Music

The Cost of Everything and the Value of Nothing

by Matt Cox

Released 2016
Sower Records
Released 2016
Sower Records
  • 02:45 Lyrics
    The Charcoal Grill Song

    I've been hard to reach lately

    I've been really out of touch 

    I've been missing you mama

    I've been drinking too much

    For the longer the winter time 

    The more I wish that you were here

    And the days seem to get a little shorter

    More and more every year

     

    Well, time is what you make of it

    And routine is the enemy of time

    We do the same thing every day

    While it all goes flying by

    Oh, mama, how it all goes flying by...

     

    I wish that I could hold you

    And tell you just how I feel

    I'd let you know I'm doing pretty good

    I guess this time it's for real

    If we could go for one last picnic 

    Or maybe just have one more meal

    I'd burn us some kosher hot-dogs 

    On top of an old charcoal grill

    But you flew just like an eagle 

    And you fought just like a dog

    With the wings of an angel

    And the heart of a song

     

    Well, time is what you make of it

    And routine is the enemy of time

    We do the same thing every day

    While it all goes flying by

    Oh, mama, how it all goes flying by...

     

    (c) 2016

    Matt Cox/ASCAP

  • 03:21 Lyrics
    Half Empty

    Times are harder than ever before

    You pay 'em one bill and they send you ten more

    If you're a good man

    I guess you understand

     

    I've got these blues , I got 'em so damn bad

    It seems like the luck I've had has all been bad

    If you're a good man

    I guess you understand

     

    I tell ya one thing if troubles was gold

    I'd have more money than my pockets got holes

    If you're a good man

    I guess you understand

     

    I got to the store and I can't afford no bread

    The tanks half empty and I ain't got no cigarettes

    If you're a good man

    I guess you understand

     

    Lord tell me, Lord tell me why

    So many good people have to lay down and die

    If you're a good man

    I guess you understand

     

    (c) 2016

    Matt Cox/ASCAP 

  • 02:57 Lyrics
    Nighttime Drifter

    I'm driftin' and driftin'

    Lordy, I'm fadin' fast (x2)

    I keep drinking my fool-head off

    Trying to forget my past

     

    I'm a nighttime drifter

    I can't stand no day (x2)

    I feel my best around midnight

    In the morning I'm on my way

     

    Tell me, tell me

    You no I can't stand no lie (x2)

    Are you gonna be my sugar babe

    Are you gonna pass me by

     

    I'm driftin' and driftin' 

    Lordy, I'm fadin' fast (x2)

    I keep drinking my fool-head off

    Trying to forget my past

     

  • 03:08 Lyrics
    Drama Queen

    When I first met you

    You were just a baby

    And your mama raised you 

    That first year on her own

    And though it seemed

    The whole town knew her story

    I had never met a woman so alone

     

    My grandpa told me 

    After my last carwreck

    He said, "Son there must be a reason you ain't dead"

    But to tell you the truth 

    Before I met you girl

    I'm not sure I ever believed 

    A word that he said

     

    They say that everything here happens for a reason

    But I don't care if it don't mean a thing

    You'll always be your daddy's little princess

    And you'll always be my little drama queen

     

    They say that it's insane

    How quick you grow up

    And one day we'll wake up and you'll be gone

    And someday you might go

    Looking for some answers 

    Well, I hope that you find 

    We never did you wrong

     

    Sweetheart I'm sure glad I met your mama

    And I don't regret giving her that diamond ring

    You'll always be your daddy's little princess

    And you'll always be my little drama queen

     

    (c) 2016

    Matt Cox/ASCAP 

  • 03:02
    Little Lucy
  • 03:19 Lyrics
    Trouble All over the World

    Trouble all over this world

    Every town, every country

    Every boy, every girl

    I see trouble all over this world

    I'm seeing trouble all over this world

    Every town, every country

    Every boy, every girl

     

    Six white horses following me

    Have come to take me

    Back home to Galilee

    I hear six white horses following me

    They've come to take me

    Back home to Galilee

     

    Please, no mister, don't you bury me

    You can take my ashes

    To the deep blue sea

    Please, no mister, don't you bury me

    You can take my ashes

    Scatter them in a dirty sea

     

    Trouble all over this world

    Every town, every country 

    Every boy, every girl

    I see trouble all over this world

    I'm seeing trouble all ove this world

    Every town, every country 

    Every boy, every girl

     

    (c) 2016

    Matt Cox/ASCAP

  • 02:41 Lyrics
    A Good Woman's Love

    I was a rover 

    By land, or by sea

    Until a good woman's love

    Mad a new man out of me

     

    Life had no meaning

    It was so incomplete

    until a good woman's love

    Put me back on my feet

     

    Instead of roaming

    I go home in the evening

    And she's waiting there

    And I know, no matter what happens

    She'll always care

     

    When the night falls

    And the moon shines above

    I'm a man with a dream 

    And a good woman's love

     

    (c) 2016

    CY Coben/Delmore Music

  • 03:41 Lyrics
    Jumpin' River Blues

    You're sweet like a river

    Hot like a desert sun (x2)

    You said that you loved me 

    Child you're not the only one

     

    Goin' down to the river

    Lord, I'm gonna jump right in (x2)

    When I get down to the river 

    Gonna see if all my troubles can swim

     

    I'm low like the devil

    I'm high like an old oak tree (x2)

    If you try to get closer 

    You'll just get farther from me

     

    Sometimes I wonder

    If the good Lord will save my soul (x2)

    The sky up above me

    Is blacker than a chunk of coal

     

    I love my good gal

    You know I love my whiskey rye (x2)

    Never treat me low-down

    Love me till I'm satisfied 

     

    (c) 2016

    Matt Cox/ASCAP

  • 05:28 Lyrics
    Happy Home

    I hear the thunder rolling across the mountains

    And it chills me to my bones

    The sound takes me back to my dear daddy

    And the words that he said when I first left home

    And the words that he said when I first left home

     

    He said, "Life can get a little rocky sometimes"

    "You may find yourself lost and all alone"

    "But remember this, my son, as long as I'm here

    "You will always have a happy home"

    "You will always have a happy home"

     

    But, I've always had a mind for rambling

    Ever since I was a little kid

    When my head starts to wandering and I want to go traveling

    To all the little places that I haven't been 

    To all the little places that I haven't been

     

    (c) 2016

    Matt Cox/ASCAP

  • 03:41 Lyrics
    Our Great Escape

    Moments are flying

    Like a jet airplane

    I can see them coming

    Then they're gone again

    Town by town and day to day

    We're saving for our great escape

     

    Peaches and honey 

    Don't taste the same

    With a dirty spoon 

    Without a pretty name

    Bullshit and money still got the same ring

    If you shine it like a diamond

    Or flush it down the drain

     

    We gotta go

    We can't stay

    There's gonna be a time

    There'll be a day

    When we gotta go

    I know it's hard to say

    Just saving for our great escape

     

    Some lack the courage

    For to take the blame

    They roll the dice like

    It's a Milton Bradley game

    While the high Sierra's are going up in flames

    And the world we've made is a crying shame

     

    We gotta go

    We can't stay 

    There's gonna be a time

    There'll be a day

    When we gotta go

    I know it's hard to say

    Just saving for our great escape

     

    Our great escape

    Our great escape

    Our great escape

     

    (c) 2016

    Matt Cox/ASCAP

NOTES
Produced by Matt Cox
Recorded live by Jeremy Garrett at Hidden Tracks Studio, Omaha, NE

Matt Cox - vocals, guitar, harmonica, banjo, percussion
Colin Duckworth - guitar, mandolin, pedal steel
Vern Fergesen - accordion, piano
Josh Dunwoody - upright bass

Matt Cox

Six-time Omaha Entertainment and Arts Award winner for Best Country/Americana and Best Blues. The caliber of artist that singer/songwriter Matt Cox has become in the studio and on stage is being widely recognized by a steady growing fanbase. Cox continues to perform across the country as a solo artist, and with an ever-changing lineup of the area’s top talent.

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