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Hands Held Together

by Good Saint Nathanael



Notes about the new song:

This is the audio from my 2020 NPR Tiny Desk Contest Entry.

Tessa only agreed to let me record this if we were outside, socially distancing.

Some songs take years to develop. This is one of them.

2015. I wrote some of these lines.

2018. I took the track to a songwriting panel at Folk Alliance International where Tom Paxton and others have me critical feedback.

2020. The song returned around January when I was contemplating my core motivations as a musician. (Surprise I perform to connect and get to know people!) Lastly, the chorus tumbled out after a therapy session right before covid19 swept the nation.

This audio was captured walking through Swope Park in Kansas City.

Watch the video for "Hands Held Together": youtu.be/9eRizRqHFBg


Life and limb I'd give for a friend
I'd take a bullet, welcome you in
Day turns to night lose or win
Everything's over and starting again

Overextended, over it all
watching my friends as they start to free fall
I hate that it started, it hurts to recall
Winter and summer that turned into fall

I don't know what to think about the future
past is all I've known

Thinking of good times, great connections
of hands held together being known


released May 1, 2020
Lyrics / Words / Music by Nate Allen
Audio Capture by Jessie Van Der Vyver & twohuecreative.com
Mixing by Kerry Burrow kerryburrowphotography.com
Pink Painted Tree by Dylan Mortimer dylanmortimer.com


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Good Saint Nathanael Kansas City, Missouri

A dance with shadows, doubts, brazen courage, blind faith, & the weight of life. This is broken gospel music scraped off of bloody floors & splintered church doors.

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