Lynch and Potts

Lynch and Potts

BandRockAmericana

2 Songwriters. With songs.

Biography

Rodney Lynch and Matt Potts have composed 100's of songs together since 1996. The two met playing in Twin Cities bands, Skeleton Ed (Rodney) and The Loose Rails (Matt). The first song they composed together was "Message to Judy", which appeared on Skeleton Ed's release, "That's Cool With Her". Together Lynch and Potts were members of The Leeds. From 2000 thru 2006 they led Shamus 73, composing and performing the critically acclaimed "Growing In My Mind", and "Bright"
Reviews of these releases stated...
"songs of an exquisite quality hard to match by any band in the Twin Cities today" "Tag-teaming on lyrics, melodies, and arrangements, the Lynch/Potts consortium produce 3 minute songs that pull the listener into simple yet universal themes"
"straight-ahead song writing with discipline, passion, and hooks that never stop" Their lyrics border on brilliance as well. "I'm not a wise man searching for a star. I'm just a fool who left the bedroom door ajar ("Every Color's Blue"). And how true is their theme in "Voodoo Summer" - "You don't believe in magic anymore - that's a part of you I will have to ignore." They frame their straight-ahead song writing with discipline, passion, and hooks that never stop…

Lyrics

Sad Day

Written By: Rodney Lynch and Matthew Potts

Through my window I see a fractured image of you
Playing twister in the sun
You box at your own shadow
I’m glad I’m not the only one.

It’s a, it’s a sad day.

Down the street there’s a shop that sells models and rockets
And we can stand in the aisles forever
And read the sides of the boxes
When we have nowhere to go

It’s a, it’s a sad day

You’re not falling
It’s just gravity pulling you down
You’re not falling
That’s just gravity pulling you down
You feel like you’re falling
But that’s gravity pulling you down
You’re not falling
It’s just gravity pulling you down!

It’s a, it’s a sad day

Watch out!
Here comes a meteor shower
A harbinger of doom
You don’t care
You’re up the stairs and to the left
Trashing your room

It’s a, it’s a sad day

Mount Palomar

Written By: Rodney Lynch & Matt Potts

I view the constellations through a telescope
I keep a lock of your hair in a business-sized envelope
Hey, watch the stars
Hey, watch the stars

You're moving around the house
In time to the stereo
I'm bouncing off the walls
Like static on the radio
Hey, it's Friday night
Hey, it's Friday night

Here at Mount Palomar
Here at Mount Palomar

If I adjust the focus
May I can get you closer
That's not how it works at all
You've got a stereo 8-track
In your '68 Ford Falcon
And star maps on your wall.

I view the constellations through a telescope
I keep a lock of your hair in a business-sized envelope
Hey, watch the stars
Hey, watch the stars

Here at Mount Palomar
Here at Mount Palomar

Every Color Is Blue

Written By: Rodney Lynch & Matt Potts

It's so quiet but that's all right
It feels like 1960 and the world's in black and white
What was I thinking?
It's crowded in my head
I tried so hard to concentrate
But I still fell asleep in bed

And I dreamed...
Every color's blue
Every color's blue

I'm not a wise man searching for a star
I'm just a fool who left the bedroom door ajar
Everything you gave me I'd give back to you
We both play the game and we have a five second rule

Every color's blue
Every color's blue

If questions were answers
There's a number I call sometimes
Did you ever wonder do stars really shine?

I had a clear thought about the things I've saved
All those pictures of you and me and John and Dave
A moment of clarity when the lights are off
When it's me and the radio like lovers in the dark

And now...
Every color's blue
Every color's blue

This Is The Way The World Begins

Written By: Rodney Lynch and Matt Potts

Walking through the living room at the house on Marshall Street
Playing old 45s; there's something in the air
What makes the world of sound--there's a sea of shining lights
My eyes on summer, looking for my life

This is the way the world begins
This is the way the world begins

Riding on a short wave heading for the West
Columnated ruins; Mike Love is the best
La Jolla, Balboa, Malibu
The sunshine is my friend
This is the way the world begins

This is the way the world begins
This is the way the world begins
This is the way the world begins
This is the way the world begins

Disney women, 1977
Disney women, 1987
Disney women, 1997
Disney women

This is the way the world begins
This is the way the world begins
This is the way the world begins
This is the way the world begins

The Pitfalls of Memory

Written By: Rodney Lynch/Matt Potts/Jeremy Saperstein

We ended our sets
covered in sweat
filled with beer
and no regrets

When the end was near
we could barely hear
we made our way through
the punks, the drunks and the beer

I found a ring on my hand
my wife took a stand
the guitar got sold
and I left the band

But my ears still ring
and I still have to sing
when that song comes on
and I think about things

I still remember...

There was a hometown revolution
Instigated by the past
45 revolutions, a minute, an hour, a day, a year.
45 revolutions a minute.

But my ears still ring
and I still have to sing
when that song comes on
and I think about things

I still remember...

When the end was near
we could barely hear

I Can't Stand To See You See Me Cry

Written By: Rodney Lynch and Matt Potts

You couldn't look at me
You looked right through me
When you told me you couldn't take my love from me
There's an old lover; someone you can't get over
And he haunts you when you're alone with me at night
And though I knew it was "goodbye" I had to turn and close my eyes
'Cause I can't stand to see you see me cry

I could beg and plead but my heart would only bleed
The love I've held for you inside
These arms of mine they held you as you lied
That you'd always be here at my side

And I hope you never find just why I turn and have to hide
'Cause I can't stand to see you see me cry

Somebody told me a man shouldn't shed a tear
But he never had to face a world without you here

We're at the end; I feel those tears again
The tears you'll never have to dry

And I wish that I could die
To forever close my eyes
'Cause I can't stand to see you see me cry
'Cause I can't stand to see you see me cry
'Cause I can't stand to see you see me cry

Chords of Love

Written By: Rodney Lynch

I lost my way
In visions of a better day
Well, you know nothing ever turns out right
When I wanted darkness I got daylight
We played the chords of love
Naked truth under a 60 watt bulb
Everywhere I looked the world came crumbling in
And we stood in the silence of our sins

And you said, and you said,
"I'm on a road with a suitcase rolling nowhere. I'm on a road with a suitcase rolling nowhere."

You know I tried
I read the papers
I scanned the classifieds
It's so hard when you're walking a straight line
And you see trouble coming all the time

And you said, and you said,
"I'm on a road with a suitcase rolling nowhere. I'm on a road with a suitcase rolling nowhere."

How dark is this night?
How lonely is this room?
Nothing ever turns out right
Too late or too soon

I lost my way
In visions of a better day
Well, you know nothing ever turns out right
When I wanted darkness I got daylight

And you said, and you said

Edge of My Bed

Written By: Rodney Lynch

You unroll your stockings, slip off your shoes
The real world slips out of view
Candles pin our shadows to the wall
I watch you through half-closed eyes
And it all comes to a head

Sitting on the edge of my bed

We look at photos in black and white
Greta Garbo 1935
The names of people I never knew
And I talk to you 'til my eyes are red

Sitting on the edge of my bed

You tell me that I am first in line
A stream of thoughts I can't define
But all my words are lost on you
Then I realize you don't love me like you said

Sitting on the edge of my bed

Discography

Together and individually Rodney Lynch and Matt Potts have appeared on the following singles and albums:

Skeleton Ed--"Duck Fumpling"(album)
Skeleton Ed--"Jive Job For Chump Change" (album)
Skeleton Ed--"That's Cool With Her" (album)
Skeleton Ed"Fridley Bound/"Cow's Come Home" (single)

Skeleton Ed--"Spree Sessions" (EP) {The B-side, "Edge of My Bed," garnered airplay and was selected for the Shreds, Vol. 5: American Underground Early 90's compilation.}

Loose Rails--"Bet The Farm/Waiting For You To Be Mine" (single) {A hit in Sweden}
Loose Rails--"Jerk!" (EP)
Loose Rails--"Red Turns To Green" (album)

Shamus 73--"Growing In My Mind" (2003) Album
Shamus 73--"Bright" (2005) Album

"Mount Palomar," the first single from "Bright" received internet airplay.

Set List

Our sets are usually about an hour but we have material for 2/3 hours. We do original songs with a few covers thrown in for fun.

Our songs include:

Mount Palomar
Green Grass and Blue Skies
Summer Will Be Gone
Marble Arch
Voodoo Summer
Every Color's Blue
As Free As You
Twenty Four
Sad Day
She Say's She's Alright
The Dark Side Of Nowhere
Bright
Brand New Saturday Night
The Way The World Begins
Please, Gravity
Light In The Sky
Sault Ste. Marie
Sunflower
Grounded
Black Coffee In The Sky
King Of The Jersey Shore
Love You Forever
Touch The Floor
Truer Than True

Our covers include:

Six Days On The Road (Dave Dudley)
You're Gonna Miss Me (13th Floor Elevators)
Lonesome, O'nry and Mean (Waylon Jennings)
Glad Tidings (Van Morrison)