Lover In Arms

by Matty Charles

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1.
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
2.
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
3.
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
4.
Golden Time 01:36
5.
Powder Blue 02:47
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?
6.
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
7.
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
8.
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
9.
Time Machine 04:14
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
10.
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
11.
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?

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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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