Match Against A New Moon

by Fred Gillen Jr.

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    Nine new original songs, one re-write, and finally a version of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah. With drummer Eric Puente and guest singers Catherine Miles, Abbie Gardner, and Laurie MacAllister. "Like the phase of the lunar orb it references, Match Against A New Moon assures us that the day side we see sans light is temporary in the ongoing transit of our lives." -Catherine Michaels, WHUD 100.7FM, Hudson Valley, NY

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when all your expectations finally go up in smoke when your one and only leaves you your credit is maxed and you're broke when up is down and down is up and you've no place left to hide COME AND SEE ME when all of your relations are in prison or the grave and you can't remember what they took only what you gave and you're grateful they are gone 'cause they can't hurt you anymore COME AND SEE ME when you've thrown yourself into the fray but nobody would fight and your gun is cocked and loaded but there's nothing in your sights and when the reaper came to get you you were already half dead COME AND SEE ME I'll take your burdens I'll take your debts I'll take the heartache you haven't had yet bring me your deepest fears tell me your darkest sins I'll help you see the light I'll help you love again
2.
I'm standing on the tracks again staring at the light watching it grow bigger beautiful and bright I stand until the rumble of the train becomes a roar looking for a glimpse of death tonight Chorus: I don't want to get hit I don't want to die but I'm staying on these tracks until I hear the devil's last word I go down there every day I'm drawn there constantly sometimes I put a penny on the tracks to see what the train will leave and sometimes I lay on the tracks and dream Chorus everybody wants to do right and I'm not exception but the fast-approaching light is so fascinating the railroad men have warned me not to hang out there but I know that I'll go down there again tonight Chorus
3.
sometimes I walk around this town ghosts follow me without a sound I close my eyes and start to pray that I can somehow get away other times I walk around this town is some new love I've found the streets just seem to sparkle in the glow of adoration Chorus: Don't give up the ghost hold on you're getting close to some kind of answers or at least some questions finally worth asking late at night when I can't rest a mockingbird sings me a test a catalog of my mistakes rolls through my head with each song he makes Chorus when I'm lost overcome by memories and questions when I've reached as far as I can reach but I can't catch the dreams that I've been dreaming there's always someone beautiful enough to light the darkness long enough to show me home is in my crowded heart Chorus
4.
Cecelia 03:22
You were just outside the door I was lying on the floor I could almost hear you breathing you pushed your finger past my bell and your footsteps I could tell had the sound of leaving I could have gotten to my feet and if I'd run I could have beat you to your car as you were going so now I'm following you because there's nothing else to do and 'cause i couldn't think of anything to say to Cecelia- I'm following you Cecelia- I'm following you like a hound without a scent I'm wandering wondering where you went with little hope of finding you Maybe we were never meant to be but as for me and destiny- we never agreed much anyway what is good and what is right don't mean much in a fight what matters is not quitting so I'm prepared to go the distance to weather any obstacle which falls across my path I may have fallen short before I may have cowered on the floor but now I'm standing and no force can stop me Cecelia- I'm following you Cecelia- I'm following you like a hound without a scent I'm wandering wondering where you went with little hope of finding you Who needs hope if they've got love? all the poets of the ages couldn't say it any better Cecelia my love with every second and every step my love grows stronger
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Flicker 04:09
you spend your time in a room that looks like a bunker in a war you go outside sometimes, but only when it rains you stare down at your feet waiting for your train you don't believe in heaven but you live in hell what's the point of anything, can anybody tell? you only get a moment, a flicker of an eye a match against the new moon, a flashlight at the sky a constellation in a telescope where you only see one star you can't see the zenith so you don't know how high you are back when you were a girl, you were so inspired you were everybody's friend, you burned everybody's fire but somewhere you crossed a line, stepped into the night and lost that spark that made you shimmer and excite you only get a moment, a flicker of an eye a match against the new moon, a flashlight at the sky a constellation in a telescope where you only see one star you can't see the zenith so you don't know how high you are sometimes you can see it shining still like a ring on a window sill but you reach out and then it's gone somewhere deep in your heart, you long to make a new start but your hands are stuck in your pockets you only get a moment, a flicker of an eye a match against the new moon, a flashlight at the sky a constellation in a telescope where you only see one star you can't see the zenith so you don't know how high you are maybe someday you'll leave that room and step into the light
6.
Land Of Hope 03:24
In shanty towns without names, and towers in flames sleeping in cars or under the stars I've seen men whose eyes look older than God's who's hands built this land and keep it growing I've wandered forty days in the desert and found the oasis just before I died I'm pitching my tents in the land of hope I'm done with wandering, I'm coming home through years of regrets and chapters not written yet my hands are rough and I've lost my band my voice gets lonesome singing in the night I need the feel of someone's tender hand I've wandered forty days in the desert and found the oasis just before I died I'm pitching my tents in the land of hope I'm done with wandering, I'm coming home but no song could hold the tale I tell the earth sings this story, you can hear it in the wind I know a verse or two, ask me to sing to you and you'll never forget it
7.
Lay Me Down 01:54
Lay me down make me forget just treat me gently in the night I'm too drunk to leave but too tired to fight so lay me down lay me down lay me down it's cold out there I've got no coat the dark is full of fear and I'm not looking for a home just passing time trying to get through lay me down lay me down lay me down I've got a heart as big as the sky warm hands, a gentle touch, and open eyes nothing else to offer, except all that I am lay me down lay me down lay me down
8.
Hallelujah 05:01
Well, I heard there was a sacred chord David played, and it pleased the Lord But you don't really care for music, do ya Well, it goes like this: the fourth, the fifth The minor fall and the major lift The baffled king composing Hallelujah Hallelujah, Hallelujah Hallelujah, Hallelujah Your faith was strong, but you needed proof You saw her bathing low on the roof Her beauty in the moonlight overthrew ya She tied you to her kitchen chair she broke your throne she cut your hair And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah Well, Baby, I've been here before I've seen this room and I've walked this floor You know, I used to live alone before I knew ya And I've seen your flag on the marble arch And love is not a victory march It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah Well, there was a time when you let me know What's really going on below But now you never show that to me, do ya And remember when I moved in you and the holy dove was moving to And every breath we drew was Hallelujah Well, maybe there's a God above But all I've ever learned from love Was how to shoot somebody who outdrew ya And it's not a cry that you hear at night It's not somebody who's seen the light, It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah
9.
a spark, a spoon, a sigh, a dirty room a life boiled down again fleeting peace in the night, try to stand try to fight a deal, a score, a light, MORE! nothing left, nothing right people die to see that light of nothing one time, to soothe, but gone too soon a life boiled down again a scheme, a plan, head on fire, shaking hands more lies, who cares, I'm gone, out of here nothing left, nothing right people die to see that light of nothing just leave me alone here I'll forget about you as soon as you're gone you can't convince me to be strong you'll never understand nothing left, nothing right people die to see that light of nothing a dream, a hope, a family up in smoke more lives boiled down again a click, a flash
10.
Down by the gates of hell there's a sign that says "no loitering" that sign attracts quite a crowd the beer in that neighborhood is cold and the reefer is strong you may as well enjoy the ride as you go down a lot of money changes hands they barely remember who sold what and don't care paper burns easy near those gates get in on the action while you wait primitive angels crawling in the shadow of our own light, primitive angels up the stairs to the white light they're lining up early tonight they've got their papers in order lawyers at their side, everything set right St. Peter ain't buying he's heard every story a thousand times primitive angels crawling in the shadow of our own light, primitive angels at the moment of decision, when it's time to make a choice you can't count on intuition, or listen to your inner voice because the devil gets the last word and he knows how to make a big noise primitive angels crawling in the shadow of our own light, primitive angels
11.
alone down roads of broken wreckage I have come with no map to the light I have run every time I stumble there's a hand to give me strength to stand You may be down but you're never out you may be down but you can always start again I've done hard time in hospitals and jails I rode the highways and I rode the rails by the longest journey down the darkest roads I found a home You may be down but you're never out you may be down but you can always start again there's no telling what can happen if you stay in the fight when your eyes are open or with your hands clenched tight there's always a friend there's always a new day sometimes you just keep walking though you can't see the way You may be down but you're never out you may be down but you can always start again

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Nine new original songs, one re-write, and finally a version of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah. With drummer Eric Puente and guest singers Catherine Miles, Abbie Gardner, and Laurie MacAllister. "Like the phase of the lunar orb it references, Match Against A New Moon assures us that the day side we see sans light is temporary in the ongoing transit of our lives." -Catherine Michaels, WHUD 100.7FM, Hudson Valley, NY

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released April 1, 2010

Eric Puente: drums and percussion
Catherine Miles: vocals
Abbie Gardner: lap steel, vocals
Laurie MacAlister: vocals
Paul Silverman: organ, cover photos
Jeffry Braun: cover art design
Jessica Miller: cover portrait
Christine Puente: cover photos
Carl Saff: mastering
Recorded and mixed at Woody's House, Croton -on- Hudson, NY by Fred Gillen Jr.

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NYFA grant recipient Fred Gillen Jr has released 9 full-length albums, and 5 ep’s, has toured all over the U.S. and Europe solo, and Nepal and India with Greenheart. His songs have been on ABC's "All My Children," NPR's "Car Talk," CMJ, and his version of Woody Guthrie's "I Ain't Got No Home" was featured on "Pete Remembers Woody," a collection of Pete Seeger's spoken stories about Woody Guthrie. ... more

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