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1.
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
2.
03:38
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
3.
03:09
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
4.
03:17
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
5.
03:18
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.
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04:32
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
7.
04:23
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
8.
03:08
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.
9.
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
10.
03:28
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

credits

released September 20, 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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