Dear Lover (The Acoustic Version)

by Matthew Ryan

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Dear Lover (The Acoustic Version)
Also includes the bonus track, Beauty Has A Name.

"I've been touring in support of Dear Lover since the autumn of 2009. All of the shows to date have been solo. It became pretty obvious, pretty quickly that these songs, when pared down to there absolute center, were communicating a different intimacy in contrast to the recorded versions. After some talking, Monica (my partner in The Dear Future Collective) and I concluded that it felt right to make these songs available in their more intimate incarnations as heard by those that have attended the shows so far."
- Matthew Ryan (4/1/10)

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released May 7, 2010

Dear Lover (The Acoustic Version)
Recorded And Mixed By David Henry At True Tone Studios
Performed By Matthew Ryan
Cello Accompaniment By David Henry
Mastered By Hans Dekline At Sound Bites Dog
Art/Package Design by J. Hulett Jones
Original Photos Of Matthew Ryan Taken By Scott Simontacchi
All Songs Written By Matthew Ryan Plastic Violin (BMI) 2009
Except Beauty Has A Name Which Was Written By Matthew Ryan © 2009 Plastic Violin (BMI); And
Thad Cockrell © 2009 Little Hoss Music (SESAC) Which Is administered by Razor & Tie Music Publishing d/b/a Tunes of R&T Direct (SESAC).
All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Special Thanks To Monica, David, Thad, Hulett, Hans, Al Marks And You, The Listeners.

Dear Lover (The Acoustic Version)

1. The Wilderness
2. Spark
3. The World Is...
4. Dear Lover
5. Beauty Has A Name
6. The End Of A Ghost Story
7. City Life
8. Some Streets Lead Nowhere
9. We Are Snowmen
10. Your Museum
11. Protest Song
12. Dear Lover (Language Edit)

P & C Plastic Violin 2010 Made Available World-Wide Exclusively Via The Dear Future Collective. All Rights Reserved.

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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: The Wilderness (The Acoustic Version)
The Wilderness

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

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 (The Acoustic Version)
Spark

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

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

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
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... (The Acoustic Version)
The World Is...

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: Dear Lover (The Acoustic Version)
Dear Lover

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: Beauty Has A Name
Beauty Has A Name

Don't think, there's nothing I won't do
I'd gather up the stars
I'd walk the avenue in the cold rain
There's nothing I won't do

I've got some things I'd like to say
When you walk into the room
My troubles seem to fade
I'm helpless
Defenseless

Wonders of all wonders
Everything has changed
Ever since I met you girl
Beauty has a name
Beauty has a name

Now I'd wait a hundred years or more
Just to hold your hand, to open up the door
To your world
It's better than this world

Cause I've seen so many pretty things
Vienna in the snow, St. Peters in the spring
But nowhere
Compared to you

Wonders of all wonders
Everything has changed
Ever since I met you well
Beauty has a name
Beauty has a name

Some will try to cut you down
Leave you stranded by the road
They say that nothing matters
That's just the way it goes
But I'm on my knees tonight
I just need to get it right
You're my lightening rod, you're proof there's god,
And even if there's not

Wonders of all wonders
Everything has changed
Ever since I met you girl well
Beauty has a name
Beauty has a name
Track Name: The End Of A Ghost Story (The Acoustic Version)
The End Of A Ghost Story

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

But we're too young
I don't ever wanna die
Why do newborn babies cry?
Ask an orphan he knows why

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

But 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 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 around

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 an orphan he knows why
Track Name: City Life (The Acoustic Version)
City Life

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: Some Streets Lead Nowhere (The Acoustic Version)
Some Streets Lead Nowhere

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 (The Acoustic Version)
We Are Snowmen

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 (The Acoustic Version)
Your Museum

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: Protest Song (The Acoustic Version Of P.S.)
Protest Song

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