North Home

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North Home was recorded on 4-track cassette over the course of a year in a kitchen in Berkeley and a living room in San Francisco. It was sung and played live by Dan Nordheim with improvised accompaniment by Peter Famiglietti.

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released November 16, 2013

songs by Dan Nordheim
performed by Dan Nordheim and Peter Famiglietti
recorded and mixed by Peter Famiglietti
mastered by Paul Oldham
art by Jasmine Moser

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North Home San Francisco, California

North Home is creaky folk music by Dan Nordheim. The door is cracked, the light breaks through, come in.

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Track Name: Away From Home
You'll live away from home and you'll fly wherever you roam
cause you know a bed's a coffin in a room
and every house is just a tomb
You'll learn to say goodbye many hours at a time
so loosen strings but tie your ends
and make your rounds then do them again

Your water's on the ground you're flowing down
Clear your path where you float wash those around

You'll be up on display just like any other day
so learn your lines and hit your mark
cause the world's a stage and you're playing a part
You'll learn to get by and you'll eat when you decide
don’t forget not every part is good for food
and not every town is worth passing through

Your water's on the ground you're flowing down
Clear your path where you float wash those around

My home's away from home
now I’m fucked wherever I go
Track Name: Hold You In Place
The way your bones creak and coil all around me
in the suffocating cold
The way your skin strains and stretches and surrounds you
and gives yourself a home
The way your eyes lock and listen to your surroundings
but leave you all alone

You’re immortal when you want
and you’re among them when you’re gone
Your illusions keep you safe
hold you in your place

The way your hands twitch and tremble inside of mine
begging to be tamed
The way your teeth curl and crumble in the cold night
breaking down to none
The way your lips sin and surrender to their own mind
when you let them go

You’re immortal when you want
and you’re among them when you’re gone
Your illusions keep you safe
hold you in your place

Like a ghost getting higher
you’ll float by the fire

You’re immortal when you want
and you’re among them when you’re gone
Your illusions keep you safe
hold you in your place
Track Name: Sacred Space
I’m not safe in my sacred space
I let it in when I see its face
I’m not immune since I’ve had a taste
my greatest sin is to hold my place
and I’ve abused what I’ve been given
and I have used up my forgiveness

I’m not home when I’m at my home
and I’m fucked when I’m left alone
I can’t trust what is right or wrong
I can’t save what is clearly gone
and I have tamed all of my visions
and in my shame is my decision

You’re one in the fire but you can take it where it goes
You’ll hold your desire but you can let it be your ghost
and be your guide
And I’m afraid of what I believe in
but I wouldn’t trade what I’m released of
Track Name: Look Away
So easily you wait for the sun to go to sleep
My mind’s at ease to listen when words they fail to speak
Apologies when I slip away and you can’t breathe
When ever color fades and blends in
to what others see to pretend
you look away

So patiently you comfort your world in misery
Like a machine you pass through fire can’t feel a thing
When all your pieces can’t make a shape
and every choice was made while awake
you look away

To feel a breeze when fair’s an escape is such a tease
So incomplete when it’s a blessing to see your teeth
When every inch of you bleeds through your pain
and all your scriptures seem to insane
It’s all so simple to stare at your grave
And picture that perfect place where you lay
well look away
Track Name: One Way To Gold
When I enter a vision of gold you won't care
there's only one way to gold it's here
When I step on the fields of concrete you won’t be there
but every stone’s a diamond it’s crystal clear
Where you’re standing golden saints surround you
I’ll be mining for space that’s in my head
When I feast on the fruit of Eden you’ll look away
hunger feeds but I can starve another day
While you’re standing where the seeds surround you
I’ll be planting machines that are in my head

Only one way forward where you are
there’s only one way forward wherever you are

When I make up a path of glory you’ll shake your head
glory’s that way you’ll find it there instead
When I head down the roads of darkness you won’t believe
but there’s light in shadow it’s plain to see
While you’re standing where you’re safe surrounded
I’ll be making a break for it in my head

Only one way forward where you are
there’s only one way forward wherever you are
Track Name: Ransom
You'll turn your back away
talk yourself into it
disappear without a trace
just like you should
but no one notices
you'll sink behind your face
fall away from yourself
and leave your kill

In every way your ransom is a handsome reward
And every time you take it you make it that much worse

You'll wash your sins away
God makes a fool of you
clean up the mess you made
and start again
but you're invisible
everyone compares with you
and when you've formed yourself
you'll have no name

In every way your ransom is a handsome reward
And every time you take it you make it that much worse

You can't compete with you even though you could
your level sinks to you but in a way it should
however few of you are not yours to lose
whatever's true of you you don't have to choose
Track Name: Land/Fall
Time is forgiveness but time can't be forgiven
You’ll spend your days on the weekend like it's some kind of bargain
all you do to find a reason something to believe in
but what you can’t do is trust time
Truth is deception the first sign of corruption
You're being fooled as you're listening when you hear what you've been missing
close your ears to distraction and act on your reaction
it's all you can do and all there is

And you'll take what you can handle
you'll give up the rest
You'll trip before you'll be standing
and you'll land where you fall

Love is for taking so take what you've been given
You're a thief just by living and you feed off what you're stealing
no use starving for affection looking in one direction
when all you can see is what you need
Death is surrender an ending to a beginning
You're only starting as you're leaving lost hope is what you're grieving
All your dreams will be awakened and you'll know that they've been taken
so grab hold of what you got while you still can

And you'll take what you can handle
you'll give up the rest
You'll trip before you'll be standing
and you'll land where you fall

When you step down you let down
those who need you but what they need is themselves
When you break down you take down
the walls and pieces that bind and hold you in place
When you blank out you'll crank out
miles in minutes that lead you right where to go
Track Name: Fall Down
Do you go where you're in need or do you wait
for a place to plant a seed a twist of fate
but you're as far as you can see out at the edge
where there's no air left to breathe so take a step
and fall down in yourself fall down in yourself
the only place you go for help

For you it's always where you've been up or down
rotted out and left for dead and never found
But you like it best that way in your shell
frightened by the coming day that's where you dwell
and fall down in yourself fall down in yourself
the only place you go for help

Size is determined by safety of fear
limits of virtue are painfully clear
How far you've traveled has kept you the same
Admit that you're powerless and you're on your way
and fall down in yourself fall down in yourself
the only place you go for help
Track Name: Litany
The most you ever lost was years to store your pain
to treat it as it's given not to take the blame
and letting go of knowing and leave it at the door
owning what you're given not expecting more

Time as our one enemy
Life is the only sanctity
Grace is of no equality
Place is just a philosophy

And what you've lost is living on and gone away
patience is forgiving for another day
the empty well of feeling is never filled
thoughts are layers peeling off against your will

Time as our one enemy
Life is the only sanctity
Grace is of no equality
Place is just a philosophy

Absence of acceptance is life's greatest pain
Presence of persistence is our name
Track Name: The Life Of A Man
I spoke to a stranger with my best intentions
he gave me a history of his own invention
The life of a man works better in fiction
in truth there is a pain that's not worth the description
Don't matter what you claim if you do it with conviction
the story's the same as it was in the scriptures
and I've been lost but I haven't been found
but I can't find what isn't around

I went to a woman for someone who'd listen
and left with a burden some gift she was given
In all her great wisdom and by her forgiveness
she gave me a secret that wasn't my business
I held in my hopes it would bring my redemption
and bear a new fruit that becomes my extension
and I have searched for a place to be found
but I can't find what isn't around

And every man will make that mistake
and a father's sins will remain

I looked at my child with my fading vision
he stared back through me like some apparition
had no use for me or my misplaced affection
he learned that himself was his only protection
In all my mistakes and in my false corrections
my life in a word had become a rejection
and I have made it my case to be found
but I can't find what isn't around