The Gracious Captain meets the Lady Stacey: a story in six parts

by Nate Meng

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released August 1, 2015

All songs written and performed by Nate Meng

cello on "The Return" written and performed by Allison Lenz
additional instruments on "The Trees" by Jess McNeil-Estes and Jesse Gantz

voices: Max Rubinstein, Franklyn Gantz, Clinton Langosch, Matthew Hegge, Jess McNeil-Estes

Produced by Jesse Gantz
with Nate Meng and Jess McNeil-Estes

Engineered and mixed by Jesse Gantz at Bullhound Studio
Madison, WI
with additional recording at
24/7 Studios Madison, WI
Meadow St. Brooklyn, NY
Cleveland's Porch Austin, TX
Elmwood House Los Angeles, CA

Mastered by Justin Perkins at Mystery Room Milwaukee, WI

all songs are copyright Nate Meng 2015 and are sammich cheese sammich recordings, ASCAP
all artwork copyright Holly Winn 2015

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Track Name: Prologue: The Wedding
We must take the path that we're on. With our movements designed as a warning, it tells them we carry the weight of our wrongs and its might is our weakness again

but i'm tired of tearing out the laughter of love and of song
so with this my wandering begins
Track Name: I: The Return
i've left everything i've ever known
that is everything that i want you to know
o'er these miles, getting further below

what it means to be my own man
to know these hills, to build this land
and with the way I release your hand
i made unclear where we stand

now i'm all the way gone
pressed my luck to the bone
been forgiven all i can
please slow

i left you and new york city behind
a forgone effort to control my mind
now it's not like i miss you all the time
but it is that way tonight

now i'm all the way gone
pressed my luck to the bone
been forgiven all i can
please slow the pace of this plan

now it's not like i miss you all the time
but it is that way tonight
Track Name: II: The Book
The struggle stays and my wasted days begin to fade
and its turning out that i'm not the man who does without

I hold the book, that's where you'll always be
looking down on me, look down on me

on judgement day i'll only ask for everything
that you justify the depth of evil in the world and in me

I hold the book, that's where you'll always be
looking down on me, look down on me
Track Name: III: The Ride
i'm so tired again
i'm sick, and it's growing
as i wait for my ride

i'm so fucked up again
and i'm mean when i'm drinking
as i wait for my ride

until like a great westbound train he comes running
and it takes but it gives me all that i need to go on

it's not lack of vision
and i swear i'm listening
as i wait for my ride

now where have all of my days gone to?
You dear, i'm wasting my time with you but i'm better off here

this is the way that the night begins to call out
and it's all that I'm thinking about

this is the way that the night begins to call out
you'll find me riding around
Track Name: IV: The Release
I take a walk. It's not safe to talk, the alcohol is in my blood. I can't believe it's come to this; no breath, no kiss, you fade away. A stranger, I lie in wait for you. Our time is all but over now.

I can't ignore that moving forward isn't something i do well. Take the way I look at pain; like steady rain, like it's my fate. Its dangerous to hold this weight with me. My stakes are up. I'm leaving town.