Strangers I've Already Met

by Sneaky Bones

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Speed Veins 05:05
SPEED VEINS (bean) there is speed running through my veins hold me close hear the whistling train there's a river pulling me downstream faster now than i have ever dreamed the feeling as you push away watching everything from above ain't nobody looking your way breathe it in you are the air no matter where you're going you're gonna find it there you'll find it there there's a vision from behind my eyes motion picture set with a crew working overtime there's no breaks to let the credits roll cast keeps going until the screen is full now the lights are going down cameras turned off everyones on stage sharing a bow breathe it in you are the air no matter where you're going i know you'll find it there you'll find it there
All I Need 03:09
ALL I NEED (bean) some days it feels like i'm diggin for gold a speck in a river fast and cold other days it's breaking rocks between my palms dreams thin as skin ground away everyday but it would all be for nothing if you went away cause you're all i need you're all i need a tall drink of water when the sun won't set on me mouth is dry not a raincloud in sight cracks begin in my lizard skin but you're by my side cause you're all i need well the heat keeps going cold sweat on my skin take every ounce these old bones have got to give but lay it on me every brick you got i'll take the weight from you everyday but it would all be for nothing if you didn't stay (ch)
Strangers 03:34
STRANGERS (bean) hope is all it takes a little hope that the past is the past and the future is what we await time it will pick you up get you excited like when you were a kid and your heart couldn't handle the heavy stuff stuck on the same thing can't see whats in front of my face but i'm picturing you everyone is changing i'm standing in the same place faded as the picture of you take something i recall tell the story a thousand times till it's nothing like what happened at all fond of the future tense so nostalgic for things that haven't happened i see strangers i know i've already met face faces in a crowd only seem to be a slight variation in the simulation we call the now eyes strain not to stare break for a moment but we both come back to a vague memory we already share (ch)
Wear Me Down 04:35
WEAR ME DOWN (bean) all the metal turned to rust when the paint turned to dust scraped a few fenceposts along the way i'm feeling rough around the corners seasons dull all the borders not looking new anymore these days so steal my keys take it fast and far drive like it's your job to fuck up this car said you gotta take it all off don't try to fix a spot wear it all down so you can see what you really got wear me down oh wear me down, down, down wear me down swiftly tumbling easy wear me down smooth like the rocks in the riverbed letting go the frame begins to show the wear is getting deeper and evenly bad getting used to passerbys drop their jaw and avert their eyes almost down to where i planned (ch)
Carolene 03:34
CAROLENE (bean, weber, wildman) you've been loitering in an unfamiliar place don't know how to rest or catch a break the barriers are getting harder to climb so go on take a load off i got the time carolene i got the time so cara lean on me i ain't ever falling down cara lean on me i can't stop being around cara lean on me i can give you all you need whoa - oh - oh carolene go ahead and stop and take that rock out your shoe standing on one leg is harder to do reaching out you try not to fall but if you land on me don't worry at all carolene not at all (ch)
GAMBLERS DREAM (bean, weber, wildman) rigged like a casino game honey life's set up to take all your money it's amazing anyone plays at all feeling like a roulette spin slowing down stopping only when the house wins and i met you at the table when our numbers weren't called but i'll take a little chance on you i'll take a little chance on you caught a little bad luck honey but i guess we all do so i'll take a little chance on you why do the odds get longer when you're with another person they should get stronger instead you both have twice as much to lose even if you find someone who makes you feel like you're a win in the long run it's a gamblers dream that the losing is through (ch)
WHEN DOES IT HIT YOU (bean) how many times have i sat in this old chair eyes climbing the walls trying to remember what was there how many times have i missed you this much but you're somewhere else the sky can't even touch when does it hit you that you're all alone with a vacant face like outer space and the noise of a silent phone when does it hit you that they won't be back around it's a telephone call you can never make no matter what you dial how many times has the fire gone out hearth stopped burning just as the heat was pouring out how many times would you wake up in the night warm from the dreams we shared to a cold wondering why (ch) how many times has the grass grown over top the dust of rusted nails that the water finally got (ch)
Sore Eyes 03:23
SORE EYES (bean) keep coming back to the same old thing again wondering where i wanna end up when this all ends i could go anywhere that's not the problem it's about how your spend your moments till you ain't got em i don't know where i'll be when i gotta go so let the pedal off the floor i'm trying to catch a glimpse of everywhere and my eyes are getting sore things they move try and figure out why they're happening but actually they didn't move till you started watching trying to make sense of a world infinitely long try as hard as you like but it will blink and then you're gone (ch) looking for a break to stop my eyes landscape flashing like a broken slot machine looking for a break so i can try scanning the horizon sun don't set on me (ch)
David Jones 04:11
DAVID JONES (bean) i can't tell you no crazy stories you lived each one crazier than the last i can't show you no freaky pictures you were striking a pose every time the camera flashed where did you come from david jones not one of our own where did you go today back to space headed home i look to the stars and think of where you've gone i can't put on no ladies clothing nothing you haven't worn before i can't give you no fancy powders you lived on magic for a couple years or more (ch) don't leave just yet still so much music left don't leave just yet still so much music left (ch)
Trees 03:52
TREES (bean) you look like you could use a pick me up no i don't see anything wrong you just seem a little stuck don't mean nothing it's just where you are right now well i got a friend who'd give you sage advice but he's hard to track down where does he live? well out with the giants of the west somewhere along the mackenzie river in a forest he knows the best i don't know i just remember what he said to me as we were sitting at the base of a 600-year-old doug fir tree whatever you're looking for man you can find it way up in the trees climb higher and higher till you can't see down and trust me you gonna get what you need if you don't believe me man watch those birds fly around don't it look effortless to feel weightless well the secret is to leave the ground used to drive up the highway and take a left dodge as many trees at high speed till he got stuck in a mess jump out laughing wrap the winch round something strong say that was a good one we almost made it hey turn it up thats my favorite song (ch)
Autobahn 04:29
AUTOBAHN (bean, weber) it's raining so hard i can barely hear your voice and the wiper blades can't cut through the river coming down full force it's not the first time you said you couldn't take it but it will be the last time we'll have this conversation i've got so many miles to go and i always pictured you with me till my engine runs cold i know there's nothing to change the way i feel but if i drive this car fast enough windows down, wind whipping by faster than the rain can fly my tears won't hit the wheel just passed the next no speed limit sign can be stop and go on the autobahn but now it's time to drive best part i don't need any math no miles or kilometeres just the headlights ripping past (ch) as i slow down for a mistimed pass i imagine ripping through the wood and steel just a soft turn away would i hit the ditch and roll or would i make it to the other side would the airbags roar from their plastic caves and as i picture the collide there's a honking horn and a flash of brights and i'm back to my empty lane so i push the pedal down all the way (ch)


Strangers I've Already Met was a dream record for me. I spent two weeks tracking in a giant, old wooden barn in upstate New York. I got to arrange, play, listen, overdub, contemplate, sing, write, and get weird with two of my favorite musicians in the world -- Sam Weber and Marshall Wildman (with a surprise guest appearance by a third, Jim Horbett). Joseph Chudyk, who engineered and mixed the very first Sneaky Bones record, was our omnipresent sonic guide and digital wizard. After we left Byron, NY, I was digging through the liner notes of my favorite contemporary records and kept coming across two names -- Scott Hirsch and Chris Boerner. A series of emails and phone calls landed these tracks in Ojai, CA for mixing and Carrboro, NC for mastering. Scott and Chris gave this record life I didn't know it had. I collaborated with two profoundly talented artists -- Arden Klemmer and Pat Falco -- to build a tactile home for these 11 tracks.

So thank you Sam, Marshall, Joe, Jim, Scott, Chris, Arden, and Pat for Strangers I've Already Met. Thank you to Ian Schofinski for joining us in the barn sauna for 36 hours and documenting the experience. Thank you to Cameron at Welcome to 1979 for putting this on wax. Thank you to my family for your unwavering support and positivity. Thank you to everyone who had ears, eyes, art direction, opinions, advice, and love -- Gordon, Paul, Hamilton, Ana, Alec, and Josiah. Thank you Malcolm for inspiring me to pick up the guitar and make music; for you I'll never stop. And thank you to everyone who spins this record -- this is for you. Heres to all the strangers I've already met.

© 2019 Matthew Bean (ASCAP)
Corporate Sloth Publishing (ASCAP)


released May 17, 2019

Sneaky Bones is MATTHEW BEAN


SAM WEBER (bass, vox, electric guitar, whirly, synth, piano)
MARSHALL WILDMAN (drums, vox, percussion)
JOSEPH CHUDYK (percussion)
SCOTT HIRSCH (crystal strings on STRANGERS)

Tracking and Engineering - JOSEPH CHUDYK at Mockingbird Studios in Byron, NY


Mixing and post production - SCOTT HIRSCH at ECHO MAGIC in Ojai, CA

Mastering - CHRIS BOERNER at THE KITCHEN in Carrboro, NC

Cover Art, art direction, and layout - ARDEN KLEMMER

Interior art and center label - PAT FALCO

Arrangements by BEAN, WEBER, WILDMAN, and CHUDYK

Lacquers and plating - CAMERON HENRY at Welcome to 1979 in Nashville, TN


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