This is the Hill (Free Single & B​-​Sides)

by Matthew Ryan / Strays Don't Sleep / PINES

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This Is The Hill (Outtake) Written By Matthew Ryan Just go about your business Just go about your lives In a fog of constant car chase Under gray metal skies While there's a bomb in the heartland And then there's trouble on the coast And there's a very clean boot On everyone's throat The banks, the cons, the pirates The inconceivable greed While workers fade and howl like phantoms And farmland turns to dust and weed I was born in Pennsylvania By the gas fires and river bank My grandfather died of emphysema In World War II he drove a tank And I remember how his blue eyes Got narrow as he spoke And he said, "I'll take the enemies we knew any day, Over the enemies you'll know" And I remember at one time thinking That the hearts of men are good And if we should be overcome by darkness We'll do exactly what we should But then there was 9/11 And then there was Shock and Awe And that ruthless empire up on Wall Street Made peasants of us all But it was nothing new It had been building for a while Sometimes I just sit and wonder What happened to the president's smile? Yeah I'm militant about the future And I'm militant about hope And I'm militant about reason But these things are endangered you know? And I'm passionate about us And I'm passionate about them And I'm passionate about education and the human rights of all men And I believe in glowing cities An open window in every room And I believe in brotherhood So I believe in you Well there's a growing hum of chaos People dying where they sleep With a flash of light in the dead of night That's no fair fight You can try to rationalize But that's not war And it's certainly not peace Huh? huh? This is the hill This is the stand This the last hill So never again So never again
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All The Wild Horses (Demo) Written by Matthew Ryan Sulphur climbs over William Penn Couldn't bear to read the letters you sent Quiet strikes only now and then Once you've been had She's a jewel in the back of my mind I pull her out still from time to time To recall that clearer simpler side Between Walt Whitman and The White Noise Downtown at West & 4th I got two nuns behind me, one's divorced The other just kind of fell of course Now she's banking on eternity All these things you drag around Come and go until the deal goes down Wild horses in my chest Tomorrow knows you can only guess Modern times more or less Is the step you just took Hey kid, I know it's hard All is asunder and torn apart But come sunrise you can start To undo what all's been did All these things you drag around Come and go until the deal goes down
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I Will Kill For You (Outtake) Written by Matthew Ryan When the wolf's at your door And the night is so long When nothing seems true And you're goner than gone If you're turning to rain And the world's on your back When it's take, take, take I think you know where I'm at I will I will I will kill for you We were young We were young When the wolf's at your door And the night is so long When nothing seems true And you're goner than gone If you're turning to rain And the world's on your back And it's take, take, take I hope you know where I'm at I will I will I will kill for you
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All Of That Means Nothing Now Written by Matthew Ryan We stood outside the Supermarket Such a strange cold place For such a sad sad thing And we weren't talking Your eyes were frozen But you looked so pretty love You were still my favorite thing And cars drove by us And people smiled inside And I hated every one For their simple easy lives Then I felt something Like a dam that broke A rush of every sea I still love you in my throat But all of that love All of that love All of that love... Means nothing now We stood outside the Supermarket Such strange cold place For such a sad sad thing And you weren't talking Your eyes were frozen But you looked so pretty love When you handed me your ring But all of that love All of that love All of that love... Means nothing now
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Hey Kid Written by Matthew Ryan, Greg Richling & Phillip Sidlow Hey kid Your story's not dead yet I know it's all fucked up I know it feels hopeless Yeah Hey kid Your heart is a weapon Against the fools of armageddon Uhhhh huh... Hey kid The static's getting thicker I hope you can still picture A world without tears We need you here We need you here Hey Kid... We got soul on command We got sex on demand We got everything but nothing's really real We got hyper confession We got constant compression We got fatigue and violence A war against silence When all we need is something we can feel Ok alright Ok alright Ok alright it's not alright Ok alright it's not alright You'll have to fight The war inside The endless night That's modern life That's modern life We got soul on command We got sex on demand We got everything but nothing's really real
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I Recall Standing As Though Nothing Could Fall (Demo) Written by Matthew Ryan I I recall I recall I recall standing I I recall I recall I recall standing As though Nothing could fall Hey Hey you Can you recall standing As though nothing could fall too?

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These songs make up the bonus disc of outtakes and demos that were previously only available on the CD version of I Recall Standing As Though Nothing Could Fall. I've decided to offer them for free digitally via this page alone.

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released April 18, 2013

Everything was performed by Matthew Ryan except the bass guitar on All Of That Means Nothing Now (Demo), which was played by Billy Mercer.

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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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