almost entirely self-made; Andrews wrote, arranged, and produced every track with few collaborators. “I didn’t begin this project intending to do so much of it myself,” she explains. “I laid down parts as ideas, but when I brought other musicians in to replace my bass or guitar parts, they were killing but I was surprised that I preferred the original parts. The imperfection of my playing just seemed to sonically serve the story of the music better and its vulnerability. I did want one song that was like a big hang with a few musicians I hold very dear and that’s ‘Seems So.’ There’s a lot of love nestled in the crevices of that tune.” The track’s jazzy riff and heavy drums dig in deep as her passionate vocals soar over the serious beats. Touching and teary-eyed, “Little Girl” is a love letter to the lost child within.

Crafted with the art of restraint and refined with honeyed harmonies, No Place is Safe aims for the mastery of the self. Through her inward search for significance, Nia Andrews reveals her compelling relevance and artistic talents – and her place creating new ground at the forefront of Los Angeles’ musical saga.

No Place Is Safe by Nia Andrews will be released via World Galaxy / Alpha Pup Records on June 21, 2019.

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released June 21, 2019

Produced and arranged by Nia Andrews *
Mixed by: Ty Macklin
Mastered by: Daddy Kev
Photography: Melodie McDaniel
Styling, art direction, graphics: Nia Andrews
Recorded in Los Angeles, CA **

* ”Seems So” arranged by Mocky and Nia Andrews
** “The Ceiling” recorded by Daniel Pampurri at NRG Studios, North Hollywood, CA

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