Matt Nathanson Bent

If I bent like you said was best,

Would that change a thing?

If I spent myself… or what’s left

Would you still leave me here?

You’re so sorry about it all

Now that it’s over..

Should I thank you for that dear?

You’re so sorry about it all…

And I hope you’ll always be.

I remember you best

Hating all the boys who got to you

And all the things they took

That you’d kept for yourself

Every car crash, every misstep, every word

You’re so sorry about it all

Now that it’s over..

Should I thank you for that dear?

You’re so sorry about it all…

And I hope you’ll always be

Always be.

I remember you best

Hating all the boys who got to you

And all the things they took from you again…

It’s all wrong…all wrong

Matt Nathanson Falling Apart

Maybe it’s because I’m crazy,

Maybe it’s because I just can’t,

Honestly tell you what I want.

It’s never enough to stay still and hold you,

To break loose and run the taste of you,

Wild on my tongue.

Am I no good to you now?

Am I no good to you now?

Whoa-oh, whoa-oh whoa-oh

We’re spilling over.

Whoa-oh, whoa-oh whoa-oh

We’re falling apart.

Spent my days with doctors,

And my nights with crooks,

And all of them who sell me for a song.

So I’m here.

Safe Dear.

A fiction in your arms.

Am I no good to you now?

Am I no good to you now?

Whoa-oh, whoa-oh whoa-oh

We’re spilling over.

Whoa-oh, whoa-oh whoa-oh

We’re falling apart.

So get me out

Start me over

Forever changed

I should have told you

Whoa-oh, whoa-oh whoa-oh

I’m falling apart.

Cause all I say,

It doesn’t matter anyway.

All I say,

It doesn’t matter anyway.

I’m giving up,

So call my bluff.

Cause I just need to be reminded who I am.

I’m falling apart.

Whoa-oh, whoa-oh whoa-oh

We’re spilling over.

Whoa-oh, whoa-oh whoa-oh

We’re falling apart.

I’m giving up.

Starting over.

I wanna be,

I wanna hold you.

Whoa-oh, whoa-oh whoa-oh

We’re Falling apart.

So wanna be loved?

So wanna be loved?

So come on now

Come on love.

Matt Nathanson Sad Songs

I’ve been waiting up for you to rescue me,

To come around and cover everything.

I’m relying on my best memories,

To breathe for me, breathe for me…

So much better than all this, all this..

Tired of singing sad songs in my head,

But I can’t find enough of anything to drown out what you said.

And sometimes I find I catch myself letting you back in,

I’m so tired of singing all the sad songs in my head.

And I can still smell summer on your skin,

And I can still remember giving in.

Wrapped all up in your hips, and in your sheets,

It felt great falling, great falling..

So much better than all this, all this..

Tired of singing sad songs in my head,

But I can’t find enough of anything to drown out what you said.

And sometimes I find I catch myself letting you back in,

I’m so tired of singing all the sad songs in my head.

I feel so faded, so far gone..

Nothing surprises me anymore..

So faded, so far gone…

Nothing surprises me anymore..

So much better than all this, all this..

Tired of singing sad songs in my head,

But I can’t find enough of anything to drown out what you said.

And sometimes I find I catch myself letting you back in,

I’m so tired of singing all the sad songs in my head.

Sad songs in my head…

Matt Nathanson Then I’ll Be Smiling

Trailed by a mess

Of masking tape construction paper

And the best of intentions

He tried to patch up every hole as he went

Back and forth and back again

And his friends half full of half concerns

Embarrassed looks and tired words

They burrowed deeper into the ignorant

Little lives they preferred

And he envied their distance

Their lack of concern

He thought,

Once I shed the whole of me

Once I shed the whole of me

Then I’ll be smiling

He cursed himself

And his instinct to nurse

Every idea to health

And all of the falls that he’d spent

Trying to coax his name from the mouths

Of success

He thought

Once I shed the whole of me

Once I shed the whole of me

Then I’ll be smiling.

They litter me with small awareness’

Then they ask if I’m good enough

They litter me with small awareness’

Just to wake me up

Why do the fools wake me up?

Matt Nathanson Giants

I don’t want to see the wires in the circus anymore

I wanna dream and make believe people can fly

I don’t need to be reminded what it takes to kill the fun

I got a head full of sharp knives.

Yeah, it’s easy to get colder and it’s easy to forget

So meet me when the lights dim

We can wake up every morning, we can set ourselves on fire

We can do it all again.

The world don’t speak for us. They lack the confidence

Yeah, we’re only hearts and bones and blood.

But we are giant. Giants

The walls are closing in

We climb and they descend

With nothing but the clouds against our skin

We are giant. giants

I want to roll around the darkness, til the darkness goes away

Til the television finally tells the truth. You know,

Everybody’s scared of things that they don’t understand

And all the living they don’t do.

It’s easy to get colder. It’s easy to forget

So meet me when the lights dim

We can wake up every morning, we can set ourselves on fire

We can do it all again.

I’m done trying to fit in

And be half forgiven

For things that I never did

We’re more than what scares us

We’re final and fearless

We’ll dance where the ice gets thin

Matt Nathanson King Of The Mountain

I’ve been fascinated with lost love for sometime now

and I’m not quite sure why

I’ve been waking up to the images that I thought I’d left behind

But they’re just as clear,

and just as naive as they were before

But now they seem more beautiful,

the past always seems more beautiful

I’m not the same child that I once was

I left my compassion on the side of the road

when I learned the power of ego and confidence,

all to please you

But I’m sure that you regret it now

I’m sure that You regret me now

Because I do.

All my desire and all my innocence burned away

Just the evil remains, just the judgement remains

And here I stand king of the mountain, all alone,

surrounded by pain that I brought on myself.

Matt Nathanson Wide Eyed And Full

Lately I can’t tell my friends from my enemies

when it use to seem so clear

I tried rebellion once and look where it s gotten me

Banging apologies against your deaf ears

And she said, “sing me a sweet song tonight,

sing me a new song tonight”

We used to lie side by side

and I would cover myself in you

We used to lie, but I’m no longer so wide-eyed and full

Lately, I can’t tell where all this is taking me

I’m spilling over and spitting spiteful words

There was a time once when I understood my cruelty,

but now I’m not so sure.

Matt Nathanson Lost Myself In Search Of You

I was holding you so tight and you were holding me

So wrapped up in the moment I was feeling such security

And the first few weeks felt just like heaven,

but I never really seemed to get that high

So now I sit here laughing at the time that past me by.

It s times like these, when I feel I’m on my knees begging

please don’t go.

And as you slipped away I couldn’t admit that we were through

As you slipped away

I found I lost myself in search of you

I was holding you so tight and you were holding him

But you left the door so wide open that I was sure you’d come back in

And now the only time I can hold you is in my mind

And that doesn’t seem to fill me up inside

So yes I felt lonely and yes I felt a need

And you seemed to feel it necessary to make me see

That I was wrong and you were right

And that all my attempts were in vain

But I was pretty sure you’d turn around and want me back again

And as you slipped away I couldn’t admit that we were through

As you slipped away I found I lost myself in you

I was holding you so tightly when you needed help

I guess insecurities catch up to you when You’re lying to yourself

But I wasn’t lying when I told you all that you could be

But it was no use, you never really ever listened to me

I was holding you so tight but now I’ve let you go.

Matt Nathanson Playlists & Apologies

I threw my phone out of the window tonight

So you couldn’t go and change my mind

What doesn’t kill you can drag you for miles

‘Til there’s nothing left you recognize

Meet me out at the end of my rope

Won’t you meet me at the end of my rope?

Every song was an anthem

That the radio played for us

Every word was poetry

Rolling off our tongues

We were blooming like flowers

We were bending toward the sun

Now all that’s left of you and me

Playlists and apologies

Apologies

We burned for years; we never could get enough

We had an epic movie trailer love

How could I slip so easy out of your mind?

From your trophy to your alibi

Meet me out at the end of my rope

Won’t you meet me at the end of my rope?

Every song was an anthem

That the radio played for us

Every word was poetry

Rolling off our tongues

We were blooming like flowers

We were bending toward the sun

Now all that’s left of you and me

Playlists and apologies

Apologies

I’m not thinking clear

I get myself away from here

Broken hearts and souvenirs

I’m not thinking clear

I’m a mess of you, my dear

Broken hearts, souvenirs

My god, what a way to go

Every song was an anthem

That the radio played for us

Every word was poetry

Rolling off our tongues

We were blooming like flowers

We were bending toward the sun

Now all that’s left of you and me

Playlists and apologies

Apologies

Matt Nathanson Kinks Shirt

Rent love, run in circles

Sweet fiction silhouette

Meet me at 9th and Irving

Let’s do things we can both regret

It’s all there in your chipped red fingernails

It’s all there in the twist of your pigtails

It’s the way she walks

The way she talks

Can’t stop thinking

About the girl in the kinks shirt

Take me home, San Francisco

Can’t stop thinking about the girl in the kinks shirt

You and my imagination

You and my imagination

You and my imagination

Can’t stop thinking about the girl in the kinks shirt

Sidewalk mariachis

I see you in your party dress

Played out Sid and Nancy

Bring on the apocalypse

Don’t need no songs playing on the radio

Get my truth from your thrift store halo

It’s the way she walks

The way she talks

Can’t stop thinking

About the girl in the kinks shirt

Take me home, San Francisco

Can’t stop thinking about the girl in the kinks shirt

You and my imagination

You and my imagination

You and my imagination

Can’t stop thinking about the girl in the kinks shirt

Getting what you want can break your heart

Getting what you want can break your heart

Getting what you want is gonna break you

is gonna break you, is gonna break your heart

It’s the way she walks

The way she talks

Can’t stop thinking

About the girl in the kinks shirt

Take me home, San Francisco

Can’t stop thinking about the girl in the kinks shirt

You and my imagination

You and my imagination

You and my imagination

Can’t stop thinking about the girl in the kinks shirt (Oh)

Can’t stop thinking about the girl in the kinks shirt (Oh)

Can’t stop thinking about the girl in the kinks shirt