Coast to Coast

by Matt Cook

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I previously stated, “I hear bass and drums…next step?” Well if some extra punch was needed to get everyone’s attention, here it is. Let me speak to some highlights. “Every Single Day” surrounds you with acoustic 12-strings galore, with prominent percussive off beats, while “Come Follow” jumps right in with a great piano intro followed by a melody that I defy you to stop humming after more than a brief listen. Buddies Jeff and JD are all over this one and everyone is having a good time. “Pure” is both passionate and intense and reveals the true strength and intense and reveals the true strength of this young artist. The majestic and lilting break swirls around until leaving you on yet another satisfied level. “Change” is introspective and surely could be traced to early folk heroes like Phil Ochs, all delivered with a single voice track accompanied by a vintage Guild acoustic. “Draw” is a work that again creates an intense mood and instantly pulls you in. This is a show closer for sure. The “Coast To Coast” album summons a true beginning to what I believe is a promising career for this young singer/songwriter. An artist schooled by yesterday’s traditions and inspired by all that the future has to offer.

-WC

credits

released June 21, 2005

All songs written and performed by Matt Cook
Produced by Matt Cook and Pete Andrews
Recorded, Engineered, Mixed and Mastered by Pete Andrews at Submergent Music Middletown, NJ June-September 2004
Photography by Nicole Cook
Album design by Dave Ulrich

Musicians:
Matt Cook – vocals, piano/keyboards, 6-string guitar, 12-string guitar, percussion
Jeff Ulrich – background vocals, 6-string guitar
Dave Ulrich – background vocals, 6-string guitar, drums, percussion
JD Leath – background vocals, percussion
Pete Andrews – drums, electric bass, upright bass, percussion
Matt Agresti – electric bass
Emily Frank – background vocals
Christine Papania – background vocals

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Matt Cook New Jersey

Writing intricate ballads and catchy folk-pop tunes since the age of 15, Matt Cook's professional career began in Orange County, CA with the release of his debut "Coast to Coast" LP in 2005. Cook's songwriting style has since taken on a more indie/alternative sound. Cook's love and admiration for Brian Wilson are embodied in his abilities as singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. ... more

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Track Name: Every Single Day
I can't say just what it is I feel
But it comes on stronger everyday
It burns inside just like a blazing fire
Never exhales every single day

This feeling surrounds me
But I know that when I'm with you
It makes me want to kiss you
Until the day that it will fade

The mood is slow
But the mind is weak
The weakness grows
And my mind controls me

In this world we live
People always giving
Orders every single day
They tell us that we're wrong
And make us wait so long
To find our answers every day

I'm standing beside me
Where the future lies
Is where the young man dies
Until the woman makes it all ok

The mood is slow
But the mind is weak
The weakness grows
And my mind controls me
Track Name: Pittsburgh, PA
Bags are at the station
It’s a celebration
Coming home, coming home, coming home
Coming home today
Wheels are in motion
Sharing my emotion
Coming home, coming home, coming home
Coming home today

It’s alright to miss the one you love
It’s ok to know you’re thinking of
Childhood fun from all our yesterdays
The good Lord knows my brother shows the way

Headed from the café
Trying to catch a taxi
Coming home, coming home, coming home
Coming home today
Got tickets for the Pirates
They’re playing the Giants
Coming home, coming home, coming home
Coming home anyway

It’s alright to miss the one you love
It’s ok to know you’re thinking of
Childhood fun from all our yesterdays
The good Lord knows my brother shows the way
Track Name: Four Walls
These four walls holding back the ground
These four walls almost lost and found
Millions come from all around and over
Old folks, young kids, everyone has a place to go
A place called home

These four walls keep me in from out
These four walls help me figure out
Problems brewing, smiles looming around
And old folks, young kids, everyone has a place to go
A place called home

Problems brewing, smiles looming around
And old folks, young kids, everyone has a place to go
A place called home
Track Name: Come Follow
She’s a northern city girl
Traveling the southern world
With a tissue in her hand
Following her parents plan
Her surroundings look unclear
Though her home is still so near
From an island yesterday
To the famous Garden State

She knows wherever she will go
Come follow

Moved into the neighborhood
Doing everything she could
To keep away from jealous fools
And they’re selfish attitudes
It seems that she can get along
By herself cause she’s so strong
Taking problems off the stage
And enjoying each new day

She knows wherever she will go
Come follow
She knows wherever she will go
Come follow

Share the things you said
Lying on your bed looking up
Staring at the glass
Hoping time will pass through
You need more
You need more

Through her laughter you can tell
That she’ll carry on so well
In whatever she will do
You may choose to do it too
Just to see her at her best
Standing out from all the rest
Still a stranger some may say
But you’ll welcome her to stay

She knows wherever she will go
Come follow
She knows wherever she will go
Come follow
Track Name: I Do
I open up to all the words inside
Racing through my mind
The painted picture is like a children’s rhyme
Of rumors flying high
And I wonder who am I, who am I
Their immaturity speaks volumes and
Turns my red heart blue
Insulting her pride and my consciousness
With things she shouldn’t do
And I wonder who are you, who are you

What’s the question
Here’s the answer
I am ready
I do
Going nowhere
Getting nothing
Next to no one
I do
I do, I do, I do, I do

She’s like a puzzle and no pieces fit
Yet I can’t resist
Lacking a quality that makes her strong
She knew it all along
It sometimes lingers on, lingers on
I like to sympathize although it’s rare
Because it’s so unfair
Her family structure is like a broken back
I want to glue the crack
It’s a sad unstable fact, it’s a fact

What’s the question
Here’s the answer
I am ready
I do
Going nowhere
Getting nothing
Next to no one
I do
I do, I do, I do, I do
Track Name: Pure
She lays there, I move in closer
I take my time, no one’s around
And through my cold reflective mirror
Her hand is warm, her body is sound

And through her gaping bedroom window
The sky is gray, a threat of snow
I gather all her quilts and blankets
I throw them on to keep her warm

So pure
I’m sure
I’ll use my arms
To keep her warm

And in the future we walk through our place
The carpet is white, our shoes are off
We’re led away by soft lit candles
To one knee, I’ve had enough
I do, do you

So pure
I’m sure
I’ll use my arms
To keep her warm

What is love
What is love
Tell me what is love
What is love

So pure
I’m sure
I’ll use my arms
To keep her warm
She’s so pure
I’m sure
I’ll use my arms
To keep her warm
Track Name: Train Generation
I hear it humming around in the distance
I hear the horn sounding
I see it brushing around in the trees
I see the tracks moving

But it’s not me
It’s just my fantasy
And I’m looking for a reason to make it stay

Living in a train generation
It’s not real but I don’t care
Living in a train generation

I see it pulling into the station
I hear the engine turning
I see the smoke floating into the air
I smell the coal burning

But it’s not me
It’s just my fantasy
And I’m looking for a reason to make it stay

Living in a train generation
It’s not real but I don’t care
Living in a train generation
Track Name: Change
Why does the sun set at night when you are sleeping
Why does the moon shine so bright when you are weeping
And now we’re mixed in the middle and in between
Looking at faces we’ve never seen
Step into the light and out again
Listen to the voice, it’s over, then

Time hurries on
My memory is calling for a change

Why should it ever come again if the world’s not ready
When will it ever start to end, make it all freeze over
And now we look towards the sky and we feel the pain
Those memories, they’re all the same
Step into the fire and out again
Listen to the voice, it’s over, then

Time hurries on
My memory is calling for a change

You know it flips the world right over
Crashes down and slips right under
Try to talk into another
Try to hide the thoughts of wonder

Why does the sun set at night when the world is sleeping
Why does the moon shine so bright when you are weeping

Time hurries on
My memory is calling for a change
Track Name: Draw
I’m sketching pictures of you and me with my pen
The images so clear deep within my head
And they say introduce me to your lady friend
We’ve yet to meet we will right now instead

No more wishing to be near you now
If I think I’m sure I’ll have you anyhow

I cannot talk I cannot call you
Can’t spend time cause I’ll adore you
I cannot see you I’m not with you
When I need you I will draw you

Too many rules in reality
But nothing’s wrong in my fantasy
And they say take me touring through your galaxy
But this fantastic ride bears room for her only

Put your troubles in a jar and soar
Lock it up don’t think about before

I cannot talk I cannot call you
Can’t spend time cause I’ll adore you
I cannot see you I’m not with you
When I need you I will draw you

Open your eyes
Open your eyes
Open your eyes…

When a man needs a woman
You can see it in his eyes
Won’t you look up to the sky
Don’t ask, do not cry, open your eyes
Track Name: Take A Hint, Help Me Out
You got the time to make me feel like loving
Even when you’re fifty miles away
You got the time to lead me right in front of you
But you are out of reasons to want to stay

But I won’t fool around
I won’t make you frown
But my head keeps spinning round and round

I’m lost looking for answers away from here
No past, no transportation, no time for fear
When I’m stuck in the middle I reach for the walls
But they’re all closing in
I’m trapped, no time to reason the mess I’m in

You got the time to show me everything you like
Even if there’s nothing that you want
You got the time to make the moonlight come alive
And send happy thoughts down from the sky

But I won’t wear you out
I won’t twist or shout
But I’m hoping that you’ll figure out

I’m lost looking for answers away from here
No past, no transportation, no time for fear
When I’m stuck in the middle I reach for the walls
But they’re all closing in
I’m trapped, no time to reason the mess I’m in
Track Name: If It Brings Me To You
I’ve heard that sound before
Your hand was knocking at my door
You asked permission to come in
I was wondering where you’ve been

You’re back in my house you were gone
Back in my world you belong
I wrote you letters all the time
You didn’t read them you were fine

But I’m not fine I’ve been sitting around
Playing absent from the party line
Without you
But I’ll change my mind, I’ll rush my time
I’ll take a wife, I’ll change my life
If it brings me to you

I want to be there where you are
Yet it seems that I’m so far
Rip off my age, it’s insincere
If I could only gain a year

But you’re settled down, you’re on the ground
I’m singing songs without a sound
Without you
But I’ll change my mind, I’ll rush my time
I’ll take a wife, I’ll change my life

I’m not fine I’ve been sitting around
Playing absent from the party line
Without you
But I’ll change my mind, I’ll rush my time
I’ll take a wife, I’ll change my life
If it brings me to you
Track Name: Everwood
Ten months out of every year
In my room you will appear
And the summer brings you still
A quick delay and eight nights filled

A small town you’re living
A western state the air is thin
And the snow begins to set
But it melts by season’s end

Would I ever even do it
Even if I could go through it
Colorado winter in my arms
It keeps on tearing me apart

Just as cold as you can be
And you are staring back at me
The only difference I can see
That you are trapped in a glass screen

Would I ever even do it
Even if I could go through it
Colorado winter in my arms
It keeps on tearing me apart

Just one hour give me more
Along the lines of twenty-four
One last glance before you go
I long to be there in the show

Would I ever even do it
Even if I could go through it
Colorado winter in my arms
It keeps on tearing me apart
Would I ever even do it
Even if I could go through it
Colorado winter in my arms
It keeps on tearing me apart