Evergreen (Canceled World)

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released October 7, 2016

Gabriel Zucker — piano, compositions, lyrics, electronics, voice
Adam O’Farrill — trumpet
Eric Trudel — tenor saxophone
Jacob Teichroew — tenor saxophone, clarinet
Bryan Qu — tenor saxophone
Mark Chung — violin
Ron Lawrence — viola
Eric Allen — cello
Artemisz Polonyi — voice
Lorena del Mar Hernandez — voice
Bam Bam Rodriguez — bass
Gabriel Globus-Hoenich — drums
David Su — additional electronics

produced by Gabriel Zucker with Chris Connors
mixed by Chris Connors with Gabriel Zucker
mastered by Michael Fossenkemper

recorded 5-6 December 2014 at Brooklyn Record Studio (Brooklyn, NY), engineered by Bryce Goggin.
Movt. IX recorded 9 February 2015 at Sterling Social (Brooklyn, NY), engineered by Paul Loren.

album designed by Emile Klein
release managed by Garret H Morris

Evergreen (Canceled World) was made possible by a grant from the American Composers Forum with funds provided by the Jerome Foundation.

under exclusive license to ESP Disk Records LLC, 990 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205

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Track Name: You'll Always Know / I'll Follow You (Resistible I)
I put a hand above your eye
You’ll always know to make me cry
I’ll always be — you’ll always know

I wrote you such an endless poem
Up on the bridge, and left it home
I’ll always be — and you’ll never know

I write you long, my always care
And all the leaves stuck in your hair
I’ll always be — you’ll always know

The fireworks are hot and low
You turn your head, your face aglow
You’ll always know, you’ll always know
You’ll always know, you’ll always know

You always know I’ll follow you
Track Name: Headlight Imprecise (Summaries I)
1. Summaries


2. But Not Accomplished
What have I done but not secured?
What have I done but wasn’t sure?
What have I done but not accomplished?


3. Interlude


4. Canceled


5. Headlight Imprecise
And maybe I’ll believe it
I never wanted to be okay
Something differently anemic
Something better than not today

Like a hindsight by electric
By a headlight imprecise
I repeat I never needed
To have a handshake in your sights

I’m conceited, I’m pathetic
I can’t bother to be okay
And I’d like to be kinetic
I would have pleaded to be okay

Disadvantageously eclectic
I’m a lover and I’m afraid
I’m attracted to antiseptic
But I never wanted to be okay

Smile broad what you’re allotted
I never wanted to be okay
Comatose and simple-hearted
I never wanted to be okay
Track Name: In The Audience (Disregard I)
See the teacher, and the liar to be
And explaining, every minute to me
Now it’s raining, with some points to concede
And explaining, every minute to me
All the things we’ll see, details to me
All the things you’ll be, all the things you’ll be

Blinding chalk-dust, falls subliminally
Like the rest does, so diminutively
Celebrating, while we’re waiting to be
Separating and curating the sea
All the things we’ll see, details to me
All the things you’ll be, all the things you’ll be

In a minute, in a minute to me
Track Name: Too Resistible / Roof (Resistible II)
I never dreamed how far we’d go —
The cups we’d crack, the songs we’d show.
I’ll always be too resistible.

The ashtray years, you leave a space;
I hate to breathe or show my face.
I’ll always be too resistible.

The leaves are shriveled less each year;
I listen more since there’s less to hear.
I’ll always be too resistible.

The single point such far from near;
The roof glows used, punctured veneer.
I’ll always be too resistible.

I could watch you with my hands
And make you grow like potted plants
I guess I’ll never understand
How to sit and not to stand.
I’ll always be too resistible.
I’ll always be so insistible.
I might be so dismissable.
Track Name: were alone / Knowledge Clown (Evergreen II)
1. were alone
when we were alone

when we were alone,
you were my metronome,
indefinite

When we were alone,
and ticking seconds could drone,
indefinite,
indefinite


2. Paintings and Movies
And paintings and movies, eventually, have to decide
All the things they vacuum, what they have to bleed, and they brush aside
Come to be distraction, limping harmony, knowing it too well
And never decide, and leave it from me, don’t decide at all

Knowing that we were alone
And he wants to be a perfect cylinder

And he wants to be


3. Evergreen


4. Indefinitely / Tattoo Collage
It comes back to him, incomparably
The knowledge he’ll be, indefinitely

So like a rag, each second alone
He was in love, froze to the bone

With idols to see, and looking like stone
These images free are arrows we’ve thrown

And tie it all in, or write it all down
One day we will all forget how to frown

Or it expressed what he couldn’t quite say
Now it taunts like nighttimes we felt
When he’s romantic and loose like the day
Shaving endless ties from your belt

**

In this grown world, those out of tune songs,
Those full of gestures, tattoo collage
And wood-chaired plays, parading their gall
The only thing we say that we love

And want to hold and want to be held
There’s orange light that shines up the walls
And if there’s nothing more to be ours
I don’t know how I’ll think all alone

They tell you how to sit on a stone
Choose bad or less, you’re yes or you’re no
I’d run forever, long as a goal
And love you more, they leave me alone

And when you’re finally out on your own
No less a child than ever you’ve known
Take off your shoes and write me a poem
And love me like some day we’re alone

Reflecting hard to look over the sand
Wonder how often memories are wrong
Explaining music, hot on the seams
And love you more when we were alone
Track Name: The End
I’m used to cold with my head on the phone
Reminding me of my time spent alone
Outrageous dares, the skyscrapers such blown
Away

And precedents perch in a log by my head
Complacents drive taxis through suburbs they dread
These empty not cities are all that you’ve said
We can make

And us talking lightly of edges and hues
You’d write about us and I’d write about you
And I want to be different, defiantly blue
Like we used to deny all the things that we knew
Were fake

**

The cold is bright like my time spent alone
I guess you’re a woman, I guess that you’ve grown

Naked to me, I’m not looking at them
I’d love to chase you, run at you again
Virtuosically seeking the end
So moronically seeking the end
I know you think you can find me an end
I know you hope you can find me an end
So afraid you won’t find me the end
So afraid you won’t find me the end
Track Name: 3.5 Rotations (Evergreen III)
You drew the windows in front of the walls
Sometimes I love only things that they say
Hold your notebook like it’s a baby
Sometimes I love only things that they say

And turning images into arrows
I was a lover, needed each second alone
I was a rag doll, froze to the bone
You’re some white light and I’m far away
Track Name: Growing Old (Evergreen IV) / Flow Like Wine (Canceled I)
1. Evergreen


2. Growing Old


3. Flow Like Wine
And I feel fine
Borderline
Watch our lives —
Our canceled (world).

And I feel fine
Borderline
— flow like wine.
Our canceled (world).
Track Name: Talk In Undertones (Resistible III)
I talk in undertones, I love the silent wars
and all the strongest chords I needed for you,
and Motion Picture, and all the table traps —
play with their bootstraps, longing for you.

I talk in bellows for want of heavy ropes;
for want of telescopes I pointed at you;
for want of contracts of no complacency;
for all your faith in me; for nothing to do.

I talk enamored — impossibility —
with no ability to see what I do
when princess father dies, when there’s no accord,
I’m running overboard to see what I knew.

I talk in certainties (I talk so softly) —
these lights roll off me, can't get them to stay —
and all these songs will fade eventually
They’ll run their course with me, have nothing to say

**

And they’re so beautiful, I look for reasons why
these fever dreams and I are never okay.
Track Name: Yellow Paint (Summaries II) / End Of Time (Canceled II)
1. Summaries


2. Yellow Paint


3. Canceled
What have I done but not accomplished?


4. Fine
(I wrote you such an endless poem
Up on the bridge, and left it home
I’ll always be — and you’ll never know
The fireworks are hot and low
You turn your head, your face aglow
You’ll always know, you’ll always know)

**

(We were alone, indefinite
Tattoo collage, the things we say)

**

And I feel fine
At the end of time
Some waterline
Just yours and mine
Our canceled world
Our canceled world

And I feel fine
Drunk on wine
Following signs
And off the line
Misaligned
With what I’ll find
Our canceled world
Our canceled world

And I feel fine
My alibi
This broken sky
Is smoking high
You can rely
On being mine
You can rely
On being mine
Our canceled world
Our canceled world