Written On Your Wall

by Matthew Fountain and the Whereabouts

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“This song is about never being able to truly know your partner, and how much of what we think we know is what we want them to be. The refrain response ‘aahlooeeyoualooah’ to the narrator’s call is a sort of sonic Rorschach, allowing the narrator and the listener to attach whatever meanings they want to those sounds.”

lyrics

Talk to me - Alueeyualuah
It’s not too clear - Alueeyualuah
I need you you know - Alueeyualuah
What’s going on in there? - Alueeyualuah

The feeling’s mutual
It’s the same the other way
Play it backwards if you want
If it’s games you want to play

Now I ask myself - Alueeyualuah
When your ice starts to thaw
What is written on your wall?
You never know nobody quite

You let me see - Come again
What I want to see - What’d you say?
You let me write - Alueeyualuah
What I want to read - Come again
Now I ask myself - Alueeyualuah

When your ice starts to thaw
What is written on your wall?
You never know nobody quite

I sail tonight
Where strangers know me best - Really really now?
A simple life
On modest bread - Is it what you want?
I’m sailing back
I’ve changed my mind - Really really now?
Because I want to know
I really need to know
…Really now?
Now I ask myself

When your ice starts to thaw
What is written on your wall?
You never know nobody quite

Your eyes are drawn (on)
And your lips are drawn (on)
Nothing else is drawn (on)
From memory (backing whispers this)
Our words are gone
My peace of mind gone
And your body’s drawn (on)
From memory (backing whispers this)

credits

released January 20, 2016
Cover art - painting "Becc" courtesy of Susan Sage
Cover design - Adam Sharp

All songs and arrangements by Matthew Fountain
Copyright© 2016 Born on the Hook Music

Produced by Matthew Fountain, Paul Laxer, and Jeff Stuart Saltzman
Mixed by Jeff Stuart Saltzman
Mastered by Adam Gonsalves at Telegraph Mastering

Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Marxophone- Matthew Fountain
Piano - Becca Schultz
Upright bass - Sean Vinson
Drums - Nick Werth
Violin - Shannon Rose Steele, Diana Bright
Viola - Amanda Lawrence
Cello - Samantha Kushnick
Trumpet - Eric Stipe
Vocals - Lizzy Ellison, Sarah Clarke, Johanna Warren, Ana Hurtado-Gonzales

Recorded at The Map Room and the Falcon Art Community in Portland, Oregon
Strings recorded at Mississippi Studios

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Matthew Fountain Portland, Oregon

Portland upstarts whose cinematic song noir fuses densely arranged chamber folk, moody, syncopated grooves, and angular, runaway-train guitar work—set against a wearied baritone and direct-yet-poetic lyrics on everyday mysteries and anxieties-- love, war, eternity, identity. Influences include Leonard Cohen, Talking Heads, Portishead, Harry Nilsson, Björk, and Elliott Smith. ... more

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