The Agreeable Passage of Time

by Martin Rivas

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13 songs informed by the most serenely chaotic period of my life (plus one bonus track).

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released November 1, 2016

All noises by Martin Rivas
excepting
Chrissi Poland: Backing Vocals (tracks 3, 4, 5, 13)
Zach Jones: Backing Vocals / Percussion (track 6)
Chris Kuffner: Upright Bass (tracks 5, 8) / Backing Vocals (track 6)
Bess Rogers: Backing Vocals (track 6)

Written and Produced by Martin Rivas
So We Are written by Martin Rivas and Colin Smith
Bakalakalakabingo written by Martin Rivas and L J Summer Rivas
©2016 Martin Rivas (BMI). All rights reserved.

Warmest love and thanks to Patti and Landy for more inspiration than could be bottled in 10,000 lifetimes.

Love and thanks to Chris Kuffner, Zach Jones, Chrissi Poland, Bess Rogers, Colin Smith, Greg Holden, Wes Hutchinson, Ryan Vaughn, Craig Meyer, Rachel Platten, Mark Turrigiano, Brian Killeen, Patrick Firth, Greg Mayo, Sir Chuck Hancock, Tom McGivney, Peter Bavaro, Matt Currie, Ken Rockwood, Tommy Merrill, Paul Rizzo, and everyone with the fire beneath their feet in the sonic underground.

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Martin Rivas New York, New York

Brooklyn native Martin Rivas has been a stalwart participant and supporter of NYC-based underground music since his days in early-90s critical darlings & CBGB regulars Serious Pilgrim. Martin’s music has always taken the listener on a sonic journey that feels new and familiar; now that fatherhood has introduced him to his greatest passion, his 7th album is certain to take some compelling twists. ... more

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Track Name: Reincarnation
I feel like a long dream happened and I finally woke
I started all over with you
I sensed another set of your eyes nearby
Could it be true?

The sun was the rain and the rain was the bright sky
I crawled out of the grass
I felt and knew the touch of your hand and another

Sunrise

I’ve never been less sure of any answer
The future the past move as one
And we’re still chasing our skeletons
As they run

Let’s go on we’ve managed to make it this far
Let’s just go on being ourselves
Reincarnated together
Track Name: Conquer Hate with Love
Your ignorant factions don’t speak for me
Your knee-jerk reactions don’t speak for me
My anger is real but i’ll rise above
Conquer hate with love

Who abandons their own who turns their back
When they’re running for their lives from the very same attack
My fear is very real but i’ll rise above
Conquer hate with love

Do you agree with what’s convenient to keep you alive?
Do you barricade your heart simply to survive?
Greater is the one who is willing to live by another’s happiness
To sacrifice what bit they may have to give

Here’s to you who teach your babies what it means to be
On the side of hope on the side of empathy
Send them forward with a gentle shove
To conquer hate with love
Track Name: Vintage Soul
I got me an amp
It’s a wood one
Reverb tubes leatherette
I guess it’s a good one
And I’ll play it all nite
Every mistake feels perfectly right

I got a guitar
I like how it feels
Not as easy to play anymore
But sometimes it squeals with delight
That once in awhile when I get it right

What did I do to deserve this?
What did I do?
What did I do to deserve to be right here with you?

I got me a vintage soul, the rumors are true
I come complete with a vintage soul
More than one I got two
She delights me
She has all along
He surprised me
But man his is strong
I can’t go wrong

What did I do to deserve this? What did I do?
Track Name: My World Sleeps in This Bed Tonite
My world sleeps in this bed tonite
All the world here in this bed tonite
All the arms
All the legs
Intertwined and curled
In my world

My world is at peace tonite
Everything everything everything is gentle peace tonite
Silent dreaming
Moonlight gently beaming
In my world

Of course these are the days i’ll remember as the best
The nite would come and i’d be far too tired to rest
But I would
With a leg across my face
Or a finger in my ear
A foot
A head
An arm
It’ll be gone before I know
I savor the exhaustion
It feels too much like love
Unconditional
Track Name: Stay Close
As the sun sinks behind the hill
And everything is still
As the mountains seem to disappear
I will have no fear
Next to me is all i need to get through
The silhouette of you

You stay close to me
I’ll stay close to you

As the evening turns to darkest nite
Not a trace of light
Afraid of giving up afraid to fail
Afraid to lose the trail
The accidental brushing of your arm against mine
Informs me i’ll be fine

You stay close to me
I’ll stay close to you

As the sun sinks behind the hill
And everything is still
Track Name: Bakalakalakabingo
Bakalakalakabingo
Bakalakalakalingo
Bakalakalakazingo
Let me see you swingo
Bakalakabingo bango bong

Bakalakalakabingo
Bakalakalakalingo
Bakalakalakazingo
Let me hear you singo
Bakalakabingo bango bong

It’s hoppin’ time, it’s jumpin’ time
Clap your hands
Let’s fun in time let’s run in time
As fast as you can stand

Bakalakalakabingo
Bakalakalakalingo
Bakalakalakazingo
John and George and Ringo
Bakalakabingo bango bong

Yeah!
Yeah!
Jet!

It’s hoppin’ time, it’s jumpin’ time
Clap your hands
Let’s fun in time let’s run in time
As fast as you can stand

Bakalakalakabingo
Bakalakalakalingo
Bakalakalakazingo
John and George and Ringo
Bakalakabingo bango
bingo bango
bingo bango bong
Track Name: Between Stations
Is there somewhere else to visit?
Is there somewhere else to go?
Is there someone else existent?
Is there someone else to know?

This is the sound of my breathing breathing
This is the shore to my sea
This is my breath as it’s leaving leaving
And surely will come back to me

It’s less the words and more the sounds I hear
I thoroughly enjoy every one
And conversations at times are clear
The inspiration of inspirations
Here I come
Track Name: As Good a Day as Any
It’s as good a day as any to begin
As good a day as any to begin
And i can’t wait to see what you begin

It’s as good a day as any to proceed
As good a day as any to proceed
And I can’t wait to see where you proceed

Let the road rise up to meet you
Let every light turn green
Your smile’s the brightest smile I’ve ever seen

Yeah
Yeah yeah

It’s as good a day as any to succeed
As good a day as any to succeed
And as your dreams come true make sure that you help someone else’s dreams come true
Track Name: So We Are
So we are
We lean on each other
So we are
What we mean to each other
All we have is what we do
I give myself to all of you
I do

How we are is all that’ll matter
How we are for we share the same matter
All we dream and all we share
How we love and how we care
We do

Was the wind your clothes?
The sun your hair?
Are your diamond eyes still everywhere?
Ain’t that just like you to share the end of you?

So we are
We believe in each other
So we are
We grieve for each other
All we have is what we do
I give myself to all of you
Adieu
Track Name: Worrisome Boy
Off to bed
Such a worrisome boy
Forget the day and what was said
Your shoebox hides your radio
Send it through your pillow to your head
Such a worrisome boy

You’ll manage yourself in such a way
You’ll get to be a boy someday

Disappear
Such a worrisome boy
The only voice you hear is your own
Memorize your stories and your thoughts
The chords will soon be known
Such a worrisome boy

Hours and hours you’ll spend alone
In search of a place that feels like home

You’ll always feel unsure and think you’re wrong
You’ll always feel as though you don’t belong
Track Name: Start / End
Start with love
End with love
In-between with love
Everything is love

Rest with love
Wake with love
What you need is love
Yes indeed it’s love

Stars above glow with love
When the sun shines everyone shines just the same

And should you ever doubt what living’s all about
Simply start with love and end with love

Is there use and sense to all we hold dear?
Is the universe indifferent to the face we’re here?
What am i?
And what are you?
What is everything we do?
And what’s the use (for real) if we don’t start with love?
Track Name: How Many Springs
How many springs are there?
How many opportunities are there?

What color is your hair?
How many opportunities are there?

To seek to choose to love to lose to feel to know to touch to grow to grieve to dare to leap to care to realize to empathize

Art is everywhere
The faces the sounds the light the air

Love is everywhere
How many opportunities are there?
Track Name: You Are So Much
You are so much
You are so much
I thought i knew who i was and then there was you
I didn’t know who i was until there was you
You are so much
You are so much

I ask you to stay and laugh as you learn to run away

You are so much