Live at Philadelphia Folk Festival

by Matthew Gordon & Silvershade Scenery

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Recorded Live at the 58th Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival
August 17, 2019
Front Porch Stage
Recording Courtesy of The Philadelphia Folksong Society
Used with Permission of the Philadelphia Folksong Society and the Philadelphia Folk Festival

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released August 22, 2019

Matthew Gordon- Vocals, Dobro, Guitar
Zeek Mitchell- Keyboards, Vocals
Lee Vuotto- Bass
Michael G Ronstadt- Cello, Vocals
Ellen Houle- Drums

Album photo courtesy Jackie Porter
Profile Photo courtesy Ev Reheard

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Matthew Gordon & Silvershade Scenery Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Turning on a dime from soulfully funky to longingly wistful, Matthew Gordon & Silvershade Scenery, apply strong folk roots with a hard-driving sensibility. Recognizing the unique power that the combination of music and lyrics has on forging emotional connections with each member of the audience, the mission is completed to rocking effect with this electrifying band. ... more

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Track Name: 01-Phoenix
the sparks flew up and the snowflakes fell down
on the people all gathered on the outskirts of town
electrical guitars made majestical sounds
we would've spoke but we had nothing left to say

we wandered through the crowd, i held onto your hand
till we found ourselves there right in front of the band
i put my arms around you held you close and we danced
as that giant bird went up in flames

i looked into your eyes but there was nothing inside
it was clear we had come to the end of our ride
and this time we both knew when that phoenix burned down
there was nothing left in those ashes this time to rise from the ground

was there ever a time in this life i've been livin'
when my heart didn't feel it was locked in a prison
guilty as sin, with those sins unforgiven
but my case never even made it to trial

looking back i'm not sure what you wanted from me
i only know i wasn't treated like i wanted to be
i thought i was special but now i finally see
i was nothing to you all the while

i looked into your eyes but there was nothing inside
it was clear we had come to the end of our ride
and this time we both knew when that phoenix burned down
nothing was left in those ashes this time to rise from the ground

the days are now months, soon the months will be years
but the pain of the hurt never once disappears
it's useless to cry yet my eyes fill with tears
As the fire turns to embers, and the embers turn to smoke, and the smoke turns into ashes
Track Name: 02-I've Never Been This Old Before, But I'll Never Be This Young Again
What was that noise? Just be quiet for a second.
Was it some kind of rodent that the cat let in?
Did I leave the door open? I mean, I just can't even...
Well, come in relax and join me, I'm just sittin' down eatin'.
I'm just trying to keep going, it's good to see you my dear friends.
I've never been this old before- but I'll never be this young again.

Sometimes I feel so tired with the weight of the world.
People everywhere up front with their flags unfurled.
So many diseases that can never be cured.
People believing every crazy idea they've ever heard!
I'm just minding my own business, unless I've got a helping hand to lend.
I've never been this old before, but I'll never be this young again.

The past ain't gonna change, and the future's unknown.
What you do with the present is up to you alone.
It's not getting any better, of that there's no doubt.
So just take it while you can for what it is right now.

I'm finding it's a thin line 'tween a wish and a worry.
The future's gonna come, ain't no reason to hurry.
I don't need to borrow trouble. I don't need to feel sorry.
We won't know till then if it's a blizzard or a flurry.
Would you argue with a fish?
Would you try to debate with a hen?
I've never been this old before. But I'll never be this young again.
Track Name: 03-Take It Down Easy
The firewood's wet, my feet are cold and the engine's froze....but your light's on
Gotta find a way to roll through these empty shows...get a buzz on
A smile from that bartender girl woudl warm me down to my toes... I need some lovin'

Ahh, through gardens of greenery, ahhh, through silvershade scenery, ahh, what every boy needs to be, ahhh... take it down easy

You said, give me an inch and I'll take a mile... well, maybe
I said, come on for the ride, you might find it worthwhile... c'mon baby
Then again what's a ride like me got to offer you child....Lord save me

Ahh, through gardens of greenery, ahhh, through silvershade scenery, ahh, what every boy needs to be, ahhh... take it down easy

The truth is, I guess every now and then ....I kinda miss her
More like every now and every then... I wanna kiss her
Meanwhile, I like to remember that sneaky grin... it makes me shiver

Ahh, through gardens of greenery, ahhh, through silvershade scenery, ahh, what every boy needs to be, ahhh... take it down easy
Track Name: 04-Can't Hold On Much Longer
There’s a cowboy riding
driftwood down the gorge…
[tha]‘t’s fed by the river,
[tha]‘t’s fed by the spring,
from the hill with the ruined forge
He’s hanging on
for dear life
in the wild fury of the water
His knuckles are white
His knuckles are raw
And he can’t hold on much longer

Ho-o-old on, oh oh, oh oh
Ho-o-old on, hold on, oh oh

There’s a lonesome stranger
on a Greyhound bus
looking out a grimy window
[He]‘ sees a crowd of people
standing at the crosswalk
waiting for a chance to move
to the underground
to the escalators
to the elevators, to their penthouse rooms
He’s clutching his baggage
and his knuckles are white and raw
and he can’t hold on much longer

Ho-o-old on, oh oh, oh oh
Ho-o-old on, hold on, oh oh

There’s a woman out there
all dressed in grey
standing with a shovel in the meadow
She’s digging a hole
underneath the hot sun
but the rocks and stones won’t let her
Nothing’s growing here
It’s [a]‘s dry as a bone
She shakes the last drop out of a bottle
But a tear falls down
and her knuckles are raw
and she can’t hold on much longer

Ho-o-old on, oh oh, oh oh
Ho-o-old on, hold on, oh oh

Hand over that shovel
There’ll always be trouble
There’s gonna be some struggles
Along that road
Let go of that driftwood
I’ll take your burden
Take hold of my hand
you can lighten my load

Ho-o-old on, oh oh, oh oh
Ho-o-old on, hold on, oh oh
Track Name: 05-If I Stumble If I Fall
If I stumble if I fall
If I slide into the creek
If I trip along the train track
With these shackles on my feet
Would you pick me from the stickerbush
If I’m covered all in mud
Would you help me pull out all the thorns
And wipe off all this blood

I need to know Is your love true
Would you help me find my way back if I lost my way from you
I’m all alone And I’m running out of time
I need to know if you’re still out there and if I’m… still ever on your mind

When the dark clouds roll on in
All heavy with rain
When the winds begin to whippin’
All the troubles in my brain
Will you listen to my story
Will you hear the tale I tell
Through all the pounding thunder
And the ringing of the bells

I need to know Is your love true
Would you help me find my way back if I lost my way from you
I’m all alone And I’m running out of time
I need to know if you’re still out there and if I’m… still ever on your mind

My clothes are soaked right to the bone and I’m shivering inside
I don’t know where I’m going, I got no place left to hide

If I stumble if I fall
If I slide into the creek
If I trip along the train track
With these shackles on my feet
Would you pick me from the stickerbush
If I’m covered all in mud
Would you help me pull out all the thorns
And wipe off all this blood
I need to know Is your love true
Would you help me find my way back if I lost my way from you
I’m all alone And I’m running out of time
I need to know if you’re still out there and if I’m… still ever on your mind
Still ever on your mind
Track Name: 06-Best To Be Free
Everything here has all been here before
The wind and the waves and the sea and the shore
The songs that we sing are the notes that we hear
Things that we want are the things that are near

There’s thunder and lightning inside of the stone
And mountains and caverns you don’t walk alone
But shadows are turning back into the light
And pinnacles climbing down from a great height

The bird wants the sky and the sky wants the rain
The rain it wants to be ocean again
Rocks into sand and sand into sea
Everything’s trying its best to be free

The things we have lost will all come back again
Loved ones and lighters and misplaced red pens
Money in couches and lovers through doors
Will come back as something we’ve not yet looked for

So you the sweet ocean and you the soft sand
Were once walking with me and holding my hand
And the birds o’er the sea were once a dear friend
Everything circles and changes and bends

The bird wants the sky and the sky wants the rain
The rain it wants to be ocean again
Rocks into sand and sand into sea
Everything’s trying its best to be free
Track Name: 07-Stuck In Seekonk
Winds blow away the tracks in the snow.
How can I follow? Where can I go?
The trail disappeared long ago.
Not a trace up ahead, nor behind, nor below.

Snowflakes are falling. It's Valentine's Day.
It's piled so high the plows can't find their way.
It's 10 degrees now, but it feels 10 below.
Stuck here in Seekonk … now where can I go?

This place been a ghost town for years.
People pass through, but they never stay here.
There's no point in hanging around.
They board it all up till they tear it all down.

All you can do is just hope for the best.
Choose a direction let time do the rest.
Use the time wisely. It's all that you've got.
It’ll move right along if you're ready….. -or not.

I suppose that it's time that I went.
Saddle my pony, pack up my tent.
One step, two steps, three, four, five.

Savor being alive,
and know that you'll never arrive.
Track Name: 08-Alright
Leaves falling down, the kid’s back in school
Red yellow and brown, but the gold always rules
The sun will keep shining on the wise men and the fools
But if you wanna reap the harvest you gotta have the right tools

I’m drifting through the clouds and the papal addresses
Politicians saying they’ll clean up our messes
Economists and scientists and college professors
They’ll torture the data until it confesses

But the fresh wind is still blowin
The clean snow is still snowin’
I know it'll be alright
So let’s shake it up tonight

It’s hard to keep up with all these Kardashians
Surgical diets and plasticized passions
Everything that we need’s in our own reflection
But if it's something we can’t have, it becomes our obsession

I’m drifting through the clouds and the papal addresses
Politicians saying they’ll clean up our messes
Economists and scientists and college professors
They’ll torture the data until it confesses

But the fresh wind is still blowin
The clean snow is still snowin’
I know it'll be alright
So let’s shake it up tonight
The fresh wind is still blowin
The clean snow is still snowin’
I know it'll be alright
So let’s shake it up tonight
Shake it up tonight
Track Name: 09-See What Tomorrow
I got a bird that whistle
I got a bird that sing
Gonna see what tomorrow, see what tomorrow’s gonna bring

I got a bird that whistle
I got a bird that sing
And I’m not worried, I’m not worried ‘bout a thing

We don’t need no silver
We don’t need no gold
We got all of the love, all the love a heart can hold

Don’t the moon look good mama
Don’t the moon look sweet
Slidin’ on down, glidin’ down on into the trees

Don’t the moon look pretty mama
Don’t the moon look sweet
Shinin’ on down, shining down just for you and me

We don’t fear no thunder
We ain’t afraid of no rain
Our love is stronger, stronger than any old pain

So lay down now baby
Lay down and rest your head
Rest your head on your pillow, on your pillow on your cool soft bed

Goodnight silver moon
Sweet dreams black sky
Wake up with the sun, wake up with the sun and a smile

I got a bird that whistle
I got a bird that sing
Gonna see what tomorrow, see what tomorrow’s gonna bring
Gonna see what tomorrow, see what tomorrow’s gonna bring
Gonna see what tomorrow, see what tomorrow’s gonna bring
Gonna see what tomorrow, see what tomorrow’s gonna bring
Gonna see what tomorrow, see what tomorrow’s gonna bring
Gonna see what tomorrow, see what tomorrow’s gonna bring
Track Name: 10-Hey Pocky A-Way
Little bitty boy with a heart of steel
He can't boogie now
But his sister sure will
Feel good music
I've been told
Good for the body
And it's good for your soul
You can do it now
Hey hey hey
Hey pocky a-way
Lie back grooving
Drivin in your car
It don't make no difference where you are
Feel good music
In your soul
Make your body
Wanna rock and roll
come and sing it now
Hey hey hey
Hey pocky a-way

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