Ryan Cabrera

Ryan Cabrera

 Los Angeles, California, USA
BandPopAcoustic

"My guitar is my crutch. Without it, I feel like I'm going to pee my pants"

Biography

Guitarist, songwriter, and Texas native Ryan Cabrera never planned on a career in music. His hobby turned into a passion after hearing Dave Matthews, causing him to turn his back on the noisy punk rock of his high-school band, Caine, and pick up an acoustic guitar for the newly minted Rubic's Groove. The group found popularity in the Dallas area, sharing stages with Cheap Trick, Ben Harper, and Third Eye Blind, before Cabrera's departure. Making the most of a block of studio time -- a birthday present from his brother -- the high-school dropout cut three original songs that impressed the engineer enough to offer the opportunity to do a full-length -- for free. Elm Street was a self-released success, selling out locally and garnering favorable reviews and a deluge of Internet orders. In 2001, Cabrera signed to Atlantic, which scheduled the long-player Take It All Away for release in 2004. Assisting behind the boards were Sabelle Breer and Curt Frasca (Avril Lavigne), Guy Chambers (Robbie Williams), and co-producer Johnny Rzeznik (Goo Goo Dolls). You Stand Watching arrived in 2005, followed by Moon Under Water in 2008. ~ James Christopher Monger, All Music Guide

Lyrics

On The Way Down

Written By: Ryan Cabrera

Sick and Tired of this world
There's no more air
Trippin' over myself
Goin' nowhere
Waiting
Suffocating
No direction
And I took a dive

And on the way down
I saw you
And you saved me
From myself
And I won't forget
The way you loved me
On the way down
I almost fell right through
But I held onto you

I've been wondering why
It's only me
Have you always been inside
Waiting to breathe
It's alright
Sunlight
On my face
I wake up and yeah, I'm alive

'cause on the way down
I saw you
And you saved me
From myself
And I won't forget
The way you loved me
On the way down
I almost fell right through
But I held onto you

I was so afraid
Of going under
But now
The weight of the world
Feels like nothing, no, nothing

Down, down, down
You're all I wanted
Down, down, down
You're all I needed
Down, down, down
You're all I wanted
You're all I needed

And I won't forget the way you loved me

All that I wanted
All that I needed

On the way down
I saw you
And you saved me
From myself
And I won't forget
The way you loved me
On the way down
I almost fell right through
But I held onto you

Down, down, down
But I held onto you
Down, down, down
But I held onto you

True

Written By: Ryan Cabrera

I won't talk
I won't breathe
I won't move till you finally see
That you belong with me

You might think I don't look
But deep inside
In the corner of my mind
I'm attached to you
I'm weak
It's true
Cause I'm afraid to know the answer
Do you want me too?
Cause my heart keeps falling faster

I've waited all my life
To cross this line
To the only thing that's true
So I will not hide
It's time to try
Anything to be with you
All my life I've waited
This is true

You don't know what you do
Everytime you walk into the room
I'm afraid to move
I'm weak
It's true
I'm just scared to know the ending
Do you see me too?
Do you even know you met me?

I've waited all my life to cross this line
To the only thing that's true
So I will not hide
It's time to try anything to be with you
All my life I've waited

This is true

I know when I go ill be on my way to you
The way that's true

I've waited all my life to cross this line
To the only thing that's true
So I will not hide
It's time to try anything to be with you
All my life I've waited

This is true

Say

Written By: Ryan Cabrera

[Verse 1]
I'm on the corner
Catching the late train
I'm going somewhere
I'm leaving nowhere today
I got my reasons
And my beautiful wine
I told my mama
Said "Boy you lost your mind

I say shut up shut up
You're going to ruin you're name
I say clean up clean up
Don't think just play

[Chorus]
S-S-Say Say Say
Say what you wanna say
Cuz I'm gone...Yeah I'm gone [2x]

[Verse 2]
I crossed the border
Watching the sun drown
The seats are shaking
But I don't wanna slow down
Now I'm living
In a beautiful town
There ain't no people
But they love my sound
Say wake up wake up
You got things to sign
Say pick up pick up
Your life is on the line

[Chorus]
S-S-Say Say Say
Say what you wanna say
Cuz I'm gone...Yeah I'm gone [2x]

Oh you used to be young
Yeah you used to be wise
You used to be cool
What's with that look in your eyes

Say Say Say what you wanna say
What you wanna say Yeah

Tell me how you like me
Look at me like that
Tell me how you like that
Look at me dancing now
Look at me dancing now
Call me everyday just to say the same thing
Even in my sleep
It's your voice repeating (voice repeating)
Tell me how you like me now

[Chorus]
S-S-Say Say Say
Say what you wanna say
Cuz I'm gone...Yeah I'm gone [3x]

Oh you used to be young
Yea you used to be wise
You used to be cool
What's with that look in your eyes

Say Say Say...what you wanna say
Say what you wanna say
Say what you wanna say

Enemies

Written By: Ryan Cabrera

[Verse 1]
In the backseat of a yellow taxi
feel your heart beat
deception is intense
and you think I didn't know

Its like Bombay traffic in my mind,
how can you keep up with all your lies,
and you think I didn't notice...

[Chorus]
I said keep your enemies close and your lovers closer
I'm letting you know the show is over now
so lean in closer now
keep your hands up
so I can see
I think its too late
you got the best of me
so lean in closer
keep your enemies close and your lovers closer

[Verse 2]
And its hard to but you cant refuse
The first to volunteer to be abused liked this
don't act like you don't know

Were in the bedroom of your very best friend
I'm fucking guilty

[Chorus]
I said keep your enemies close and your lovers closer
I'm letting you know the show is over now
so lean in closer now
keep your hands up
so i can see
I think its too late
you got the best of me
so lean in closer [x2]
keep your enemies close and your lovers closer

Don't say that were something were not
If we think to much then were gonna get caught
Don't say that were something were not
The truth is maybe I wanna get caught
Keep your enemies close and your lovers closer [x2]

[Chorus]
I said keep your enemies close and your lovers closer
I'm letting you know the show is over now
so lean in closer now
keep your hands up
so i can see
I think its too late
you got the best of me
so lean in closer [x2]
keep your enemies close and your lovers closer

Rise (The Dog Barks)

Written By: Ryan Cabrera

Winding down, tying up
In this waxed and empty box
Twisted nights, drowned in wine
Dropping shots in empty bars

Broken glass, moments past
Hold now, the dog barks
Broken windows, broken doors
Broken chairs on broken floors

All these things remind me of you

I rise away, don't feel no pain
'Cause you're with me now
In time it seems a slower song
It's a perfect sound

Sleep right through the day and we fade away
You flow right through my veins
Like a morning rain
Like a morning rain, yeah

Down the stairs to neon rooms
Blink eyes and cheap perfumes
All these strangers getting strange
Feeding off each other's pain

I crawl inside, inside my head
Rusty springs and burning beds
Frozen people, frozen lungs
Frozen buildings block the sun

All these things remind me of you

I rise away, don't feel no pain
'Cause you're with me now
In time it seems a slower song
It's a perfect sound

Sleep right through the day and we fade away
Flow right through my veins
Like a morning rain
Like a morning rain, yeah

Alone, my home, away from you
Alone, my home, a wasted view
Alone, my home, away from you

I rise away, don't feel no pain
'Cause you're with me now
In time it seems a slower song
It's a perfect sound

Sleep right through the day and we fade away
Flows right through my veins
Like a morning rain
Like a morning rain, yeah

Like a morning rain
Like a morning rain, yeah
Like a morning rain
Like a morning rain
Like a morning rain

Discography

Studio albums

Title: Elm St.
Details: Release date: 2001, Label: AMP, Formats: CD
Peak positions, US: --
Certifications: --

Title: Take It All Away
Details: Release date: August 17, 2004, Label: Atlantic Records, Formats: CD, music download
Peak positions, US: 8
Certifications: US: Gold

Title: You Stand Watching
Details: Release date: September 20, 2005, Label: Atlantic Records, Formats: CD, music download
Peak positions, US: 24
Certifications: --

Title: The Moon Under Water
Details: Release date: May 13, 2008, Label: EMI America, Formats: CD, music download
Peak positions, US: 177
Certifications: --

Singles

Year: 2004
Single: "On The Way Down"
Peak chart positions: US: 15, US AC: 35, US Adult: 6, US Pop: 4, AUS: 48, NZ: 26
Certifications: US: Gold
Album: Take It All Away

Single: "True"
Peak chart positions: US: 18, US AC: 9, US Adult: 13, US Pop: 8, AUS: --, NZ: --
Certifications: US: Gold
Album: Take It All Away

Year: 2005
Single: "40 Kinds of Sadness"
Peak chart positions: US: --, US AC: --, US Adult: --, US Pop: --, AUS: --, NZ: --
Certifications: US: --
Album: You Stand Watching

Single: "Shine On"
Peak chart positions: US: 86, US AC: --, US Adult: --, US Pop: 25, AUS: --, NZ: --
Certifications: US: --
Album: You Stand Watching

Single: "Photo"
Peak chart positions: US: --, US AC: --, US Adult: --, US Pop: --, AUS: --, NZ: --
Certifications: US: --
Album: You Stand Watching

Year: 2006
Single: "I Will Remember You"
Peak chart positions: US: --, US AC: --, US Adult: --, US Pop: --, AUS: --, NZ: --
Certifications: US: --
Album: The Moon Under Water

Year: 2008
Single: "Say"
Peak chart positions: US: --, US AC: --, US Adult: --, US Pop: --, AUS: --, NZ: --
Certifications: US: --
Album: The Moon Under Water

Single: "Enemies"
Peak chart positions: US: --, US AC: --, US Adult: --, US Pop: --, AUS: --, NZ: --
Certifications: US: --
Album: The Moon Under Water

Music Videos

Year: 2004
Title: "On The Way Down"
Director(s): Dean Paraskevopoulos

Title: "True"
Director(s): Kevin Kerslake

Year: 2005
Title: "40 Kinds of Sadness"
Director(s): Bill Fishman

Title: "Shine On"
Director(s): Kevin Kerslake

Year: 2006
Title: "Photo"
Director(s): Everado and Leopoldo Gout

Year: 2008
Title: "Say"
Director(s): N/A

Title: "Enemies"
Director(s): N/A

Set List

Setlist is subject to change, open requests are taken during set*