Ryan Hommel

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This is the first ever release from Ryan Hommel, his self-titled EP. Originally slated to be a full-length release, the project was left untouched for long periods of time while Ryan was on tour. The effect of which was a shifting and shrinking vision for the record. Eventually, Ryan decided to re-track many parts of this record (including the entirety of the song "Same Somehow" and many of the vocals) from his moms basement using minimal equipment. He then mixed the record on headphones from the road, often gaining advice from tour mate and long time friend Seth Glier, before sending it to Gene Paul at G&J for mastering and eventually releasing the record himself in April of 2013, celebrating with his first ever headlining show at The Parlor Room in his hometown of Northampton, MA.

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released April 23, 2013

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Ryan Hommel Northampton, Massachusetts

As an unrelenting songsmith and performer, Ryan Hommel delivers his old-soul vocals and sophisticated guitar legerdemain with such a discipline, ease and clarity that it has nowhere to go but straight into your soul.

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Track Name: Sarah Irene
Sarah Irene
Music & Lyrics by Ryan Hommel

I got the best things to say about a girl I’ve been seeing
Letting her inside is giving life new meaning

I’m in love with a girl named Sarah Irene
I’m in love with a girl named Sarah Irene

Wouldn’t trade her for another, if she asked I wouldn’t smother
She’s got an older brother and a doppleganer mother

I’m in love with a girl named Sarah Irene
I’m in love with a girl named Sarah Irene

I can always tell she loves me too
She takes me out, she pulls me through
I would never leave or be untrue
Sarah Irene, you came on cue

She was walking me slow like a movie scene
She kicked a rock and watched it roll like the credits on a screen
It’s not as much like a movie as it is like a dream
Where I wake up to a kiss from Sarah Irene

I’m in love with a girl named Sarah Irene
I’m in love with a girl named Sarah Irene
I’m in love with a girl named Sarah Irene
I’m in love with a girl named Sarah Irene
Track Name: Nobody Else
Nobody Else
Music & Lyrics by Ryan Hommel

Hot summer night, pouring rain
I told you I love you the first time
Now I’m finding myself in so much pain
Because you’re going away for a long time

It’s 4am, I’m writing again
The pencil starts to shake
The hour strikes like my greatest fear:
You’ll be gone when I am awake

How do I deal with myself when you love me like nobody else can
I’m beginning to taste the weight of the space as it rolls down from my eye
Go for a while but baby don’t say goodbye

Cold winter day, you were talking about Texas
Moving our lives into sunshine
Now you’re wondering how you could do without your space
I know the meaning of that line

Baby, I’ll give you just what you need
Even if it’s walking away
But I refuse to live as a man defeated
By the battle of go or stay

How do I deal with myself when you love me like nobody else can
I’m beginning to taste the weight of the space as it rolls down from my eye
Go for a while but baby don’t say goodbye

I know the consolation will only delay the pain
But confrontation will only create the same

How do I deal with myself when you love me like nobody else can
I’m beginning to taste the weight of the space as it rolls down from my eye
Go for a while but baby don’t say goodbye
Track Name: Same Somehow
Same Somehow
Music & Lyrics by Ryan Hommel

You left me lying on the bathroom floor
You broke my heart, you slammed the door
You don’t have it
You don’t have it anymore

The tears flow easily down the drain
Why can’t the fear, why can’t the pain?
I should be happy
So much happier alone

But I, I need you closer
You were never close enough
Before you ran, you’re always running
But you can never run far enough
You don’t think about me now
But I still feel the same, somehow

The halls still echo with the sound of you
I listen for a shred of proof
That you don’t love me
If you don’t love me anymore

There’s still a part of you that won’t let go
Of all the times you felt yes but answered no
And the guilt that must come with
Always letting go

But I, I need you closer
You were never close enough
Before you ran, you’re always running
But you can never run far enough
You don’t think about me now
But I still feel the same, somehow

You left me lying on the bathroom floor
You broke my heart, you slammed the door
Track Name: Krista
Krista
Music & Lyrics by Ryan Hommel

Memphis by way of Boston
So glad I met you there
And you stuck out like a sore thumb, sugar plum
Half a dozen feet tall
With your ginger-red hair
Running into you at a quarter to two
Was the best thing I could not plan to do

Krista can I kiss ya
On the swingset in the mist
You always pout and say you gotta go
Hop into the right side
Of my sporty rental-ride
And we can drive until you say we’re home
Krista, you can go
But don’t go alone

Walking through city square
I saw you at the Rendezvous
Caught a glimpse of us in the mirror, what a pretty pair
My heart can’t handle
Your skin so fair
Dreaming everyday since we parted ways
Of the things I’d do and just what I’d say

Krista can I kiss ya
On the swingset in the mist
You always pout and say you gotta go
Hop into the right side
Of my sporty rental-ride
And we can drive until you say we’re home
Krista, you can go
But don’t go alone

Life’s too short
To be sleeping on a thing like this
Krista, give me a call
If after all, it’s me you miss


Krista can I kiss ya
On the swingset in the mist
You always pout and say you gotta go
Hop into the right side
Of my sporty rental-ride
And we can drive until you say we’re home
Krista, time will show
And time might move real slow
Krista, you can do
But don’t go alone
Track Name: Beautiful World
Beautiful World
Music & Lyrics by Ryan Hommel

Betty Sue, God help you
You’re in an awful way, all work and no play
For every fear, you hold back a tear
But if you could rewind, what would you leave behind

Would you ever stop to look
Take the time you never took

We’re in a beautiful world
We’re in a broken world
Where you can’t choose what you see
And you can choose who you want to be

Sunday you pray, you make it all okay
Talk to God about your week, cause he’s the only one who let’s you speak
You hold on to so much pride, even to pray is just to hide

When you break you’ll feel more whole
When you give up you’ll find your soul

We’re in a beautiful world
We’re in a broken world
Where you can’t choose what you see
And you can choose who you want to be

We’re in a broke world
Where you can’t choose what you see
We’re in a beautiful world
We’re in a broken world
We’re in a beautiful world
We’re in a broken world
We’re in a beautiful world
We’re in a broken world
We’re in a beautiful world
We’re in a broken world