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ndewitt This is a song I was meant hear and i think it came to. me not a second too soon.Having struggled. and hurt for so long the words music lyrics and the feelings that speak with that v well. earned. gravel the vocals remind.and sorrow and pain of days that they barely made it through and eyes raised . and say yeah "I Walked Away " but. here I am now. It let me bleed and at the same time gave me Hope.
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"I Walked Away"

(This song has explicit language)

I Walked Away was the first song Neilson and I sat down and wrote together after 15 years. Strays had ended quiet dramatically 15 years earlier. Quietly, in a van outside of Indianapolis. Neither of us wish to discuss what happened. Over the years our friendship proved durable, important and intact. Naturally we were compelled to once again explore this music that was unique to the way our talents and voices collaborated and enhanced each others instincts. The song came quickly as we sat together for the first time in years at the small mid-century table in my writing room in October of 2019.

The song itself is about walking away from certain dark and overwhelming provocations in modern living. It’s been said that it can take half your life to figure out how to live. And when that intersection is reached, you can no longer be who you were. I Walked Away is about that moment.

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I Walked Away

There are wars
We haven’t won
There’s no justice
With a gun
And even the church
What can I say?
I walked away

Everything
Is right on time
It all went wrong
But I don’t mind
Like a drunk 
On the stage
I walked away 

Oh I got swallowed by the hollows
Oh I got tore up by the knives
Oh I begged and killed and followed
I got so fucking close to the edge that I thought I’d never see myself again

All I want
Is truth and love
A melody
And just enough
No lie that quiets
Your pretty face 
I walked away

Oh I got swallowed by the hollows
Oh I got turned by the knives
Oh I begged and killed and followed
I got so fucking close to the edge that I thought I’d never see myself again
Oh I got swallowed by the hollows
Oh I got wounded by the knives
Oh I begged and killed and followed
I got so fucking close to the edge that I thought I’d never see you again my friend

I walked away

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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