Carpe Diem

by Ryan Garrett

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One half of a dual-album concept, Carpe Diem (in contrast to Carpe Noctem) is a bright, vibrant, and straightforward heartland rock record from Ryan Garrett. Sitting in the producer's chair for the first time in six years, Carpe Diem and Carpe Noctem serve as Garrett's first true "solo project" since his debut album Heartland Avenue in 2011.

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released April 21, 2017

All songs written, composed, and performed by Ryan Garrett.
All instruments by Ryan Garrett.
Produced and Mastered by Ryan Garrett.

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Track Name: Walk Away Slowly (Carpe Diem Version)
And here I thought summer was a paradise
Now I see it's all just a bunch of lies
Everytime I see that hot sun / cold moon rise
I ache, my mistake
And here I thought you missed me too
And you needed me like I needed you
But now I'm not so sure that's true
I'm broke, It's a joke
But before you run forever
Could you please just one last time
Let down your hair, take off your coat
This rain will pass like a tear-stained note
Wrap your arms around my throat
Disappear. That's all she wrote.
You've been gone for so very long
I've forgotten how to say "Welcome Home"
And if I apologize for that
Would you forgive me where you're at?
Before you turn and walk away slowly
Like you always do when you go
Track Name: Bus To Abilene (Carpe Diem Version)
There's no waking from this dream
Been asleep too long it seems
No matter how hard you pinch
It'll take so much more for me to flinch
Inexpensive hearts get crushed all to pieces
And yet they say talk is cheap
Words aren't so replaceable
With promises like warranties no one ever keeps
There's no getting off this ride
Trust me, I know, I've tried
It just goes until it runs out of track
But love's like a season pass that keeps you coming back
Inexpensive hearts get crushed all to pieces
And yet they say talk is cheap
Words aren't so replaceable
With promises like warranties no one ever keeps
Our lack of communication and subtle agreements
Led us to conflict
We tried to avoid it but why would you agree
To something that you never wanted?

Inexpensive hearts get crushed all to pieces
And yet they say talk is cheap
Words aren't so replaceable
With promises like warranties no one ever keeps
Our lack of communication and subtle agreements
Led us to conflict
We tried to avoid it but why would you agree
To something that you never wanted?
Track Name: Savage River
SAVAGE RIVER
Pretend you don't see me so you don't have to kill me
Imagine I'm not in your line of sight
Burn those photographs so you can delete me completely
You'll see in time, when I'm far behind you, this whole thing turned out right
So take me to the other side and throw me in the savage river
You know I always liked the cold water back where I'm from
Let the icy current run between my toes and fingers
Let me wade deeper, make me float around until I'm numb
Pretend you don't hear me so you don't have to speak
Imagine I'm not even here at all
Like all the times I lied and said I was leaving, I was deceiving
Cause I'm still here, in the clear, waiting for that ice to thaw
So you can take me to the other side and throw me in the savage river....
BRIDGE
You're lying there, such a beautiful wreck
As the wind whispers all your secrets you never kept
And I can feel the trees breathing down my neck
You're like all the compromised rays of light
From every sun that's ever set
Pretend you don't feel a thing everytime you see me
Imagine that there's no more words to say...
And take me to the other side and throw me in the savage river...
Track Name: Gotta Leave Sometime
GOTTA LEAVE SOMETIME
There's an ashtray on the ottoman
An empty bottle on the stairs
And a suitcase in the doorway
Makes you think she's going somewhere
Buddy, I do feel for ya
But that's just how it's gotta be
Don't wake up and freak out
Just roll up and head out
There's only one way to take the lead
Cause you gotta leave sometime
You gotta skip town, no you can't stick around
You gotta leave sometime
Doesn't matter where you stay
As long as it's away from here
There's a hotel in a mile
But there's another down the road
Don't you know this could take a while
This could make you feel so old
Man, it's the meanest thing you'll ever face
Watching all you worked for and mile markers fade
Don't wake up and freak out, just roll up and head out
It would have killed you, had you stayed.
Track Name: Every Time It Rains
EVERY TIME IT RAINS
I watched your favorite movie
With someone else last night
And even when she let her hair down
You didn’t even cross my mind
I guess I’m making progress
For someone who lives in the right lane
I guess I’m making new love
Because it takes away the pain
So I guess I’ll be alright
Yeah I suppose I’ll be just fine
As long as I only think of you every time it rains
I realize I could get used to this
It’s one thing that isn’t overthought
Spending the last of my summer days
Listening to records I’d forgot I bought
I guess I was just too busy
Listening to you complain
About how we got too involved
In everything that drives us insane
Now you feel like a work of fiction
So I can probably kick this addiction
As long as I only think of you every time it rains
Could you pull this out of thin air
If I wasn’t in your head?
Could you belt it out to the cheap seats
After the microphones went dead?
I guess I was a waste of time
And it’s something hard to change
When you’re used to being the last one picked
For the team of every two player game
But even in the darkest nights
I suppose I’ll be alright
As long as I only think of you every time it rains
Track Name: Lucky
The best years of my life were spent
Walking around
Thinkin about....
The worst times I ever faced were just
worrying about
Things not working out
I may be lucky but Im not magic
I cant grant my own wishes, let alone yours
Gettin by on the inside looks great on the outside
Before luck runs out, lets open up all the doors
I never had the whole wide world but had
enough to get by
enough not to cry
I never asked for any more but I
sometimes wished
for more than this
I may be lucky but Im not magic
I cant grant my own wishes, let alone yours
Gettin by on the inside looks great on the outside
Just because you're winning battles doesn't mean there's not a war
The best years of my life were spent
Walking around
Thinkin about
Wonderin if...
Track Name: Hit At The Gathering (Carpe Diem Version)
HIT AT THE GATHERING
You broke my heart and the repo man took your car
I still don't feel like we are even, but I guess we are
You did so bad in school
You never followed the rules
But mama didn't raise no fool
So you raised some hell
There wasn't very many people on your side
But you were a hit at the gathering
Everybody loved you
You were a hit at the gathering
All eyes were upon you
You were a hit at the gathering
Everywhere I took you
You took all control and made me look like shit
But man, you were such a hit
On our first date, you told your dad you hate him
On our second date, you told me you hated datin'
You just kept me around
Cause I was the only guy in town
That would let you put him down
In front of all his friends
There wasn't very many people on my side
But you were a hit at the gathering...
Track Name: Take It
TAKE IT
I'll just sit here and take it
When it all comes crashing down
I've stood up for myself before
It doesn't phase you anymore
I know it's coming when you come around
I'll just go home and shake it
Hope I don't see you for a while
I'm sure there's some that may use ya
But I just wanna lose ya
Before your mouth steals my smile
I guess you'll just have to fake it
You're so good at that anyway
When it comes your time to spill
Tell em how sorry you feel
Just open up your lips and lie away
Track Name: Guide Me Away (Carpe Diem Version)
GUIDE ME AWAY
Another massacre in my head
Another newspaper halfway read
The missed calls on the voice machine dropping hints
Telling me I should get out of bed
For someone else's sake instead
Suspense is killing me
But I guess it's a first offense
They always talk so tough
Like I've not done enough
When all my work is through
That's when I beg of you
Don't let em guide me away
Woah-oh-oh
Don't let em guide me away
Man it's just common sense
I've got accomplishments
I don't want to lose it all
Got my achievements
Got my commitments
Can't let em convince me to fall
The sun is rising up so high
Must be a different world outside
So many cars in a long straight line
But where do they go for the final commute?
Are we all in line for the same pursuit?
Suspense is killing me
But I guess it's the last time
It nearly drives me mad
I heard your mom and dad
Tell you that you look insane
With my face in your picture frame
But don't let em guide me away
Woah-oh-oh
Don't let em guide me away
Tomorrow's a new day
The next is the same way
You just gotta break the routine
You have to start somewhere
Why build your own nightmare?
When you could be building your dream?
It's not the song, it's just the way you sing it
Cause the bell won't chime if you're never there to ring it
They're just too far gone
Why have I been holding out so long?
Don't let em guide me away
Woah-oh-oh
Don't let em guide me away
CARPE DIEM VERSION
I look up at the sun
Yeah it's still the same one
Just bigger and brighter it seems
I have to start somewhere
Let go of my nightmares
And learn how to chase down a dream
Track Name: Logic Of Freedom
LOGIC OF FREEDOM
Another day I seem to find
Thinkin' bout you again
Another night I don't seem to mind
Dreamin' bout you again
Cause I've seen you runnin
And I've seen you cry
Every night I hear your voice
And it's the sweetest lullaby
Cast your light, Freedom one more time
And show them all how high you climb
Follow your heart and let the story unfurl
It's time to raise your voice and sing to the world
I'm going on three hours of sleep
And a couple of cups of Joe
I stayed up all night thinkin' about you
Yeah you and your lovely soul
Cause I've heard you singing
And I've heard you laugh
I've seen the act you portray
Honey, you've made art from your craft
Cast your light, Freedom one more time
And show them all how high you climb
Follow your heart and let the story unfurl
It's time to raise your voice and sing to the world
When it's late at night
I sometimes wonder where you are
How high have you climbed now?
Have you reached the stars?
Do you even know me?
You make me wanna try
To play my music slowly
You make me wanna sing high
Cause I've seen you runnin'
And I've seen you cry
Every night I hear your voice
And it's the sweetest lullaby
Cast your light, Freedom one more time
And show them all how high you climb
Follow your heart and let the story unfurl
It's time to raise your voice and sing to the world
So cast your light, Freedom one more time
And let them all see how high you climb
Follow your heart, state of the art, the story unfurls
It's time to raise your glass and sing to the world