54 Degrees

by Garrison Ulrich

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about

As you know, I’m going to be out of the country for a couple years, so I wanted to do something special for you, my dear listeners, before I leave, and this is it.

One of my favorite things is to just grab my guitar and play for friends and family. It’s intimate and raw; stripped down to just the bare essentials.

So I wanted to do an album that was mostly filled with what it would be like if you came to my home and were just sitting around with my family; we’d laugh, have dinner, we’d tell a lot of bad jokes and quote lines from movies, we’d re-enact comedy sketches, and then eventually I’d grab my guitar, and play for you for the rest of the evening.

I also wanted to share with you many songs that got me started writing my own music, so many of the songs are from my original album 45 Degrees. This was a time when I was just scratching the surface of song writing, my first thoughts about life and love. I was still a teenager, and going through a lot of first time experiences. And perhaps some of the lyrics may seem unsophisticated and immature, and well, I was (and probably still am J!)

So, why the title 54 Degrees? because it is exactly 20% better than 45 degrees (you know my first album I was talking about earlier J.)

Seriously, in the 3 years since my first attempt at sharing music with the world, my skill at recording my music is probably 500% better, so perhaps a more appropriate title would’ve been 225 Degrees, but not everyone is a math nerd, and I’m a modest guy, so we’ll just have to stick with 20% better at 54 Degrees.

I hope you enjoy what it might be like to come over and hang with me for a night. You can imagine my little brother Jackson over on the piano for a little accompaniment, or maybe on a second guitar. My brothers Aaron, Christian, and Rylan, and my little sister Tori, will probably join in on the harmonies for us. And my Mom and Dad will be watching from the dinner table, just relaxing and enjoying seeing their children make amazing music together.

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released July 7, 2014

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Garrison Ulrich Seattle, Washington

A 23-year-old Singer/Songwriter/Multi-Instrumentalist, Garrison Ulrich grew up in Seattle, WA. Garrison started writing music at 17 and his prolific writing has produced well over two hundred songs in the 6-year span. His music spans the rock/folk /indie/pop genres. Garrison is an avid fan of choral music, and finds time to sing tenor for the Seattle Ensign Symphony and Chorus. ... more

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Track Name: Somewhere (Acoustic)
(v1)
Lights all around
Dreams to be found
Can't here a sound
With Tears on the ground

(chorus)
You tell me
Stay
I'll stay.
If you beg me
To leave,
Come with me.
Cause I'm headed for a place called somewhere
Where the sunshine never leaves
And I'm headed for a place called anywhere
It's a place I can't believe is there

(v2)
Start up the car
Couldn't if I ran
Not getting far
But catch me if you can

(repeat chorus)
Is there.

(bridge)
You can tag along.
You can prove me wrong.

Dark are the skies
Now I realize

(alternate chorus)
That I'm headed for a land called some where
Where the sunshine never leaves
And I'm headed for a place called anywhere
It's a place I can't believe is there.
Is there.
Is there.

(repeat bridge)
Track Name: September (2014)
(v1)
Dear something that I used to have
I'm the circus where no one laughs
'Cause I know there's something missing

You could say I haven't been around
You could tell me that I need more clowns
But I would not be list'ning

(chorus)
But now that August has come and gone
I think that it's time that I moved on
I can't help but try not to remember
So, to the rescue, September
Whoa...

(ooh... ooh... ooh... ooh...)

(v2)
Dear someone that I used to be
I wish that I wasn't me
But only at certain times

You can probably tell I'm tired
And lately I haven't felt inspired
When it comes to words that rhyme

(chorus)
But now that August has come and gone
I think that it's time that I moved on
I can't help but try not to remember
So, to the rescue, September
Whoa...

To the rescue, September
To the rescue, September
To the rescue, September
So can you be my September?
Track Name: Just a Girl (Acoustic)
(v1)
Figure out
Why it is I can't just
shout it out
"She's a beautiful girl!"
And so let 'em know
Put my voice into the air
But it's a cruel world
I know
I know

(chorus)
Ever since I met you
You know I never ever let you down
Just make some sound
Sometimes I can't take it
You would be my blanket
And you may be just a girl
But you stand out from all the others
In this world

(v2)
I turn to stone
I'm clueless when I hear you
on the telephone
I don't know what to say
I got to slow it down
Kick it down a notch
and try to stay in bounds
Got a keep it in play
I know
I know

(repeat chorus)

(bridge)
I would sail across the ocean
And repeat in slow motion
Just to say "you're beautiful"
I can be your prince charming
Would never be harming
You know
You know
You know

(chorus 2)
Looking into your eyes
Made me realize
That they never stay the same
They're constantly getting prettier
Every day
Track Name: The Jelly Bean Song (Acoustic)
(v1)
If I was ever king
I'd lose myself in my power
I might have everything
But I'd lose myself by hour

(v1 reprise)
so much power
by the hour
might have everything
If I were king

(chorus)
Life is like a bag of jelly beans
Sometimes it's sweet
Life is like a new song
'cause it's never what you think.
You are like a friend who's true to me
take away the blues
life is so very beautiful
kinda like you.

(v2)
If I have nothing to do
means I'm out of my place
Always know what you do
or float around out in space.

(v2 reprise)
know what you do
nothing to do
out of place
outer space

(repeat chorus)

(bridge)
Kinda like you
kinda like you
Sometimes it's sweet
never what you think

(alt. chorus)
Life is like a bag of jelly beans
Sometimes it's sweet
Life is like a new song
'cause it's never what you think.
You are like a friend who's true to me
take away the blues
life is so very beautiful
and so are you.
Track Name: Once Again (2014)
(v1)
The same old lie again
I tell it when I can
But I'm starting to regret it now
because inside myself I've found
I'm becoming what I don't want to be.

(v2)
I'm in too deep again
and I'm so far from land
and you know I know how to swim
but it's not a pool I'm swimming in.
And I can look to you to pull me out.

(chorus)
'Cause you always seem to know when the time is right
and you always seem to see when my future's bright
Bring me back to shore
So I can stand
'cause I know you've saved my life
Once Again.

(v3)
I can't remember why
I started all those lies
and I know that I regret it now
because the truth cannot be found
and I'm seeing what I don't want to see

(repeat chorus)

(instrumental bridge)

(v4)
I know I tend to feel
like you're still behind the wheel
and you're leading me to joy
and I'll always be your little boy
but I know it's my turn to steer

(repeat chorus)

So, bring me back to shore
so I can stand
'cause I know you've saved my life
Once Again.
Track Name: Alone (2014)
(v1)
Time in the park, turn down the stress bar to low,
Time in the gym, make the adrenalin flow,
All that it's worth eventually will fade away,
The time that it takes is the time you have less in your way,

(pre-chorus)
You can't settle down when your mind's free to roam
And there's no one around to bring you back home,

(chorus)
So sing la da da da da da da da da
When it appears that you are all alone,
So sing la da da da da da da da da
It's something to do on your own,

(v2)
Strange how we find all these ways just to lie to ourselves,
We say that we're fine, it turns out we're not doing well,
And in the end, half of us breakdown and cry,
All I can say is that I just keep wondering why,

(repeat pre-chorus)

(repeat chorus)

(bridge)
What will you do when you know that your luck is all out?
What will you say when you don't know what they're talking about?

(repeat chorus)

Oooh...
Oooh...
Oooh...
Track Name: Honesty (Acoustic)
(v1)
Words are weapons sharp as knives
You can use them wrong or right
You could try to improvise
But in the end it's called a lie
You know you could
But never should
You never would

(chorus)
You could lead an army just with honesty
Everything is plain to see and promising
You could be deceiving now, but honestly
You could steal a heart with just your honesty

(v2)
Lies can lead you to your end
Secrets aren't much different
You'll eventually regret
Every word you never said
You know you could
But never should
You never would

(repeat chorus)

(bridge)
Don't lead me away
Don't lead me astray
Cause you lead the way

(SOLO!!!)

(repeat bridge)

(repeat chorus)
Track Name: Under The Sun (Acoustic)
(v1)
Look at the blue that covers the sky
Look away then shield your eyes
The future's lookin' bright
It takes away your sight, yeah

Lay in the sunlight, just sit back, just sit back

Follow your mind or follow your heart
Follow the leader out of the dark
Your energy will drain
It's more than just a game, yeah

Forget the sunset, just relax, just relax

Whoa...

(chorus)
Roll through the grass
Run with the wind
Wake up and greet yourself with a grin
Dry up the rain
Count up the days
Wish all your thoughts and troubles away
Bathe in the light
'Cause summer's begun
That's what it feels like under the sun
(under the sun)
Whoa...
(under the sun)
That's what it feels like under the sun

(v2)
Stay indoors or come outside
Either way, just make up your mind
It's getting pretty late
There's still some time to play, yeah

Time waits for no one, don't you know, don't you know?

Hope the best, prepare for the worst
Listen a while or eat your words
You think you're pretty tough
It sounds simple enough, yeah

When it's all over, come on home, come on home
Whoa...

(repeat chorus x2)
Roll through the grass
Run with the wind
Wake up and greet yourself with a grin
Dry up the rain
Count up the days
Wish all your thoughts and troubles away
Bathe in the light
'Cause summer's begun
That's what it feels like under the sun
(under the sun)
Whoa...
(under the sun)
That's what it feels like under the sun
(under the sun)
Track Name: Thought I'd Let You Know (Acoustic)
(v1)
It's getting hard to write
And late into the night
It's been while now, I toss the mail around
I hope you've been alright

(v2)
I'm eager just to know
Where, from this point, I go
'Cause I can tell you now, I've made my way around
But I never seem to grow

(chorus)
If you can see right through this letter
Then all the tears clearly shown
I guess it must be for the better
But I just thought I'd let you know

(v3)
My ink is running out
As midnight comes around
I guess I'll close it up, I think I've said enough
'Cause I'm just waiting for you now

(repeat chorus)
If you can see right through this letter
Then all the tears clearly shown
I guess it must be for the better
But I just thought I'd let you know

(chorus 2)
If you can see right through this letter
Then all the tears clearly shown
And still, I know you'll never answer
But I just thought I'd let you know
Track Name: Wandering Eyes
(v1)
I knew it'd never last
'Cause too much time has passed
Don't know how long we'll have
She's growing up too fast

These pictures on the wall
From back when she was small
She's had her bumps and falls
She's gonna be so tall

(chorus)
She rides the winds of curiosity
And I've tried to raise the fences high
But she'll end up being who she wants to be
'Cause I'll never stop her wandering eyes

(v2)
Although, she won't admit
She'll always be a kid
She's changing bit by bit
Her life will soon begin

Now only time will know
When I learn to let her go
I know I'll miss her so
As down the breeze she blows

(repeat chorus x2)
Track Name: Future (What Are The Odds)
Something tells me my life is about to change
Like I'm never going back
And I feel as if nothing will be the same
As if everything goes black
Call me out if it seems like I'm paranoid
Well, it extends beyond the eye
There's so much fear inside

(chorus)
(what are the odds)
What are the odds that I would find myself where I began?
(what are the odds)
How high is the chance of running 'round in circles now and then?
(what are the odds)
Maybe it's all in my mind, but it's about time I read the signs
Oh, it's about time!
It's about time!

(v2)
What if all that I do is insignificant?
What if nothing matters now?
I would take back the time wasted if I could
But I don't even know how
All my worries have lead me to emptiness
But at least I've been around
At least it's over now

(repeat chorus)
(what are the odds)
What are the odds that I would find myself where I began?
(what are the odds)
How high is the chance of running 'round in circles now and then?
(what are the odds)
Maybe it's all in my mind, but it's about time I read the signs
Oh, it's about time!
It's about time!
Track Name: House of Glass
(v1A)
I've seen enough here, to know I don't belong
My imagination, again has lead me on
This stubborn aching, has a mind of its own
I've left, but I won't tell you where I've gone

(v1B)
I've never known that, the world could be so mean
I'll never go back, to who I used to be
A steady runway, is all that I would need
To reason with myself behind the scenes

(chorus)
(Is it me)
Is it me, or can you see through my walls
As if they'd never shown?
(Could it be)
Could it be, all because of my lies
I've broken my own bones
(No more throwing stones)

(v2A)
I could have sworn I, I had a life before
My short attention, had wanted something more
I can't erase it, I know I won't forget
But at least I learned my lesson in the end

(v2B)
Oh, winter breezes, were never gone so fast
It's straight ahead now, and no more looking back
Like separation, letting go of the past
And trying to rebuild my house of glass

(repeat chorus x2)
Track Name: Desert of Wishes
(v1)
You are brave, you are honest
But no, you will never be the best
You could break any promise
But you just let your future do the rest
A friend, or a friend to the end
It's all the same to you
You don't let your past
Decide who you are, or what you do
Oh...

(chorus 1)
Those eager eyes will always wander, but never wander away
Oh and
That eager soul is becoming stronger and stronger most every day
But will you be
The change you want to see?
Could you be
A piece of the family?

(v2)
In this desert of wishes
The emptiness will always follow me
The dream is delicious
But bitter is the cold reality
A symbol, a sign of hope
With a smudge across the end
It seems like I'll never know
But I can still pretend
Oh...

(chorus 2)
These eager eyes will always wander, but never wander away
Oh and
This eager soul is becoming stronger and stronger most every day
But will I be
The change I want to see?
Could I be
A piece of the family?

(bridge)
Silly me, silly me
How could I belong
When this family tree
Is already so strong?
Silly me, silly me
How could I be so wrong?
I've been trying to fit in
But I need to move along

(solo)

(chorus 3)
Those eager eyes will always wander, but never wander away
Oh and
That eager soul is becoming stronger and stronger most every day
But will you be
The change you want to see?
Could you be
A piece of the family?