I Still Find Hope

by Rory Tyer Band

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On 'I Still Find Hope,' Rory Tyer and his friends wrestle with some of the perennial themes of human existence, including the continuing tension between beauty and pain, between good and evil, between great pleasure and horrendous evil. These songs are anthems to the choice to find hope in the midst of struggle.

Having added two members since recording 2013's "Six Thousand Summers," the band's songwriting and arranging has since taken huge steps forward. This album more fully shows the band's influences and is a triumph of independent, entrepreneurial musicianship: the band recorded, mixed, mastered, and produced everything entirely themselves, with Rory acting as chief engineer and producer.

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released November 24, 2014

Dave Verlee - electric guitars, B-52
Danny Olmeda - bass
Dave Bedell - drums, percussion
Brian Herman - cello, percussion
Dave DeRose - keys
Rory Tyer - acoustic guitars, vocals, keys

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Track Name: Doesn't Really Matter
There were forty-five seconds to figure out
That there were some things I couldn't be
But she said, boy, where you been and those things you've done
She said it doesn't really matter to me
No, it doesn't really matter to me

We were blazing
Lit up the sky like the four horsemen
Of the kindest apocalypse
Oh, that you've ever seen
When she kissed me I came alive
It felt like beaches in summertime
Her waves were crashing on the shoreline of my mind
I was pulled out to sea

There were forty-five seconds to figure out
That there were some things I couldn't be
But she said, boy, where you been and those things you've done
She said it doesn't really matter to me
No, it doesn't really matter to me

I was helpless
Overcome by all the words she said to me
And when she holds me in her arms
Oh girl, you're my person now
I'd been beaten down, I thought I
Was out of the game for good
But you take me as I am, oh, and I take you just the same

There were forty-five seconds to figure out
That there were some things I couldn't be
But she said, boy, where you been and those things you've done
She said it doesn't really matter to me
No, it doesn't really matter to me

Now I still wonder sometimes what if we hadn't met
I think not finding you would be my biggest regret
But I'll chase after you until my dying breath
Cause baby we're not over yet

There were forty-five seconds to figure out
That there were some things I couldn't be
But she said, boy, where you been and those things you've done
She said it doesn't really matter to me
No, it doesn't really matter to me
Track Name: All I Need
I have known many days
Sitting alone inside my own head
Wondering why everyone else seems
To know who they area and what they're doing tomorrow
When you all came along, you
Gave new life to what I had been dreaming
Now I feel that we could rise up
On the wings of the songs that we're singing

All I need is for you to bring that beat back
I could build mountains out of what, out of what you bring me
All I need is for you to move that melody
We'll keep telling these stories and fight on
We'll play our way home

Tell me a good story my friend
Filled with wonder and darkness and longing
To me the best stories are now
the ones that we write, that we write in the telling
We could get lost yet, I know this, I know this
Some dreams are born to be broken but
I know that together we can make
Even someone's broken things become someone else's hallelujah

All I need is for you to bring that beat back
I could build mountains out of what, out of what you bring me
All I need is for you to move that melody
We'll keep telling these stories and fight on
We'll play our way home
Track Name: #42
What would you think about
Maybe we try this out
I'd like to stick around
I know enough by now
To know that in you I've found
Something worth singing out loud

I cannot tell you just how far down
This road together you and I might go
But I promise this will only grow
Like a tall tree standing beside the riverbank
Beautiful and strong, just like you my friend

I don't know where I've been
But I know where I want to go
I know that I want you
And if you believe me
Let's go together
I know that I want you

Think about all the time we spent
Apart from each other not knowing
That it was each other we wanted
Maybe we could build this together
Take what we've known and make it better
Would you be up for this journey?

I cannot tell you just how far down
This road together you and I might go
But I promise this will only grow
Like a tall tree standing beside the riverbank
Beautiful and strong, just like you my friend

I don't know where I've been
But I know where I want to go
I know that I want you
And if you believe me
Let's go together
I know that I want you

I know that I want you.... (etc.)
Track Name: You and I
I don't know where to go
But I think that you know
I've been trying to figure you out
And I wonder how long
All this can go on
'fore I run out of reasons not to doubt

I said please
Tell me just what it means
That there is something else left here
Just between you and I
Please, tell me just what it means
That there is nothing else left here
Oh, between you and I

I don't need to think twice
I don't think you were nice
I think you told me what I needed to hear
But I wonder how long
All this can go on
I just need you to sing it out loud and clear

Please
Tell me just what it means
That there is something else left here
Just between you and I
Please, tell me just what it means
That there is nothing else left here
Oh, between you and I
Track Name: What You Came For
When what you wanted is not what you need
When all the things that could carry you there
Leave you choking, down on your knees
When what you came for is not why you stay
When the walls close in and you're not sure
If you should stick around or break away

Tell me friend, what are you running from
You were so sure of yourself--what have you become

When all you stand for is an empty shell
When all the things you thought you believed
Were put inside your head by someone else
When absolution is a dirty word
Your media is no longer social, your screams all go unheard

Tell me friend, what are you running from
You were so full of yourself, but what have you become

[The lies you told yourself
Are as thick as New Orleans in June
The pretension, the self-control, the need
To be the center of every room
What will it take to chip away
At your self-sufficient veneer
No matter how far you think you are
Grace is always near]

Tell me friend, what are you running from
You were so high on yourself, but now you're under the gun
Tell me again what it was you came for
Track Name: Day Drinking With F. Scott Fitzgerald
Hey, my brother in grey,
Just lift up your face and let it come in
Look to the sky, reach out and taste
What's coming your way
Hey, my sister in pain,
Open up your ears and hear what they say
I found this for you, now you walk the line
It's new every day

I will hold you like your mother
I will rob you like a thief
I will scold you like a father
When you try to find relief
I will show you what it means, what it means

Hey, don't bother to stay
There isn't any here, it's all on the way
It's over the hill, or under the bend
You know what they say
But if I told you my real name
Would you break the mirror, would you play the game
Go on, take your time, I'll be here all day
It's always the same

I will kiss you like your mother
I will desert you in your grief
You will mistake me for another
But I will offer no relief
Tell me what it means, what it means

Open the door and come in
Sit here by the fire
Tell me how long have you been away
And where have you been
Open the door, it's a fine fine morning for desire
A brand new day for someone like you
With so much to give

I will hold you like your mother
I will make you believe
That you want all the things I give you
Pay no attention to the bleeding
To the bleed
Track Name: If You Would Listen
When I found you, you were quiet
It was kind of hard to believe
But you told me that I should
Sit down right beside you
And tell you about all the things that I had seen

If you've ever tried
To hope it all turns out alright
But lost the vision
It's not always bright
But hope shines in the darkest night
If you would listen

Sometimes I sit and wonder
If all the world's a stage
What is this drama we have
Been tasked with performing
And what's the part that I'm supposed to play

If you've ever tried
To hope it all turns out alright
But lost the vision
It's not always bright
But hope shines in the darkest night
If you would listen
Track Name: Heather Please
They say the devil's in the details, now I know what they mean
When you took my hand that night
I did not know what to believe
I've had the same thing so many times
Can't get my heart off my sleeve
But if you tell me that you'll stay awhile
I don't think I'll ever leave

Come on, come on, come on Heather please

Seasons change, people come and go
That's just the way that it is
But the more I see the more afraid I am
Of making promises
I am no prophet, nor prophet's son
I just try to tell it like it is
But you make me want to be a better man
And I could get used to this

Come on, come on, come on Heather please
Come on, come on, come on Heather please
I think that you're the one for me
Come on, come one, come on Heather please

I think that you're the one for me
Give me your trust and you will see
I'll give you back the best of me
Cause I think that you're the one for me

Come on, come on, come on Heather please
Track Name: Together
I felt like I'd already met you
But I did not know your name
You were waiting in the wings before taking the stage
There is nothing I would not have done for you
If you could have stayed

A broken heart falls down like thunder and rain
Even when you wanted to go out and feel
The sun on your face again
I do not think there is even a language for
The things that we feel now

I cannot keep my eyes dry
When I walk down the stairs
All this was your kingdom
I'd give it all up, I swear
I would have let you take
The very breath from my lungs
If it meant that we could be
Together
Track Name: The World I Found
I want to be remembered
For the grace that I gave
In a time when nobody knew
How to love their neighbor
I want to be forgotten
It is not about my name
But about all that may remain
After all the labor

The wild wolves are coming
To tear apart all that you hold dear
But if you hold on my dear
Better days are coming
See I've had my back broken, my heart torn open
My words turned back against me
Sleepless nights where I knew
That I would not see the end

I fell in love with the world I found
When I opened up my eyes
Truth be told I was not any worse for wear
And I don't know how I still find hope
But it's a gift that I'll gladly take
It reminds me that there's still love left
For you and I
Track Name: I Told You
If we could see through the window
Read what's been written on that page
If we could take what we've been given
Would that change how we misbehave
If we'd borrowed what we've stolen
Could we pay it back in full
See I'm not getting any younger
And I'm starting to feel that pull

I'm tired of trading my dreams
For real life

Now just because I am a dreamer
That doesn't mean I am asleep
And if I give up on fighting
That doesn't make me weak
If you could be forgiven
For all the things that came before
If you truly knew, for just one minute, that you were loved
Would you settle that score

I'm tired of trading my dreams
For real life

I told you
I found it out
But I still believe
I told you
I have my doubts
But I still believe

Someone lied to you and told you
That you have all the time in the world
No, we're all gonna go
Belief is not the same thing as being certain
See, I wonder, but that doesn't mean
That I don't know

I told you
I found it out
But I still believe
I told you
I have my doubts
But I still believe
Track Name: After the War
Tell me how far I've come
Tell me again how I have learned the things that I've learned
Walk beside me, hear the words I say
And what I don't say, and what I might say in my sleep
Pick me up as I try to pick myself up
I remember who I am most of the time
I find that I live inside all of those words I couldn't say
And that I'll never get to say to them
No, I'll never get to say

Can't get around it
The things that came before
I used to believe it
I used to be so sure
I just want to find it
Life after the war
Please won't you tell me
What all this pain was for

The things that I must fight against now
Are not the same things I once trained for
Astride the barrel of a gun and
I'm not sure if it's pointing at me or pointing the other way
but do you remember when I said

Can't get around it
The things that came before
I used to believe it
I used to be so sure
I just want to find it
Life after the war
Please won't you tell me
What all this pain was for

And I wonder sometimes
What is it that makes you so sure
I would give it all away
To find life after the war