Pinstripes, The Sky

by Ryan Lerman

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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.
iamjaybeck
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iamjaybeck Such a talent. Favorite track: Do With You (feat. Ben Folds).
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paulplatzer Very nice album ! Ryan Lerman is incredibly creative. He is one of those artists who makes the most beautiful songs and has them looking simple. The voice is awesome and very personel, the instrumental parts are played perfectly, the sound is great... Heard about him through his collaboration with Vulfpeck, haven't stopped listening to him since then ! Thanky you Ryan !
Alex Marshall
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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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1.
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)
2.
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
3.
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
4.
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
5.
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.
6.
03:05
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.
7.
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
8.
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
9.
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
10.
04:11
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
11.
03:48
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
12.
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
13.
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
14.
"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?
15.
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

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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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