Colour Film

by Matthew de Zoete

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Think of Nick Drake cheering up a bit and living long enough to work with Beck. Produced by Les Cooper, this album features an inspired rhythm section, lush keyboards, and sparkling pedal steel. Goes well with a dark room, good headphones, and a bottle of single malt.

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released May 8, 2012

Produced by Les Cooper.
Recorded and mixed by Adam King.
Mastered by Doug Sax.

All songs written by Matthew de Zoete, except 'Anything is Possible' and 'Criminal' written by Matthew de Zoete and Les Cooper.

Les Cooper - guitars, lap steel, harmonies
Stew Crookes - pedal steel on 5 and 10
Matthew de Zoete - vox, guitars
Julie Fader - harmonies on 2, 3, 7, and 11
Robbie Grunwald - keys, harmonies on 8
Adam King - organ on 7
Mark McIntyre - bass
Joel Stouffer - drums and percussion

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Matthew de Zoete Hamilton, Ontario

Imagine Nick Drake cheering up a bit and living long enough to work with Beck. That's the vision conjured by Matthew de Zoete on his latest album Colour Film - strong melodies and honest lyrics inhabiting a modern home. Produced by Les Cooper, the disc's inspired rhythm section, lush keyboards, and sparkling pedal steel call for a dark room, good headphones, and a glass of single malt. ... more

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Track Name: The Good Life
THE GOOD LIFE

i've got my hands in the sink
i'm washing dishes while the sun goes down
and from the shower you sing
about the night they drove old dixie down
i'm gonna take you out tonight

you're giving me the good life
you're giving me the good life

you're getting dressed in our room
i hear the tickin tack of high heeled shoes
the suns got nothing on you
and there is nothing i would rather do
than dance with you tonight

you're giving me the good life
you're giving me the good life

there's always something to celebrate
there's always nothing to hide
you are the greatest of everything
what a life

i've got these dish pan hands
you'll let them hold you til it's closing time
you like that look on a man
i'm gonna hold you til the morning shines
i'm gonna take you home tonight

you're giving me the good life
you're giving me the good life
Track Name: Lost at Dawn
LOST AT DAWN

i don't want to fear tomorrow
i don't wanna wake up like a loaded gun full of sorrow
from dreaming of the past
those dreams they find me in the morning
they push my back up against the wall with no warning
fire at first light
but i don't want to fear tomorrow

the houses where i used to live
the people and the love they used to give
when i was young
they've left me lost at dawn

the pale light creeping through the curtain
lifts the memories out from my eyes and leaves me hurting
in the cold sunrise
but i don't want to fear tomorrow

the houses where i used to live
the people and the love they used to give
when i was young
they've left me lost at dawn
they've come and gone
and i am lost at dawn
when i was young
i am lost at dawn

i don't need to lose my yesterdays
but i don't want to live my life stuck on the past
there was no golden age
Track Name: Anything is Possible
ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE

i woke up dreaming of your face again
the ocean blue in your eyes
your mouth was calling out my name again
to build a boat to sail to you

anything is possible
anything is possible
anything is possible
anything is possible

so many years have slid beneath the waves
so much has drowned in the tide
if i never wash up on your shore again
i'll lay and dream of you tonight

anything is possible
anything is possible
anything is possible
anything is possible

i saw an osprey today
so far inland from the coast
so anything is possible
anything is possible
anything is possible
anything is possible
anything is possible
Track Name: Criminal
CRIMINAL

take a breath like a criminal and try to meet your eye
i'm a dead man buying time
you look at me like a winnower
for truth among the lies
you left your question dangling naked in the sky

anyone can talk it's easy to do
talk of love, but can you give me proof?

come at me like a cannonball
aimed right between the eys
gasoline thrown on a fire
and i feel like a silhouette caught stealing in the light
you push me up against the wall and ask me what's inside

anyone can talk it's easy to do
anyone would say we're lost sometimes
anyone would say we're lost sometimes

take a pull on a cigarette and walk into the night
i'd turn to salt if i looked back
and i feel like a widower burying his wife
who do you mourn when she's the one who's dressing you in black?

anyone would say we're lost sometimes
anyone would say we're lost sometimes
anyone would say we're lost sometimes
Track Name: Mexico the Free
MEXICO THE FREE

my love's gone to mexico
deep beneath the sun
she'll never see the likes of all this ice and snow
she left at home

she's down in some border town
or beside the sea
forgetting what she's lost and loving what she's found
mexico the free

mexico, mexico
mexico always on my mind

she'll dance in the old town square
when the little bands play
with someone in her arms and roses in her hair
she'll be swept away

to mexico, mexico
mexico always on my mind

mexico, mexico
mexico always on my mind

my love's gone to mexico
deep beneath the sun
she'll never see the likes of all this ice and snow
all this ice and snow
she won't come home
Track Name: Going Nowhere
GOING NOWHERE

another town tonight
a bar with neon lights
all the locals sit there looking for a fight
above the empty chairs
the hockey game blares
no one notices you're there

stay home tonight
you're going nowhere here
and you're going nowhere fast
stay home tonight
you're going nowhere now
and you're gonna get there fast

when you look in the mirror
you wish that you weren't here
ten thousand miles from everything that you hold dear
in a world of philistines
you're david with a sling
but you got nothing up your sleeve

stay home tonight
you're going nowhere here
and you're going nowhere fast
you should have stayed home tonight
you're going nowhere now
and you're gonna get there fast
you'll get there fast
Track Name: Colour Film
COLOUR FILM

i saw you on a super eight
laughing in the midst of your family
i saw you on a colour film from 1963
and i saw you and your sisters smile
swinging with your cigarettes and your songs
i saw you and your sisters smiling
laughing and singing along

i thought your life was black and white
but it's colour now
i thought your life was black and white
but it's colour now
it's colour now to me

i saw you on your brother's farm
wearing rubber boots lend a hand with the sheep
i saw you take your brother's arm
and wipe your face on his sleeve
here's a sunday at niagara falls
just a picnic with the children out on the grass
how is it that after all the present turns to the past?

i thought your life was black and white
but it's colour now
i thought your life was black and white
but it's colour now
it's colour now to me

half of these people have all gone into the ground
it's like a silent film the sound gets left behind

i thought your life was black and white
but it's colour now
i thought your life was black and white
but it's colour now
it's colour now to me

i saw you on a super eight
living in the family history
i saw you on a colour film and you
you looked just like me
Track Name: Nothing Special
NOTHING SPECIAL

you'd better close your sleeping bag you'll let the draft back in
another night for the record books just listen to that wind
there's nothing more to do now you should sleep a little bit
you could count a few more sheep i'll keep the fire lit

but i ain't nothing special
to get you through this night
i ain't nothing special
i ain't nothing special
to get you through this night

they always say it's calmest in the centre of the storm
all around the air is cold but your blood is warm
and you could dream a golden life hawaii in the sun
you'd better wipe your lying eyes when the dream is gone

'cause i ain't nothing special
to get you through this night
i ain't nothing special
i ain't nothing special
to get you through this night

and you could dream a golden life hawaii in the sun
you'd better wipe your lying eyes when the dream is gone

i ain't nothing special
to get you through this night
i ain't nothing special
i ain't nothing special
to get you through this night
Track Name: Who Do You Think You Are?
WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?

i can show myself the door 'cause i'm leaving
and if i don't come back for more you'll know
you'll know you're the reason
you're like a cloud in the sunshine
we're all having a good time
and you're threatening rain

i don't know you anymore you're a stranger
so who were you before you changed?
you make me sorry i came here
you're like a drunk at a wedding
always willing and ready
to start a fight on the floor

and who do you think you are?
who do you think you are?

if i don't see you anymore now or later
and you don't knock on my door or call
you would do me a favour
you're like a dog in a corner
kicked around by your owner
and now you're showing your teeth

who do you think you are?
who do you think you are?
Track Name: We're Dying
WE'RE DYING

it's strange to feel this cold to the woman who's my wife
but i guess that there's a first time for everything in life
and we both know life ain't fair

i dreamed that you've been sleeping with someone we both know
i dreamed that i have left you sometime long ago
i wake up and you're still there

but i think we're dying
we're dying
we're dying and sometimes i dont' care

i don't feel that spark when my fingers touch your sking
sometimes it feels like work, sometimes it feels like sin
there's no more magic in your hair

and i think we're dying
we're dying
we're dying and sometimes i dont' care

do you hear me? you sit and stare
i'm looking at you but you're not there
i watch you vanish in the air
and we're dying

what else should i say to you, what else should i do?
where we go from here i leave that up to you
but everything has been laid bare

and i think we're dying
we're dying
we're dying and sometimes i dont' care
Track Name: Hunter's Moon
HUNTER'S MOON

i'll wait for you til this fire dies
until the smoke invades the corners of my eyes
i'm gonna hold my breath all night
and listen to the owls as they cry

the midnight chorus
here in the forest
deep in the shadows underneath the hunter's moon
and they're singing for us
deep in the forest
i want to see you underneath the hunter's moon

now all the stars come out to shine
around the northern anchor in the sky

and they're shining for us
above the forest
i want to see you underneath the hunter's moon
deep in the shadows underneath the hunter's moon

i'll wait for you til the moon goes down
the hunter laid to rest six feet in the ground

but now the night's before us
here in the forest
deep in the shadows underneath the hunter's moon
i want to see you underneath the hunter's moon