Family Tree

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Rubber And Glue

written by doug crider, marc intravaia and eve selis (lazy kato music, bmi / i’ll take the soup music, sesac / lemonade & whiskey music, sesac)

 

Lying / Just below the surface you’ve been

Lying / And I fell into your trap

Trying / A 100 little curses on me

Now it’s in the open it’s too late to take it back

Talking / Behind my back to all your friends they’re

Talking / On that devil’s radio

Walking / Around the truth you only end up

Kicking dirt around but it doesn’t make it so

That’s OK it’s just rubber and glue

Every thing you say gonna bounce off me, stick on you

Every thing you say, everything you do

Will come right back on you

Weighting / Me down with stones that you threw I’ve been

Waiting / Now it’s time you learn

Baby / When you put that hoo doo on me

It comes right back around that tables gonna turn

That’s OK it’s just rubber and glue

Every thing you say gonna bounce off me, stick on you

Every thing you say, everything you do

Will come right back on you

Now it’s in the open / too late to take it back

Chorus:

 
Lyrics

1. Rubber And Glue
Eve Selis  

Any Day

written by kim mclean and rick ferrell (sony/atv tunes, ascap)
 

If I said that I can’t live without you
Would you run to me and save my life
If my back was against the wall and I was standing alone
Would you grit your teeth and take my side
Would you lie for me in the name of love
Would you give your word then back it up

Oh Baby
Would you try for me baby
Would you lie for me baby
Would you die for me baby
Cause I would try for you any day
And I would lie for you any day
And I would die for you any day

When you lay your head on my shoulder
Oh honey do you feel safe
Will you trust me with your dark emotion
Will you take me to your secret place
I taste you in the air I breathe
You’ll always be a part of me

Chorus
Have I been misreading all the signs
That looks like fire in your eyes

Chorus

 
Lyrics

2. Any Day
Eve Selis  

When Is Everything Enough

written by rich wiley, marc intravaia and eve selis (rawiley music, sesac / i’ll take the soup music, sesac / lemonade & whiskey music, sesac)
 

Blue eyes and big dreams
Fast cars and proms queens
The world was laid out at our feet
No road was too high
Hold my hand and we’ll fly
And every promise we meant to keep
But things went grey along the way
Life got busy no time to play
Having it all takes a whole lot of getting done

When is everything enough
Why do we hurt the ones we love
We go blind, noses to the grind
Chasing what will never fill us up
When is everything enough

Two kids and three cars
Loud talks and battle scars
You could say that we’ve gone far
Another rung another town
Just another let me down
And who we were’s no longer who we are
Jobs get late and nights get cold
A body needs somebody to hold
Having it all no longer seems so sweet

Chorus

Top floor with great views
Charter planes and board rooms
And every goal is just another day
Used to be they’d just hold hands
No long term, no big plans
Having it all I guess meant losing us

Chorus

Blue eyes and big dreams
Fast cars and proms queens
The world was laid out at our feet

 
Lyrics

3. When Is Everything Enough
Eve Selis  

Family Tree

written by calman hart, marc intravaia and eve selis (dead horse music, bmi / i’ll take the soup music, sesac / lemonade & whiskey music, sesac)

 

Well she said her goodbyes to her home and her family
Not much more than a child
And her mama stood by with her tears in her handkerchief
Seemed she could still feel her moving inside
Her daddy, he held her with all of his might
Praying to God she’d be all right

It’s hard to leave the family tree
And find your way out in the sky
Where the roots of love and the boughs above
Have been keeping you safe and dry
You know that it’s not really ending
We’ll all be together in time
Still the family tree it’s hard to leave
When it comes your time to fly

Well the dust of the gravel road settled on the highway
As the chevy drove into the sun
And her mama stood still propped up by the fence post
Holding her breath til her baby was gone
Frozen in time reliving the years
Straddling the line between faith and fear

Chorus:

It’s the people you’re from that give you the courage
To freefall into the unknown
And the people you’re from that give you the strength
To stand there in silence and watch as they go

 
Lyrics

4. Family Tree
Eve Selis  

Crazy That I Love

written by rich wiley, marc intravaia and eve selis (rawiley music, sesac / i’ll take the soup music, sesac / lemonade & whiskey music, sesac)

 

I can’t find a minute I can’t spare a dime
Lord I’d give about anything for a second to unwind
But the kids are late for school again like a 1000 times before
And yesterday’s just like tomorrow rushing out that door

And it’s crazy how life’s so fast
Just filled up and I’m low on gas
A dollar short and one day late
Everything fallin’ off my plate
And it’s crazy you don’t slow down
You have to laugh no time to frown
Crazy is as crazy does
But it’s just the kind of crazy that I love

The cash I saved just sprouted wings and the bills are piling high
Inside that mailbox sneering at me from the corner of my drive
I can’t juggle everything / when everything goes wrong
But I close my eyes and realize that life keeps rolling on

Chorus

The day is done and we’ve got plans
A little bit more than holding hands
EmmyLou and the lights down low
Baby cries and that’s all she wrote

Chorus

It’s always something 3x
That leads nothing 1x

 
Lyrics

5. Crazy That I Love
Eve Selis  

All Roads Lead To Here

written by rich wiley, marc intravaia and eve selis (rawiley music, sesac / i’ll take the soup music, sesac / lemonade & whiskey music, sesac)

 

I was talking with an old friend of mine
Looking back together on the years gone by
Thinking bout all the things we did
What we would if we could, if we could do it again
What would I trade
For those dreams that never come
Sometimes it’s the rain that brings the sun

I have learned there are questions that go unanswered
I have learned that the future is unclear
I have learned through my life as I grow older
All roads lead to here

The broken heart I thought would never mend
Was just the beginning no it wasn’t the end
The roads we travel circle around
One day you’re lost and the next day you’re found
What would I give
To undo what went wrong
Sometimes it’s the weak that lead the strong

Chorus

Right where I want to be
Happy just being me
I’m feeling just like a song
Right or wrong life’s a journey
We’re all on

Solo

 
Lyrics

6. All Roads Lead To Here
Eve Selis  

Bump In The Road

written by kim mclean, rich wiley, marc intravaia and eve selis (kim mclean music, ascap / rawiley music, sesac / i’ll take the soup music, sesac / lemonade & whiskey music, sesac)

 

The sun was shining, the birds were singing, yeah, everything was alright
Til the telephone rang, disappointment came with some news that wasn’t very bright
Could be a stepping stone, a stumbling block, or I could turn it around somehow
I think I’ll just keep livin – lovin and givin – that’s all I can do right now

IT’S JUST A BUMP IN THE ROAD
ITS JUST AN OPPORTUNITY
IT’S JUST A CHANCE TO DISCOVER
THE BEST THINGS INSIDE OF ME
I’M NOT GONNA BE ANGRY – NOT GONNA BE SAD
KEEP A SMILE ON MY FACE FOR GOOD TIMES TO BE HAD
IN THE GRAND SCHEME OF THINGS THIS AIN’T REALLY THAT BAD, NO
IT’S JUST A BUMP IN THE ROAD

I’ve learned to embrace all the troubles and trials that try to mess with me
It’s time to refuse any more of them blues and all that negativity
Whenever lightning strikes and thunder roars I’m not gonna be afraid
I think I’ll just keep laughin, whatever may happen – why should it ruin my day…

CHORUS

Bridge:
Whenever the tears start to fall
And I’m feeling buried beneath it all
Whenever I’m up against a wall….I’ll just climb over (it’s)

CHORUS

 
Lyrics

7. Bump In The Road
Eve Selis  

Witness To Your Life

written by lori mckenna (harlan howard music, ascap)
 

Someone was crying and the bells ring
Then I don’t remember a thing
You were talking but the words came
From somebody else
Someone said kiss her and so you did
I was smilin’ like a little kid
You kissed my teeth and then we both/ hid/ inside each other’s arms

All you really need is someone to be here
Someone who’ll never let you disappear
And I will be that witness to your life
This may just be a softer place to fall
But somebody will answer when you call
And I will be that witness to your life

You got that job and joined the union
Fought every urge that told you to run
Stared down the barrel of an empty gun and wondered a bit
Stopped listening to all your friends
They think this is where life begins and ends
No one reaches, no one transcends they just learn to live with it

All you really need is someone to be here
Someone who’ll never let you disappear
And I will be that witness to your life
You should never have to be alone
Someone will always call you home
And I will be that witness to your life

All you really need is someone to be here
Someone who’ll never let you disappear
And I will be that witness to your life
Baby, I will be that witness to your life

Up the road your car comes into view
And from our front lawn I just smile at you
Another day I thank the Lord that you
Took the right road home

 
Lyrics

8. Witness To Your Life
Eve Selis  

Water Off A Duck's Back

written by kim mclean and eve selis (kim mclean music, ascap / lemonade & whiskey music, sesac)
 

I heard what you said, I heard you loud and clear
It’s what you didn’t say that’s ringin’ in my ears
One dark deluge from your savage heart
Floodin my dreams, tearin my world apart

Baby you must be proud of yourself
Rippin me up to avoid your hell
But I ain’t gonna treat you like you treated me
Got a better idea and a trick up my sleeve

THEM WORDS THEM WORDS THEM ATTITUDES
AIN’T NOTHING BUT NEGATIVE PLATITUDES
LET THE WHOLE DAM BREAK AND I WON’T REACT
AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT WATER OFF A DUCK’S BACK
(quack quack)

Well the duck and the pond you know they go together
Might have to face a little troubled weather
So what if we try to let it all get better
Let the storm blow over, we’ll just get wetter
(water, water)

Chorus

Bridge: It’s coming down from all around
Tidal wave, hurricane
Honey don’t you give me a heart attack
I love you so much but I’ve had enough
Enough tears, enough of your slander
What’s good for the goose is good for the gander

 
Lyrics

9. Water Off A Duck's Back
Eve Selis  

I Don't Want To Cry

written by kim mclean, devon o’day, marc intravaia and eve selis (kim mclean music, ascap / driversed music, ascap / i’ll take the soup music, sesac / lemonade & whiskey music)

 

Hey heart, don’t you say a word
I need a perfect day
Shut down, turn to stone, don’t hurt
I’m making my getaway
I took a picture a long time ago of how love would be
And I still believe
So this can’t be happening to me

I DON’T WANNA CRY ABOUT IT
MAYBE IF I HIDE THE PAIN
EVERYTHING WILL JUST GET BETTER
THIS IS NOT A STORM, JUST RAIN
SO I DON’T WANNA CRY ABOUT IT
I’M HOLDING BACK THE WATER WALL
IT’S EASY TO BE BLIND AND HOPEFUL
TEARS I WILL NOT LET YOU FALL

Goodbye, God I hate goodbye
Endings are tragedies
Be strong, drown the truth, deny
Laughter is all they’ll see
I can’t be alone, I’d weep until dawn
And shake my fist at the sun
For daring to shine like life goes on

CHORUS

Bridge: Tears make it true; losing you can’t be real…

 
Lyrics

10. I Don't Want To Cry
Eve Selis  

65 Roses

written by kim mclean, marc intravaia and eve selis (kim mclean music, ascap / i’ll take the soup music, sesac / lemonade & whiskey music)

 

I met you when you were just a child
They said you’d be leaving in a little while
It wasn’t an easy life you had
Why’d you have to have it so bad

I saw you dream and saw you keep the faith
You should’ve been cryin’ but you smiled with grace
You had courage to understand
Momma was holding your hand,
And Daddy was holding your hand

Chorus:
Tender flower so weak so strong
Full of life I wish it could’ve been longer
Sweet angel we miss you now
You taught what hope is
With 65 Roses

Repeat chorus

Every breath was a gift you gave
Only love, only love remains
You gave sorrow another name
Compassion, a prayer and a song
Your spirit will always live on

Chorus

 
Lyrics

11. 65 Roses
Eve Selis  

Stop The Train

written by kim mclean and robert arthur (emi blackwood music inc / emi april music inc)
 

Jenny caught the 8:15 at 8:14 and a half
She had black mascara on one eyelid and coffee stains on her lap
Nobody noticed the run in her hose and nail polish on her leg
But the whole car jumped and newspapers rattled when Jenny jumped up and yelled,

Somebody stop the train.
I’ve had enough of the insane living
It hurts my brain
Every body taking and nobody giving
I need some time, to rediscover my piece of mind from this
Fast paced rat race everybody in your face
Somebody stop the train

Somebody mumbled, “that woman is crazy” but Jenny, she didn’t care
She ripped up her list of “things to do” and tossed it up in the air
And as she made her way to the door the folks all formed an aisle
For a second you could hear a pin drop, then her voice was heard for miles, she shouted

Chorus

Solo

Chorus: Tag –
From this fast paced rat race everybody in your face
Somebody stop the train
Stop the train

 
Lyrics

12. Stop The Train
Eve Selis  

Hallelujah

written by leonard cohen (sony/atv songs llc obo bad monk publishing)

 

Now I’ve heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don’t really care for music, do you?
It goes like this
The fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah

Hallelujah 4x

Your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew you
She tied you to a kitchen chair
She broke your throne, and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah

Hallelujah 4x

Baby I have been here before
I know this room, I’ve walked this floor
I used to live alone before I knew you.
I’ve seen your flag on the marble arch
Love is not a victory march
It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah 4x

There was a time you let me know
What’s really going on below
But now you never show it to me, do you?
And remember when I moved in you
The holy dove was moving too
And every breath we drew was Hallelujah
Hallelujah 4x

Maybe there’s a God above
But all I’ve ever learned from love
Was how to shoot at someone who outdrew you
It’s not a cry you can hear at night
It’s not somebody who has seen the light
It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah 12x

 
Lyrics

13. Hallelujah
Eve Selis  

(2011)
As winner of 7 San Diego Music Awards in Americana and Adult Alternative, Eve Selis is no stranger to Roots music. Her newest CD Family Tree features 14 sturdy tracks drawn from the dark, rich soil of American music. From the swamp-rock of “Rubber and Glue” to the plaintive country heartbreaker “Don’t You Feel Lonesome” to Leonard Cohen’s majestic masterpiece “Hallelujah,” Selis and her band dug deep to create a towering opus of interconnected musical branches, all dripping with Selis’s indelible “honey chipotle” voice.

“This CD sums it all up for me,” Selis explains. “I got to explore all the different styles of music I love; I got to co-write with all my favorite songwriters (Marc Intravaia, Kim McLean, Calman Hart, Rich Wiley, Doug Crider); I got to sing wonderful songs about the things that mean the most to me — loss and love, sadness and joy, hardship and triumph, faith and family; I got to record with the best band in San Diego, with the best studio team I’ve ever worked with…I couldn’t be happier about this CD.”

Family Tree was recorded at San Diego’s premiere recording facility, Big Fish Studio in Encinitas, under the guidance of GRAMMY® winning producer, Steve Churchyard. Recording  ”old school” to 2-inch analog tape, Churchyard captured the warmth of Selis’s unique style, both explosive and tender, allowing him to recreate the natural sound of her live performance.  Musical partner, Marc “Twang” Intravaia remarked: “…we hadn’t recorded to tape in 20 years.”

After final takes, the tracks were then brought into the digital world by transferring them to ProTools on a Mac for overdubs, where Churchyard took advantage of all the latest digital tools to create a 21st-century record that sounds like it could have been recorded in the musical heyday of the ’70s.

The recording of the CD was financed entirely by fans of the Eve Selis band via the crowdfunding web sites Kickstarter and PledgeMusic. A video appeal on both sites asking everyone to be a part of her “record label” brought in donations from $10 to $10,000. This allowed Selis to not only record at Big Fish with Churchyard but to hire renowned musician Albert Lee, described by Eric Clapton as “the greatest guitarist in the world.” She also brought in acclaimed sidemen, Dennis Caplinger on fiddle, mandolin, dobro and banjo and Rick Schmidt on steel guitar.

Mastering was done in Nashville by Best Engineer Grammy® Award winner Richard Dodd, known for his work with the Dixie Chicks, Big and Rich, Martina McBride, Brooks and Dunn, Tom Petty and many more.

REVIEWS

“Eve Selis has worked hard to get here and with her band should reap the rewards that has seen them gaining the endorsement of ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris amongst others. This Family Tree will soon bear fruit for the award winning San Diego native.”
—LonesomeHighway.com

“Family Tree, is not only Selis’ best album to date (and the one with the greatest commercial potential), it is surely the best Americana album released by a San Diego group in 2011, and the equal of anything from the musical headwaters of Nashville or Austin. In short, Family Tree is a triumph.”
—The San Diego Troubador

“It’s been well worth the wait. This, her seventh, offers another rich mix of country, swampy blues, and roots rock in the service of songs about loving, leaving, losing, letting go, faith and family. She knows how to tear things up and get the place shaking, an ability effortlessly demonstrated by opening track “Rubber And Glue”, where throaty slide guitar riffs away behind her Southern gospel blues vocal, keeping her foot pressed down on the pedal with numbers like “Water Of A Duck’s Back”, “Stop The Train” and the Southern country rock “Crazy That I Love.” However, she’s equally adept on the gentler side of the country tracks with notable stand outs coming in the twang and chime shape of “All Roads Lead To Here”, “65 Roses”, “Witness To Your Life” and the tumbling anthemic 60s influenced “Any Day”, all of which would find favour with fans of early Tom Petty and Lucinda Williams alike. “Family Tree”, a leaving the nest slow sway ballad that rises above sentimental country clichés, earns a place among the best things she’s recorded. By now, perhaps even some of her most devoted admirers might have resigned themselves to accepting that she’s always going to be one of Americana’s best kept secrets as far as commercial success goes. But, as Selis herself once remarked, “you need to stick to it and sooner or later, the odds are with you, something will happen.” It took Lucinda Williams 20 years before Car Wheels On A Gravel Road made her a star. This album deserves to be that something on Selis’ own highway to fame.”
—NetRhythms.co.uk

“The biggest asset Selis has going for her is her voice…an absolute miracle of an instrument. Outside of the ridiculously awesome Ashley Cleveland, no other female voice around today even compares to Selis in her chosen genre. There really isn’t a dud on the project. Those who, like me, have long been prey to Selis’ musical charms will absolutely love Family Tree.
—Christian Musician

 

 
 
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