All In

by Niki Becker

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Written, arranged, played, recorded, mixed, and mastered by Niki at her home in Minnesota.

Niki Becker began All In as a new challenge for herself. Her goal was to make an album completely on her own from start to finish to see what truth would come out. Inspired by artists who are not afraid to go where the creative ideas lead like Jenny Lewis, Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak, and Justin Vernon, she spent the majority of the summer of 2016 fleshing out musical pieces that had been left sitting on the back burner while she worked on her main musical project, her self-titled band. Making All In allowed for complete creative freedom and the chance to express herself wholly whenever the mood struck.

Songs like the title track and "This Is Just Bad For You" put confidence and strength front and center, telling the listener not to settle for anything less than their worth. While "Commitments" focuses inward, exploring the ways and reasons she's not let herself be who she really is. This duality showcases itself in the song "Split". With its blazing intro and soft conclusion, it dances between taking charge and falling back. Both sides of her personality fighting for focus.

All In stomps the floor, claps the hands, sweetens the tooth, and pulls the heartstrings. Niki had something to share, so she did.

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released October 14, 2016

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Niki Becker Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Track Name: All In
girl
go all in
go all in
girl

beauty
it comes in from everywhere
you just gotta know it's there
you just gotta know it's there

listen
to the sounds of everything
listen and let 'em ring
listen and let 'em ring and

girl
go all in
go all in
girl

it's all your stage
stand up and shout
tell 'em what you're all about
tell 'em what you're all about

but don't take
yourself too seriously
there's so much more than what we see
so much more than what we see but

girl
go all in
go all in
girl
Track Name: Give It Up
There's a hole in my favorite sweater
I've been playing with the strings
That are dangling towards the center
Slowly turning them to rings

But I won't give it up
No I won't give it up
I won't give it up
No I won't give it up

where's everything s'posed to go
when it's all said and done
when you're heading out the door
breaking promises on the run

cuz I won't give it up
No I won't give it up
I won't give it up
No I won't give it up

there's the matter of dignity
there's the matter of pride
there's the matter of what you said to me
that still stings me deep inside

cuz I can't give it up
No I can't give it up
I can't give it up
No I can't give it up

There's an order from the doctor
There's something wrong inside
And I wonder if I can trust her
But I really don't want to fight

and I won't give it up
No I won't give it up
I won't give it up
No I won't give it up
Track Name: Words
what you think of me now
now that i'm gone
now that i've left you there
there all alone
there with your words
the ones you let slip out
the ones you left me with
how's that taste in your mouth
how's that taste in your mouth
how's that taste in your mouth
how's that taste in your mouth
how's that taste in your mouth

what could i answer
what could i do
what more is there
what's wrong with you

my troubled mind
your worried heart
i tried to warn you
don't take it all too hard
don't take it in the chest
don't take it all away
don't put yourself in that position
watch what you say
watch what you say
watch what you say
watch what you say
watch what you say

make a break for the road
get out of town
head to the farthest place from here
and don't make a sound
then close your eyes
think you're right
think you've done you're best and then
sleep easy tonight
sleep easy tonight
sleep easy tonight
sleep easy tonight
sleep easy tonight
Track Name: Candy
you taste like candy
you taste like sweet
you taste like sugar
you taste like ice cream

we dance in circles
cuz there's nothing else to do
you taste like candy
i'm super into you

you taste like mellow
you taste like sleep
you taste like feathers
blowing in the breeze

we stay in bed
cuz there's nothing else to do
you taste like sleep
i'm super into you
Track Name: December
take a look
take your time
take a breath
just take your time

make a rule
not to cry
break that rule
every time

time
time
time

time to think
about you
this will take over
everything i do

at best
it keeps me still
yet if anyone can move me
you will

you will
you will
you will

you will hang
in my chest
do you see
i'm doing my best

for you i'm eager
for you i am good
you'd do the same
if only you could

you could
you could
you could
Track Name: Commitments
Commitments
They keep happening
And I take them as they come
Wondering why
Wondering why
I just don't cry I'm done

In those moments
When the light shines
And the peace it wraps around
I'm too scared
I'm too scared
To unleash a sound

Then I find
That I've grown tired
And my mind
Has lost its fire
It seems so cruel
The way this works
Just takes a little fuel
To cause a lot of hurt

Break the chain
That pulls you down
Dig yourself out of the mud
But you know
And I know
That never works for anyone

Take the blow
Stick it out
It's just another day
Turn around
Turn around
And look the other way

Then I find
That I've grown tired
And my mind
Has lost its fire
It seems so cruel
The way this works
Just takes a little fuel
To cause a lot of hurt

Oh, I find
I find I've
Lost my mind
Everything around me burns
The smoke is thick
The air is thin
It's a mighty trick
Fooled me again


Commitments
They keep happening
And I take them as they come
Wondering why
Wondering why
I just don't cry I'm done
Track Name: This Is Just Bad For You
don't you see what they're doing
they're breaking
they're ruining you
walking all over you
sucking the joy from you
turning your insides
to mush
they're abusing you
you've got to get them all the
hell away from you

maybe your eyes are
clouded over by lust
you want so bad to trust
them but don't because they just
want to undress you and
leave you in their dust
please leave them behind first
oh, yes leave them behind you must

walk away quickly and
keep your head high
restore your pride
take in all the advice
everyone has been giving
we're all on your side
you know what's right
don't go there tonight

you're just too good for this
this is no good for you
this is just bad for you
this is just bad for you
this is just bad for you
this is just bad for you
Track Name: Split
my brain is doing that thing again
where the veins pound underneath the skin
and my head sits like a bowling ball on my neck
heading for a split

and the world it spins and the world it shakes
and my breath is hard and my chest it aches
and i can't forget what it is you said
or this could be it

this is it
is this it?
this is it