Together Is Where We Belong

by Ryan Tanner

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credits

released 15 July 2014

produced by
RYAN TANNER & JAY WILLIAM HENDERSON

Recorded live at the Sound Emporium in Nashville, Tennessee April 5-8, 2014
Engineered by Jay William Henderson
Additional Engineering by Anthony Aquilato, Zack DeWall and Mike Stankiewicz
Mixed by Todd Robbins
Mastered by Reuben Cohen at Lurssen Mastering

Cover Artwork “Majorca” by Jim Sherraden (used with kind permission)
Inside Engraving “Creation of Light” by Gustave Doré (1866 - public domain)

All songs written by Ryan Tanner (Black Heart, Red Heart BMI) except
“Baby, I Don’t Love You Anymore” and “Our Love Will”
written by Ryan Tanner (Black Heart, Red Heart BMI) & Paul Jacobsen (Madison Arm Music ASCAP)
“Let The Great World Spin” written by Ryan Tanner (Black Heart, Red Heart BMI) & Dustin Christensen (Sand Puppy ASCAP)
“Love Is All I Need” written by Felice & Boudleaux Bryant (House of Bryant Publishing)


The Players

Ryan Tanner
Acoustic & Gut String Guitar // Harmonica // Vocals

Mark Smith
Mandolin // Octave Mandolin // Electric Guitar // Vocals

Dylan Schorer
Electric and Acoustic Guitar // Pedal and Lap Steel // 6-string Banjo // 12-string Mando Guitar

Tyler Lambourne
Upright and Electric Bass

Dan Buehner
Acoustic Guitar // 6-string Banjo // Percussion // Piano // Pump Organ // Vocals

Marie Bradshaw
Vocals

KIKI BUEHNER
Vocals

Corinne Gentry
Vocals // Fiddle

Brian Thurber
Drums // Percussion // Suitcase // Coffee Cup

Paul Jacobsen
Acoustic Guitar // 6-string Banjo // Piano // Pump Organ // Harmonica // Vocals

Jamie Timm
Electric Guitar

Jay William Henderson
Vocals

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Ryan Tanner Nashville, Tennessee

Songs steeped in Springsteen, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle,enduring, timeless storytellers who keep genre-namers busy. Is it folk? Is it rock? Is it country? The real questions are: does it move you? Does it take you somewhere? And, when listening to Ryan Tanner sing his songs, the answer is yes. ... more

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Track Name: Judgment Day
the morning winds have changed
i feel it in my bones.
i hear my mothers voice calling me back home.
father, i’m so sorry for the things i’ve done.
i’ll be waiting here for my judgment day to come

last night i had a dream
the sky was full of light.
before i lost my head on that november night
now the bells are ringing
the chorus has been sung
i’m waiting in hide and steel
for my judgment day to come

when i close my eyes
will jesus walk with me?
and arm and arm take me to eternity?
or will the blackest night overcome my soul?
i am ready, lord, for my judgment day to come
Track Name: Let The Great World Spin
what do you when your dreams come true?
What do you do when they don’t?
in the shadows before the stars appear
do you ever fear that they won’t?

What will you do with your castle made of sand?
Will you curse the evening tide?
when the waves come rolling in
will you push the windows wide and

take the love that’s in your heart
and make a brand new start?
or stand still and break apart
and sink down like a stone?
what do you when your dreams come true and
what will you do when they don’t?

every night when you walk out on that wire
it won’t matter where you’ve been
the crowd will stomp and cheer and wait for you to fall
so take a step and let the great world spin

take the love that’s in your heart
and make a brand new start
or stand still and break apart
and sink down like a stone?
what do you when your dreams come true and
what will you do when they don’t?

i believe that angels are waiting at the door
any minute now, they’ll break through the floor
don’t be afraid, it’s what they came here for
if you let them, they’ll lift you
and carry you back home
Track Name: A Black Heart Painted Red
last night i closed my eyes
when i woke, i’d walked a thousand miles
to a town where no one knows my name
no one knows that i’m to blame
for i once held the heart of a fair-haired girl
that heart was as wild as a flag unfurled
she laughed and called my name
my god, i’m so ashamed

for all of the fights
now all of the lights
from the highway look the same
just another friday night fool
out walking in the rain
i’ll remember the look on her face
and the last words that she said,
“honey, get your things
i ain’t got no use
for a black heart painted red”

she was right
there’s a stone deep beneath this chest
the color of a mourning dress
in ribs of pennsylvania steel
long forgotten now to feel
how could she have known the night she asked,
“can we trade hearts?
careful, my love, this one’s been torn and pulled apart”
that she would get instead
a black heart painted red

now all of the nights
and all of the lights
from the highway look the same
just another friday night fool
out walking in the rain
i’ll remember the look on her face and
the last words that she said,
“honey, get your things
i ain’t got no use
for a black heart painted red”

so tonight when you close your eyes
and a fair-haired girl is asleep by your side
give her everything you have
not a black heart painted red
Track Name: Our Love Will
close your eyes and count to ten
then back down to one again
wipe the salt from your skin
and the blood from your chin

this is how the story goes
an author no one knows
so take off all your clothes
and let your bruises show

tonight i’ll stay by your side
darlin’, rest your weary mind

our love will
our love will
lift us to a higher ground
where no high or
lonesome sound will follow

the devil’s nipping at your tail
but there’s a wind in your sail
this old boat will never fail
when the storms whip and wail
get on your feet again
every broken heart will mend
no matter how broke or bent
this love will never end

tonight i’ll stay by your side
darlin’, rest your weary mind

our love will
our love will
lift us to a higher ground
where no high or
lonesome sound will follow
Track Name: Days To Think Of You
i can’t sleep tonight
you are on my mind
and have been since I left houston behind

i know it’s not your fault
i’m the one to blame
you can blame me for your hurt, for your anger
you can blame me for the rain

i remember when
this love was still brand new
there’s not a single day
i don’t think of you

i can’t make things right
and it won’t change your mind
but, darlin’, if I could
you know i would
turn the hands of time
i’d go back to the day
i’d go back to the start
where i’d never let you down
make you cry or break your heart

i’ll remember when
this love was still brand new
and every single day
i will dream of you
until the end of time
i don’t know what i’ll do
when all that i have left
are days to think of you
Track Name: Bluebird, Blue
bluebird, bluebird
high up in your tree
bluebird, bluebird
come sing a song for me
i’ve been lost
and i’ve been lonesome
and could use a song that’s blue

i’ve been thinking about
i’ve been dreaming about you

bluebird, bluebird
won’t you call my name
bluebird, bluebird
i still feel the same
as the day that
i first heard you
sing your song so blue

i’ve been thinking about
i’ve been dreaming about you

sing a song for the lucky ones
sing a song for the fools
sing a song for the broken hearts
sing a song bluebird, blue
Track Name: Peaceful Mind
what did they say? we’d lose our way
in these fields of long decay
they missed the mark when they missed the spark
the spark that gives the fire its heart

with a peaceful mind and these ties that bind
i’ll be waiting for you on the other side

we built a house and planted trees
at night we’d swim in the pale green sea
we raised the kids and let them go
and they returned with seeds all their own

with a peaceful mind and these ties that bind
i’ll be waiting for you on the other side

what did they say? we’d lose our way
in these fields of long decay
Track Name: Baby, I Don't Love You Anymore
the rain is coming down on this god forsaken town
i’ve been wandering and i’m soaked to the bone
breathing in and breathing out
so hard to know which to go without
how’d i get so far from my home?

funny, after all these years, my heart still steers
to that house down on euclid avenue
the weeds outside are six feet tall
an empty frame hangs in the hall
on the ground, a picture of me and you

oh, this storm will break me, now that my heart fails me
like a ghost i walk these floors
i was dead the moment that you said,
“baby, i don’t love you anymore”

a wave that i am trapped under, from which i won’t recover
cut me loose and set me out to sea
That photograph of me and you, the last and only living proof
of the happy man I used to be

oh, this storm will break me, now that my heart fails me
like a ghost i walk these shores
i was dead the moment that you said,
“baby, i don’t love you anymore”
Track Name: I Never Did My Best
all the neon lights they shine
lighting up ed’s grocery sign
just up the street from your place
your parents built this town
the smell of blood and steel
still soaks the ground
and it’s been much too long
since i’ve seen your face

if i could find some shelter
from this bitter cold
maybe lay my weary head to rest
these lines are deeper
and i fear i’m growing old
with you i never did my best

the distance of regret
left me broken, bruised, soaking wet
waiting all night outside your door
oh, the seasons of my shame
you were always the easy one to blame
and i left you crying on the kitchen floor

if i could find some shelter
from this bitter cold
maybe lay my weary head to rest
these lines are deeper
and i fear i am growing old
with you i never did my best

outside there are rows and rows
of beat up cars
and the streets are lined with
burned out stars
you still wear the bracelet
your mother gave you when she died
if i was twice the man
i’d still be no good
i never learned to love you
like i should ...
i just came home to say goodbye
Track Name: I Will Sing (Now That The Work Is Done)
i will sing now that the work is done
i will sing now that the work is done
i’ve been swinging this hammer
since the rising of the sun
i will sing now that the work is done

there’s a pretty girl waiting there for me
there’s a pretty girl waiting there for me
there’s a pretty girl and she’s so fine
A pretty girl, she’s all mine
there’s a pretty girl waiting there for me

i will sing now that the work is done
i will sing now that the work is done
i’ve been swinging this hammer
since the rising of the sun
i will sing now that the work is done

oh, father! don’t you cry for me
oh, father! don’t you cry for me
oh, my father and my mother
my sisters and my brother
don’t you cry for me

i will sing now that the work is done
i will sing now that the work is done
i’ve been swinging this hammer
since the rising of the sun
i will sing now that the work is done

i am waiting on the last train home
i am waiting on the last train home
i am waiting on the last train
to take me from this driving rain
i am waiting on the last train home

i will sing now that the work is done
i will sing now that the work is done
i’ve been swinging this hammer
since the rising of the sun
i will sing now that the work is done
Track Name: Bluebird, Blue (Reprise)
bluebird, bluebird
high up in your tree
bluebird, bluebird
come sing a song for me
i’ve been lost
and i’ve been lonesome
and could use a song that’s blue

i’ve been thinking about
i’ve been dreaming about you

bluebird, bluebird
won’t you call my name
bluebird, bluebird
i still feel the same
as the day that
i first heard you
sing your song so blue

i’ve been thinking about
i’ve been dreaming about you

sing a song for the lucky ones
sing a song for the fools
sing a song for the broken hearts
sing a song bluebird, blue
Track Name: My Dearest Elaine
my dearest elaine
nothing has changed
will you pull the cord and please let me go?
i’ve been twisting in this noose, hoping you would turn me loose
i’ve got to get my feet back on the floor
ever since the night i fell, fell deep into your spell
when you closed your eyes and said you were in love
and the winter evening breeze lifted through the cedar trees
to the emptiness of the stars above
let me get to the point, i hate to disappoint you
but in the morning i’ll be gone
i’m done, i’m moving on

it was written in a note that i slipped into your coat
i always knew you’d be the death of me
walking hand in hand through the park
you wrapped your wires around my heart
if you love something you will never set it free
you say you believe in love, but you don’t believe in love
it’s just something that you use to get along
in the morning i’ll be gone

looking down from this hotel room
i’m a king and my kingdom’s in ruin
there’s nothing left for me now
and i want to go home
let me go home
Track Name: Desolation Waltz
come close, my dear, the end of the world is here
and there’s not much time left to go
may i have one last dance, a dance to end this wild romance?
oh! how i love you so
the birds up in the trees are singing in the breeze
a prelude so soft and so low
press your cheek to mine
let your hips move in time
to the sounds of the desolation waltz

the earth grooves and shakes
buildings sway and start to break
bombs like drums landing on the one
“that’s always been my favorite dress”
as i brush the ashes from your tresses
your skin, a burning sun
and the sky is crimson red
as the stars jump to their death
the sea heaves, mighty cities fall
in rhythm and in rhyme
lead me to the end of time
hand in hand to the desolation waltz

oh, my heart once was heavy
but you made it fly
never another tomorrow
never another goodbye

through the streets the people scream
it won’t wake me from this dream
as skin melts to bone and bone to stone
press your lips to mine
one last kiss for the end of time
one last kiss for the desolation waltz