Invitation

by Matthew Heller

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Invitation
Matthew Heller
2013
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The album was produced by David Pollock at Super Natural Sound in Oregon City. Pollock’s audio verite approach to production is warm, defined, and gritty, the result of vintage equipment, tracking to tape, and a desire to capture the sweaty organic feel of musicians in the moment. Invitation features contributions from Tango Alpha Tango’s Nathan Trueb, slide guitar on “Jaclyn Of Spades,” Shenandoah Davis, vocals on “Dismay King,” and Heller’s close friend Katie Belle Van Zandt, daughter of Townes Van Zandt, whose artwork graces the album cover.
-KJXM Radio

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All songs written by Matthew Heller
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Produced, engineered, and mixed by David Pollock.

Recorded and mixed at Supernatural Sound.

Mastered by Timothy Stollenwerk at Sterophonic Mastering.

Matthew Heller: vocals, guitar, piano and Rhodes
Anthony Medici: drums, bass, guitar
Justin Chase: guitar, bass, vocals, kalimba, and banjo
Nathan Trueb: lap steel guitar on "Jaclyn of Spades"
Shenandoah Davis: vocals on "Dismay King"
Kyle Lockwood: cello on "Interlude"
David Pollock: synthesizers, guitar, and percussion

Album photography by Katie Belle Van Zandt
Heller High Water Records logo by Amanda Russel
Portrait photo by Robbie Augspurger Photography

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released 26 February 2013
Matthew Heller: vocals, guitar, piano and Rhodes
Anthony Medici: drums, bass, guitar
Justin Chase: guitar, bass, vocals, kalimba, and banjo
Nathan Trueb: lap steel guitar on "Jaclyn of Spades"
Shenandoah Davis: vocals on "Dismay King"
Kyle Lockwood: cello on "Interlude"
David Pollock: synthesizers, guitar, and percussion

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Matthew Heller Portland, Oregon

Matthew Heller grew up on a small farm in Portland, Oregon.
Singer-songwriter Matthew Heller’s rock n’ roll folk has the stories, the brave vulnerability, and the painful truths of traditional folk, but it’s just way, way louder. Heller’s unique blend of alt-rock catharsis and protest music messaging is potent and poignant.
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Track Name: Father's Son
Father's Son
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Matthew Heller
Invitation
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Well I come from Oregon,
born out of the mouth of a gun
use to watch the horses run,
now I am my fathers son,
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CHORUS: a thousand trains, run through these veins, silence machine, come take me home
Hot air balloon gonna take me up,
Over this city full of my bad luck,
Up and over the mountains grand,
Gonna drop me off in the promised land
CHORUS
Oh my sister what can I say,
you where born to grow by the river bank
and oh my sons what can I play,
slow motion suicide on the way yeah
CHORUS
And we all got beds to make,
We all got loves that were a waste,
Don’t get mad and don’t get crazed,
Ill be here for your hand to take,
CHORUS
Track Name: Space Girl
Juliet, your so young, I would like to do it to you
Juliet, your so fun, I would like to do it to you,
Juliet, your so dumb, I would like to do it do you,
No, No, No biting, No, no, no biting, no, no, no biting, yeah yeah yeah, yeah

Color me wild space girl, your friendship is such a cruel bummer, color me wild space girl, invitation to a massacre.
Track Name: Shake It
Oh kids, put them pencils down, shake your love-maker,
Oh girls, put that lipstick down, shake your love-maker,
Oh boys, put the microphone down, shake your love-maker,
Oh kids, put them beer-cans down, shake your love-maker!

Old King Cole was a mighty fine soul, and a mighty fine soul was he,
He called for his basses and he called for his drums and they hung him from the hang-man's tree. Old King Cole was a mighty fine soul, and a mighty fine soul was he,
He called for his basses and he called for his drums and they hung him from the hang-man's tree.

Oh kids, put that cool aid down, shake your love-maker,
Oh girls put them mittens down, shake your love-maker,
Oh boys put them kittens down, shake your love-maker,
Oh kids, make some noise right now, put down that newspaper!

Old King Cole was a mighty fine soul, and a mighty fine soul was he,
He called for his basses and he called for his drums and they hung him from the hang-man's tree. Old King Cole was a mighty fine soul, and a mighty fine soul was he,
He called for his basses and he called for his drums and they hung him from the hang-man's tree.

Oh girl dont you like to get so down, shake your love-maker,
Oh boy dont you like to bounce around, shake your love-maker,
Oh, Brass, put your weapons down, shake your love-maker,
Oh boys put that hash-pipe down, shake your love-maker!

Old King Cole was a mighty fine soul, and a mighty fine soul was he,
He called for his basses and he called for his drums and they hung him from the hang-man's tree. Old King Cole was a mighty fine soul, and a mighty fine soul was he,
He called for his basses and he called for his drums and they hung him from the hang-man's tree.

Oh kids let them break them door down, shake your love-maker,
Oh girls let them break the doors down, shake your love-maker,
Oh boys let them break those doors down, shake your love-maker,
Oh let me take you to the town, shake your love-maker!

Old King Cole was a mighty fine soul, and a mighty fine soul was he,
He called for his basses and he called for his drums and they hung him from the hang-man's tree. Old King Cole was a mighty fine soul, and a mighty fine soul was he,
He called for his basses and he called for his drums and they hung him from the hang-man's tree.
Old King Cole was a mighty fine soul, and a mighty fine soul was he,
He called for his basses and he called for his drums and they hung him from the hang-man's tree. Old King Cole was a mighty fine soul, and a mighty fine soul was he,
He called for his basses and he called for his drums and they hung him from the hang-man's tree.
Old King Cole was a mighty fine soul, and a mighty fine soul was he,
He called for his basses and he called for his drums and they hung him from the last piano key.
Track Name: Another Dose
Another Dose
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Matthew Heller
Invitation
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I couldn’t take you for another dose
Or your comatose,
Or that poison baby,
And what can I say through a low glucose,
To your bloody nose,
You know those little jars wont save me, yeah
and I wanna take you down,
when your feeling round, want you to feel what you’ve found yeah yeah,
and I want to bring you round, when your feeling down, why don’t you feel what you’ve found oh yea
honey take me on another ride,
to your darker side,
when I’m tempted baby,
you know I could never fit the crime, that you’ve designed, you know
you drive me crazy,
and I wanna take you down,
when your feeling round, want you to feel what you’ve found yeah yeah,
and I want to bring you round, when your feeling down, why don’t you feel what you’ve found oh yeah
come on baby put your fingers there, that’s how I like it yeah,
when I am making it up all on the spot,
do you like is in a little bow, or tie it in a knot, do ya want it cold or hot, baby
oh yeah, oh yeah, yeah-yeah-yeah, yeah.
And at the wedding did your mother cry,
when she realized,
that you’re just as deaf and blind as her,
and I hope in the insane asylum,
that it’s nice and quiet,
because that’s where you belong for sure.
Ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha!
Track Name: Interlude
Matthew Heller
Interlude
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Invitation
Track Name: Howdy From Hades
Howdy from Hades
Matthew Heller

Howdy from Hades
Read the postcard from Katie,
She said, ‘Detroit seems like a nice place to die…’
And if the drugs wont take me, and the saints wont save me,
Then I’ll just have to stare at the walls and cry. Cry, cry, cry.

Drunk into a stupor, drunk into the grave,
Shot into a dark hole, at the mouth of the bay,
And as the river ran past me, there was nothing I could do or say,
Except ‘I already sold my soul to the devil, how much more can a man pay?’

Hold me close now, cuz there aint no way out. Hold me close now, cuz there aint no way out. There aint no way out.

Howdy from Hades
Read the postcard from Katie,
She said, ‘Detroit seems like a nice place to die…’
And if the drugs wont take me, and the saints wont save me,
Then I’ll just have to stare at the walls and cry. Cry, cry, cry.

Drunk into a stupor, drunk into the grave,
Shot into a dark hole, at the mouth of the bay,
And as the river ran past me, there was nothing I could do or say,
Except ‘I already sold my soul to the devil, how much more can a man pay?’

Hold me close now, cuz there aint no way out. Hold me close now, cuz there aint no way out. There aint no way out.
Track Name: Mercy
Mercy
Matthew Heller

Aint no mercy when the sun goes down
And you think I woulda learned by now,
That the truth will kill ya anyhow,
That’s why shes leaving this town,
sun slice sharply on a torrid sky
single me out as I pass by
last thing I hear before I die,
surely be the sound of your lullaby
moon take me gentle up in your arms,
over the city and past the farms
into the place where our heart belong
into the ocean of no harm
aint no mercy when the sun goes down
Track Name: Man's Prayer
Man’s Prayer
Matthew Heller

Hello my name is the hills
Ive come to swallow you whole
Take your time and at my will these planes will soon be sold.
Hello my name is the trees,
Ive come to burn you alive,
Just the way you’ve done to me,
Here now take your pride.
All I want is to be ok all I want is nothing
Hello my name is the wind
Back and fourth ill take you
Into the mountain once again,
One day I will break you.
Hello my name is the flow,
Of the wild and restless river,
And I will take you, don’t you know,
Down to the ocean to pray
All I want is to be ok all I want is nothing
Hello my name is the rain commin down over head,
All these tears will have no end if no one can defend them
Hello my name is the oil, deep under the ground,
And all you’ve lost and all you’ve toiled soon will be found,
Soon will be found, yeah, I soon will be found, yeah, I soon will be found yeah, I soon will be found
Track Name: Drone Strike
Drone Strike
Matthew Heller

Drink beer, be a dick, and cause a ruckus,
Drink beer, be a dick, and cause a ruckus,

Brand new monkey coming to save my soul,
Brand new monkey is coming to take me home,
Brand new monkey commin' to kill us all,
Drone Strike, Drone Strike!

Drink piss, eat shit, and cause a ruckus,
Drink piss, eat shit, and cause a ruckus,

Brand new monkey coming to save my soul,
Brand new monkey is coming to take me home,
Brand new monkey commin' to kill us all,
Drone Strike, Drone Strike!

Drink piss, eat shit, and cause a riot,
Drink piss, eat shit, and cause a riot!

Brand new monkey coming to save my soul,
Brand new monkey is coming to take me home,
Brand new monkey commin' to kill us all,
Drone Strike, Drone Strike!
Track Name: Jaclyn of Spades
Jaclyn of Spades
Matthew Heller

Jaclyn of spades,
Where are you,
I will go wherever you want me to,
Carry that blade,
Close to your heart,
Jaclyn of spades,
Come to cut me apart.
Jaclyn of spades,
With your long brown hair,
And those big green eyes,
Well im trapped inside there,
Carry your pride close to your heart,
Jaclyn of spades,
Track Name: Sink or Swim
Sink or Swim
Matthew Heller


Its all just sink or swim,
Depends on the shape that your in.
You could watch me drown,
Or you could stick around,

Commin apart from side to side,
When theres no place left to hide,
I don’t need you, that’s what id do.

Sink or swim or you fall,
From a great height after all
I wish I knew,
What would you choose,

To stoke the fire on the flame,
Well there’s no one left to blame,
Except myself, except myself.
Evaporate underground,
Or leave it worse then you found,
You don’t need me, you don’t need me.

Telegraph to the blues,
Its an invitation to loose,
Telegraph to the blues,
Its an invitation to loose,
Track Name: Dismay King
Dismay King
Matthew Heller

Yesterday/ in the grey so called cityscape / it brings me down, turns me round, in so many ways

and what can I say? yeah what can I say? But it is okay, yeah it is okay.

Don’t be afraid, be afraid of anything, don’t bow down, don’t bow down to the dismay king.
Chorus
This car is so smoky and
My mind could just choke me
But these roads are only
As long as they are lonely
But the storm but the storm has just begun / to engulf, to engulf, engulf everyone
But the storm, but the storm, has just begun, to engulf, to engulf, engulf everyone
But its okay, its only rain and soon we’ll see the sun, yeah its okay its only rain soon we’ll see the sun –
Chorus
This car is so smoky and
My mind could just choke me
But these roads are only
As long as they are lonely

Yesterday and they say is the news to blame,
come with me, and ill give ya everything ya need
come with me ill never make you plead
come and all we’ll ever do is sing
don’t be afraid, don’t be afraid of anything, dont bow down, don’t bow down to the dismay king

This car is so smoky and
My mind could just choke me
But these roads are only
As long as they are lonely, yeah
Don’t bow down to anyone or anything, yeah don’t bow down don’t bow down to the dismay king! - Don’t bow down to anyone or anything, yeah don’t bow down don’t bow down to the dismay king!