The Joneses

by Maryjo Mattea

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released March 28, 2014

Maryjo Mattea - Vox, Rhythm Guitar
Scott Manley - Drums
Todd Evans - Lead Guitar
Sam Barnes - Bass

Recorded by Scott Robinson (Sonic Sweets Sounds) and Maryjo Mattea

Mixed and mastered by Mark Peteritas (Working Man's Productions)

Cover art by Russell Frost (Frost Imaging)

All songs written by Maryjo Mattea.



Acknowledgements:

This EP was the product of hard work and help from many people who I'd like to acknowledge here. Thank you to my incredibly talented friends, Scott Manley, Sam Barnes, and Todd Evans who wrote and executed amazing drum, bass, and lead guitar parts (respectively) for these songs that brought them to life; to Scott Robinson of Sonic Sweet Sounds for excellence in production, tracking, and editing; to Mark Peteritas of Working Man's Productions for brilliant mixing and mastering and for his immeasurable emotional and technical support throughout this process; to Russell Frost of Frost Imaging for the beautiful cover and promo photography; to Jenn LaBerge for her assistance in capturing the aforementioned photography; to Jeremy Mintz for his generosity in offering his bar, The Getaway, for a photo shoot during Sunday afternoon football; to my divorce attorney, Kenneth Jewell, for legally unbinding me from the toxic circumstances that inspired these songs; and last but certainly not least, to my family, friends, and fans who have supported my songwriting and music-making endeavors over the years.

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

Washington, DC-based songstress Maryjo Mattea captivates audiences with her uniquely melodic songwriting and hauntingly beautiful voice. Mattea’s music, which has garnered comparisons to Alanis Morissette, Liz Phair, and Jenny Lewis is the perfect hybrid of polished pop and raw rock.

She is also a member of Two Dragons and a Cheetah, Color Palette, Loi Lo,; and Endless Winter.
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Track Name: The Joneses
I'm going to a funeral today
For somebody who hasn't passed away
But for all intents and purposes
He isn't with us anymore

Disappeared before I could say goodbye
Left in his place a vacant salesman who would only make me cry
Now the lights inside this home, they merely flicker
Not long ago they used to shine

Everyone was looking to The Joneses
But The Joneses were looking at us
Spotlights showcase the main attraction
Now there's nothing to show
Appearances can be deceiving
To the point we believe them ourselves
Load up on lies and cheap deception

In just one moment he became a sad cliche
Turned his back and packed his bags and walked away
His "I Dos" were merely words
And his forevers didn't last for all that long

Sit back, relax, and let the trauma take its toll
Absorb the aftershocks of truth you could not have known
Just close your eyes and pray
That when you wake again the hope won't linger long

Everyone was looking to The Joneses
But The Joneses were looking at us
Spotlights showcase the main attraction
Now there's nothing to show
Appearances can be deceiving
To the point we believe them ourselves
Stop striving for their false perfection

Everyone was looking to The Joneses
But The Joneses were looking at us
Spotlights showcase the main attraction
Now there's nothing to show
Appearances can be deceiving
To the point we believe them ourselves
See past the smiles and pretension
Track Name: Fool Me Once
Hello my dear, how have you been
I know it’s been a while
You say you’re well, but I can tell
That there’s something in your smile

That wasn’t there so long ago
When sunlight filled your eyes
Now darkness is all that remains
Behind a bright disguise

I hope that you’re happy with this mess that you’ve made
And the body count along the way
You’re so good at pretending you may even fool yourself
But I won’t be fooled again

I don’t see why you feel the need
To remind me everyday
That in the end I had a choice
And I chose to walk away

Well it took years and too many tears
To find the strength to say
That a life of truth in solitude
Beat your mind fucks any day

I hope that you’re happy with this mess that you’ve made
And the body count along the way
You’re so good at pretending you may even fool yourself
But I won’t be fooled again

The best laid plans of mice and men often go askew
Which is how I ended up that day with no clue what to do
Neither poet nor pro do I claim to be, still I hate to sound cliche
But despite the scrapes and scars sustained I’m still alive today

If I knew then what I know now
Would I let it go so long
Or would I have cut ties and left the lies
And started moving on

When I looked around upon the ground
At the shards of glass on the floor
That’s when I should have known that I’d never find
Any comfort in those arms anymore

I hope that you’re happy with this mess that you’ve made
And the body count along the way
You’re so good at pretending you may even fool yourself
But I won’t be fooled
No I won’t be fooled
No I’ll never be fooled again
Track Name: Meaning of Life
Mr. Superstar
They all used to look at you in awe
But when you fell you fell down fast and hard
And now it's time to start again

Ms. Misfortunate One
These past few years haven't been much fun
Didn't deserve a life so burdensome
You'll get redemption in the end
You will my friend

We're all uncertain, we're all in pain
We're all out searching for something in vain
Hoping for karma, but settling for calm
Though never assuaged
Come form a circle and take my hand
We help each other to understand
That the meaning of life means nothing at all

Mr. Quiet Guy
Broken and jaded, it comes off as shy
Say you'll be better off alone this time
Then alone is what you'll be
This you'll see

Hey Dr. Drama Queen
Always stuck there in your in-between
Constantly balancing these vast extremes
Very soon you will be free
You will indeed

We're all uncertain, we're all in pain
We're all out searching for something in vain
Hoping for karma, but settling for calm
Though never assuaged
Come form a circle and take my hand
We help each other to understand
That the meaning of life means nothing at all

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