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By Small Ruin Celebrates A Love Like Heaven

It has been a busy year for Athens, GA band, By Small Ruin. Regular readers of The Static Dive are well acquainted with the Alternative group fronted by singer/songwriter Bryan Mullis. We have been closely following his remarkable output of radio-ready Alt-Pop in 2020. And we are not alone. Each of his eight singles released this year counts its streaming number sin the tens of thousands.

By Small Ruin has been at it for the better part of a decade. Even before that Mullis was gigging around the world, living through the experiences that would ultimately become fodder for the BSR songbook. His songs tell a personal narrative of life, love and lessons learned.

“Like Heaven” is a new chapter in that story. The track is an upbeat and celebratory love song. By Small Ruin’s signature mix of cool and creative Alt-Rock guitar and bass interplay, solid backbeat rhythm and smooth Pop vocals with a hint of Southern twang is on full display. Lyrically the song is a touching and joyous exclamation of appreciation for an important person in the singer’s life.

I wrote this song to express how I felt when I finally found that special someone who makes me a better person just by knowing her. She encourages me to be my best self even when I don’t believe I have it in me – never preachy, just living by example.

Bryan Mullis

“Like Heaven” – By Small Ruin

I know I don’t compare
Not in a million years
You are a queen and I’m a pawn
But I want you for my own
It feels like heaven when you’re here
How ’bout sticking around?
And just like heaven, you’re better than I am
You won’t let me fall down
Was living on the edge
Now I hang with you instead
You helped me find that higher law
You broke the cycle and I’m forever grateful because
It feels like heaven when you’re here
How ’bout sticking around?
And just like heaven, you’re better than I am
You won’t let me fall down
The heart you bring to everything
Your light can thaw frozen ground
You made me feel like a king
I woke up wearing a crown
Think back to when we met
And something that you said
You said I could do great things
I started to agree
You got me to believe
It feels like heaven when you’re here
How ’bout sticking around?
And just like heaven, you’re better than I am
You won’t let me fall down
You’re just like heaven

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