The Seeker

by Chris Mathieu

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released 15 June 2015

recorded at Let It Bleed, Los Angeles, CA

chris mathieu – songwriter, guitar, vocals
scott warren – guitar, chord organ, backing vocals
brian young - percussion
dan wistrom - guitar
kiehl smit - bass
brian lapin – piano, hammond organ
mark mcconville – pedal steel
jonathan dinerstein – piano
rebecca ward - violin
helen belangie – cello


Produced and Engineered by Scott Warren
Mixed and Mastered by George Shalda -
So Long, Come to Bed Oh Lovely Dear, She Don’t Mind, Sound
Mixed by Scott Warren – Here Beside Me, Rode On, Nobody Else
Mastered by Hans DeKline - Here Beside Me, Rode On, Nobody Else
Mixed and Mastered by Matt Naylor – The Seeker, I Believe
Additional Engineering by Jon Griffin

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Chris Mathieu Los Angeles, California

Chris Mathieu is a singer/songwriter originally from Virginia, residing in Los Angeles. Folk rock with a bit of an Irish inflection might describe his music. Think Glen Hansard, Damien Rice, Cat Stevens. Give him a listen.

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Track Name: The Seeker
i've been roaming 'round forever
not sure what I'm trying to find
i've sat helpless in a corner
with too much on my mind
oh I've been searching for no reason
i've been lying to myself
i don't mind walking to heaven
even if I go through hell

i once had a fire in my gut
i had a glimmer in my eye
i knew absolutely nothing
and that nothing let me by
i have left it all behind me
just to see what lies ahead
if I make it before sun down
lord I hope you'll let me rest

lay me down
lay me down whole

i've been walking round in circles
i've been trying to forget
i've been listening to your wisdom
cause I haven't heard mine yet
my heart it keeps on calling
but my head it won't let go
i don't understand your silence
oh I beg you let me know

i lie awake in wonder
of the things that I have seen
everything I ever wanted
everyone I wished to be
the seeker keeps on looking
though there's nothing to be found
all my life I've been mistaken
while it followed me around
Track Name: So Long
i never knew you by name
you had a smile that would light up the rain
and I’m pretty sure life will never be the same
oh, I never knew you by name

your eyes had a light of their own
if I’d a bottled it up, I’d be home
and I’d never set sail without you along
your eyes had a light of their own

so long for now
so long for now
so long, though we never say never
so long, so long

where have I seen you before?
i remember you from long ago
you remind me of someone who I used to know
oh, where have I seen you before?

your laugh echos loud in my head
for the longest time I ignored it
now I’m doin’ alright, just like you said
your laugh echos loud in my head
Track Name: Come to Bed Oh Lovely Dear
come to bed oh lovely dear
fill this space beside my head
leave your breath upon my ear
won't you come to bed oh lovely dear

come to bed oh lovely dear
i've been waiting for you for all these years
and the picture i'd imagined was never clear
'til the day that i saw you my heavenly dear

come to bed oh lovely dear

come to bed oh lovely dear
the sweet smell of your love i hold so near
if you're leaving know that i'll be here
when you return come back to bed my dear

don't you love
don't you love when she
don't you love when she smiles

it's alright
it's alright if you
it's alright if you leave me

come to bed oh lovely dear
you can leave the rest of the world out there
if you're tired of all the pain and tears
know that i'll hold you forever my lovely dear
know that i'll hold you forever my lovely dear
know that i'll love you forever my heavenly dear
Track Name: I Believe
all that I’ve believed I have become
i listened, they spit it out and I ate it up
‘cause I believed
oh I believe

i tried to understand, I wanted to know
still it made no sense, no sense at all
yet, I believed
oh, I believe

there’s something, I can see it
i can barely read it
it sells

you ask and you’ll receive it
you don’t, you better believe
it sells

i gave you all that I have ever been
i washed my hands devoid of all my sin
lord, ‘cause I believed
oh, I believe

my love, I know I left you far behind
i’ve been wronged as many times as I’ve been right
oh, but I believed
oh I believe

my god, where have you been?
i’m all alone
oh why have you forsaken me for so long?
i believed
oh, I believe
Track Name: She Don't Mind
well i packed up all my things
and i headed out on the road
to a dream i had, but couldn’t let go

saw my lady wave goodbye
turn around, walk back inside
thinking i’d be home soon

with the air upon my face
and a cigarette in it’s place
i pulled up to the old county fair

thought my heart would explode
shut my eyes, played the first chord
and that was all she wrote

but she don’t mind
no, she don’t mind
‘cause she don’t know

no, she don’t mind
no, she don't mind
‘cause she don’t know

i stepped down off that stage
feelin’ half of my age
with a smile i couldn't quite hide

put my guitar in its case
lit a smoke and wiped my face
if i died now, well that’d be alright

i miss you so
but i’ll be home tomorrow
well i’ve lied, i know

i heard your voice on the phone
and i felt more alone
sittin’ in that goddamned motel

if i’da known what i know
well i’d have never left home
‘cause baby, I can’t stop now
Track Name: Sound
and it follows you til you have it all
but you don’t cause there’s more that you want
and it shows its face when you least expect it to
and it turns and you know it’s you it’s after
there’s a place it hides in the back of your mind
like a thorn in your eye while you’re sleeping
and it understands you better than anyone can
even though you are sure you don’t need it

i hope it leaves you sound

i can feel it

sometimes it wakes in the middle of winter
when it’s cold and it’s open to opening up
it’ll shout at you with a stinging pain
til you know you are sure what you’re feeling
and it falls upon everyone around
showing signs it remembers who you once were
and it sleeps alone tonight
Track Name: Nobody Else
she lay there warm
she had a smile that filled her form
from ear to ear from head to toe
he leaned in close
spoke her name and she awoke
said i just thought you'd like to know
that baby i don't need nobody else

the night was young
they drank wine till they were drunk
then stumbled home as best they could
he held her hair
oh it’s best to leave it there
she turned around, gave him a look
she said, baby i don't need nobody else

baby i don't need nobody else at all
well i gotta let you go
i held on as long as i could
and i know it’s hard
why'd you leave me?
why God?
well i never knew that i would lose it all
oh baby i don't need nobody else

a time went by
just the same for you and i
but what seemed like forever in the state they shared
they had it all
nothing gained, nothing lost
to die is everyone's affair
still baby i don't need nobody else

no way would i leave you now
but i gotta let you go
oh hell i don’t see how
i’ll make it without you

she held his head
as they recalled the things they did
without ever saying a word
they laughed
they cried
as it ate 'em up inside
but all that either of them heard
was baby i don't need nobody else

baby i don’t need nobody else at all
well i've gotta let you go
i held on as long as i could
and i know it’s hard
why'd you leave me?
why God?
well i never knew that i would lose it all
we fought
we fared well
we had more than our fair share
of i don't love you’s
i don't need you’s
and i don't cares
but even if i had my way
i’d do it all again the same
i’d never want another love to hear me say
baby i don't need nobody else

she kneeled down
placed a flower on the ground
just like she'd done so many times before
she said
i've met a man
oh he's kind, he's sweet, he's grand
but i just thought you'd like to know
that baby i don't need nobody else
Track Name: Rode On
oh, i’ve been lookin’ for a place to stay
rest my head and my horse’s head
everywhere i went, well they turned me away
so i rode on
oh, i rode on

i fell in love, and i bought a ring
she turned me down, so i pawned it
i used the money to buy the drink
then i rode on
oh, I rode on

well, i’m ready to go
well, i’m ready to go
well, i’m on my own
got a while to go
‘till i find my home

i's ridin’ high, but i felt low
lay my body on a railroad
i got back up, ‘cause ya said so
then i rode on
well, i rode on

well, i’m ready to go
well, i’m ready to go
well, i’m on my own
got a while to go
‘till i find whatever it is i’ve been looking for

but i’ve been held down
and been free
oh, all i know’s how to be
oh yeah

oh, i’ve been lookin’ for a place to stay
rest my head and my horse’s head
everywhere i went, well they turned me away
so i rode on
oh, i rode on
and i’m on my own
got a while to go
‘till i find my home
and a lighter load
‘cause inside i know
there’s a self
tired of living at all
still i’m on my own
and i’m sure i know
that I don’t