Back to Life

by Nate Dodge

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Man vs. Nature: and our responsibility to strike the balance between. This album illustrates stories of struggle, loss, acceptance, perspective and love. In finding our balance, we are all coming Back to Life.

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released September 9, 2014

This album was recorded, produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by Nate Dodge & Andra Taylor in Andra's sister's garage and in their bus while on tour across the U.S. All songs written by Nate Dodge. Album artwork assembled by Nate Dodge. The mechanical animals in the album art are sculptures by Gabriel Dishaw. His sculptures, "Rearing Horse" and "Daisies of Tomorrow" were created using parts from old technology. To learn more about Gabriel and his artwork, please visit: gabrieldishaw.com/aboutgabrieldishaw/

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Andra Taylor & Nate Dodge Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

In 2012, Philadelphia-based duo, Andra Taylor & Nate Dodge packed up their instruments, sold everything they owned and moved into a bus. They toured the country non-stop for 3 years, merging her Indie/Americana with his Progressive/Alternative as a collaborative effort. In 2016 Taylor and Dodge continue their musical journey under the band name Pit Folk. Visit: Pitfolk.com for info. ... more

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Track Name: Lucid
Forfeit, I do resign
Are you feeling better?
Taking to use the rind
There is no disillusion
I will make it all mine
To which that I feel is right
Give me a sign so that I know that this is not all wrong

Lucid, we were asleep
Not complicated, we were so naked

I am at the mercy of a situation
And I cannot believe that it’s me
I am the one that is deceiving
As you were leaving
And I cannot stop and I will not go to your static
You’re still
All the time in the world will never fix the fact that this is broken

Lucid, we were asleep
Not complicated, we were so naked
I am at the…


Through the eyes of a tree, I wish I could see
I’ll define what is right
I will see what is wrong
Stationed in the ground
It is the light that makes me strong


The world fell, due to the equivalence
Does it make sense?
Individual significance
You give a little, take a lot
Premature, you look too far
Picking at the scab, I’m developing these scars
Objective, reflective, I’m standing so hollow
I’m finding myself, man, in everything we wallow
It’s the pleasures you weather, it’s the pain that you give
Finding myself in a life I can’t live

Lucid, I was asleep
All you have to do is ask
And I would compromise

One life, too fast
One chance, get tripped
Too many, one more
Two more, just slipped
One list, too hard
One stuck, broke spine
Living in the noise

Developed, embellished
Preoccupied, justified
Everything that you wanted baby, prepared and underlined
It’s the resources, enslave, wholesale, close your eyes
I’m feeling the apathy

Lucid, I was asleep
All you had to do is ask
And I would compromise

Power, absolute of human time
Power, ideals we kill and purify
Power, what you seek and never find
Dirty, dilated, demise, I am the middle man
Power, what you strive and never see
Power, an epiphany to what’s free
Power…
Now on my deathbed to die


Human is heathen
Don’t give me a reason
I don’t want your excuses
It is the breath of my being
Withering away
I do not have a say
Give me the chance and I promise
I’ll do everything that I can to unfetter these chains

Are you feeling better?
Taking to use of all the rind
No disillusion, I’m breaking the cycle to everything that
Feels so wrong
You’re not right
All the money in the world will never reimburse everything that has been taken

Lucid, we were asleep
Not complicated, we were so naked
I am at the….

Forfeit I do resign
Track Name: Tonight
God gives love
He does not take away
The gifts he gave
The warmth received
Conquered all of your pain
Inside, don’t be afraid to feel
The beauty shared, the strength that ranks
Let them life you up tonight

Tonight
There’s no shame in believing
You don’t have to say goodbye
Tonight…

Release the hate
Let go of fear
Embody the great created in you
Have faith so you can heal
Look back, but don’t you stare too long
Put down the weight that pities you
Pick up the hope that carried us through tonight
Tonight
There’s no shame in believing
You don’t have to say goodbye
Tonight….

Tonight
You don’t need to be lonely
Tonight
You are not alone
Tonight
They can rest in peace
Tonight
Feel released
Track Name: Back to Life
Trial and error feeds
Feeding on the grief of the out of sight
Put me out of your mind

Take it out of context
Push me out of your line
You lost sight of all your purpose
Why would you waste your time looking after mine?

The fear to find
I bled my mind
Design, rewind
I cannot reside
Tangled in a web of truth spun from lies
Mangled by the marks that we made
Misplaced, but alive
Look me in the eye

So push and pull
This moon took a stand
High tide is near
And clearly in the end
We’re marked and bound
False sense, loyalty
Mislead, manipulate
Making me agree
It is not what it seems

Life finds a way so that life can live on
Life finds a way so that you can carry on
Life finds a way so that life can live on
Can I find my way out?

This poor pain bodied, pawn of a plan
Settling in the wake of your murky quicksand
Gravity loosen your grip on me
The water is rising
Release me
Release me

Why do you beat a dead horse you can’t bring back to life?...

Life finds a way so that live can live on
Life finds a way so that you can carry on
Life finds a way so that life can live on
Can I find my way out?

Elevated, beyond frustrated
Relaxed in the helplessness of this entire situation
Abandonment
U-turn decision
Focus on that failure
Fickle you left me here to wake in rot

Get out, break free, flee, release me….

I’m taking this last breath
The water’s risen over my head

Get out, break free, flee, release me….

Why do you beat a dead horse you can’t bring back to life?...
Track Name: To Lead (part 1)
And if I could
Carry
On with the dawn
Make a new wrong
Turn around at the sound
Cause I think I found
That this might be a new beginning
A new beginning
Beginning
Begin, Begin me

And I am not
Starring
Anymore
And I am not
Wearing
Anymore
The clothes of the men I do not befriend
I extend no efforts toward
These apologies have lost all meaning
Sincerity has taken its toll
And I feel I have played my role
Cause I realize that I can no longer be
Sorry
Sorry
Sorry
You saw me…..
Track Name: To Lead (part 2)
Stay or leave, and it always feels like thunder
Every time I turn around to see
There is no one left to lead
To Lead

To the grave, we kill and it never made a difference
Every time we turn around to see
There is no one left to lead
To Lead

I found the foundation of greed
Built on the stilts of what they make us believe
Fear isn’t faith and I cannot relate this disgrace
God is not for profit, we can never erase
To Lead
To Lead

All day for days now….
You’ll be let down
Let down

I cannot take this
I cannot shake this
I cannot take this
I will not break this….

All day for days now….
You’ll be let down
Let down
Track Name: Be Alright
Put down those sticks and those stones
All I ever saw was love in her eye
She's made enough mud with those tears
I don’t think there’s ever been a better time
You don’t have to fight
You don’t have to take flight
When you are by my side

Let me in and I will
Never let you go
Only letting the best in
You are so beautiful
You know how I know that we’ll make it
Believing we’ll be just fine
Keep letting and letting our love in
We are together we will be alright
You know how I feel
You are so fine
Be Alright
Love gave me what I wanted so take your time

You know I love her
You know I want her
She is the best thing in the world
Believe in me
And I believe in you
There is nothing left to prove
In this life into the next
Every passage, every step
This adventure, a gift, and I choose you
So shine your light
Shine your light on us
Truth prevails in the end

You know I love her
You know I want her
She is the best thing in my world

Let me in and I will
Never let you go
Only letting the best in
You are so beautiful
You know how I know that we’ll make it
Believing we’ll be just fine
Keep letting and letting our love in
We are together we will be alright
You know how I feel you are so fine
Be Alright
Love gave me what I wanted so take your time