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Last One Standing

by Ashley Riley

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1.
It Matters 02:40
You know who you're supposed to be I've watched your slight reprieve Just to see, just to see You've laid there far too long I know your scars aren't gone They cut you deep, they cut you deep But it matters where you stand And it matters where you sleep You may crave the cause the effects are what you'll keep What you'll keep You know what you're supposed to need It's not enough you beg and plead How can this be, how can this be You know you're built for more The space you fill, it's not yours You're so unsure, you're so unsure Cuz it matters where you stand And it matters where you sleep You may crave the cause the effects are what you'll keep What you'll keep You must find a different way to stand You must find a softer place to land You must find a different way to stand It matters, it matters What you'll keep
2.
What It Is 02:51
Doesn't this just seem a little barbaric I know you have a soul well I wish you'd share it If you spill some blood well we can clean it up or just wear it Doesn't this life leave ya a little bit lonely I can't recall the last thing that you told me Last time you took my hand told me you understand oh just hold me Well is it what it is or do we just leave it that way Is it what it is oh, oh is it all the same Well I won't leave it that way I know we all just want to feel we're inspired Our beacons burn but we're all so damn tired Try to create some time a little sacrifice is required Well is it what it is or do we just leave it that way Is it what it is oh, oh is it all the same Well I won't leave it that way The sun will rise and the stars they will fall Well I'm not saying that we'll get to it all As long as we're together we won't feel so small We won't feel so small Is it what it is or do we just leave it leave it that way Is it what it is, is it all the same I won't leave it that way I know it's not the same I won't leave it that way I know it's not the same
3.
Good Excuse 03:20
We've all got such a good excuse We're weapons of mass destruction Bound and determined to shred up Each others hearts and minds Oh tell me where I can find I need a quiet place to hide The streets are littered with magazines Covers cover what we don't want to see Stare blankly at our T.V. screens Watch em edit reality Fall as quickly and as quiet as a snowflake Can't feel the weight until the branch breaks Look around and curse the mess that we've all made OH- well who's gonna pay We're weapons of mass destruction We're bound and determined to shred up Each others hearts and minds Oh just tell me where I can find I need a quiet place to hide Move as targets unaware of the direct aim Placed upon by the giants in this cruel game They send their signals through the air so silently Before ya know it our morals are extinct There's a cost to living in a free world Watch a dollar split in half as the costs soar We're weapons of mass destruction We're bound and determined to shred up Each others hearts and minds Oh just tell me where I can find I need a quiet place to hide Do we only know desperate times When tragedy pokes us in our eyes And do we know what we're standing for And aren't these the moments we've been fighting for Oh with our weapons of mass destruction We're bound and determined to shred up Each others hearts and minds Oh just tell me where I can find I need a quiet place to hide We've all got such a good excuse
4.
I wish I was more forgiving But I'm not I held myself to a higher standard Now that's shot It's not as high as I thought I never asked to be the one that could save you And I don't acknowledge any progress you've made Won't place a bet on any hope that you've saved to Restore this broken bond Well so much has been left unsaid I think it's best to keep it in our heads You look at me as though you're proud that you've bled Well you can take your wound and walk, walk I wish you were less deceiving Or less caught You dug a hole to the core of the earth Just to see if it was hot Well, was it hot Now you're acting like you're shocked it was easy The lines you spin spew out as quick as you breathe in What's the matter you're an ace at retreating Did you slip in your own swamp Well so much has been left unsaid I think it's best to keep it in our heads You look at me as though you're proud that you've bled Well you can take your wound and walk, walk Why you acting like you're shocked Cuz it was easy, oh easy The lines you spin spew out as quick as you breathe in You just breathe in, just breathe in Oh what's the matter you're an ace at retreating Did you slip in your own swamp Well so much has been left unsaid I think it's best to keep it in our heads You look at me as though you're proud that you've bled Well you can take your wound and walk, walk Oh you can take it all, you can take it all you can take it all, you can take it and walk
5.
Way Back 04:22
I always thought there was something to be said for loyalty And I never thought I'd hear myself say the words and set you free My heart is just a muscle you can't break it And I've laid it on the line cuz I can take it But still I count the beats I only notice nature when I'm in my car The road never seems too lonely till I've gone too far But I always thought that you would be beside And I never stopped to think about what I'd need I always turned around I gotta find a way back on my own I won't expect anyone else to guide me home In the night I reach for you With the morning comes the truth That you, you're already gone I only wanted something I could call my own Yes it's taken me some time but now I finally know I never thought that you would get impatient The best moments of our lives are in the waiting And so I say to you I gotta find a way back on my own I won't expect anyone else to guide me home And if I reach for you Well I already know the truth And I'm gonna be alright I'm gonna be alright
6.
Throwing punches like you plant a kiss Leave a mark so big it can't be missed I show my teeth that all I've got Heard em say I never had a shot Well, what's it to ya I stare right through ya I've never been left with much more than a bruise I think of respect as a game And you lose Throwing glances like I'm not here Well is it obvious that I don't care Cuz my whole life has been a cloud of dust To people like you who just live to judge Well, what's it to ya I stare right through ya I've never been left with much more than a bruise I think of respect as a game And you lose I'm out of chances so I've been told But the preaching choir still wants to save my soul I've never been left with much more than a bruise And I think of respect as a game Oh you lose I've never been left with much more than a bruise And I think of respect as a game Oh you lose Well you lose
7.
Tiny tragedies all around me The in crowd is dropping like flies This has got to be some kind of legacy As far as I can see there's no more blue skies Well if this is how it feels to be the last one standing I think I'm gonna sit down And if this is how it feels to be the only one with anything I'll watch it burn to the ground A year of thunderstorms and silent sirens warn To say your prayers, don't save your goodbyes This could go quick or slow the fact is no one knows Just enjoy the show because you're stuck on this ride Well if this is how it feels to be the last one standing I think I'm gonna sit down And if this is how it feels to be the only one with anything I'll watch it burn to the ground Oh minor miracle just come and take me home I look the same but you can't see my insides I didn't used to fear the thought of staying here But studies show the loss of my pride Well if this is how it feels to be the last one standing I think I'm gonna sit down And if this is how it feels to be the only one with anything I'll watch it burn to the ground
8.
We'll See 03:25
I won't condemn the things that you like to do Cuz at your worst I see myself in you I try to turn my head but still I can see Try to tell myself at least it's not me Oh, oh we'll see I won't let you confess it all to me Cuz I know way too much more than I need See I am not your conscious, I'm just your friend You're handing in your pink slips, you're turning things in To me Oh, we'll see I can see You, you're slipping from your reach And you think you're free I know that you always want like company Don't let the fact that they're with you put you at ease Cuz I can fill a room of people with speed They all flock together when the liquor is free Oh, we'll see I can see You, you're slipping from your reach And you think your free Time it won't change Change is something we must do Oh.......... I can see You, you're slipping from your own reach And you think, oh you think your free, yeah Oh pretty baby just wait and see, yeah Oh, we'll see
9.
Bad Habits 03:25
Deep breath close my eyes I'm still searching for paradise You ask what I think I'll find And I say I'm not giving up my place in line Not this time Yes I know what's good for me But it's only bad habits that I can keep I push and pull and try to lead But the strength of my demons is no small feat It's not easy So I'll try to write you a happy song But I don't like the way I feel when nothings wrong My thoughts run an inch too deep They're growing roots in my head Interrupting my sleep I need some fixing up I tell myself I'll do it but it's not enough It's not enough Yes I know what's good for me But it's only bad habits that I can keep I push and pull and try to lead But the strength of my demons is no small feat It's not easy So I'll try to write you that happy song But I don't like the way I feel when nothings wrong Things I want can be falling into place Then I'll find a way to make it blow up in my face Just not today Yes I know what's good for me Just close my eyes and I'm living my dream I push and pull and now I will lead And the strength of my demons just can't compete Not with me
10.
You can't hurt me like I thought you could Cuz I don't miss you like I thought I would Let things happen they'll do what they should to you All that time spent being good for you, well I was learning what not to do, hell I hear it's warm down there so pack your bathing suit Goodbye seems right Stop wasting time You know it's time to leave You think I'm bitter don't misunderstand I'm not the credit just the helping hand I'm rinsing clean of the paint that splashed on me I've learned only the contestants change With broken hearts we start another game It's only halftime you wonder why you play Goodbye seems right Stop wasting time You know it's time to leave Like a puzzle with a broken piece Still fits the slot but there's a space between I watch you gather all the things you need My eyes are dry but this feels bittersweet Goodbye feels just right You've been wasting, stop wasting my time You know you gotta go Oh just leave me Just leave me alone You know

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released July 22, 2008

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Ashley Riley Illinois

Earthy grit. Rootsy and soft. A distinct voice. At its core, Ashley Riley’s music is best described as sophisticated indie/Americana. New Noise Magazine called her “one of the best obscure female artists I've heard in, well, ever,” and In- Forty.com declared her a “female songstress everyone would be wise to spend time with.” ... more

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