Everyone Looks Better In The Sun EP

by Matt Hartless

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released April 3, 2012

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Matt Hartless Manchester, UK

Matt Hartless, born November 1992, is an Irish songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. His writing style is diverse going from ambient alternative rock to upbeat ska with a diversion through flamenco and folk music; as he puts it 'Everything from Sigur Ros to the Specials.' His lyrical subjects are just as varied from political/social to very personal. Even the occasional love song... ... more

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Track Name: Everyone Looks Better In The Sun
Aesthetic margins fall into loose barriers
I'm too easily led into temptation
Everyone feels comfortable commiting ancient crimes
EVERYONE LOOKS BETTER IN THE SUN

I'ts not funny anymore
I'm not choking and I never was
You don't seem to understand
What I'm saying, what I'm meaning

Who looks out too desperately?
Who really needs this to work?
Who's your God and does he smile when you're falling down?
Everyone feels safer in the back

It's another time, for me to tell the truth again
And suffer when I do, cos everyone knows what I'm gonna say
Even you, but you hide in your capital
I hope that caps it all, I hope you text or call
In vain

I'ts not funny anymore
I'm not choking and I never was
You don't seem to understand
What I'm saying, what I'm meaning is I know

Don't underestimate your value
Track Name: Black And White Thinking
Lying, counting backwards,
Forgetting my place on this window pane
Looking through my curtains disdainfully
At the Manchester rain
With winter fever creeping in
And poisoning my mind against
All of you with your carefree attitude to life

Conversationally stumped to three or four words only
If all's not well then why is it so dull

But for all these unopened envelopes with my days inside them
I would live my life as if I was one of those people
Who have no limitations ever

You fall behind, fall behind instead of going faster
You could have been so much greater if you'd tried
I fell behind without knowing what I was doing
At all

So flying break-neck speed
With your counter-intuitive thoughts and
What did I know, fight the last bastion of things to do
Makes for beautiful sound in a larger environment
I wish I was happier with what I've got

Major incidents occur so frequently I can't step back
Another reminder of your shining eyes
Your beautiful lies and my
BLACK AND WHITE THINKING

You fall behind, fall behind instead of going faster
You could have been so much greater if you'd tried
I fell behind without knowing what I was doing
At all

I'll find a way to forgive you
Make it better, make it better
Track Name: From A Distance
You used to be so busy that
You would never see me
And I would admire all the effort that you went to
But now you just sit eat chips, watch the TV
Maybe have a cocktail if you're in the mood
But you rarely are

You dream and dream and dream
You'll have it made
But you're not getting and younger
And people are ignoring you
You could make a loud noise
Make them listen if you dared
But you're comfortable right now, just doing nothing

You have your back against the wall
And slowly undo yourself
My voice rings through the night
As you use me to scream out for help
But I can't get involved with a time to be absolved
My confusion is unsafe, my fear keeps pace
And I watch FROM A DISTANCE

And always destined to carry on in the same way
I was sure I had found what I needed to say
Asked if you were awake who understood
I wish I did, I wish I could
I wish I had, I wish I would
But I didn't
Track Name: Jealousy Is A Parasite
JEALOUSY IS A PARASITE, let it eat your soul, not mine
And it springs up in the night
Always a trigger, and a sign

You look up at me, and see nothing in my dead grey eyes
A spark of hatred here and there
And a sadness, paradise

Shit, I missed the train again, oh a feckless child I am
Who agrees, who can't see?
The exit from here; I climb up a tree

Hands stretch to pull me down
The cancer, choking on my own
And all the world, outstretched dystopia
And I sit at home
It's just not happening, is it?
Track Name: How To Win Your Favour
Time
A virtue I do not have
To just sit and wait
While you make up your mind
If you even want the date
You're smoking like a chimney
I'm struggling to breathe
But you could put life in me
Should I choose not to leave

Ask HOW TO WIN YOUR FAVOUR
But you just stand and stare
You don't give me an answer
You don't show that you care
The curtains keep on rising
I pay too much to see
Before I follow blindly
I need you here with me

You
You're an acoustic nightmare
You want me to do it all
You're saying even less now
So I question more and more
What's the game you're playing?
And do you even know?
What can I do but tell you
I need your face to show

Ask HOW TO WIN YOUR FAVOUR
But you just stand and stare
You don't give me an answer
You don't show that you care
The curtains keep on rising
I pay too much to see
Before I follow blindly
I need you here with me

They're calling, they're calling, but won't stop their moaning
They're speaking grammatically poorly for fun
The answer I don't have is so nearly there
But it's not what I want, It's not what I want
And left handed scissors are screwdrivers mainly
Cos I can't afford it, I can't afford it
The bleeding the reasons, the afterlife treason
Poison me slowly and wait in the sun
And climbing forever and falling eventually
Give me some medicines if only one
Track Name: Coconut Coffee (Acoustic)
We were there when the company fell
Waving their banners in the streets
And the tram passed a building on fire
You hadn't been this quiet for weeks
A ghostly apparition

And we invented a drink called COCONUT COFFEE
And created a pattern of late nights and abuse
And I don't believe the stories they tell me
And you didn't care for a man in a noose

Who told you to sell me your
Bastard rhetoric and empty lies
I should have seen all this coming
And never trust anything but my instincts

And I've not seen a reason to give up all hope just yet
And I wouldn't agree even if I did
And all of these fuckers don't know what's best for them
Not just a sneering citation you knew I'd pick up on

Someone's got to hang
Track Name: Your Heart Is As Black As Night (Cover)
Your eyes may be whole
But the story I'm told
Is YOUR HEART IS AS BLACK AS NIGHT
Your lips may be sweet
Such that i can't compete
But YOUR HEART IS AS BLACK AS NIGHT

I don't know why you came along
At such a perfect time
But if i let you hang around
I'm bound to lose my mind
Cos your hands may be strong
But the feeling's all wrong
YOUR HEART IS AS BLACK AS NIGHT