By The Deathbed

by Matt Ford

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released August 19, 2016

All songs written by Matt Ford, except 'Shirt Of Lace', traditional arr. by Matt Ford

All performances by Matt Ford

Produced, recorded and mixed by Matt Ford at The Mattcave

Drums recorded by Gary Thomas at Vulcan Studios, Liverpool

Mastered by Tom Woodhead at Hippocratic Mastering

Photography by Kirsten Whittle

Sleeve design by Kirsten Whittle and Matt Ford

Thanks to all involved in making the album, and to all who have shown interest and support along the way.

For Kirsten '...with radiance and serenity'

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Matt Ford Liverpool, UK

Working under his own name, Matt Ford is free from the restrictive constraints of a band name. Working on his own, he is liberated from the constant compromise which comes from playing in a band. He is able to be as schizophrenic and as multi-faceted as his artistic whim allows him to be. Matt Ford has no expectations to live up to, other than his own. The possibilities are endless. ... more

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Track Name: Regret
No appetite, never hungry
Sleep day and night, preserve energy
Systems failing, shutting down
Mouth so dry, regrets abound

She was my light, she was my life
Saw me through the days, and through the nights
No oxygen, just restlessness,
Words are few with my feeble breath

Senses failing, skin is cold
Disorientation, no dignity to behold
I want to see her
I want to see her
I want to smell her
If I could only hear her

Cold, numb...too dull for crying
Feeling my life slip away slowly...
...I'm dying...
Track Name: Afloat
Can feel myself slowing down
Can feel my bones breaking down
Can feel my will withering
Can feel my shell shattering

Creeping shapes surround me
As the ground bubbles around me
Must stay level
Must stay level
Must.
Must.
Must.

Stay afloat.
Stay afloat.
Can feel them pulling down the threads
Stay afloat.
Track Name: Candles
So many people with a house but without a home
So many lives driven off their roads
We ride together, but alone

Where will you go when you've nowhere left to run?
Where will you lay when you've no candles left to burn?

Love could be around any corner
Waiting like a knife
But your heart is still bleeding from the first cut

Where will you go when you've nowhere left to run?
Where will you lay when you've no candles left to burn?

Clinging so fast just to recreate the past
But you know deep down inside that you'll never get it back

Where will you go when you've nowhere left to run?
Where will you go when you've no candles left to burn?

Where will go when you've nowhere left to hide?
Where will you lay when you're already dead inside?
Track Name: Firewalking
I wish to be wise enough
To swallow my teenage pride
From way back when I knew
That I was always right
I must learn to climb a wall
Of my own building
Of my own design

One day I will be man enough
To let go of the boy in me
Until then I will try and grow
Learn to let my feelings show
Like they did when I was a child
Before the child learned to hide
Before the child died

Isolation, dark and cold
I never knew the strength I hold
You'll see me walking through the fire
And out into the light
I hope you'll be proud of me
Track Name: Conflict
There is no starting gun
Only a ticking bomb
With silent violence
Time will claim those sitting stagnant
All of life's experiences converge to one single moment: death

Time spent in conflict negates the very purpose of life
Discard all sources causing stress and strife
The ultimate gift to be taken away: life
Track Name: Blossom
A blossom petal, so fair
A blossom petal, so pure,
A blossom petal, just...hanging there
And the wind blows...
And the wind blows...
Track Name: Shirt Of Lace
Water where there is no well
Viny flow'r and rosemay tree
Water where there is no well
What name will my true love tell?
Viny flow'r and rosemay tree

Valley where no sun do fall
Viny flow'r and rosemay tree
Valley where no sun do fall
Grows no crop, no spring, no fall
Viny flow'r and rosemay tree

If you wash my shirt of lace
Viny flow'r and rosemay tree
If you wash my shirt of lace
Be sure the buttons are in place
Viny flow'r and rosemay tree

Then my acre by the sea
Viny flow'r and rosemay tree
Then my acre by the sea
Shall be halved up, my love, with thee
Viny flow'r and rosemay tree
Track Name: Unravel
I'm still learning how to be a human
Jigsaw puzzle life
Riddle unravel
Will I take the time to make myself whole?

Sacrifice myself to appease everyone else
Seal up my skin
Never truly let you in
Race against time
A quickly ending life
Identity revealed
This is how I feel

Will any one of you know what to do
When the pressure is on?
Will you be strong?
I believe I can meet my own demands
Do you understand?
This is who I am

I'm still learning how to be a human
Jigsaw puzzle life
Riddle unravel
Will I find my way by my dying day?
Track Name: Leaves
Autumn leaves, the winds do sweep
Time will soon bind us in eternal sleep
Track Name: The Great Mortality
Clawing at the cliff edge of consciousness
Gravity sucks you down
Grasping for a branch or a rock of hope
Will you find it before you hit the ground?

Breathe in the air
Breathe every breath
No time to spare
Harvest well the seeds you sow
Find your way
And find it by your dying day
Find your way home

'Consider, friend, as you pass by
As you are now, so once was I
As I am now, you too will be
Prepare, therefore, to follow me'

Haunted by The Pestilence, The Great Mortality
Prayers won't save you now
You can beg for mercy
But you will not escape your destiny
Track Name: Serenity
In dreams we spend our days and our nights
On a slippery slope our flicker of hope fades from our sights
Yet still we thrive on our will to survive
The instinctual drive which runs through our little lives

With our minds we will envision new horizons
With our hands we will reach out to the skies
With our feet we will scale new altitudes
And with our eyes we will watch the sun rise…
...with radiance and serenity