Angels and Eagles

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Angels and Eagles

written by Kim McLean and Devon O’Day
 

i stood by the window watching the runway
till i saw your plane leave the ground
i already missed you i felt a little lonely
as you disappeared into the clouds
i said a prayer out loud

chorus:
you’re like an angel like an eagle
i know i have to let you fly
where the world is just a small thing
when you see it from so high

may you breathe in all the freedom you find dancing in the air
if i could give you anything at all i’d give you everywhere
like an angel like an eagle

you need a big sky to find your own answers
and only you will know when it’s right
with the courage of a dreamer and the spirit of a wild heart
drinking from the great big cup of life
so beautiful in flight
(chorus)
i’ll be right here waiting when
all you need is home again

and the world is just a
small thing when you see it from so high

 

Title track written by Selis’s long time friend and songwriting partner/producer Kim McLean. It’s a beautiful tribute to parents wanting to let their children fly on their own.

 
Lyrics

1. Angels And Eagles
Eve Selis  

Cryin' Days

written by Kim McLean and Mark Namore
 

saw a perfect sunset it made me misty
that’s as close to tears as i’m gonna get
spend a lot of time chasing down old feelings
just to find old feelings to forget
chorus:
i got a four leaf clover in my pocket
and there’s sunshine pouring down like rain
i had a bad idea but i dropped it
let there be no more cryin’ days
well i took a picture of a ceiling
got myself a michelangelo
finally learnin’ how to pay attention
let beauty brush the canvas of my soul
(chorus)
new set of wings
new pair of glasses
changing the view
sweeping up the ashes
(chorus)
let there be no more cryin’ days
no more cryin’ days (2x)

 
Lyrics

2. Cryin' Days
Eve Selis  

I Believe In Love

written by Eve Selis, Mark Intravaia and Kim McLean
 

i believe in fairy tales,
ever lasting love
breathless passion,
the song of a sacred dove
but i don’t believe you do
i won’t lay down on the tracks
and let my soul just die
that’s what it would take
my heart would have to lie
and i’d rather tell the truth
chorus:
i believe in love and staying together
not giving up, but baby it’s better than
letting go, if i have to choose
i believe in love
but i don’t believe you do
i took a chisel at a stone,
thought i could carve a dream
hopeless romance,
lived up to its name
now i’m standing i broken clay
i see the colors in the sky,
you see a stormy night
i want a river, you want an easy ride
i am your freedom, you are my chain
(chorus)
once upon a time i just couldn’t see
how much compromise
was slowly killing me
killing me
(chorus)

 
Lyrics

3. I Believe In Love
Eve Selis  

Street That I Grew Up On

written by Eve Selis, Mark Intravaia and Kim McLean

gravel road beside a
field full of horses
we’d climb across the barbed wire
and feed them sugar cubes
we would run through the grass
we were barefoot and crazy
on the street that i grew up on
on a road lined with orange blossoms
i used to ride and my bike would
take me anywhere that
i could ever dream
i was superman i was peter pan
on the street that i grew up on
chorus:
turn the pages of yesterday and it’s all
a part of what we became
climbing trees chasing tumbleweeds
there’s a place that we all belong
it’s called the street that i grew up on
louisiana swamplands,
alligators in the backyard
california canyons full of
sage and red clay stone
it’s a wonder we grew up at all
angels watching over
the street that i grew up on
(chorus)
dodge ball on the asphalt
red rover in the sunshine
pictures in the clouds and
lemonade stands
they can tear down the house
they can build another highway
but the street it is never gone
not the street that i grew up on
(chorus)
on the street that i grew
you know my heart is always home
on the street that i grew up on
and it goes on and on and on

when Marc and Eve and Kim sat down to write this song, they were pleasantly surprised to find out that even though they all grew up in different parts of the country they all have very similar childhood events.

 
Lyrics

4. Street That I Grew Up On
Eve Selis  

Goodbye

written by Patty Griffin
 

occurred to me the other day
you‘ve been gone now a couple years
well, i guess it takes while
for someone to really disappear
and i remember where i was
when the word came about you
it was a day much like today
the sky was bright and white and blue
chorus:
and i wonder where you are
and if the pain ends when you die
and i wonder if there was
some better way to say goodbye
today my heart is big and sore
it‘s tryin‘ to push right through my skin
i won‘t see you anymore
i guess that‘s finally sinkin‘ in
’cause you can‘t make somebody see
with the simple words you say
all their beauty from within
sometimes they just look away
(chorus)

 
Lyrics

5. Goodbye
Eve Selis  

That's Enough

written by Eve Selis, Marc Intravaia and Doug Crider
 

pour my coffee, make it half a cup
too much caffeine ok, that’s enough
sit beside me, open the paper up
i only read the headlines now,
that’s enough
chorus:
there’s a world at war
everybody’s wanting more
crying out for money, time or love
but i see your face and
in this moment, in this place
that’s enough
i’ve had my fill of cnn
it’s not that i don’t care but
right now let’s not let it in
i want to be right here and
feel your touch, for just five minutes
more, that’s enough
(chorus)
ok i’m ready i’m strong enough
to get through one more day

 

co-written with Doug Crider during the frustrations after entering the war in Iraq. It tries to focus on the simple events in life that fill up our hearts.

 
Lyrics

6. That's Enough
Eve Selis  

Touching The Eiffel Tower

written by Eve Selis, Marc Intravaia and Kim McLean
 

i’m touching the eiffel tower
i’m looking through the looking glass
a portal to another place
picasso world, mosaic dreams
and everything i see is
surrounded by a circle
a circle of friends who all believe
that love is free
i’m touching the eiffel tower
i’m reaching across the sky
my soul is alive because you wrapped
your heart around mine
all of this is ours –
touching the eiffel tower
now i’m standing at the edge
where the deepest canyon lies
so i can sing this song to you
to hear it echo back again
a voice no longer mine
because you are singing too
it’s me it’s you
i’m touching the eiffel tower
i’m serenading the stars
my soul is alive because you wrapped
your heart around mine
all of this is ours –
touching the eiffel tower
there is a ribbon weaving through the
whole wide world from me to you
i touch this ground you touch that sky
and we connect across the miles –
across the distant miles
i’m touching the eiffel tower
i’m building castles in egypt’s sand
i’m dancing in spain, across london and
right to the milky way
the universe is ours –
touching the eiffel tower

 

co-written with McLean, inspired by her son Will waking up from a dream shouting “I’m touching the Eiffel Tower.” 

 
Lyrics

7. Touching The Eiffel Tower
Eve Selis  

One Day At A Time

written by Eve Selis, Marc Intravaia and Kim McLean
 

sometimes two steps forward
but then three steps behind
sometimes the world’s your oyster and
then the wheels they grind
sometimes you’re an angel then you
turn around and sin
but the only true perfection
is to try and try again
one day at a time
cause it all turns around
there’s highs and lows and ins and outs
don’t let it get you down
i read it in a book i saw it on a sign
the only way to get through life is
one day at a time
you got to pay attention
to the things that matter most
hang on to the good times
jesus and the holy ghost
when you hear the children laughing
when you hear an old man pray
remember life’s for living and we’re
only meant to take
one day at a time
cause it all turns around
there’s highs and lows and ins and outs
don’t let it get you down
i heard it from a roof top
saw it written cross the sky
the secret to your happiness is
one day at a time
one day at a time
cause it all turns around
there’s highs and lows and ins and outs
don’t let it get you down
i’ll sing it in my song
i’ll try to make it rhyme
the secret to your happiness
the only way to get through this
may heaven grant you all the bliss of
one day at a time

 

… focuses on the obvious truth that seems to elude all of us. The lyric that says it all, “The only true perfection is to try and try again.”

 
Lyrics

8. One Day At A Time
Eve Selis  

The Gift

written by Eve Selis, Marc Intravaia and Doug Crider
 

folk songs on my first guitar, summer afternoon
california sun outside, england in my room
arch top in a pillowcase underneath my bed
toughen up my fingertips, the walrus in my head
i was long gone, so many nights
with the same song, but something’s not right
chorus:
it’s all that i am, it’s the thing that i do
it’s a gift i was given but i never knew that
the thing i was missing was someone to sing to
i’ve kept it for years now i’ll give it to you
three sets in a smoky bar, splittin’ up the door
riding in a rusty van, sleeping on the floor
make some people happy, touch a few hearts
all those years of practice and now the real show starts
i was solo ‘til you sang along
and with one note you changed my whole song
(chorus)
i was long gone, so many nights
with the same song, ’til you made it right
(chorus)

 

Inspired by Marc’s son Sam regarding his love of the Selis/Intravaia songbook and the life a musician leads until they find themselves or someone else to love.

 
Lyrics

9. The Gift
Eve Selis  

Love You Away From Me

written by Eve Selis, Marc Intravaia and Kim McLean
 

if i had just known that day
you’d never be back again
i would have made time stand
still somehow
the window was full of light
but something was in your eyes
it’s too late for me to see it now
don’t you remember us
the words that we used to say
something so right it must be true
and i would give anything
for you in my arms again
i don’t see an end to missing you
chorus:
love can only feel this way
it’s like hope, it’s like rain
a little sad but full of grace
it doesn’t matter how much more
my heart can break
if that’s how it has to be
i’ll love you away from me
you made a choice for me
and i have to make one now
angel of light redeem my soul
i’ve whispered your name before
i scream it to eden’s shore
forgiveness she comes and
makes me whole
(chorus)
(chorus)

 
Lyrics

10. Love You Away From Me
Eve Selis  

1000 Kisses

written by Eve Selis, Marc Intravaia and Kim McLean

 

thought i was done never expected
a miracle like you
i hope i never let you down
i see myself in your eyes
but so much more
you’re all your own
you’re like an angel on the ground
an angel i have found
chorus:
you are so beautiful to me
so good i almost can’t believe it
and though i failed at love before
a 1000 misses
would have been worth all the pain
to hold you in my arms this way
to say i love you it might take
a 1000 kisses
my life is changed forever
perfect like the gift of every dawn
i feel your touch and i am whole
wrapped in the warmth
of your sweet smile
i breathe you in i’m swept away
you are the sunshine in my soul
baby you’re my soul
(chorus)
now i don’t remember a single day
before you were here with me
a 1000 kisses
and i would give you anything
this love is strong and true and safe
to say i love you it might take
a 1000 kisses

 

Inspired by all the kisses Eve gives to her son Henry on a daily basis!

 
Lyrics

11. 1000 Kisses
Eve Selis  

She

written by Gram Parsons and Chris Etheridge
 

she, she came from the land of the cotton
land that was nearly forgotten by everyone
and she, she worked and she slaved so hard
a big old field was her backyard
in the delta sun
oh, oh, but she sure could sing
ooh, yeah, yeah she sure could sing
then he, looked down and he
took a little pity
the whole town swore he decided
he would help her some
but he, didn’t mind if she wasn’t very pretty
for deep inside his heart he knew
she was the only one
oh, oh, but she sure could sing
oh, yeah, yeah that girl could sing
chorus:
she had faith, she had believing
she led all the people together in singing
she prayed every night to the lord up above
singing hallelujah, hallelujah
they used to walk singing songs by the river
even when she knew for sure
she had to go away
and she never knew what her
life had to give her
never had to worry about it one single day
oh, oh, she sure could sing
oh, yeah, yeah she sure could sing
(chorus)
she, she came from the land of the cotton
land that was nearly forgotten by everyone
and she, she worked and she slaved so hard
a big old field was her backyard
in the delta sun
oh, oh but she sure could sing
i said my, my, my, my, yeah,
she sure could sing
oh, oh she sure could sing
oh, oh that girl could sing

 
Lyrics

12. She
Eve Selis  

Better Days

written by Eve Selis and Marc Intravaia
 

when love is new it’s easy
a whisper in the dark
a never-ending daydream
surrender of the heart
but now the sun is fading
clouds are moving in
somewhere we have lost ourselves
taken by the wind
chorus:
we’re changing i know you feel it too
we’re changing our love will
pull us through
making our way back home
through the haze, back to better days
we are like the seasons
changing all the time
so we take the good and bad
and go on with our lives
when the leaves are falling
the air is growing cold
faith in us is all we have
for you and me to hold
(chorus)
back to our garden where we started
sowing seeds of hope and love
in our garden where our heart is
growing stronger in the new morning sun
(chorus)
we’ll find better days
back to better days

 
Lyrics

13. Better Days
Eve Selis  

Welcome To Paradise

written by Eve Selis, Marc Intravaia and Kim McLean
 

how did i get here this is the
saddest place i’ve been
darkest clouds i think i’ve ever seen
tried pullin’ myself up i got no
bootstraps on these shoes
tried standin’ tall but all i ever
do is lean
it ought to be easy, easier than this
so i’m changing up the dialog that’s
plowin through my brain
changing my vocabulary words
shakin off the blues and even
if it has to rain
there’s a brighter new
perspective i prefer
ok so it ain’t easy, it’s just life
that’s all it is
up and down and crazy,
tantalizing bliss
chorus:
it’s all about smiles all about joy
such a sweet and juicy treasure
all about supersonic love gonna come
and make it better
you gotta get up and glow,
goodness only knows
what an amazing delicious surprise
this is your world baby
welcome to paradise
hold up the kaleidoscope
and aim it at the light
check out all the effervescent dreams
it’s kind of like the human race
the tapestry of life
you gotta focus on
what’s beautiful and free
talking about sunshine
inside of you and me
magnetic moonbeams,
positive energy
(chorus)

 

inspired by a moment in life when Eve’s dear friend Mattie was close to dying from chemotherapy. She says, “I felt so helpless and I wanted to sing a song that made me feel good so I ‘googled’ positive words and a three page list came up. We tried to put as many of those words in the song as possible.” Kim says “don’t mind the beginning, sometimes a song has to start sad to get it to that ultimate happy place.”

 
Lyrics

14. Welcome To Paradise
Eve Selis  

(2008)
Produced by the Eve Selis Band, Alan Sanderson and Kim McLean. Fiilled with songs that touch her heart and soul. Selis and Marc Intravaia co-wrote 10 of the 14 tracks. Nominated for Best Americana/Country Album -2009 San Diego Music Awards.

REVIEWS

“She has been called the queen of roadhouse rock, but the name of the home-grown record label of San Diego singer Eve Selis is just as revealing: Hippie Chick Twang. The latter description fits better, unless rocking with white-hot intensity is your idea of royal behavior. There’s more than a touch of the blues mama about her, too (check out her raunchy, albeit out-of-sync performance of Honky Tonk Town on YouTube). On a good day, Selis makes Tina Turner seem like a shy, retiring wallflower. Her new album, Angels And Eagles, reveals a more thoughtful singer. The role model is not Tina Turner, but peers such as Suzy Bogguss and Shawn Colvin – strong women who have grown up but will not give in, and make music that reflects adult experiences. The textbook example is Bonnie Raitt’s Nick Of Time from 1989. Similarly, Angels And Eagles is full of humane moments: Selis tackles mortality in the affecting Goodbye, and explores trading domestic fulfilment against worldly woe inThat’s Enough. The songs, mostly co-written with long-time writing and performing partner, guitarist Marc Intravaia, are crafted with loving expertise. Street That I Grew Up On demonstrates that Selis can evoke childhood memories and still stomp. Occasionally, the sassiness tips into bossiness. ‘Let there be no more cryin’ days’ is more of a demand than a hope. Still, you can’t be queen without the odd imperious moment. ”
—Mike Butler “U.K. METRO” (July 2008)

“What most impresses about Eve Selis’s fifth album, Angels and Eagles, isn’t how she deftly puts her own stamp on such gems as Patty Griffin’s ‘Goodbye’ and Gram Parsons’ ‘She,’ but that the 10 songs Selis co-wrote here are nearly as good. Whether performing homespun ballads (‘That’s Enough’), midtempo rockers (‘Touching the Eifel Tower’) or blues-tinged odes to hope (‘Welcome to Paradise’), this San Diego music mainstay and her ace band reaffirm that they are just one break away from hitting the big time.”
—George Varga “San Diego Union-Tribune” (May 2008)

From her early days fronting local Top 40 cover bands, San Diego’s Eve Selis has matured into one of the top singers on the area’s roots music scene playing regularly with folks like Tim Flannery and Berkley Hart. Her new album, Angels and Eagles, shows that Selis continues to grow as a musician, to improve as songwriter and singer. Her rough-hewn vocals are a perfect match for her countrified rock songs, and she assembled a stellar lineup of musicians for the sessions. The opening, title track on the CD is as good a song to come out of San Diego County in, well, ever. Gorgeous melody, soaring harmonies, wonderful lyrics — it’s a perfect pop song, like something John Mellencamp, Neil Young or a young Bob Seger might have turned out. The rest of the disc is similarly solid — in the vein of Emmylou Harris, melding country and rock into something uniquely Californian. ”
—Jim Trageser “North County Times” (May 2008)

 

 
 
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