Featherbones

by Matt Langley

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'A genuine minimal masterpiece.' Trevor Reekie, Radio New Zealand. (2010)

'As good a singer-songwriter debut as you could expect.' Graham Reid, New Zealand Herald. (2010)

'This is the music we should be showcasing.'Simon Sweetman, Dominion Post. (2010)

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released January 1, 2010

Matt Langley played guitars, harmonica and sang.
Scott Mead played bass guitar.
Andrew driver played drums.
Shane Ryan played guitars.
Jake Langley played drums on ‘Love & Money’ and knees on ‘Let it go now’.
Clint Meech — Keyboards.
Niamh O’Flynn sang background vocals on ‘Heavensent’.
Chloe Langley sang on ‘7:13’.
Anna Bowen played fiddle on ‘7:13’.
All songs written by Matt Langley.

Engineered by Robert Stirling Falconer.
Produced by Matt Langley, Dylan Galletly and Brett Stanton.
Assistant vocal mixing by Dylan Galletly.
Mixed and mastered by Brett Stanton.

Recorded @ Island Bay Studios, Wellington, ‘The Blue Room’, Wellington and Albany Street Studios, Dunedin, Aotearoa.

Thanks…Matty Warmington, Jarney Murphy, P.A.T.U. Pukeatua School Wainuiomata, Justin Doyle, Karl ‘Ranch’ Mclennan, Ryan ‘Gusty’ McNeil Mike McCleod, Cam Williams, Joe Michael, Emma Dougherty. Hometown Records NZ, Red Rocks Records, Nick Mcahnn, Alastair Burns.

© 2015 Hometown Records New Zealand

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Matt Langley Dunedin, New Zealand

Award winning singer/songsmith.
Lives in Broad Bay, Dunedin, Aotearoa.

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Track Name: Ride It Out
Well you might as well be still and uncover your eyes
For every truth you tell, I got a dozen morning lies
I know every clown in town is falling at your door
Honey I won’t be around to philosophise no more

Who’s going to ride it out?
Who’s going to tie you down?
You’re going to find some other lover
To drag you around ‘til I recover my senses

Now when you are out and driving around in your new car
Better check your vital mileage honey; love won’t take you very far
I know every dog in town is sniffing around your door
Put your shoes on and comb your hair, they’re going to eat you alive for sure

Who’s going to ride it out?
Who’s going to tie you down?
You’re going to find some other lover
To drag you around ‘til I recover my senses

I want you back, I want you back honey.
All I know, I know now.

I’ve recovered my senses
Track Name: Everybody Knows
Everybody knows the world ain’t right
Down on your knees, get up and fight
Everybody dreams black and white
Blood on the streets, dead of the night

And everybody knows words won’t make right
Try me again. Fall on the knife.

Everybody sings the same old song
You’re so out of tune. Just whistle along
Everybody sees. Star burn bright.
Last one to leave turn out the light

And everybody knows words won’t make right
Try me again. Fall on the knife.

The next best thing
That you ever had
Burn it all to dust
Rain ashes on my head

Everybody knows the world ain’t right
Down on your knees, get up and fight

And everybody knows words won’t make right
Try me again. Fall on the knife.

The next best thing
That you ever had
Burn it all to dust
Rain ashes on my head

Everybody sees. Star burn bright.
Last one to leave turn out the light.
Track Name: Let It Go Now
Guess I always knew that
I was going for a song
Waiting someone to wrap me up
And take me home

Let it go now
Let it go now
Let it go now

Suddenly remembered what
I wanted to forget
Is this disintegration?
Haven’t thought about it yet

Let it go now
Let it go now
Let it go now

When I stop to think my mind is ordinary
Ordinary things are on my mind
I know what to expect, I’m doing fine
Just didn’t know I’d think about you
All the time
Let it go now

When I stop to think my mind is ordinary
Ordinary things are on my mind
I know what to expect, I’m doing fine
Just didn’t know I’d think about you
All the time
Let it go now


Let it go now
Track Name: I Don't Believe It
When you have drawn the last
Drop from a broken earth
When you count your money
For what it worth
When you step outside
But there’s nothing there
When you fall down dead
In the winners chair

You know that I don’t believe it
No I don’t believe it
No I don’t believe it

When you love someone
But you forget to care
When you hurt someone and
They don’t repair
When you step outside
But you go nowhere
When you see a good friend
But there’s nobody there

You know that I don’t believe it
No I don’t believe it
No I don’t believe it

I keep telling myself
That everything is going to be fine

I keep telling myself
That everything is going to be fine

I keep telling myself
That everything is going to be fine
Track Name: 7:13
Wide is the gate and broad is the road
That leads to destruction
Long is the road and narrow the way
That leads to your door

I don’t know what good luck means
I don’t know what love might bring
I don’t know what world I’m in
But I’m good to go

Long is the night and O how I pray
To see the coming day
Black is the sky and low burn the stars
That light the milky way

I don’t know what good luck means
I don’t know what love might bring
I don’t know what world I’m in
But I’m good to go

Light is my heart and nameless the grace
I see in your smile
Light is the load I bear in my heart
When I think on your loving ways

I don’t know what good luck means
I don’t know what love might bring
I don’t know what world I’m in

But I’m good to go
Track Name: Heavensent
Heavensent
You’ve been so good to me
But there was always something I could not see
When I come crawling home tonight
You know just where I’ve been

And all around my head your words
Are buzzing falling for what you said
You’re heavensent
But no one would ever know

I’ve worn out my welcome so many times
I come back but I won’t stay

Everything I’ve done is burning away
Staring at the sun
When I look back sometimes
I don’t know where I’ve been

I’ve worn out my welcome so many times
I come back but I won’t stay

You’re an ordinary thing
With barefoot hope
And long forgotten wings

You’re heavensent I know it

You’re heavensent

Heavensent
Track Name: The Lion And The Virgin
Lying like a needle in the field
Roots underground
Waiting for the magpies in the trees
To come and fetch my bones out

O now your tenderness is such a burden to receive
O now your bitterness has got me running up my sleeve

I remember mornings when we brewed
Cold cups of tears and coffee
I got no milk, no jam to spread
On bread that’s burning

O now your emptiness, friends fill it up with sympathy
Lost in your wilderness, won’t see no forest for the trees

So come Death to plough the field
To fell the wheat and set it burning
Come the lover to the thief
And lay down like the Lion and the Virgin

Sweet maiden mother bared her breast
You tasted pain
One silken honeysuckle kiss
Now it’s gone forever

O now your emptiness, friends fill it up with sympathy
Lost in your wilderness, won’t see no forest for the trees

So come Death to plough the field
To fell the wheat and set it burning
Come the lover to the thief
And lay down like the Lion and the Virgin
Track Name: July
O the comfort of the moon
Is killing me
Caught in light
I cannot see

All the days are dust
The night is blind
Beauty burns
The love you find

Love is sideways
When you stand

There’s so much
I don’t get

O the shadow of the sun
Frozen in the sky
You need a sign
You get July

Love is sideways
When you stand

There’s so much
I don’t get

O the comfort of the moon
Is killing me
Caught in light I can
Caught in light I cannot see

Love is sideways
When you stand
Track Name: Love And Money
The trees nod their heads
Yes, yes, yes
The waves come and go
No, no, no

Looking for a tree
At the end of the world
Growing on the tears
Of a sad-eyed girl

I’m tired and I worry
About love and money

Holding on to oceans
I can’t release
Policing my tongue
Behind my teeth

Sneezing in the sun
Forget no-one
It’s more than me
There’s more than me

I’m tired and I worry
About love and money

Sneezing in the sun
Forget no-one
It’s more than me
There’s more than me

I’m tired and I worry
About love and money
Track Name: Stars And Guitars
Hold me now I’m ready to come in from the cold
Take me in like you did once before
I like stars and broken guitars
Like the jokes you saw through when you took me home

It’s hard to say how these days add up
But they won’t mean a thing if you’re gone

In fancy dress I was a mess ‘til I found you there
At the top of the stairs
I’m hoping now to find you somehow
Let the start and the end be one and the same

It’s hard to say how these days add up
But they won’t mean a thing if you’re gone

No they won’t mean a thing
And any song I could sing
Is just noise if you’re not around
Track Name: Blue Eyed Once
A wind that don’t rush
That doesn’t need to be so much

A family of trees in season
That bloom but are
Lost on the breeze

M mind is grey as a mountain of steel
I hope you rain just for me

The end of trust
Rain on the rooftops
Pillars and rivers of rust

My mind is locked
Like a diamond in vain
I look and I look
Boy
I was blue-eyed once

Like a chain ‘round your wrist

The wind that holds
And carries the souls
Down in the hail
The city
Dies so pale

Like a chain
Like a chain
Like a chain

‘Round your wrist