Evolutionary 2 EP

by Toby

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released 10 October 2012

1. Nowhere To Run

Produced by Adam Berg
Lyrics by Toby Ganger
Strings and Synths by Adam Berg
Guitar by Joel Van Dijk
Scratches by Just Matter
Additional Vocals by Mary Akpa
Recorded at Manifest Studios in Santa Monica, CA. by David Burris and Adam Berg

2. Slow It Down

Produced by Adam Berg and Joel Van Dijk
Lyrics by Toby Ganger
Synths/Programming by Joel Van Dijk
Synths/Programming by Adam Berg
Additional Vocals by Mary Akpa
Recorded at Manifest Studios in Santa Monica, CA. by David Burris and Adam Berg

3. Escape

Produced by Adam Berg
Lyrics by Toby Ganger
Keys by Adam Berg
Guitar by Christian Wunderlich
Bass by Itai Shapira
Percussion by Te'Amir Sweeney
Trumpets by Ben Adamson
Sax and Flute by Daniel Weidlein
Additional Vocals by Mary Akpa
Recorded at Manifest Studios in Santa Monica, CA. by Ben Adamson, David Burris, and Adam Berg

4. The Walls

Produced by Adam Berg
Lyrics by Toby Ganger
Drums by Te'Amir Sweeney
Strings, Synths and programming by Adam Berg
Additional Vocals by Aubrey Ashburn
Recorded at Manifest Studios in Santa Monica, CA. by David Burris, Kyle Draper, and Adam Berg

5. Echoes

Produced by Adam Berg
Lyrics by Toby Ganger
Synths, Keys, and Programming by Adam Berg
Bass by Itai Shapira
Additional Vocals by Mary Akpa and Lovelogiq
Recorded at Manifest Studios in Santa Monica, CA. by David Burris and Adam Berg

6. Another Leaf feat. Lovelogiq

Produced by Adam Berg
Lyrics by Toby Ganger
Additional Vocals by Lovelogiq
Keys and Drums by Adam Berg
Recorded at Manifest Studios in Santa Monica, CA. by David Burris and Adam Berg

All tracks mixed and mastered by Adam Berg at Manifest Music in Santa Monica, CA.

Artwork designed by DeChazier "Black Marmalade" Stokes-Johnson

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Toby Los Angeles, California

Failed child actor, cynical optimist, the smartest and most modest person alive, songwriter, victim of my music being heavily bootlegged

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Track Name: Nowhere To Run
There's only one truth and everyone has
delusions at different levels of insanity
knowledge is forever expanding
every piece of it brings more questions than it answers
so the spirit of wisdom is
constantly increasing awareness of your ignorance
beware of all the simpletons
pretending that the answers are here and that they're infinite
everything doesn't need to be balanced
not all ideas are equally valid
if you want to speak you're allowed to
but then I get the freedom to critique and to challenge
truth don't hold an allegiance
you've got nowhere to run
doesn't matter what you believe in
you've got nowhere to run

nowhere to run

ideas are bigger than the people that have them
people are bigger than beliefs they imagine
disagree but you can not demonize
all of me cause we don't see exactly
eye to eye,
these hypocrites don't have to go tip-toe
why do I?
don't have to respect your beliefs
if it does harm then expect me to speak
shouldn't let it get in between
my respect for you cause they're separate things
your beliefs you're entitled to
but when they feed your actions the line gets moved
cause it happens in my world too
and that virus of the mind stays alive through you
and those ideas feed the soil
that we grow in so then the seeds get spoiled
cause if you tolerate disease you can plant a million trees
but the weeds destroy them
if you have a thought, defend it
no one has the right not to be offended

(hook)
know I, know I know I
gotta face whatever comes
may not like it, got to get by it,
got nowhere to run (nowhere to run)
don't hide, don't, don't hide, it'll get you before you're done
the truth has ways to find you any place
you've got nowhere to run (nowhere to run)
na na na na na nowhere
na na na na na nowhere
na na na na na nowhere
nowhere to run

religious moderates are the first to blame
the fundamentalists for all the murder and hate
call their books holy and interpret away
the words on the page to make them worthy of praise
in that search to relate
you're providing cover for the very worst of your faith
whatever you end up believing
suspending your reason has a burden to pay
tribalism is in our nature
reinforced by a simple danger
the history of victimization
defines self-image of religion and races
the more you try to level the pavement
the more difficult it is to ever escape it
driven by guilt or pain
the problems rebuild with a different name
ideas are the DNA
of social evolution, the seeds of change
we're genes that will be replaced
mutation is now survival

(hook)
know I, know I know I
gotta face whatever comes
may not like it, got to get by it,
got nowhere to run (nowhere to run)
don't hide, don't, don't hide, it'll get you before you're done
the truth has ways to find you any place
you've got nowhere to run (nowhere to run)
na na na na na nowhere
na na na na na nowhere
na na na na na nowhere
nowhere to run

na na na na na nowhere
na na na na na nowhere
na na na na na nowhere
nowhere to run
Track Name: Slow It Down
(hook)
When they speed up, I slow down
Turn the beat up, till the speakers get so loud
let go, don't go too fast tonight
before your life just passes by
we've gotta gotta take the time
to slow it down, slow it down

(bridge)
hey hey hey hey hey hey that's life
no way to escape it alive
we all in a hurry going nowhere
gotta slow it down, down, down
hey hey hey hey hey they that's life
no way to escape it alive
we all in a hurry going nowhere
gotta slow it down, down, down

switching gears, fix the mirror
caught an image of the city that was crystal clear
tried to paint the picture as it drifted near
saw it flicker for an instant then it disappeared
gotta slow down to listen, hear
the sound my vision mixed up and interfered
every street's got a secret hid for years
till the wind lifts the whispers and it hits my ears
and the sound of the broken city
speaks riddles composed of both hope and envy
the echoes bounce back and forth and then meet
like minor symphonies of secret hearts
that are all played a beat apart
and they're picking up speed trying to lead the charge
racing through the dark trying to conquer time
like we're all shooting stars in a concrete sky

(hook)
When they speed up, I slow down
Turn the beat up, till the speakers get so loud
let go, don't go too fast tonight
before your life just passes by
we've gotta gotta take the time
to slow it down, slow it down

(bridge)
hey hey hey hey hey hey that's life
no way to escape it alive
we all in a hurry going nowhere
gotta slow it down, down, down
hey hey hey hey hey they that's life
no way to escape it alive
we all in a hurry going nowhere
gotta slow it down, down, down

we walk by each other so close that we start
mimicking motions and hearts without even noticing
like the road is just ours and we're honing in
on the moment alone like we're oceans apart
islands of steel drifting in unison
wishing for human contact but get so immune to it
as soon as we miss it, we resist it
cause the distance makes us different till we can't attune to it
and the cars ride bumper to bumper
kept apart by a margin of nothing at all
so I dart eyes up at a dark sky
because the stars shine upward
a far cry from the hard times suffered
by those who start line stuck them behind
roll up the window as a I come to a light
retreat to the comfort inside...and slow down

(hook)
When they speed up, I slow down
Turn the beat up, till the speakers get so loud
let go, don't go too fast tonight
before your life just passes by
we've gotta gotta take the time
to slow it down, slow it down


hey hey hey hey hey hey that's life
Track Name: Escape
oye!
señores y señoras!
escuche la música!
escapar en la noche!
ven conmigo!

get up, get up, no one can hold me down
get up, get up, no one can hold me down
get up, get up, no one can hold me down
get up, get up, no one can hold me down

(hook)
run away with me into the empty night
drown out all the worries of a restless mind
come escape
leave it all behind
say goodbye a little while
and let it go, go, go, go, go, go

get up, get away
at least for the evening find a better place
tired of struggling every day
escape, escape, escape
might take a drink or two
to find a relaxed state to sink into
where you don't have to wait to think it through
I need a break, a break, a break
someone turn the music loud
dance like a fool, don't care who's around
all the fear is losing ground
the wine goes in, the truth comes out
let the instinct play the strings
in the tune of a melody that makes you sing
that song of escaping things
to run, run, run away with me

(hook)
run away with me into the empty night
drown out all the worries of a restless mind
come escape
leave it all behind
say goodbye a little while
and let it go, go, go, go, go, go

got nothing to get off my chest
got no debts, regrets, or the stress
still there's tension left on my breath
till the woman that caused it sets it to rest
dancing body pressed to my chest
her breath on my neck like an echo
it gets so I let go
in the moment forgetting the steps
move yourself and get away
move yourself and liberate
eyes closing feels like the time's frozen
get down!
completely in the now
got the drums speaking to me loud
finding my freedom in the sound
run, run, run away with me

run away with me into the empty night
drown out all the worries of a restless mind
come escape
leave it all behind
say goodbye (say goodbye)
Track Name: The Walls
(hook)
the walls are trembling, it's time to break
time to break, break them down
beneath the beliefs
rebuild ourselves piece by piece
so all the lost can find our way
find our way, our way home now
we've been all alone
trapped so long that we called it home

every morning when he woke up he cried
thinking back on the moment that had so many times
replayed in his head, showed in his eyes
when his father and brother lost both of their lives
attacked on the way home for the night
their bus exploded, he was the only survivor
guilt like a poison growing inside
till the fight took over his mind
looking after his mother, close by her side
most of the time, consoled by the idea
of getting revenge on all of those on the side
of those that had fired on his
to reclaim his own bit of pride
as he sunk deeper in religion becoming
more of a victim than he originally was
learning all the love songs written in blood
by blind poets, eyes focused now on living the struggle

(hook)
the walls are trembling, it's time to break
time to break, break them down
beneath the beliefs
rebuild ourselves piece by piece
so all the lost can find our way
find our way, our way home now
we've been all alone
trapped so long that we called it home

finally the order was sent from command
stepping with weapon in hand into enemy lands
thoughts dancing on avenging his family
when he saw the target, was like he entered a trance
opened...fire...didn't care who they shot
bullets falling from the sky like they were some raindrops
some stood still standing in the same spot
families falling all around them, finally they dropped
to the ground...hear the sound
of silence, hit him in the chest
knocked him to the ground
as he saw all those innocent children
he flashed back to when he witnessed the killing
of his family...and in that instant of feeling
his walls crumbled down upon the myths that had built them
evil is a concept we made up because
we see the actions and want to separate them from us
the right situation mixed with anger or love
and these are actions that all of us are capable of
looking at the fruit of his labor
he fell to his knees in confusion and shame
suffered so much pain from his losses
the flag shaped scars stained on his conscious
exhausted, tears rolled down his eyes
turned the gun on himself
opened his mouth up wide and fired

(hook)
the walls are trembling, it's time to break
time to break, break them down
beneath the beliefs
rebuild ourselves piece by piece
so all the lost can find our way
find our way, our way home now
we've been all alone
trapped so long that we called it home

break it down, break, break it down
break it down, break, break it down
break it down, break, break it down
break it down, break, break it down
break it down, break, break it down
break it down, break, break it down
break it down, break, break it down
Track Name: Echoes
we are the children of the wounded
who try to do their best
through the eyes of a child
echoes running through their heads

(hook)
echoes, echoes, echoes
running through my mind
just let go, let go, let go
nowhere to hide
echoes, echoes, echoes
running through my mind
just let go, let go, let go
nowhere to hide

used to look into my father's eyes
saw the struggle, but he never stopped to cry
when in poverty there's not the time
you gotta bottle it and hope the product is not too violent
has me wondering how does one recover when
they see their mother burn alive right there in front of them?
only fifteen, oldest of his siblings
forced to raise them while holding to his big dreams
and underneath the surface
that pain was waiting to come up in a burst
and sometimes, my brother got it first
and he'd pass it along to me to cover up the hurt
one day, when it all overloaded
I had it up to here but didn't know how to show it
so before I might get afraid
I closed my eyes tight and punched him right in the face
jumped back uncontrollably shaken
awaiting the return but he showed me restraint
in that space we owned our mistakes
and I felt in that moment we'd broken a chain
learned to respect the work ethic
he said the words never accept the first edit
expect the worst but don't let the nerves get it
I try to forget the hurt but the echoes return yelling

(hook)
echoes, echoes, echoes
running through my mind
just let go, let go, let go
nowhere to hide
echoes, echoes, echoes
running through my mind
just let go, let go, let go
nowhere to hide

(bridge)
feel it coming back again
feel it coming back again
feel it coming back again
feel it coming back again
feel it coming back again
feel it coming back again
feel it coming back again
feel it coming back again

look mom,
if I had a penny every time your lies passed as truth
I'd save up till I could buy back my youth
went for days with a bowl of dried vomit
poured urine on me, forced me to sit in ice water
I'd fight harder and cry but why bother
the bi-product I thought I'd always need my guard up
there was love in every little punishment
but ignoring your past, you ended up becoming it
repressed memories are like a disease
that show no symptoms till you die in your sleep
exposing everyone that might be in reach
so it comes no surprise to me
you don't remember or choose to admit abuse that you did
when you don't remember a thing from when you were a kid
it lingers and the truth of it is
if you don't confront it your children are due to relive it
falling in the trap of blaming you for my mistakes
acknowledging the cracks, making use of the shapes
you will never be an excuse, forever be my purpose
the strength in my voice, the direction to the urgency
and every word I speak is a testament to your lessons that nurtured me
the learning and encouragement that nurtured my dreams
but every now and then the echoes return as screams

(hook)
echoes, echoes, echoes
running through my mind
just let go, let go, let go
nowhere to hide
echoes, echoes, echoes
running through my mind
just let go, let go, let go
nowhere to hide

(bridge)
feel it coming back again
feel it coming back again
feel it coming back again
feel it coming back again
feel it coming back again
feel it coming back again
feel it coming back again
feel it coming back again
Track Name: Another Leaf feat. Lovelogiq
another day carves a line into my face
the writing's on the wall, it's a losing race
and I can't say goodbyes
whispers
fall upon my ear like the rain on a summer's day
there's nowhere left to play
listen
to the sound of the time ticking away
and I can't make it stay

it's not as if the world revolves around me
I'm just another leaf that falls from the tree
hoping that I might get caught in the wind
before that autumn begins
not as if the world revolves around me
just another leaf that falls from the tree
hoping that I might get caught in the wind
before that autumn begins

watching the sunset come quick over
the sky wishing for one minute more
the moments are gone by the morning
what's in it for me?
beauty starts running before we
ever can touch it, gone in a hurry
confronting the worry
happy endings are unfinished stories
trying to perfect the past
can't forget regrets I have
clinging to what's left of passions
fading away cause stress attached
gets there faster
when peaks are high and depths are vast
what success I have
could ever match it?
it's funny how the time goes by
like I'm covered with a blindfold I
discovered through those child eyes
that some of us might decide to
give up our love ones to a 9 to 5
in the struggle to provide
and love is the survival for confronting all the irony
of life...just trying to keep my head above the water
forgetting my tomorrows looking to next week
for a path that's a better one to follow
my words are my sunrise
looking in my future son's eyes
trying to let him see my portrait
to remedy everything before it

floating in the wind
floating in the wind
floating in the wind
floating in the wind