You Don't Have To EP

by The Sparrow And The Fall

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released 05 July 2012

Ryan McCarthy: vocals, piano, electric piano, shaker, glockenspiel
Patty McCarthy: vocals, acoustic bass, electric bass
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Ryan Elwood: drums on 1, 2
Jonathan Zanett: guitar on 1
Chuck Hugenberg: violin on 3

Produced and Recorded by Ryan McCarthy
Mixed and Mastered by Chris Coleman

All songs by Ryan McCarthy
© Copyright 2012 Ryan McCarthy Music (SESAC) All Rights Reserved

Cover design by Michael McMahon
mmcmahondesign.com

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The Sparrow And The Fall Denver, Colorado

The Sparrow And The Fall are Denver-based duo Ryan and Patty McCarthy. Their debut EP "You Don't Have To" blends elements of folk and country songwriting with alternative piano pop and a heavy dose of tight vocal harmonies.

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Track Name: All Undone
Trying hard to fake a smile but
It’s okay with me
If you never say that again
Your whole life long

Try to walk away but those little words
Keep hanging in the air
They will live forever in a place
I can never go

And time goes by
And I never asked you why

It’s all undone
It’s all undone
It’s all undone
It’s all undone

I can hear the sound of a plane crash
My heart is touching down
I will wait in the cold for the lights
And the sirens to come

And we gather ‘round the fire singing
With the angel songs
“Hallelujah, praise to the King”
Until the sun goes down

And you catch my eye
And you’re smiling as you cry

‘Cause it’s all undone
It’s all undone
It’s all undone
It’s all undone

And without a word you have won me back
Into Heaven’s arms
And the angel music seems to wipe all the stars
From your eyes

And time goes by
We try to find the pain inside

But it’s all undone
It’s all undone
It’s all undone
It’s all undone

Hallelujah
Hallelu
Hallelujah
Hallelu

Words and Music by Ryan McCarthy
©2012 Ryan McCarthy Music (SESAC), All Rights Reserved
Track Name: You Don't Have To Be Alone
I never could understand
A bird that didn’t want to fly
A bird that didn’t want to fly

I wish I could lift up your hands
I wish I could teach your voice to sing
But you said it wouldn’t change a thing

Please just come back in
It’s getting cold
You’re trying to make your heart
A stone
I know you don’t believe
But you don’t have to be alone
You don’t have to be alone

You said, “Don’t take me back there”
But you got to taste the medicine
You got to taste the medicine

If you could talk a while
You know I can carry anything
I can carry anything

Please just come back in
It’s getting cold
You’re trying to make your heart
A stone
I know you don’t believe
But you don’t have to be alone

Love can take apart
A heavy load
It’s trying to rebuild a home
I hope that you will see
That you don’t have to be alone
You don’t have to be alone

Words and Music by Ryan McCarthy
©2012 Ryan McCarthy Music (SESAC), All Rights Reserved
Track Name: True Believer
Oh it’s hard to breathe when you’re dying
There’s a pain in my chest but you’re holding my hand
Lying awake
Watch the sun set with you for the very last time

Don’t let me close my eyes

Don’t let me go now
I don’t know what I’ll see
Oh true believer
Won’t you stay here with me
And don’t let me fly away

Oh the pictures on the dresser
Are faded like the memories
Tell me those stories of Jesus
You tried to tell me so many times

Don’t turn your head love don’t cry

Don’t let me go now
I don’t know what I’ll see
Oh true believer
Won’t you stay here with me
And don’t let me fly away

Hold on as tight as you can
Hold on as tight as you can
Hold on as tight as you can

And don’t let me go now
I don’t know what I’ll see
Oh true believer
Won’t you stay here with me
And teach me to fly away

Words and Music by Ryan McCarthy
©2012 Ryan McCarthy Music (SESAC), All Rights Reserved
Track Name: Good Kids
The good kids are jealous of the bad kids
Who are jealous of the rich kids
Who are jealous of the smart kids
Who are jealous of the sports kids
Who are jealous of the art kids
Who are jealous of the good kids
Who are jealous of the bad kids
And we’re all jealous but

Oh oh oh oh oh
I love you every day and
Oh oh oh oh oh
Much more than you could ever
Know oh oh oh oh
In oh so many different ways
I love you every day

I didn’t want to drive too fast
So I looked at the green light
And prayed that it would last
And I don’t know if Jesus really answers prayers like that
But it’s okay, He loves us
And I’m okay with that
Yeah, I can hear Him singing now

Oh oh oh oh oh
I love you every day and
Oh oh oh oh oh
Much more than you could ever
Know oh oh oh oh
In oh so many different ways
I love you every day

Doo

Oh oh oh oh oh
I love you every day and
Oh oh oh oh oh
Much more than you could ever
Know oh oh oh oh
In oh so many different ways

Oh oh oh oh oh
I love you every day and
Oh oh oh oh oh
Much more than you could ever
Know oh oh oh oh
In oh so many different ways
I love you every day

Words and Music by Ryan McCarthy
©2012 Ryan McCarthy Music (SESAC), All Rights Reserved
Track Name: Slower When You Cry
Snow is falling softly on my face
Like all my words tonight,
They’re cold, then slowly melt away

And your hands are very cold, and I
I know that I love you
And I know that you are mine
Yes I know that you are mine

And everything is moving faster than you and I
‘Cause time goes much slower when you cry

Walking on a frozen street of glass
We think about the answers
To the questions we don’t ask

Someone slips
We pull each other down
Now our backs are soaking up the cold
From the dead and frozen ground
From the dead and frozen ground
So still on the dead and frozen ground

And everything is moving faster than you and I
‘Cause time goes much slower when you cry

Oh oh oh

And everything is moving faster than you and I
‘Cause time goes much slower
Time goes much slower
Yes, time goes much slower when you cry

Words and Music by Ryan McCarthy
©2012 Ryan McCarthy Music (SESAC), All Rights Reserved