Evergreen

by Kristian Rodriguez

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This is Rodriguez's first release of all original material. Recorded in the dead of winter and at the starts of Spring in Upstate New York, it is a collection of songs composed from years of travel- on highways, in canyons, by riverside, in basements and in attics from Georgia to New York to Colorado and back again. Here, the songs are in intimate acoustic form- each a newborn.

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released 21 June 2011

All Songs Written By © Kristian Rodriguez 2014

Kristian Rodriguez - Vocals, Guitar
Nick Cavanaugh - Bongos, Tambourine
Max Mckee - Djembe, Tambourine
Tina Zagyva - Trombone

Recorded & Mixed by Elias Gwinn at Velidoxi Paradigms
Mastered by Jeremy Johnston at Subcat Studios
in Syracuse, NY 2010-11

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Kristian Rodriguez

Georgia-born, Bay Area-based Kristian Rodriguez leads, with an "insightful croon" and "poetic storytelling" (Oaktown Indie Mayhem), a band whose sound is of "a sort of celebratory simplicity" blending "blues and soul in a beautiful connection" (Ear To The Ground Music). "Stunning acoustic music…you know the type, with every play, he leaves a part of himself in you" (Loudvine). ... more

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Track Name: Son Of Adam
It's the middle of the day and the sun is shining on my face
It's the middle of the day and I don't want to participate
Because the cars move like little blood cells down the street
Everyone's trying to be so cool in the summer heat

Hey, that Son of Adam, he never lied to me
He'd just say, "Old Friend, I have always been this way.
Everyone's gotta secret, a secret that they keep and baby the biggest one is that you are me"

And you can try to run away from me
You can lay your head in my lap
You can try to keep your love from me
But I will visit you in the night
We will find all the ways to morning
We will find all the ways to light

It's the middle of the day and I make my way into the shade
Always seems in my way to hesitate
You see cuz everything has a language and it speaks
I take the kettle off and let the truth steep.

Hey, that Son of Adam, he'd never hide from me
He just said, "Old Friend, I have always been this way.
Every season I shed another layer of skin
then I understand the good that lies within"

And you can try to run away from me
You can lay your head in my lap
You can try to keep your love from me
But I will visit you in the night
We will find all the ways to morning
We will find all the ways to light
Track Name: Crestone
Pick me up on the side of the road
In my heart is your abode
Don't got much money, don't got much pain
All the gravity Feels like rain
From the comfort that you have craved
Oh brother, you have been saved

Hey in Crestone
It's alright, It's alright
Hey in Crestone
So much light, so much light
Hey in Crestone
Think I'll stay the night, think I'll stay the night
Think I'll stay

Spend a night beneath the stars
You know that heaven is not that far
But that in fact, you can find it here
Far away from empty fear

Hey in Crestone
It's alright, It's alright
Hey in Crestone
So much light, so much light
Hey in Crestone
Think I'll stay the night, think I'll stay the night
Think I'll stay

Hey in Crestone
Hey in Crestone, yea...
Track Name: Supernumerary Rainbow
You move so slow
So slow that you glow
Like a supernumerary rainbow
Ooo, you show me how to know

And it's taken me a while
To sift through this pile
Of thoughts on you and me
And how it's gunna be

But like never-ending time
And like an effervescent climb
Will you finally reach your prime
Find some reason in the rhyme
For Love?

We careen through the chaos
Neither one is deemed the boss
Way out the gains with losses
Then decide which line to cross

Cuz it's like turnin on a light
The darkness don't put up a fight
It just disappears
Dries up like tears

And like a slow train in the night
And like the moment of fight or flight
Turn that weakness into might
Throw that secret in the light
For Love

Like a weed covers a grave
Like some sacred cure that I've saved
Like an unrelenting wave
I will claim my self as brave
For Love
Track Name: Shadow In The Sun
No matter how hard you try, you still can't wreck the silence
Keeps piercing through your mind and you can't quite define it
And she keeps looking in your eyes and asking you that question
Oh, and she just won't let up until you've given a good confession

No, you can't run
You can't run
You still got that shadow in the sun
you still got that shadow in the sun

And you can raise that banner high, yeah, raise it to the heavens
But if it's falling from the sky, that manna will be unleavened
And she says venus is love but you know it's an illusion
Still got one hand on your heart so what's with all this confusion?

No, you can't run
You can't run, oh no
You still got that shadow in the sun
You still got that shadow in the sun
Track Name: Intention
There's a fire I can't tame
There's a game I just won't play
Everyday it's all the same
Oh, that's why I tend to stray

And if I break all the rules, open up real wide
Believe in my truth, not settle with a lie
Follow that corridor to the edges of my mind
Will I open to the sky, finally feel alright

Can you find your intention?
Hey, whatcha gunna do with your life
Can you find your mission?
The one that's gunna finally get you high
Ya gotta do something or else your gunna stay up all night
Wondrin' 'bout your intention and watcha gunna do

And if you can't find a place
And you can't find a way,
Keep warm your heart,
Welcome the day.

In the corners of the breeze,
She hears the points in her philosophy
North, South, East, and West
Everyday she does her best.

To break all the rules, open up real wide
Believe in her truth, not settle with a lie
Follow that corridor to the edges of her mind
Will I open to the sky, finally feel alright

Can you find your intention?
Hey, whatcha gunna do with your life
Can you find your mission?
The one that's gunna finally get you high
Ya gotta do something or else your gunna stay up all night
wondrin' 'bout your intention and watcha gunna do

And if you can't find a place
And you can't find a way,
Keep warm your heart,
Welcome the day.
Track Name: All The Trees Whisper What The Flowers Scream
I found a place at the top of a mountain
And I broke some bread and I drank from the fountain
Yes I reached the peak but I still was surrounded
Yes I found the truth but I ran right around it

You can avert your eyes from me
Cuz now I can finally see
That all these dirty highways they go running into the sea
Yes and all the trees whisper what the flowers scream

And what I hid from my mother, my brother stole from me
And when I bother everyone can see
The fictions in my head and the need in my eyes
The road up ahead and the suffocating price

You can avert your eyes from me
Cuz now I can finally see
That all these dirty highways they go running into the sea
Yes and all the trees whisper what the flowers scream

And so I'm headed down for the harvest
Yes it's up to me to walk the farthest
And like fruit that waits to be picked
It's always the ripest
And words that have never been said
They're always the wisest

You can avert your eyes from me
Cuz now I can finally see
That all these dirty highways go running into the sea
Yes and all the trees whisper what the flowers scream
The flowers scream
The flowers scream
The flowers...
Track Name: Voice Not Apart
So I make my way from the new into the full
And as the lightning fades, I make my body into a bull
And I shine
Yes, I shine

Without knowing how, I put a seed into the ground
And resign to the now, yes my spirit is unbound
It is divine
It is divine

In the forests of my heart
I hear a voice not apart
It says that you don't have to follow,
It is ready in the all
You can wait until tomorrow,
Butcha still gunna have to break down that wall

Read my palm in the sky
Leave me long out to dry
Fill my bowl with the sacred stream
Find a place for my orphan dream

In the forests of my heart
I hear a voice not apart
It says that you don't have to follow,
It is ready in the all
You can wait until tomorrow,
Butcha still gunna have to break down that wall
Track Name: Santa Cruz
Old warm home in my head
And dreams that stay in bed
Old war, war on my hands
And a vision I can't understand
And your fear to engage is a fear of your rage.

Save the water and the chrism
Surrender to the prism
Cuz she don't wait, no she don't wait
She's going to Santa Cruz in the morning
So don't call her, don't call her name
She's gunna try and write a different story
So don't call her, don't call her name
Don't call her name

So worn is that winter coat
But with glee, you emote
Forlorn has been this crime
As it reeps in my mind

Save the water and the chrism
Surrender to the prism
Cuz she don't wait, no she don't wait
She's going to Santa Cruz in the morning
So don't call her, don't call her name
She's gunna try and write a different story
So don't call her, don't call her name

Oh yea, said she's leavin'
Said she's leavin' on that train
She's leavin' all that pain behind

Releasin'
Said she's releasin' all those chains
She's leavin' all that pain behind, oh yea
Track Name: Evergreen
It'll be a long time before I see you again
But when I see you again, I'll still have a friend
You're off to the Southlands
And I'm off to the cold north
And as we separate, time will dictate
How now becomes then
How now becomes then

Cuz in my mind I see a place
That shines so bright it burns my face
And all of us are dressed in lace
And all of us are drenched in grace
Yes, I wonder when we'll live in that place
Is it now or was it then?
Is it now or was it then?

Seasons change but our pact remains
Our bodies wither but our soul sustains
An energy we cannot contain
Cuz we are evergreen
Yes, we are evergreen...