Best of Ryan Kelly 2004​-​2016

by Ryan Kelly

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This is a compilation of some of my favorites that I have written over the years. Also included is a paragraph or so explaining each track and the moments that lead up to writing the songs and the memories that followed.

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released November 8, 2016

Special thanks to all those who produced and collaborated on all these projects including: Mckay Harris, Jon Stokes, Adam Gray, Christian Stutz, Michael Brand, Mauro Ferreira, Kevin Hiatt, Kawika Heftel, Sammi Ciarlo, Julian Tanaka

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Track Name: If You Love Me Let Me Go
If you love me let me go
If you love me please hang up the phone
And if you ever really cared
When I open up my eyes will you please just not be there

If you love me leave me be
Get your ghost to stop haunting me
Every day she’s by my side
And she keeps me up at night, I just stay up every night

Chorus
But if you love me, if you love me
Wipe your face and dry your eyes
And kiss me one last time
If you love me say goodbye

I’ve been on this road before
Felt the heartache felt the getover
It gets better every day
Though I’ll be the first to say, you are never quite the same

If you fall in love again
Find my pictures in a box you kept
Have a smile on your face
As you think of better days, let your heartache melt away

(Chorus)
But if you love me, if you love me
Oh I keep on asking why, when you know I want to die
You know I just want to die
Wipe your face and dry your eyes
And kiss me one last time
If you love me say goodbye
Track Name: Jessica
Oh Jessica, you look kind of how I remember ya
Your face is still pretty your hair is still blond, your still getting along
Like the last year and all of the years before that

My girl and I, we split just a couple of months ago
Funny how life is and life taught me well, that life can be hell
Just keep trying your best and you learn from the mess

Oh how’s your mom how’s your dad how’s your sister and how’s your job
Hope it’s working out this time tell your family I’m sorry, works been so busy
And I’ll come see em next time I get out of the city

And I guess you and I weren’t right, just a flicker of nothing,
A flash in the moonlight, a port in the storm
Oh and you’d keep me company and I’d keep you warm

Oh Jessica, it isn’t that often I think about ya
Except when it’s snowing or I hear that song
Guess we didn’t make sense,
And I’ve loved plenty before you and loved plenty since

Oh tell your mom tell your dad tell your sister that I send my love
And tell your fiancé he’s one lucky man, hope he knows what he has
Jessica I’ll see you later, I’ve got a plane to catch
Track Name: Somewhere in Camden Town
Somewhere in Camden Town
A son clutches his mother as they push through the crowd
And they scower the streets for something to eat
Every night about now while the suns going
Somewhere in Camden Town

Somewhere in Harlem’s street
A man’s making excuses to the cop on the beat
And the system ain’t fair, but he don’t seem to care
And try from he may from his birth he was beat
Somewhere in Harlem’s street

Somewhere in Heavens throne
Sit the father, the son, and the holy ghost
And they’re doing their best trying to clean up our mess
Shaking their heads and feeling alone
Somewhere in heavens throne

Somewhere inside my soul
There’s a devil and an angel fighting for control
And that devil is sin and he usually wins
And the angel just watches at it all unfolds
Somewhere inside my soul

Somewhere in your hometown
There is hunger and hatred for miles around
And if the world could wake up, and try and fix it with love
I think God would smile as he’s looking down
Somewhere in your hometown

Somewhere in Camden Town
A son clutches his mother as they push through the crowd
And they’re going to sleep with nothing to eat
Every night about now while the world’s turning round
Somewhere in Camden Town
Somewhere in Camden Town
Track Name: Prom Queen
Can you imagine the girl of your dreams
She’s perfect or so it seems
But she smiles only skin deep
And she goes home to an empty house and cries herself to sleep

(Chorus)

And she is a prom queen
But there’s a side of her that no ones seen
Cause being popular’s not everything
And she’s always on top
But the pain it won’t stop
And she don’t know how beautiful she really is
She’s a Prom Queen

And boyfriends she’s had her fill
She dulls her pain by going to parties
Getting drunk and popping pills
Decisions she’ll regret
Cause no single moment lasts forever
And some things you just never forget

(Chorus)

(Bridge)
She keep it all bottled up inside and all she does is hide
She can’t get out cause all the walls are closing in
So I say don’t stop or give in tomorrows gonna be another day
And every thing will be ok

And she’s anything but sure
As she grabs the crown and takes the flowers
And walks out on that dance floor
But she smiles all the same
Cause no single moment lasts forever
And some things just never change

(Chorus)
Track Name: Travel Song
You’d already won then you lost so much
You fought the fight then you lost your touch
You tried for love but got it bad
And every song sounds so sad, and every day you just feel older

They gave you the pills but the pills won’t bring relief
Your writing things down in that journal you never read
And every time you fall asleep your scared you’ll wake up and youll be
In the place you were before

So you wrote a book and you sailed a ship
And you flew across the Atlantic
Drove through Portugal and you walked through Spain
Going anywhere to escape the pain
But it all made sense on that summers day
When the Gondolier and the choir sang
But you know my dear if you let me in
I would make it so you never have to travel again

You said you found love but it didn’t find you back
Now he’s moving on and your running from your past
Your father lays in a hospital gown, his eyes are closed his hairs falling out
And you never got the chance to tell him

So you bought a car drove to Mexico
And you played the slots on the riverboat
Through the waterfalls and the jungle heat
Walking anywhere trying to find your feat
But it all made sense on that crooked street
Where Peruvians danced the salsa beat
But you know my dear if you let me in
I would make it so you never had to travel again

To the Taj Mahal, to the pyramids,
To the wailing wall or to London bridge,
To New York’s skyline or to Eastern bay,
Up to Heaven’s throne down to Devil’s Gate

It will all make sense once you get back home
Name the time and place where you want my love
Because of all the places I’ve been to
I have never seen anything as beautiful as you
Track Name: Quando Vieres
Quand vieres, O que faremos, vamos falar de coisas esquecidas
E quando vieres, que falaremos, vamos falar de nosso amor, o so deixar assim
E quando vieres, onde iremos, vamos a loja, vamos a praia, vamos ao shopping, vamos a ti
E quando vieres, so deixa assim, e quando vieres, venha para mim
Track Name: Jerusalem
I saw you as the sun went down by the western wall
In the middle of a screaming crowd, and I held you like
I hadn’t seen you for 100 years, you know if felt like 1000

And everybody sang out loud for the brand new day
A day I knew I’d wake up whole, and as they prayed
I thanked the lord that our goodbyes, were in the past forever


(Chorus)
And we left our mark on Jerusalem,
but with a love like ours it couldn’t help but happen
And the city knew how much I loved you

And you became the place I’d go as I fell asleep
The only one I really know and I always think
That I was lost until I knew that we would be together

(Chorus)

(Bridge)
And I know it’s love when the bells ring
And I know it’s true when you look at me
And I know it’s you, and it was always you


This city’s seen a lot of things, it’s seen the walls come
It heard the disciples sing, and held the king of kings
But I don’t think we’ll be forgot,
Cause a love like ours don’t happen every century

(Chorus)
Track Name: A Postcard on the 4th of July
A postcard on the fourth of July

If you cut out my heart and you laid it on stone
You would find there a picture of the sea
And you would see me there drowning as the loneliest soul
And you would be rescuing me

If you send me a postcard of the shadow and moon
If the rain isn’t falling from the sky
I will be looking up through the darkness and gloom
Hoping that the moon’s shining in your eyes

Chorus
And I look for you moon, where have you gone?
Did you leave on that fourth of July?
If you see her out there through the darkness and gloom
Will you tell her I love her tonight

If you look through your memory to the future and past
You will find me standing there with a rose
I will calm all your fears, as the days turn to years
And you’ll never be standing alone.

And the Lord will protect you I know he always has
And he loves us more than we both know
And the skies not a stranger to the lovers that part
He’ll make it shine when we both feel alone

Chorus

If you wrote me a letter and I read it till I cried
Heard your words as I look to the sky
And I watched the moon melt from the love that I felt
When we had to say Goodbye

But the earth keeps on turning makes it way round the sun
And if it goes around two or three times
And if it brings things again to the way they were then
I will smile till the day that I die

Chorus
Track Name: Mariaugenia
A ma, no me pegas mas Mariaugenia, por favor no tengo mas sangre en mi cuerpo Mariaugenia,

Pega me con la sapata y no con la correia, por favor, no tengo mas sangre en mi cuerpo Mariaugenia
Track Name: I Wrote you a Letter
I wrote you a letter when we were in love in the spring
You said that you meant it, every word every night every thing
But I knew it was over, and I felt so alone
And sometimes it works out but I guess I’ll assume that it won’t

I wrote you a letter signed with the ink of my heart
The silence it killed us, love left me alone in the dark
And I knew it was over, but I cried, and I fought
And I know I’m in love, but I guess I’ll assume that your not

You wrote me a letter but I saw through the lines and the dots
Did I learn my lesson? I don’t know maybe yes maybe not
So I’m going to the south, where the mail can’t find me
And If I go and I stay then one day I may finally be free
Track Name: Love to Pass the Time
It’s dark on these streets and it’s dark in my mind
You’re holding me close and our legs intertwine
The suns coming up o’er the avenue road
I’d better get up better make my way home

Life promises love it will promise you bliss
But it promises heartache so don’t be so quick
It will offer you more but you’ll settle for less
We keep waiting on someone well that’s freedom I guess

Chorus
But I don’t need you to love me I don’t need to be whole
You can fake your affection or cheat on my soul
I’ll pretend that I’m yours you pretend that your mine
You can be my love to pass the time

You can call me up Monday or Tuesday is fine
I’m just playing the changes just here keeping the time
We can share some affection or fight off the cold
But your kisses are band aids and they come off when you go

But it’s only today and it’s only right now
I could never keep hold of the future somehow
It’s something I know but I don’t understand
Beauty flying away at the touch of my hand

(Chorus)

And I know it was there wasn’t it God tell me it’s true
Once it was her but now it’s you

And I’m back here again and I’m holding you tight
Trying to get through the evening dear just get through this night
And pray for the day to get off of this coast
I keep holding you closer to fight off her ghost

(Chorus)
Track Name: Me and Arthur
A muse flew up to Orpheus and whispered in his ear
Said that young man there down on earth’s alone with all his fear
And he’s playing that piano like he doesn’t know you’re here
He’s playing that piano like he doesn’t know you’re here

Orpheus flew up to God said sir I think I fear
I called and I sang out to him but he wouldn’t hear
And he’s playing that piano like he doesn’t know you’re here
He’s playing that piano like he doesn’t know you’re here

Chorus
And all of my children get lost sometimes
They pray for the truth but they’re closing their eyes
And they walk through the valley of shadow and pain
But when they got lost I still love them the same

Orpheus he blessed a man who played the bass guitar
Rock and Roll a part of him he played with all his heart
But the devil got ahold on him and tore the man apart
The devil got ahold on him and tore the man apart

Lonely on an L.A. street in boos and needles drowned
He prayed to God for deliverance and turned his life around
And when the band all played together again the spirit filled their sound
When the band all played together again the spirit filled their sound

(Chorus)

Orpheus he played a song so all the world could hear
People came outside their homes and looked above this sphere
To the God above who loved them so their pain it disappeared
To the God above who loved them so their pain it disappeared

And in that song was playing resonating cross the stars
The boy with his piano and the man with his guitar
And our God smiled down upon them and he gave them their reward
They were brothers in the music now their brothers in the Lord

(Chorus)
Track Name: A Song for Anyone I've Ever Really Love, Platonically and Otherwise
When Darkness falls like a steady rain
And Satan laughs as he holds your chain
Though I’m far away I will scream your name
To let you know that you are loved


When your all alone in your four post bed
And you got your past dancing in your head
And you lie awake wishing you were dead
I hope you know that you were loved

And I can’t be there tonight, I can’t make you feel allright
I don’t know how it works, I just know that it hurts
When you have to say goodbye
Friends and loves have come and gone
That’s the game of moving on
And if you stay or you leave it don’t matter to me
If you know that you were loved

What will always be is what’s always been
You may not call me up you may not call me friend
If we take different roads if we don’t speak again
I hope you know that you

I’m a world away I’m a ghost in time
I’m a slideshow reel locked within your mind
And when you turn it on hope it makes you smile
Just seeing you were loved

And if you stay or leave, know you matter to me
And know that you were loved
Track Name: I'd Have Loved You
I’d have loved you
Back when you were young
Back when life was good
Before you felt you had to run
And I’d have held you
Held you in my arms
And I’d have recorded every moment in the corners of my heart
And any time that you were scared I’d have your back
And any time you felt like crying I’d make you laugh
Yeah I’d have been there, I’d have cared dear
I’d have loved you

You can search dear
Go look high and low
There’s seven billion other people here just walking around this throne
And if you find him, if you feel that spark
Gotta put your faith in something got to walk into the dark
And any time that you were scared I’d have your back
And any time you felt like crying I’d make you laugh
I’d have been there, I’d have cared dear
I’d have loved you

We keep saying that life’s fate or choice or maybe that its somewhere in between
And maybe when our time has come we’ll figure out exactly what love means

I know her hurt you,
Back when you were young
Back when life was good
Before it all went wrong
You felt lost dear
I know you felt alone
And I couldn’t hear you cry and no I couldn’t hear you groan
But I’d have been there like the God that pulled you through
Yeah I’d done anything I could to comfort you
I’d have been there, I’d have cared dear
I’d have loved you