Per Aspera Ad Astra

by Matthew Moran

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04:09
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02:56
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04:24
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03:30
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03:20
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03:45
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03:13
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03:07
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I strived to make this album feel as real as possible. I want it to feel as if the listener was sitting in the living room next to us while we were recording, flaws and all.

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released September 21, 2014

Matt Moran - vocals, guitars, bass, drums on track 1 & 4, hand claps
Daniel Moran - vocals, keyboards, hand claps
Kaley Moran - vocals
Justin Strickland - drums, tambourine, harmonica

All songs written by Matt Moran except "Thirteen" with lyrics by Kaley Moran and music by Daniel Moran and Matt Moran.

Recorded, mixed, and mastered in various houses during July 2014-September 2014.

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Matthew Moran Oklahoma

I am a songwriter, and I want to tell the stories about humanity that make us uncomfortable. I try to feel all the feels, but mostly I just want to have a good time.

I currently reside in Norman, OK. Add me on Facebook:
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Track Name: Weak Hands
I've got such weak hands
Can't fight off anything they want to
Sorry I'm breaking our big plans
The things we'll say but never do
So come climb into this bed
Don't mind these wires and tubes
Let's say the things in our heads
Before our time together's through

Baby, I'll see you on the other side
Darling, you know that that ain't true
Baby, I'll see you in another life
Besides what else have we got to lose?
We're already losing you

Remember the coast of the Pacific?
That little house in Seaview
We always said we'd revisit
Time flies so fast the end comes so soon
So come climb into this bed
Don't mind these wires and tubes
Let's describe pictures in our heads
Before our time together's through

Baby, I'll see you on the other side
Darling, you know that that ain't true
Baby, I'll see you in another life
Besides what else have we got to lose?
We're already losing you

Baby, can you stay with me a little while?
Darling, I've got nothing else to do
Baby, can I see just a little smile?
Besides what else have you got to lose
I'm not ready to lose you
Track Name: 1987
I was born in 1987
The year of the second stock market crash
Eight days after it all went to hell
Maybe it's why I live and die
Maybe it's why I write what I write
All I know is only time will tell

Cause I am a troubadour
Looking to burn down my front porch

Baby I love you
And how you put up with all I do

I was born in the year of the rabbit
Maybe it's why I have bad habits
That will someday send me straight to hell
Maybe it's why I live and die
Maybe it's why I write what I write
All I know is only time will tell

Cause I am a troubadour
Looking to burn down my front porch

Baby I love you
And how you put up with all I do
Track Name: Sunburn
All I've got is this sunburn
That makes my whole world hurt
And tequila in my bloodstream
Cause I know somebody's missing me
So I'll head on down to the coastal
Cities where they know me
And I'll make the miles go by
With cigarettes and gasoline

Birthday cards and IOU's
Souvenirs you'll never lose
Collect calls and missing dimes
Sorry kid I'm running out of time

All I've got is this memory
Of last night and where it left me
All alone in an empty bed
But I hustled up enough for rent
So I'll head on down to the postal
Service where they know me
And I'll try for the millionth time
To send this letter of apology

For playing catch and T-Ball games
Empty seats calling my name
Messages on a machine
Sorry kid, but soon you'll see
I'm coming home this time for good
Like I always said I would
I've just got one thing to do
I'll call you when I've got some news

Birthday cards and IOU's
Souvenirs you'll never lose
Collect calls and missing dimes
Sorry kid I'm out of time
Track Name: Bluebird
Come back bluebird, come back
Help us make up for what we lack
Cause we are stuck inside this cage
Pick the lock help us get away

Cause we are not alone
Yet we are all alone

Come back bluebird, come back
Help us get back on track
Cause we are stuck inside this house
With no windows we can't get out

Cause we are not alone
Yet we are all alone

Come back blue bird, come back (please come back)
Help us make up for what we lack (what we lack)
Cause we are doing the best we can (best we can)
But we are stuck inside this cage again

Cause we are not alone
Yet we are all alone
Track Name: Thirteen
Cigarette smoke and dust filled our lungs
As we lay side by side on the floor
And I watch the bands of color fade
In and out over our skin

I was thirteen
Years following
I would be seventeen and alone
Detached until twenty years old

For weeks we'd drink ourselves to sleep
So we could not visualize the loss we'd seen
And when you were gone I'd smooth my skin
Against the sunlight coming in

I was thirteen
Years following
I would be seventeen and alone
Detached until twenty years old

I would watch the grass sweep back and forth
Until the impulse to cry was displaced with my
Overwhelming animosity I harbored for you

I was thirteen
Years following
I would be seventeen and alone
Detached until twenty years old
Track Name: Seven Years
I remember the day and the time we turned our tassels
We started planning out and building our glass castle
Trapping all our hopes and dreams inside its walls
I'm throwing bricks and stones to see that castle fall

It took us seven years but we finally scratched that itch
The one that's been keeping us up and throwing us in fits
Well it's got us out and now we're highway bound
There's no looking back and there's no turning back now

We're not coming home like all those times before
With our hearts broken, tattered, and torn
We're staying and we're rooting ourselves here
I'm tired of living all our lives in fear

It took us seven years but we finally scratched that itch
The one that's been keeping us up and throwing us in fits
Well it's got us out and now we're highway bound
There's no looking back and there's no turning back now
Track Name: When It's Over
When it's over it's just over
And nobody told me
I'm still out here on a wire
Between the moon and everything
When you say it's done
You just turn and run like it's nothing to leave
You're still out there having fun
And I'm still dangling on a string

And I won't even care if you come home
Cause you don't even leave the light on for me
There's nothing left to see

When it's over it's just over
And there's no room to breathe
I'm still out here waiting on a line
To be given to me
When you say it's done
You just turn and run like it's nothing to leave
You're still out there having fun
And I'm still down here on my knees

And I won't even care if you come home
Cause you don't even leave the light on for me
There's nothing left to see

There's nothing left to say
I've got my life and you've got your walkaways

And I won't even care if you come home
Cause you don't even leave the light on for me
There's nothing left to see
Track Name: Escape
We need to escape for a while
Cause it's been so long since we've seen each other smile
The money's going out, but it ain't coming in
Let's spend our last dollars on some cigarettes and gin

So we can escape for a while

Later on after we sober up
We'll head to the diner and have them fill our coffee cup
Dine and dash, leave a tip on the floor
Let's go to the movies, see something we've never seen before

So we can escape for a while

Come on Monday it will all come flooding back
Then on Tuesday well we won't know how to act
Wednesday/Thursday baby it's just you and me
Then on Friday we'll be living in a dream

So we can escape for a while
Track Name: When I Come Down
And I got the message
When I was robo-trippin'
It said that you were the one
That I would spend my entire life with

When I came down
I swore that I never would do this again

And I got the message
When I woke to you missing
It said that you weren't the one
That I would spend my entire life with

Last night when I came down
You swore that you'd never go through this again

Last night when I came down
You swore that you'd never go through this again
So when the sun goes down
I'll start this whole process all over again
Track Name: This is 25
This town might take our pride
But we won't let it take our lives
At least for tonight
Cause we all still know how to sing
Even though it's much more fucked up
Than when we started this thing

I know you and you know me
We're doing the best that
We can do by smoking our lungs black
And drinking our faces blue
All in the name of a good time
This is 25

Forget all the money, forget all the bills
The bank accounts that just won't build
Or bend to our will
Cause we all still laugh till we cry
Even though it's much more fucked up
We know we'll get by

I know you and you know me
We're doing the best that
We can do by smoking our lungs black
And drinking our faces blue
All in the name of a good time
This is 25
Track Name: American Summer
It's an American Summer
On the backs of our fathers
We all wait and we wonder
Who's gonna touch her?

It's an American Summer
We're all slaves to each other
I'm so close I can feel her
So close that it hurts

And I believe that there's something more
Than our eyes can see
And I believe that there's something more
For you and for me

It's an American Summer
It's never gonna get better
Make a move or you'll lose her
Forever

And I believe that there's something more
Than our eyes can see
And I believe that there's something more
For you and for me
And I believe that there's something more
Than our eyes can see
And I believe that there's something more
If not for you than for me