Riders of the Tide

by Derek Nelson

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"Riders of the Tide" is the full-band followup to Something Obscure, the acclaimed solo premiere of Derek Nelson.

Recorded over four days in September at Engine Studios by Neil Strauch (Bonnie Prince Billy, Iron and Wine), and written and arranged by The Musicians, the songs on "Riders of the Tide" mark a distinct evolution from the sounds heard on its sparse predecessor.

While more haunting, driving and urgent, "Riders of the Tide" keeps in touch with the sound that led the band to headline Chicago's largest clubs in its first year, and be named "a force to be reckoned with" (SPIN), the "Top band to see at Taste of Chicago," (Metromix) and "Top 10 to watch in 2010" (CDBaby), along with praise from the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Red Eye, and more.

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released November 11, 2010

The band is: Pete Falknor (electric guitars, drums, vocals), Cathy Starr (violin), Ryan Martin (bass), Sarah Jane Goldstein (vocals) and Derek Nelson (acoustic guitar, vocals, harmonica).

The EP was mastered by Collin Jordan at Boiler Room.

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Track Name: Come and Wait
I saw a stagehand settin' up the walls of Kingdom City
with the merchants of gold and the silver ladies
they were dressin' up the walls while the kingdom sank
said, "they lost our money, but they just got a bank."

Saw a strange hand holding up the walls of our town
with a child's pride and one hand on the ground
and the Mayor left but the walls still caved
It all came to an end as we all come and wait

We will come and wait

I saw a rainstorm headin' to the banks of our city
with righteous winds all void of pity
we were standing on the roof as the shore washed away
said, "nowhere to go, but got nowhere to stay."

I saw a loose end tying up the hands of that storm
heard a stranger's voice on a microphone
and some good folks left but the sun still came
it was drowning us as we all come and wait

We will come and wait
Track Name: Oh, Mama (I'm Going to the Other Side)
oh mama hear me
where you going? where you been?
i've been sleeping on that seaside
waiting for life to begin.

oh mama hear me
i've been lying here too long
there's a tunnel through the mountain
i'll be leaving here at dawn
here at dawn.

sayin' i'm going to the other side (going to the other side)
set eyes upon the sun and take a ride (gonna take a ride tonight)
i'm going to the other side (going to the other side)
set eyes upon the sun and take a ride
take a ride.

oh mama hear me
where's the pilot in the fog?
he was searching for salvation
when the mountain came along

oh mama hear me
now he's sleeping with those stars
yes, he's wearing borrowed wings
i hear him howling at the dawn
at the dawn.

sayin' i'm going to the other side (going to the other side)
set eyes upon the sun and take a ride (gonna take a ride tonight)
i'm going to the other side (going to the other side)
set eyes upon the sun and take a ride
take a ride.

oh mama hear me
i've been dreaming of that beach
where the million mile breezes
bring your body in my reach

oh mama hear me
i've been feeling so alone
but the past is just the prologue
and the present is a song.
Track Name: Riders of the Tide
There's a bed with lilac roses
and some woods that could hold us and our dogs.
There are fathers in the skies
and a lonesome sailor's cries in the dark.

There's an unworn ring beside us
and a fire that describes why it's there
and with distance it will burn
but it could fall apart in turn, but would we care?
Would we care?

After days
Afternoon
I'll be there someday soon.
Someday soon.

There's a crowd with sooted faces
and a window that displays
the market square
and if i can't divide my soul
into little specks of gold
would you care?

there's my father driving on to
the woods where he belongs to
in the north
there are clouds that open wide
to a city kept inside
of its doors

and if it's hopefulness he finds
in the tumbling waves of time
where he lays
as the smokerings travel on
well, i hope he hears this song
to break the day
break the day.

And as we are kept inside
all those riders of the tide
will make it home.
Make it home.