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Evergreen Avenue

from Still The Birds (2016) by Darryl Purpose

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Evergreen Avenue
purpose/zollo

Evergreen Avenue, East L.A. / Every day is revolution day
Church bells chime a song a death / Down narrow lines of crystal meth
Black Cadillac and a blue Mustang / Shooting smack with the Breed Avenue gang
Bullets fly and ricochet / By the old boneyard where the bodies lay

In a crimson cape like superman / Waiting in the wild where the world began
Laying low in the dismal dusk / Like a hot tamale in a new corn husk
Mixing up the grits and the lard by hand / He's an empty pocket in a promised land
Jack old cars on crack cocaine / Driving all alone in the carpool lane

CHORUS:
Santa Ana's whirl in waves
Across the tombstones and the graves
Life and death is all we have
Forevermore on Evergreen Ave

Evergreen Avenue, Christmas morn / Chili relleno and the barleycorn
From 18th down to Chinatown / Cruising with Gabachos as the deal goes down
The sky is black and the moon is red / From Candlemas to the Day of the Dead
But the sky will be red, the moon will be black / When Mexico steals California back

CHORUS:
Santa Ana's whirl in waves
Across the tombstones and the graves
Life and death is all we have
Forevermore on Evergreen Ave

Evergreen Avenue, 3 AM / Shadows know what you think about them
Flashbacks fast as phantom jets / His heart remembers what the flesh forgets
And the flesh forgets what the spirit learns / That the world goes crazy right before it burns
And his blood ignites like gasoline / As he says a prayer to St Augustine

Chorus:
Santa Ana's whirl in waves
Across the tombstones and the graves

[Santa Maria, Madre de Dios, Ruega por nosotros pecadores
Ahora y en la hora, de nuestra muerte. Amen]

Life and death is all we have
Forevermore on Evergreen Ave
Forevermore on Evergreen Ave

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from Still The Birds (2016), released May 6, 2016
Acoustic bass - Roscoe Beck (Leonard Cohen)
Drums and percussion - Eric Darken (Jimmy buffet)
Electric Guitar - Daran DeShazo
Keyboard - Joel Guzman (Paul Simon)
Acoustic guitar, electric guitar - Billy Crockett
Harmony vocal - Bettysoo
Spanish prayer - Ricardo Aranda

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Darryl Purpose Portland, Oregon

Darryl went to Las Vegas at 19 and became a professional blackjack player, which he still calls the 'only real job I've ever had'. He is a member of the Blackjack Hall of Fame.
Since 1996, he has toured extensively and released 8 albums of original music.
Darryl's last two albums spent weeks at #1 on the RMR radio charts. Next Time Around and Still The Birds
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