Pinstripes, The Sky

by Ryan Lerman

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Alex Marshall Solid guitar and harmonies throughout, that just beg to be sung along to. Seamlessly jumping from original to cover, Ryan shows capability to reproduce others' and create his own work with texture and style throughout. Favorite track: This Is My Piano.
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Matt Good Absolutely brilliant album, each song well written with pristine production values. As well as following Ryan's music, his videos show an interesting side to the music, watching him play each instrument from the thrilling guitar solo of 'This Is My Piano', the gentle, precise fingerpicking of 'Cellophane' to the subtle layers of percussion and sound design. Essential independent artist listening. Favorite track: Cellophane.
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Ben Knight I've listened to this album over and over and it never gets old. Ryan's voice and guitar work is as good as it gets. Favorite track: Your Own Advice.
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All songs written, arranged, performed, recorded, produced, mixed, and mastered by Ryan Lerman, except:

Vikram Devasthali - trombone on 5, 15
Matt Rubin - trumpet on 15
Paul Joseph Clark - baritone saxophone on 15
Blair Sinta - drums on 15
Doug Mosher - clarinet on 6
Jen Kuhn - cello on 6
Garo Yellin - cello on 7
Daphne Chen - violin on 7

"Between The Bars," written by Elliott Smith
And "Rolling In The Deep," written by Paul Epworth and Adele Adkins

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released June 29, 2012

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Track Name: Only Everyday
I know we can't stay here forever
You really don't have the time
Besides, we both know how love can leave you blind

But it's only everyday that I miss you
(Not to worry - it's only everyday)

I wish you'd give my back my sweater
Cause girl I'm not sure when I'll see you again
I understand - you've got plans
But I've got better ways to waste my time

And it's only everyday that I want you
(Not to worry - it's only everyday)

And it's only everyday that I need you
(Not to worry - it's only everyday)

I'm running out of good excuses
Reasons why I should pick up the phone
And call you again
I don't want to scare you but I don't want you to leave me alone

Cause it's only everyday that I miss you
(Not to worry - it's only everyday)
And it's only everyday that I want you
(Not to worry - it's only everyday)
Yeah it's only every day that I need you
(Not to worry - it's only everyday)
Track Name: Rolling In The Deep
There's a fire starting in my heart
Reaching a fever pitch and it's bringing me out the dark
Finally I can see you crystal clear
Go ahead and sell me out and I'll lay your ship bare

The scars of your love remind me of us
They keep me thinking that we could have had it all
The scars of your love they leave my breathless
I can't help but feel that

We could have had it all rolling in the deep
You had my heart inside of your hand
And you played it to the beat

Think of me in the depths of your despair
Making a home down there as mine sure won't be shared

(Baby I wish you)
(Never had met me)
(Tears are gonna fall)
(Rolling in the deep)

The scars of your love remind of us
They keep me thinking
That we could have had it all
The scars of your love
they leave my breathless
I can't help but feel that

We could have had it all rolling in the deep
You had my heart inside of your hand
And you played it to the beat
Track Name: Your Own Advice
What could go wrong with the cloud that I'm on
You say it could go any day
Well leave it to you to know just what to do
You think I want to turn out the way that you did

You know just what I need
And how kind of you to share it with me
Did you ever think to take your own advice

What good is it to talk to a brick
We both know I was born to break
I couldn't sit still long enough to build
And the pressure was too much to take

I pity you man you've got nothing to do
You just sit in your tower and scream at the world below

In pinstripes the sky is dressed up tonight
The soft rain it plays on my window
Calloused are my hands from the fight
I never wanted it to end up the way that it did
Track Name: Do With You (feat. Ben Folds)
Baby I don't know what I'm gonna do with you
We found your little note, shoulda had a talk with you

Cause you've been on my mind
I know I was out of line telling dad I'm giving up on you
I don't want to

I called you on the phone but I can't get through to you
I bought a ticket home; now I'm dreading seeing you

You give me no choice with your shitty attitude
You'll be pleasant if it suits your mood
Well fuck that

We get older in slow motion
Don't you throw it all away

Cause you've been on my mind
I know I was out of line telling dad I'm giving up on you
I don't want to

Baby I don't know what I'm gonna do with you
Track Name: This Is My Piano
This is my piano. She speaks for me. Whatever I have to say she says it better than I ever could. I tried to live without her by my side and I don't want to do it ever again. This is my suitcase. I take him with me. Every time we part he finds his way back to me. Except when he gets lost and then I have to phone the boss and he apologizes and sends him home. Why don't you come back home? Yeah, you. Why don't you come back home to me. This is my computer: a MacBook Pro. I'm not sure when I got it but I know it's getting old and when it dies I'll get a new one but with you it doesn't work that way. This is my obsessive compulsive behavior. Every time you're gone it seems to rear its ugly head. When you're around I can't remember which way's up and which is down. I mean it. It's a serious problem. Why don't you come back home? Oh yeah you. Everything I like is here. Why don't you come back home to me. This is my piano. She speaks for me. When I can't find the words to say how much you mean to me just play this song. I hope that you don't take it wrong and think it's ordinary. Cause it's not. Why don't you come back home? Oh yeah you; Everything I like is here. Why don't you come back home.
Track Name: Cellophane
What's good is gone from everything. Like sunshine wrapped in cellophane, it just won't stick and I'm sick of it. I've been calling out your name for so long now. The seasons have all changed their clothes, but I'm still in the same suit and tie. Sitting on the piano in my parents living room, in an old picture frame.

I'm catching dreams in paper cups
And saving them for later days
When I can talk to you
And tell you that you were a dream come true

Brazen was my wounded heart before it tore the world apart. Now I love in color bars. I'm bleeding out at best, but I'm healing slow. Any chalk-white second chance is long gone by now. I've been empty cellophane for so long now.
Track Name: Ain't No Way Around It
You know I've been through more downs than a football game
And every time you lose it something's gonna take its place
It's true - you're too smart too be this sad
It's true - it's on you; you've got to do it for yourself
There ain't no way around it

You know I've been running down an ally where the sun don't shine
I've got holes in my shoes and I'm working on my state of mind
It's true - you're too smart too be this sad
It's true - it's on you; you've got to do it for yourself
There ain't no way around it

You don't know what time it is
It's light outside but sleeping beats what's on your mind and
Everybody asking you whats wrong
Cause you don't know what's wrong
What wrong?

You know birds don't do you no justice when they sing your song
And you can write it all down but you know they'll only read it wrong
It's true - you're too young too be this sad
It's true - it's on you; you've got to do it for yourself
There ain't no way around it
Track Name: Baby It'll Be Alright (feat. Nataly Dawn)
Everyone's entitled to an addiction
What difference does it make if mine is you
You know that we could work it out if we wanted to
If you'd only pick whose side you're on

And this is not the first time I've had this sensation
But nothing's gonna change you either way
You say every time I turn around I'm a different man
But nothing could be further from the truth

Believe me, whenever you need me I will be in your corner if you should feel torn or upset

Baby it'll be alright
We'll never know unless we try
Baby it'll be alright

It's funny how your eyes twitch when you don't believe me
You're twitching more and more now every day
I'm wishing we could find a way to work it out
But baby how much longer can we delay?

Maybe things'll change
It happens every day
Cause you can't tell me you've been satisfied
Baby you know nothing's good all the time
But I know I need you by my side

Maybe it'll be okay in the end
Maybe you could always be my friend
I know that we could work it out if we wanted to
But something's always better left unsaid
Track Name: Rhymes With Nothing
You're wasting all my time
I put up a wall and you break it down again
You're tying up my lines
You turn around and I want you back again

And though I know it's nothing (do do do do do)
Your name rhymes with nothing

I'm giving up control
Only find it was never mine to give up
You fucking broke my mold
Now what am I supposed to do when I lose you

'Cause though I know it's nothing (do do do do do)
Your name rhymes with nothing

I don't suppose you want to be my latest pennyweight disaster
I know that I can find a reason why we can't work it out:

You're thinking down the road
And I am only thinking about today
And though I'd love to be with you
There's something that's been keeping me at bay

'Cause though I know it's nothing
Your name rhymes with nothing

And if your name doesn't rhyme
Then how am I supposed to write a song for you
Track Name: The Spark
I guess I couldn't find the spark I was looking for
I know she had it all but I guess I wanted more
But it's so hard to live without you

I know I broke it off thinking it's for the better
But now I'm not so sure and I don't know how I let her go
And it's so hard to live without you

And I know that things can't change
But I wish I could rearrange the both of us
And when I see you in a while
Well I hope you love me still
Track Name: Turning Blue
The trees have outgrown our little yard
The second coat of paint is faded
Remember New Years Eve in '92--
We were both so sure where we were headed

What can we do to keep from turning blue
Nothing it seems
So don't wake me let me dream

Driving around in your daddy's car
We passed a crooked sign that said, "you'll feel it when you know"
I never did much of either one
And from your bated breath I don't think you did

You're not broke, but you're breaking
And I am not sunk yet, but I am sinking
Track Name: Between The Bars
Drink up baby, stay up all night
With the things you could do, you won't but you might
The potential you'll be that you'll never see
The promises you'll only make

Drink up with me now and forget all about
The pressure of days do what I say
And I'll make you okay and drive them away
The images stuck in your head

People you've been before that you don't want around anymore
That push and shove and won't bend to your will
I'll keep them still

Drink up baby, look at the stars
I'll kiss you again between the bars
Where I'm seeing you there with your hands in the air
Waiting to finally be caught

Drink up one more time and i'll make you mine
Keep you apart deep in my heart
Separate from the rest where I like you the best
And keep the things you forgot
Track Name: After The Fact
t's nice to know that when I bleed someone will clean me up
It's nice to know that when I drown someone will follow me down
If only to collect what's left inside of my pockets
But after the fact will you wish you'd helped me out

I suppose in layman's clothes I look just like you do
The difference is when gloves come off you know that i'll bleed red
But when I break my back will you be sad about that
And after the fact will you wish you'd helped me out

Cause you can only stand over my grave so long
Making sure I'm down there for good - you would
That's something you would do

But when you break your back you will be sad about that
You will bite your tongue; you'll be the lonely one
And after the fact you will wish you'd helped me out
Track Name: Too Many Songs (feat. Larry Goldings)
"Open up and sing about your life," they say to you
You don't know me, don't pretend you know what good that'll do
"Carry on and sing your song then go about your day
You keep trying, you keep trying and maybe things'll go your way"

But there's too many songs already
What good'll one more do?
What good'll one more do?

Every clever turn of phrase and hummable melody has been sung
Has been written at least once in every key
So come kids put down your pens, step away from your guitars
Don't you worry we'll be fine without you singing in our bars

Cause there's too many songs already
What good'll one more do?
What good'll one more do?

I'll tell you what if you've got something to say
Put it in a twitter or mass email
Maybe in a hundred years when the internet's all full
We'll be needing songs again
But until then...

Food and clothes and medicine; the world needs many things
But songs we have aplenty
Especially ones that don't rhyme

Cause there's too many songs already
What good'll one more do?
What good'll one more do?
Track Name: Laugh About Your Problems
I'm waiting on a time when things are easy
When I'm left alone and money makes itself
I'm holding out for something I can count on
To never walk away

The roses in the garden are in bloom now
But you know colors like that - they dont last
Show me something that's not ever changing
And I might change my mind

Laugh about your problems
Hang in like a willow
Never mind this all will be forgotten in the end
I know that it sucks right now
But it could be much worse
Oh it could be much worse

Call me sentimental but I'm always
Trying to catch the moment in a jar
To keep for all those hazy in between days
When things just are the way they are

Laugh about your problems
Hang in like a willow
Never mind we all will be forgotten in the end
I know that it sucks right now
But it could be much worse
Oh it could be much worse