Februwriters : Sketches

by Ryan Oyer

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Februwriters is a music project done by individual songwriters over the month of February every year. Each day, the writers must write, record, and post a song with one unique verse and one unique chorus and must be at least two minutes long. The song must be written, recorded, and posted entirely on that single day. These tracks were all recorded using my iPhone at home and in my car.

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released March 1, 2017

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Ryan Oyer Chattanooga, Tennessee

Ryan’s debut 2010 release “Come Together” was a record parked at the intersection of Gallagher Lane and Abbey Road. The Chattanooga songwriter had become well-known for insightful love songs wrapped in Beatlesque melodies and “Come Together” showcased those song beautifully. As the name implies, Oyer’s new album “metamorphosis” represents a big step forward for the singer/songwriter. ... more

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Track Name: Tiny Box (2/1/17)
Picked up a tiny box from the postman
And examined the contents inside
A flood gathered between my eyelids
And with every tear that I cried

Felt the weight of the promise encircled
Felt a wish that my mom was still here
I imagined the moment I ask you
Felt the future come into the clear

In one tiny box that I hold in my hands
Are the hopes and the dreams of this fortunate man
Of all that will come, of all that shall pass
Say yes is all that I ask

Understated, pretty and classy
Just like the woman it's intent is for
Strong yet delicate if you ask me
Two hearts beating time forever more

In one tiny box that I hold in my hands
Are the hopes and the dreams of this fortunate man
Of all that will come, of all that shall pass
Say yes is all that I ask
In one tiny box that I hold in my hands
Are the hopes and the dreams of this fortunate man
Of all that will come, of all that shall pass
Say yes is all that I ask
Say yes is all that I ask
Track Name: Open Mic Night at Moccasin Bend (2​/​2​/​17)
Come on my friend
To the Moccasin Bend
It's the place that's keeping it weird
It's Thursday night
That means it's open mic
& Jennifer's serving up beer

Thursday night is the night
Come down to open mic
The list starts at 6:30pm
I'll be your host
And we'll all make a toast
To open mic at the moccasin bend

Come one, come all
Come and sing us a song
And we'll talk about how the week's been
You can play shuffle board
You can beat the high score
You can Jenga right down to the end

Thursday night is the night
Come down to open mic
The list starts at 6:30pm
I'll be your host
And we'll all make a toast
To open mic at the moccasin bend

It'd be Chris's delight
Take the tour with him tonight
You can sign yourself up on the list
Come and sing us some tunes
While you drink up the brews
Open mic's not a night to be missed

Thursday night is the night
Come down to open mic
The list starts at 6:30pm
I'll be your host
And we'll all make a toast
To open mic at the moccasin bend

Thursday night is the night
Come down to open mic
The list starts at 6:30pm
I'll be your host
And we'll all make a toast
To open mic at the moccasin bend
Track Name: A Letter from the Priest to the Nun (2​/​3​/​17)
I stepped into uncertainty with decadence and vanity
The archbishop won't confirm with me the orders from the priory
So return now to your rosary and pour out a little prayer for me
Call on the archdiocese declare to them your love for me

I've asked mother superior to arrange the secret transfer
Of you my lovely paramour hang your habits at my door
We'll commune at the confessional durning St Theresa's festival
On this day I do implore we run away forevermore

And we should light a hundred candles
Before our love becomes a scandal

Mother Mary please forgive me
But I can't just simply go on living
With this church as my bride
While my love for her I can not hide
For my heart will not be reconciled
Until I'm free to kiss your smile
And as I write to you this letter I pray the words that you will treasure

If they martyr me or crucify my love for you it will not die
Until we make our fateful flight
Take these words and hold them tight
As we die our little deaths I promise not to steal your breath
For longer than you would expect I'll love you til there's nothing left

And we should light a hundred candles
Before our love becomes a scandal
Track Name: The Writers Block (2​/​4​/​17)
Hanging round all day at the writers block
It seems like empty bottles are all the seem to stock
So I asked the bartender to recommend her favorite drink
She said I'll serve you up my poison but you're gunna need some time to think

Threw down $7.50 and she handed me an empty glass
Said you better keep em coming if i'm gunna make this pass
Said im mixing up a coctail that'll take the words right from your mouth
I took a stiff sip of something and that's when it all headed south

Down at the writers block
You don't even have to say a word
Bad ideas and small talk
Start speaking in cursive when all your thoughts have become slurs

My eyes the filled with darkness and I couldn't hear a thing
I lost my voice of reason, & i couldn't even sing
I felt like i was floating with nothing underneath my feet
and it was there inside that moment I was stuck there with only me

When I came back to she said "its 2 for 1"
You came in at happy hour now's the setting of the sun
I said you handed me my nightmare how is that supposed to help
She said you have to die a little if you ever want to understand yourself

Down at the writers block
You don't even have to say a word
Bad ideas and small talk
Start speaking in cursive when all your thoughts have become slurs

Down at the writers block
You don't even have to say a word
Bad ideas and trash talk
Start speaking in cursive when all your thoughts have become slurs
Track Name: Wish I Was Here (2​/​5​/​17)
You came to me when I didn't believe
That a love like yours I would find
I was lost and alone, felt like something was wrong
I used to be so blind
When you came into view all you had to do
Was to cast me that wonderful smile
I knew right away it was love here to stay
Now, forever, and a mile

So it began, the start of a plan
That was written before we had met
Though we didn't know yet just how it would go
A night we will never forget

We met at the majestic as I had suggested
The earth seemed to slow in its turn
I still wasn't sure, I still had to learn
That only for you I would yearn
I took a chance when I asked you to dance
Though I didn't know quite where it'd lead
At rhythm and brews I had nothing to lose
I knew you'd have all that I need

So it began, the start of a plan
That was written before we had met
Though we didn't know yet just how it would go
A night we will never forget
Track Name: Bella Regazza (2​/​6​/​17)
Girl you got me thinking when the lights are dim
how the candlelight bounces off your blushing skin
just to catch in my eyes, I hope you’re wearing knee socks tonight

Girl you got me feeling like a pilot light
And all I need is a spark and I’ll be set to ignite
I wanna blow your mind, or something right along those lines

Bella Regazza doncha know that I want ya
Bella Regazza I wanna take you higher than high, tonight
Bella Regazza doncha know that I want ya
Eri un bellissimo spreco di tempo of mine, tonight

You got me tangled in a tango with wine flavored tongues
I'm taking my time because the night is still young
You know I aim to please you I promise not to tease you too much
Tracing constellations of your freckles with my fingers
Making you moan like an acid jazz singer
There's no need to rush, I'm only trying to make you blush

Bella Regazza doncha know that I want ya
Bella Regazza I wanna take you higher than high, tonight
Bella Regazza doncha know that I want ya
Eri un bellissimo spreco di tempo of mine, tonight
of mine, tonight
All mine, tonight
Track Name: Exile on Existential Crisis (2​/​7​/​17)
Sitting in the exile of an existential crisis
Somewhere between Jesus and my good friend Dionysus
Thinking of dualities that I can find in nature
For every act of peacefulness I also find a danger

The nature of reality is all about perception
Taking aim at excellence dismissing imperfection
Confidence & happiness that lives behind a window
That anxiety begins to crack and leads to a crescendo

Sorting through the schedules & crossing off the deadlines
Scrolling through the ridicule ignoring all the headlines
And when it's getting too surreal, you appear just to reveal
An older couple walking hand in hand, & I can't help but think that you and me may be just like them

Theres devil's in the details but there's beauty in the story
A cage inside a cave that represents the allegory
You came along to share the light that waits and sits rigt there outside
And when I look into your eyes
I see that my design is all for you
Track Name: Angel Mom (2​/​8​/​17)
I broke my heart for the second time today
I saw your face in photograph you were by the lake
And I smiled and simultaneously started to cry
There was a pout on your lips but I smirk in your beautiful eyes

And I miss you my angel mom
And I miss you my angel mom

If you were here now there's so many things that I'd wanna say
The only one that matters I tried to show you everyday

And I miss you my angel mom
And I miss you my angel mom
And I miss you my angel mom
And I love you my angel mom
Track Name: Sun Porch Furniture (2​/​9​/​17)
I'll be here when you are gone
Standing still and standing strong
I'll be here when you've moved on
To somewhere else that you belong

I've been here to see your best
When at your worst I've hid your mess
I'll be here when you leave
And take all the life inside of me

I'll be here X4

I'll be here when we part
When you begin a brand new start
I'll be here in vacancy
Holding only memories

I'll be here when you wave goodbye
And leave sun porch furniture behind
I'll be here when you are gone
Standing still and standing strong

I'll be here X3
Always here
Track Name: Everything Will Now Come Your Way (2​/​10​/​17)
She said "I'm gunna flip some tables
If I don't get some crab rangoons"
Ordering herself some take out
From the China Moon

She got some rice she's got her wantons
She got her egg rolls too
She's gunna dine out on the futon
& watch her Netflix queue

She's got it all figured out
And she don't need you now

7 cats are on the sofa
She's got her sweatpants on
She'll fantasize about her fortune
& drink her wine til it's gone

She's got it all figured out
And she don't need you now
Track Name: Mandolin Folk Song (2​/​11​/​17)
've been searching for you
Oh my darling love it's true
Since the day they put the sun into the sky

And now that I find
A love like yours and mine
I will spend all of my days loving you

If there ever comes a night when the stars refuse to shine
And the ocean steals the light right from the moon

I'll be holding on to you
Oh my darling love it's true
I will spend all of my days loving you
Track Name: Snowflakes (2​/​12​/​17)
A million snowflakes makes an avalanche
What would happen if we just gave peace a chance
Would you kill off all of those with empathy
Would you start a war cause you and I don't agree?

For the ones who stand who feel they don't have a voice
As if they ever really had a choice
For anyone who ever watched their rights
Be cast away with sentences to die

I don't feel it's right
Track Name: Unable to Connect (2​/​13​/​17)
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Message could not be retrieved
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Low disk memory alert

Unable to Connect

Your request has been timed out
Access denied file not found
This device is not ready
You are out of memory

Unable to Connect

Network path could not be found
No more connections are allowed
Invalid non system disk
This device does not exist

Unable to Connect
Track Name: My Valentine (2​/​14​/​17)
Whisper like you've never seen the stars
Tell me about all your pretty scars
I wanna know the places that you've been
The ones that you still see inside your dreams

This song is a waste of time
I could be spending with my valentine

It's not about the money that I spent
But if there's a penny for my thoughts then you'd get every cent
I only wanna make you feel alive
Every single day until I die

This song is a waste of time
I could be spending with my valentine
Track Name: See Something, Email Something (2​/​15​/​17)
Got an incline running through the back yard
See rock city on the back of a postcard
Did you see a suspicious large cat about 10 years ago?
Was it gunshots or fireworks welcome to St. Elmo

Hanging with the Yuppies with 2 kids and a Volvo
Get your bike fixed on 52nd by Jacobo
See something email something right from your cell phone
Eleven stray dogs well, welcome to St Elmo

Living out in the historic district
Ask the list serve if someone found your chickens
There's a pig on the loose down on TN Avenue
You haven't seen her have you?

Does anyone need boxes it's cycling day on Monday
Gino's playing 1885 for brunch on Sunday
Does anybody wanna come and grab this old Nintendo?
When's the corgi parade, welcome to St Elmo


Living out in the historic district
Ask the list serve if someone found your chickens
There's a pig on the loose down on TN Avenue
You haven't seen her have you?
Track Name: Ezra Kai is Gold (2​/​16​/​17)
He's got a birthday cat named treebox
He likes to slide around the floor in Star Wars socks
He's gunna snuggle with his Mama
When he wakes up in his Spider-Man pajamas

He's got an Olive and a Nora B
"The best Ryan in the world" is what he calls me
He's got a Towser and a Cooper Black
Sylvia the pig and some chickens live out back

Ezra Kai is smart
Ezra Kai is gold
His mind's a work of art
He's got a beautiful soul

He likes to hang at the playground
He likes to run back up the slide he just slid down
He can skateboard he can bicycle
In his helmet that's a blue ninja turtle

He spends his tokens on pinball machines
He's got more bouncy balls than I've ever seen
We get them down at Mr Ts
When me him and his mom all eat ice cream

Ezra Kai is smart
Ezra Kai is gold
His mind's a work of art
He's got a beautiful soul
Track Name: Clementine (2​/​17​/​17)
I swear I've seen a glimpse of you in your mother's eyes
Shining like a super moon on the Fourth of July
Patiently you wait for me to get it right
Honey I've been waiting too for nearly all my life

Someday you'll make your way into your mother's arms
For now I see you hanging from my wishing stars
How I've wondered where & what & who you are
When you'll come along and why you'll steal my heart

And maybe someday you'll be mine
Oh my sweet darling Clementine

My finger waits for you to wrap yourself around
To do my best to always keep you safe and sound
To pick you up and dust you off should you fall down
Clementine I'll meet you in my dreams for now

But maybe someday you'll be mine
Oh my sweet darling Clementine
Track Name: Great Expectations (2​/​18​/​17)
You say I'm gunna make it
Whatever that means
With your great expectations
For all that I could be
You say that I could fly
if I would just spread my wings
Did you ever even try
to ask me once about my dreams

Take a look at me now
You never really saw me anyhow

You say you're gunna make it
Someday you'll be a star
While you're going supernova
Hope you find out who you are
Should you find yourself out there
Lost and all alone
I hope that you remember where
You used to call your home

Take a look at me now
You never really saw me anyhow
Track Name: Happy Birthday Tom Oyer (2​/​19​/​17)
You were born on a Friday
Back in 1954
And your mom gave up chocolate
And she gave it to the lord

You met mom on a good day
Back in 1974
And you both fell in love
Though you didn't know what was in store

I was born on a Wednesday
Back in 1983
The 9th grandchild on both sides
And you started our family

It was April on a Monday
Back in 1996
You gave me a single shining sister
And more love than I knew could exist

And you taught me what it takes to be a man
I love you happy birthday to you Dad

It was July on a Sunday
Back in 2014
A little lady and her son
Came and swept me off my feet

In september on a warm day
Back in 2016
Our family changed forever
But she's still with all of you & me

And you taught me what it takes to be a man
I love you happy birthday to you Dad
Track Name: Japonica For Veronica (2​/​20​/​17)
I picked some Camellia Japonica
And gave it to a girl called Veronica
She's out of this world like andromeda
She played some sorta psychedelic harmonica

We shared a smoke outside of the carnival
Where she recalled some remarkable article
About the Higgs boson particle
The Neapolitan we shared was marvelous

We were sitting on the cusp of the equinox
When she revealed that she's kinda an astronaut
The words she painted like a modern Renaissance
That's when opportunity began to knock

I'm falling for an alien
She's an inter-dimensional reptilian
She took me to the moon and then back again
But I didn't know what I was up against

She said that earth was kinda an experiment
That we got caught up too much in arrogance
Asked her to stay but she's out of her element
Had to return to her home that's benevolent

She left me with a kiss that was interstellar
She sent me on my own helter skelter
Then with a twist of her propeller
There was so many things that I still wanted to tell her

I'm falling for an alien
She's an inter-dimensional reptilian
She took me to the moon and then back again
But I didn't know what I was up against
Track Name: Lost Tennis Shoes (2​/​21​/​17)
I miss late nights
And a balcony
Where we used to talk
About everything
Me and my best friend
Putting records on

There were times we had
We didn't have to say a thing
But we both were there just listening
Sometimes that's enough
Just to know you're not alone

But life comes along
And changes everything
Takes us to the place
That were meant to be

I'd hear the words
You'd hear the chords
We'd digest them both
The songs that we explored
And they'd speak for us
And for how we feel

But life comes along
And changes everything
Takes us to the place
That were meant to be
But life comes along
And changes everything
It Takes us to the place
were meant to be
Track Name: I Dare You Now (2​/​22​/​17)
When all my silver linings
Seem to gather in my hair
When a murder of crows feet
Walk across the mirror
When quietness and stillness
Takes the place of our soirée
Will I take on the garden
And you the knit crochet?

Will you be there for me
When there's no songs left to sing?
I dare you now, to grow old with me

When life becomes vicarious
And adventures are all through
Will I still be the man
Who gives his hand and heart to you?
When time comes back to claim
All the wisdom I have gained
Will you be there beside me
Proudly wearing my last name?

Will you be there for me
When there's no songs left to sing?
I dare you now, to grow old with me

Will you be there for me
When there's no songs left to sing?
I dare you now, to grow old with me
Track Name: Miss Alright (2​/​23​/​17)
She glanced into the mirror and saw a stranger
Reflected back there within the candid chrome
She wondered what it was that might have changed her
Decided there and then to go back home

She packed her bags and flew out to the city
And left behind the men that come and go
She never really felt for herself pity
Cause she never minded being all alone

Miss alright doesn't mind not being Mrs Right
She's just looking, she's not buying and she feels just fine
Miss alright doesn't mind if you take her out tonight
But don't you go looking to make her Mrs Right

She blew through the town like a hurricane
Catching all her old friends at the bars
And they told her how she still hadn't changed
And they told her just to stay who you are

Miss alright doesn't mind not being Mrs Right
She's just looking, she's not buying and she feels just fine
Miss alright doesn't mind if you take her out tonight
But don't you go looking to make her Mrs Right
Track Name: Can't Buy Your Lunch (parody) (2​/​24​/​17)
Can't buy you lunch, love
Lunch, love
Can't buy you lunch, love

I'll buy you onion rings my friend if it makes you feel alright
I'll get you chicken wings my friend if it makes you feel alright
But songwriting don't make too much money
So my money can't buy you lunch

I'll give you all I've got to give
You can share my pizza too
I may not have a lot to give
Unless I go Dutch with you
Cause songwriting don't make too much money
So my money can't buy you lunch

Can't buy you lunch
Would you care to share this Taco?
Can't buy you lunch, love
No no no no

Say you don't need the onion rings
Or a side of fries
Tell me that you want the kind of things
That Mother Nature provides
Cause songwriting don't make too much money
So my money can't buy you lunch
Track Name: Finn Donovan (2​/​25​/​17)
I once was a striker for
A flourishing smith who forged
The finest steel in all the land
His practice prospering
With every hammer's swing
His name was Finn Donovan

With Day to day he became annoyed
Still I remained employed
Keeping the master company
His will was drawing down
Upsetting, bending now
One day he handed me the keys

He sailed a schooner out to sea
His masts they waved to me
I thought I heard him from the stern
Not once did I presume
He drifted to his doom
Relegated never to return

Finn Donovan
Where have you been?

He had an even keel
Windward his vessel heeled
Until it vanished out of sight
So to the stables I returned
A fabricating farrier
With my hammer I began to smyth

One night a mariner
Visited this inheritor
To bring the news he found at sea
He came across a ship at wreck
And as he came to inspect
He found a letter addressed to me

That night as I retired
The anvil set itself on fire
Terrified I rose to diagnose
There stood in front of me
Flesh ripped to smithereens
Stood Finn Donovan's ghost

Finn Donovan
Where have you been?

Before I could even wail
He began to weave the tale
Of how he came to this demise
He stood upon the bow
When he heard the sweetest sound
Recalling he could not believe his eyes

He found a treasure trove
Within a deep alcove
Women like we had never seen
How they seemed to call to him
So he took port towards them
And threw his ballast to the sea

Sea foam splashed around
The sirens pulled him down
Screams substitute their serenade
Rocks crashed into his ship
He climbed upon the jib
Attempting to escape the malevolent mermaids

And then he disappeared
I quietly revered
The audience of this apparition
I once was a striker for
Once was but he's no more
His name was Finn Donovan

Finn Donovan
Where have you been?
Track Name: Comic Con (2​/​26​/​17)
I'm taking Ez down to Comic Con
I wish my band was the sex bob bombs
I'm going dressed as Scott Pilgrim
Cause I don't have to change the clothes I have on

Going to check out the cosplay
Don't call it dress up, that's not ok
I hope they're characters from Star Wars
To teach Ezra how to use the force

Ezra doesn't like to get his picture taken
We walked around for a while but it was kinda lame
So we left to go to the Feed Company
So Ez could play the arcade games for free

Nooga con
Was probably cooler the first 2 days it went on
He'd rather go home and shoot his nerf guns

We went and listened to Danimal play
Ezra broke my car door but now it's ok
Cause Tom Oyer was there with his shiny tools
Danimal asked me to play so that was cool

Nooga con
Was probably cooler the first 2 days it went on
He'd rather go home and shoot his nerf guns
When he shouts pew pew pew you know it's on
Track Name: Almost There (2​/​27​/​17)
So you're almost there
And the journey has been fun
One one last song
And we reach the destination

Did you learn something about yourself?
Did you learn something about me?
What is it we will take
From this month long challenge in February?

You're almost there
And look how far we've come
Some days were a breeze
Some took imagination
Some done by lunch
Some were all nighters
Thanks for sharing februwriters

Did you write something you loved?
Did you write something you hate?
Will you go back and fix em up?
Did we learn from our mistakes?

You're almost there
And look how far we've come
Some days were a breeze
Some took imagination
Some done by lunch
Some were all nighters
Thanks for sharing februwriters
Track Name: Ryan Adams & Taylor Swifts (2/28/17)
Broken hearts still bleed
For anyone in need
The clocks they never seem to stop
You can get clean upon your own soap box

You can take it from me
You could set your mind at ease
And if you're still feeling lost
You can set your heart to defrost

When the Ryan Adams & Taylor Swifts find love
Will the words still resonate with us?
Will we all walk around with bad blood, waiting for someone to come pick us up?

Of love who will be cynical,
When they put the whole world on Paxil?
Will they tell us how we won't feel a thing,
When The songbirds no longer sing?

When the Ryan Adams & Taylor Swifts find love
Will the words still resonate with us?
Will we all walk around with bad blood, waiting for someone to come pick us up?