Answers No Questions

by Nazneen Rahman

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These songs are about the complexity of choices, of the search for answers and acceptance, of pasts lost and futures gained. Enjoy!

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released June 2, 2017

Music and lyrics by Nazneen Rahman except track 3 (Amy Winehouse), track 8 (Liane Carroll), track 9 (Chaplin/Turner/Parsons).
Vocals and Backing Vocals by Nazneen Rahman
Piano and programming by Joe Davison
Saxophone (track 6) Nikki Davison
Produced by Joe Davison for Auburn Jam Music
Album design by Brigitta Both
Photography by Andy Teo

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Nazneen Rahman London, UK

Welcome!. I sing intimate stories about life's complexities. With jazz and soul influences. I'm also a cancer scientist.

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Track Name: Everything Must Change
I don’t need you anymore
I don’t need you anymore
You’re like the coat I shrugged off
On that warm summer’s evening
Autumn never came

I don’t need you anymore
I don’t need you anymore
You’re like the watch I wear
On my wrist everyday
I use my phone
To tell the time

Everything has changed
Endless years are smothering my heart
Everything must change
I can’t stop from tearing us apart
Everything has changed, my love
Everything must change
Cos I’m not the same

I don’t see you anymore
I don’t see you anymore
When they tell me how gorgeous
You’re looking tonight
I turn away to hide my surprise

I don’t hear you anymore (I’m sorry)
I don’t hear you anymore
You’re the hum of any engine
The tapping of the rain
I’ve heard it all before.

Everything has changed
Endless years are smothering my heart
Everything must change
I can’t stop from tearing us apart
Everything has changed, my love
Everything must change
os I’m not the same

Morning sameness
Evening staleness
Summer’s stifling
Winter’s bleak
Morning sameness
Evening staleness
Always stifling

Everything has changed
Everything has changed
Everything must change
Everything must change

Cos I’m not the same
Cos you’re just the same
Track Name: Crazy Kind Of Life
Another wasted day
Pushing back the tide
Another week watching egos sparring
Wondering where to hide
Another month of deadline chasing
Long into the night
Another year of thinking
One more push we’ll make it
Out into the light

It’s a crazy kind of life
It’s a funny way to pass the time
Pounding on the treadmill
Always walking uphill
Standing in line
Between the worries for the future
And the sorrows of the past
There’s no time for today
It’s crazy kind of life
But I always find my way
Home

Another morning when the
Rain won’t stop
But I’m dreaming of the sun
Razor-sharp, time-to-spare
Playing like I don’t care
Don’t ask those stupid questions
And I’ll give you perfect answers.

It’s a crazy kind of life
It’s a funny way to pass the time
Pounding on the treadmill
Always walking uphill
Standing in line
Between the worries for the future
And the sorrows of the past
There’s no time for today
It’s crazy kind of life
But I always find my way
Home

It’s a crazy kind of life
It’s a funny way to pass the time
Chasing dreams I never dreamed of
Can't keep standing in line
Between the worries for the future
And the sorrows of the past
I've no time for today
It’s crazy kind of life
But I always find my way
Home

It’s crazy kind of life
But as long as you’re all right
I'm home
Track Name: Love Is A Losing Game
To you I was a flame
Love is a losing game
Five-storey fire as you came
Love is a losing game
One I wished I’d never played
Oh what a mess we made
And so the final frame
Love is a losing game

Played out by the band
Love is a losing hand
More than I could stand
Love is a losing hand
Self-professed, profound
Til the chips are down
I know you’re a gambling man
But love is a losing hand

Though I battle blind
Love is a fate resigned
Memories mar my mind
Love is a fate resigned
Over futile odds
And laughed at by the gods
And so the final frame
Love is a losing game

Life, amy, was a losing
Game
Track Name: Not So Invincible
Do you remember
My head resting
Nestling on your shoulder

Do you remember
How your fingers tied knots in my hair
As we walked

Do you remember
How the world would shrink to the touch of our
Fin-ger-tips

Do you remember
How we thought
We were invincible

You said you’d fix me
I said I’d let you
We were both wrong
You said you’d hear me
I said I’d tell you
We were both so so so
Wrong

Do you remember
How the sun always shone
How even our sharp words
Were an emblem of our love
We thought that time, that trying
Was just for them
Didn’t we

Do you remember
How we said
We were invincible

You said you’d fix me
I said I’d let you
We were both wrong
You said you’d hear me
I said I’d tell you
We were both so so so
Wrong

I don’t remember
Cos it just doesn’t matter, anymore
You don’t remember
Cos sweet words drip from your mouth
Like cherry blossom

We don’t remember
Cos it wasn’t real, was it
We don’t care to remember
Cos we weren’t invincible

You said you’d fix me
I said I’d let you
We were both wrong
You said you’d tell me
I said I’d hear you
We were both so so so
You said you’d hide me
I said I’d find you
We were both so wrong
You said you’d make it
I said I’d make it
We were both so so so
Wrong

Do you remember
Don’t you remember
My head nestling on your
Shoulder
Track Name: We Gave Up Our Rights
We gave up our rights

What did you say that for
You don't have the right
You don't have the right
And what did I go and do that for
I don't have the right
I gave up the right.

Trying to keep the rules
Trying to keep our cool
We gave up the right to fight.

Don't go rifling through those drawers
It's not where you left it
Nothing's as you left it
Yes I know the kids are fine with you
I should shut my mouth
But I just blurt it out

Trying to keep the rules
Trying to not be cruel
Trying to make this work
Trying to not be hurt
We gave up the right to hide

Trying to keep the rules
Trying to not be fools
Trying to make it work
Trying to not be hurt
Trying to not get mad
Trying to not be so sad
We gave up the right to cry

So don't ask me if I'm ok
You don't have the right
You gave up that right
I don't know what's reasonable anymore
I just want to find
The road to never mind

Cos we gave up our rights
Track Name: Keep It Close
See the words
Watch the waves
Read the signs
Don’t look away
Hear the notes
Feel the swell
Keep it close
Never tell

Their eyes are on you everywhere you go
Their spies have stolen everything you show

See the signs
Watch the spray
Read the words
Don’t look away
Hear the pitch
Feel the sell
Keep it close
Never tell

Their eyes are on you everywhere you go,
Their lies have tarnished everything you know
Their eyes are on you everywhere you go
Their lies have shaken everything you know
Their cries have riven everything you hear
Their spies have given you everything you fear

Keep it down
Keep it close
Keep it safe
Keep it oh so quiet
Oh so quiet
Keep it down
Keep it close
Close

Track Name: Fly Little Bird
Fly little bird
Cos the trees are lonely now
You don’t have to say a single word
Cos this day is your day
Simple and sweet

That’s what I heard
Can you believe everything you hear
Can you see the sky
And smell the sea
Or is it something deep
Inside of me

My little bird
Can you ride that soaring breeze
You don’t have to fear a single word
Cos my heart is your heart
Night after day

That’s what we share
Believe everything you feel
You can fly the sky
And sail the sea
Cos there’s something deep
Inside of you
Track Name: Smile
Smile though your heart is aching
Smile even though it's breaking
When there are clouds in the sky
You'll get by
If you smile through your fear and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You'll see the sun come shining through
for you.

Light up your face with gladness
Hide every trace of sadness
Although a tear
May be ever so near
That's the time you must keep on trying
Smile, what's the use of crying
You'll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile.

You'll see that life is still worthwhile
If you just
Smile
Track Name: Answers No Questions
Why I’m lying in this cold hotel room
Another sleepless night
Why I’m trying to find the perfect shadow
When my life is endless light

But the trees are falling from the leaves
The birds are falling from the sky
The earth’s not turning
The seas are dry
The grass is purring
My brain is fried
Won’t somebody help me
Find the answers

Will for now slide into forever
You want to know my plans
Don’t you think I would tell you
if I knew them
Don’t you understand

But the trees are falling from the leaves
The birds are falling from the sky
The earth’s not turning
The seas are dry
The grass is purring
My brain is fried
Won’t somebody help me
Find the answers

I’ve seen the truth
I can’t stay like this

But the trees are falling from the leaves
The birds are falling from the sky
The earth’s not turning
The seas are dry
The grass is purring
My brain is fried
Won’t somebody help me
Please somebody help me
Find the answers

I know the truth
I can’t stay like this
I’m losing my life to the road
I’m losing my soul to the load
And you’re not here to warm my toes at night
And I’m not there
I’m not there
I’m not there

The trees are falling from the leaves
The birds are falling from the sky
The earth’s not turning
The seas are dry
The grass is purring
My brain is fried
Won’t somebody help me
Please somebody help me
I need someone to help me

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