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

by Matthew Ryan

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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 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Matthew Ryan is experiencing a noisy renaissance. It began in 2014 with "Boxers" and now with "Hustle Up Starlings" we see the follow-through.
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.
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Track Name: This is the Hill (Outtake)
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
Track Name: All the Wild Horses (Demo)
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
Track Name: I Will Kill for You (Outtake)
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
Track Name: All Of That Means Nothing Now (Demo)
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
Track Name: Hey Kid (Writing Work Tape Version)
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
Track Name: I Recall Standing… (Demo)
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?