New Lead Single - "The Nazarene" Out Now!

"The Nazarene" is the second lead single off our forthcoming studio album, "Ariadne," which is scheduled for release in December. The single is now available for digital download or streaming on most stores, including iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Google Play, and Bandcamp. You can pre-order the full album by becoming a Patron at https://www.patreon.com/ryangregoryfloyd

Background Of The Song

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I wrote "The Nazarene" the morning of New Year's Day, 2016. Sexually, romantically, and financially frustrated (with a wicked NYE hangover to boot), I channeled those feelings into this song.

Around that time I had taken to going on long walks through the St. Roch Cemetery of New Orleans. The Nazarene as an archetype for mortality and human suffering was much in my thoughts. I was especially struck by the image of Christ in the temple overturning the tables of the merchants in a rage.

The song speaks to the feeling of desperation many of us experience at moments, to perseverance even in the face of things that make life seem hardly worth living. We all choose to "walk the line" with this or that person, idea, or dream. We may suffer greatly for the commitment, yet it is that steadfast devotion in the face of adversity that helps to define something like meaning in life, and perhaps ultimately defines who we are.

Acknowledgements

Many heartfelt thanks to the following Patrons for helping to bring this song into the world: Helen Hochhalter, Tanya & Larry Whisenant, John & Tracie Myers, Scott Davison, Holly Floyd, and Reid & Raelynn Nichols. Thank you guys for believing in us!

Lyrics:

Gone today, the painted idle dreams that make you suffer
Crawl away, the perfect night and day that was your lover
And start anew the search for a partner true. 

Washed away, the things you love they last but for a day
The sea sways, the trouble and the chaos always have their ways
And so you bleed these songs like a Nazarene on the cross. 

'Til you don't want to live a life that feels like always dying, 
These blackest thoughts the cost of always trying
For a life that cannot be sold. 

Here her say she wants you but she cannot come to love you
A child at play, your heart's a toy she fondles 'til she's through
And now you know the weight of a man whose heart is true. 

'Til you don't want to live a life that feels like always dying, 
These blackest thoughts the cost of always trying
For a life that cannot be sold. 

More than this, the hopes and dreams you've carried all your days
A dying wish, the portents and the stars already say
You'll walk this line, if it takes you all your life. 

'Til you don't want to live a life that feels like always dying, 
These blackest thoughts the cost of always trying
For a life that cannot be sold.

Track Credits

Released September 20, 2017 

Ryan Gregory Floyd: Lead Vocals / 12-String Guitar
Will Darvill: Backing Vocals / Violin
Daiki Hirano: Drums
Jake Brigell: Bass 

Written, Produced, and mixed by Ryan Gregory Floyd. Recorded and Co-Produced by Adam Keil at Music Shed Studios in New Orleans, Louisiana.

UPC: 840094027244
ISRC: QZ9JZ1743222

© 2017 Ryan Gregory Floyd, Hummingbird Songs & Stories.