Green

by Evan Knapp

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My idea for this record was to have it be a snapshot of my life from when I was 18-19, which is when all of the songs were written. It covered some of the insanity of going to and leaving Switzerland (where I lived for a year as an exchange student), biking to Portland from Salt Lake City, the heartbreak I was experiencing at the time, getting into dating, and the honeymoon phase of my first relationship.

I hear a lot of my heroes, in references to their younger selves, saying, "Man, I was so green back then!"

Green, to me, is inexperience seen in a positive light. It's being the new guy who doesn't know much but is attentive and willing to learn. It's that young, fresh, and optimistic, if naive, view on life. Everything at this point was new and exciting, and that's exactly the energy I tried to capture in these recordings.

I hope you enjoy it.

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released October 18, 2018

All songs mixed and mastered by Salvatore Manalo. Check the digital liner notes for individual track credits!

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Evan Knapp Portland, Oregon

I'm a singer, songwriter, and bassist from Upstate New York currently making music in Los Angeles, CA.

It's taken me a while to get to the point where I can release my own music and have a pretty big backlog to get through, so be on the lookout for new tunes.

Thanks for stopping by and let me know of any comments/criticisms!
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Track Name: Matter Of Thought
Time wakes up inside his nest
He shakes off his feathers and hopes for the best
He's nervous, he's nervous

Prepares for work, though he doesn't know why
He thinks quietly to himself, "Do I
Exist? Exist?"

Oh, that poor thing
Such great responsibility
Jumps from nest
Reluctantly into the west

But where does the time go?
I know it flies
But where to I don't know

I wake up inside my bed
From the hundred million thoughts speeding through my head
That do not connect

I can't seem to catch them before they're gone
Like if my mind were a road it'd be the autobahn and
I can't stand this traffic

They drive limitless
In psychological bliss
Why would they resist?
I'm a hopeless hitchhiker to them

But I still need a ride
And if thought's a train
Then I just can't keep mine

But still I try to reside
In these moments but they're so agile
They walk past me and they ask me
"Don't you miss us now that we've elapsed?"

and I do

Stories always sound
Better from the mouth of someone else
Photos lie constantly saying to my mind,
"What you're doing with your life ain't enough."
Track Name: Your House
I can't relieve you from my memories
I remember everything
The way you first looked at me

Following
I want just one thing
Find the doorbell inside your head and give it a ring

Because I can see outside your house is beautiful
But the interior is where beauty truly unfolds
Are you as above so below, or have I seen it all?

You know I
Ain't hard to satisfy
I wanna trace your mind
What's behind those eyes?

Because I won't lie
I think it's you I desire
So to clarify let me inside
The house of your mind

Well, I tried
Time after time
but you only invited me in to lock me outside

Months go by, come July
I had given up but you changed your mind
You let me inside I was so enticed walking up
That I overlooked your 'For Sale' sign

I said it's so nice to see this side of you
But why now of all times? I'm a bit confused
She said come here let me show you my room

You know I
Ain't hard to satisfy
I wanna trace your mind
What's behind those eyes?
Because I won't lie
I think it's you I desire
So to clarify let me inside
The house of your mind

I come back again the next day
Forced gratification, delayed
As you had moved away

It's this from you expect, I didn't
Guess I thought that you were different
What have I said this whole time?

I tried my hand, don't think you understand
You made me give up once and now you do it again
What stings is after everything I may never even see you again

You know I
Ain't hard to satisfy
I wanted to trace your mind
Not stand for a night
Now I'm trying not to cry
Sitting here wondering what it would have been like
Had you just made up your mind
Track Name: Windmill
I’m gonna leave to the west from the east
I’m gonna find a place that suits my needs
I’m gonna leave to the west from the east
I’m gonna find a girl if it takes me a century
I will love her and she’ll love me

The Great Salt Lake to the Snake River Plains
Do you think about me now and again?
The Great Salt Lake to the Snake River Plains
‘Cause I just can’t seem to get you off my brain
Ain’t you been taught to clean the mess you made?

I’m convinced that hell exists
I think I see a windmill garden ahead
I’m convinced that hell exists
I found it in these northern Oregon winds
And in your smile, but that’s irrelevant

All the best, all the best
Even though what you did never made no sense
All the best, all the best
Even though I know you don’t need it yet
But while you’re out on an island fit for a princess
Just know that you’ve got someone thinking about you in the west
Track Name: Frosted Flakes
My roommate’s been saying for a while
“Dude, get some new shoes. Vans are
what you gotta buy” I said,
“Two years has been a long time I think
you’re right man I could use some new style.”
So I’m biking it down to the mall with shoes
so old soles get wet first when the rain falls
I bought the first thing I saw, some kicks so sick
You’d say that they off the wall
And as I’m on my way back to my ride
I see this chick rockin’ a hat above her
eyebrow
I’m thinking to myself I gotta ask her out
‘Cause it’ll be never if it ain’t right now
I walk up to her say, ”Hi what do you think
about going out sometime?”
She says to me, “Well sounds fine, just give
me a place and a date and a time.”
I tell her downtown, 45 past 8
She says, “Sure.”
Text her on Friday to confirm
She says she’s feeling sick

I don’t mean to cause no harm, just maybe
go on a couple of dates
And if we find the vibing right maybe take it
back to my place
Wake up from the morning light, maybe make
us some pancakes
But we’re never gonna see because you are
what you eat so enjoy them frosted flakes

See normally that would’ve been it
But you can’t call her out for being sick
Does she think that I got limp wrists?
Just shake it off proceed to persist
I’m gonna let it sit a few days then I’ll try again
I’m gonna let it sit to show that I got patience
I’m gonna let it sit to build anticipation
and in the meantime I’ll plan my operation
I wait to text her hey
all the way until the next Thursday
Just to give this cake time to bake
She said it once she’ll say it again
And come that day on a bench I sit
Someone’s MIA and I ain’t it
Phone in hand no messages
Well, shit, twice is all you get

It’s clear to me if she were serious
she’d be here, I’d be delirious
to believe she needs another chance

Chorus

I work at a job to accumulate some
payment,
I ain’t well off but it covers the rent
I’m all about that promo you know I’m
never content
Because of that I respect the
management
Well a couple days pass and as I’m
leaving work
She texts back saying she was a jerk
Excuse was her phone was dead and
She’d like to like to like to try again
Well, could I take back what I said?
I mean, she’s still a perfect 10
Though she’s warned me before of
her car that doesn’t exist
And of her job or schedule I’m
completely clueless, I guess
I’ll go regardless it’s worth it she promised
I leave work early just to meet her
Got my boss pissed, well
Guess what, when I pull out my phone
she says got no ride must postpone
Oh well I’m gonna go find someone else
Let me know next time just how great
those frosted flakes taste

Chorus
Track Name: Today
Baby, how’s your day been?
I’ve been dying to know
Translate into expression
I can’t see your smile through the phone

Every time I look into your eyes
I feel like a bird taking flight for the very first time
But that feeling’s been hard to find
‘Cause lately I’ve been caught up in the grind

What happened to our summer plans?
Take a car to the beach, write our names in the sand
Now the autumn rains are falling again
Another year’s slipping right through our hands

Seasons fly like planes, time does the same
And I know that won’t change
But let me say I love the way you look today

Baby, this won’t do
Last time it was your turn
I whispered that I love you
Sleepily as you left for work

It seems there’s always something getting in the way
Whether it’s my ambitions or our daily occupations
Patience is a virtue but now I just want to see you

I want to take the day off from work
Make you some dinner and take you out to a concert
Buy you your favorite shirt, maybe sometime in the future

Although cliché, life‘s just a game
We’ve not yet learned to play
But let me say I love the way you look today
Track Name: Take Your Time
Push the clutch, I let my mind wander but it went too far
There’s so much I need to get done but don’t know where to start
I emulate all of my idols but I’ve hit a wall
Concentrate, I’m so frustrated give my babe a call

And I say, “I’m behind. Every day is a chance and now I’m wasting mine.”
And she says, ”Change your mind. You’ve got your whole life to live,
I think you’re doing just fine.”
And I say, “You’re right. I’ve just got to focus on what’s most important.”
She says, “Take your time. Your opportunity will arise.”

He could play better than me when he was 17
She says, “Don’t compare yourself to others if you want to be happy.
And that’s what we all want. Isn’t that what we all want?”
Happy... isn’t that what we all want?

But I still say, “I’m behind. Every day is a chance and now I’m wasting mine.”
And she says, ”Change your mind. You’ve got your whole life to live
I think you’re doing just fine.”
And I say, “You’re right. I’ve just got to focus on what’s most important.”
She says, “Take your time. Your opportunity will arise.”

Who do I want to be want to be, me?
Do I want to be want to be me?
I’m just a wannabe wannabe he
I just gotta be gotta be me

And I say, “I’m behind. Every day is a chance and now I’m wasting mine.”
And she says, ”Change your mind. You’ve got your whole life to live
I think you’re doing just fine.”
And I say, “You’re right. I’ve just got to focus on what’s most important.”
She says, “Take your time. Your opportunity will arise. I think you’re doing just fine.
Your opportunity will arise.”

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