Rich Mattson: the demos volume 3

by Rich Mattson



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-



released February 2, 2014

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



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Sparta Sound Sparta, Minnesota

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: Second Childhood
Second Childhood

Dad's car full throttle, long neck bottles
And girls who'll follow, and girls you chase them
Play games, so innocent

Keep It all at a distance-it's your insistance
That's how you can despise them
You really got something
But your second childhood soon will end

Your second childhood is better than the first
But I believe that a third would be the worst
Second childhood..

A far away place, a tight cramped space
A soul addicted to freedom
A body so grounded
A mind so lost

You rock and roller-you're a high plains drifter
You oughta feel good
Give and take whenever you want to
Get by only 'cause you got to
Track Name: Secrets
I’m still learning things about girls and boys
Who’d be deceived if you had a choice?
And if you’re the deceiver and she’s the believer
Which is the mask
Which is your face?
An old friend of mine
Has been replaced
By some crazy fool playing games with love
Insisting that it’s harmless
And when I see you now it’s like talking to a wall
You’re lookin’ over your shoulder like someone’s coming after you
Looking for spies, all them secrets and lies
And all the stories that’ll never be told
Ah, take off the mask
And show me your face
An old friend of mine
Has been replaced
By some crazy fool playing games with love
Insisting that it’s harmless
It ain’t harmless
Because you’re living in the dark
Nobody knows anything about you no more
You don’t let anybody in no more
You shut the whole gang out
You the the ol’ gang out
You shut the whole gang out
You shut the ol’ gang out
You ain’t running form the law
You got no hellhounds on your trail
You never been arrested and you never been to jail
Just hiding from that woman, even though she can’t tell
You’re just mystical enough to keep her under your spell
Track Name: Solitaire

I can’t win at solitaire it’s just not in the cards
And I couldn’t spend another night in that old smoky bar
the weekends used to rock and roll but now the phone don’t ring
How many of my former mates are doing the same thing?
I forgot to call you babe, bring me home dessert
I’m gonna wait up for you anyway, I even put on a clean shirt
My eyes are glossing over from watching too much tv
And if I spend another week like this it’ll be the end of me
What a tangled web I’m tangled in
A lesser man would’ve given in a long time ago
But I’ve got the thickest skin, you could call it my exoskeleton
and I’m thriving on this strugglin’
It’s quite a show
But it’s gotta go
Under a waning moon tonight there’s lovebirds out on a date
There was dinner and a movie, man the whole thing was working out great
And as they kiss goodnight they catch a glimpse of a falling star
They secretly wish for each other as he walks back to the carBe careful what you wish for boy, you don’t know what it’ll do
You get comfortable and happy then everybody turns their back on you
So be sure to cause some trouble every now and then
You gotta have something tragic to entertain your friends
Track Name: Songs of Chaos

I’m listening to the songs of chaos in my mind
I’m listening to the songs of chaos in my mind
Memories romanticized
Miseries re-realized
Payment for every lie
Chaos fidelicized

Singing out so righteously
Changing stations instantly
First I thought it was easy
Take me back through history
Spins itself so joyfully
Voices a cacophony
Why are you so near to me
Please don’t interrupt me ‘cuz
I’m listening to the songs of chaos in my mind
I’m listening to the songs of chaos in my mind
In my mind
In my mind
In my mind
Track Name: Stihl B. Rokken

Had a real good time at the session today
had a guitar picker really came to play
laid everything down in just one take
now we're gonna listen to it every day
and it'll still be rockin' us
still be rockin' us

Sometimes you really gotta know how to let it go
shouldn't take any thought to just let it roll
shouldn't have to say anything to let us know
that's how the best records just seem to flow
and they still be rockin us
still be rockin' us

You all shoulda heard the player that I had today
laid it down electric like Jimmy Page
And he don't even care if he doesn't get paid
the mother fucker really just wants to play and play and play and play and play

And I don't care what kind of guitar you play
and I don't care if your life is just some kind of waste
and you're very likely just a basket case
Lord knows you don't need a pretty face
for you to still be rockin us
still be rockin' us

Come on man, play it buddy, lay it down
we should start a band and take it out of town
You're too good now go and spread your love around
that 20 dollar guitar it has the perfect sound
for you to still be rockin' us
still be rockin' us...
Track Name: Tired Of Feeling No Good
That same moon
Hangs over superior
And I'm thinking of someone tonight
Someone to love me tender
Someone to treat me nice
Someone who knows directions in this neck of the woods
I'm tired of feeling lonesome and I'm tired
Of feeling no good.

When I held it together
My arms they grew so strong
But lately I've been singing
A different kind of song
The notes they're strewn together
Like lightning on the air
So clear for just an instant
Then next time you look
It's not there

So I watched it unravel
Like water down the drain
My hopes and memories fall in
Never to be seen again
I'm building up a new route
To that moon up in the sky
And I'm gonna drive the steamroller just one time
Before I die
Track Name: Wherever I'm At
Wherever I'm At

Victim of soul
Losing control
Figuring that it'd be a good thing to lose
Past what is sad
Learned from what's bad
Lost and forsaken in my own paradise

Apple tree
Don't you mess with me
Got the rights to life

I need some sleep
Boy, do I ever
The hours I keep just doing whatever
Week after week
Month after month
Year after year, are we still having fun?

I can't see
Where are we?
Lost my keys and my wallet

Yeah I want to be there now
Takes some time to prepare now

It's not my time
It's not my life
Got this advice from a trip down south
Wherever I'm at
If it's worth all the crap
The crap that you make us look at
Track Name: You Can Tell the Whole World About It
You can tell the whole world about it
THe way you walk, the way you paint your lips
I like the way EVERYTHING is
The way it all worked out rocks like a magic kiss!

You can tell the whole world about it
And you can hold my hand in a public place
Let the people talk let the people stare
Yeah I'm sure from the cheap seats it don't look fair

You can tell the whole world
You can tell the whole world
You can tell the whole world about it!