American Crowbar

by Match By Match

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Match by Match is

Gray Bouchard and Melissa Coppola

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Engineered and Recorded by Jim Roll in Backseat Production Studios
Produced by Jim Roll and MxM

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released 24 July 2011

Gray Bouchard – vocals, guitar
Melissa Coppola – vocals, piano, prepared piano, accordion, wurlitzer, guitar, glockenspiel

Additional instrumentation by:
Clark Frye - french horn
Sarah Paquet - Cello
Dan Piccolo - Drums
Jim Roll – Bass
Brandon Worder – violin, mandolin


Backing vocals by Jim Roll, Brandon Worder and Adam Bient.

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Track Name: Prologue
if i ruin your good time
with the words i sing tonight
but at least these words are true
it was love that got us through

if i stutter on the joke
every chance we had we choked
and when all that you had faith in abandons you
it'll be love that gets you through
it'll be love that gets you through

if i ruin your good time
with the words i sing tonight
but at least these words are true
it was love that got us through
it was love that got us through
it was love that got us
Track Name: Ambulance
i went out to the Boston harbor
to see the ships coming in
and i said i'd meet you there
with the sunshine streaming through your hair
but you just won't leave Providence
and I just can't forgive

and i don't know where i'll be
and i don't know where you sleep
i see your name
in the ambulance that carried me

i drove south for a better season
to begin that red letter year
and all my fear and doubt
like a cancer i cut it out
to become something better
but i was less than i began

and i don't know where i'll be
and i don't know where you sleep
i see your name
in the ambulance that carried me

we walked in the footsteps of desire
treading lightly
we raged against the dying of the light
we hailed horrors hailed
the infernal world to come
and we hope it looks nothing like the last one

(chorus)
Track Name: Oh Concertina
oh my concertina
you've stolen me
you've stolen me

would you bet your eyes
the kind you just don't see
would you bet your voice
that whispers through the trees

oh my concertina
you've stolen me

would you bet your hands
the kind i could never reach
would you bet that face
that face that haunts me

oh my concertina
you've stolen me

i know what you said
and i know what you meant
but i needed this like
a hole in my head
Track Name: Dear Dead Stars
i knew the sun before it came and reigned
over everyone
but i put it out
i put it out for you

you won't get far
the streetlights shine like dear dead stars
over a hollow foreign city
quiet as a grave

i'm singing
oh where did you go
oh where did you go
oh where did you go

i've been quiet a lot these days
it's getting harder to talk to a man
who might have something to say
and you can probably tell
this city's my home
it's been been my personal hell
for you

i'm singing
oh where you go
oh where did you go
oh where did you go

when i see you grit your teeth
i know you're lying
when i see you with that smile
i know you're a fraud
you're just a fraud

all i drink is gasoline
all you loved is dead in me
everything i kill i eat
and you're looking pretty good to me

i know i'm sick but it's a living
you know you didn't bring me up to act this way
you didn't set me straight to be a nobody
nobody could say take the stage
and don't be afraid

i could call on you as a friend as a lover
but the words all come out fractured and deranged
you could be my sun in the sky
my blinking satellite
turning since the moment we were turned away
Track Name: Family Bible
When the dredged your body from the reservoir
Look of joy upon your face
Did you say you’d be the one
To leave your only son?
Looks like someone cased the place

We got lucky in new Orleans
The streets were littered with fresh fruit
I watched us grow apart
This marriage to our art
No one knows me better than you

No one knows me better than you
No one in the entire world
No one knows me better than you
No one in the entire world

This place feels like asylum
A lonely fighter against the cold
Something drew me here
Made a nest out of my fears
I’m so afraid of getting old

And if i die before you
I wont give you the satisfaction
Of choosing where they bury my bones
I was just a kid
The bible I took from him

But god weren’t in those pages
god weren’t in those pages
god weren’t in those pages
Track Name: What You Need
let the radio crackle
smoke and explode
let us be kind to each other before me
lay down in the road

i've got a half tank of gas
and a sleeping bag
and that's all i need
don't let it scare you if it
starts to bleed

i want to be what you need
i want to be what you need

let the static engulf us
let it get under our skin
let our shaking signatures be
the only record we ever lived
i want to see what's under your smile
i want to show you where i begin
i want to find a place to be alone for a while
i want to play to win

i want to be what you need
i want to be what you need

it was sunday on the hour when
the lord spoke to me
he had a voice like a seizure
i was shaking so hard my nose starts to bleed
he said no respite for the righteous
but i keep the weary close to me
i said i wanna be what you need

i want to be what you need
i want to be what you need
Track Name: American Crowbar
fess up you know it's true
it was a shitty thing to do

you say i'm no longer me
well, you're no longer pretty
that's for sure

i've got my constant companion
my iron bar my life's reminder
not the man i was before
never be the man i was before

New England just don't hold any peace
not for a man like me
not for a man like me

we rise as one
you blew my mind out with a
heavy metal elephant gun
we are fighters
we got backpacks full of coffee, cigarettes and lighters

all we've got is one another
all we've got is one another
first one falls and then the other
all we've got is one another
Track Name: The Covenant
i was sick of angst and of solitude
so i decided to get away
first to canada and then to michigan
got it into my head that i would head out your way

woke up with my head pounding on my side
in the back of a van
i have the same dreams every night that i sleep
there's a hole in my head
the knife's in your head

and this you would ask of me
on today of all holy days
and i will keep my promises
if you keep this covenant safe
with you there is nothing left in this world
to fear but lack of faith

you say i'm sorry, i've no self-control
well that's just how this thing works
try and kill a few hours singing songs that you know
it's not a great way to live
but it could be worse

[chorus]

i heard a voice in the fire
it said to me
i heard a voice in the fire
it said to me
be brave

i've been sick for most of my life
which makes it harder to say what i mean
the truth is i could sleep anywhere
but with you i have such wonderful dreams

and this you would ask of me
on today of all holy days
and i will keep my promises
if you keep this covenant safe
with you there is nothing left in this world
to fear but lack of faith
Track Name: Home
when the morning dreams of light
when the winter kisses the leaves goodnight
lay me down
and let me go
let me go

little sparrows fill the sky
still their children yet to fly
when the north winds blow
please go back home
they need you so
we need you so

and so this road you've come to find
never leads you down the same way twice
so wait for me and i will too
when home is gone
well home is gone
Track Name: Names
and the wires start to burn
and we all go up in flames
leaves us nowhere left to turn
with nothing but our names

and i remember you were kind
like a lover or an old flame
most of all you were mine
but i loved you just the same

and the names were redacted
the innocents were spared the shame
leaving us with no one to blame

and it beat me to the punch
it left me bruised and left me sick
but you were good as gone
and it cut me to the quick

and i remember you were there
but i don't know why you came
the sunlight in your hair
is all that now remains

so hey all you sleepers
with the dreams you don't dare to share
the home that you've been seeking isn't there

and the pain
it sends you to the floor
and when you get up
your faith just isn't there anymore
it left an abscess in your arm
and a hole right in your chest
and i don't want to last forever
i just hope i live through this test

all we've got is one another
all we've got is one another
all we've got is one another
all we've got is one another