A Dozen Other Loves

by Matt Nakoa

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1.
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
2.
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
3.
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
4.
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
5.
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?
6.
03:46
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
7.
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.
8.
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.
9.
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
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11.
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?
12.
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!

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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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