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This Burning Ship of Fools

by Matthew Santos

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released May 28, 2010

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Track Name: Daughter of the Sun
“Daughter of the Sun” by Matthew Santos

(capo 1st fret)

Seven ravens sing your dark chorus
In the Garden of Dorian Grey.
Pay no mind to the arousing song,
‘Cause they always fade away.

The morning comes without her Glory,
The wake is slow to rise.
Is this is how you wish to live your story?
With a fog over your eyes.
Blind to the day…

Eleanor! You are mistaken,
You’re a daughter of the sun!
Life is just as you take it,
It’s what you make it
Nothing more.

Eleanor! You must awaken,
You’ve been sleeping so long.
Your life is passing you by,
You can’t ignore it,
Eleanor.

If I could shake you from this darkness,
If I could just understand…
If I could write a song to lift your spirit,
Lend you the strength of heart and hands.
But now I say…

(Chorus)

(Bridge)

(mellow chorus recap)
Track Name: At My Table (featuring Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews)
“At My Table” by Matthew Santos

Come sit at my table we’ll enable the disabling
Of labels laid before like the stones in the doorway,


Metaphorically I’m speaking free of how we see reality,
Conceptually, or actually, let’s stick it to the facts now.

Dive deep into the darkness
Light sheds shadows!

Intuitively chewing spewing news here for the viewing now
What horrors of the hour, headlining sours.

Turning off the T.V radio has got to go though even though
We need to know all the numbers, death tolls.

Dive deep into the darkness
Light sheds shadows!

Come sit at my table we’ll enable the disabling
Of labels laid before like the stones in the doorway,


Metaphorically I’m speaking free of how we see reality,
Conceptually, or actually, let’s stick it to the facts now.

Dive deep into the darkness
Light sheds shadows!
Track Name: You Will Be Saved
“You Will Be Saved” Matthew Santos

We got something / something real good
you could have it too / if you wanted.
‘cause we know something / something real good
you could know it too / if you wanted.

We got somewhere / somewhere coming up
you could have it too / it could come for you.
Just close your eyes / and plug your ears
see as we see / hear as we hear.


And you will burn boy / if you turn away!
You will burn boy / for eternity.
There is only our way / all else is forsaken.
So come and join the brave / and you will be saved.

We got something / something real good
you could have it too / if you wanted.
We got somewhere / somewhere right here right now,
you could have it too / if you wanted…
Track Name: Wide Eyed Firefly
“Wide Eyed Firefly” by Matthew Santos

I’m a wide-eyed firefly / through the black I burn,
I’m a wide-eyed firefly / to whom it may concern.
You can catch me in the night / you can catch me in your sights,
‘cause I’m a wide-eyed firefly! / shining bright, doin’ alright.

I will not let you down,
I will not let you down!

I’m a star in a jar / poke the holes in the lid.
I’m the newfound glory / in the eyes of a kid.
You can give me a new name! / you can compare me to the flame!
But I’m a wide-eyed firefly / never to be tamed.

(chorus)

I’m a dying breed / floating by the main-stream.
You can find me residing / there within it’s dreams.
If you fall into the night! / if you fail to bring your light!
I’m a wide-eyed firefly / shining bright, doin’ alright.

(chorus)
Track Name: The Good Life (feat. Rachele Eve)
“The Good Life” Matthew Santos

The good life / it starts with people. (melody answers)
It’s rather / rather simple. (melody answers)
A vision / inspires movement, (melody answers)
Before you know it / it’s life improvement. (melody answers)

I’ve always been / an avid dreamer. (may we dance together)
But sometimes / life pulls too hard. (don’t let it pull you under)
We all need / a friend to lean on, (I won’t be an anchor)
Who won’t let / our dreams discard. (I will push you further)

No one said it’d be easy!
But we are not alone.

solo

This heart ache / won’t last forever. (like coals in the fire)
And I’ll partake / whatever’s clever. (with your feet skin naked)
Without love / life is a winter. (you walk further, further)
Without hope / a sharp decline. (to…the other side)

Chorus x2

Vamp out…
Track Name: Break Free
“Break Free” Matthew Santos

Hold on / head-strong lady / I’ve been gone / for a few short years.
But my song / has you threaded through / for too long / unsure what to do.

So I write it in a letter / and I bleed on the page / then I start to get better / burn a little sage / it’s a complicated matter / but at this day in age / I’m tired of playing games / so I’ll just come out and say it…

Break free / my lady / come live here with me,
If insight / serves me right / then it’s time that you by my side.
Want you by my side.

I’ve seen many places / fine women and wine,
But through the course of my days / it’s often yours on my mind.
And it hurts me so / to see you so intertwined,
For that man you’re with is gonna’ make you lose your mind!

Break free / my lady / come live here with me,
If insight / serves me right / then it’s time that you by my side.
Want you by my side.
(repeat)

Would you hand me my water / want you by my side.
We could drink a bit of whisky / want you by my side,
We could go see a movie / want you by my side,
Get freaky in the back seat / want you by my side,

Would you like a cup of tea / want you by my side,
When I’m brushing my teeth / want you by my side,
When I wake up in the morning in the middle of the night,
Want you by my side / want you by my side.
Track Name: Day of Our Day Dreaming
“Day of Our Day Dreaming” by Matthew Santos

Brother once stopped me from my walking,
He said he had a question he had to ask.
“Do you know the way to Hallelujah?
Because I got lost and I don’t wanna’ be last!”

And I didn’t have an answer for this stranger,
I said, “Sorry man, but I hope you find your way!”
Then he started laughing like a hyena,
Said, “Boy that’s the best answer I’ve heard all day!”

Mr. Seeker wished me luck he said,
“Mr. Seeker don’t get stuck.”

Suzy’s in a Cadillac going somewhere,
Cruising down the interstate ain’t looking back.
She talks a lot of big dreams over the ocean,
It’s never been the big dreams that she’s lacked.

Long wind Suzy’s free at last.
Long Wind Suzy has no past.

Stare into the twilight cold wind blowing,
There it awaits us in the dark.
Then upon our last breath it’ll come claiming,
Just hope that my last breath is filled with heart.

Any day could be our last
So live it well before it’s past.

Any day could be our last
So live it well before it’s past.

We’ll dance to moonshine,
Leaving our widows and
We’ll dance to moonshine
Playing the violin.

See how we’ve wasted
The day in our Daydreaming
look how we fade
into nothing…
Track Name: Drop A Coin
“Drop a Coin” by Matthew Santos

I’m replying to a personal/saw in the paper.
Said you’re looking for a special friend.
You need someone quite particular/for a partner.
Someone your heart can comprehend.

Now I’m replying to a personal/saw in the paper.
Said you’re looking for a one-night stand.
You don’t want nobody personal/or lovable,
Just a body to get off on.

You can drop a coin in me
Choose who you want me to be.
And I will do my very best,
To be whatever makes you happy.

Said you can drop a coin in me
Choose who you want me to be.
And I will do my very best,
For no one likes to be lonely.

Well I’m replying to a personal/saw in the paper.
Said you’re looking for your father.
For there’s a love that he gave to you/or neglected to.
There’s a love that you’ve been after.

Repeat chorus
Track Name: Born To Do
“Born To Do” by Matthew Santos

Break / a new holiday / a no dollar day / with peace in turn.
Wake / maybe one fine day / we will all awake / to our dreams awaiting.

Make / something meaningful / for the world to weep / help us feel more deeply.
Take / only what we need / many empty bowls / many mouths to feed.

If I were you / in your shoes / don’t know that I’d / know what to do.
But if I were me / and I chose to choose / I’d live my life / as I was born to do!

Round / round the rosy goes / their merry toes / before finding foes.
Child / that’s our child a-learning / to walk sands burning / the storms are coming.


If I were you / in your shoes / don’t know that I’d / know what to do.
But if I were me / and I chose to choose / I’d live my life / as I was born to do!


Born to do!

If I were you / in your shoes / don’t know that I’d / know what to do.
But if I were me / and I chose to choose / I’d live my life / as I was born to do!


Born to do!
Track Name: Time Still
“Time Still” by Matthew Santos

Just because you can don’t mean you should,
Even if you should don’t mean you can.
Brother if you would it’s in your will.

There is power lost and power gained,
When we choose to play the game of fame.
Can we find the balance in the hills?

Even if we don’t have it now,
There is time still.

When the world feels like a spinning wheel,
When your desperate for that something real,
Can we trust the ways in how we feel?

Even if we don’t have it now,
There is time still.
Even if we don’t have it now,
There is time still.
Track Name: December's Ghost
“December’s Ghost” by Matthew Santos

There is a ghost that knocks at my window.
She only comes if it snows.
I could tell you something about her
When she’s here, but I know not where
She goes.

And it’s high tide
On the ocean side.
It’s wind
Wind and rain
Through the great
Great plains.
It’s ice,
Ice and snow
Outside
My window
Where Mary waits
For me to come home.

Would I rather live in California?
Where they tax you for the sun.
And the people they all looking mighty fancy,
And the fires come to set you running.

Chorus

I could be the lonely captain.
I could be heaven’s host.
I could stand awake through the darkness,
Awaiting you, December’s ghost.

Chorus
Track Name: Death, Sex and Regret
“Death, Sex and Regret” by Matthew Santos

Last time I came to this town / took a good look around / put my ears to the ground.
Astounded by the sounds that I had found / old songs of death / of sex and regret.
And I sing a few light-hearted tunes / just to clear up the room of that loathsome perfume,
And the pull of the endless night drew me inward / and drink after drink / in the land of death, sex and regret.

Death, sex and regret!

Young Johnny was the son of a barber / he just bought an old Camero needed work on the carburetor.
His little honey she was a burning wild flower / with a tattoo of a rattle snake / wrapped around her shoulder.
And they swore they were both better than / this rank old town / where the sinners came around to play their games to play in vain.
But the pull of the endless night drew them inward / and drink after drink / in the land of death, sex and regret!

Chorus

When I’m strong enough to pull myself away / I feel a few years older / and a few shades colder.
I thank the sky for the light of the new day / where I could walk a little straighter / and talk a little clearer / and I sing a few light-hearted tunes / just to clear up my soul / of that loathsome perfume.
And the hoodoos that stand in the distance / reaffirm my existence / as I pass through the land of death, sex and regret.

Chorus

Vamp out.
Track Name: Days Like This
“Days Like This” by Matthew Santos


You know you gotta see it/gotta see it to believe it.
There goes a man with no agenda to define him.
You know he’s got nothing/but he keeps on smiling,
loud as a flower.

You know you gotta see it/you gotta see it to believe it.
There goes a man with nothing on his mind.
Witness the clarity/the transparent rarity,
Free as a sparrow.

He said it’s days like this that hold me in bliss,
With the kiss of the sun on my brow.
And here I am in the here and now,
Where I’ll give you the shirt off my back.
Said I’ll give you the shirt right off my back.


You know you gotta see it/gotta see it to believe it,
There goes a man with nothing heavy on his heart.
and he don’t want nothing/just the air that he’s breathing,
light as a feather.

You know they wanna steal it/wanna steal his secret,
Cause they don’t believe they already got it there in their hearts.
But if they can’t steal it/gonna try and kill it, why?

He said it’s days like this that hold me in bliss,
With the kiss of the snow on my brow.
And here I am in the here and now,
Where I’ll give you the shirt off my back.
Said I’ll give you the shirt right off my back.