Ghost House

by Dylan Rysstad

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Originally titled 'Dylan Thomas Band' the Ghost House album was recorded in January of 2010. I assembled a band of friends who just so happen to be some of the best musicians Vancouver has to offer. I worked with Felix Fung of Little Red Sounds on the two previous records and plan to record with him again.

The album is comprised of the electric band (Dylan Thomas Band) and the acoustic band (The Dire Wolves). The sessions were a lot of fun - usually turning into a party towards the end of the night.

Filmmaker Wayne Morhart was there for much of the album, capturing the band recording their parts and basically filming everything else that comes along with making an album. The intention was to piece together a "making of" but due to everyone's busy schedule it didn't get finished. Instead, we settled on using the studio footage in the video for "Come Back To Me".

Bonus Material:

*Video for "Come Back To Me" by Wayne Morhart
*Album outtake "Don't Love"
*Band photos
credits
released 01 October 2010

credits

released January 1, 2011

All songs written by Dylan Thomas Rysstad copyright SOCAN 2010.

Dylan Thomas Rysstad - vocals and guitar
Rolla Olak - lead guitar and backing vocals
Henry Beckwith - piano and organ
Al Boyle - drums
Joseph Lubinsky-Mast - electric and upright bass
Blake Bamford - banjo
Woody Forester - mandolin
Joshua Doherty - harp

Recorded and mixed by Felix Fung at Little Red Sounds in Vancouver, BC January 2010.

Mastered by Shane Sharpe
Album artwork by Henry Beckwith and Dylan

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Dylan Rysstad Prince Rupert, British Columbia

Dylan is currently living in Victoria, BC. Highway 16 Revisited was released January 2015 on Sakamano Records.

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Track Name: Holding Out
I'm holding out for you whether or not you want me to I'm holding out for two I'm holding out for you

Well I've traveled 'round the world and I've been across the land I've seen my fair share of girls but I just had to be your man
Well I guess you should have a say, well I will do the best I can and I wouldn't have it any other way just so long as I can be your man

Well hold on just a moment
Might as well hold your horses too
I've been holding on for so long
Looks like something's gone wrong
Because I can't get through to you

Well if you can't see it now
Someday you'll surely wonder how
I can hold my breath like holding out a hand
'Cause I know that will be your man
Yeah I know I will be your man
Yeah I know someday you'll walk right up and say
I want you to be my man
Track Name: So Hard To Find
The present tense is no gift at all
You can't return the favor you can't buy it at the mall
Forget your Sunday best it'll rain upon your parade
And all these comfort feelings are all just chemically made

It's so hard to find
A heart of gold
It's so hard to find
A lover with a heart of gold

The writing's on the wall
A blind man can see but he cannot read
Bathroom stalls a good time was had by all

It's so hard to find
A heart of gold
It's so hard to find
A lover with a heart of gold

I won't settle for a plastic smile and a knock on the door anymore
Track Name: Lady Luck
Luck was a girl I never much knew, I used to walk her home from school
She never said much, she'd just blush, and me and the boys we'd just drool
As luck would have it, she got in the habit, of knowing just when to leave
She knew when to hold 'em, knew when to fold 'em
And she sure knew how to let a broken heart bleed

If this is love give me pain
If she's the sun I'll take the rain
'Cause I know somewhere an umbrella's got my name
And I know Lady Luck's to blame

Her father's a thief a liar and a cheat
Her mother kept the house nice and clean
The boys'd come by with that sparkle in their eye
Lady Luck nowhere to be seen
Well luck reared its pretty head
On the pillow of my bed one night as my guard was down
I tried to fight her off with a weezin' and a cough
Next thing I know I'm lying on the ground
Track Name: Only a Matter of Time
I can't make up my mind in the simplest of times I simply don't know where to go
I've been twisting and turning my lips have been burning to tell you I simply don't know
What to do with my life how can I make you my wife I can hardly hold on to my own
With my warped sense of time I know you'd change your mind and wish I had left you alone
It's only a matter of time

I won't be there for you
When you need me I'll be gone
When you need me I'll be gone and you'll be blue

Shed your river of tears right up to your ears and listen to records of old
As you make up your mind it's a changing of the tides you once held and are hoping to hold
I can see your disdain as you sift through the drains of lovers both present and past
I could hold out my hand in place of a man but I know that the feeling won't last
It's only a matter of time
Track Name: Made a Mess
Well oh babe I hope you are where you wanna be
Well I can't help but notice you're so far away from me
Oh I'm not hard to find
Oh I'm just serving my time

Well I heard that you got married while I was out on bail
Well I guess my invitation got lost in the mail
Oh I'm not hard to find
Oh I'm just serving my time

And every foolish thing that I've ever done
Has been in the name of love
And I don't really know much about it
But I sure knew how to make a mess of our love

When I get out I'll change my ways
I'll change the way I was
Well I think I got a handle on why a man does what he does
Oh I'm not hard to find
Oh I'm just serving my time
Track Name: Come Back to Me
Put your hand in mine, babe, and stay a while 'til time takes both of our hearts
It's easy to run away from feeling of pain don't let the rain fall from your eyes
And come back to me
Come back to me and see where I am without you
So I wait for your phone call but you don't call at all and I climb up the wall where you hang
You're out on your own now somewhere somehow you'll find your way back in my arms
Come back to me
Come back to me and see where I am without you
Well every now and then I try oh so hard I try oh so hard
I'm still trying to forget you and all of your charms
But I will wait with open arms
Track Name: Rainbows & Arrows
Oasis of love always near but never there
Oasis of love it's not here nor there
So when you're walking around and it feels like the sky is coming down

Rainbows and arrows falling from the sky
Rainbows and arrows don't it make you wanna cry

Well she rode into town on a big black bike
She said, "you can love me anyway you like"
So I followed her around, she said she was a dancer
I asked her if she loved me but she didn't give an answer didn't give an answer

She was a mystery to many, a diamond in the rough
An Alabama lover, too much is never enough
I asked her where she'd come from she said she didn't know
She said it didn't matter, it's the same anywhere you go, anywhere you go
Track Name: Heard Your Mother Call
How can I explain the things that you already know
Yet it seems so cruel to go and break your heart, your heart
No I still don't mind that you call when you're feeling blue
Of all the lies I told well you only caught a few of them

Yeah I can hear your mother call
Saying she knew I was no good
So how can I complain
When I don't do the things I should

Yeah I knew that I would let you down
Just how far I didn't know
Track Name: Sea Sick Ocean Queen
Josephine loves the sea she loves it more than you and me she loves the ocean breeze
Plenty of fish in the sea but all I want's my Josephine oh my ocean Queen
Talk about a sight unseen overboard goes my Josephine oh my Josephine
Grab the wheel up at the bow if you're not sure I'll show you how oh my Josephine

Breathin' under water just may take some time
But I'm prepared to wade/wait out in the ocean tide
I'm lowerin' my anchor I'm setting your sails
Just me and Josephine out on the ocean with the whales oh Josephine

Hold on tight, baby if you're sick if there's a storm I'll make it quick oh my Josephine
Talk about a dream come true the waves of love are crashing through oh my Josephine
Track Name: King of Disbelief
That statue on your dashboard won't stop a dope sick thief and if kindness is a virtue well then I'm the king of disbelief and if what I said still stands on its weary head and hands it's walking on a tightrope above your circus tents of grand commands

Time flies by
Time drags on
One thing leads to another
But you don't get led to me

She was like a rose she'd get so angry she'd turn red
And that thorn in her side made it hard to sleep in the same bed
So I tried to keep my distance and distance I did keep
Wilted pedals in the morning in the morning I did sweep my love

Time flies by
Time drags on
One thing leads to another
But you don't get led to me

We were young when we parted we were younger when we met and it seems like forever when you're living in regret
After all this time I still can't help but wonder why
She said, "it takes one to know one" I said I know you are but what am I?

Time flies by
Time drags on
One thing leads to another
But you don't get led to me
Track Name: Hide Your Tears
You don't love me anymore
Don't you lie to me
You don't love me anymore
Don't you lie to me

I can see it in your eyes
And the way that you smile
All your hopeless goodbyes
All choking at the throat of denial

You don't care like you used to care
Don't you lie to me
You don't care like you used to care
Don't you lie to me

I can see it in your eyes
And the way that you smile
All your hopeless goodbyes
All choking at the throat of denial

You can hide your tears in the rain
Hope it never comes back again
Hide your tears in the rain
Oh it'll never be the same
Track Name: Ghost House
I'm seeing faces in the wall
Well I feel like I have known them all
Oh we're old friends recently reacquainted

I'm hearing voices in the hall
But it's not my name that they call
But we're still old friends recently reacquainted

This empty house is not a home
There's no one here but I'm not alone
Just me and some old friends recently reacquainted

Oh it's good to see you again
After all these years
Oh it's good to see you again
Old friend I hope you're here to stay
Don't go away