Hope Rides Alone

by Ryland Bouchard

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A collection of covers and unreleased acoustic tracks from 2010-2011.

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released November 3, 2012

All songs performed by Ryland Bouchard. Photos by Lisa Vironda. Recorded by Ryland Bouchard and Lisa Vironda in various locations between 2010 and 2011. Copyright by Ryland Bouchard and Swim Slowly Records (2012).

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Track Name: Is There Any Hope?
often things we do work against what's right, I guess it's all that way
often ways we work make us work twice more, as our troubles stay

is there any hope / is there any way?
is there any hope / is there any way?

often I don't know where the righteous went, or were they led astray?
often I do wish that my two hands were enough to change

is there any hope / is there any way?
is there any hope / is there any way?

often justice is bought by shallow men, just for profit's sake
what is wealth worth to any man, ashamed of his own ways?
Track Name: Hope Rides Alone
bright as the day
dark as the night
a cool wind blows
over me

dead as what's right
blind as a need
an old man knows
what you'll see

hope rides alone
hope rides alone
while all the men go
chasing greed

love with all your soul
love with all your soul
a full heart gives all you need

bright as the day
dark as the night
a cool wind blows
over me
Track Name: All That We've Built
out in the open
out in the plains
out in the prairies
where the working men say:
oh do I try, oh do I pray
but every single day I carry new weight

up in the mountains
up in the trees
up in branches
where the birds do sing:
oh do I try, oh do I pray
but the nests that we build the wind takes away

out in the water
out in the sea
out in waves
where you live by your needs:
oh do I try, oh do I pray
but all of these currents they pull as they change

out in the night
out in the dark
out in the place
where you are who you are
oh do I try, oh do I pray
but as soon as we wake life takes us away

up in the mountains
out on the sea
climbing to the top of an old fir tree
oh do I know, oh do I say
all that we've built will soon pass away