Homecoming

by Ryan Garrett

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Second full-length release and debut studio album on AboveTheSun Records by Ryan Garrett. Recorded between August 2012 and April 2013 except "Homecoming" recorded in December 2011. Featuring "She's Afraid of Mountains" which received local acclaim and radio airplay. The album features a more polished sound than the demo album Heartland Avenue, and lyrics dealing with finding an overall sense of belonging. Also available on CD.

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released May 21, 2013

All songs written, composed, and performed by Ryan Garrett.
All instruments and vocals performed by Ryan Garrett except:
Lead guitar on "What I Need" by Cody Gabehart.
Produced by Cody Gabehart.
Copyright 2013 AboveTheSun Records.

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Track Name: Hide and Seek
Here we are now staring love and hate in the face
And laughing at the conflict
I never needed anything so strong
Now perhaps I've become an addict
Let's take the long way home
Lest you need to be alone
And yeah it scares me to see
Something I've never believed in right in front of me

I'm not clinging to the limbs of this cliche
I'm just holding on before it slips away
I spent my whole life just searching for the truth
I had my doubts and then found out I needed you
A bit shaken up but I won't run and hide
I'm not giving up, I'm still on your side

Looking back I see this mystery
Unfolding into our history
I never thought it could mean this to me
A love so blistering, so contradictory
And when the morning comes
Don't it cut you like a knife?
Be it for good or bad
Watching the dreams we had begin to come to life

Let's take the long way home
A little more time before the moment is gone
Less time to be apart
No more time spent alone

Because I'll hold onto you
Look around wherever you are
There will be no more playing hide and seek in the dark
Track Name: The Cadence
Well maybe I'll just pretend
Like I know what I'm doing
I'll stand here til you shake me
And tell me I've gone crazy
But the sun is so bright now
That your golden hair is burning around
This atmosphere, so turn away my dear
Before I find myself in lust again
I see it all so clear
It's time to face my fears
Don't you know I've worked hard on this broken heart?

Those drums off in the distance
The pounding's not as intense
As the heat that starts to rise
Past the cadence of your eyes
But my soul plays with me
And my eyes so I can't see
Through this atmosphere
So turn away until it's clear
So I can earn myself some trust again
Then turn around once more
We've seen it all before
Just listen back again and let it take you in

Stuck in your atmosphere
But I'm not sure what I'm doing here
Cause she's got golden tones
And I am just flesh and bone
So I'm out of here
So turn away my dear
Before I find myself in love again
Track Name: Movin' On
I left in a cloud of dust, told nobody goodbye
I didn't even frown, they couldn't hold me down
Breaking free from the ties that bind
And now that I'm back to myself
A lot's been on my mind
The loneliness is gonna get the best
Of me in it's own time
Well maybe I'm overthinking it all
Maybe there's just nothing wrong
Time to put my anxiety behind me
And find where I belong

Cause people tend to ask me
How I'm doing all the time
From what I can tell I'm holdin' on
And I tried to stay strong
For way too long
Now all I can say is I'm movin' on

I'm movin' on
Well I'm movin' on

I'm on the road to somewhere I'm not sure I belong
It seems every day the radio plays these same old lonesome songs
Tennessee is just another mile, Carolina's another turn
A change of season and for no reason I'm thinking about her
Well maybe there's more than I gave credit for
Maybe she's the one
But I'll think it all through some other time
Cause now I'm right where I belong

Tried staying strong for way too long
And now I'm movin' on
Steady hands as the wheels keep turning
The less I know the more I'm learning
The sun's about to set
I'm movin' on ahead

I left in a cloud of dust, told nobody goodbye
From what I can tell, I'm holdin' on
Steady hands as the wheels keep turning
The less I know, the more I'm learning
All I can say is I'm movin' on
I stayed strong, and now I'm too far gone
Gotta keep movin' on...
Track Name: Long Way
Along these streets of suicide
I'm finally waking up inside
To see a stranger in you now
The way I've seen him push you around
Pretty soon girl you are bound
To find the long way down

And it's a long way from Philly to L.A.
But I'd drive it if I had to
If it would take me to you

Along this road of love and hate
You'll find people that don't appreciate
All the love you trap inside
It's like a ghost that haunts this trail
A spirit inside you, screaming "You've failed"
Or was it just him all this time?

And if the road you're on goes nowhere
Then why take it on full throttle?
It's like cutting the anchor off your ship
Only to find that it was in a bottle
And now you're numb and afraid
Is that what you asked for?

Cause it's a long way from Dublin to Monterrey
But I'd fly it if I had to
Well maybe I ought to someday
Track Name: Last Lines
When we were young did you ever once think
That we'd ever end up here
Laying side by side
Enough that you would reconsider
The potential for a mistake that you might make
If you left this all behind
Well it's just a risk worth taking I guess
When you know you can do better and I'm far from the best
But who in their right mind could write this song for you?
Honey I ain't no cowboy and this is the best I can do

So you wake up one morning on some lonely interstate
Driving off into the distance and carrying the weight
Of a thousand memories
Until you meet some prince and start spending your nights
With Amsterdam's finest til he shuts out the lights
And in his arms you fall asleep
But still you crawl into your hole of constant doubt
With a conscience so strong that you can't get out
But freedom has never been that far out of reach
It's just a small price to pay for not practicing what you preach

Sometimes I think about her when I'm standing alone
She's left a few scars around
And a piece of my youth
He's gonna write her endless poems about how he feels
And he leaves them on the night stand
You know you never can tell
But she believes he's telling the truth
But last night I had me a funky little dream
Where she was on a red eye flight
And she was twisting her ring
That wouldn't be right but neither is waking up alone
Left with his imprints on her bedsheets
And the last lines of a drunken love song
Track Name: Bend Before You Break
I was far too young to remember
Those mountains in the rearview mirror
Or the paint on the sign that read "Harlan County Line"
But now I see it all so clear

How it's just a part of life
To find where you belong
And just how much you can take
And just how far you bend before you break

My name was caught up in the crosshairs
All the way up since junior high
We all had enemies. We all held grudges growing up.
But now they're the ones that seem to smile passing by

Hell it's just a part of life
To find where you belong
And just how much you can take
And just how far you bend before you break

I never knew what it was like to lose everything you own
But now I think I understand
Since I seen her stumble through the ashes
And the burnt black stains on her hands

It's just a part of life
To find where you belong
And just how much you can take
And just how far you bend before you break

Every now and then I catch wind
Of things going on back home
Like the hardest of times when they shut down the mines
And big time offices were hanging up their phones

With their SUV's getting paid off
Single parents getting laid off
Man, how much more can you shake?
And how far can you bend before you break?

He stood at the foot of the mountain
With a strained back and smoky lungs
Staring out at the weary machinery
Thinkin' what a strange world it's become

But it's just a part of life
To find where you belong
And just how much you can take
And just how far you bend before you break
Track Name: Hardest Goodbye
Is there a reason? Is there a cause?
Do you feel completed? Or are you lost?
In this great big world have you found your way?
Do you know what I mean when I can't find the words to say
The tracks that you walked, the words that we talked
Still haunt my atmosphere
Things we used to do, all that we've been through
It still haunts me though you're not here

And I wonder where you are
I lay right where I used to lie
On the day you said that you were leaving
I could've cried
But that would have been the hardest goodbye

A clean uniform, a light packed suitcase
A synchronized watch, and a picture of her face
In this great big world I hope you found your way
I hope you know what I mean when I can't find the words to say
The tracks that you walked, the words that we talked
Still haunt my atmosphere
Things we used to do, all that we've been through
It still haunts me though you're not here

Whoever said a grown man doesn't cry
Has never had a broken heart in their life
Whoever said that this would all be easy
Never saw someone they looked up to leaving
And when it's all said and done
And the wars are all gone
There'll be a little one screaming, tears streaming
"Don't look now, daddy's marching home!"
Track Name: Paranoid
You can only tell so many lies
Before even the truth puts you in doubt
My name must leave a bad taste in your mouth
Cause you can't quit spittin' it out
Well you're gonna try to push me around
That doesn't mean I'm gonna let ya
I've come to know that just cause you ain't paranoid
Don't mean the world ain't out to get ya

Looks like it's me against the world
All the world you try and deceive
But when I've got nothing to hide or nothing to prove
Who are they gonna believe?
I'm not gonna knock you down or drag you out
But I hope your messed up ego fits ya
Somebody told me just cause you ain't paranoid
Don't mean the world ain't out to get ya

You can only tell so many lies
Before even the truth puts you in doubt
But I'm content not representing
A single thing you're talking about
I'm everything except afraid
But I'm probably the one that should feel threatened
Just goes to show that just cause you ain't paranoid
Don't mean the world ain't out to get ya
Somebody told me just cause you ain't paranoid
Don't mean the world ain't out to get ya
I've come to know that just cause you ain't paranoid
Don't mean the world ain't out to get ya
Track Name: What I Need (Ft. Cody Gabehart - Guitar)
Let's get out of this town for a while
Give em time to comprehend why we've gone wild
That we're feeling something the world could never offer us
Well I know a hundred places that we could go
Get away with murder and no one would know
But I'm sick of trying to steal you when you're mine anyway
So let's just not go

Just the scent of you could bring me through the hardest of times
The thought of you could smooth out all of my crooked lines

Well I'm in, are you feeling this?
I hope that you're not sleeping
I'd hate to wake you up
Cause you look so peaceful while you dream
You're my bare necessity
You're what I need

They'll try to tell us that we've done something wrong
Like we've committed some crime and we're not that strong
We're both just feeling something that they could never offer us
There's a million excuses why I can't keep you
And there's a million more why I can't leave too
You feel smaller than me but I was smaller than you once knew

Every day I hear your whispers like they're setting me straight
But I swear it's nothing new if I can't concentrate

Let's get this out of our systems
You know that it won't last
And if it's all over tonight, yeah
When tomorrow comes this will all be in the past
Track Name: She's Afraid Of Mountains
She's had just about enough of society's games
She's out to change the world but it still spins the same
She's independent, not sentimental
She knows not to hold on to the things that make her weaker
She knows she's got to stay strong

She's afraid of mountains
But she ain't afraid to move them
She's not scared to face her fears
When there's no one there to soothe them
She is not afraid to fight
And stand up for her rights
She's afraid of mountains
But she's sure not afraid to climb

She's had just about enough of society's games
She's out to change the world but it still spins the same
She's independent, not sentimental
She's gonna stay strong
She knows sometimes it's better to hold off than to hold on

She's got her mind set on how the world ought to be
She's gonna make it that way with no help from me
Or any other man that comes into her life
She makes it on her own cause that's the way she likes
She's independent, not sentimental
She knows her time on Earth is a rental
And now it's time to let her soul climb
Track Name: Homecoming
I walked out of that stadium smiling
After the meeting with the faceless crowd
That autumn night was as bright as daylight shining
The moonlight is the best thing to guide you around

But it don't bother me
Watching the sunset without you
It don't bother me going back alone
It don't bother me, I'm as happy as can be
Just because I know I'm going home

And yes I know that I may be guilty
But you know that your hands, they ain't so clean
But to this day I believe that mountain sunrise
Was the most beautiful thing I ever seen

I walked out of that stadium smiling
After the meeting with the faceless crowd
This was probably the darkest time of your life
Because you didn't have the moonlight to guide you around