Why We Can't Have Nice Things

by Nicholas Edward Hertzberg

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Nicholas Edward Hertzberg returns with his first solo release in five years and first under his real name; no moniker or pseudonym here. Hertzberg provides four songs of lo-fi folk and pop tinged rock tunes covering topics of drinking, sex, traffic, food, households, how we are raised and "Why We Can't Have Nice Things" because of them.

FFO: Pygmy Lush, Owen, Against Me!


released February 5, 2013

Written from September 2007-April 2012
by Nicholas Edward Hertzberg.

All instruments performed by Nicholas Edward Hertzberg.

Backing Vocals on "Expiration Date" by Bryan Batiste.

Recorded and Mixed by Nicholas Edward Hertzberg
from February 2012 until January 2013
at Rental Car Mountain Studios, Ship Bottom NJ.

Mastered by Bryan Batiste.

Cover Photo + Design by Nicholas Edward Hertzberg.



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Created and curated by Nicholas Edward Hertzberg to be a home to his numerous solo and side-projects.

Releasing free digital and limited edition physical editions since 2013.

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Track Name: Traffic
I saw you walking around like a double crossing pedestrian,
Play back that sound we heard in my back seat last night.
Cut ties, brake lines-
Why do we spend our lives, racing to stop signs?
You gave me the green light, then we had to hit the brakes,
Airbags came fast, smashing your face-
Came faster than I did last night.
Go traf-fuck yourself and play in it while you're at it, today.
Track Name: Expiration Date
I can not make it past all of these things that will never last
You taught me to check the label, I couldn't check yours,
I wasn't able to...
You were way overdue.
(Hey) It's your expiration date.
(Hey) It's still in my veins.
Now I'm waking up, to a coffee cup
And stirred in memories of you
Isn't it sad- all that we let slip through our hands,
Out the door, to garbage cans.
You were a dream, a dream to me, you were a dream- so it seems.
You were a dream, a dream to me, but now its jaded, rotted, faded and...
Track Name: Why We Can't Have Nice Things
I was raised seeing to believe
The worse you treated those with hearts on their sleeves
The better you would be received.
Intolerance is not key.
Go and fuck the whole thing up for me.
This is why we can't have nice things
Track Name: Humble Abodes
Growing so sick of this house,
Notice I didn't call it home.
A child's antics driving me out
I'll be in my room alone.
So much more...
Humble abodes...
Keeping me afloat.