The Last Best West

by Nick Faye and The Deputies

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The Last Best West" is an eight song collection of windswept thoughts and Prairie contemplations by Nick Faye and the Deputies. Written by Nick Faye over the summer and fall of 2010, the songs revisit vivid memories of small towns and family farms, lost romances and carefree summers spent along the sun soaked Qu'Appelle Valley.

I highly suggest listening to this album if you ever find yourself driving with the windows down a muddy Saskatchewan back road on a hot summer day. Thanks for listening!

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released May 5, 2011

All songs were written by Nick Faye.

Performing on the album:
Nick Faye (guitar, accordian & vocals)
Adam Ennis (drums)
Byron Chambers (bass, vocals & piano/keyboard)
Emily Kohlert (trumpet)
Rhiannon Ward (vocals)
Adriana Faye (Violin and Vocals)

The album was recorded, mixed and mastered by Byron Chambers.

Graphic Design by Graeme Zirk and Jamie Tremblay. Photography by Emily Kohlert.

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Track Name: Housing
I watched them go, their early morning ways
The picket fence, the carts were in the lane
And I ask myself often, why the women they never wear a summer dress?

I listened low, and held my head up high
The summer swell, the whiskey breath and rye
We all know autumn's coming, and the harvest is soon under way

My broken hands, have been stung a thousand times
They're closing in, the wings have hit their stride
'Cause my heart's in the wasp bait, and I feel it I feel it in my soul
Track Name: Giulianova
I lay my head back down, closer where the water's warm
The footprints hit the ground, the people laugh the sunshine golden
All along the coast, the mountain peaks they poke their heads outside

The vineyards hug the road, with the olive branches shaking hands
You must feel so damn old, living with that broken man
You lie awake at night, felling like there must be something more

But I digress, there's something killing you at night
If you confess, then I can guide you through this mess
The air is moist, it makes it hard to hear your voice
Just call my name, you know I'll love you all the same

The salty breeze you breathe it in, the love you've lost you're holding, you gotta hold it in

Don't you know it's a damn shame with the sand between your toes, and the only thing that's on your mind are the ones you've left behind

But I digress, there's something killing you at night
If you confess, then I can guide you through this mess
The air is moist, it makes it hard to hear your voice
Just call my name, you know I'll love you all the same
Track Name: Lakeland
You would not be hopeful, and I would be polite
I made a list of all the good times, while you've been thinking about the bad
I tried to be the right one, while you've been looking for the wrong guy
I'm gonna whisper in your ear, the words that I've been dreaming up

These days I'm counting on my six-string, you know I think like a machine
You know the nights are getting longer, it's getting hard to keep a steady hand
The Northern lights will never falter, the Prairie winds will always blow
I'll read of lakes and count the hours on the clock, until my friends are gone, oh god

I kissed you in the evening, and saw you in the halls
Pretended I was reading, so maybe I would look sophisticated
But I know you won't be portioned, I'm savvy of your type
I'm gonna turn my face back home and you can catch the next flight

Most days you're counting on your instinct, you're burning bridges breaking hearts
Your body's missing all the small things, that you never thought you would recognize
And if you're really such a victim, well I suppose that I'm to blame
I'll read of lakes and count the hours on the clock, until my friends are gone, oh god
Track Name: They Say Good Things...
I told you before, I said I told you before by the old lakeshore
I said that you would impress, I said that you would impress if you wore that green dress

I took my hat to the door, I took my hat to the door when she asked me for more
I looked her straight in the eye, I looked her straight in the eye as she started to cry

They say good things come to those that never cry
All the endless nights and your painful recollections
I couldn't stand your whining, god must have taught me lesson
It's been too damn long and it feels so wrong, to leave you with all of your beauty
Tonight I'll be at the bar don't you call me, oh don't you call

So I walked into the woods, I took myself and some friends and we went to the woods
I heard the trees up above, I heard the trees up above as they whistled your name

They say good things come to those that often cry
All my empty nights and the blank stares in your direction
If I never had a heart I swear I'd never notice the difference
And it's been so long since the feeling's dawned, I miss all your angst and your beauty

Tonight I'll be at the bar, won't you call me
Oh won't you call
Track Name: January
My lungs cry and I can't breathe, the smoke blackens covers me
I run North but I don't see, your elegant shadow

Climb rooftops you wear the crown, those regal lights as you climb on down
You've given back what you said you found, another piece of the puzzle

A Friday evening dressed in red, your eyes flushed over yeah you tried to make it alone
Your bleach blonde hair, those human eyes, and in between you compromise your love

And I'll hold you close, if you're by my side
When I see you ghost, it's got an elegant shadow

I called you on better terms, there was tension in all of our words
I could taste you I could taste your nerves, and all of your anger

A frosty evening in the cold, well I'd been drinking yeah you said you'd meet me halfway
Your bleach blonde hair, those human eyes, well I've become the man that you despise

And I'll hold you close, if you're by my side
When I see you ghost, it's got an elegant shadow
Track Name: Hawks Above
I feel cool crisp rain on my furrowed brow, the Prairie canvas all around
Whisper softly if you've gotta share a thought
The hawks above are closing in

All around my nervous hollow empty thoughts, today went faster than before
A chevvy cries for air, a black cloud in the sky
It marks the way for those to come

I've been on the road, the valleys of deer and the hills of snow
I still haven't found the love or a place to rest my head
It's there in the fertile ground, the blood of a small dust town
The blood and the sweat of father calling me back home

I feel cool crisp rain on my furrowed brow, the Prairie canvas all around
Whisper softly if you've gotta share a thought
The hawks above are closing in
Track Name: The Road
I drove the road a mile or so, just to feel the wind in my hair and go
To the countryside, to hills, to the gravel pits and runaways
Honey take my spot for the working day, it's a lazy Monday morning and a breath of fresh air

The sky was wide, I was like a thunderstorm rolling by
The fields were gold, I could hear the dissaproving tone of my mother's voice
Well I took a chance on a perfect day, and it's paying off in spades I've got thirteen black cards
And I'll never dance another day, 'cause I told you once before don't let me tell you again

I cut my teeth with summer loving and the sun
I cut my losses by giving up a dream for a steady paycheck
I park my car in the alley, it's unlocked
We're all uncertain until it stops

I cut my teeth with summer loving and the sun
I cut my losses by giving up a dream for a steady paycheck
I park my car in the alley, it's unlocked
We're all uncertain until it stops
Track Name: Bankend
You follow me, you follow me to the border, you follow me just to see
The summer nights, the Prairie heat took the rooftop, the Prairie heat took our thoughts away

And no I can't save you, there's nothing in this town to save your soul

You cut me down, you cut me down in the water, you cut me down in the sea
As I walked home, the sun set West of the moonlight, the sun set West of that grid road

And hell, you can't save me, there's nothing in this world to save my soul

I'm stuck on the threshhold