The Ballad of Uncle Matthew EP

by Matt McNish

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Paul Wright A great find. The singer has a lovely tone to his voice. The music has a gentle, hazy, melancholy sound which reminds me of Simon & Garfunkel c.1970. Favorite track: Los Angeles (Demo).
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"Mommy, who's that?"

"Oh, that? That's your Uncle Matthew, or...that was your Uncle Matthew."

"What happened to him?"


Happy solstice, everybody. Enjoy these home demos, spanning heartbreak, loss, spiritual awakening, and free-ballin' fun.


released June 20, 2017

Special thanks to Rose Boyle for moral support. Vocals on title track by Emily Diego and Matt Myers.


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Track Name: Los Angeles (Demo)
I ran around assuming
I'd grow in light of losing
My notes are overflowing
with thoughts on where I'm going

I give myself away each day
Time always has a way -
is that what they say
will make it okay?

I've read of men and women
who've been in my position
I'm told it's part of living
and that death can be forgiving

I guess it's hard to say
I made a mistake
I guess it's hard to say
that all of my pain
would have just gone away
if I'd stayed

When men catch my gaze,
I hide my face
You know the way,
it's still the same
despite how I've changed...

Have I changed?

I walked around this city
and found it all a pity
So many men seemed lonely
I wanted you to hold me

I ran around assuming
I'd grow in light of losing
In loss, I've started learning
and now there's no returning

La da da da...
Track Name: Vietnam's Bad Dreams (Demo)
In the borders of the mind
I can look out and celebrate your life
In the borders of the mind
I can make sense of what you left behind

A father sees beyond his needs
but you were lost in the weeds beyond your means
and we don't practice honesty
but I need to understand the world you've seen

The fallen reeds
Soldiers in the trees
Vietnam's bad dreams
All came before me

In truth at times I feel the bite
and I lose all sense of what was wrong or right
This barking dog, this neighbor's light,
all seem more real to me than your whole life

Can we make that right?
Before I lose my mind?
Every single night
are we losing time?

Daddy please,
some honesty
Lay your memory at my feet

The fallen reeds
Soldiers in the trees
Vietnam's bad dreams
All came before me

All came before me...

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