Little Mercy EP

by Swede

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04:15
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04:48

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released June 16, 2017

Written & performed by Swede (Ryan Theodore Wildsmith)
Recorded, mixed, & mastered by Jason Dunkerley at Drowning Fish Studios.
Album art by Troy Memis, feat. photography by Emily Burtner.

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Artist Photo by Ashley Gellman.

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Track Name: Low Cunning
When I'm alone I dig up the graves in me / when I'm alone I beg of my head to just sleep / this bedroom's a church and my thoughts are all singing to me / lining the pews & spitting those words from their knees / I know not where the hell I will go but I do know just what I need / a fist that won't fail me & some low cunning / its been a while since I lost my old girl to my fears / I don't think she'll take me back now after I made her use up all them tears / but I'm tired of kissing those dive bar ghosts in the dark / they haunt me til morning light comes and death do us part / I know not where the hell could love me now but I know just what I need / a fist that don't fail me and some low cunning //
Track Name: Shine
c'mon now girl this ain't no cause to cry / dark-haired girl with the sad, sad eyes / you showed me the brave & the love & the kind / in your heart, now girl don't you know I tried? / & I thought someday that I could make you mine / but the moon always knows when to let the sun shine / the moon always knows when to let the sun shine / your friends caught me stumbling around in the dark / looking for a new face just to keep my teeth sharp / a man gets week when his girl gets gone / so I spit out the words I was choking on / but it was too late baby and you told me so / so I bit off my tongue and I let you go / you came back baby though its been some time / now I know I'll never call you mine / now I know I'll never call you mine / you were the color but I was so blind / you were the light but I covered my eyes / & I thought someday that I could make you mine / but the moon always knows when to let the sun shine / & I know now girl so go on and shine //
Track Name: Reverie
Coming down the mountain in the morning / trees are breathing heavy in the sun / I can feel your heartbeat through your little white t-shirt / I'll drive you home but I ain't going far / And I'll leave you there alone / I'll leave you there alone but not for long / Reverie, I'll see you in the morning / Its likely I will not have a word to say / twenty tired fingers found their way in the dim light / Reverie, I hope you do stay mine / you're sending me a smile through the dark / oh my girl you're picking me apart / smoking in the water and theres a poet in my skull / begging me to not let you depart / Reverie, I'll see you in the morning / Its likely I will not have a word to say / twenty tired fingers found their way in the dim light / Reverie, I hope you do stay mine //
Track Name: Little Mercy
I took a walk just to try & get out of my head / it didn't work I thought about you instead / I thought about your new house & how I hope you're never lonely inside / how I hope you sleep sound every night / how I hope you find a love better than mine / then I got to thinking how I should quit drinking & save up some money & start actin like somebody / crack a smile, break a tooth oh its all been the same to me / every now & then I get some blood on my hands but I'm only a man & I'm doing what I can / rise up with the sun & keep hate off my tongue & take time to be young deaf & dumb / scream at the top of my lungs & its barely a whisper / I wish I had my shit together I wish I didn't miss her / winter is coming & I swear this time last year I was only seventeen with a great big world to fear / now I am older there's weight on my shoulders & each year the wind it gets colder / eighteen my brother he laced up his boots / to fight in the desert & I almost went too / but I struggled to find my own reason to pick up that rifle, aim it & shoot / scream at the top of my lungs & its barely a whisper / I wish I had my shit together I wish I didn't miss her / I will stand straight & strong like my father taught me / my mother always asks if I'm breathing okay / well I'm not but who really is these days /

I'll be okay once I find a little mercy //