Nilia Berkin Solo Piano · Voice Nilia Berkin has been a professional musician since 2000, singing and playing the piano at venues and occasions ranging from private events to festivals, cafés and bars. From my Repertoire... A few of the songs I perform: At Last - Etta James Beyond the Sea - Jack Lawrence Dream a Little Dream of Me - Gus Kahn I Got You Under my Skin - Cole Porter The Girl From Impanema - Antonio Carlos Jobim How Deep is Your Love? - Bee Gees Someone Like You - Adele Full Repertoire Book Nilia Album: Whirlwind · 2007 Whirlwind: my debut album is a collection of meditations and musings on the meaning of this big old cosmos in general and my own little life in particular. Buy Now! Song Lyrics I SEE FACES IN FACES IN FACESI SEE PEOPLE IN PEOPLE IN PEOPLEAND THERE’S NO ONE PRESENT HERETHAT’S CLEARI’VE BEEN GIVEN A MOMENT OF VISIONAND I’M NOT USING IMAGINATION‘COS I KNOW WHAT I SEEI KNOW WHAT I SEE IT’S A WHIRLWIND‘TILL THE DAYS ENDTHIS IS ONLY A TESTONE-TWO – THREEWE’RE JUST CHILDRENIN A PLAYPENSO KEEP TURNING AND LEARNINGYOUR A-B-C’S AND THE DAYS SEEM TO MINGLE TOGETHERAND THE NIGHTS, HOW THEY CAN LAST FOREVERBUT TO FEEL THE EVENING BREEZE IN THE TREESIS A LIFE EVER LOST AND FORGOTTEN?DO WE LEARN ALL THAT WE HAVE BEEN TAUGHT THEN FADE INTO A MEMORY? LIFE COMES AND GOESFOR ALL WE KNOWYESTERDAY’S ASHES MAY BE TOMORROW’S SEEDRIGHT HERE AND NOWNOT KNOWING HOWTHIS INTERSECTION MAY BE WHERE WE ALL MEET I SEE FACES IN FACES IN FACESI SEE PEOPLE IN PEOPLE IN PEOPLEAND THERE’S NO ONE PRESENT HERETHAT’S CLEARI’VE BEEN GIVEN A MOMENT OF VISIONAND I’M NOT USING IMAGINATION‘COS I KNOW WHAT I SEEI KNOW WHAT I SEE IT’S A WHIRLWIND‘TILL THE DAYS ENDTHIS IS ONLY A TESTONE-TWO – THREEWE’RE JUST CHILDRENIN A PLAYPENSO KEEP TURNING AND LEARNINGYOUR A-B-C’S AND THE DAYS SEEM TO MINGLE TOGETHERAND THE NIGHTS, HOW THEY CAN LAST FOREVERBUT TO FEEL THE EVENING BREEZE IN THE TREESIS A LIFE EVER LOST AND FORGOTTEN?DO WE LEARN ALL THAT WE HAVE BEEN TAUGHT THEN FADE INTO A MEMORY? LIFE COMES AND GOESFOR ALL WE KNOWYESTERDAY’S ASHES MAY BE TOMORROW’S SEEDRIGHT HERE AND NOWNOT KNOWING HOWTHIS INTERSECTION MAY BE WHERE WE ALL MEET 1. Whirlwind GOTTA BE A BETTER EXPLANATIONTHIS ONE FALLS THROUGH‘COS IF HE WANTS TO STRING ALONG YOUR PATIENCEAPATHY WON’T DO AND YOU GO TO BED WITH A FEELING OF DREADAND WONDER WHERE HE’S BEENCAST ASIDE THE NOTION OF PRIDEAND BEG TO BE LET IN AGAIN YOU THINK AT THE VERY LEAST HE’D TRY TO HIDE ITPLAY THAT AGE OLD GAMEBUT SOMETHING’S DIFFERENT NOWNOTHING’S SAIDBUT YOU FEEL IT ALL THE SAME AND YOU TRY, AND YOU TRYTO ADAPT TO EVERY LITTLE LIEBUT YOU KNOW FULL WELLTHIS BIRD’S GONNA FLY AND YOU GO TO BED WITH A FEELING OF DREAD‘COS YOU KNOW WHERE HE HAS BEENDUST ASIDE YOUR WOUNDED OLD PRIDEAND GROW A SECOND SKIN AND YOU TRY, AND YOU TRYTO REACT LIKE EVERY OTHER GUYBUT A WALL GOES UP INSIDE IT’S A LOVELY PLACE TO HIDEAND THE WALL SOLIDIFIESAND A SOLDIER NEVER CRIES THEY SAY ALL THINGS MEND IN TIMEBUT YOU KNOW FULL WELLTHIS BIRD’S GONNA FLY 2. Full Well We had it allIt was a ballNever denying-all was allowedThose were the old daysWhere do I go now? Nothing’s the sameYou’re not to blameThey tell me in life all things must changeBut there can be strange dayswhen I don’t know how One day you wake upYou’re grown upYou’ve arrivedBut there’s no briefcaseNo long faceIt just doesn’t feel the way you thought it would as a child So pack a bagGet you movin’You never know when time’s on your sideLive that little dreamand resolve to evolve‘Cos if there’s one thing that I knowthat the fortune cookie helped me derive:Opportunities multiply when seized 3. Strange Days BODIES SURROUND MEABOVE AND AROUND MEHOPING THAT ANY DAY, IN SOME WAYTHEY WILL BE FREEIS IT JUST ME? I SEE THEIR FACESCOLD AND ABRASIVEBLOCKING THE UNITY THAT COULD BEIF THEY WOULD SEEIF THEY WOULD SEE AND EVERY DAY ‘TIL THEY AWAKETHEY WILL BE DREAMINGAND EVERY NIGHT UNTIL DAYLIGHTTHEY WILL GO SILENTLY, GRATEFULLYTO THE LAND OF THE DIM WHAT DO THEY DO THERE?WHERE DO THEY GO ANYWAY?IS IT JUST A JOURNEY OF THE MINDOUTSIDE OF TIME? SEE THEM THE NEXT DAYBLINDED IN EVERY WAYHOW CAN THEY POSSIBLY SAY TO METHEY NEVER DREAMTHEY NEVER DREAM WHEN EVERY NIGHT TO THEIR DELIGHTTHEY HIT THE CEILINGFLOAT THROUGH THE SKYSIX STORIES HIGHAND RETURN SILENTLY, GRACEFULLYFROM THE LAND OF THE DIM HAPPY EVER AFTERON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE VEILCAN YOU HEAR THE LAUGHTERPENETRATING THIS FAIRY TALE? 4. Land of the Dim In the evening, when the rosy sun is setting downbehind the trees and we’re aloneNothing matters but you and me, too.In the morning, when you’re lying snug beside me and I grab you like a Yeti bear No one else could ever do. And in the afternoon, just about a quarter of twoI look up to the sky pale blueAnd I spy a lovely , faded , dusty white moon. And just like you, just like you, she never gets to sleepShe’s got the weight of the world on her shoulders And she’s keeping an eye on her fellow constellations Just like you, radiant and true, Making sure the world’s revolving as it should. And at midnight, when you’re chasing sheep across the sky and aching for a lullaby, Let me be, please let me be, let me be the one to sing to you To you, to sing to you, to you, to sing to you, to you, to you 5. Dusty White Moon Words of advice fashioned spaces so wideI’d travel for miles for a stitch to mendBalancing, balancing, never beginningAnd so we make sure it will never endAre one and two three, Mr. Trinity? Tell me, tell me everythingLet me feast on your mind and enter your eyesDo I see other lives past the make believe?If I were to run out of questions Would you walk away?Grasp the quivering arrowRebuff poor Beast This is unanimous and we can point towardsAny infinity that we pleaseYou’ll yield for a moment But you’ll never ruptureAnd so this is how it will have to beIt will have to be (chorus) I know why I found youI know why I’m hereAnd it’s not for the reasons you think I am.The captive is willingThe captain is sinkingThe teacher is learning that Heat won’t burnAnd she can learn So let’s just forget the whole thingAnd eat the cake you madeJust stick around for todayIn six years we just might fathom If this was meant to beMove a smidgen overMake room for Beast 6. Feast THE HAPPY UNKNOWN AWAITS METHE LIVES THAT I’VE SOWN CREATE MEAND HELP ME TO MAINTAIN THE ILLUSIONIN ALL THE CONFUSION THE PLACE THAT I’M GOING’S RIGHT HERETHE FACE THAT I SHOW JUST MIGHT BEOR SIMPLY MAY REMAIN A PROBABILITY ADORN ME, ENROBE AND ENTHRONE MEEXALT AND EXTOL, ASSIGN ME THE GOALOF A GREAT RULER IN HER MOST GLORIOUS ROLE THE HAPPY UNKNOWN AWATIS METHE THINGS THAT I’M SHOWN CREATE MEAND HELP ME TO DEFY THE ILLUSIONIN ALL THE CONFUSION THE PLACE THAT I’M GOING’S RIGHT HERETHE FACE THAT I SHOW JUST MIGHT BEOR SIMPLY MAY REMAIN A PROBABILITY ABHOR ME, ABUSE AND ENSLAVE MEOR LOCK ME AWAY ‘TIL MY DYING DAYBUT I’M NOT WORRIEDFOR ALL THE WORLD’S JUST A PLAY THE SOUL LIVES IT’S LIVES WITHOUT JUDGINGIT WASHES AWAY THE SLEEP FROM THE EYES OF THE MOST UNHOLY, THE MOST UNWISEAND STRIPS AWAY THE SKIN DISGUISE 7. Happy Unknown BABY, I’VE BEEN HEARTLESSBABY, I’VE BEEN WILDYOU GAVE YOUR PRECIOUS TRUST UNTO ME LIKE A CHILDBUT I TOSSED IT AWAY AND LEFT YOU DEFILEDNOW THIS GROUND IS BARREN FOR MILES AND MILES COULD YOU EVER FORGIVE ALL THAT I’VE DONEI CUT YOU DOWNI SMOKED YOU OUTTHAT’S HOW THIS WORLD IS RUNBUT I’M SINGING A TUNE THAT’S MUCH DIFFERENT NOWYOU NEVER KNOW HOW YOU’LL MISS WHAT’S NO LONGER AROUND YESTERDAY’S A DIFFERENT STORYI WASN’T OF THIS MIND BEFOREWALKING AROUND IN MY HAZE OF GLORYAND NEVER REALIZING THAT YOU’RE A THING OF BEAUTYTHING OF BEAUTYYOU’RE BEAUTIFUL NOW I KNOW THIS IS MY WORLDBUT NOT TO ABUSE AS I PLEASEAT TIMES I SEEGREATER POSSIBILITIES MAYBE IF I PLEADEDMAYBE IF I BEGGEDYOU’D FIND IT IN YOU TO COME BACKCOME BACK FROM THE DEADBUT IT’S TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE,TOO MUCH TO REPAIRI CHOSE A FINE, FINE TIMETO START TO CARE NOW I KNOW THIS IS MY WORLDBUT NOT TO ABUSE AS I PLEASEI BELIEVE THIS IS MY WORLDBUT IT DOES NOT REVOLVE AROUND MEAT TIMES I SEEGREATER POSSIBILITIES 8. Beauty I have dreams of such dimension that hold scenes of boundless joyThat I shiver on reflection of this life that is my toyI have memories so massive that they don’t fit in my headAnd I don’t know if I’m dreaming but will I know when I’m dead? Then I rise to the day connecting memories on the wayAnd I know my place hereWalking the line between then and nowAnd I won’t allow my outworn beliefs to interfere But I do know when I’m walking through this lifescape made of airThat my future’s not forgotten and my past yet isn’t thereAnd if time does not exist and all we have is endless nowThen my feelings are my compass and my thoughts must then allowAn expansion into wider realms of space I cannot seeMaybe then and there I’ll understand life’s wondrous mysteryMaybe then and there I’ll understand life’s wondrous mysteryMaybe then and there I’ll understand, I’ll understandYou’ll see… Riches granted by the seasWishes planted and believed untilA spark of will informs realityRiches granted by the seasWishes planted and believed untilA spark of will assumes reality And this all could be so easy if I played it like a gameAnd forget that there exist such things as fear, regret and shameAnd for once try to appreciate the root of all that’s meMaybe then and there I’ll understand life’s wondrous mysteryLife’s mystery 9. Life's Wondrous Mystery stamping through the dust of a hundred centuriesthe romans and the christians and the greekswe join our little troupe of misfitshalf asleepand head straight to the land of future memories and you sleep as a volcanoappears outside my windowits history the source of all this mysteryspeaking in strange tongues that makethe natives smiles grow widera butchery of sentiment and grammar fairy chimney, lake of salt, all-you-can-eatthe names of things I never can remembersmoking in the daysthose timeless moments we must waitand gaze upon our ancient father figures back in the valley you confessit may not last much longera decade sliding off your sloping shouldersand sadness lies aheadbut now we’ve reached the highest summit time and space take little place in this old haunted dreamlandtime and space take little place in this old haunted dreamlandtime and space take little place in this old haunted dreamland 10. The Valley disco ball descends, spinningpupils wide-pass me bywhat’s so wrong with laughing, screamingspitting fire into the sky?cowboy cover my dreams with your whipping creamphilosophize through slits of eyesyou taunt me and you tease mebut you hardly ever please mestraddle up to the saddlerip off your disguise naughty boymy mighty wit just doesn’t faze youas you laugh through that demonic grinnaughty boyI could just kiss you but you’d miss the point completelywouldn’t youwouldn’t you fast away the night she passesdrive into the rising sunaccompany the Buck to the altar(you know she won’t be the final one) while away the day with complexitiesanalyse, hypothesizei’m holding up a mirror but you don’t see any clearerperhaps you’re looking through vampire eyes (chorus) inciting riots in my mindrotating gentle then unkindperceive an object as it is, was and will beyour moods affect me like the tidebalancing apathy with pridemy speechless stupor when you“what does it mean?” naughty boyyou make us wait as you debatewhat colour lipstick matches with your heelsnaughty boyI must confess I like it bestwhen you tell me how you truly feelnaughty boywe were such friends until the end and thenit ended so ironicallynaughty boytell Dolly Dan I miss the bandWhen my nostalgia clouds my sanity 11. Naughty Boy YOU LIVE ON THE RUNYOU’RE CONSTANLY SEARCHING FOR YOUR LITTLE PLACEIN THE SUNYOU HAVE ALL THE FUNYOUR SMILE IS A BEAUTIFUL TESTAMENT OF ALL YOU’VE DONE IF YOU EVER CAME TO ME I SWEAR I’D SHOW YOUTHE FINEST SIGHTS OF MY FAIR CITYWE’D RIDE ON A BOAT IN THE HARBOUR AT NIGHTWE’D CLIMB A MOUNTAIN ON MY BIKE CHORUS: FOUND IN A FIVE-AND-DIME STOREMY BUCKAROO BUNNYFOUND IN A FIVE-AND-DIMENOW YOU’LL SEE MORE OF THE WORLDTHAN THE ONE WHO LEFT YOU THERE THE PHOTOS WE’D TAKEWE’D GO TO THE LOOKOUT AND SHOOT THE ENTIRE CITYSCAPETHE FRIENDS THAT YOU’D MAKEWE’D STAY UP ‘TIL THREE AM LAUGHING ‘TIL OUR BELLIES ACHED IF YOU EVER CAME TO ME I SWEAR I’D FIND YOUTHE FINEST CARROTS IN THE CITYORGANICALLY GROWN AND WITH NO GMO’SALL TOLD WE WOULD BE SITTING PRETTY CHORUS LEFT BEHIND IN THAT FIVE-AND-DIMEAND NOW YOU’RE ON A PATH OF ILLUMINATIONON A PATH OF ILLUMINATION 12. Buckaroo Bunny Listen to the Album WhirlwindFull WellStrange DaysLand of the DimDusty White MoonFeastHappy UnknownBeautyLife's Wondrous MysteryThe ValleyNaughty BoyBuckaroo Bunny Video: Strange Days The video for Nilia's 2007 single, "Strange Days".