Seperatista !

by MAT McHUGH

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Mat McHugh is best known as the front man and creative force behind The Beautiful Girls, September 2008 saw him release his debut solo album, Seperatista under the guise Mat Mchugh & The Black Bird.
The first single, Darling This Scene Must End, sees McHugh return to his acoustic best. Referring to both his past musical style and his past love, it presents a darker side to McHugh that to date has been well hidden, giving great voice to his innate sense of melody and unique vocal style. After years of steering The Beautiful Girls towards an electric-centric three piece, there seemed a need for an alternate outlet for the masses of songs this songwriter had penned that didn’t suit the new sounding format of The Beautiful Girls. Mat McHugh and The Black Bird will be a creative collective of artists, enabling the sounds and the feel the freedom to move and mutate spontaneously. The Black Bird will give wings to McHugh’s songs, bringing them to life.
Seperatista! is available through die!boredom and MGM Distribution from September 20th, 2008. www.myspace.com/matmchugh

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released October 11, 2008

Mat McHugh was joined by Ian Pritchett - bass, percussion, piano; Paul Derricott – drums; Hugh Barrett - piano, keyboards; Simon Ferenci - trumpet, trombone; Matt Keegan - saxophone Caddie Brain – cello.
Seperatista! was recorded and mixed by Ian Pritchett @ Noisegate Studios, Sydney, Australia, produced by Mat McHugh and Ian Pritchett and mastered by Don Bartley @ Benchmark. Art by debaser, cover photo by Kaelen Ohm

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Track Name: It Isn't Me
IT ISN'T ME
no, don't you say you love me
when you don't love me
you only wanted me to be there when you fall
now everything is changing
but you're not changing
then say you'll blame me if i change at all
but i'm the same
i'm the same
it's just circumstances
they always spin around as far as i recall
and then if we're not taking all our chances
one day regret will come and surely kill us all

and when i try to work it out
just what this whole damn thing's about
you say we're running to be free
but it isn't me
it isn't me
it isn't
me

we all have hearts for someone
we all have no one
we all have everything conceivable between
bold ideas of sorrow
pain and redemption
where is the love i need to keep me off my knees?
where is escape?
where is escape?
where is the final battle fought upon for my soul to see?
where all the ways to break me
they give up on me
and all the ways to live
they come to rescue me

and when i try to work it out
just what this whole damn thing's about
you say we're running to be free
but it isn't me
it isn't me
it isn't
me

and after all this time i thought
'well i can't go on just keeping saying nothing'
i'll scream until these lungs are raw
if it means that i at least stood up for something
you won't kill me with those words you say
and i will never change in my direction
because maybe it's just all a game
and i will never fall at your suggestion
until it all
until it all
falls away...
Track Name: Under The Landslide
UNDER THE LANDSLIDE
we're too young to be confused
we're too old to be amused
would you lean on me if you had to lean on something?
would you?
it's too cold to catch a fire
lay our burdens on the pyre
maybe we could make up an answer to their questions,
before they do

they'll do what they've been told
under the landslide
we'll pave our way with gold
under the moonlight
rain washed away the coals
turned all the red white
we'd never be at home
under the landslide

so long,
where did you go?
turn around and say hello
would you see through me if you had to see through something?
would you?
then again i'd see you smile
fix this heart just for a while
oh,
if we could make up an answer to those questions,
would you?

they'll do what they've been told
under the landslide
we'll pave our way with gold
under the moonlight
rain washed away the coals
turned all the red white
we'd never be at home
under the landslide
Track Name: Loneliness
LONELINESS
light a candle, leave it out (oh no!)
leave it out for the hungry ghosts
every time we wander out, it shows
all the fear we hide in these bones

somewhere they wonder why the rain's still falling down
we live between the wars in this northern town
the dancehall where we met has fallen down
it couldn't stand the loneliness
the loneliness

many eyes out has the night, be sure
not to be seen where we've been before
down where the shadows all collide and fall
they're waiting on
they're waiting on us all

somewhere they wonder why the rain's still falling down
we live between the wars in this northern town
the dancehall where we met has fallen down
it couldn't stand the loneliness
the loneliness

and when the night it falls
it calls us all to sleep
we'll handle the fright because it's all we've got to keep
some days it seems this place is all we'll ever know
but i've seen those lights go on
there
further down the road
further down the road

la la la la la la
loneliness
Track Name: Bad Blood
BAD BLOOD
the queen is in the parking lot
counting all the things she's got
jack tried being a communist
but just kept counting all the things he missed

and after all this talk of bad blood
of enemies and of destruction
we realised there really was none
it just gets lonely
spinning around the sun

the aces in their motorcades
the joker and the king of spades
i'd try being your best mistake
but i know that it's my heart you'll break

and after all this talk of bad blood
of enemies and of destruction
we realised there really was none
it just gets lonely
spinning around the sun
Track Name: Numb
NUMB
so tell me now
what it is that you think i've done
it's too cold around here
without your loving i'm numb
so crucify me if it makes you feel alright
but i'm around
if you get lonely tonight

let's say goodbye now and let it go
because loving you like this is never easy
you'll be my girl always you know
but that doesn't mean you will be with me
time takes away the pain,
eventually

and every day ends but another will come
and i won't regret it
never let it undone
seems every mile's been walked by a better man than i
but i'm a try believe
way up in a holier might

those never fall, they don't ever rise
but i'll be getting through
no hurry in reason
knelt down before a paradise
and said you never knew one thing about freedom
time slowly washes by the seasons
Track Name: The Bottle
THE BOTTLE
some say the damage gets done then it's too late
some sooner get up and run, say it's ok
ok
we all get a hit on the way through occasionally
we all feel a bit too late and a day too early

and when the bottle does come we go step into the way of it
somewhere to run to
something real to make us both forget
i get bored of the same old things that other people say
if there's a time and a place
well i want both of those things today
and maybe we could like it

been sleeping late
on the way to destruction
keep wishing the days go away like a vampire
it's always the same and i know i don't function well
oh, let it help with the pain
oh, let it cool down this fire

and when the bottle does come we go step into the way of it
somewhere to run to
something real to make us both forget
i get bored of the same old things that other people say
if there's a time and a place
well i want both of those things today
and maybe we could like it

so pass it over...
Track Name: Darling, this Scene Must End
DARLING, THIS SCENE MUST END
drinking alone under the streetlight
waiting for you to come on out
there's nowhere to run
there's blood in the sky tonight
there's blood in us
in all of us tonight
we can pretend we'll both be falling
up into the sky, not to the ground
we may be undone come monday morning
but just for now, let's wager on this town

and i know that it just don't make no sense
but darling this scene,
this scene must end

been caught in the black heart of this city
for too many nights i can't recall
oh, thorn in my side, seems they won't pity us
won't remember us
not much of us at all
been covered in rust stuck here without you
lay still in the mud, could hear no sound
we'd crumble to dust still i won't doubt you
but when does enough
become enough for now?

and i know that it just don't make no sense
but darling this scene,
this scene must end
Track Name: I'll Be For You
I'LL BE FOR YOU
well it's cold outside and i'm losing sleep
well i feel no change but a change in me
on a one way road, by a one way sign
with a one track soul, and a one track mind

and i can't help feeling that it's real this time
but i've never been too good with signs
and i don't wanna let it pass me by
but i'm afraid to even open my eyes
be true to me, and i will be true to you
just be for me, and i promise that i'll be for you

will i be so wrong when it comes around?
will i be so strong when it holds me down?
what do you think i better try to say,
when all the words i've got have all gone away?

and i can't help feeling that it's real this time
but i've never been too good with signs
and i don't wanna let it pass me by
but i'm afraid to even open my eyes
be true to me, and i will be true to you
just be for me, and i promise that i'll be for you
Track Name: Still Be Your Friend
STILL BE YOUR FRIEND
what do you say now my old friend?
we travelled down that road and now we're back again
what all we learned is, i don't know
but i'd do it all over just to have you close

see, i miss you somedays more than i could show
and it all goes by too quick for us to hold

the morning wind blows at my side
oh lay me down to rest now that the night has died
holding a heart won't make it stay
holding a moment just will make it go away

see, i think we've fallen far enough today
and i think we've fallen far enough to say...

that any way you call it, i'll still be your friend
we live today before it's off around the bend
we all keep moving
and we change
but i won't go changing how i feel about this anymore

and i think we've fallen far enough to know...