Categories
Behind The Song

NEW SONG: The Kindest Person I Know

Your mercy burnt bright in the darkness
She’s a keeper
Download     mp3 demo      Chords (pdf)      Lyrics (pdf)

I’ve been married 23 years. Want to know my secret? I found an amazing woman and married her. Easy. One of her many good points is she’s so kind. And I think kindness is underrated today. I was going to write her a note saying as much but the note turned into a poem and the poem turned into a song. The bridges betray the poetic origin as they’re just verses sung to a different tune but I think (hope) the words do enough of the heavy lifting for it not to matter. I think the image of love going to the vanishing point might appear in The Message translation of the Bible.

Having written the song on acoustic guitar with top E dropped to D (and then everything dropped a semitone to suit my vocal range) I didn’t know to how to arrange it. So I used it as a lab experiment on my menagerie of instruments. I dug out the uke and cymbala and violined (volume swelled) a fuzz bass (through a Mesa Boogie Sans Amp). I also used my sister’s old accordion and my godfather’s alpine zither. I’ll never be able to play the latter properly but, holy moley! What incredible bass notes you can get.

I was drowning the day that you found me
Embraced in death’s dark undertow
You held onto me for dear life, dear
You’re the kindest person I know

Never once did I wear out your patience
Or your flame of compassion burn low
Your mercy burnt bright in the darkness
You’re the kindest person I know

There is love that can touch the horizon
That will follow wherever I go
Your care keeping pace to the vanishing point
The kindest person I know

Through channels of sister and motherhood
To strangers both highborn and low
To creatures and children and elderly
You’re the kindest person I know

Wouldn’t trade for a much younger model
I don’t care how fast newer ones go
They don’t make em now like they used to
You’re the kindest person I know

There is love that descends many fathoms
To the depths that can crush a man’s bones
Where the air and the light cannot reach me at all
Your kindness will reach me I know

From what boundless underground river
Does the life-giving fountainhead flow
The source of your stream undiscovered
I bless for the kindness you show
You’re the kindest person I know

 

Categories
Behind The Song

NEW SONG: Kiss Me Beneath The Mistletoe

Let’s both be bad tonight
A Christmas romance with hidden depths
Download     mp3 demo     Chords (pdf)     Lyrics (pdf)

I grew up on the beautiful wordsmithery of Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin as mediated through the golden voice of Ella Fitzgerald, so this kind of thing was bound to come out at some point. Musically it started as something like a victorian hymn but once I hit on the ascending major scale of the chorus I boarded the jazz train and never looked back. In the verses I’m obviously trying to channel Burt Bacharach.

The initial idea, based round the concept of the chorus having a completely different meaning when set up by verse 2, has been hanging around my notebook forever, but it’s only recently that I had the guts (and ability) to turn it into a song. It’s one of the few songs that I’ve written entirely on the piano.

Kiss me beneath the mistletoe
Come press your lips to mine
You’ve been a good girl all year long
Let’s both be bad tonight
Don’t you want to go down this road?
See where a kiss may lead?
Head over heels? Perhaps. Who knows?
Let’s start with a kiss under the mistletoe

The end of a year
I’m drinkin’ and singin’ with people from work
She’s standing so near
Her perfume is drawing me in
Her breath so warm on my skin
She presses close to me whisp’ring…

Kiss me beneath the mistletoe
Come press your lips to mine
I’ve been a good girl all year long
Let’s both be bad tonight
Don’t you want to go down this road?
See where a kiss may lead?
Head over heels? Perhaps. Who knows?
Let’s start with a kiss under the mistletoe

I leave her unkissed
Make some excuse and go home to my wife
My true christmas gift
I find her unwrapping herself
Mistletoe on her belt
She presses close to me whisp’ring…

Kiss me beneath the mistletoe
Come press your lips to mine
I’ve been a good girl all year long
Let’s both be bad tonight
Don’t you want to go down this road?
See where a kiss may lead?
Head over heels? Perhaps. Who knows?
Let’s start with a kiss under the mistletoe

Categories
Song Vault

Advice Regarding The Treatment Of Bullet Wounds no. 2

I did you wrong, but you did me wronger
Don’t Try This At Home
Download     mp3 demo          mp3 Live duet with Rachel McClean
Chords (pdf)      Behind The Song

Don’t take out the bullet, girl, don’t even try
That little piece of metal’s all that’s keeping me alive
Stuck into an artery like a finger in a dyke

Don’t scrub the wound like you used to scrub my back
Don’t make me walk it off, don’t even make me stand
Darling I’m not hungry, put away those pots and pans

Baby, baby, baby, please don’t ever shoot me again
Baby, baby, baby, please don’t ever shoot me again
I’m still your man but I might not be for too much longer
I did you wrong, but you did me wronger
So baby, baby, don’t you shoot me again

Don’t grab my bleeding arm and hold it in the air
I got precious little blood left inside of there
Darling please stop crying, I know you’re trying to show how much you care

Chorus

I’m sorry that I hurt you, sorry that we never talk
I’m sorry you can’t fix me, just get me to a doc
Most of all I’m sorry I bought you that 9 millimetre Glock

Chorus

Categories
Song Vault

Tonight

She’s shining like a constellation
A moment of transcendence down the pub (co-written with Harry Verity)
Download     mp3 demo     Chords (pdf)     Lyrics (pdf)

Looking at that girl at the other end of the bar
Grinning like an idiot an’ still don’t know where to start
Need something to do or something to say
When it comes to love I get my own way
Love is a needlessly contrary competition
Often complicated with no proper definition
Taking aim at nothing and complaining when I hit it
Love is not a lottery if you don’t buy a ticket

Tonight she’s got the whole world at her fingertips
So why not unlock my life with just one kiss?

Tonight, don’t let me down tonight, the arguments and fights
Are violins and choirs sent to serenade tonight
There are sonnets I could write, revolutions to ignite
If I just put down my pint and talk to you to…

…Set the scene more thoroughly a dreary Wednesday night crowd
It’s mental in the gentlemen’s’ – the ultraviolet light’s out
A dog is licking lager up under someone’s table
Sat amongst the gargoyles is a solitary angel
They’re no brighter than their bling and bitter as Bacardi
All I hear is whistling, the pounding of my heartbeat
Everyone smells of smoke, sweat and desperation
They’re tryin’ to be stars, she’s shining like a constellation

Tonight she’s got the whole world at her fingertips
So why not unlock my life with just one kiss?

Tonight, don’t let me down tonight, the sirens and blue lights
Are violins and choirs sent to serenade tonight
There are sonnets I could write, revolutions to ignite
If I just put down my pint and talk to you tonight…

For tomorrow is a siren’s lullaby
Watch love sail away as day turns into night

Don’t let me down tonight, don’t let me drown tonight
Be swept out with the tide while there’s land in sight
And sonnets left to write, revolutions to ignite
If I just put down my pint and talk to you and…

Suddenly she’s by my side, and ‘penny-for-your-thoughts’ me
I just shake my head, say “being back in here transports me,
The first time that I saw you was the last time I felt lonely”
She says, “let’s go home love, ‘cos the babysitter’s phoned me”

Categories
Deep Vault

Oh April (You Made A Fool Outta Me)

If you’re feeling cooped up are you a fox or a chicken?
Another ‘somebody-did-somebody-wrong’ song
Download     mp3 demo     Chords (pdf)     Behind The Song

Couldn’t pin you down till I was stuck like glue
Heading for a fall before summer was through
Didn’t hear the sirens when you came in view
Oh April, you made a fool outta me

With a pout and a wink and a raptors smile
On your smart phone waiting for a dumb reply
Call you Cleopatra, you’re the queen of denial
Oh April, you made a fool outta me

Take a look beneath the hood tell me what’s that ticking
If you’re feeling cooped up are you a fox or a chicken?
You’re gonna bust baby if you don’t start sticking
Do I make myself quite clear?

You broke me like a bank, broke me like a horse
Your speech is so smooth now you’re right on course
Tricked me twice, tricked me thrice with your excessive force
Oh April, you made a fool outta me

A penny for your thoughts if you count them cheaply
Pennies for my eyes when I was only sleeping
Penitence is something for the old and weak
That’s what you always said to me

Didn’t want a white knight at the end of the day
Used your dirty mouth to get clean away
I was a puppet on a string that was too afraid
Oh April, you made a fool outta me

Oh April, you made a fool outta me
Oh April, you made a fool outta me

Categories
FAWM Song Vault

Cheese On Toast


You murdered love with cheese on toast
A soft rock murder ballad. Handle love Caerphilly.
Download mp3    Chords   Lyrics

It ain’t a pizza without bread of some description
It ain’t a pizza if it doesn’t have cheese
And it ain’t a pizza, of course without tomato paste, puree or sauce
And two out of three may be good enough for Meatloaf
But it’s not good enough for me. Can’t you see?

Cheese on toast
What we’re looking at is cheese on toast
And there’s no way to disguise it
With candles on the table and soft rock on the radio
Cheese on toast
Welsh rabbit if you want to boast
Whichever way you slice it
Love’s gone to waste for want of tomato paste
This is such a cheesy evening, our romance is toast

It’s still a pizza if it doesn’t have anchovies
Still makes the grade without some pineapple chunks
But it’s not Italian cuisine without a thin red line between bread and cheese
And I don’t want to fight but slapping own-brand cheddar
On top of some Mother’s Pride just ain’t right

Cheese on toast
What you’re giving me is cheese on toast
And there’s no way you can hide it
With candles on the table and soft rock on the radio
Cheese on toast
Now love has given up the ghost
And there’s no way we can fight it
Love’s gone to waste for want of tomato paste
And I think I should be leaving…

There’s no way to express the pain I feel
Without some blazing guitar
And a gratuitous change of key

GUITAR SOLO

Cheese on toast
You murdered love with cheese on toast
No matter how much you deny it
The proof is on the table, stack the pots while I get my coat
Cheese on toast
Exhibit A is cheese on toast
And any court would try it
There’s no trace of paste. I rest my case
Find another lover to deceive with your cheese
Your cheese on toast

Categories
Song Vault

One More Hour With You (A Christmas Song)

This worn out year is almost through
A true life Christmas ballad
Download   mp3

The gifts are wrapped, the tree looks great
Some Yuletide crap on an old mix tape
Let’s light the fire and warm our feet
As our children will themselves to sleep

The scent of pine, the manger scene
A glass of wine, Die Hard on TV
This worn out year is almost through
But can I spend one more hour with you?

Things go unsaid
Life gets in the way
And I forget
What I need to say

It’s five a.m. How can you sleep
Now that our bed has become a trampoline?
And childish hearts they want what’s new
But I just want one more hour with you

I need some tea, you want some toast
I need to pee but what I need the most
Is just the time to show you how
I love you more than ever now
My love is old, my love is true
Let me spend one more hour with you

Categories
Song Vault

Here At The End Of The World

To them you’re just one more piece of meat
Just another jaunty apocalyptic love song
Download     mp3 demo      chord sheet (pdf)

Ever since the day that we met
I vowed that I would love you
Until the bitter end
What could ever tear us apart
As long as you hold on to my hand, you hold my heart
You help me stand, you give me strength

When riots start and war breaks out
The markets crash and law breaks down
Let it all go wrong
Just as long as we stick together
When oceans freeze and rivers burn
Between a twister and an earthquake where can you turn
Let the storm rage on
Just as long as we stick together

You’re all I want, you’re all I need
And there’s no one else I’d rather be with
Here at the end of the world

The sky grows black with alien craft
And every famous landmark turns to ash
I don’t care what’s gone
Just as long as we stick together
When undead mobs roam the streets
And to them you’re just one more piece of meat
We can still stand strong
Just as long as we stick together

You’re all I want,you’re all I need
And there’s no one else I’d rather be with
Here at the end of the world
And there’s no one else I’d rather be with
Here at the end of the world

I don’t care what is wrong as long as we’re together

Cos there’s no one else I’d rather be with
No one else I’d rather be with
No one else I’d rather be with
Here at the end of the world

Categories
Song Vault

Sadie’s Sister

She won’t compare me to a pebble in her shoe
Matt & Stuart Kidd try on John Lennon’s white suit
Download     mp3

Sadie’s sister doesn’t love anyone
But I could be in love with her
I don’t want to look as if I’ve jumped the gun
But I just want to know, if she has even noticed me

Sadie’s sister doesn’t black my eyes
And leaves no trail of broken glass
She’ll spend the afternoon beneath a Sunday sky
Like it’s a test to pass, she’s in a different class from me

I’m feeling inside out
And she is turning me
Round and round
 and upside down
Round and round 
and upside down

Sadie’s sister knows that love is blind
She’s got nothing left to prove
Turns her face heavenwards and storm-clouds step aside
She won’t compare me to a pebble in her shoe
So why – should I be surprised

I’m feeling inside out
And she is turning me
Round and round
 and upside down
Round and round 
and upside down

Sadie’s sister said I had no right
To be left alone like this

(c) Matt Blick/Stuart Kidd 2012

Co-written with Stuart Kidd
Stuart Kidd – lead & backing vocals, acoustic guitar, bass, percussion
Matt Blick – electric guitars, piano, backing vocals

 

Categories
Let's Build An Airport EP Song Vault

Brother Bull

 

To pen such a sonnet that dry ink will sing
A twisted courtship song
Download     Buy mp3     Chords (pdf)     Lyrics (pdf)     Behind The Song :The ToDo list

Brother Bull could you lend me your skin?
Brother Bull could you lend me your skin?
For a belt of black leather to give to my girl
Brother Bull could you lend me your skin?

Brother Worm would you spare me some silk?
To make her a dress pure as milk
Spin a thread that’s as smooth and as soft as her skin
Brother Worm would you spare me some silk?

For I’m off to court my darling Christine
Whose eyes shine like crystal the bluest of green
3 rings on her finger, a gold trinity
My pockets hold nothing but promises and dreams

Brother Gander please give up a quill
Though your breast it may smart for a spell
To pen such a sonnet that dry ink will sing
Brother Gander please give up a quill

Brother Sheep please, your stomach for strings
And my guitar like a siren will sing
When plucked with a sliver of dear Turtle’s shell
Brother Sheep please, your stomach for strings

For I’m off to court my darling Christine…

Some things are given and some things must die
To give love the slenderest chance to survive
But there’s nothing I miss, and less that I mourn
I gladly gave everything the day I went to court my darling Christine
Her eyes shine like crystal the bluest of green
3 rings on her finger, a gold trinity
My pockets hold nothing but promises and dreams
My pockets are bursting with promises, promises and dreams

© Matt Blick 2012