The Hard Rains

by Matt McCloskey

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released December 29, 2011

Recorded live at Yellow Dog Studios
All songs written by Matt McCloskey
Matt McCloskey: Vocals & Acoustic Guitar
Josh Center: Drums & Percussion
David Percefull: Electric Guitar
Adam Odor: Bass
Matt Mollica: Organ & Piano
Brian Douglas Phillips: Pedal Steel & Piano
David Ramirez: Background Vocals
Miranda Dodson: Background Vocals
Produced by: Brian Douglas Phillips & Matt McCloskey
Mixed by Brian Douglas Phillips at Rattle Trap Studiost
“What Would You Do” mixed by Travis Kennedy at '62 Studios
Mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music

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Matt McCloskey Austin

Since his 2009 debut release, These Times Won't Last, Matt has fearfully explored themes of pain, hope, and freedom in his songs, and become known for his cutting lyrics, and truthful performances. His latest release, The Hard Rains, explores the more difficult sides of truth, and the struggle to find it.

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Track Name: Not Tonight
Well when we started out, things were much easier
We would write down our dreams, and somehow they’d appear
Oh but not now, oh but not now.

Well when we started out, things seemed so clear
We could banish our fears with a kiss and a bottle of beer.
Oh but not now, oh but not now.

Cause some hard rains came
And a flood it walled me in
And the time just taught my heart how to forget
So pour me one more
Make it alright
But girl don’t you leave me here, not tonight.

Well I once was a kid, then I grew up somehow
Not sure where those days they went, but they’re gone now
And I don’t know how, I don’t know how.

Well I wish that I had just a day or two to be free
But that time’s got a chain around my neck and I can’t breathe
And feeling alright,
well that’s just a dream

So you pour out your whole heart, and
I just drink till I’m not here
And the days go on like they’ve been.

Cause some hard rains came
And a flood it walled me in
And the time just taught my heart how to forget
So pour me one more
Make it alright
But girl don’t you leave me here, not tonight
Track Name: Carry Me Away
Well there’s so many days
And time just moves along
And my memory fades
years into a simple song
Why did you leave me here?
Why did you leave me here alone?

Well there’s so many ways
That a man can get along
And the time he has
is a moment quickly gone
Why am I fighting here?
Why do I even care about a song?

My heart hurts
Thinking of things I haven’t done
And my hands ache
from holding on
Why am I still here
Why do I even care to hold on?

So don’t care about me
If you don’t want my pain
I need love to carry me away
Track Name: Into The Light
My heart it aches, and my soul is sinking
Down into a well, filled with nothing but myself
And that ain’t no place to be
For a man that’s dying
Cause if my days are numbered, I don’t want to spend them on myself

So take my hand
Don’t leave me lonely
Guide me out
Into the light
Cause I don’t want a life like this.

Well my family tree is full but broken
And their stories burn, down deep into my soul
And then come out in lines, all on my forehead
And when I see them there
I know that I can’t make it on my own.

So take my hand
And don’t be lonely
Guide me out
Into the light
Cause I’m not made to be alone.
Track Name: What Would You Do?
What if you loosed all the chains in your life
Cut the strings, open your heart with a knife
What would you do?

What if your life wasn’t as hard as it is
If the things keeping you down didn’t exist
What would you do?

There’s no time for thinking it through
or thinking you’ll loose
There’s a voice calling your name,
asking you to choose.

There’s a man that I am, and there’s one inside
And they’ve been fighting over my heart for all of my life
One is afraid,
the other’s ashamed

I’d cut out that old heart and wear it on my sleeve
If that’d help to win the fight, help me to breathe.
But oh the pain
The crying pain

That’s ok, let it bleed
Boy you’ve got to believe.
Don’t you be such a fool
You’ve got eyes to see.
Track Name: Raining On Me
There is a song ringing in my ear
That I cannot make out
Someone’s been singing to me for ages dear
Some song I remember, but I never can hear

There is a beat that my heart is keeping
Like a drum in the distance
It sounds like a dream
That I want to remember
Or a pain that I know well
From a wound that will not heal

And my ears keep straining to hear
Just one tear, when it’s raining on me.

Can you feel the air in the distance
From across the cold ocean
Comes the scent of a flower
There is a beauty, unlike another
And it’s far and it’s near now
Both gone and inside you still

And your ears keep straining to hear
Just one tear, when it’s raining on you
Track Name: All For You
Hello my love, you're not alone
Buy I could never sing your song
Don't let your dreams, always be dreams
Cause that's your heart talking to you
It's singing a song you always knew

So pick up your hands girl
Tie up your long red curls
Open your eyes, it's all for you

Hello my love, you're all alone
Cause no one else can sing your song
So I won't shed one tear for you my dear
Cause your hearts the one that knows your name
No one else can teach you to sing

So pick up your hands girl
Tie up your long red curls
Open your eyes, it's all for you