Evin On Earth

by Mike Evin

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1.
When all the news and all the late night shows seem to you just like an endless flow and it’s hard to say what it’s really worth All I can do is share with you a little slice of Evin on Earth Evin on Earth I’ll whistle a tune Evin on Earth to your afternoon you can make it as deep as you need today Evin on Earth I will play, I will play
2.
So many girls in their own worlds so many guys don’t try to look them in the eye it’s a lonely, lonely beautiful day CHORUS: Oh, the girl that I’m after is a girl with a ghetto blaster Out in the street there’s barely a beat down on the trains it’s the same just stay in your lane it’s a lonely, lonely beautiful day CHORUS Here she comes they say she’s crazy they say she’s too loud but I’ll take a chance and dance or disappear in the crowd It’s a lonely, lonely beautiful day CHORUS
3.
Boring World 02:55
Why do we want to make a boring world and hide the colours that were here before we were? we paint it all suits and ties black and white, a touch of pearls what a boring, boring world Why do I need to know about movie stars and hide the stories that brought me here from near and far? I take it all TV shows and magazines with the latest curls what a boring, boring world So strange and beautiful that’s the world I want to know so strange and beautiful but we let it go Why do we want to make a boring world and hide the prayers that were sung with different words? we build it all Sunday schools to civilize the boys and girls what a boring, boring what a boring, boring world
4.
CHORUS: I think I’m always gonna be a recovering romantic I think I never will be free a recovering romantic a recovering romantic I’d like to talk but don’t smile at me and when we walk please don’t let me dream it’s a dangerous, dangerous condition CHORUS I fell in love without any help I drank the stuff and I lost myself now I’ve gotta, gotta keep my vision Never lose, never lose lose the romance CHORUS
5.
A young man grew up part of a tribe he didn’t see much of life outside was taught the songs and followed along to keep the old spirit alive CHORUS: The wide, wide, wide, wide world He started to play a new kind of song it came from away and it came on strong he left to find the rhythms behind but brought the old spirit along CHORUS Always close to a part of home he could hear it in the way people sang songs of their own And he brought them back rhythms intact but with a new spirit unknown CHORUS
6.
Everybody’s breaking up the sun sets on the sure bets everybody’s breaking up and I haven’t even found somebody yet Everybody’s still alone they’ve been around and they boogied down everybody’s still alone and I haven’t even been out on the town I’m done relaxin’ I’m putting my best shoes on take me to the action even if everyone’s gone Everybody’s breaking up the sun sets on the sure bets everybody’s breaking up and I haven’t even found somebody I haven’t even loved somebody yet
7.
Old Language 03:30
Take the next exit off the big highway drive straight past the same old Subway a few miles from the life you know hidden like the sea below CHORUS: Old language, mystery old language, there for me me and you Come gather ‘round the elders and their songs bring all the children the future won’t be long leave your cameras far behind keep it in your hearts and minds CHORUS There’s a boy bangin’ on a big bass drum there’s a girl, jingle dress shinin’ in the sun CHORUS
8.
Back in Montreal when we started the band babe, we played it all gave no thought to the brand through the days and months and years it just became rock & roll all the layers disappeared somewhere we lost the soul we had in Montreal when we started the band CHORUS: I miss, I miss the congas where did they go? I miss, I miss the congas the congas from long ago Billy said that we had to slim it all down just keep the melodies but not too crazy a sound how do we get back to where we first felt something beautiful? now it seems we only care to play when the seats are full Billy said that we had to slim it all down CHORUS Maybe after all these years we’re just too comfortable but I remember a love so clear our love was magical CHORUS
9.
Maybe I hurt you back when I said I need time without you now and again CHORUS: Stronger apart stronger together is how I believe we’ll keep getting better Daydreams and movies take me away you’re looking right through me a few times a day CHORUS And when I return I’ll have more love to share and when I return I hope you will still be there CHORUS
10.
Can we put the kettle on and take a break? let me find my favourite song but this is no mistake CHORUS: I wanna love you, I wanna love you baby, but it’s hard to give in it’s easy to love you, easy to love you baby, but it’s hard to give in I can be a playful man out in the park but I’m slow to understand when we’re in the dark CHORUS Can you calm my mind? or maybe you’re nervous too working overtime just to feel what’s true CHORUS
11.
CHORUS: A little screen, a little screen a little screen has got my baby She used to look into my eyes we used to watch the same sunrise now who knows where her heart lies? CHORUS We used to stroll through the town say ‘hello’ ask ‘what’s goin’ down?’ now she walks by without a sound What can I do? what can I say? to have her back with me today ‘cuz there’s no real love this way CHORUS

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released October 11, 2019

Produced by Howie Beck

Words & music by Mike Evin
except “I Miss The Congas”, words & music by Mike Evin and Ian Smith

Recorded at:
Union Sound by Chris Stringer and Darren McGill
Revolution Recording by Stephen Koszler, assisted by Andrew Doidge and Kevin Lipsett
Studio H by Howie Beck

Mixed by Howie Beck
Mastered by Joao Carvalho

Photography by Jen Squires
Design by Mike Evin and Gabriel Altrows
‘Evin On Earth’ sign designed by Nasim Kosarnia, with direction by Ben Gerlis
Thanks to Nyree MacPherson for her help during the shoot

Special thanks to Joan Besen for her guidance throughout this project, Jim Creeggan for his generosity, and Howie Beck for putting so much heart and soul into my music. Thanks also to Barenaked Ladies for their support, all the musicians on this record, Ezra Soiferman for suggesting the album title and theme song, and Ian MacKay for sharing so many great times on the road.

And a big thank you to all my Pledgers for all their support, especially Stanley and Donna Messer, Paul Glover, Kate Neville, Brett and Julie Austin, Joel Parisien, Leo Flowers, Lee Fraser, Bruce Adelman, Wynn Klosky, Bridget Robinson, Mark Aronson, Jerry Han, David Miller and Jody Matheson.

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