TUNE Ryan Hutchens - The Landing
"The Landing" was mostly written over the course of several weeks during the Fall of 2015 in Krakow, Poland and Budapest, Hungary. The song continued to evolve over the course of the next few years until it was recorded for this album.
I’m a walking compromise between what’s real and what feels alright. I read the letters you wrote, kept that lump in my throat and ache in my chest. I was playing by your rules another happy fool hoping for the best. I don’t want to be a statue. I just want to get my way. Don’t care to be remembered. A picture and a date. Do it all for the moment. Do it all to fill the day. I move in tiny circles. I never lose my place.
I was a couple years too late. I think we could of been something, could of done something great. And I know it’s not wise dealing in “what ifs”.
I watched a bird get hit and dance between the asphalt and the grass. I wondered how something that grew so slow could change so fast. If I’ve learned anything, it’s that nothing in the world could come of that, but all I’ve learned I’ve soon learned how to forget. Cause I’ve stood on top of castles. Yeah I’ve slept on top of graves. Nothing lasts forever. The worms will have their way. And I move in tiny circles. Yeah I never lose my place. Do it all for the moment. Do it all to fill the day.
There’s a box beneath my bed that I probably shouldn’t keep. It’s got pictures I don’t look at. It’s got letters I don’t read. I could put it in the ground. Make a holy place to pray. I could throw it in the fire. Pretend to walk away. We are sentimental losers. We are comfortable in doubt. When we come in for the landing. Everytime we’re coming down. There’s a box beneath my bed that I probably shouldn’t keep. It’s got pictures I don’t look at. It’s got letters I don’t read.
from The Last Ten Years, released October 13, 2017
Written and Composed by Ryan Hutchens. Recorded and Produced by Kenny McWilliams at Archer Avenue Studio in Columbia South Carolina. Mastered by Dave Harris at Studio B Mastering in Charlotte North Carolina.
Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, and Vocals by Ryan Hutchens
Electric Bass Guitar and Percussion by Kenny McWilliams
Pedal Steel Guitar by Travis Wright