Good People, the Land and Sea

by Kevin Paris

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Feel-good, folk/reggae/acoustic music inspired by Paris' time living & touring in Brazil, South Africa, the US and beyond. "World-wide, seaside music for the soul."

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released September 15, 2012

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Kevin Paris Los Angeles, California

Musician, singer-songwriter and pioneer yoga musician, Paris tours the world performing his infectious, feel-good music.

His current project is fusing acoustic, singer-songwriter roots with melodic house production with his bandmate, producer & DJ, Oscar Del Amor.

Playing 200+ shows per year, Kevin is simultaneously paving the way for singer-songwriters in the vibrant yoga & live music scene.
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Track Name: Midwest Ease
Ohh I am headed home
Back where my roots lay, where I’d grown
From an old soul into new bones
For this time, this time around

Our lakes like oceans
Glacial gifts of ancient motion
Heal yourself with their potion
The Midwest holds my roots, it holds my devotion

No matter where I roam
No matter where I reside
This Midwest ease won’t ever leave my side

That’s just how it stands
These roots grow deep in these loving lands
Got good people with sturdy hands
Which keep us moving on and moving strong

Just as it seems
We keep things moving but keep things serene
Letting good fill the space between
Oh yes we are moving on

No matter where I roam
No matter where I reside
This Midwest ease won’t ever leave my side

In the winter the log wood’s burning
We’re keepin warm while the season’s spinning, turning
Like the records of Justin Vernon
Just inundate your senses with it all

So grab a hold
Let it all unfold
It’s all been told,
It’s all been told, it’s all been told, yea

No matter where I roam
No matter where I reside
This Midwest ease won’t ever leave my side
Track Name: With the Tide
I should know by now, it won’t be this way for long
As I’m Impatiently waiting for this storm inside my mind
To pass and be gone

For the moment, thoughts and troubles are a-tumbling
And rumbling through my mind
While my calm is crumbling and stumbling around
Lost in the grind
Lost in time

I’m hardly here, barely here at all
This familiar space is a painful place to fall
So I move away, slowly inside
This time, this time, I’m moving with the tide
Moving with the tide

Up and down, I’m spun around, falling dizzy to the ground
My pensive mind just won’t seem to slow
Ohhh I know I need a shove, meditation, sleep or love,
Just to turn it off and let it go

My busy mind it seems to come, minding more business than one
Should really try to hold
Thoughts accumulate and dissipate as I contemplate and fold
Disconnected from the whole
From the whole

I’m hardly here, barely here at all
This familiar space is a painful place to fall
So I move away, slowly inside
This time, this time, I’m moving with the tide
Moving with the tide

It’s hard to realize
I’d been wasting what I tried exactly not to waste at all

I’m hardly here, barely here at all
This familiar space is a painful place to fall
So I move away, slowly inside
This time, this time, I’m moving with the tide
Moving with the tide
Track Name: Saudade
Vem pra cá ou irei pra lá
A lua já iluminou o mar
E a maré vai mudar
Com a dança da lua

A gente vai, a gente vai ficar
Com a alma desse mar
E essa paz vai cantar
Com as ondas, sem tentar

Quando vejo as ondas lá
Não posso parar de pensar
Nos soa tão familiar
Este ritmo, ritmo, ritmo de...

Chegar, ficar, sair, voltar
Vir, sair, ficar, voltar
Vir, sair, sair, sair
Sempre pra outro lugar

Chorus:
O sol sempre vai sair
O céu sempre vai abrir
O mundo sempre vai sentir saudade
Vou estar com vontade de te ver...

Vou ter
Saudade de você
Saudade deste lugar
Saudade das pessoas
Saudade do mar

You said, if you leave, don’t leave for long
The tide is high, the love is strong
It all falls where it belongs
But that doesn’t mean it’s easy


Sometimes we just need something stable
So I hold you when I’m able
Distance always seems to label
Esta saudade

But it’s so much more than just you or me
It’s good people, the land and sea
It’s the love, hope and soul between
Which make saudade sing

As I’m coming, going, staying, leaving
Staying, leaving, arriving, pleading
Coming, leaving, leaving, leaving
The same old song we're always breathing

Chorus

Bridge:
Ohhh someday yea
Ohhh someday I will return
Ohhh someday
But for now I’ll say

Final Chorus
Track Name: Lion's Head
Darling it came back to me slowly
While I was working in the morning rain
Thinking about how the full moon last night
Danced between my window pane

It was over two years ago now
We made our way to the lion’s head
By this moonlight we climbed that mountain
With a couple blankets we would spread

It was there we moved the pebbles
Gathered up some bigger stones
Stacked them one foot high to block the wind
From entering in our new home

To the east, the Mother City
To the west, the brisk blue sea
To the south, table mountain looked north
At an island’s history

From the lion’s eyes
From the lion’s head…

CHORUS
We watched the sun dive down into the ocean
We watched the city lights flicker and fade
We watched the darkness make love to the mountains
While discovering what the stars displayed

And as I held you like the morning holds the sun
The universe ran down our spines (pause guitar)
We tasted freedom, we tasted the sea upon our tongues
We tasted everything align

We woke before the city,
Before the sunlight came
Had no rooftop, had no walls,
Just horizons as our window panes

You read, I played sweet music
Looking down from above the clouds
Through the clearings the sea was mighty
Calling our names out loud

From the lion’s eyes
From the lion’s head…

CHORUS
Track Name: To Stay
Sister I know
That you know what love can hold
That you know the sun had told
Us not to fade

Sister I see
That you are an ocean melody
Your waves and my soul in harmony
Yea.

And so
Our curtains fall
This love is all
That can remain

And so we lay
Two souls, one sway
One love to stay
To stay

Yea sister we know
This is our own garden to grow
To bloom as the moonlight’s sinking low to blossom
In the sky

So sister we’ll rise
Harmonizing with the Universe’s tide
Love is the vibration, Most High
For us to choose

CHORUS

Bridge:
What will be, has always been, and will remain
Though this and that will come and go just like the rain
Just ask the stars who’s birth and death allowed our names
It’s all the same, beyond our names, we’re all the same
Track Name: Simple Melodies
Simple melodies run through my mind
I put them on paper but they erase with time
These words they just can’t describe
What’s been captured by the eyes and mind

But that’s okay anyway, I’m rising slow
The curtains part closed only preview what the day will show
Look above now, the ceiling stars, they still glow
No need for jealousies I’ve got all I need to know

A sea of blankets holds us down…
While all our hard times drown
And we don’t fight to let them go…
No, no, no
Let them go, let them go

So we remain
And begin to understand
You look up and count the stars
I look down and count the sand

But we lose track all too fast
As we lose track of the tide
As we lose track of it all
And sail away

A sea of blankets holds us down…
While all our hard times drown
And we don’t fight to let them go…
No, no, no
Let them go, let them go

Bridge:
Let them go
Let them go
Go, gooooo

Final Chorus
Track Name: Java Babe
It was early on a Friday
I was playing tunes at a small café
The sun was pouring through the doorway
On my toes

I was covering a Marley tune
Looking out the window across the room
Past all the photos of the world in bloom
Just outside

She seemed to hear the music play
Stopped, turned and took a look this way
Came in with such a tranquil sway
And hopped in line

She was some kind of lovely
Bought herself a tall dark coffee
Sat and sipped it right in front of me
While I played on

Chorus:
Ohhhhhhh myyyyyyy sweet... Java babe

I played on and on
She kicked off her shoes and hummed along
While looking down laughing at the art she’d drawn
On her hand

She sat there all alone
In front of the crowd with her coffee and scone
Each time she looked up, locked her eyes to my own
And gave a smile

She had such a good, sweet vibe
Summer dress flowed like the low tide
Golden skin glowed like the sunrise
On the land

After the show I went her way
Got to know my sweet, sweet java babe
Hung around that old, small café, thinking

Chorus

Bridge & Final Chorus:
My oh my oh
My oh my oh
My oh my oh
My sweet java babe
Track Name: Your Love is Home
Já saí dessa casa
Dessa vez não vou voltar
A porta já fechou
A brisa boa ta no ar

Com você eu vou sentar
Na área e aprender a amar
E a saudar o mar
Saí da casa e cheguei ao lar

Slow, slow, slow, let go
Make yourself comfortable
Your walls were caving in, I’m told
At your old house

But now we’re here
Finally finding love beneath our fear
The waves flow out, and pull you near
It seems that we’ve arrived
Arrived, arrived

CHORUS:
I grabbed the cornerstone
Left the house on its own
Crumbling to the bone
Your love is home
Your love is home

Yea I grabbed the cornerstone
Left the house all alone
From the heart to the bone
Your love is home
Your love is home

So, so, so, we know
It wasn’t so long ago
Our hearts were windows frozen closed
Closed beneath the sun

But through the cracks
All the light would sneak it’s way on past
And scatter down onto the floor
Leaving us wanting more
And more and more and more

BRIDGE:
Yes this new home
Was built by our very own
Sturdy, sturdy, sturdy, sturdy love
Track Name: The Sun
I hold you like you’ve held me
For so long now, so patiently
While I ran free and fell upon the road

You always left your door open
Knowing someday, I’d return again
Pleading, praying let me in

Chorus:
I see now you’re the sun that I’d been waiting on
Yes I’d been waiting on but you were never gone

Each morning you rose but from what I chose I fell
Stuck inside the clouds while you remained the sun
I now can see the sun

I hold you like you’ve been holding me for so long now
So trustingly, without deceit
With just tenderness and time

Ohhh and I know I’ve got a long, long way to go
It’s not a stone’s throw, I’ve got no time for moving slow
I’ve got to let go and move on towards your love

CHORUS

Bridge:
I now can see the sun
And it’s only just begun… begun, begun, begun

Final Chorus
Track Name: Go
You said, “go, before the dawn, before the roosters crow”

You said, “leave, go and plant your life, you have the seeds”

You said, “now, now’s your time to listen and allow”

Then you said, “bye, you know the universe is on your side”

“Be on your way now. Be on your way,” you said
“Be on your way now, go… Be gone”

You said “go, the sun will rise without you if you’re slow”

You said, “leave, you’re not happy here, I’m not deceived”

You said, “now, if you really want to love, then go learn how”

Then you said, “bye, I’ll miss you more than missing can imply.”

Chorus

“Then at least we’ll know one thing when all is said and done
We won’t have sat down still while we spun around the sun, we’ll say
“I suppose we chose to finally make the darkness glow, and
travel down these roads paved for our souls”
Track Name: Loneliness (Someone to Hold)
Well I went out walking, but ended up talking to you
While asking your name, I watched all your pain seeping through

I asked, “why were you crying?... there’s no need for lying to me”
She said that there’s nothing wrong, I said that something must be…

She said, but you’re just a stranger, you don’t need my anger or blues
I said, but we all need a hand, when we’re standing on glass with no shoes.

So she said “I’m tired of this loneliness, hiding out deep in my bones.
My mind is a mess and my heart is a handful of stepped on stones

Chorus:
It’s been too long
Every evening, every dawn
Loneliness comes upon me

It has grown so old, all this emptiness, all this cold
I’m not digging for sympathy or begging for gold
I just want someone to hold

But after a while, she managed to smile and she said
Well look at me now, you would’ve thought all my happiness fled

She said, “you’re also human, you’ve been through loneliness too”
I said, “darling, the words that you speak, you know they are true”

I said, “but the sun always rises, and the spring always comes when it’s time.”
She said, “it takes light to see shadows, it takes pain to see love truly shine”

“And you can wade through the waters and climb all the towers in town,”
She said, “but love isn’t something you find when you’re looking around…”

CHORUS

So I wait, through this tiring, lonesome fate
Hoping tomorrow it’s changed when I wake

CHORUS
Track Name: Willow
Well I’d been up all night
Watching this willow tree sway in the gentle light
Down by the lakeside

Listening to that old willow’s words
As she whispered things I’d never listened for
Making them things I’d never heard

So shamefully so
No one to blame but my own
Blame but my own
My own

Chorus:
But slowly now, slowly I go
Laying beside this old willow
Fusing her roots with my own
Learning slowly to grow

She said, you’re just wandering
Searching for truth, for honesty
For something much deeper than what you’ve been clinging to
For something that will not deceive

Son just believe
And follow the river flow
Follow the old willow
Follow it down, down, down

So here now, now here now I go
Laying beside this old willow
Fusing her roots with my own
Learning slowly to grow

Bridge:
And follow the river flow
Follow the old willow
Follow it down, down, down

Final Chorus
Track Name: Lokah Samastah
As we lay beneath the sun,
The light it falls and pours its love upon
Everything and everyone
Restoring us, returning us to One.

And so we lay beneath the moon
All its light can never seem to come too soon
Because on this boat we’re all the same
Just trying to shake these shackles chained by pain
And trying to find welfare which sustains

CHORUS
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu

You know the stillness never lies
Only love and fear are here left to arise
But only one cannot remain
Before the sun, where only light can reign

And so united with the sun
We return to the very love we all came from
And send it out beyond the seas
Where the Universe returns what we’ve received
Where shackles are undone and we are set free

CHORUS