Sara EP

by Ryan Gregory Floyd

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Ryan Gregory Floyd - Vocals and Guitar
Kyle Rinne - Banjo
Katie Hunter-Lowrey - Vocals
Rebecca Crenshaw - Violin
Abigail Mullen - Saw

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released September 10, 2013

Recorded at 1239 Congress on July 10th, 2013. Many thanks to Matthew Sheard and Rebecca Crenshaw for use of the space.

Recorded in single, live takes using a stereo pair of Cascade Fathead Microphones in Mid-Side configuration: cascademicrophones.com/cascade_FAT_HEAD_Blumlein.html

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Track Name: Oh, See The Snow
Intro
C G


Verse 1:
G
oh see the snow
Am
falling around our house
G
spring ran away and
Am
wearing your cotton blouse
C
where are you going
D7 G
after the apples catch the dew?


Verse 2:
when we were strong
and nothing called to us
eyes on our lives
now they are straying far
why are they straying
now that the snow begins to leave?


Chorus:
D7 Am
please don't you forget
G
what it means
D7
what it means
C
what it means...
G
what it means


Verse 3:
hey, how'd it go?
when did you end up there?
warm and far from snow
watching the sun go down
watching the olives
caught in the fire of his song


Chorus:
please don't you forget
what it means
what it means
what it means
what it means


Verse 4:
sea catches you and
carries you far from me
there in a snare
walking without my sight
talking away
the hours and the days


Chorus:
please don't you forget
what it means
what it means
what it means
to see the snow
Track Name: Arya
Intro:
Bm Bm
(and then same as verse)
Bm
Em Bm
B7 Em
F#7

Verse 1:
Bm
i came down from the mountains
Em Bm
at the first sight of the moon
B7 Em
i went into the village
F#7
and i walked from room to room, singing

Chorus:
Bm
Arya, Arya,
A Em
we can float this boat down the river styx (all together)
Bm

Arya, Arya,
A Em
we can float this boat down the river styx (all together)

Verse 2:
i found her sleeping softly
the moonlight on her lips
i lay down close beside her
and i gave her my cold kiss
i said

Chorus:
Arya, Arya,
we can float this boat down the river styx
Arya, Arya,
we can float this boat down the river styx

Middle:
F#7 Bm
and home we'll never see
Em F#7
friends we'll never meet
B7 Em
the light we'll leave behind
G A
down the river without time

Instrumental Verse:


Verse 3:
i stayed there with her body
til she felt as cold as i
i woke her with a smile
and i pointed to the night

Chorus and Outro:
Arya, Arya,
we can float this boat down the river styx

Arya, Arya,
we can float this boat down the river styx

Arya, Arya,
we can float this boat down the river styx

Arya, Arya,
we can float this boat down the river styx
Track Name: New Orleans Tale
here where the mississippi
snakes past the crescent city
a story i will tell you
of love and fallen glory

she was a southern beauty
well-born and scorning duty
he was a rich landowner
well-learned and growing older

they were married on
august first, a month of thirst
she spilled wine on her
satin gown from london town

his name was almonaster
the city's fencing master
one day in early spring
she flung aside her ring

"i will love you although
my fate will make us wait.
he grows older and someday
he'll pass away."

when the landowner learned
of her betrayal
he took action but
knowing he would fail

beneath the dueling oaks
a crowd of somber folk
watched almonaster win
the rich man had met his end

almonaster was tried
and found guilty
from the gallows he swung until
he was still

in her sorrow she leapt into
the river
now their bodies lie
in marble, side by side
Track Name: Leaves
Intro: A F#m C#m E
do you still remember
drifting with september’s leaves,
naked in the gray light
as the storm was taking flight?
somehow down the line we
found our lives entwined in leaves,
singing songs of whitman
while the storm was raining grief.

Chorus: F#m D A E
all of a sudden
comes a crashing of thunder
something has shifted
and we see where we’ve drifted...

Verse 2:
do you still remember
drifting with september’s leaves,
floating through the ruins
of the world we’d come to grieve?

Chorus 2:
when it was over
we walked out on the old pier.
you reached for my hand
as we looked at the new land.

Middle Section:
D A E
nothing is as it was
F#m D
nothing will be the same
A E
what’s lost sleeps beneath the waves
D
what lives is the name
A
that it gave

Instrumental Verse

Verse 3
watching from the sandbar
as the iron clouds recede,
leaving in their wake a
city laid to waste in leaves.

Chorus 3
when it was over
we walked out on the old pier.
you reached for my hand
as we looked at the new land.
Track Name: I'm Only Here Tonight
I came to town wearing mountain roads
I came to town throwing knives
I brought my dreams tied in little bows
Tied to a tattered, battered kite

Down on the curb we talked of mountain roads
We drank a backpack full of wine
You said you’d lost the pair of wings I stowed
With you when I left town last time

We've got to go to the shore
We've got to see the river lights
You know I don’t live here any more
You know I’m only here tonight

Over the fence, after the railroad tracks
Hannah’s hot-air-balloons go by
Over this burning breeze of broken glass
High in a starless, scarlet sky

She always dances with her hair down
Laughs with her eyes like open wounds
She has to kiss so many, many mouths
Her belly’s full of empty tombs
Track Name: Lousiane
morning finds me by the riverside
in the wet hot sticky mess
ivory clouds that drift against the sound
of the morning waking up

the trouble with the place i’m in
is just the trouble with my heart
but if i’m back down in lousiane
well she’ll be making me alright

you found me there at the river bend
the mud stains on my dress
ashen eyes and no disguise
to cradle you in lies

the limit that you’re asking for
is just the limit of my love
but if i’m back down in lousiane
well she’ll be making me alright

and i was crawling back
down to new orleans
i had the whole world on
my shoulders and
no one could tell me twice
not to roll the dice
when you were halfway there
without a care

i’ve seen places, the polished faces
of the dour singing sort
starlight races meant to crush the laces
of the poor man’s bleeding heart

i won’t claim that i’ve always been
the surest of all bets
but if i’m good enough for lousiane
maybe i’m good enough for love