Ryne's Song
by Ashe

Album: ASHLYN (2021)
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  • Ashe lost her brother, Ryne, through an overdose in September 2020. The singer had a complicated relationship with her sibling and this raw, vulnerable track is like an open letter to him. She told the UK newspaper The Sun: "I feel like my brother and I didn't get to have conversations that we need it to and so writing the song felt like I was having a conversation with him. He had such a huge heart, and he loved people."
  • During the chorus, Ashe regrets not fixing things between she and her brother when he was alive.

    We always think we've got time
    But there's no time before it's over
    And it's over

    Ashe said her intention for the song is to persuade listeners to speak to a family member or friend they haven't talked to in a long time. "If it could get them as the listener to call someone, tell 'em that you love 'em, and have that hard conversation," she said, "then it would be worth writing the song."
  • Ashe wrote the song with her producer, Leroy "Big Taste" Clampitt. Big Taste's other credits include Justin Bieber's "Company" and Madison Beer's "Selfish."
  • Ashe wrote and recorded the song for her debut album, Ashlyn. It was the last track she penned for the record; afterwards she realized there was a theme running through the project. "It showed me the 'through line' for the album," Ashe told American Songwriter. "Once I finished that, I was like 'Ah, this whole thing is about my life and it's about time and how there's not much of it.'"

Comments: 1

  • James Lester Minerva from PhilippinesThe story behind Ryne's song is heartbreaking. Now I know why I get a melancholy feeling whenever I listen to this song. Among the songs on this album, this is the saddest.
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