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released April 18, 2018

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ezra vancil Dallas, Texas

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. ... more

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Track Name: Galveston
Galveston
Music & Lyrics by Ezra Vancil (BMI)


I gathered you up in a thousand days
from 17 till old and grey
throwing shells on the Galveston bay
your crying eyes and your heart full of grace

Pain tears and a smile on your face
a mother's scars that never erase
you were so scattered and you felt out of place
so I gathered you up in a thousand days

Lost causes twist of fate
broken hearts and the lies that you hate
long drives on a snowy landscape
and your eyes by the fire at the lake
all that you wanted all that you couldn't’ escape
all those convictions that never would take
colored candles and Christmas lights
I gathered you up on a thousand nights

I pictured you in a life without me
in someones arms I never could be
and you were following the map of your dreams
so I gathered you up and I sewed up the seams
drove you down to the Galveston bay
let you go cause your heart couldn't stay
the waves were broken and calling your name
I gathered you and I gave you away

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tuning
EABEBE
Track Name: Complicated Man
Complicated Man
Written By Ezra Vancil (BMI)

I got all my friends
and I don’t need no other kind
their hearts are all beating
All at once
and it feels like mine
I’ve been looking for a lover
But the odds are pretty slim
‘Cause I’ve been dreaming
Of a girl, who is a friend

But
She don’t really know me
She’d never understand
She don’t know me
I’m going to call her up
I’m going to call her up again

I got all my money
I’m gonna spend it on something nice
like a four leaf clover, I found in oak cliff half-price
I ain’t trying to get lucky
I swear
I just need a ride there
To her house on Rose St.
So I can put it in her hair

But
She don’t really know me
She’d never understand
She don’t know me
I’m a complicated man
She don’t know me
Still, I’m driving out
Driving out to Rose St. Again

I got all my records
Categorized by saints
like Cohen, and Chris Whitley
There’s a pile of those that aint
I listen like a sacrament
The odds are no one gives a shit
But I don’t care
‘Cause they’ve been singing lately
For that girl with the lucky hair

But
She don’t really know me
Oh, she’d never understand
She don’t know me
I’m a very complicated man
She don’t know me
But maybe she’s the one
That can help me
Forget who I am

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Capo 4th fret
Track Name: Wild Girl
WILD GIRL
Lyrics & Music by Ezra Vancil (BMI)

she’s a wild girl
in a fallen world
She don’t know when to stop
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: Broken King
Broken King
Written By Ezra Vancil

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 alone on a Friday night

the ocean and the beach are one
like the mountains and the setting sun
there's a cabin that's way up high
where i’ll drink the potion in your eyes

baby babe I'm gonna let you down
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
‘cause, in sin i found the master's kiss
oh kids go play with your toys n friends
‘cause your mother'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
that's where I find the hope that I'll find me

baby babe i’m gonna let you down
like everyone I just want to be found
oh but you can make me dream
as you kneel beside you broken king

from 9 in the morning till 2 pm
we could live a life from birth to end
rest your mind on a sheepskin 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 know we just all fuck up
and we count our fears more than our luck

baby babe i’m gonna let you down
like every man i can’t be found
oh but i can make you dream
as you kneel beside your broken king

I thought you were the fountain
(but) the ocean couldn't hold you
We climbed up on a mountain
Where my kingdom is to know you

baby babe I’m gonna let you down
Just like everyone 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
like, everyone, I 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 we kneel beside our broken king

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capo drop d capo 4th fret
Track Name: Don't push me Away
Don't Push Me Away
Written By Ezra Vancil (BMI)


try to Imagine, we’re here just for a day
Might as well, because we're passing away
maybe we’d wander in some foreign town
go to an opera, I'd rent you a gown
in all of the chaos
and all gods mistakes
all for tonight and the look on your face
and I'm here,
So why can’t you stay
Touch me I'm lonely
Touch me right there
Show me the part of you
That nobody dares

why play their game
They're just lonely too
baby it’s just me
baby it’s just you

Maybe Jesus
died for the world
All I know is he gave me a girl
And I'm here,
why don’t you stay
let's go to the ocean
and play it a song
don’t care if it's Galveston
That’s where I belong

can’t bare the mountains
they make me feel small
They look down upon you
like they just know it all

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This Verse Section not in this edition just thought I'd put it in
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Maybe we're stardust
monkeys with cars
all that want is to be in our arms
Cause I'm here, don't push me away

imagine, this is all there is
i don’t think that's true
but sometimes it is
maybe we’d wander through an antique store
make all our plans for a French country decor

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Completely broken
falling apart
God's mistakes Gave me your broken heart
And I'm here, you got nothing to say?

try to Imagine, there's just a day
Wouldn't the fear, just go away

Maybe science will figure it out
But I don't care how it all came about
Cause I'm here, with one thing to say
Don’t push me away

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Drop D Capo 2 fret
Track Name: History Of Love
History Of Love
Written By Ezra Vancil & Leslie Wills

hey, girl, I think we’ve had enough
there’s a sadness that we can never rise above
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 ain't right
Don’t worry baby
I won’t even put up a fight
Track Name: Polka Girl from Tennessee
POLKA GIRL
Written By Ezra Vancil (BMI)

She’s the polka girl from Tennessee
she moves her hips to a different beat
When she’s dancin’ all the world is free
she’s the polka girl from Tennessee

So I bought her a drink with extra sauce
I said girl let’s dance till the world just stops
I did my jig and the Texas waltz
she said man you can’t dance, but it’s not your fault

See I’m a polka girl from Tennessee
I move my hips to a different beat
When I’m dancin’ all my world is free
'cause I’m a polka girl from Tennessee


Dance me round that old oak floor
show me what you’re dancin’ for
Spin around so I can see
the polka girl from Tennessee

I said hold on now, give me half a chance
I buy a book and I learned that dance
I’d walked the coals to that awful beat
If you’d just take my hand and rescue me

Dance around that old oak floor
show me what you’re dancin’ for
Spin around so I believe
the polka girl from Tennessee


So I learned that dance, I sang that song.
I sang oompah, oompah all day long
Well, it was much too sweet and too much fun
And that’s not me, no, I’m the lonely one

She’s the polka girl from Tennessee
She’s the polka girl from Tennessee
And a polka dancer I’ll never be
Like the polka girl from Tennessee

Dance around that old oak floor
show me what we’re dancin’ for
Spin around so young and free
like the polka girl from Tennessee.
Track Name: Settle down Good
settle down
settle Down
I'll put you in my heart
point a way to Arkansans
throw me like a dart

wash me up in lithium
God knows I need a friend
In a hot spring new dream
we’ll start another band
play it boys

oh Remember when
remember when
I was just a kid
Now I'm sorry that I put through
The life I never lived

about drowned in DFW
when I was swimming with the Sharks
to a hot spring in Arkansas
on that river in the dark

I'm gonna settle down
settle down
and do what I should
there’s a girl that’s gonna love me
cause I did all I could
i chopped down this world around me
for the heart of the wood
now I’m gonna settle down
settle down good

I drank myself to jail and back
now I'm piss'n clean
found God at the bottom of a cigarette pack
at the Monday morning meeting

so float me up to Arkansans
like we used to do
or maybe down to Galveston
oh that wasn’t you

(who was that girl..)

Well you cried yourself to sleep each night
But I wish you understood
though I did the devils work
it was working for the good

I'm gonna settle down
settle down
do what I should
there’s a girl that’s gonna love me
cause I did all i could
I chopped down this world around me
for the heart of the wood
now I’m gonna settle down
settle down good

Well you poured me out like alcohol
‘Cause I just can’t get enough
But there is a bottom of the bottle in every heart
And getting there was tough
I think I was drinking up the dust

I'm gonna settle down
settle down
and do what I should
there’s a girl that’s gonna love me
cause I did all I could
I chopped down this world around me
for the heart of the wood
now I’m gonna settle down
settle down good


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Mandolin tuning
gdgd
Track Name: You were made to be Mine
Made To Be Mine
Lyrics & Music by Ezra VANCIL

maybe this world is out of control
when tyrants sleep in the house of gold
riches I’ve had
and found so much more
in a hungry man’s dream, for a spiritual girl

see how she hides a crystal in hand
when I fall in her arms a broken man
washes my feet as if I were pure
with the broken leaves of her lavender

and the sunrise
it's at her command
and the stars in your eyes
part of a plan
in the earth, she cries
“all is divine,”
and,“ babe, you were made to be mine”

wise men wonder why we sing
when the clock is bent on gravity
wisdom I've had, but learned much more
when I was made the fool
for that spiritual girl

see how she burns the bundles of sage
like the holy priest in the sanctuary
under my heals and over my face
behind the veil in the ancient of days

and the sunrise
it's at her command
and the stars in your eyes
part of a plan
in the earth, she cries
“all is divine,”
and,“ babe, you were made to be mine”

maybe this world is the garden of Eden
we get so confused because love is still bleeding
pleasures I've had, but oh so much more
when I lost it all, for a spiritual girl

and the sunrise
it's at her command
and the stars in your eyes
part of a plan
in the earth, she cries
“all is divine,”
and,“ babe, you were made to be mine”


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Tuning: long capo fret three, short 3 string capo up side down fret 5
Track Name: Magical ride [Digital Bonus]
Gonna take a magical ride in the sun today
don't need an excuse or holiday to run
I've seen better days and a moon lit town
and the hardest part is always coming down

Some will say I'm slack
I'm just fighting the demons back
in a world that don't know my name
so if it's all the same
I'll just hang around

Gonna take a magical ride in the sun today
don’t know what I’ll find
but it wouldn’t matter anyway

Well I’ve been on top with a winners crown
but the hardest part is always coming down

They say I’m turning grey
drinking my heart away
but my heart is nowhere to be found
it was lost when she went into town
for just a couple of days

Well I tasted love, thought I might drown
and the hardest part is just
come’n down

Gonna take a magical ride in the sun today
I might come back, or just far away

I fought hard and I stood my ground
but the hardest part is always coming down
the hardest part is always coming down
Track Name: Wild Girl (Austin Version)
WILD GIRL
Lyrics & Music by Ezra Vancil (BMI)

she’s a wild girl
in a fallen world
She don’t know when to stop
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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