Down Came the Fourth Wall

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Words and Music by Ryan Hobler.
Executive Produced by Ryan Hobler.
Produced by Andy Baldwin.
Mixed by Andy Baldwin.
Mastered by Fred Kevorkian.
Recorded by Ryan Hobler at HSH & Peter Karl at Peter Karl Studios.
Photography by Shervin Lainez

lyrics

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

credits

from The Elusive Yes, track released October 21, 2014
Ryan Hobler: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Mellotron, Background Vocals, Electric Guitar, Programming
Ethan Halpern: Upright Bass
Michael Cabe: Piano
Andy Baldwin: Violins

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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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