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Gimme Some Light

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released June 29, 2018

Ryan Martin: Guitars, Piano, Bass on 'Be Kind', Celeste, Glockenspiel, Harmonica, Chamberlin
Dave Smith: Bass
Keith Robinson: Drums
Jonny Lam: Pedal Steel, Lap Steel, Guitar
Christina LaRocca: Harmony Vocals
Cornelius McMoyler: Piano, Wurlitzer
Barami Waspe: Saxophone on Death Of Love
Joe McGinty: Organ, Piano on 'Suicide Parade' & 'Dangerously Unplugged'
Lucas Van Lenten: Guitar, Percussion
Daniel Weintraub: Mandolin, Percussion
Nathan Corsi: Harmony Vocals on 'Lepers In Armor'
Carrie Ashley Hill: Harmony Vocals on 'Be KInd'
Dean Jones: Trombone on 'Suicide Parade'
Marianne Tasick: Violin, Harmony Vocals
Andy Snitzer: Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute
Mike Davis: Bass Trombone, Trombone
C.J. Camieri: Trumpet, French Horn
Sean Boyd: Banjo
Horns on 'Parasol' arranged by C.J. Camieri
Horns on 'Ask Your Mother' arranged by C.J. Camieri and Ryan Martin
All tracks recorded at The Art Farm, Accord, NY
Except 'Real Human Being' recorded by Ryan Martin at home on a TASCAM DP-004
All songs written and arranged by Ryan Martin
Produced by Daniel Weintraub and Ryan Martin
Engineered and Mixed by Daniel Weintraub Mastered by Dan Hersch for d2 Mastering
Photography by Eric Akashi
Design and Layout by Patrick Whalen
Thanks to Sean and Richie at The Art Farm
Special Thanks to Lucas Van Lenten for his creative wisdom and George Baer Wallace for his genius
All Songs © 2018 Zephyr Bird Music (BMI)
All Rights Reserved
www.ryanmartinmusic.net
This album is dedicated to the memory of Jonathan W. Thee
p & © 2018 High Moon Records
Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws.

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Ryan Martin’s sophomore record, Gimme Some Light, is the sound of catharsis and renewal, loss and reinvention. It is a living jukebox, full of vivid, deeply personal songs that span considerable emotional and sonic terrain. Martin’s themes can get dark - self-doubt, longing, heartbreak, addiction - but the music is full of bold melodies, energy, humor and hope. ... more

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Track Name: All The Good Men
I lost my mind
Then I felt the plane taking off
Back to a time of the past
And all that I lost
This is not a time that I forgot
A complicated mind
And the brutal heart
No one drew me a line
So I don’t know where to start
I’m on the ride ‘till I get lost
But the good men know when to get off
Yea, they got something to live for
I would understand
If love killed a man
Because the well it goes so deep
And you sink, and you sink, and you sink
This ain’t right
I’m much too high
But the good men know when to fly
The good men fear the sky
I lost my mind
Then I felt the plane taking off
Back to a time of the past
And all that I lost
Is it not too late to get off?
So damn unprepared
And he’s growing up so scared
Left him with a pocket for a gun
And the will to shoot out the sun
I won’t sleep
I’ll just walk the street
But the good men know where to meet
But I don’t know this city
I lost my mind
Then I felt the plane taking off
Track Name: Destitute Darlings
It couldn’t have been more than thirteen seconds
He put it together and he called it perfection
That’s what I was thinking as I stared in your direction
You got some friends but I don’t care with your goldfish eyes and vagabond hair
I was waiting in the corners
When your light crept in and impaled my eyes
Oh Mandy how much do you love me?
Is it sweeter than the waves of the California bays that once held me close
As a child?
We talked of harlots and I told you about these streets
And in the morning you took to the mirror like Holly Golightly
Now you’re planting these visions of a lovers reverie
Two street corner singers, two destitute darlings
You left some coins from home for me
I said baby, cute currency.
Oh Mandy, how much do you love me?
Is it sweeter than the waves of the California bays that once held me close
As a child?
Now you’re a carnival girl traveling the north country
Scrounging for love and fighting to be free
And I know I’ll see you again one day in some deserted station reading
A half written novel we’ll use our lives to complete
And I will reach out and touch your shoulder
And at that moment we will be free
Oh Mandy how much do you love me?
Oh Mandy can you say it in a way?
That would be sweeter than the waves of the California bays that once held me close
As a child?
I’ve been bored for a while
So lets get back in style, Mandy
Track Name: Death Of Love
Hold on angel, don’t pay the bill
Look at me like you want it
We are lonely and hold some guilt
But the truth lies upon it
And I’m not going to wait
For the death of love
Yea it’s all we got
Hot rod rangers may feed you pills
Scoop you up from the bottom
And all the danger brings a thrill
Keeps you close to the ending
But I’m not going to wait
For the death of love
Come on give it up
Please just believe me and stay for the night
Morning will wake you and then I’ll be right
For the death of love
Always withholding but that ain’t a life
Nothing is stranger than daring surprise
Like the death of love
Track Name: Parasol
I want me a really nice pretty one
With a parasol smile and sparkling curls
To show me the secret of her world
Walk her down a sweet old country road
Arm in arm, soul to soul
And talking will never grow old
Parks and swings and juniper
Street lamps and cold winter air
She may cry when I am far away
I will send letters to share
My return to her arms is near
Lemon pies and a little bungalow
Sundress size for a belly that grows
A heartbeat, one of our own
Lakes and boats in the afternoon
Lets take a ride in our automobile
Track Name: Say You Love Me
I’ve been sleeping with your ghost
In the moonlight on the coast
Taking punches at the rain
Making claims that God’s insane
You’re a mystified escape
Get the car, we’ll crash the gate
And in the glory of the night
We’re not afraid to die
Say you love me
Say you love me now
And I want it all from you
Like a starving millionaire
And I want the world for two
If you could only lead me there I dare
You’re a haunted hurricane
I’m a home out on the plain
It’s the way the walls cave in
Really makes me want to live
And if you find the will to open up
Like petals in the sun
Then with the power of the sea
I’ll bring you my body
Say you love me
Say you love me now
And I want it all from you
Like a starving millionaire
And I want the world for two
If you could only lead me there I dare
Track Name: Dangerously Unplugged
Hear me man there is no plan
I’m frantic and unprepared
To take to heart the better part
Of living outside the fear
So many days I have thought of the ways to rewind
Back to the start with the purest of hearts
And not to want the perfect way to die
Tell me Jack just how to act
So no one will think of me
But notice that I’m under some fantastic suffering
Study my failures and build up the layers of lies
What is the truth?
Am I of any use?
Well fuck it man I’ll find some other life
One more time to free my mind
And let go of the past
Pierce the skin and swim within
Embers turn to ash
Accept that the meaning is not more than feeling the love
Choke on my blood set fire to the rug
And now I see I’m dangerously unplugged
Track Name: Regular Man
The dawn breaks and your dreams
They’re all now forsaken
Restless with you sigh
Like every word you hear is goodbye
Take time to think of the rain
How every drop finds a drain
Like yourself and what you had
In your youth delusions of truth
And now your in wheel
Just like a regular man
And its all you feel
Just like a regular man
And it’s all you steal
But you give it back again
The sunburst clouds on the drive
And you close your tired eyes
And on the shelf, the whiskey
It’s calling for your help
So hang your coat and get your glass
And drown in your past
All you wanted to say
Hold your tongue it all passes away
And now you’re in the wheel
Just like a regular man
And its all you feel
Just like a regular man
Realize regular man how the simple life
has got you down
I know you had a different plan
but the wheel has spun you around
Track Name: Suicide Parade
I was looking out one night from a Brooklyn fire escape
Seeing all the happy people join in the suicide parade
I saw ribbons and fire and the laughter hit like a drum
Still I can’t find a single thing that’s wrong
Wearing a face that says I’m fine so you can try to relate
But if I let you in on my state of mind
Then you may want to escape
So lets not talk about lovers
Or anything you wish to change
We’re already doing our best to seal our fate
But we look nice in our shells
Like we don’t need anyone else
But I’ve been blind to the love outside
And it’s all a part of why I hide
I’ve been working up a fantasy waiting on a subway train
I dreamt the girl I was sitting with would turn to me and say,
I know we are strangers but the moonlight brings a change
All I want is some sympathy for the pain
Track Name: Be Kind
So they say the truth can be found In the things we cannot see
So I’ll pray on hallowed ground ‘neath the willow hanging trees
I’ve tried hard to be a part of all the wondrous disguise
And if the caterwauls from down the hall awake you in the night
Be kind
To understand yourself in another Is that the way it’s supposed to be?
If not for me than for my brother
Let his gentle heart receive
There’s a swinging sign in the moonlight
Saying come on in, it’s time
But I’ve been walking through wars for years and I don’t want a hello or goodbye
Just be kind
And if from this city rooftop, through your yellow window
I see you crying
I’ll be kind
Track Name: Adeline
Well you left me out on the wings again
As I’m dying just enough to enjoy the ride
And you can’t find it redeeming when you smile
You’ve disconnected the light
You see we’re the same
We don’t shelter our hearts from the pain
And when the wolves are closing in
I’ll be beside you then
Oh Adeline, Oh Adeline
It’s so easy to die young and high
Well its not any more fun you said
As you awaken dragged up off the floor
Now the end is all you believe in
You have given but no one’s asking for more
You say you’re the last
The last one to ever know where it’s at
And when your makeup’s smeared with tears
I’ll love you for your fears
Oh Adeline, Oh Adeline
The way you want to fall
It’s beautiful and all but you’re missing the target
One more time you crawl into the night to return a little less
I don’t believe you when you say
It’s only love
Track Name: Lepers In Armor
I felt the rays of God shine in my hands
Burn all the plans
I’m going to grip the sun
Learn how to use it
Learn how to fuse it
To my darkened heart in a burst of sparks
I was leper in armor
He said
Gimme some light
The eyes are all in bloom
With a beautiful madness and a dangerous sadness
Nightfall came too soon
It crept through my window and commanded my soul
In blankets made of stars
We’ve gone too far
I was a leper in armor
He said
Gimme some light
Stars for gutters and winter leaves
Indian lovers taken from the valley
Black Hill thunder and the Ghost Dance queen
They discovered nothing
Return to me
Track Name: Ask Your Mother
Ask your mother, if you can go out tonight
Cause the boys got a bottle on the roof
From your rear view mirror, it’s a twilight drive
This must be life’s forgotten proof
They’ll sell you summer
We got this year and to my friends and I it will come true
A teenage hunger and a suburban child
Got a kiss from a girl then away I flew
Into the blue
Where no one knows my name
I found a love to shame
Where I never was the one
Forgive me father, for telling you lies
But you know I was lost in lust
I’ll meet my brother at the bowling alley
And there’s a girl with eyes like dangling diamonds reflecting the sun
Walk the shoreline
It was my time, on each park bench my time did come
But in the bedroom
We tried lord we tried but to learn love was not enough
Let it rust
Where no on knows my name I found a love to shame
Where I never was the one
Track Name: Real Human Being
Love does not forgive
It does not care who wins It is only what you give
And I plead with you, my soul
Do not let me go
I am here forevermore
Oh my heart
Oh my heart won’t start
Come on, give it one more try
Stand up and tell them why
I was given life
It is all I can do
But fear is what tortures me
And it wants company
So it clings to the dream
Oh my heart
Oh my heart won’t start
Come on, give it one more try
Take off your mask for me
All I want to see
Is the real human being
I know there is suffering
But it’s all part of being
A real human being
Oh my heart
Oh my heart won’t start
Come on, give it one more try

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