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released April 12, 2017

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THE WELCOME MATT San Francisco, California

Tirelessly touring and recording, the Bay Area-via-New England songwriter recently signed a publishing deal with Wixen Publishing, joining an impressive artist which includes Tom Petty and Weezer. Co-wrote a top-40 European hit “San Francisco,” by Cascada, a song with which the German Dance pop group also took to #15 on the German charts.
Watch for the 2014 release POPJUNK FLUFF and HYPE.
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Track Name: Boutique City
BOUTIQUE CITY
They’re the nouveau Riche
Of boutique city
The Nouveau Riche
Of Boutique city

Nice guys finish last
I hate to tell you
Nice guys finish last
That be can’t true
This whole place is up for sale
If you got the millions
Maserati’s park for free
Out in front of city hall

Girls get treated bad
No surprise about that
Girls get treated bad
You know that’s true
Pack up that canvas and paint
Close down that art space
Open up the gold mine
All things must gentrify

Don’t be that Techie
Living in the tent city
Got your college degree
Thought it would you set you free
If you had that one idea
just that one million dollar idea
But the rest of your mind is blank
Is that rest of your mind blank ?

Turned off all the lights in the under ground
Everyone you know been kicked out
Every gold rush has got to have a silver lining
Track Name: Apathy
APATHY
6X
Everybody seems to be a ghost or in coma
All the kids just walk off into space
But I’m working on my online presence
Changed my profile pick 3 times this week
I’m not sure if what I’m reading is true or fake
Zombie apocalypse has already taken place PRECHORUS
Now I see Now I SEE
That Apathy is my enemy
Arrogance is ignorance
Ignorance is which what you have yet to see
Empathy beats bigotry all the time
PERCUSSIVE BREAKDOWN
So many dirty tricks to get your money
They’ve got your info and your identity
All these politicians don’t represent me
All my life they’ve said they’ll help me
Same old pile of shit get higher
The strategy of divide and conquer PRECHORUS
CHORUS 2X PERCUSSIVE BREAKDOWN/LEAD
Working twice as much as ever
Can’t pay off my loans or move up the ladder
No overtime pay but don’t complain
There’s always someone cheaper to take your place
Pray to the Multinational corporations
The spirit guides of every nation
CHORUS
Now I see Now I SEE
That Apathy is my enemy
Arrogance is ignorance
Ignorance is which what you have yet to see
Empathy beats bigotry

APATHY

Everybody seems to be a ghost or in coma
All the kids just walk off into space
But I’m working on my online presence
Changed my profile pick 3 times today
I’m not sure if what I’m reading is true or fake
But the zombie apocalypse has already taken place
Now I see Now I see now I see I believe I believe
That Apathy is my enemy
Arrogance is ignorance
Ignorance is which what you have yet to see
Empathy beats bigotry all the time

So many dirty tricks to get your money
They’ve got your info and your identity
All these politicians don’t represent me
All my life they’ve said they’ll help me
Same old pile of shit just getting higher
It's the strategy of divide and conquer

Working twice as much as ever
Can’t pay off my loans or move up the ladder
No overtime pay but don’t complain
There’s always someone cheaper to take your place
Pray to the Multinational corporations
The spirit guides of every nation

Now I see Now I SEE
That Apathy is my enemy
Arrogance is ignorance
Ignorance is which what you have yet to see
Empathy beats bigotry
Track Name: The Man in the Golden Tower
The Man in the Golden Tower

He’s a hamster on a wheel,
He’s addicted to the deal
He’s mostly fake barely real
Got that alpha male appeal

It’s all an act he knows no facts
What he touches turns to crap
Lighting fuses setting traps
He’ll take the train right off the tracks
He’ll take the train right off the tracks

He’s no All American---He’s no All American
He’s the man in the golden tower

The maker of haters
The destroyer of words
He’s got the wealth to suppress you
He’s got the greed to oppress you

He’s a sex offender
With the corporate agenda
We’re just mice in the maze
Of his predator game

The asshole boss at work
Who doesn’t care if your hurt
He’s the bully by the swings
A spoiled brat with wings

He’s only here via apathy
He has no shred empathy
He’s got a footprint like vegas
When he fails he’ll blame us
When he fails he’ll blame us





The Man in the Golden Tower

He’s a hamster on a wheel,
He’s addicted to the deal
He’s mostly fake barely real
Got that alpha male appeal

It’s all an act he knows no facts
What he touches turns to crap
Lighting fuses setting traps
He’ll take the train right off the tracks
He’ll take the train right off the tracks

He’s no All American---He’s no All American
He’s the man in the golden tower
He's the man in the golden tower

The maker of haters
The destroyer of words
He’s got the wealth to suppress you
He’s got the greed to oppress you

He’s a sex offender
With the corporate agenda
We’re just mice in the maze
Of his predator game


He’s no All American---He’s no All American
He’s the man in the golden tower
He's the man in the golden tower


The asshole boss at work
Who doesn’t care if your hurt
He’s the bully by the swings
A spoiled brat with wings

He’s only here via apathy
He has no shred empathy
He’s got a footprint like vegas
When he fails he’ll blame us
When he fails he’ll blame us

He’s no All American---He’s no All American
He’s the man in the golden tower
He's the man in the golden tower
Track Name: The Latest One To go
THE LATEST ONE TO GO
Hot Summer night/the stars are aligned
But the future moves in mysteriously
Then it’s flashing blue and red/Pullover to the side
Keep your hands where they can see’em (rest)
Who was the latest the latest one to go?
Who was the latest the latest one to go?
All slow movements/do nothing unexpected
Comply with all demands
Yes sir no sir/don’t move a muscle
Ask not to be shot (rest)
Who was the latest the latest one to go?
Who was the latest the latest one to go?
Na na na Na na
End of the day/driving home from work
Lots of hours for lousy pay
Hands on the wheel/look em in the eye
Make sure they know you’re a human being
Followed all the rules/Saw it on the news
Never thought it’d happen to you
Broken tail light/the next thing you know
Your fightin for your life(rest)
Who was the latest the latest one to go?
Who was the latest the latest one to go?
The worst kind of fame by viral video
Let’s plant seeds for a different kind of world to grow
What do you have to do to have justice take ahold
It’s justice it’s justice
Who was the latest the latest one to go?
Who was the latest the latest one to go?
Na na na Na na
Track Name: Drone Pilot Blues
DRONE PILOT BLUES
He walks in silence down the street
No one suspects a thing
On any given day
He could kill a king
He’s got his own parking spot
Close to where he shops
He’s good at video games
For his job that means a lot (He makes things go)
BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM
BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM
He’s the harbinger of doom
He’s got the Drone Pilot Blues
Could use a pat on the back
When he’s out the the boys
He wants to spill his guts
Secrecy is driving him nuts
Is what he does just ?
With no judge no jury ?
As the executioner
He starting to worry
(When he makes things go) CHORUS
Picks up the kids from school
But can’t look them in the face
All day long Daddy was
Shooting missiles all over the place
He rarely knows who he kills
He rather not know the name
When Innocent until proven guilty
Never comes into play
(He makes it all go ) CHORUS
Now he’s losing his faith
Pulling on his hair
Nothing seems to make sense
He never thought he’d care
He wakes up his wife
In the middle of the night
Stands up in the bed
And screams out his head
(I make things go )CHORUS


DRONE PILOT BLUES
He walks in silence down the street
No one suspects a thing
On any given day
He could kill a king
He’s got his own parking spot
Close to where he shops
He’s good at video games
For his job that means a lot (He makes things go)
BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM
BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM
He’s the harbinger of doom
He’s got the Drone Pilot Blues

Could use a pat on the back
When he’s out the the boys
He wants to spill his guts
Secrecy is driving him nuts
Is what he does just ?
With no judge no jury ?
As the executioner
He starting to worry
(When he makes things go)
BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM
BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM
He’s the harbinger of doom
He’s got the Drone Pilot Blues

Picks up the kids from school
But can’t look them in the face
All day long Daddy was
Shooting missiles all over the place
He rarely knows who he kills
He rather not know the name
When Innocent until proven guilty
Never comes into play
(He makes it all go )

BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM
BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM
He’s the harbinger of doom
He’s got the Drone Pilot Blues
Now he’s losing his faith
Pulling on his hair
Nothing seems to make sense
He never thought he’d care
He wakes up his wife
In the middle of the night
Stands up in the bed
And screams out his head
(I make things g )
BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM
BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM
He’s the harbinger of doom
He’s got the Drone Pilot Blues
BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM
Track Name: What Are You Waiting for ?
WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR ?

What are you waiting for?
Even stars of star-crossed
lovers have to fall
You heard the bell now answer the call.
What are you waiting for?
Half the time your all alone.
The other half is out there chasing gold.
Don’t wait for your dreams to die.
Life is just like a song
Silence comes after the music gone
Time for change most all the time
As the years go on and on
Your gonna have to talk about it to someone
What are you waiting for?
Played by the rules all along
but, those sociopaths will work you to the grave
What are you waiting for?
You hear the bell now answer the call
Even stars of star-crossed lovers have to fall
What are you waiting for?
The sun has risen outside the prison
I bet you never thought you’d be here for so long
A little too quiet a little too shy
Around so much venom and so much rage
Anymore excuses to make you stay ?
Pull from your center pull from your core
Your boat awaits on your the shore
The game is rigged but, empathy will keep you strong
What are you waiting for?
Pack your bags leave this place
Just leave a light on for me, let know that you’ve gone

Baby What cha ya waiting for? Even stars of star-crossed lovers have to fall
Track Name: No Enemies
NO ENEMIES
He felt cast out/ cut off from society
So he lashed out with a gun’s awful sound
An act of lost hope/One more tragedy
He turned everyone into his enemy
He didn’t need more enemies He needed allies
Not more enemies
Shot down in the street/By the powers that be
In your own country/ Not seen as a human
A father or a son only profiled as a thug
It’s no wonder the majority looks like the enemy
But I don’t want to be your enemy
We need to stop making more enemies
We don’t need anymore enemies
If I start a war invade your country
For your energy If my soldiers accidentally
Killed you’re family would not turn against me ?
Our own worst enemies
Were all connected spinning around the sun
Were all connected spinning around the sun

I saw a picture/A woman in Baton Rouge
Standing against an army
She stood there so delicately
More powerful than guns could ever hope to be
The sum of all empathy
She didn’t need enemies
I don’t know enemies
The world doesn’t need more
Enemies\No more enemies
Track Name: My Town
MY TOWN
Tony came from the Midwest to get his piece of the pie
So he moved out to San Francisco where glass towers prick the sky
Now he’s not a bad kid but he’s not a good on either
You know he never really thought about it that much
He could have struck it rich anywhere but he headed out west to the tech gold rush
Now he’s got a brand car and brand new friends they’re running reds lights with top down singing
My Town My Town everyone should have atleast one
My Town My Town go out and get yourself one
Martha came from Florida State and she can’t believe it’s called fair market rate
Three thousand for some craphole in Bernal Heights
You know the landlords is laughing all the way to the bank
She thought she’d move her way up the ladder maybe start a family some day
But now that she’s free she’s re-thinking everything not exactly sure what to do with her life
She thought she was looking for the perfect husband but now she might be looking for the perfect wife….and she’s singing, singing
My Town My Town everyone should have atleast one
My Town My Town sometimes you got to take it from someone
My Town My Town everyone should have atleast one
My Town My Town go out and get yourself one.
Loves my hates me burns me saves Loves me hates me burns me save me
Now Little Tine and Surfer Mel they are the creative types
Been here through all the busts and booms all the earthquakes and Castro Halloween nights
KUSF went off the air Marlene’s closed down they knew they were in for a big long fight
Now they’re doing everything they can performance art, poetry, music and modern dance
Scraping by in a rent controlled pad they still think this city has a chance and
they’re singing, singing
My Town My Town everyone should have atleast one
My Town My Town sometimes you got to take it from someone
My Town My Town everyone should have atleast one
My Town My Town go out and get yourself one
Track Name: Come Alive
COME ALIVE
Your asleep at the wheel, how the hell did you get here ?
Phoning in from a dark side, do you know how you feel ?
Pacified by distractions, meanwhile they take everything they can steal
Come alive Come alive Come alive
Wake up, Get up, Stand up
Turn on your mind turn wise people
Come alive Come alive Come alive PEOPLE
You arrive with stacked deck, not everyone’s out to get you
Need real distinction heading to a sixth extinction
Conquered by division, looks like collusion
You’ve been conned con con convoluted
Come alive Come alive Come alive
Wake up, Get up, Stand up
Turn on your mind turn wise people
Come alive Come alive Come alive PEOPLE
Do you know where you’re from? Born with a skeleton key
Forgot about democracy, Forgot about history,
Genocide and slavery, so conveniently
Your not alone, All heroes return home
Come alive Come alive Come alive
Wake up, Get up, Stand up
Turn on your mind turn wise people
Come alive Come alive Come alive PEOPLE
Track Name: Feel Something
FEEL SOMETHING

He wanted her, saw she was special
She has a bright-ness about her not easy to measure
She opened up her heart but, he could not receive
He had a strange cold wall within through which he could not see
He wanted what she had but, it’s not something one can lend
He was a broken mirror, it pushed him over the edge
CHORUS
If only he could just feel something feel something
Break on through, break on out, break on in, break on down

She was like a poem, he could not understand
He burned with a cold heart , he was a calculated man
He stole all her money, he gave her all the blame
He was so jealous of her gifts, a predator with no pain
The harder he tried to hurt her the brighter she shined
He finally left her alone she knew how to survive
CHORUS
If only he could just feel something feel something
Break on through, break on out, break on in, break on down

Now he stares out the window of his sky scraper of doom
A monument to narcissism, with a 1000 empty rooms
He’ll start a war for their personal gain
He’ll take advantage of whoever thinks he is sane
The world is filled with all types of sociopaths
They don’t feel nothing and they don’t fear nothing
She now knows the truth of the weakness of power
She’s the one who broke the grip of the man in the Golden tower
Track Name: The Boon
THE BOON
She’s offline watching the clouds go by in silence
No screens no chats no virtual reality traps
Just beautiful imperfections
She’s wrapped her mind around it
She knows what the world is for
He’s the bullet/He’s the gun/He’s the fist/ the broken one
She’s got the heart/the open sun/the giver of life the mother and son
She ran the maze opened the door killed the minotaur she’s seen enough
can’t see no more of broken world
He’s become richer more than anyone should be
He’s all our bad deeds and karma the epitome our greed
He’s casting a shadow but she’s planting seeds
For a new world with new beliefs
She’s the light she’s the light he wishes he had
He’s the bullet/He’s the gun/He’s the fist the broken son
You can be the door Faced the minotaur

He watching the clouds glide past from the tower
She watches them too from the park ubiquitous always changing form
He took everything she lives in the streets
But she’s free by empathy and ready to lead
She’ll return all that he stole all the steel and gold

A will of it’s own
The infinite has spoken in hushed tones in whispers on human lips
Track Name: More Empire Days
MORE EMPIRE DAYS
I can see it from my living room
A cold glass and steel tower of doom
You can see it from everywhere that means it can see you too
They work 24/7 they never stop
They’re building it higher and higher with no end and no top
At night it’s lit up beautifully like a Christmas tree
But there’s no giving here it’s only purpose is to take from you and me
A monument of gold for our Empire we used to call a Democracy
It’s going to get stranger It’s going get stranger
They’re going to want more empire days
They’re going to want more endless war and Guantanamo Bays
They’re going to want more prisons more guns in the streets
They’re going to want more surveillance and militarized police
They’re going to want us to keep us fighting amongst ourselves so we are blind to what they need
To keep building it higher impossible to climb impossible to climb for the 99
They say it’s never enough never profitable enough
They keep it going with payoffs, dirty tricks and blackmail
Then say “there’s nothing we can do to stop now it’s too big to fail”
The lust for gold has led us so far from the trail
The biggest monster now the world has ever seen
Always hungers for more power and mindless greed
It needs more bullets more blood more hate and less love
But there’s nowhere they can hide nowhere they can hide… from the 99
We don’t need more empire days
We don’t need more endless war more Guantanamo Bays
We don’t need more private prisons or kids shot down in the streets
We don’t need more surveillance and militarized police
We don’t need to keep fighting ourselves so we are blind to what we need
We don’t need more empire days
No more empire days
No more empire days