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"Couldn’t Be Happier"

(This song has explicit language)

Couldn’t Be Happier was the second song that Ryan and I wrote. To me it’s the immediate aftermath of the tension and release of I Walked Away….. It’s the sequel happening almost simultaneously. With Couldn’t Be Happier there’s a sense of relief mixed with loss over what’s been left behind. The tension for this song lies in what comes next. Who are we brave enough to be? Couldn’t Be Happier looks at the flood of the world we live in and says, “I see you. I see it all. But I can only do so much. And I will only do what I can to make this world, and my life, a more beautiful place. It’s all I can do.”

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Couldn’t Be Happier

I couldn’t be happier 
My god I can’t believe our luck
It wasn’t that long ago 
When I was absolutely certain
That we were fucked
I wanna party like it’s 1999

Come on pretty baby
Put your little hand in mine
The skies are clear again
And like you said
It was always only 
A matter of time
I wanna party like it’s 1999

La la la la
La la la la

I hear church bells
Weddings, funerals, despair and sparks
The heart got so heavy
Until the day broke 
To a flood of stars
I wanna party like it’s 1999

La la la la
La la la la  

I couldn’t be happier 
My god I can’t believe our luck
It wasn’t that long ago 
When I was absolutely certain
That we were fucked

credits

from A Short Film for a Long Story, released October 30, 2020
Produced Neilson Hubbard & Matthew Ryan
Recorded by Dylan Alldredge at Skinny Elephant (Nashville, TN)
Mixed by Neilson Hubbard at Mr. Lemons (Franklin, KY)
All Music Performed by Neilson Hubbard & Matthew Ryan
All Songs Written by Neilson Hubbard & Matthew Ryan
Mastered by Hans DeKline

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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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