Dear Lover

by Matthew Ryan

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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.

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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 is experiencing a noisy renaissance. It began in 2014 with "Boxers" and now on May 12th, 2017 we'll see the follow-through with "Hustle Up Starlings." Produced by Brian Fallon, "Starlings" shimmers with silvery anthems & a captivating focus. The set clocks in at 40 minutes with no prevarication or bluster, just a celebratory noise alight w/ hearts, broken-in voices & poetry. ... more

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Track Name: City Life
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
Track Name: Dear Lover
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
Track Name: Some Streets Lead Nowhere
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
Track Name: We Are Snowmen
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
Track Name: Your Museum
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
Track Name: PS
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
Track Name: The Wilderness
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?
Track Name: Spark (Featuring DJ Preach)
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
Track Name: The World Is...
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
Track Name: The End Of A Ghost Story
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