The Black Y

by Mat Masterson

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Recorded while crashing for 5 weeks in NE Portland at X-tain Ledbetter's house with the equipment he had lying around the house (organ, microkorg, electribe, 4-channel mixer, old mac that has to stay plugged in like yours and my guitar).

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released March 29, 2013

Mostly Mat Masterson did everything, but John Morris helped out on Why? and Skip Town (Don't Skip Out). In other news, Old Town was written by John Maus, that fly guy.

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Mat Masterson Spruce Pine, North Carolina

Singer/Songwriter and Electronic Producer originally from the foothills of North Carolina. Traveling nonstop these days, so let's hang out!

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Track Name: Time Vs. Money
Read a book, watch a movie tonight
Things ain't so bad, I guess life's alright
But I really wanna go out dancin' and drinkin'
Flat broke, so I just sit home thinkin'

All time, no money at all
All-time all-star just havin' a ball

Clocked in, beggin' for a break
How much do they think I can take
Guess it doesn't matter anyhow
When I get home, I'll just pass out

All the money, no time to spend it
All the money, guess that I'll just send it to a friend or something
All time, no money at all
All-time all-star just havin' a ball
Track Name: You Can Make It
You float through the waves
All you need strapped to your back

You can make it

You danced the eternal dance in the waves
No thought to consequence, it's how you spend your days

You can make it

You're carryin' the next generation on your back

You can make it
Track Name: So Beautiful
At the bottom of the deepest ocean of my dreams,
I'm swimming, I'm swimming

It's so beautiful down here

In the valley, I walk through waterfalls
No cares at all, no cares

It's so beautiful down here
Down here, down here
It's so beautiful down here
Track Name: Y(ou can have it all)
You can have it all

We have all we need
Friends and family
We don't need to buy anything
Food grows in the ground
Love is all around
There's no need to cry
The big Black Y in the sky provides
Track Name: The Moon King
Build yourself a rocket ship
Get out of our atmosphere
You ain't got nothin' to lose
Getcha body up and outta here
Runnin' round through time and space
Touch down on the moon
Everybody said you'd never make it
Said you was crazy

Now you're the Moon King
Oh yeah, you're the Moon King
You're the Moon King
You're the King of the Moon

Now you're minin' precious metals
Ya gotcha moon minions diggin' diamonds
They said there wasn't 'nuff water to live
But ya brought your own
Now ya got your own island on the moon
Island on the moon

Now you're the Moon King
Oh yeah, you're the Moon King
You're the Moon King
You're the King of the Moon
Track Name: Teamwork!
We're all rollin' around the world
Bouncin' into each other like it's goin' outta style
The least you could do is give your brother and sister a smile
Every time you judge, every time you scowl
You're judgin' and scowlin' in the mirror
We're all in this thing together
We're all in this thing together

Teamwork!

I need you just like you need me
No matter how indirectly
No room for shame or bigotry
So show me love, or leave me be
Yea show me love, or leave me be
Show me love, or set me free
I'll show you love, let's be happy
I'll show you love, let's be happy

Teamwork!

Teamwork!
(and safety third)
Track Name: Why?
Born into the world
No way to express how you feel
Lost in the swirl
It's all too real
You can start out with nothing
You can start with a silver spoon in your mouth
Either way it's a safe bet
Won't be long before you shout

Why?! Why?! Why?!
Why am I here?! Why am I here?!

Thirty years in the fold
Thought you mighta figured somethin' out by now
Is it all a game? Is it all a game?
(It's a game)

Why?! Why?! Why?!
Why am I here?! Why am I here?!

Is it for happiness? Is it for love?
Is it for happiness? Is it for work?
Is it for happiness? Is it for love?

Why?! Why?! Why?!
Why am I here?! Why am I here?!
Track Name: Old Town
When the city gets you down
You've got to go back to your old town

When the traffic light makes you frown
You've got to go back to your old town

The sound of wind blowing through the grass
And familiar streets waiting for you in your old town
Track Name: Skip Town (Don't Skip Out)
Skip town, don't skip out on me, oh baby

I know this year was hard on us
But baby we been through so much worse
I understand your need to get out of this town
But when you skip out on me don't you let me down

(skip out, skip town, don't you skip out on me)

Skip town, don't skip out on me, oh baby

So now you're down in New Orleans
Makin' your money, but your money still ain't clean
But if you get enough
To get a car
Get yourself back to California
I'll be waitin'
I'll be waitin' here on ya

(skip out, skip town, don't you skip out on me)

Don't you skip out on me!

Skip town, don't skip out on me, oh baby

I know this year was hard on us
But baby we been through so much worse
Track Name: Addicted (live with drunk friends)
Push out the demons, push out the devil's, oh lord
Sometimes some things refuse to be ignored
I quit countin' because I lost track of the score
The game's long been over, but my feet they keep on hittin' the floor

Cause I'm addicted to the feelin' of my feet upon the ceilin' above
I might as well face it, I'm addicted to love

The grass is not greener, oh no, it's just a different shade
Life was just sittin' there, waitin' to be waylaid
I jumped off that boat before I went insane
Now I take my lovin' on the run, yo, ho, you know I can't complain

Cause I'm addicted to the feelin' of my feet upon the ceilin' above
I might as well face it, I'm addicted to love

I know her love is not for sale, but I thought that her kisses might be
I took a look from her point-of-view, she's right, it's a little frightening
Now all I need is someone I can hold tightly
Someone to scare away my demons made of whirlwinds and lightning

Somone who's addicted to the feelin' of their feet upon the ceilin' above
Some who'd might as well face it, their addicted to love
Just like me
Cause I'm addicted to the feelin' of my feet upon the ceilin' above
I might as well face it, I'm addicted to love