Take Heart

by Nicole Zell

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Take Heart is the result of depression and deep darkness I struggled through and overcame during the past year. My deepest hope and intention is that it can help and encourage others who have struggled and are currently struggling with anything that overwhelms their life with darkness and despair.


released November 1, 2014

Produced by Mark Ferris
Vocals, acoustic guitar by Nicole Zell
Vocals, electric guitar, and piano by Mark Ferris
Violin by Zoe Lynch
Cover art by A.D. Haasland
Design by Mark Ferris


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Track Name: No Man's Land
I just wanna be back to normal
I just wanna know who I am
Everyone knows where they're going
But I'm stuck in no man's land

We all have on and off days
Mine are always off it seems
It's torturous comparing myself to something
I am never gonna be

I just wanna get myself back together again
I don't know what that looks like cause maybe I never did
All the people walking by
Looks like they have a plan
Everyone knows where they're going
But I'm stuck in no man's land

Can't love something I'm dead inside to
Keeping everyone happy is something I can't do
Sometimes everything is what you have to lose
To realize what you've lost sight to


I beg God every day to show me where to go
On my knees I pray, for to You I live up my soul
Track Name: Wounds
These thoughts they weigh on me, weigh on me heavily
These nightmares prey on me, prey on me in my sleep

My bones are crumbling, crumbling with insecurity
My body aches and pleads, pains and screams for delivery

Take heart, take heart
I'm a gonna I'm a gonna heal
I'm a gonna I'm a gonna heal

These wounds are festering, festering relentlessly
This life is testing me, testing me and I'm failing

My spirit hopes and prays, heaves and sways to be free
I just must have faith, must have faith for healing


My demons crushed within, crushed within everlastingly
My soul shouts and sings, shouts and sings the victory

Track Name: Brother
Brother I haven't seen you for awhile
I hardly recognize you
Brother where's your sweet smile
And where have your kind eyes gotten to?

I remember how beautiful you used to be
But now you're shrouded in a dark identity

You're slowly killing yourself
And it's slowly killing me
To see the boy I grew up with
Living so recklessly
I wish you could go back
To be the brother I once had

Brother I wish I could take it from you
All the pain you've had throughout your years

But brother you sold your soul
And became all your worst fears

I wish you could see your heart of gold inside
But you're caught in cobwebs of self hate and lies


Brother do you remember our deal
Remember what you promised me

You said you'd turn your life around
If I end this song happily

But there's nothing happy to write about you now
So it's up to you to prove me wrong somehow
Track Name: Start
Sometimes I wanna be someone different
Sometimes I get tired of the same old thing
Sometimes I wanna cut my hair real short
Throw out my whole wardrobe impulsively
Sometimes I wanna hop a jet and never come back
Sometimes I wanna quit this scene, get a 9 to 5
Sometimes I think I wanna live out of a suitcase
Sometimes I think I wanna sever all my ties

I'm always gonna wanna change my life some way
But I'm right where I should be so I'd be smart to stay
Life ain't perfect but I wake up blessed every day
So I just gotta start living my life today

Sometimes I hear frantic voices in my head,
Beckoning me to give in, get lost, let go
But I always hear the whispers of the Reassurer,
Leading me to fight back, find my way, hold on

I'm not gonna let darkness stand in my way
I'm starting over and I'm gonna be okay
There's a Higher Power so I don't have to be afraid
I just gotta start living my life today