The Green Fury

by matt pond PA

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1.
turn home from bars and weaving closets full of stuttered turns when pedals redden roads we’d pass through farms, the orchards are aligned it looks too slow as we lay against the floor the green fury becomes a monument slips off the road and new years become new lines we didn’t see the lights against the sky we didn’t see we were too far up the road it’s how canadians must feel everything they see is real my palms were made to match my eyes it’s how canadians watch days in a million different ways and i am for the northern side watch the signs turn into lines
2.
Measure 3 03:33
will we both be happy to stand alone i can’t see forever, where will I go i’ll stop thinking – i will be ordinary your laughter kills me you can’t hurt me that won’t matter at all we’ve stayed together despite our rows and we’re holding back so we won’t explode it’s in the stadiums and in the biggest rooms we want too belong i am mistaken it’s in the biggest rooms it all goes wrong so we know more now then we’ll ever know and we’re holding back so we won’t explode it’s in the stadiums and in the bigger rooms we want to belong i am mistaken it’s in the biggest rooms it all goes wrong
3.
each mark in softer ground leads to another one follow them down to the neighbor’s new yard stealing by eyes through the windows and back again giving off life to what’s otherwise alone
4.
City Plan 04:06
the burns of our beginnings are gone in lights like these orange white, they try to kill the night get turned on for the streets we could lay and give into them or pray for a small breeze the city plan is already made up, crossed off with names of trees that doesn’t justify your wake the fences have been covered, a coating that is clear i’ve walked around and thought about back yards there’s nothing like that here it’s underneath the sidewalks and buried in your ear how could i have set off all these alarms and never have been near i don’t care where you go that doesn’t justify your wake the plow, the water turned we’ll finish out of place we sought out the connection, the height of where we are the building tops look down and make us hot, they don’t seem very far and all across the sidewalk try not to look too hard the broken glass cannot control itself, it makes fun of the stars
5.
hay from the barn filled our mouths up with dust fanning the air though we wouldn’t have touched i’m burned in all of six different ways all for the fire and what they might say now I’m filling in the forest and I’m covered with trees to far beyond what seems a bit too much, when light’s been released I’ve been dreaming – surprise, surprise… and from waiting – the wells have all gone dry turned down the fire when we waved in the dusk promise the bite fills our stomachs with rust I caught you down, way down in the field Green hands and blind, it didn’t seem real
6.
Silence 02:40
i turned out backwards you turn with me inside a basement bedroom descent is seldom clean we’ll climb into attics look down on the streets we stayed up through the seasons words cannot compete and our silence is beautiful i hope you agree can’t think of stopping there’s no release the compass spinning slowly it comes back to me we’ll walk til we’re empty we’ll leave our seats the accidents are glowing we stopped words to breathe and our silence is beautiful i hope you agree you’re standing there saving your air i turned out backwards you turn with me inside a bad construction descent is coming clean and our silence is beautiful i hope you agree you’re standing there saving your air
7.
we stayed up on new year’s we went for confusion the streets were all covered water had frozen slid on our stomachs small fingers had broken and you want to be sure that you’ve slipped and you’re lying and this is montreal
8.
i got lost in a part of the woods far from another cut the line between light and the good out of color when we breathe we can see the stare seems you’re not quite there and we’ve never done anything wrong i’ve betrayed the whole concept of ground right there for standing understand though i can’t see what’s sound got branches waving deep in the dark woods to stand where no one’s stood when we move we’re slow and cold if we’re led then we don’t have to think about what we’ve done streams come on and give all of themselves i’d like to lie there that was you in a part of the woods now we act like strangers
9.
the ghost of the ghost barely exists but he knows what he knows and he wants to be sure that you see him he was alive when he slept with the snow now we know that he lies cause he says he wasn’t cold he’s freezing he’s been looking for some water in a new part of town, in a new part of town stronger fingers won’t relinquish you don’t see him around, you don’t see him around you don’t see him the ghost of the ghost goes out to shows and he stays in the back and he keeps his eyes closed you can’t see him silence breathes better than I could have all the things we’ll never know silence leaves fills up with confusion all the things we’ll always know
10.
Jefferson 02:36
from these lists i put the blame if everything from jefferson down to arch street remains along the lines tonight’s the same I believe I’d use my feet what we know – i go too far the border of the granite state we’re a river apart the call breaks my hearing’s hard i believe i’d use my feet i believe i’d use my feet the roles to play may not be fair if 89 and 93 are the number of stairs know i am and it’s not there i believe i’d use my feet i believe i’d use my feet
11.
Crickets 03:46
the warmth has you taking off your coat in the darkness behind the greens and gold there’s always things you wish you hadn’t done there’s always things you wish you hadn’t done the winter again will help you breathe the comfort that comes with less to see there’s always things you wish you hadn’t done there’s always things you wish you hadn’t done
12.
cut from the window pane over my bed out to the winter trails and where they have led i’ve seen a few things going by and i still wonder why it becomes night cut from the riverbank is where you have bled out to the logging trails and where they have led
13.
Copper Mine 03:49
when it snows from above the towers the ground stays still – it can’t get away clothe the roofs hour after hour with this ease ignore the obvious heard the cold lost all its power if we go let’s go away If we go let’s go away to rusted cars on blocks with no windows to union dam where signs all say slow to the copper mine where the blue water swallows to the bottom if nobody follows all year long the water stays cold

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The Green Fury is matt pond PA's second release on Polyvinyl.

Although their name can be misleading, matt pond PA is indeed a band, and not a single person.

The Green Fury's ambitious thirteen songs were recorded and engineered at Brian McTear's minerstreet/cyclesound studios in Philadelphia.

Much of the arrangement and writing was done in the studio as a collaborative effort between Matt Pond and Brian McTear.

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released January 22, 2002

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After two decades of successfully pursuing simple truths in popular music, Matt Pond has recently begun to take on projects that stretch beyond the conventional trajectory of independent rock and roll. Other projects explore artist relationships over mediums and miles, where the aural meets the visual and beyond (-ond -ond -ond). ... more

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