Life As A Lover

by Mike Evin

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These songs were written between the Fall of 2011 and Fall of 2013, mostly in Toronto, Canada. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did writing and recording them.

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released August 28, 2015

Words and music by Mike Evin

Produced by Howie Beck

Arrangement ideas for “Al Green” came from Adam Warner, Ben Whiteley and Howie Beck

Mike Evin - vocals, piano, Wurlitzer electric piano, keyboards, acoustic guitar
Howie Beck - drums, percussion, bass, electric and acoustic guitar, bass vocal
Dennis Mohammed - upright bass
Liam O’Neill - saxophones, flute
Bryden Baird - flugelhorn, french horn

Recorded by Stephen Koszler at Revolution Recording, Toronto and Howie Beck at Studio H, Toronto
Assistant engineering by Jack Clow and Tyler Weston
Mixed by Howie Beck at Studio H, Toronto
Mastered by Joao Carvalho

Cover photograph by Emma-Lee
Album design by Cheryl Cheung

Thanks - Howie, the musicians and engineers, Jim Creeggan, Tyler Stewart, Barenaked Ladies, The Black Pearls, Howard Druckman, Sandra and Carlos from Cafe Con Leche, Charmaine and Zephie, The Russell-Titcombs, Juan and the gang from GTBT (RIP), Ian Mackay, Janine Stoll, Cheryl Cheung, Emma-Lee, Amanda Mabro, Joao Carvalho, Matt Edison, Matthew Burke, Joshua Allen, my family, my Indiegogo supporters, and all my fans for being patient and staying with me

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Track Name: Have I Ever Loved?
Have I ever loved?
have I only dreamed?
how come every love
seems to feel the same to me?

Have I ever touched?
and held her silently?
I think of love so much
but thinking makes a mess of me

CHORUS:
Have I ever loved? ... have I?
and what do I gotta do before my
life as a lover is through?

Have I taken long
to finally feel like me?
old loves feel so wrong
and they’re just a memory

REPEAT CHORUS
Track Name: Shake Well
CHORUS:
Shake well, shake well
shake well, enjoy daily

In the morning
you groggy eyed dreamer
or in the evening
you foggy fried streamer
Woah, yeah yeah yeah

CHORUS

By yourself
with your head full of voices
or with the help
of the waiting room noises
Woah, yeah yeah yeah

CHORUS

Far away
when did you say you’d be back?
or if you’re here to stay
baby, when you unpack
Woah, yeah yeah yeah

Shake, shake well
shake, shake, shake well ...

CHORUS
Track Name: Alli
It’s been a long life
now I’m lying in a courtyard
takin’ in the tank-top autumn day
they sip Americanos, but my water’s in my bowl
and that’s all I need anyway

“Oh Alli,” they said, “life is too complex
oh Alli,” they said, “it’s just junk, it’s cheques, accounts
it’s labour to our lives
can we simplify?
but oh Alli, we’re glad you’re still alive”

Two weeks ago
they carried me down the staircase
“Boys, it’s been a fine fourteen years
but if I make it to the courtyard
we’ve got to celebrate
and play some cribbage while we’re here”

“Oh Alli,” they said, “life is too complex
oh Alli, they’re giving guns away in Texas banks
for every new account
the world is ending now
but oh Alli, we’re glad you’re still around”

“Oh Alli”, they said, “sha la la la la ...
oh Alli”, they said, “ba ba ba ba ba ...
lai lai lai lai lai ...
we’d like to simplify
oh Alli, it’s good to be alive”
Track Name: Al Green
Someday I wanna be in love
and sing like Al Green

This love deserves a chance
but I feel out of romance
I don’t have the fire in me
to kiss my sweetheart the way she needs
Oo la la la la

CHORUS:
Someday I wanna be in love
and sing like Al Green

I don’t want to waste more time
nursing a love that doesn’t feel like mine
I don’t know where, don’t know how
but there’s a real love if I want it now
Oo la la la la

CHORUS

Doo doo doo doo doo ooh ooh

Someday I wanna be in love
and sing like Al Green

Sing like Al Green
it’s a love within my reach
sing like Al Green
I’m gonna sing like Al Green

Doo doo doo doo doo ooh ooh
Track Name: If I Stay This Lonely
It’s been a few years since we rested our heads on a pillow
I’ve been a soldier for the single fellows

If I stay this lonely
and my search is never through
if I stay this lonely
am I saved for loving you?

I know I’m living my life, I’m making my way without you
and I feel like a stranger to have sung about you

But if I stay this lonely
and my songs don’t ring this true
if I stay this lonely
am I saved for loving you?

If I were to call on you tonight
I know that you’d be there
But I’ve got to keep on until daylight
and try not to be scared

It’s goodbye to all of the homes I saw in you through the light time
it’s goodbye to the boy who never knew the night-time

But if I stay this lonely
and my search is never through
if I stay this lonely
am I saved for loving you?
Track Name: Lose My Grip
Remember on the subway, we had style?
I played my accordion and made you smile

CHORUS:
I don’t want to lose my grip
I don’t want to lose my grip, girl
I don’t want to lose my grip in front of you

It don’t take much for me to fall apart
one lonely thought can go and break my heart

CHORUS

Hey baby
ain’t I a charming guy when we’re acting crazy?
oh darling
ain’t I a mess of nerves when the day comes calling?

CHORUS
Track Name: If There Is A One
How can I hold you close
as if I had no doubts?
how can I make the most
of what might not work out?
when tomorrow’s answers don’t seem to come

CHORUS:
You might be the one
if there is a one
and if there is a one
we can still have fun

How can I be around
and maybe not be in love?
how can you know you’ve found
what you’ve been dreaming of?
‘cuz tomorrow’s magic has yet to come

CHORUS

I wanna let this love be a love
I just wanna let this love be a love
be a love, be a love

CHORUS
Track Name: First Friends
He took his first steps
they were there to see
and they put him to bed
on his first New Year’s Eve

First friends in this world
they knew all
where would he be without his
first friends to watch his fall?

They gave his first name
it made him stand out
at every attendance roll
and when he first rocked out

First friends in this world
they gave all
where would he be without his
first friends to watch his fall?
first friends

But he slips away every day
he finds he knows himself
more than they ever will

He gets his first call
on New Year’s Day
“Happy New Year, son
though we’re far away”

First friends in this world
they knew all
where would he be without his
first friends to watch his fall?

First friends in this world
they gave all
where would he be without his
first friends to watch his fall
Track Name: Darlin' Whenever
Darlin’, whenever I find you
tell me whatever’s behind you
and I will tell you too

Darlin’, whenever I kiss you
tell me if that’s when I miss you
and I will tell you too

CHORUS:
Darlin’, I’ve been
waitin’ you for, waitin’ for you
darlin’, I’ve been
seein’ it through, seein’ it through

Darlin’, whenever I hold you
tell me if it’s only the old you
and I will tell you too

CHORUS
Track Name: Homelands
She packed the car and caravaned across the desert
she brought her children from Baghdad into Cairo
some stayed there for forty years and raised a family
some fled early, found themselves near Tel Aviv

All their homelands, all their dreams
they had their moments, but now it seems it’s been eternity
it’s our moment
but can you reminisce over bagels and tea with me?

She would sit there motionless, silent for hours
Until one of her granddaughters asked a question
“Tell me, Nonna, dearest Nonna, how you married
Was it love and did you dance until daylight?”

All her homelands, all her dreams
he was a kind man, and she wore his ring as she was expected to
but she might have loved him
that’s how they remenisce over bagels and tea ‘bout you

All my homelands, all my dreams
I’m now my own man, but soon I’ll seem watered down too
they won’t know me
those who’ll remenisce over bagels and tea with you