After the Fire

by Ryan Costello

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This album was recorded between the winter of 2008 and the summer of 2009 in Ryan's apartment. All of the tracks on this album were written, played, engineered, and mixed by Ryan Costello.

Special guests: Matthew Antolick on drums on "After The Fire" and Can We Start Over?"; Greg Willson on horns on "The Thief" and "Creation Song".

This album was carefully mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music. Special thanks to Alan for his ears and mentoring.

Ryan was previously lead singer of The OaKs, a collaboration with drummer Matthew Antolick which expanded from a two-person folk project into a glorious six-piece ensemble. Check it out here:
www.myspace.com/wearetheoaks

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released October 20, 2009

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Ryan Costello Oregon

Ryan Costello is the former lead singer of FL indie-folk band the OaKs. His solo albums weave folk, jazz, and indie elements to mine themes of contemplation, loss, regret, and ultimately hope.

For the Oaks:
theoaks.bandcamp.com/releases
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Track Name: After The Fire
after the fire falls
when the chariot touches down
while the glowing earth still smolders
charcoal on charcoal ground

you can see for miles and miles
toothpicks in the black ash
the drizzle draws out the steam
and washes dark down the pass

lightning flashes overhead
a crow dips down for cover
the wind is billowing
and smoke is filling southern skies

come on and make it new

i can feel the rawness in me
the flame took all the skin off
little touches make me wince
little pushes make me fall

lay for hours in the misty air
lay for hours and just my thoughts
close my eyes to the bright lights
shut the windows and let the blinds fall

come on and make it new
Track Name: Let It Go
it's been so long
since i've allowed
a shred of belief
in the night
not a sound
but i find myself trying to drown out
the thoughts that call me out
i can feel it

next door there's a girl
about my age
she's been trying to give a book to me
says she'll pray
and i tell her i know that we're alone here
that this is all there is here
but i still feel it

restless nights
quiet tears
a shell of pride
the heart's soft fears
i want to let it go
ancient scars
like the war's dead ash
hauled so far
but still guarded and stashed
i want to let it go

under my door there's a book
and a note:
"even the strong can break
and i know
that beneath those fighting words
there's a mind that churns and surges
i can feel it"

the night air is crisp
and the stars
between the branches
pulsing their charge
and the heavy wind is blowing
and it pulls me in, a longing
i can feel it
Track Name: Can We Start Over?
it's been so long since i have seen you
and i know you've pushed me out your mind
i take my pen in hand to write you a letter
i hope you read it through in time

when the soil softens in the daytime
and the big oaks' buds start pushing through
when the sun hangs long at the end of the day
then i'll be coming home to you

when the snow is running down to the river
and it's deepest parts churn black and blue
when the warm wind sweeps through the valley again
then i'll be coming home to you

it's been so long since i have seen you
and i know you've pushed me out your mind
i take my pen in hand to write you a letter
i hope you read it through in time
Track Name: The Thief
the thief on the river
he stole my wings
he stole my wings
and now's he's got away

the thief on the river
rising up like heat
he turned his head
and i saw that it was me

a thief in the river
a thief in the sea
a thief on the land
and a thief in the trees

i took my knife out of it's sheath
i took my knife out of it's sheath
Track Name: Creation Song
let the mountains shout for joy
and the islands sing
let the mountains shout for joy
and the islands sing

let the oceans meet the sky
while the earth is green
let the oceans meet the sky
while the earth is young and green
Track Name: The Voice
i heard a voice
deep in my mind
deep in my mind in the night
i made a choice
deep in my mind
deep in my mind in the night

a weight lifted off
off of my mind
down on the floor in the night
i felt a joy
stronger than wine
flooding my mind through the night

the years were unraveled
time lost it's travel
i saw every moment pass by
the beast at the door
was slane on the floor
along with the dread and the fright

you asked me to tell
but i can't explain
there's no words to open the door
but i know my life
is split in it's time
what's after and what came before