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This song was written by Leonard Cohen. It originally appeared on his masterpiece You Want It Darker.

My version was originally released on a very limited vinyl-only Record Store Day Leonard Cohen tribute album called Like A Drunk In A Midnight Choir.

A very special thank you to the organizers of Like A Drunk In A Midnight Choir for allowing me to offer this to you here.

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Steer Your Way


Steer your way past the ruins
Of the altar and the mall
Steer your way through the fables
Of creation and the fall
Steer your way past the palaces
That rise above the rot
Year by year
Month by month
Day by day
Thought by thought

Steer your heart past the truth
You believed in yesterday
Such as fundamental goodness
And the wisdom of the way
Steer your heart, precious heart
Past the women whom you bought
Year by year
Month by month
Day by day
Thought by thought

Steer your path through the pain
That is far more real than you
That smashed the cosmic model
That blinded every view
Oh and please don’t make me go there
Tho’ there be a god or not
Year by year
Month by month
Day by day
Thought by thought

They whisper still, the ancient stones
The blunted mountains weep
As they died to make men holy
Let us die to make things cheap
And say the Mea Culpa which you’ve probably forgot
Year by year
Month by month
Day by day
Thought by thought

Steer your way, oh my heart
Tho’ I have no right to ask
To the one who was never
Never equal to the task
Who knows he’s been convicted
Who knows he will be shot
Year by year
Month by month
Day by day
Thought by thought

They whisper still, the ancient stones
The blunted mountains weep
As he died to make men holy
Let us die to make things cheap
And say the Mea Culpa which you gradually forgot
Year by year
Month by month
Day by day
Thought by thought


Recorded and Produced and Mixed by Matthew Ryan
Performed by David Henry (Cello), Olly Knights (of Turin Brake on Backing Vocals), and Matthew Ryan (Everything Else...)

Mastered by Hans DeKline

Written by Leonard Cohen
Steer Your Way lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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from On Our Death Day MAXI​-​SINGLE, released May 15, 2019

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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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