Little by Little

by Erik Ritland

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Little by little he came to recognize the difference between the spirits that agitated him, one from the enemy and one from God.

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released May 5, 2016

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Erik Ritland Saint Paul

Rock n' roll. Country western. Blues. Folk. Americana.

The past is never dead. It isn't even past.

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Track Name: It Feels Alright
The best part of the party
Is the beginning of the end
When small talk gets blurry
And you’d rather shut your eyes

I’m not drunk
I’m just drinking
And it feels alright

The worst part of the party
Is after the ending
When time only crawls
And there’s nobody to talk to

I’m not drunk
I’m just drinking
And it feels alright

I can't help but feel bored
Track Name: The Number
When Monday comes I just can’t take it
Waking up early and facing the day
Another long week of making bad decisions
And moving the pieces a little ahead

I can’t pick up the phone
And dial the number that I need to call

At the end of the day when the sun is setting
I feel a hunger that can’t be filled
The ashtray says that I’ve been up all night
Skipping stones in a shallow pool

I can’t pick up the phone
And dial the number that I need to call

A crack of light comes through the window
Blinding me until I see again
Track Name: Where I Want to Be
At the top of the mountain
The view below is small

New leaves on the trees
Are where I want to be

Facing up to bad news
Praying for goodwill

New leaves on the trees
Are where I want to be

Easing up on anger
Trying hard for peace
Track Name: Deafness
I read the news today
And I just can’t shake it
Hate on every side
I wish you knew me

I try so hard to understand
I try so hard to love you
But you can’t hear me

The bar is full again
Life at half mast
Moments wasted away
Another lonely day

I try so hard to understand
I try so hard to love you
But you can’t hear me

Can’t get out of bed
Disappointed
If I don’t make it to work
I’ll be over
Track Name: Let This Pass
I didn’t know that it would be like this
Weighed down by myself
And all the things I’ve missed

If you could let this pass
Maybe I’ll say yes
Like I know I should

I expected more
Than a cloudy dream
That doesn’t let me sleep
Or wake at the dawn

If I could do it my way
I’d change everything
Trust is a long road
Track Name: Please be Patient with Me
The sun is always setting
The dawn never comes
Quicksand is overdue

Please be patient with me

An unhappy ending
A time of decay
Restless and alone

Please be patient with me

Don’t go too fast
Don’t go too slow
Peace will come again

The path that you’re choosing
The road up ahead
Is darkness turned to light

Please be patient with me
Track Name: Beware of the Disguise
You’re hungry
The feast is prepared
Eating is good

Turn this stone into bread

You’re weary
Hard is the fall
If God is so good

The angels will catch you

With all this power
You can do good
Take it yourself

It’s mine to give
Track Name: The Future is Free
You don’t have to lay in the bed that you’ve made
If you decide to make it again

The future is free
And so is the past
Don’t be afraid to roll back

No-ones a slave to the price that they’ve paid
It’s possible to repay a debt

The future is free
And so is the past
Don’t be afraid to roll back

Only a fool says never to quit
Mistakes are meant to be thrown in the trash
Track Name: Too High
When you get too high
Be careful not to jump