Live From The Deep (Special Edition)

by Ezra Vancil & The Congregation

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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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Track Name: Error of Days (Live)
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
Track Name: Paradise (Live)
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
Track Name: Wild Girl (Live)
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
Track Name: If I didn't Know God Is good (Live)
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
Track Name: Black Line (Live)
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
Track Name: Everybody Leaves (Live)
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
Track Name: Peace On The Morning (Live)
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
Track Name: History Of Love (Live)
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
Track Name: Broken King (Live)
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
Track Name: Love Is A War (Live)
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
....
Track Name: Song Before I Go (Live)
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