Carpe Noctem

by Ryan Garrett

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One half of a dual-album concept, Carpe Noctem (in contrast to Carpe Diem) is a dark, dreary, and more rustic 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 Noctem Version)
WALK AWAY SLOWLY
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 Noctem Version)
BUS TO ABILENE
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: The Dying Art Of Empathy
I was raised by peace and quiet
In a bed of bluegrass neath the stars
I made friends my family, and family my friends
And dreamed I’d show them off by going far
I grew up in the smallest little town
But every time I’d look around
I'd see that empathy is a dying art
And it brings me down
So pick up your feet
Adjust all your sails
Full steam ahead
To something you really felt
Just run…
Pretend that you’re free and run…

We’re all just sisters and brothers
Once you step into the light
Thank God for technicolor
Cause I can’t see black and white

Some people believe in money
Some people believe in drugs
Some people believe in religion
Some people believe in love
Some people believe everything
Some people believe in lies
Me? I don't guess I believe in anything
I'm just trying to get by

So take off your hat
And let down your hair
When you finally see that horizon
Don’t just stop and stare
Just run…
Pretend you’re in love and run…
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: Wasted Your Time
WASTED YOUR TIME
We take to these streets like blind mice
Pull over once and take off twice
Ain't it nice when you can't take your own advice
I know you like your solitude
But your tough and headstrong attitude
Is starting to take it's toll on me and you
I can't keep you safe forever
You'd never let me try
But don't think I'll volunteer to say goodbye
Just go your way and I'll go mine
I'm sorry I wasted your time again
They'll never let us live it down
If we don't leave this as it was found
Departure bound, but never too far off the ground
As much as I'd love to hang around
And find saving grace in this old town
No... they'll never let us live this down
As far away from anywhere as anyone can get
You'll leave this all behind you
No regrets
Just go your way and I'll go mine
I'm sorry I wasted your time
Just go your way and I'll go mine
I'm sorry I wasted your time again
Track Name: Hit At The Gathering (Carpe Noctem Version)
HIT AT THE GATHERING
You took 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: Children Of Elsewhere
ELSEWHERE
I'm not out to start a fight
I don't want to see any blood
I stand for all that's right
When I see nothing good
We're all starved, beat and broken
Scars of red and bruises black
We're the poisoned kids of elsewhere
Here to take our spirits back
From the blackest halls of ivy
To the edge of all our dreams
We have struggled with disaster
We are bursting at the seams
Creaking boards down the corridors
Blue dogs barking up your tree
We're the poisoned kids of elsewhere
Here to set our people free
See your crumbling foundation
See your tower lean and shake
See your institution fall out
Watch it bend. Now watch it break.
Reflections in your tears
All the faces, all the years
We're the poisoned kids of elsewhere
Ghosts made up of all your fears
We're the poisoned kids of elsewhere
We're the ones you always feared
Track Name: Guide Me Away (Carpe Noctem 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: Manchester Suite
MANCHESTER SUITE
PART ONE
There's a chill in the wind here
Winter's dawn, coming on, I fear
Like anyone who's anyone, I've made mistakes
Packing up, leaving town, my escape
They'll never make the connection
No they'll never know I was there
The night it all went down
In that Manchester town
Line em up against the wall
Make em pay, set em straight, see em crawl
Found each one out in the sticks
All but one, headin out, ninety o' six
They'll never make the connection
No they'll never know the shot was mine
The night it all went down
In that Manchester town
PART TWO
Southbound on the interstate
Tennessee I'm coming for ya
What's done is done and I'm on the run
It's too late to turn this thing around
Tennessee I'm desperate for ya
What's done is done, I don't trust anyone
Darkness on the edge of Knoxville
Tennessee, I'm counting on ya
Peacemaker buried out in Daniel Boone
Mountains left, mountains right
Find a place to hide, just one more night
Tennessee, I too will be buried soon
Tennessee, have mercy on me Tennessee
PART THREE
Glory hallelujah
I know I never knew ya
But Lord, I need your help tonight
I shot in man back in Kentucky
Watched him die, and somehow got lucky
Enough to make it out alive and out of sight
My friends all up there doing time
Hardly made the news for the crime
After all I was the one who fired the gun
They just helped this selfish killer out
Oh Lord forgive me, and let them out
Free them for they're not the guilty ones
Glory Glory Hallelujah
I must admit I never knew ya
But Lord, I need your help tonight
Forgive me for I know not what I do
But I know exactly what I did
On desperate knees I come to you...

PART FOUR
Police and hellhounds behind me
Probably not too far now behind me
Pretty soon you know they'll find me
Abandoned cabin up on the hillside
Half the highway took in a landslide
Nobody but me on my side
Somehow they made the connection
One of them guys spilled, I just know
I can feel them out tonight
Searching the forest left and right
For the 45 I buried low
I don't know how they could have found out
Unless one of those thugs ratted me out
They have to be after me, I have no doubt
Could you even get a truck up here?
What's that? Is that them I hear?
Are they already out there? WHO'S OUT THERE?!?!
I just know, I just know they made the connection
It's not even been 12 hours but I know they're on their way
Tonight's the night it all goes down
From Tennessee to Manchester Town
I can feel the trees breathing down my neck
I'm like all the compromised rays of light from every sun that's ever set
I know, I know, I know they're gonna find me here
Or no, no, no, I'm stuck growing old here
or no, no, no, I'm gonna die here
Glory Glory Hallelujah
Lord I know I never knew ya
I just know, I just know, I'm gonna die here
I'm gonna die here...