Live At 22

by Matt Hartless

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about

As this album is to be released on my 22nd birthday; I decided to do a number of 22 related countdowns; looking at how I've got to this point in my life and career. It has the potential to be an exercise in utter vanity. This album represents how I've developed as a songwriter since my early days. The songs aren't in exact chronological order, but the older songs tend to be towards the beginning and vice versa. The oldest song on the album is 'Breakdown' although 'Ivory' remains the oldest song on their without any significant change made to its sound. The most recent pair are 'Snapdragon' and 'The Science Of Attachment' which were both written in about April of this year.

The idea anyway, was to, instead of compiling a list of my songs; some of which haven't made it onto the internet, at least not readily available; and a lot of which I don't feel comfortable sharing the full recorded version I have of that song. Re-recording all of these songs (all before Victory basically, which amounts to 10/22) would be impractical and indeed impossible with my resources currently.
So I decided to do as live acoustic interpretations; where each song has Acoustic Rhythm, Acoustic Lead and Electric Bass; on a clean channel, with one lead vocal and a maximum of two backing vocals. I recorded everything as if myself, Dan and Jacob were performing, but avoided the logistical nightmare of getting Dan, Jacob and myself into a studio and recording all of these songs (7 of which Dan and Jacob don't even know as we don't do them in the band); rather doing it alone in my own time.

Enjoy!

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released November 11, 2014

All tracks written, performed, mixed and mastered by Matt Hartless. Writing credits for riffs, motifs and melodies where not written by Hartless have been noted accordingly.

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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: Sandstone
How much time do I have
It's all a game to you and I'm just made
Can you maintain that you never would
It's all a game to you, what fun you've had
And I just hate to be right

Hiding and hunting with two on the go it seems all hope's coming to an end
The difference and distance is 3000 miles, but they're not going to stop when they're there
A sociopath with a dubious past, but you're tired of being so alone
Cut out like a ghost from the one you love most, to the evil that you have condoned

You can't see they'll bleed you dry
It's all too late for us we've lost all hope
How much chance have I got?
It's all a game to you there's more than one
And I just hate to be right

And it's sad there can be no doubt
When you won't look me in the eye
I could learn to live without what I need
But would that make it right?

Hiding...
Track Name: Pressure, Pressure
Take me on and I will fall in front of you juggernaut
Falling from a suspension bridge, how I wish I was caught
Halve the gift that I won't give
Bleed it out so I don't live
Call the white suits, oh grow up

But I am tired of you and your inventions
Leave me out to dry with best intentions
Oh home away from home

I'm not messianic you should know that by now
Give me one more chance to prove I'm not trying to catch you out
I'll relive when I can't go,
Made mistakes and now I'm thrown
From this place I love to call my home

But I don't have it in me I thought I made that clear
When I feel unclean I choose not to live my life by fear
We're not mad and we're not lying
We're not weak attention seeking
I can't steer

I can't believe this is happening
I'm in denial

Thirteen gelling agents and I'm out of here
Things were so much easier when you were sincere
There's no point in leaving what
I feel comfortable with
And no more pressure, pressure eating me up

When I feel tired and old
I may regret who I've become
But I know I'll never see the sun
If I go where you want

We're not mad and we're not lying
We're not weak attention seeking
I can't steer

When I am changing and growing up
Who I am following on the run
I know that I'll never see the sun
If I go where you want

This is arbitrary now
Track Name: 3000 Miles
Shots in the dark waging war with an Island
Of ghosts in my head, all dead and benign
With better objectives, good luck when you find them
run down by the car, oh the hit should have been mine
The hit should have been mine, it hurts like hell anyway
You must return home, oh you just couldn't stay
Power down, your head lights the world instead
But you can't see me there, i'm a silhouette

I failed to say what you needed me to
It sounds too much but fuck it, I love you
Now you're 3000 miles away
Now you're 3000 miles away
Will I ever see the day
You're 3000 miles away from me

Can I slip by, unlikely it's early
A bittersweet song and my insides are churning
As bodies line the streets, you have it laid out for you
Dispassionately advising like you always do
Meanwhile the lows and highs get more extreme
Endeavour to keep calm, put the errors behind you
Resembling a kid in a candy store transfixed by the lights
I'm struck by your beauty again

I failed to say what you needed me to
It sounds too much but fuck it, I love you
Now you're 3000 miles away
Now you're 3000 miles away
Will I ever see the day
You're 3000 miles away from me

3000 miles away

Will you return just the same again
Is it me to blame again?
In my dreams I've seen it crash many times
While we're still aboard

I failed to say what you needed me to
It sounds too much but fuck it, I love you
Now you're 3000 miles away
Now you're 3000 miles away
Will I ever see the day
You're 3000 miles away from me
Track Name: Ivory
Another whisper in my direction
We're on the brink if we defy
As things slowly worsen we forget them
Why should we be punished when we didn't take a side

Oh Ivory I can't trust you
Or expect anything of you
Apathy grates at my patience
So I long to see inside

Another David and Goliath rivalry there's always one
But you build up hope just to tell me that there's none
So we carry out these orders while you gorge your fill at our expense
Which of us can be bold, stem the lunacy and corruption

Oh Ivory I can't trust you
Or expect anything of you
Apathy grates at my patience
So I long to see inside

Oh Ivory I can't trust you
Or expect anything of you
Apathy grates at my patience
So I long to see what's inside

Oh Ivory I can't trust you
Or expect anything of you
Apathy grates at my patience
So I long to see what's inside
Track Name: Reign Of Summer
A long line in the desert
The faces you seek all the time
Finally facing the ridges
And cracks in your happier side
Don't be the one to
Sell it all back to the heap
You can't find the answer
Being amongst all the sheep

It's a long reign of summer

Take your hands off me
I already know who you are
I've had time to study
Enough to tear myself apart

For a long reign of summer

Spread your wings Icarus, your dollar bills
Can help you find solace you think
Tell me there's too much for all at steak
To stumble back into the drink
Never amounted to much though
As your body was washed out to sea
A lifetime of trees and adventure
Who would have thought there could be

Such a long reign of summer
Track Name: Panem Et Circenses
There's no hope in the country
The most experienced win
A sudden frenzy in fate I see
It comes to hit me again

As I walk these circuses
It's bitter taste will strike me again

I'm not listening, closed my eyes
The violence is so good
Pass me the beer in the microwave
He'd do it if he could, it's that essex way of things

As I walk these circuses
It comes back and strikes me again

Wish me luck cos I am not here
Strangling your pigeons when
Our athletes are the sons and daughters
Tell yourself they've caught us -and

All the advances eventually cancers
I loved you and that was ours

Let's celebrate mediocrity
I'm hanging on your words
I trust the man on my TV screen
He says I don't need to learn, when I've got a

Crippling distraction
The most beautiful one in this town

Wish me luck...

All the advances...

As I walk...

Wish me luck...

All the advances...

And while you break into stardom
Track Name: Depression Tuesdays
The hurricane strikes this town in a deadly manner that won't subside
Stays watching our every move in a way that can't be bribed
And your eyes go cold and I'll feel more than a hundred years old
Darkness surrounding you is stronger right now

Barricade the cat house in an attempt to save your dignity
Catch the mouse and torture me, 'till I pray for your strength in me
And your eyes go cold and I'll feel more than a hundred years old
Darkness surrounding you is at its worst right now

No sé que quieres, no pienso que sea bastante
Evitas estrés, Pero no puedes para siempre
Dices que tienes la solución que no aguanto
Pero te amo, y nadie mas
Las horas desaparcerán y sobrevives
pero no creo que sepas quién estas
Tú y yo faltamos tiempo juntos y tengo miedo de que no me ames lo mismo
No puedo sentarme aqui sin que sentirme depresivo
Espero que vivamos juntos, amemos juntos y corramos juntos
Pero espero demasiado y no hago nada.

Depression Tuesdays, they're coming to get you
And I will always, always feel this way
What did they teach you? Too much or not enough
It won't go away, won't go away from me
Depression Tuesdays, they're coming to get you
And I will always, always feel this way
Get me out of here...
Track Name: The Wolves Are Escaping
Did I control my feelings?
Was there more that I could have said?
Do I carry on without a reason?
Is the opportunity dead?

There's a hole in your conscience
Demanding for reason
While you try to work out the answers
Deport all your friends
Oh where will it end
Once they've gone

Did I sell me soul? I'm become death I'm told
The world doesn't make any sense to behold
As the land becomes blue I know I can't be moved
To stop this darkness from taking hold

There's a hole...

There's a hole...
Cutting the cable to your life support
There wasn't a need for backstabbing I thought
I lose my last life on earth just to get you all wrong

A mind can't be bought
A soul can't be sought
How do you sleep at night?
Track Name: The Sun Never Rises
You won't look me in the eye any more
And I can't see what's right in front of me
I'm wide awake I can't sleep any more
With your veil of guilt wrapped under me
The daily routine is routinely a bore
But it's not that or my workload that bothers me
I've lost everything I fought so hard for
And the best you can do is say
The sun never rises...

Definitive proof that in your world
The sun only sets

I'm Dodging explosives in your field of landmines
Designed to hurt
With a list of new perspectives
And a worn out black shirt
All the damage is reflexive
And the cause of seventy seven words
Oh my life's so ineffective
And the best you can do is say
The sun never rises...

Definitive proof that in your world
The sun only sets
Track Name: Waterlilies
You and I oh we were wrapped in silk
And all the walls we built, but I don't want to believe it
So time after time, hoping and begging
But secretly knowing it would never be the same again

Bright lights, so ineffectual now
We've got to escape this pain for you somehow
And I stumble through the haze that separates me from the end of days
But does it really matter anymore, anymore

Time is an illusion, what time do we have?
If I don't spend it in a place we love

The state owns my soul, and I'll never leave this cage
I don't know whether to love or hate it, it can't contain my rage
And I stumble through the haze that separates me from the end of days
But does it really matter anymore, anymore

Bodies in the street, trampled by the protesters' feet
THe mist goes up the guns come out, they feel they must compete
So I stumble through the haze that separates me from the end of days
But does it really matter anymore, anymore
Track Name: Make Believe
Dark street, on the corner, figure appears
Speech slurred by spirits and wine
Still await the one who promised to be
Here in the flesh descended from the divine

It's not your fault I'm happy to deal with it
A ray of sunshine turns into a storm
Appears opressive unwilling to let me in
You need to get inside to keep yourself warm

I've seen many people who won't believe me
I can't pick one out and say stop
I won't let the world see what you mean to me
Make you believe I'm a hero when I'm not

Come see the scene of a madman in hiding
There's no question I can't do it right
But I challenge the views and authority
Because I can't escape try as I might

Cold cut hard cut, everyone running but
You always fought not to be apart
Big show front row ettiquette over though
Cos you wouldn't sleep with him and that's how it starts

Carry on but I can never forgive you
I wish you luck and offer daily advice
Just claim the sun never rises...
Track Name: Who's A Good Little Soldier?
Never fear a person's outlook
Looks can't kill and I'm not dead yet
I'm tired of having to sell my soul
For another meal

Call it off cos God's stopped being
Reminiscent of the sixties
I'm not jumping through those hoops
For you

Give me power today
Raise my heart rate

Who's fishing for notoriety?
Who's an angel of society?
Who's a good little soldier
Going off to war?

Why did you forget the reason
To leave the house without your keys and
Pray to enter not to sleep
To sacrifice

Let this joke get worse
And you fade into dust
In Living We Trust

Homeless voices, who rejoices
Let me in, I'm out of choices
The devil's in the detail
And Jesus works in retail
I spend seven minutes loving you
And twenty years forgetting you
I stay up on the shelf
And if I can't be myself

We'll run away...
Track Name: Coconut Coffee
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 remember 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

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 people they don't know what's best for them
Just a sneering citation you knew I'd pick up on

Someone's got to hang
Track Name: Breakdown
Breakdown
I'm going straight down
I wish I could stick around
It's going out

It's played down
So I don't make a sound
Cos you would go to ground
If you found out

Love you
Yeah I still love you
And now it's up to you
To turn this around
Impress you
I can only distress you
And now it's up to you
To turn this around

The same
Nothing has at all changed
The beast within remains unslain
And the hope has died

In debt
Watch the Atlantic sun set
A life that I could never get
It was too little too late


Love you
Yeah I still love you
And now it's up to you
To turn this around
Impress you
I can only distress you
And now it's up to you
To turn this around x2

Breakdown
I'm going straight down
I've had it with this town
IT'S GOING OUT
Track Name: Hopeless Romantics
I fear I must take myself out of here
With free drinks in the lights, half a dozen film nights
And I worry I'm sitting in last chance saloon
When all I could see disappears

What have you done?
You've turned me against myself
What have you done?
I've grown into a monster
What have you done?
You turned me against the ones I love
What have you done?
I fear I...

My mind will move into new apathy
And I lose a sense of what it can be
I know there is an easier path for me
Oh two hopeless romantics are we

But
What have you done?
You've turned me against myself
What have you done?
I've grown into a monster
What have you done?
You turned me against the ones I love
What have you done?
I fear I...

What have I done?
I've lost a war to lose one more
What have I done?
I've fallen in love with the wrong person
What have I done?
I'm wasting my time, and you'll never be mine
What have I done?
I've swapped a hopeless situation for another one...
Track Name: Supernovas
Darkness has struck
Your memories of me
I recall all the joy
Of a tryst left unseen
Then you looked at me
And you smiled and we kissed
Enhancements of life that
We lost and we missed

But I'm stuck in a rut
This hedonistic hell
My synapses falter
I'm choking as well
Then you looked at me
And you smiled and you sang
A melody entrancing
About how we ran

But we didn't and it keeps me up
Night after night and my mind
Becomes weaker, I lose all control
Lose faith in my songs that will never satisfy...

Oh heaven I need
To feel you today
My soul has a price
Like Dorian Gray
And the minute I drop
My gaze from your eyes
The world falls away
Emotions capsize

Supernovae
To Beneficial Mutations
This species is set
For eternal explosions
I can't be cut
Out like a cancer
I know you want me dead
But this isn't the answer

The trees are burning down the seas are rising
And all you need is the profits rolling
There's no point when art is dead
I'll put the gun to my head

This is the end of the world
Of the world
Of it all
Fall apart
Track Name: Nazdrave
The truth is out, we go to far, with poison let into the heart
Just one a day, at least a start, but I don't want to hear
Oh speak me not this heresy, hearing's no philosophy
Philosophy is overrated, broken down, emaciated

Happiness is in my palm, a red resealable
Bag will cost my brain some day, don't be unreasonable
We can't outrun the march of, time and I don't
Really see the point of staying in
But everything I ever was, is boring by comparison
Now I can walk on water, beat the strongest man alive and I won't
Rest another minute without the sweet fire in my lungs
I'll regret it on Tuesday, but at least I'm having fun

But ooh, I fear I've already met with you
And ooh, it feels so good
Ooh, I won't leave till the sky is azure blue
(But my) heart might explode let me show you all the

People who just bounce, they end up in the hospital
I suffer from a rare attack of do the right thing
The bedposts are a-creaking, and you know that I'm inert
So you shout at me 'Nazdrave' take the lot and start again

But ooh, I fear I've already met with you
And ooh, I don't feel so good
But Ooh, I won't leave till the sky is azure blue
(But my) heart might explode let me show you all the

Leaders of our countries, who villify this way of life
Yet think it's fine to rob us to achieve the same effect
And we get more ridiculous, but make the same mistakes
Oh I wish you'd never seen me at my worst
But my acchile's heel is legal, and my healthy vice is not
How the fuck does that make sense, they label me a hooligan
I never let ambition kill my, soul and those around me
Why can't I indulge in this to stem the rising tide

Of Hysteria I wish I was a better man, I really do
I laugh, I cry, I point the finger, at my friends who can't compete
When did I become the monster, I feared I would be
Another line, another time, I'll reason the psychology (of)
People who just bounce, they end up in the hospital
I suffer from a rare attack of do the right thing
The bedposts are a-creaking, and you know that I'm inert
So you shout at me 'Nazdrave' take the lot and start again

They're just circling round my head
And attempting to land, take control of me swiftly and
All the rest want me dead
This one night may just be my last
Track Name: The Science Of Attachment
I need a miracle, or something magical
To prove that there is more to life than this
But no-one can hold a candle to me tonight
I'll intimidate you with a show of my might

But that's apocryphal, so it settles down; the pall
The wool over your eyes, into your ears
Til the argument you had disappears tonight
You're solely here to amuse and delight

You want to stay in, can't believe what I'm hearing
You've stopped and burned out, reputation is smearing

You slander our names with your savage tongue
We destroy all the proof and beat you black and blue
Oh you've not seen it yet, but don't you forget that
We love you, we love you my dear.

I need time to assess your worth if you're not excess
And sterilise the wound keeps me in the game
It seems such a shame I need someone to blame tonight
I will give you all such a fright

You've not thought this through no attention to detail
It's crumbling down, your position is fetal so

You slander our names...

nanana

We're tired of the lies we won't fight any more
We can't help you now; you've done things we abbhor so it's

Nice that you care, but I'm past your support
So you're struck off the list, you can take me to court
But I know it won't stick; I've had it secured
Now live off paltry means for ever more

And I won't entertain your return and instead
I'll burn through the canvas and tear out the threads
All with little hope that I won't soon be dead
Still they'll whisper my name with notorious dread

And I'll never know, though God knows I've tried
I've taken account, I've snuck and I've spied
I've tried to forgive but I'm not sure that's right
For I've not lived a day in the whole of my life

You slander our names...
Track Name: Snapdragon
High rise towers and giving up
On the eve of war
And you just sat there while Rome burned

Humiliation, then smaller steps
As far as we're concerned
What have we learned?

There's something wrong with me
Or broken in my head
I don't see why you care
My memories are tainted
while you see the light
Unaware

Sleeping pills and aspirin
All to no affect
I'm shocked there's anyone left
You moan about your day at work
And say you feel depressed
And bollocks to whatever I've confessed and
Is it any wonder?
Yeah yeah yeaaah

There's something wrong with me
Or broken in my head
I don't see why you care
My memories are tainted
while you see the light
Unaware

Relish the colours
The first days of autumn
And preach to the masses
Your tales you told me
By candlelight in confidence
and with mind-numbing irrelevance and
You look in my eyes
And see further - and I make this stop!

I can't get rid of this blood on my hands
I don't know what to do now I have
Gone too far, of this I'm sure
But I couldn't resist the allure
And lead me away to the institute
Where I beg on my life to be let loose
I picture myself in an underpass
With the stolen goods that I've amassed
So tell me WHY
I need to repent
My lungs are filled with the acrid stench
Of burning cities I resent
Give me MORE and I'll give you a sign
But everyone was always so callous

You bastards...
Murderers...
Track Name: We Will Fight Them On The Beaches...
When I was younger I was afraid
I was stuck inside a town
That 2 roads and neither led
To anywhere but home

But our concern is greater now
You heard it on the news
We are at war, your anger burns
The faces, scarlet hues


Spitting blood
Like children running scared
At each others' throats
You break your leg, now you depend
Swallowed alive
The bait is set; and
Like a fish, they've reeled you in
Track Name: Friend Synthetic
Cold
You're growing old
You watch events unfold
I'm trying so I'm told

And I would say your name
And I would play your game
And I would throw it all away
For nothing

But you don't listen any more
The light in your eyes has gone
And I'm not even sure
Why I bothered before

Life
Unstructured and unwound
The happiness you've found
I hope it strikes you down

Time
What I have left is mine
No greater gift to find
Except the one most kind

And I would say your name
And I would play your game
And I would throw it all away
For nothing

But you don't listen any more
The light in your eyes has gone
And I'm not even sure
Why I bothered before

And I have let my mind go free
You were never right for me
Track Name: London Will Fall
I ask you a question, and your answer is maybe
But you're not listening to me, are you baby?
Nobody's surprised, we're seeing nothing new
Oh nobody's perfect, except you

London will fall
and I won't be there
And it will all be down to you
Call but I won't be coming
You needed to learn it really

Another picture in the paper we get
Another award, they haven't seen mine yet
Your word as gospel, but they don't want a clue
Oh nobody's perfect, except you

London will fall
and I won't be there
And it will all be down to you
Call but I won't be coming
We needed to save our own skins

Always brown nosing, I guess you have the gift
Saying you're better enlarges the rift
Can I remember, the one phrase that rang true?
Not; "Nobody's perfect, except you"

London Will fall, oh
London will fall, oh
London will fall, all
because of you