Candlelight and Roses

by Maryjo Mattea

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"Candlelight and Roses" simultaneously evokes classic '60s "wall of sound" vibes and early aughts pop punk feels. Complete with hand claps, Jerry Lee Lewis style piano, and Shangri-Las inspired backing vocals, this throw-back number is a song for the cynics. "The last thing the world needs is another tortured love song," Mattea sings, and yet that's what she's produced--a snarky anthem for anyone who's ever been fed up with modern courtship.


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


released June 14, 2019
Maryjo Mattea - vox, guitar, keys
Scott Manley - drums
Joshua Hunter - guitar
Eamonn Donnelly - bass

Produced and mixed by Ben Green (Ivakota)
Mastered by Mark Peteritas (Working Mans Productions)

Cover concept by Joshua Hunter
Cover photography and design by Eamonn Donnelly
Special thanks to Melanie Cohen as "Death"


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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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