Song for a Hard Year (Maxi​-​Single)

by The Pines at Night

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Don’t get me wrong It’s not that I don’t care It’s been a hard year It’s been a hard… I had to hide It got so dark outside It’s been a hard year It’s been a hard year It started bad Then things got worse All we had Was just deserts I’ll try to say What I haven’t been able to say In the next verse I lost some friends The world’s gone to shit The captain was an idiot The water’s black The crowds are bricks The criminals act like patriots Now I’m not saying that I’m always right But I’m not giving up tonight I’m just so fucking tired and sick Of taking my place behind the pricks That sell you out for for “nar-stars-uh-drine” That’s a word I made up for this stupid scene And it’s meant to suggest No what it means is it’s Desolation Row without the poetry And I’m starting to worry that just what it’s gonna be… Mmm hmm Mmm hmm Mmm hmm Mmm hmm Mmm hmm Mmm hmm It’s been a hard year It’s been a hard year Are we in the clear?
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We’ve all got wolves we’d die to feed It’s love and hate and never free Underneath it's hard to breathe We got the spirit of the sea Words are ropes, words are stairs "Tomorrow" takes us everywhere I’ve smelled true hope in your hair That sacred night is always there You’ve gotta swim like you’re on fire I know you’re hurt, I know you’re tired  But you’ve gotta swim like you’re on fire I watched you smile and pull away I still feel just like a stray Dusk is written night and day But it’s alright right now we’re ok You gotta swim like you’re on fire I know you’re hurt, I know you’re tired But you’ve gotta swim like you’re on fire You’ve gotta swim like you’re on fire You gotta swim like you’re on fire
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These songs mark a personal shift for me. What a hard time we're all moving through. The big stories affect the small ones, and visa versa. Always.

For the time being (maybe forever) I will be releasing the songs I write and sing under The Pines at Night. I just didn't feel I could emerge from this hard time in the same mode that I occupied before "it." There has been a ton of quiet thought and hard work behind this. There may be no audible change to you other than the name. And yes, it's still my voice and the songs I will welcome and offer to you at the center but my efforts have always been collaborative in nature. This is my way of honoring the long-time revolving gang of beautiful and talented friends that help me make this music and I love that The Pines at Night has a conceptual notion.

My hope here is to invite along into a new start.

Your purchases of The Song for a Hard Year Maxi-Single will go directly toward the budget for making a new album that I hope to record later this year. I've written a truckload of songs since Hustle Up Starlings. I'll be aiming to make the most distilled and useful beauty we can gather. The songs from the Song for a Hard Year Maxi-Single will NOT appear on the forthcoming collection.

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released May 7, 2021

These songs were...

Recorded by M. Ryan and Doug Lancio

Performed by M. Ryan and Doug Lancio

Doug played Bass, Slide Resonator, Pump Organ and Mando Guitar
Ryan played Piano, Acoustic Guitar, Irish Drum and Sang

Mixed by M. Ryan and Doug Lancio
Mastered by Doug Lancio

All songs written by Ryan

Thank you for listening and purchasing and welcoming this music. Always. The listener is half of a song at least. So I hope these songs arrive well for you, and then travel with you. Stay healthy and good and connected out there.

Always,
M. Ryan

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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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