I Want Peace
Written by Matthew Ryan

There are villains in high places
There are villains in the dirt
There are heroes in the silence
There is wisdom where you hurt
I took a drag and made it beauty
I took a beauty and made her beg
When I pushed too hard I relented
And I said that I was only pulling your leg

Cause I want peace
Yeah I want peace
For you
And for me
For you and me

I wouldn't say that I'm a pacifist
I wouldn't say I'm going rogue
But this soap star's the worst kind of weapon
Throwing bombs like they were ropes
You know the facts are being murdered
By the din of politics
And in the ways that we avoid each other
While the big clock tics
There's a violence in doing nothing
As if the plot could be ignored
Just because you've picked your poison
Doesn't mean the wolf's not at your door
I get no thrill from bringing bad news
I'd much rather make you smile
But I refuse to be a passenger
As we smile…
And swallow up the miles

Cause I want peace
Yeah I want peace
Cause I want peace
Yeah I want peace
For you
And for me
For you and me


from I Recall Standing As Though Nothing Could Fall, released June 22, 2011
Kate York sang. Matthew Ryan performed, edited & arranged everything else.


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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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