by Ryan Van Slooten

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This song is particularly meaningful to me personally because it contains events from my life that were very impactful on me. I really did skip church in High School and go driving around in my old, beat up car. My disdain for organized religion has never been real popular with those closest to me over the years, but I've always found more value in looking within myself, and to the world around me, for deeper meaning. 

That instance doesn't fully encapsulate what "Walls" is all about, and it's certainly not meant to be an anti-religion song. It's just an instance that I think serves as a good foundation for a song that's about being true to what you believe in, finding what makes you truly happy, and not being confined to man made prisons we often find ourselves in, no matter the judgements and challenges that come with it.


I used to skip church when I was in High School
Instead I'd go driving 'round in my car
I'd think about my life and what I was gonna do with it
This old engine can only take me so far

But one thing that I know for certain
Is I'm no good surrounded by walls
Yeah, I'm no damn good
Surrounded by walls

The road less travelled is paved with desires
They'll always try taking away
They say you'll end up with your tail between your legs
When you show your face back here someday

But I'd rather die trying than to live without purpose
Getting bruised by the stumbles and falls
'Cause I'm no damn good 
Surrounded by walls


released December 6, 2019
Written, performed, recorded, and produced by Ryan Van Slooten at Off Avenue Sound.


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