Made in America: Volume 1

by Nils Becker

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It has always been my dream to come to the United States, home of so many of the inspirations that had put me on my musical path. The deep and endless valleys between skyscrapers, an endless prairie, or endless highways – all of this is hard to find in Germany. Folk, country, and Americana music – it doesn’t really find its way across the ocean that often. The never ending motives of home, travel, and longing just seem to lend themselves so much better to America—an America that I only knew from photos, books, movies, and of course music. I fell in love with an image of this country so deeply that I needed to be a part of it. I had to be here to be able to truly capture American culture in song.

I moved to the States during a very dynamic and emotionally charged time and it turned out the country I would find held so much of what it had promised and yet was so entirely different. I have lived here for over two years, now. I have traveled; I have tasted the longing. I have missed home, and I have found a home. And I have met people. Many different people from many different places. I made friends, got to make music with them, and I learned so much. It took me two wonderful years to catch my breath and to find my voice and now I’m finally ready to share my music with the world. People from everywhere have worked hard and helped me to make it come to live and I am forever grateful.

My time in the United States has taught me countless lessons but the most important one might be that as someone who wasn’t born here, I can still become a part of this dream. However, I know that this is not true for everyone. I was extremely fortunate to be welcomed into an amazing community with people from all over the world. Only through the help of this community did I get to create something I had always dreamed of. I found myself in a studio in New York with talented colleagues that I’m very happy to call my friends to record American music that I had written. I hope you can hear the enjoyment, the love, and our bond in this music. I got to learn what meaning this label can truly bear and I am proud to present my music – Made in America.

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released February 5, 2018

1. Happiness Looks Good on You (Becker–Ward)
2. When You Wish You Couldn’t Love (Becker)
3. Love Makin’ in the Makin’ (Becker)
4. Walk This Road Alone (Becker)

Drums: Matti Dunietz
Bass: Dan Hemerlein
Keys: Aviv Goldgeier
Backing Vocals: Lauren Scales

Recording & Editing: Aggie Tai
Mix & Mastering: David Ropertz

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Nils Becker Berlin, Germany

Singer-Songwriter & Guitarist, originally from Germany.

Songwriters Hall of Fame Scholar

Brooklyn > Nashville > Berlin

Indie-Folk, Americana

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Track Name: Happiness Looks Good On You
When the sun’s on your face as you wake from your dreams
And the way you dance while you brush your teeth
I see you, I see you
And I could do it all day

When you stare at the stoplight waiting to make your turn
And how you walk through the door after a long day’s work
I see you, I see you
And I could do it all day

And now we’re all dressed up and ready to go
You ask me how you look, but you should already know

If you ask me, I’m not gonna lie about it
Love seeing you in a dress as much as when you’re without it
But when you smile, there’s nothing else you need to do
‘Cause happiness looks good on you

I love thinking back to when you first looked my way
How you laughed at me when I ran out of words to say
I saw you, and I knew
I’d like to do that all day

And now we’re all dressed up and ready to go
You ask me how you look, but you should already know

If you ask me, I’m not gonna lie about it
Love seeing you in a dress as much as when you’re without it
But when you smile, there’s nothing else you need to do
‘Cause happiness looks good on you

And I’ve seen you when you’re mad at the world
I hope I’ll never see you feeling hurt
But please don’t think you ever have to pretend
I’ll be there for you until you’re laughing again

If you ask me, I’m not gonna lie about it
Love seeing you in a dress as much as when you’re without it
But when you smile, there’s nothing else you need to do
‘Cause happiness looks good on you

'Cause happiness looks good on you
Track Name: When You Wish You Couldn't Love
When you wish you couldn’t love
You’re dying to forget her but you know you never will
When you wish your heart could just be still
You lie awake at night scared of what you’re dreaming of
When you wish you couldn’t love

When you curse the day you met
And all the pretty memories that you’ve gathered over time
When you wish there was another story line
Where you left in the morning and that would’ve been enough
When you wish you couldn’t love

When you wish you’d looked away
Never seen her smiling back
You wish she’d never asked you to stay

When you wish she would’ve lied
Maybe your heart could find forgiveness if it wasn’t split in two
When it’s finally time to face the truth
You know you should keep going but you feel like giving up
When you wish you couldn’t love

When you wish you’d looked away
Never seen it in her eyes
You wish you would’ve begged her to stay

When you wish you couldn’t love
You’re dying to forget her but you know you never will
When you wish your heart could just be still
You lie awake at night scared of what you’re dreaming of
When you wish you couldn’t love
Track Name: Love Makin' In The Makin'
Isn't it cute
How she laughs at all his jokes
Although some of 'em ain't funny at all
You can see
Even through all that smoke
That she’ll stare into his eyes until last call

It may look like a new romance
But it’s just that same old dance

It’s just love makin’ in the makin’
It’s all there for the taking
But at the end of the day, it’s a game we all play
Why can’t we just come out and say it
It’s not so complicated
So, why are we still waiting?
It’s just love makin’ in the makin’
It’s just love makin’ in the makin’

Isn’t it funny
How he keeps wondering
If he’s supposed to pay for her wine
I can tell
That she makes his heart sing
And he’s got only one thing on his mind

Still they act like they don’t know
Where this is gonna go

It’s just love makin’ in the makin’
It’s all there for the taking
But at the end of the day, it’s a game we all play
Why can’t we just come out and say it
It’s not so complicated
So, why are we still waiting?
It’s just love makin’ in the makin’
It’s just love makin’ in the makin’

Now look at us
How we go round and round
When we know exactly what we’re gonna do
Anyone
Can see what’s going down
That you want me, girl, and I’m all about you

So why is this still so hard
When it’s been clear right from the start
That, baby, I’m the fire and you’re the spark

It’s just love makin’ in the makin’
It’s all there for the taking
But at the end of the day, it’s a game we all play
Why can’t we just come out and say it
It’s not so complicated
So, why are we still waiting?
It’s just love makin’ in the makin’
It’s just love makin’ in the makin’
Track Name: Walk This Road Alone
The moon tonight won’t let me sleep
Would you share a drink with me?
I have some time to make this bar my home
Please don’t get me wrong, you see
I appreciate some company
But I am here to walk this road alone
I am here to walk this road alone

Birds and trees and factories
Painted with an evening breeze
On copper skies that slowly turn to gold
Every now and then I wish
I had someone to share that with
But I came here to walk this road alone
I came here to walk this road alone

I should stop, it’s getting late
I haven’t really talked in days
The nights get quiet out there on my own
No sign of a morning sun
Would you mind having another one?
Before I leave to walk this road alone
Before I leave to walk this road alone

Usually I’m out the door
As soon as they don’t serve no more
On any other night I’d be long gone
I don’t know what you do to me
This isn’t who I used to be
But I don’t want to walk this road alone
Please don’t make me walk this road alone

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