Passing Tones

by Nicole DeMarco

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about

This album is dedicated to Tony Sly, who recently passed away this summer. He is my biggest musical influence and he is the reason I broke out of my shell musically and picked up my first guitar.

R.I.P Tony Sly. (November 4, 1970 – July 31, 2012)

I would like to Thank:
-My parents and family for always believing in me and my dreams.
-My friends for coming to my shows and for all your support. It means the world to me.
-My amazing teachers: Sister Mary Anne, Sean McClowry, Sean Wendell, Matt Fink, Gary Kelly and Marta Waterman for all your wisdom and guidance these past few years.
-AND all the wonderful musicians who played on this album. You have brought my music to life. Couldn’t have done it without you.

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released December 2, 2012

All songs written, recorded, mixed and mastered by Nicole DeMarco.
Recorded at the Saints and Singers studio at The College of Saint Rose.

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Nicole DeMarco is a singer-songwriter from Long Island, NY.

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Track Name: Intro
I want a love that’s like a plague
Taking over my heart.
My soul.
My mind.

I want a love that’s handmade
Stitched perfectly into my life.

And I want a love that sees the light, always.

For love is as strong as death itself
Holds us together more than anything else.

I want a love that’s not afraid
Of the challenges that we may find.

I want a love that will parade
Down the streets of my past singing
“Don’t look back!”

Oh, love is as strong as death itself
Holds us together more than anything else
It’s in words that we speak
It’s in the songs that we sing
It’s in everything, it’s in everything.

Oh, love is as strong as death itself
Holds us together more than anything else
It’s in words that we speak
It’s in the air that we breathe
It’s in everything, it’s in everything.

I want a love that’s like a plague
Taking over my heart.
My soul.
My mind.

And I want a love that sees the light, always.
Track Name: Passing Tones
Lay awake with me tonight.
Even if there’s nothing left to say, it’s alright.
I know I’m just a passing tone,
Until you find a better home.

But as I watch the sunrise for the first time in years
The only thing I think of is that I’m glad you’re still here

We’ll be in between like a changing season
I’ll keep you close to me without any reason
Just to make you feel alive again
‘Cause yeah I finally feel alive again

We’ve got so much life to live
and I have so much left to give— to him
How could I let my mind compromise?
If I see a different view in his eyes

So, I won’t be the downbeat anymore
I’m picking myself up off this cold and lifeless floor

We’ll be in between like a changing season
I’ll keep you close to me without any reason
Just to make you feel alive again
‘Cause yeah I finally feel alive again

Maybe you didn’t mean anything you said
When you lured yourself inside my head
But when you left that night so soon
I swear I watched the color leave the room

So lay awake with me tonight
Even if there’s nothing left to say, it’s alright
Yeah, I know, we are just passing tones
Until we find our separate homes
Track Name: Trial and Error
Another day and I’m sorry
I didn’t mean to do this to you
You’ve always seen the best in me
And I didn’t mean to do this to you

I thought I could save you
And put you back together
I thought I had saved you
But I couldn’t save our love

(Chorus)
Oh, People come and people go
We learn to love and love helps us grow
So we’ll stay buried in somebody’s memory
There’s always a reason it may be hard to see
But even the worst falls tell our stories.

I followed my heart into a place unknown
Where I left everything I knew to be alone
But I don’t feel any different this time around
Just the feeling of letting you down.

(Chorus)

You have burnt every bridge that could ever lead you back to me
And if that’s how you want it then that’s how it’ll be
You think it helps to be the last one on my mind
But you’re wearing yourself down in the midst of every line
It’s time to put it to a rest and just go on this time
And stay buried in somebody’s memory
There’s always a reason it may be hard to see
But even the worst falls will tell our stories.
Track Name: Forward
You were a saw easy to sway
Well accidents happen when looking away
You took your eyes off of the prize
It’s funny how you look so surprised

(Chorus)
Well don’t you stand there now like you never saw it coming
You can’t avoid the train while you’re still standing on the tracks

You were a wish that might have come true
But wishes aren’t granted to those who don’t prove
How much you need it, how much you’re willing to fight
Didn’t look to like you had it when I walked away that night

(Chorus)

Keep moving forward
You’re not held captive to the ground
Don’t let yourself get so down.
Keep moving forward.

(Chorus)
Track Name: Stay
I felt the sun on my skin and I remembered
That not everything is cold
So I have opened up and let you in
And I won’t turn away from you again

Show me you’ll stay
And prove to me
That things belong this way

I ran scenarios in my head
Wondering if you’d take me as I am
‘Cause I have opened up and let you in
My only question, is were you listening?

Show me you’ll stay
And prove to me
That things belong this way

Race with me against the high tide
‘Cause I can see the sun setting in your eyes
And I don’t wanna lose myself, lose myself this time
I don’t wanna lose myself, lose myself this time

Show me you’ll stay
And prove to me
That things belong this way
Track Name: Between Pages
I pressed your silhouette between the pages
Like dried flowers filled with recollection
Though you’re gone and your fragrance is fading
I can’t seem to forget
You were the very best thing I could have had.
And these lines don’t mean anything
Unless they can make my heart sing.

And I was always filled with your song

I felt it again just like the previous times
When nothing else mattered, but your lips against mine
And I’m losing; I’m losing my control
Foots floored on the gas and I’m all set to go
But don’t try to catch me
‘Cause I wanna crash into you

And I was always filled with your song

But I really wanna see life
Through your point of view
Because I’m so amazed by you

The notes compose themselves
But I want nothing else...

Because I was always filled with your song.
Track Name: Emily
I saw you hit the bottom
I heard your cries the whole way down
And now you’re living in fear
Scared of the things that pushed you around -
Get a hold of yourself dear
Now that you’re here, get off the ground.
Because no pain, no pain,
Is worse than the pain of giving up

(Chorus)
“Life is but life, and death but death
Bliss is but bliss, and breath but breath!
And if, indeed, you fail,
At least you know the worst is sweet
Defeat means nothing but defeat”

One day you’ll understand
The reason there is comfort in a hand
Inside the warmth of a grip—
You forget that you were even scared a bit
You’ve still got so much left in you
I hope you see yourself the way I do

(Chorus)

You argue— How can anyone feel
Feel the way that you felt?
But yours is not the first bad hand
In a stack of cards to be dealt

(Bra da dum da da dum bra dum da da da dum.)

“Life is but life, and death but death
Bliss is but bliss, and breath but breath!
Track Name: Roots & Wings
I can’t take this feeling knotting inside my throat
Decisions won’t get easier if my thoughts stay remote
You’re never gonna let me go

But you can’t have both roots and wings
Either take one or take nothing
So this time I’m gonna let you go

I’ve been here before
Thought I was satisfied, But I needed more
And you’ve done nothing wrong, you see.
But sometimes when you love someone
You have to set them free, so set me free.

Couldn’t hold my breath, but I know that I tried
But some notes aren’t meant to be tied.
But I’m never gonna leave your side
I'm never gonna leave your side.

I’ve been here before
Thought I was satisfied, But I needed more
And you’ve done nothing wrong, you see.
But sometimes when you love someone
You have to set them free, so set me free.

My loss will be her gain
You can take the sun or feel the rain.
Track Name: No. 27
You stood in the cold with your lit cigarette
And as I walked past you I held my breath
But you came over anyway.

I guess there was something I saw in you
Maybe the way you carried yourself
or the things that you do
But I let you in and I let you stay.

‘Cause your lips drew me in like an artist
Trapped me on a page, but I don’t mind it.
All I wanna do is carry the night on with you
Let’s hope the sun doesn’t rise too soon.

I found it hard to believe that I didn’t care
That the smoke still lingered in your hair
It made me want you more

I guess there is nothing that you could do
That would make me want to resist you
It made me feel uneasy, but

Your lips drew me in like an artist
Trapped me on a page, but I don’t mind it.
All I wanna do is carry the night on with you
Let’s hope the sun doesn’t rise too soon.

So we got drunk off of each other
Forgot about past lovers
Found new things to discover
Under the covers, under the covers.

Your lips drew me in like an artist
Trapped me on a page, but I don’t mind it.
All I wanna do is carry the night on with you
Let’s hope the sun doesn’t rise too soon

You stood out in the cold with your lit cigarette
And as I walked past you I held my breath.
Track Name: Stripped Away
The trees are shedding, and I am slowly forgetting
It was this time last year that I had been here.
Then winter stormed in like an uninvited guest
And I tried my best to hold my tongue
But I fired at you like a loaded gun.

If you have one decent bone left in your body
You’d look me in the eye and tell me you’re sorry
But that’s the least you can do
After all you’ve done to me.

We’re supposed to be together but I couldn’t feel more...
(A-part) of me wishes you’d fail so that you would...
(See) how it feels to be stripped away and to feel like nothing...
Will ever change.

All the times we ask ourselves what went wrong
Did we ever stop to think that it was time?
Because once the day is over you won’t get it back
But when tomorrow comes around you’ll be just fine.

We may make mistakes
We may let our hearts break
But it’s better to have loved
Than to have loved nothing at all

We may make mistakes
We may let our hearts break
But it’s better to have loved
Than to have loved nothing at all
Nothing at all