London's Burning

by Ryan Koriya

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released January 9, 2013

Written, recorded, performed and produced by Ryan Koriya

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Ryan Koriya London, UK

A producer-singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with a velvet voice that delivers songs straight from the heart. Sounds that are usually made up of acoustic guitars, cello, bass and drums, with vocal harmonies and strings also being used as colours to paint upon his canvas of emotive sound.

Influences include Sting, Coldplay, David Gray, Angus and Julia Stone, Bon Iver and Ben Howard.
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Track Name: Exsouliation
People come but do they know
That when they go
Not all the things they have will follow?
So don’t retake your steps of life
They’ll never make the same footprints
Under same skies

Well feel free to look at me, oh
Coz I’m just trying to be myself

We’re speaking to each other
But say nothing
We’re counting on one other
As the numbers fall
Exfoliation of your soul

Feel free to look at me
Coz I’m just trying to be me

Everybody knows my name
Everyone likes to play the game
As long as you give in

People always love suggestion
By always speaking the cue
But not playing the part
Well who’s supposed to start?

Everybody knows my name
Everyone likes to play the game
As long as you give in

Everybody knows your name
Everyone likes to play the game
As long as you give in
Track Name: Ballrooms In The Sky
City girl is broken on the side walk
She doesn't really know which way is home, tonight
She’s lost her breath to the dance floor
And found more scars than she can account for
And love is unkind

She’s dreaming of ballrooms in the sky
Believing in the day she’ll feel alive
She’s dreaming as the world trips by

There’s a boy on Gabriel’s Wharf
But no one really knows, what he’s singing for, tonight
He’s lost his breath to the landscape
And found more stars than they can appreciate
And his love is one shy

He’s dreaming of ballrooms in the sky
Believing in the day he’ll feel alive
He’s dreaming as the world slips by

Let’s paint the world a different colour
To see if anyone, will notice at all

As we’re dreaming of ballrooms in the sky
Believing in the day we’ll feel alive
We’re dreaming as the world slips by
Track Name: Dark Days
The sun peeped in through the window
As if he felt sorry for those in the shade
And I lay down on my bed
As she lay her head on my knees
She spoke of a boy she loved that she couldn’t please
And the things he said he just couldn’t mean

Those dark days don’t come
As much as they used to

The threads he could not let go
The day that her heart did start to fray
With secrets he meant to hide
Along with her pride he castaway
He let go of a girl he loved that he couldn't please
And the ground he stood was lost to the sea

Those dark days don’t come
She took to the skies towards the sun
Those dark days don’t come
Dark days don’t come

She lived in the darkness only so she could
Bring light to those who were there

Dark days don’t come
She took to the skies towards the sun
Those dark days don’t come
As much as they used to
Track Name: Mirrors Don't Work In The Dark
Knock on my door
Coz I don’t even know
Know who’s home
I can hear the echo of your desires
And wonder to myself
Is your heart a liar?
A liar?

And everybody knows
Your mirrors they just don’t
Work in the dark
And so the saying goes
That nobody chose
To soothe your scars

It’s not your fault
And girl, it’s not mine
We’re tired of running all the time
We're tired of running blind

Just need a reason
To make it through another day
In your company
The fact of the matter is
This handshake you give to me
Is burning my skin
My skin

And everybody knows
Your mirrors they just don’t
Work in the dark
And so the saying goes
That nobody chose
To soothe your scars

It’s not your fault
And girl, it’s not mine
We’re tired of running all the time
We're tired of running blind

I see your face
And I wonder to myself
Is your heart a liar?
Track Name: Bruised Fingertips
Been running the stairs again
You stop every now and then
And wonder what you’re doing here

As people come pushing past
The next train is coming fast
You wish that you could disappear

Through the doors you’re running blind
Shut your eyes to ease your mind
It’s time to start another day

No-one looks you in the face
They stare into middle space
As the train makes you swing n’ sway

Your bruised fingertips still remind you how hard it is
To climb this wall that gleams with hopes and dreams
Your fingertips will heal with time

Been dreaming of green again
It’s hard to remember when
You had time to feel the breeze blow

You’re off to the jumpstart
Of this big old city’s heart
To make its gilded blood flow

Your bruised fingertips still remind you how hard it is
To climb this wall that gleams with hopes and dreams
Your fingertips will heal with time

Everybody feels the same as you, they do
So take some time out to enjoy the view, it’s true
You’ve come so far so don’t lose heart

Your bruised fingertips still remind you how hard it is
To climb this wall that gleams with hopes and dreams
Your fingertips will heal with time
Track Name: Lonely Dancer
I turn myself inside out just to see what it feels like
And I’m a different man when I’m with you
But I still can’t figure out which one is real

What is this feeling that you leave in me, d'you see
What you are doing to the shooting star in me?

When I smile in your name, smile for you, from this far away
Do you feel the overwhelmed urge to smile for me?
Though I’m not the one who’ll be there to see

When I sing in your name, sing for you, from where I lay
Do you stop to dance a while wherever you may be?
Do you stop to sing a song for me?

What is this feeling that you leave in me, d'you see
What you are doing to the lonely heart in me?
And I hate the silence that you can do something about
Track Name: London's Burning
Listening to the ceiling creak beneath my neighbour’s feet
Sadness moved into a house down my street

At least he’s no longer living
This trouble’s no longer living on my living room floor

Standing by the window watching people combing by
Their eyes are on the ground afraid to look into the sky

At least he’s no longer living
This trouble’s no longer living on my living room floor

Oooh

London’s burning bright when she is in the summer night
You’re holding on so tight, confused with what you feel inside

At least he’s no longer living
This trouble’s no longer living on your living room floor

Oooh