title – Ryan Lee Williams and the Yeahboys


Not yet recorded (2014-2015)

1. Ghosts

WhenGI set off thisDmorning
for toGstart at somethingAnew
will theGquestions stirringDin my bones
let meAturn away fromDyou

Time, it don’t mean nothing
Ghosts don’t need memories
I’ve been haunted by the ways you’ve changed my life
and that never leaves

So if IBmstay nowAor if IDgo
it don’t changeBmnothing,Ayou oughttaDknow G
And if theBmyears passAby and then oneDday I see you a –Emgain
You can beAsure my love forGyou has noDend

Most things I’m never sure of
where to be or what to do
I wander even when I’m stuck
I waste time when I’m somewhere new

But a few things I can tell you
They hold constant against time
They hold me in their mercy
and I carry them in mine

So if I stay now or if I go
it don’t change nothing, you oughtta know
And if the years pass by and then one day I see you again
You can be sure my love for you has no end

2. Wings Like a Raven

ESomewhere so highAabove me
my F#mlove sits on anotherBplane
EEvery so often ourApaths they will cross
but tooBsoon we are too farEaway

If I could fly high like a raven
to my love wherever she is
no matter the distance or the time in between
I’d remember her face and persist

ButAevery time that weEmeet
it’sC#mharder to go separateBways
WeAend up with pieces thatC#mcame from the other
TheyF#mcan’t be dis –Acarded a –Egain

If I could know just how to reach her
If I could just keep her to stay
To never have our two paths cross again
but to meet and to never part ways

Well, I wouldn’t need wings like a raven
just to keep myself off of the ground
and no matter the distance or the time in between
I’d remember just whom I had found

But every time that we meet
it’s harder to go separate ways
We end up with pieces that came from the other
they can’t be discarded again

I’m made from the pieces we shared with each other
They can’t be discarded again

3. The Darkness' Disguise - not up yet

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4. What Gives Light - not up yet

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5. You Know Where I'll Be

Oh,Ecome back to see me, baby,
Ayou know where I’llEbe
You don’t need no more invitation
you al –B7ready got the key
I’ll beAlooking forward to seein’ you
but you justEcome when you are free
and when you come back to see me, baby,
B7you know where I’llEbe

When your jewelry is jangling,
darlin’, I’ll know you’ve arrived
You don’t need to ring the doorbell,
honey, just come right on inside
Let me hear that sweet ol’ voice of yours,
set the space in between us aside
and when I hear your jewelry jangling,
darlin’, I’ll know you’ve arrived

YouAknow I’m missing you badly
I know youEcan’t be everywhere at once
But when theA“where” you can be isE“right here” with me
then I want youB7right here in myEarms

If your face lights up and my eyes go blind,
then you’ll have to be my guide
I make it a rule to never wear my sunglasses inside
But that smile of yours gets me every time,
I forget that it’s so bright
So if your face lights up and my eyes go blind,
well honey, won’t you be my guide

You know I’m missing you badly
I know you can’t be everywhere at once
But when the “where” you can be is “right here” with me
then I want you right here in my arms

6. Floating Points

She gonnaGreach ‘cross the table with that look in her eyes
CShe gonna shake me, gonna make me wake up and real –Dize
I been a’dreamin, I got myself mesmer –Cized
I’m just staring at theDwall, I’m staring back intoGtime

How long’s it been? I been right here before
Am I still sitting here or have I been moving back and forth?
When she touched me, when she held me in her arms in the night
was it all just part of this dream that I been holdin’ so tight?

EmAround aCbend is aGhillside
It’llEmbe covered inCwhite if youDtime it justGright
TheEmseasons willGchange, theCflowers willGdie
butCthey’ll be backGagain if youDgive themGtime

Well, I floated down a river and I fell fast asleep
I dreamed a life you’d only find in a dream
A million songs I’d have to write to show you just what I mean
but I woke alone by a different river down in New Orleans

How long’s it been? I been right here before
Am I still sitting here or have I been moving back and forth?
Are you on that river, at that table, by that hillside tonight?
Babe, I departed but I’m just at another point in our time

Around that bend is a hillside
It’ll be covered in white if you time it just right
The seasons will change, the flowers will die
but they’ll be back again if you give them time

7. When I Learn My Lesson

AfterEeach of myC#mfailures
AfterEeach batteredC#mnight
All theEtimes I mis –C#mhandled
I shoulda justElet pass meC#mby

I been fumbling for buttons
that were just never there
Trying to pause or reset
what’s already been aired

But I gotAnothing
I can’tBsay that I learned myC#mlesson

With my chest housing hornets
buzz so loud I can’t think
All my brain’s reassurance
it don’t calm anything

It just resounds
I’m yelling silence in an echo
All I’ve found
is next time’s waiting in the shadows

But I learned a hard lesson
I got better some ways
All hope, it ain’t forsaken
though it seems it some days

For each of my failures
let go when I learn my lesson

EFor each of myC#mfailures, let Am go B when I learn myElesson

8. White Flag

I wasGkicking and screaming, I was swearing I had changed
promised everything was different than be –Dfore
ListingGall the new awakenings thatCpropped open up myGeyes
just as IEmwalked headDfirst into theGdoor

High up on a mountain in the ruins of old lives
I saw the beauty that I longed to keep
I tried to hold it tight, defend it, call it mine
While I manned the fort it slipped away from me

With aEmsadness in my heart and an ad –Cventure on myGmind
I setEmout, a new life for toDstart
In theEmhaste of losing everything, IClost my memor –Gy
Made theEmsame missteps, watched theDsame things fall a –Gpart

Oh, I could keep a’ running
I could pack my bags and leave
Find the next stop, I could start again
But I see that what I’m running from has kept up with me
What I’ve tried to shed is what still remains

With my white flag in the air, surrender pushing from my soul
fighting it’s way out into the sun
For to grab a ray of light and lodge it deep inside my chest
Light up my heart, a new life’s already begun

Who Knows Where It Ends (2013)

1. Lorelei

GmLorelei, where are youDmhiding?

IGmknow you snuck in through aDmdream

Just be –Ccause I can’t rememberDmwhen I wake up
Don’t as –Bbsume that youChaven’t beenDmseen

Your whispers dance light ’round my pillow
The music it stops when I stir

with the feeling that someone’s been here all along

but things no longer are as they were

Lore –Bblei, don’t youCknow that I sawDmyou

When I left you alone in the moonlight

with the ecstasy drained from my soul

All the longing lay buried in grief-stained release

left to rot for what can be controlled

Now will you wait for me in desolate water

where reflections, they only confuse

If I avert my course, could I avoid the chance

of crashing my boat into you?

Lorelei, don’t you know that I saw you

I’m waiting, eyes open, for you, Lorelei

Don’t you think that you’ll trick me once more

I’ve given up sailing, I’m given up sleep

my eyes are now transfixed on the door

Lorelei, I don’t know how you got in here

I thought I had barred shut my dreams

I can’t tell the difference now when I wake up

and now you are all that I see.

Lorelei, now you’re all that I see.

2. Moment of Refuge

All theEmtimes that I’ve a –Bmwoken
not yetDknowing what wasEmreal
Possibilities forBmseconds
try toDgrasp as they areEmsealed

Now IDstare at them throughEmminutes
their wrappingDgorgeous, butEmopaque
I know thatBmbeauty liesBmbeneath it
BeautyGnow liesG/F#in itsEmway

So many worlds have faded from me
they’d been right in front of my eyes
I spend so much time discerning patterns
but come to find that I am blind

When the shapes have turned to scribbles
where the words spelled out the path
All the memories step forward
drawing future from the past

Now I find refuge in the seconds
I can’t hold before they’re sealed
They hold space between the darkness
and the light where wounds won’t heal

In eternities immobile
feeling paralyzed again
I awaken to a moment
in motion, as I’ve always been

3. A Little Rain Hasn't Killed Me Yet

EmWhere I’m going   C9        B7   /   I  Em cannot see C9        B7
I got myEmeyes wide open / butC9time justB7blindsidesEmme

I don’t get no warning / My path is clear
All a sudden it’s storming / and shelter ain’t nowhere near

Well, now you come to tell me / just what I need
You say you look into my future / and you don’t like what you see

Well, friend I don’t blame you / but go on your way
I never trust no one with the answer / and I ain’t gonna start today

IEmbeen reckless, IGbeen wrong
I beenDeverywhere IGdon’t be –Emlong
IEmbeen a recluse, aGhideaway
just countingDtime, trying toGkill theEmday

But now all that matters / is that the path I’ve gone
has led me where I am / I’ve seen it happening all along

So when it starts to pouring / and I’m soaking wet
I’ll just keep walking on my way / A little rain hasn’t killed me yet

And when the time surrounds me / and I think I’m trapped
I’m gonna push my way through it / and I ain’t gonna look back

4. If You Give It Time Enough - not up yet

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5. Time Travels Strangely

Well, youGsay you miss me baby / You can’t wait ’til I get home
You’reDcounting down the days / ’til you’reCno longer a –Glone

Well, darling, time it travels strangely / What seems so long will soon be gone
Before you know it, I’ll be with you / lying tightly in your arms

Well, I have waited such a long time / Never thought I’d see the day
when you told me that you loved me / told me that you’re here to stay

But the years, they work upon you / and though you may try to deny
what once seemed so scary / is now the thing you can’t hide

So just beApatient dear,A7I’ll beChome soon
Just give it a littleGtime
YouAknow I miss you,A7darling
ICcan’t get you off of myGmind
But we’veD7already waitedCthis long
won’t you give it a littleGmore
Be –Afore you know, you’ll beA7seeing myCsmiling face
just walking through yourGdoor

So just remember that I love you / Right with you I’m gonna stay
The years have been hard on me / They’re giving me a break today

Don’t you think that I’ll forget soon / how I longed to feel your touch
I ain’t taking you for granted, darling / That you can trust

6. Shit Moves Around - not up yet

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7. Trilliums - not up yet

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8. Seasons Just Change - not up yet

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9. Off To Sea - not up yet

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10. Straights of Our Love - written by Cary Ann Hearst

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My New Hat (2012)

1. 'Til Next Time - not up yet

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2. How'd You Get Here

EmStaggered staccatos ofGmemory fol –Dlows
aEmscore that drags too long,Gleft on re –Empeat
The rose petals fall ‘fore you Gremember toDsmell them
WhenEmnext spring approaches, oh,Gwill you beEmfree?

Restlessness resonates through each broken melody
The fault-lines expand and the ground, it does shake
It was written so pretty in plans for recovery
Now darkness envelopes you, confounding your way

Well, theCnotes they doDfollow you orGyou fol –F#lowEmthem
YouCstep on eachDother inGutterF#con –Emfusion
AndCwhere is thisDswitch to pro –Gvide youF#   a   Empause?
You’llCno longerDneed it when it’sCno longerGlost

Slits in the string that you laid down to lead you back
stare at you, challenging – “How’d you get here?”
You sang your surroundings so loud as you travelled
with your eyes closed so tight, while your path disappeared

In the dark now, just trembling or running into walls
Cursing, embarrassed with each clumsy fall
Too many details left out from your songs
But just as you must keep singing, you must keep walking on

Staggered staccatos of memory follows
a score that drags too long, left on repeat
The rose petals fall ‘fore you remember to smell them
When next spring approaches, oh, will you be free?

3. To Mold New Lungs - not up yet

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4. New Shoes - written by Caleb Klauder

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5. Second Lover's Song - written by Townes Van Zandt

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6. Gonna Pay

SoEmany winds are blowing from so manyBways
Eeven before I step outside,Bback and forth IEsway
If youEsee me sitting somewhere, it’s not ’cause I plan toBstay
It’sEjust that I haven’t yetBbeen blown a –Eway

If I couldAslowEdownBtime
Well, you’dApro –Ebly   Bfind
me rushin’ any –Eway

Well, I told you I can’t do it, I said I’d walk away
but if your love is a gamble, babe, well, I can’t help but play
So I’m all in on the next hand though they tell me I should stay
“You’re gonna bust! You always rush! You know you’re gonna pay!”

But if I could turn back time
you’d probably find
me bettin’ anyway

I’m giving up my vices, oh the line I’ll walk is straight
I’m thinking back and stopping to make sure my debts are paid
I’m keeping my eyes forward, trying not to go astray
But peace of mind is hard to find and you know I just can’t wait

If I could slow down time
you’d probably find
If I could slow down time
I know you’d find
me rushin’ anyway

7. Uncharted Sentences

When theEroosterBcrows at theEbreak ofAdawn
will youEwrap yourBarms tighterEaround me?
I’ve notEslept aBwink, all I’veEdone isAdreamt
aEmemory toBkeep what you’veEallowed me

On a foreign roof a thousand miles away
I laid with you, it started
In the ends of trials, with the jury hung
we moved on, our sentences uncharted

I knowAnothing of thisEland
All I’veAever been isEblind
Every –Athing I see a –Eround me isBnameless
I feelAashamed and terri –Efied
but I can’tAlive if not toEtry
For toAtoil or toEdive, there’s conse –Bquences E

In the spaces that I’ve traded, storms and lessons I’ve evaded
time has put a lot of sorrow on my head
In the spaces above cities that I’ve loved and shared with you
I will keep the words that didn’t go unsaid

8. Ain't No Better Day

Oh thereGain’t no better day than today to give yourG7love
Oh thereCain’t no better day than today to give yourGlove
Oh thereGain’t no better day than today to give your love
Well, I’m rightDhere and I just can’t getGenough

I’mGleaving out this place soon heading back to where I’m from
Put myChat on top my head and get on back to what’s be –Ggun
GOh I’ll be there when you want me and I’ll be gone when you’re done
Oh, babe, I Dtell you that I just can’t get e –Gnough

I was lonesome when you found me, I’ll be lonesome when you’re gone
I ain’t asking you to save me, just to hold me in your arms
And if I start to hating you can turn the love back on
Oh I tell ya that I just can’t get enough

The snow’s about to fall soon, we’ll be trying to keep warm
You can bundle up, sit by the fire, keep out of the storm
But if you need someone to hold you late at night, that’s what I’m for
Oh did I tell you that I just can’t get enough

Oh I write my life in chapters tied together through my songs
It’s the only way I know where the transitions belong
If you’d lend me your accompaniment, we could move on right along
I’ll sing it loudly that I just can’t get enough

9. Trouble in Mind - written by Richard M. Jones

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10. Patient Man

Oh myDdarling
WhatGare we doingDhere?
Are thereGthings to learn on this pre-Dcarious turning
ride that we can’tAsteerA7

I have lost so much
of all I thought I’d found
Some was stolen, some went spoiled,
some lay scattered on the ground

GNow I stand withDyou / confused as I everAbeen
GNot sure what IDam anymore / Not sure where I fitAin

GAll I’ve got areBmcontradictionsDlaid out abso-Bmlute
Can youGsee through that a littleAdeeper to theDtruth?

Oh my darling
You know I’m not a patient man
Through I try to calm my worried mind
the best that I can

I’m strung up tighter
than the strings I’m strummin’ on
If I could only ring as true as them
I could never go wrong

But I’m not made of steel though I often try to be
The urgency I feel it has always haunted me

It sends me spinning aimless I don’t know where I’ll end up
But right now I’m here with you and that’s enough

All The Points At Which We Meet (2011)

1. Home

C#mIt’s not to(G#) say where IF#mam headed
ItC#mwouldn’t(G#)do no one noF#mgood anyway
C#mIt’s all a(G#)crapshoot, a F#mpoor man’s gamble
Make a Aguess, nothing to (G#)lose, every-F#mthing to gain

Rise with the sun, feel the cold air demanding
open passage to restricted lungs
Breathe deeper for to let it all in
Wide awake, another day has just begun

DDon’t beAsad, friends,F#mwhen I leave you
DIt breaks myAheart to hear you’reBmfeeling alone
DWe’ll meetAagain sometimeF#mdown the road
You’re theDonlyAthing I(G#)want to callF#mhome

The possibilities sit on a platter
Not waiting to be chosen, they just exist
Pick a piece and let the change unfold
The choices are all that matter, they’re all there is

There’s a bar right along the train-tracks
There’s a beach at the end of the road
There’s red cedar in a swamp in Florence
There’s something there wherever you go

2. Departure - not up yet

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3. Just Beyond Our Sight - not up yet

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4. Same Old Lonesome Tracks - not up yet

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5. It Still Burns - not up yet

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6. Where I Belong - not up yet

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7. Before They All Turn Away - not up yet

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9. The Road Ahead - not up yet

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10. Don't Worry About Me

GDon’t worry too much about me
I’ll catch up eventual-Dly
IfGonly for fleeting moments strewn a-Ccross a length of years
our paths willDcross, I can see it fromGhere

SoGoften I’m too far ahead or,Coh, so far be-Ghind Looking for something I can’t name and I don’t know where toDfind
I’mGrarely in sync and ICoften lookGlost
But I’mDmoving and ICdon’t have plans toGstop

All the waves that wash the shore, they build themselves then crash
Momentary peaks decline but they also lead you back
I’ve dwelled upon the highs and lows, focused on extremes
Only win or lost, I lost sight of what’s between

So no wonder I go back and forth, hitting limits every way
Never sure if I’m on the path or if I’ve gone astray
I’ll just keep wandering through these moments, learning at every dead end
and I’ll see you when our paths cross again

Waves (2010)

1. Better Ourselves - not up yet

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2. Between the Streetlights

CSomewhere in between theFstreetlights
we gotAmlost in the dark ofGnight
TheEmroad we had been walking along wasAmnow nowhere in sight
EveryDmstep we took wasGblind

It’s alright though, the walk was worth it
We didn’t have a destination anyway
And I hope we remember the good and we learn from the past
and we treasure the steps we took together along the way

I wasFable to trust, I traded myCjealousy for love
There wasAmfun, there was sharing,
there was so much more but there’sDmneverGtimeCenough

SoCI’m notGmad thoughAmwe bothGhurt
We mightFboth wish we’dG#found theClightG But theCdarkness onlyGlasts so long
AndAmthough we’re nowGapart and new starts areFhard
But newG#starts areClife

Someday under different streetlights
we will find the lamps above us shining bright
The roads that we will walk along may be different but I know
New love and life will fill our eyes
Under new streetlights

3. Overcome - written by Rx Bandits

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5. Heading West - not up yet

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6. The Future's Open Space - not up yet

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7. A Note To Friends - not up yet

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8. The Explanation - not up yet

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9. Rake - written by Townes Van Zandt

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