Even Now (Part One)

by Diego Clare

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Even Now is inspired by the John Steinbeck novel "Cannery Row." I was 17 when I wrote these songs. Recorded with a session band in 4 days at The Pass Studios in Los Angeles.

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released December 2, 2010

All songs & lyrics by Diego Clare
Produced by Gary Gold

Lead Guitar: Mike Ripoll
Bass: David LaBruyere
Drums: Gary Gold
String arrangments: Steve Weissberg (conducted by Lee Curreiri)

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Diego Clare Brooklyn, New York

Singer-songwriter from Encino, California, currently living in Brooklyn, New York.

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Track Name: Morning Theme
Amidst the sounds of whistling boats
In ringing, rusting pipes awoke
The graces all in debt and broke,
And yet content to quench their throats.
And in the shining water gleams
The golden teeth and tapping rings of virtue,
Guarding all the things
That fiends and lovers want the most.

And out come girls in hordes of skin
To greet the sun as day begins.
Oh, what met have found within
For price of pearls and priceless sin.
And strolling from the home of hearts
An aging bearded thinker parts
From all his creatures kept in carts
To buy what love comes bottled in.
Track Name: Monterey
Pull up those socks now little boy,
It's time you start to work now.
Time you use those little hands
Though you still don't know how.
We'll teach you to be one of us
Before the world can change you.
Start 'em early, Start 'em young:
That way we can tame you.

Oh Monterey, what have you done?
At the end of every day begins another one.
The tidepool brings all the creatures to the shore,
And every day the hour of the pearl brings more.

Buckle that belt kind young man,
It's time you find yourself now.
Time you act like everyone else
Stand and give a low bow.
Now you will be one of us,
Now the world can't change you.
You will make us proud, dear boy,
Now that we can tame you.

Oh Monterey, what have you done?
At the end of every day begins another one.
The tidepool brings all the creatures to the shore,
And every day the hour of the pearl brings more.

Adjust that tie middle-aged man,
It's time you multiply now.
Time you work for Monterey
Don't ask; do what you know how.
Now you have been one of us,
The world could never change you.
Routine and repetition work,
Only we could tame you.

Oh Monterey, what have you done?
At the end of every day begins another one.
The tidepool brings all the creatures to the shore,
And every day the hour of the pearl brings more.

Busy, busy people in a busy fog.
Dizzy, dizzy walking in the fragrant smog.
Calendars and time-cards on an ugly wall
Ring around the city ‘til the day it falls.

Fix that hat elderly man,
It's time you set to die now.
You bought in to Monterey,
You’re asking yourself "How?"
You lied to yourself to be one of us,
We were the world and changed you.
And though you've made us proud, old man,
It was you who really tamed you.

Oh Monterey what have you done?
At the end of every day begins another one.
The tide pool brings all the creatures to the shore,
And every day the hour of the pearl brings more
Track Name: Caught in the Tide
Every day I have been building, and building, and building
From the bottom to the top
And one day I'll go sailing, sailing, sailing;
Take the water drop by drop.
But not today, it's not quite done
You might even say I've just begun…

Well can I finish what I started?
I don't think it makes the cut.
I think I might start over; yeah, I'm going with my gut…

I'm well dressed and well read,
Consider me impeccable, intellectual, conventionally unconventional.
And when you look at me, look at me
Do you see anything worth seeing?
Call me fickle, call me foolish, but I'm a most peculiar man.
Let me paint you a small picture, I’m sure you'll understand

I'm just caught up in the tide
Waves that pull me left and right

I bide my time
With chestnuts and wine
I suppose decision-making's not a virtue of mine

Well what's the point in trying and trying,
I'm lying to myself and those around
Well am I so visibly, busily, miserably wasting my time?
You can write me off with laughter
I can hear the critics now,
"You'll not get what you're after,
You ain't creatively endowed"

I'm just caught up in the tide
Waves that pull me left and right
Track Name: I've Been Told
Daddy says the Lord will always have a plan
Mama says, "why believe in something you don’t understand?"
Daddy’s gone, but he was a selfless kind of man…
Left me here with nothing but spearmint in my hand

So I’ve Been Told

Everything that you perceive will one day end
And everything that is conceived is merely something past and bent

Why does it seem that this is never ending?

Boy, well you should never even try to separate
Yourself from all the fallacies your fellow man before you has made.
And you may find you’re frequently amazed
At all the laziness and zest that you possess, and your family has raised.

So I’ve Been Told
Why does it seem that this is never ending?
Track Name: Our Father Who Art in Nature
I am just an animal.
Won't you ask me how I know?
I know because I look around
And particles are all I've found.

Get on your knees and pray with me
To empty skies and vast sea
When Noah built his arc he took us both up as a pair
To save us from the isolation once residing there
The ship is rocking back and forth over rolling waves
Your muscles coiling, back was arching, oh how it never gave
The bull is sharpening his horns, for the blessed cow
Uttering her moans and groans, but we can't hear her now
Save us, save us, we're pure and trap-less things
Trapped within each other as the tribes within us sing

No more separation, no division in our minds
Sweating with the heaven's rain to make the most of time
Rocking, rocking, arc and body with the rising tide
Here it comes, push and shove to get inside
Here comes the flood, here comes the flood

Oh our father who art in nature,
Hallowed be thy name
Thy kingdom come
Track Name: Old Tennis Shoes
First we bottle up our pain
Then we pour it out in shots
Well, we try to hide our shame
In an excelsior box
Drink away our daily sorrow
Hoping for a better tomorrow
Though it seems our hearts are hollow
Only broken glass will follow

Working for a jug of magic
Bring it home ‘n make 'em proud
Maybe it'll seem less tragic
When we veil it in a shroud
Won't you take a sip now, sonny?
You're old enough to find this funny
Don't you worry 'bout the money
In the land of milk and honey

I'll tell you off again if you don't let me sin,
If you don't let the tide wander in
Track Name: Dawning
I awoke in the wake of a forsaken place
But make no mistake, it was a beautiful face
An image so vivid, engrained in my memory, pumping my arteries;
I could feel every beat in my neck.
Your face in the light of a morning sun's grace,
Paler than moonshine on pearly white lace,
Surrounded by blankets of seaweed and algae,
A part of me wished you could reach out and grab me,
So I could take part in the comforting things that you and your gray eyes have seemingly seen.
I can still see your hair flowing over your cheeks,
And parted blue lips that at one time could speak,
And imagine those muscles
Were once painted pink like the prawns in the sea,
As my feet dig in sand;
My fingers in ink.
Oh, the clarity in your eyes,
No more questions, no more lies.
No more desperate moments full of sorrowful sighs...
For nothingness numbs you,
So it's the sea you succumb to as you sway in the tide.

And when they come to collect you I won't be around,
‘Cause what there was to find, I have already found.
He'll get cash for your body and turn it to bread,
For what's in your veins, a bottle o' red.
And with every word washing over my head,
I have weighed and withheld all that needn't be said.