The Story

by Matt Minglewood

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released March 10, 2014

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Matt Minglewood Glace Bay, Nova Scotia

Matt Minglewood Band is a musical hybrid, a four member band with one foot steeped in the musical roots of blues and country and the other knee-deep in rock.Their constant touring and high octane live show has earned them the well-deserved reputation of 'down to earth bearers of good will and good times'. ... more

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Track Name: Ain't Nothing Pretty
Ain't Nothing Pretty (about the Blues) (Matt Minglewood)


I’m sick and tired of listening to you whine about your woes
Shopping on 5th Avenue when you say ain’t got no clothes
Sipping on your lattes bitching about your dues
You paint a pretty picture of the blues

A friend of mines been moaning since she left him high and dry
When he’s had about a dozen women out there on the sly
Get up off that bar stool boy put on your walking shoes
You paint a pretty picture of the blues

Chorus
Born under a bad sign down on the killin’ floor
Hard luck and misery, it’s all these things and more
So paint your pretty pictures people, I’ve got news for you
There ain’t nothing pretty about the blues

Tear drops on her pillow, bloodstains on her mind
She laid low a bastard who was anything but kind
And now she dreams of freedom, that she doesn’t have to loose
A dirty little picture from the blues

He’s sitting at a hospital, he waiting on some news
About his only daughter whose mother died from booze
From pretty little crayons to the needle and the spoon
Another dirty picture from the blues

Repeat chorus

Six years old and hungry, and a rat runs across the floor
He can hear the knuckles landing through the crack under the door
All these little lessons son, you’ll someday come to use
You’re looking at the future of the blues
Repeat chorus
Track Name: Worse Damn Case of the Blues
Worse Damm Case of the Blues (Matt Minglewood)


Here I am just standing on the sidewalk in the rain
I don’t think I can even move
I don’t have an answer, I don’t even have a clue
For why I always end up blue
This whole thing with you has been a lie
Now I’m searchin’ for some truth
For what it was I never had with you
Cause here I am just standing on the sidewalk in the rain
With the worst damn case of the blues

Now here I am just sitting in a room without a light
The darkness helps to ease the pain
I thought I found someone this time
Who shared my point of view
But here I am alone again
Perhaps I need a doctor, someone to help me find the way
To live with lonliness and solitude
Cause here I am just standing on the sidewalk in the rain
With the worst damn case of the blues

CHORUS
She packed her bags and caught the 12:15
Now all that I have left is this tattoo
I watched the blue light on the back as the train went down the track
What am I suppose to do
Except sit here in my room and stare out through the dark
With the worst damn case of the blues
Track Name: Jealous Man
Jealous Man (Matt Minglewood)


John the Nipples was after my girl
Talkin’ about taking her around the world
Now he’s lying cold and hes’ covered in blood
Slowly sinking in the mire and mud
I’m a jealous man

Big Jack, the money man was comin’ on strong
Jack didn’t know he wouldn’t be here long
I burned his mansion right down to the ground
No more Big Jack hangin’ around
I’m a Jealous Man

CHORUS
She’s the kind of woman makes a man’s heart, jump
Make his blood pump, acting like a hump, rump chump
He’ll be hangin’ round her house like a hound in heat
He’ s too dumb to know that he’s about to meet
The Jealous Man

Willy the weasel whacked out of his head
With visions of porn in his heart shaped bed
But the mirror on his ceiling tells a different tale
Now he’s Willy the Wimp, he’s limp and pale
He met the Jealous Man

Back in the garden was Adam and Eve
With a snake in the grass who knew how to deceive
She bite the fruit of temptation and she had to have more
Right then and there the jealous man was born
I’m the son of the son of that Jealous Man

CHORUS
Track Name: Eight Good Reasons
Eight Good Reasons (Matt Minglewood)


Number one she’s right on time
Good god almighty this girls so fine
Number two she’s good and true
She love me she don’t want you
I could never love nobody but her

CHORUS

She’s my one and only lovin’ squeeze
You’ll never see me beggin’please
You’ll never see me locked outside of her door
She’s my burnin’ fire, my heart’s desire
I’m her little lovin’ lover boy

Number three she’s sweet to me
She puts a little honey in my tea
She puts a little honey in my tea
Number four she’s so much more
She makes me dance across the floor
She makes me dance across the floor
CHORUS

Number five I’m so alive
She makes me want to jump and jive
She makes me want to jump and jive
Number six I get my kicks
This little chick knows all the tricks
This little chick knows all the tricks

CHORUS

Number seven I rolled eleven
I think I died and gone to heaven
I think I died and gone to heaven
Number eight I took the bait
I’m standing outside the old church gate
I’m standing outside the old church gate

CHORUS
Track Name: River of Pain
River of Pain (Matt Minglewood)


That lonesome highway called me lord, I came runnin’
Searching for one truth, I found another
I watched my years pass by me
Threw some cracked and dirty windshield
And the time flies let me tell you brother

When the shit comes down, it can hang around
This is the life that can leave you cold
Out on the side of the lost highway
With no one left to hold
And a hard rain hit my shoulder blade
I was wonderin’ what to do,
I thought about you

CHORUS
And the tears come down
Let loose this river of pain
And the water flowed
Washed away all the dirt and the stain
And the sun came out
Warmed my heart I want to live again
And there you were standing right in front of me
Was my heart so dark that I just could not see you at all

This road of life ain’t straight and true
It’s filled with twists and turns
And I’ve traveled down some side roads
And boys did I get burned
But I pulled up on my bootstraps
I was wondering what to do
When I thought about you

CHORUS

Every corner we go round
Another road begins
And the bridges we burn to the ground
They can’t be built again
And there’s some that I could count on
And there’s some that made me blue
And then there was always you

CHORUS
Track Name: Peter and Joy
Peter and Joy (Matt Minglewood)


She stands on her corner in her lipstick and rouge
Her fishnet stockings and her stiletto shoes
It’s half past midnight, she waits all alone
The towns deathly quiet and she is chilled to the bone

There’s Peter, the preacherman, in an alley off Main
He’s ranting and raving about Jesus and sin
Nobody hears him with his face to the snow
It’s Christmas down on Water Street and it’s fifteen below

CHORUS
Their eyes once held sunlight, they sparkled like gold
And now there is just sadness, they’re empty and cold
There’s kids and there’s angels on trees over toys
And there’s Christmas down on Water Street
Peter and Joy

It’s four in the morning Joy gives up the ghost
Peter’s speed dialing the heavenly host
She strolls through the alley says Peter it’s time to go
To that ten dollar motel where the wind doesn’t blow

REPEAT CHORUS
Track Name: Brushed by the Wings of an Angel
Brushed by the Wings of an Angel (Matt Minglewood)


Carlos ElMino of Maria, Sanchez from Sonora in Mexico
He’s parked at an LA Street corner and there’s two ways he can go
To the west lay three hombres waiting to gun him down
He drove east and he left that town
He was brushed by the wings of an angel

A young girl full of life and love on a New York street corner and she’s leaving home
She had words with her mother that cut her to the bone
Across the street waits a man he’s full of sexual rage
She went back to Mom and they turn that page
She was brushed by the wings of an angel

CHORUS
Some live, some die
Some never know the reason why
They make their guardian angel’s cry and the sky turn black
And tears fall down as rain
Little earth bound angels need a guiding hand
The hand of God or the hand of man
Or the wind from the wings of an angel

Two kids from the suburbs with too much time on their hands
And they are looking for a thrill
They head down to East Hastings, Vancouver looking for a guy named one-eyed Phil
They pass by the blue door, they stare at the crack
You walk through that door boys, you don’t ever come back
They were brushed by the wings of an angel

CHORUS
Track Name: Dorchester
Dorchester (Matt Minglewood)


Somewhere in the dark, in a town beneath the border
There's a woman who cries in the night
She has been a loner ever since he's known her
But she keeps her loneliness out of sight
Somewhere on the coast near the Bay of Fundy
There's a place called Dorchester town
In a cell on the block behind the walls of the prison
There's a man on a real come down

They had got together a long long time ago
The love burned right from the start
Buddy was an outlaw, though he tried to change
He just kept breaking her heart
I don't know how it started but I do know how it ended
And it ended up the way it is now
He's doing 20 years in the Dorchester Prison
She's doing 20 years somehow

CHORUS
If he never pulled the gun
He'd never end up on the run
If she never listened to her heart
Why did she listen, listen to her heart

Somehow the years have past and two more hours he's free at last
He'll walk past that wall
Sixty miles down the road, she's driving north with a heavy load
She' s not sure at all

Has he really changed his ways
Or will she only count the days, till the teardrops fall
Will he end up on the run, his only friend a cold gun
When he hears the outlaw call

REPEAT CHORUS
Track Name: The Price of Love
The Price of Love (Matt Minglewood)


Love can knock you to your knees
It can have you beggin’ please
And even if you don’t believe
It can have you prayin’ to the heavens above
Lord please help me ease the pain
That’s the price you can pay for love

Love can take you up so high
You think you could reach out and touch the sky
But boy you better learn how to fly
Cause when the push comes down to the shove
You’ll be falling from above
That’s the price you can pay for love

CHORUS
Easy baby, let’s take it nice and slow
Take it easy on me baby
There’s something that I think you need to know

Love once made me blind
I couldn’t even see what was comin’ down the line
Then when the sands of time
Slipped through these hands of mine
I couldn’t hold em even with a glove
Then the hammer came down hard
I heard the price you could pay for love

REPEAT CHORUS

Love once made me blind
I couldn’t even see what was comin’ down the line
Then when the sands of time
Slipped through these hands of mine
I couldn’t hold em even with a glove
Then the hammer came down hard
I heard the price you could pay for love
Track Name: Somewhere Down the Line
Somewhere Down the Line (Matt Minglewood)


The trouble with winning is that it sets you up to lose
Thought he was a winner when he had you
The road goes on forever but it’s not always kind
She said I’ll have to see you
Somewhere down the line

If he had a nickel for every time she cried
Maybe by the reason for why she always lied
About what she was feeling and what was on her mind
Maybe she wouldn’t be
Somewhere down the line

CHORUS
Somewhere down the line could be tomorrow
Somewhere down the line may never come
Some deserve but never get
Some just waste their time
Waiting for somewhere down the line

Did he hear her walking through the door this time
Did he hear her talking, was it all just in his mind
Is he just a fool who’s waiting, for the end of time
When it’s too late to see her
Somewhere down the line

Old and grey and staring through his tears and the pain
Knowing she will never walk
Through his dreams again
Out of luck, out of love, now he’s out of time
Maybe she can find him
Somewhere across the line

REPEAT CHORUS
Track Name: The Story
The Story (Matt Minglewood)


Young Anna Lee come talk to me
Let the truth set you free
Your just that far from lovin me and I'm sorry

But there's a secret from your lonesome past
I'm not allowed to even ask
Anna Lee won't tell me The Story

Chorus
Don't take that secret to your grave
Anna Lee come on be brave
Let those words pass o'er your tongue don't worry
Just like a meeting with the ex drinking crowd
Where you stand up front and you speak up front
And you speak up loud
And everybody has to tell The Story

She came into my life with ease
Change the way I lived and breathed
And made me want to hope for love and glory
And I fell as far as I could fall
I ran into this towered wall
And Anna Lee won't tell me The Story

Chorus
Don't take that secret to your grave
Anna Lee come on be brave
Let those words pass o'er your tongue don't worry
Just like a meeting with the addicted crowd
Where you stand up front and you speak up front
And you speak up loud
And everybody has to tell The Story
Track Name: Blue River Train
Blue River Train (Matt Minglewood)


I must have been born the restless kind
Left my home by the age of nine
I went out back by the railroad track
I let that Blue River Train take me down the track
I had nothin’ but time and the world was mine

That train kept rollin’ from town to town
Draggin’ my roots I could not put em down
I lived like a king, I lived in jail
But I just kept hearing that whistle wail
And that Blue River Train would ease my pain
And I’d be gone again

BRIDGE

My heart beats a rhythm to the clickety clack
As that train goes rollin’ on down the track
She rolls north, south, east and west
That Blue River Train won’t let me rest
Until my time is over
And there’s just one more rail to ride
I’ll let that Blue River Train carry me home again

Thirteen tons of Number Nine coal
Fire in the belly so the train can roll
I keep my eyes to the rails ahead
I don’t look back because the past is dead
And that Blue River Train would ease my pain
And I’d be gone again

REPEAT BRIDGE
Track Name: Patriot Game
Patriot Game (Dominic Behan)

Come all you young rebels & list while I sing
For the love of one's country is a dangerous thing
For it banishes fear like the speed of a flame
And it makes us all part of the Patriot Game

My name is O'Hanlan and I've just gone 16
My home is in Mahnagh, that's where I was weaned
I've read about heroes and I wanted the same
Just to play out my part in the Patriot's Game

Been nearly two years since I wandered away
With the local battalion of the bold IRA
I gave up my boyhood just to drill and to train
And to play out my part in the Patriot's Game

And now as I lie here, my body all holes
Well I think of those traitors who bargained and sold
And I wish that my rifle had given the same
To those Quislings, those low down quislings
Who sold out my Patriot Game.