Peaks & Valleys

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All songs written by Ryan Cook (C) 2010 (SOCAN/BMI)

Produced by Ryan Cook, John Walker and Scott Ferguson
Recorded at Quad Studios in Nashville, TN
Mixed and Mastered by Scott Ferguson at FMP Studios, Dartmouth, NS
Nashville sessions arranged and produced by John Walker
Engineered by Andy Kern

Peaks and Valleys, features some of Nashville's most prolific players past and present including Lloyd Green, Andy Leftwich, Guthrie Trapp, Bruce Bouton and multiple Grammy-award winner Alison Brown. Staying true to Ryan's old timey influences, Peaks and Valleys resonates with the vintage sounds of steel guitar, clarinet, banjo and fiddle. His songs celebrate colourful characters forged between fantasy and fiction, en route to their highest peaks and deeper valleys.

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released October 28, 2010

All songs written by Ryan Cook (C) 2010 (SOCAN/BMI)

Produced by Ryan Cook, John Walker and Scott Ferguson
Recorded at Quad Studios in Nashville, TN
Mixed and Mastered by Scott Ferguson at FMP Studios, Dartmouth, NS
Nashville sessions arranged and produced by John Walker
Engineered by Andy Kern
Production Assistants: Gabe Cantrell and Kyle Layton
Nashville Overdubs at Quad Studios, Jay's Place, and Song City Studios.
Canadian Overdubs at FMP studios, Dartmouth, NS.

Performers:
Ryan Cook- vocals. acoustic guitar on tracks 2, 5, 7, 10
Guthrie Trapp- electric and acoustic guitars
Elio Giordano- upright and electric bass guitars
Lloyd Green- pedal-steel guitar
Bruce Bouton- pedal-steel guitar on tracks 4, 8
Alison Brown- banjo
Andy Leftwich- fiddle and mandolin
Jeff Taylor- accordion
Jim Hoke- clarinet and harmonica
Jay Vernali- piano and keys
Dave Racine- drums and percussion
Scott Ferguson- drums and percussion on tracks 4, 5, 9, 10
Brad "Magic" Reid- clarinet on track 9
Dave Demay- background vocals
Laura Merrimen- background vocals on track 8

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Track Name: NOW THAT I'VE FOUND YOU...
LYRICS

I don’t care about the clothes you wear I just love you baby
You look like you’re the love of my life
And you shine like the stars above you
No I don’t care what the style or the season
If only you could see it from these eyes
My heart just beating and you’re the reason
I don’t care for the lure of a stranger
When I’m with you baby they won’t do no danger

All I know is I’ve been looking all over for a love like this
All I know is I’ve been looking all over for the perfect kiss
All I know is I’ve been looking all over for a dream come true
Hope I know what to do now that I’ve found you

I don’t know what makes you go for me baby
I hope that spark that’s in your heart
I hope it turns over every time you try me
Cause I don’t care when we get there
Let’s take the long way around it
That endless shore I was looking for we’ll I’ve found it

All I know is I’ve been looking all over for a love like this
All I know is I’ve been looking all over for that perfect kiss
All I know is I’ve been looking all over for a dream come true
Hope I know what to do now that I found you

Words and Music: (C) Ryan Cook 2009
Track Name: WILD SIDE OF TOWN
LYRICS

Last night was the most fun I ever had
We went out and painted the town front to back
Me and Chuck that son of a gun
When it comes to roamin around I don’t think anybody had as much fun
As a couple of kids like me and you we’re all grown up
Getting no younger it aint no wonder
A couple of kids like me and you we just keep knockin around
We never settle down on the wild side of town

Now last night I don’t know what the hell we did
There was fireworks and they were going off inside of my head
There was an old couch where I ended up in the night
When I woke up I was wrapped all around somebody’s wife
Chuck he said he’d get the scoop on that
Tell me who the husband was and where and when to watch my back

Just a couple of kids like me and you we’re all grown up
Aint getting no younger aint no wonder
A couple of kids like me and you we just keep knockin around
We never settle down on the wild side of town

Light up pass that thing around
I know she’ll come around
What’s wrong with a good time
I know we’ll never be found

Now last night was the worst night I ever had
I got locked up and I wrote my truck off some bad
We got burned out went off the track
Chuck went out on a stretcher and they said he might never come back
Well I hope he does and I hope he goes my bail
‘Aint no fun one son of a gun sitting all alone in a county jail

Just a couple of kids like me and you we’re all grown up
Getting no younger it aint no wonder
A couple of kids like me and you we just keep knockin around
No we never settle down on the wild side of town

Words and Music: (C) Ryan Cook 2009
Track Name: THE STREETS
LYRICS

Nightclub lights are turning me out
Sidewalk skirts spin me around
Used to be human now I’m alive
Used to be true and now it’s a lie

A new convict out on the run
The kids scream “police stun-gun”
Losing myself losing my mind
Subway train get me there on time

Pick me up and take me to the right side of the streets

Smoke in the bar wine on the seats
$50,000 dreams
I got the motion in my hand
Finger on the middle of machine-gun land

Graveyard shift maniac eyes
Open up the gates eat us alive
Used to be human now we’re undead
Used to be nickel now its lead

Pick me up and take me to the right side of the streets

Get me out of the downtown
But don’t let them shake me down
Hail a cab to come downtown
Pick us up off the ground
and drop me off on the right side of the streets

Cause nightclub lights keep turning me out
Sidewalk skirts spin me around
Used to be human now I’m alive
Used to be true now it’s a lie

A new convict out on the run
The kids done scream “police stun-gun”
Losing myself losing my mind
Subway train get me there on time
Pick me up and take me to the right side of the streets
Pick me up and take me to the right side of the streets
Pick me up and take me to the right side of the streets

Words and Music: (C) Ryan Cook 2009
Track Name: IF I KNOW NOTHING ELSE
LYRICS

You are the one
If I know nothing else
You are the one feeling I have felt
In all the streams hills and highways
In all the things that might come my way
And all the times they’ll try and pull me away
You are the one If I know nothing else

You’re so beautiful so lovely you shine like a star falling above me
You’re so beautiful so right come and lay beside me tonight
We’ll find that place where the river bends
I’ll hold you close till the river ends
Cause you are the one if I know nothing else

You are the one
If I know nothing else
Just promise me you’ll always be yourself
I’ll love you when you’re up or down
Like a river rolling me around
I was lost my love but now I’ve found a way
And you are the one if I know nothing else

You’re so beautiful so lovely you shine like a star falling above me
You’re so beautiful so right come and lay beside me tonight
We’ll find that place where the river bends
I’ll hold you close till the river ends
Cause you are the one if I know nothing else

Words and Music: (C) 2009 Ryan Cook
Track Name: THE O.C.D. BLUES
LYRICS

I cant stand a thing out of place and I don’t like a clutter in my space
I wear these lines on my face just looking for another way to rearrange
The O.C.D blues
When I wash the dishes they dont come clean but I got a coupon in a magazine
I carried it around for 14 days just waiting for a day to spend it
I got the O.C.D blues
OH MY GOD WHY
OH WHY MUST I
I got a feeling called the sleepless nights
I can’t rest until I get it right
I locked the door a hundred times
I got the O.C.D blues
Please don’t touch that TV screen I got too many reasons to wipe it clean
I spent the weekend alphabetizing the DVDs I was organizing with
The O.C.D blues
Who got the keys did I do that but I cant remember where I put em at
Over the Frigidaire under the bed I’ve looked all over and I’ve lost my head on
The O.C.D blues
OH MY GOD WHY
OH WHY MUST I
I got a feeling called the sleepless nights
I can’t rest until I get it right
I locked the door a hundred times
I got the O.C.D blues

Words and Music: (C) Ryan Cook 2010
Track Name: GASPEREAU VALLEY
LYRICS

I got me a friend in the valley and oh she loves the music all the sounds set her free
Believe me
I got me a truck in the valley a 92 Sierra 305 with a 4 wheel drive
Believe me
I got me a friend named Tennessee and he plays old Country music he shoots moose and coyote
Believe me
Hot times summer in the valley
Weeping like a willow tree
Young rivers and common loons
Picking apples and picking tunes
There’s a blue moon in the sky in the Gaspereau Valley
I got me friends in the valley and in the summer they have a corn-boil last year they invited me
Believe me
Once I had me a girl in the valley and she drove 100 miles at 3:00am just to drink with me
Believe me
Hot times summer in the valley
Weeping like a willow tree
Young rivers and common loons
Picking apples and picking tunes
There’s a blue moon in the sky in the Gaspereau Valley
Now I got me a new-born baby and she weighed in at 7 pounds Mama named her Sara Lee
Believe me
One day she is gonna call me daddy and I’ll treat her like no other you’ll agree I’m a good daddy
Believe me
And when she’s old I’ll tell her all the lies I told one night in an old saloon in the Gaspereau Valley
Believe me
Hot times summer in the valley
Weeping like a willow tree
Young rivers and common loons
Picking apples and picking tunes
There’s a blue moon in the sky in the Gaspereau Valley

Words and Music: (C) Ryan Cook 2007
Track Name: NAVINA
LYRICS

Riding along with my eyes on the river
The sun shining down on my horsey and me
My heart fills my joy my legs start to shiver
The thought of my sweet love brings comfort to me

Riding along in the heat of the valley with a gun on my hip and a song in my heart
I long for my lady my lovely Navina as only one sunset now keeps us apart

When I return I will ask her to marry
For no other flower shall bloom in my heart
In three days or so she’ll be having my baby
A joy it will be just to hold in my arms

Riding along in the heat of the valley with a gun on my hip and a song in my heart
I long for my lady my lovely Navina as only one sunset now keeps us apart

As the cabin draws nearer raindrops start falling
No light is drawing from the candle inside
I tie up my horsey and make for the cabin
The latch on the door starts to wiggle and slide

The door swings open and out walks my daddy he wears a long face and a tear in his eye
Son please don’t take another step closer for inside this cabin a heartache you’ll find

Son how I love you and regret to say
Your Navina and baby have both passed away
At four in the morning she went into labor
Her heart it stopped beating at the breaking of day

Oh dear Lord please hold me I’m falling my love and my baby you’ve taken away
Flood me with rain and send me down river off to the valley and into my grave

Words and Music: (C) 2007 Ryan Cook
Track Name: SUN
LYRICS

With you here beside me baby there’s no way to hide
That you’ve got that something that lights up these dark eyes of mine
Your love is like the sunlight and the sun never shined so bright

Sun keep falling on the right side of my life
You’ve got the light I’ve got a reason to fly my kite
Sun keep falling on the right side of my life
If you’ve got the light I’ve got a reason to fly my kite

Now I was so lonely if only a shot in the dark
When you turned around and you opened the blinds to my heart
Your love is like the sunlight and the sun never shined so bright

Sun keep falling on the right side of my life
You’ve got the light I’ve got a reason to fly my kite
Sun keep falling on the right side of my life
If you’ve got the light I’ve got a reason to fly my kite

I know we’re never ever going to get as close to my love without this Sun shining above
Keep falling and falling Sun keep falling you got the right to keep on calling out my love

Sun keep falling on the right side of my life
If you’ve got the light I’ve got a reason to fly my kite
Sun keep falling on the right side of my life
You’ve got the light I’ve got a reason to fly my kite

Words and Music: (C) Ryan Cook 2010
Track Name: MY PERMANENT HEARTACHE
LYRICS

My baby told me she touched another
Laid under-covers loved another
Probably even forgot me all-together
My baby said she’s so sorry that if I would only take her back
Promises that she’d never again do a thing like that
About a week to the day she went a way
I begged her to come back and stay
Cause she’s my
Permanent heartache my little mistake
For goodness sake if only I could escape and lord knows I’ve tried in vain
But baby I’m addicted to the pain

My baby has a mom who’s crazy
A father who’s lazy and acts like he don’t want to work
My folks just think he’s a jerk
My baby her sister is completely mad
She’s worse than the mom and the dad tied up together
A double knot in a christmas sweater
Yet if she went away a week to the day
I’ll beg her to come back and stay
Cause she’s my
Permanent heartache my little mistake
For goodness sake if only I could escape and lord knows I’ve tried in vain
But baby I’m addicted to the pain

But “baby” I know she never meant to do no harm
Maybe that’s part of her never-ending charm
I know I could probably be whole whole lot happier
But whos gonna make my blood boil over
Who’s gonna break my heart with another
Who’s gonna build me up just to let me down
My permanent heartache my little mistake
For goodness sake all the chances ive had to walk out and never look back
But baby I’m addicted to the pain
Don’t leave me cause baby I’m just addicted to the pain\

Words and Music: (C) Ryan Cook 2009
Track Name: THE BOY I NEVER KNEW HOW TO BE
LYRICS

I’m never gonna finalize myself
I might be better off as someone else
So when I do what I do have no doubt
That just like me you’ll never figure it out

I’m never gonna compromise my heart
I’ve found inside of me a place to start
So when I do what I do you have no doubt
When the sun goes down we’ll figure it out

So rest in peace the boys we never knew how to be
Go to sleep dreams that we can’t dream
Lay me down to be whatever I’m gonna be
Set me free from the boy I never knew how to be

I’m never gonna compromise my heart
I found inside of me a place to start
So when I do what I do you have no doubt
When the lights go down we’ll figure it out

So rest in peace the boys we never knew how to be
Go to sleep dreams that we can’t dream
Lay me down to be whatever im gonna be
Set me free from the boy I never knew how to be

Words and Music: (C) Ryan Cook 2009
Track Name: DEAD LIKE ME
LYRICS

She’s got a hole in her head but I still love her
She came back from the dead looking for a lover
I met her at the mall she was hanging with some freaks
They were all decomposed and it scared the hell out of me
Guess that’s kids these days they’re always dressed in black
Every night is Halloween they’re looking for a snack
I fell in love with her but it was not in vain
Seemed I’d finally met someone who liked me for my brains

I fell in love with her but it was not in vain
Seemed I’d finally met someone who liked me for my brains
They’ll be green grass growing over me before I ever get over her
She’s a killer
A thriller
Dead like me

She was twenty-three although she looked much older
Being alive was weird to her she felt much colder
She sure looked good in black or at a funeral service
A fountain coke a drive-in show and she was picture perfect
Then I introduced her to my mama and my dad
Mama turned white as a ghost said that I was mad
You can love someone to death for all its worth
When there’s no more room in hell the dead will walk the earth

I fell in love with her but it was not in vain
Seemed I’d finally met someone who liked me for my brains
They’ll be green grass growing over me before I ever get over her
She’s a killer
A thriller
Dead like me

Up until the epidemic spread through our town
The better part of Allegheny County never got me down
There was a witch-hunt brewing and I knew what is was
On a cold November’s night they came looking for us
The cops the news and all of Monroeville came to see the show
They took my baby from my arms and threw her in the snow
They shot her cold blooded in the back of the head
They all cheered and honked their horns now she was really dead
Now she’s got a hole in her head but I sill love her

I fell in love with her but it was all in vain
I thought I’d finally met someone who liked me for my brains
They’ll be green grass growing over me before I ever get over her
She’s a killer
A thriller
Dead like me

Words and Music: (C) Ryan Cook 2009