Come Starving, Leave Hungry

by Matt Van Winkle

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released July 27, 2017

Mixed by Brian Hobart at Lemon Tree Audio

Mastered by Bernie Nau at Peachfork Studios

Recorded in various locales by Eric McCann, Matt Van Winkle, Chris Jones, Cameron Squire, Kevin Sport, and Marshall McDaniel

Produced by Matt Van Winkle, Brian Hobart, and Eric McCann

Album Artwork by Michael Van Winkle


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Matt Van Winkle Los Angeles, California

Songwriter and bandleader Matt Van Winkle writes songs that are portable vistas - small & grandiose, like a postcard thumb- tacked to the wall above a bed. Repeated listens are rewarded with new imaginative connections. A former NYC anti-folk hero-turned CA dreamer, he continues to find the songs that so far have been missing. ... more

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Track Name: Let's Fall off the Mainland
Tonight the world's a shoreline
We'll eat the stars and moon
They're only made of butter
There's only me and you.

It feels so good, just to hold you
And be so tightly held.
You say you feel like a teenager
I feel like one as well.

Let's fall off the mainland
(Fall off rollin', just keep holdin' on)
Track Name: Big Tall Famous Buildings
Baby, baby - why'd you do me this way?
These big tall famous buildings have no feelings at all.

Baby, baby - I throw my heart at your feet.
These big tall famous buildings have no feelings at all.

You give your word to me, then go and break it.
If you don't want my heart, don't take it.

Baby, baby - sometimes love's not enough.
These big tall famous buildings have no feelings at all.
Track Name: Long Way
It's not a long way, it's just a half-day's drive
along a highway, her name on every sign.

I'll blunder through the thunder,
Reach her harbor light.
We'll build a boat that will not sink under.
We'll build a boat that will sail all right.

No more sad days, I've got a pathway out.
She knows the only way to speak without a sound.

We're not at home to strangers.
Go and draw a bath.
Now, who let in this fool in slippers?
This man who's just a million laughs?

We're on our way now.
Track Name: It's Over
Hold on to the past - never let it go.
It's gone in a flash, but never really goes.
Hold to the lies that are revealed,
All of the truths that we conceal,
And every false thing you're sure is real.
I've only come to warn ya.

Come starving, leave hungry.
Save space for what's to come.
Big cars arriving in the last rays of the sun.
Look past the lines upon your face
Make room for the thing that must replace
The love that left, that only left a trace.
But don't say I didn't warn ya.

Don't wait too long - don't wait too long.
It's over.
Track Name: Two Smugglers
All the trees we used to climb
have been chopped down in turn.
To smoke the sky, and make us smile, as winter burned.

Put on your boots, we'll have a look around,
while the world's all covered up.
Could two smugglers anywhere be found to compare with us?

I'll go with you
You come with me
Meet me back here in the morning
I'll go with you.

We crossed the border, and no one saw
The gold that we concealed.
But when the fat man placed it on his scale
He said it wasn't real.
Track Name: King of Montana
The sidewalk's cracked,
The roots growing under destroying the works of man.
The city of Los Angeles proper
is canceled in event of rain.

Out in the desert hills there's a barroom,
Famous the world around.
Paid-off police issuing tickets
if you get up to dance to the band's new sound.

And it hurts so bad,
Sometimes this shit must drive you mad.

Hang a left just past Nevada.
Cut up through Idaho.
Should you see the King of Montana,
Avert your eyes and bow down low.

Don't you work no more,
Don't you scrub that floor,
Until you're quite sure
Just who it is you're working for.

There you go now
Heading out on your own again.
Everything is gonna be fine.
Track Name: Am I Your Type?
We were just two worried people
Trying hard to fit in
"Would you like to be my girlfriend?
Would you like to be my girlfiend," I said.

So we moved together
to an upstairs apartment.
I adopted a kitten.
"I think things could be different", you said.

Somehow between all the laughs,
the two of us forgot to ask:
Am I your type? Am I your type?
I'm trying to get over you.

Now I am so happy
You have found another
And I won't run for cover.
No, I won't run for cover at all.

Somehow before the wedding mass,
the two of us forgot to ask:
Am I your type?

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