A Short Film for a Long Story

by Strays Don't Sleep

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I Walked Away There are wars We haven’t won There’s no justice With a gun And even the church What can I say? I walked away Everything Is right on time It all went wrong But I don’t mind Like a drunk  On the stage I walked away  Oh I got swallowed by the hollows Oh I got tore up by the knives Oh I begged and killed and followed I got so fucking close to the edge that I thought I’d never see myself again All I want Is truth and love A melody And just enough No lie that quiets Your pretty face  I walked away Oh I got swallowed by the hollows Oh I got turned by the knives Oh I begged and killed and followed I got so fucking close to the edge that I thought I’d never see myself again Oh I got swallowed by the hollows Oh I got wounded by the knives Oh I begged and killed and followed I got so fucking close to the edge that I thought I’d never see you again my friend I walked away
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(Instrumental)
3.
Couldn’t Be Happier I couldn’t be happier  My god I can’t believe our luck It wasn’t that long ago  When I was absolutely certain That we were fucked I wanna party like it’s 1999 Come on pretty baby Put your little hand in mine The skies are clear again And like you said It was always only  A matter of time I wanna party like it’s 1999 La la la la La la la la I hear church bells Weddings, funerals, despair and sparks The heart got so heavy Until the day broke  To a flood of stars I wanna party like it’s 1999 La la la la La la la la   I couldn’t be happier  My god I can’t believe our luck It wasn’t that long ago  When I was absolutely certain That we were fucked
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Hope Is a Love Song 40 feet  From your door Now I know What hope is for Everything Is beautiful Again The lights went out The room was dark The world felt strange I leaned in art Everything Is beautiful  Again 22  With summer skin I almost crashed The car we’re in Everything  Is beautiful Again Oh oh oh Hope is a love song Oh oh oh Hope is a love song Silver hills Like Christmas Eve You’re the only thing I wanna see Everything Is beautiful Again The air is lit By fireflies  I see the sparks In your eyes Everything Is beautiful  Again Oh oh oh Hope is a love song Oh oh oh Hope is a love song Oh oh oh Hope is a love song Oh oh oh Hope is a love song

about

I Walked Away was the first song Neilson and I sat down and wrote together after 15 years. Strays had ended quite dramatically 15 years earlier. Quietly, in a van outside of Indianapolis. Neither of us wish to discuss what happened. Over the years our friendship proved durable, important and intact. Naturally we were compelled to once again explore this music that was unique to the way our talents and voices collaborated and enhanced each others instincts. The song came quickly as we sat together for the first time in years at the small mid-century table in my writing room in October of 2019.

The song cycle of A Short Film for a Long Story is intended to celebrate the beauty and melancholy in reclamation after a dark time. Sometimes those things that dog us have to be left behind. But first they have to be confronted, called out and dealt with.

Minimalist and pristine with every breath, word and sound unobstructed, that was our goal.

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released October 30, 2020

Produced Neilson Hubbard & Matthew Ryan
Recorded by Dylan Alldredge at Skinny Elephant (Nashville, TN)
Mixed by Neilson Hubbard at Mr. Lemons (Franklin, KY)
All Music Performed by Neilson Hubbard & Matthew Ryan
All Songs Written by Neilson Hubbard & Matthew Ryan
Mastered by Hans DeKline

EP Cover Photo by Neilson Hubbard
Single Cover Photos by Audrey Spillman
Design by Frankie Fingers

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Matthew Ryan / Strays Don't Sleep Nashville, Tennessee

Matthew Ryan is experiencing a renaissance. It began with Boxers then Hustle Up Starlings in 2017.

In addition to solo efforts, Ryan is a member of Strays Don't Sleep along with Neilson Hubbard. They create minimalist ambient folk music, new Strays music is coming soon.

Devotedly independent Ryan continues to grow a sprawling career that's now rich with a long list of beautiful albums and songs.
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