A Dozen Other Loves

by Matt Nakoa

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released November 1, 2013

Produced by Matt Nakoa & Neale Eckstein
Cover art by Danielle Mulcahy

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Matt Nakoa grew up on a small goat farm in Central New York State and began composing music as a teenager. He is a 2014 winner of Kerrville Folk Festival’s prestigious New Folk Competition and tours internationally, recently giving concerts at The White House and in India. Matt's concert music has been reviewed in The New York Times, and his film scoring has been featured at BAM and on Disney.com. ... more

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Track Name: Fool Of A Knight
You showed up in October
Still thinkin’ it’s July
Then you sobered up
And learned that you had missed a lot of living
And time will not forgive you
So baby, why should I?
Yai, dai, dai, dai why should I?

You called me a thief
With a heart full of lies
Then one day you saw each lie
Was just another night I tried to save you
Still you say you hate me
Oh why did I try?
Oh my G-d, why’d I try?

Down in a bottle
All you’ve got’s yourself and a foggy view
You scream from in your cellar
Wond’rin why no knights come and save you

Well I ain’t no knight
I’m just a boy in jeans
But I’ll throw you on my shoulder
We’ll quite this crazy scene while we can
And I’ll be the man
Who loves you much more
Mmm more than them.

Down in a bottle
All you’ve got’s yourself and a foggy view
You scream from in your cellar
Wond’rin why no knights come and save you

Well, come next October
You’ll still think it’s last July
Claiming that you’re cured
And sure that you had missed a lot of living
G-d, I’ll be so willing
Guess I’m still a fool
Oh, I’m a fool of a knight
Track Name: You Are My Moonshine
Girl, you make me wanna talk
But, G-d, it gets so hard to say the things I mean
I really feel like dancin’
But I can’t stand ‘cause you’ll knock me off my feet

If I had a recipe for your love
I’d even brew it in the bathtub
And if to love you was a crime
I’d be guilty every time
You are my moonshine

Sometimes you make me feel like tearin’ through this town
In the middle of the night
Runnin’ up into the mountains
And howlin’ out against the silver sky
It’s something dangerous and wild
And it’s just achin’ to break free
Your beauty baits the beast in me
You are my moonshine

So don’t take it away
Don’t take it away
Don’t take it away

Truth be told, I’m just a boy
Lyin’ on his roof and starin’ up at space
Someday I dream I’ll fly to you
Someday I dream that I might touch your face
My heart is burnin’ like a star
‘Cause heaven don’t seem all that far
You are all my wildest dreams
Come reflectin’ back at me
You are my moonshine
You are my moonshine
You are my moonshine
Track Name: Tip Of My Tongue
My eyes keep gliding over her lips like gloss
I try to speak. My words are lost.
I have a million thoughts but somewhere they’re caught

She's on the tip of my tongue
Just past the edge of my reason
A dream vanishing into a feeling
Haunted and wholly undone
She's on the tip of my tongue

Her flavor is bittersweet
A dangerous taste
How will I know if her love is laced
Until it's too late
Well, now it’s too late

She's on the tip of my tongue
Just past the edge of my reason
A dream vanishing into a feeling
Haunted and wholly undone

With a kiss
Maybe this time I'll make her stay
With a kiss
Maybe she won't slip away

She's on the tip of my tongue
Just past the edge of my reason
A dream vanishing into a feeling
Haunted and wholly undone
She's on the tip of my tongue
Just past the edge of my reason
A dream vanishing, leaving me reeling
Haunted and wholly undone
She's on the tip of my tongue
Track Name: Barefoot Dancer
Sometimes at night, when I close my eyes,
I dream it’s 1979.
Summertime by a riverside,
Like a photo on Grandma’s wall.
There’s a bride without any shoes
Or a clue she’s found someone to lose
Hey Momma, don’t lose hope when that someone goes
‘Cause I’ll be needing you in a year or two

And the wedding band’s playing
And this barefoot dancer’s swaying
Around and around
She’s turning around
Everything is turning all around

Well, we drank tonight. Now there’s nothing left
But her face all red and her hair a mess
Dancing so hard in a flower dress
She’s a sweet sixteen again
Hey Momma, kick off your high-heel shoes
You know you got nothing to lose
And, Momma, hold me close when your balance goes
Like I held on to you when I couldn’t stand

And the wedding band’s playing
And my barefoot dancer’s swaying
Around and around
She’s turning around
Everything is turning all around

It’s a dizzy dance in the hands of time
Spinning wild till the last note chimes
But every song is a second chance to show how you can move
Hey Momma, kick off your high-heel shoes
You know you got nothing to lose
And, Momma, cling to me when your heart gets weak
Like I held on to you when I couldn’t stand

And the wedding band’s playing
And my barefoot dancer’s swaying
Around and around
She’s turning around
Everything is turning
Everything is turning
Everything is turning all around
Track Name: Chokecherry Hill
I turned the key
Waited for the heat
Wiped the frosted windshield with a hand inside my sleeve
And drove
Slow
Moving down the road

Past the ice cream shop
That’s closed for the season
Past the park
With brightly colored snowsuits interweaving
And away
From a house of fragile frowns
That came to say,
“I’m sorry
It was just her time.”

Time and me
We’ve tried to make our peace
But as with all things planned by G-d
It stays a mystery
Why does it always leave
When it feels like all I need
Is more time?

So I took the morning up to
Chokecherry Hill
‘Cause you came here every Sunday
Till the day you were too frail
And still I’d never seen the view
Instead I stayed away
In the city far too long
Making plans and shaking hands
That didn’t matter after all
And now I’m back
Home
In this town of fragile frowns
I came to say,
I’m sorry
I never made the time

Time and me
We’ve tried to make our peace
But as with all things planned by G-d
It stays a mystery
Why does it always leave
When it feels like all I need
Is more time?

Time and me
We’ve tried to make our peace
But as with all things planned by G-d
It stays a mystery
Why does it always leave
When it feels like all I need?
Track Name: Stormchaser
I can tell your silence is the calm before the storm.
I can feel you closing down and boarding up your doors.
Dark clouds are rolling in, the air begins to hum,
And I’m just waiting on the thunder ‘cause I know that it will come.

But I know that I will never leave when I am warned.
Been running into the wind since the day I was born
A stormchaser

You’ve dug through the wreckage of a dozen other loves
And come to expect it that I’ll grab my things and run
‘Cause others heard the sirens and they made for safer ground
Well maybe I’m just crazy, but I really love the sound

‘Cause I know that I will never leave when I am warned.
Been running into the wind since the day I was born
A stormchaser

So blow until you’re broken
It’s your heart I wanna see
Go on, throw your fire and ice
It’s sun and snow to me
You’re sun and snow to me

And I know that I will never leave when I am warned.
Been running into the wind since the day I was born
You know that I will never leave you alone in the storm
Been running into the wind since the day I was born
A stormchaser
Track Name: We All Gotta Go (At Some Point)
I used to sleep all day - never leave my bed.
Used to sleep all day - never leave my bed.
Always wrestlin’ with them voices in my head

But then I met a woman - she came to me like a dream
Said, I met a woman - came to me like a dream
Showed me love like I ain’t never seen

She said, “We all gotta go at some point
We all gotta go at some point
We all gotta go at some point
Boy, it might be tomorrow.”

She said when you walk that road you gotta walk it all alone
When you walk that road you gotta walk it all alone
Every prodigal soul bound to make its way back home

And all your money ain’t no comfort when you’re dyin’
All you’re little green paper ain’t no comfort when you’re dyin’
Ain’t no piece of the pie that’s worth your peace of mind”
(she ain’t lyin’)

We all gotta go at some point
We all gotta go at some point
We all gotta go at some point
Lord, it might be tomorrow


So won’t you sing this song when you’re filled with doubt
Won’t you sing this song when you’re feelin’ down
There ain’t never been no other time but now!

We all gotta go at some point
We all gotta go at some point
We all gotta go at some point
Lord, it might be tomorrow
We all gotta go at some point
We all gotta go at some point
We all gotta go at some point
Oh Lord ...
It might be today!
... for all you know.
Track Name: If You're Tryin' To Break My Heart
I tried to call you on your cell phone
I’m tired of wonderin' when you’re gonna come home
Been sittin' ‘round here drinking
I been down here thinkin' you’re slipping away from me
Lord knows where you are!
If you’re tryin' to break my heart
You’re doin' fine so far

You went out early in the evenin'
In that low-cut dress that I bought you
There must be somebody you’re seein'
Must be a reason why you’ve never thought to
Try it on for me.
I take it as a sign
If you’re tryin' to break my heart
You’re doin' fine so far

Don’t you wanna throw some dishes?
Wouldn’t you rather smash my things?
Give me somethin' I can work with
‘Stead of hangin’ on your string
You could spend my hard-earned money
Turn and slap me ‘cross my face
Slam the door clear off it’s hinges
Drive my car into the bay
Oh no, but if you’re tryin' to break my heart,
You’re doin' fine so far

Don't you wanna throw some dishes?
Wouldn’t you rather smash my things?
Give me somethin' I might work with
Tired of hangin’ on your string.
You can take my hard-earned money
Turn and slap me ‘cross my face
Slam the door clear off it’s hinges
Drive my car into the bay
Oh, but if you’re tryin' to break my heart,
You’re doin' fine so far.
You’re doin' fine so far.
Track Name: Daisies In The Rain
I walked through city showers
For most of Friday’s hours
Searching shopping galleries in vain
For daisies in the rain
Daisies in the rain
For the Lord has taken my baby away

I stood outside her house in the cold
Waited ‘bout an hour or so
Thought I’d get to see her once again
But all I got was soaked
For that bird has flown
Flown so far away from me

Riddles in the petals she must’ve got
Told her that she’s going to love me not
‘Stead she’s gone to hold the hand
Hold the hand of a better man

So now I walk through showers
And cry away the hours
Searching shopping galleries in vain
For daisies in the rain
Daisies for her grave
For the Lord has taken my baby away
Track Name: Where On Earth Is Heaven?
Well, G-d came down that fateful day,
Took a look around the world he’d made
And began to fashion Adam out of dirt.
He said, “Man don’t get big claws or fur!
Instead, I give the gift of words!
The power to create with what you say!”
Well let’s fast forward like a trillion years.
You and I are chillin’ here -
The children of these trillion years of talk.
We got the iphone, ipad, ipod ...
Look at all the crap we got!
With lots o’ guns and bombs to keep it safe.
Hey, I’m all for technology
(Unless, of course, it’s aimed at me)
But I do believe somewhere we ceased
To see the forest for the trees
‘Cause for all our new inventions
What the hell is our intention?
Are we more addicted to our shit than committed to our happiness?

What is human nature?
Aren’t we animals and angels in one?
Tell me, what is human nature?
Do you love what we’ve become?

Well, G-d yelled down to Moses
“You gotta keep the Sabbath holy!
To skip it is to miss the mark in life!
Sure don’t kill, don’t steal, don’t cheat and lie,
But you got to take some quiet time
To realize your own reasons why!”
Well I been workin’ every week.
When Sunday comes I watch TV,
But it don’t make me no holier inside.
Just feels like I’m worshipping false idols -
Paper gods that pay my rent.
And I’m feeling so misguided
Think it’s time that I repent.
So I’m headed to the mountains
Gonna pitch myself a tent.
Gonna count up all my blessings
Hallelujah and Amen!

What is human nature?
Aren’t we animals and angels in one?
Tell me, what is human nature?
Do you love what we’ve become?

I want choirs of crickets singing at night
Beneath a jeweled cathedral sky
On ancient earth, beside a fragrant fire.
There are sermons in the trees
The breath of life is on the breeze
Leaves me nothing in this world to be desired
Except maybe a girl who loves the wild.

‘Cause what is human nature?
Aren’t we animals and angels in one?
Tell me, what is human nature?
Do you love what we’ve become?
And tell me, where is Heaven?
Is it some place we can’t see?
Tell me where on Earth is Heaven?
Ain’t it right in front of me?
Ain’t it right in front of you and me?
Track Name: Somewhere Else I Gotta Go
I was down in Carolina
Lookin’ for a home but couldn’t find one.
So I fired up my engine,
Hopin’ that an end was
Somewhere waiting down the road.

I woke up half-past Nebraska.
Windows down. Endless Pasture.
Evenin’ sky was blazin’
Rusted mustang grazin’
Underneath the setting sun.

Home,
Every time I find you
I get to feelin’ like there’s somewhere else I gotta go.

Met a girl from Nova Scotia
Who was travelin’ alone
Asked her where she’s goin’
She said she missed the ocean
So she’s movin’ in slow motion toward L.A.

And she said,
“Home,
Every time I find you
I get to feelin’ like there’s somewhere else I gotta go.”

Oh, there’s somewhere else I gotta go.
So let’s go!

So I’ll drive and you look for signs
To let us know that we’ve arrived ...

Home
Every time I find you
I get to feelin’ like there’s somewhere else I gotta
Go
And every time I find you.
I get to feelin’ like there’s somewhere else I gotta go.

Oh, there’s somewhere else I gotta go.
So let’s go!