Force My Hand

by Nate Leslie

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    A word from Nate about the album..."This album has been, just like every piece of music I make, a journey to create. I hope that when you hear this album, you will hear the heart, time, energy, stress, and love that went into it. I'd like to think I have shown more sonic evolution from my last record, and I feel that I'm pushing more boundaries with my capabilities. Thank you for listening, I made this music for you."
    -----Nate

    This is pure, unfiltered, independent music. Rock 'n' roll, indie, pop, electro, and more all rolled together to make a perfect blend. Highs, lows, loud, soft. It's all here.

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Nate Leslie's 2nd official solo release. Over an hour of engaging sonic beauty and mayhem...there's 3 demo tracks included as a bonus with the full-album download.

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released March 15, 2011

All music written, recorded, and performed by Nate Leslie, except "Fugitive," lyrics and music originally written and performed by Matt Murray. Version available here by permission. He's my buddy, after all.

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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: The Love
take a dive, look inside
at the center of the earth
or the wheels of the hearse that you'll never drive
cannot ask days that past
for any reasons why everybody keeps their pain on the inside
keep it down

don't ever stop, just give her all the love that you've got
don't ever

make a move, make it slow
telling everyone you know
how much better everything would look from above
but everyone that you know
has dug themselves a hole
that they're still trying hard to climb out of

don't ever stop, just give her the love

make a move, make a scene
girl, you really ought to leave
'cuz you're blowing out my chest like a heart disease
call it fate (circumstance)
this could be my only chance to tell you

please believe me, you'll never see me
when your blindfolds all speak easy

don't ever stop, just give her all the love that you've got
don't ever stop, no
just give her all the love that you've got
Track Name: Where There Are Satellites...
if I were an island, I'd have cliffs on all sides
if I were an island, there'd be no buried treasure to find
my eyes are just caves made from erosion
you look kind of strange running in slow motion

are you still the same since last I saw you?
or did you change your name so I'd never find you?

everyone waits for you
every ladder climbs to the roof

don't misbehave, or I'll tell your father
I want you to be safe, don't know why I bother

everyone waits for you
every ladder climbs to the roof

why an I still awake?
there's not a damn thing to do
every bone in me aches
'cuz it was wrong to love you
it was wrong to love you
Track Name: ...There Will Be Spies
you talk until you're hoarse
with hands like arrows and divorce
but you're still standing still of course
looking over your shoulder

my paranoia sleeps
with doubtful heads and misbeliefs
it makes me wonder what she eats
on her way to her day job

there will be spies
right outside your door
there will be spies hiding under your floor

come take a look around
at the place where you are found
it's 6 feet underneath the ground
right by your father

your heart is so alone
like every soul you've ever known
you only come when no one's home
looking for the answer

there will be spies
right outside your door
there will be spies hiding under your floor
there will be spies asking you for some more

we found a lover here
with a believer in his arms
coming of age in fear
coming of age, it means no harm
what did you find here?

there will be spies
right outside your door
there will be spies hiding under your floor
there will be spies asking you for some more
Track Name: Opposites
she's pulling a fast one
as if you've never seen one
I can't for the life of me
believe what's in front of me
well you were half right
when you said that we should play nice
I should know I shouldn't listen
when you give me such bad advice

'cuz it's a well-known fact that opposites attract
hope your pointed tongue won't stab you in the back
better write this down, you gotta leave town
'cuz it's a well-known fact that no one wants you around

you look like you've been long gone
you're still singing the same song
a man speaks of real love
but he don't know what he speaks of

'cuz it's a well-known fact that opposites attract
hope your pointed tongue won't stab you in the back
better write this down, you gotta leave town
'cuz it's a well-known fact that no one wants you around
on time, we'll lay it on the line
but you're sittin' so still like you can't make up your mind
and we'll push, and shove, and stay above
we speak about love, but we don't know what we speak of

yeah you push me
and you shove me down
you stand above me
how could you love me now?

you look like you've been long gone
you're still singing the same song
a man speaks of real love
but he don't know what he speaks of

'cuz it's a well-known fact that opposites attract
hope your pointed tongue won't stab you in the back
better write this down, you gotta leave town
'cuz it's a well-known fact that no one wants you around
on time, we'll lay it on the line
but you're sittin' so still like you can't make up your mind
and we'll push, and shove, and stay above
we speak about love, but we don't know what we speak of
Track Name: 15 Seconds
I do no good
I've done no harm
I do what I should
I drive my car
don't bother trying to remember
I was never even here
don't bother trying to remember this

my life is fifteen seconds

you tried too hard
you can't explain
how you've done everything
but make me change
don't bother writing anything down
you'll make the same mistakes again
my father told me so
my father told me so

my life is fifteen seconds
my life is fifteen seconds
my life is fifteen seconds
my life is fifteen seconds
I'll throw away my watch
it reminds me of things...
Track Name: Shoulder To Shoulder
There's unfinished business that I'd have you know
and there's unwanted people inside of my home
and there's thousands of places I'd still like to go to and
into the dark we went in single file
we were just empty shelves in that last longest aisle
and I'd cut off my hands just to see one last smile from you
where does time go?
where does time go?
where does time go?

shoulder to shoulder it seems rather odd
that we are throwing roses at our firing squad
and we're all still on love with the things that we're not
and the aisle's a staircase we're watching our feet
all the way to the bottom where we finally meet
and we're given our blindfolds and accept our defeat but just
Where does the time go?
Where does the time go?

This is the best thing I could ever imagine
you are the best thing I could ever imagine
I can't hold a single candle to your sound
I can't hold a single candle to your sound
Where does time go?
Track Name: Fugitive
With the talking bird on my shoulder
with an army in my lens
I will fight the war within myself
dragging innocent citizens
I'll go down, straight down in history
winning by a landslide
to the water where they're carrying the remains
we clap and cry

the chorus chants grow louder and louder
parents covering up their kids
I look far into the distance
loneliness feels like a sin
I'll go to hell, I failed the ministry
losing by a landslide
to the water where they're carrying the remains
they clap and cry
Track Name: Celebrity Voiceovers
I'm a hero, I'm a disgrace
I'm a kiss and a stab in the same place
I may not look all that bad, but I caught a disease from the friends that I once had
hands off, broke up
keep your chin up
lose your place in line

why why why why won't you believe me?
you make make make make make this too easy
you open your door and let every last one of them in
I'll try try try try to cut you a break when
you make make make make the same mistakes here
over and over and over and over again

you're not alone here
inside your home dear
I'm stalling and I'm sad
when I miss the things I had

why why why why won't you believe me?
you make make make make make this too easy
you open your door and let every last one of them in
I'll try try try try to cut you a break when
you make make make make the same mistakes here
over and over and over and over again

you're not alone here
inside your home dear
let me show you now
my head, my chest is hollowed out
Track Name: Vapors
her legs move much faster
in eighteen inches of snow
believe me, I've asked her
just where she's planning to go

her love has grown staler
than the dust in her windows
her eyes will betray her
now everybody knows she's

Gone gone gone gone
gone gone till she reappears here

I know her intentions
I know just what she's doing
she breaks my whole body
without even moving

I'm full of deception
my lies are quite convincing
but nothing that I say
can hide the fact that now she's

Gone gone gone gone
gone gone till she reappears here
Track Name: Misfire
capture the flag
stairs on your back
spots on the lens
the children attack

hiding your eyes
but you can't look away
the hands in a mold
for the fields that they lay

so out of place
lost in a room
the tapping of glass
means nothing to you

the corpse is alive
the fires that it shares
is burning inside
the things that you wear

capture the flag
cut off my hands
I'll stare at the ground
I'll meet your demands

no one is here
there's no one inside
but nobody fears
'cuz no one's alive

mouths that misfire
talk me to death
I'll put your tongue
where your body will rest

forcing my hand
how could I not
do things to you
that I couldn't stop
Track Name: The Hate
we're climbing out in pairs of two
so neither could ever escape
our eyes are made of light
the brightest that you've ever
scenes must look differently than they do
when they are right in front of you
all along if I look strong
it's only because I can dream of you

I've got my eye on you

I hear the hate from lips of gold
I savor the feeling
I wouldn't waste the things I hold
the things that I touch or
I taste your skin, you let me in
the hate that you don't know where to
beginning is the hardest part
especially when the whole world is crushing your heart

I've got my eye on you
Track Name: Hearts Like Thunder
faster than sound
slow it all down
you've only arrived
now you can't be found

come, stand next to me
lull me to sleep
'cuz I can't believe this
the world's heaviest weight is pulling me down
it pulls me to pieces
my feet can't leave this room
maybe they'll help
help me to come and meet you soon

you fit in my palm
still I feel so small
for only two hours
I had no control

come, stand next to me
lull me to sleep
'cuz I can't believe this
the world's heaviest weight is pulling me down
it pulls me to pieces
wait, I'll be there eventually

at least I know where you are
his heart's like thunder
Track Name: Bones
can't release what you captured
a human landfill full of laughter
we got a funeral song
the city's singing along
but they're singing it wrong
here's how it goes

I do a thousand things but none of them well
there's a bomb in the temple you can already tell
because you've got eyes in the back of your head
the back of your head
the back of your head
your thousand faces are ringing a bell
and they're trying to catch me I can already tell
because I've got eyes in the back of my head
the back of my head

can't decide if it mattered
that your hopes are what I shattered
you're putting holes in your walls
in your rooms and your halls
'cuz you don't matter at all
or so you're told

fear is right here
steals your change

covered up like an old scar
never show off who we all are
the noise that rattles your bones
'cuz you ain't got the stones
you say to leave you alone
it's getting old

I do a thousand things but none of them well
there's a bomb in the temple you can already tell
because you've got eyes in the back of your head
the back of your head
the back of your head
your thousand faces are ringing a bell
and they're trying to catch me I can already tell
because I've got eyes in the back of my head
the back of my head
the back of my head

stand, bind my hands
I lived my life how I thought I should
but I'm just scared I didn't do any good
because I've got no eyes in the back of my head
the back of my head

I do a thousand things but none of them well
there's a bomb in the temple you can already tell
because you've got eyes in the back of your head
the back of your head
the back of your head
your thousand faces are ringing a bell
and they're trying to catch me I can already tell
because I've got eyes in the back of my head
the back of my head
the back of my head
Track Name: In The Dark, Looking Out
I was born with a villain's heart
on top of hollow stone
I exist only in the space between my walls

Stop here
Start here

we disappear in vapor trails off
we fall asleep, we take our clothes off

commonplace I'm found
commonwealth somehow
I don't think so
you can't touch me through
there's not much I can do but admit
how much I need you

we disappear in vapor trails off
we fall asleep, we take our clothes off

his hands are like hammers
Track Name: You Move Me To Violence
dead branches scraping at your windows
your head is buried in your pillowcase
you never felt so tired
victory feels like a gun to your face
saw your shadow leaving in a whisper
never thought that air could hold up so much
close your eyes and make it all go away
but you can't and you hear the bad man say
"face down on the ground don't make a sound
or I'll make you wish you'd never been born
or been seen, or been heard, or were ever around"

will you come and hold me still?
and stay inside my
skin crawls
now no one can be found
sounds bring our heartbeats down

you move me...
you move me...

our daughters are asking us to make sense
hard to do when every word sounds insane
I'll do just what you like best
you make me so violent by saying your name
civil servants are taking their revenge
use their hands to make angels out of their loose change
daddy says that someday when life ends
we'll cancel each other out 'cuz we're all the same

will you come and hold me still?
and stay inside my
skin crawls
now no one can be found
sounds bring our heartbeats down

cup my hands around every little question
give my madness to all my children each by name
I live with no direction
we'll cancel each other out, 'cuz we're all the same

you move me...
you move me...