If I'm Dreaming (EP; 2016)

by Ryan Simpson

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released September 20, 2016

Produced by Ryan Simpson and Rob Nadler
Recorded summer 2016
Engineered, mixed, and mastered by Rob Nadler at Fat Track Studio, Cincinnati, OH

All lyrics and music by Ryan Simpson

Ryan Simpson: Lead/backing vocals, drums/percussion, acoustic/electric guitars, bass, keyboards/programming
Rob Nadler: Guitar solo on "Violet"
Thom Alten: Mandolin on "The Offer"

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Track Name: From On High
In youth, we promised ourselves
This love would not be outgrown
But I hide myself so well
As the years have certainly shown

This mountain, we vowed to climb
Foreboding and treacherous
You scaled and I stayed behind
To settle with the dust

Now you say
"So long" from on high
Up there, above the crowd
Your future is taking flight
You ought to be so proud

Given time, your dreams arrive
A reward for your endless work
I knew you would be recognized
I knew you'd get what you have earned

Now you say
"So long" from on high
Up there, above the crowd
Your future is clear and bright
You ought to be so proud

By now, I'm the tiniest speck
In the rearview, as you stare ahead
No disquiet or regrets
About the path you have chosen to tread

Now you say
"So long" from on high
Up there above the crowd
Your future is clear and bright
You ought to be so proud
Yes, I'm glad you never lost sight
Nothing can stop you now
But we had such a good time
I wish you could just come down
For a while.
Track Name: Violet
Like so many who came before
And walked this broken earth
I know there's much that I don't see

Stars ignite and brightly burst
Cells drift and divide
Limitlessness, infinity

When it's all said and done
I'll be proud to say
I took a chance on you and me

And my heart slows down
(and I'm falling forever)
And the pain withdraws
(and I'm falling forever)

Moments come and moments pass
As soon as they arrive
Impossible to be retrieved

Something begs me to hold on
Forgiveness, love, and truth
The universe has granted me reprieve

And my heart slows down
(and I'm falling forever)
And my mind gives pause
(and I'm falling forever)
And my skin ignites
(and I'm falling forever)
And the pain withdraws
(and I'm falling forever)
Track Name: Wake Me
A strength of sorts
Bred in my bones
This stubbornness

Served me well
When I went through hell
Nevertheless

I'm not one
To roll over
Or loosen my grip

But there comes a time
When one must know
When to quit

Help me
Break free
I can't seem to find my way out
Shake me
Wake me
If I'm dreaming now

I can't help but feel
The void is real
So here I wait

Who knew I'd
Be imprisoned by
Such a fate?

Help me
Break free
I can't seem to find my way out
Shake me
Wake me
If I'm dreaming now
Track Name: Dawn of the Dim
So cold, the knife
The blade draws you in
So warm, the light
For those without sin
So blue, the sky
It smiled and held your hand
So soon, the light
Grows dim across the land

I don't know how we have survived
I don't know why hate is alive

So bright, the sun
Its killing heat gives life
So still, the night
The sorrow seems so right
So sleek the gun
Its barrel, cold and smooth
Brings peril soon
Brings the horrifying truth

I don't know how we have survived
I don't know why hate is alive

Swing just like marionettes
Swing to the dance of death
Swing in time with the bombs
Dance around them as they go off
Swing up high, swing down low
Swing as your fathers told you so
Shimmy and shake as the world erupts
Swing and sway 'til you get enough

I need some time to think...

I don't know how we have survived
I don't know why hate is alive
Track Name: The Offer
Here's an offer; a flag of truce
So I won't have to lie
When you ask if I've been OK
I'll just lay it on the line

Sometimes it feels like I was born to lose
Like there's no reason to try
And since the day you walked away
I just sit and wonder why

Come back home
It's only fair
Come back home
And I'll meet you there
Tonight
It's fair
It's right

The time escaped me; cutting loose
To soar so swiftly by
Was so busy waiting for the wind to carry me away
I never learned how to fly

And I don't have a good excuse
For the state of my mind
But I'll agree to every offer you make
If you'll just listen to mine

Come back home
It's only fair
Please come back home
And I'll meet you there
Tonight
It's fair
It's right

I'll meet you there
Tonight
It's fair
It's right.