Long Goner

by Mat Gibson

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about

I recorded this album in an old pump house near Shepperton on the Thames where my Dad lives, harnessing the natural sound of the large open space.

With the help of some friends I tried to capture a sonic depth experimenting with various room mics and reverbs. Most of the songs were written within weeks of the session except for 'For Ma' which was written way back in 2006.

Despite its short length I think 'Long Goner' has a thematic quality which matches its predecessors. The 'dark' elements of the album are obvious but there is a thematic link to both 'Forest Fire' and 'Home Movie'.

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released September 10, 2012

Rowland Prytherch - Bass, Mandolin, Co-Production, Mixing
Tom Scheponik - Mastering
Joao Coutinho - Guitar, Organ, Vocals, Co-Production
Sebastian Reynolds - Piano, Keyboards, Strings.
Mat Gibson - Vocals, Guitars, Drums, Co-Production.

Cover art by Cameron Russell

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M Gibson Somerset, UK

M Gibson is a South West based singer/songwriter who has received impressive comparisons to early Neil Young, Bon Iver, Robin Pecknold (Fleet Foxes) and Ryan Adams.

With three albums to his name, Mat's style has always been evolving with influences from early folk/blues, 60s/70s folk/rock to modern indie/rock.

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Track Name: Before The Dawn
Oh! Where's the spark?
In this hardened purple heart
You've opened up to leave your mark on
Just close up when you're done.

It feels so long
Since I said bye on the phone
And wound up back here on the other side
Where the ghost was born

All this healing cannot stop
The empty feelings in the dark
But you hope. You hope.

Time! Drink up.
Say goodbye but don't get up
I'll be back before the dawn
And when the morning comes

All you thought we had in common
Turns to dust in your hands
In your hands, in your hands.
Track Name: Fever (In Our Eyes)
Thieves run amok
Broke down trucks
The belly opened up
The heart ripped out

Thieves survive, rely
On the bones and the scraps of meat
That are keeping us alive

Grab your things and say goodbye
This ain't a warning its a battle cry
There's a fever in our eyes

Bulbs expire, retire
Civilians open fire...

Thieves survive, rely
On the bones and the scraps of meat
That are keeping them alive

Grab your things and say goodbye
This ain't a warning its a battle cry
Maybe the fever in our eyes
One day will subside
Track Name: Dark Well Of Sorrow
As Woody said, "It takes a worried man to sing a worried song"
We've all been on the rails
Struggling just to hold on

When you feel left for dead
When every glimmer of hope is gone
Don't fall or trip
Take another dip into the dark well of sorrow

It's hard to take a hit
When you know the worst is still to come
But the worst of it, is the feeling you've hit the bottom

Try to smile a bit
Take the load off
Don't fall or trip
Take another dip into the dark well of sorrow
Where there's no hope
Just the thickening smoke
If you've been there, you'll know
Track Name: Belly Up
Wish me goodnight
In a bunker near Barstow
Turn out the artificial light, til tomorrow

Time has stood still
Since we took all we can borrow
I'll take a sleeping pill
And dream of tomorrow

All the lizards lie
Belly up, in the furrow
Looks of surprise
And eternal sorrow

Some traipse the desert
In the emptiness and the hollow
Full of greed and regret
Others follow

Lie with me tonight
Belly up, til the blues go
I won't be surprised if you say no

There's a picture on the wall
Of a simple man and a silo
To remind us all
How the tune goes
Track Name: Kill TV
Man caught in the crosshairs
Man caught in the crosshairs
On KILL TV

A faceless victim
Not a celebrity

When the missile fired
Were you excited?
Were you full of pride?
Or just undecided?

I don't know
About you.
I don't know

Man caught in the crossfire
Man caught in the crossfire
On KILL TV

An innocent victim
Such a tragedy

When the missile fired
Were you excited?
Were you full of pride?
Or just undecided?

I don't know
About you.
I don't know
About me.
Track Name: For Ma
Sing me the words
To the most beautiful song
And i'll put them in a box
And send them to my Ma
And the tales that you tell
Will spin her out of her spell
Cause there's times when all you need is a song

Sing of the good old days
Back on the farm
The chimney smoke dream
That feels so long gone
Where the ghost of her father
Wouldn't dare come closer
Than the outside porch in the yard

Now i'm sitting here drinking
Endless bottles of wine
There's a comfort i've found
But I ain't got much time
I feel another ghost rising
This time the soul is mine
I don't think I can leave her alone
I don't think I can leave her alone

Sing of the midnight
Where my dreams came from
When she'd sit on my bed
And sing me a song
With her red wine breath
Her perfume and dress
Made me feel like the luckiest man

Hours pass by when I think of my Ma
How all the men in her life
Always left her alone
And she's trying so hard
To hang on to the one that she's got
That it's taking its toll

Now i'm sitting here drinking
Endless bottles of wine
There's a comfort i've found
But I ain't got much time
I feel another ghost rising
This time the soul is mine
I don't think I can leave her alone
I don't think I can leave her alone