The Things We Never Say

by Nikki Lerner

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    The physical version of The Things We Never Say features exclusive 11 bonus "song story" tracks, where Nikki and co-producer Kevin 131 Gutierrez discuss the stories and inspiration behind each of the songs on the album. Graphic design by Andrew H. Kim - andrewhkim.com

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The Things We Never Say is just that... a collection of meaningful songs that we, as people, don't normally have the courage to say but words that are nevertheless essential to remain engaged as humans and build relationship with one another. May you not only experience the sound of my season, but find your story represented in these songs. Enjoy! -Nikki

Features guitarist Mark Lettieri (Snarky Puppy, Kirk Franklin) on Let Me Say Goodbye, I Rise, and Tell Me, & guitarist Bob Lanzetti (Snarky Puppy) on Never Gets Old.

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released February 19, 2016

Produced by Nikki Lerner and Kevin 131 Gutierrez
Engineered and Mixed by Kevin 131 Gutierrez at Assembly Line Studios, Vienna, VA - assemblylinestudios.com
Mastered by Bill Wolf at Wolf Productions, Falls Church, VA

Photography by Mike Stog - mikestogphotography.com
Makeup by Penny Greene
Album Design by Andrew H. Kim - andrewhkim.com

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Nikki Lerner Baltimore, Maryland

Nikki Lerner is an alternative/pop soul singer-songwriter based out of Baltimore, MD. Her soaring melodies and dense vocal harmonies are sure to stay with you long after you've heard her songs.

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Track Name: Selah
It’s right here in this place
It’s right here where you woo me
In the glow of the sun rising over the water’s edge
It’s right here in this place
It’s right here where you whisper
In the cool of the breeze moving through autumn leaves
I breathe

I can barely speak your name

It’s right here in this moment
I’m invited to linger
Writing words on the page
Face to face with myself
I can’t hide

I can barely say your name, Love
I can barely say your name
I can barely say your name
Speak your name
Say your name
Selah

I can barely say your name
I can barely say your name, Love
I can barely say your name
Speak your name
Sing your name
Selah

It’s right here in this moment
You expose my intentions
And I’m aware of the truth
Where my heart really is
You say, “Come”

I can barely say your name, Love
I can barely say your name
I can barely say your name
Sing your name
Say your name
Selah

I can barely say your name, Love
I can barely say your name, Love
I can barely say your name
Sing your name
Say your name
Selah

With you all my worries elude me
With you all my pretense quickly dies
With you I am free to dream out loud
And my heart comes alive

I can barely say your name, Love
I can barely say your name, Love
I can barely say your name
Say your name
Say your name
Selah
Track Name: Can We Start Over
Tonight I wonder how you are
Lying here beneath the stars
You always occupy my thoughts
Even after how we fought

Where would I be without this love
Who would I be without this grace

I’m sorry for the way I spoke
I’m sorry for the lies I told
My pride just got the best of me
Can we start over
I’m sorry for the line I crossed
I’m sorry for this hurt I’ve caused
My pride just got the best of me
Can we start over

Do you ever think of me
And how it was supposed to be
I’m building up the faith to ask
Would you ever take me back

Where would I be without this love
Who would I be without this grace

I’m sorry for the way I spoke
I’m sorry for the lies I told
My pride just got the best of me
Can we start over
I’m sorry for the line I crossed
I’m sorry for this hurt I’ve caused
My pride just got the best of me
Can we start over
Just for a moment
Can we treat love just like it’s never been broken

I’m sorry for the way I spoke
I’m sorry for the lies I told
My pride just got the best of me
Can we start over
I’m sorry for the line I crossed
I’m sorry for this hurt I’ve caused
My pride just got the best of me
Can we start over

My pride just got the best of me
Track Name: I Rise
I take my first breath
Open my eyes
Surrounded by darkness
And one sliver of light
Roll on my side
Turn off the snooze
My body wrapped tight
In this lovely cocoon

And I rise
I rise
Hallelujah, I’m alive
And I rise
I rise
Hallelujah, I’m alive

Removing the purple and white colored sheets
I cradle my legs and I laugh at my feet
A thin yellow nightshirt exposes my skin
A pale colored hand pulls me back in

And I rise
I rise
Hallelujah, I’m alive
And I rise
I rise
Hallelujah, I’m alive

Out of the bed
I move towards the door
Inhale that caffeine waiting on the next floor
Such a simple delight
So for granted we take
The gift we receive just to be awake

I rise
I rise
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, I’m alive
And I rise
I rise
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, I’m alive
I rise
Track Name: Let Us Talk Through the Night
Let us talk through the night
Let us talk through the night
Of shattered pasts and victories won
Of the people we have been
And the ones we dream to become

Let us talk through the night
Let us talk through the night
Of love gone wrong
Exposing our fears
Of the will to believe
And the courage to draw near

Vast as this ocean where we walk together in love
Bright as this moon that shines its light onto the sea
Soft as the grains of sand that gently cover our feet
This is our love
This is our love

Let us linger here tonight
Let us linger here tonight
Reach for me and take hold of my hand
I made a promise
By your side is where I will stand

Let us linger in this moment here tonight
Let us linger in this moment here tonight
Turn your face
Look deep into my eyes
It is you who has loved me back to life

Vast as this ocean where we walk together in love
Bright as this moon that shines its light onto the sea
Soft as the grains of sand that gently cover our feet
This is our love
This is our love

Let us linger here tonight
It is you who has loved me back to life
Track Name: Choosing to Fall
Tired eyes
I never thought
I never thought I would be done
Tears that flow on soft pillows
Here in the night

Empty arms that never held
That never held you long enough
Here at home in this bed all alone
I wonder where you’ve gone

Out of love
Out of the joy
Am I falling
Out of romance
Out of the ignorance
I am choosing to fall

Love’s surprise
I never thought
I never thought I’d be the one
To lose my soul
To lose my mind
Standing in your shadow

I’ve been here
I always thought
I always thought you knew the truth
I have loved the one you’ve been
Who you’ve become
And who you will be

Out of love
Out of the joy
Am I falling
I falling out of love
Out of romance
Out of the ignorance
I am choosing to fall

Holding tightly to this fantasy
That love could be much more than mystery
Hanging on to the shreds of my belief
That oneness might become reality

Love’s surprise
I never thought
I never thought I’d be the one
Track Name: Never Gets Old
I could sit for hours while you speak about your life
Lofty dreams and high school lovers and how the time flew by
You get that look in your eyes
The one I know so well
I could stay for hours while you slowly reminisce
Looking back and thinking of good times you may have missed
You get that smile on your face
And light fills the room

Just to be with you
Just to be near you

Loving you never gets old
Knowing you never gets old

I will long for any moment just to hear you laugh
Knowing joy had found its way into your soul at last
I see delight in your eyes
And peace is back again
Every time you open up your mouth and say my name
I’m reminded of the kindness that gently stokes this flame
I know I’m safe by your side
And I can breathe again

To be with you
Just to be with you

Loving you never gets old
Knowing you never gets old
Loving you never gets old
Knowing you never gets old
Track Name: Tell Me
Tell me what it’s like
To feel his hand upon your shoulder
Tell me how it feels
To know he wants to pull you closer
Tell me what it’s like
To know you are his precious treasure
Tell me how it feels
To be loved beyond all measure

So that your face can find rest
When you bury your tears in the strength of his chest
And your mind can know peace
‘Cause you know that you’re safe with him

Tell me what it’s like
To freely give your love to someone
Tell me how it feels
To bear your burden with a father

So that your face can find rest
When you bury your tears in the strength of his chest
And your mind can know peace
‘Cause you know that you’re safe with him

So that your face can find rest
When you bury your tears in the strength of his chest
And your mind can know peace
‘Cause you know that you’re safe with him
Safe in his love
Safe in his arms

Tell me what it’s like
Tell me what it feels like
To be loved
To be loved
Tell me
Tell me

So that your face can find rest
When you bury your tears in the strength of his chest
And your mind can know peace
When you know that you’re safe with him

So that your face can find rest
When you bury your tears in the strength of his chest
And your mind can know peace
‘Cause you know that you’re safe with him

Tell me what it’s like
Track Name: Love Pursues
Wrestling with old doubt
Fearing my own heart
Will you come find me
Here where I’m hiding

Uncovering slowly
The pride that’s abiding
Will you still love me
While I’m still fighting

Love pursues
Changing everything I thought I knew
Finding strength again
I’ve been renewed and hope comes alive
And healing flows
Pressing through the pain its peace I know
Reaching for a love I can’t refuse
‘Cause love pursues

Reclaiming our history
Now I’m pursuing
Will you forgive me
Your mercy it moves me

Love pursues
Changing everything I thought I knew
Finding strength again
I’ve been renewed and hope comes alive
And healing flows
Pressing through the pain its peace I know
Reaching for a love I can’t refuse
‘Cause love pursues

You will come find me
You will come running
You will invite me to the place where my heart is free

You pursue
Changing everything I thought I knew
Finding strength again
I’ve been renewed and hope comes alive
And healing flows
Pressing through the pain its peace I know
Reaching for a love I can’t refuse
‘Cause love pursues
Track Name: One of These Days
One of these days
I’m gonna get real with you
About the state of my heart
Stop the hiding
Embracing the lying
Allow the healing to start

One of these days
I’m gonna build up the courage
To believe all your words and
Walk the road that’s been marked out for me
Moving closer to who I could be

You know everything
You see it all
You know everything
You see it all

One of these days
I’m gonna come clean to you
About the fear in my life
Reveal the sadness that sits at the surface
Reclaim my promise to fight

One of these days
I’m gonna open my mouth
I’m gonna call out your name
Admit I need your help
Pressed in the arms of the one who knows me

You know everything
You see it all
Yes you do
You know everything
You see it all

Why is your grace still available
How is redemption still attainable
Love I don’t understand
Somehow makes sense in the light of your plan

You know everything
Yes you do
You see it all
Yes you do
You know everything
You see it all

One of these days
Track Name: Let Me Say Goodbye
I’ve tried and tried to walk away
But now I’ve realized
That you’re the one that needs to leave
So let me say goodbye

I’ve spent these years just waiting for
The words I long to hear
But now it’s time we both move on
So let me say goodbye

Goodbye
I refuse to lead you on
Goodbye
We both know I’m not the one

You say that you will have to find
The timing that’s just right
But love’s been here before your eyes
So let me say

Goodbye
I refuse to lead you on
Goodbye
We both know I’m not the one

Tell me you don’t need me
Tell me that we’re through
Tell me I deserve a life with someone else
So I can walk away from you

I think we know this road is best
But difficult to choose
I promised my heart that I’d follow through
So let me say
Goodbye