Hustle Up Starlings

from by Matthew Ryan

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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


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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.

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