Good, Matthew - The Vancouver National Anthem Lyrics




Out of the alleys, our needle strewn fields
Into the sunlight that the brochures reveal
Like snakes come for rabbits and rabbits for meals
Where the oar and the axe flies

Well this is our story (stick to it) but it ain't the truth
Cause the truth's just for liars that need an excuse
Around here love's a gangster and charity's the proof
Where God deals on Sunday's under a rain burning roof
It's five blocks a universe and aliens for each
Like invisible ghettos of priviledge and grief
And pinned up between them the carrion fly
Living off skeletons of recycled lives

This is the place you find out
Well this is the way you find out

We all live downtown
Pay two even, no parking
Live with a clown
Step over ourselves
We all live downtown
Pay in blood, no parking
Sleep on the ground
Step over ourselves

We all live downtown
We all die downtown
Step over ourselves

Well this is our story (stick to it) but it ain't the truth
Cause the truth's just for liars that need an excuse
For a king crown a banker, the queen crown a noose
Like heirs to a graveyard where the dirt's always loose
It's five blocks a universe and aliens for each
Like invisible ghettos of priviledge and grief
And pinned up between them the carrion fly
Picking off skeletons under a big northern sky

This is the place where you find out
Well this is the way you find out

We all live downtown
We all die downtown
Step over ourselves





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Good, Matthew The Vancouver National Anthem Comments
  1. Vaerah

    No problem. I'll go down the list and thumb everyone up for Matt Goodness sake!

  2. Jessica West

    He is the real thing.I met him in Seattle.Walked in to the crowd after a oncore in Ballard just like a normal dude happy to touch a few lucky folks with his gift.

  3. Yoshiki03

    @CrayonBat Matt's never even lived in Ontario nevemind being from there...

  4. hightigh

    Mr Good, you are definitely "one of a kind". Thank you for creating this wonderful music and sharing it with all of us. This round is on me eh :)

  5. Christian Jensen

    @lumbermach To me, West van to Langley is Vancouver. Its all the same city... the GVRD

  6. matthewaresogood

    There's a beauty to the brutal honesty in his music.

  7. William Henry Harrison

    HERE IS HOW IMPORTANT MATTHEW GOOD IS. HIS SONG POSTS ARE LITERALLY THE ONLY VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE WITHOUT BULLSHIT ARGUMENTS SPLATTERED ACROSS THE COMMENT SECTION. WE ARE ALL TO BUSY BEING MIND FUCKED BY HIS GENIUS. THANK YOU MATTHEW GOOD.

  8. InvaderChrissy

    Such a strong song.. STICK TO IT! Makes we want to move out of the states & straight to good old Canada

    Luvie1980

    InvaderChrissy thats what im doing

  9. jerk89

    @CrayonBat no, YOU'RE wrong, look it up

  10. CrayonBat

    No, you're wrong. He's from Ontario.

  11. nucliosis

    @muerdekai ...nah dude,his next album is gonna be so badass. should be by the end of 2010 for sure bud :) hopefully ;)

  12. nucliosis

    this song is so true and flys straight up for the city of Vancouver
    i love this whole album & i can't wait for his next release. i'm hoping this upcoming fall it should be out...*crossing fingers*

  13. Johnny 5

    @SpocksEvilKlone Yep it is - Coquitlam is good too but it's all the same gig out there brother

  14. SpocksEvilKlone

    I Want to Move Back to Vancouver Everytime I Hear This Album, but Especially This Song. Most Beautiful and Exciting City in the World.

  15. jerk89

    @muerdekai lol he's not from toronto he's from vancouver

  16. james C

    @seraphimWILLunite actually he stated quite clearly he wasn't trying to overdose, he had a bipolar break and did not know what he was doing.

  17. Jordon Terris

    @cletortain i know how you feel ... o alberta how you make me miss the island ... i just want to surf

  18. Rockstizzle69

    Damn this guy is soooooooo incredibly talented. Freakin genius. Glad I I caught onto his genius in 2001. Saw him in Rhode Island in 2001 & again in Portland, OR 3 weeks ago in 2010. He's still got it!

  19. Yoshiki03

    You may have just described exactly why Hospital Music is easily Matt's most critically acclaimed work. But its hard to take much validity from your points when you describe this album as optimistic and cheery. Confusing comment to say the least.

  20. bothan101

    The reason why this album is so mellow is that is how Matthew Good writes his music I agree with you this is not his finest work but it is a huge step up from Hospital Music which I thought was far too pessimistic and dark writing songs about his ex-wife and everything at least this album is optimistic and cheery

  21. Three Seed

    Thanks for your opinion.

    Duly forgotten.

  22. Sean Gath

    Least disappointing artist of all time.

  23. barriehomeboy

    He's the most disconnected-from-reality artist in Canada, but we all rely on him to keep us connected with our own reality. He sings about us, even though he thinks he's writing about himself.

  24. Alexandra Kravetz

    Lol.

    Matthew Good is too awesome for negativity. x)

  25. Jorge Adot

    Okay. That's weird. This is Youtube. Where is all the vitriol? 8 positive comments? Messed up.

    Good song.

  26. ProjectLukeMurphy

    amazing!

  27. nowookiee

    ok, this rocks...