Catching Arrows

by Matty Charles & Katie Rose

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Matty Charles’ gift for songwriting is the backbone of this dynamic duo. The honesty and simplicity with which he explores themes of love, loss and longing is poignant and captivating.

His lyrics “bring to mind Johnny Cash, ...(and at) other times a less twangy Robert Earl Keen. An instant classic.” (Acoustic Guitar Magazine)

“Instead of songs about sadness that leave listeners feeling alone, Charles’ lyrics and smooth guitar riffs wrap their arms around his listeners and hold them tight.” (SF Reporter)

Katie Rose brings a new dimension to the exceptionally strong foundation that Charles has created with his remarkable songwriting by building upon the framework of these songs with her insightful arrangements and diverse harmonies, often haunting and unexpected.

The duo is honored to have worked on their new release Catching Arrows with legendary musicians, Nick Forster on mandolin, tenor and electric guitar, David P. Jackson and Arcellus Sykes on the upright bass, Joel Savoy on fiddle and guitar and Kevin Major on drums.

Nick Forster is a member of the GRAMMY nominated bluegrass band, Hot Rize. He is also founder, producer and host of the radio show, E Town, based in Boulder, Colorado

David P. Jackson, an original member of Dillard and Clark, and Hearts and Flowers, has played and sung with such luminaries as Kenny Rogers, Hoyt Axton, Jackson Brown and Dwight Yoakam. The California Country Music Association honored Jackson as best instrumentalist.

GRAMMY award winning musician, Joel Savoy is the founder of the Louisiana based label, Valcour Records. He is also a two time winner of the Cajun French Music Associations Fiddler of the Year award.

Kevin Major plays drums in a variety of classic country bands in Portland, Oregon.

Arcellus Sykes plays bass in several Portland bands including, Ural Thomas & the Pain. He also works as a session musician.
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released February 15, 2015

THANKS TO THESE MUSICIANS WHO
CONTRIBUTED SO MUCH TO THIS
RECORDING!

Nick Forster - mandolin & lead guitar
Joel Savoy - fiddle & Telecaster
David P. Jackson - upright bass
Arcellus Sykes - upright bass
Kevin Major - snare drum

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Track Name: Julia
If she tells you she love’s you is it just a wicked game
You’ve been hurt enough times to know the sweetness and the pain
When you look into her eyes is there something she won’t say…
Something before you walk away

Everything you own is locked in the back seat of your car
You see the sun surrendering to the neon of the bar
It’s a story you now too well, she didn’t have to say
Something before you walk away

Julia, is just a word for a love that couldn’t be
Julia stole your heart and you’ve never gotten free
From her

You used to know how to loose yourself
On these streets you know so well
Old me play guitar beside the residence hotel
The same people are still outside. The same stories and alibis
It only seems as if time is standing still

Chorus

Summer breeze blows through the trees and the cars are moving slow
You find yourself in memories of a girl you used to know
All caught up in a shade of blue over a lover that wasn’t true
Maybe it’s time you finally let her go

Chorus
Track Name: Steady & True
From the moment I saw you with your light all around you
Just as true as the words of this song
Men have long tried to hold you, tried to bind and control you
But the free life is were you belong

They all tell you to change, quit your fool hearted ways
But I’d put my money on you
People work all their lives, but they just fade away
While you keep rolling steady and true

Yes, it’s true that I love you, but I’ll ask little of you
For I know of your traveling ways
I been rocked in your arms just like all the others
Could I ever convince you to stay?

Chorus

From the old Mexicana, to the dark Louisiana
To the white rolling waves of the sea
What makes you so wild that you just keep on moving
Tell me, are you just lonesome like me?

Chorus
Track Name: Marryanne
So much has changed
With the passing of the years
Funny that the sun still falls
That way upon the hills
If this road could carry me
back where I started from
I guess that I’d be there

Me and my old shoes agree
This ‘aint any place to settle down
You can see the old machinery
But now there’s hardly
Anyone around
Farewell, Madam Rose
And your Sunday morning clothes
I’ll be o my way

Y’know she used to walk around
Just like some kinda beauty queen
‘cause all the boys had longed
to hold her in the town
from which she came
people just get dizzy
chasing after everything
seems like every road
get’s rought along the way

Maryanne, Maryanne
How long has the train been gone?
This empty station makes an awful sound
When I thought you loved me
Honey, it made me feel so strong
Seems like no one wants to know you
When you’re down

When the stars come out at night
Feel as if my heart just might explode
Hush pretty baby, don’t you cry
Your daddy’s just a while
Down the road

He’ll be coming round the bend
On the cool, cool wind
With his great big load
Track Name: Hey, Pretty Birds
There’s a dance that is known
As the star of the eastern hall
There’s a dance that they call, Belarus
Though it’s not at all

And the music goes drifting around
In it’s dizzying sway
And they harness the lights
So to dance till the light of day

The song of the old and the new
And the wind in the trees as they sway
Calling, hey, hey, pretty birds
Now that you’re here will you stay

And the streets here are named
After saints that have been and gone
And the stories we tell to their memory
Still carry on

Lovers and dreamers and sinners
Have all come this way
Just to be like the child with his hand
In the lion’s mane

Repeat chorus

What one was a fortress is now
Just a broken door
What once was an ocean
Is now just a canyon floor

Come gather together
And dance while you may
This song only plays for so long
Then it’s gone away

Repeat chorus
Track Name: One Hundred Years
One hundred years can make the whole world change
One hundred years can free me from this pain
One hundred years my heart could love again
But that’s a long, long time and it’s foolish to pretend

That your love could free me
If you’d only see me
If you’d only forgive me
Like you did before

One hundred years can turn the sea to flame
One hundred years can free me from this chain
One hundred years my heart could love again
But, Honey, I don’t think I’ll live a hundred years

And your love could free me
If you’d only see me
If you’d only forgive me
Like you did before

One hundred years my tears can fall like rain
One hundred years don’t make me wait in vain
One hundred years you’ll take me back again
But that’s a long, long time and it’s foolish to pretend
‘Cause Honey, I don’t think I’ll live a hundred years
Track Name: Where They're Gonna Bury Me
When I was younger I was such a sight to see
When I believed that I could win
And all life’s pleasure seem to flow right into me
I had no idea that it would end

Those pretty faces, how they fueled my wild desires
Took me ever further from our door
To the late night places where I’d spend the late night hours
Spilling wine and whiskey on the floor

I was pretty but now I’m not so young
This old city is not where I came from
But it’s where they’re gonna bury me

Can you hear me mother, can you hear your only son
Will you turn away in dark disgrace
I’m so ashamed of all the damage that I’ve done
I can’t bear to look you in the face

I’ve said I’m sorry at least a hundred times
Still it doesn’t change a thing
‘cause I just can’t help it when it comes to drinkin’ wine
no matter how much misery it brings

repeat chorus

I spend the evening in a lonely little room
Watch the stars turn crooked in the sky
Till it don’t matter if it makes me lose my mind
Just to still the pain of memories and time

When I was younger I was such a sight to see
When I believed that I could win
And all life’s pleasure seem to flow right into me
I had no idea that it would end
Track Name: Glorieta
Glorieta in the sun, shining like a dime
I been on an all night run tryin’ to make it back in time
I can see that dusty road, I can smell the sugar pine
Glorieta shining in the sun

The radio got busted out and you’ve been on my mind
Seems I didn’t give enough and then I gave too much at times
No, I’ve never figured out what this world is all about
But it felt like home when you were mine

Had a drunk in Reno, got a flat in San Antone
Met a girl in Cheno, but I ended up alone
Moving on is easy when you ‘aint got much to lose
When it’s just the only way you know

Now, those clouds look just like cotton as they drift across the sky
And I’m feeling lucky now, but I couldn’t tell you why
They say the worlds a stage and every one must play a part
Sure enough, it goes, for you and I

Glorieta in the sun, shining like a dime
I been on an all night run tryin’ to make it back in time
I can see that dusty road, I can smell the sugar pine
Glorieta shining in the sun
Glorieta shining in the sun
Glorieta shining in the sun
Track Name: Standin' On The Corner
I gotta mind to say,
Maybe it’s time we just stop talking
You know it’s harder than hard
Enough to get through

Don’t wanna be no slave
To the dream that I thought would save me
Sometimes I think it’s a shame
What people get used to

Standin’ on the corner with your head on fire
Standin’ on the corner with your head on fire
Standin’ on the corner with your head on fire
When the music stops and the magic falls apart

I gave ‘em what was mine
I gave ‘em all of my time for the money
For everyone there’s a vice
That can lie to you

Thought I knew the plan
I even tried to speak for the maker
In spite of every other belief
I came to find untrue

Repeat chorus

I went down to the marketplace
Just to be among the crowd
Saw an angel with a broken face
Talking to the world out loud
They kicked the king from the village green
And they burned his red house down

Helicopter, helicopter flying in the sky
Did you ever do anybody any good
There’s an accident on the interstate
And the crews are standing by
But what’ll they do
What’ll they do now
Track Name: Long Gone
When I die don’t bury me beneath the rocks
Throw my body in the sea, don’t put me in no box
If Heaven won’t accept me for something that I’ve don’t
I’ll take my chances underneath that burning sun

Sometimes I think that loving you is just a crazy dream
Seems like everything I do just makes you wanna scream
Your hair is like an amethyst, your mouth is like a rose
You’re so unworldly and you smile ‘cause you know

You know honey, I think that I’ll be alright
But I’d be happy if you’d just be mine tonight
And I’d wake up in the morning with the sunshine on my face

Half a pint of whiskey and a quart of gasoline
One helps to soothe the jagged edge, one makes the engine sing
There’s a highway to take me there, one to lay me down
I dream to keep keep my head up and I never let it down

When I see your’ pretty face what do you think I’d do
There’s no one that could take your place, I wouldn’t lie to you
Your’ eyes are like an open sky, they fill my heart with joy
You be my lover girl I’ll be your lover boy

chorus
Track Name: Stars That Shine
There’s a great big moon in the sky
Does it sit up there in Heaven with no care
I wonder if it looks at you and I
The stars shine like diamonds in her hair

Is she all alone on the telephone
With the sun always half a world away
Sayin’, wait for me, you’re my only one
And I’ll hold you in my arms again someday

Stars that shine, stars that fall
Big and small, deep and wide
Over here and on the other side

I keep a picture on my wall
It’s a memory that I have of you and me
Though the ways in which we’ve changed
Are only small
There’s a little more in everything I see

To hold me down, when you’re not around
Telling me of all that we’ve become
To comfort me when I’m feeling down
As the days make their way around the sun

Repeat chorus

There’s a wind in the curtains of the room
And it tells me that the winter’s coming neigh
But it’s warm ‘cause I’m lyin’ next to you
I can listen to you breathing if I try

Fast asleep with the things you keep
In your dreams always half a world away
Please wake to me, you’re my only one
And I wouldn’t want it any other way

Repeat chorus
Track Name: I Belong To Heaven
When I was a gambler, I gambled all around
When I quit my gambling ways I got a job in town
But I am not a miner for the things that cannot be
I belong to Heaven and the world belongs to me

The world belongs to me, boys, the world belongs to me
I belong to Heaven and the world belongs to me

When I met my true love, I knew she loved me too
We made each other promises like lovers often do
But I am not a miner for the things that cannot be
I belong to Heaven and the world belongs to me

The world belongs to me, boys, the world belongs to me
I know it every time my darlin’ sits upon my knee
And I am not a miner for the things that cannot be
I belong to Heaven and the world belongs to me

I’ve had my share of troubles and I cry my share of tears
But I believe my trials are like my own souveneers
And I am not a miner for the things that cannot be
I belong to Heaven and the world belongs to me

The world belongs to me, boys, the world belongs to me
As far as I can wander, as far as I can see
And I am not a miner for the things that cannot be
I belong to Heaven and the world belongs to me

There’s a shadow on the mountain, and the river’s deep and green
There’s a mystery in everything that keeps from being seen
And I am not a miner for the things that cannot be
I belong to Heaven and the world belongs to me

The world belongs to me, boys, the world belongs to me
The breezes in the branches and the gales upon the sea
And I am not a miner for the things that cannot be
I belong to Heaven and the world belongs to me