Victory March

by Ryan Van Slooten

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"Victory March" is my third album as a solo artist, and is no doubt my most ambitious project to date. It was recorded at Sacred Heart Studio in Duluth, MN. I am very grateful for all the hard work producer Jake Larson put into this, as well as to all the very talented musicians who lended their talents to make this record. Of course, a HUGE thank you belongs to my Kickstarter backers who helped make this album possible in the first place. Your support means more than you'll ever know.

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released October 24, 2013

Mary Bue - Backup Vocals ("Crazy Earth")
Jacob Jonker - Backup Vocals
Tom Berrigan - Bass
Mat Milinkovich - Drums
Scott Millis - Drums ("Thrown Into The Fire")

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Track Name: The Cure
I'm going to conquer the world tomorrow
I just can't find the time today
I'm going to find a voice to speak with
To chase these doubts away
But right now is someone else's moment
That's where the spotlight always shines
It's not good luck that keep them stealing
It's fear that's kept me behind
That little devil up on my shoulder
Well he must laugh himself to sleep at night
Because the angels way to quick to give forgiveness
When I sell myself those lies

'Cause I've been suffering from a self inflicted illness
But I'd rather be the cure
There's no relief injecting shame into this stillness
That much I know for sure
I know for sure I'd rather be the cure

Tomorrow is today's surrender
A white flag holstered by my side
I'll buy myself a new beginning
Then everything will be fine
Because what I have has put a limit
On where I am but need to go
All those things that have been missing
Are responsible you know
That little devil up on my shoulder
He's a bastard when he gets his way
I get so angry that no angel comes to save me
But I'm sure she feels the same
When I won't change

That little devil up on my shoulder
I'd like to see him hang his head in defeat
Staring down at that little angel for the answer
And she's staring back at me, she says it's up to me
Track Name: Cut Me Loose
I was a fool for loving you until there was nothing left to give
You told me how much that you cared although I'm not sure that you did
I stood out on a ledge just long enough so you'd come and talk me down
It was the only way I'd get the feeling you needed me around

And I clung to the thread that you were dangling
So carefully making the climb

Did you take my heart so you could break it
Before you cut me loose (my neck inside your noose, before you cut me loose)
My love wasn't all just for the taking
There for you to use
As you see fit to pick and choose, love

I let my imagination run wild with ideas so ill conceived
That if I carried the weight for both of us someday you would believe
But what I failed to recognize is that I was sinking with the ship
Further down in the depths with every word that was falling from your lips

I was a fool for loving you (my neck inside your noose)
After all you put me through (before you cut me loose)
I fell right through the floor and landed on the ground
Alone without a sound
Track Name: Crazy Earth
I am thankful for the things I have that I don't
really need
That I take for granted when they come to me
In this world obsessed with stuff
There never seems to be enough
There's nothing you can buy or sell to fix a
broken heart
Material things don't make you who you are
It's connections that you make
And the love you give and take
To stop and smell the roses along the way

Just give thanks for every day
On this crazy earth
Just give thanks, for what it's worth,
you know you should
Do anything you can to make it good

So I shuffle through this fast paced world just
trying to keep up
Realized long ago it don't mean much
To surround yourself in trends
Instead of family life and friends
Missing out only leads to regrets

Just give thanks for every day
On this crazy earth
Just give thanks, for what it's worth,
you know you should
Do anything you can to make it good
Track Name: It Doesn't Matter
Does it make you feel like running,
when you feel it coming on
You always brace yourself for something,
even when there's nothing wrong
It gets so complicated, wearing all those masks
That kind of careful inhibition,
will put a target on your back

You can find a disbeliever,
anywhere you throw your stone
It's best to keep it in your pocket,
remind yourself to go your own
Words don't have any meaning,
until you give them worth
The power's lost in your defiance of allowing them to cause you hurt

Thick as the skin
It's wearing thin

It rips your life away in pieces bit by bit
Instructed by opinions where everything should fit
It only matters what you're saying to yourself
It rips your life away, your life away

It rips your life away (It rips your life away)
It rips your life away (It rips your life away)
It rips your life away (It rips your life away)
It rips your life away (It rips your life away)
Track Name: On Your Back (On Your Side)
Call in a winner, if you've got nothing in this fight
Because everything's gone wrong and you have to decide
Is this the beginning, or the beginning of the end
The scripts worn out there's nothing more to be said
The tension is breaking,
down the walls where you hide yourself
And it's backing you down and it's pushed you
to the edge
Decisions you're making, are complicated to understand
But nothing is changing going along with the
plan

What are you going to lose
When the time comes around to choose
Are you willing to take back what was taken
away
And stop feeling the loss for a life that can be saved

I'm not on your back I am on your side I just,
want to see you get things right before,
time goes by
If you lose yourself in your regrets then you'll,
never see how good it gets on the other side
Track Name: Your Light's Still On
Say goodbye, to doing time here on hard street
Easier times, have got to be on on the way
Don't hold your breath, or wait for death to instruct you
Leave the rest, washed away in your wake

The lines you've drawn, have all been crossed without feeling
No sympathy, the enemy's unaware
It's come to this, your innocence was forgotten
All that you've missed, going blind from the glare

You've been gone, but your light's still on
On your own, is where you call home
You've been gone, but your light's still on

You've been gone
On your own
On your own, you've been gone
But your light's still on
On your own, you've been gone
But your light's still on
Track Name: Somewhere, Somebody
Somewhere, somebody's going to get it wrong
Somewhere, somebody plays the same old song
And it hurts, to give it everything just to feel like it's getting worse
Not asking for the world just only what you
deserve

Somewhere, somebody's going to get it right
Sometimes, seems like they get it without a fight
It's just theirs, impossible to fake it when you
know that it isn't fair
Struggling to make it while others don't earn
their share

Fortune wears you down

Somewhere somebody is fighting
To accept the things that they can't change
Somewhere somebody is waiting for another day
Somewhere somebody is learning
There are battles that they might not win
Somewhere somebody's repairing all the damages
Somewhere somebody is willing
To be bigger than the trouble's dare
Somewhere somebody is going to find their
place out there
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Track Name: Thrown Into The Fire
Don't you worry mama, I'll be home soon
Try to find a way to be a man, if the boy don't want me to
I see the strength building in your eyes
And it's backing down my fear
I don't know where I'm supposed to go
But I know my place is here


Thrown into this fire I'm running scare
But for you I will be brave
We will find a way to clear the smoke
And then we'll douse the flames
In the face of these uncertainties
You will never fall down to your knees

Don't you worry father, I can understand your pain
I've always seen you as a noble man
And that won't change today
'Cause I can wear my heart upon my sleeve
You taught me to wear it proud
You're always there to pick me up
Now I won't let you down

Thrown into this fire we're unprepared
For this unexpected change
Determination comes to take the reigns
And now it bears our name
In the face of these uncertainties
You will never fall down to your knees
In the face of these uncertainties
You will never fall down to your knees
Track Name: Remain
I know, it's all going to work out fine
Hold on, a good love will ease your mind
I'll wait, as long as you need me to
Don't say, sorry for what you're going through

I'll be standing here, where you left me dear
Even in the pouring rain
I won't let you down, when you stand your ground
When you shed the tears, you've kept locked away
As long as it will take

I've seen, the good bad and in between
But you are, and you've always been the same
to me
'Cause you're not, and you've never been the
one who failed
Now go on, and fight for it tooth and nail

You'll be standing here, where you left me dear
We'll be dancing in the pouring rain
With your head held high under cleansing skies
That wash away all the doubt and pain
It's here you will remain
Track Name: Black Marked Soul
You better have a good place to run
Standing there with a knife you're convinced is a gun
You better have a good place to hide
When all of your decisions put you on the losing side
Well oh no (oh no), well oh no (oh no)
When all that you've envisioned is stripped down to the bone
Well oh no (oh no), well oh no (oh no)
You could've seen it coming but you wouldn't leave it alone

Indifference and a bad attitude
A toxic combination burning down resistance fuse
Too late for sorries or second thoughts
When you've burned down all the bridges whether you needed them or not
Well oh no (oh no), well oh no (oh no)
Stranded in the middle left totally exposed
Well oh no (oh no), well oh no (oh no)
What else can be expected when the consequences grow

Yeah, how long did you think it would last?
Keeping secrets telling lies thinking no one would ask?
Yeah, and now you're looking for a break
Try to chalk it up to oversights and honest mistakes
If the punishment ever takes it's toll
It can't erase the black marks on your soul

You better have a good place to run
When it all comes undone
You better have a good place to hide
You blew your chance to make it right
Well oh no, no erasing all the black marks on your soul
Time to pay the debt for lies that you have sold
Track Name: So What, I Say
You got me going one direction then you turn me
all around
I think I know what's going on
I should've seen the warning signs you threw them
in my face
While you did me wrong

I was a fool to think that you
Might change your point of view
My sympathy, you used it up for free
With no regard for me, my love
When pushing came to shove

So what, I say
I'm so much better off now anyway
That's what I say
To try and save myself some face
Now I'm going on, going on, going on

All the times you used me up I kept coming back
for more
I let you get away with it
If I can't take your punishment I'm just as much to blame
For all the hurt I get

I've always been the same to you
When you've so much less to lose
I've always been there time and time again
You'd rather just pretend my love
Are pushes and not shoves
Track Name: Victory March
If you ever see the mountain
Don't be afraid to climb
Don't ever leave yourself to wonder
What's on the other side

The hardest things that must be conquered
Are found right inside of your heart
Anyone who's ever faltered
At least has had the guts to make that start
You will never walk alone on your victory march

Promises are made and broken
No more than to ourselves
Desires dreamt but never spoken
Ghosts of a life you never felt

And the light may never show you
Things you'll only find when lost in the dark
And the world will not control you
When your will cannot be torn apart
Your course will not be swayed
On your victory march
No your course will not be swayed
On your victory march