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Joy and other feelings

by Will Good and The Mattes

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1.
Pulled me out of a deep low Fired me up to the heights Dragged me out of my darkness I was drunk on delights You turned me from a fool into a clown You lifted me up Now put me back down Had to show me what love is Couldn’t find my own way If you don’t see me happy It’s because I can’t stay You turned me from a fool into a clown You lifted me up Now put me back down I can’t compare with all the things that you do I don’t have enough love To give back to you You turned me from a fool into a clown You lifted me up Now put me back down So you gotta let me go now Let me fall back to the ground There are plenty more waiting For your love to come round You turned me from a fool into a clown You lifted me up Now put me back down
2.
Folks pass here most days, they don’t stay long On the move, got too much on Worn out like some beast of burden Need no drink to ease their hurried minds Take some time, they would find Answer’s there if they could hear when Sister Mahalia and Mavis Staples sing ‘Precious Lord, Take my Hand’ for Dr King I pass by here, stay a while most days Hear more than I care to say And every word is something broken Their pain leaves some heartbreak everywhere But I know that I can bear it I am strong because I hear when Sister Mahalia and Mavis Staples sing ‘Precious Lord, Take my Hand’ for Dr King Sit with me and pass an hour today We can share some cheery tales We can share some teary moments These are times we’ll think of fond and true I will be a friend to you I promise this because I hear when Sister Mahalia and Mavis Staples sing ‘Precious Lord, Take my Hand’ for Dr King
3.
It’s all changed Since I was on this road [from Ulgham riding west to Haugh of Urr] Light fading These days are growing cold [from Ulgham riding west to Haugh of Urr] The wind brings A warning in the air [from Ulgham riding west to Haugh of Urr] There could be Some tough times up ahead [from Ulgham riding west to Haugh of Urr] We were once So close we were as one [from Ulgham riding west to Haugh of Urr] I stayed out Thought I was having fun [from Ulgham riding west to Haugh of Urr] She left, said See you when you’re a man [from Ulgham riding west to Haugh of Urr] It’s taken This long to understand [from Ulgham riding west to Haugh of Urr] Now I feel ashamed Why I take this pain Hundred miles apart Punishing my heart Making up is tough If I hurt enough Will she take me back Or will she just send me packing Now I’m getting near What if she’s not in? If I can’t see her Long way home again Leave a sorry note I’ll be back one day But next time I’ll know Find the easy way I’ll tell her That I’m a wiser guy [from Ulgham riding west to Haugh of Urr] I’ll say that I’m really gonna try [from Ulgham riding west to Haugh of Urr] If she can Forget what’s in the past [from Ulgham riding west to Haugh of Urr] She’ll find out I’m worth a second chance [from Ulgham riding west to Haugh of Urr]
4.
Summer 2021 03:28
Ask me why I am so quiet I am not going to lie to you Days I didn’t think we would get through Don’t know where we should turn first We have seen the best and worst of us Hope there’s someone watching over you Chorus Look at you, oh love of mine, Dressed up in your finery Let’s step outside and have ourselves a time Put a smile upon our faces Raise some cheer in this old place Keep in our thoughts the friends we leave behind Find the words They should come easy Can’t believe what I’ve been seeing Never thought all this would come to be So long since we had a laugh We’ve a lot to catch up after this Take my hand I need you here with me Chorus Talk of now and Talk of when Tell me over and again There’s nothing so small it isn’t true Simple things we took for granted Now we see they’re so important Love your friends and keep them near to you Chorus
5.
I wanna see a big wave I mean a really big wave A wave the size of a house See the surfer tiny as a Speck on the ocean I’m gonna have to fly there We don’t get waves like that here In our tiny seats we’re Looking at the baby waves Working up some trouble down below I am not a surfer But it’s something I want to work up to Watch them surf the barrel Potential to be fatal Sea gets temperamental When a wave is monumental… And frankly quite scary I am not a surfer But it’s something I plan to work up to Hang out on the beach Maybe I can find someone to teach me Not asking for it free I can help out with a wipeout It’s something you’ve got to work up to
6.
No Man 03:02
You know it ain’t so rare to find Six bullet holes in all the signs But that place was the kind you felt They’s taking aim at something else And maybe someone just got lucky that day He was a prince the way he dressed She was no damsel in distress Shot her Pa, he went too far Threw out his wife, she took his part Fond of that gun, by the way Chorus Be wrong to think of her unkind Or weak in some way in her mind No man ever tret her well Or thought more of her than hisself She said ‘We’re now a family’ He said ‘That’s not my destiny’ Figured he would leave her so She gutted him from knee to nose Sharpest blade you ever saw, they say Sheriff waved his gun around Said ‘I’m takin you downtown’ That was the last they saw of him She dug some hole and filled it in And you won’t find it, come what may Judge he said ‘You’re bound for hell If it’s true what I have heard tell’ Twelve men said it was all lies When she looked each one in the eye Missed a step that night, they left him where he lay Now she preaches every week Church full of the mild and meek It is a sin to take a life But blessed be your gun and knife And all the brothers and sisters, they say ‘Amen’
7.
Affliction’s bitter cup is past Life’s chequered scene is o’er With Jesus now they calmly rest Til time shall be no more For every fortune there’s a coin That finds a path into a hand And bears a weight to bring him down So greed makes its demand For every reputation made A rich man will a favour grant And when the debt falls to be paid Then honour shall be spent For every man who finds a love There is another who will hate And take from those with hearts that give To prosper by their fate For every lady fine and fair Who loves upon a feather bed A blow will fall, the belt unspared To drink the man is wed For every sermon spoken well And every prayer implored Hear now the tolling of the bell That by the dead unheard Affliction’s bitter cup is past Life’s chequered scene is o’er With Jesus now they calmly rest Til time shall be no more
8.
Sleepwalker 05:49
9.
What, me? 03:29
There will come a moment when You can kick me out and then We can both agree that we are done Handing me my coat and hat You say now that’s where we’re at But I think it’s you jumping the gun Right now Is not the time to settle scores Just wait Cos I know you will have second thoughts It’s true Maybe we’ve been here once or twice You know Don’t say I’m wrong now, that won’t make it right So I have a drink or two I always come back home to you Nearly always, most times if not some And so what if I take some cash If any’s left I put it back So I’d say it’s you jumping the gun Get this in your head and we can go and have a laugh The way to find enlightenment is down a tempting path Never mind whatever’s out there hanging round for you It’ll still be there when you eventually come to Here’s your last chance, let me speak Bring my bag in off the street If there’s a time to talk then this one Think how boring life can be With people more like you than me Can’t you see it’s you jumping the gun

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released June 18, 2022

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Will Good and The Mattes England, UK

Will Good and The Mattes is the public persona of SteveC, a songwriter in the far north of England. The (mostly) guitar-based approach is focused on (mostly) songs on anything from climate change to political rant to personal crisis.

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