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Beautiful Place

by Speed the Plough

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This was originally recorded in 1995, possibly for a compilation our former label East Side Digital planned to release but never did. That’s the consensus anyway. Band members have a vague memory of it. It was recorded after the band completed the “Marina” album.

Long forgotten, it resurfaced on a cassette tape discovered by Brenda and Rich. It was a bit of a revelation because the band, with a whole variety of different lineups, had been performing the song in a very different arrangement for more than 30 years. It was like hearing what our younger selves made of the song right out of the starting gate. It’s not exactly more muscular sounding than our standard version. Maybe it’s just more straightforward, unadorned.

Not long after this recording, Brenda, Rich, and Chris went on to form their group Wild Carnation. And Speed the Plough went dormant for a while.


On the 11th day in May under a silver moon
I had important things to say,
but they’re not important now
On the 11th day in May someone clings to life
take me away, I’ve seen enough
take me along for the ride

It’s not the way I wrote that script
It’s not the ending I intended
It’s not the way you looked at me
It’s not the way you said it’d be
‘Cause they said it would be such a beautiful place

On the 11th day in May in a room I knew
pratically off and on my way
I saw a picture of you
On the 11th day in May you were smiling back at me
and every time I look at it
that’s exactly what I see

They never seem to get it straight
even in the clearest moment
all that I can do is wait
to see if you’ll come home again


released September 15, 2020
It was written by John Baumgartner
Recorded by Don Sternecker at Mix-o-lydian Studios
John Baumgartner - vocal, keyboards
Toni Baumgartner - vocal, bells
Brenda Sauter - bass, vocal
Richard Barnes - guitar
Marc Francia - guitar
Christopher O’Donovan - drums
Tape digitized by Richard Barnes
Restoration by Don Sternecker


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Speed the Plough Hackensack, New Jersey

Speed the Plough is a New Jersey-based chamber pop band that has been playing since 1984. The band was formed by John & Toni Baumgartner and Marc Francia, the founders of The Trypes, a mainstay of the ’80s Hoboken scene, which included most members of The Feelies. STP has released 9 full-length albums (Coyote, ESD, Dromedary, and Bar-None), a single on French label Acetone, and a self-released EP. ... more

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