Ryan Allen & His Extra Arms

by Ryan Allen and His Extra Arms

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"Ryan Allen & His Extra Arms" is the solo debut by Ryan Allen, singer and guitarist of Thunderbirds Are Now!, Friendly Foes, and Destroy This Place.

Released by Bellyache Records.

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released March 22, 2011

recorded, mixed, mastered, and produced by Dave Feeny @ tempermill studios, ferndale, mi

all instruments played by Ryan Allen, except where noted on individual tracks.

physical LP/CD available from Bellyache Records (www.bellyachecandyshoppe.com)

album artwork by Allison Graw (www.monsterfeedesign.com)

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Ryan Allen and His Extra Arms Ferndale, Michigan

Introspective, energetic, and heartfelt power pop from the singer/guitarist of Thunderbirds Are Now!, Friendly Foes, and Destroy This Place.

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Track Name: Oh Yeah
i put the diamonds in the rough
i found the needles in the hay
i put the water in your cup
and the lion in it’s cage
oh yeah

oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah

i am the sun in your eye
the howling wolf at night
i am they key tied to the end of an electric kite
oh yeah

and when i take to the sky
when the birds pass me by
you’re left wondering why, how did i get so high?

oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah
Track Name: Why Can't I Sleep?
I wanna settle down for awhile
But sleep, you know it just ain’t my style

I got all these thoughts runnin’ through my head
Seems they multiply when I hit the bed
Maybe I’ll dream when I’m dead
But I’m awake right now instead

I should slow down for a spell
I don’t slow down very well

I got all these thoughts runnin’ through my head
Seems they multiply when I hit the bed
Maybe I’ll dream when I’m dead
But I’m awake right now instead

Why can’t I Sleep (why can’t I sleep?)

If my head and body could speak
Maybe then I could feel complete
Track Name: Heart String Soul
i don’t want to grow up today, but i will
don’t want to get up today, but these bills
they aren’t gonna pay them selves but still
i’d rather stay at home and chill

i don’t want to go out tonight, but i will
don’t want to go out tonight, but i will
rather put a record on and chill
listen to my favorite song and sit still
so i guess i will

i don’t want to grow up today, but i will
don’t want to get up today, damn these bills
rather put a record on and chill
listen to my favorite ones and sit still

wake up for school and don’t want to go!
passed that shit a long time ago
you’ve got the rock and i’ve got to roll
passed it off a long time ago!
life moves fast but that you already know
and it passed you up a long time ago
so i tied my heart strings to my soul,
and i hope that they never let me go, i hope that they never let me go
Track Name: The Negative End
hide behind your off white box
spew your shit and talk your talks
but you don't know me, no you do not

i'd connect my fist to your thick head
but i'm not like that, so instead
i'll write it down and this is what i said:

i will not pretend
that you do not offend
i'm so sick of the negative end

harsh attacks come down like bombs
and there's no right that’ll right your wrongs
you can take your shots but you can't take my songs

i will not pretend
that you do not offend
i'm so sick of the negative end

i will not pretend
that you do not offend
i'm so sick of the negative end

i won’t break, i won’t bend
and i’ll say it once again
so sick of the negative end
Track Name: That's How I Came To Be
a mountain of snow was dumped on the front lawn, i wanted to cry, but i knew that would be wrong / not too sure what was wrong with me, but i saw things so differently

climb up the stairs, bolting the door shut, they scream and yell and i wish that they’d shut up / the stereos on, to drown it all out, so i wouldn’t know what they were fighting about

and that’s how i came to be, a branch off the old family tree, and all of this blood that you see, it pours on the ground, it pours out of me

but it wasn’t all bad, in fact we were champions, we banged on guitars and weren’t told to be done / the stereo's up, and we laughed ‘til we cried, our hearts and our minds were formed from outside

yeah that’s how i came to be, a branch off the old family, and all of this blood that you see, it pours on the ground, yeah it pours out of me

when my chin got all busted
when my arm was in a sling
yeah you rushed me to the doctor
and fixed everything
Track Name: Headache Nights
Some nights we’ll go out drinking drinks until our stomachs get sick
Meet up with friends and see some bands play upstairs at the Stick
And other nights, we’ll want to stay at home
Cos the city lights burn whiter than our bones

We feel the smoke from the manhole covers that line the streets
Some people’s eyes are black from going out every night for a weeks
Yeah it’s those headache nights, yeah headache nights like this
It’s those headache nights, those nights I’m gonna miss

It’s so hard to stay awake, but that’s the chance we have to take
When those cracks inside my head, are starting to break

Yeah it’s those headache nights, yeah headache nights like this
It’s those headache nights, those nights I’m gonna miss

It’s so hard to stay awake, but that’s the chance we have to take
When those cracks inside my head, are starting to break
Track Name: Alice Heathen
Alice Heathen, what’s wrong with you?
The things that you say, the things you do
Wrote about me in your diary, why you so cold?
Why you so mean?

Here comes Alice Heathen
Here comes Alice Heathen
Gotta bone to pick with Alice Heathen
Gotta bone to pick with Alice Heathen
A bone to pick with you

Alice Heathen, what’s your deal?
Do you realize how you make me feel?
Yeah we got older, we’re still alive
You’ve been the same since ‘95

Here comes Alice Heathen
Here comes Alice Heathen
Gotta bone to pick with Alice Heathen
Gotta bone to pick with Alice Heathen
A bone to pick with you

I know we were young, yeah we were just kids, but the things that you said and the things that you did, well they’re sticking with me, like a knife in the back, this is what you will get for the way that you act, things come around, they most certainly do, funny enough I thought we were cool, so if the joke is on me, then the joke is on you, too

Here comes Alice Heathen
Here comes Alice Heathen
Gotta bone to pick with Alice Heathen
Gotta bone to pick with Alice Heathen
A bone to pick with you
Track Name: Kids R Dicks
you don’t know what to say
every time you open your mouth, your tongue gets in the way
the kids are so oblivious these days
and what makes it okay
to bottle up, to be so shy
open up your throat and tell them why

tell em that you can’t be held down
tell it to the whole goddamn crowd
tell em that you can’t be held down, down, down
down, down, down

they tell you what to say
tell you what to think and what to feel everyday
kids can be such dicks these days
and what makes it okay
to hold it in, to be afraid
open up your eyes it’ll be okay

tell em that you can’t be held down
tell it to the whole goddamn crowd
tell that you can be held down, down, down
down, down, down, down, down
Track Name: Impossible People
I gotta feeling alright
Something’s changing tonight
My eyes were closed, but now I see the light

So long to the regime
Yeah, you know what I mean
I can feel it race through my bloodstream

Time to wake up or I’m gonna’ scream

We fall and we feel, we freak out and we deal, we’re impossible people
We scrape and we fight, teeth gnash and they bite, we’re impossible people

Let’s move a head with a plan
Let’s contract and expand
I’m shaking my head while I’m shaking your hand

We do what we do so we can do what we can

We fall and we feel, we freak out and we deal, we’re impossible people
We scrape and we fight, teeth gnash and they bite, we’re impossible people
Track Name: Rules/Regulations
If I, if I were a soldier
I’d eject the bullets, and put my gun away
If I, if I were a surgeon
I’d try my best to go in and operate
I’d hold my breath while the nervous people wait

Rules and regulations keep on getting in the way
If all those tired people try and tell you what to say
Trepidation, hesitation, a nation of delay
It might be overpriced but that’s the price we’ll have to pay

If I, I were a spaceman
I’d come to Earth not knowing what to say
If I, if I were a mailman
I’d try my best to make these deliveries
Through rain, sleet, or snow, if you please

Rules and regulations keep on getting in the way
If all those tired people try and tell you what to say
Trepidation, hesitation, a nation of delay
It might be overpriced but that’s the price we’ll have to pay
Track Name: Elevator Street
We go up and down on Elevator St.
We wave goodbye to everyone we meet

Things can be so unpredictable
They might not go as planned
We might burn down the houses, then call the fireman

Your numbers up on Elevator St.
While you’re kicking your legs and you’re stomping your feet

Things might be unattainable
They might be out of reach
But that’s what you get when
You live on Elevator St.

Cos we all want something real
Something to touch, something to feel
A way to keep an even keel
So we don’t have to beg, borrow or steal

Yeah we’re stuck again on Elevator St.
A tragedy that we’re bound to repeat

Will we ever get out this?
And leave the Nine to Fives
Or are we on the same street
For the rest of our lives?

Cos we all want something real
Something to touch, something to feel
A way to keep an even keel
So we don’t have to beg, borrow or steal
Down on Elevator St
We walk down paths made of concrete
Life’s a game, try not to cheat
Down on Elevator St!!!
Track Name: Unpacking
packing up my bags, and it’s time to go
when i’ll get back baby, i don’t know

i know you work so hard, when i am gone
i’m sorry for all the times that i did you wrong

but i’m glad we got here
but i’m glad we got here
and look what we’ve got here

i’d drive hundreds of miles down this road
through the rain, the sleet, the hail, and the snow

to get to where you are, it’s where i’ll go
don’t fall shooting star, i love you so

and i’m glad i got there
and i’m glad i got there
so glad i got there

unpacking all my bags, now you’re not alone
i’m done packing my bags, now i stay home