Flowers and Ticket Stubs

by Matthew Davies

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1.
I was looking through the classifieds When I saw that you were selling your old ride The one that we took down to the borderline Help me out I need a friend I’m standing on the edge of oblivion Hanging on by a thread On the borderline Just you and I On the borderline Help me out I need a friend I wish this day would begin again With the sun going down and the cops closing in. They said, “come out boys there’s nowhere to hide The dogs are on your trail and they’re not afraid to bite you’re never gonna make the other side On the borderline Just you and I On the borderline But, I guess we could have been more careful I guess we’ll never make the other side I guess we could have been more careful ‘Cause now we’ll never make the other side Nah, we’ll never make the other side I was looking through the classifieds When I saw that you were selling your old ride The one that we took down to the borderline
2.
I woke up to your call And your picture on my wall And I found that little note That you left down the hall I swear I almost cried When I read the words inside Now I’ll be yours forever If you’ll be mine Sentimental…I’m a sentimental dude Sentimental…when it comes to you Sentimental…in a sentimental mood I’m Sentimental…when it comes to you I’m a sentimental dude I took that note over to my drawer Where all my souvenirs get stored And I found that photograph Of our trip to Amsterdam The way you wore your hair Made all the Dutch boys stop and stare Now I’ve just gotta laugh Thinking how lucky I’ve been Sentimental…I’m a sentimental dude Sentimental…when it comes to you Sentimental…in a sentimental mood I’m Sentimental Ohhh, I’ve tried to fly with a broken chain But what’s the use Spent a night with my bachelor friends But it only proves That I’m a sentimental dude When it comes to you I’m a sentimental dude Flowers and ticket stubs And the melody to our song There’s no use trying to hide That I’m a sentimental guy
3.
Metropolitan 05:45
She said she’d never been to London She said she’d never been to Spain She told me all about her family As we rode the uptown train We walked the platform to the exit Stepped out into the rain Ducked into a famous gallery Filled with canvas and paint Though the Van Gogh was impressive My eyes were drawn to her face Beauty comes in many forms But none quite like yours Beauty comes in many forms I said I knew a spot on the west-side Nothing fancy but maybe she’d like To grab a tea of a coffee Keep on talking for a while She checked her watch and said, “Well, why not? Suppose it’s early still, I guess” We hailed a cab and rode across town My heart was pounding in my chest The city lights how they sparkle Against her eyes it was no contest Beauty comes in many forms But none quite like yours Beauty comes in many forms Our cups were empty but we sat there Unwilling to concede the night In a last ditch effort I suggested A band I knew playing nearby We bought our tickets and we stood there Swaying back and forth in time Though the band was impressive I couldn’t keep her off my mind So when the house lights finally came on I took her hand in mine and I said Beauty comes in many forms But none quite like yours Beauty comes in many forms But none quite like yours Beauty comes in many forms But none quite like yours Beauty comes in many forms
4.
The Busker 03:45
Saturday morning and I’m rubbing my eyes again Rubbing my eyes again Saturday morning and I’m rubbing my eyes again What did I do to myself last night So I’ll make some eggs I Put the kettle to the flame I Drink my coffee out on the back porch Where the song birds sing Sun’s up above me now it must be noon Put my boots on my feet And I’ll find something to do Take my old guitar down the street I’m going down Going down the street Take my old guitar down the street look out now Here I come Play a lotta songs Maybe some of that Johnny Cash Hit the strings all loudest When the Busses roll past I make a few dollars Maybe a pocket full of change But I’ll cross the street And I’ll throw it all away Met an old friend now we’re drinking and laughing Yeah, drinking and laughing Met an old friend now we’re drinking and laughing All night long But midnight’s coming And I can’t see straight And there’s a woman over in the corner making eyes at me They said that an idle mind Is the devils playground So when I fall off my stool again You can just leave me down Every time I get drunk I swear I won’t do it again But I’m pretty sure that I will ‘Cause I’m a sucker for a drag And right now what I wanna Is lay down and die But I know I’ll be back next Saturday night I’ll be back next Saturday night Sunday morning and I’m still rubbing my eyes I’m still rubbing my eyes Sunday morning and I’m still rubbing my eyes What did I do to myself last night? What did I do to myself last night? What did I do to myself last night?
5.
I saw a face in a little window Of a Greyhound bus with a dozen other people And the red light changed and the bus drove away But I remember that face How did I misread all the signals And take for granted what was really rather simple Now time is gonna play its little game But I’ll remember that face Oh Time you can do a lot of strange things But I’ll remember that face Now the time has come to wrap up this little song If I forget the words before the morning comes And everything else in time starts to fade away I’ll remember that face Oh Time you can do a lot of strange things Time you can play a lot of strange games Oh Time you’re always changing But I’ll remember that face Oh, time you can do a lot of strange things But I’ll remember that face
6.
Oh Donna where you going with that gun? When it comes to making friends there are easier ways to get it done Oh Darlin’ does the world seem cruel? Why you looking for a loophole in the golden rule? For something so good It could take the place of pain Wishing someone would just tell ya that it’s ok Cold hearted, mistreated, at the end of your rope You took a knife in the back and now you’ve got a gun stashed in the folds of your cloak Oh Ryan you oughta tell her just where you stand You hid your eyes last time maybe now is your last chance For something so good it could take the place fo pain Wishing someone would just tell you that it’s ok Something so fine To light the dark at night Wishing someone would Just tell you that it’s gonna be alright Just tell ya that it’s alright But will he ever know How far she was willing to go For something so good it could take the place fo pain Wishing someone would just tell you that it’s ok Something so fine To light the dark at night Wishing someone would Just tell you that it’s gonna be alright Just tell ya that it’s alright Just tell ya that it’s alright Tell ya that it’s alright
7.
Love or Lust 03:26
Fairgrounds and a warm breeze Your summer dress just above your knees My wish came true When I started spending more time with you Venders are barking and the midway lights Are blinking and flashing on the carnival rides Nobody sees the kisses we steal When we’re up on top of the Ferris wheel Say you want me again Say you want me again Walk with me under a harvest moon I want to do all the things young lovers do Tell me if you can Does our love stand a chance Lie to me Baby if you must Tell me Is this love or only lust I’ll be farming you be at school And if you don’t have time to call that’s cool I’ll try to understand Not all good things are meant to last Say you want me again Say you want me again Say you want me again Say you want me again
8.
Walking thru the garden gate calling after Remi Jane She pulls the flowers from their stems and plays a little game with them Does he love me does he not She’s reading from a book she got Will he be here when it ends Oh darling do you have to ask Oh darling do you have to ask Sun is shinning on her face as spring has taken winters place Over where the lilacs grow I can hear her singing low Does he love me does he not As petals fall upon the sod Wondered why she looked so sad Oh darling do you have to ask Oh darling do you have to ask Robins on the garden path sparrows at the feeder and Lying in a bed of grass she’s reaching out to hold my hand Does she love me does she not I wonder as our fingers touch Could this love forever last Oh darling do you have to ask Oh darling do you have to ask Like the wind thru the maple leaves our lives are filled with subtleties Impossible to capture that which grows so slow but blooms too fast I turned around and she was gone That zephyr she was riding on Will it bring her back again Oh darling do you have to ask Oh darling do you have to ask Oh darling do you have to ask

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released June 7, 2019

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Matthew Davies' music rustles with an aura of mysterious familiarity—like stories, tones and melodies broadcast from a never-to-be-finished map of America.

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