Evolutionary EP

by Toby

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released 22 January 2012

1. Evolutionary

Produced by Adam Berg
Lyrics by Toby Ganger
Keys, Drums, and Strings by Adam Berg
Guitar by Joel Van Dijk
Bass by Joe Gonzales
Scratches by Just Matter
Additional Vocals by James Kenney
Recorded at Manifest Studios in Santa Monica, CA.
Engineered by Kyle Draper, Adam Berg, and Daniel Weidlein

2. Sunshine Blues feat. Deacon The Villain of Cunninlynguists

Produced by Adam Berg and Joel Van Dijk
Lyrics by Toby Ganger
Guitars and Drums by Joel Van Dijk
Keys and Organs by Adam Berg
Bass by Joe Gonzales
Additional Vocals by Deacon The Villain
Recorded at Manifest Studios in Santa Monica, CA.
Engineered by Kyle Draper, Adam Berg, and Joel Van Dijk

3. Breeze

Produced by Adam Berg
Lyrics by Toby Ganger
Keys and Rhodes by Adam Berg
Guitar by Joel Van Dijk
Drums and Bass by M-Phazes
Violin by Paul Dateh
Additional Vocals by Paul Dateh and Mary Akpa
Recorded at Manifest Studios in Santa Monica, CA.
Engineered by Kyle Draper and Adam Berg

4. Heart Beat

Produced by Adam Berg and Joel Van Dijk
Lyrics by Toby Ganger
Guitar and Drums by Joel Van Dijk
Keys, Organs, Drums and Strings by Adam Berg
Bass by Joe Gonzales
Horns by Ben Adamson
Additional Vocals by Ultralove
Recorded at Manifest Studios in Santa Monica, CA.
Engineered by David Burris, Adam Berg, Joel Van Dijk, and Daniel Weidlein

5. Life Goes On

Produced by Adam Berg
Lyrics by Toby Ganger
Guitar by Joel Van Dijk
Keys, Drums and Strings by Adam Berg
Bass by Joe Gonzales
Additional Vocals by Mary Akpa
Recorded at Manifest Studios in Santa Monica, CA.
Engineered by Kyle Draper and Adam Berg

6. On My Way

Produced by Adam Berg and Joel Van Dijk
Lyrics by Toby Ganger
Keys and Drums by Adam Berg
Drums and Keys by Joel Van Dijk
Recorded at Manifest Studios in Santa Monica, CA.
Engineered by Kyle Draper, Adam Berg, and Joel Van Dijk

All tracks mastered by Paul Grundman at Bernie Grundman Mastering in Hollywood, CA.

Artwork designed by DeChazier "Black Marmalade" Stokes-Johnson

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Track Name: Evolutionary feat. James Kenney
(scratching)
evolutionary

when your back's against the wall
and your hope turns to faith
you better be able to evolve
to survive another day

can you hear it in the distant breeze?
listen to the infants breathing
sounds like a symphony
the instant that the instruments hit their peak
we know that history teaches
all the wars won and the victory speeches
but what's hid beneath
every shift towards reason is traditions breaching
letting go without getting paralyzed
being careful not to parrot lies
that your parents might have shared
cause they inherited a paradigm
where they're unaware that time
will find a way to verify
the very things that vary in each pair of eyes
rolling a pair of dice trying to find your paradise
watching as your era dies

(chorus)
we are tomorrow
we are the dream
we are the whispers
that the choirs will sing
we are the moment
the cycles are broken
so walk with me (so walk with me)
evolutionary

(scratching)
evolutionary

all revolutions become the establishment
lost amongst all the management
and a newborn's breath
will hopefully move forward a few more steps
than a freshman who barely
just read a paragraph
of Marx's Manifesto and get so they wear
dreads, dressed in apparel
with a picture on the chest of Ernesto Guevara
the other side interested in scaring
the rest of us here with a message of fear
so todays questions appear
through the lens of yesterday's perception of fair
and the prejudice clear
whenever they're debating on who gets to be married
always saying to protect the kids
really they're afraid we'll reject their myths

(chorus)
we are tomorrow
we are the dream
we are the whispers
that the choirs will sing
we are the moment
the cycles are broken
so walk with me (so walk with me)
evolutionary

(scratching)
evolutionary

(chorus)
we are tomorrow
we are the dream
we are the whispers
that the choirs will sing
we are the moment
the cycles are broken
so walk with me (so walk with me)
evolutionary

(scratching)
toby is the name
evolving where I can
trying to grow as an artist and a man

evolutionary
Track Name: Sunshine Blues feat. Deacon The Villain of Cunninlynguists
Another beautiful day, I maneuver my way
through the confusion like I know that the road to the future is paved
determination I refuse to betray
so I keep that expression tightly glued to my face
view through the charade and soon the truth will escape
I feel like I'm losing my place
struggling to keep the food on my plate
undo the mistakes but new ones are soon to replace
can't hide the regret in the eyes
but never have I ever let it prevent me from trying
spent so much time getting ready for whatever that life
can throw at me that it left me behind
same ol' job, same repetitive life
still don't make a decent wage yet for selling my time
letting it slide cause it's kind of getting me by
there still ain't no ending in sight, so nevermind


Walking in circles in search of something new
Today feels like yesterday no matter what I do
Following footsteps that were left by my own shoes
Chances are tomorrow I'll still have those sunshine blues


The sun shining down on my face
feeling out of my place, powerless, allow me the strength
now, gotta get out of this maze
that separates the hourly wage from how we escape it
ignorance is a blissful thing
cause wisdom brings resistance to wishful thinking
ya need a little bit to persist
when things are looking pale
to set sail when that ship keeps sinking
keep moving but the pattern persists, hate
the manner in which they just manage to fixate
on every mistake, no matter how big
a man on the brink resisting my animal instinct
and now I can't even think straight
got déjà vu, turn the page, I view
the same things, don't know how it'll end
for now I'll pretend I'm proud of my challenge to tempt fate


Walking in circles in search of something new
Today feels like yesterday no matter what I do
Following footsteps that were left by my own shoes
Chances are tomorrow I'll still have those sunshine blues

I don't have no time
I don't have no strength
I don't have no money
I don't have no faith
So tell me someone
where oh where oh where
are my tomorrows gonna come from?
cause the sun is shining
but it don't shine on me, no

I feel it in the pit of my soul
realizing how little I know
trying to find my way on this road
I gotta make it through on my own
I look young but I'm feeling so old
the sun shines bright but the weather is cold
I've got the blues

(organ solo)

Walking in circles in search of something new
Today feels like yesterday no matter what I do
Following footsteps that were left by my own shoes
Chances are tomorrow I'll still have those sunshine blues
Track Name: Breeze
let the music play to illuminate the truth
in all the dusty corners of our memories our youth betrayed
I was dancing all through the day
with Michael Jackson on my stereo, my living room the stage
was going through that Moonwalk phase
for attention to impress them with the moves I made
I got older and the mood was changed
communicating all the thoughts that went through my brain
got confusing, but that's Human Nature
soon I made the conclusion that music is a language
I learned to use it to relate
each of those thoughts and the feelings that grew with age
when it pushed past the limits of control
and the raindrops dripped down the windows to my soul
sitting in the middle of it, little did I know
that listening to that rhythm was replenishing my hope

(chorus)
everybody is another note in my song
and my life is the chorus so sing along
the world is breathing music
feel the breeze go through my soul
lay my voice upon the breeze and fly

they say do it for the love,
but I'm human, as soon as the breeze blew in knew it was a drug
storm brewing, moving through my blood
what a rush, felt the music tune in to the touch
pulse sets the rhythm, and then I think of a
melody that can't wait dancing in sync with it
in my head I translate to english
and send it down my landscape to handshake my fingertips
to write my newest lyrics
souvenirs of music my ears would hear through the years
hip hop, jazz, and acoustic players
a few careers, latin, blues, and jewish prayers
rock and roll, lots of soul
help me cross the obstacles I got to know
bring it all together, watch it grow
the beauty's lost control, man, I gots to go
feel the breeze

(chorus)
everybody is another note in my song
and my life is the chorus so sing along
the world is breathing music
feel the breeze go through my soul
lay my voice upon the breeze and fly

sing my song
melodies run through my mind from night to dawn
the quiet storm inside me lets go
moving to the rhythm of my soul
Track Name: Heart Beat
her eyes say she needs me now
but her words try to keep me out
my feet are grounded, using up my gravity
abusing the new snooze button on my sanity
this ain't a friendship, it's
just silly to deny that the tension exists
bottled up, sensing the risk
walking tough, both hands clenched in a fist
like we’re meant to be together
but fear just intervened tempting me to let a
moment pass we'll never see again
no going back, cause everything will end
that’s life, nothing is perfect but still
gotta work through the nerves cause it's worth it to feel
you get hurt, you deal, it’s part of the path
can only run so far before you start coming back

(chorus)
it's about to go down
I can hear the sound
inside my head
of your heartbeat calling me
from it's hiding place
it's about to go down
I can hear hear the sound
inside my head
of your heartbeat calling me
heartbeat calling me

bedroom eyes, silent love songs
unify when the night becomes dawn
fire is burning in our veins
let all the inhibitions turn in their graves
only certain is today
let our bodies speak words we're still learning how to say
open the curtains to the stage
pull the pieces of the puzzle, put em perfectly in place
finding minutes in the seconds
dance to the rhythm only hidden in the presence
of innocence and bitterness swimming in the essence
pause, cut the ribbon and just let it fall
gotta build it from the ground up
now I found a cloud that I ain't coming down from
the sound of music written to the hope
eyes closed, both sides, hold tight, let go

(chorus)
it's about to go down
I can hear the sound
inside my head
of your heartbeat calling me
from it's hiding place
it's about to go down
I can hear hear the sound
inside my head
of your heartbeat calling me
heartbeat calling me

It used to be much better
so pure like a rough edit of a love letter
unfettered hearts like "come get it"
one step in and one out like I was trusted to sublet it
but that rush had flushed every doubt out
without receiving enough credit
so it's tough to be upset at us ending
up just being a lust with a love fetish
denial keeps the eyes bright
when the twilight creeps beneath the skyline
to leave a kind of sign that time is finite
and ya find that it might just wind right down
on illusions created
of her, I made cause the truth was too overrated
her? I didn't know. me? she didn't have
now we live with both, trying to give it back
give it back

(trumpet solo)

(outro x 3)
and it's never gonna be the same
forever begins today
the seconds gonna tick away
baby don't let go
Track Name: Life Goes On
(chorus)
days, days go by
and life goes on
life goes on
it's just a moment of time
and life goes on
life goes on

I woke up late feeling hazy but rested
get dressed, get away from the stress
gave my lady a kiss, savor it
made my way into the day with the taste on my lips
reflecting on relationships
though 80 percent of ladies I've met seem crazy
I'm afraid that maybe it's the way we pick mates
to replace that space left by parents mistakes
but I'll take all the ups and downs
gave me substance, something bout
the struggles make you love to smile
on days like this
when you're not afraid to live with what the trade off is
never been the type to oversimplify
live a life that I couldn't fit inside a system
my decisions should be different
depending on the kind of the situation
just takes a little time

(chorus)
days, days go by
and life goes on
life goes on
it's just a moment of time
and life goes on
life goes on

don't care what you expect me to do
as long as I can respect every step that I move
nothing is destined, I just do the best I can do
might add a little stress but it's the lesser of two
evils, see I have this need to wrestle with truth
every second is a lesson unless you refuse
no one's perfect, I accept it too but few get it
I dare whoever steps in my shoes to do better
ignored the wisdom of the joyless
that says taking risks just gives you disappointments
it's annoying, as if you can avoid it
cause it's a bigger risk just to listen to their voices
use to sing til they told me to stop
the older I got, was scolded, told to go get a job
folded and bought what they sold but lost the control
so I shot for my goals like no one had thought

(chorus)
days, days go by
and life goes on
life goes on
it's just a moment of time
and life goes on
life goes on

it's a moment in time
and it goes and it goes
life goes on
it's a moment in time
and it goes and it goes
Track Name: On My Way
(chorus)
I see the joy, I see the pain
but today we gonna say
I am on my way
we look for meaning, don't agree
but today we're gonna scream
I am on my way
too certain, too doubtful
but for now, we gotta shout
I am on my way
same struggle, told separate
but for now we sing together
I am on my way

got to the bus stop so I jumped off
just got home from a day at work
as I rushed I just had one thought
must not be getting paid my worth
made my journey on the pavement
that sustained me early remaining sturdy
underneath my feet every since my day of birth
stay observant of what pass today for urgent
seeing the cars speeding across
the street, the faces worried
looking in the windows, when the wind blows
then it takes a turn
in the beginning they chasing money
but they end up chasing purpose
asking the wrong questions just to ask some
moving fast in any direction just to have one
problems that you can't face
putting band aids on at random
doing anything they can
not to attend to what they ran from
the cost of a son in a hospital strung up
loss of a loved on, lost in a humdrum
life, a wife that caught her husband
running off with younger woman
the problems you wanna run from
but easy answers leave you stranded
when the progress is undone

(chorus)
I see the joy, I see the pain
but today we gonna say
I am on my way
we look for meaning, don't agree
but today we're gonna scream
I am on my way
too certain, too doubtful
but for now, we gotta shout
I am on my way
same struggle, told separate
but for now we sing together
I am on my way

we all gotta look for meaning
when we're living through a hell
but the only meaning that you see
you give to it yourself
jewish, muslim, christian, hindu
send you on that trail
towards a system you can stick to
when everything else has failed
I guess good fortune seems to only go so far
cause of course we start
to think we're more important than we are
painting our own portraits
from the point of view that's all distorted
with the thought the world needs us
in order to revolve
like we're born with a path you have to follow
sacrificing half your life
finding that exact tomorrow
it never happens like that
as a matter of fact we all go
through the habit of adapting goals
when things go bad and fall through
it's like playing with dice
waiting till right numbers come up
hundred to one odds
but then we make up lies to cover it up
purpose is somewhat of a drug
but other stuff comes with the buzz
the journey is the purpose
nothing other than us

(chorus)
I see the joy, I see the pain
but today we gonna say
I am on my way
we look for meaning, don't agree
but today we're gonna scream
I am on my way
too certain, too doubtful
but for now, we gotta shout
I am on my way
same struggle, told separate
but for now we sing together
I am on my way

hey, hey, hey,
hey, hey, hey
on my way, say
hey, hey, hey,
hey, hey
on my way, say