Nomads Assemble - EP

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"The music that evolved in the light shed by a few bare bulbs in a basement on Grand Rapids’ Southeast Side proved to be something inexplicable, organic, fresh and potent." - John Sinkevics, Local Spins

"Nomads Assemble" is a collection of songs written by RJ Nordlund. The idea behind this project was to bring a group of musicians with diverse musical backgrounds together and let them put their own style onto the songs, thus creating the Nomad Assembly.

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released December 5, 2015

RJ Nordlund - Vocals & Rhythm Guitar
Justin Dore - Lead Guitar
Daine Hammerle - Drums
Zack Jansen - Bass Guitar
Jake Kalmink - Piano on Bombay Blues

Written by RJ Nordlund
Produced by Jake Kalmink

Thanks to Kurt and Aliyya for letting us take advantage of your beautiful barn!

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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

Mom and Daddy, I know they loved me
But they just couldn't work things out
Mom and Daddy, they got angry
The authority had to force my daddy out

Times were hard, times were hard
Growing up, times were hard
Broken family, lord have mercy
Times were hard, times were hard

Baby brother stayed with my mother
I just couldn't leave my dad alone
I hope my momma knows how much I love her
That old man just needed something to live for

Times were hard, times were hard
Growing up, times were hard
Broken family, lord have mercy
Times were hard, times were hard

My daddy, he still loves her
It's plain to see, it's written on his face
Momma moved on, found another
Who treats her better than he ever could

When times were hard, times were hard
Growing up, times were hard
Broken family, lord have mercy
Times were hard, times were hard
Track Name: Lost
I've been lost for far too long
I've been lost in my own home
It's hard to believe with my woman here by me
I've been lost for far too long

It's strange none understands
How one man can lose his head
between the liquor and the pills I just can't get my fill
I've been lost for far too long

Some day I'll come back
Some day if in fact
I give up all my vices and see how much I have
I'll wake up, I'll come back

I've been lost for far too long
I've been lost in my own home
It's hard to believe with my woman here by me
I've been lost for far too long
Track Name: Off Track
Stone cold floor and a door that creaks
As I walk the oak in my bare feet
Moon hangs low and I still can't sleep again
You may not share my bed but you're still living in my head

Light up the night til my mind is free
From all the pictures that fill my dreams
When you and I were both wild and young
We had each other and that was more than enough

I always seem to be falling off these tracks
That's heading towards a life without the love we once had
Because inside I know if I let you go
I will never get you back

There was a time when we'd talk for hours
About all we'd do if we had the power
Then my nicotine grin would kiss your pretty face
And I fall back into your sweet embrace

I'd fall, for you my girl
I'd sing these songs I wrote for you, all over the world
Now nothing around me is the same
And there's just me to blame

I always seem to be falling off these tracks
That's heading towards a life without the love we once had
Because inside I know if I let you go
I will never get you back
Because inside I know when I let you go
You're long gone
Track Name: Bombay Blues
There ain't nothing like a 5th of gin
To wipe a slate all clean again
Let me tell you how I learned this to be true

See my woman she just up and left
Took all she owned and away she went
I don't think I ever felt so blue

At the liquor store I looked over my options
There was Captain, Cuervo and Seagrams 7
But I went to Bombay that there night

About an hour later the bottle was dry
It still blows my mind I was still alive
And I walked down to the pub looking for a fight

And I said bring it on god damn, I'll take on any man
I just drank a 5th of courage on my own
I ain't had the best of days, I'm gonna make somebody pay
Bring it on god damn and I'll be gone

Well from the bar came a mountain man
With hands the size of frying pans
I knew this wasn't gonna end well

He put up his fists and I put up mine
I threw a punch but it was offline
He knocked my dumbs half to hell

When I awoke a weeks time had passed
I was lying down in a hospital bed
And I just couldn't remember my name

Nor could I remember that stink in' bar
Or that bottle of gin or my baby's car
That drove off with my love inside that day

When I said bring it on god damn, I'll take on any man
And the biggest, baddest joe stepped to the plate
The best part of it is I don't remember any of it
And thats how gin will give you a clean slate
Track Name: I'll Get By
Put a light to this cigarette
Let the smoke cloud my mind
And for a moment I forget
That you were ever mine

Take it in, I feel fine
Until it's gone, I'll get by

A few drinks at the local pub
And I'm feeling loose
Bring home a different girl tonight
And pretend she's you

We make love, we get high
Until she's gone, I'll get by

I'm just trying to make it through these days
It's been over a year since I pushed you away
Heartache's been known to kill a man
And it's doing the best it can

The best it can
Track Name: High Hopes
High hopes keep pushing me along
While alcohol and women keep inspiring my songs
Luckily for me there's always whiskey and one night stands
And others who can relate to my situations

Like at that Wealthy St dive bar
Where the band and I used to burn it down for pitchers of PBR
It sure wasn't the big time but we were making noise
And them folks they could relate to them god damned Carboys

Things are different now than they were then
Still singing songs of lost love and trying to make amends
Nothing lasts forever, people will always change
And I'm thankful for those who can relate