Seasons

by Nate Hale

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released April 10, 2013

Co-produced by Cheyenne Medders & Nate Hale
Recorded by Cheyenne Medders at Ceder Stone Studio in Hendersonville, TN and at West Nest Studio in Nashville, TN
Engineered, mixed, and mastered by Cheyenne Medders
All original music by Nate Hale
Lead Vocals: Nate Hale
Harmonies: Nate Hale, Ashley Armstrong, Lindsay Hale, Lauren Hale, Cheyenne Medders, and Zac Swann
Guitar, banjo, piano, organ, bass, upright bass, ukulele, melodica, filing cabinet: Cheyenne Medders
Drums& percussion: Andy Hubright & Will Medders
Djembe: Andy Hubright
Empty Accordion Case: Cheyenne Medders & Zac Swann

Published by all of our wonderful fans: David Leuze, Jonathan Lewis, Brother Brian Schroeder, Doug Young, Will Sloan, Dean Dunning, Josh Hostetler, Rachel Pierce, Isaac Reeser, Donnie Anderson, Malia C., Jennifer Arnold, Amanda KP, Heather Vance, Allen Edmundson, Colby Childs, Steve Foster, Steve White, Katie Bogle, Anna Albonetti, Brad Young, Craig Dobson, Brother Lee Camp, Jeremy Jennings, Steven Burford, Julie Jeschke, Lindsay Hall, Ben Carpenter, Jane Mullins, Robert Lindsay, Alex Patterson, David & Kelly Pierce, Emily Whaley, Kevin Harris, Scott Humphrey, Hannah Formosa, Zach Formosa, Sherry Hubright, Trey Morgan, Trent Forrest, Francine Hart, Audrey Miller, Jesse Smith, Derek Kuipers, Ashley Jones, Brother Adam F. Graham, Josh Fussell, Daniel Isom, Brother John Mark Hicks, Josh Stites, Lissa Hale, Jake Burton, Branson Pierce, Lisa Darter, Jana Caldwell, Cheyenne Medders, Marsha Lancaster, Joshua Whitson, Thomas Grimes, Lauren Hale, Lindsay Hale, Tyler Jones, Heather Little, and many others.

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Hailing from Nashville, Tennessee, singer/songwriter Nate Hale makes music that is prophetic and painfully truthful, with a melodic, easygoing flow. Nate writes about real life issues: love, war, politics, and religion. Buy the music, come to the shows, clap your hands, and pray that the vision in his music will spread; that swords will be beaten into plows and that jubilee will become reality. ... more

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Track Name: Real Love
Vs1
I have felt this thing that they call love
at least how other people define it
there was pleasure there i won't deny
but, there is more than pleasure in this life
somethings wrong about this i just know
i can feel it hurting in my soul
and i've told myself that i will not regret
doing, doing the right thing

C:
We could go on lovin just like this
but it's so hollow, i feel so hollow

i will not be the reason you trip
that's a hypocrite, i'd be a hypocrite

if this is love i just must resist
there's more to love than this, has to be more than this

if beauty is only high heels, makeup, lipstick
i want none of it, i want none of it

i'd rather be seduced by true beauty
modesty and purity

love is the reason that we exist
we've got to get a grip, a better grip on it

Vs2
I need to redefine a few more words
before i go moving any forwards
loving, dating, and relationship
the true meaning of the words always slip
but they won't be slipping, no not this time
no this time I'm gonna get it right.
i've told myself that i will not regret
doing, doing the right thing
Track Name: Moose Tattoo
Vs1
I once dated a girl who want to
Get the abercrombie moose
As a tattoo
And that’s when I knew
That the jeans and the shoes
We weren’t wearing them
They were wearing me and you

And all our dreams
Were the same as the teens
We saw on the tv screen
Wearing the moose jeans

Chorus
We had no story
We had no history
So we gave our money to the kids on tv
Saying, “can you make us pretty?
Can you give us an identity?”
Even if it’s shallow
Even if it’s only cotton deep
Because we had no story
We had no history
We just wanted to belong
And for someone to notice me

Vs2
So, tell me Mr. Moose
I’ve got some questions for you
Who do you think I should be?
Why am I here?
Where am I going?
Why is there so much wrong?
And what’s the remedy?
And why do I think you’re gonna answer me?
Why am I talking to you?
You’re just a stupid moose...
Track Name: Wake Up
Intro
I love the way she laughs
And the way she plays
She called me in the early morning
Just to say
Wake up wake up
You know the sun is up
So early in the morning

Vs1
Hey, beautiful girl
Welcome to my world
There’s a bright light coming from inside
And I can’t even see your face

There’s a whole lot of life in you
And when I’m around ya
It’s in me too
Yeah, you’re changing me
And I’m liking what I see
So keep doing what you do

Chorus
I love the way she laughs
And the way she plays
She called me in the early morning
Just to say
Wake up wake up
You know the sun is up
So early in the morning
Don’t close your eyes
Don’t go back to bed
We’ll all get the sleep that we need when we’re dead
God turned on the lights
It’s time for living life
It ain’t no time for snoring

Vs2
Hey, little messenger
Shout your words to the world
Where’d you come from
It seems like the sun
Cause there’s no way you’re from around here
Track Name: Oranges
Vs1
it was sometime in late September
i was on my way home
cross cuttuin' campus i was lost in my mind
eyes to the ground, unaware of surroundings
when something orange something round came down
from the heavens and touched my feet
it broke my focus but it did not confuse
as i looked up i knew it had to be you
and sure enough there in your window you were
with a smile on your face, your usual countenance

Chorus
You said,"could you use some sunshine brother?"
i said, "yes indeed"
"well if you need some sunshine, brother"
"then come and walk with me and eat the fruit is sweet and we'll talk about being free"

Vs2
they say that orange is the unrhymable word
but i had to try to describe you to the world
cause without oranges you would not be you
so i pushed on ahead and tried to tell the truth

Chorus2
you said, "do ya know the best thing bout oranges"
I said, "no do you?"
"well the best best thing bout oranges is"
they come pre-divided, naturally providing, a good reason to share.
yeah, they come pre-divided, naturally providing, a good reason to share!

Bridge
God bless the patron saint of oranges!
for teaching me that the smallest gifts can change everything
so go and be a sunshine sister
give people something sweet
Go and be a sunshine bother cause
to everyone you meet
Track Name: Treehouse Hideaway
Vs1
Up in the branches of the Baobab
that's where I found you and you found me
just like Rafiki living in his tree
up here we have every thing we need
barefoot on the floor on the porch
lit by the glow of a tiki torch
you in your white cotton dress
me in my T and my khaki pants
you rest your head on my chest
you rest your head

and we danced slow
to music playin' on the gramophone
and as it popped and it cracked
yeah, we listened to Jack as he sang
there is no other way
we held each other close
and softly we hummed the notes
as summer sang her harmony
in our treehouse hideaway

we move as one as the sun sets and fades
twilight and its beauty is a sacred thing
those who stop and watch will have it's blessing
as light gives way to night in the canopy
we rest our heads
beneath waves of misquote nets
and we dream

of dancing slow
to music playin' on the gramophone
and as it popped and it cracked
yeah, we listened to Jack as he sang
there is no other way
we held each other close
and softly we hummed the notes
as summer sang her harmony
in our treehouse hideaway
Track Name: Land of Whispering
Vs1
I used to climb trees
and play in the creek
and catch crustaceans
and make rain machines
we'd go on journeys
to the outer boundaries
of our back yard territories
that we had claimed that week
until one day
somebody made fun of me
I felt naked and ashamed
and I needed the clothing
of the pretty and the cool
and of the social nobility
and that's when I left the trees
for the land of whispering

Chorus
I just want to be normal
I just wanna fit in
I want the powers at be
to give me their blessing

Vs2
I tried to get inside their heads
to avoid their critique
but they were masters of deceit
wit and mockery
So, I learned new ways
to walk and speak
I surrendered to a cage
For a new identity
I even changed my laugh
and ceased to sing
for I was so afraid
of the whispering

Chorus2
I just want to be normal
I just wanna fit in
I want the Kings and Queens
to recognize me

Vs3
and then I met a lamb
she was as free as she could be
she still lived amongst the trees,
the fields, and the creeks
and out of her mouth
came no whispering
only joy and life
play and singing
she taught to me her ways
and lead me back to the trees
for I had been so lost
in the land of whispering

Chorus3
I don't want to be normal
always trying to fit in
I just wanna climb trees
I wanna learn how to play again

Bridge
I traded in my imagination
for rules and referees
and bare feet
for jerseys and cleats
and we had to keep score
to know who lost and won
and if I just wanted to have fun
I had to go somewhere and pay someone

So screw normal
screw tryin to fit in
I just wanna climb trees
I wanna learn how to truly play again
Track Name: On the in Between
Vs1
As I sit here now, surrounded by the silence
needless to say i'm here alone
and I wonder how life was before we broke the silence
before we filled the world up with noise

Was there really a time back before the plastic boxes
when children played with wooden toys
and when momma got sick you didn't up and run
and pop the pills you got at the store

Chorus:
No, you prepared for the worst
and you hoped for the best
and on the in between you hit your knees and pray

Vs2
I wonder night looked before we made our own stars
and put 'em on the streets and in our homes
when you could still look up and see the milky way
and you didn't even need a telescope

Was there really a time when nothing was for certain
when everything depended on the rain
and all you could do was look to God above
to feed you cause you couldn't feed yourself

Chorus

Vs3
But there are still some things that we have yet to tame
some things that are out of our control
when it comes to death and love we trust the powers above
to take care of everything here below
Track Name: Dear Alcohol
Vs1
Dear alcohol
Say hello to my friends
Because I know you will see them
before I will again
We had some good times
But I’m sure you all will too
I’m sure you’ll entertain them better
Than I ever could do
Thank you for their safety
When they go traveling
Cause I heard you were in the front seat
When D flipped end over end

Chorus
And don’t you know I can’t ignore
The friends that I don’t see no more
Because they found and easy out and turned to you
As you whisper in their ears convenient truth

Vs2
Dear Alcohol
Could you do me just one thing
Help my friends live life to the fullest
And keep them from surrendering their dreams
And give them passion
And keep them from apathy
And always keep them honest
About the things they’re questioning
And will you take their money
And will you give it to the poor
Because my friends never wanted
To see people starving anymore
And if I come up
Will you speak kindly of me
And tell my friends that I love them
And that I miss them dearly
And just for the record
I don’t have nothing against you
Cause I know you’re in the scriptures
And that the Lord drank you too
If I could change just one thing
I wish there were room for both you and me
Because I didn’t know it all depended
On whether I would drink

Chorus2
And don’t you know I can’t ignore
The friends that I don’t see no more
Because they found and easy out and clung to you
Numb the pain as we pray to you

Ending
Dear Alcohol
Please don't forget that one thing
Help my friends live life to the fullest
And keep them from surrendering
Track Name: Lullaby
Good night, sleep tight
And sweet dreams to you
Thanks for this moment
Here with you
Good night, sleep tight
And sweet dreams to you
Too bad this dream
Was too good to be true

So I’ll close my eyes
and keep dreaming of you
Rockabye
And keep dreaming of you
Sing a lullaby
And close my eyes
Dream about that night
when my dreams came true

Good night, sleep tight
I’ll dream of you
Track Name: Clock Struck Twelve
Vs1
The clock struck 12
I knew this moment would end
Don’t rush now
Has time run out
Don’t leave me here alone

Chorus
I always knew this would end
And everything would go back to where it began
Once strangers
Now strangers again
Mom always said,
“If it’s too good to be true,
It probably is”

Vs2
Wait, before you go
I just want you to know
That you’re beautiful
You’re so beautiful
And I want to thank you
For this moment here
It was magical
so magical but…

Chorus2
I knew this moment would end
And everything would go back to where it began
Once strangers
Now strangers again
Mom always said,
“If it’s too good to be true,
It probably is.”

I must accept that
Even if the slipper fits
Sometimes time runs out
Track Name: What Drew Me to You
I don't know what drew
me to you
everything you do
down to
your slip on shoes
your broom skirts too
with your sling purse
and your goodwill shirts
covered with cardigans
your wrists are wrapped in international bands
that precede your unholdable hands
that I actually held one unforgettable day
when we walked down twin oaks lane
which foreshadowed what I didn't know
cause ya see twin oaks was a dead end road
but I still miss your sharpie tattoos
in a language no one knew

Chorus
but they have faded away from me
yeah, they have faded in my memory

Vs2
do you remember the night
we sat in my driveway
I played the guitar
you played the ukulele
and I felt like I was in a movie
like in once, you know the music store scene
when everything clicks and they sing, "we still got time"

Chorus

Vs3
I miss the games
that we used to play
like the one where you gave
3 words to build a story
once you gave me
a farmer and a donkey
and a Polynesian girl spoke the pop click language of the Kalahari tribes
And I spun it into an epic tale
where the farmer adopts the Polynesian girl
just to fatten her up like the story of Hansel and Gretel
But Jimmy the walking talking donkey
found the key broke the small girl out of her jail
then they ran away together, swore they'd never tell
of the farmer and his hell
And since Jimmy was a walking talking Donkey
they both because carnies
and now they make lots of money and they sleep very well
far away from the farmers hell

Chorus2
but they have faded away from me
and they have faded in my memory
please don't fade away, from me
please don't fade away, from me

Ending
Oh, Jericho
Oh, Jericho
Oh, Jericho
Oh, Jericho
Jericho, O, Jericho
Why'd your walls not fall for me
Jericho, O, Jericho
Why'd your walls not fall for me
and on your hand is another man's ring
Jericho, O, Jericho
Why'd your walls not fall for me

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