Two Trees, Three Leaves

by Jeff Matey

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This is my 2nd album recorded at the historic SugarHill Recording Studios in Houston, Texas. Engineered and co-produced by Andy Bradley. Released on 3/31/14. There's a lot of musical diversity from track to track. I tried to make a record that's listenable as an album, not just a collection of songs. Thanks to all who helped me make this record, and thank-you for listening.

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released March 31, 2014

MUSICIANS – in order of appearance –

Jeff Matey: Acoustic & electric guitars, vocals, harmonica, & other instruments as noted (see attached PDFs).
Chris Longwood: Bass, & percussion.
Tyson Sheth: Drums, & percussion.
Kevin Hardin: Mandolin & fiddle; piano on “Mr. Flashin’ Fashion”.
Russell Norkevich: Harmony vocals on “Outside the Door” & “Baby’s Gone Away”; electric piano on “Outside the Door”.
Thomas Bacon: French horn.
Paul English: Hammond B3 organ on “When I Get Home”.
Brian Thomas: Dobro.

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Track Name: Passing Slowly
When you reappeared
Like a puff of frozen breath in the air,
It was then I was sure you were there
Suspended in eternity you kissed me,
You were with me.
And you told me
How the world had become so strange,
Everything was rearranged,
Like the movement of the sun
and moon had changed.
And you said, "Now I know,
If only I could show you."
Just today
I noticed that the birds had flown away,
The leaves were gone,
The winter sky had turned to grey
As if everything that's visible conceals you,
But I still feel you.
"Now I know,
If only I could show you."
Track Name: Three Trees
Over the hill there's a meadow
That runs along this dusty road,
Tall grass and a broken fence,
All that's left of a dairy farm from long ago.
And standing in the distance
In the middle of the tall grass
Is our favorite place, there in the shade of ...
Three trees, that's place where we will meet.
Oh-oh-oh oh.
Your daddy had you check up on your brother
Always loafing at the family store,
"It shouldn't be a minute."
But you always get caught up in in it
As soon as you walk through the door ...
Three trees, that's place where we will meet.
Oh-oh-oh oh.
A silent cloud floats high above this afternoon
But there's no sign of you, my love.
Shadows grow across the field
I'm all alone when suddenly there you appear,
Smiling and apologizing,
I watch the way you move as you come near.
And the words that you speak,
I cannot hear, all I can think is will you marry me?
Run away with me to ...
Three trees, that's place where we will meet.
Oh-oh-oh oh.
Track Name: Mr. Flashin' Fashion
Here comes the story of Mr. Flashin' Fashion
He comes a cashin' down the avenue,
He takes time to scope out the action,
He takes aim, he's pointin' at you.
Hey Mister who's your buddy,
Who's your buddy now?
Hey Mister who's your buddy,
Who's your buddy now?
Can you find him somehow?
Now Flashin's sittin' in a parking lot
He looks so funny when he whines and dines,
And you can tell he give it all he got
And he will tell you that he's doing fine.
Hey Mister who's your buddy,
Who's your buddy now?
Hey Mister who's your buddy,
Who's your buddy now?
Can you lose it somehow?
He takes a walk down memory lane
Some of the neighbors make him run and hide,
And he don't wanna open up that door
No, he don't wanna know who's there inside.
Hey Mister who's your buddy,
Who's your buddy now?
Hey Mister who's your buddy,
Who's your buddy now?
Can ya find her somehow?
He set his eye wherever he want to
He suck the marrow right out the bone
He leave it all high and lonely
Now look who's feeling all alone.
Hey Mister who's your buddy,
Who's your buddy now?
Hey Mister who's your buddy,
Who's your buddy now?
Did ya lose her somehow? somehow.
There goes the story of Mr. Flashin' Fashion
He goes a crashin' down the avenue.
Track Name: Patch of Sky
It's only just a patch of sky
Stars twinklin' beyond,
A little patch of sky
A cloud rolls and it's gone.
I'm not dreamin'
& I'm not schemin',
it's gone.
Broken by a promise made
He stumbles on his way again,
Maybe in another life
Well it might have been.
LORD knows, LORD knows.
Just another patch of sky
Clouds break and it's back again,
But only for a little while
Every now and then.
I'm not dreamin'
& I'm not schemin',
it took too long, so long.
Track Name: Ghost Town
The sign on the avenue
Says DO YOU REMEMBER?
Voices are callin' you,
Singing sweet surrender.
You shuffle down the empty street
Grooving to a mystery beat
Getting lost in the morning heat
You're comin' down
in a ghost town.
Feel the spirits rising,
Circle 'round, make your head spin
The earth below you's crying out
The sky above is closing in
on a ghost town.
You know you can't go back
You know you lost the track
Why try? Why lie to yourself?
It's just a ghost town.
You dream of the faces
Listen for their long lost words
Promises in far off places
Time will only make it worse.
Now the shadows ar growing
The street's aglow in the silver moon
The shadows are stirring
The church bells ring their tune
in a ghost town.
Track Name: Outside the Door
Friday afternoon
Couldn't come too soon
I'll be heading out the building
Just whistling a tune
So like a tried to tell you
Once or twice before
If I'm already gone
Leave me a note outside the door.
Delivery man
Always seem to catch me in a rush
And I'm bristling with energy
And wishing that he'd hush
I don't wanna sign nothin',
Don't care who it's for,
Just forget ya saw me
Leave the package outside the door.
Oooo baby when I'm sometimes feelin' low
I don't look at nobody, don't even say hello,
I guess I left my best side at the bedside again
And I may never raise a smile till I see you again.
Driving up to meet you
It's feeling like a dream
I'm going through the red lights,
Stopping at the green
I better get a handle, better get a grip
Before I'm rollin' down my window
To a cop outside the door.
Oooo baby now don't be too surprised
If you ever see my bad side, the one I try to hide,
I know you're gonna find it, the question's only when
But I may never raise a smile if I don't see you again.
Straight ahead
I see your place shining in the night
I drive a little faster
Now I'm feeling alright
Pull up a little closer
Couldn't ask for more
There's an empty parking space
For me outside the door.
Now you'll be relaxing
Slippers on the floor
A cup of tea in hand
Watching channel four
& then you'll hear my knock
Like so many times before
And there you'll find me waiting for you
Outside the door.
Track Name: Baby's Gone Away
Baby's gone away for good
Baby's gone away for good
Baby's gone away for good
Somehow you knew she would.
Well crying don't do no good
Denying it don't do no good
You're heart is in a sling
You're despising everything
Maybe time will do you good.
Baby's gone away for good
Baby's gone away for good
Baby's gone away for good
Somehow you knew she would.
Well stalling don't do no good
Calling it wrong don't do no good
You thought you gave your all
& the pieces they did fall
Only none of them like they should.
When you feel the winter hour getting longer
& the cold wind's biting your face,
When hear that lonely whistle calling
Then you think about the dream you wanna chase,
Ohhh ...
(music break)
When you hear that lonely whistle calling
Where the avenue is turning up ahead,
When your tear stained summer's getting longer
Then you think about the things that you said,
Ohhh ...
Baby's gone away for good
Baby's gone away for good
Baby's gone away & away she's gonna stay
She left you standing right where you stood.
Track Name: Two Leaves
You hold me in your arms like a frightened child
Like a frightened child I cling to you
Waiting for the day when we awake
When we-ee awake to a world that's new.
Hold on, hold on
But for you I'm gone
But for you & your love I could not hold on.
In the Spring we were born
Only days apart
& right from the start I loved you so.
Hold on, hold on
But for you I'm gone
But for you & your love I could not hold on.
And the wind will blow
Till we let go ...
Till we-ee let go of the life we know.
Track Name: When I Get Home - Prelude
When I get home (when i get home)
When I get home (when i get home)
When I get home (when i get home)
When I get ... home.
Track Name: When I Get Home
Go on pick off the tab, man
& save me the last can
Yeah buddy that's my plan
When I get home.
No I don't wanna go there
'Cause I already been here
Where there's no one who cares
When I go on.
When I get home,
When I get home ... I will belong.
Well I already told her,
Never meant to scold her
Only wanted to hold her
When I get home.
When I get home,
... I will gone.
And there'll be no more heartaches
And there'll be no more rough takes
With nothing to borrow
& no one to own.
And there'll be no more sorrows
And there'll be no more holy rolls,
We all know what it means to belong.
When we get home,
When we get home,
When we get home,
Then we belong.
Then we belong.
& there'll be no more sweet lies,
& there'll be no more sad sighs,
Gonna see it with new eyes
When I get ... home.
Track Name: I Flew Away
I went away
So you can say
I wasn't here when you were here,
I go away sometimes, I go away.
If you were here
& I was near
& didn't give a word you say
Then I would pay, don't wanna pay
I run away.
You won the argument
You already know
& there's nothing to do or say,
You won the argument
& it's time to go
It's past time for me anyway.
When you were near
& I was clear
& every word that appeared
Was out of fear, out of fear
I flew away.
What can I say?
I went away
Now every story you play
Has come to stay, come the day
I went away.
(music break)
I went away
So you can say
That every word that I play
Has gone astray, so astray
I went away.
Track Name: Dream That Remains
It's not the frame
It's not the frame
The frame that I'm in,
Though it's poor & pitiful & plain.
But it's what hangs inside
That covers my eyes
In tears of sorrow & shame.
When the night falls down
& the wind hangs low
Your voice I hear once again,
Calling me to your side
But I run & hide
At the sound of my own name.
I have walked this road
'Kicked against the goads'
Been wrong before
& back again.
But I will rest my eyes
Upon the midnight sky
& dream a dream that remains.
Track Name: A Rich Obstacle
"Are you ready witchya make-up on?
come on, honey, let's go.
Are you ready witchya make-up on?
come on, we gotta hit the road."
She turned around & looked at me,
That was all she said.
And that was a rich obstacle.
(music break)
"Don't ya 'member what I done for you,
you better for sure!
Don't ya 'member whatcha done for me?"
while I'm headed out the door.
I turned around & looked at her,
That was all I said.
And that was a rich obstacle.
Now... that was a rich obstacle.