Mercy on the Loudspeaker

by Ryan Lombard

/
  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

      $7 USD  or more

     

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Beautiful artwork by Maddy Haws in a classy glossy digipack.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Mercy on the Loudspeaker via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 3 days

      $10 USD or more 

     

1.
2.
3.
05:10
4.
5.

about

The quality of mercy is not strain'd,
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath: it is twice blest;
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes:

William Shakespeare, "The Merchant of Venice"

credits

released April 24, 2015

written, mixed, and produced by Ryan Lombard
mastered by Doug Van Sloun of Focus Mastering
vocals, guitar, bass, and electronics by Ryan Lombard
drumset by Mark Stone on tracks 1, 2
drumset by Jacob Kroesen on tracks 2, 4, 5
auxiliary percussion by Caleb Fankhauser on tracks 1, 2, 5
piano by Max Hudson on track 3
vocals by Michelle McIntire tracks 1, 5
saxophone by Sky Blue Lux on tracks 1, 5
trumpet by Anna Sublette on tracks 1, 5
claps by Kroesen, Sublette, and Sara Verduzco
special thanks to David McIntire for loaning his DroneLab synthesizer,
Beaux Lux for loaning his P-bass and amp,
and Carl Bisenius for loaning his P-bass and amp
this album was recorded using the facilities at Missouri Western State University

special thanks to all of my family, friends, and teachers
for their immense support and for keeping me sane enough to see this through

tags

license

all rights reserved

about

Ryan Lombard Des Moines, Iowa

contact / help

Contact Ryan Lombard

Streaming and
Download help

Shipping and returns

Redeem code

Track Name: Our Sinking Ship
you were an earnest boy
so full of love and mystery
today you only wonder where it’s gone

you were assured
it’s just our nature: life is suffering
and there is no redemption when you’re gone

you still have dreams, but not the same
they’re not about you anymore
you’re merely watching them

lifting a greater weight
that no one’s hand could take away
in love, we’ll turn your sinking ship around

you were a beating heart
that murmured to a funeral march
too quiet to me heard within the choir

you dreamt you set yourself on fire
dancing on the garden bed
until the sunflower world would move

something had flipped a switch
like gazing at the basilisk
when life had one more chance to turn you on

but you had a song to sing
you claimed it spoke for everything
the ringing in your ears still hadn’t gone

hasn’t it dawned on you
that idealism is laughing in your face
takes every chance to bring you down

modern life tied me down
and clipped my wings
and put me on display
and now they want to calm me down

who has salvation in a world
where everybody just wants out
what does it mean to earn your trust

sure there is give and take
an archetype, a retrograde
of Adam we disintegrate to dust
Track Name: I Was Cured, Alright
you mustn’t know
you mustn’t know now
have faith in you
if that’s what you want me to do
you mustn’t go
you mustn’t go now
I’ll wait for you
if that’s what you want me to do

it mustn’t grow
it mustn’t grow now
abusing you
like it’s what you want me to do

it all starts to leave
you know I feel it now
I feel it now
my glaring senses are receding

it all starts to glow
before you know
before you show yourself
my primate ways they are repeating
--
it was more than I could take
I don’t want to mind
so much more
I can’t take this
it was more than I could take
Track Name: Le Chat Noir
Love, don’t go
we mustn’t drink alone
another night this week
I’m terrified of what it means

Love, don’t go
we mustn’t sink alone
alone in separate seas
I’m petrified but coming clean
Track Name: More Than I Can Take
make the room stop spinning
hit the lights
and get me into bed
let me sleep and sober up
I’ll tell you with a clearer head
tomorrow will be ours
I’ll be predictable and earnest just for you
I know I fucked things up again
but I will make it up to you

I have shown you mercy
but I can’t for an eternity
learning well to bear the cold
the flashing light provides no heat
take your choice of trap door
is there any way to show you peace
even when you fall asleep
you’re tossing turning endlessly

it was more than I could take
Track Name: Candlelight Dancing
when you are gone
they will get on like they do
like they do
moving along
dancing in honor of you
all for you
when you are gone
they will get on
like they do
--
you were an earnest boy
so full of love and mystery
today you only wonder where it’s gone

I couldn’t bear it by myself
it’s all so much to justify
building a better life

why do I have to choose a side
when indecision is all I have
it saves me every day