The Valley

by Matt Buetow

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released April 22, 2014

All music and lyrics written by Matt Buetow
Matt Buetow - Vocals, Guitar (Acoustic, Electric, Classical), Harmonica
Bryan Daste - Pedal Steel (All except 5,8,11), Banjo (9)
Milo Fultz - Upright Bass (2-7,9,10)
Derick Thomas - Drums (2-9)
Nathan Alef - Piano (5), Fender Rhodes (2-4,7)
Michael Steinkirchner - Electric Bass (1, 8)
Merlin Showalter - Drums (1,10)
Matt Greco - Piano (8), Organ (7,10)
Lexi Tucker - Vocal Harmonies (7,8)
Josh Segal - Violin (3,9), Mandolin (9)
Ian Rinehart - Cello (11)

Produced by Matt Buetow and Matt Greco
Engineered by Matt Greco and Nathan Alef
Mixed by Matt Greco - MGRecords
Mastered by Nick Moon - Tone Proper Mastering
Album artwork by Grace K. Stopher

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Matt Buetow Portland, Oregon

With songwriting reminiscent of Neil Young and Wilco, Matt Buetow's songs are both heartfelt and intricate. The sweet vocals and pedal steel guitar combine to create a unique and immediately catchy musical exhibition. The quality of his records and live performances has won him recognition from all types of listeners, and put them on the stage with bands such as The Head And The Hear ... more

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Track Name: All I've Known
All I’ve Known

In new eyes you can try to find your way back to that old life
With familiar skies and the same straight lines you can crawl inside
You can waste all the time you want and no one will know

She pushed it too far, trying to drive the whole way in that broken down car
In one night until she let it slide that she could lie and lie
But alone or not she had a thousand miles to go

Singing we should quit our holding on this feeling that we’re losing it and let it fall
Because the easiest of bruises and the softest of the nooses are all I’ve known
It’s all I’ve known

He wanted something just strong enough to take away the thoughts at least
On to another life, just a little high, and she was crawling by
And together they would spiral in and out of control

So if we can let it orphan, this feeling that we’re losing it and let it fall
Because the easiest of bruises and the softest of the nooses are all I’ve known
It’s all I’ve known

Now we can quit our holding on this feeling that we’re losing it and let it fall
Because the easiest of bruises and the softest of the nooses are all I’ve known
It’s all I’ve known
Track Name: The Valley
The Valley

There’s snot on his sleeve and he’s slurring, but that ain’t where you want to wear your heart
You tried to let it go and just keep moving, but you need that heavy coal to turn your wheels
Yeah, you need to let ‘em know just how it feels
To leave town

Goldenrod and milkweed split like cotton
The old red barn to tell you how it was
The red winged blackbird’s singing
Eight years old sprawled out on the lawn
But you gotta get back home to hear that song
again

But my complications have me racing through my days, my headaches will not let me belong
To everything I heard in that early evening blackbird’s song
The music will not wait and all the days will not come free, but the fireflies have been there all along
So what’s the harm in spending one more summer in the valley lost

What’s the harm in spending one more summer in the valley lost
Track Name: The Stream
The Stream:

When each lit up window becomes a candle and the painting takes it’s shape
There’s a peace that speaks through what rush can undo and thoughts that take up space
My summer dreams of a softer landing from all the wheels I’ll break
So I’ll kiss forest and I’ll kiss you softly as you lie fast awake

In the stream there’s an open space
Where it’s deep enough to touch my waist
Where the clear blue is all it takes
To bring me back to life again.
To bring me back to life again

A tear for the family and a tear for the thought of the space between the lakes
A month in a moment, a life for a father, the love we wait to thank
My summer dreams of a gentle evening and a peaceful smile, your face
Futures and wastelands, the softest white sand, how long will we wait

In the stream there’s an open space
Where its’ deep enough to touch my waist
Where the clear blue is all it takes
To bring me back to life again.
To bring me back to life again
To bring me back to life again
Track Name: You Won't
You Won’t

Sunshine turning everything pasty white
Melting even the coldest ice
Skin brown as a bruise

Tick time hopscotch-ing from day to night
Turning my hair white
Saying “you’re gonna lose”

I’ve been up for nights and I can’t tell what’s wrong
Turning all the lights off and on
You’re sure that you will feel it but you wont

Who am I trying hard to live a life that kills half the time
Or turn me into a fool

It’s high time we drink up our surprise and stare into blind eyes
Shake the fear of the new

‘Cause I’ve been up and down this road and I want more
Waiting for the world to let me know
You’re sure that you will feel it but you won’t

Forced in fear to tag along
But when hope is near you drag me to the sea and shove me off

‘Cause I’ve been up and down that road and I want more
Waiting for the world to just let me go
You’re sure that you will feel it but you wont

Sunshine turning everything pasty white
Melting even the coldest ice
Skin brown as a bruise
Track Name: Prescription Snow
Prescription Snow

We cannot live like we’re pretending with certain things we both should know
But each scene always seemed so perfect under the cover of a prescription snow

So give your veins all that they can handle until some beauty comes along
But if it’s an ending that you’re seeking then it’s a coffin sized to the soil’s hole

I can live like a fish in a fountain
I can find some walls to roam
But if each kiss is burning more than I am growing
I cannot tell, then I can’t tell you, I cannot tell you what you want to know

It’s an addiction of the worst kind, trying to love what will grow old
And fade away just like the sunshine to shed it’s light on other worlds

So don’t tell me sugar ain’t my birthright, I wanna taste the candied soul
And go back to when we sang till dawn’s light swinging youth’s side of that double-edged sword

But what if I blink and I light the candle at both ends
Would you be the first to go
And if each kiss is burning more than I am growing
I cannot tell, then I can’t tell you, I cannot tell you what you want to know
Track Name: The Hangman
The Hangman

I have some reasons for you to count your cash, pull out the last few threads and watch it all collapse
Beside a fire burning my own thatch, I stand frozen

So I put flames to trees and open land just hoping for a little warmth for these heavy hands
I first saw him dangling from a brand-new strand, the hangman

But he grew too tall until he could not stand in the aftermath
And the curse won’t lift until you end all plans and let the current splash

Well here’s a band-new star for your brand-new map
The sun is setting as the clouds collapse
As I chew my words and sing the staff, ooh ooh but they’re stolen
So now my missing chords and slow left hand will be my saving grace and my kickstand
The shoes and sidewalk skid till they reach the sand and the moment slips

So I drew and drew until my mind went black and my pen bent
But it’s you who fights the things you cannot stand and expects to win.
Track Name: The Game
The Game

It’s a concept that you lay in and it will not stop until it rolls along
The affirmations you keep saying they wake you up at night

But you can’t help it
The game is different than they taught
And the weight’s hated
It will not lift until you love

The complements they throw are bruising and they will not stop until you fade away
To long for something that’s worth losing the game is long as life

But you can’t help it
The years just rise again and fall
And nothing’s waiting
It’ll kill you if you want

Rolls and rolls of canvas wake you up and beg for more
The muddy puddles that you stand in are deeper than they’ve ever been before

So go on try and get your hands in to the life you waver from
I don’t think they understand yet there’s boredom when California falls
Track Name: Holding Your Head Up
Holding Your Head Up

I will waste away these walls till the rain don’t come
Pacing and writing on the floor
I hate to hear the thoughtful words didn’t help at all
I’m holding your head up
Holding your head up

Cartoons of the recent wars hang on my walls
While this town is evidently talking tall
Now and then the feeling comes and it breaks my fall
Holding your head up
Holding your head up

Through snow that leaves the faces blurred I have feared it all
She’s taking a break from taking my thoughts
But mindless salvation is what just gets me off
Holding your head up
Holding your head up

If this is an end all, then where are my eyes
Where did my arms go, there’s pain in my sides
If this is a close-up, then where are the pores
If this is my anger, I want more

Through snow that leaves the faces blurred I have feared it all
She’s taking a break from taking my thoughts
But mindless salvation is what just gets me off
Holding your head up
Holding your head up

Holding your head up
Holding your head up
Track Name: Helpless Son
Helpless Son

I am all but absent from the brand-new static waves, hung in treetops that tremble in my thoughts
But I can still see day from the caverns of my cave so I ain’t got any reason to be cross
And I’m hoping that I’ll never find a way to swallow all the things that I have taken
But to see it you need an open hand and an open heart for every moment that it stays

The darkness fools old habits but I cannot call this day
And the crimson pools are waiting patient inside my veins
Helpless veins, helpless son

I have slipped from often to chasing almost everyday my eyelid’s fading memory of the bright light
And the dream’s sound from in my poison cage is so much sweeter than the one that I once loved

And I’m hoping that I will find a way to follow all the things for which I’ve waited
But to see it you need an open hand and an open heart for every moment that she stays

The darkness fools old habits but I cannot call this day
And the crimson pools are waiting patient inside my veins
Helpless veins, helpless son
Helpless veins, helpless son
Helpless veins, helpless son
Helpless veins, helpless son
Track Name: Home
Home

Brother there are none but happy sendings for the life you have chosen for your son
But it is his path now to pray for no dead endings
It is his path alone which he must run

And all the people that are waiting in my doorway
I cannot turn my fire will go black
I’ve waited long enough to know the wrong way
I’ve waited long enough and I’m going back

Back home back where I call home
Back home that’s what I call home

The currents that keep this river rolling are the same ones that will hold you till you drown
And as you build your bridge to climb up and over, you shed your skin and cringe as you look down
But can you bear to see your lover as you’re lowered
Will you catch her tears and strip her of her black
You can spend your life trying to stay sober but the devil ain’t ashamed to take you back

Back home back where he calls home
Back home that’s what he calls home
Home
Home

It’s a common wish to want it back but all that he offers is all you lack
The only hard part is to make it stop
But try as you might something stalls, until you can walk there you will crawl
Until that day you will roll
You roll

Back home back where you call home
Back home that’s what you call home
Home
Home
Track Name: Movie Love
Movie Love

Stranded on the shore of the last isle
Sure that all these thoughts will sail me home
I am easily convinced these days that these tears are not my own

Given what you’ve wasted I am thankful to look and see the bounty that I hold
I am easily let down now but don’t easily let go

Like you and your movie love where the lights shine from above
The cure without the cancer
And through the dusk towards the fading sun on a horse that will not canter

But you keep acting like forgiveness is a game that we both play
And while I’m waiting for your next roll (role) your face slowly slips away

So can you try ‘n give me one thing
Just something warm inside my hands
Cause time is not all that is wasted and you cannot wait for me to stand

Not up for your movie love where the lights shine from above
You want the cure without the cancer
And through the dusk towards the fading sun on a horse that will not canter