Inklings (an acoustic EP)

by the matthew show

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(©1998 the matthew show and Jeff Simms) Someone says I'm down I'm down before I know it And I need a friend 'Cause friends will always show it CHORUS: But no one ever tells me no until I know it And no one ever feels me out before I feel it And I know it's been a long, long time What do you do, how do you know Why do I feel like marrying you How do you see the things I see What makes you believe in me And I know it's been a long, long time Everybody thinks Yeah, they think the world's a picture And all the people in it Are there for just their pleasure We all have wide screens Making us believe That we are the center That we will always be (CHORUS) This time it will be different And I need to remind myself Things don't always stay the same And I need to remind myself Turnabout is fair play And I need to remind myself Nights can turn to day And I need to remind myself It's been a long, long time It's a long, long time (CHORUS)
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(© 2010 the matthew show) There’s a love song that I hate And it goes like this one doesn’t Brings in moons and stars and smoky bars And cheap tricks by the dozen So I wrote this to correct it And I hope that you select it From the jukebox in your mind Let me tell you what you’ll find CHORUS: It’ll get old, it’ll get numb You’ll get smart where you were dumb You’ll thank god for what you’ve got And then you’ll wonder whether or not You were talking to anyone, and you’ll hear Of pastures greener and you’ll fear That you’ve made the most terrible mistake If you listen to the love song I hate It gets written every day By some fool who knows the way To make money part from wallets To make people scream and call it But wait, there’s more, they can’t sustain it Then they’ll sing about the pain it caused Pay the lawyers’ bill and then Write the thing again (CHORUS) P.T. Barnum said each minute There’s a sucker born who’ll buy it Sense or no, they’ll want to try it And who are you to deny it So they buy until they’re dead With this dreamland in their head That they’ll never, ever see But yea, the truth shall set you free (CHORUS) Don’t get me wrong, love is great But it’s such a big mistake To listen to the love song I hate
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(©2011 the matthew show) Don’t get caught between the fact and the expectation Between the question and the observation Between the rumor and the confirmation No, don’t get lost inside the story of your own creation Made of outside information You have to be the doctor and the patient Before you realize it’s there You’ve built a fortress of thin air And have to tear it down layer by layer by layer CHORUS: And in the end, you’ll never find the world you were thinking of Don’t set up shop between the promise and the consummation Between the power of your own persuasion And the actual observation Take a look up top before you rush to the battle stations Before you find that your concentration Is on a fictional destination Tilting windmills in the air And you’re the only one who cares Do you wonder if it’s really really really there (CHORUS)
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(©2012 the matthew show) Pretty white people with problems talk all night about nothing at all They say “good times” to convince themselves, they're blown away by a half-assed song Pretty white people with problems carry ‘em down to the coffee shop Spectacle beard hats, blue screens glowing, fair trade mocha for five bucks And I could complain, but then here I sit Pretty blue eyes and a guitar spilling songs about all this pretty white shit Born on second, running for third Hoping like hell for homeward bound And I’m trying hard to keep my head on straight With these pretty white people around Pretty white people with problems dancing drunk under the LEDs Nodding to songs about dust bowl hard times, it ain’t easy being Snoop D-O-double-G Pretty white people with problems, Howard Zinn up on the bookcase Minimum wage down at the craft-beer co-op, somehow the bills keep getting paid And I could complain, but then here I sit Made a whole forty dollars fifty singing songs about pretty white shit You play with the cards that you are given And fish in your pocket when you hear the sound Of a tin cup down an alley with all these pretty white people around If I was anybody else, wearing any other face They probably wouldn’t even let me near this place Pretty white people with problems smoking pot under a knick-knack shelf Talking about the ones that got away to be pretty white people somewhere else And I could complain, but then here I sit Pretty blue eyes and a guitar spilling songs about all this pretty white shit An echo of a tortured history, an unspoken hand-me-down A picture fading through the memories of all these pretty white people around
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(© 2005 the matthew show) I’m sorry I called you here in the dark I’m sorry I called you here in the dark I love you more here in the dark I’m sorry I called you, but now let us talk About times left alone, Navarrone Long dreary nights in the service of one Cables to mothers and fathers back home I know you know I know you know I’m sorry I called you here in the dark I’m sorry I thought that we never should part But I love you more here in the dark I’m sorry I called you, can we still talk About sweet golden moons, girls all in bloom Running in overcoats, over too soon Practicing lines on a dusty bassoon I know you know Lord, how I know I’m sorry I called you here in the dark Where once we did say that we never would part And I still love you here in the dark I’m sorry I called you too late to talk
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(2004 the matthew show) He said, brother, pass the hat Like we told you you should do All railroad men must die But the train it moves right through I resolve to take more pictures Of the people doing time And I resolve to drink more liquor And I resolve to kill more time And as long as there are bones in me I will not make my stand And I resolve to stay away From the railroad man He said, give me one good reason Give me one good dream But not the things that your kind can't do All those special ones you've seen He said, do it for your mother Do it for Diane Just as long as what you're doing Won't outdo your old man I resolve to think more clearly I resolve to wash my hands And I resolve to find a river And I resolve to build a dam And as long as you'll believe me I'll make up what I am And I resolve to stay away From the railroad man
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(©1998-2012 the matthew show) Well, the money for my car payment Just went in the gas tank I said the money for my car payment Just went in the gas tank ‘Cause I gotta go to work To have a car to put its payments in the tank Now, the money for my insurance Should be in the mail next week Yeah, the money for my insurance Should be in the mail next week ‘Cause I gotta have insurance To go to work to put the money in the mail next week Well, the credit counselor said it ain’t so bad ‘Cause you ain’t got no mortgage but that’s ‘cause I ain’t got no pad I got a kindhearted woman lets me sleep in her bed She can’t be after my money, so I give her love instead I went on down to Wal-Mart Bought myself an American flag That shit was made all up in China And they put it in a little white plastic bag That bag’ll outlive all you people And the aliens, they’re gonna mark it with a tag Now they’re frackin’ up Fort Worth Big D built a bridge on sand They fired all of my kid’s teachers To make an extra hundred grand And if I were a rich man Yadda-dadda-dadda-dadda-didda-didda-dum They’d play this song on the radio And my woman’d have her own damn fashion mag
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©2013 Jeff Simms And it’s hard enough Living on your knees Giving ten percent to someone You never see It’s this Southern way With absolute certainty That is inexorably Killing me But I don’t know how To live any other way Burning embers that never fade away I may be lost In a cruel deception It doesn’t matter much either way The wake up’s hard Lying on a concrete floor As your arms reach out to find The empty air And the living’s long Underneath this guilt machine As you beg and plead for love Or clemency But I don’t know how To live any other way Burning embers that never fade away I may be lost In a cruel deception It doesn’t matter much either way Yeah I may be lost In a cruel deception It doesn’t matter much And I won’t be too long And never know that this is all there ever was
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about

A friend of mine once said you're not a real writer unless you have a discard pile. Whether that's true or not, the fact is that my stack of throwaways completely dwarfs the one with the keepers. And yet there's always been this third pile, full of things that kept quietly tapping me on the shoulder over the years. While they would never quite jump up and say "I am something," neither are they Nothing. So I have decided to give them their own little stage here, and let you be the judge. Some are new-ish, some less so, and some over a decade old. Some may get the full studio treatment one day, some may not. Some may not even be finished yet. But here they are, naked as can be; my inklings. Make of them what you will.

Included also for your consideration are solo tracks from the current lineup of the matthew show quintet. It is a fine thing to be in a band full of songwriters, and having heard these, I hope you will take some time to find their other tunes online.

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released March 8, 2013

Tracks 1-6:
matthew - vocals, guitar

Track 7:
matthew - vocals, guitar
Jeff Simms - backing vocals

Track 8:
Jeff Simms - vocals
matthew - guitar

Track 9:
Beth Brown - vocals, guitar

Track 10:
Clay Anderson, vocals, guitar

Track 11:
Ed Rogers, vocals, guitar

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the matthew show Fort Worth, Texas

the matthew show's songs are acclaimed widely, as is his podcast series The Band That Never Was, a merging of story and song. He has been featured on NPR & PBS. He served as reader and composer for the Bonneville Stories audiobook by Mark Doyon, and co-produced Beth Brown's debut album I'm Not Matthew. He is also half of Ah Pook the Destroyer. ... more

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