Evolutionary 2 EP

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1.
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
2.
Slow It Down 03:07
(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
3.
Escape 02:48
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)
4.
The Walls 03:35
(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
5.
Echoes 04:21
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
6.
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

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released October 10, 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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