The Elusive Yes

by Ryan Hobler

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Words and Music by Ryan Hobler
Executive Produced by Ryan Hobler
Produced by Andy Baldwin
Mixed by Andy Baldwin at Rola Pola, Brooklyn, NY
Mastered by Fred Kevorkian
Recorded by Ryan Hobler at HSH, Peter Karl at Peter Karl Studios, & Andy Baldwin at Rola Pola
Photography by Shervin Lainez, Patrick Eves, & Tyler Sparks

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released January 20, 2015

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Ryan Hobler New York, New York

Ryan Hobler is a singer-songwriter who plays simple, refreshing, and alive music in the folk-rock tradition of Paul Simon, Nick Drake, and Elliott Smith. His songs run the thematic gamut, ranging from love, defeat and resilience to stupidity, the absurd and mortality. Oh yeah and songs about cats and dogs. ... more

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Track Name: Got a Ways to Go
Waking up without the slightest recollection
Of who or where I am, yes, yesterday's a section
That is closed to me, it's not something that I can see

Standing on the shoulder of a desert highway
Tossed aside and left to die, perhaps it's Judgement Day and I've been left behind
As if God had a change of mind

Yeah I got a ways to go
Yeah I got a ways to go
But I'm going somewhere
Yeah I'm headed somewhere

So maybe there's a reason why I'm out here walking
But neither foot's revealing why I'm alone and talking to myself
Cuz there sure ain't nobody else

But, certainly, I'm headed in the right direction
The road is cold below my toes and at the intersection there's a sign to read
In a chicken-scratch I don't speak

Yeah I got a ways to go
Yeah I got a ways to go
But I'm going somewhere
Yeah I'm headed somewhere

No there's no sign of life, not anyone along this road
No there's no sign of life at all
Only the air seems to hear anything that I say
But it keeps every word and must hide them away
In a place that only the sky would be able to find

The fading red horizon says the night is falling
While the road that stretches forward says "Tomorrow's calling
For the same 'ole bit," but I'm so tired that I have to sit

And suddenly a skeleton is there beside me
Is this a dream?!? What does this mean?? And who the hell is he to point the other way?!!?
As if he knew the way I came

Yeah I got a ways to go, Yeah I got a ways to go
But I'm going somewhere, yeah I'm headed somewhere

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Track Name: See What You're Doing to Me
"See What You're Doing To Me"

Open like a book with black and white honesty
Hands out in front with nothing hid up the sleeves
How easy it is, to love and to give
Closing both eyes while turning the other cheek

And I see what you're doing to me my love
And I see what you're doing to me my love

Starkly exposed but not going to run away
Calm and resigned with feet planted firm in place
So eager to please, I fall to my knees
A grass-line surprise and the huntress is on her prey

And I see what you're doing to me my love
And I see what you're doing to me my love, my love, my love, my love

Oh I'd give everything to you my love
'Til I'm pale as a ghost and blood doesn't flow in my veins

And I see what you're doing to me my love
And I see what you're doing to me my love
And I see what you're doing to me my love
And I see what you're doing to me my love
Track Name: All Along
I dreamed I saw my grandfather
Up in heaven and he looked peaceful
He looked young again
And he smiled at me when I took his hand

So I told him how I missed him so
And how it made me sad that I never got to know
Him very well
When he was with us every single day

And then he laughed and said to me:
But I've been with you all along
All along
All along, all along

Then he pointed down
To where I came from to the world below
He said that's where I belong
But I begged to stay
I did not want to go away

So I told him how I've been so down
And how I can't quite turn my life around
Oh how I felt alone
And I needed him, yes I needed him

So he hugged me close and said:
But I'll be with you all along,
All along
All along, all along

And when I woke up my face was wet
From the tears I cried all through my dream last night
But I felt okay
And I hoped to dream again someday

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Track Name: Bob vs. Jack vs. The World
They got us cornered Jack, where we gonna go?
They got bulls eyes on our backs, oh man now I can say, "I told you so"
We best stay where we are, you know they won't think twice
We took this one too far and they're through with us and through with playin' nice

Now I feel it in my heart, I feel it in my bones
And I guess it could be worse, I could be stuck here all alone and shot!

You know I should have known, you're never satisfied
You could be sitting on a throne and you would find some way to feel denied
Oh you said, "Come on Bob, man up and let's get rich"
But there's always one last job and you don't ever fold or call it quits

Now I feel it in my heart, I feel it in my bones
And a minute more with you and I'd be glad to be alone and shot!

But lately I can't even recognize my face
I used to love the prize, now I love the chase

Just one last cigarette and then we'll take our bow
No, I haven't tried one yet but there ain't no better time to start then now
Come on, shut yer big 'ole trap, we can't just chat all day
I got you covered Jack, let's find out what these bastards have to say

Oh, I feel it in my heart, I feel it in my soul
And the world will have to learn this is the only way we roll
Track Name: I Have Love, I Have You
Don't need no roof above
No shelter from the storm
When I bear the elements
Somehow I'm safe and warm
And the coldest wind and rain no longer do me harm

'Cause I have love
I have love
I have love
I have you

Don't need no dollar bill
No golden hope or fear
To riches or to rags
I'll never shed a tear
'Cause I got a currency that's tried and true and dear

I have love
I have love
I have love
I have you

There is no way I can repay all that you've given me
But I will my heart, my life, the air I breathe

Don't need no afterlife
No gated kingdom come
It's here now with my wife
Our heaven just begun
And there is no end to any moment that is won

When you have love
And you have love
You have love
You have me
Track Name: The Day We Last Spoke
Oh I remember the day that we last spoke
You didn't owe me a thing but you gave me hope
I always thought we'd have time to make amends
I never meant to lose touch with you my friend

You talked of stories and songs that we once shared
You missed the food on our block and the Grand Street Fair
Then you confessed you moved home 'cause you knew you were sick
You said the struggle was Hell but you would not quit

And you said,
"Don't worry things will be alright
Don't worry things will be alright"

You said whenever the pain would slam you down
You'd become like a tree with your roots in the ground
And though you hardly could move you could rest and grow
And you could sway with however the wind would blow

And then you'd say,
"Don't worry things will be alright
Don't worry things will be alright
Don't worry things will be alright
Don't worry things will be alright"

And despite all outward evidence
You were tirelessly confident
That no matter how your day began
And no matter how your day would end
Tomorrow it would all make sense
Yeah tomorrow it would all make sense
And tomorrow would be damn well worth the fight

Oh I remember the day that we last spoke
You didn't owe me a thing but you gave me hope
You know I never made time to make amends
I never said goodbye to you my friend
Track Name: I Fell Deep
Awake without a remedy, delirious with energy
A bouncing human trampoline, I'm climbing up the air
Lost within your rhapsody, a restless, reaching melody
Enchanting magic unforeseen, I'm swirling everywhere

Oh I'm still replaying the moment we kissed
And I'm rearranging the way I exist
Oh I fell deep

I'm circling the memory, around and 'round exhaustively
A hazy Saturn parody, whose rings I won't bemoan
My heart, a former tragedy, now aches with possibility
A wishful-thinking time machine, its fate is yours alone

I'm still replaying the moment we kissed
And I'm rearranging the way I exist
Oh I fell deep
Now I'm in deep...

Trouble don't come burst my bubble, I don't want this bliss to end
Improvise or re-baptize me, keep this trip on the descent

Cuz I'm still replaying the moment we kissed
And I'm rearranging the way I exist
Oh I fell deep
Oh I fell deep

Oh, it can't be just reverie, it must be for real
So come to me now and I'll say how I feel!

I'm floating on air and high on a prayer that maybe you've fallen like me

Oh I fell deep
Oh I fell deep
I fell deep
I fell deep
Track Name: She Came Along
I remember when she came along and found me lying on the floor all drunk in town
I had propped myself against a wall and gave up after all the time spent falling down
No I couldn't even stand
'Til she gave me a hand
When she came along, when she came along, when she came along

She helped me get back on my feet, called a cab and stayed with me a little while
And when that driver didn't show she figured she could drive me home 'cause "What's a mile?"
And it came as a surprise
How this opened up my eyes
When she came along, when she came along, when she came along

Oh I changed my ways
Oh my saving grace
No if she had not come 'long
I would never write one song
I'm glad she came along, so glad she came along, I'm glad she came along

I'm glad she came along
I'm glad she came along
I'm glad she came along
I'm glad she came along
Yes I'm glad she came along
Track Name: Near You
Hey now
I can see what's going on in your mind
I am reading
Your thoughts and they are saying you are down, you are down

So I'm near you
I'm near you
When you need me
I am near you

Hey now
I don't always know what the right words are
But you're weary
And you don't always know what you want to hear

So I'm near you
I'm near you
When you need me
I am here for you

And, oh, I'm never far away
Oh, I'm never far at all
And, oh, I'm never far away
And, oh, I always hear you call
(When you call me)

Hey now
I will sing a song and I will hold you tight
Oh my darling!
I will hold you all throughout the night, tonight

Cuz I'm near you
I'm near you
When you need me
I am here for you
I am here for you
I am here for you
Track Name: The Boulder & The Glass House
I'm a boulder
Tumbling downhill
Picking up speed
Aiming to kill you
At the bottom…
You're a patched-up, stained glass house
I've broken before
And now
I'll break you once more, Oh Lord
I will not stop, no, no

You're so pretty
Alone in the sun
Fragile colors
So easily undone
Do you ever wonder
Why I keep rolling down?
You pray as you should
But now you must be no good, you're no good
When you see me then you scream:

"Please, oh please, please stop"
"Please, oh please, please, please stop"
"Please, oh please..."

But it's useless
I don't give a shit
I'm a boulder
This is what it is
And you know you’re done for
So you bring your own roof down
On top of yourself
And now you're shattered to Hell, oh well
I'll just roll right through your wreck
Track Name: Holding On With All Their Might
She puts on her face as she cries
Same as yesterday, she does not believe he lies
Shading over blacks, reds, and blues
Wearing tear-drop tracks, she can't ever bear to lose
She's holding on all with all her might

He stares at his hands in the bar
Tries to understand why things are the way they are
All his promises in his glass
He knows what he is so he never takes a pass
He's holding on with all his might

Things won't be alright, alright?

She waits up all night worrying
Sees the morning light but she does not expect a thing
He is fast asleep at their door
Fingers around his key
He could only find the floor
They're holding on all with all their might

Love can't win this fight, alright?
Track Name: Down Came the Fourth Wall
A frantic scramble, the curtain’s raised
A hasty start for a one-man-play
The spotlight burning up the stage

And you can fake love and you can give your word
But it won’t be enough, even though everyone heard

An improvisation with no clear plan
But the act wore thin on his audience
The fourth wall never had a chance

And you can fake love and you can give your word
But it won’t be enough, even though everyone heard
And you can fake love and you can give your word
But it won’t be enough, you’ll be the only one hurt

And somehow she always knew but she saw only what she wanted to
Until a voice inside her head said,
“I would rather end this now than feel so dead…
‘Cause I’m not dead…
No, I’m not dead…
No, I’m not dead!”

And down came the theater with such a fall
Down came everything and nothing at all
Down came the fourth wall

And you can fake love and you can give your word
But it won’t be enough, even though everyone heard
And you can fake love and you can give your word
But it won’t be enough, even though everyone heard
You’ll be the only one hurt