Ghosts

by Nordlund

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Ghosts is collection of songs about heart break, loneliness, and redemption.

RJ Nordlund - vocals, guitar, organ
Max Jones - lead guitar
Brian Jacobs - bass
Taylor Greenwood - drums
Timmy McIlree - Violin
Erin Peyer - Piano

The band recorded these track in December of 2016 with little rehearsal of the material. This was done by design, each player had a grasp on the direction of the song but the parts that they played were spontaneous. We captured the moment and where we were as a band that winter. The result was truly something special and I couldn't be happier with the product we turned out. I hope you enjoy this record as much as I do.

Thanks,

-RJ

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released June 1, 2017

Recorded at Rock Garden Studio in Appleton, WI.
Produced by RJ Nordlund & Marc Golde
Engineered and Mastered by Marc Golde

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Track Name: Times Were Hard
Times were hard, times were hard
Growing up, times were hard
Broken family, lord have mercy
Times were hard, times were hard
Track Name: Madeline
Madeline, today you crossed my mind
It's been a long time, since I last saw your face
We were younger then, full of dreams and aspiration
Did you go out and chase them? Madeline

I hope you did
I hope you did
I hope you did
Madeline

Madeline, maybe some day we'll cross paths
Share a couple laughs, spend the evening catching up
Talk about our families and everything else in between
Reminisce on all that could have been, Madeline

What could have been
What could have been
I wonder what could have been
Madeline

Madeline
Oh Madeline
I wonder
I wonder

Where have you been
Oh where have you been
I wonder where you've been
Madeline

Madeline
Track Name: Poverty Line
The years spent chasing a dream took it's toll on my self esteem
I've been chewed up and spit out like yesterdays leftover meal
I got holes in all of my shoes, utilities months over due
but there's pills in my cupboard that help me forget how I feel

From the weight of the world, my decisions I know
They got me looking for some kind of sign
Do I stay on this path, drowning in debt
Or am I wasting my time
Under the poverty line

Each day starts just like the rest, black coffee and light cigarettes
As I sift through the messages collections keep sending me
I know I'm only to blame for becoming a pawn in their game
But if I don't pay them off I'll never be free

From the weight of the world, my decisions I know
They got me looking for some kind of sign
Do I stay on this path, drowning in debt
Or am I wasting my time
Under the poverty line
Track Name: To Hell With It
I've seen it so many times that I've lost track
Empty praise from folks who want an in
Until they get what they want they'll treat you like a friend
But in the end they'll stab you in the back
To hell with it, go network else where

What does my appearance have to do with how I sound
does it really matter what I choose to wear
If the length of my hair or the size of my waist concerns you
I don't need your kind around
To hell with it, I was never hip to begin with

To hell with it, I've had enough
To hell with the scene, to hell with sucking up
And if you want me to get in line you're shit out of luck
To hell with it, I've had enough

People get offended so easily
Always looking for a reason to complain
Well who are they to tell me what I can and cannot say
Just mind you're own and let me be
To hell with it, go see somebody else's show

To hell with it, I've had enough
To hell with the scene, to hell with sucking up
And if you want me to get in line you're shit out of luck
To hell with it, I've had enough
Track Name: Into The Night
Basking in the beauty of the full moon light
Strike another cigarette into the night
We probably shouldn't be here but it feels so right
hand in hand we go

Take a walk down Broadway to the liquor store
Third trip of the day but whose keeping score
And the way were going there'll be a couple more
How ever many it takes
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You whisper in my ear "can you take me home?"
And invite me inside as we meet the door
Can't even make it to the bed before we hit the floor
There's no time to waste
~
A couple more nights before we call it quits
A couple more nights of making bad choices
I know it ain't right the way you let me in
On nights when he's not home
Track Name: Some Times, Some Days
Oh honey, do you still love me?
Do you want me to be your man?
I'm a fool to jeopardize losing you
I swear I'll change, just give me one more chance

Cuz some times, some days
My demons do me wrong
I hit the bottle
Til I wake up all dazed in another woman's arms

I'm a fool to jeopardize losing you
I swear I'll change, just give me one more chance

Cuz some times, some days
My demons do me wrong
I hit the bottle
Til I wake up all dazed in another woman's arms
Track Name: Fill My Head
Been looking for answers, looking for signs
Looking in the doors under the neon lights
Order a cold one to close out the night
Keep telling myself it will be alright

Until you come like a ghost in the dark
Fill my head, break my heart
I haven't seen you since I cant remember when
But every night you fill my head

I was a fool, you see passion stole my sight
I tried to force your love, I knew it wasn't right
I couldn't see you were unhappy in this town
I only wanted to hold you up, I never wanted to weigh you down

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Whenever I'm lonesome, whenever I'm afraid
I won't get to hold you in my arms again
I'll wait for the sundown and time to move so slow
Walk through those doors under the neon glow
Walk through those doors and I won't be alone

Because you'll come like a ghost in the dark
Fill my head, break my heart
I haven't seen you since I cant remember when
But every night you fill my head
Track Name: It Ain't Easy
Hit me up, you know I'll come running
I've been there before but I'm not falling

You just want somebody to comfort you
To make you feel something again
I'm not looking for some kind of commitment
I just want to feel something again

It ain't easy to be lonely
I might be the guy you want to take home tonight
Honey I'm not the man you need
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No one should have to break up their family
Tell me how do you handle it when everyone says that it will get

You just want somebody to comfort you
To make you feel something again
I'm not looking for some kind of commitment
I just want to feel something again

It ain't easy to be lonely
I might be the guy you want to take home tonight
Honey I'm not the man you need

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It ain't easy to be lonely
I might be the guy you want to take home tonight
Honey I'm not the man you need
Yeah I might be the guy you want to love tonight
But I'm not the man you need
Track Name: Oh Well
He could tell she spent the last week in pain
He saw the pills but he chose to look the other way
Opens his eyes it's a brand new day
Her hair on his pillowcase pushes everything away

Was never good at finding the right words to speak
He was strong but she was so weak
Remembering the times they'd play this game of life
Displayed proudly living with his future wife

We are what we are oh well
We do what we do so well

Runs his hands through her hair, touches her face
Can't help but to wonder if her demons kept their space
Today's the day, tomorrows too late
And if fate can keep the pace they're gonna run away

Shakes her once for fun and twice with love
The third could have passed as abuse to some
But she's not waking up and he's not breathing cuz
Regret and realization rips out his guts

We are what we are oh well
We do what we do so well
Track Name: Better Man
No regrets, it's what most people say
But I regret these cigarettes I've been smoking every day
Stressful times can cause a man to change
But with every drag I can feel my troubles fade away
I'm still young but I have a life worth of debt
Pockets lacking money, the bank breathing down my neck
And some day they will be expecting it all back
But for now I have a few left in this pack

Some day I'll look back and wonder
If I could do it all again
Could I have put myself in a better place
Could I become a better man

Nor fears, it's how many wish to live
If only it was that simple, you see the simple thing is
This bottle holds my courage and once it hits my lips
I'm not afraid of anything and I'll tell you how it is
And I'm still young but I've made my mistakes
Lost a few good friends and let my lover get away
Oh my darling, I can still see her face
She couldn't stand seeing my drunk again
I wish I'd never been brave

Some day I'll look back and wonder
If I could do it all again
Could I have put myself in a better place
Could I become a better man