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1.
Sunday 04:41
Sunday could not come soon enough | The plan was set into motion | And I thought I’d do it differently | And you thought I would, too | I hear you | I listen carefully | When you speak, it goes right through me | And I think we’re saying the same things | And you think we are too | The truth is | It’s never black and white | Because love is a soft gray
2.
Acadia 03:14
Acadia | Because there inside you was a heart | That echoed through you in the park | Like a dove lost | Acadia | I saw it first | Somes Sound shone through upon the rocks | Beehives and sun and broken docks | Like a rope tied | Acadia
3.
Took a picture of burned out paper mills | I make nothing but still it crumbles | Threw a brick through every car window in the mall parking lot | It’s a holding pattern, now | Now we’re older and everything’s the same | Hear it come from the speakers | Every sordid detail about the villains in the city hall parking lot | It’s a holding pattern, now
4.
Gallantly streaming | I will subscribe to | The death of terrestrial radio | Retire the call letters | Bring back the bands | And bury the cans | Go get some files | Compiled in Xs, 0s, and 1s | Inside the houses | They’re bending antennas | Counting the seconds | And stacking the tiles | Gallantly streaming | I will subscribe to | The death of terrestrial radio | Compiled in Xs, 0s, and 1s
5.
Regret 03:17
When I exploit my talents and I hold my breath | While life hangs in the balance and I’m cheating death | When I am old or lonely or I’m stopped in my tracks | You would have known this only if you had the facts | We hatched a secret scheme | I fell so fast for you | It was a sweet dream and the love we had was true | But our lives were barely harnessed while the pages turned | And though the shine was tarnished and hard lessons learned | I regret almost nothing
6.
Common Wall 04:06
The common wall | We bested them in the middle there | The science falls | Invested time in the middle of the war | Then we get older | The teachers teach but the books decay | The summer is colder | And we can’t reach them in the middle of the war | So let us know now | How it used to be and how it really is | Prepare the throne | The power is yours now or is it really his? | The common wall | The science falls | The books decay | The summer is colder
7.
All his demons were hiding inside every box he put into the attic | Box of cameras | Telescopes and maps of the stars | Magnify the places we will someday get to | It’s a long drive | Too much time to plot it out | What are we supposed to do with all of this? | Keep on task, feeling smaller | The endless begging for time | On a hilltop | Or the firmament | Or the cloth you burned in the fire | Or the love and the valor | Or the pills you swallowed in full | Ending up like some cliche |Flattened out like the lake in the morning
8.
All the beauty that surrounds this city | In the tall trees when you’re walking with me | Is there a way to slow down time? | I don’t want to decide | Past all the churches where good people bow their heads and talk to God and feel some comfort | Is there a way to slow down time? | I don’t want to decide
9.
Violet Light 02:46
In the violet light | You will figure out the words | When it all turns black | It has always happened to you | Holding up the world | It’s the season to commit | To the violet light | When the blood gets drawn | And they wrap you up with fear | And you cannot stop | ‘Cause it happens every year | So much more to say | Than you ever did confess | When the blood gets drawn
10.
Doubt 05:02
As soon as you’re born, you’re dying | The stuff in between is just trying | And it takes a lifetime to figure it out | If you want honesty or if you want doubt | Because we are connected, we are to blame | Jealousy, passion, empathy, shame | And it takes a lifetime to figure it out | If you want honesty or if you want doubt

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HOLDING PATTERN was produced by Mark Alan Miller
It was recorded at Sonelab in Easthampton, Massachusetts
and Dark Dining Room in Holyoke, Massachusetts
All songs written by Matthew Larsen ©2016 ASCAP

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released April 8, 2016

MATTHEW LARSEN - vocals, piano
ALEXANDRA PETERSON - vocals, bells
GREG SAULMON - guitars, bass, synth, vocals
MARK SCHWABER - bass, guitars, percussion, vocals
J.J. O’CONNELL - drums, percussion, vocals
STEVE BIEGNER - banjo, vocals
REBEKAH DUTKIEWICZ - cello, vocals

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Matthew Larsen and The Documents Northampton, Massachusetts

Sometimes short, quiet and sweet– other times building into wall-of-sound anthems, Matthew Larsen and The Documents' introspective piano rock songs often recall serious health issues (Matthew underwent a stem cell transplant in 2005). Their songs are lovingly written and recorded in studios, hallways, and living rooms in Western Massachusetts, New York, and L.A. ... more

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