Amateur Taxidermy

by Nick Story

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Amateur Taxidermy was recorded during a year of turmoil, travel and change. Many of the songs were written by Nick in Brooklyn, NYC and while spending the winter in Lacoste, France. Amateur Taxidermy was finished in Washington DC, after Nick was forced into heavy opiate use by a broken jaw. The amateur taxidermy is over, and professionals are now being called in to put Nick back together. Nick can also be found as the bassist/projectionist for The Cassettes and other soon to be announced musical explorations.

This album is dedicated to Randee Bowman, my great love and muse.

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released July 21, 2011

© 2011 Nick Story
All words, music and instrumentation by Nick Story, with the exception of "America" by Paul and Art which was originally released by men in suits.

Mastered by Prof. Yaya for Chapeau Records

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Track Name: Short Happy Life
Oh yeah, I'm happy now
the very last thing that he knew
He'd found his courage late in his life
shot in back of the head by his wife

She'd been beautiful
comfortable with her greed
she had married young with avarice
her love was not for him
and he knew she'd never be the same

His eyes were made of stone
Wilson led the hunt
she had her fun silently
then back to her husband's bed
and he knew she'd never be the same
he knew she'd never be the same
he knew she'd never be the same, when he stood his ground

lovely day for a hunt, when you need to know if you can be
the kind of person you think you are

The Lion charged with hate
for the men that fought his life
Francis fled in cowardice
as Wilson calmly killed
he knew he'd never be the same

Francis woke up changed
His fear had lost it's hold
He had found a bit of bravery
for the first time in his life
and he knew he'd never be the same
he knew he'd never be the same
when he stood his ground

All he ever knew was a flash in his head
sure he'd seen the last they left him for dead
but what happened next is not the point, the story had an end
Francis Macomber lived life for a moment, a moment more than most my friend

lovely day for a hunt, when you need to know if you can be

the kind of person you think you are
Track Name: I Wish I Was A Happy Drunk
I wish I was a happy drunk
but I'm mean as hell and I don't know why

tennessee, I feel the click and then I seem to lose my mind

Black as a moonless night
Rage for the hopeless fight

the battle for a false position
will create a worn condition

I wish I was a happy drunk
but I'm mean as hell and I don't know why

old writer, you do simplify and still I tried to hold the line

Jake, I thought when I was young
Brett is not the only one

but I can't choose the love I find
true love is the only kind

there are better days
and there are days that can kill

nights that satisfy
with no particular thrill

when the morning comes
like it always will

I'll take whatever I've learned
and leave the past down the hill

and I'll never pursue, a love that's not true

there are better days
and there are days that can kill

nights that satisfy
with no particular thrill

when the morning comes
like it always will

I'll take what I've learned
and leave the past down the hill

and I'll never pursue, a love that's not true

I wish I was a happy drunk
but I'm mean as hell and I don't know why

cassidy, my honesty was lost but I don't want to meet your end

there's somethin to the easy road
suit your needs and nothing more

choices made to bluff contrition
will confuse the expedition

I was sure I'd get away with this lie
just till the day that I die

she had all a man needs
but love wasn't to be

and I drank my way out of her life
Track Name: I Love You Anyway
It's late at night on a Saturday
hoping that sleep will come soon

can't seem to get ahold of Sunday
why'd I make a bet on the moon?

take my hand
bring me back
the whole damn plan
was drowned in a sack

don't you think
I know it's not a beautiful day today
but I love you anyway

when the rain is cold and sky is gray
and the sun's on holiday

morning's like lead on a Monday
awake in the late afternoon

don't remember a thing until Friday
till I start singin this tune

don't look down
gray rain cloud
can't stop you
from laughing out loud

don't you think
I know it's not a beautiful day today
I want to be there to say

It's not the way you kiss me
or the way your body feels at night
it's not the way you fix me
when I get myself into a fight
it's not the inspiration
it's not the way you dress
it's not the way you wear your hair, I must confess
It's the way you make me smile when the sun's on holiday
Track Name: Dauphinee
You opened the shade one dark afternoon
letting silver light
flood through a room that had given up the fight
Love, life and all that I knew
Fell on your hair in a beautiful blue
I came back

I don't why it took so long
To open my eyes, and know that I'd like to find peace of mind and then let you inside
But it has to be
My Dauphinee
I'm sure you'll see
We are free
You and I
We can look up to the sky
And everything we think we know will sail on by
Track Name: Listen
Hey,
I'll listen
to your darkest dreams
I'm right next to you

Hey
I'll listen
when you can't explain
the hand life deals to you

one of these days everything will be alright
We'll find the magical feel in every night
the shine in every day

I, don't want to leave your side
I want to ease your mind
from the things in the world that you've lost

Let's build a home and make each day our own

Hey
Listen
You've seen my darkest days
and you came back to me

Hey
Listen
Let's leave the pain behind
and open our eyes
Track Name: Home Again
lovely lady
had a darkness in her heart
had a darkness in her mind
had a darkness in her eyes

beautiful baby
she had sunshine in her heart
she had sunshine in her mind
she had sunshine in her eyes

seems so crazy
that I opened up my heart
that I opened up my mind
that I opened up my eyes

divine darlin
you're the one that's in my heart
you're the one that's in my mind
you're the one that's in my eyes

I know that look was stolen
she wore a dress of gold

the band was rock and rollin
we danced on a saturday night

like a painting by an old master
her lips made pale the rose

drawn to her disaster
I took my self apart

doubt the great magician, he
calls himself a scientist

believe in his invention, the
devil is an optimist

free my baby
from the fear that's in her heart
from the fear that's in her mind
from the fear that's in her eyes

free my baby
from the weight that's in her heart
from the weight that's in her mind
from the weight that's in her eyes

Lies and revelations, heal the wounds of old pain
New simulation, wraps it's legs round my brain

I'm home again, I'm resting till the great rain brings me back my love

lovely lady
had a darkness in her heart
had a darkness in her mind
had a darkness in her eyes

beautiful baby
she had sunshine in her heart
she had sunshine in her mind
she had sunshine in her eyes
Track Name: Springtime Can't Come Soon Enough
the frost on the leaves
white, black and brown

afraid that the memory wouldn't stay fast in the
folds of her mind

I set aside
a place for the story to stay while we wait

our love grew cold in the winter
will it come back in the spring

young as the grass
bright as new sun

each moment a wave
yielding for none

we'll find our love in the spring

for now get some sleep
I can't give up now
I can't give up now

baby please
take my hand
come with me
you'll be my first love

maybe I'll fall
but I'll get back up
till I can be the man you want me to be
Track Name: My Baby's So Crazy
My baby's so crazy
My baby's knows I'm no fool
when it's her an me, it's clear as it can be
I'd never try to simplify the risk, come on baby

My baby's so crazy
My baby knows my one rule
when I take her hand, her emotions have to land
I'd never try to simplify the risk, come on baby
Track Name: Third Time's A Charm (The Story of Harold Camping)
it's not how you fall
it's how you get back up
shake the dust
off your feet

they're all afraid
of a big idea
keep the faith
don't back down

Harold Camping
I'm afraid the day has come and gone

Harold Camping
hold your head up high, third times a charm

rough business
apocalypse
money flows
like good wine

broadcast your truth
far and wide
guaranteed
to raise a crowd

Harold Camping
I'm afraid the day has come and gone

Harold Camping
hold your head up high, third times a charm

Mr. Camping tell me this
how could you wish such violence
to the ones
that you love

the sun rose and fell
on rapture day
is it easier to know
how they die?

Harold Camping
I'm afraid the day has come and gone

Harold Camping
hold your head up high, third times a charm