Very Close to Strangers

by Matthew Black

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Matthew Black's first full-length studio album, Very Close to Strangers, is a collaboration that includes six short stories by Matt Lang and a painting by Shawna Bowman.

See the painting, the stories, and more at matthewblackmusic.com

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released October 13, 2014

Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Oliver Holmberg.

“God is a Woman”: additional recording by Doug McBride at Gravity Studios, featuring:
Rob Clearfield: keyboards, electric guitar; Patrick Mulcahy: bass; Quin Kirchner: drums.
Special thanks to LaSalle Street Church and Gary Rand

“Carolyn”: written by Matthew Black and David LaMotte

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Track Name: I Will Hold Your Hand
I will hold your hand

It’s gonna be alright
Trust me, I know, I have been there
It’s hard to see the path in this part of the forrest
It’s hard to see the trees for the leaves

It’s gonna take some time
Before you can believe what you’ve seen
It’s hard to trust the magic when you’re still learning
It’s hard to fly when you’ve fallen down

But I will hold your hand all the way, I will hold your hand all the way
I will hold your hand all the way, yeah, I won’t leave you

It’s gonna be okay.
This is the way it always happens
It’s hard to see the dance in the light of the stars
It’s hard to jump over the moon

You’re gonna find your way
It’s always cold before the sunrise.
It’s hard to see anything beyond the horizon
It’s hard to believe the world is round.

But I will hold your hand all the way, I will hold your hand all the way
I will hold your hand all the way, yeah, I won’t leave you

All shall be well and all shall be well and all shall be well and all shall be well….
Track Name: Falling
Falling

If I lay it down, would you pick it up?
If I gave you my crown, would it be enough?
And if I've hit the ground, why do I keep falling down?
Why do I keep falling?

Do I have to cry for you to stay around?
If I get too high, would you hold me down?
Cause learning how to fly feels so much like falling down
Feels so much like falling
When I hear you call
And if you stole my heart would it ever be found?

If I have to choose, do you really care?
Would it be good news, if you're not really there?
Cause there's so much to lose, every time I'm falling down
Why do I keep falling
When I hear you call
And if you stole my heart would it ever be found?

Learning how to fly feels so much like falling down
Feels so much like falling down
Feels so much like falling
Falling
Falling
Track Name: Count to Five
Count to Five

Journey in the dark, that’s why I take such small steps
I’ll get there someday
Look into my heart, the places where I’ve fallen
They can show the way
If I fell apart when I heard your voice calling
It’s just my own fear
This is where I start, the place where I’ve been stalling
I’ll see you next year

If I count to five, will I still feel the sadness, will you still be here?
If we stay alive, will we believe we’ve had this, or will it disappear?

One more step today, one flower we can measure
Easy does it now
We don’t know the way, and it might take forever
We’ll get there somehow
If I fell in love when I heard your voice singing
Who am I to blame?
Over and above, in ending and beginning
I still hear my name.

If I count to five, will I still feel the sadness, will you still be here?
If we stay alive, will we believe we’ve had this, or will it disappear?

If I count to five, will I still feel the sadness, will you still be here?
If we stay alive, will we believe we’ve had this, or will it disappear?
If I count to five, will I still feel the sadness, will you still be here?
If we stay alive, will we believe we’ve had this, or will it disappear?
Track Name: God Is a Woman
God is a Woman

God is a woman
Strong as the ocean
A poet in motion
Soft like the rain
Moves like the wind blows
Loud like the cymbals
See her within those
You love by their names

She rescues and frees us
She comes to me like Jesus
She moves in between us
She changes my heart

She blesses my body
The meet and the haughty
She says we are godly
She opens our minds
She huddles the masses
And where her hand passes
Out of the ashes
New life begins

She loves and frustrates us
And she creates us
Wherever she takes us
She changes our hearts
Track Name: The Rest of Our Days
The Rest of Our Days

Let this life flow over me
Carry myself out to sea
Take the wave that comes to me
And do not be afraid
I will write five hundred songs
Sing them to you all day long
Next to you where I belong
For the rest of my days

Promises are better kept
But only if they’re still alive
And all my tears are better wept
Than burning in my heart inside
Every word and offering
Every line I wrote for you
And would it be an awful thing
If I sang them all to you?

Let your life flow over me
Carry ourselves out to sea
Dream of all we’ve yet to be
And do not be afraid
Make a nation made of two
Celebrations old and new
A love that’s made in me and you
For the rest of our days
Track Name: Carolyn
Carolyn

Anything that I can bring you?
You've got a smile that I could sing to
I just haven't done it yet
Counting hours on the Sabbath
It can be hard to break the habit
Sometimes you've just got to take a rest

Carolyn, there are stars above you
There are arms to love you
You know every name by heart
Carolyn, there are stories calling
When the skies are falling
Every step is where we start

Take a walk along the border
From the books of love and order
Or maybe leave them on the shelf
See the sunlight when it wakes you
Find the joy where it will take you
Some days you've been there yourself

And the questions swirl around you
While you lie awake at night
You don't have to know the answers
It's alright

Carolyn, there are stars above you
There are arms to love you
You know every name by heart
Carolyn, there are stories calling
When the skies are falling
Every step is where we start
Track Name: Summer January
Summer January

Summer, January
I’ve got sunshine when you smile
Daylight after midnight
And it’s all right. Yeah, it’s all right

Every time you look at me,
Every time you look at me,
Every time you look at me I fall

Baby, sing a love song
Make a new year. Hope it lasts long
Baby, Happy Birthday
I go crazy, I go crazy

Every time you look at me,
Every time you look at me,
Every time you look at me I fall


And all I want,
All I want,
All I want is you

Starshine, hey, good morning
How you doing? How’s it feeling?
Play out. Take a picture
See the beauty. See the beauty.

Every time you look at me,
Every time you look at me,
Every time you look at me I fall

And all I want,
All I want,
All I want is you

Summer, January
Let’s go outside. You’re my sunshine
Daylight after midnight
And it’s all right. And it’s all right.
Yeah, it's all right. Yeah, it's all right.
Track Name: Sleepy
Sleepy

Sleepy, sleep sleep sleepy
Where are you going? Can I come, too?
Weepy, weep weep weepy
Why are you crying while I’m holding you?
You’re gonna be fine. You’re gonna be just fine.

Rockin’, rock rock rockin’
Back and forth and forth and back again
Knockin’ knock knock who’s there
At the door and should we let ‘em in?
You’re gonna be fine. You’re gonna be just fine.

Take your time now, come and lie down,
Baby, baby, you’re just fine now
Make it rhyme now, come and find out
Maybe, maybe, lullabye now.

Lovely, love love lovely
Drift away and take your rest
Nothing, no no nothing
Can stop a dream once it’s been blessed
You’re gonna be fine. You’re gonna be just fine.

Take your time now, come and lie down,
Baby, baby, you’re just fine now
Make it rhyme now, come and find out
Maybe, maybe, lullabye now.
Take your time now, come and lie down,
Baby, baby, you’re just fine now
Make it rhyme now, come and find out
Maybe, maybe, lullabye now.
Track Name: Walk Right Through
Walk Right Through

Never seen the other side of the river
But I would cross the ocean for love
Shot down for the message I deliver
For all I’ve lost I always have enough

I’ve been labeled, I’ve been lied to, and I‘ve been lonely
Waiting by the phone for the call
Some days you just have to go home early
Some days you just can’t go home at all

Somewhere there’s a dream that I’ve been given
Sometimes late at night I dream of you
Find ourselves a world that we can live in
Find ourselves a door and walk right through…
Walk right through

Waiting by this table for a living
Pour a cup that maybe you can bless
Hold our hands and listen for forgiving
What we hear is anybody’s guess

Somewhere there’s a dream that I’ve been given
Sometimes late at night I dream of you
Find ourselves a world that we can live in
Find ourselves a door and walk right through…
Walk right through
Track Name: Für Alise
Für Alise

She walks like a waterfall
Cascading, parading down a rocky wall
She’s the child of the roaring flood,
She walks among the waters and leaves her footprints in the mud

She moves with the gentle breeze
Her arms reach up to heaven and sway with the trees
She’s held the sun and kissed the sky,
And any day now she’s gonna learn to fly

When the sun goes down her eyes shine even brighter than the moon
She hears the sound of nighttime and she dances to the tune
There’s rhythm in the starlight and her smile sings along
She dances there in silence because everything’s a song
La da da da da….

She walks the line between earth and sky
She sits on the horizon and composes lullabies
She frolics in the woods and laughs with the rain
And in the still of dawn she hears the morning whispering her name

When the sun goes down her eyes shine even brighter than the moon
She hears the sound of nighttime and she dances to the tune
There’s rhythm in the starlight and her smile sings along
She dances there in silence because everything’s a song
La da da da da….
Track Name: The Same Train
The Same Train

Walking fast with our eyes down on the sidewalk
We run up the stairs then we just stand around
Come together, standing very close to strangers
Someone’s talking on the phone but we don’t listen.

(come on, come on, come on) The doors are closing
(come on, come on, come on) All aboard now
(come on, come on, come on) There’s always room for five more
We all ride the same train at the same time on the same day
We call it the red line
Will we get home before bed time?

I will try not to look you in the eye
But I might stare at your reflection in the window
Will you marry me? I don’t know your name
This is my stop. We don’t speak, and it’s over.

(come on, come on, come on) The doors are closing
(come on, come on, come on) All aboard now
(come on, come on, come on) There’s always room for five more
We all ride the same train at the same time on the same day
We call it the Blue line
And your blue eyes look into mine

Standing close, we are all here by ourselves
Private symphonies and novels we don’t share
Every color, we are precious in God’s sight
I see Jesus in the eyes of a little girl

(come on, come on, come on) The doors are closing
(come on, come on, come on) All aboard now
(come on, come on, come on) There’s always room for five more
We all ride the same train at the same time on the same day
We call it the green line
I’ve seen your house have you seen mine?

We all ride the same train at the same time on the same day
We call it the pink line
Come see my place in the springtime

We all ride the same train at the same time on the same day…
Track Name: Under These Stars
Under These Stars

When the sun is down I’ll tell you my secret
Stay very still while I open my heart
I’ll climb out on the limb for you
I’ve already fallen and I feel like I could fly

When the door is closed, I’ll take off my armor
Put down the shield you always get around
And my freedom is trusting your shelter
With you I would brave any storm in the sky.

I go tumbling into your eyes
I am tangled up in your arms
I am stumbling and fumbling but you make me feel
Like a dancer under these stars

When the morning comes, finally I’ll kiss you
Took so many years to get up my nerve
We are laughing and nervous together
Then you ask what I’d do if my dreams could be real.

I go tumbling into your eyes
I am tangled up in your arms
I am stumbling and fumbling but you make me feel
Like a dancer under these stars