elephant

by Matthew the Oxx

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about

Love is a hard tale to tell without becoming too specific or subjective so I hope that with elephant I have gone some way towards doing such a universal tale some justice. Most importantly I have tried to be lyrically honest, a lot of the words have come straight from the poetry I write which is something I've not attempted before. The production here harks at my roots as the son of a new age composer so there is a lot of space, this feels very natural to me. In all, I have done my utmost to allow these songs to speak on their own terms.


'Unforgettable poetic narrative through the heights and depths of love' Dave Clark - Americana UK

'songs that sort of come into your consciousness from the left field and stay there' Neil King - FATEA

'évocations poétiques et des métaphores douces qui emportent' Deb Cukier - Pause Musicale

'As always, something different attracts. And different is definitely ‘Elephant’' Charlie Elland - Folk Words

'[on elephant] I put it on and I was absolutely blown away' Rick Stuart - Roots & Fusion

'very crisp and confidently delivered' Steve Lamacq - BBC6

credits

released 31 December 2013

elephant is co-produced by Matthew and Jeremy Conlon of Left of Elephant Studios in Sydney, Australia

Matthew plays banjo, guitar and sings throughout
Allegra Oldfield plays piano
Beck Flatt plays drums
Matt White plays bass
Jeremy Conlon plays samples, some rhythm and a melodica

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Track Name: The Boy Inside the Bubble
earth among the flowers

there is air between our eyes

there’s a boy on the hill with a bucket 

and a mop meant for the sky



today has been a swollen day

it's given me the shakes 

crazy as i am i love you

a river loves the rain 



had we been on different clouds 

or in another room 

we might have had a longer ride 

but nothing would have moved 



i wrap your hands around my face

they temper my wet eyes 

a storm may be approaching

but i do not fear reprise 



because i know that you are delicate

yet stronger than the glass 

because i know you've been here before

you know how things do pass 



so here we are a floor apart 

it’s a minute and three hours

i feel you in my fingers

it’s like a thousand shining towers



reeds amongst the river 

bare wires when we touch

the boy inside the bubble 

has never loved a woman so much
Track Name: Call Off the Dogs
call off the dogs, come and laugh a while
there’s wine on the table and there’s wood on the fire
feel the warmth of the work we’ve done
it’s not much of a life unless we have some fun

and the beat of the drum is in the finger and the thumb
there’s a fiddle in the air and there’s a banjo on the run
the guitar woos a star and then your voice comes like the sun
it’s honey in the ear my dear you are the only one

come back to bed it’s not the end of the weekend
let’s fuck until we see the light of monday’s misery
but it can’t be misery cos i’ve got you inside my head
and all day long i’ll sing the song ‘i’m gonna love you till i’m dead’
i’m gonna love you till i’m dead

and the beat of the drum is in the finger and the thumb
there’s a fiddle in the air and there’s a banjo on the run
the guitar woos a star and then your voice comes like the sun
it’s honey in the ear my dear you are the only one

oh well what if i can’t see the light?
i know you’ll look after me in the night
just like i’ll look after you all right
our love’s for better and for worse

so fall off the floor come and live beyond the door
there’s a bed up in my head and we’ve got food to feed us all
when it all comes out there’ll be a party and a crowd
we’re the two who say i do but never tell the town

and the beat of the drum is in the finger and the thumb
there’s a fiddle in the air and there’s a banjo on the run
the guitar woos a star and then your voice comes like the sun
it’s honey in the ear my dear you are the only one

you are the only one
Track Name: Till Death Do Us Die
i’ve got a feeling i’m wrong
as a result of my pride
these feelings i hide
tie me to the shore

so i’ve got to be strong
i’ve got to be honest
i’ve got to be on it
i’m sure you all know the score

i was born in the summer time
i like to get high
some were stolen but i don’t mind
till death do us die

now i’m waiting outside
she’s putting on her make-up
tonight we’re gonna shake it up
in some dirty old dive

we’ll put reality aside
one too many and i’m a fool
but it’s cool because we’re so cool
we’ll be up way beyond five

see i was born in the summer time
i like to get high
some were stolen but i don’t mind
till death do us die

and when i see you it’s a thump thump thump in my heart…
i’m on fire
when i see you it’s a thump thump thump in my heart…
i am inspired

but when it comes to the truth
i’m just a boy with a broken heart
in this play i play a small small part
and of this puzzle i’m a piece

but i’m a fool for you
you’d make life a little easier
if i had you i’d be happier
but that’s not meant to be

i was born in the summer time
i like to get high
some were stolen but i don’t mind
till death do us die
Track Name: As I Fall Through the Door
i’ve made my mind up
i’ve made all my time up
i’m ready to leave i’m not sorry

i know i should tell her
i know i should wait here
but something inside me’s unwilling

and as i fall through the door
i think of how much she done love me
but i know that at the core
there’s another man inside, she knows that i lied...
of that i am sure

i’m fine when i’m sober
i tell her i love her
i take her out into the evening

we talk over supper
we kiss in the corner
hold onto the experience hearts beating

and then we fall through the door
i think of how much she done love me
but i know that at the core
there’s another man inside, she knows that i lied...
of that i am sure

when i think of what i’ve done
i think i’ll have another one
pass me the bottle don’t worry

i don’t need a glass
i don’t want any ice
there isn’t a price that’s beyond me

i’m going to fall through the door
i think of how much she done love me
and i know that at the core
there’s another man inside, she knows that i lied...
of that i am sure
Track Name: Dancing in the Northern Lights
there’s a boy by the river
he’s at war with the world
he feels cold and alone

so he calls to his mother
saying ‘mother i can’t figure out what’s going on

all this water keeps rolling down the river
and the river won’t stop rolling along’

‘boy there’s a shield in the sky
and this shield will protect you when you feel this way

to this shield you cannot lie for this shield is inside you
it’s always been this way

so when you’re standing on the edge of the plateau
as you leap the fear you feel will go

because you’re coming out like a thousand mountains
you’re coming out like a hole in the sky
you’re coming out like a silver dagger
like you’re dancing in the northern lights
i can see you dancing in the northern lights’

now there’s a boy by the river
and he knows that those he’s loved are on the other side

so he calls to his mother
saying ‘mother can you hear me
i’m alive i’m alive

in the water that keeps rolling down the river
and the river won’t stop rolling by

i’m coming out like a thousand mountains
i’m coming out like a hole in the sky
i’m coming out like a silver dagger
i come dancing in the northern lights
can you see me dancing in the northern lights
mother i’ll be dancing in the northern lights’
Track Name: Halt
halt you mother
i’m not the kind of man to make a fuss
halt you mother
i’m not the kind of man to bend or bust

there is a blackbird on the back burner
the first to boil, the first to make his mark
from what i heard he’s a good earner
the blackened soil, the bones of those who worked
a little too hard

so i say halt you mother
you’re not the one who’s going to get me down
halt you mother
you’re not the one that's going to make me a clown

there is an iron seed inside of me
i’m trying to find the royal we to root
from what i can see she’s lonely
she’s looking for the kind of love that bears a little fruit

but when the spring gives way to summer
that’s when my love begins to falter
and the summer gives way to fall
then my love’s nowhere at all
and the winter leaves me alone and cold

so i say halt you mother
i’m not the kind of man to come undone
halt you mother
i’m not that kind of man… i’ve got to run
Track Name: I Used to Make You Smile
Your fingers are the iron bars
That pin me to the night
Your tears the heavy manacles
Holding me down tight

Your vagina is a tiny window
In the corner of my cell
Through which I’ve stared for hours
At a distant water well

I used to make you smile
If only for a while
I know I used to make you smile

Your mouth has barbs attached to leather strands
Protruding from your phone
Your makeup case is filled with knives
Steely children caged in bone

Your mirror is your needle
Your favourite form of art
It tortures you with pictures
Of a face made up of parts

I used to make you smile
I know only for a while
but I used to make you smile

The clothes that once protected you
From evil cunts like me
Are now the masters of your will
And they insist on misery

The wings that i used to wear
Lie bleeding in a pile
Your claws tore out the reason
That I used to make you smile

I used to make you smile
If only for a while
But I used to make you smile
Track Name: Love, My Demon
we all have our demons
mine are ugly and they’re cruel
they call me to task
on all the things i’ve done to you

so no more on amour
no no more on amour

i fought for you in france
down in the trenches and the mud
the law said i lost the war
my australian blood

said no more on amour
no no more on amour

winter is coming
i feel it in the night
it’s warm in the sunlight
but the bite comes at twilight

so no more on amour
please no more on amour
Track Name: The River
Holding the knife you don't care who's alive
You're a family father with ties to the right
And you cut through the air, you don't care if they care
It's another grey morning
Grey faces awake and await some holy day
In line, it's a desperate rescue online

She's laughing at you she's all naked and blue
She's a travelling model on route to a pew
And her lord is a lens who's controlled by the cents
It's a wonder your coitus can even commence
His arise, close your eyes
Cum soon, there's no use in contending the moon

Folded your arms are the voice of the calm
That your youth buried deep in his effort to keep
Something pure and alive, something beyond a lie
But you body speaks languages you've never taken
The time to unwind
Now you're older and the muscles are struggling to hold her

So it's here and it's there and your mind is aware
You've got to keep travelling, there's no time to spare
With a wolf on your tail there's no choice but the trail
Deeper into the mountains and further away
From the suits and the boots
Your smile is just a desperate cry in the wild

A soldier will tell you the entrance to hell
Is a word in the ear of a murderous fear
And he'll scream and he'll moan and he'll choke and he'll groan
While the world falls apart to the tune in our hearts
And it's you and it's me
Can't you see? We are just who we wanted to be
Track Name: Sunday
when the cold wind blows in over the east border i get lonely
everybody wants to be in love i’ve already had enough

baby i don’t need your opinion
when it comes to what i should be doing could be doing
probably would be doing without you
lately i have been out walking in the sunshine on my own

and the next time that i see you it’ll be a sunday
and you never know how much it’s going to be
to cross the bridge of loneliness and sorrow
well we knew the price of love
the pain came for free

so when you told me that you knew the boy from brighton
it was over
now everybody wants to get you pissed
it doesn’t mean that you’ll be missed

and maybe i have made a balls up of it all
and now i should say sorry i could say sorry
i probably would say sorry if not for you
but lately i have been out walking in the sunshine on my own

oh well the next time i see you is always a sunday
and you never know how much it’s going to be
to cross the bridge of loneliness and sorrow
well we knew the price of love
the pain came for free

and saturday is the longest day of the week
but it’s a better day than monday
sunday is the only day for me
to come see my child

so when the cold wind blows in over the east border i get lonely
everybody wants to be in love i’ve already had enough
Track Name: If You're Coming
if you're coming then come on
got to stop humming along
it is so easy to say the words
you can call your mother and tell her how much it hurts
but it only makes things worse

so if it's real let it go
say what you feel all you know
and as it rises to the skin
there'll be a crowd around you saying 'fools rush in'
but that crowd's been wearing thin

we're built on wishes in the stars
we're made of movement a beating heart
and as the blood runs through our veins
so our love runs a river and that river runs the rain
going around and going around and going again