Matthew Azrieli

by Matthew Azrieli

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My name is Matthew Azrieli and I'm a singer/songwriter from Montreal. I take inspiration from Elliott Smith, Nick Drake, Bob Dylan, and many other artists. Please download this album for free and share it with your friends/peeps/homies/companions/fellow hipsters.

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released 12 November 2013

All songs written by Matthew Azrieli (c) Matthew Azrieli 2013 SOCAN All Rights Reserved

Engineered and Mixed by John Hagopian at Mechanicland Studios, Montreal, QC

Album cover taken by Rebecca Kirman

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Matthew Azrieli Montreal, Québec

Matthew Azrieli is a singer/songwriter from Montreal. He was first inspired by Elliott Smith and Nick Drake, and taught himself guitar by writing his own songs. Critics notice his voice, described as “a buttery, low register that cradles the songs as it paints his original words” by the CJN. When he first started gigging, Outremont’s Talk of the Townie wrote that his lyrics “defy imagination". ... more

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Track Name: Choke
She's singing words she can't define
Won't know I loved her the best I tried
Singing words she can't define
Won't know I loved her the best I tried

And, maybe, we could go dancing
Upon a street made of burning coal
That we'd so quickly depart from
Just as we'd call it our own
I wish I could take those time
And put my burning foot in my mouth
And eat my words

She's dancing in a way she can't define
Won't know I loved her the best I tried
Singing words she can't define
Won't know I loved her the best I tried

And I could blind myself
Staring at this artificial light
Because I'm always tearing this hell
From ever taking me over
Because I...
Well I know that she's a part of me
But that I'll never be a part of her, ever

I'm disappointed and fucked up inside
Won't know she loved me the best she tried
Singing words she can't define
Who'd know we ended up being mutually bereft?

Walking down, down the back-street
Looking for somebody I'd never meet
And as my eyes search the crowd;
Searching for her - it was her that I found
And as I start moving past,
Eyes never make any form of contact
No physical contact either,
Though I brushed against her as I walked past and,
As I make my way through the crowd,
All I can do it scream out loud
Because I know I choked,
I know choked, I know...

I know I choked
I know I choked
I choked I know
I know I choked
I know I choked
I know I choked
I choked

She's singing words she can't define
Won't know I loved her the best I tried
Singing words she can't define
Won't know I loved her the best I tried
Track Name: How Did You Know?
Got my head on my shoulders
My lips on a whine
I thought you were my greatest invention
Now you're just my biggest lie

Why were you hurrying so?
Where did you go?
Was it my fault,
That my feelings I'd never show?

And how did you know?
What was in my head;
I could never go back,
Back to where I was led

I've lived and I've died
But I've never breathed
I'm only still looking
For the better part of me

I've searched myself everywhere
Where are you?
I've lost my way;
I need your help, oh Lord
I need what you do to me too
Where are you?
Track Name: Cassandra
Cassandra I miss you, I see you so clearly
Your shadow is dancing upon the ceiling
And all I want to do is find you
Where did you go?

I woke up without you, looked out my window
There was nothing but cloudy skies, ground and snow
Where did you go?

And if you meet the one I seek,
With eyes of stained-glass pale green
Remind me to her wandering soul
Whose shoes have pebbles clogging their soles

Cassandra, I loved you, even if you were only
Someone I dreamt of when I was lonely
But if you'll be with me only in my sleep
How can I allow myself to dream?
Track Name: Save Me, Babe!
In the distance you're a setting sun
Floating slowly to the ground
Though I'm losing you to the horizon
Hey, I know that you will stick around
Hey, I know that you will stick around
I'll wait for you to save me, babe

And in the morning I'll be sleeping
And in the morning I'll be found
When I see your head a'rearing
Hey, I know that you will stick around
Hey, I know that you will stick around
I'll wait for you to save me, babe

Can you feel the breeze blowing?
Bearing down on this town
These clouds enshroud me,
But I am left know

Hey, you'll outlast them anyhow
Hey, I know that you'll outlast anyhow
Soon you'll save - oh soon you'll save me babe
Soon you'll save me, babe
Track Name: Independence Day
So why can’t I?
It’s not the 4th of July
But it’s my independence day
How would I know
How she rocks, how she rolls?
It’s my independence day

Your hand in mine
We could grow lost together; it’s your choice

Believe me darling,
If you take this chance,
I’m going to set you free
You’re too beautiful for words, darling,
And, well, I hope you’re not too beautiful for me

Because in the castle in my mind there’s a silhouette
Hung by a noose between two golden banisters
And if life itself is but one grand question
I hope in you I’ve found my answer

Your hand in mine
We could grow lost together; it’s not my choice

No I can’t see between the lines,
I’m being blunt, I won’t let you go!
Now you’re the girl with the master plan
That’s got a hold of my soul
No I can’t see between the lines,
I’m being blunt, I won’t let you go!
Now you’re the girl with the master plan
That’s got a old of my soul

That’s got ahold of my soul
Got a hold of my soul
Got a hold of my soul
That's got ahold on my soul

So why can’t I?
It’s not the 4th of July,
But it’s my independence day
How would I know
How she rocks, how she rolls?
It’s my independence day
Track Name: Willow Tree
I’ll walk you past Beaver Lake
Up the Mountain, into the sky
Where heaven is still, and beautiful in your wake
Carry me with your wings; to love you is to fly

And I say,
Kiss me by the willow tree
Sing those old songs to me
My lips can’t be poison;
Not when they sing to you
Kiss me by the willow tree
And I’ll sing your soul to sleep
Our hearts have been broken
By more than a few

On top of the mountain I can’t help but hear you sigh
Into my ear for my heart to take
It’s almost as beautiful as you love of mine
When I look into your eyes, I dream awake

Kiss me by the willow tree
Hold me in your arms, and rock me to sleep
My lips can’t be poison
Not when they sing to you, no, no
Kiss me by the willow tree
Where our souls shall meet
Our hearts have been broken
By more than a few

We walk down Mt. Royal, your hand in mind
I walk you back, where you reside
And I wouldn’t be lying, to say I’d be happy even to die
I’ve found love; and love is all I’ve ever wanted, truly and deeply

So kiss me by the willow tree
Kiss me so sweetly
My lips can’t be poison
Not when they sing to you
Kiss me by the willow tree
Head to toe I need you completely
Our hearts have been remedied
By only us two

And how do you fare?
Is my love too forceful; your soul in disrepair?
And do you need me as I do you?
All I need now is you to love me too
All I need now is you to love me too
All I need now is you to love me too
When there is silence, and I’ve got nothing but you
All I need now is you to love me too
Track Name: New Netherland
Let’s go down to New Netherland
And watch the pigeons play
On top of grand old statues
That don’t have much to say

And back in New Netherland
In old “New Amsterdam”
Where the poets are ever lonely
There are too many of them

In the game of love I’m the New York Rangers;
Only without Marc Messier
I’ve got no control
Over this puck, which I am told
Is your heart
As I skate on yet thinner ice

I heard that in New Netherland
You live life in a dream
Which is why, oh dear of dears,
You never need say sorry to me

But in bars in New Netherland
I can’t even drink
Not when I thirst for you, dear
And when I thirst to be

Somebody other than who I am
Somebody who is not the same
As all those broken kids,
Leaving skid-marks on the road
“It’s not your fault”
As I am so often told

In the valley of darkness, you are my shepherd dear
And so evil I shall not be afraid of
Your faith, it was my sword,
Now my sadness it hardly thwarts
Still, you left me only the other day
Still, you left me only the other day
Track Name: Protect Her
She is my shield,
Though she acts as my sword
For all that is evil
She does thwart
She’s like a dream
Oh, she is softer than air;
If I don’t breathe her in now,
She might disappear
I’ll wait for her arrival
Until she meets my side
I’ll wait for her to call out my name
I’ll wait, I’ll wait, I’ll wait

Protect her, dear Lord
For she is one of your angels
Although fallen fast
Into my arms
And while I don’t claim to be
Anybody’s savior
You know
I could be one

I’ll wait for her arrival
Until she meets my side
I’ll wait for her to call out my name
I’ll wait, I’ll wait, I’ll wait

I’ll wait
For you
Track Name: Dead Astronaut
Singing my melancholy blues
For the dead astronaut, on the other side of the moon
The one on this side, though, is just fine
He lives inside of his head; wastes all of his time

Won't you sing this prayer for me?
Let the Lord not catch me while I am asleep...

Because he's searching for my pain
He can't see what's trapped inside my brain

Singing my melancholy blues
For the dead astronaut, on the other side of the moon

Won't you sing this prayer for me?
Let the Lord not catch me while I am asleep...

Because he's searching for my pain
He don't know what's trapped inside my brain
Yeah he sees my desperation
He don't know from what I'm escaping

Singing my melancholy blues
For the dead astronaut, on the other side of the moon
Track Name: Some Hearts Are True
This song took exactly a year to write
But now that it's done, I guess it's alright
I learned to young that songs left unsung
Will be stuck resonating in your mind

It's a pity
It's a pity and it's a shame

Well, some hearts are true
Some hearts are true, some hearts are true
Some hearts are true
Some hearts are true, some hearts are true

My back is bent, and my neck crooked
I ought not have disgraced myself
By being so scared, so broken, and timid
But, for love, my soul I'd still sell

Well, some hearts are true
Some hearts are true, some hearts are true
Some hearts are true
Some hearts are true, some hearts are true

Some hearts are true
Track Name: Falling Now For You
There was a time not long ago
When everything felt so new
When the emptiness had been filled by your touch
It was then I had met you

I'm falling now, for you
Don't matter how it happened, now it's yours to win or lose
I'm falling now, for you
Though I wish that I could save your soul
Like you saved mine

In this bitter ice and snow
I went swimming, searching for you
You had been lost in the fog
Now the winter has changed you too

I'm falling now, for you
Don't matter how it happened, now it's yours to win or lose
I'm falling now, for you
Though I wish that I could save your soul
Like you saved mine

I'm falling now, for you
Don't matter how it happened, now it's yours to win or lose
I'm falling now, for you
Though I wish that I could save your soul
Like you saved mine