The Ride

by Volunteer

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1.
I found it easier to just stare I never thought your eyes would wander back to me I told myself I couldn’t have you But ain’t it funny how life wakes you to your dreams Tell me everything you love about me Find yourself a reason to let go All the trouble piling up around me Watches in terror as you lighten up the load I found you in the fire We never made it out of the house I found you in the fire Nobody’s ever gonna put us out There’s time to figure out the details Time to get around to all the questions on your mind Take stock of every little worry But we’re more than our families, and we’re not falling behind And I don’t have much education Not many dollars, not a home to call my own I can appreciate your hesitation But one step at a time, we’re gonna be fine And never alone I found you in the fire We never made it out of the house I found you in the fire Nobody’s ever gonna put us out I found you in the fire We never made it out of the house I found you in the fire Nobody’s ever gonna put us out Honey I’m lost without you there Can’t count the cost without you there Can’t bear the cross without you there I found you in the fire We never made it out of the house I found you in the fire I found you in the fire We never made it out of the house I found you in the fire Nobody’s ever gonna put us out Nobody’s ever gonna put us out
2.
To Be Young 03:56
When I was ten years old, I had skinned knees A fan of everything with no time for apathy A little lost, but I was unafraid of anything And I miss those days Oh, oh, oh, So unshakable Pushing every bottle out into the sea Hoping the messages would make it to an island Didn’t stop to wonder what any of it means Oh, to be younger Every moment in itself was so complete Oh, to be younger I gotta remember what it’s like to live that free At 16, I loved without limits Singing every feeling, trying to make it count Nothing to hold me back Oh, to know the world was mine, but have nothing figured it out Oh, oh, oh So unbreakable Windows down and speeding up the Florida beach Couldn’t imagine life would ever separate us, Or that anything we faced would steal us from our dreams Oh, to be younger Every moment in itself was so complete Oh, to be younger I gotta remember what it’s like to live that free Oh, oh to be young! Oh, oh to be young! 28 now, one year older than my mother was The day I met her in the hospital A little lost, a little more afraid of everything But I’ll miss these days Oh, to be younger Every moment in itself is all I need Oh, to be younger I gotta remember what it’s like to be free Oh, to be younger Every moment in itself was so complete Oh, to be younger I gotta remember what it’s like to live that free Oh, oh to be young! Oh, oh to be young!
3.
My Everyday 04:17
Sometimes I wonder if I’m dreaming Or maybe caught up in a trance Don’t even recognize the feeling that I got When we were walking hand in hand You looked at me, looking at you And there was nothing we could do To stop the moment from sweeping us up I think I want everything you got You threw your line and I was caught I’m never ever gonna give you up Now you’ve found me Darling you’ve bound me I could never break away You’re my secret I’m gonna keep it Forever I will stay I want you to be, I want you to be, I want you to be My everyday Feels like I’m walking on the ceiling Like all the rules just don’t apply The parts of me I’ve been concealing Will always be within your sight You looked at me, looking at you And there was nothing we could do To stop the moment from sweeping us up I think I want everything you got You threw your line and I was caught I’m never ever gonna give you up Now you’ve found me Darling you’ve bound me I could never break away You’re my secret I’m gonna keep it Forever I will stay I want you to be, I want you to be, I want you to be My everyday I can’t remember life before you And I can’t imagine life without So I’m gonna close the door on any doubt Now you’ve found me Darling you’ve bound me I could never break away Now you’ve found me Darling you’ve bound me I could never break away You’re my secret I’m gonna keep it Forever I will stay I want you to be, I want you to be, I want you to be My everyday
4.
Somewhere in Tennessee You’re falling fast asleep And I just crossed a state line If only when I arrived And you had learned how to fly I know you’d be waiting Cause I don’t feel much like me I don’t feel much like me Whenever I’m away Even on my best day You would make it better It can be hard to smile When you’re further with every mile And the days all last forever Cause I don’t feel much like me I don’t feel much like Without you When the road gets long And my tired legs are shaking When the notes seem wrong Would you just keep singing along? Cause I don’t feel much like me I don’t feel much like me I don’t feel much like me
5.
They say that nothing good comes easy But they said that it’s worth the fight I’m tired of turning the page to see it in hindsight I’ve never been a man to make plans I like to take life as it comes But now I see clear that I want you here for good And maybe it’s as simple as we’ve made it And maybe it’s just time to stop looking around Tell me I’m the one, tell me I’m loved Tell me you’re oh so certain Take a deep breath, you’ve been coming undone Searching for someone Tell me it’s real, tell me it’s fate This is the curtain call Our life has begun, so tell me you’re done Searching for someone There’s always a million reasons To hide your heart inside All the walls you’ve built for keeping me outside You always were the one to be strong But it’s time to put down your guard You don’t gotta make this so hard Maybe all you ever thought you wanted Was all just leading you to make the choice To Tell me I’m the one, tell me I’m loved Tell me you’re oh so certain Take a deep breath, you’ve been coming undone Searching for someone Tell me it’s real, tell me it’s fate This is the curtain call Our life has begun, so tell me you’re done Searching for someone And all we ever do is run And I know it’s hard to love someone And if you stop and look to me, I’m looking right on back at you To Tell me I’m the one, tell me I’m loved Tell me you’re oh so certain Take a deep breath, you’ve been coming undone Searching for someone Tell me it’s real, tell me it’s fate This is the curtain call Our life has begun, so tell me you’re done Searching for someone So tell me you’re done searching for someone Cause baby I’m done searching for someone
6.
It’s been a long time since the fire died down It’s been a long time since the fire died down Why you wanna go and rub these sticks together now? Why you wanna start it up and burn this old house to the ground? Why you wanna light it up when I just put this damn thing out? It’s been a long time since the flood dried up It’s been a long time since the flood dried up Why you wanna go and make it rain again? Why you wanna go through all of this pain again? Why you wanna swim for life when I just sat down to catch my breath again? It’s been a long time since the shooting stopped It’s been a long time since the shooting stopped Why you wanna go and drop the bombs again? Why you wanna bleed for someone you can’t understand? Why you wanna lose your life in a battle you can’t win? Why you wanna go back to the start again? Why you wanna go and break my heart again? You’re talking out of both sides of your mouth Telling me you wanna work it out Making me a shadow of my doubt It’s been a long time since I walked away It’s been a long time since I walked away Why you wanna find me when I’m strong Just to make me weak again?
7.
I couldn’t fake this I wouldn’t know where to start You’ve got your flag stuck firm in my heart Life is so crazy when you’ve got so much to lose But when I’m with you there’s nothing I have to prove Sandcastles in June Sandcastles in June No clouds overhead and nothing to block the view Sandcastles in June Sandcastles in June No time but right now and no one but me and you, oh I couldn’t take it I wouldn’t know what to do If you ever decided it was too good to be true Loving is easy when you’ve got no worries And when I’m with you, there’s nowhere to hurry to Sandcastles in June Sandcastles in June No clouds overhead and nothing to block the view Sandcastles in June Sandcastles in June No time but right now and no one but me and you, oh We got everything we need Hold back the waves and stay with me We got everything we need Don’t leave, don’t leave Sandcastles in June Sandcastles in June No clouds overhead and nothing to block the view Sandcastles in June Sandcastles in June No time but right now and no one but me and you, oh Sandcastles in June Sandcastles in June We got everything we need Hold back the waves and stay with me Sandcastles in June Sandcastles in June No time but right now and no one but me and you
8.
Fool For You 04:57
Waiting in line I was facing forward No reason to think it was the day that I’d find you Feet tapping in time Turn my head sideways Missing your eyes as you had just walked out of view Wondering lost Searching for your likeness Or maybe a lookalike with glimmers of your soul What is the cost of chasing after true love? With only a shadow of a heart that’s been made whole Had we seen a little of the spark When we were young and dumb, I think we could have been something Had we seen a little of the love we longed for We could be foolish, I’d be a fool for you Had we made a little bit of time to test our fate back then I think we would’ve meant something Had we been a little more patient with it We could be foolish, I’d be a fool for you Tracing my steps Looking for a way back All of my ghosts walking in step as I come through I was a dick Searching for an exit Avoiding the person I became when I found you Had we seen a little of the spark When we were young and dumb, I think we could have been something Had we seen a little of the love we longed for We could be foolish, I’d be a fool for you Had we made a little bit of time to test our fate back then I think we would’ve meant something Had we been a little more patient with it We could be foolish, I’d be a fool for you We could be foolish We could be foolish I’d be a fool for you We could be foolish We could be foolish I’d be a fool for you For you We could be foolish, oh We could be foolish I’d be a fool for you
9.
The Ride 05:39
One day it hit me right between the eyes Everything I’ve ever loved is someday gonna die The one and only constant here is time And every single moment carries me closer to mine I’m not gonna live forever Even now my face is lined Death’s not gonna loose the tether I just hope he takes his time I guess that I just like the ride All the years I tried to be someone Every moment that I lived for arrived and then was done With it went the feeling that I longed for It left me alone to wait for more I’m not gonna live forever Even now my face is lined Death’s not gonna loose the tether I just hope he takes his time I guess that I just like the ride Everything I aimed for became the thing to live for Always barely out of reach You can always hedge your bets Or you can try to up your chance Or you can just enjoy the dance I’m not gonna live forever Even now my face is lined Death’s not gonna loose the tether I just hope he takes his time I’m not gonna live forever And I can’t pause and hit rewind Death’s not gonna loose the tether I just hope he takes his time Fuck it, I just like the ride

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released November 20, 2020

Written by Cory Quintard, Nickolas Wheeler,
Produced by Cory Quintard, Will Mikkelson
Mixed by Will Mikkelson
Mastered by Sam Moses

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Volunteer Nashville, Tennessee

Volunteer is the brainchild of singer/songwriter Cory Quintard originally from Florida but currently based in Nashville, TN.

With the success from his previous EPs, 2020 will see the release of Volunteer's highly anticipated debut full-length album, The Ride in November.

The first singles are available now.
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