Song For A Friend
Written by Matthew Ryan

Oh my friend
It's sad how we've grown apart
And so it went
And we can't get back to the start
When we'd smile and click our heels
And float like drunk Sinatras
The wonder and the feel
Their smiles became our mantra

Oh my friend
I'm worried
Time's a shark
And in a hurry

And glowing cigarettes
Twas understood
The warmth in wintry breath

Dear Lord
I'm worried
Time's a shark
And in a hurry

A ferris wheel
Sparkles on the hill
And traffic moves
Like a swarm of sparks were spilled
On nights like this
I drink my share of whiskey
And wade in the flood of loneliness
That was so foreign when you were with me


from I Recall Standing As Though Nothing Could Fall, released June 22, 2011
David Mead played the main piano. Molly Thomas played the violins. Andrew Thompson played bass piano. Matthew Ryan performed, arranged and edited everything else.


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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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