Songs from the Vault, vol. 3

by Matthew Ebel

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The third collection of bi-monthly songs originally released to www.matthewebel.net subscribers. Every tune on this archive has been remixed and remastered.

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released December 20, 2010

Written and performed by Matthew Ebel

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Matthew Ebel Seattle, Washington

I call myself a piano rocker, but I’m really just kind of a goofball. I’ve been playing the piano since age 5, discovered electronic music at 12, and made this stuff my career in '99. Since then I’ve played the Grand Ole Opry, been quoted in Rolling Stone, and made a name for myself in new media. I’ve been playing piano rock full-time since 2007 and since then I’ve never looked back. ... more

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Track Name: Attention Getting Device
Whoah Lord, whoah Lord look at me.
Everybody look at me.
Look at me, look at me, look at me.

Music and Lyrics © Matthew Ebel Entertainment
Track Name: Get Over It
You thought you lived like a movie star,
breakfast was sushi and caviar,
never suspect that you went too far,
but now you live in your rental car.
You never thought that you would ever be ashamed.
You took your time defending every step that you take.
You always knew there would be someone to blame
but every check you wrote was screaming your name.

Every second chance comes about
’cause you’re stuck in a pit.
Every second chance lets you
build a bridge and get over it.
Every second chance is just
another turn to dance,
so don’t tell me that you can’t
you know that you can g- g- get over it.

You think that you’re getting cynical;
you used to think life was beautiful.
Maybe you feel hypocritical,
but baby you’re not that pitiful.
You keep on persevering if you’re not dead,
you can’t wait for the cheering just to get out of bed.
You learn from all the shit that hurts you instead
and never let it all get over your head.

And it’s okay if you fall down
’cause even William Shatner failed and he’s still hanging ’round.
He came back to save the day.
You’re not him, but that’s okay,
I still love you anyway.

Music and Lyrics © Matthew Ebel Entertainment
Track Name: Let It Rain
I’m gonna build myself a boat
and take a trip to distant lands
I’ll get low in Nova Scotia
and get high in Amsterdam

And I’ll float away from everything that’s here
I’ll just pack my bags, the band, and all the beer.

We’ll be the pirates of the freeway
setting sail for love and fame
floating high above the rooftops.
So please God don’t stop the rain.

’cause I need me some respite from my routine
so set sail for someplace I have never seen.

Let it rain, let it rain, let it rain.
All this muddy water’s getting to my brain.
As the flood comes in I’m happy all the same, same, same,
Let it rain, let it rain, let it rain.

My foundation’s under water
so I’ll build a submarine
Ringo Starr could be her captain
she’d be powered by caffeine

Just like me and all the songs I sing today
So say goodbye and watch my troubles float away.

(Chorus)

I wish the sun would go away,
I wish the sun would go away,
I wish the sun would go away,
don’t make me work today.

(Chorus)

Let it rain, let it rain, let it rain.
All this goddamn water’s getting to my brain.
As the flood comes in I’m happy all the same, same, same,
Let it rain, let it rain, let it rain.

Music and Lyrics © Matthew Ebel Entertainment
Track Name: A Cautionary Tail (Techno Remix)
Here’s a cautionary tale
about the king of all that was for sale
and some mice who were at war
like they’d been a thousand years before.

To a mouse the king called down,
“I can help you win your tiny crown”
Sell you swords, my price is fair.
You will rule the other mice, I swear.”

So the mouse went forth to fight,
but the king he got no sleep that night.
Or any other night for days,
tiny battles kept him wide awake.

The king went mad from lack of sleep.
He ran away and they boarded up his keep.
The mice consumed the empty home,
they partied on the mad king’s throne.

Music and Lyrics © Matthew Ebel Entertainment
Track Name: Surf Chickens
The days are rolling on.
Like the waves they move so fast
and then they’re gone.
And then there’s you and I
we could try to ride
or let them pass us by.

We could roam around the earth
collecting photos, stamps, and shirts
or we could lie here in the sun for all its worth.
We could be chickens in the surf.

I look up at the sky
and I wonder what it
must be like to fly.
Is everything so small
that we’re better off
on the wing over it all?

We could roam around the earth
collecting scratches, dents, and dirt
or we could lie here in the sun for all its worth.
We could be chickens in the surf.

(Instrumental)

We could roam around the earth
collecting bruises, bumps, and worse
or we could lie here in the sun for all its worth.
Let’s just be chickens in the surf.

Music and Lyrics © Matthew Ebel Entertainment
Track Name: The Ballad of Jamey and Shawn
Shawn and Jamey showed me photographs
of everything they did before the crash.
I thought that I was watching over them,
but it seems that I’m the one behind the glass.
What could I do?
It was always one on two.

They stole the photos from my memory:
The three of us worked through the night.
We tortured mice to save humanity,
but I never felt that it was right.
What could I say?
It was always done that way.

Shawn and Jamey, they’re just fine.
They got what they want and I got mine.
I’m in my padded room with all the rest of you
singing this song about Jamey and Shawn.

Well I suppose I had it coming when
I grew a pair and took a stand.
So they decided I was one of them:
Just a mouse and not a man.
Well how should I feel?
I’d run away if I could leave this wheel.

The final photo showed me as I am:
A rodent trapped inside a box.
And now I see what they have always been:
A hungry wolf and hungry fox.
But how could I see?
They were always testing me.

Shawn and Jamey, they’re just fine.
They got what they want and I got mine.
I’m in my padded room with all the rest of you
singing this song about Jamey and Shawn.

Shawn and Jamey, they’re just fine.
They got what they want and I got mine all mine.
I’m in my padded room with all the rest of you
and I feel fine… (One more time!)

Shawn and Jamey, they’re just fine.
They got what they want and I got mine.
I’m in my padded room with all the rest of you
and I feel fine… (One more time!)

Shawn and Jamey, they’re just fine.
They got what they want and I got mine all mine.
I’m in my padded room with all the rest of you
singing this song…

Music and Lyrics © Matthew Ebel Entertainment
Track Name: Prayer for Danny
It’s alright, Danny,
So you broke your father’s heart.
God knows, he tried to lead you,
he tried to play his part.
But now he says God hates you
and he doesn’t know your name.
Well trust me, Danny,
He feels your pain

It’s okay, Danny,
so you weren’t the ladies’ man.
God knows you tried your hardest
to fit in with the plan,
but now, you say you’re different
and you’ve heard God disapproves.
Well, Danny, I can’t tell you
how He moves

Right or wrong, He’s heard your song
and He can understand.
The truth is nothing you can do
will rip you from His hand.

You’re crying, Danny,
you think that life has come apart.
God knows, inside you’re hurting,
He hears it from your heart,
but cool your fire with the words
that come from God above:
Jesus only looks at you with love.
Chorus x2

Instrumental

Chorus x2

Music and Lyrics © Matthew Ebel Entertainment
Track Name: Take Me Apart
Take me apart
and see what makes me tick.
Take me apart,
throw me up against a wall and see what sticks.
And when you put me back together again
I’ll be better than I’ve been.

Am I your favorite project or am I just a toy?
I look around at the strange, strange tools you employ.
Between the trebuchet and rocket-powered Chevrolet
I hope you’ve got some time today to play
with me.
Oh boy.

Take me apart
and see what makes me tick.
Take me apart,
break it down and get to work ’cause you’re my fix.
And when you put me back together again
I’ll be better than I’ve been.

You know Adam and Jamie wouldn’t do what you do.
Sure they’re all kinds of crazy, but they wear helmets too.
And just like DMB I wish that you’d crash into me,
I made a pot of sanity and tea.
Just tea
for two.

Take me apart
and see what makes me tick.
Take me apart,
baby give me all you’ve got ’cause damn we click.
And when you put me back together again
I’ll be better than I’ve been.

Music and Lyrics © Matthew Ebel Entertainment
Track Name: The Real Socialites of Plastiboob Valley
Na na na na na na naaaa
do you like being a slut? (x2)
You hide behind your sense of pride
while all the boys line up to ride.
They know that you’ll put out
no matter what, so
na na na na na na naaaa
do you like being a slut?

Na na na na na na naaaa
what’s it like being a ho? (x2)
You cover up your virgin ears
but they’re the only virgins here.
Your mouth is only reaping
what you sow, so
na na na na na na naaaa
what’s it like being a ho?

So turn around,
don’t let the door hit your fine ass
on the way out
’cause no one’s buying all your crap,
so can you hear them shout…

Na na na na na na naaaa
do you like being a tool? (x2)
You flash around that diamond ring
but you’re the trophy, not the bling.
The irony’s too funny to be cruel.
Na na na na na na naaaa
do you like being a tool?

You never heard this song before,
but when we’re whistling we’re
calling you a whore…

(Whistle Chorus)

Music and Lyrics © Matthew Ebel Entertainment
Track Name: Black Heart (Can You Save Yourself?)
I wish I could be impartial,
but I’m afraid it’s all my fault.
I was not the one that wounded you,
but I paid for the assault.

I’ve been drinking like a vampire
your dark blood in hopes to sate,
but my black heart is not broken.
It hopes that we’re not too late.

Can you save yourself?
Can you save yourself?
There might not be time
to wait for someone else.

It’s too late to just apologize.
Far too late for saving face.
I just hope that we can turn around
and not destroy the human race.

Music and Lyrics © Matthew Ebel Entertainment
Track Name: This Empty Room
You and I got a lot to talk about
like all the useless things that we could live without:
The piles of books we never read but can’t throw out,
the magazines and faded jeans that lay around.
They build up like insulation in our homes.
They keep us cozy when we strike out on our own
but it’s time to cast all that aside.
All these things just give us someplace we can hide.
We could paint the walls with all our hopes and dreams we kept inside.
With all the things we’ve kept inside

We could fill this empty room
with furniture and promises for two.
With all our hearts and minds and time
together there is nothing we can’t do.
There is nothing we can’t do
to fill this empty room.

And all the years that brought us stuff to fill our lives
taught us both without these things we won’t survive.
The games and photo frames with one of us inside-
there is room for two if we could only try.
We could hang a whole new life up on these walls
filling in the space around as time goes on.
All the remnants of my past can move along,
we’ll have room for memories when those things are gone.
I can say goodbye to all the things that keep me far from you
and all the things you do.

You and I got a lot to talk about
like all the precious things that we can’t live without.

Music and Lyrics © Matthew Ebel Entertainment