Credits & Lyrics for

Downhill Ryder's Debut CD

 

CD Overview


All songs performed by Downhill Ryder:

  • Vocals and acoustic guitar - Kim Kelley
  • Electric Guitars - Matthew Finfer
  • Piano and Organ - Chad Petersen
  • Bass - John Allen
  • Drums - Brett Allehoff
  • Recorded and mastered at SoundSmith Studios, Bend, OR
  • Mixed by Gregg Burman

Kim Kelley sends hearty appreciation out to:

  • My husband Gregg, for putting up with the crazy schedules, doing more than you signed-up for, and helping make my dreams come true. You are my light.
  • My mother, Patti, for being my first teacher, my biggest fan and toughest critic
  • My brother, Beau, for being the one who saw it in there and helped coax it out
  • My continuous gang of support: Susan, Amy, Sharon, Anna, Deb, Jim & Nancy, Barb & Lee, Dave, Michelle, Sarah
  • My songwriting group, who listen to my songs when they are born, and help raise them to be better: Mike, Linda, Mark, Chris, Terry, David and Tressi
  • My bandmates, who I adore and admire for the talented musicians and goodhearted people they are: Matthew, Brett, Chad, and John
  • Every person who has made time to come to our shows. I know you have a choice, and appreciate you choosing us. You make us shine.

Sad State of Affairs (Track 1)


  • Lyrics by Kim Kelley
  • Music by Kim Kelley and Matthew Finfer

Since I can remember I have been wound tight
Like the girdle Aunt Ruth wears when she paints this town bright
Like poor old Ruth, I see what’s bare
The ugly naked truth. It’s cold and dark in there

It’s a sad state of affairs
It’s a sad state of affairs

All my days I’ve been worn out
Like those hand me-downs my sister threw out
Oh, deception is my blanket for cold blooded truth
And it’s stained and torn, oh but it soothes

It’s a sad state of affairs
It’s a sad state of affairs

I have seen things that should not be seen
Tasted dirt in my sleep as it covered me
Oh, I am a great magician. Things are not as they appear
Believe in my illusion and I will keep you near

It’s a sad state of affairs
It’s a sad state of affairs
Oh, we're a sad state of affairs
It’s a sad state of affairs

Shield (Track 2)


  • Lyrics and music by Kim Kelley

I knew a boy, he had no song
Had no dream to hang his hat on
On his shoulders he carried the world
Hoping and searching for his cure

He'd run from the past; a new story to tell
Where good guys win, and all is well
He looks for what you don't want to see
Says this firing range, it will save me

When he puts on his shield, loads his gun
Dodging the bullets, rides into the sun
Corners the villain, and locks him away
No one is hostage. Not today.

I know a man no one can tame
When there is danger, he'll find who's to blame
Without a thought he runs into the fire
To save the helpless, old and tired

When he puts on his shield, loads his gun
Dodging the bullets, rides into the sun
Corners the villain, and locks him away
No one is hostage

His song is now sung, the remedy found
His mission complete, when all's safe and sound
When the keeper of peace looks back he can tell
When he saves others, he saves himself
When he,

Puts on his shield, loads his gun
Dodging the bullets, rides into the sun
Corners the villain, and locks him away
No one is hostage. Not today.

He puts on his shield, loads his gun
Dodging the bullets, rides into the sun
Corners the villain, and locks him away
No one is hostage.
Not today.
Not today.
Not today.

Stories (Track 3)


  • Lyrics and music by Kim Kelley

Here we are perched on our bar stools once again
Stories told a thousand times of way back when
In our church of sinners we fit right in
Sanctuary of foolishness where it all begins

This lovely guide in a bottle, she will help us find
All the questions to our answers; Light for the blind
Making words from pictures you see in your mind
Stories with no point. A confession some times.

So, pour me another, fresh from the past
Make me as full as this empty glass
Tell a tall tale from beginning to end
Pour me another and let my head spin, uh huh

Now we are laughing at nothing and wanna laugh more
At our slurring and spitting and drops to the floor
Our profound insight would make Einstein a bore
We'll solve all the world's problems when we hit that door

So, tell me another fresh from the past
Make me as full as this empty glass
Tell a tall tale from beginning to end
Pour me another and let my head spin, uh huh

So, tell me another fresh from the past
Make me as full as this empty glass
And tell a tall tale from beginning to end
Pour me another , oh

Pour me another fresh from the past
Make me as full as this empty glass
And tell a tall tale from beginning to end
Pour me another and let my head spin, uh huh
Let my head spin, uh huh
Let my head spin, uh huh

No Reason (Track 4)


  • Lyrics by Chad Petersen and Kim Kelley
  • Music by Chad Petersen

Gotta get my walking stick
Head on down the road a bit
Kicking stones as I make my way
Looking for a little hideaway

Getting up, getting down
Ringing, it’s getting so loud
Confusion, my old friend
Tearing down the walls again

All this time
I still can’t reason
You cross my mind
For no good reason
Keep asking why
I can’t reason

Dead end trails and one way trips
Hills and valleys rise and dip
Many roads have taken me
Places I didn't want to be

And all this time
I still can’t reason
You cross my mind
For no good reason
Keep asking why
I can’t reason
No reason
No reason
I can’t reason

Holes in my memory
Dug deep in the past
I fall in again so easily
It's dark and I’m falling fast

Looking over the edge
Hanging off a ledge
Might be lost, might be found
Find out when I hit the ground

All this time
I still can’t reason
You cross my mind
For no good reason
Keep asking why
I can’t reason
No reason
No reason
I can’t reason

Roll Along (Track 5)


  • Lyrics and music by Kim Kelley

In the bottom of the sea where it all began
The sun calls out to us, and pulls us to dry land
Rising to the edge, to sing a hopeful song
We stand up, shake it off, and roll along
Sea legs to walk on, that take me near and far

Fingers to touch your face, and play my sweet guitar
A heart to feel the beat of my thankful song
I stand up, shake it off, and roll along

The winds of time will blow you far and wide
Eyes tightly closed, you hold on for dear life
Then fall to hear the splash of your faithful song
You stand up, shake it off, and roll along

Sometimes you never see the tide
Never see the wave that brings you in
You tumble, curse only to find
Your feet on solid ground

Look back and marvel at how far you've come
You started from a crawl and now you run
And some will tell you, you don't belong

And you'll stand up, shake it off, and roll along
Stand up, shake it off, and roll along
Stand up, shake it off, and roll along
Stand up, shake it off, and roll along

Stand up, shake it off, and roll along
Stand up, shake it off, and roll along
So please, stand up, shake it off, and roll along

Into Your Blue (Track 6)


  • Lyrics and music by Kim Kelley

Step up and let me take a look
As you hold me with your eyes
And tease me with your words
That drip as you describe
The everythings I’ve wanted
From the moment you
Stepped up to let me take a look
Into your, into your blue
Into your blue

Come with me to my quiet place
Away from this tide
Where it’s calm, bright and clear
And we can leave it all behind

Lean into me so I can feel
The fears you want to share
That cover you sometimes
When the night is black and bare
Black and bare

Blue heart, blue eyes
You can’t disguise your
Blue heart, blue eyes
Let me into your
Blue heart, blue eyes
And let me stay

Step up and let me take a look
As you hold me with your eyes
And tease me with your words
That drip as you describe
The everythings I’ve wanted
From the moment you
Stepped up to let me take a look
Into your, into your blue
Into your blue

Blue heart, blue eyes
You can’t disguise your
Blue heart, blue eyes
Let me into your
Blue heart, blue eyes
And let me stay
Let me stay

These Four Walls (Track 7)


  • Lyrics by Kim Kelley and Daniel Stroud
  • Music by Kim Kelley and Beau Burt

It gets so dark in here when you pull the shades down low
And call up your demons that build these walls of stone
They turn the noise on and say the end is near
You swear it's sunset, when I see dawn appear

Being here with you, we're climbing these four walls
Letting you in, we climb these four walls

I point to a view that seems so far away
With a few more scratches and scars, we'll see the light of day
And I’m right beside you to give a strong hold
As we climb to see a rising sun of gold

Being here with you, we're climbing these four walls
Letting you in, we climb these four walls

And I keep wondering, Lord when will we get there
The climb it's sometimes more than we can bear
If we turn back now this heart would cease to beat
And that would surely be the end of me

Being here with you, we're climbing these four walls
Letting you in, we climb these four walls
Hand over hand climbing, climbing, oh
Someday we'll see over these walls

When the Circus Comes to Town (Track 8)


  • Lyrics and music by Kim Kelley

Unlock that door
Sort it out
I've hit the bottom
Without a bounce
Turn the key
Pick the tunes
Leaving here couldn't be too soon
When the circus comes to town

I'm in the Cadillac
The windows down
I'm driving mighty fast
But no one's around
I leave this crowd
Headed home
All alone on this ragged road
When the circus comes to town

Signs tell me where to go
What to say
And who should know
Turn away see all the space
To find my way

Don't see the choke chain
On the dancing bear
Or tight rope walker
Fall through the air
No laughing clowns
With magic tricks
Those spinning plates always make me sick
When the circus comes to town

Signs tell me where to go
What to say
And who should know
Turn away see all the space
To find my way

Not to see it
Would be a crime
And I know you'll have
A real nice time
With every other trained act
That stands in line
You'll talk about it for a real long time
When the circus comes back to town
When the circus comes back around
When the circus comes back to town

Get Away (Track 9)


  • Lyrics and music by Kim Kelley

Pack up, give it up, go on, get away
Pack up, give it up, go on
Pack up, give it up, go on, get away
Pack up, give it up, get away

Pack my heart, while I pack my bag
Close the door, not coming back
Give it up, see where I end
I can’t remember where I’ve been

Go on and please me, or be unkind
All I wanted was true at the time
I’ve gotta get away from your spell
Thank God the trance never held
So I can...

Pack up, give it up, go on, get away
Pack up, give it up, go on
Pack up, give it up, go on, get away
Pack up, give it up, get away

Pack up the past and don’t look back
Too many heartbreaks to keep track
Give it up, free and clear
Take it all, even my tears

Go on and cry, go on and shout
And then tell me what the fuss is about
I gotta get away from this place
Feel the warm sun on my face
When I ...

Pack up, give it up, go on, get away
Pack up, give it up, go on
Pack up, give it up, go on, get away
Pack up, give it up

I’ve gotta get away, darlin’, Oh, I gotta go
I’ve gotta get away, darlin’, do you hear me, let me go, so I can

Oh, pack up, pack up, pack up, pack up, get away
Get away

Got It Right (Track 10)


  • Lyrics and music by Chad Petersen

Looking at the bottom
Of a empty broken glass
Flashing my reflection
Staring blindly at the past

Picking through the pieces
Of an ordinary life
Going through the motions
Keeping everything in sight

Then you came crashing into my life
Everything seemed to change in just one night

Tossing, turning, feel like I’m burning
I think that I’m on fire
Got this feeling that I'm wheeling across the tight wire
But I’m hanging on with all my might
Nothing’s stopping me now, I got it right

And I don’t need a reason
To get up and ride the day
Something new is waiting
Every time I’m blown away

I can’t stop the world from turning round
But I'm trying my best to slow it down

Tossing, turning, feel like I’m burning
I think that I’m on fire
Got this feeling that I'm wheeling across the tight wire
But I’m hanging on with all my might
Nothing’s stopping me now, I got it right

Tossing, turning, feel like I’m burning
I think that I’m on fire
Got this feeling that I'm wheeling across the tight wire
But I’m hanging on with all my might
Nothing’s stopping me now, I got it right
Nothing’s stopping me now, I got it right

One Horse Town (Track 11)


  • Lyrics by Kim Kelley
  • Music by Kim Kelley, Chad Petersen, Matthew Finfer, John Allen & Brett Allehoff

I don't know where I'm goin'
Don't know where I've been
Don't know which way is up
Or where to begin

Smiling face as you watch me ride
Block the path to feed me your hopeless lies
A tough hide when spurs dig deep
I harness the fire with each heart beat

So many times when I hear your voice
Telling me again, I was your last choice
Hand me scraps, I gobble them up
Pleasing you it's never enough, cause

I don't know where I'm goin'
Don't know where I've been
Don't know which way is up
Or where to begin
Like a bee to his honey
A whore to her sin
I'll break this one-horse town
In the end

One more time when you lay it on thick
Such sweet words that I am your top pick
Head for the chute, the clock's running out
Stay in the seat, and brush off the doubt, cause

I don't know where I'm goin'
Don't know where I've been
Don't know which way is up
Or where to begin
Like a bee to his honey
A whore to her sin
I'll break this one-horse town
I'll break this one-horse town
In the end

In the end, in the end
I'll break this one horse town in the end
In the end, in the end
I'll break this one horse town in the end

In the end, in the end
I'll break this one horse town in the end
In the end, in the end
I'll break this one horse town in the end
In the end, in the end
I'll break this one horse town in the end

To Stop Wanting You (Track 12)


  • Lyrics by Kim Kelley and Patti Burt
  • Music by Kim Kelley, Matthew Finfer and Marc Saccoman

There ya come again
No you just can't stay away
You're the sun that starts my morning
and the moon that ends my day
There ya go again
You start walkin' through my mind
You're ridin' on a memory
That's never hard to find

And I've done everything I know to do
To stop wanting you

See that coffee cup
It's the one you used to use
And I loved to watch you hold it
While you watched the morning news
Just the little things
Like the brush you didn't take
And the cards you used to send me
And the calls you used to make

And I've done everything I know to do
To stop wanting you

But you linger like the smell of summer gone
You keep returning like the sad words of a long-forgotten song
There'll be a day when I'll know where we went wrong
And I know what I wanted

Here I go again
No, I can't keep you away
Like the wish upon a star
And the hope that lights my way
Here I go again
I let you keep me hanging on
While you travel further from me
With my heart pulled all along

And I've done everything I know to do
There is nothin' I can do
To stop wanting you

The Letting Go (Track 13)


  • Lyrics by Kim Kelley and Shelly Grantham
  • Music by Kim Kelley and Matthew Finfer

She dreams of bright lights and fat chances
Not wanting to wake up and start another day
Visions of flying above it all keep her wings beating
When it seems so far away

This is letting go, the letting go
This is letting go, the letting go

Regret burns down her sleepy cheeks melting holes in her pillow
Always the bitter proof
Her hopeful mind longed for that open door
Not wanting to believe dreams do not come true

This is letting go, the letting go
This is letting go, the letting go

Release the grip
Let tomorrow be
Whatever comes her way
Is what she needs
Release the grip
Brace for the fall
When she let’s go
She's gonna rise above it all

She puts her childish dreams to bed
Tucked in safe and sound with a goodnight kiss

She's grateful for that leap of faith
Held for a moment as she frees her grip, cause

This is letting go, the letting go
This is letting go, the letting go
This is letting go, the letting go
This is letting go, the letting go

This is letting go, the letting go
This is letting go, the letting go
This is letting go, the letting go