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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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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Fred Gillen Jr Peekskill, New York

NYFA grant recipient Fred Gillen Jr has released nine full-length albums, and has toured all over the U.S. and Europe. His songs have been featured on ABC's "All My Children," NPR's "Car Talk," CMJ's Comp, and in 2012 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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Track Name: Come And See Me
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
Track Name: Devil's Last Word
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
Track Name: Don't Give Up The Ghost
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
Track Name: Cecelia
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
Track Name: Flicker
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
Track Name: Land Of Hope
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
Track Name: Lay Me Down
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
Track Name: Hallelujah
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
Track Name: Light Of Nothing
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
Track Name: Primitive Angels
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
Track Name: You May Be Down
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