(Live) From The Deep

by Ezra Vancil & The Congregation

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ERROR OF DAYS by Ezra Vancil If i could keep you here like a pressed flower with poems and dreams songs unsung and to hold would heal me every hour like potion stings on my tongue and a smile would pay for all of my shames laughter of fools, falling in love, the first time again for the days i feared and held like the rain finding a seem broken between fall in the drain If i could keep you here like a pressed flower on darkest days moon nor sun in a box of years well i would devor in lonely ways, made for one in a book unnamed and hidden in chains far from the cruel sun that will fuel, the error of days In a box of things broken and stray there you would go between the fold never to fade
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Paradise by Ezra Vancil It’s another day in paradise it’s another day to shine but I don’t feel so nice and I don’t feel so kind but you know me, can you help me understand it’s another day to shoot the breeze with some of my old friends but all those memories I don’t wanna bring ‘em up again it get me thinking of a better time But I’ll keep on running till I’m through when the sun is burning and I’m feeling blue I’ll keep on running running till I’m caught up with you Someone needs to turn me over and get me out of bed cause I could sleep a thousand years and you might think I’m dead but I’m dreamin it’s just a nice place to be Sometimes I wonder why I get up my friend for something else to come along and knock me down again but it figures, cause it’s a rotating world But I’ll keep on running till I’m through when the earth is turning and I’m longing for you I’ll keep on running running, till I’m caught up with you And if nothing comes about in twenty years I’m all worn out how can I give up on the truth I’ll keep on running running till I’m through My responsibilities grow heavier each day and all these thoughts and dreams keep getting in the way but I’m dreaming, I’m still dreaming of your face I’ll keep on running till I’m caught up with you
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WILD GIRL Ezra Vancil she’s a wild girl in a fallen world don’t know when to stop and her heart is fun but it weighs a ton when it’s tied up in a knot she don’t have to dream all her little schemes they don’t cost a lot And she’s innocent but like the government she’ll take everything you got who's gonna tie you up in chains who knows your favorite dirty names it’s bright big fallen world and she’s a wild girl she won't tell a lie but the truth disguised like you thought of it yourself No she can’t be tamed unless you know the game and you know she’ll never tell she don’t like getting high but she’ll drink the sky like an empty well she won’t be your fool no she’s way too cool to sit on someone's shelf who's gonna tie you up in chains who knows your favorite dirty names it’s bright big fallen world and she’s a wild girl Don’t hide the seams of my broken girl Her love’s extreme, ‘caus it’s a wild world who's gonna tie you up in chains who knows your favorite dirty names it’s bright big fallen world and she’s a wild girl whos gonna try your love and pain who’s gonna play your secret game it’s a bright big lonely world for a wild girl
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If I Didn't Know God is Good by Ezra Vancil If I didn’t know God is good If I didn’t have that understood, If I didn’t know God was good I’d just lay down in my box of wood If I didn’t know there is something more than this life everyones dying for I would be swimming of the deepest shore All these lines in my face something seems so out of place like we were meant for something better but i know that’s just the way of faith the innocent cries and all the incidental lives if I didn’t know better Then i’d wonder why we even try If I didn’t know the shape I’m in If I didn’t know this heart of sin If I didn’t know the shape i’m in I would sink down into my shallow skin All these lines in my face something seems so out of place like we were meant for something better but i know that’s just the way of faith the innocent cries and all the incidental lives if I didn’t know better Then i’d wonder why we even try
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there’s a black line running through my neighborhood we ain't blind I think we know what’s understood and the police they got time to pick you up on a bullshit crime it’s a black line and I think it’s understood but there ain’t no heros in the dark of night ain't no wrong time to make things right ain't no demons that the lord don’t know its a long way but we can’t let go it’s a long way but we can’t let go there’s a black line in every secret town it all looks fine but i think we know what’s going down and the police they don’t mind they’re overcrowded with the black mans time it’s a black line, I think it’s understood.. but there ain’t no heros in the dark of night ain't no wrong time to make things right ain't no demons that the lord don’t know its a long time but we can’t let go it’s a long time but we can’t let go and the police they’re on call to knock you down when a man can’t crawl there’s a black line in the skin but i know that love don’t end ain’t no heros in the dark of night ain't no wrong time to make things right ain't no demons that the lord don’t know its a long way and we can’t let go ain’t no hero's in the dark of night ain't no wrong time to make things right ain't no leading with the past in tow its a long way and we can’t let go it’s a long way and we can’t let go
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Everybody Leaves Everybody Goes away Everybody wants to spend the night alone or falls asleep on the telephone we all think they give us just another day Everybody Leaves Everybody Goes away I held her then like a sunny day when the storms had nearly drown the world she caught a wave she let me in but then she turned away and when I looked her in the eyes i saw her leaving me Everybody Leaves Everybody Goes away Everybody plays the blues like a saxophone or falls asleep on the telephone we all think they give us just another day Everybody Leaves Everybody Goes away I held him there like a movie star He’s the California tin man with an old guitar I think about you when my life is hard and I look up at the sky & wonder where you are
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I’ve been hungry for forgiveness, I think So I bought me a cross counted the world lost and poured me a drink And I’ve been lonely sometimes I had to get somebody fast cause I knew any day I’d go down to the ocean and drown in my lonely past But the peace comes on the morning when I really don’t know what to do So I lay down beside me, all that might guide me and that’s when I follow you I was ruined sometimes I think by religion cause I hid in that church, and I didn’t want to search for my own decisions and I’ve been fighting for way too long with my country but I worry about my son that they’ll give him a gun say hey boy, why don’t you go fight for this, them or for me But the peace comes on the morning when I don’t think I know what is true I lay down beside me, all that might guide me and that’s when I follow you I’ve been running from illusions that they broadcast all day try to scare me away from my own conclusions and I get so tired, I must admit of this forgiveness but you could steal it all today and I’ll still give it all away that’s my decision and the peace comes on the morning when I got nothing left to prove (really don’t know what to do) I lay down beside me, all that might guide me and that’s when I follow you
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hey girl I think we’ve had enough there’s a sadness that we can never rise above Girl: my heart is heavy to be touched it’s so crowded in the history of love I made a promise on that wedding day but i was wrong that’s why i couldn’t stay but i won’t go I got no reason i could love you just the same with no possession and no believing that i ever owned your name babe when you finally lost your way I didn't even realize we were through there was just way too much to say but now the conversation lags and there’s nothing left to do we made a promise, but everything has changed i love you babe... I know that’s why I couldn’t stay but I won’t go but i won’t go I got no reason i could love you just the same with no possession and no believing that i ever owned your name Hey girl our history of love it’s just a boring book on a shelf, but who can say someday we’ll open up and read this final page that we wrote today don’t let me keep you cause it just aint right Don’t worry baby i won’t even put up a fight i won’t go I got no reason i could love you just the same with no possession and no believing that i ever owned your name
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i got everything i’d ever need but i need you now more than i ever dreamed the week it wet my appetite for a feast of love on a friday night the ocean and the beach are one like the mountains and the setting sun there’s a cabin thats way up high where i’ll drink the potion in your eyes baby babe i’m gonna let you down Just like every man i can’t be found oh, but i can make you dream as you kneel beside your broken king the world can keep their righteousness in sin i found the master's kiss oh kids go play with your toys n friends cause your momma’s mine till she feels again do i make you feel safe my dear like the world can never find us here when i lay your breast across my needs thats where i find the hope that i’ll find me baby babe i’m gonna let you down like everybody i just wanna be found oh but you can make me dream as i kneel beside my broken king from 9 in the morning till 2pm we could live a life from birth to end rest your mind on a sheep skin rug i don’t say i love cause it’s not enough i won’t be somebody's fool if you run around like a kid in school babe you now we just all fuck up and we count our fears more than we count our luck baby babe i’m gonna let you down Just like every man i can’t be found oh, but i can make you dream as you kneel beside your broken king baby babe i’m gonna let you down Just like everybody i Just want to be found oh, but i can make you dream as you kneel beside your broken king baby babe i’m gonna let you down Just like everyone got a broken crown oh, but i can make you dream as you kneel beside your broken king as you kneel beside your broken king as you kneel beside your broken king as we kneel beside our broken king
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Come everybody pray Make your decision Starting today From the bars of our prisons You don't have to believe In the God I conceive Just Come everybody pray Cause It’s starting today Come everybody sing Raise your voice to the heavens What blessings we'd bring Even one day in seven You don't have to break Any vows that you made Come everybody sing Cause It's starting today Chorus: (Congregation women Oo lal la la background) It's starting today Call your ministers of war Of the state and religion go and Stand at their door Those who deal in divisions No need to debate What love demonstrates Go and stand at the gate Say your staring today Come everybody dance Like you’ve just been risen From the ocean of man Like all is forgiven (you) CONGREGATION UNISON: Now give it away To the one that you've hate-ed so, Come everybody dance Cause we’re Starting today. Chorus: (Congregation women Oo lal la la background) we’re starting today Last verse: Somebody lift up your hand Like your the only one living Who was given this chance To make something worth giving CONGREGATION UNISON: to the ocean of man Who can't understand CONGREGATION OUT: That this love is THE war We're starting today CONGREGATION Love is a war .... love is the war We're starting today ....... we’re starting today Love is a war ....... love is the war We're starting today ….... we’re starting today Love is a war ....
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SONG BEFORE I GO no one there to help you walk that final mile when all you wanted was an ordinary smile the mountains rest, the forest and trees older than i'll ever be so i’ll wander this extraordinary road to lose my way I don't mind someday I'll lay this burden down and everything I know I was fine to wear this dreamers thorny crown glad you made the show here’s a song before I go for many years I just forgot I was to be something more than what you might expect from me the ocean’s bound by the shore, it's not free yet raining down over me.. never mind I ain't got time to think I know philosophy I don't mind that no one knew this man at all oh you’re busy though I was fine to watch a child learn how to crawl glad you made the show and here’s a song before I go I don't mind I never understood this world or anything I know I was fine Just to love that southern girl glad you caught the show I don't mind that god don't answer when I call oh he's busy though I was glad to walk beside you all alone I'm glad you made the show here’s a song before I go

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Ezra Vancil is an American singer/songwriter based in Dallas, Texas. While in the past he has written and recorded in the rock, pop, and experimental genres, a more mature Vancil has now found a sense of permanent belonging and connection within the community of Americana artists. His life experiences shared in song can be serious and contemplative - touching on themes of addiction, depression, and divorce - but Vancil chronicles his escape from darkness with expressions of hope and love of life that are both inspiring and healing.

After a decade of sever depression and a near deadly battle with addiction, Ezra disavowed his old life of lonely creative seclusion and embraced the community around him. His latest release 'Ezra Vancil & The Congregation - Live From the Deep' is a live album representing his own personal experiment in a more communal way of life and also the music experience. The first step in 'The Congregation,' was a series of live events. This 'Congregation event' was captured on January 17th 2016 with a live audience, and a congregation of vocalist taking part in the music.

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released November 8, 2016

All songs written by Ezra Vancil *
* history of love Ezra Vancil & Leslie wills

Ezra Vancil - vocals guitar

The congregation:

Aaron Thomas - drums / percussion
Lori Martin - bass
Kent smith - keyboards
Sam Remero - electric guitar

Vocals:
Mimi Vancil
Scott Romack
Adam Palmer
Lizbet Palmer
Isaac Vancil
Kat wilkinson
Ebbye Faust
Joshua Kumler
Carlee kagel

Other:
Tim taylor - stage manger
Siouxsie Romack - photographer
Ben Lindsey - videographer

Recorded February 17th at ferralog studio formally 'the Rock' in deep Ellum, Dallas Texas.

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