Braver & Stronger

from by Nate Maingard

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This is a story of a relationship, represented by a cottage in the woods…you know, that warm, safe place you can trust will always be there when you need it. That which is outside the cottage represents the real world, filled with wolves and woods and other wild creatures (which are not negative, but they do need to be faced and dealt with). Sometimes in a relationship, people hide in their cottage and use it as an escape from living their lives in the real world. I think that the best thing lovers can do for one another is to open the door and step aside to let the other out to explore The Wild Land in the secure knowledge that the cottage will always be there. PS: thanks to Jessica Bonin for inspiring the initial line and the bit about tea!


You are braver and stronger than me
You throw back the door see wolf prints in the snow, say
The free have been here and gone
Then you step aside smiling and watch me stride into the storm

I’m walking ‘til I’m home
Stead, though tired I am not alone

We choose to be alone when it seems we’re most weak
When the tame run to save they’ll find wolves sleeping warming our
Feet, speak to ground, lead to heart
Now you hold me so close ‘cos you know what I’ve seen in the dark

I’m walking ‘til I’m home
Stead, though tired I am not alone

Brew tea on the back porch, I don’t need more than this
Our garden in spring and the birds know your name on my
Lips, sing your storm a lullaby
Now there’s nothing to do so I lay down and kiss you goodnight


from Home, released May 16, 2012




Nate Maingard London, UK

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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