The Words To Make You Stay / Hey Graceful!

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released June 19, 2012

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THE WORDS TO MAKE YOU STAY EP
Mexico
The Words To Make You Stay
Melancholy Green [Acoustic]
Say Anything [Acoustic]

Engineered & mixed by Mike Bell
Recorded at Grant MacEwan Centre for the Arts, Edmonton, Alberta
Mastered by Nathanael Sterr at Dovefire, Sexsmith, AB

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HEY GRACEFUL! EP
A Red-Eye Lullabye [2006]
Mexico[2006]
Hey Graceful! [2006]
Glory Glory [2006]

Originally released summer 2006
Recorded in an attic on the Sterr farm in spring 2006, Sexsmith, Alberta
Produced & mixed by Nathanael Sterr
Remastered May 2012 by Nathanael Sterr

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Photography by Joseé Gulayets
Styling by Joe at Hairopolis, Edmonton, AB
Art direction & design by Inverted Design (www.inverteddesign.ca)

Publicity: Byron@inverteddesign.ca
Booking: mail@ryanromusic.com

All songs by Ryan Ro
© 2012 Ryan Ro Music (SOCAN) except Melancholy Green by Ryan Ro/Kristina Cote/Jed Sweigard and Say Anything by Ryan Ro/Timothy J. Rath

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Track Name: Mexico
I'll be Jack / and you'd be Belle / Jill was never your kind of lady / except when we're alone in bed / I'll call you Holly, baby | Before they know our crimes / to Mexico we'll fly / on a one-way trip through starlit skies / to leave our past behind | I'll be Romeo / and you be Juliet / although I never did like that play / it's just that I'd like to love you / for much longer than three days / I may not be the strongest of men / I'll swim out against the tide / to find something beautiful / for my beautiful and blushing bride
Track Name: The Words To Make You Stay
My pen has escaped me / I've forgotten how to rhyme / now it's lying all alone / with an empty gin tonic & lime | I've waited / all this time / trying to find / a suitable rhyme / the words to make you stay | I don't remember / quite when I lost it / it's taken me all this time / just to notice / And I have no words / no pretty rhymes / I try / I try & I write / I have no words | I've waited / all this time / trying to find a convincing line / the words to make you stay / I've wasted / all this time / trying to scribe / a convincing lie / the words to make you stay / what words could make you stay / no words could make you stay / the words won't make you stay
Track Name: Melancholy Green [Acoustic]
This heart is jaded
All cynical again
Too tired to pretend
That my soul is not faded
Demons past, and sins unforgiven
Keep this burden on my shoulders
Dying slowly, my prison growing colder
I can't ever let you in

But I fell into a dream and you I came to love
Torn apart to reach you above
Staring through my melancholy green

Embracing every fear
I pierce these old scars
How I long to be where you are
Taste the salt on my face, feel the wind on my tears

And I find you
And I love you
I'm in love with you
It's amazing, amazing
Track Name: Say Anything [Acoustic]
Say what you mean
Mean what you say
Birds flying
In every direction

Say what you mean
And mean what you say
I ain't got time
For playing your games
Mean what you say
And say what you mean
I ain't got time
For nothing that isn't real
So don't

Birds flying
In every direction
They will dive and make hoops
And you cannot stop them

Say what you mean
Mean what you say
This is the end
Be strong
Be brave
Don't

Say anything
Track Name: A Red-Eye Lullabye [2006]
Sid Vicious on my call display
Miss my best reason for getting up each day
She was by far
The brighest shining star
In the sky on a 12 a.m. red-eye
I don't know if I'll hit the ground on time
If I'm still alive
Taxi-man tell me won't you drive

Never felt so alien
A green martian just wearing people skin
Never felt so tired of sin
Til I knocked on your door to be let in

Fell asleep with my clothes and my boots on
I can't recall how this halo still shone
And I think it shows
In my hands and what they know
Of a world where innocence is gone
And the tired are barely hanging on
Oh my darling, oh my Eve
The hardest part was to let her leave

Can I be forgiven
Track Name: Mexico [2006]
I'll be Jack / and you'd be Belle / Jill was never your kind of lady / except when we're alone in bed / I'll call you Holly, baby | Before they know our crimes / to Mexico we'll fly / on a one-way trip through starlit skies / to leave our past behind | I'll be Romeo / and you be Juliet / although I never did like that play / it's just that I'd like to love you / for much longer than three days / I may not be the strongest of men / I'll swim out against the tide / to find something beautiful / for my beautiful and blushing bride
Track Name: Hey Graceful! [2006]
I would teach you how to play guitar
If you would teach me how to breathe
I would teach you how to feel again
If you could teach me how to see
And wouldn't it be wonderful
Wouldn't it be everything
We had hoped for
And everything that we need

I would teach you new things
About the love of Christ
You would do the same
Darling, it would be a life
And I'd love the silver in your hair
You would be okay
When money's scarce
I would forgot that we made plans
And make you frustrated
That you chose me as your man
I'd wait til morning for you to come home
And help you to stand
When you can't on your own

Hey graceful
So good to hear your voice again
I really wish you could stay
You probably wish the same
Hey graceful
So good to see your face again
I really wish you would stay
You probably wish the same

I would teach you how to leave me
If you would teach me how to call you home
I would do my best to love you
I would do my best
Track Name: Glory Glory [2006]
I pull my pants on
One leg at a time
I fumble with the buttons
And tell myself it's fine

How far
Does redemption go
How deep
Is the rabbit hole

I pull my pants on
One leg at at time
I fumble with the buttons
And tell myself it's fine
Who will drive the ambulance
When the paramedics die
I fumble with the buttons
And
I
Lie

My past is full of shit
Jesus Christ can you really make a life of it