The Cage I Was In

by Eddie Bush

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Album Notes
The Cage I Was In began as most of our album projects do, with a massive collection of song demos that I relentlessly push Dave Matthews to hear. In early March 2015 it began, as I was visiting Nashville for my annual performance as Freddie Mercury in Marcus Hummon's "The Greatest Show Ever", and had a few songs to share with Dave during the trip. He doesn't just press record, he reacts, so I can usually tell when it's going to be a fruitful session; we recorded four songs that day, all of which are on this record.

Most every morning I call Dave during my 40-minute commute to my teaching studio, and we discuss life as well as joke about the fact that I'm sending so many songs to him that we should make a box set. On one of these extra long commutes, Dave suggested that it had been too long since Benjamin Bennett and Steve Clark, the other two thirds of my band The Mayhem, had recorded with us, and the concept for this release was born. It would be a two-disc set; one featuring the full band with electric tendencies, the other completely acoustic, with Dave's brilliant additions, of course.

Dave came to Charleston in May of 2016 and hadn't even unpacked before I started dumping more songs on him - around 60 or so. We collected Steve and Ben, recorded 12 songs with them, and then several more acoustically with me. Dave headed back to Music City, recordings in hand, and started sifting through the tunes. He decided to return to Charleston in August, and again as he was unpacking I played a load of new songs for him; three hit him hard, so we booked Truphonic for a half day, and hit record.

The next time Dave set foot on Charleston soil was a month later, with the intent to have a finished record when he left. We discovered the words "peace" and "forgiveness" in many spots. And we realized this disc wasn't as simple as "electric" and "acoustic", but was more a journey of emotional challenge and triumph. It was stylistically free, as my work often is, but in a way that was truly adventurous, visiting musical terrain I hadn't traveled prior. The disc was a unified process of discovery for Dave and I, and allowed us to push ourselves once again, trying to reach new levels of creativity. We had multiple conversations about Prince, who we lost in April, and what his own challenging achievements meant to our individual musical growth, and that inspired us as well.

Ultimately, we discovered this collection of very honest, genuinely expressive songs, speaking of themes rarely put to melody. We found 24 more musical reasons to celebrate the friendship we have had since our time working with One Flew South. I'd say we both discovered the taste of freedom that music blesses us with - for me the freedom from The Cage I Was In.

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released November 2, 2016

Produced, Recorded, Mixed & Mastered by Dave Matthews
Recorded at Trufonics Studio (Charleston), Treehouse Studio (Nashville) and Dog Ear Studio (Nashville)
Mixed & Mastered at Treehouse Studio
Assisted by Elliot Elsey at Trufonics Studio
Technical brilliance by Matt Legg

Electric and Acoustic Guitars - Eddie Bush
Drums - Steve Clark
Programmed Drums - Dave Matthews
Bass - Benjamin Bennett, Spady Brannan
Upright, Electric and Moog Bass programming - Dave Matthews
Percussion - Dave Matthews, Jamie Rogan & Steve Clark
Keyboards, Piano, Organs, Horns & Strings - Dave Matthews
Additional Strings - Jon Yudkin
Banjo - Jamie LaRitz
Saxophone - Tim Coleman
Background Vocals - Eddie Bush, Kristina Wrenn, Bekka Bramlett, Lisa Stewart, Steve Clark, and Taya, Pressley & Lilly Robb
String & Horn Arrangements - Dave Matthews

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Track Name: The Cage I Was In
Words became weapons, whisper or scream
I tried forgiveness, set myself free
But time is a prison acceptance the
key
My sadness the demon that wouldn't let me leave

Unlock the cell door , unleash my old soul
Unchain the hope that was tied to the floor
To take in a breath of a dream on the wind
Welcome freedom from the cage I was in

Rolled up those heart strings I thought I'd lost
Boxed up my mistakes , turned my back and tossed
Love's hidden treasures , came with a cost
Left with the shadow of her broken heart

Unlock the cell door , unleash my old soul
Unchain the hope that was tied to the floor
To take in a breath of a dream on the wind
Welcome freedom from the cage I was in

I feel myself again , glimpsing the wealth of friends
Still trust a helping hand
Wrote the letter I'll never send
For All the lessons that I learned
And bridges that I could've burned
I found a chance , another turn
To right the past and cure the hurt
Welcome Freedom
Track Name: Imaginary Friends
" Those toxic smiles, a contact high, Imaginary friends are easy to find"
imaginary Friends is a central song on "The Cage I Was In", describing
the opportunistic individuals we all come across in our lives. "All the demons are here, dressed in social graces".
lyrics
Knock knock knock
No one answers
Having nothing to give
Is a social cancer
Take take take
Everything for granted
Career criminals
Caught red handed

The laughs were lies
And though we try
Imaginary friends
Slip on by
Those toxic smiles
A contact high
Imaginary friends
Are easy to find

Back and forth
Facing two faces
All the demons are here
Dressed in social graces
Speaking in tongues
Words are always twisted
No matter the attention
Consistently missed it

Learned long ago when we played hide and seek
Seem to hide the most from those we hope to keep
Pretending was so fun and easy to do
Why show this world the real you?

The laughs were lies
And though we try
Imaginary friends
Slip on by
Those toxic smiles
A contact high
Imaginary friends
Are easy to find
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Track Name: Peace is Paradise
Peace is paradise
Is it so bad to disappear
For a welcome , warmer place than here
Take the good that's there to find
Wear the smile you always hide
Press rewind and try again
Saved of unforgiven sin

Book a ticket don't think twice
Knowing peace is paradise
Freedom is its own surprise
peace is paradise

Not a crime to be so naive
Easy as the air we breathe
Spending days on swollen knees
Made to beg forgiveness please
Life is waiting to begin
A beaten heart that needs to mend

Book a ticket don't think twice
Knowing peace is paradise
Breaking loose of the ties that bind
peace is paradise

Take a chance, learn to dance
To a song you never heard
No more care, nothing's fair
Risk is just a word

Book a ticket don't think twice
Knowing peace is paradise
Lose the worry, just enjoy the ride
Lost for decades , found alive
Knowing peace is paradise
Heaven from the hell you left behind
Peace is paradise
peace is paradise
Track Name: Old Bones
OLD BONES is a great example of why an artist makes art; it is a "window to the soul", a world with one inhabitant that is constantly being scoured for new vehicles of emotional expression. Dave Matthews, producer of this cut, said after recording, "This is why we love what we do". No question. Look for this on the upcoming release "The Cage I Was In".
lyrics
Just don't have a touch for house plants
They always die in front of my eyes
No luck getting any green grass
The dirt and weeds were no surprise

Love wasn't any different
Cause I'm sitting here alone
There's lots of unexpected
On a long and broken road
Hard learning life's lessons
Things are better when you know
Happiness is always here to hold
While I grow these old bones

How does it feel to be grown man
Can't transform this kid inside
So much indecision
A rocking chair or a fast, wild ride

Love wasn't any different
Cause I'm sitting here alone
There's lots of unexpected
On a long and broken road
Hard learning life's lessons
Things are better when you know
Happiness is always here to hold
While I grow these old bones


There's a promise in each day I hope to have left
The future that I find has found forgiveness
Lord, show me the bounty of a peaceful soul
Growing old bones
Track Name: When My Ship Comes In
I'll think about you when my ship comes in
There'll be lots of faces but very few friends
Those hungry actors so good at pretend
I'll think about you baby, when my ship comes in

I'll think of you when my ship comes in
There'll be celebration, my sails in the wind
Handshakes and long hugs, a momentous trend
I'll think of you when my ship comes in

And the waves keep on rolling
Over lost souls
Carrying us to our dreams
My heart keeps on holding
This picture I'm foldin'
Cause your love makes each minute complete

I'll think of you when my ship comes in
We will count the memories as this chapter ends
Drink a toast as the next one begins
I'll think of you as my ship comes in

And the waves keep on rolling
Over lost souls
Carrying us to our dreams
My heart keeps on holding
This picture I'm foldin'
Cause your love makes each minute complete

Come with me
We'll paint the clouds
Let the breeze
Push us around