Rich Mattson: the demos volume 2

by Rich Mattson

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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 and play guitar and write songs with at my studio in northern Minnesota. Enjoy!

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Track Name: Runner
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!
Track Name: Jaws Of Life
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
Track Name: Making Enemies
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
Track Name: Nightstand
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…
Track Name: Reading Katie's Diary
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.
Track Name: Passed Ambition
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