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released 20 September 2011

sarah cleaver: vocals, acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin
kate peterson: vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, ukulele, glockenspiel

chris bathgate: electric slide, vocals, banjo
susie giang: arrangement, banjo, electric guitar, bass, mandolin, hands and kicks
ian gorman: double bass
frontier ruckus: hands and boots
theo katzman: electric bass
mike lynch: accordion, electric piano
kaylan mitchell: cello
zachary nichols: trumpet
julia read: violin
jim roll: hands and boots
murray stewart jones: drums, percussion, glockenspiel
erin zindle: electric piano

produced by susie giang and nervous but excited
recorded by ian gorman and jim roll
except violin, recorded by liz kelly in brooklyn, ny
mixing and mastering by jim roll,
backseat productions, ann arbor, mi
drawing by leah schew, layout design by kate
bridge photos by kate
booklet cover photos by brent harrewyn
inside booklet photo by andi roberts
executive producers: riot grrrl inc. and stacy & jenn
printed locally and sustainably in ann arbor by world class tapes

management : susie giang, susie@woodgrainmusic.com
booking: booking@nervousbutexcited.com
publicity: publicity@nervousbutexcited.com

the physical cd has no carbon footprint. all resources used are sustainable or have been offset by renewable energy sources.

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Nervous but Excited Ypsilanti, Michigan

"Organic and rich like good soil."- Amy Ray, The Indigo Girls

This Michigan-based pleasantly aggressive folk duo is a unique harmony built upon two songwriters singing genuinely crafted stories with three guitars, a mandolin, a banjo, a ukulele, a harmonica, vaguely choreographed dancing and a glockenspiel. Road warriors to the core since 2005, their endless passion has landed them on stages with ... more

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Track Name: ohio to michigan
once upon a time this dirt road was an island
sequestered off its life to all time and space
and all the people comfortable in their unknowing
we’re all too comfortable not knowing

you and me got everything, everything we need

rose comes to my door selling jesus
like clockwork every month on monday afternoons
gives me pamphlets and tells me to pray
says this god of hers gonna save me someday

you and me got everything, everything we need
this ain’t no life for the faint of hearted
this is a lesson, a lesson in letting go
we are busting out of this here stereo

we come from somewhere
living off each others dreams
with our blood carrying our memories
from ohio to michigan
and the miles and miles of compromises

this ain’t no life for the faint of hearted
this is a lesson, a lesson in letting go
we are busting out of this here stereo
Track Name: puppeteer
this crazy’s creeping in
its wrapping slowly limb by limb
string so thin its diggin diggin diggin in
i can’t remember ever wanting just to disappear
oh my puppeteer

it’s got me bending at the knees
dancing in circles
359 degrees of second chances
i'm pulling harder at the strings
oh how high they go

i don’t know i don’t know
if im losing control losing or letting go, letting go

it’s plain to see the surprise in all your eyes
imagine how i don’t recognize mine
im squinting watching the mirror
spiral into spot light

i don’t know i don’t know
if im losing control losing or letting go, letting go

feet cant find the ground, head is whipping around
it's shaking side to side saying
you don’t know, you don’t know, you don’t know

i don’t know i don’t know
if im losing control losing or letting go, letting go
Track Name: onefourthree
onefourthree

i got boxes filled with pieces of heartache
late night, left em out on the curbside
trash man hauled all my exes away
i got one heart, its beating for you babe
100,000 times a day

we got, one heart stronger from breaking
four chambers beating and beating
three words keeping this beating heart from breaking

you’ve got a love ready for travel
bags packed ill pick you up on the roadside
hop in i’ll sleep while you drive
i got one heart, its beating for you babe
100,000 times a day

we got, one heart stronger from breaking
four chambers beating and beating
three words keeping this beating heart from breaking

two hearts take a ride to the seaside
to see a sight never seen by these eyes
to a house whose light blinks blinks blinks
onefourthree… put your ear to my chest
feel the beat steady beat steady beat steady

we got, one heart stronger from breaking
four chambers beating and beating
three words keeping this beating heart from breaking

onefourthree…
put your ear to my chest
feel the beat steady beat steady beat steady
Track Name: blank pages
blank pages

i owe you a phone call
that doesn’t seem so hard
but these feelings are not small
they’re tuggin pushin on my heart

but i miss you

i could write you a letter
spell it out piece by piece
cause it always always goes better
when you can’t talk back to me

but i miss you

and the road keeps rolling by
pop songs and neon signs
and this story keeps aging
leaving nothing but blank pages

i miss you
i do

i could write some kind of friendly little love song
sing the words i fail to speak
glue some pictures on a small brown paper package
and address it to you
from me
Track Name: hiding out
hiding out

hiding out
hiding out
close the shutters, pull your blinds down low
put yourself to bed, face down on your pillow
cause your hiding out
hiding out

didn’t go into work today
stayed out drinking late
whiskey, beer, a shot or two
cant remember, how bout you?
hiding out
how bout you?
hiding out
how bout you?

the air’s too cold
and the roads are all filled up with snow
its been a long long long long
the longest of winters
hiding out
hiding out
don’t play hide and seek when all you’ve got are enemies
don’t play hide and seek when all you’ve got are enemies
hiding out
hiding out
so they don’t find us out.
Track Name: away, awake.
i may not keep the garden growing
so many seasons bought and sewn
it’ll always be there in the morning
that’s what I’m told

so many lanes and trains and airplanes
so many miles i call home
they’ll always be there in the morning
that’s what I’m told

and i’m away, i’m away …

we’ve got it good in all the good ways
no real reason to complain
still we brave so many dark days
with nothing and no one to blame

and we’re away, we’re away…
we’re away, we’re away…

our home is the light shining through the curtain
pulling in to pull it open
and your arms length is the open window
this is what i know

now
im awake, im awake, im awake
im awake, im awake, im awake
open my eyes to the brighter side
let the sky define my size
im awake, im awake, im awake
Track Name: mighty shove
i walk with a strut, i walk with a stride, unreachable
said you better shut up, just hold that inside

i live my life in a hurry, but don’t you worry
i can hold my breath in every sense
people say i’m a fast talker, a strong walker
but don’t negotiate with love cause
you’ll always overbid and kids,
it’s a mighty, mighty shove

i don’t lose my breath
to smoky regret
i haven’t learned it all yet

stomach sucked tucked under my ribs
i know how to howl and its louder than this
this is where i’m weak when push comes to shove
i made the ocean leak and i floated above

i don’t lose my breath
to smoky regret
i haven’t learned it all yet

we’re a lesson learned yet forgotten and burned
when will we learn, when will we learn
our demons and dreams held by single seams
and finally
we were brave enough to leave

i don’t lose my breath
to smoky regret
i haven’t learned it all yet
Track Name: island
when i was four i thought you were a cowboy
california was a sunset and grandma was an island
everyday you spent dancing the 2 step
lassoing cacti and roaming the horizon
then late one night, out on the pacific
off in the distance was her..

some how you knew she needed you
you would need her too

then i got believing you were a railroad conductor
running freight up and down the coast
spend your nights under the moonlight
iron against steel, fire burning bright
then late one night, out on the ocean
all by her lonesome was her.

some how you knew she needed you
you would need her too

as i got older, you did too
you were always there for her and her for you
here we are on the edge of this ocean
and everyone’s hoping you’re here too
late one night, out on the ocean
no longer by your lonesome was you

some how you knew we needed you
you would need us to.
Track Name: happiest we've ever been
i met you on thursday, friday we’re in love
saturday your wearing a tool belt fixing up our house, our house
i carefully mapped it out,
this cat free life we’ll have together
we’ll be the happiest we’ve ever been
playing music with our friends
and kids? we’ll adopt them.

i’ve got my sights set on you
and our roomy u-haul too
i’ve been counting the time
till i make your wardrobe mine

two weeks in we’re already
a big gay happy family
nesting in our one bedroom
rainbow clad efficiency
conveniently just above


your ex’s parents house
then begin the weeks and weeks
of processing and dissecting
everyone we’ve ever met and
everyone we’ll ever meet
and now you want a cat
i wont be having that.

i’ve got my sights set on you
your ex and your cat too
i’ve been trying to find
a good way to say goodbye.

cause its easy, easy
to love someone you don’t know
its easy, easy to love someone
when you’re always, always leaving
i’m always, always leaving

i’ve got my sights set on me
and all i need to be
i’ve been trying to find
the pieces i left behind
Track Name: no telling
sometimes i wake up in the middle of night
start making a list of all the things i like about you
its just the moonlight
and the sound of your breathing
going round and round and round

and i know you’re gonna be here tomorrow
but for right now let’s pretend you gotta go

cause i’ve been waiting for you just to come on to
we’re gonna break some rules
we’re gonna stay up til the morning

and im sorry i know you gotta get up early
but im not sorry that its not yet time for working

cause i’ve been waiting for you just to come on to
we’re gonna break some rules
we’re gonna stay up til the morning

i’ve been dreamin about ya
you got me up on my feet
you got me chasing you down
you got me running in my sleep
will you be waiting for me
when i finally make it to ya
cause there’s no telling about it
there’s no telling what we’ll do

cause i’ve been waiting for you just to come on to
we’re gonna break some rules
we’re gonna stay up til the morning

sometimes i wake up in the middle of night
its just the moonlight