Where The Watermelons Grow

by Nik Field

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A dusty church room in Chinatown, cozy apartments, poutine and gear hunting through the bustling streets of Montreal. Nik Field’s debut solo album Where the Watermelons Grow brings together the sights, sounds and familiar faces that have defined him as a songwriter. Influences of John Prine, Paul Simon, early Tom Waits, and traditional folk music inspire this diverse set of original songs, each with a compelling story to tell. Where the Watermelons Grow is self-produced, recorded and mixed, and is as honest as they come.

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released April 15, 2017

Lead Vocals & Acoustic Guitar - Nik Field
Harmony, Acoustic Guitar, Long Neck Banjo - Trevor Pool
Bass, Piano, Electric Guitar, Fiddle, Mandolin - Ben Nesrallah
Percussion - Dylan Gowans
Harmonica - Sal Valley

All songs written by Nik Field
Produced, Recorded, and Mixed by Nik Field in various small rooms
Mastered by Dave Draves at Little Bullhorn Studios in Ottawa, ON
Artwork by Kailey Doogan
Photograph by Trevor Pool

Many, many thanks are due. To the old and new friends who helped make this album, to my family for supporting my music and choices, to the folks at open-mics and shows who felt compelled to say nice things, and to a little bird.

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Nik Field Ottawa, Ontario

Nik Field has been writing and performing music in the Ottawa region since 2010. Singing as one half of Salton Sea and later moving to Montreal to find The Noisy Locomotive.

Nik Field’s debut solo album Where the Watermelons Grow brings together the sights, sounds and familiar faces that have defined him as a songwriter.
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Track Name: Ruby Falls
Come with me down to Ruby Falls
I’ll bring the wine and you wear your overalls
They’ll come off with the snap of a button
We’ll swim in the nude and catch some lunch
In the river at the bottom of Ruby Falls

All the little fish will nibble at our toes
As we wade in to the murky shallows
We’ll cast our lines and mine’ll get caught in a tree
We’ll spend the afternoon trying to unhook me

Come with me down to Ruby Falls
I’ll show you the fort I built when I was barely tall enough
To reach the first branch of the best climbing tree you can dream of
Then the boards will creak and my whole world will reach the ground
Well I’m fine, I’m fine, I’m just going to wait
Down by the water where I can clean my feet
There’s a couple of scrapes that went pretty deep
But I’m fine, I’m fine, as long as you’re next to me
All I really need is a kiss on the cheek

Come with me down to Ruby Falls
Come with me down to Ruby Falls
I’ll bring the wine If you wear your overalls
Down at Ruby Falls
Oh Ruby Falls
Track Name: Nursery Rhymes
Oh Susannah won't you come find me
I'm stranded just past that rocky peak
In a grove of trees
Wondering where I’m going to sleep

Like a pig in mud I was sitting tight
Wondering where I was gonna stay the night
So I grabbed the hair by my chinny chin chin
Made a house out of bricks

Well the big bad wolf came knocking still
Asking me nice if I had seen a girl
She’s been around for quite some time
She’s the last suspect in a long line
Let me tell you about little red
She was born by the river, baby’s parents were dead
Last seen by the railroad tracks
Dinah chased her down but only found a basket
Full of currants and sour cherries, bumble, black, and raspberries
She’s the big red hood and she’s planning a scheme
She’s the mastermind of illegal trafficking

I haven’t spied with my little eye
Anything that meets a description of that kind
May I ask what she’s transporting
She’s got the best damn pies in South Mountain

She’s faster than the gingerbread man
Jack’s not quite as nimble as
She can be when she’s jumping the moon
The cow’s been depressed and the dish and spoon
Ain’t never going to be like they used to

Have we lost our minds like the nursery rhymes
That we don’t sing anymore
Track Name: Down By The Bay
Down by the bay
Where the watermelons grow
Next to my home, I dare not go
For if I do, my mother will say
Don't you ever go down there again
The vines will get you and you'll have to live

Refrain
Why'd he have to leave so soon
Why oh why did it have to be this way

Refrain
You'll have to become the man of the house
A lot sooner than we thought you'd have to be

Refrain
I'm sorry I had to leave so soon
I'm so sorry that it had to be this way

Refrain and first verse
Track Name: Rooster And The Hen
The rooster said to the hen
When you lay your eggs I'll protect them
Don't lay them in the farmers coup
I've found a spot next to the fox’s den
I know it sounds crazy
But trust me just this once
They'll never suspect a thing
And if they do I'll eat them for lunch

Well the hen said back to the rooster,
“I'll lay my eggs wherever I want to
Don't tell me how to be a mother
Until your feathers are white and you're silent at sunrise
Oh you've got a lot to learn
But I love you and your morning song
Don't tell me what to do
They're my eggs and I get to choose.”

So the rooster said back to the hen,
“Remember that time we got lost in the barn
You were sure you knew the way
But I had to call out for the farmer’s help
I don't doubt that you know this time
But I care too much not to speak my mind
If I didn't say a thing
I'd regret it for the rest of my life.”

The hen yelled back at the rooster,
“Now I see what you're really after
If I'm wrong you'll say I told you so
And from now on I should just follow you
But mister rooster we're a team
And if I'm wrong then you're wrong with me
We're not young if there's a mess to clean
We don't say, “Well it wasn't me.”
I know it sounds crazy
But trust me just this once
Their my eggs and I get to choose
Which baskets they fit into
Track Name: Everett & Lilly
My heart is like a broken cupboard in the kitchen
Not meant to be opened very often, use caution
But from time to time I find I feel young again

Now and then you meet someone worth
Lettin in to the broken cupboard in the kitchen
Where you hid away some photographs
A candle you made for a craft
And a few cigarettes you still have left
You didn't smoke very long but you're frugal so you kept them
For a rainy day when the clouds are grey
And you wish your breath could match the way you're feelin
Like a lazy, hazy, shade of freedom

You sit around your old creaky house
Waiting for that old familiar sound
Of aging hospitality shifting in your bones
It may be the wind but I think it's my toes
Curling underneath me, colder than the floor beneath me
I hope that we can become a fire in the chimney

And Everett and Lilly can grow up in a cabin the woods
And there'll be a shack out back where we can dry herbs
There we'll hang a sign that reads, “Never Enough Thyme,”
Because I once took a drive and saw something I thought you’d like
Track Name: Little Red Bathtub
I went for a ride and what did I find
But a little red bath tub that held onto my mind
It's all I ever wanted
To be left alone and kept warm

As I grew up I was covered in dust
The world was dry and my skin was roughed up
I'd never seen something I couldn't believe
I'd finally bathe and be clean

Bled by medieval healing

In the darkness I found myself
Scratching at the roof of an itchy mouth
That never dissipated
Forever I'd be a slave, hidden beneath the words I won't say.