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Hope Is a Love Song

At the the near-end of Strays 15 years ago, Ryan and I had started exploring dance grooves married to traditional songwriting. As we were writing these new Strays songs in 2019 this particular piece we had started constructing kept entering my mind, it was called 40 Feet. It was a song I’d thought about quite a bit over the years, it just didn’t feel quite realized but we knew there was something there. We peeled it all away, re-recorded the guitars and discovered Hope is a Love Song.

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Hope Is a Love Song

40 feet 
From your door
Now I know
What hope is for
Everything
Is beautiful
Again

The lights went out
The room was dark
The world felt strange
I leaned in art
Everything
Is beautiful 
Again

22 
With summer skin
I almost crashed
The car we’re in
Everything 
Is beautiful
Again

Oh oh oh
Hope is a love song
Oh oh oh
Hope is a love song

Silver hills
Like Christmas Eve
You’re the only thing
I wanna see
Everything
Is beautiful
Again

The air is lit
By fireflies 
I see the sparks
In your eyes
Everything
Is beautiful 
Again

Oh oh oh
Hope is a love song
Oh oh oh
Hope is a love song
Oh oh oh
Hope is a love song
Oh oh oh
Hope is a love song

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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