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“The Ledge”
written on 11.13.22

i want you to know
life will give you doubts
but no matter what life throws in your way
my love for you will always stay

when you face dark times
feel like your world is crumbling/ending
i’m here to light the way
to guide you through the fray

CHORUS:
when life pulls the rug from under your feet
know it can’t sweep you off your feet
there’s nothing you can’t defeat
i’m always here so you won’t fall
protect you above all

from the hope of each new day
to the sunset of those old dreams
to the stars lighting your night
i’ll help you burn bright

our feet in stride
your hand wrapped in mine
nothing in this world i won’t do
nothing i won’t help you through

if you ever find yourself sliding
know i’m already running after you
jump off any ledge to help you
so you never feel blue

“Hope”
written on 10.2.2022

there’s a storm brewing inside your head
sadness is all you see ahead
the downpour of the rain
comes directly from your pain
stronger than a hurricane

i’d do anything so you don’t feel sad
left love notes on your notepad
wish i could help you see
everything i know you could be
your beauty always brings me to a knee

you’ve given my life so much hope
helped me when i couldn’t cope
wish i could do the same
place all your pain into a flame
show you the gorgeous woman you became

open up the vault to your heart
i’ll show you a new start
there’s things, like time, i can’t steal
but i can help you heal
show you a love that’s real

i don’t care the crime
i’d do anything to buy us time
steal the heartache from your heart
’cause we’re better together than apart
we’re better together than apart…

“Capsize”
completed 8.15.22

i fought through thick and thin
built a relationship strong as Noah’s Ark
wish we could just find a win
but we just cannot rekindle our spark

you gave up and lost my trust
left us rocking in the wake
now i feel nothing but disgust
now we’re sinking in a lake

this note is simply to say
i deserve to find better
skip your acting on Broadway
this is no love letter

we’ve become a sinking ship
we tipped ’cause of our faults
our fights caused us to flip
problems locked inside our vaults

got stranded far too long in rough waters
arguments that spun/rocked our boat
capsized in whitewater, now our love’s underwater
nothing now can keep us afloat

“Broke Down”
written 7.28.22

you rode shotgun by me for years
we could always outrun the storms and dark
now the raindrops on my windshield are tears
falling when two hearts lose their spark

stranded on the side of the road
our fights spin us in circles, now we’re lost
what’s left of us is getting towed
a love choked out in the exhaust

you said we were beyond repair
told me everything was all my fault
gave up on us as if you never cared
regrets tattooed like burnouts in our asphalt

now i’m throwing my life into fifth gear
racing ahead to a better life
know now our past is better in the rear
headin’ to a love that won’t jackknife

and some nights all i have is regret
wished when our crash hit the airbags
this duet now just an empty threat
just caused us to wave a white flag

now there’s nothing left of you and me
pieces of us strewn like debris

“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

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

“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

“smolder”
completed on 6.16.19

this has gone on far too long
decades hauling these memories
your ghosts in my rear view
a past that always haunts me

its been a while
but i still see your smile
maybe i continue to feel this pain
’cause you threw my love away

i see your face
in the droplets of every drink
i stir the regrets
but can’t seem to drown you out

this is a letter best unread
i’ll strike a match
before the ink sets in
’cause these words were never meant for you

flashbacks in the flame
memories of us smolder away
i need to forget, let this burn
to finally feel whole again

i thought i could leave
run away and start brand new
let myself heal
but i never could outrun you

so this has to be my chance
to burn the past and end this trance
let the memories fade
and get out from under your shade

“Toppling Down”
completed on 5.25.19

i brushed the dust off
a box lost long ago
sealed with layers of caution tape
sliced open with a knife
but the worst was yet to come

wrapped in layers
meant to protect
thought it was safe
but in the dim light i saw
chips and cracks I never knew were there

something bestowed decades ago
crafted from morals and memories
but heartache and stress
made it far too fragile
so i packed it away to keep it safe

too blind and stubborn
despite the cracks
in my ceramic skin
i poured and then poured some more
overflowed and now I’m toppling down

spilling over from the weight of it all
volatile emotions that spill and ignite
vapors of my demons incinerating
tumbling on a one way ticket
as i strike the ground

i bounced off that floor
fractured and shattered
caught on fire and couldn’t breathe
through that black smoke
couldn’t do anything but stumble and choke

but you picked up all my fragile pieces
glued me back together and made me whole
and i still have cracks
but you fill those holes
so there’s more than emptiness inside

you’re the only one
who can look past my imperfections
you’re the only one
who brings out the best in me