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Peace, Love & Murder

What’s so funny
About peace and love?
Peace and love,
and murder?

Everyone I know
Is feeling took
They don’t know where to turn
Or where to look
This sorrow weighs a ton
But we could be the ones this time
The adverts everywhere
The constant flood
You’ve never been so lonesome
It can’t be good
Am I the only one that wonders what my thoughts could be?

The punks have sold us out
They’re all pop stars now
The heart’s a ruthless plow
And hungry too
I’m hungry too

We feel it in our guts
There’s something wrong
The madness here is viral
We sing along
To anthems just so dumb
Mute the fireworks and drums
And there’s nothing there
Sometimes it rains for days
Sometimes there’s bombs
We’re whistling past the graveyards
While car alarms are swirling up like dirt
Some dry and die of thirst while others drown

The punks have sold us out
They’re all pop stars now
The heart’s a ruthless plow
And hungry too
I’m hungry too

Now what’s so funny
About peace and love?
Peace and love,
and murder?

The empires of the mind
There’s no refuge
That hard won bloody peace
Was just a truce
The monsters live within
We fight, sometimes we win
But it’s not enough

The punks have sold us out
They’re all pop stars now
The heart’s a ruthless plow
And hungry too
I’m hungry too

Now what’s so funny
About peace and love?
Peace and love
And murder?

Written by Matthew Ryan
Plastic Violin / BMI 2018

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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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