Small Horses and Other Stuff

by Garrison Ulrich

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about

This album started about 9 months ago, immediately after I finished Reflections. Looking at all the songs, I think it expresses my growth as a singer/songwriter, and as a musician, and at my craft of recording. It also shows the breadth of my musical interests. One of the cool things about being a young musician finding your 'sound', is that you are going to be all over the map for a while until you find it, and this album is no different. There's Pop and Folk-Rock, there's Choral and Acoustic Guitar, there's Classic Rock and Rock Instrumental. There are soft sweet ballads and gooey pop stuff. I hope you enjoy it all!

credits

released March 4, 2014

Thanks to the ever in-demand Feather (all the way from Australia) for doing the duet with me on Time Is An Adventure.

Thanks to Chi-Chi for the amazing vocals on Chant of Immortality, which is my biggest internet success with over 50k views to date. Her vocals make it shine!

Thanks to Giggly Maria for the backing vocals on Flutter. She heard the song, insisting on helping out with it, and it turned out great!

Thanks to Paul D. Engler (aka Relative1pitch), for the simply stunning violin work on Emerald Eyes, Chasing Fate and Thought I'd Let You Know. While I have a violin, and I can make it make something approximating 'music', Paul makes these songs so heartfelt with his tender violin.

Thanks to RainSnowHail for doing an excellent job mixing Chant of Immortality.

Thanks to my good friend DraeHeart for encouraging me to share my music with a special Small Horses community. Thank you Bronies! You rock!

Thanks to DragonwolfRooke for being able to do artwork for individual songs for this album. Her speed and inspiration for drawing is outstanding! And thanks to Angel Heart for helping out with the art in the album cover.

And Finally, thanks to my awesome Family. Dad, Mom, Aaron, Christian, Rylan, Jackson and Tori. Without which none of this would be possible. For keeping me on schedule for non-music related activities, for promotion, artwork assistance, and audio/video recording assistance. For listening and listening and listening some more, and helping me refine each song.

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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: Under The Sun
(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: Time Is an Adventure (Ft. Feather)
(v1) (Feather)
No mistake, even given a blindness
You can see through me
Give or take, I'll be waiting in silence
Don't know where I'll be
Please don't try to go lookin', boy
Seems you've left me without a choice
Run away, 'cause there's no game to play now
Or run away with me

(chorus) (both)
We know we're in it together
For all that it's worth
And it shows, despite all our efforts
But it could be worse
(Feather)
I've never met another like you
(Garrison)
You shadow everything that I do
(both)
And I'm told that time's an adventure
But when it's standing still
It's a thrill

(SOLO!!)

(v2) (Garrison)
Count the stars, spread your wings, push your limits
But you know who you are
Play the part, don't get lost when you're in it
Don't try to go too far
I know you're more than you look like
You were a treasure at first sight
So climb aboard, jump the track, start to finish
Just follow your heart

(bridge) (both)
But if the whole world paused for us, could it be
That I belong to you, and to me?
And if they knew, then would they see
That it's no sin to want to be free?

(repeat chorus) (both)
We know we're in it together
For all that it's worth
And it shows, despite all our efforts
But it could be worse
(Feather)
I've never met another like you
(Garrison)
You shadow everything that I do
(both)
And I'm told that time's an adventure
But when it's standing still
It's a thrill

It's a thrill
Track Name: Flutter (Ft. Giggly Maria)
(v1)
With an ever-caring soul and soft blue eyes
And a kindness from your heart, you've stolen mine
Let me borrow you a moment
Can you see where this is goin'?
Don't be afraid, I'm always right behind
'Cause you make my heart flutter
You make my heart flutter

(chorus)
It's a thought in my mind
It's a feeling inside
You make my heart flutter
You make my heart flutter
I can see it's a sign
But you make me so blind
You make my heart flutter
You make my heart flutter

(v2)
All the judging eyes, clouding up your day
And the harmful words, everything they say
But no matter what the weather
You're as beautiful as ever
Come along with me, there's nothing in our way
'Cause you make my heart flutter
You make my heart flutter

(repeat chorus)
It's a thought in my mind
It's a feeling inside
You make my heart flutter
You make my heart flutter
I can see it's a sign
But you make me so blind
You make my heart flutter
You make my heart flutter

(guitar solo)

(repeat chorus)
It's a thought in my mind
It's a feeling inside
You make my heart flutter
You make my heart flutter
I can see it's a sign
But you make me so blind
You make my heart flutter
You make my heart flutter
Track Name: Still On The Moon
(v1)
I've been lying to me
Tried to get me to see
That I belong somewhere free
But free
The meaning is gone
'Cause I'm just alone
 
(v2)
My intentions to stay
Have quickly faded away
I don't quite know what say
But hey
I know tears are loose
I have no excuse
 
(chorus)
Watch as the blue
Changes it's hue
I come into view
 
I don't have to choose
'Cause I miss you, too
But I'm still on the moon
I'm still on the moon
 
(v3)
Countless times I remember
Memories made together
Said I'd be there forever
But now
The rain from my eyes
Is floating in these
Star-covered skies
 
(repeat chorus)
Track Name: Chasing Fate (Ft. Relative1pitch)
(v1)
Moved out, moved on
Long friend, long gone
Same fate, same song
Dead end, dead wrong

(v2)
Some say they've seen
Some only dream
Time seems too slow
Until you know

(chorus)
I can tell things have changed
But they won't ever be the same
Even though you're out in the fast lane
We will always know your name
We will always know your name

(v3)
One day, one loss
One step, you're off
Rough road, long ride
Forever strong inside

(repeat chorus)
I can tell things have changed
But they won't ever be the same
Even though you're out in the fast lane
We will always know your name
We will always know your name

(huge violin/piano/ukulele solo)

(chorus 2)
I can tell things have changed
But they will never be the same
You may be out in the fast lane
But we will always know your name

(chorus 3)
I can tell things have changed
But they won't ever be the same
You may be out in the fast lane
But we will always know your name
We will always know your name
Track Name: Emerald Eyes (Ft. Relative1pitch)
(v1)
Morning...
Brightens up the scene
No shadows left or in between
Adorning...
Every little bit
But she's beautiful the way she is

(chorus)
Sweet sunrise
Golden skies
Family ties
Apple pies
Emerald eyes
No disguise

(v2)
Evening...
Finally feeling free
Just close your eyes and only breathe
Laying...
Underneath a tree
No worries now, so lean on me

(repeat chorus)
Sweet sunrise
Golden skies
Family ties
Apple pies
Emerald eyes
No disguise

(piano solo)

(repeat chorus)
Sweet sunrise
Golden skies
Family ties
Apple pies
Emerald eyes
No disguise
(violin solo)

Na, na, na...
Track Name: Thought I'd Let You Know (Ft. Relative1pitch)
(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)
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

(background voices)
See right through me
Tears are surely shown
Must be better
Thought I'd let you know
Track Name: Giggles & Gumdrops
(v1)
She's got a way of knowing
What's on your mind
She really can't explain it
So she leaves you blind
Do you ever wonder why she, always makes you smile?
If it's impossible physically, it suits her style
It keeps you smilin' for a while

(chorus1)
She's made of giggles and gumdrops
Oven mitts and out-takes
Doodles and donuts
Fairytales and fruitcake
Ask her yourself, but you'll never ever understand why
It's anything but a lie

(v2)
Sometimes, I tend to wonder
How she lived before
How could one survive so somber
Maybe there's more
It feels like every morning, she's wound up tight
She may be hard to talk to, but she's never shy
You can never look her in the eye

(chorus2)
She's made of giggles and gumdrops
Oven mitts and out-takes
Doodles and donuts
Fairytales and fruitcake
Ask her yourself, but you'll never ever understand why
She's made of chaos and cupcakes
Lots and lots of batter
Sugar and Sunshine
Lollipops and laughter
See for yourself, but you'll never get it, don't even try
It's anything but a lie

(bridge)
Slow motion, so foreign, to somebody so hyperactively involved
Commotion, confusion, talk of the town, she's a mystery we'll never solve
We'll never solve...

(solo)

She's made of chaos and cupcakes
Lots and lots of batter
Sugar and Sunshine
Lollipops and laughter
See for yourself, but you'll never get it, don't even try

(repeat first chorus1)
She's made of giggles and gumdrops
Oven mitts and out-takes
Doodles and donuts
Fairytales and fruitcake
Ask her yourself, but you'll never ever understand why
No you'll never ever understand why
It's anything but a lie
Track Name: Honesty (2014)
(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: Laughter (2014)
(v1)
Oh, what'll we ever do
With the girl who gives out cupcakes and parties at of the blue
She'll tell us a joke or two
And even though she gave the punch line, we know she's laughing, too
Her sense of humor's been uncategorized for quite some time
And by quite some time, I mean basically her whole life

(v2)
It's hard to comprehend
How she can make living just by being a friend
But we'll never understand
Why she is always smiling when she knows that none of us can
The way she lives her life here just confuses us to no end
But when we're down she can make us smile again
Oh

(chorus)
One day, she'll catch us off guard and say
She's been thinking about all the
Laughter that fills the room
And all too soon, she'll think that it's time for a change
And someday, she realize what she had
She'll say she really enjoyed all the
Laughter that she caused
And we'll applaud, there's really no need for a change

(v3)
Oh, how can we make her see
She may be made of mischief, and full of energy
But all of the memories
It seems we've had so many, we stopped counting finally
It's not like her to be even slightly sensitive at all,
But we know that she still has a heart of her own
Oh

(repeat chorus)

(bridge)
She'll never know what it's like
To have a friend who laughs in danger's sight

(piano solo)

The way she lives her life here just confuses us to no end
But when we're down she can make us smile again
Oh

(repeat chorus)
Track Name: From Here (2014)
(v1)
It kind of just appeared
When I couldn't see
I can't see through my tears
Is this who I'm to be?

I've worked so hard to get this far, and now I'm here
But I never saw this in the stars throughout my years
They all said I should celebrate, but I'm feeling down
If only I knew

(chorus)
What happens now?
Will I come around?
What happens now that the road seems clear?
'Cause I still don't know where
I go from here

(v2)
I feel like I am fading
Even though my future's so bright
I'd love to go crusading
But it's no use, try as I might

I've worked so hard to get this far, and now I'm here
But I never saw this in the stars throughout my years
They all said I should celebrate, but I'm feeling down
If only I knew

(repeat chorus)

(piano solo)

I've worked so hard to get this far, and now I'm here
But I never saw this in the stars throughout my years
They all said I should celebrate, but I'm feeling down
What should I do?

(repeat chorus)

From here...

Where do I go from here?
Track Name: Three's a Team (2014)
(v1)
Marching on, we try again another go
But no avail, not even close
One by one, new ideas come and go
We always try to make the most

If we keep on keeping on, we'll reach our destiny
And we're never giving up, 'cause 1, 2,

(chorus)
Three is family, there's a 'we', not just a 'me'
You see, we can be what we want in a life so free
And we, we can see every single possibility, oh
Three's not just a crowd
Three's a team

(v2)
Always seems we'd come up short, without our marks
Memories are made with scars
Look around, there's so many different ways
But you can't see very far

If we keep on keeping on, we'll reach our destiny
And we're never giving up, 'cause 1, 2,

(repeat chorus)

'Oh's

(chorus2)
Three is all we need, there's a 'we', not just a 'me'
You see, we can be what we want in a life so free
And we, we can see every single possibility, oh
Three's not just a crowd
Three's a team, three's a team, oh

'Oh's
Track Name: In The End
(v1)
When you're caught in the undertow
Of life in general
Feels like there's not much left to lose
When you feel your life is full
Of things you'll never know
Seems like there's not much you can do
Just don't let go, I'll pull you through

(chorus)
No, I...
I've never known...
I've never known to hurt a friend
And you...
You need a hand...
You need a hand that I can lend
And it will be okay
In the end

(v2)
When your heart has skipped a beat
And you've tripped over your feet
You always think that you've found love
But no matter how it lasts
It somehow becomes the past
And you have no one to think of
And then you wonder you've done

(repeat chorus)
No, I...
I've never known...
I've never known to hurt a friend
And you...
You need a hand...
You need a hand that I can lend
And it will be okay
In the end

(bridge)
There's an easy to live
You won't find it on your own
'Cause you just get what you give
And you find you're not alone

(repeat chorus)
Track Name: Wings (2014)
V1
When I was growing up
I was just another little boy
Trying to become a man
Some would say I'm on a roll
Some would say I'm going much too slow
And I don't understand
But I can say
I'm on my way

Chorus
Give me the wings so I can fly away, fly away
Help me to reach the goal that's far away, far away
When I can feel the wind
It's a whole different world I'm in
Give me the wings so I can fly away, fly away

V2
I'm standing on a mountain
I can see the path that I have taken
As I look back
The ones who blazed it for me
They are on that path beside me now
They would never let me go off track

Repeat Chorus

Bridge
Fly away, Fly away...

Repeat Chorus

Repeat Bridge
Track Name: Chant of Immortality (Ft. Chi-Chi)
(chorus)
Remembrance, part of every life
Num'rous regrets, the art of passing time
Not one forgets, spent nights of chasing days
Eternal rest, to witness being erased
To witness being erased

(v1)
It is seldom seen in this world of now
It is welcome, universe and out
It is seen, only from eyes of thine
Is it free? 'Tis only by invite

(repeat chorus)
Remembrance, part of every life
Num'rous regrets, the art of passing time
Not one forgets, spent nights of chasing days
Eternal rest, to witness being erased
To witness being erased

(v2)
It is ponderous, willing to know my fate
In its longest lingering while to wait
I can see, memory taken tolls
I'm not ready, ready to let them go

(repeat chorus)
Remembrance, part of every life
Num'rous regrets, the art of passing time
No one forgets, spent nights of chasing days
Eternal rest, to witness being erased

(repeat chorus)