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is the second full-length album by Her Majesty the Decemberists The Decemberists, released on September 9, 2003, by Kill Rock Stars. The song "Song for Myla Goldberg" was written years earlier, after Colin Meloy had been a media escort for the novelist Myla Goldberg during a tour following the publication of her first book, . Bee Season
The album cover was designed by the
Portland artist Carson Ellis, the long-time girlfriend (and now wife) of Meloy, who has created artwork for each of the band's albums.
Track listing [ edit ]
All songs written by
"Shanty for the
Billy Liar" 4:08
Los Angeles, I'm Yours" 4:18
"The Gymnast, High Above the Ground"
"The Bachelor and the Bride"
Myla Goldberg" 3:34
"The Soldiering Life"
"Red Right Ankle"
"The Chimbley Sweep"
"I Was Meant for the Stage"
"As I Rise"
Note: On some editions, the track listing printed on the actual disc omits "The Chimbley Sweep", though the song is listed on the back of the CD jacket and in the liner notes.
Personnel [ edit ]
According to the liner notes of
Her Majesty the Decemberists.
The Decemberists [ edit ]
Colin Meloy – vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, percussion
Chris Funk – electric guitar, Oberheim synthesizer, pedal steel, lap steel, dobro, percussion
Jenny Conlee – Hammond organ, piano, Rhodes piano, accordion, Wurlitzer, backing vocals, percussion Jesse Emerson –
electric bass, upright bass, percussion
Rachel Blumberg – drums, percussion, vibes, glockenspiel, backing vocals, organ solo on "Red Right Ankle"
Additional musicians [ edit ]
Her Majesty's String Quartet
Bridget Callahan –
viola Mike Lah –
cello Lucia Atkinson –
violin Emily Cox – violin
Production [ edit ]
Produced by The Decemberists with
Larry Crane and Adam Selzer Engineered by Larry Crane (tracks 2–6, 8, 10) and Adam Selzer (tracks 1, 7, 9, 11)
Mastered by John Golden
String arrangements by Mike Johnson
Illustrations and design by Carson Ellis, assisted by Colin Meloy
Layout and production by Brady Clark
References [ edit ]