Flowers On The Moon

by Neil Nathan

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Since emerging in 2008 with his folky cover of ELO’s “Do Ya” – which earned the praise of its legendary composer Jeff Lynne and was included on the Showtime hit “Californication” – the multi-faceted artist Neil Nathan (neilnathan.com) has made an art form out of joyfully schizophrenic record making, jumping seamlessly from genre to genre (blistering rock to gentle acoustic pop).

Praised by UK music and film magazine No Ripcord, as “the bastard stepchild of Jackson Browne and David Bowie,” the NYC singer-songwriter releases his new ethereal, acoustic LP, ‘Flowers on the Moon,’ on April 28. Recorded in Brooklyn and Atlanta, the tracks have been compared to everyone from Cat Stevens, Neil Young, The Byrds and Seals & Crofts to Robert Plant, Flaming Lips, The Kinks, Band of Horses and My Morning Jacket.

Neil beautifully describes the overall vibe that evolved as the project took shape. “Life is short. Art is long. That about sums up the theme of my new record ‘Flowers on the Moon.’ The quote is attributed to Hippocrates, the father of medicine, and this record has been a kind of medicine for me, a healing meditation on the fleeting nature of life. While recording it, I lost my father, and it features a tune I wrote for him and his love of baseball and the Detroit Tigers, ‘Diamond in the Sky.’ The theme of impermanence flows through each song: relationships, seasons, life, death.”

Neil continues his fascination with the Motor City, and includes his cover of Detroit Singer Songwriter Rodriguez’s Sugar Man on the album. Holger Brockman, the DJ who broke the song in Australia in 1975 approves, "Neil's version is great!"

Neil also recorded his debut LP, The Distance Calls in Detroit Rock City. Produced by Garage Rock Hero Bobby Harlow (King Tuff, The Go), it featured musicians from Queens of the Stone Age, The Dead Weather, The Go, King Tuff, and Detroit Cobras. The album’s track “California Run” was featured on ESPN and NHL Network, and was spun live at San Francisco Giants games. Neil’s former roommate, actress Rosario Dawson, guest starred in the music video.

Neil’s fiery follow-up, the power to the people concept LP, ‘Sweep The Nation,’ earned critical praise as a “scintillating master work” and a “crunchy hard rocking masterpiece,” and was called “Impressive” by both Magnet Magazine and Vinyl District. And Huffington Post called his claymation “Jumpstart” music video from the record, “a bizarre good time.”

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released April 28, 2017

Written by Neil Nathan
Produced by Neil Nathan & Riley McMahon
Additional Production by Deke Spears
Mixed by Deke Spears

Recorded by Riley McMahon @ New Warsaw Studio, Brooklyn, Deke Spears @ Glow In The Dark Studio, Atlanta, Jason Candler @ Maid’s Room, NYC, and Peter Rydberg @ 1935, South Philadelphia

Neil Nathan - Vocals
Riley McMahon - Guitars, Bass, Lap Steel, Piano, Organ, Percussion
Deke Spears - Guitars, Bass, Piano, Organ, Percussion, Backing Vocals
Ben Holst - Chinese Fiddle


c 2017 Still and All Music (ASCAP)
Sugar Man written by Sixto Rodriguez - Interior Music (BMI)
Burning A Horse written by Sam Jacobs

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Neil Nathan New York, New York

"Impressive." Vinyl District

"A warm, soulful voice, full of longing." Magnet Magazine

"A good time." Huffington Post

"A talent that cuts to & through the heart." Philadelphia Daily News

"Only Neil can weave between Neil Young, The Kinks & QOTSA." Blogs N Roses

"There are few out there with this combo of energy & soulful songwriting, Matthew Sweet & Jeff Tweedy qualify." Powerpopaholic
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Track Name: Gone and Back Again
In the season when we walked
When the leaves were falling off

The sky above so crystal clear
Like our feelings, oh so dear

But like the leaves on those trees
Our time would not be spared

In all the seasons past since then
I’ve thought of you, my one true friend

I’ve thought of you and what we shared
Of all the things I left back there

But like the leaves on those trees
Our time would not be spared

Solo

Did you know we’d end up here
Did you know we’d end up here

Did you think we disappeared
Did you think we disappeared

Right now I see heaven in your eyes
I must be dead

Like the leaves on those trees
We’re gone and back again
Track Name: Song of the Firefly
Like catching a memory
A flash and it’s gone
Forget all your enemies
Forget all that’s wrong

They’re coming around again
Must be summertime
To light up the night again
Song of the firefly

Through twinkling explosions
A lightning bug stares
You try to control him
He don’t seem to care

They’re coming around again
Must be summertime
To light up the sky again
Song of the firefly

Childhoods and green grass
Hot, sticky air
Innocent feelings
Innocent prayers

The wind blows so gently
The day disappears
As twilight approaches
So go my fears

They’re coming around again
Must be summertime
To light up the night again
Song of the firefly
Track Name: Diamond In The Sky
Oh how I long for those warm soft breezes
The hot dogs, the popcorn, the beer, and the peanuts
Some seasons we lost, yeah we took quite a beating
But came back the next year to win what a feeling

And I’ll miss how you taught me to love this game
And I’ll miss how you taught me to pitch, not to aim
How no two innings are ever the same
How the game’s never over as long as you play
And it still isn’t over ya know

Cuz there’s a diamond in the sky
Where they’ll play for you and I
Where the lights they shine so bright
Where we’ll root all through the night

That little league game where the scouts came down
But I couldn’t find the strike zone and ran from the mound
As I cried like a babe, you said son there’s no hurry
Your grace under pressure will come, don’t you worry

You’re the goat one day but the next day redeemed
You can pick yourself up and move on from defeat
Yeah your failure just lasts ‘til your next at bat
And life can be hard, but as simple as that
And it never is over ya know

Cuz there’s a diamond in the sky
Where you’ll pitch to me this time
Where the sun it shines so bright
Where you’ll throw only strikes

There’s a diamond in the sky
Where they’ll play for you and I
Where the lights they shine so bright
Where we’ll root all through the night
Track Name: Burning a Horse
All this death and destruction
All the ashes in embers have died
Sitting softly’s a sickness
We can amplify the places we hide

Cracks are growing in Graceland
All my madrigal secrets and signs
Every promise a victim
Every knowing nod hollow with lies

Trace a rose, eaten in course
Disappear, burning a horse
Hold a clear, beaten by force
Light a tear, burning a horse

Fate is hidden in hillsides
Buried deep beneath silicone signs
I will never surrender
To those playmates with alcohol eyes

Trace a rose, eaten in course
Disappear, burning a horse
Hold a clear, beaten by force
Light a tear, burning a horse

You are everything always
You are handwritten notes on the door
You are early on Fridays
You are fires in winters of war

Trace a rose, eaten in course
Disappear, burning a horse
Hold a clear, beaten by force
Light a tear, burning a horse
Track Name: Flowers On The Moon
Flowers on the moon

Born into this we boldly go
Into the future where the rainbows glow

To a world of wonders
To a heaven sewn
By the work of earthlings
By the hands of Job

Flying cars
And Life on Mars
A Peaceful universe
Green machines
And tambourines
And songs of our re birth
No poverty or hunger
Goodbye to hell on earth

hello to flowers on the moon
hello to flowers on the moon

We are here now
We have become
The luminaries that will seed our souls

That make us bloom
That make us bold
Just like the flowers
On our heavenly home

Flying cars
And Life on Mars
A Peaceful universe
Green machines
And tambourines
And songs of our re birth
No poverty or hunger
Goodbye to hell on earth

So Freeze my body and my mind when I die
And don’t dare wake me until the time is right

No press allowed to enter
Just you by candlelight

Don’t want no cure pursued
Cause this now is nothing new
I just want to walk with you
through flowers on the moon
flowers on the moon
flying cars and life on mars
dream machines and tambourines
and me and you
through flowers on the moon
Track Name: Further
Send another signal to the spheres
A beacon to your resonating peer
An echo through the centuries
The now and then, the in between
A message from your time here, where, and when

And you fly
Further on to find
And you roam
Further to your home

To the sound that only you can hear
To the crown you reach for, but you fear
To the siren, to the call
The beating heart of one and all
Beyond the safety of your harbor here

And you fly
Further on to find
And you roam
Further to your home

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To the power only you can wield
Through the infinite magnetic field
It’s the dharma of the sun
Burning bright until it’s done
To live again as something new and dear

And you fly
Farther on to find
And you roam
Further to your home
Track Name: Don't Forget Me
sun goes down through the hills in faith
trees sway in a way that’s true

our home town is a warm embrace
I’m not alone I watch the days with you

don't forget me
when they take me
don't forget me when i'm gone
i surrendered to your love so tender
i will be forever in your arms

i don't know how the four winds blow
i don't know enough to say

but when they do i know that i'll miss you
when they carry me away

don't forget me
when they take me
don't forget me when i'm gone
i surrendered to your love so tender
i will be forever in your arms
I will be forever in your arms
I will be forever in your arms
Track Name: Sugar Man
Sugar Man
Won't ya hurry
Cause I'm tired of these scenes
For a blue coin
Won't ya bring back
All those colors to my dreams

Silver magic ships, you carry
Jumpers, coke, sweet Mary Jane


Sugar Man
Met a false friend
On a lonely, dusty road
Lost my heart
When I found it
It had turned to dead, black coal

Silver magic ships, you carry
Jumpers, coke, sweet Mary Jane

Sugar Man

Sugar Man
You're the answer
That makes my questions disappear
Sugar Man
Cause I'm weary
Of all those double games I hear


Silver magic ships, you carry
Jumpers, coke, sweet Mary Jane

Sugar Man
Track Name: Me and Jim
I woke up late one night with a voice inside my head
An alien was standing right beside my bed
He shook my hand and said hello my name is Jim
We walked into my den and there I sat with him
We both had tea and crumpets and talked of outer space
I asked him if there was a difference in our race

He said no one here gets out alive
He said we both live and then we die

I was invited to go up with Jim to space
And in his flying saucer, we went on our way
We jumped to light speed and it all began to blur
The universe before us so gorgeous in starlight bursts

But no one here gets out alive
We all live and then we die

This close encounter of the fifth kind was my birth
The wisdom that Jim gave me was infinite in worth
We visit often and we laugh so hard it hurts
The divine comedy is the same in space as earth

Because no one here gets out alive
We all live and then we die
Track Name: Beautiful My Daughter
Beautiful my daughter, such a gorgeous smiling face
Filled with so much wonder, so much joy, and so much grace
This world I brought you into, such a dark and scary place
Filled with so much sorrow, so much pain, so much disgrace

Oh it’s a hateful world
it’s a jealous world
it’s a cold and ugly world

it’s a vicious world
it’s a violent world
it’s a wicked wicked world

Beautiful my daughter, you know this is not the case
Filled with so much love and so much light is the human race
This world you bring me into through the warmth of your embrace
Filled with so much laughter, you show me this magic place

oh It’s a caring world
It’s a peaceful world
It’s a very giving world

oh it’s a prescious world
it’s a fruitful world
it’s a blessed blessed world

And when I tuck you into bed at night
And I pull you close to say
That I feel so blessed to be by your side
For another golden day
Then you look at me with your eyes so bright
And I know it’s gonna be okay

I see all the soldiers
hear the bullets flying round
You see all the flowers
hear the humming birds zoom round

i see it’s almost over
yes the wreckage of this land
you see a four leaf clover
and a fate that’s beyond man

oh It’s a foolish world
It’s a hopeless world
It’s a godforsaken world

But it’s a brilliant world
It’s an awesome world
It’s a whole and perfect world

Yes it’s a seething world
It’s a bloody world
It’s a wicked wicked world

But it’s a loving world
It’s a joyous world
It’s a blessed blessed world
Track Name: It Goes On
Why and how and when and now
Here and there and everywhere
I know

And so it goes
So far, so close
Just out of reach
A bit too deep
No truth to find
Just living blind
And on, and on, and on

Who and what and when in doubt
Up and down and all around
I know

And so it goes
So far, so close
Just out of reach
A bit too deep
No truth to find
Just living blind
And on, and on, and on

Solo

And so it goes
So far, so close
Just out of reach
A bit too deep
No truth to find
Just living blind
And on, and on, and on