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City Life 05:15
1. City Life Written By Matthew Ryan Copyright Plastic Violin 2009 City life Rain and on the street I'd crawl back home If I thought she was asleep The way we were That soft & perfect kiss Summer ends & it comes down to this Marianne We're in the blizzard now We're the dream & fate's trying to be the plow You gotta fight With all the light In your skull We've come too far To lay down by the side of the road August one My head was full of junk You see in time A cruel pollution comes She didn't cry Until I opened up my mouth We're headed north But my god this feels south My God this feels south I miss your smile I miss the way you'd move Before all this Before so much to lose My eyes aglow & on the fire escape Why's it get so quiet When there's so much to say? I want that feel Like a plane when it arrives Where at the gate Family waits with quiet smiles And all is pure With a bright sense of relief I can trust you love If you can trust me If you can trust me
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Dear Lover 03:26
2. Dear Lover Written By Matthew Ryan Copyright Plastic Violin BMI 2009 Tell me what you want Tell me what you want Tell me what you want Tell me what you want I could be your superhero I could be your biggest disappointment Don't be sad Don't be sad Is it really that bad? Is it really that bad? Most of us start out just thinking it's easy When the hardest thing you'll do is remember how to smile girl Tell me what you want Tell me what you want I'll give it if I can I'll give it if I can Ha da da da da Ha da da da We might be fucked We might be fucked Goddammit so what Goddammit so what Most of us start out just thinking it's easy When the hardest thing we'll do is remember how to smile girl Most of us start out just thinking it's easy When the hardest thing we do is remember how to smile girl Tell me what you want Tell me what you want Sincerely me Tell me what you want Tell me what you want Sincerely me Dear Lover Dear, Dear Lover Sincerely Me Dear Lover Dear, Dear Lover Sincerely Me
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3. Some Streets Lead Nowhere Written By Matthew Ryan Copyright Plastic Violin 2008 I can't tell you where I've been now darling There are hawks inside my head And every smile and every good thing are picked at 'til they are dead I love you was all she said That's all she said From that old street To that new house To those beautiful hills Inside your blouse To the rain that kept falling And those years off the rails When we smiled like two sailors With holes in our sails When I'd turn to a coma With a black hole in my chest When a kiss was the cure & I'd save my breath When you'd walk to the bedroom & I'd fall on the couch If I wasted your beauty I'll ignite it somehow Cause a dream can be cruel When it haunts you like this With your eyes like a deer And the words from your lips What I'm trying to say is I was afraid that you'd leave So I slept with my failures And I started to grieve I started to grieve
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4. We Are Snowmen Written By Matthew Ryan Copyright Plastic Violin BMI 2009 Darling take my hand This ride is getting rough And there's no talk of trouble ceasing I want you in my arms They're sounding the alarms And no one knows if We've seen the worst yet Sometimes I close my eyes And hum the songs we loved Your dress was blue and you Were as bright as Christmas And down through all the streets The air was cool and sweet And all we knew was brief But seemed eternal The cathedrals and the banks The stones we throw at tanks The endless war of man vs himself The traffic night and day The things we try and say The growing din of human wreckage It started simple enough Day broke and we woke up To the morning news and The smell of coffee I loved you with my mind I gave you all my time And then things got sublime We are snowmen We disappear Our hearts are nuclear With hope and fear Hope and fear Hope and fear
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Your Museum 03:26
5. Your Museum Written By Matthew Ryan Copyright Plastic Violin BMI 2009 Will you have me Inside your museum? Will you let me bang your drum Smile when you come & unlock the door? There's a world A world that's not so hard Where the dark is lit with sparks Like headlights on a car She's moving through my trees The sky is as bright tonight as my eyes The darkest parts are behind me now and soon the sun will rise, the sun will rise Maybe once, In a hundred million years Has there been one like you my dear So bright, so pure, so clear The torch that lights my way The sky is as bright tonight as my eyes The darkest parts are behind me now and soon the sun will rise, the sun will rise
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PS 04:59
6. PS Written By Matthew Ryan Copyright Plastic Violin BMI 2009 Come on get your hands off my sister Come on get your hands off my brother Come on get your hands off my father Come on get your hands off my mother Come on get your hands off my sister Come on get your hands off my brother Come on get your hands off my father Come on get your hands off my lover The road gets long And it's gets harder To get back home To not feel alone Darkness you're a cruel cruel weather Got me worried about our tether If this is it for worse or better I swear you'll have to come and get her No one wants To disappear Below the smoke That hovers here Come on get your hands off my sister Come on get your hands off my brother Come on get your hands off my father Come on get your hands off my lover I only want What gets harder to see Beyond the junk And misery Come on get your hands off my sister Come on get your hands off my brother Come on get your hands off my father Come on get your hands off my mother Come on get your hands off my sister Come on get your hands off my brother Come on get your hands off my father Come on get your hands off my lover The truth gets hard And it can wreck you But I was born To protect you Come on get your hands off my sister Come on get your hands off my brother Come on get your hands off my father Come on get your hands off my lover I only want What gets harder to see Beyond the junk And misery
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7. The Wilderness Written By Matthew Ryan Copyright Plastic Violin 2009 Our hearts were broken When we came here There's really only one thing That I want to dear The wilderness Comes creeping & carves you a hollow Are you ready for tomorrow? Oh oh oh oh Oh oh oh oh I want the dream that we never had I want the dream that we never had Before the dark and the day go bad I want the dream that we never had Where all the fires & cruel disease & all that brings us to our knees Dissolves, despairs, concludes, concedes The future here now please I want the dream that we never had I want the dream that we never had Before the dark and the day go bad I want the dream that we never had The wilderness Comes creeping & carves you a hollow Are you ready for tomorrow? Oh oh oh oh Oh oh oh oh I want the dream that we never had I want the dream that we never had Before the dark and the day go bad I want the dream that we never had Amazing grace is it too late? Is it too late? Is it too late? Amazing grace is it too late? Is it too late for me? To save a wreck like me?
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8. Spark (Featuring DJ Preach) Written By Matthew Ryan Copyright Plastic Violin 2009 If you're tired of feeling took now Darling I say we burn it down Cause nothing's worth the tears you're crying Without water you can drown You shiver and you shake You take what you can take Come down now you're on fire It's cold and it's getting dark It's getting harder to make a spark We're lost but we're not liars (everything I want, everything I have...) So we'll say hey, hey, hey woo hoo We'll say hey, hey, hey woo hoo The lines are getting long now Darling Time is getting short The sun is dim & the moon is rising Like a pool of dirty water You shiver and you shake You take what you can take Come down now you're on fire It's cold and it's getting dark It's getting harder to make a spark We're lost but we're not liars (everything I want, everything I have...) So we'll say hey, hey, hey woo hoo We'll say hey, hey, hey woo hoo We never should have come here Darling It's all mines and booby traps There's something in the way we're living That smiles and whispers behind our backs We'll say hey, hey, hey woo hoo (everything I want, everything I have...) So we'll say hey, hey, hey woo hoo We never We never We never should We never We never We never should Have We never should Come here Come here We never should Come here Come closer darling
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9. The World Is... Written By Matthew Ryan Copyright Plastic Violin BMI 2009 This is an invisible song From an invisible man Lost in the wilderness Of a static avalanche I started out with wonder With air on my teeth Careful what you wish for There's something underneath Because the world Is held together With lies and promises And broken hearts And brand new days For you to start All over again She's standing in the doorway She's taking off my shirt No one could have told me One day this would hurt I'm moving through Manhattan In the backseat of a cab And all that ever happens That's all we'll ever have Cause the world Is held together With lies and promises And broken hearts And brand new days For you to start All over again Now some will say it's maudlin And some will say bullshit But there's no living without living And living shows you this That the world Is held together With lies and promises And broken hearts And brand new days For you to start All over again
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10. The End Of A Ghost Story Written By Matthew Ryan Copyright Plastic Violin BMI 2009 I lit a smoke and took a walk Just as the stars began to spark I told myself don't we all Learn about winter, learn to fall I see lovers in the rain Stepping on and off of trains Just waiting there like baggage claims Hoping someone says their name Honey when are you coming home? I don't do so well alone We lost ourselves inside the snow Of where you start and where you go All the graveyards on the rue And all the shit I put you through If only half of it was true I'd reach across, I'd reach right through We're too young I don't ever wanna die Why do newborn babies cry? Ask an orphan he knows why They say the world is what you see And what it was will never be At least not for the one's like you and me Who lit a match and still couldn't see I'm going down where trouble drowns By the harbor and the sound Where the bright light of music's found Back to what first brought me round Cause we're too young I don't ever wanna die Why do newborn babies cry? Ask an orphan he knows why Yeah we're too young I don't ever want you to die Why do newborn babies cry? Ask a widow she knows why

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Dear Lover was written, recorded, produced and mixed at Ryan's home. The majority of what you here was played by Matthew Ryan with friends that came out to the house to help fill things out (see the complete credits below).

Dear Lover also includes the track, Spark, which is a collaboration with DJ Preach.

credits

released February 16, 2010

Recorded, produced and mixed by Matthew Ryan at home. With the exception of Spark which was c0-produced by DJ Preach. Also, Some Streets Lead Nowhere was recorded in part by David Henry at True Tone Studio.

Art Direction by Jeri Heiden at SMOG Design
Mastered by Hans Dekline at Sound Bites Dog
Cover Photo by Scott Simontacchi

Contact dearfuturecollective@gmail.com for all inquiries regarding Matthew Ryan.

Visit matthewryanonline.com for all tour dates, details and news.

Dear Lover
1. City Life
Matthew Ryan - Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Synth, Drums, Bass, Accordion & Voice
Scott Simontacchi - Mandolin
Dylan Webb - Mute Scheme

2. Dear Lover
Matthew Ryan - Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Drums, Synth & Vocals

3. Some Streets Lead Nowhere
Matthew Ryan - Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Synth & Vocals
David Henry - Cello

4. We Are Snowmen
Matthew Ryan - Piano, Synths, Drum Machinery, Bass & Voice
Dylan Webb - Beat Scheme Assistance

5. Your Museum
Matthew Ryan - Acoustic Guitar, Reverb Organ, Tambourine, Low Drum & Voice
Billy Mercer - Bass
Scott Simontacchi - Mandolin
Molly Thomas - Violin

6. PS (Protest Song)
Matthew Ryan - Electric Guitars, Organ, Harmonica, Drum Machinery, Synths & Vocals
Rod Picott - Low Backing Vocals
Amanda Shires - Violin

7. The Wilderness
Matthew Ryan - Electric Guitars, Bass, Drums, Synths & Vocals

8. Spark (Featuring DJ Preach)
Matthew Ryan - Vocals, Guitars
Brian Bequette - Guitars
Track - DJ Preach

9. The World Is...
Matthew Ryan - Acoustic & Electric Guitar, Piano, Synth, Key Chain & Voice
Brian Bequette - Bass & Accordion
Molly Thomas - Violin

10. The End Of A Ghost Story
Matthew Ryan - Piano, Bass, Accordion, Synth, Drum Machinery & Vocals
Steve Latanation - Snare & Cymbal
Molly Thomas - Violin

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Matthew Ryan / Strays Don't Sleep / PINES Nashville, Tennessee

In addition to his solo work, Ryan is a member of Strays Don't Sleep with longtime friend, Neilson Hubbard.

In 2021 Ryan decided to offer his solo work as The Pines at Night to clearly enunciate the collaborative nature of his music.

Devotedly independent, Ryan offers moody & honest work that's now rich with a long list of beautiful songs.
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