Rich Mattson: the demos volume 2

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Runner 03:14
RUNNER He was born under the sun and the first thing he saw was a brown, speckled horse And the stars were aligned like and arrow in flight-he just knew that he had to go They sang a song, don’t be long, make it back in one piece and show me how And show me where So I run and I run, ‘til my boots are undone, and my feet get wet And I duck and I cover, and I stop drop and roll, then I do it again And I run, and I run, like a man with a gun and fear in his eyes He got fear in his eyes Everyone under the sun wants to be on the run Everybody just gotta to roll They wanna go, rock and roll, gotta sing with your soul, it’s gonna be fine But when you’re out on the side and it’s going right by keep your head up high And don’t believe their lies You can see it in her eyes Wooohoohoohoo--Whoohoohoohooo! Everyone under the sun wants to be on the run Everybody just wants to roll Till they came with the guns and they killed everyone But still we’re waiting And watching the skies for a trace of his guise Gonna be there baby, wanna see that baby And he died on the fly, still don’t know what he’d find And that tribe kept waiting Till they came with the guns and they killed everyone But still we’re waiting And watching the skies for a trace of his guise I’m gonna be there baby, wanna see that baby And I run and I run, ‘til my boots are undone, and my feet get wet And I duck and I cover, and I stop drop and roll, then I do it again And I run, and I run, like a man with a gun and fear in his eyes He got fear in his eyes Got fear in his eyes wooohoohoohooo-woohoohoohooooo!
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Jaws Of Life 04:50
JAWS OF LIFE Oh, I give up, I'm just gonna sit and get stoned all day 
Seems like I'm steppin' in dog shit no matter which way I go 
I woke up cryin' like a little baby
 Now my poor little wife thinks that I'm going crazy Just for now I swear 
But it's going on for hours and hours each day 
In the night, the jaws of life
 Are taking me down again Anybody could say that they're really not on top of their game 
You gotta figure what you're in it for-
Is it fun or fame? 
Is it really necessary to win all the time?
 When the only other option is to swim with the slime Oh, it's everywhere I look 
Competition has always bored me sick 
So I don't play
 But the jaws of life are taking me down again 
I can't avoid what I dream or how it makes me feel 
I keep on hunting for answers, but it's all too real
 And I'm still so far away 
I think it's time I remember how to pray
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Last Hurrah 02:44
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Make a Wish 03:04
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Sometimes when I'm researching my potential I get amused at what I find I just sit for hours and hours searching Looking for those golden rhymes And there simply is no structure No real reason for being lost Just seems that the tail end that I grabbed onto Got broken off with the frost And they're scared of me They don't know where to place me I'm making enemies of folks I never see By the time that I ask for help I get into the drowning Go down again, taste the bottom again When I come back up I'm frowning 'Cuz I know if they'da looked they might have found me Swimming low, down in a web of weeds Don't you know sometimes you have to die To find the most precious seeds
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Mob Rule 03:57
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Nightstand 02:42
Nightstand I got your cd on my bedside table buddy and I listen to you every night I don’t understand what you’re talkin’ about But I know the feeling is right You just pick the chords and your hand keeps strumming You’ve listened to tunes all your life And I know if you keep doin’ what yer doin’ You’ll never have to work in your life Believing in all the words that you say Like it’s really gonna change my life They’d clothe me in the finest furs and jewelry But I’m just not that type You know it’s good to run into people like you Keepin’ it real all the time With all the problems in the world today Who wants to listen to mine? Believing that a spaceship will come to my rescue, take me up in its beam..Move to a world where all they do is sleep, and everyone lives in their dreams I got your cd on my bedside table buddy and I listen to you every night I don’t understand what you’re talkin’ about I don’t understand what you’re talkin’ about I don’t understand what you’re talkin’ about But I know the feeling is right I know the feeling is right I know the feeling is right Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah…
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Petty Things 02:31
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Reading Katie’s Diary It was so important to her She had to write it down Stuff about all her problems Stuff ‘bout living underground And now that she’s away you just read it And you think that it’s okay She’s just a fragile little lamb-child Keeping the wolves at bay Need you know more? What’d you think she was a whore? Well, now that you know the truth That oughta even the score She’ll never lose you. She’ll never love you-oh no…no Reading Katie’s diary Shame on you Hope you found what you wanted You just couldn’t ask, now could you? Communication is one thing Believing is another Trust is really the best thing That you can receive from a lover She broke your heart No, she ain’t no man-eater No, you never were quite right Now you know for sure She’ll never love you.
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One Up 03:39
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Passed Ambition You'll never catch me in bed before midnight I'm a late night person all the way And the more I accomplish in one day The more I am likely to do the next I forget about momentum when I sit on the couch all depressed I get caught up in the whereabouts Of the have-nots and the haven't ever beens But if everything was easy I'd make the same mistakes over again Now time doesn't creep by it flies by and here we are, my friend Ambition is one word that's been forgotten Ambition is like something from the past Ambition-that's just something for other people Ambition just got smoked up with the grass Now, if there's something to recall it is ambition For don't you know the song remains the same Whether or not you ever hit the big time And whether anybody knows your name You just can't go back to from where you came
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about

Here are the demo versions of songs recorded and released by my bands Ol' Yeller, The Tisdales, and the Glenrustles. There are three volumes in this series, basically in alphabetic order of my favorite demo versions. What happens is this: I'll have an idea for a song, and I'll go into the studio and lay it out fast as I can with guitars, drums, bass, voices, keyboard, whotnot so I can get that TUNE out of my HEAD and into my EARS somewhat realized. The process is magic. Then I'll play the demo version for the band before we go ahead and learn it and change it into our band style, and record it again, cleaner and leaner, for the world to digest. These demos are rough, but there is something in each one of them that makes me still enjoy listening to them once in awhile. Have a listen and see if you can find it---cheers-

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released February 2, 2014

Rich Mattson - songwriter, guitarist, vocalist, percussion etc..

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Hello, my name is Rich Mattson. Here are some bands that I sing, play guitar and write songs with at my studio in northern Minnesota. Enjoy!

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