Down and Out

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lyrics

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

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from Tangle Town, released November 3, 2011

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Don Ryan New York, New York

Don Ryan is a singer/songwriter whose compositions are delectable cocktails of ageless beauty and gritty discord — a hypnotizing blend of classic Americana and gypsy jazz with a more modern, psychedelic-folk sound. This is a brand new spin on old music. ... more

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