Despair's Lover EP

by Ric Gordon

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In a career that spans 5 decades, Ric Gordon has released 14 albums and EP's under various monikers, and produced another 26 for other artists. July 14th, on the eve of his 64th birthday, Ric releases his first studio album in 4 years, but with a twist. Instead of one album, Russian Winter Records is excited to announce the release of two EPs, one electric and the other acoustic.

The first EP, "Despair's Lover," will be released on Friday, July 14th and is 5 songs that are post-punk/punk, raw and edgy.

The second EP, "Standing Here," will be released Friday, Sept. 1st and is 5 songs that are indie/folk-rock, melodic and intimate.

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released July 14, 2017

Produced by Ric Gordon
Recorded Behind The 9th Floor Door
Copyright 2017 Russian Winter Records
Words & Music by Ric Gordon
Copyright 2017 Joric Music BMI

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Russian Winter Records is an indie label based in the historic Brookside section of Kansas City, MO and founded in 2008. Our releases range across indie genres from punk to electronic to folk.We strive to release artists who make compelling music that needs to be heard. ... more

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Track Name: Clearly Now
Clearly Now
Words & Music by Ric Gordon
Copyright 2017 Joric Music BMI

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Winds in the dark leave you cold
Wandering the alleys of your soul
Often misplaced in your role
Too hard to see, too hard to know

Chorus
Clearly now
Clearly now
Clearly now

II
Tragic senses the bells ring
Tolling the depths of your need
Imagined that solace comes from a seed
No place to grow, no place to be

Chorus

III
Street sounds etch fissures in your mind
Afraid to go outside unkind
What’s lost will stalk you from behind
A life deceived, a life to find

Chorus
Track Name: Suddenly Single
Suddenly Single
Words & Music by Ric Gordon
Copyright 2017 Joric Music BMI

I
It started simply enough in the dark
A paired adventure devoid of thought
Not yet taken from the heart
More like a fever that’s been caught

Chorus
Hands in the air
Nobody move
Dangerous games make your spine tingle
When you’re suddenly single

II
The clock strikes midnight you must run
Nothing betrays what you have done
How quick it came has left them stunned
Only fools expect a safe outcome

Chorus

III
A safe escape was barely made
Without a trace to spoil the day
Never a thought that I would stay
Suddenly single the only play

Chorus
Track Name: Walk Away
Walk Away
Words and Music By Ric Gordon
Copyright 2016 Joric Music BMI

I
I don’t believe in dreams
They never ever come true
I don’t believe in peace
Nightmares will always find you
I don’t believe in hope
It’s just emptiness to fall through
I don’t believe in life
Just in the pain that comes due

Chorus
You cut your feet when everything has shattered
On realization that you never really mattered
In cold repose to find salvation comes too late
Just pull your pants up turn around and then walk away

II
Entrapped by loneliness
Where only pain is harbored
Years of college
Making $12 an hour
To watch the police
Take away the people’s flower
No way to change the course
When you’ve been overpowered

Chorus

III
Our leaders tell us
That we’ve never done so well
Truth is the government
Is damning us to hell
The politician’s lies
Are just something to sell
To keep the image up
So nobody can tell.

Chorus
Track Name: See How Far You've Come
See How Far You’ve Come
Words & Music by Ric Gordon
Copyright 2016 Joric Music/BMI

I.
You never
Had a life on your own
To understand
Just how much you have grown
To finally have
The life that you’ve never known

Chorus
Your time in the sun
To reflect on all you’ve done
See how far you’ve come

II.
The pain
Of your past never leaves
It cannot cast
A shadow over your deeds
You have succeeded
And everyone now can see

Chorus
Your time in the sun
To reflect on all you’ve done
See how far you’ve come

III.
But you
Still need someone that’s clear
True love
For you is still here
Waiting for you
To reappear

Chorus II
From your time in the sun
Because you need true love
To choose me is now clear

Chorus III
Come in from the sun
Back to where you belong
To see how far you’ve come
See how far you’ve come
See how far you’ve come
See how far you’ve come
See how far you’ve come
Track Name: Ashes In The Fire
Ashes In The Fire
Words and Music by Ric Gordon
Copyright 2016 Joric Music BMI

I
True love always seemed unreal
Right until I found it
The way she made me feel
Yeah, she taught me what love is

Now all that has ended
The sun refused to shine
The day my world came crashing down
Leaving ashes in the fire

Chorus
All that’s left is grief for Anni
There’s no beauty
No refrain
All that’s left is grief for Anni
With only hope of her
To sustain

II
In her face there shown such kindness
In her laughter there’s such grace
With her eyes she saw through my whole world
Oh how I long for her embrace

But now all that has ended
The sun still won’t shine
The day my world came crashing down
Leaving ashes in the fire

If his intimacy doesn’t move you
The way ours always does
It will take you to your deepest truth
That this was just a mistake.

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