The Gary Matters

by Russel the Leaf

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This album is entitled "The Gary Matters". The title, although meaningless, brings a few ideas to mind. Since when has the title of an album needed to directly communicate what exactly is inside of it? Instead, let the album become "The Gary Matters" as you listen to it. "The Gary Matters" is heartbreak, longing, redemption, people watching, imaginary friends, parody, happiness, story telling, and whatever you make it. Make "The Gary Matters" your own!

-Evan

A FREE DOWNLOAD OF "THE GARY MATTERS" LYRIC ZINE IS AVAILABLE WHEN DOWNLOADED AT THE BOTTOM OF THE FOLDER! ENJOY <3

ALSO! A two videos of the album separating the album into two sides in correspondence with the tape. Watch the lyric zine float by while you listen: www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUg10AXpZPU

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released January 30, 2015

ALL SONGS WRITTEN, ARRANGED, PERFORMED AND PRODUCED BY EVAN M. MARRÉ EXCEPT WHERE NOTED BELOW:

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Thanks to Matt Griffin for the use of his drums!

Josh Marré plays 12 string acoustic guitar on "Frankie, Be a Friend of Mine"

Connor Dunn plays tenor saxophone on "Frankie, Be a Friend of Mine"

"A Tune Right Out M' Head" written with Josh Marré

Bridge on "I Don't Wanna Lose Your Love" written with Jack Simons

Lead electric guitar on "Radioplay" played by Josh Marré

Background vocals on "The Amazing Mel Brown" sung by Michaela Schnore

Thank you to the First Reformed Church of Scotia for the use of their squeaky upright piano!

Thank you to the kids down the street for playing loud enough to be captured by my microphone on the song "Wait 4 Me Now"

MASTERED BY NICK "SCOOPS" DARDARIS AT Overit Media in ALBANY, NY

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I'd like to thank all the amazing people, dogs, cats, bands and venues that have inspired me in musical and non-musical ways, for you have deeply influenced this album!

Thanks to the people:

Josh Marré, Michael Doherty, Aurora Case, Matt Griffin, Karl Bertrand, Connor Dunn, Alec Newell, Dakota Wayne, Chris Danton, Mom & Dad, Stacie Marré, Jack Simons, Michael Isabella, Jeremy Mendicino, Mike Dvorscak, Kory Gregory, Mike Jenkins, Kevin Carey, Billy McCarthy, Meg Duffy, Horace Michael, Connor Rohan, Josh Nelson, Ethan Griswold, Nick Kopp, and Jeanine Ouderkirk.

Thanks to the cats/dogs:

Pushka, Trumpy, Oscar, Millie, Jade, Moose, Cellphones, Gerry (Rachel) and Zooey.

Thanks to the bands:

Hand Habits, Better Pills, Patrick Porter, O-Face, Jawbreaker Reunion, The Basic Brothers, Let's Be Leonard, Richard Album & the Singles, Pretty & Nice, Morning Star, Birdwing, River Eater, Prefab Sprout, Brian WIlson, China Crisis, XTC, 10cc, Godley & Creme, Field Music, They Might Be Giants and the Mommyheads.

Thanks to the places:
Bard College, SUNY Purchase College, The Low Beat, The Icehouse, Drome Sound, Last Vestige Records, The Re-collector and Scotia Diner.

Cover art by Josh Marré
"The Gary Matters" Lyric Zine artwork by Evan M. Marré

(c) Icehouse Collective, 2015

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Track Name: Things Ain't Lookin' Up For Me
Things ain't lookin' up for me
I don't care what anyone can see
I'm in the same sob story
living the same old lie
tell me more about the magic tree,
and tell me that it's something that I need
gimme one last bargain,
gimme one last ride,
lemme give it a try

heart is beating faster, see?
I knew I didn't need myself to bleed
I'm in a house
one person at a time to meet you right
you know I'll always have an open door
I'll be here while you're searching for more
more than me
more than trust
more than love
more than Russ? call it a bust

"I wonder how you got here, I wonder if you'd stay here, I wonder how you got here, I wonder if you even really care."
Track Name: Fuzzy Blood
a walk into the sun
it's a walk 'til we have to run
this could be fun
night; my favorite time of day
please forgive me, I'm still sleeping in a new-found way

but what am I gunna do if you won't?
what am I gunna do if you don't,
ya don't count me in?

what am I gunna do if you can't?
what am I gunna say when your man kills harmony?
"This shouldn't be up to you!"

Rain comin' down
there's no rain comin' down outside of this town
Track Name: Hyperbolic Correction Connection
how can I break apart from everyone?
how can I stand out from the crowd?
give me one, give me one, give me one
gimme one idea to how it's all been done

common sense eludes the minds of everyone
they're walking 'round like they're having fun
all the people know they're in a bit of pain
you gotta admit that before you play the game
Track Name: Frankie, Be a Friend of Mine
lost and found, I'm in a box
people look around to shop
but no one picks me, I'm still alone
sitting waiting by the phones, ah!

frankie, be a friend of mine!
we'll dance and play and sing all day,
then run away
I seem to say, "nothing really matters!"

insight into another land
step through portals in the sand
you'll return soon
that's what you said
I guess tonight I'll sleep instead of play

frankie couldn't stay too long
but he'll be back to sing-along!
to write a song
I'm on the lawn where nothing really matters
everything's so plain
dripping wet with rain
Track Name: Jumpy Up!
when I am wrong I think that I'm right
and when I feel strong I put up a fight
you think that I'm crazy? I think that's up to me
'cause you know I'm lazy, I'll make you see

'cause I hear that beat and I know my baby's comin'
I hear that beat and I know that's her for sure
she's not the one that you've been dying to meet
that's her, over there, singing "Sweet Memories"
we both turned out okay in the dark

when I am wrong I know that she's right
It's a sad little game every night
now, I've been thinking alot of things I don't know are true
it ain't because of me, it's because of you

I hear that beat and I know my baby's comin'
I hear that beat and I know that's her for sure
she's not the one you've been dying to meet
that's her, over there, singing "Sweet Memories"

we both turned out okay til we'd seen another
yea, we both turned out okay til we'd seen another day
(when I am wrong, I think that I'm right)
Track Name: Love Is Unimaginable/Premonition
Love is Unimaginable:
if you wanted someone who could hold you, I hope you found it
when you said you wanted space around you, I hope you felt it
strange demands; a game, you could've made it
you played the killer
waking up to everyone around me saying I'm a winner
I hope you noticed,
that everybody needs someone, but not everybody needs someone like you

love is unimaginable
love is anything but what you want
it's there 'til it's gone
but love is unattainable, so
love is anything but what you want
it's there then it's gone
it's there until you're not

cities start out feeling so rewarding 'til you're down there
real desires seeping into my singing, you seem a bit scared
my industry of innocence; corrupted
you palyed the part of the crook
you stole everything and made it all your own so you could put it in your book
and, I hope you noticed
that if this is how you treat someone,
how could anybody be with someone like you

love is unimaginable
love is anything but what you want
it's there then it's gone
but love is unattainable, so
love is anything but what you want
it's there then it's gone
it's there until you're not

Premonition:

premonition
a condition
my heart is done from seeing forward oh so much
I want to stop this tonight

exhibition
statistician
premonition
giving so much more than nothing
I owe you something to love
Track Name: A Tune Right Out M' Head
walk on your fingers when you're tired of your toes
everyone's singing but it's something you don't know
little high voices in your head get almost messy
but the melody that's ringing couldn't be anymore "so catchy!"

has it been a while since I sang a song right from my head?

grabbing intensely, fishing for a caption
listening close so I hear all of your reactions

is there nothing you dont want from a song that's easily combined with a simple message, a simple rhyme?
you gave the writer just enough time
to find out what he wants from writing all your songs
Track Name: I Don't Wanna Lose Your Love
sifting through a little thing of trash
found some change and a bit of cash
save it up, put it away
I found a way I could make your day

I think I'll take you out, wine and dine
skip the wine, we're a little behind
a toast to love and a toast to hate
that's just how it happened there was no mistake

I don't wanna lose your love
and I don't wanna lose your love in the middle of the night
I don't wanna feel so rough
when will you talk back to me?

I left your house, 4 AM
another night of just being friends
mom is awake but asleep on the couch
she stays up so we won't stay out

every night, every hour
social life making things so sour
I throw it back, I throw it down
"Sure, I'll stay inside when you come to town"

but, I don't wanna lose your love
I don't wanna lose your love in the middle of the night
I don't wanna feel so rough
when will you talk back to me?

I'll ask you once more to close the door just when you're right here next to me
cause I don't want all this fuss
no, I don't want you that much
I wanna hear you call me baby

I don't wanna lose your love
I don't wanna lose your love in the middle of the night
I don't wanna feel so rough
(when will you talk back to me? when did you come back to me? how will you get back to me?)

how will you call back to me?
Track Name: In My Garage
waiting for a glow to rise up around you
it's okay to hike up the truth

there's a feeling I know,
that my words after a show,
no they don't mean a thing
it's a rule just set for me
that a train can never leave 'til you tell the conductor where to land

"on the porch, or in the garage?"

give me something else to chew on, my darling
I'm so bored from sweeping the lies up

I can't clean anymore
no I won't just let it go on and on like before
can't you wait a little while
cause I'm there, I'm right behind
so, you laughed and moved to Maryland

all alone I'm in my garage
Track Name: Radioplay
can I see you smile today?
"the radio's the only way!"

how can we live this, how can we live this way?
why won't they let it, why won't they let it play?

cause all I want is radio play
radio play
all I wanna do is hear my radio play
I want my radio play

did I see you smile today?
"I heard you in the car! yea, it played!!!!"

stay by the speaker, stay by the speaker, stay!
(I want it, I need it, I want it, I need it)
yea yea they let it, yea yea they let it play!
(I want it, I need it, I want it, I need it)
alright!

all I want is radio play
radio play
all I wanna do is hear my radio play
I want my radio play!
Track Name: The Amazing Mel Brown
he's been waiting
he's been working
he's still got aches and pains
worked since he was only 1, now 101
in a dancehall full of women he takes his time to dance
gives them each his full attention, with good intent

honey, help me find a way to live like old Mel Brown
Audrey, help me learn today how to treat a girl like he still takes care of you

he moved to Florida with all the sunny girls
by Audrey's side he stays
waiting on her hand and foot
he learned to cook
roasted veggies, plate full of things she liked to eat
Mhm
put the plate down at her chair, she wasn't there

"Audrey, why'd you run away?"
that's what Mel would say
"Honey, I made your meal today."
that's why you should stay
so old Mel has things to do

"Audrey, say goodbye!"

Audrey didn't lie
left a note that's saying time is all I need
somewhere
brand new
somewhere
me and you
Track Name: Everywhere
number 3
a little bit underneath my feet
a little bit more than tough to see
the tube isn't scared of what it's been
anyway, repeat after me

four, then five
give me the strength to stay alive
six and to seven, round to eight
must've been more than a date
my mind was in more than a state

nine is much more different, so
we move onto ten, a bigger show
you act all cute saying don'tcha know
this isn't different, so why give it that good college try?

so you hurried up to my room
where we sat around and played
(yeah)
you act so tough, but you're always scared
don'tcha know, we could be everywhere
Track Name: Wait 4 Me Now
have I seen what everybody has seen?
no, I haven't but you know what I mean
I've seen death, I've seen light, I've seen life
there's a difference between everything
but understanding what is in-between isn't hard
'til you find out that a girl could be replaced with just some time

can I wait for you now?
should I wait for you now?
if I wait for you now will there be anyone to wait for me now,
if I wait for you now?
should I wait for you now?

never once did you stand at the door
or call me up to wanna settle a score
"5 to 1, 1 to 5, 3 to 9"
win or lose, it's a give and take
but what giving just a big mistake
am I late to finally know that you showing up's a bigger and bigger prize

can I wait for you now?
should I wait for you now?
if I wait for you now will there be anyone to wait for me now,
if I wait for you now?
if I wait for you now, will there be anyone to wait for me now,
if I wait for you now?
will you wait for me now?

how could I be someone that you want?
how could I be someone that you don't wanna know?

can I wait for you now?
should I wait for you now?
if I wait for you now, will there be anyone to wait for me now,
if I wait for you now?
should I wait for you now?
will there be anyone to wait for me now, if I wait for you now?
if I wait for you now, will there be anyone to wait?
Track Name: The Gary Matters
"I wonder how you got here, I wonder if you'd stay here. I wonder how you got here, I wonder if you even really care."