Far Away From Here

by Nathan Edwards

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“…Like a lonely lost survivor floating at sea.”

This line, from the minimalistic acoustic track, “High and Dry”, came to me one summer day in the midst of a long drive across the stark South Dakota landscape. It exemplified a feeling that I think we all have on occasion as we stumble through our lives, searching for answers, fighting through our fears, and teaching ourselves to let go.

In this culmination of several years of writing and recording, I narrowed the theme to time and travel… a means of sharing my struggles with the existential search for meaning and the answers to why we’re here. Creating this album was was a time of intense growth, both as a songwriter, recording engineer, and as a person.

During this process, I had the pleasure of working with many phenomenally talented musicians, both locally and long-distance. From audio production students assisting with engineering, to sharing tracks several states over via the web. Michael Gaylor (Chemistry Professor by day, drum wizard by night) and Jim Thuli built percussive moods, Wisconsin songwriters Paul Otteson and Tony Memmel brought their haunting vocal harmonies into the mix, and composer and professor Jacob Tews added a cinematic flair through his viola performances. Not to mention a lyrical collaboration with Joe Briggs, and my wife Cassie contributing the gorgeous watercolor cover artwork, as well as her gentle harmony vocals.

I hope that your experience with the album allows you to connect in some way through my exploration of those personal challenges and battles that we likely all share in common. Sometimes we just feel that drive to be “Far Away From Here”…

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released 19 May 2015

All songs written and mixed by Nathan Edwards, except "Distant Call", written in collaboration with Joseph Briggs

Assistant engineers Kyle Vis, Derek Carlson, and Bruce Schulz

Musical contributors: Michael Gaylor, Cassie Marie Edwards, Jacob Tews, Jim Thuli, Paul Otteson, Tony Memmel, and Kyle Vis. Musicians are credited on each track.

Album artwork by Cassie Marie Edwards

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Nathan Edwards Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Raised in Wisconsin and residing in eastern South Dakota, Nathan Edwards is an independent musician whose latest album is about time, travel, and the ways in which we navigate our lives.

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Track Name: Far Away From Here
The first time I met you I was wrapped up in my selfish ways
but I would settle down wherever you were
and I followed along with you, I met you on the line
in-between my jealousy and peace of mind, my peace of mind

Promises may bend and promises may break
and I don’t really care if they’re not true
we forgive and we forget and I let it drift away
for some reason in my mind the walls break down when it comes to you,
when it comes to you

Oh, I take the wheel and drive
headed far away from here,
we’ll run away from all our fear

Oh, dreaming bout the day
we will run away, run away
away from here.

Broken hearts and broken bones can bring us closer in the end
and I can see my friends waving goodbye
but hope is just an anchor that keeps us still in place
‘til we try to forge ahead across that line that’s in our minds, that’s in our minds

If I doubted it before, then I’ll doubt it all again
but I call that irresponsible of me
as we roll across the waters and we reach the other shore
we just bend among the shadows and we set ‘em free
Track Name: Palisades
At a crossroads in time
every second I fall behind
nothing but the dirt under my feet

So long to make it here
It's good to see the day
from far away it all gets blurred, anyway

I'm going down to the Palisades
to make myself a place to stay
what I once was is all but forgotten now

I'm going down to the Palisades
to make myself a place to stay
what I used to be is still what I am somehow

I believed the world was made
of bones and clay and steel
nothing better to do sometimes gets the best of you

Now you drifted away
and now I am awake
and last night's dream I somehow believed was real

Follow the bridge over split rock creek
down the river flowing, flowing on
I couldn't say what it meant to me

But we're spinning round, round, round
and we're going down, down, down
Track Name: Burn and Fade
Leave me here in the moment, where I stop the time
There are so many things that I would redesign
But for me, it's never over 'til it's over
And for me, there's so many reasons I should wonder

Why every breath is like a fleeting glimpse of light
That burns and fades away...

Take it in, take in all you can
It's sometimes hard to take when these spaces bend and break
But for me, it's like an ache inside
And for me, there's so many reasons I should wonder why

Why every breath is like a fleeting glimpse of light
That burns and fades away...
Track Name: Steady
This time of night is dark and low
Moonlight on the county road
Streetlights in the distance fade away
One last call and we're counting down
Hold on tight and we're ready now
To hit the highway, man, what a sight to take

My friends they all just think about it, time it slips away
But these small town dreams don't change too much these days
My friends they all just laugh about it, life it runs away
But these small town dreams, they just ain't here to stay.

Keep it steady as you roll along, don't cry about the days long gone

Coming home to these empty halls
Ghosts in the dark behind these walls
The preacher said "man, you gotta find the faith somehow"
When all that's left are these broken dreams
This heartache just ain't what it seems
But the world is hard to come to terms with now
Track Name: Bury Down
Scars down your shoulders
and the likeness of your telling eyes
cut like knives and breaking down
lost in the strangest places
Bury it down, my love
bury it down again

‘Cuz you and I
will build a house
down by the sea

And deep inside
we’ll find a place
to finally breathe

Bury it down, my love
bury it down again
for a long, long time

Lost like the cold and lonely
and the moments pass me by
fires in the falling rain
reeling in what remains

for such a long time

‘Cuz you and I
will build a house
down by the sea

And deep inside
we’ll find a place
to finally breathe

Bury it down, my love
bury it down again
for a long, long time
Track Name: High and Dry
I thought that last night’s dream was real
I believe in superstition and forgetting how to feel
and I wonder ‘bout the things that I’ll never know
let the waves roll on

We talked into the morning
streetlights in the island
when I need a little light
I know you’re always shining

And we’ll ponder all the things
I guess we’ll never know
let the waves roll on

The tides will rise and fall
but it’s the little things that make me see at all
through all the crazy times you are keeping me afloat
and it keeps me high and dry

Stuck within my memory
like a lonely lost survivor floating out at sea
he never asked for much but the place that the calls home
while the waves keep rolling on

All in all I know that this life is good
in all these big dilemmas I’m aware
searching for the little things that get lost in all the rush
and I’m just coming up for air

the tides will rise and fall
but it’s the little things that make me see at all
through all the crazy times you are keeping me afloat
and it keeps me high and dry
Track Name: Frontlines
Come out of your shelter, come on and be one of us
The troubles around here will never become us
All your sons will be legends
and your daughters will fight for the cause
You sigh on the stations, you're falling back into our arms

Ooh, and we'll be here at the frontlines
Ooh, finding our truth in the great design

Although they are wealthy, I never knew them to be wise
They circle around me, affection is veiled in disguise
Oh brothers and sisters, they stand up for someone unknown
You sign on the stations, you're falling back into our arms

Ooh, and we'll be here at the frontlines
Ooh, finding our truth in the great design
Track Name: In Between
I am in between
Broken and unseen
Echo chambers on empty streets
A tangled web of me

We are all made of fragmented shapes
All these souls on fire
Riding crests of waves

Nothing is missing in this perfect space
Where we come clean

Fallen in between
Track Name: Distant Call
Sails on ships run ashore
like empty bags caught on trees
a crowd of faces I can't see on the street
the dreams and lights, they fade

Shipping off again at dawn
the ocean hard like concrete
Closing in on stillness once again
The flood came and there you went

And we were hanging on
But I'd somehow always known
Heaven in the sky is heavy on my mind
like a distant call from home

Letting go and giving in
I hear you still beneath the waves
I didn't think that we could stand on our own
the bay opens like a book
Finding peace in the wind
before our eyes are shut
Beyond the fear of another day's end
The flood came and there you went
Track Name: Before the Morning
The air alone, I try to hold
before the morning, bittersweet and
thinking on it like a poem
already here, but ready now for home

The days that die within this war
they are desperate for sure
all our friends have come and gone
the moment hangs and then it’s gone

It was a good run we had
on our horizons, it was said
it follows us like shadows and storms
it follows us all

Lie awake into the dark
and rising up over our heads
a fight or flight response to the needles again
that keep getting under our skin

And I was a soldier, and you were the way
to hold on your honor and fight to be brave
there’s a light that shines on through
and levity will come again, come again
but it keeps getting under our skin

If I could go back and begin
I would do it all again
but the matter has no choice
so I will leave my voice in the wind

If I could go back and begin
I’d do it all again my friend
but the matter has no choice
so I will leave my voice in the wind
Track Name: Demons and Doubt
Hollow me out
you’re wearing me down
the dirt and the leaves and the end

Sorting through the memories
and waiting for anything
you’re waiting for anything

In the Spring, you’ll shine like the first time
you walked on these streets
like you were waiting for someone

Left with all the memories
You’re waiting for anything

I have run from demons and doubt
take what I got
hollow me out
we’ll see inside
these broken lines
and we’ll meet somewhere at the end

On the outside
I try to believe
try to define the things I can’t see

There’s a chance I’d have been
alone all my days
or I wouldn’t have woken up

I have run from demons and doubt
take what I got
hollow me out
we’ll see inside
these broken lines
and we’ll meet somewhere in the end
and we’ll meet somewhere at the end