Hustle Up Starlings

from by Matthew Ryan

  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

      $2 USD  or more



Hustle Up Starlings

Hustle up, starlings
The dark is coming
The night's tuning up
And dusk is humming
I smile at strangers
And I talk to myself
My thoughts are lonely
Lonelier than hell

We met in a record store
In 1991
She was studying to be a big girl
I was trying to be someone
We had us some boys
And we laughed a lot 
But these days I'm just trying to remember
What it is that we forgot

I love the rain in the summertime
The way her hand would fall slow in mine
I loved her dress pressed against my skin
The way the night would let a warm light in

Now everyday is numbered
And so are the words
The hymn of a shadow boxer
Is to only hit where it hurts
Now there's no silence
That's quieter than this 
The things we love will one day disappear
First slow and then so quick

I love the snow when the winter comes
When loud guitars are pushed around by drums
I love that memory has more grace than me
The things I recall are lit with a blinding beauty
I love a song that doesn't care what you want
Like winter birds that never felt inclined to chase the sun
I've loved a woman with everything I have
And I pray to god I’ll give her more good than bad

Hustle up, starlings
The bats are coming
The night's tuning up
And dusk is humming


from Hustle Up Starlings, released May 12, 2017
Performed By:

Brian Bequette - Bass & Piano
Brian Fallon - Electric, Acoustic & Vibe Guitars as well as Backing Vocals
Doug Lancio - Additional Electric Guitar
Brad Pemberton - Drums & Percussion
Matthew Ryan - Lead Vocals



all rights reserved


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.
... more


contact / help

Contact Matthew Ryan

Streaming and
Download help

Redeem code