Her Majesty the Decemberists

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Her Majesty the Decemberists
Studio album by The Decemberists
Released September 9, 2003
Recorded February 2003 – March 2003
Genre Indie rock, folk rock, baroque pop
Length 48:26
Label Kill Rock Stars
Producer Larry Crane
The Decemberists chronology
Castaways and Cutouts
Her Majesty the Decemberists
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
Blender2/5 stars[3]
Pitchfork Media(8.2/10)[4]

Her Majesty the Decemberists is the second full-length album by 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.

As of November 2005 it has sold 40,000 copies in United States.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Colin Meloy.

1."Shanty for the Arethusa"5:38
2."Billy Liar"4:08
3."Los Angeles, I'm Yours"4:18
4."The Gymnast, High Above the Ground"7:13
5."The Bachelor and the Bride"4:13
6."Song for Myla Goldberg"3:34
7."The Soldiering Life"3:48
8."Red Right Ankle"3:29
9."The Chimbley Sweep"2:54
10."I Was Meant for the Stage"7:02
11."As I Rise"2:14
Total length:48:26

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.


According to the liner notes of Her Majesty the Decemberists.

The Decemberists[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

Her Majesty's String Quartet
  • Bridget Callahan – viola
  • Mike Lah – cello
  • Lucia Atkinson – violin
  • Emily Cox – violin


  • 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


  1. ^ "Her Majesty The Decemberists". Metacritic.
  2. ^ "Her Majesty – The Decemberists". AllMusic.
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ "The Decemberists : Her Majesty The Decemberists : Kill Rock Stars". Archived from the original on November 3, 2011. Retrieved October 10, 2011.
  5. ^ https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/64577/decemberists-feeling-picaresque-on-new-set