Our Last Days In The Sun

by Matt Hartless

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about

The concept behind this album was to capture a selection of moments during a period of change both in the world as a whole, and in my own life as I move away from home. The subjects of this album include references to the political in songs such as 'Evolution' and 'Make Believe' to freedom in 'Prometheus Unbound' and 'Chamonix' and happiness in 'Black And White Thinking' and 'Rosebud.'

This album is dedicated to William Missin to whom we wish all the best on his long road to recovery.

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released July 28, 2012

All tracks written and performed by Matt Hartless, except 'Evolution' which was written and performed by Matt Hartless and Joe Leonard

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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: (We're Not Children Any More)
I feel like a train wreck and I'm falling away
To be piled into plastic and sold on the next day
Where did I lead myself up the garden path to?
In hope of resolution; I won't mind, cos

We're not children anymore
You can't tell us who we are
You could have made us happy but we fucked it all up
It's not a simple set of rules

We're not children anymore
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: 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

BREAKDOWN
I'm going straight down
I've had it with this town
It's going out
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: Evolution (ft. Joe Leonard)
See the youth of present and the stealing, lying, mental
Attributes of council violence and the happiness and highlights so
You got your girlfriend pregnant and you ran away
To worry out
Concessions of a fatherhood in doubt

So never let me go
I'm holding on in chains, my name is mud, you cut me up
And I don't want my children to remember me as
Being barred from club to club
With joint in hand, feeling too drunk
All these years of evolution and this is what we get - ha

Do your job as I do mine and see the people, watch the people
Pick the ones with weaker inhibitions that they can't undo
And lose the plot, lose it all at a hundred miles per hour
Congratulations sir, you've caught a drunk and your paycheque too
Now I want to, I don't need to know about the life I can't get
Tell me I'm not staring down the barrel when I escape
Your antisemite, nationalistic plans; they make me sick.
Sadistic rumours, can you never stoop too low?

So never let me go
I'm holding on in chains, my name is mud, you cut me up
And I don't want my children to remember me as
Being barred from club to club
With joint in hand, feeling too drunk
All these years of evolution and this is what we get

Let me speak if I can't sing
One day we'll have it all
You can't threaten us with fear
Your empire will fall

So never let me go
I'm holding on in chains, my name is mud, you cut me up
And I don't want my children to remember me as
Being barred from club to club
With joint in hand, feeling too drunk
All these years of evolution and this is what we get
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 weeks 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: Prometheus Unbound
I'm not scared of a future I can't imagine
And I sit on the edge I wash my feet in the waterfall
No rest, the end has come I'm sure, I've had the time to settle in
So I'm free, free from what was said, hold me when I don't feel tall

And I lift off into the real world again
And I'm not wrong, I'm holding to the truth, I've lived to who you are
They're cutting through my stride, seem to make me blind, I'm all a part of it
But that's not what I want, death surrounds me now, This is not the dream he had

Don't let me out, it's not enough
If I have to hurt everyone I meet, tell me when I'm feeling rough
Don't be a victim of it all, don't be afraid, I am coming round
Do battle with the trees, they won't forget my name, it's hard enough to make a sound

So I lift off
The clock's been wound
I'm finding hope
PROMETHEUS UNBOUND
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 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

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

And while you break into stardom
I fall at your hand, not mine
Track Name: Chamonix
I've had no time to distinguish right from wrong
I keep biting my tongue so we can all get along
Cut me loose, cut me loose so I can think all I like
I hope they don't forget me

Too much deciding can't it leave me alone
Don't sleep on the streets, don't reveal your home
Cos these jokers will send you up the river
In a clown suit

And I've wasted my time

So let me back, no never again
Don't hold my hand, you are not my friend
And all the people you're with
Are just lizards who wait
For me to spring their trap
Give up my name, but I won't say

Chamonix, I've lost who I was before
Chamonix, I've stopped thinking, I can't sleep any more
Chamonix, I'm a tool of consumerism
Chamonix, don't forget me

I wish I could deal with anything that was thrown
I wish I could live instead of turning to stone
But I wished to much and I have become them
They have become me, so effortlessly

Teasing, needling away

So let me back, no never again
Don't hold my hand, you are not my friend
And all the people you're with
Are just lizards who wait
For me to spring their trap
Give up my name, but I won't say

Chamonix, I've lost who I was before
Chamonix, I've stopped thinking, I can't sleep any more
Chamonix, I'm a tool of consumerism
Chamonix, don't forget me

I keep playing this game and so madly I shout
This is too desperate I've got to get out
It's not me who dies or hides away in vain
So Chamonix, don't forget me

It's a coup d'état
It's a revolution
Track Name: Depression Tuesdays
The Hurricane strikes this town in a deadly manner and won't subside
Stays watching our every move in a way that can't be bribed
Your eyes go cold and I 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
Your eyes go cold and I feel more than a hundred years old
Darkness surrounding you is stronger 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 deprimido
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

Get me out of here...
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
Poisoining 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'd ignore all the signs and live my life as if I was
One of those people who have no limitations ever

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

So Flying, break neck speed, with your counterintuitive 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 could be 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


I'll find a way to forgive you, make it better, make it better
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: Rosebud
You were mad at me, didn't question the legality
I'll say; think I deserved it anyway
And every time I tried to do the things I wanted on the outside
Didn't do a lot for me
Don't be frightened, I saw it right at another time
It got away
Now I wait, leave my world in its state
Take no wrecking ball from me
So I sit tight, don't force the lock
So I can live it in happiness
Trust in love, fill your boots

Aah falling in love when I meet
Everyone in our last days in the sun

Memory's undone
Like photos spent too much time in the sun
Just not quite there, Vivid recollections of them all
And I'm not sorry that I
Left it all behind and ran and ran like
The furnaces of hell were burning behind me
I've not been transparent
I can't put you on a pedestal
No matter how much I would like to
Now I wait, let this psychosis abate
I've got no more that I can give
Oh it's so easy to lose and you can't
Find it by looking hard but
Look at me it's not the end