Virginia Avenue

by Matt Langley

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kitty cope I love this song, and the whole album, because when I listen I have the sense I'm on a road trip, even when I'm standing at the kitchen sink, like a horse in a field. Favorite track: Never.
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released March 10, 2012

'Baring various bits of his soul he has rarely sounded better' Shane Gilchrist, Otago Daily Times, 2013.

'An early contender for homegrown roots album of the year' Stack magazine, 2013

'There are few better lyricists in the country right now' James Belfield, Stuff.co.nz, 2013

All songs by Matt Langley except 'One Day' (Watson, Gooch, Callwood,Langley). Produced by Riki Gooch and Brett Stanton. Engineered by Brett Stanton. Recorded at the Wright Street Production Village (R.I.P). Mixed at Munki Studios Wellington. Mastered by Mike Gibson at Bonfire Audio. Matt Langley: acoustic guitars, harmonicas, vocals. Riki Gooch: drums, percussion, mellotron, keys, backing vocals, jews harp. Tom Callwood: bass, upright bass, cello, percussion, backing vocals. Tom Watson: electric guitars, acoustic guitar, trumpet, backing vocals, percussion. Alexis French: trumpet. Adam Page: saxophone. Clint Meech: Wurlitzer, casiotone. Brett Stanton: bells toy piano. Stephen Gallagher: piano. Mia Kurghan: backing vocals. Vic Parsons: backing vocals. String arrangements by Riki Gooch. Thanks to Creative New Zealand, Graham Kennedy, Radio New Zealand, Shannon McKenna, Plan9, David Long, Joe Blossom, Luke Buda, Adam Ladley, Regional Wines and Spirits, Aunty, Dylan Galletly, Emma Dougherty, Trevor Reekie, Matt Hay. Great love to all families who tolerated us working so late and to all our friends for your encouragement and support.

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Matt Langley Dunedin, New Zealand

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Lives in Broad Bay, Dunedin, Aotearoa.

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Track Name: Told you so
I feel your eyes upon my back
Don't tell me why I don't look back
If something's got to die, let it die

O this load will drag you down
A lonesome road to a nowhere town

If something's got to die, let it die
Life is a bad joke and then you die
I'll tell you what I know
When you say you say you love me
I say I told you so

You gave me your heart now you want it back
I'm taking you home, let you sleep on that
If something got to die, let it die
Life is a bad joke and then you die
I'll tell you what I know
When you say you love me
I say I told you so
Track Name: Into the Fire
How many lies have we been living?
Do they die or do we want to forget?
No time to start a panic search
For all the bridges burnt
Haven't I said from the beginning
I think this is all in my head
I don't want to be afraid to say everything anymore
Step into the fire

This one mistake
Is all we make
I don't want to be afraid to say everything anymore
Step into the fire

The true decay of time is love
I don't want to be afraid to say everything anymore
Step into the fire
How many ends to this beginning?
Track Name: Never
I'll leave you where you lie
Never said goodbye
Even though I love you

I'll leave you where you lay
Some other day
Twenty years or more from now

Nothing Feels like you
Never seems like home

I'll write you once or twice
If everything's alight
Even though you won't care

I watch a dead blue sky
It never wonders why
It just rises up to be

Nothing feels like you
Never seems like home

So far I've learned
Not to say
Never say
Never again
Track Name: Love Inside
I been staring at the sun
Waiting for the one to come
Be my saviour

I been spying on the moon
A jealous sister soon to savour
All my failure

There is nothing left
There is nothing lost now honey,
Only the love inside
I never wanted out
Let's take another ride now honey,
It's only the love inside

I been squinting at the stars
I wonder if they are for ever
O how I miss you

I been looking in the wood
Wonder if I could remember
O how I loved you

There is nothing left
There is nothing lost now honey,
Only the love inside
I never wanted out
Let's take another ride now honey,
It's only the love inside

O how to live through al this life
O how to give one more time
Track Name: Sad Sound Good
I keep on waking up into the future
Some place that I don't belong
Looking for some kind of proof in the morning
To get right what I'm doing wrong

keep on drifting off all through the day time
Just can't seem to keep my mind off
The words that were bleeding
Through every feeling
The first time that I heard your songs

Then you made it rain on the bluest of days
Just like I knew you would
I felt the sting of your suicide logic
But you make sad sound good

I keep on waking up a new world surrounds me
I'm too scared to open my eyes
Looks like the future has finally found me
I hope I can make it this time

When you make it rain on the bluest of days
I almost thought I could
I felt the sting of your suicide logic
You make sad sound good
Track Name: Ghost Wanted
Ghost wanted
To haunt my mind
I'll leave you honey
I'm you're wilding pine

Most wanted
What I could never find
The years you took honey
I just left behind

Ghost wanted
A nervous wreck
To pass through my life
With a rope around my neck

Ghost wanted to take my place
Sweet drunk and see-through
To hang around the place

Come back she says
I'm lonely as hell
I'd love you to stay
But I know you to well

Ah c'mon I said
Don't lie to yourself
You don't want me to stay
Anymore than I have

Ghost wanted
Some other time
I love you honey
I'm your wilding pine
Track Name: Last Days
Started a song
Wrote it down
It was a sweet song
But since you weren't around

Words turned to blood,
Love to graves

Did I lie,
Did I tell you I love you?
Coz I wish I did

O it's true
Most stars burn unknown
To any other
You,
You my other
Are so much lonelier than that

Now all of the songs sound the same
Only the last days remain
Track Name: Fear of the Dark
Some say you're insane
When you drift off in your darkened brain
Make no mistake
When we're asleep the world is safe

Fear of the dark
Like love lies to a bitter heart
The sun escapes
The dreamer to the dream awakes

Bearing up the walls in your mind
Falling down all the time
Breaking down inside of every line
I can't be down all the time
Track Name: So it Seems
Your dust is gold
Every mess you make
Is a little more that
I can take

Warm bodies cold
A bloody winter frost
Can kill the best of us

Falling in and of dreams
Is this as bad as it seems?

You love is dirt
The blood under my nails
The way I cling to it

Falling in and of dreams
Is this as bad as it seems?
When I think of what we lost
Stoned and sweet
Or so it seems

Falling overboard in mid-stream
This is a mad mans dream

Your dust is gold
Every mess you make
Is a little more that
I can take

Falling in and of dreams
Is this as bad as it seems?
When I think of what we lost
Stoned and sweet
Or so it seems
Track Name: Bread and Bones
She was a gravediggers son
With the coal-line blood
That burned to run

Unstrung the star light
Broke bread and bones
with the lung worm
On his starry throne

When, when everything that you touch turns away
When, when everything that you love starts to fade

He was a dead girl named Keith
Broke the sin down
Buried it beneath
Where the worms roll
Quietly now
In the blood shoals, kissing her crown

When, when everything that you touch turns away
When, when everything that you love starts to fade
Track Name: Monday Night Dixieland
Monday night Dixieland
That sounds so far away
If only I
Could call you and ride
That feeling back to you

O, o, o o I loved you first and best

Dreamed our dream
The world it seems
Is worn out and don't fit

O, o, o o o I loved you first and best
O, o, o o o I love you first and best

Monday night Dixieland
That sounds so far away
Track Name: Unto The Ends Of This Earth
Unto the ends of this Earth
Everyman walks a mile
From his death til his birth
He is a slave who must smile
Be this heaven or hell
He may range far and wide
Only to return to his self

Unto the ends of this Earth
You drag your feet in the sand
For whatever its worth
In the palm of your hand
Is he promise of truth
Has it a place in your plans?
There's only freedom to choose.

Unto the ends of this Earth.
Track Name: Bitter End
I have never been lonely
God knows I'm alone
Ever fallen out of love with a friend
Ever fallen far from home

Remember promises made
Too hard to keep my friend
Well I guess this must be the bitter end

I know what you hear in the silence
Before I can begin
I listen to the rain in your garden
The fear we're living in

Remember promises made
Too hard to keep my friend
Well I guess this must be the bitter end

Night after night
Star fire in your head
I never dreamed that my love
Would burn in your hands

Remember promises made
Too hard to keep my friend
Well I guess this must be the bitter end

Remember promises made
Too hard to keep my friend
Well I guess this must be the bitter end
Track Name: Cemetery Stone
Nothing belongs to me
Nothing but I can see
Everything that falls before the storm
Everything that I will ever be

Nothing belongs to you
Everything you thought you ever owned
Was a prisoner just dreaming of the day
You would love it just enough to let it go

Nothing belongs to me
Anymore than I could ever say
You belong to me and I to you
How ever many words I rearrange

Here we stand
A world apart for all our clever plans
Here we are

Nothing belongs to me
Nothing but I can see
The beauty of each moment that you gave
The weight of every word I'll never say

Nothing belongs to me
Anything I thought I'd ever known
Was washed away before the morning came
Like words writ upon cemetery stone

Here we stand
A world apart for all our clever plans
Here we are

Nothing belongs to me
Nothing that I can see
Nothing

Here we stand
A world apart for all our clever plans
Here we are
Alone