The Wild Land

by Nate Maingard

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An acoustic indie-folk album offering up stories of The Wild Land, a place where the untameable aspects of humanity and existence are brought back into the light and celebrated; everything from the birth cycle to the death cycle is raised up in celebration and gratitude, giving thanks for the wholeness of our reality, without exception.

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released June 2, 2011

My first thank you is to Hanli Prinsloo, for being the catalyst who ignited the reactions in me and others which lit the flames of energy to allow this album to be made. Thank you Hanli, I love you!

Then, to Iain from theBOMBsurf for being so supportive in so many ways, for hooking me up with Gumby up in Cape St. Francis and for organising my Durban Tour!

Gumby, thank you for your time and energy and use of your space to record the tracks. Your passion for music is inspiring and uplifting and your studio is awesome. Thanks also to your wife Chio, and kids, for putting up with me while we recorded.

Big ups to Darren Peens and Rouchelle for the mixing and mastering and backing vocals on Slow It Down, you made this album a warm sound to bathe in.

For the artwork, thank you Tasmin, Terri, Fiona, Tracey, Papa, Blou and Tiia for having beautiful input in each of your own ways. I appreciate your willingness to help at a moments notice!

Thanks to both my mother and father, for giving me the tools to be who I am.

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Modern troubadour Nate Maingard’s transcendent folk aesthetic encompasses irresistible hooks, uplifting enlightenment, and shamanistic energy. The Cape Town, South Africa-based artist’s songs chronicle a boldly vulnerable introspective journey

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Track Name: Forgivable Gifts
We tip-toed around the subject
As though we had some things to hide
You fought to hide the truth
And I smiled for your disguise

Now all that we gave up
Was it truly ours to give?
When I gave you heaven
And you gave me
You gave me the will to live

I watched you from a distance
A pillow's width away
I watched you from a distance
It was nearer than today

You travel 'round the world
Just to avoid my stare
I thank God it's round
I will always
I'll always be right there

You questioned with a touch
And I knew just what you meant
We laughed illumination
As we shone with all we'd spent

Now all that we gave up
Was it truly ours to give
I gave you heaven
And you gave me the will to live
When I gave you heaven
And you gave me
You gave me the will to live

We tip-toed around the subject
But there's nothing left to hide
Track Name: Fire
Two embers in the fire faced one another
Said to the other what are you doing here?
Although I question carefully your presence
I am so grateful for your company in the fire

Until we're gone gone gone gone gone
Gone gone gone gone
Gone gone gone gone gone
When the flames have all burned down
What will remain?

Wood, flames, embers burn to ash
Throw the ash down and let the trees grow once again.
From the trees you cut the wood to build your fire
So build your fire and let it all burn down again

Until it's gone gone gone gone gone
Gone gone gone gone
Gone gone gone gone gone
When the flames have all burned down
What will remain?

Sit, reflect, accept the heat you feel
Though it burns you through
In fire the flame you are it is revealed
This is the change

Now you're gone gone gone gone gone
Gone gone gone gone
Gone gone gone gone gone
When the flames have all burned down
Then you'll remain
Track Name: Slow It Down
I know this to be true
That the world
Spun too fast

Left us all behind
On this ship
Without a mast

No no no no

Somebody please slow it down
Slow it down
Slow it down

Saw you beside the road
With your case
All you owned
I tried hard to relate
I could not
You were gone too fast

No no no no

Somebody please slow it down
Slow it down
Slow it down

Somebody please slow it down
For a while
Just slow it down

Words become a blur
And are lost
Misunderstood
I'll stand here on the edge
Try to catch
Just a hint

No no no no

Somebody please slow it down
Slow it down
Slow it down

Somebody please slow it down
For a while
Just slow it down

Down
Track Name: Untitled Humming
Sunlight kissed me softly
On the morning I awoke
You were there beside me
On the sand

Pink and golden colours
Gently caressed the sea
You were there to see it
With me

Waves of molten glass
Rolled in on the tide
You were there beside me
Right beside

Now I wonder
What is lost by what is gained
Careless mornings
Sun-soaked senses
Track Name: To Re-Create You
I gave to you all of my chances
All my gambled desires, all my romances

Rough scrawled lines cover these pages
Through all the years all the ages

Every line trying to understand you
Every line trying to re-create you

This is no storybook ending
I'm not lying you're not pretending
Unspoken words unspoken feeling
Backfired desire, angry meanings

Enough...I'm in love with you
Yes I'm in love with you

Dance on the face of every morning
Dance through the hallways of my mind
Dance through this illusion, Stop
Listen, there's no choice when you are blind

This is no storybook ending
I'm not lying you're not pretending
Unspoken words unspoken feeling
Backfired desire, angry meanings

Every line trying to understand you
Every line trying to re-create you
Track Name: The Wild Land
Chance came last night
I know it saw my face
Ooooh, this I know.
Don't grin again at this
For there is nothing here
No there is nothing at all

No no, nothing at all
No no

This is the wild land
The Wild Land
Where sex still breathes
Don't fuck with us here
No don't, with us here
We've no time for that
We've got no time at all

No no no no
Time at all
no no no no

I'd love to get lost
Find the middle of nowhere
The place I could finally breathe in
This journey continues
And the centre eludes me
Nowhere's still somewhere
If you think about it
Won't you think about it
Let's all think about it

Here in the wild land
The wild land
Where sex it breathes
Don't fuck with us here
No don't, with us here
We've no time for that
We've got no time at all

No no no no
Time at all
No no no no

You found the part of me
That I'd hidden so crefully
And I'd stowed it so secretly
I didn't notice it was gone
But you found it

Oh you are the part of me
That I hid from so meticulously
And I needed you so desperately
I didn't notice you were gone
But you found me

Oh you...
Track Name: Cat's Got Time
We are filled with fascination
For material medication
By our education
Well it's a fucked up situation
Yes it's an awkward situation

Let's not argue so pedantic
About who is gonna win
I'm not entering your races
So I don't think that's relevant

All I need's a patch of sunlight
From which to watch the world run by
You tell me life it is a rat-race
Well I'm no rat so I've got time
Yes I'm no rat so I've got time
This cat's got time
This cat's got time

Flickering candlelight
Holds at bay the night
Keeps away the beast
But why keep away the beast
Why are you afraid of the beast

Let's not argue pedantics
About who is gonna win
I'm not entering your races
So I don't think that's relevant

All I need's a patch of sunlight
From which to watch the world run by
You tell me life it is a rat-race
Well I'm no rat so I've got time
Yes I'm no rat so I've got time
This cat's got time
This cat's got time
This cat's got time
This cat's got time
Track Name: Friends All Around
Nobody there is hopeful
Nobody there is wise

They tried to hard and got empty
We look at them through the glass
They gather their dust in their temples
As we gather ourselves in the grass

With the sky and it's blue
And there's friends all around

Nothing there is sacred
Nothing but nothing at all

They concur and congratulate themselves
And say look we've done well this year
Then they stop as they wait for our applause
But we're too far and too high to hear

With the sky and it's blue
And there's friends all around

Nodding they say yes yes yes
Nodding to prove they believe

Now don't think that I'm sad and just listen
We are nothing like them no surprise
We all know that everything's sacred
And thankfully everyone's wise

With the sky and it's blue
And there's friends all around
Track Name: Just Like You
I hold onto my love like a
Soldier holds his gun
In the last hour of the war
Now it's over
I hold onto my time like a
Sailor hold his breath
In the last moment of life
Now it's over

I tried so hard to be right
I tried so hard to be right
I tried so hard to be
Just like you

I dreamed I was awake
In a time when
Dreams were sacred
I dreamed I was alive am I alive
I dreamed I was a snake in a
Time when you stood naked
I dreamed that I survived
And I survived

But I tried so hard to be right
I tried so hard to be right
I tried so hard to be
Just like you

We shout out our secrets
In the hope that we'll be heard
'cos if no-one is listening
Then this all seems absurd
It's not our fault the angels
Couldn't find a way home
It's not my fault this angel
Rests each night alone

I tried so hard to be right
I tried so hard to be right
I tried so hard to be
Just like you

I hold onto my love
Just like you
Track Name: I Will Devour
What you do not eat I will devour
Right down to the core
Until the seed falls out
Sinks into the ground
And the tree bursts forth
And the fruit falls down

In the soft moist loam
In the undergrowth
Where all creatures know
What that seed is worth
I will lay me down
And I will sink in too
Just like the seed
I will feed the new

In the soft loam
In the undergrowth
Where all creatures know
What a seed is worth
I will lay me down
And I will sink in too
Just like the seed
I will feed the new

What you do not eat I will devour
Right down to the core
Until the seed falls out
Sinks into the ground
And the tree bursts forth
And the fruit falls down

And my leaves will wave
Hello goodbye
Hello goodbye
Hello goodbye

Yeah my leaves will wave
Hello goodbye
Hello goodbye
Hello goodbye

Can you hear them...
Whispering
Their secrets learned
From the sun

Can you hear them...
Whispering
Their secrets learned
From the sun

What you do not eat I will devour
Right down to the core
Until the seed falls out
Sinks into the ground
And the tree bursts forth
And the fruit falls down

What you do not eat I will devour
Right down to the core