Throwaway Nation​/​Empty Bed

by Erik Ritland

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In late 2014 Erik is launching his Patreon account ( Sign up to support Erik on Patreon and receive two songs a month plus other special bonuses.

Erik is releasing a "monthly 45" of songs spanning his career to gear up for his debut on Patreon. This third installment combines two of his first band Floating Bridge's standout tracks, alternative rocker "Throwaway Nation" and catchy, emotive pop tune "Empty Bed."


released September 10, 2014



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The past is never dead. It isn't even past.

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Track Name: Throwaway Nation
Top of the world
Covered in dirt
Claw your way through
Quit when it hurts

Search for a cure
Wait your whole life
Ignore all the answers
Nobody’s right

Throwaway Nation
Nowhere to land
Nothing is free no more
Forget what you planned
Take it or leave it
Forfeit the game
But please don’t let me down again

Edge of the world
Falling off fast
Work from the inside out
Forget the past

Cold and alone
Broke and withdrawn
Detached from the same old things
You’ve known all along

Track Name: Empty Bed
I’ve changed your water into wine
So many times before
It don’t excite you anymore

You sit and you don’t even smile
You look in my direction
And pretend that you don’t see me
But you see me

You don’t even want to try
But it won’t be that bad
‘Cuz neither do I
You’re miles away
And I don’t know why

You used to love the things I’d do
But now when I do them
You act like I’ve done something wrong
I haven’t gotten any worse
Well maybe just a little
I was hoping you wouldn’t notice
But you notice


And when you wake up alone
In your empty bed
How can you face the day ahead?