Ryan Lee Williams and the Yeahboys!

Ryan Lee Williams and the Yeahboys!

 New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
BandCountrySinger/Songwriter

Ryan Lee Williams and the Yeahboys! is a New Orleans-based country band grounded by the original songwriting of Ryan Lee Williams. His songs are a genuinely honest chronicle of love, heartbreak, addiction, and an unrelenting struggle for personal growth. The band lays a foundation with a danceable, modern day, classic country sound, with hints of Appalachia woven in-between.

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Floating Points

Written By: Ryan Lee Williams

She gonna reach ‘cross the table with that look in her eyes
She gonna shake me, gonna make me wake up and realize
I been a’dreamin, I got myself mesmerized
I’m just staring at the wall, I’m staring back into time

How long’s it been? I been right here before
Am I still sitting here or have I been moving back and forth?
When she touched me, when she held me in her arms in the night
was it all just part of this dream that I been holdin’ so tight?

Around a bend is a hillside
It’ll be covered in white if you time it just right
The seasons will change, the flowers will die
but they’ll be back again if you give them time

Well, I floated down a river and I fell fast asleep
I dreamed a life you’d only find in a dream
A million songs I’d have to write to show you just what I mean
but I woke alone by a different river down in New Orleans

How long’s it been? I been right here before
Am I still sitting here or have I been moving back and forth?
Are you on that river, at that table, by that hillside tonight?
Babe, I departed but I’m just at another point in our time

Around that bend is a hillside
It’ll be covered in white if you time it just right
The seasons will change, the flowers will die
but they’ll be back again if you give them time

You Know Where I'll Be

Written By: Ryan Lee Williams

Oh, come back to see me, baby, you know where I'll be
You don't need no more invitation, you already got the key
I'll be looking forward to seein' you but you just come when you are free
and when you come back to see me, baby, you know where I'll be

When your jewelry is jangling, darlin', I'll know you've arrived
You don't need to ring the doorbell, honey, just come right on inside
Let me hear that sweet ol' voice of yours, set the space in between us aside
and when I hear your jewelry jangling, darlin', I'll know you've arrived

You know I'm missing you badly
I know you can't be everywhere at once
But when the “where” you can be is “right here” with me
then I want you right here in my arms

If your face lights up and my eyes go blind, then you'll have to be my guide
I make it a rule to never wear my sunglasses inside
But that smile of yours gets me every time, I forget that it's so bright
So if your face lights up and my eyes go blind, well honey, won't you be my guide

You know I’m missing you badly
I know you can’t be everywhere at once
But when the “where” you can be is “right here” with me
then I want you right here in my arms

Gonna Pay

Written By: Ryan Lee Williams

So many winds are blowing from so many ways
even before I step outside, back and forth I sway
If you see me sitting somewhere, it's not 'cause I plan to stay
It's just that I haven't yet been blown away

If I could slow down time
Well, you'd pro'bly find
me rushin' anyway

Well, I told you I can't do it, I said I'd walk away
but if your love is a gamble, babe, well, I can't help but play
So I'm all in on the next hand though they tell me I should stay
"You're gonna bust! You always rush! You know you're gonna pay!"

But if I could turn back time
you'd probably find
me bettin' anyway

I'm giving up my vices, oh the line I'll walk is straight
I'm thinking back and stopping to make sure my debts are paid
I'm keeping my eyes forward, trying not to go astray
But peace of mind is hard to find and you know I just can't wait

If I could slow down time
you'd probably find
If I could slow down time
I know you'd find
me rushin' anyway

Time Travels Strangely

Written By: Ryan Lee Williams

Well, you say you miss me baby
You can't wait 'til I get home
You're counting down the days
'til you're no longer alone

Well, darling, time it travels strangely
What seems so long will soon be gone
Before you know it, I'll be with you
lying tightly in your arms

Well, I have waited such a long time
Never thought I'd see the day
when you told me that you loved me
told me that you're here to stay

But the years, they work upon you
and though you may try to deny
what once seemed so scary
is now the thing you can't hide

So just be patient dear, I'll be home soon
Just give it a little time
You know I miss you, darling
I can't get you off of my mind
But we've already waited this long
won't you give it a little more
Before you know, you'll be seeing my smiling face
just walking through your door

So just remember that I love you
Right with you I'm gonna stay
The years have been hard on me
They're giving me a break today

Don't you think that I'll forget soon
how I longed to feel your touch
I ain't taking you for granted, darling
That you can trust

White Flag

Written By: Ryan Lee Williams

I was kicking and screaming, I was swearing I had changed
promised everything was different than before
Listing all the new awakenings that propped open up my eyes
just as I walked head first into the door

High up on a mountain in the ruins of old lives
I saw the beauty that I longed to keep
I tried to hold it tight, defend it, call it mine
While I manned the fort it slipped away from me

With a sadness in my heart and an adventure on my mind
I set out, a new life for to start
In the haste of losing everything, I lost my memory
Made the same missteps, watched the same things fall apart

Oh, I could keep a’ running
I could pack my bags and leave
Find the next stop, I could start again
But I see that what I’m running from has kept up with me
What I’ve tried to shed is what still remains

With my white flag in the air, surrender pushing from my soul
fighting it’s way out into the sun
For to grab a ray of light and lodge it deep inside my chest
Light up my heart, a new life’s already begun

Patient Man

Written By: Ryan Lee Williams

Oh my darling
What are we doing here?
Are there things to learn on this precarious turning
ride that we can't steer?

I have lost so much
of all I thought I'd found
Some was stolen, some went spoiled,
some lay scattered on the ground

Now I stand with you
confused as I ever been
Not sure what I am anymore
Not sure where I fit in

All I've got are contradictions laid out absolute
Can you see through that a little deeper to the truth?

Oh my darling
You know I'm not a patient man
Through I try to calm my worried mind
the best that I can

I'm strung up tighter
than the strings I'm strummin' on
If I could only ring as true as them
I could never go wrong

But I'm not made of steel though I often try to be
The urgency I feel it has always haunted me

It sends me spinning aimless I don't know where I'll end up
But right now I'm here with you and that's enough

Wings Like a Raven

Written By: Ryan Lee Williams

Somewhere so high above me
my love sits on another plane
Every so often our paths they will cross
but too soon we are too far away

If I could fly high like a raven
to my love wherever she is
no matter the distance or the time in between
I'd remember her face and persist

But every time that we meet
it's harder to go separate ways
We end up with pieces that came from the other
They can't be discarded again

If I could know just how to reach her
If I could just keep her to stay
To never have our two paths cross again
but to meet and to never part ways

Well, I wouldn't need wings like a raven
just to keep myself off of the ground
and no matter the distance or the time in between
I'd remember just whom I had found

But every time that we meet
it’s harder to go separate ways
We end up with pieces that came from the other
they can’t be discarded again

I’m made from the pieces we shared with each other
They can’t be discarded again

When I Learn My Lesson

Written By: Ryan Lee Williams

After each of my failures
After each battered night
All the times I mishandled
I shoulda just let pass me by

I been fumbling for buttons
that were just never there
Trying to pause or reset
what’s already been aired

But I got nothing
I can’t say that I learned my lesson

With my chest housing hornets
buzz so loud I can’t think
All my brain’s reassurance
it don’t calm anything

It just resounds
I’m yelling silence in an echo
All I’ve found
is next time’s waiting in the shadows

But I learned a hard lesson
I got better some ways
All hope, it ain’t forsaken
though it seems it some days

For each of my failures let go when I learn my lesson

Lorelei

Written By: Ryan Lee Williams

Lorelei, where are you hiding?

I know you snuck in through a dream

Just because I can't remember when I wake up
Don't assume that you haven't been seen

Your whispers dance light 'round my pillow
The music it stops when I stir

with the feeling that someone's been here all along

but things no longer are as they were


Lorelei, don’t you know that I saw you

When I left you alone in the moonlight

with the ecstasy drained from my soul

All the longing lay buried in grief-stained release

left to rot for what can be controlled


Now will you wait for me in desolate water

where reflections, they only confuse

If I avert my course, could I avoid the chance

of crashing my boat into you?


Lorelei, don’t you know that I saw you

I'm waiting, eyes open, for you, Lorelei

Don't you think that you'll trick me once more

I've given up sailing, I'm given up sleep

my eyes are now transfixed on the door


Lorelei, I don't know how you got in here

I thought I had barred shut my dreams

I can't tell the difference now when I wake up

and now you are all that I see.

Lorelei, now you’re all that I see.

Ain't No Better Day

Written By: Ryan Lee Williams

Oh there ain't no better day than today to give your love
Oh there ain't no better day than today to give your love
Oh there ain't no better day than today to give your love
Well, I'm right here and I just can't get enough

I'm leaving out this place soon heading back to where I'm from
Put my hat on top my head and get on back to what's begun
Oh I'll be there when you want me and I'll be gone when you're done
Oh, babe, I tell you that I just can't get enough

I was lonesome when you found me, I'll be lonesome when you're gone
I ain't asking you to save me, just to hold me in your arms
And if I start to hating you can turn the love back on
Oh I tell ya that I just can't get enough

The snow's about to fall soon, we'll be trying to keep warm
You can bundle up, sit by the fire, keep out of the storm
But if you need someone to hold you late at night, that's what I'm for
Oh did I tell you that I just can't get enough

Oh I write my life in chapters tied together through my songs
It's the only way I know where the transitions belong
If you'd lend me your accompaniment, we could move on right along
I'll sing it loudly that I just can't get enough

How'd You Get Here?

Written By: Ryan Lee Williams

Staggered staccatos of memory follows
a score that drags too long, left on repeat
The rose petals fall 'fore you remember to smell them
When next spring approaches, oh, will you be free?

Restlessness resonates through each broken melody
The fault-lines expand and the ground, it does shake
It was written so pretty in plans for recovery
Now darkness envelopes you, confounding your way

Well, the notes they do follow you or you follow them
You step on each other in utter confusion
And where is this switch to provide you a pause?
You'll no longer need it when it's no longer lost

Slits in the string that you laid down to lead you back
stare at you, challenging - "How'd you get here?"
You sang your surroundings so loud as you travelled
with your eyes closed so tight, while your path disappeared

In the dark now, just trembling or running into walls
Cursing, embarrassed with each clumsy fall
Too many details left out from your songs
But just as you must keep singing, you must keep walking on

Staggered staccatos of memory follows
a score that drags too long, left on repeat
The rose petals fall 'fore you remember to smell them
When next spring approaches, oh, will you be free?

Moment of Refuge

Written By: Ryan Lee Williams

All the times that I've awoken
not yet knowing what was real
Possibilities for seconds
try to grasp as they are sealed

Now I stare at them through minutes
their wrapping gorgeous, but opaque
I know that beauty lies beneath it
Beauty now lies in its way

So many worlds have faded from me
they'd been right in front of my eyes
I spend so much time discerning patterns
but come to find that I am blind

When the shapes have turned to scribbles
where the words spelled out the path
All the memories step forward
drawing future from the past

Now I find refuge in the seconds
I can't hold before they're sealed
They hold space between the darkness
and the light where wounds won't heal

In eternities immobile
feeling paralyzed again
I awaken to a moment
in motion, as I've always been

A Little Rain Hasn't Killed Me Yet

Written By: Ryan Lee Williams

Where I'm going
I cannot see
I got my eyes wide open
but time just blindsides me

I don't get no warning
My path is clear
All a sudden it's storming
and shelter ain't nowhere near

Well, now you come to tell me
just what I need
You say you look into my future
and you don't like what you see

Well, friend I don't blame you
but go on your way
I never trust no one with the answer
and I ain't gonna start today

I been reckless, I been wrong
I been everywhere I don't belong
I been a recluse, a hideaway
just counting time, trying to kill the day

But now all that matters
is that the path I've gone
has led me where I am
I've seen it happening all along

So when it starts to pouring
and I'm soaking wet
I'll just keep walking on my way
A little rain hasn't killed me yet

And when the time surrounds me
and I think I'm trapped
I'm gonna push my way through it
and I ain't gonna look back

Set List

Floating Points 
You Know Where I’ll Be
Gonna Pay
Time Travels Strangely
White Flag
Patient Man
Wings Like a Raven
When I Learn My Lesson
Lorelei
Ain’t No Better Day
How’d You Get Here?
Moment of Refuge
A Little Rain Hasn’t Killed Me Yet