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Set You Free

by Ashley Riley

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1.
Close to Me 04:13
Lately I, I've been trying To get you off my record and off my mind Running in place, I've memorized the ceiling You know I'm too proud to call it quitting time The years that change a person, the times that make it worth it All those nights, I thought that meant me Lord knows we danced around it, he knows we never found it We never could decide who should lead Close, I want you close to me Close enough to push you away Close, I want you close to me I won't be surprised when you don't stay Baby I, I've been lying Telling you to get on out of here And when you go I've been crying Cuz I feel so much better when you're here The years that change a person, the times that make it worth it All those nights, I thought that meant me Lord knows we danced around it, he knows we never found it We never could decide who should lead Close, I want you close to me Close enough to push you away Close, I want you close to me I won't be surprised when you don't stay I can't trust how I'm feeling when I'm feeling this way It's late, I'm lonely and I'm wishing that I told you you could stay Would you stay.... Chorus
2.
Second guessing, I ain’t learned my lesson yet When you left me, I was a mess you had me backing down Here’s my confession, so spin those hard feeling around I hate how we left it, you did me wrong and I was way too proud I don’t wanna feel that way again You never said it was the end Left you alone, you don’t come home I - I don’t wanna feel that way again I’m overstepping cuz I don’t take rejection well, no It makes me nervous, but I’m giving in, learning to let things go So repeat your question, cuz I always question myself But it’s me who’s willing, I go alone and you go wander trails I don’t wanna feel that way again You never said it was the end Left you alone, you don’t come home I - I don’t wanna feel that way again You and I both know what you never said You and I both know what you really meant And I won’t say goodbye like that I don’t wanna feel that way again You never said it was the end Left you alone, you don’t come home I'll never feel that way again
3.
Another night I lie awake Thinking about all the things I don’t say Placing bets on chances I won’t take If I could only let myself have my way Starting over feels a lot like giving up It feels a lot like giving in It feels a lot like being lost Starting over feels a lot like a mistake It feels a lot like one more thing I can’t explain I keep trying, I keep standing up If I never will that be enough I keep asking what it is I really want Do I need people clapping for me or just your love Starting over feels a lot like giving up It feels a lot like giving in It feels a lot like being lost Starting over feels a lot like a mistake It feels a lot like one more thing I can’t explain Oh…. Starting over feels a lot like giving up It feels a lot like giving in It feels a lot like being lost Starting over feels a lot like a mistake It feels a lot like one more chance and a leap of faith
4.
One Way 03:20
Been wasting my day sleeping in and staying up late Lord I feel it now It’s got me wondering how I’m gonna pay for things But I’m fighting my way out of all the darkened hallways that I’ve been lost down Oh, stumbling round but I think I see the light of day My hearts beating loud I follow that sound I’m gonna find my way back one way or another Oh, one way or another It’s gonna be alright I think finally forgot all the things that I thought I had figured out Oh, don’t look now but I threw the map away And I’ll jump at chances without knowing where I’ll end up Cause one thing I’ve learned Is it will be way worse if I do things your way My hearts beating loud I follow that sound I’m gonna find my way back one way or another Oh, one way or another It’s gonna be alright I’m gonna find my way back Oh one way or another It’s gonna be alright
5.
Oh Song 03:32
When I play your favorite song Still think about you honey I think about your mouth All the secrets you keep Oh Oh Oh You always had this way You always took things too far I almost got away Without a scratch or a scar Oh Oh Oh Cross your heart and say goodbye Love burns out between the lies Now that the smoke has cleared I’m standing tall on my feet When I see your face around No, you’re not happy for me Oh Oh Oh Cross your heart and say goodbye Love burns out between the lies Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh
6.
Hey, how fast can you run Wait for me Don’t you need anyone All this time I thought that we were building something strong All it takes was one swift move, parts of it are gone We all fall down We all fall down Hey, how fast can you turn Wait, don’t you bleed anymore All this time I thought that we were building something strong All it takes was one swift move, parts of it are gone We all fall down All fall down We all fall down We all fall down Down
7.
Make Me 04:34
Won’t someone make me, make me believe Can’t someone shake me, shake me free Ohhh, you were right beside me running Ohhh, don’t say you saw it coming… please When you really let go, get up off your knees You can prove what don’t show, you’ll see what I mean Ohhh, you were right beside me running Ohhh, don’t say you saw it coming… please Cause I followed your steps, I thought that was best for me We’re broken and sore, this ain’t working no more for me It ain’t working for me Can’t someone make me feel that way again Can’t someone shake me back to who I was then Ohhh, you were right beside me running Ohhh, don’t say you saw it coming… please
8.
I’ve been dialing your number Haven’t picked up in months Guess that’s some kind of answer Still don’t feel like enough And I won’t go willing and you’re far too at home by yourself Still I can’t stop feeling like maybe somehow I could help Think I learned from your anger Watching you disappear Friends can turn out like strangers Say what you wanna hear If you don’t stop running, well nothing can ever take hold And I won’t stop pushing but I won’t feel when you let go Ahhh, all of that time Is that all that it was? Ahhh, some birds they don’t fly Some hearts don’t feel love, but we all need love We all need love I always notice what’s missing Angels looking away You always filled up the silence Now there’s nothing to say Ahhh, all of that time Is that all that it was? Ahhh, some birds they don’t fly Some hearts don’t feel love, but we all need love We all need love I’ll hold out hope, I’ll keep a wish for you, speak it out in the dark I know you’re gone, can’t get far enough away, but I won’t take back any love Cause we all need love We all need love
9.
Set You Free 03:17
Slow like honey, gonna love gonna leave Gonna take you please honey, take what you please I don’t ask for nothing from you Give what you got, I don’t care what you do I’m not counting on you man, I’m counting you out Don’t ask my forgiveness, you don’t need it now I know it meant more to me I’m setting you free Free It ain’t for the money, no it ain’t for the views It ain’t for the faint of heart, honey it chooses you Gonna keep you up in the still of the night Lead you down the rabbit hole, keep you chasing that light I’m not counting on you man, I’m counting you out Don’t ask my forgiveness, you don’t need it now I know it meant more to me I’m setting you free Free Ohhhh I’m not counting on you man, I’m counting you out Don’t ask my forgiveness, you don’t need it now I know it meant more to me I’m setting you free Free
10.
It always felt easy back when we were young I never thought twice just gave away my love Now I’m stuck, I hold it in I always think too much, I wanna start again I wanna cut loose baby I wanna cut my hair I wanna cut my losses and get out of here Let’s get out of here and go Ohhhh Anywhere Ohhhh Anywhere No one knows us here, we’re free to choose No one left to please but me and you Spin me round, hold me tight Let’s forget everything else tonight I wanna cut loose baby I wanna cut my hair I wanna cut my losses and get out of here Let’s get out of here and go Ohhhh Anywhere Ohhhh Anywhere Why do we take ourselves so seriously No, that’s not how I want to be I wanna cut loose baby I wanna cut my hair I wanna cut my losses and get out of here Let’s get out of here

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released June 18, 2021

All songs by Ashley Riley
Recorded and Produced by James Treichler
Wave Upon Wave Studio Champaign, IL

Ashley Riley - Vocals / Acoustic Guitar / Electric Guitar / Piano / Organ

James Treichler- Drums / Bass / Guitar / Keys / Bells / Banjo / Cello

Braun Sheets - Baritone Guitar on Close to Me / Electric Guitar on Second Guessing and One Way

Jason Roberts - All Guitars on Set You Free

Sarah Bongsignore - Harmonies on Close to Me / Piano on Make Me

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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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