"New Hampshire" as written by and Matthew Morris Pond....
New Hampshire

I saw a modest dream
The kind that can't speak up
And lost before it's let out
In the north we hold our tongues

But down here I believe
When you pull your hair back it's so easy to see
This has not been thought through
There are things that we've done that we cannot undo
There are things I can't hear when we're telling the truth

At a table out in Bethel
When I was thirteen
The criminals were saying
Liked how I was silent

The cold was the container
For the sparseness of our speech
The expression in our hands
Was all that we'd need

But down here I believe
That I made a big deal with a girl that can't bleed
Now I see red and black
And evening that kills I want to take it back
An evening that kills and I can't take it back

I'm going home back to New Hampshire
I'm so determined
To lay in lakes and see my sisters
I will hit my brother and hold my mother

This probably won't work out
We might not live forever
While there's nothing to confess
Please pay attention

And I know that it's brief
There's not nearly enough in one night to have seen
What you had in your hand
Was much more than the gold that I let go to grab
So much more than the gold that I let go to grab


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"New Hampshire" as written by Matthew Morris Pond

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    General Commentit's about leaving what you already have to "test the market" and realizing that you made a mistake. simply put, a beautiful song.
    mikepaueron February 28, 2005   Link
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    General CommentGod..this song is so beautiful. I love the last line. "What you had in your hand was much more than the gold that i let go to grab"...wow.
    beulahon June 04, 2005   Link
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    General Commentreally beatiful song.
    zilla877on August 29, 2005   Link
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    General Commentpurely ethereal. there is nothing about this song that isnt competely beautiful. each instrument and verse and bridge, fits almost too perfectly. the song, it is full of compassion and beauty, and sadness, and it makes me want to visit new hampshire more than anything. great job, mr. pond.
    slinkstersarson February 09, 2006   Link
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    General Commentsoft, smooth and beautiful.
    wolf cubon December 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love the song and it's also one of my favorite states, lived there for 6 years.
    danger birdon November 21, 2007   Link
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    General Commentit's beautiful.
    bestwombat11on September 19, 2008   Link
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    Song MeaningFrom Matt Pond:

    Growing up in New Hampshire, we were raised on restraint.

    My friends who lived across the Connecticut River in Vermont were even more muffled. Most of their parents were farmers and didn’t want to hear the brays or neighs of anything beyond the barn. We would keep to ourselves even when were together. If we were going to listen to something, it was The Beatles or the Kinks or the Talking Heads.

    The song New Hampshire partially contends with that quiet. A minor mafia character once said, in so many words, that he appreciated how I knew to shut up. (In my book, this ranks as the number one compliment of all time)
    jushagon March 08, 2015   Link
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    My InterpretationThis song brought me to Matt Pond PA via Pandora.

    I've always thought this song is about a crossroads in his life where the choices were girl vs career. He chose career, and while successful, regrets that he forewent the love he held in his hands years before. He has moved on with less-passionate option (a girl who can't bleed), and only in quiet private moments that you can't speak of, he remembers, maybe longs, for the one that got away. His maturity also allows Matt to cut himself some slack (not nearly enough time in one night to have seen). He partially blames his parents (criminals) for stifling his verbalization of feelings, but it ultimately led to his music (hands). Ultimately, I think, he recognizes that in the grand scheme it some huge crime that needs confessing, he simply remembers a woman he wishes he'd pursued, but realizes he can't go back
    Take1on July 20, 2015   Link
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    General CommentThis song is what got me hooked on matt pond PA.
    It's so simple and so cute of a song.
    Pretty in a soft way.
    off_by-hearton February 02, 2006   Link

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