Good Enough

by Matt Hobbs

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Matt Hobbs partnered with Atlanta musician and producer Pat Valley to put together Matt's first complete solo album "Good Enough." The album is now available for download!

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released 27 July 2011

Music and Lyrics - Matt Hobbs
Producer - Pat Valley
Piano, Vocals, Synth, Ukulele - Matt Hobbs
Guitars - Pat Valley

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Track Name: George C. Lovett, Jr.
Is Mr. Perry in the office? Cuz I need to see him soon
This is George C. Lovett Jr. on the 15th day of June
Could you please take down my number? Have him call me if you can
I’m stuck in a storm outside the office... I’m without a backup plan

Oh please ma’am, can’t you see? This is not the way I wanted it to be
Cuz if I don’t see him now
And ask him why and how
Then I might face a thorough investigation by the SEC

And he said I never looked at it this way before today but
Now it looks like I’m a little screwed
So please just have him call me this is George C. Lovett Jr, 3pm the 15th day of June

See I just was in the tinkler and I ran into Henry Winkler
And he was talkin bout the gloomy days before the happy ones
It was then that we decided: win or lose at least you tried
Or you never would have known the things you never would have done

Oh but when he closed the door I saw something I’d not noticed yet before
That his hair had turned to grey and he looked as if to say
The world is yours and yours to miss so go out and explore

And he said I never looked at it this way before today but
Now it looks like I’ve learned something new
So please just have him call me this is George C. Lovett Jr, 3pm the 15th day of June
Track Name: Good Enough
Good enough is more than just a word or phrase
A simple designation not by your own request
In fine times it stands forward or it kicks you in the face
A call for resignation or to be greater than the rest

You’ve heard what they said did you bring it on yourself
And now you’re stuck up in the rough
And you’d give anything to just be good enough

So try harder next time for it all fades to darker shades
Maybe it won’t be as hard to ignore
They held you to a standard conjured out of empty air
A question rises will you ever be much better than you were
Before you heard what they said did you bring it on yourself
And now you’re stuck up in the rough
And you’d give anything to just be good enough

If it’s good enough for you I guess it’s fair enough for me too
But tell me how it got so rough
I guess this song is good...
Track Name: Daylight
She wishes it was daylight so she could drive away,
But summer’s still too long to go from little old today
She wants the moon to close down; she says her last goodbye’s
Surpassing yet another night, another chance to cry

Just in case there’s any doubt at all
He who thinks he stands securely take care not to fall
And see if she can stand it anymore
So lock the key and throw away the door

She thinks she’s gonna lose me
To life that’s far removed
But how she is so certain
As to what I’ll choose is just so far beyond me I haven’t any clue
Of how she thinks I’ll turn it out or if I’ll make it through

Just in case there’s any doubt at all
He who thinks he stands securely take care not to fall
And see if she can stand it anymore
So lock the key and throw away the door

Just in case there’s any doubt at all
He who thinks he stands securely take care not to fall
And see if she can stand it anymore
So lock the key and throw away the door
Track Name: Coming Home
They said they’d never seen a thing like this before
And all that we could do is pray for help
They left behind their lives locked up behind closed doors
And whether they’d return no one could tell
And everything that they had ever known was left to chance
Their fragile lives held gently in their loving god’s hands

Forever will they picture the sights that they’ve seen
The memories just linger over head
And they’d give anything to forget this wicked dream
That they can’t wake up from in their own warm beds

Reality hits harder when it’s in your own backyard
The truth sure stings a whole lot worse to think it’s come this far
From what had been so normal then but now it’s disappeared
Little did they know when they were coming home

The houses nearby all are disguised
Some can hardly be recognized
With all the same things but something’s not right
They cannot believe their eyes
Trees which stood so tall and strong
Humbled by an awesome force
Bowed down after standing so long thanks to nature’s running course
If home is where the heart is but it’s hard to find some love
When life gets twisted upside down by something up above

Reality hits harder when it’s in your own backyard
The truth sure stings a whole lot worse to think it’s come this far
And they all walk together in their journey to an end
But they cannot define it or what’s held around the bend
They pray that God’s still watching them when thousands feel along
Little did they know when they were coming home

From here they can see a new sun a’rising
A brighter sky to point them down that road
Cuz whatever happens, you pick up the pieces
And you can’t take away their home
You can’t take away their hope

It’s more than just a city made of buildings streets and trees
Something lives inside of them and lives inside of me
A spirit deep within them and it always will survive
It never can be taken and continues to thrive
New Orleans is a place where you can never do no wrong
And I’m still proud to say that I can call it home
Track Name: Ballad of Three-Eyed Tom
Tom was a tall man, always had his head in the clouds
But you see he had three eyes, so what he saw what never how it quite turned out
Each morning he’d sprint to the bus stop
Only to taste exhaust and see
The metal box ascending the hill
With someone else inside his empty seat

Along the roads of broken pavement, shuffling his feet
His papers fly about in the wind and puddles jump onto him off the street
He stops on the corner of St. Charles Avenue and he wonders about this place
Looks up at the cloudy sky and more good luck falls right down on his face

Tell me Tom, why don’t you tell me what you’re scared about
Oh whoa trust me you know it could be worse
You know today’s not nearly half as bad... I swear you said it first

So you’ll carry all your grief inside a leather bag
As you make it through a never ending succession of days
You’re going somewhere but have no earthly clue where
Oh yea should I say
He throws his bag aside and screams with all his might

Takes off running through the kitchen with an undying ambition
He’s so bent and determined, he doesn’t see the pigeons
As they fly into the sky and they grab him by the collar
Fly him to the sky, but Tom he does not holler
He just looks down below and watches the bus as it quietly goes
He just looks down below

Good morning everyone its 55 degrees
I feel so fortunate for you to share this time with me
Cuz it’s been 10 long years since I’ve seen the outside of these walls
And maybe I’ll get out today if I can convince yall

There’s evil in the world today no matter who you are
There’s evil in your birthday cake, there’s evil in your car
It’s cousin is the greed that made you wanna get so far and none of this has shit to do with me
You might think I’m crazy and for all you know I am, but that’s why you guys had me locked up in the can

Cuz you see I’m just a tall man, always have my head in the clouds
But you see I’ve got three eyes… so what I saw’s not how it all turned out
Track Name: Smell The Roses
I question if you’re ready to take that plunge before you into the waters of uncertainty
It’s hardly crystal clear, but do your best my dear
Uncover all that you were meant to see
That which stretches out before you, growing longer all the while
But tell me in a journey of a thousand leagues, what’s a quarter mile?

No matter what you’re tryin, time you’ll be not defyin. It’s gonna keep on blowin by
And then before you know it, you’ve nothing left to show for it and you don’t understand why
Every time you stop to smell the roses you’re not getting any stronger
And even if you stop a thousand times a day, they’re not livin any longer
Track Name: Bingo
I’m in no mood to sleep
This is much too deep
Tell me this is all a grand charade
All I did was be myself
But judgments rarely ever tell the whole of your intentions
This is not the plan you once had made

This is the type of thing that happens to somebody else… it’s true
But that someone else to everyone is you

Well look what the cat dragged in
Another old recycling bin
Inside of which is nothing useful at first glance
But if you take a harder look
At all the heart it took
For him to walk back in here
Presenting you another second chance

This is the type of thing that happens to somebody else… it’s true
But that someone else to everyone is you

Well it looks like the leaves will have to change a different color
When the weather catches chills, the ones before it never caught
Cuz I don’t wanna be another picture on your wall or
Just another Buick in the Bingo parking lot

Well it looks like the leaves will have to change a different color
When the weather catches chills, the ones before it never caught
Cuz I don’t wanna be another picture on your wall or
Just another Buick in the Bingo parking lot
Track Name: Sure But Hopeless
Gazing out the empty window, a thousand miles of nothingness to see
Lying on the bedroom floor just empty thoughts to keep him company
Silence rises up like shadows in a dream
There’s no one there to make amends or rectify the scene

The road not taken now with concrete on both sides
I guess the reason’s lost in Road Less Traveled By
He knows he sees the truth walk slowly down the centre aisle
You see him there across the room he tries to sit and smile
At what it is he cannot pass
His sure but hopeless task

A breeze of cold air rushes through and turns him far away from you
And all the spells you said you’d never cast
Instead you did and quietly he waits there still unknowingly
Take my hand and step in the past
A revelation coming somewhere rom afar
A glimpse into the future can’t be made from where you are
And all he knows and sees is life will never be the same

The road not taken now with concrete on both sides
I guess the reason’s lost in Road Less Traveled By
He knows he sees the truth walk slowly down the centre aisle
You see him there across the room he tries to sit and smile
At what it is he cannot pass
His sure but hopeless task

Driving home he lives again the moments from the past
That he himself will never change how long will this day last
Will this chapter ever close he thinks that he will never know
His sure but hopeless task