Lover In Arms

by Matty Charles

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"Lover In Arms is Matty Charles’ debut solo release. Primarily a country/folk record, it contains a lyrical dreaminess that is poetic & moving. There is a wide array of moods & influences in this collection of songs-country, blues, bluegrass, tin pan alley and even rock & roll, but the overriding characteristic is the intimate, solitary performance of the songs for you, the listener. This intimacy brings to mind the early recordings of Bob Dylan, or even Elliot Smith."
- Raymond Bayard, Real Music Review

"This is a timeless masterpiece...a work of indescribable beauty and class that we believe every Americana / singer-songwriter fan should have in their collection." - Johnnysgarden.nl

"Matty is a true gem. His songs are instant classics."
- Greg Trooper (Singer-songwriter)
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released May 19, 2006

Matty Charles - guitar, harmonica & vocals

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Track Name: And the World Goes On
Sometimes I was cold
Sometimes I was cruel
But I tried to be closer to you
And the world seems so hard
So the losers and the lonely
‘aint it strange that the sky is so blue

And the world goes on
As if it’s done by actors
But you couldn’t learn your lines
You silly fool
And if it’s all been told
I guess that nothing really matters
You’re performing so that they can laugh at you

The sidewalks swell
With the static heat of summer
And the streetlight falls softer than sound
She eyes the clock thinkin’ of the evening
She’s going out on the town
And the world goes on as a sea of empty faces
On the subway but she’s only passing through
She’s gonna find her way
‘cause it’s summer in the city
And there’s no one left to tell her what to do

We go through the doorways of life all alone
We get truer or less so in time
Standing in shadows down streets of the soul
Are the secrets we all wanna find
And the world goes on as a carnival of senses
Spinning light into illusion as the same
Honey, the rain will shine
And all the flowers will be ringin’
When you hear them call your name
When you hear them call your name
Track Name: Silver Springs
I’m gonna take a trip to Silver Springs
I’m gonna put my quarter in a slot machine
When I hit hit that casino gonna make it mine
I’m gonna pull triple seven everytime

Bet you two to one that pretty soon
I’m gonna shine like a diamond by the silvery moon
Cackle to the crackle of a neon sign
Lady luck’s gonna get a big valentine

I’m gonna stumble home with whiskey on my cheek
With a pretty little lady to scratch my head
And one to rock me while I sleep
I got a rabbit’s foot, a lucky penny as well
I got a four leaf clover on my coat lapel

I’m gonna dance the rubber soles right off my shoes
Well I ‘aint no saint but my luck don’t paint
You gotta see my lucky tattoos

Mama send your kids to Sunday school
Tell ‘em not to do the things that I do
‘cause I been riding so long on the gravy train
Good luck’s bound to be my ball and chain

Got ruby studded buckles on my shoes
I get so high and the night time shines
By the light of my golden tooth

Mama send your kids to Sunday school
Tell ‘em not to do the things that I do
‘cause I been riding so long on the gravy train
Good luck’s bound to be my ball and chain
Track Name: Better Than A Drunkard's Dream
I gotta a girl loves me true
Her hair’s curly and her eyes are blue
When I get to thinkin’ that I’m all alone
My baby shows me it ‘aint true

Now, the rain falls heavy on the house I’m in
The chill comes creepin’ and the walls are thin
I got a little bit of lovin’ that’ll keep me warm
Until the sun comes out again

I just can’t get enough
She’s better than a drunkard’s dream
Got a lovin’ that just wont stop
So I keep on drinkin’ from her lovin’ cup

Though I got no money to call my own
Got more honey than a man can own
You might pick a lot of paper from the money tree
But I’m the one that’s getting all the gold

Sampson said, Delilah would you cut my hair?
Delilah said to Sampson that she didn’t care
But when he fell asleep Delilah went to work
And when he woke up his head was bare

Love can be a poison that’ll make you blue
It ‘aint hard to find a lover that’ll be untrue
But when you find somebody gives you all their love
You better think about what you do

I just can’t get enough
She’s better than a drunkard’s dream
Got a lovin’ that just wont stop
So I keep on drinkin’ from her lovin’ cup

When I get so old that I can’t see
I’ll have my baby to walk with me
Take me to the river where the grass is green
And kiss me underneath the trees
Track Name: Powder Blue
It’s a New York powder blue
And your mama tried to scold you
But there’s nothing she can do
And the beat wont stop
It’s another citation in a bad location
Forgot about the rotation
Up and down the block, oh yeah

Now I’m much too wild to stay in school
I gotta find a new place where the kids are cool
Come and go with me now, baby what cha wanna do?

It’s a summertime heat wave
And I’m sweatin’ like a slave
So I’m ridin’ on the subway
To the very last stop
Honey, take a look at me now
I think that anyone could see now
I ‘aint sweet like yer candy, baby
Or yer soda pop

Now I’m much too wild to stay in school
I gotta find a new place where the kids are cool
Come and go with me now, baby what cha wanna do?

Used to be that yer mama held yer hand
Used to be that yer daddy made you understand
About boys like me

She’s putting on her lipstick
And I’m pullin’ out the dipstick
And the radio’s playin’ the Blitzkrieg Bop
And the nights almost over
But I only wanna hold her
And if this Goddamn car wont start
Then I guess we’ll walk

Now I’m much too wild to stay in school
I gotta find a new place where the kids are cool
Come and go with me now, baby what cha wanna do?
Track Name: My Dream Of You
Sun on the leaves, leaves of the trees
Fruit of the vine, stars of the sea
Night time binds my eyes to time
And silent reveries
Like a lazy summer afternoon
The open door where the roses bloom
I hear your voice fill up the room
Like a distant melody

It would be so nice to come back home
When day was through
And I wouldn’t have to
Dream my dream of you

It would be so nice to come back home
When day was through
But I guess that I’ll just
Dream my dream of you
Track Name: Steady & True
I have looked deep upon you from the moment I saw you
You're 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: Tell Me What You've Seen
I remember when the lights were long
In the house upon the hill
Don’t cry no more my red eyed sun
Lay down and be still
Your horse’s eyes are black as night
Come tell me what’s his name?
His eyes are black but his coat is white
He’s got cinders in his mane

I’ve seen nights that would open up
And take me deep inside
I’ve seen days full of haze
Full of ribbons in the sky

Well, everybody’s got the right to
Throw their visions in the sun
Turn their words to ridicule
And poison on the tongue
But if you were me and I was you
I’d lay down at your door
Wet my lips in the morning blue
And I’d show you what it’s for

You’ve got eyes of the kind
That make me wanna die
Feel so close, so alone
Honey, I feel so alive

Curl your lips and kiss my mouth
And don’t you say a word
We’ve talked enough to wear me out
Just standin’ on the curb
Windy roads and the shady pines
Forever, be your name
Laws fall down at the hands of time
It’s a wonder that we stay

Telling lies, telling truth
Telling something in between
Wipe the tears from your eyes
Honey, tell me what you’ve seen

Come on take a little walk with me
It doesn’t matter where we go
I just wanna lay down by your side
With the lamplight burning low
I wish to my God, I never been born
I’d never know your name
Nor kissed your lips, nor kept you warm
On a cold November’s day

It’s alright if you lied
I knew it wasn’t true
Young awhile you are mine
It don’t matter what you do
Track Name: Time Machine
One upon a time there was a man in Queens
Who figured out a way to build a time machine
And every night he would disappear
To a time that used to be

He’d walk along the hills before the buildings grew
Sit beside the river in an old canoe
And he’d watch the ship lights flicker
As they sailed out to sea

Oh, time machine. Oh, time machine

His home became the fortress of his solitude
He hardly spoke to anyone that he once knew
He’d work all day, but when he got home
There was only one thing to do

His life became the center of a looking glass
He reveled in a time that he knew wouldn’t last
But oh, the sweetest memories
Are the hardest ones to lose

Oh, time machine. Oh, time machine

And the girls were not as pretty
As the ones he knew in school
But he’d dance just like a schoolboy
And he’s sing just like a fool

When he knew that all his memories were born to die
He turned his time machine into the fire’s eye
And a million magic moments burned like sand upon the tide
When his home became the victim of a wrecking ball
There wasn’t very much inside the old man’s walls
A chair, a rope, a broken clock and a shiny golden key

Oh, time machine. Oh, time machine
Track Name: Lover In Arms
Well, the demons have wings
And so do the angels
So how do we tell ‘em apart
We want what we want
And when we can’t get it
Our longing turns into an art

I was right, I was right
I was right in her arms
But I broke every promise
And this I regret
Now I’ll never go there anymore

Tell me, dear lady
Do you fear the night
As much as you fear being gone
You burn all your candles
And hide in the light
Does you fear run away
With the dawn

I was right, I was right
I was right in her arms
But I broke every promise
And this I regret
Now I’ll never go there anymore

Tell me am I insane?
Can I lay in your bed for awhile

The prettiest thing that I’ve ever seen
Was the moon climbing into the night
It pierced through my consciousness
Into my dreams
Oh, what a beautiful sight

I was right, I was right
I was right in her arms
But I broke every promise
And this I regret
Now I’ll never go there anymore

I was right, I am right
I’ll be right in your arms
Can I still be your baby
Even after tonight
Can I still be your lover in arms
Track Name: An Old Mandolin
I’m a gambler but I never hurt anyone
When the cards gave me favor I had me my fun
With the pretty young women
In an old town saloon
We drank bourbon whiskey
And danced ‘round the room

And on the dark side I’ve got time on my hands
I remember the river and the smell of the land
But there’s no going back
To the past there’s no road
The steamboats are gone now
And so is the gold

There was a young boy with an old mandolin
Playing down by the river as they pushed me back in
Will the circle be unbroken?
By and by, Lord, by and by
My eyes were wide open
As I looked at the sky

And on the dark side there’s no time to be sad
There’s an old rusty shovel in the suitcase I had
Hallelujah, for the ones that were wrong
‘cause when the train left the station
only sinners were on

Now, the young boy has grown wrinkled and old
But he sits by the river playing, Billy Come Home
Mama’s waiting in the yard by the door
Sister saying, what’d you wait so long for?