Four Minute Symphonies

by Maryjo Mattea

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In an effort to reduce waste and emissions, this EP will only be available via electronic download; no physical media (e.g., CDs, vinyl) will be produced featuring these songs.

Recorded and mixed by Scott Robinson (Sonic Sweets Sounds).

Mastered by Mark Peteritas (Working Man's Productions).

Cover art by Maryjo Mattea; photograph taken at the Chihuly Bridge of Glass at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington.

All songs written by Maryjo Mattea. ℗ Four Minute Symphonies 2016

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released April 28, 2016

Maryjo Mattea - vox, guitar, keys
Scott Manley - drums
Sam Barnes - bass
Todd Evans - guitar
Jonny Grave - guitar
Ellie Musgrave - cello

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Maryjo Mattea Washington D.C., D.C.

Washington, DC-based folk-pop-punk-rock songstress Maryjo Mattea captivates audiences with her uniquely melodic songwriting and hauntingly beautiful voice. She currently plays in the garage rock band, Two Dragons and a Cheetah, and in acoustic Beatles tribute act, Doctor Robert and Penny Lane. ... more

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Track Name: Four Minute Symphonies
There's a quiet avenue far outside this town
Where the children all come out and play
And the moms and dads all smile
They'll all be there for a while
They observe the tiny games safe in the shade

There are memories buried there deep beneath the ground
Tied up in the long roots of the trees
It's been five long years since we
Said goodbye
And wondered if we'd ever meet again

We had comedies and tragedies
And these four minute symphonies
Though they were written long before
And we don't live here anymore
The melodies and memories remain

Sing a song that makes me weep the tears of yesterdays
Sing a song that stands the test of time
And I'll see you there again
With a smile on your face
And I'll remember how it felt to let go

Of those comedies and tragedies
And these four minute symphonies
Even though we've all moved on
I still love to sing along
And reflect on how things came to be this way

There's a little girl outside with sadness in her eyes
Staring down the road that leaves this town
Someday soon she'll leave this place
And run far, far away
Never forgetting the events that paved her way

All the comedies and tragedies
And these four minute symphonies
Take them down off of the shelf
Let us relive what went before
We'll dance the way we did when we were young

When we were young...
Track Name: Rocket Science
I think I'm in trouble
What are we doing here?
It's getting cold outside
And I'm out here all alone
And I should know better than
To get caught up in these charades
But it seems my education fell short
Of common sense

I like to make plans
And know where I'm going
But this makes the kind of sense that doesn't
And I don't have a clue
Of what to do now
How to get from A to B
It shouldn't be rocket science
What we make of chemistry

I see you falling for me
Could I be falling for you?
Though fear is blinding
We keep winding up
Outside each other's doors
It's always something with you
Or another with me
Fumbling toward a destination
That's unknown and out of reach

So where do we stand
Somewhere that's in between
Fighting hard against the labels
We craved long before
I fight to hang on
To what's left of my sanity
And I fight to keep you from
Sinking down

But now you're falling for me
Could I be falling for you?
Though fear is blinding
We keep winding up
Outside each other's doors
It's always something with you
Or another with me
Fumbling toward a destination
That's unknown and out of reach

I think I'm in trouble
What are we doing here?
It's getting cold outside
And I'm out here all alone...


And now you're falling for me
Could I be falling for you?
Though fear is blinding
We keep winding up
Outside each other's doors
It's always something with you
Or another with me
Fumbling toward a destination
That's unknown and out of reach
Track Name: Getting Over You
Friends who turned lovers
Went back to being friends
But nothing's ever over
Because nothing ever ends
I thought that it'd be easier
With calmness to be found
But I fight the urge to kiss him
When there's no one else around

We spin circles in silence
And fall flat on the floor
But the stench of desperation
Is much harder to ignore
So we both will mind our manners
And get through another day
But I struggle still to find
A better way

Of getting over you
Getting over your auburn eyes
I want so much to linger
But you're not one for long good-byes
Letting go of a dream
The sweet and gentle reverie
Finding the strength to love you
As you slowly walk away

If my heart's just an organ
Then tell me why does it ache
When I think on all that's come to pass
And all of our mistakes
If these tears don't serve a purpose
Why do they flow from me like rain
When I know that they can't
Wash away the pain

Of getting over you
Getting over your auburn eyes
I want so much to linger
But you're not one for long good-byes
Letting go of a dream
The sweet and gentle reverie
Finding the strength to love you
As you slowly walk away

And even though you're incomparable
You're still emotionally unavailable
And I'm not unassailable
And so it's time to walk away

It's just so hard for me...

Getting over you
Getting over your auburn eyes
I want so much to linger
But you're not one for long good-byes
Letting go of a dream
The sweet and gentle reverie
Finding the strength to love you
And then slowly walk away
Track Name: We Were Here
Another week starts
Another broken heart
Guess that's how the story goes
The laughter and the cheer
The omnipresent tears
We all get knocked down
But we keep on dancing

Long ago we dreamed of settling down
And thought that happiness would follow in stride
Now I wonder how we could have been so long

So let's grab a sixer on a Saturday night
And we'll speculate about the meaning of life
And celebrate the fact that we're still alive
Let it be known that we were here
The good times are here and then gone
But we still have to keep moving on
So we'll hold our heads up high
While singing along
That I was here with you

The unexpected smiles
The errors and the trials
It's par for the course it seems
The sacred and profane
The blindingly mundane
When things fall apart
We'll put them back together

The plot lines always thicken and cross
But the heroes will stay the course
They have each other at the end of the day

So let's grab a sixer on a Saturday night
And we'll speculate about the meaning of life
And celebrate the fact that we're still alive
Let it be known that we were here
The good times are here and then gone
But we still have to keep moving on
So we'll hold our heads up high
While singing along
That I was here with you

The things we take in stride
The bumps along the ride
We've all heard this tale before
The ones who hold my hand
The ones who understand
I'm never alone
With you here beside me

[1, 2, 3, 4!]

So let's grab a sixer on a Saturday night
And we'll speculate about the meaning of life
And celebrate the fact that we're still alive
Let it be known that we were here
The good times are here and then gone
But we still have to keep moving on
So we'll hold our heads up high
While singing along
That I was here with you
Track Name: Happy New Year
Lost in self reflection
Consumed by introspection
Over these indiscretions
That we did not commit

The boulevard is blurry
And we are in such a hurry
To not be judged by this jury
Of persons far from peers

Our collective unconscious is bleeding in time
To the sound of our heartstrings' new lullaby

Tick tock, we can't stop moving
Face to face with the firing squad
No rest now for the weary
While the wicked ones applaud
Take heed to shield your faces
For judgment day is near
We can handle any hardship
If we can make it through this year

The winter hibernation
Brought spring and condemnation
Then summer's hesitation
Now we all look too the fall

There's a light in the darkness that struggling to shine
There's some remnant of hope in this hurt soul of mine

Tick tock, we can't stop moving
Face to face with the firing squad
No rest now for the weary
While the wicked ones applaud
Take heed to shield your faces
For judgment day is near
We can handle any hardship
If we can make it through this year

Our collective unconscious is bleeding in time
To the sound of our heartstrings' new lullaby

Tick tock, we can't stop moving
Face to face with the firing squad
No rest now for the weary
While the wicked ones applaud
Take heed to shield your faces
For judgment day is near
We can handle any hardship
If we can make it through this year
Track Name: Wish I May
It was a breath of fresh air
That washed over my face
But then it drifted away
And brought me back to this place
Thought I'd convinced myself
My will to love had gone
But then he spoke my name
And it proved me wrong

And now I walk alone under a cloudy autumn sky
I'd wish upon a star if I could find one out tonight

His smile made me smile
His laughter made me weak
I couldn't find the words
But didn't need to speak
I lost the urge to fight
The need to run and hide
When he touched my skin
It made me feel alive

But now those summer nights have gone and passed us by
The walk home is colder now and the chill might make me cry

Star light, star bright
Is there a star out tonight?
And while I wish I may, I wish you might
Find your way back to me tonight

I didn't know what to say
Didn't think anyone could make me feel this way

Maybe it's over now
Maybe it's time to go
Still I wonder if
He will ever know
What it meant to me
How he lit up my days
How my heart skipped two beats
When he looked my way

And now I still long for the sunlight in his eyes
But it's long past nightfall, so it's time to say good-bye

Star light, star bright
Is there a star out tonight?
And while I wish I may, I wish you might
Find your way back to me...

Star light, star bright
Is there a star out tonight?
And while I wish I may, I wish you might
Find your way back to me tonight