Evin On Earth

by Mike Evin

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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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I play piano and write songs.

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Track Name: Evin On Earth
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
Track Name: Girl With A Ghetto Blaster
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

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


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

Track Name: Boring World
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
Track Name: Recovering Romantic
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


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

Track Name: Wide Wide World
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

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


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

Track Name: Everybody's Breaking Up
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
Track Name: Old Language
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

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


There’s a boy bangin’ on a big bass drum
there’s a girl, jingle dress shinin’ in the sun

Track Name: I Miss The Congas
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

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


Maybe after all these years
we’re just too comfortable
but I remember a love so clear
our love was magical

Track Name: Stronger Apart
Maybe I hurt you
back when I said
I need time without you
now and again

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


And when I return
I’ll have more love to share
and when I return
I hope you will still be there

Track Name: Hard To Give In
Can we put the kettle on
and take a break?
let me find my favourite song
but this is no mistake

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


Can you calm my mind?
or maybe you’re nervous too
working overtime
just to feel what’s true

Track Name: Little Screen
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?


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


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