Light In The Dark

by Matt Nakoa

/
  • Streaming + Download

    Includes high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more. Paying supporters also get unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app.

      name your price

     

1.
04:03
2.
3.
4.
04:05
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.

credits

released March 17, 2012

Produced by Matt Nakoa & Corey Schreppel
Mixed by Corey Schreppel
Mastered by Jonathan Wyner
Album Art by Danielle Mulcahy

tags

license

all rights reserved

about

Matt Nakoa New York

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

shows

contact / help

Contact Matt Nakoa

Streaming and
Download help

Redeem code

Track Name: Oh Tamara
Oh Tamara

You were hanging off the edge of the bed
Smoking the last cigarette
Humming someone else’s song that stuck in your head
When you said you didn’t care anymore
Girl, I know you don’t care anymore

Oh, Tamara
I always knew you’d leave me
On the floor
Fast asleep and dreaming
While you were leaving

Wearing our love like a crown
We used to drive all over the town
Breaking in, breaking out, breaking up, breaking down
Starting all over again
I'll never know why but I fell
I never heard the sound of the bell
You were a first-round knock-out story to tell
Hell, I won’t be getting up today

Oh, Tamara
I always knew you’d leave me
On the floor
Fast asleep and dreaming
While you were leaving
Baby, baby, baby, baby
Oh, Tamara
I always knew you’d leave me
On the floor
Fast asleep and dreaming
While you were leaving me alone

Now I’ve found love has a ghost
Comes around wearing your clothes
Telling me just how little I know
‘Cause I really wanna see you tonight
Girl, I just wanna see you tonight

Oh, Tamara
I always knew you’d leave me
On the floor
Fast asleep and dreaming
While you were leaving
Baby, baby, baby, baby
Oh, Tamara
I always knew you’d leave me
On the floor
Fast asleep and dreaming
While you were leaving me alone
Track Name: Don't Come Back To Me
Don't Come Back To Me

Can you keep a secret?
I don’t love you anymore
Can’t keep waiting for things to go back to the way they were before
Please don’t tell your mother
She would never understand
But I guess if you need a reminder of why we failed you can

But don’t come back to me
Don’t come back to me with that
Don’t come back to me

We don’t need to get even
We both left marks on the wall
You don’t need to tell me how your friends all agree this is really my fault
‘Cause I might say that I’m sorry
If you’d let me make that call
It’s OK if you place the blame wherever it breaks your fall

Just don’t come back to me
Don’t come back to me with that
Don’t come back to me
Don’t come back to me with that ...

Desperate reminiscing
I think we’ve been through too much
If a part of you is missing
Well I’m sure you’ll find someone

But don’t come back to me
Don’t come back to me with that
Don’t come back to me ...
Track Name: Diamonds Into Dust
Diamonds Into Dust

In a city of coal you picked dirty ol’ me
Straight from the ground where I’d waited for centuries
You brushed off my face and when the soot settled
I wondered why you’d waste your time picking up pebbles

You said, “I know coal and that ain’t you”
Said you’d wear me around like a precious jewel.

Once I was your diamond in the rough
But darlin’, your touch turns diamonds into dust.

I tried my best to shine. Was it ever quite enough?
Surely your love should never lack luster
And it might’ve been the pressure, may have been the heat
Dying to become what I was always gonna be

All the weight
All the heat
Oh my love
You crushed me.

Once I was your diamond in the rough
Love, I was your diamond in the rough
Well darlin’, your touch turns diamonds into dust.

Now I don’t love to dig you up
No, I don’t love to dig you up
I don’t love to dig you up
No, I don’t love to dig you up that much.

Now I know you’re a diamond too
Only the real thing could cut like you

Once I was your diamond in the rough
Love, I was your diamond in the rough
So what!? I was your diamond in the rough
Darlin’, your touch turns diamonds into dust.
Track Name: Blowin' Away
Blowin' Away

I know you don’t really love your job
But you like to feel the cash in your back pocket
No use denyin' where your time has gone
You had a five-year plan and you just forgot it.

Well, it’s only paper - light as feathers
Do yourself a favor - you know better

We're blowin' away - so leave your sorrow
Leavin' today - we’ll be there by tomorrow
Makin' our way - beg, steel or borrow
And baby - say that you’ll follow

I know you don’t really love your man
But you like to feel his hand in your back pocket
Now you're sittin' makin' lists of all the shit you can't stand
It was a beautiful love but now you've lost it

You said “forever” - now you’re tied and tethered
Do yourself a favor - you can do better

We're blowin' away - so leave your sorrow
Leavin' today - we’ll be there by tomorrow
Makin' our way - beg, steel or borrow
And baby - say that you’ll follow

Life can be ruthless
But you can't make excuses
Gotta move when you hear the music
Though it may seem sweet and loud
It's trav'lin' at the speed of sound
Driftin' away on the breeze
Just like you and me
You and me

Blowin' away - so leave your sorrow
Leavin' today - we’ll be there by tomorrow
Makin' our way - beg, steel or borrow
And baby - say that you’ll follow
Track Name: Beggar By The Weekend
Beggar By The Weekend

Well, I been workin' till it hurts
And it ain't worth what it's worth
Hell, my twelve-year-old self and me ain't speakin'
All those years of school
Now I'm an older, broker, fool
Pawnin' off my dreams to keep the ceiling from leakin'

Seems you can slave away for five straight business days
Just to find yourself a beggar by the weekend

So you say your love life's a bitch
The slipper never fits
But you keep kissin' frogs and singin' songs of longin'
And every time a prince gets into you
Cupid comes and shoots you in the shoe
And it's really just your pretty dress that's fallen

Well you can stay awake just cryin' your night away
But love is always better when you're dreaming
Yeah, you can slave away for five straight business days
Just to find yourself a beggar by the weekend.

Spending every day
Begging for our change
Lord there's gotta be better way

Well, we made it here tonight
Which means that we're alive
So c'mon sing like every word makes all the difference
I heard a word made life exist
And all our lives have led to this
So I say raise your beer and here's to our forgiveness

'Cause you can save and save
Just to cash in on the last day
But maybe here and now's the Eden we've been seekin'
You can stay awake cryin' your night away
But love is always better when you're dreamin'
Yeah, you can slave away for five straight business days
Just to find yourself a beggar by the weekend

Don't you find yourself a beggar by the weekend
Don't you live and die a beggar by the weekend
Track Name: The Gold Is Gone
The Gold Is Gone

Distant kisses whisper low
The gold is gone - just dust now in our mouths
Gin on your lips - rust on your tongue
You taste like a ghost town

And on this prairie where we lie
No more church bells ringing Alleluia
No more rowdy ol' saloon
Just an empty bedroom

And no matter what we try
There is nothing left to find
Don't you know the gold is gone

When we started out to stake our claim
We held our hearts like shovels in our hands
But we were fools with dynamite
Filled the hills with empty holes of sand
And still you think it helps to fight

But no matter what we try
There is nothing left to find
Don't you know the gold is gone
Oh the gold is gone

Maybe someday time will heal our wounds
But right now I can't handle seeing you
So baby, pace away and baby, count your steps
Turn and blast but I'm not turning back

'Cause no matter what we try
There is nothing left to find
Don't you know the gold is gone
Oh the gold is gone
Track Name: Running In Place
Running In Place

Lost little girl with locks of gold
Thinks this love’s too hot - thinks this love’s too cold, well
Honey don’t run through another door
Till you know for sure what you’re going for

Do you need it to feel just right?
‘Cause it never does. I just thought it was, so
I guess you won’t be alone tonight
It might kill you to wait so you’re filling space
You’re just filling space
You’re just filling space
You’re just ...

Running in Place
(don't it feel like you're ...)
Running in Place
(growing so tired of ...)
Running in Place
(spend your whole life ...)
Running in Place

I dreamed I seen you bumping in the club with some fresh cut crush
All your liquid love has his heart rate up
He's reaching out 'cause he's starting to fall
But you just scream along to your favorite song
"No I don't wanna hold your hand!
I'm not looking for love, I'm just having fun!"
His kick drum heart beats boom, boom, BREAK
And you leave another lover boy dead on the dance floor

Running in Place
(don't it feel like you're ...)
Running in Place
(growing so tired of ...)
Running in Place
(spend your whole life ...)
Running in Place

You don't even try to sleep at night
And baby, maybe you've got it right
'Cause I toss and turn - night and day
I close my eyes - I see your face
I try and try, but I can't get away
I can't get away
I can't get away
I can't ...

Running in Place
(don't it feel like you're ...)
Running in Place
(growing so tired of ...)
Running in Place
(don't it feel like ...)
Running in Place
(spend your whole life ...)
Running in Place ...
Track Name: Wishful Drinking
Wishful Drinking

Wishful drinking again last night
Trying to keep you off of my mind
Can’t find peace in the neon light
Lord, you know how hard I've tried

Fell punch drunk for a sugar cane rum
Made my lips and fingertips numb
Kissed my skin and whispered in tongues
But all at once the rum was gone
Wishful drinking all along

And I like to dine with a bitter red wine
Makes me feel so rich and refined
Floats my heart and bloats my mind
But late last night the wine went dry
Wishful drinking every time

Heartbreaks and Headaches
Always hand in hand
Fill these years like bottles of tears
Now I can hardly stand
All my blissful thinking
Thinking I’ve moved on
Is only wishful drinking
When the night becomes the dawn

Wishful Drinking again last night
Trying to keep you off of my mind
Can’t find peace in the neon light
Lord, you know how hard I tried
Track Name: It Won't Be Long
It Won't Be Long

Oh my grandfather,
You have gone to feed the lawn.
Your sons and daughters
Live to see another dawn.

Can you see the children
Playing games among the graves?
Their mothers whispering,
"Little children should behave!"

When we’re dead and gone
Life’ll be living on!
And it won’t be long!

Are we our bodies?
Are we these thoughts inside our heads?
Are we our money?
How can we spend it when we’re dead?

Will all our ashes scatter
After someone’s G-d drops the bomb?
Will it ever matter
Who is left, or right, or wrong?

When we’re dead and gone
Life’ll be living on!
And it won’t be long!

Sing your soul’s own song
Let them sing along
And when we’re dead and gone
You’re life’ll be living on!
It won’t be long!
Track Name: All The Devil's Sons
All The Devil's Sons

See the man and his wife in a factory town
Every day slave away till the sun goes down
And all they ask is their sons stay safe
And get to go to school someday.

So they go to the church, get down and pray
For the Christian king of the new crusade
May his aim be sure and G-d be proud
We're gonna take the devil's army out

'Cause if you wanna have a home, you gotta stick out your hand and pay
And if we wanna keep our country, we gotta live like they say

Ashes to ashes - dust to dust
Pull the trigger and in G-d we trust
Invaders gonna come. Stuff your closets full o' guns
Even though we've never seen a single one
They all must be devil's sons.

Now see the man and his child in a desert town
Every day more afraid of the sun going down
No there'll be no rest in this bed of fear
When the western godlessness draws near

So they pray on dusty knees and hands
On family bones below the sands
"May our aim be sure and our hearts beat proud
As we stand our ground and shout out loud,

If you wanna have our home you gotta stick out your hand and pay
Yeah, if you come to take our country, you're gonna get blown away!"

Ashes to ashes - dust to dust
Pull the trigger and in G-d we trust
Invaders gonna come. Stuff your closets full o' guns
Even though we've never seen a single one
They all must be devil's sons.

All the king's horses
All the king's men
Couldn't put the Kingdom
Together again
Track Name: Light In The Dark
Light In The Dark

Night after night like a reoccurring dream
I am a blind man floating in the sea
Shouting for a harbor, screaming for the stars
But I drown in my sleep never knowing where they are ...

... shining ...
It's frightening

But tonight I am finding the light in the dark
Oh, tonight I am finding the light in the dark

Well I know what became of the moth and her flame
And the man fixing his satellite picture in the rain
Sometimes the glow at the end of the tunnel is a train
Can you blame this boy if he gets a bit afraid?

... of shining ...
It's frightening

But tonight I am finding the light in the dark
Oh, tonight I am finding the light in the dark
In my heart.

||: Just gotta trust that my vision will adjust :||

... like seeing with my eyes closed
I want to believe in something no one knows
And I wanna leap when it comes my time to go!

Tonight I am finding the light in the dark
Oh, tonight I am finding the light in the dark
In my heart.