Reliquary

by Martin Rivas

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released 10 July 2012

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Martin Rivas New York, New York

Martin Rivas is bringing joy back to music. Blending disparate elements such as ’60s soul with a distinctly modern alt. folk edge to create a sound that is both instantly inviting and exceptionally deep, his songs practically smile at you from the speakers. ... more

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Track Name: C'mon While We're Young
C'mon while we're young
C'mon while we're young
C'mon while we're young

It's been too long
It's been way way way way too long
C'mon while we're young

We're just survivors in the middle of surviving 'til our long, bright day is done
See there's a change of clothing coming, and it's coming just the same for everyone
When our long, bright day is done

C'mon while we're young
C'mon while we're young
C'mon while we're young

It's been too long
It's been way way way way too long
C'mon while we're young

I've seen forever from the brink and I don't ever wanna be that scared again
It's like the tide it draws me back I can't control it and I feel that scared again

I won't be that scared again
I won't be that scared again
Not while we're young
(I've seen forever from the brink and I don't ever wanna be that scared again)
C'mon while we're young
(It's like the tide it draws me back I can't control it and I feel that scared again)
Not while we're young

I'll be courageous close my eyes and be courageous gonna crawl walk then I'll run
I'll be afraid but it'll take so much to stop me
Sure I'm scared
But I ain't done

C'mon while we're young.

from the Martin Rivas album Reliquary.
©2012 Martin Rivas (BMI). All rights reserved.
Track Name: Drumset, AM Radio and Tears
I was confined to my room
I was confined to my room for years
Drumset, AM Radio and tears

I found out exactly who
I found out exactly who I am
The second when that rock and roll began

I got out
I got out and I ain't going back
Bus, train, aeroplane, road sky or track

Fire up the Duster
Let that engine roar
Take me where I don't know what I'm feeling anymore

Far away
Far away ain't far enough for me
But far away is where I'm gonna be

Count from ten to one
Count from ten to one then look for me
I'll be far away as I can be

Sorry but I won't be home
Sorry but I won't be home tonight
Forget you ever knew me
I am undetectable
Clandestine
Completely out of sight.

from the Martin Rivas album Reliquary.
©2012 Martin Rivas (BMI). All rights reserved.
Track Name: Your Heart Will Be Broken Again
Your heart will be broken again
I promise you
You think that it's not, but it's already got
The cracks and the chips showing through
And although you may wish the opposite
And although you may hope for some intervention
Your heart will be broken again

Your heart will be dragged down the street
I promise you
There'll be bands of masked villains
Whose sole living purpose is to see that task made complete
And although you may offer resistance
It's certain to happen, it's part of existence
Your heart will be broken again

What will there be?
What are the possibilities?
I love you too much to tell you

And I know you far too well
You care so much for so many
That's no reason to bolt down the door
It's reason to open it all the way more

Your heart will be burned at the stake
I promise you
With pitchforks they'll come, you'll be overrun
You'll swear that this has to be fake
And although you insist you'll be fine
It'll always tear through you as if it's the first time
Your heart will be broken again

And again.

from the Martin Rivas album Reliquary.
©2012 Martin Rivas (BMI). All rights reserved.
Track Name: The Brooklyn Accent
How I long to hear the Brooklyn Accent spoke in Brooklyn
How I long to hear the Brooklyn Accent spoke in Brooklyn
By the folks I miss the most

How I long to hear
The words in Yiddish
Or in German
Or in Dutch
Or in Polish
Or in Italian
Or Puerto Rican

How I sorely miss
The angled words
The sharpened letters
Forgotten consonants
My grandfather
Strong as forever
Spoke in Brooklyn

How I long to hear you speak my name
Tell me you love me
With that voice
Only found
Once upon a time
In Brooklyn

Come back home
We need your shoulders
We need your strength
We need you back
Back in Brooklyn

Come back home
Home from London
Or Albuquerque
Or Madrid
Or San Francisco
Sons and daughters of Brooklyn

There may surely be a resurgence
Of a generation
Worn and battered
That fought two wars
They were noble
They had a purpose
And an ending
They fell in love
And settled down
Forever
In Brooklyn.

from the Martin Rivas album Reliquary.
©2012 Martin Rivas (BMI). All rights reserved.
Track Name: No One Knows Me
I found my way to the shore :: out of the sea
I kicked my way through the door :: No one knew it was me
I wore the cheapest disguise :: Age is free

cause I'm not going back :: cause i'm not going back
'Til no one knows me again

Life in portions and fragments :: Incomplete
Searching for satisfaction :: Ending mostly in defeat
Pieces of an existence :: Destined to repeat

And I'm not going back :: I'm not going back
'til no one knows me again

Relics from when I was younger
Blinded by purpose, hardened by hunger
Relics from life out of focus
Blood in my mouth :: Where did it lead?

Perhaps the spoils and the charms :: Ain't what they seem
Perhaps the dream that I've chased :: Is better off being a dream
So once again I'll start over :: No one's to blame
The ride and the destination :: Will always be one and the same

And I'm not going back :: I'm not going back
I'm not going back :: I'm not going back
'Til no one knows me again.

from the Martin Rivas album Reliquary.
©2012 Martin Rivas (BMI). All rights reserved.
Track Name: Meet Your Father
I wanna meet your father
I wanna be his friend
I wanna play guitars and light cigars and laugh and then
I'll ask all about you and hope that my questions won't offend
I wanna meet your father
I wanna be his friend

I wanna meet your father
I wanna drive his van
I wanna skip the highways, ride every byway that we can
I hope that I'll see in his eyes that he really understands
I wanna meet your father
But first I'm gonna wash his van

Will he let me in?
Will he kick me out?
Will he send me running off and end this with a shout?
Does he know his daughter's all I ever dream about?
Will he still cast all my hopes into mind-crushing heart-breaking serious doubt?

Will he let me in?
Will he kick me out?
Will he send me running off and end this with a shout?
Does he have any clue his daughter's all I ever dream about?
Will he still cast all my hopes into doubt?

I wanna meet your father
I have a lot to say
I wanna be around while he's around, not when he's away
And into my hand he will place your sweet hand, what a day
I wanna meet your father
I wanna be his friend.

from the Martin Rivas album Reliquary.
©2012 Martin Rivas (BMI). All rights reserved.
Track Name: Life's About to Imitate Art
Hardly anyone foresaw
How quickly we would fall
How quickly we would fall

Life's about to imitate art
Watch it come apart
Critique it as it comes apart

This is such a strange occurrence
Who here is a saint?
Who here really ain't?

Different people doing better
More are doing worse
It's getting even worse

Don't you find it odd?
Don't you find it really odd?
Isn't there a god?
Someone looking out for us?

The hinge on which the danger swung
Affected everyone
But nothing's being done

I don't want to feel ignored
Forgotten by the world
We really thought we'd change the world

Don't you find it odd?
Don't you find it really odd?
Isn't there a god?
Someone looking out for us?

Joy as you begin it.
Joy as you end it.

from the Martin Rivas album Reliquary.
©2012 Martin Rivas (BMI). All rights reserved.
Track Name: Believe in Love
Pilots get you home
Their jets divide the sky
Bikers grace the road
Watch them zippin' by

Nephews hug their aunts
Husbands hug their wives
Children hug their dogs
Because they as do I
Believe in love

Astronauts will walk
Far beyond the sky
Flags upon the moon
Past the naked eye

Farmers grow their crops
Bakers bake their pies
They make 'em extra-good
Because they as do I
Believe in love

I'm not sure what to say
Or how to even try
Life is ever changed
It keeps on going by

So we'll just say so long
Won't ever say good-bye
We'll see each other soon
Because you as do I
Believe in love

from the Martin Rivas album Reliquary.
©2012 Martin Rivas (BMI). All rights reserved.
Track Name: C'mon While We're Young (radio edit) [BONUS TRACK]
C'mon while we're young
C'mon while we're young
C'mon while we're young

It's been too long
It's been way way way way too long
C'mon while we're young

We're just survivors in the middle of surviving 'til our long, bright day is done
See there's a change of clothing coming, and it's coming just the same for everyone
When our long, bright day is done

C'mon while we're young
C'mon while we're young
C'mon while we're young

It's been too long
It's been way way way way too long
C'mon while we're young

I've seen forever from the brink and I don't ever wanna be that scared again
It's like the tide it draws me back I can't control it and I feel that scared again

I won't be that scared again
I won't be that scared again
Not while we're young
(I've seen forever from the brink and I don't ever wanna be that scared again)
C'mon while we're young
(It's like the tide it draws me back I can't control it and I feel that scared again)
Not while we're young

I'll be courageous close my eyes and be courageous gonna crawl walk then I'll run
I'll be afraid but it'll take so much to stop me
Sure I'm scared
But I ain't done

C'mon while we're young.

from the Martin Rivas album Reliquary.
©2012 Martin Rivas (BMI). All rights reserved.