Songs For the Anonymous

by Matt Ray

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A community makes no effort to escape it's own demise -- wallowing in self-pity, complacency, and consumerism, whilst worshipping the false idols of reality TV and the rich and powerful. Something begins to change. Voices of the anonymous begin to rise up and question the entire structure of their supposedly free society. This is their story, these are their songs.

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released February 21, 2013

Some notes on the making of this album:
These songs were written during the years 2004 through 2009. What was intended to be demos for a film idea have turned into a full-length album. The tracks were recorded from 2004-2011 in various studios and locations around New York City.

Musician credits:
Jason Pharr -- drums on 1, 2, 8, 9, 11 percussion on 1, 7
David Berger -- drums on 3, 5 background vocals on 11
Aaron Thurston -- drums on 4, 7
Pete Smith -- electric guitar on 2, 3, 4, 5 acousic guitar on 4, 5, 6 background vocals on 4
Lee Nadel -- electric bass on 3, 5
Dan Fabricatore -- electric bass on 4
Adam Crystal-- violin on 8
Yair Evnine -- cello on 8
Shelley Rosenberg -- background vocals on 2, 5, 7, 9
Matt Furstoss -- background vocals on 7
Karlie Bruce -- background vocals on 8, 11
Paul Brill -- background vocals on 8, 9
Carolyn Leonhart -- background vocals on 5, 7, 9
Jamie Leonhart -- background vocals on 5, 7, 9
Heather Christian -- background vocals on 5, 7, 9
Queen Esther -- background vocals on 11
Sachal Vasandani -- background vocals on 6

all other instruments and vocals by Matt Ray

Album credits:
Producer -- Matt Ray
Recorded by Matt Ray at various locations in New York City. Additional tracks recorded by Craig Dreyer at Mighty Toad studios, and Robert Smith at A Bloody Good Record.
Mixed by Matt Ray except #4 mixed by Nancy Hess
Mastered by Matt Ray
Artwork and design by Geno Valle
all songs written by Matt Ray (Matt Ray Music/BMI)
©2012 Matt Ray. All Rights Reserved.

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Track Name: We Rise
WE RISE

Here we are in the middle of a room and our stars are burning bright
Whoa-oh -- will you breathe with me tonight?
In the morning we may wake to more doom and gloom but we'll be spoiling for a fight
Oh -- can I breath with you tonight?

In my dreams we rise
in my dreams we rise

Here we are in the middle of a scene and our eyes are wide and bright
Oh -- will you breathe with me tonight?
When the sun comes up with an urgent scream we'll have regained once lost sight
Whoa-oh -- can I breathe with you tonight?

In my dreams we rise
In my dreams we rise

Ooh we rise
Track Name: Modern Tragedy
MODERN TRAGEDY

Hey! We don't need an alibi
or some talking head to say we're livin' clean
It seems that everyone's just getting by
while pretending they're in some exotic scene

Whoa-oh -- the fuzz
it's all because
we're done imagining some cruel reality
Ooh-ooh -- we say
we'll work the day
and we'll bless the evening with some modern tragedy
So this party's on again

I've given up on ever finding out
where the owner of this place keeps all the change
Some lonely priestess has begus to shout
and she's telling us that we can turn the page

Whoa-oh -- the boss
he knows the cost
but we're blinded by the color and the pageantry
Ooh-ooh -- we say
we'll work the day
and we'll bless the evening with some modern tragedy
So this party's on again

Why must I think so hard about it?
We'll get to revolution when we can
I think I'll take another drink and try to stand again
Track Name: Kings for a Day
KINGS FOR A DAY

The danger in "crash and burn" is obscured
by the turning of fortunes won and lost
And criminal minds
praying for dogs
are racing to bury the eyes of us all

Who's counting on you and I for a taste
of reality's bookish naivete?
It's only last year
waking from shock
we walked all alone and were kings for a day

And it's high time you and I took a break from all these
written warnings 'cause it's not our mistake
It's just the animals and lies
that keep on breaking us down
I feel like a stranger in this town
watching vandals trade their honor for a crown

The life of a whiny brat is replayed
on this stage, it's our national refrain
And can we erase
locking our knees
we stay in one motion and sing through our shame

Who's waiting on us for a deft response?
Or a bitter retort from a two-act play?
It's only last year
waking from shock
we walked all alone and were kings for a day

And it's high time you and I took a break from all these
written warnings 'cause it's not our mistake
It's just the animals and lies
that keep on breaking us down
I feel like a stranger in this town
watching vandals trade their honor for a crown

And down and out we
set the table and we
stomp and shout at
all the tales that ring true
to daytime pirates who are ironing their consciences
and asking for a one night band
Track Name: We're All Innocent
WE'RE ALL INNOCENT

Thus it went with a lack of decorum
the whole thing is, this can't be the forum
for upending all the boxes stacked against the wall
Framed a picture of the ice parade for my hall

The truth won't set anyone free
'cause no one's listening
Anyhow, we're all innocent
We're all innocent
We're innocent

Can't we steep in the nuance of boredom?
Drop a drink, and stand in the pourin' rain
It's caught a red hand but displays no need for shame
Saw the last act of this play -- all hail the human stain

The truth won't set anyone free
if no one's listening
Anyhow, we're all innocent
We're all innocent
We're innocent
Track Name: Song for the Anonymous #1
SONG FOR THE ANONYMOUS #!

Can't have trouble
calling his friends
'cause we're the only ones who got tickets to the end
Road sick lovers
get out of the eye
The storm is coming over you -- you can step aside
Step aside!

Fast man over
slow man down
evil trenches dug before winter was in the ground
Castin' pennies is not what it seems
the ripple in the water for someone else's dreams
Oh their dreams!

Dead men talkin'
mothers freeze
I feel the words of enemies drippin' through the trees
New math comin'
don't deny
There's something waiting 'round the bend we can try
Oh let's try!
Track Name: Song for the Anonymous #2
SONG FOR THE ANONYMOUS #2

In our season
Tom, the night came down
For no reason
Then our eyes were ground to dust
Ask we must, though it seems we're sleepin'

Skies unopen
Rivers soon may cease to flow
Something's broken
but who the hell are we to know or trust?
Still ask we must about the crop your reapin'

The conversation's mainly out of tune
Speeches disappear into the June air
And though we amble on, we'll choke through dirt our song
We're singin' for the pilots in the room

Over diamonds
Over fields of fallen stones
Who can find them?
The collectors of our bones and rust
Ask we must if there is something burnin'

Night was callin'
From the place where Faulkner laid
Words were fallin'
oe'r the bed I had once made and mussed
Ask to us if there's something we've been learnin'

The conversation's mainly out of tune
Speeches disappear into the June air
And though we amble on, we'll choke through dirt our song
We're singin' for the pilots in the room
Track Name: Sequences (Codes)
SEQUENCES (CODES)

Queen of Tides you'll guide me now
I can see the stars, the crowd
Punish us
we're just dust
our communique was interrupted
our lines busted
but our cups still carry wine

With a song we're on first watch
for a sign of breach of trust
Talk to me
deal in three
I'll make no compromise
Neither posin' nor disclosin'
a sequence in disguise

God of Eyes your size is wrong
Should be wide and not so long
Punish us
we're just dust
our communique was interrupted
our lines busted
but our cups still carry wine
Track Name: After the Flood
AFTER THE FLOOD

No more priceless words
No more things you heard
It's not enough to listen
Thinking of our hearts we'll miss them

No more careless laughter
Drums beat ever faster
Think we're in some grand position
We'll be left with casts and stitches

Before the Flood (there was nothing)
everything seemed dead
Thicker than blood (now we're standing)
knee deep in red

No more things to buy
I saw your smile behind a sigh
Bury some long forgotten bones
We fight with love and sticks and poems

Before the Flood (we were nothing)
We were okay
But now we're blood (brothers and sisters)
The sky is gold and gray above

Ooh I can't see a willow tree that used to be up
by the great divide between us
What compares to water anyway?
Track Name: Song for the Anonymous #3 (Black Flags)
SONG FOR THE ANONYMOUS #3 (BLACK FLAGS)

The sun comes up on a desolate town
Don't know, but what was lost is found
Marching in from the east and the west
Black flags draped in front of our chests

The sun comes up on this town
Don't know, but what's lost is found
We're comin' on
Here we come, here we come, here we come!

Marching in -- east and west
Black flags draped in front of our chests
We're comin' on
Here we come, here we come, here we come!

And it's on
There's no one in front
we just run
yeah we run
'cause we're done cavin' in
yeah we're done

The sun comes up on our new found town
Don't know but what was lost is found
(We're comin' on -- here we come, here we come, here we come!)
The puppet man thinks he's pullin' the strings
He wont know what to do with all these things when we've won
And we've won, we've won, we've won

Well it's on
There's no one in front
we just run
yeah we run
'cause we're done cavin' in
yeah we're done

You know
There's no one in front
we just run
yeah we run
'cause we're done with this
Yeah we're done
Track Name: High Noon
HIGH NOON

So you say that you're shackled by your unfortunate repose
To live a straight life without enemies is what you have chose
They offer a fight and you hand them a rose

Once when a fire raged you gave some lost sinner your cape
and took off in the night to return to your usual shape
The nape of your neck is accustomed to waiting

But out in the street
there are people to meet
The sky is cerulean blue

Once we were workers now were all lurkers it;s seeming
we'd rather be farming instead we are starving for meaning
Tell me once more how you're boiling and steaming

Because I'm not seeing the fruit you call "seething" devoured
It just hangs on the vine like some hard and immovable flower
Calling all heroes this is the hour

'Cause out in the street
there are people to meet
The postman is silently dancing

Once when a storm neared we boarded our windows and fled
We turned out the lights to listen to what was being said
Let's turn them on for a battle instead

For high noon is raging o'er foes who are staging a duel
They've pegged us for cowards, we've stupidly marked them for fools
Let's start trying to look mean and stop trying to look coo

'Cause out in the street
there are people to meet
The peanut vendor is smiling

Lately I'm thinking that we should be drinking a lot
of the waters and spirits that make the eyes bulge and see spots
Maybe then we can see what we've sold and we've bought

The wounds of a shepherd are shining in serpentine fire
We laugh at his homelessness -- scoff, though he may be for hire
Calling all heroes to sing like a choir

'Cause out in the street
there are people to meet
we'll turn up the heat
our hands and our feet
will pound all deceit
into the concrete
our words indiscreet
we'll shout and we'll bleat
to a steady drumbeat
Track Name: Wake Up, New York!
WAKE UP, NEW YORK!

I need my uniform
just give it back I think that it will fit again
There's no emotional confusion, indecision
I'm an ardent man
We're not the one's who need to think

You keep your whiskey shot
I've got a lot invested in this new brigade
It's no illusionary, visionary thing
we've just the world to save
We've got this island on the brink

You think you've seen it all
but you've never been outside
your meager head
I'm seeing red

We'll be storming through
every street and avenue

Tuesday we've got it made
it's you and I who've played our final rondezvous
Don't bite a thing they cook
they're all just crooks
there's propaganda in that stew
We're not the one's who need to think

Regards to the peace corps
I've got no more time to waste in fractious dialogue
Someday you'll listen up
oh listen up!
Invaders, use a casual nod
We've got this island on the brink

You think you've seen it all
but you've never been outside
the people's lawn
you best be gone

We'll be storming through
every street and avenue

Wake up New York!
Track Name: Song for the Anonymous #4
SONG FOR THE ANONYMOUS #4

A land, a prison built by it's own citizens
And all my friends were there
They were love -- without a care
I cried on

Within those four walls were strong arms beckoning
Steam from the vents below
told us of an April snow
Birds were gone

But then we faced those four walls hammering
Up above, a patch of light
told us of the coming fight
It was on

And as our lovers cried
and as our brothers died
we sang our fearless song through the night to the dawn
Oh the long tones

I saw a prison built by it's own denizens
And I met my family there
Once were lost without a care
But now they fight with rage and daring
Nothing but the clothes they're wearing
Now we're cracked our souls lay bare
and are gone

And as birds rip seams in the sky
Upward turned faces scan and cry
Barriers breached we rise, we rise
we rise

Ooh we rise
Ooh we rise