“Pick-Up”

Posted: February 20, 2022 in Lyrics, Poem
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“Pick-Up”
written 2.3.22

Verse 1:

you and i always drove through thick and thin
you shifted our gears while i held the wheel
we always stayed on course
never afraid with you shotgun to go for a spin

never thought we’d need to fill up
‘cause we burned hotter than gasoline
we were all I needed rolling ‘round my truck bed
side by side in my pickup

Chorus 1:

but then you wouldn’t pick up
now i’ve got nothing but my pickup
to get me somewhere that feels like home

without you i’m stuck in mud spinning my wheels
’cause without you it feels so wrong
even my truck can’t pick-me-up when your gone

Verse 2:

we were like every love song on the radio
you and i always sang along in stereo
now your voice replaced by static
farther away than i’d like to know

right now you’re ignoring my calls
now all i’ve got is your old texts on my phone
so i’ll leave another voicemail
as my heart feels like it will stall

Chorus 1

Verse 3:

now i’m heading back to your place
i drove all night but nothing felt like home
miles of stars and wide open roads
but nothing i saw as pretty as your face

headlights lighting up your face
wheels barely stop rolling
and i’m jumping out the door
nothing in the world like your embrace

Chorus 2:

when you wouldn’t pick up
i had nothing but my pickup
to get me somewhere that felt like home

without you i’m stuck in mud spinning my wheels
’cause without you it always feels wrong
your the song that picks-me-up to where I belong

“Old Glory” by transientbyryan

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“Eagle” by transientbyryan

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Erase Her
written on 7.23.21

V1:
I stayed up all night thinking
Didn’t help I was drinking
Flashbacks to the best of you and I

We grew up just a few blocks away
So I know that I can’t stay
Never was able to say goodbye

Bridge:
Maybe I’ll put this bottle down
And walk away from our hometown

Chorus:
Letters written in pencil and sidewalk chalk
Shoulda’ made it easier to
Wipe your memory with this eraser
But no matter how hard I try
I [just can’t/can’t seem to] erase her

Bridge:
Now I put that bottle down
Gotta move on from this All-American town


V2:
‘Cause every church, bar, and our favorite cafe
Knows I’m hurting and not OK
Can’t seem to hide this frown

‘Cause our last words in my driveway
Leave me wishin’ I could runaway
Find myself in a new town

Chorus:
Letters written in pencil and sidewalk chalk
Shoulda’ made it easier to
Wipe your memory with this eraser
But no matter how hard I try
I [just can’t/can’t seem to] erase her

Outtro:

I’ll be fine, ready to move on
Kept that old eraser
‘Cause now I’m ready to erase her
Maybe…I’m ready to erase her

“Ex Marks the Spot” (demo)

By: Jonathan Stickler & Ryan Tagge

6.27.2021

Been chasin’ your hints all over this map
But I’m done with that
All the love we had has been resold
‘Cause it was fools gold

I might get lost along the way
But that’s part of the fun they say

‘Cause now the X marks the spot where
I leave you behind me
It used to be followin’ you

But I’m finally ready to
Step closer / To my next adventure
‘Cause now my Ex marks the spot where
My Ex marks the spot I’ll never go back to

I know there’s plenty of fish in the sea
I’ll find them eventually
For now I’m puttin’ my line away
Save It for another day

Might get lost along the way
But that’s part of the fun they say

‘Cause now the X marks the spot where
I leave you behind me
It used to be followin’ you

But I’m finally ready to
Step closer / To my next adventure

‘Cause now my Ex marks the spot where
My Ex marks the spot I’ll never go back to

I might get lost along the way
But that’s part of the fun they say
Might get lost along the way
But I’ll just call it a getaway

‘Cause now the X marks the spot where
I leave you behind me
It used to be followin’ you
But I’m finally ready to

Step closer / To my next adventure
‘Cause now my Ex marks the spot where
My Ex marks the spot I’ll never go back to

“Young”
Music and Vocals: Palmer Lee
Lyrics: Ryan Tagge

 

V1:

Do you remember
when we were young
I reached up at the stars
so you packed a suitcase
you drew a rocket so we could shoot into space

Do you remember
when we were young
you said that we’d touch the moon
the joy shining from my face
we floated in space
safe in your embrace

Pre-Chorus:
and you said, I’ll always shield you
and you held my hand to help me through

Chorus:
yeah, we shot into outer space
touched the stars, memories I’ll never replace
no matter how old we grow
you always find a way to make me glow

yeah, you showed me hope can heal things soon
faith I hold onto every afternoon
no matter how old we grow
you still help me find my rainbow

V2:
do you remember
when we were young
we drew all our dreams in chalk
the smile on my face
you said the best things
in life are chased

do you remember
when we were young
nothing could get in our way
the delight on my face
you never let one minute
ever go to waste

V3:
do you remember
when we were young
nothing out of grasp
the awe shining from my face
I could always be myself
not out of place

do you remember
when we were young
you made me strong
the admiration on my face
in this daunting world
you helped me find my place

Bridge:
as we grew older
you helped me grow bolder
grew our roots but you never left my side
faithful as the ocean tide

Outro:
as we grew older…
you helped me grow bolder…

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“Smolder”
Vocals/Arrangement/Melody: Palmer Lee
Lyrics: Ryan Tagge/Eric Blossman

Striking a match to a love I once knew
Igniting these old memories
I see your ghost in my rearview
Our last kiss still haunting me

I can still see your face
In the droplets of every glass
I stir the regrets but can’t erase
Gotta leave you in the past

Pre chorus

We ran hotter than that bonfire
Then our love got caught in the crossfire

Chorus

I’m.. watching flashbacks in the flame
Setting fire to our yesterdays
The ashes wither in the rain
Gonna let them smolder… away

Verse 2

Tossing our photos into the blaze
Watch them burn and turn to dust
Our past lost inside the haze
Like the one I used to trust

This could be my last chance
To let these feelings fade
Burn the past to end this trance
And leave behind the love we made

Pre-chorus

We ran hotter than a bonfire
But now we’re caught in a crossfire…now

Chorus

I’m.. watching flashbacks in the flame
Setting fire to our yesterdays
The ashes wither in the rain
Gonna let them smolder… away

Bridge

Alone in the dark
Just trying to sort things out
I’m turning
photos to ash
Trying to erase the past

Every time I try to leave you behind
I still feel you near me
I can see you clearly
From the memories in my mind

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“strings and freedom”
completed on 8.10.19

this can’t end as another sad song
from the fading light of what i knew
childhood memories i still pursue
an anchor that pulls so strong
a heavy weight holding on to me

for years i was broken
from shattered memories that i still hold
pain that seared through my soul
i’m starting to make myself whole
to escape the darkness of pain’s blindfold

instead of looking over my shoulder
where every line i write
tears a larger hole
i’m picking up my soul
i’ll write ’til i find the light inside me

i’m not forgetting
but i’m cutting the strings
to these hooks haunting me
to finally feel like i am free
so i can spread my wings

(chorus)
these holes may never fully heal
but i can sew these scars
cut these strings holding me
and release this weight off me
to head for the stars