The Messenger

by Matt Joe Gow

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    There are a few key qualities that the discerning music lover scrutinises when appraising a new artist. And very few artists wield so much charisma that they can sell you just about anything before you've realised what's happened. Matt Joe Gow has the charisma to be one of those artists - but he isn't. Matt prefers to concentrate on the conviction, on writing and delivering songs that look you straight in the eye. You don't have to listen to more than thirty seconds of Matt's debut album 'The Messenger' to appreciate that. The deep quaver in his voice leaps out of opening track Come To Mama (She Say) like an arrow, both graceful and inexorable.

    Though he grew up in Dunedin, New Zealand Matt decided to heed the many recommendations he'd received to "take music more seriously", moved to Melbourne and put together a band. Fortunately (or was it something more designed?) for Matt, he crossed paths with one of only a handful of producers that truly understand such noble motivations. Nash Chambers excels at tearing the heart out of a great live band and pinning it proudly on their record sleeve - where it should be. And he has an uncanny ability to tap into the very soul of country music as he has on this album.

    Recorded at Sing Sing Studios in Melbourne the album features instrumental contributions from Jim Moginie of Midnight Oil, Bill Chambers and Catherine Britt. Recorded at Sing Sing Studios, Melbourne.

    Released December, 2009, the CD comes in cardboard sleeve with with full colour booklet and lyrics. Artwork designed by renown artist Ken Taylor.

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released December 3, 2009

Produced by Nash Chambers
Matt Joe Gow – Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica, Percussion
Andrew Pollock – Guitar, Vocals
Kain Borlase – Bass
Chris Elliott – Drums
James van Cuylenburg - Piano
Jim Moginie – Guitar, Hammond, Mandolin
John Watson – Drums
Michel Rose – Pedal Steel
Mick Albreck – Fiddle
Bill Chambers – Lap Steel
Catherine Britt – Vocals on "At The Seams" and "Things Fall Apart"

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Matt Joe Gow Melbourne, Australia

Very few artists wield so much charisma that they can sell you just about anything before you’ve realised what’s happened. Matt Joe Gow has the charisma to be one of those artists – but he isn’t.

Matt prefers to concentrate on the conviction. You don’t have to listen to more than thirty seconds of Matt’s debut 'The Messenger' or new album 'Seven Years' to appreciate that.
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Track Name: Come To Mama, She Say
Come To Mama, She Say
Storm it was a blowing in
 twister was about to spin my way

kitchen door was swinging wide
 as if to say come on inside and stay



Come to mama babe

Come to mama she say

Come to mama baby



Get yourself down to a cellar
, gals go grab yourself a fella before it's too late

Friend you'd better run for cover
, don't be caught alone out on Lover's Lane



Come to mama babe

Come to mama she say

Come to mama baby



It's best to make the most of this

Fate is known to twirl and twist even the face
Of the first girl I kissed
I can't recall, can't recall



Preacher was reaching in, the speaker wire calling out my name

Son we're in the final hour
, making love you ought to be ashamed

But if that woman ever stare you down
 the way she do you'd see it ain't that plain


Come to mama babe

Come to mama she say

Come to mama baby



It's best to make the most of this

Fate is known to twirl and twist even the face
Of the first girl I kissed 
I can't recall, not at all



Come to mama babe

Come to mama she say

Come to mama baby

Track Name: Come What May
Come What May

Stood in the doorway all chipped of paint
Throw up your hands and you turn on your heels
You had the child so you gave a couple of years more
But now it's time, feel it tugging at your sleeve

Girl, ain't a better time
You only get one shot
One swing
One time around
Ain't a better time

Your mama said 'Baby come on home'
Except for the whir of the engine
Gonna do it on your own
New school for your boy, well thats okay
The ship came and it sailed away

Girl, ain't a better time
You only get one shot
One swing
One time around
Ain't a better time

You pray you're right about something
Give enough, things will come your way
Oh let me tell you one thing
With open arms, honey
Come what may
Honey, come what may

Girl, ain't a better time
You only get one shot
One swing
One time around
Ain't a better time

End of December with the year in hand
Weathered the storm and you're here to stand
Whatever happens at the end of the day
With open arms, honey
Come what may
Track Name: At The Bar
At The Bar

Spent most of my life it seems
In and out of bars
From one side of the world to the other, child
Hiding in the dark

You can lose the hurt in a room of people
A room of strangers at that
For the singing and the pretty ladies
It keeps coming back

I don't wanna be at the bar no more
Crying into a stranger's drink
I just wanna be in your arms
Want love to be the death of me

Started easy on the open road
I was driving with a busted light
First bar with a neon sign
Oh man I got to feeling right

An old timer well he sidled over
Said he liked his whiskey neat
Said 'Son I'm gonna die in this here bar
Shuffle over 'cos you're in my seat'

I don't wanna be at the bar no more
Crying into a stranger's drink
I just wanna be in your arms
Want love to be the death of me

Pulled over to the side of the highway
Swear I never been so low
Is it the drink or the tears I cried?
Either way I couldn't see the road

So I'm walking to your mama's place
God knows that it's the middle of the night
And if I wake her and this whole damn town
Too bad I'm gonna treat you right
Track Name: The Light
The Light

I know you wanna be heard
Don't wanna be here
Don't wanna be hurt
Just wanna be understood
Is that too much to ask?

Yeah you made some mistakes
Not sure of yourself
Don't wanna be left
Don't need to be out in front
Looking for that place

When it's all on the line
Held up to the light
I just wanna be able to show you
It'll be alright

Don't you ever look back
Don't you ever come clean
Everything that you knew
Everything that you had is gone
Son, open your eyes

When it's all on the line
Held up to the light
I just wanna be able to show you
It'll be alright
Track Name: Land Is Burning
Land Is Burning

If the rivers that run dry
Lead you to the rusted beach
That lie beneath the rising tide
Let it be you who lay me down

From the flaming yellow hills
Through the valley of our scars
I give you back that which I stole
Let it be you who lay me down

There was no light to begin
But something stirred from within
I was a victim my whole life
But the land is burning now
Oh the land is burning

When the winds that howl and moan
Call for promises long made
Take the poison be it quick
Let it be you who lay me down

There was no light to begin
But something stirred from within
I was a victim my whole life
But the land is burning now
Oh the land is burning now
Oh the land is burning now
Oh the land is burning
I'm crawling on my knees
Track Name: Things Fall Apart ft. Catherine Britt
Things Fall Apart

Been driving from the end to the start
Steady moving, going against the grain
It ain't easy when its coming from the heart
Hide from it but it's coming back again

A fine line 'tween something that you love
Something that you can't get enough
Something that you lost in the dust
Washed clean by the water in a flood

Darling
I told you from the start
Darling
Things fall apart
I want you to know

Heard you singing from the house on the hill
Like a dream, except something I could feel
I swear you saw me though you say that isn't true
I said I love you, well love you never knew

A fine line 'tween something you defend
Something that we just couldn't mend
Does it matter? Any roads got a bend
You used to tell me every story's got an end

Darling
I told you from the start
Darling
Things fall apart
I want you to know
It's no reflection on yourself
Darling
Things fall apart

There's no meaning in this
I don't have the answers I guess
Anymore
This time's for real

How were you to know?
It's no reflection on yourself
Darling
Things fall
I want you to know
Darling
Things fall apart
Track Name: Steady Life
Steady life

Steady train passing by my window
Shakes the very floor boards
Ain't sleeping though it ain't the noise
Somethings calling to me now
Feel lost with map in hand
Lonely in a crowded place
Pretty Mary's leaning over the bar
Raise the glass of wine in her hand
Toast it to the steady life

Oh babe no matter what I say
I'm pining for the steady life
Oh babe no matter what I say
I'm pining for the steady life
Seven years are gonna change a man
But I don't ask you cut me slack
I'm just driving down a one way street
So the sooner gone sooner back
Pining for the steady life

Bright eyes tearing up at me
Blue like the summer sky
Second guessing I'm making ground
There's a late change a coming in
You know I miss you, can you hear me babe?
I still love you
That weren't the question, though not in vain
You're asking for the steady life
And I wanna give you what is right

Oh babe no matter what I say
I'm pining for the steady life
Oh babe no matter what I say
I'm pining for the steady life
Seven years are gonna change a man
But I don't ask you cut me slack
I'm just driving down a one way street
So the sooner gone sooner back

I know it seems like I got a ways to go
To catch up with you but time is slow

You know I miss you can you hear me babe?
I still love you
And I'm pining for the steady life
Track Name: At The Seams
At The Seams

Full moon is shining down
Lit up like the silver screen
Wrapped up in the wire
People praying to a new belief

This river winds around
Watch the rapid jump and dance
Throw a stone to the other side
Barely make it half the way

This blood that's in my veins
Flowing like the river carved
A valley into the land
Heart is swelling fit to burst

When this world has swallowed up
Everything you ever loved
Everything you ever feared
Will come to greet you face to face

But you and I were supposed to be something
It's not just any other day that I believe
Now you're seized up like a dirty old machine
Got a heart falling apart here at the seams

This winter opened up
Eyes I thought were tight shut
Put a coat on brave the wind
At least you'll numb your face and hands

This shelter's strong enough
But is there room to move inside?
The road is long and dark and wet
The keys are in your hand

But you and I were supposed to be something
It's not just any other day that I believe
Now you're seized up like a dirty old machine
Got a heart falling apart here at the seams
Track Name: I Let You Be
I Let You Be

Get on the train my love at once
I can't take one minute more
Do not stop and turn, and do not wave
Do not blow me a kiss, my darling sweet

Get on the train my love and ride
Let it take you home into the night
Do not dream of me, and do not write
Do not for one second think of coming back

I'm gonna walk home darling
Take whatever path is given me
Lead me down to hell, don't matter
I let you be

Get on board my love, it's time
Time to close this chapter off for good
I am weary from this last dance
I am burdened by the sins of my whole life

I'm gonna walk home darling
Take whatever path is given me
Lead me down to hell, don't matter
I let you be
Track Name: Its Not Hard
It's Not Hard

You were raised a Christian, honey
I was brought up under cover of
Sun and sky
We would meet in early evening
Just as sun was setting in the cold
Holding hands
We had a love so simple, honey
We had a love so pure oh despite
What we knew
But life's about direction, darling
One day moving, one day come apart
In front of you

It's not hard to cross the earth or the sea
It's not hard to cover ground on the breeze
There are things I struggle with, that is true
But it's not hard to stay in love when it's with you

I moved on to big things, honey
Bought a house and made my money back
Sold it on
You went on to marry someone
And I heard you had a couple kids
Ran aground
But life's about direction darling
One day moving, one day looking back
Back at you
I was doing more the later
I stopped moving, started turning back
Back to you

It's not hard to cross the earth or the sea
It's not hard to cover ground on the breeze
There are things I struggle with, that is true
But it's not hard to stay in love when it's with you
Track Name: Up On The Hill
Up On The Hill

Up on the hill, back on the land
An old grey house it sits
My mama don't live there no more
My father left town years before
Some memories ain't good
But they're all that I have
I went back to look for myself

Sometimes a marriage breaks down
Sometimes your heart just ain't there
But when he packed his bags
Night before Christmas Eve
I grew up thinking life just wasn't fair

My sister, she wanted to dance
Dreamed all her life of ballet
When her legs wouldn't carry
It broke her pretty heart
Mama she weeps to this day

My father and me didn't talk
Twenty odd years went by
But I got to thinking
I grew tired of the load
Pa I forgive you now

Up on the hill, back on the land
An old gray house it sits
My mama don't live there no more
My father left town years before
Some memories ain't good
But they're all that I have
I went back to look for myself