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Battle Born

He took it straight in the teeth
To find out what was underneath
You’re still alive even if you can’t breathe
Ah Joe, you’re a hero to me

Hey Lu, I’m in love with you
Your kind of work and that lean for a truth
What else were you gonna do?
Hey Lu, I’m in love with you

And all the crowds
They call so loud
For hollow clowns
And their useless sentiments
It’s all so bent
Who’s paying the rent?

Aw Paul, why’d you disappear?
Was there something ringing in your ear?
Or did you just grow tired of tears?
Aw Paul, why’d you disappear?

Disenchantment is a ruthless bomb
But it never stopped Chrissie or Tom
You could be something, Anyone!
Battle born when the daylight comes

And all the crowds
They call so loud
For hollow clowns
And their useless sentiments
It’s all so bent
Who’s paying the rent?

On a dark lit night
In the throes of another fight
I heard a song made me feel alright
Made me wanna explode into light
I don’t know if there’s more than this
A loud guitar, some comfort or a kiss
All I know is that it’s the shape of a fist
And it’s pounding inside your ribs

Until the wheels come off
No matter the hurt or the cost
Screaming hope in the land of the lost
Oh oh ’till the wheels come off

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Matthew Ryan Nashville, Tennessee

Matthew Ryan is experiencing a kind of noisy renaissance. It began with Boxers then Hustle Up Starlings in 2017.

His 1997 debut album, May Day, has been celebrated by Paste Magazine as one of the best albums released in the 1990s.

Persevering & devotedly independent Ryan continues to grow a sprawling career that's now rich with a long list of beautiful albums and songs.

(Pic by Chad Cochran)
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