Be Free EP

by Ryan Van Slooten

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The moment I realized I’ve been lying to myself Nothing civilized About being a fool in denial A simple life ain’t no real life I’ve replayed it all forward and backward But it always ends up just the same Nothing more than going through the motions But expecting it’s all going to change The surface water keeping still Until the waves come crashing into the calm It’s still good to be a lion Even if you don’t get to wear stripes It’s so trivial Trudge your own path and watch them run Keep on searching for meaning is the reason for being You’re either adapting or you’re dying The jungle ain’t forgiving Got to hold your own to survive A simple life, ain’t no real life REPEAT CHORUS
2.
Where you’re going I will follow We’re not living For tomorrow she said Not coming home again Through the forests Over mountains Chasing promise No more counting the days Until we make our escape With you I find my peace And you calm my worried mind When I fall too fast from greater heights I’m never flying blind If we wander, who knows what we could find As we stubble on, and rocks fall off the ridge And under darkness, we are guided by the stars No matter what, no matter where we are
3.
Baby it's not working, everything I do I'm just trying to get your attention Trying to make my way to you All these inhibitions There's so much that's in our way And with all this lost potential Let's not let it go to waste I'm giving you all of me I'm giving you all of me I'll be waiting here dying for you to join me Where the fire's burning deep within my bones You can leave it all behind here in these foreign lands Be like water flowing free between the stones With everything I'm asking, it's a lot I know It's impossible to trust steady ground when you're afraid of letting go You and I have something dear they will never understand Don't waste another minute come and take me by the hand I'm giving you all of me I'm giving you all of me REPEAT CHORUS And I know, yeah I've seen it In your eyes That devil may care wild hearted person Throwing caution to the wind
4.
Be Free 03:10
I’m looking for sparks in your eyes To catch me off guard or by surprise You outshine them all by far With how beautiful you are Believe me, it’s true Unsure words fall from your mouth Between the lines are shades of doubt It’s not just the things you say But the way in which you say them That gives you away Let go you might find something You didn’t even know you were looking for Be free tonight Run like hell and dive right in Let it be tonight The end of fear’s where life begins When the feelings right You’ll never feel as good as you do right now So you lay your weapons down and end the fight
5.
Get Me High 03:46
Where do you go when I need you most You fade like a light into the fog Whenever you want you could swallow me whole I always keep my fingers crossed And I know, you could get me high If only you'd look around to see me sometime And I won't, let all the mistakes Define where we're going now or take you away You make it so hard to love you this way Giving me so little to hold You take what you need And forget what you want You're a fire in the blistering cold REPEAT CHORUS And what if I mean nothing now After all that's been said and done Are you satisfied being hollowed out You're more than just anyone What I should've said and what I already know Is the ice is so thin inside my heart You bury your head and shut yourself down Afraid to set foot off from the start REPEAT CHORUS
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Somebody tell my stupid heart to stop listening to my stupid brain I've been losing sleep and losing track of thoughts that aren't totally insane Preoccupied with this overwhelming obsession That's taken me around in the wrong direction And I don't want to live a life where I'm always wondering what else it should be Spontaneous ambitions overwhelmed by responsibilities In this challenge of the heart versus the mind The heart should win the battle every time And I don't see why I'm always standing in my own way When all I want is to feel the blood rush through my veins Raising fists in frustration, beating down my soul Wasting time trying to fill in where there never was a hole Somebody tell my stupid brain to start taking things to heart Running circles 'round this track ain't no better than falling apart 'Cause if these thoughts don't get me anywhere Then I won't find the heart to care REPEAT CHORUS
7.
I’m looking for sparks in your eyes To catch me off guard or by surprise You outshine them all by far With how beautiful you are Believe me, it’s true Unsure words fall from your mouth Between the lines are shades of doubt It’s not just the things you say But the way in which you say them That gives you away Let go you might find something You didn’t even know you were looking for Be free tonight Run like hell and dive right in Let it be tonight The end of fear’s where life begins When the feelings right You’ll never feel as good as you do right now So you lay your weapons down and end the fight

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While not a concept album, the newest EP from Ryan Van Slooten, "Be Free", centers around themes of personal freedom and expression. "I'm a firm believer in living in the moment, so these songs are really about facing yourself, and dropping the hang ups and inhibitions that hold us back from doing and experiencing things that make us truly happy." 

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released May 12, 2019

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