Tangle Town

by Don Ryan

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"...the dark circus that Don Ryan brings to life is nothing short of vibrant. In a word: dazzling." --The Aquarian Weekly

"Don Ryan is the real deal...This is a brand new take on old music, and this young man owns it. Don Ryan's music blew me away." --Ear To The Ground

"...the next artist ready to carry the torch of Tom Waits to a new generation." --HearHearMusic.com

"Don Ryan takes his musical materials and wrenches them into the shape that best expresses his intentions, with scant regard for precedent or convention. Witty, disturbing lyrics...Excellent stuff." --LiveUnsigned.com

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released November 3, 2011

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All songs written/performed by Don Ryan
Produced/Engineered @ Soaz Studio by Juan Soaz

Artwork--Victoria Malabrigo of Vix Venture Design (VixVenture.com)

Greg Feehan--Trombone on "Tangle Town"
Anna Chilimintris--Violin on "Down and Out"
Eric Burchfield--Keyboard on "Maybe You Were Right"
Artie Shaw's "Nightmare" sampled on "This Town"

Thanks to: Mom and Dad, Gran and Pa, Uncle John (thanks for the first gitbox), the ENTIRE rest
of my family. Danielle Van Houten (you got thanked early on this one...better late than never. haha.)
Crystal Star, Bobby Loncto, Harold Austin, Alex Denney, Chris Balzano, Juan Soaz, Martina Awesomovska,
Kaz, Eric Burchfield, Tim Moran,Nikki Ilchert, Will Arvidson, Warren Riker, Andy Korzeniecki,
Erin Brown and the Misty Mundae Fan Club, Kyra and the rest o' the Seeds, Christoooo and Les,
TJ Annese, Jen and Jessy Parkhurst,Some Fuckin Dan Shields, Beau and Alissa, Chris Thompson,
Paul Vinci, Shaina Tullo, Unka Paul, Sam Vogel, Ali Cole, Sam McAndrew, Helen Lozada, Emanuel Ayvas,
Jeff Tussi, Griffin, Yuv, Jessy and Steph, DJ Mojo, John Velsor, Kelli and Vic Coghlan, Guiche,
Maggie Mae Gallman, Maria Otazo, Brian Cococcia, Pritam Dodeja, John Buscema, Scott Hallam,
Tanya Donatelli, Vadim Putimtsev, Katie Dillon, Jimmy Lloyd, Mike Stanton, Julia Berezovskaya,
Jeff Goreson, Melissa Wrolstad, Nick Alfieri, Rubby and Angie, Durge, Renee Polverari, Dennis Kimak,
about a thousand other people, and you, Mrs. Calabash--wherever you are.

Check out my friends' bands as well...Nikki Sue and the Bad News, Emergence, Elephant Goes West, AboyAbeard,
Emanuel and the Fear, Sunflower & the Seeds, Not the Kid, The Red Lights, DJ Alex Plus, Melissa Wrolstad, Gunsling Birds,
Colony, Led Zeppelin.

Thank you all a thousand times over. There are no words to sum up what all you folks mean to me.


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Track Name: This Town
As defeat licks the jaws of victory,
The rotten teeth of injury and insult gnaw at me
The local stigmatic handsome gentleman
Detonates, incinerates the town he's living in

This town is burning down
Oh, wake your little ones
This town is burning down
So save your sleeping sons

Only a clown would join this here circus sideshow
Don't you know funhouse mirrors ain't friends?
And soon you'll be on your hands and knees
Dusting off the bones of fallen gods
Who willed to fill such ends

This town is burning down
Oh, wake your little ones
This town is burning down
So save your sleeping sons
Track Name: Midtown Waiting
Midtown waiting and the cadence is slow
Oh no, she's all but ready to go
It's ending after all.

Together we split the color in two
Oh well, we've all but wrecked the view
It happened after all.

So tumble out of the bed we made
Curtains for the sunshine
When our debts ain't nearly paid

Crimson sentiments well on their way today
Came and took her away
It happened after all.

Spent my time entertaining the dregs
Oh well, I knew it all along
It's ending after all.

So tumble out of the bed we made
Curtains for the sunshine
When our debts ain't nearly paid
It's curtains for the sunshine
When our debts ain't nearly paid
Track Name: Tangle Town
Vodka dreams are the truth
Dead men don't lie but in a box
The melodies of infirmaries
Sing of lives and drinks on the rocks

So tip-toe on over to us,
Our sleepy little home
Roll on up, you can fill your cup
With our poison for the road

In Tangle Town, we don't get high
It's such a long way down
No gun, no fun
A sunny day is a warfare's alibi
Come twist our turns, my friend
With ice pick precision
We'll run you off the road again

At the mercy of the evening
Drunk on champagne and lies
We hope you see you can never leave
Our winding home in the skies

In Tangle Town, we don't get high
It's such a long way down
No gun, no fun
A sunny day is a warfare's alibi
Come twist our turns, my friend
With ice pick precision
We'll run you off the road again
Track Name: Down and Out
About a darkest hour ago,
I cut the only cord I knew
When a darkest hour is lasting a lifetime,
There ain't much else to do

A trustfall with no principle
Is more like a deadfall
From an Everest of hurt that makes much worse
The writing on the wall

Stick your head in the clouds now
Tell me what you see
I called off, fought off, but drowned in misery
For heaven's new angel couldn't stay with me

An old woman dusted me off, lent a hand to me
Said, "As open as your heart is,
So too must your eyes be.
For a heart is a blind man squinting to see
His way on through the dark,
Blindly falling so easy, getting up rather hard."

So stick your head in the clouds now
Tell me what you see
I called off, fought off, but drowned in misery
For heaven's new angel couldn't stay with me

Been down and out so I'm out and downing
With the broken-hearted poets at the bar.
They'll cry you a river but can't build you a dam
'Cause they all know what they are.
They'll tell you, "Go for broke until you're broken,
Ferry away your soul with gin,
Spend your night in mourning with us
And tomorrow we'll do it again

Stick your head in the clouds now
Can you see me?
I called off, fought off, but drowned in misery
For heaven's new angel couldn't stay with me
Track Name: Hennessy
The Infernal Racket Embassy is the place I want to be
Here in this factory all is dead,
Oh well, it's all well above my head

In January it's ok for this felon here to stay
It's of no consequence at all
Well, consequence is well above my head

All these things will blow away
Hennessy will save my day,
Such conundrums abound,
Photographs that I've found.

The reverend dismisses the irreverent missionary's sins,
The figurehead so crooked
Oh well, it's all well above my head

Sings so much for a bird who hates her voice,
Then she cries there's been no choice for her
In her whole damn life
Oh darling, you're well above my head

All these things will blow away
Hennessy will save our day,
Such conundrums abound,
Photographs that we've found.

All these things will blow away
Hennessy will save your day,
Such conundrums abound,
Photographs that you've found.
Track Name: A Mouse in God's Country
(And now, ladies and gentlemen, introducing...
The world's tiniest sound!)

The welcome wagon isn't lost,
It's only lost its wheels
Matricidal hooligans have made them disappear

A mouse in God's country
Seeks insight from a broken clock
It's always wrong but twice a day
But still he takes such stock

The governor's ball has been saved
By the sympathetic eyes
Of the optometrist's semi-precious
Stone cut from the lies

Lubricants, synthetically, are ridden with disease
While the blissfully ignorant mansion gets on its knees

Demigods with credit cards
Feed books into the fire
Inebriation swallows heads,
But still it's worth the while

Evolution's opposable thumbs cause silly thoughts
And common sensible ignorance keeps mouths away from troughs

A mouse in God's country rolls on,
Though his welcome wagon's gone.
An armless mother's only son
Stirs the pot that boils on.
We're all happily wed,
Till we're dead
Track Name: Our Way Home
She has been unkind,
But you know that I don't mind
'Cause tonight we'll be on our way home

So I think for a while,
That I could sure use that smile
And tonight we'll be on our way home

And the mountain's taller than we could ever be,
But you know I'm coming for you,
So dear, you better be coming for me

Well, I spoke from the heart,
When I said this end's a start
And tonight we'll be on our way home

And the stars are further apart than we should ever be,
But you know I'm coming for you,
So dear, you better be coming for me

Don't care what they said,
We won't be left here for dead
'Cause tonight we'll be on our way home.
Track Name: Living Avenue
He dreams in such ways,
Eating yesterdays and discarded time, biting his tongue
A living avenue pitches and writhes,
So lit up tonight

The nutrition of a wing sings a silent sting,
It's alright to be high
Disembowling the sun, everybody run
The song's already begun

Everybody sing it again,
Everybody walking on the road,
Everybody smiling brightly
Sing that song

How smart are they now?
Starving Rockefellers drown in their own respect.
When good friend electric's gone,
Lonely ants are drawn to the sound of the song

Everybody sing it again,
Everybody walking on the road,
Everybody smiling brightly
Sing that song
Track Name: Maybe You Were Right
The writer sits and writes his wrongs
Of stately ballets and maelstroms
Sentencing the sentence on his tongue

Lonely but not alone,
Converging is the crowded room
The head that spins sings the world of songs

Goodbye to all
Be safe and be well
Take what's there and take good care
What's for me to tell?
Couldn't pull the weight
Didn't have the strength
Couldn't find the thrill
Didn't have the will

The sarcastic piece of machinery laughs last
Types today the world away in weighty paragraphs

The soldier's mind works overtime,
Won't settle down on down the line
Bombs abound his world is burning fast.

Goodbye to all
Be safe and be well
Take what's there and take good care
What's for me to tell?
Couldn't pull the weight
Didn't have the strength
Couldn't find the thrill
Didn't have the will
Track Name: The Viral Thought
For the viral thought all the lines are crossed,
Countdown, two for price of one
Appetite, though full, so insatiable
Christ--little military son

Keep your murdering
Oh, your murdering
Wish you godspeed and all the best
Keep on murdering
Oh, your murdering
Widows made in ways so surely blessed

Here's to funeral weep and to dreamless sleep
Angels on their way sing their songs and pray
That what the blackness said is your only bed
Isn't there to stay

Infidels will shake and in two will break,
The tongue-tied masses come in vain.
When peace is nothing more than absence of war,
Blow it all to pieces once again

Keep your murdering
Oh, your murdering
Wish you godspeed and all the best
Keep on murdering
Oh, your murdering
Widows made in ways so surely blessed

Here's to funeral weep and to dreamless sleep
Angels on their way sing their songs and pray
That what the blackness said is your only bed
Isn't there to stay

Down, down, down we go
Where the cross is always bare
Force-fed a new lullaby
From the Book of Black Lung Prayer

Here's to funeral weep and to dreamless sleep
Angels on their way sing their songs and pray
That what the blackness said is your only bed
Isn't there to stay
Track Name: Dance the Mephisto Waltz
Late, we dance the mephisto waltz
More or less it's not our fault
Such romance and elegance,
And mirrors off the wall

Brilliant co-dependence day,
More or less the same old way
Smart enough to know what silence means,
She offers not a word to say

Validation from an invalid
Works till you're crippled on the stares she hid
Forge on with the forgery
Down the slippery slope we slid

Never tires of telling her story until the end
So beautiful it's pitiful,
The tidal waves are in her head

Never tires of telling her story until the end
So beautiful it's pitiful,
The tidal waves are in her head
Track Name: Daedalum
The heavens part in a brain stem,
Glassy eyes hypnotized,
The sky sings them its lullabies
The sky sings its lullabies

Hope you reached your combat weight
In for such surprise
When the earth sings no more lullabies
When the earth sings no more lullabies

Spinning open rides the doll
Smiling gently in hell's wheel
The light inside so nullified
As her open sores won't heal

Tongue-tied with the taste of rotgut
Licking her, the forked tongue
Begging to devour snake oil,
The serpents laugh and sell her some

Got your high friends in low places
Victims of the skies
Oh, they know there'll be no more lullabies
Oh, they know there'll be no more lullabies

Oh, they know there'll be no more lullabies
Oh, they know there'll be no more lullabies
Track Name: Lizard's Tears
The victim cries a lizard's tears
All but spoiled the fun
Of a love that could have lasted years
Yet a man only falls dead but once.

Tin can eyes replace a window-pane into a heart
And this chameleon in victim skin
Should have been seen from the start

Ugly is the thinking man,
As is the prodigal son
Of this here procession of fools
Riding on into the sun

Riding on into the sun
Track Name: Crystal Star
It's coming back, not a ghost of a chance
So drink it away, a fool's romance
Over the line take one more glance
And fuck it away, you know you can't

Oh darling, dear, you know who you are
So make a wish on a falling star
And step in the light, oh come right here
Where we can see it's all so crystal clear

Oh, daddy's girl can't figure out
Such empty head, so full her mouth
All her nights she begs to please
And not to pray on bended knees

Oh darling, dear, you know who you are
So make a wish on your falling star
And step in the light, oh come right here
Where we can see she's all so crystal clear

Oh, he's coming back, not a ghost of a chance
So drink it away, a fool's romance
Over the line take one more glance
And go fuck it away, you know you can't

Oh darling, dear, you know who you are
So make a wish on a falling star
And step in the light, oh come right here
Where we can see you all so crystal clear

It's all so crystal clear
It's all so crystal clear
It's all so crystal clear
It's all so crystal clear