Working To Build

by Ryan Scarberry

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Working to Build is about our efforts to rebuild after things have been broken. It's about taking trips down into your heart and being changed. It's about doubt and truth and it's about the ache we feel for something better to come. It's about taking all the scattered pieces and making something of a home to invite people in to.

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released August 2, 2013

Ryan Scarberry - vocals, acoustic guitar, upright and electric bass, drums, banjo
Christopher Rocca - keys
Casey Mink - violin, viola
Ben Lassiter - resonator guitar
Shaun Hypes - electric guitar, gang vocals
Josh Waltman - electric guitar
Brandon Osborne - drums (track 9), gang vocals
Janelle Houston - vocals (track 9)

Mixed by: Michael Pepe
Mastered by: Studio B Mastering (Charlotte, NC)
Recorded at: Sioux Sioux Studio (Charlotte, NC) and Survive Studio (Chester, VA)
Recording Engineers: Michael Pepe, Shaun Hypes
Album art: Stephen Crotts

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Ryan Scarberry Charleston, South Carolina

Ryan Scarberry is a Virginia based multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter. He writes music that blends elements of folk, bluegrass and rock.

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Track Name: Heartland
By this time tomorrow night
She'll be driving down that cold, dark, highway
Catching the breeze in her hand
And I'll be, on my knees
Whispering prayers that I can't speak
Trying to find the reasons not to leave

You know I'll be thinking about you
While I'm gone

You know I can't stay
You know there's trouble either way
And I'm running late
For the heartland

You know we're both battle-scarred
We've known the trouble and it's left its mark
Pressed us down and hit us hard
So I've been taking these trips
Deep down to this old heart
Praying dear Lord, quiet the dark

You know I'll be thinking about you
While I'm gone

You know I can't stay
You know there's trouble either way
And I'm running late
For the heartland

It's time to get it out
Time to face the truth
And time to face the doubt
Time to make those changes
I've been talking about

You know I can't stay
You know there's trouble either way
And I'm running late
For the heartland
Track Name: Our Little Fight'n Song
Everything looks just right
Except for that look in your eyes
I've got on my best suit and tie
But you're not buying it

Well I could put up a fight
Or I could just leave it like
The way it is
And just give up trying

But when I get in that old pickup truck
I'd remember when I picked you up
And we spent the whole afternoon shooting the breeze
I'd pass by that old field
And couldn't help but think about you still
Wonder if you'd been thinking about me

It just seems like too much trouble
To not have this little quarrel
I'd rather have this fight
Than not have you for the rest of my life

So let's bring it up and tear it down
Who cares who's looking around
Let the great big world know we're not done
We'll get better as time goes on
I'd rather have you here than gone
Noe that I see where you're coming from

Only you have eyes like that
And only you can wear your hair like that
And just the way you smile
Drives me crazy

So let's hop in that old pickup truck
And remember when I picked you up
And spend the whole afternoon shooting the breeze
Pass by that old field
And remember just how we feel
Spend the day shooting the breeze

So let's hop in that old pick up truck
And remember the ones that we love
I'd give the great big world for you
I'd give the great big world for you
Track Name: It Will Break You Down (A Farmer's Lament)
Nothing but questions
That seek no answers
Only clouds that carry thunder
No rain going to fall
On this fallow ground
Nothing at all
Nothing at all

Farmer's lament
Digs a hole in the ground
Plants the corn
Hopes for the best
Don't know why you
See nothing but trouble
Won't you hold on
Just a while yet

It will break you down
It will break you down
It will break you down

Dig the weeds
Up from the garden
Plow the fields
While there's still time
Come on boys
Play your music now
Sing loud for the whole town to hear

It will break you down
It will break you down
It will break you down
Track Name: Every Word She Said Was True
Tight rope wire from me to you
Stretched across this empty room
And a fall we cannot survive
It's a risk to stay, it's a risk to move
It's a hard act with the world to prove
Doing anything we can to stay alive

So cross over or cut me loose
Standing here's like holding on to a noose babe
Your words are your words and your free to choose
And every word she said was true

It's fire and angels waging war
Doing battle with a double edged sword
And it's a dance till the end
Time is a fierce skeptics flame
Waiting to be redeemed
Make your move if you can

So cross over or cut me loose
Standing here's like holding on to a noose babe
Your words are your words and your free to choose
And every word she said was true
Track Name: Glory
When's that train going to come around
When will I lay my sorrows down
Bid my tears down them tracks
Bid my tears down them tracks

When's that train going to come around
When will I hear that glory sound
Bid my fears down them tracks
Bid my fears down them tracks

I'm going to glory someday
I'm going to glory someday
Some day

Take my hand now darling
We don't have long here
Till we, bid our years down them tracks
Bid our years down them tracks

I'm going to glory someday
I'm going to glory someday
Some day

I know there will be trouble here
I know there will be trouble here
I know there will be trouble here
Some days

I'm going to glory someday
I'm going to glory someday
Some day
Track Name: Working To Build
time can't hold those words that you spoke
those words that you spoke are the ground beneath my feet
so gather in and store up every word you've told
we build from the ground, we reap what we have sown

Lord, have mercy on every worn soul
every tired pilgrim that's toiled down the road
you weary eyed saints with your tears in your hands
lift up your eyes when you build again

working to build with your own two hands
your hands are worn, but here you go again

you've known the trouble, you've known the pain
you've known the cost of dying to gain
you've seen the glory, you've felt the ache
you've known the hope in the desert place

working to build with your own two hands
your hands are worn, but here you go again

we built this place from wood and stone
a fire in our eyes and a hunger in our bones
storms will gather and storms will be undone
working to build till the last word sung

working to build with your own two hands
your hands are worn, but here you go again

working to build with our own two hands
our hands are worn, but here we go again

we built this place from wood and stone
a fire in our eyes and a hunger in our bones
storms will gather and storms will be undone
working to build till the last word sung
Track Name: Whispering In The Dark
They said these tracks
Run to the Ohio
They said you'd be there
If I went for you
So I packed up my things
Made up my mind
And said it's time
To go and meet you

But I hate these doubts
I've owned them well
Sharp as knives
And deep as a well

There's not much
I have to say to you
Just a few things
Written down over time
But now I need your help
I can't do it myself
You know I tried
But I just can't quite

But I love these doubts
I've learned them well
Sharp as knives
And deep as well
And on I'll go
With these secrets to tell
Whispering in the dark
And ringing like a bell
Track Name: Two Chairs
Babe would you tell me a lie
Would it hurt one more time
Tell me everything will be bright
These dark clouds will surely pass

Babe I won't tell you a lie
Babe I ain't got your eye
And I'm not sure
If you've got mine

But I set two chairs by the table
In case you wanted to rest
Your tired soul
Be quieted

Should I tell you of sorrows
Would you grow old under your skin
Would the morning loose its light
The music you hear, fade to dust

Babe I know I should do right
But don't we grow weary of trying
Or is this all, just something to say
For a life called to bear it

But I set two chairs by the table
In case you wanted to rest
Your tired soul
Be quieted

I've been searching you out
There ain't nothing you can hide
Your tired soul
Be quieted
And rest

It's time love.
Track Name: Chattanooga
In my hand is a letter you wrote me
Postage says forever more
And a picture of you smiling
By the kitchen door
I'm a thousand miles away
And a hundred years too late
I feel like a stranger
Who's forgotten his place

You took a train to Chattanooga
Left all your things behind
Said I've just got to loose you
Get you off my mind

It ain't nothing but trouble
If I stay here now
You and I we just struggle
Is there no way out
Is it worth the fighting
If it ends up like this
With you on the floor crying
And me at my end

You took a train to Chattanooga
Left all your things behind
Said I've just got to loose you
Get you off my mind

Don't let me let you leave so fast
This time
Don't let me let you leave so fast
This time

I took a train to Chattanooga
Left all my things behind
Said I've just can't loose you
No not one more time
No not one more time
Track Name: At Home
Make yourself at home here
Have a cup of coffee
I don't know what they have said
I'm here to love you

Step in from this rainy day
These walls will hold you
I don't know what they have said
I'm here to love you

When it feels like you're in a corner
Another boxing match
And all these disappointments
And I'm sorry for that

It's been a cold and tiring time
You don't have to say much
I know just what you'll say
I'm here to love you

When it feels like you're in a corner
Another boxing match
And all these disappointments
And I'm sorry for that

Throwing punches at no one
Calling names at nobody
Come on let's have some fun
How about it now
How about it now

When it feels like you're in a corner
Another boxing match
And all these disappointments
And I'm sorry for that