Well There's That: The Best of Erik Ritland

by Erik Ritland

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Jerusalem 02:37
You thought it was bad before In the golden age Now we’re stuck in this real down town The band has left the stage We’re restless And bitter And likely bored We wish into existence what we want to see And if there’s no success like failure then take a tip from me I fear our end is come Like the poet said Go ask William Blake Raise him from the dead Like magic He’d know us Like Jerusalem We wish into existence what we want to see And if there’s no success like failure then take a tip from me
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Fade with Me 03:13
I’m getting so high But I’m lower than the angels And that’s the thought I always regret I confess what I don’t want to consider But it’s best that I don’t forget Fade with me All I have is a lot of wasted time Already spinning in my grave I try to think big And I know I am better Than the sunk cost I can no longer save Fade with me What I think I can say no longer As if I’ve ever had the nerve Put me in chains so I know how it feels To be shot down like I deserve Fade with me
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Promises 03:40
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Down the old highway In a beat-up car Just to find our way to where we are And if I could I would go back again To long gone days We thought would never end We stayed up all night Our hopes were high There's been dark and light But we got by And if I could I would go back again To long gone days We thought would never end Time goes by too fast But the good times last Even when they're gone Playing here with you is everything It's all that's ever been When I hear you sing And if I could I would go back again To long gone days We thought would never end
5.
Empty Bed 04:20
I've changed your water into wine So many times before It don't excite you anymore You sit and you don't even smile You look in my direction and pretend that you don't see me But you see me You don't even want to try But it won't be that bad 'Cuz neither do I You're miles away and I don't know why You used to love the things I do But now when I do them you act like I've done something wrong I haven't gotten any worse Well maybe just a little I was hoping you didn't notice But you notice You don't even want to try But it won't be that bad 'Cuz neither do I You're miles away and I don't know why And when you wake up alone In your empty bed How can you face the day ahead?
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You can try to deny it Or point to exceptions But they only prove the rule Most of the greats are dead And so is the radio All that's left is to sweep the ashes Rock n' roll is dead But don't be too upset At least we lived to see it pass There's so much going on But nothing to latch onto We barely see our neighborhood "It's so superficial" People always said Now it's finally ringing true Rock n' roll is dead But don't be too upset At least we lived to see it pass You can have your fun Waste your nights away But it will always be a shadow Where there was mystery Is now so plain to me What happened to all the eccentrics? Rock n' roll is dead But don't be too upset At least we lived to see it pass
7.
Firelight 02:24
When the levees broken Best learn how to swim If you wanna gamble Better know you'll win Eden burns Through the night I see past the firelight In the air Recognize I see past the firelight Withered scenes divided Arguments unwon Little things won't get you Drop your heart and run Eden burns Through the night I see past the firelight In the air Recognize You can't stop the firelight No one can stop the firelight
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Stay Inside 03:46
Well if you're going nowhere And you need to get there fast I know a shortcut nobody's tried And if you've run on empty Since the day you left Don't be afraid to give it all back The new sun attacks It's too nice to stay inside today Won't you come in closer So I can make you out Don't hide in a corner where nobody sees The rows and rows of houses Mirror side by side But nothing can warn them of days left to come Beneath the new sun It's too nice to stay inside today Somewhere on the main line The tracks were laid out wrong The streets are filled with curses dressing as dreams Sink into the sunset Watch it all unfold Hear all the engines rattle apart And if you were smart You wouldn't even start It's too late to be outside
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I don't know why We dive so deep In ways we can't define I'm a poor, poor stranger In a dead end town Where no one's on your side How can I be sure I'm here When everything is dust It's a long, long way to higher ground When you don't know who to truts So help me tonight I'm falling fast Help me help myself I'm here I'm waiting I can almost see the light. So please help me tonight I'll take the walk But I won't run The world will run for me Dawn is coming but always fades It's all I want to be
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You don't love what you won't fight for You don't love what you won't defend In the end it's all we have There is room for walls and bridges There is a bridge you wouldn't cross over There is a bridge that you would burn down And try not to make a sound as you run away There is room for walls and bridges There are so many walls Between you and me Why don't we tear them down? Only then we'll see Let's raise a toast to all of the good things Then throw the glass against the wall It's last call There is room for walls and bridges
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Ordinary 03:17
You cry all the time but it don't hurt me I know that it should But I just dry your eyes I don't mean to be insensitive But you break down so much That it's become so ordinary You know as well as I do We've been treading water Like we've done this whole time I really wish that I could hold you And feel that you were trying I guess I'm just too ordinary I've never been what you wanted I've never been what you want But I'm something You deserve things I can't give you But you dislike yourself so much You'll never realize You are worth the time and effort But you never look inside yourself And that's become so ordinary

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12 career-defining songs. Rock n’ roll, Americana, and good times.

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released March 19, 2020

These songs can originally be found on the following albums:

Floating Bridge (2007)
Bluegrass (2008)
Sketches of the Sun (2009)
Firelight (2010)
Down in the Grove (2012)
For An Empty Theater (2019)
A Scientific Search (2020)

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One of the last great American songwriters in the tradition of Bob Dylan, Neil Young, William James, G.K. Chesterton, and Jeff Tweedy.

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