Big Country Mike Mattera

Big Country Mike Mattera

 Wildwood, New Jersey, USA
BandCountryAcoustic

If you like folksy country music, you will like Big Country Mike Mattera...Songs like "Doo-Doo On You" remind tourists not to feed the sea-gulls... "Pills Pills" if what you eat don't kill you, the cost of your pills will....and the latest after the hit TV series "Deal or No Deal" I want it all...

Biography

A product of the 60's and 70's folk era. Grew up playing music from the Everly Brothers, Peter Paul & Mary, John Denver, John Prine, Harry Chapin and many more....Played throughout the Northeast in colleges, resort towns, county fairs, under the name Michael Shoemaker...of "Shoemaker & Holly".
Music greatly influenced by surroundings, and many songs depict events with a humorous edge.
Other songs explore the path of growing up, expectations of life, experienced achievements or failures of love, life and health. All songs are original.

Lyrics

DEAL OR NO DEAL

Written By: CHECK/MATTERA/MINECCI

DEAL OR NO DEAL

* DEAL OR NO DEAL
WHAT’S IT GONNA BE
HOWIE’S ON THE STAGE
AND HE’S WAITING THERE FOR ME

DEAL OR NO DEAL
WHAT’S IT GONNA BE,
THE AUDIENCE IS SCREAMING
BUT IT’S ALL UP TO ME

LOVELY LADIES WITH CASES
READY TO OPEN WIDE
TEMPTING ME WITH THE MONEY
CAN’T WAIT TO MAKE IT MINE

MORE MONEY THAN I’VE EVER SEEN
MORE MONEY THAN I’VE EVER DREAMED
THEN HOWIE INSISTS - RIGHT AFTER THIS *

MY FAMILY’S OUT THERE SHOUTING
ALL GIVING ME ADVICE
NOW I HAVE TO PICK A CASE
BUT THIS TIME I’LL DO IT TWICE

THE BANKER’S ON THE TELEPHONE
AND HOWIE TAKES THE CALL
IT’S A HUGE AMOUNT OF MONEY
BUT I’D RATHER HAVE IT ALL

I’M HERE TO TEMPT THE HAND OF FATE
I’M HERE WITH ODDS YOU CAN’T DEBATE
BUT THIS BIG AMOUNT
IS ALL THAT COUNTS


** DEAL OR NO DEAL **(NO DEAL I WANT IT ALL)
WHAT’S IT GONNA BE
HOWIE’S ON THE STAGE
AND HE’S WAITING THERE FOR ME

DEAL OR NO DEAL
WHAT’S IT GONNA BE
THE BANKERS UP THERE WAITING
AND HE’S WAITING JUST FOR ME

HEY BANKER, I CAN’T SEE YOUR FACE,
HEY BANKER, HERE’S THE WINNING CASE
THEN HOWIE CHIMES
WE’LL KNOW NEXT TIME **

TRYIN' TO GET LOVE STRAIGHT

Written By: Dottie Curtis/Mike Mattera

Sitting on a bar stool, thinking of love’s lost.
I’m taking a breather, from all that it cost.

Smiling and a laughing, at all my mistakes
Keep those heated nights girls, it’s not what it takes…
you see..

CHORUS I’ve stumbled, fallen on my face
I’ve tumbled, even out of grace
But here I go again
Tryin to get love strait
But here I go again, here I go again
Here I go again, tryin to get love straight

It’s hard to be open, it takes such a risk
Weighing the consequences, of all that I missed.

Looking for direction, my heart leads the way
So many pretty women, who have gotten away…
What can I say

BRIDGE: Holding myself back, is so hard to do,
Especially when I see, such potential in you
So what can I do

(to Chorus)

I FELL IN LOVE WITH YOU

Written By: Celine Carroll & Mike Mattera

I Fell In Love With You

It may have been the look in your eyes,
It may have been the way that you smiled,
It may have been the stars up in the sky,
On the night we kissed

It could have been the way you held me close
And whispered things I love to hear the most
Or in the the way you pressed your lips to mine
I fell in love with you

It might have been the wishes of a dream come true
Something to make me feel like I do
Or something so delicious that you said tonight
When you took my hand and (you) held me tight

It must have been the way you made me laugh
All in a spin, we danced until the last
I know it's been the best night of my life
'Cos I fell in love with you

BREAK INSTRUMENTAL....

It might....

It must have been the way you made me laugh
All in a spin, we danced until the last
I know it's been the best night of my life
'Cos I fell in love with you
Yes I fell in love with you

Celine Carroll / Mike Mattera
01/09/07

STANDING IN THE CIRCLE OF CONTENTMENT

Written By: Mike Mattera & Reg Sappie

Well I was
G Bm C/slide to D
Standing….on the outside, of the circle of contentment
G Bm C/D
such a hopeless place to be
G Bm C D
blinded by confusion sure uncertainty,
Em C G D
but my soul stood standing in the shadows of good deeds

Em C
Pressing for commitment,
G D
There was no excuse for me…so I kept

G Bm C/D
CHORUS:
Standing….on the outside of the circle of contentment.
Standing….on the outside such a hopeless place to be
Standing….on the outside…with sure uncertainty
Ahhhh, standing on the outside………

G Bm C D
I wondered bout aimlessly searching for a quide
G Bm C D
Somewhere there must be a rule A course that’s been defined
G Bm C D
But whomever I encountered The message stayed the same
Em G D
If you ask for His forgiveness, the spirit comes in his name

Em C
Lord please hear my call
G D
salvage my soul.
C
Please forgive me…

And the spirit came to me…

Now I’m
G Bm C/slide to D
Standing….on the inside, of the circle of contentment
G Bm C/D
such a joyous place to be

Enlightened by the Spirit pure serenity

and my soul now standing by his side eternally

CHORUS:
Standing….on the inside of the circle of contentment.
Standing….on the inside such a joyous place to be
Standing….on the inside…in pure serenity
Ahhhh, standing on the inside…in peace and harmony…

RUNAWAY LOVE

Written By: Mike Mattera

RUNAWAY LOVE
© 2004 by Mike Mattera

Every night and every day
I just think of you in every way.
Having you close, or far away
You’re in my mind all night and day.

Bridge:
When we’re together, Love gets better and better
Each word you say, just last forever and ever and ever and ever….

Chorus:
I’ve a runaway, runaway, runaway love for you…
Repeat 3X

You’re every word, your every sigh,
I just memorize, your every line
Having you close, or in my dreams
You intoxicate my everything

To bridge/chorus fade

I NEVER FELT THE RAIN

Written By: Mike Mattera

NEVER FELT THE RAIN
© 2007 Mike Mattera

I heard the thunder
Seen the lightening

Felt the wind
Blowing on my face

Trees were swaying
Leaves were falling

And the sky
Grew dark and grey

*** But I never felt the rain
No I never felt the rain….no no no
No never felt the rain

I walked the streets
Seemed forever

And the people
They just passed me by

A quickened pace,
A hurried stride

And no on stopped
That I could confide ***

My heart was weighted with anticipation
Of the rain falling, falling on my face
The tears from heaven, all my wrongs forgiven

But the rain never, never came ( repeat verse 1 to chorus and out )

DEAD END LOVE

Written By: Mike Mattera

Dead End Love
By Mike Mattera 10/28/2006

I thought I knew
Just what it was
To fill those needs
And desires in you

I gave you treasures
You gave me delight
In my emotional
Roller coaster ride to a

CHORUS
DEAD END LOVE, ah ah
DEAD END LOVE , DEAD END< DEAD END LOVE

I gave you pleasure
Rocked you with my best
Baby I would listen
To your every request

No complications
No jealous eyes
Oh baby, baby , baby
So tell me why it ended as a

CHORUS

DEAD END LOVE, ah ah
DEAD END LOVE ,
DEAD END DEAD END LOVE

BRIDGE

I didn’t Cheat I couln’t stay
I didn’t lie I couln’t start
I brought you presents No way to salvage
Nearly every night This broken heart

Diamond rings Tender touch
Chins of gold Sweat caress
So tell me, tell me, tell me So tell me, tell me, why
Why’d our love go cold… love grow less & less

CHORUS
DEAD END LOVE, ah ah
DEAD END LOVE, DEAD END<
DEAD END LOVE< AH AH

PILLS PILLS

Written By: Mike Mattera

PILLS PILL
© 2002 Mike Mattera

I GOT A CALL FROM MY DOCTOR,
SAID "SON IT'S QUITE GRAVE"
I WANT YOU IN MY OFFICE,
SO WE CAN SET IT STRAIGHT.

*MY LIFE FLASHED BEFORE ME
HOW BAD COULD IT BE?
*I SMOKE, I DRINK, I OVEREAT
* I BETTER GET ON IN AND SEE

DR. SAT ME DOWN TO HEAR THE FACTS
BLOOD TEST TOLD IT ALL.
MY HEART WAS WORKING OVERTIME
FROM HIGH CHOLESTEROL.

*MY SUGAR ELEVATED
* MY VEINS WERE PUMPING GREASE
*MY WEIGHT HAD BROKE the Dr.'s SCALE
AND I COULD NOT FIND MY KNEES.

DR. PLEASE ........PILLS, PILLS,
DON'T YOU HAVE A MAGIC PILL?
WITHOUT THE FUSS........ FIX ME UP
THEN JUST........ FORWARD ME THE BILL.

*OH DOCTOR CAN YOU HELP ME
*THIS IS QUITE SEVERE.
HE WROTE ME SOME PRESCRIPTIONS
*AND SAID STAY AWAY FROM BEER.

MODIFY YOUR LIFESTYLE
*AND FOLLOW MY ADVICE.
NO SMOKE, NO DRINK, NO OVEREATING
*NO PIZZAS TOPPED WITH TWINKIES

THIS PILL CONTROLS CHOLESTEROL
*THIS TO LOOSE SOME WEIGHT.
THIS IS FOR ANXIETY,
*CAUSE YOU AIN'T GOT TIME TO WAIT.

THERE IS NO KIND OF SUPER PILL,
*NO TEMPEST IN A BOTTLE
NO GIANT PILZIE COCKTAIL
*TO TAKE AWAY YOUR WADDLE.

DR. PLEASE.......... PILLS, PILLS
DON'T YOU HAVE A MAGIC PILL.
WITHOUT THE FUSS ..... FIX ME UP
THEN JUST FORWARD ME THE BILL........

IF WHAT I EAT DON'T KILL ME,
THE COST OF THESE PILLS WILL........PILLS....FADE

I'M NO STRANGER

Written By: Mike Mattera

I’M NO STRANGER
© 2006 Mike Mattera

I'm no stranger, to a one night stand
Some little girl's out, and running on her man
There's the way ah she looks at you
With a smile that sticks like glue
And you love that way she moves
yes ya do, yes ya do
CHORUS
Well I'm no stranger to a one night stand
There's no danger to a little romance
But it ain't hard to find a women
who doesn't give a damn
About a one night stand a one night stand.

I'm no stranger to what's on her mind
She'll take me in her arms and forget about the time
Every move she makes I just realize
That the consequence we can't hide
But this approach can't be denied...
it's just one night

BRIDGE
And when we say goodbye
All intentions set aside
This bitter sweet romance
LEFT BEST FOR JUST ONE NIGHT

DON'T YOU REMEMBER WHEN

Written By: Mike Mattera

Don’t You Remember When
©1998/2004 Mike Mattera

HEARD A KNOCKING, AT MY DOOR
WONDERED WHO IT WAS, THIS EARLY MORN.
WHEN I SAW YOU IT TOOK ME BY SURPRISE,
SUITCASE IN YOUR HAND, AND TEARS IN YOUR EYES.
WHEN YOU LOOKED AT ME,
SAID DARLING PLEASE,
CAN I COME HOME.

WELL MY MIND IT WAS SPINNING
MY HEART IT WAS YEARNING,
BUT THE PAIN DEEP INSIDE,
KEPT MY FEELINGS DISGUISED.

CHORUS
I SAID...DON'T YOU REMEMBER WHEN?
DON'T YOU REMEMBER HOW?
YOU WALKED OUT THAT DOOR,
LEAVING ME ALONE.
MY ARMS WERE OUT REACHING
MY HEART IT WAS BURNING
AND I PLEADED WITH YOU,
AND I BEGGED YOU TO STAY.
BUT, YOU KEPT ON WALKING
NEVER TURNED BACK,
I TRIED TO FOLLOW YOU,
BUT MY PRIDE HELD ME BACK.
EACH NIGHT YOU WERE GONE
I KEPT GETTING STRONG,
UNTIL I COULD STAND ON MY OWN, ALL ALONE.
NOW YOU’RE BACK AGAIN,
AND YOU’RE ASKING ME,
TO COME HOME....

DON'T YOU REMEMBER WHEN?
DON'T YOU REMEMBER?
DON'T YOU REMEMBER?

VERSE 2
STOP YOUR CRYING, IT WON'T DO
I CRIED MYSELF TO SLEEP,
TOO MANY TIMES OVER YOU.
HOPING AND PRAYING,
YOU'D COME HOME TO ME
BUT IT WAS ALL IN VAIN, SO MUCH PAIN.

TO CHORUS

ALRIGHT BABY
YOU CAN COME IN,
LOCK THE DOOR BEHIND YOU

I DON'T REMEMBER.

Take Me Home

Written By: David Check/Mike Mattera

TAKE ME HOME
Copyright © 2008 David Check / Mike Mattera

Gunfire still echoes thru the canyon

Bloodstains still clouds her tears

As she gently rides with this lifeless treasure

His dying words still echo through her ears.

* Take me back to my home

Don’t bury me here all alone 2x

Neath some sun-scorched sand and stone

Take me back to my home

Baby please, take me home

He never thought he’d taste that angry bullet

An outlaw mean and hard until the end

He never thought the law would beat his trigger

To die beside his love his only friend

She screamed when he went down

And through the smoke she found

The tears he never dared show before

And when he came around

His voice a softer sound

As he whispered words,

And wouldn’t let her go Baby please….*

Discography

Whiskey's On The Table, Point of Conversation, Mr. Sunshine, Pills Pills, Doo-Doo On You, Turtle Crossing, Deal Or No Deal, Don't You Remember When, Tryin' To Get Love Straight, Can I Drift Along?
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Set List

Depends on the mood of the audience...there never
is a set/set list...Sorry I, almost never do covers...Haven't done covers in about 25 years...
Typical set list: Tryin' To Get Love Straight
Pills Pills
Can I Drift Along
I Never Felt The Rain
Take Me To The Mountain
Turtle Crossing
Whiskey's On The Table
Mr. Sunshine
Runaway love
Dead End Love
Deal Or No Deal
(many many others)
Sets run up to 40 Mins. / can do 2 sets / all original