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In Line for a Smile

by Ryan McMahon

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Oh how in the world are you keeping up with the Jones' on the morning news taking pictures of some kind of brand new boots tell us how you gonna use 'em? There is a way you say you love me so terrifying, temporarily we used each other like two turn keys now we want out of the room Well this is the stuff of legend to wake up everyday pretending because i don't understand my friends i know nothing more than them maybe this can wait for a while i'll go through the motions then hanging on to mostly threads maybe i'm in line for a smile this is a good start so keep me on you know how i go when the song is done optimism abounds when i'm on the run tell me more about my life (please) carpet burns on Velvet Underground drink as much as i can when i like the sound don't want to explain where it comes from now it hits me right between the eyes don't forget me when I'm hiding in plain sight i'm only disguised as what you don't like well i'm just a drop of rain in the Great Northwest on an October day never know what i might do or say i'm not always so black & white so put on a song that i understand calm me down with your gentle hand tell me stories of war in a far off land and tuck me in and say good night
2.
1964 a little old lady in a doorway maybe the World Series on the radio I'll be home later a rotary phonecall away, dear hi-ball in hand with the neighbours, nowhere to go Keep it all here leave it this way forever nobody's gonna love this land in a better way Keep it all here make me eight years old forever when somebody comes along to buy us, you tell 'em this house is not for sale Chevrolet parked out front cigarette, pompadour haircut roses in the garden and the kid is throwing harder ever year Saturday up the mountain Silver Lake, we got lost when we get home we'll have dinner for the whole damn town Strawberries bleeding out of the buckets cases of beer in the backyard every summer his limericks last long if I take the batteries out of the clocks and we can stay black & white for just a little while longer
3.
Last night is in the books I'm sure it was great I can conjure the joy if I try That singer-songwriter with the baby face reminded me of who, what & why This could be the Carleton on February snow This could be the Ironwood Stage This might be a flight on the ground 'til tomorrow another night that takes me away Sometimes my thirst it gets the best of me sometimes I don't know what to do So many lovers hanging above my psyche I hope they're happy too This could be the Phoenix where rock & roll can rise This could be the Hotel Cafe This might be a flight on the ground 'til tomorrow another night that takes me away I've been living in a shadow comparing everything from the skin down to my marrow of every move I make I used to listen to the fuzz in the background I put it at the top of a list The less approval means to me now the more I seem to get
4.
I woke up to church bells which woke up the guns started days with fires deep inside my blood I told my friends to get away, get away for good because I'm tired, oh I'm tired, too tired for love I went down to water to make my living will I didn't have what they wanted so they buried me with my fill of all these things that own me that are the downfall of me still I find they raise me, oh how they make me too tired for love I had a home before ya I've been along before ya So today we start over because the time keeps rolling and this life only gives right now I'm just a river but I started to slow no water in the garden put a stop to the grow and I was carrying things that I didn't know or trust I was an ocean made of salty tears following the steps of drunk pioneers I forgot who I thought I was I woke up to changes that I did not want but still I had to face them and everything I'm not Come back to this old place come back to what we are come back to everything that's gonna be different from before
5.
I want to finish what I started for once I want to love something more than a month I want to bask in the common sense that common sense isn't what I've got I want a memory that I can re-do I want an enemy that trusts me too I wanna good old day today that fades into night just like the good days do I'll be leaving room looking back less at the blues what a selfish thing to do but a self-help book it told me to move along nothing to see if it's already done while we're young get on with it, whatever 'it' is, son I want a comeback I can use like a knife I want a friendship that is hard to define I want a machine to fly through time give me a Christmas list of an only child I want to stop biting my nails don't want to pay full price the day before the sale I want to know where my energy goes and that my time is mine to find what I will
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Bad times are gonna come I'll be there when they're done Some day our big ideas go beyond us So if your eyes are on a roll if it's a song that you don't know we can walk the long way until you get the chorus Keep me close wherever you go keep me on your arm, and Save me for later for I will live long It's taken me forever to know what I want When it's old and we must go When is then & will we know I would rather live a nothing life than to hurt you You see these nights are ours to keep until the world kicks out our knees may we pick up the pieces quicker than we used to Bad times are gonna come just say that you won't run some day is so promising from my vantage So if you hear what is your truth and if you see myself in you let's buy a house on a hilltop and practice our habits Keep me close wherever you go keep me on your arm, and down the alleys and up the roads wherever you are
7.
Father & Son 02:38
Come a little closer look in my eyes this is what they call the end of the line didn't know how it'd feel or realize how fast the days would pass me by Growing up strong in this old town believing in the feeling that we'd get out getting married in the summer of love a lifetime in front of us Now son the stage light is on you know we're running out of time we're all running out of time So go you can carry on because we're running out of time it's your turn to live your life I remember trips to the Oregon Coast Grade three, Holland Creek and San Francisco You'll go where young lions go now you will find that your mind will know I can still smell the salt in the air your mother's smile and the colour of her hair it's been such a beautiful ride this amazing life of mine.
8.
Mortality 03:26
I used to live among the young & the roses I saw the gold in the eyes of my friends I want it back I want to taste it again So many days burned up on the thought my yellow brick road might be a parking lot try not to tell me the end 'Cause I've been spending my time on mortality spending my time on mortality I've been spending my time on mortality I'll be dead before I'm gone It's a funny time in human history to be playing your song if no one's listening maybe I made a mistake but I find most of this life is worth writing down there's a light that catches up with the sound it puts a smile on my face All the while I'm spending my time on mortality spending my time on mortality I've been spending my time on mortality I'll be dead before I'm gone Look around sun comes out nobody stops a raging sea I figured out that you won't give up on me
9.
Beautiful, delusional nothing of the norm standing in a circus where everybody's bored Beautiful, delusional nothing of the sort laughing as disaster is knocking at her door She's a 12-step apologetic a counterfeit she ain't even real I can't believe it she's a lemon I need to taste Beautiful, delusional something from my past dodging every question that I have the balls to ask Beautiful, delusional presiding over me order in the court, fucking lies up to my knees She's a copyright a trophy wife a mid-life crisis and I can't even deal I can't believe it she's a lemon I need to taste I saw the writing on the wall behind the wall My eyes have eyes so they saw it all never knew better so I ignored the calls to run away, run away, run away, run away, run away Beautiful, delusional barking up my tree looking like a lady that nobody ever sees Beautiful, delusional the mother of us all sending me a message, she says we need to talk She's a 12-step apologetic a counterfeit she ain't even real She's a copyright a trophy wife a mid-life crisis and I can't even deal I can't believe it she's a lemon I need to taste I saw the writing on the wall behind the wall My eyes have eyes so they saw it all never knew better so I ignored the calls to run away, run away, run away, run away, run away
10.
Alone 03:59
You're everywhere here from raw material on the day you were born to the final fall of sun beg for one minute more you were wrong you were unsung and mine standing on pedestals from up on high now you're gone I don't know what to do it's so hard to talk in beyond the silence I hear in the spaces where we used to live alone You're the road I'm on from a poetic with a D-lister star to a leather wristband that I wear on my arm you're the sun you're leading me on songbook to stage and then safely back home You're a lifetime pass for a rollercoaster ride that you can't wait to end or an encore of a day so you can do it again you belong on a page in this book somebody reads everywhere they're looking

about

In Line for a Smile was created unknowingly as a "Hail Mary" to the world to reconnect with family, friends and the world around us. The songs reflect the current state of disconnect surrounding us through the over use of social media.

Ryan and his friend, Zak Cohen, in Zak's studio The Woodshop, created the sounds to accompany the lyrics. Some of the demo tracks Ryan had recorded in his own home studio, The Song Shelter, remain in the final master recordings.

The song "Takes Me Away" reflects the life of a touring musician and the role venues play... "this can be a phoenix where rock and roll can rise"... which resonated with lead singer of Wide Mouth Mason, Shaun Verreault. His slide guitar gives the track the final bit of translation of what it feels like to be road bound.

From the cheeky bounce of "Too Tired for Love" and to the deep-seated emotion of "Mortality", McMahon delivers another heartfelt collection of songs that relate to those with a heart and a hope.

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released February 1, 2019

Vocals/Acoustic Guitar - Ryan McMahon
Guitar/Mandolin - Zak Cohen
Slide Guitar - Shaun Verreault
Bass - Lance Lapointe
Keys - Joel Spillette
Drums - Phil Wipper
Piano/Backing Vocals - Lena Birtwistle

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Ryan McMahon Ladysmith, British Columbia

20+ years as a Canadian songwriter / member of Lion Bear Fox / Father, husband & seeker.

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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