Mandala of the Sky

by Ryan Morris

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After two EPs, 'And Out Came the Ocean'(2010), 'Oh! The Irony' (2011), my first full-length album 'Mandala of the Sky,' showcases the experiences, thoughts, and knowledge that has shaped my music and life over the past 3 years.

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released September 1, 2012

All songs written, recorded, and produced by Ryan Morris

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Track Name: Summer Dress
What's he like? What's he like? What's his name dear?
Did you really have to take him home tonight?
Will I get your letter in the mail saying sorry, I'm sorry
Hey Ryan, are you alright?

What's he like? What's he like? Does he fake it?
Does he lie awake when you sleep in his arms?
Is he my story of a self-made man?
Not keeping up with you, but he does the best he can?

Does he drink, does he smoke til' he passes out?
His cigarette burns deep in the furniture
Does he want more from life than to black out?
We'll don't ask because the truth it hurts.

We you could talk for hours dear, no he won't hear a word.

So we can dance til' our feet bleed
And you can keep in that summer dress
As it makes you feel beautiful, so beautiful
And if you don't want me dear
Well my heart's broken at best
I'll leave your keys on the windowsill
Don't wake me up I'll be sleeping in.

So lets live out on the coast
And let the waves crash down on the love we froze
Jack and Coke, let me take your coat
And we can sleep in the sheets I've sown
Children in the hands of a lesser God we've grown

When the love you thought was liberator cuts to the bone

We can dance til' our feet bleed
And you can keep in that summer dress
As it makes you feel beautiful, so beautiful
And if you don't want me dear
Well my heart's broken at best
I'll leave your keys on the windowsill
Don't wake me up I'll be sleeping in.

Don't wake me up I'll be sleeping in
(keep his dead eyes off me)

What's he like? What's he like? What's his name dear?
Did you really have to take him home tonight?
Will I get your letter in the mail asking 'will I hear from you again?'
No dear

So we can dance til' our feet bleed
And you can keep in that summer dress
As it makes you feel beautiful, so beautiful
I know you don't want me dear
Well that's probably for the best
I'll leave your keys on the windowsill
Don't wake me up I'll be sleeping in.

And if you want we can take this slowly
I'll get you out of this small town story
We'll a life and we'll make it glory
The city can't hold our fire in

Until then I'm sleeping in
Track Name: New Medicine
New medicine, a sweet incision
This is the best love I could write of
You're the sun that rose
To melt the snow off my shoulders

Now in the silence of an apartment complex
Our new skins, a bright light golden
Shinning through the window panes
I have a name and it sounds like yours

I don't mean to make a scene
But I've been up for days
Writing this confession down
Oh if just to let it out
My darling don't twist away
The night is young so stay
Don't let me sleep alone
When this fire place goes cold

New religion, concise edition
You made it motion, I got your sickness
Lets get down like it's nobody's business
But our own. Has it always been this way?

Now on the soil on your grand-dad's garden
Our new skins, a bright light golden
The innocence of a young boy's pride
Because I've got mine, and it is you.

I don't mean to make a scene
But I've been up for days
Writing this confession down
Oh if just to let it out
My darling don't twist away
The night is young so stay
Don't let me sleep alone
When this fire place goes cold

Late nights drinking
Wishful thinking
I'm headed for the coast
Down in Mexico
Track Name: Caroline
I was young, you were younger
Our eyes filled with wonder
Sit and stare, sit and stare at it all
My limbs grew, your brow tightened
We grew old and too frightened to leave
What else could there be?

So cry out when you're hungry
And scream louder when you're lonely
I'll be there, I've been here the whole time
Because your beauty is endless
And my heart, she is empty
I'll be here, can't you hear Caroline.

You took my pills
And threw them out
That was not our agreement
Not your place you're no savior of me
And I'm sorry
Your king lost his crown
He's too tired to smile, too apathetic to frown.

You say we did this to ourselves
You say we owe it to ourselves
Before you go, before you go
I just need you to know
I hope the love I can't speak comes to life in your dreams

So cry out when your hungry
And scream louder when you're lonely
I'll be here, I've been here the whole time
Because your beauty is endless
And my heart, she is empty
I'll be here, can't you hear Caroline.
Track Name: Holiday
Day falls
I'm a ghost
Watching
Night Unfold

Does your story begin here?
In a kitchen where
Too find pots and pans
And childhood friends

It's not that I'm not trying
I'm just warm and I'm burnt out
In more ways than one
I'll bury the sun
The taste of my new lover
lays sweet in my mouth
I'll sleep forever
I'll sleep forever

Watch us
Symphony
Breathe in
Everything

We should all be a Holiday
Something to celebrate
The human race and finer things

It's not that I'm not trying
I'm just warm and I'm burnt out
In more ways than one
I'll bury the sun
The taste of my new lover
lays sweet in my mouth
I'll sleep forever
I'll sleep forever
Track Name: Last Nite
Last night I saw someone
But your tears you will recover from
A scab and underneath
Your red blood cells refuse to bleed

No you won't let it out
Disgust and pain foam at the mouth
Don't you let it out
You'll just make a scene

And if I'm not home come on back
My bed gets cold without someone in it
When it's too late to take it back
I'll never know what true love is

Last night you were in my dreams
Naked and faintly shimmering
Just like the diamond ring
That I fed to you when the tough got going

And then we worked it out
You spoke without making a sound
Like a bright and shining morning
Then to my chagrin my damn eyes opened

And if I'm not home come on back
My bed gets cold without someone in it
When it's too late to take it back
I'll never know what true love is

And if I'm not home come on back
My bed gets cold without someone in it
When it's too late to take it back
I'll never know what, or who I am.
Track Name: Serotonin
Serotonin in the morning
Waking up to sirens from the sky
I'm needing what you're giving
A crying child lost in the crowd
Mother's face is no where to be found
I'm not leaving til' you're leaving

Dance til' you feel your heart is alive
You poor thing, are you breathing? no
No I'm not mad, just disappointed
And waiting, always waiting

It's sex and drugs and nothing more
The presence of an artificial warmth
It's not living, it's just forgetting
Your father's home, your own fucking name
The pain I press onto guitar strings
If this is waking, than I'll be sleeping

Dance til' you feel your heart is alive
You poor thing, are you breathing? no
No I'm not mad, just disappointed
And waiting, always waiting
Track Name: Maxine
And I never want to leave
This home that you made for me
I'm just too happy
And you resonate in my bones
So that when I'm all alone
I'm still shaking

This is that rise and try
Two lovers who were broken trying to get it right
And baby don't we got it
It's that rise and try
Two people making honest love and sacrifice

You look night in my bedroom doorway
You look nice on my bedroom floor too
And you look beautiful when you sleep between my sheets
But you look best when you're lying next to me

Six months is not enough
I want more I need more
So lets buy nails, and lets buy boards
And barricade your front door
So I can't leave and we can sleep
And in silence find harmonies to sing
Oh God we sing.

This is that rise and try
Two lovers who were broken trying to get it right
And baby don't we got it
It's that rise and try
Two people making honest love and sacrifice

You look night in my bedroom doorway
You look nice on my bedroom floor too
And you look beautiful when you sleep between my sheets
But you look best when you're lying next to me

This is that rise and try
Two lovers who were broken trying to get it right
And baby don't we got it
It's that rise and try
Two people making honest love and sacrifice

You look night in my bedroom doorway
You look nice on my bedroom floor too
And you look beautiful when you sleep between my sheets
But you look best when you're lying next to me
Track Name: The Tequila Compromise
Did they think that we would follow?
Baby I've grown, maybe you've grown too
Big for the world to swallow
Wasted youth, me and you
With golden eyes, and diamond skin, born again

Don't bite your tongue so reckless
Why not bite mine instead?
We're old enough now to make it out
Young enough to say we're just kids

Did they think that we would follow?
You keep yours; I'll build my own
Your water's warm but it's shallow
Pull me deep under, into a silent nothing
Where I will breathe
Rejected need it seems

Don't bite your tongue so reckless
Why not bite mine instead?
We're old enough now to make it out
Young enough to say we're just kids
Track Name: Hospital
The hospital gets loneliest at night
Under the glow of TV lights
And all our sheets that were once white
Go dark for a while

But in our dreams we're burning bright
Although the sun no longer shines
Under our covers you will find
The greatest smile

The hospital gets quietest at night
Like some old ghost wondering why
He had to die and leave his life
His kids, his dog, his home, and wife

But a love of yours is a love of mine
So harrowed ghost you'll be just fine
Sorrow comes and goes like tide
A love of yours is a love of mine

The hospital comes alive at night
When the doctors turn out the lights
We rip IVs from out our arms
Put on slippers and head for the halls

And shine as bright as in our dreams
A humbled voice begins to sing
That in our prison we are free
"In our prison we are free."