Kentucky

by Matthew Carefully

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about

Kentucky was written, recorded, mixed and mastered within 27 days in February 2008. Using only a mandolin, some guitar pedals and his voice, Matthew created an album that defies all conventional logic about the sounds that such a small instrument can make.

credits

released April 1, 2008

Matthew Loiacono: mandolin, voice, pedals
Troy Pohl: mixing, mastering

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Track Name: Vaults & Crowns
‘Lest we go the wrong way around
with feet so full of longing. Ground
has paid my in with vaults and crowns,
both pulled from heat still glowing now.

And when time’s near to gather - hear
the full of fins spill water fear!

May we call the fear of sound
so crisp then hope dissolves us down.
What keeps us whole will hold us out
till time lands still devoid of doubt.

And when time’s near to gather - hear
the full of fins spill water here!
Track Name: Infinitely Red
All the time I waste on keeping my feet wet
such precious blood flows infinitely red
no way to call the music from the dead
left where you land knife swiftly in your chest

Since what you are no human can resist
the mortal mirror golden in your care
such fearless arms will carry out the task
to bring you back to put you to the test

It sounded something like a heart (heart) breaking in half
one to the woods, one to the nest not nearly making a sound
beat (beat) stumble (stumble) over itself
I’m barely making it out, you’re hardly making a sound

I did the best I could to keep myself together while the full of the advance was surely more than I could take on by myself

We didn’t need to think hard, we didn’t need to think at all
(..swiftly in your chest…)
Track Name: Modest Birds
I’m impressed by modest birds
their wings and their way to fly
picking up their hollow knees
ignoring those looks of mine

though we know the way they need to get to where they’re going
home they’ll stay forgetting all the worst that followed them

..the modern words
are meant to open up eyes
but despite all hidden feeling
interest is waning inside
I’ll go, I’ll find, I meant to carry wind back for them
no they turn their backs and slip away

though we know the way they need to get to where they’re going
home they’ll stay forgetting all the worst that followed them

the modest birds
their wings and their way to fly
looking up so honestly
intending to make it alive
Track Name: Only Memory
Making time for you
has never been this easy but it’s true

I can attest to the night faring well
without the muscle to coax you through the spells
Gather this up in your memory only

Lifting ropes up to
the ship that holds you firmly in its scoop

When can I ask to move on from this shell?
Merely the question shakes all of me, all of me
Bearing down just to stop sliding to tell
gather this up it’s your only memory

Spill the kindest truth,
you skip permission scathing only you

Clearly this lesson has gone on too long
Making it seem worse in spite of you, spite of you
never accept to move on for the song
Gather this up in your memory only
Track Name: Right Behind You
In case you didn’t know
In case you didn’t know
I’m right behind you
picking up pieces
of the last few months
I don’t remember.
Pieces that I must love
I just don’t remember them at all.

Well what would I keep
to myself
if I were questioned alone?
Would I keep all your secrets
to myself?
Or would I spill them right in their laps
or would I keep them to myself?

In case you didn’t know
In case you didn’t know
I’m right behind you…
Track Name: Knee-to-Knee
There MUST be moments
we leave out of our dreams
when we recite them
to each other knee-to-knee
I hope your vision always lasts
I hope your peacefulness stays free
whether time will catch up to us now
or when the boughs of death will bring release
it’s all to see…

There was an open
door peeking through the heat
that looked enticing
to these tired hands and feet
we kept the mission to ourselves
even though the pressure was so deep
making for the shelter on the hill
we will find the prisoner had gone free
he had gone free…

It takes an ocean
to realize the street
has taken our lives
and put the best luck out of reach
go where no vision can be found
make the best of everything you see
build a track so we can cut around
to a place where everyone can meet
up knee-to-knee
Track Name: Inside My Grin
Shame we caught light of it
shame you were feeling sick
blame became part of it

and I wouldn’t approach the lip
till I could see the end of this

Where could we hide the myth
without calling all eyes to it?
since blame became part of it

and I shouldn’t approach the tip
of the iceberg they are floating in
still I keep this inside my grin
until time undoes the lie it spins
Track Name: Through the Night
Of all the places you did run
I found a matchbook with your name across the front
and wondered how you’d got so far
from all the hands that need you, begging for the things that you do now.

They held a mission in your name
and proved the theory wrong that you had been forsaken.
We guessed you wouldn’t be gone long –
you left the water running, didn’t stop to take hold of your son.

Honestly I can’t see
the through the night and what you came for;
the music that you killed for

and honestly I can’t be
what you wanted when you came for;
the music that you killed for.

You fall apart so easily,
despite moving oh-so-carefully.
Without losing everything you see
I just wish that you could see that

honestly I can’t see
through the light and what you came for
the music that you killed for

and honestly I can’t be
what you wanted when you came for
the music that you killed for.