Secret Ingredient

from by Lara Ruggles

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I like to think of myself as the strong one
who never gets fazed by what life throws at me
I’ve got my goals and we’ve both got our freedom
I can solve my own problems independently
I’ve never felt there’s a skill I was lacking
no crater waiting to be filled by the guy
who rides up on a white horse ‘cause I’ve got my own horse
I don’t expect any guy to be able to ride, but

Ooooooooh, when you’re gone I miss you
And oooooooooh, I get lonely with the [night/sheets] to myself
Ooooooooooh, you’re like fine wine and dark chocolate, the secret ingredient
That makes everything taste like it’s never spent time waiting on a grocery store shelf

Most of the time we’re like parallel interstates
We work side by side without saying a word
But I’ve made reservations for the space that your arms make
And my ears are on hold if you need to be heard
I’ve got plenty of reasons for living besides you
And rain’s got its reasons for filling the sky
If you think that I need you it’s not that I need blue skies
But they do add that sweet warmth to my life


(sung to chorus melody):
Yoooooooouuuuu are the rain that breaks a dry spell
I swear it’s yoooooouuuuuu that turns the spring green
And yooooooooouuuu are all the little things we don’t think to miss
Until we’ve experienced that oooooooooooh, that’s what makes life good



from Cynics & Saints, released October 2, 2015



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Lara Ruggles Boulder, Colorado

After 3 1/2 years of sweat, pain, tears, love and actual blood, Lara Ruggles released Cynics & Saints on Immersive Records in October 2015.
FEMMusic: “…the most honest album I’ve heard since James Taylor or Joan Baez. Every single song exposes and elevates her.”
PopMatters: “…the 29-year-old combines Americana and lavish 1970s Laurel Canyon singer-songwriter fare with the confidence of a master."
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