Ryan Allen & His Extra Arms

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1.
Oh Yeah 03:01
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
2.
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
3.
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
4.
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
5.
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
6.
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
7.
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
8.
Kids R Dicks 02:34
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
9.
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
10.
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
11.
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!!!
12.
Unpacking 03:23
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

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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.

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

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Extra Arms Detroit, Michigan

Extra Arms is a loud pop band from Detroit, MI. Formerly known as Ryan Allen & His Extra Arms, the band has transformed from a solo project to a full fledged rock outfit known for writing crunchy rock songs in the vein of Superchunk, Sugar and Teenage Fanclub. ... more

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