The Midwest Is Still Dreaming

by Nate Leslie

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Taking over 2 years to complete, this is Nate's 5th full-length solo album. On it, Nate reaches new emotive depths and new sonic territory amidst the best songs he's written thus far.

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released November 10, 2016

Everything you hear was written and performed by Nate Leslie.
Mastered by Chris Graham.

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Nate Leslie Chicago, Illinois

Nate Leslie is a sonic alchemist creating his own blend of indie post-punk electro psychedelic rock. Whatever that means.

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Track Name: I Think, Therefore I'm wrong
I thought we were the same
didn't have to think twice
I thought we were the same

thought I knew what it meant
never even asked any questions
thought I knew what it meant

I thought we were the same
didn't even have to think twice
I thought we were the same

I thought we were in love
without even talking about it
I thought we were in love

I thought I had a plan
thought I knew just how it would happen
I thought I had a plan

thought I knew what it meant
never even asked any questions
thought I knew what it meant

I thought we were in love
I thought we were in love
I thought we were in love

I think I was a fool
I think I was a fool
I think I was a fool
Track Name: Loaner
I light up like a burned out star
it always feels like the summer wherever you are
didn't think you would notice, but it's what I hoped for
never thought that a loaner could get me this far
you would give it a thought, if it's something you want
you could take it apart if you could see in the dark

hey, am I just another fade-out?
I can never find my way out
down on my luck
hey, am I wishing for a dead dream?
torn apart here with the dead leaves?
but I couldn't tell

I light up, like a burned out star
you always feel like a stranger wherever you are
didn't think I would see it, but it's what I searched for
never thought that a loaner could get me this far

hey, I am safe inside my hideout
an empty room with every light out
I'm feeling alone (bring my dead dreams in the light)
but I light up like a burned out star (feeling alone here)
it always feels like the summer wherever you are (torn apart here with the dead leaves)
didn't think you would notice, but it's what I hoped for (what I hoped for)
never thought that a loaner could get me this far (could get me this far)
Track Name: Pentrails
I left my pentrails on your page though you've been asleep in your room for days
all the things I miss but I can't explain, put my fist through walls in a choked up rage
I left my pentrails on your page though you've been asleep in your room for days
I'm in love with you in a million, but before you cross, better look both ways
so the story goes
so the story goes

I left my pentrails on your page though you've been asleep in your room for days
all the things I miss but I can't explain, put my fist through walls in a choked up rage
I left my pentrails on your page though you've been asleep in your room for days
though your mission here always stays the same, let the sparks collide 'til it's all ablaze
so the story goes
so the story goes

I left my pentrails on your page though you've been asleep in your room for days
all the things I miss but I can't explain, put my fist through walls in a choked up rage
I left my pentrails on your page though you're lost at sea on your ship for days
I am overboard in a million ways, throw my anchor down though it never stays
so the story goes
so the story goes
so the story goes
so the story goes
I left my pentrails on your page though you've been asleep in your room for days
all the things I miss but I can't explain, put my fist through walls in a choked up rage

I left my pentrails on your page though you've been asleep in your room for days
all the things I miss but I can't explain, put my fist through walls in a choked up rage
I left my pentrails on your page though you've been asleep in your room for days
I'm in love with you in a million ways, it reminds me of when the sunlight fades
Track Name: Truth Is,
we'll let the earth move beneath our feet
we'll never let the air cool down on you and me
I'm not sacred anymore of anything
no, I'm not scared anymore of anything
we'll kiss the road until we've had our fill
we're shaking off everything that held us still
no, I can't stop, I don't think I ever will
no, I can't stop, I don't think I ever will

I wanna live without myself
'cuz I want you and no one else
I wanna look inside your shell

in your eyes I'm bending space and
time with you is racing through
my mind is wrong about every single thing
and it hurts so much that I cannot feel a thing

we'll watch the sun sink beneath the waves
there's a million places that we loved, but that we couldn't stay
but I can't see how there's any other way
no I can't see how there's any other way

I wanna live without myself
'cuz I want you and no one else
I wanna look inside your shell

in your eyes I'm bending space and
time with you is racing through
my mind is wrong about every single thing
and it feels so good that I cannot feel a thing

...I've seen it walk across your skin
and I've heard it whisper in your ear
I've seen it hold onto your hand
it's echoing off your walls again
it's echoing off your walls again
Track Name: I've Been Found Out
I am here, but I'm leaving at the same time
at the same time
I am here, but I'm leaving at the same time
at the same time

I'm alone, but I'm with you at the same time
at the same time
I'm alone, but I'm with you at the same time
at the same time

I'm alright, but I'm hurting at the same time
at the same time
I'm alright, but I'm hurting at the same time
at the same time

I'm in love, but I hate this at the same time
at the same time
I'm in love, but I hate this at the same time
at the same time

I'm alive, but I'm dying at the same time
at the same time
I'm alive, but I'm dying at the same time
at the same time

I can breathe, but I'm drowning at the same time
at the same time
I can breathe, but I'm drowning at the same time
at the same time
Track Name: Speaking Death
I'm jumping at shadows, at war with my skin
you're caught in a shipwreck, would you let me in?
I'm jumping at shadows, the beast smells blood
I hang from the gallows, we wait for the flood

I'm a lame excuse for a life form
I'm a lame excuse for a life form
I'm a lame excuse for a life form

I'm jumping at shadows, you could never tell
I'm scratching the walls here at the bottom of the well
I'm jumping at shadows, at war with my eyes
I'm up on your rooftop, and I'm ready to dive

I'm a lame excuse for a life form
I'm a lame excuse for a life form
I'm a lame excuse for a life form

Is there life outside?

I'm a lame excuse for a life form
Track Name: Illinois
If you're not careful, you just might still be here
just keep your eyes open
just keep your eyes
it's just an expression, but you find yourself stretched too thin
the midwestern winter threatens to freeze your skin

all of the anger building up inside our cars
just open your window, watch it float away
and all the distractions creeping up inside your head
have every intention of going blind

I'm a lean, mean, dying machine
the biggest mistake that you've ever seen was me
packing my bags to leave

nobody daydreams of living in Illinois
what can I offer you now? I couldn't say
and all the construction workers out on route 59
will they make a difference? I couldn't say

I'm a lean, mean, dying machine
the biggest mistake that you've ever seen was me
packing my bags to leave
You're a lean, mean, crying machine
the biggest mistake that you've ever seen was me
hurting your feelings

If you're not careful, you just might still be here
just keep your eyes open
just keep your eyes
Track Name: What I Want
Fall into place, watching the love roll off your skin
familiar place won't let you in
call it off and stay alone
when it starts to hurt, you know you're home

fall into place, watching the days roll by so slow
lost in a lifeboat on your own
all of your reasons on your list
all of the things you missed

but I don't want what I want
no, I don't want what I want

fall out of place, wander around in threadbare shoes
the last of you mind that you won't lose
every time I say your name
do you feel the same?
do you feel?

but I don't want what I want
no, I don't want what I want

fall into place, nowhere you go will let you stay
familiar faces drift away
something you said sticks in my mind:
"maybe you'll find love when there's time"
Track Name: Riot Dose
smile, like you've seen me before
like I took all your pain away
smile, like you've known all along
that things would turn out this way
give me time,
give me time,
more time

take all the pictures you can
so the memories won't fade away
fill all the spaces you can
so you don't lose everything
give me time,
give me time,
more time

close your eyes and read my mind
my voice is all used up

smile, as you start to descend
you feel your heart hesitate
smile, as you're reaching the end
I wish I could take your place
give me time,
give me time,
more time
more time
I need more time
Track Name: Onward and Downward
step out of sight, you're gonna dance right out of my mind
and into the air, this old ship is sinking
drown in the sea, you're climbing down
down next to me, I'm still a mistake
the hell was I thinking?
you're talking in your sleep again
you're talking in your sleep again
you'll never notice me again

we're all just blurs and stand-ins
we'll fade off this earth we're ending

cut at the seams, I'm the fine line where your nightmares
turn back into dreams, I don't know what's out there
time, let it freeze, when your eyes locked onto me
I still don't know, know just what my life means
you're talking in your sleep again
you're talking in your sleep again
you'll never notice me again

we're all just blurs and stand-ins
we'll fade off this earth we're ending

we're all climbing up these dirty stairs
we're all climbing up these dirty stairs