In my further quest for owning all Matt Nathanson items listed on Discogs, I found another gem. This Promo CD is for the song “I Saw” off his 2003 album and major label debut called ‘Beneath These Fireworks’. The song was from 2004 and sadly it didn’t chart. No real surprise as he’s never been a big radio hits guy (even though his stuff is better than radio). The album didn’t do well either and shortly after releasing his first major label debut on Universal, Universal dropped him. Such is the story of so many artists and bands.
The song was written by Matt Nathanson and Mark Weinberg and it seems to be about a break up. The two people were together and one still aches and longs for the other. It sounds like he screwed up, she broke up. He wants her back and is sorry for what he did. He wants her to save him so badly by taking him back. She’s consoling him and telling him everything will be alright, but she isn’t going to take him back. It is over. He dreams about her and can’t get her out of his head, but it doesn’t happen. They are done.
“I Saw” would’ve fit quite nicely on a Matchbox Twenty album. With clever little lyrics and a heartbreaking, emotional delivery, we get a showcase of what Matt is capable of doing. It is a darker sounding song, with a very serious tone and some great piano notes that add so much drama. Yet the chorus brings us a little punch of energy and Matt sings his heart out. A beautiful tune. This is an edited version of the song with about 15 seconds cut out, but no real change in the feel of the song.
Give the song a listen and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day.