Better Days Gone By *Digital​-​Only Re​-​Release (2006)

by Ryan McMahon

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about

In 2006, I recorded my first full-length recording with my friend and then-bandmate Mike Rogerson at the helm.

We worked out of Bakerstreet Studios in North Vancouver, where Mike worked. Along with our bandmates Dustin Young, Tom Dowding & Jesse Smith, the album also featured cameos from 3/4 of Vancouver's Odds (Pat Steward, Doug Elliott & Craig Northey) as well as Big Tall Garden's Hamish Thomson & Jon Frederiksen.

It was a messy record; I was still finding my voice. Everyone involved in getting it done for me showed great patience with that fact, and saw me through the process of 'serving the song' and getting it done right.

I'm forever grateful for those days & nights in Bakerstreet, and for all the people involved in making "Better Days Gone By".


***In addition to the 12 songs (& 3 hidden tracks) that make up 'Better Days' I've added 2 bonus tracks from the earlier "Lights Out EP" (2004).
"See to Believe" & "Split" were also recorded in the friendly confines of Bakerstreet Studios again with Mike Rogerson at the helm.


BETTER DAYS GONE BY:

1. GETTING DIFFERENT DONE
2. LIAR
3. RUBY WON'T DIE
4. GIRL ON TOP
5. LIGHTS OUT NEW ORLEANS
6. PLACE YOUR BETS
7. SONG SAYS SO
8. MAY LOOKS HOMELESS
9. SUPPOSED TO BE
10. WE CAN MAKE IT
11. NUMBER 5 ORANGE
12. DIRT FOR SALE

HIDDEN TRACKS:
1. WHAT WOULD IT MEAN TO YOU?
2. BROTHER
3. MY FRIEND

BONUS TRACKS:
1. SEE TO BELIEVE
2. SPLIT

credits

released November 30, 2015

RM: vocals, acoustic guitars, electric guitars, percussion
Mike Rogerson: electric guitars, percussion, drumkit, keys
Dustin Young: electric guitars, vocals, bass
Thomas Dowding: bass
Jesse Smith: drumkit
Hamish Thomson: drumkit
Pat Steward: drumkit, yelling
Doug Elliott: bass
Craig Northey: electric guitars, vocals
Jon Frederiksen: bass

Produced by: Mike Rogerson @ Bakerstreet Studios, North Vancouver, BC
Mastered by: Jamie Sitar @ Suite Sound Labs, Vancouver, BC

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Ryan McMahon Ladysmith, British Columbia

Ryan McMahon has been writing, recording and performing since '99. "Put Me Back Together," featuring 'Sooner than Later' and 'I'll Be Damned', the latter of which was featured on Showtime's 'Californication.'

Veteran Canadian broadcaster Terry David Mulligan may have said it best: the complete package. Singer Songwriter. Performer. Troublemaker. Passionate human being. For me… priceless!!”
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Track Name: Getting Different Done
good luck on the road again passing slow time
passing power lines
getting different done

good luck with your year, sweetheart, pass you on the fly
pass you over words you like
getting different done

Your chorus is the best one / two nights of different
in two nights I've come undone
and you're very welcome miss perfect / your's very truly, your best bet

Good luck with your tables at work dear
shine your silverware even when I'm not there you're
getting different done

good luck with your nights alone
heating up soup for one
leftovers gone and come you're
getting different done
Track Name: Liar
Liar, can't comprehend what you say it doesn't happen that way in my head
So tired of living under that stairs counting phrases you said while I slept

But I've got memories stored enough to make sense once more
I won't change but I know what's in store for us so just trust me some more

A cold night in the middle of May we're keeping feelings at bay, underground
open eyes, I'm gonna say what I say you say there's hell to pay by the sounds of this
Track Name: Ruby Won't Die
airport dropoff / hometown waves
glimpses back at different days
corner store has closed its doors
houses on the hill don't shine no more
Ruby moved out and took her cats
nobody 'round here knows where she's at
Gone to the woods where the hermits live
gone from there, yeah we know she did

Ruby Won't Die

Curtains drawn to a close / a vacant house with a grand piano
sneak in late while the choppers search with heat-seeking lenses for
Ruby Birch
Playing songs so out of key my ears duck and run and abandon me
I'm home for a week to find it again
and find Ruby Birch and bring her back

Ruby Won't Die

End of days in my hometown and Ruby Birch was never found
house on the hill, well they tore it down
and in it's place sits empty ground
I'll come back in different days with different eyes and different ways
I'll come back to recollect mine and know always that Ruby Won't Die

Ruby Won't Die
Track Name: Lights Out New Orleans
Broken down / broken axl
side of the road / a couple of night owls
Making plays / making plans now
but not today / stuck in limbo

get out of dodge get out of this place
get your team together and if you've got runners then get 'em on base

Steal this one on back because it's yours to begin with
And if New Orleans won't win tonight then go to the bullpen
and build that lead again
build your town again

Lost the way / lost the pictures
lost the rest / so start it over
so broken down / so you fix it
find middle ground and walk it

Lights out / Time for bed
you little strangers / you little friends
Lights Out / go home
if you've got one to go to
Track Name: Place Your Bets
Good morning I'm still going nowhere
but it seems like a bang-up place to be
I'll remember I'll forget then I'll do it again
Come into the next phase with me

Because some days are long and I don't know what's coming next
but something tells me that I might win so place your bets now

The car's in the driveway let's go
the rain in your hair will dry
I'm thin and I"m accident-prone
but that's what you want from your guy

Cause I wanna be there when you see it
and all of the things that are without limits
don't stop this / I like it

Good morning it's late and you're sleeping
shake off the dust from your eyes
I'm not at my best but you can keep me instead of
discarding me time after time
Track Name: Song Says So
Time is reminding me of old days
a little blurry but I know it and it's mine to save
Just a kid pushed up against the window pane
Big imagination, brush stroke now let it rain

No doubt things change while we're waiting
every crisis makes a mark we try erasing
remember weary days while we escaped
from under Mom's thumb looking back we barely made it

And the song says so
and the adult makes his way tomorrow
No I won't forget you
I'm just looking through a bigger window

Time is walking me old across the street
I make it there after about a week
Just a man looking for a little break
pushing and shoving and hoping for a second date

Every day is something new
Every day is ours to use
Track Name: May Looks Homeless
At the end of the weekend
one awake and one down
a great big decision
then I'll see you around

under-estimater, a doubter
you'll be awake in the morning
and I'll already have climbed out of your gutter

down, down, under
down down

and if May looks homeless, but at least there's summer

Get the rest written
get it on the air
cooking up a new batch of commission
it was mine first; I was there

Is somebody there?
somebody who cares?
Poor boy looking for sympthy
no more problems than you than me
Track Name: Supposed to Be
The city's so pretty from the top of my hill
all my worries they fall away
and all I need is your photograph to remind me of the life I can make

Bells and alarms won't do us no harm we can finish the story on our own
with pieces of fiction and a better setting they make for a much happier home

We're not supposed to be anything / just what are we supposed to be
and I'm supposed to be taking better care of everything around me

The city's so pretty from the top of the hill
all the lights suggest there's hope for us yet
All I need is a picture of you and some rest and some peace and quiet
Track Name: We Can Make It
Taking picture of fence-sitters there's ghosts that grab at my throat
whenever we're here
on the weekend happy weekend end of the week we made it now
make it disappear

I write letters I feel better I see you in print let's begin where we left off
making changes rearrange it singing and dancing and laughing 'til the
sun comes up

all day long i think of you and I'm gone
up and down until the voices cracks and gives out
we can make it

look at me understand me you can't navigate the whole race in which
we compete
competition repetition stumble and rumble and fall down, but hey that's me
(hey, that's me!)
Track Name: Number 5 Orange
In between the loathing and adored
the meat seats at the Number 5 Orange
She's sweet but she's not the norm
on stage at the Number 5 Orange
Lit up but there's no going home
best dressed at the adult prom
falling down but you bounce back up
third night, but she's had enough

she's done with life downtown
midnight no lights to be found
a memory, she's piles on the ground
she's done with life downtown

heads up facing fading red sun
back asleep where the dawn had come
gone away is a kid being born
out of 'lock at the Number 5 Orange
the city lights, they seem so gold
high above the hate and the cold
'round the corner where it seems so torn
we're sitting back at the Number 5 Orange
Track Name: Dirt For Sale
There's no more luck in my bingo book there's no question
I best be on my way to a class of self deprecation
They've squandered our lead but it's not all on me I'm not the president
seeking second terms the cabinets full of worms they're all rotten

There's dirt for sale coming in the mail no shipping or handling

do it again while we turn our heads it's not happening
the little you know about attacks down below the better, my darlings
channel seventeen as it's coming in clean via satellite
the little you know about attacks down below it's alright