B i o g r a p h y
 (by James Christopher Monger)

The alluring result of Pakistani and Norwegian parentage, Whitburn, South Tyneside-based singer/songwriter Nadine Shah possesses a voice and more importantly, a mystique, that has oft been described as a blend between PJ Harvey and Nick Cave, but her brooding, intensely atmospheric blend of midnight loner pop and torchy, jazz-kissed indie rock owes a nod to fellow English insomniacs like Anna Calvi, Richard Hawley, and Antony Hegarty as well. Inspired by jazz and pop as a youth, as well the religious Sufi songs that her father brought into the home, Shah issued a series of evocative singles and a pair of EPs before releasing her debut long-player, 2013's Love Your Dum and Mad, produced by Ben Hillier (Blur, the Horrors, Depeche Mode). Hillier returned for 2015's follow-up Fast Food, an album that explored the passionate and dark sides of relationships.




Love Your Dum and Mad
- 2013-07-22 -



Aching Bones
To Be a Young Man
Runaway
The Devil
Floating
All I Want
Used It All
Dreary Town
Remember
Filthy Game
Winter Reigns

Fast Food
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Fast Food
Fool
Matador
Divided
Nothing Else to Do
Stealing Cars
Washed Up
The Gin One
Big Hands
Living

Non Albums Tracks
- Misc -

Never Enough
Never Tell Me Mam
Ville Morose
X Marks The Spot

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Love Your Dum And Mad

Aching Bones

She left you hungry
She's satisfied
She watched you wilting
She watched you cry
She showed no remorse
For your pursuit
She told the others
They followed suit

Aching bones
Aching bones
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You were a fine man
To all a king
Your pride was washed up
In suffering
Now she's the one who's
Left to regret
You can be happy
She can't forget

Aching bones
Aching bones
Aching bones
Aching bones

To Be A Young Man

I was once a virtuous man
Now stealing's all I've got
I was once a handsome brute
Had models, had the lot
My entourage was huge
And everywhere we'd go
Silly ones would follow
Cause we were in the know

Oh to be a young man again
Oh to be a young man again
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We never spoke of aspirations
Instead we made and worked and did
But there were hopes and dreams
That we locked up and hid
Now we're stuck in nine to fives
A monotonous routine
And any hope we had
Seems distant and obscene

Oh to be a young man again
Oh to be a young man again

You don't know what I would give
To be a young man

Runaway

I waited years to be glamorous again
To let down my hair
And I still have that red silk dress
Black lace underwear

Did you ever stop to notice
I too worked hard to build this home
Now I am of no use to you
Now that the children have gone
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You wanna runaway to your whore
Runaway
Runaway to your whore
Runaway

Don't worry, I won't tell the children
As if I would want them to know
Of the man you have become
Of the places you go

Your dear old wife will be just fine
She has the right to half this house
Go have yourself a good old time
Parade your bit of stuff about

Runaway to your whore
Runaway
Runaway to your whore
Runaway

Go on and runaway to your whore
Runaway
Runaway to your whore
Runaway

The Devil

The devils in the detail
He's hiding in the cracks
He came to shake me hand
And then he
Stabbed me in the back

Was I just your fun time
Was I just your release
Does it feel good
To know I'm here to please
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Where withered flowers rest
I let new ones blossom and grow
There was happiness
Dust it down so it may show

Let not a single tear
Roll down a wrinkled cheek
For sorrow of a love
That wasn't mine to keep

Floating

Do you recall time better spent
Are you convinced that you're content
I only see you floating

And when the long white coasts are sent
Do you prescribe
Do you repent
I only see you floating
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Get back to your lover
Get back to your art
Show me you're decisive
Make a start

Oh I, I'm sick to death of floating

They name you dumb
They name you mad
They name to name
It's all they have

I, I only see you floating

Get back to your lover
Get back to your art
Show me you're decisive
Make a start

Oh I, I'm sick to death of floating
I, I don't want to go on floating
I am sick to death of floating

All I Want

Darling, I'll hold your cigarette
Whilst you tie your shoes
Darling, hold my cigarette
Whilst I sing the blues

With you it's a pleasure
To speak
And be heard
But we could just sit in cafés
And not say a word

You're all that I want
But not what I want to be
And I'm all that you want
But you're nothing like me
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Darling, I'll hold your cigarette
Whilst you tie your shoes
Darling, hold my cigarette
Whilst I sing the blues

With you it's a pleasure
To speak
And be heard
But we could just sit in cafés
And not say a word

You're all that I want
But not what I want to be
And I'm all that you want
But you're nothing like me

Used It All

Count time pass by
She cries a thousand times a day for him
In bed she lies
And dreams a tortured dream because of him
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You used it all up
You used it all up

Won't seek your help
She swears that nothing can compare to him
A thought to tell
She scribes a screen of lines
To protect him

And you used it all up
You used it all up
You used it all up

And a truth, it wears thin
She lied a thousand lies and all for him
Her eyes grow dim
So consumed in his world she's living in

And you used it all up
You used it all up
You used it all up
You used it all up

Dreary Town

We were down and out in London
Sharing beds and sharing money
But we were satisfied
With our hot milk and honey

For the young and beautiful
Live a life with no regrets
So let's toast to a short lived love
And drink to all the rest
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I'm not gonna follow
You to the ground
Darling I'm leaving
This dreary town
I'm not gonna follow you to the ground
When there's greener pastures
Waiting to be found

You looked with eyes that knew me
Mine were the same for you
I'd seen you from the start
And the changes you'd gone through

When there's nout that you could hide
I could see straight through your act
And there's nothing that can be done
About things said in the past

I'm not gonna follow
You to the ground
Darling I'm leaving
This dreary town
I'm not gonna follow you to the ground
When there's greener pastures
Waiting to be found

Remember

Divided into dreams
You were hidden away
As days past by
You started to fade
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Now I remember you
As you were
I remember you
As you were

And I'm back to when we ventured
It seems so long ago
A fonder picture glistens
Of a boy I used to know

Now I remember you
As you were
I remember you
As you were

Now I remember you
As you were

Filthy Game

In the town where all men stole
And everything that could was took
Him from him and
Her from her
From silver plates to books

Along comes a stranger
A kind and honest man
Who'd rest his head at night
While others stole all that they can

And every night this happened
And every night another spared
Of walking up to find their belongings
No longer there
This domino effect left a strange
Shift in the town
For some men better off
And others
Further, further down
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The stranger who at first
With his kind and honest heart
Found himself in a dilemma
That tears all good men apart
With no way left to live
Without a pen to write his name
He snuck out in the night
And joined on in their filthy game

Winter Reigns

Well mother says I was a winter child
But how that woman she was wrong
For you won't see me when it's cold outside
I'm at the bar keeping warm

How winter reigns again
How winter reigns again

Oh walk with me down this busy street
On to my favourite haunt
Red velvet here, everyone a king
Red liquid, flowing port

How winter reigns again
How winter reigns again
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Don't worry if it's still light outside
For the dark's never far behind
Every boy and girl in this place you trust
We accept you one of us!

How winter reigns again
How winter reigns again

Fast Food

Fast Food

Recycling old loves
New ones wait their turn
She's much to learn

An empty house
Is full of memories
That scare the shit out of me

The stairs they are
A ghost train passed
The past in front of me

Our guts are rotting
I'm slipping off you
I can't stomach anymore

Our guts are rotting
I'm slipping off you
I can't stomach anymore
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Come greet your new love
Who knew you would be
Detox for me
One fancy rented halfway point
Awaits politely there by the sea
These scars of ours
Adorn our hearts
They are where they should be

Our guts are rotting
I'm slipping off you
I can't stomach anymore

Our guts are rotting
I'm slipping off you
I can't stomach anymore

Fool

You fashion words that fools lap up
And call yourself a poet
Tattooed pretence upon your skin
So everyone will know it

And I guessed your favorites one by one
And all to your surprise
From damn Nick Cave to Kerouac
They stood there side by side
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You, my sweet, are a fool
You, my sweet, are plain and weak
Go let the other girl
Indulge the crap that you excrete

Declare yourself an honest man
Who needs a chance to prove it
The traps were laid, the bed was made
So obvious you blew it

And I bet you gave her one by one
Regurgitated lines
From saint Nick Cave and Kerouac
And all them better guys

You, my sweet, are a fool
You, my sweet, are plain and weak
Go let the other girl
Indulge the crap that you excrete

Oh you, my sweet, are a fool
You, my sweet, are plain and weak
Go let the other girl
Indulge the crap that you excrete

Matador

You and your warrior's spirit
A silent look commands you hear it
You wear it well
So all can tell
And no one comes
Even near it

Demanding all ears and eyes and hearts
As if you were born to play the part
Gentle and kind
You need not remind
You had us hooked from the start
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A change of pace when night draws in
It seems this is just the way with him
It is hard to show
Who'd ever know
What hooded eyes hold within

A matador pacing around me
Flashing red where you don't expect to see
I am yours to take
Be my playmate
And let your covers wash all over me

I am yours to take
Be my playmate
And let your covers wash all over me

Divided

My love, it was divided
Between his cheek bones, and his knees
Our love, it was divided
Between his city, and my city
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I let my hair loose for you
But I would scrape it back as soon as I would leave
I played it all so cool, babe
I hid all my jealousy

I didn't ask you to need me
I never begged you, please stay
My mother would be so ashamed of me
If I didn't act in a classy kind of way

And now you should be gone, dear
Go you, from me

Tell every memory to me
I showed you my worst
The streets we know that won't grow up
Babe you go first

I didn't ask you to need me
I never begged you, please stay
And my mother would be ashamed of me
If I didn't act in a classy kind of way

And now you should be gone, dear
Go you from me
Go you from me
Go you from me

Nothing Else To do

And there was nothing else to do but fall in love
And there was nothing else to do but fall in love
And there was nothing else to do but fall in love
And there was nothing else to do but fall in love

And there was nothing else to do but fall in love
And there was nothing else to do but fall in love
And there was nothing else to do but fall in love
And there was nothing else to do but fall in love

And there was nothing else to do but fall in love
And there was nothing else to do but fall in love

Stealing Cars

Oh, it's criminal
I'm stealing cars in my dreams
That neither you or I can drive
Passing the time away
Cinema twice a day
Now I've nowt left to see
Put the guilt to me, my anxiety
Check your pulse when I speak
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See me through it all
The restless, drenched in cold sweat nights
The words I never found to say
Masking humanity
Hear they're looking for me
Now you're my hideaway
Take the covers from me
Naked for all to see
You handed me over
You handed me over

Oh, it's criminal
I'm stealing cars in my dreams
That neither you or I can drive
Passing the time away
Cinema twice a day
Now I've nowt left to see
Put the guilt to me, my anxiety
Check your pulse when I speak
Check your pulse when I

See me through it all
The restless drenched in cold sweat nights
The words I never found to say
Masking humanity
Hear they're looking for me
Now you're my hide away
Take the covers from me
Naked for all to see
You handed me over
So check your pulse when I speak

Washed Up

Go ahead, echo her form
Hold her close to you
Memorise her silhouette
She's crazy about you
Tell her that you love her
And not see it as defeat
Or end up old and bitter
Not so bitter sweet

Here lies this washed up beatnik
Exhausted and bored
Passion's a tiring thing
Especially when you're old
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I saw you cry for her
I saw you smash and scream
I'd heard you were a man who does not cry
Where do you now find comfort
What have you achieved
Are you still oh so sure
Of all the things you once believed

Here lies this washed up beatnik
Exhausted and bored
Passion's a tiring thing
Especially when you're old

Go ahead, echo her form
Hold her close to you
Memorise her silhouette
She's crazy about you
Tell her that you love her
And not see it as defeat
Or end up old and bitter
Not so bitter sweet

The Gin One

Hello nice to meet you
I like what you've done with the place
Double gin poured to the rim
As you memorize my face
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Hey, I've been wandering round all day
Hey, seems I've purposefully lost my way

I was always taught that one should dress for just incase
Threw the cottons out
And now my drawers are lined in lace

Hey, I've been wandering round all day
Hey, seems I've purposefully lost

Oh your painting's hanging on the wall
Her eyes they follow me down corridors

What's he to me
Junk filled, ran down, seaside BnB
Come top up my love before I let him fall for me

Hey, I've been wandering round all day
Hey, seems I've purposefully lost

Come follow me down the corridor

Hey, I've been wandering round all day
Hey, seems I've purposefully lost my way

Big Hands

He never was a one for anything over the top
And you could see him blush
When you just show up
Uninvited
Trying to make him excited
Anything for you to find
Where you collide
You collide

Call him a martyr
Or a father
Holding you with big hands
Call him a martyr
Or a father
Holding you with big hands

And we'd move like flames
And I'd claim
I'd claim the floor
All for you
To notice and appreciate
To taking my time

Call him a martyr
Or a father
Holding you with big hands

Call him a martyr
Or a father
Holding you with big hands

You take your time
You take your time
You're forming lines to display
All the talking never made you lost your way
Just kept the ???
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You take your time
You take your time
You're forming lines
You take your time
You're forming lines

You take your time
You're forming lines
You take your time
You're forming lines
You take your time
You're forming lines

You take your time
You're forming lines
You take your time
You're forming lines

Living

You ask how is this living
If I'm bored from dawn to dusk
And I'd said to take it steady
Now you're scowling in disgust

You want a man to make you happy
And a man to make you moan
You want those filthy moments
With the cutesy stuff at home
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She says "bring me back a lover
A one who I can call my own
And I will take him to my mother
And show him my family home

How is this living
How is this living
How is this living
How is this living

You take your sorry self to work
When you couldn't give a damn
'Cause when you've got the money
It just slips straight through your hands

And now you're dolled up at the party
Hoping there's someone to meet
You are snatching and you're grabbing
You've got lace on underneath

She says "bring me back a lover
A one who I can call my own
And I will take him to my mother
And show him my family home

Bring me back a lover
A one who I can call my own
And I will take him to my mother
And show him my family home

How is this living
How is this living
How is this living
How is this living

How is this living
How is this living
How is this living
How is this living



Non Albums tracks

Never Enough

(Never Enough Roughs EP)

He, he was everything
Just like my favourite drink
Never enough, never enough

Go buy him a round
And don't let him put his down
Just make him stick around

He was everything
Just like my favourite drink
Never enough, never enough

He, he was everything
Just like my favourite drink
Never enough, never enough
Enough is never enough
Enough

Never Tell Me Mam

I got what I wanted
The moment came and went
Do I wait for you to shout you love me
Or do I leave, content?

I could never tell my mother my pursuit for you
My heartache would be heartache for her, too
I could never tell my mother my pursuit for you
My heartache would be heartache for her, too
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At least you'll have left me
At least you'll have gone
But how to forget you when repeating the lines on and on
On and on
On and on
On and on
And on...

I could never tell my mother my pursuit for you
My heartache would be heartache for her, too
I could never tell my mother my pursuit for you
My heartache would be heartache for her, too

Ville Morose

(Dreary Town French Version)

Dans Londres et dans la dèche,
Où l'on partageait tout
Nos draps et nos centimes
On était bien malgré tout

Car quand on est jeune et beau
On vit sans regretter
Buvons ce bref amour
Qui sera vite oublié

Je ne sombrerai pas comme toi
Je m'envolerai
Cette ville si morne
Je la quitterai
Je ne sombrerai pas pour toi
Jusqu'au fond de la nuit
Quand un nouveau jour m'attend
Une nouvelle vie
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Tes yeux me connaissaient
Et tu lisais dans les miens
Envers et contre tout
L'histoire de ton chemin

Finie la comédie
Ton jeu ne me trompe plus
Car tu ne peux ramasser
Les mots éparpillés

Je ne sombrerai pas comme toi
Je m'envolerai
Cette ville si morne
Je la quitterai
Je ne sombrerai pas pour toi
Jusqu'au fond de la nuit
Quand un nouveau jour m'attend
Une nouvelle vie
English Translation:

Down in London and in the sewers
There we shared everything
Our beds and cents
We were fine despite everything

For when we are young and beautiful
We live without regrets
Let's drink this short lived Love
Which will be soon forgotten

I will not sink like you
I will fly
This city so deary
I will leave it
I will not sink for you
All the way down to the depths of night
Whereas a new day is waiting for me
A new life

Your eyes used to know me
And you read into mine
Envers et contre tout
The story of your path

The comedy is over
Your game isn't deceiving me any longer
'Cause you can't pick up
The scattered words

I will not sink like you
I will fly
This city so deary
I will leave it
I will not sink for you
All the way down to the depths of night
Whereas a new day is waiting for me
A new life

X Marks The Spot

(Ghostpoet Featuring Nadine Shah)

Obviously
You made me see
Can't take this life for nothing
Let me be

All alone
I left my throne
'Cause if I don't try another way
Then I'll never know
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So I don't care anymore
But you seem lonely
I don't care anymore
But you do need me

There's a drawer in a room in a house
That's calling your name

I don't care anymore
But you seem lonely
I don't care anymore
Oh you do need me

There's a drawer in a room in a house
That's calling your name
That's calling your name

Used to think
You were true
But I was washed up, confused
Grasping, gasping, no room for hope

Nowadays
Path seems clear
But no I won't turn around and celebrate
You always seem near

So I don't care anymore
But you seem lonely
I don't care anymore
Oh you do need me

There's a drawer in a room in a house
That's calling your name

I don't care anymore
But you seem lonely
I don't care anymore
Oh you do need me

There's a drawer in a room in a house
That's calling your name
That's calling your name
Calling your name
Calling your name
Calling your name

I don't care anymore
I don't care anymore

There's a drawer in a room in a house
That's calling your name
That's calling your name

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