What's it all about?

by MATTHEW BATTLE

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Performed, recorded and produced by Matt Battle at home in Bogota, Colombia, December 2016.

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released January 1, 2017

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MATTHEW BATTLE Bogota, Colombia

I am a multi-instrumentalist who writes, performs, records, and produces music at home. I was born and raised in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, UK, and currently live and work in Bogota, Colombia.

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Track Name: This is a Song
This is a song about the sand and the sea,
This is a song about you and me,
This is a song about the birds and the bees,
This is a song about the sand and the . . .

The sea

This is a song about the moon and the stars,
This is a song about the planet Mars,
This is a song about John Donne's Flea,
This is a song about the sand and the . . .

The sea
Track Name: The Life of a Record Collector
Digging through vinyl,
Taking chances,
Meeting people,
Talking music

The life of a record collector

Filling up spaces,
Annoying the missus,
Spending your money,
On white label singles

The life of a record collector

Flicking through records,
Taking in covers,
In ripped cardboard boxes,
In a cold dusty basement

The life of a record collector
Track Name: No Place for Violence
Sitting here all in silence,
What a wonderful way to be,
There's never a place for violence,
'cause we all are human beings

A healthy silence,
No place for violence anymore,
No place for violence

Complaining about the climate,
While the birds sing happily,
We're taking all this for granted,
As the world spins heavily

A heavy silence,
No place for violence anymore,
No place for violence

A happy silence,
No place for violence anymore,
No place for violence
Track Name: Why?
Is this what you want?
Did you ever see the sea,
Run to sand,
On feline tongues?

Bitter taste,
Of salty sea,
Is that what you want?,
Is that what you need?

Why? After all the sea does for you,
Why? After all the sea can show you

While you swim ahead,
I'll drown from behind,
The sharks they tear me,
Limb from limb,
The sour taste of bloody sea,
Is that what you needed?,
The end of me?

Why? After all the sea does for you,
Why? After all the sea can show you
Track Name: The Sea
Woo-hoo,
Blue mistress of the fog you think you rule me?,
Woo-hoo,
I'm drowning in the sink you think you'll pull me?
Woo-hoo,
You're just another one to hold your secrets

I can't explain it,
I can't describe it,
There's nothing much from which to derive it,
I can't describe it,
It's something way beyond me

Woo-hoo,
Blue mistress of the fog you think you fool me?,
Woo-hoo,
You're just another place to hide your secrets

I can't explain it,
I can't describe it,
There's nothing much from which to derive it,
I can't describe it,
It's something way beyond me,
It's just the way you are,
The sea it doesn't matter how far,
The sea, the sea, the sea, oh,
There's nothing much more than sea
Track Name: Bright Diamond Sea
Talk to me, bright diamond sea,
Beneath your willows and wisps,
Something lies dormant, unknown,
Is it the stones that clutter your gardens?,
Or the creatures that live in your midsts?

The sea, the sea, the sea,
It's deeper than either you or me,
And it hold its secrets,
Bent out of shape, twisted,
On the rocks of its depths
Track Name: End of the Year (2016)
Everyone has to die, it's only natural,
But 2016 you've had your share-full,
You've made a lot of angels, when we wanted devils

Bowie never left us, for example,
(If you're counting space),
And Prince, when he left, he never did stop singing about red Corvettes

Prince and Bowie were beamed into our homes, our stereos, our TVs,
TV killed the radio star,
And Leonard Cohen killed you and yours

End of the year

Cohen's lifework is a framework that highlights the rock star as empty, contrived,
His machine kills fascists

End of the year

For why else, I ask you, would he have left us on the same day in which reality TV claimed the most unimaginable power?
Track Name: September Living
That September living,
It's crushed your heart a little,
Be careful what you're giving,
She'll tear your heart a little,
She'll take your heart a little,
Each day

Your end of summer giving,
It's broke your heart a little,
When October comes forgiving,
You'll hurt your heart a little,
Your heart will smash, it's brittle,
One day
Track Name: Universal
Is that all you really wanted?,
Is that all you were looking for?,
Take half a branch of laurels,
To hang around my door

The universe is free,
The universe is for you and me

Is this all you really dreamed of?,
Is this all you were hoping for?,
Take half a pound of pig's head,
And leave it at my door


The universe is free,
The universe is for you and me
Track Name: Moon Face
Keep coming back again,
You are the one for me,
Your face is reflecting mine,
Like the moon reflected in the sea

Watch the moon now in the meantime,
I'll be your moon for a lifetime

I've been your hurricane,
Whipped up the sea for you,
Affected the voting game,
I'll always vote for you

Watch the moon now in the meantime,
I'll be your moon for a lifetime,
When the sea comes,
Washes us clean,
I'll be your moon,
In the night time
Track Name: She Left you for your Best Friend
Wo-oh,
She left you for your best friend

How embarrassing,
So embarrassing,
You're embarrassing yourself

Hey man,
She left you for your best friend
Track Name: Ulysses
When life gets you down,
And there's no way of growing,
Guess it's your way of knowing,
Into the sea

And if the man drags you down,
And there's no way of showing,
Your need to get going,
Into the sea

When the waves crash around you,
And the silence has found you,
Your earth's chains have unbounded,
You're part of the sea

And when the sirens they call you,
And they make sure to guide you,
You are one of the chosen,
Ulysses