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Cherry Tree b​/​w Roses

by sam evian

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You, Forever was Sam Evian's first foray into a more soul-baring sensibility. Released in the summer of 2018, the album is a beautiful collection that glows with an intense, slow burn. It was hailed by Pitchfork as a collection of songs that are “gentle and sweet but avoid the most saccharine tendencies of soft rock.” Last fall, Sam released a version of the You, Forever track “Next to You” with vocals by Blonde Redhead’s Kazu Makino. It lit up playlists. Paste magazine said “The track is a beautiful little diamond of Sunday morning guitars and Marvin Gaye-style bass grooves.”

Now, two new songs shine a light on the evolution of Sam Evian's music. “Cherry Tree” is a daydream of the first warm hints of spring, which came to Sam as he took in the sun under a cherry tree in New York’s Central Park. It was also the first song that Sam Owens ever released as Sam Evian. It has remained a fan favorite and a staple of the rousing live set. “Tell me life’s a passing cloud,” he urges amid a charming backdrop of lilting guitars, gorgeous piano flourishes, and a swelling harmony-vocal chorus.

Accompanying “Cherry Tree” is the hazy lament of “Roses,” a new, unreleased song from the You, Forever sessions which offers a lyrically complex but equally reflective outlook as its counterpart. “I'll buy an old conversion, drive it down the great west coast,” Sam sings. “Who knows how far she’ll make it in this world.”

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released March 1, 2019

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Track Name: Cherry Tree
cherry tree hung over me
waving with empathy
falling flowers lay me down
tell me life's a passing cloud
falling flowers spinning round
cover me up, lay me down

it's not a lot to know
it's not a lot to know
it's not a lot to know

cherry tree cherry tree
my favorite remedy
your flowers comfort me

it's not a lot to know
it's not a lot to know
it's not a lot to know
Track Name: Roses
I’d love to travel free and see the old roads that i've known
like 69, when i was just nineteen
don't need a great revival, lord knows i’ve been through it all
i just want to provide myself that good old feeling
don't know when I let go.

I can't stay here
I can't stay here
I can't stay here for a life like this

my generation gave us plastic wallets tied to gold
they'll sit in my back pocket til i die
i try to keep the ship afloat, but it was built with holes
and every day i dream of a new life
cus this never felt right

I can't stay here
I can't stay here
I can't stay here for a life like this
I can't stay here for a life like this

I'll buy an old conversion, drive it down the great west coast
who knows how far she'll make it in this world
don't need a great revival, lord knows i've lived through it all
i just want to provide myself that good old feeling
don’t know when I let go

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