The Band That Never Was SINGLES (6 songs thus far)

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(©2009 the matthew show) Where you going What was that second look you gave me And why was it so different than the first People of consequence they seem To know much better than to be Caught in the picture next to me CHORUS: And here we come together Failing to find a better friend Failing to meet a better end Here we come again Got so many Knew ‘em when they were just ordinary Some got big, and some are punchlines to this day I've seen ‘em look around to see Gotta know if it’s okay to be okay With anybody weird like me (CHORUS) CHORUS 2: And really, it’s a mercy That we don’t know what might’ve been Or where we’ll wind up in the end ‘Cause here we come again Can we know with any certainty And what is certainty to me I’ve never seen it be I wanna call ‘em Ask what it was that made ‘em squirm Ask ‘em what it is that I never learn Genius gets a pass But above average just gives them pause In the dim light of the open mic applause (CHORUSES)
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(©2004 the matthew show) I know this tune It's been rattling the windows It's been dragging out my curfews All the days I've heard it sing I know this song It's been hiding all the business It's been piling up the dishes All my life And when the light of memory breaks Into the dawn of present day The light is casts is dreamlike To the eyes But to write it down onto the stone The story's there, the ending's gone It's a story I have known All my life I know this man He's been promising the fight's end He's been staring down the whirlwind From the day that I first met him So long ago I knew He was older than the sun was Like I feel when I come out of The world we built to save us Dissolve, devour, see the world as new Free up the limbs to touch what's true Does it do you any good Or change your mind For if not this, then what to do If I'm still me, and you're still you Pragmatic reason fails All my life I know this sound It's the earthbound plane descending It's the hope that's neverending That someone's up there waiting I know this tale He made order out of chaos He made rules that beat the coin toss And loss that isn't loss The monkey knows the sky is blue The unborn babies know it, too It makes a pretty picture if it's true The early days are free to you But after that, there's no excuse And I may well be damned to lose All my life (There's too much time for getting older I wish you were here It's so damn lonely in the only Life you left to me)
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05:21
(copyright 2009 Jeff Simms, Michael Montgomery & the matthew show) Here in this little town again Old house looks the same Seems nothing has changed at all Except our reasons for being here CHORUS: Keep your head toward the sun Don't turn away And if you do, you may find You'll get your way 'Cause yesterday Don't mean that much for today And a light will guide our way And a light will guide our way Here in this little town again No audits of fame Same face in the sandwich shop Same face in the workshop windowpane In '94, it was all so hard We pushed on the walls till they all fell apart And now it's all these years in the open air And I'm looking for their traces (CHORUS)
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(copyright 2012 Jeff Simms, Michael Montgomery & the matthew show) Just be comfortable in today’s clothes Don’t lose sight of that grin Sometimes the days seem so long and lonesome Sometimes they're a little grim Remember that love you create inside Where all your passions like to run and hide Let it carry. Let it carry you through Those grey days that seem to sneak up on you CHORUS: And when the night comes, you’ll remember the day And when all is said and done, you’re still the same No one knows what it means anymore Or what good it will do Just staring down at the mileage logs Next to a picture of you I found something, and you did, too It hit the air and then died Wrapped its bones in this letter today Hoping you would know what it should say (CHORUS)
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(copyright 2012 Jeff Simms & the matthew show) Tin Top Road winds out way too far Takes me to where me and you found our star Templates built for breaking molds in hand Pawn shop rock in 4/4 time, drums in sand CHORUS: You are not the only one Standing on your own And someday far away you may find It’s not that hard To find a brighter place in the sun So far to the only place we see Where things are want, and never need, and meant to be Shadowed by the graveyard waltz of fear And if you run far enough, it won’t come near (CHORUS) (LAST CHORUS OVERLAY:) Over and over we talk around You won’t let me see you down And I won’t let you see me down We’ll reconvene in a year from now Same excuses and better frowns Able bodies and plastic crowns Things you know and then throw them down Looking out for the turnaround River running underground
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(copyright 2009 the matthew show) Do you remember the thing we all did With the thing and the thing and the stuff all at the same time No, I don’t Do you remember the thing we all liked Because everybody liked it and you could not say no No, I don’t But I remember hearing you say What’s the matter with people who don’t do what I do Every single day CHORUS: But I’m a nerd I do not give a shit ‘Cause what you’re selling’s not a lifetime membership You buy cool for a couple of minutes at a time And when it’s over, you’re just old, confused and tired But I don’t care I was square before you got there Do you remember the thing we all wore You couldn’t not wear it, ‘cause somebody somewhere said so No, I don’t Did you know your parents did the same damn thing Years before you came around I didn’t think so But I remember hearing you say My generation’s cooler than theirs And it will always be that way (CHORUS) Is it coincidence that these shoes and this band go together I don’t think so Is it happenstance that you sound more like everyone else every day I don’t think so You’ve been led around by the nose for so long You have no idea who you are Now sing along with the lines of this guitar Now you’re a nerd And it’s a rotten shame That you didn’t prepare a single moment for this day You can keep on talking about these kids today Turn on that old record, let it play & play I’ve been hanging around here outside of time Thinking you might figure out you’ve been blind But I don’t care You may never, ever get there I’m still a nerd I do not give a shit What you were selling didn’t pay no dividends You bought cool for a couple of minutes at a time Now it’s over and you’re just old, confused and tired And I don’t care I was square before you got there

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A collection of singles from the docu-pop podcast of the same name.

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released March 15, 2011

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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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