Bones

by matt phillips

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Matt's first EP, done at Manifold Recording in Pittsboro NC. The title comes from his idea to debut with a bare-bones record that would showcase the songwriting above all else.

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released August 1, 2012

All songs composed and performed by Matt Phillips (BMI). All songs produced and engineered by Ian Schreier.

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Track Name: Little Frog
little frog, what have you to say?
it's raining out here, please don't get washed away
little frog, where have you to go?
I worship the weakness you try not to show

oh blessings, oh nature, oh wonderful things
oh sunshine, cool water, trees growin in rings
my blessings, oh nature, short time they abide
while forever and always I'll find you outside

as it rains on the crickets outside of my car
I wish I were naked, asleep in the yard
like Eve and her Adam in bed with the snake
when God did evict them from Eden's embrace

my people, my city, oh nothing is wrong
ants on a hill we are, life cycles long
but we cover our nature in concrete and black sap
and we bury our mother in pink plastic wrap

it's dirty out here in the woods
my life in the city is clean and it's good
you say God must be clean and heaven must too
but my God made the world with the dirtiest glue

little frog, how simple it be
to hop on the ground, to sleep on a leaf
little frog, someday when I die
I hope i'm promoted to living your life

electricity's good and enlightenment's nice
but I'd love to smushed on the road once or twice
Track Name: Try Out My Love
was it something i said? was it something i did? did i draw my own curtain?
pay no attention to the man behind
am i treating you wrong? am i in my own way? do i lack motivation?
is there something wrong with me? i know there’s gotta be by now.

i can’t offer you roses cause flowers are never enough. but somebody come on and try out my love

is it my turn of phrase? do i tell it too easy when i just blurt it out?
am i not a man cause i’m not running?
can you read the signs? there’s room in the inn, i’m open for business.
if you need somebody, let it be me.

cause i can’t offer you diamonds, cause gemstones are never enough, but somebody come on and try out my love.

i guess i’m alright with being alone. cause self-reliance means that nobody’s waiting at home

i can’t offer you millions cause money is never enough, but somebody come on and try out my love.
but i will offer you romance cause my body is never enough, but somebody come on and try out my love
Track Name: Your Own Lullaby
i can’t hold you tonight, some excuse some other guy.
not the only one wishing to hold you tonight, some excuse some other guy.

i’m sorry to tell you, but tonight you sing your own lullaby.

i can’t see those eyes shed a tear, no, not for me, another guy.
i can’t believe those eyes are looking for me, some excuse, some other guy.

i can feel your love, clear in your eyes. you want to give me love, but not tonight.

i’m sorry to tell you, but tonight you sing your own lullaby.
Track Name: Bluegrass
well i thought you'd look pretty next to me
pretty shallow, i'm sorry
i thought i'd have you in the trees
not the flowers, but good enough for me

headed up, all was well in carolina
spending time every day we talked it out
but then a porch swing conversation sent you spinning
into orbit and spiraling in doubt

so let's put on some bluegrass and think about it
i'll read you a romance novel too
think about what all your friends are saying
it's only love that's waiting here for you

now you've gone and gotten yourself in a quandary
you need a man of means to get you to the end
you put your heart out on your sleeve to take a beating
but not a single simple text you'd wanna send

as your behavior shocks the likes of all your exes
and pushes them away it pulls me in
i have nothing but clarity around me
and no excuses for adults who play pretend

so let's put on some bluegrass and think about it
i'll read you a romance novel too
think about what all your friends are saying
it's only love that's waiting here for you

my buddy calls you late to talk it over:
"is this you? is this who you wanna be?"
i sit and write a song anticipating
and get nostalgic for the weekend in the trees

pretty faces don't deserve to do the crying
silently you blame it on yourself
but that's not yet the worst of it they tell me
cause here i am, another boyfriend that can help

so let's put on some bluegrass and think about it
i'll read you a romance novel too
think about what all your friends are saying
it's only love that's waiting here for you
it’s only love
Track Name: All This Time
it was a wink and a whisper, a twinkle in your eye
all the happiness i saw, but six months have passed us by
and now i’m scared of it already, cause i can feel you pull me in
it’s only love and comfort now, i guess i’ll try again

it’s not like there aren’t any others, ones that haven’t done me wrong
but there’s no magic in their footsteps, it doesn’t hurt me when they’re gone
all my maturity and virtue, they don’t matter much
when you patience is a prison and your passion is a crutch
well i’m not ashamed i found my way back. maybe i never left

all this time you kept me waiting
all this time you wrung me dry
all this time you kept me waiting
all this time you know i didn’t mind

i never said i didn’t love you, in fact the opposite is true
cause all my skies are greener now and all my grass is blue
and now i sit alone and wonder, will i ever tell you so?
cause one like me loved one like you one broken heart ago

and now i hold you in my future like you threw me out your past
i keep a tight hold on my feelings cause i know they’re coming back
and i can only keep my silence until again our lips will meet
you’ll find the words are in my mouth and there’s dancing in my feel

well i’m not ashamed i found my way back. maybe i never left

all this time you kept me waiting
all this time you wrung me dry
all this time you kept me waiting
all this time you know i didn’t mind
Track Name: January
there must be something about january,
my hands are cold and it turns you away
there must be something about the way to love you
the harder i try, the less you have to say

i could never tell you, but i can’t be myself like this

you can try to tell me that god would tell a lie,
when he sends you a message you know it’s never wrong
you can try to tell me our high school hearts are broken
but new year’s morning we woke up with love still strong

i could never tell you, but i can’t be myself like this

i can try to tell you to do what’s right for you,
take a breath and take some time
i can try to tell you to decide on your own
but i’ve never successfully turned out a lie alone

just this once i’ll tell you, i can’t be myself like this

i know i need to change, or maybe rearrange, but either way i’m thankful for your time
i could pay you by the hour in gummy sharks and flowers but either way, it’d work out fine

just this once i’ll tell you, i can’t be myself like this
please let my words compell you, i can’t be myself like this