The Other Side

by Maryjo Mattea

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released November 8, 2019

All songs written and arranged by Maryjo Mattea with Eamonn Donnelly, Joshua Hunter, and Scott Manley
Additional lyrics on "The Other Side" by Cody Valentine
Additional arrangement on "Forces of Nature" and "The Other Side" by Melanie Cohen, Jason Mendelson, and Seth Spaulding
Recording, production, and engineering by Ben Green at Ivakota
Additional production and engineering on "Stages" by Kyle Downes
Mastering by Mark Peteritas at Working Man's Productions

Maryjo Mattea - vocals, guitar, keys
Joshua Hunter - guitar, percussion, backing vocals on "Stages"
Eamonn Donnelly - bass guitar
Scott Manley - drums, percussion
Cody Valentine - vocals on "The Other Side"
Alexandra Touzinsky - violin on "Stages"
Hannah Sternberg - cello on "Stages"

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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: A New Normal
Only 15 hours to go
Watching the clock with hawk-like gaze
There’s a new normal now
We’ll figure it out somehow
We’ll figure it out some day

Tell me a secret nobody knows
Whisper it to me before you walk away
I’m clinging to memories
And falling to my knees
Still singing the songs of yesterday

Back on east coast time for the show
But the center will call and take him away
All we get are moments now
Life is just moments anyhow
Gone tomorrow, but here today

Tell me a secret nobody knows
Whisper it to me before you walk away
I’m clinging to memories
And falling to my knees
Still singing the songs of yesterday

While inspiration’s on vacation
On location in Minnesota, we…

Tell me a secret nobody knows
Whisper it to me before you walk away
I’m clinging to memories
And falling to my knees
Still singing the songs of yesterday
Track Name: Forces of Nature
I don’t begin to even understand
The reason things are the way they are
The push, the pull, the seemingly alarming notion that
It’s all about to change
So why should I even attempt to try to resist
Or walk away

We could be all alone together
Or altogether alone
Just spots in space
In this place that we call home
It’s all arbitrary what’s ordinary
And what’s worth a second glance
Or a chance
That the whole could be greater
Than simply the sum of its parts

It’s been said that happiness makes for empty pages
And tragedies, they write themselves
Still every day we find a way
To make something into nothing
When there’s nothing left to say

It’s true at times that we are powerless against
Some forces of nature
The rise, the fall, the overwhelming urge to stand still
And remain right where we are
The earth, it turns, and we, we learn
And we do the very best we can

We could be all alone together
Or altogether alone
Just spots in space
In this place that we call home
It’s all arbitrary what’s ordinary
And what’s worth a second glance
Or a chance
That the whole could be greater
Than simply the sum of its parts
Track Name: The Other Side
Must have missed a memo
Didn’t see the signs
Living life on autopilot
Paying it no mind

Dreaming of a day
One without a grind
Knowing a better way
Must be out there

Wake up in Venice
Fall asleep in Rome
Seeking asylum
In places far from home

Walk through a door
Claim a sacred space
Test out your theories
About distraction

Welcome to your life
On the other side
Leave it all behind
Just say goodbye
Welcome to the days
You won’t live to regret
Now is the time, go and grab it

I know what I’m feeling
I know I gotta go, though I don’t know where I’m steering
And that is revealing
Realizing I’ve hit my ceiling
And it’s clear that anywhere but here is most appealing
You say that I’m blind
Or that I’m just wasting my time
But I peep how they stay in the line and that just ain’t my grind
I’m taking what’s mine
Reclaiming my divine shine
Bright now that I’m right on the other side

Welcome to your life
On the other side
Leave it all behind
Just say goodbye
Welcome to the days
You won’t live to regret
Now is the time, now is the time

Write me a letter
Drop me a line
I want to believe your truth is out there
Track Name: Candlelight and Roses
The last thing the world needs is another tortured love song
So why should I write this song for you?
And if I did, it’d all come out wrong
So tell me, what’s a girl to do?

We’ve all heard the tunes about forever
But forever won’t get me through the night
So how ‘bout we knock it off and just suffice to say
That, yeah, you’re okay, now let’s get on with our lives

I’ve suffered my fair share of pining
Didn’t get me anywhere but here
So tell me what’s the sense in whining
About some long lost loved one that you hold so dear

If he didn’t call you in the morning
Didn’t care enough to stay the night
You could sit up all night writing maudlin melodies
But let’s be honest, it’s just not worth the time

We don’t need candlelight and roses
And shut the fuck up about romance
Give me a call when you’ve got your shit figured out
And if I’m not home, you may have lost your chance
As far as love songs go, I think I’m gonna pass
Track Name: Stages
In some alternate reality
She opened up her eyes and looked around
And we sat there so impatiently
Desperate just to hear her make a sound

In that world no one watched
Red numbers falling
In that world no one said goodbye

No one knows how we’re supposed to function now
The silence is too real
The absence of a presence so commanding
And we’re not equipped to deal

Right now it’s hard to think that
The earth will keep on turning
How could we possibly have known

They say there are five stages you must go through
To come out the other side
It’s so easy to ignore them
To sleep, to retreat, to hide

It seems we’re all we’ve got now
Comrades in isolation
Who’ve got nowhere else to go

The ones who are left behind are the ones who suffer the time
The ones who are left behind are the ones who suffer the time
The ones who are left behind are the ones who suffer the time
The ones who are left behind are the ones who get more time

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