Before Gardens After Gardens

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Kevin Alvarez I have been a fan of Juan Alderete's bass playing since I discovered him with The Mars Volta. His talent takes more center stage with Big Sir's stripped down sound compared.
Alexander Rutz
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Alexander Rutz Big sir are more faceted and colorful on this single album then most bands are throughout their whole existance. A beautiful exeample how it is still possible to create imaginative original music in the 2010s. Favorite track: 1 Thousand Petals.
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Mew Sick A fantastic collaboration between two very talented musicians (plus many of their friends). This album is near perfect in all aspects. Adventurous, precise and funky. Great to dance to, or to lose yourself in deep contemplation over. Thanks Lisa and Juan. Favorite track: Be Brave Go On.
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Levon Kinsman Connected with a few songs, overall just didn't mesh with it as a whole. Not my cup of tea, but pleasant. Favorite track: The Ladder.
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released February 7, 2012

ALL SONGS BY JUAN ALDERETE (BMI) & LISA PAPINEAU (BONTÀ D’ANIMO, BMI)

MUSIC PERFORMED BY JUAN ALDERETE, LISA PAPINEAU, CEDRIC BIXLER-ZAVALA, MATTHIEU LESENECHAL, JONATHAN HISCHKE, MARK RAMOS-NISHITA, HEATHER LOCKIE, DAVID WM. SIMS, MATTHEW EMBREE, DEANTONI PARKS, STEVE CHOI, TERI GENDER BENDER, MELANIE BENOIT & MICHEAL MORGAN

RECORDED & EDITED BY ROBERT CARRANZA, LARS STALFORS, LISA PAPINEAU, JUAN ALDERETE & PETE LYMAN

MIXED BY ROBERT CARRANZA & LARS STALFORS
MASTERING: ROBERT CARRANZA
PHOTOGRAPHY & ART DIRECTION: LISA PAPINEAU
LAYOUT ARTIST & CMYK HEAVY HAND: SONNY KAY

THANK YOU TO: CATHY PELLOW, OMAR RODRIGUEZ-LOPEZ, BRITTANIE DELAVA, CHASE ORTEGA, MARC JETTON, SONNY KAY, CAITLYN MARGULIS & DAVID ROMO

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Track Name: Regions
REGIONS

ON THE EDGE OF LIFE WITH THE LADY WITH THE LADY
BET YOU DON’T MIND A LISSOME GUIDE
‘ORE THE OCEAN WIDE WITH THE LADY WITH THE LADY
BET YOU DON’T MIND A WINSOME LASS
YOU PUT IT ALRIGHT WITH THE PEOPLE
YOU PUT IT RIGHT NINE TO FIVE
I FOUND MY OCEAN BRIDE WITH MY LADY WITH MY LADY
OH WHAT A SIGHT

YOU’RE WITH US ALL THE TIME YOU’RE WITH US ALL THE TIME

OH THE CALICO EVEN TIDE SHE’S ARRIVED
OH THE CALICO OUT OF TIME SHE DON’T MIND
OH THE CALICO YOU’RE THE ONE NEVER RUNS
OH THE CALICO TAKE ME THERE ‘TIL THE END OF THE LINE

AND WE FOOLS WHO COUNT THE YEARS
CAN’T BREAK HER WILL TO BEAR
RIDES ON RIDES ON THE SALT OF HER TEARS
SHE KNOWS WE’RE BOUND TOGETHER
Track Name: Ready On The Line
READY ON THE LINE

OH THE MIGHTY HAS ARRIVED
TRUTH IN STEREO HIS BIG SCENARIO
OH OH THE MIGHTY HAS ARRIVED
BUT I SEE FARTHER DOWN THE LINE YOUTH ON!

GET SO HIGH GET SO HIGH GET SO HIGH GET SO HIGH

DRAW A MAN IN BLACK AND WHITE
SKETCHED HIS ESSENTIALS FROM TOUCH
OH YOUR MAN IN BLACK AND WHITE
NO LESS AN ORACLE ALRIGHT?

YOU PULLED MY HIGH WIRE FROM RADIO TO RADIO
TURN THE DIAL SHE’S READY-O TO ROLL
YOU PULLED MY MIND FROM RADIO TO RADIO
CAN’T TURN DOWN SHE’S READY-O TO GO

OH THE HOPES THAT WE THOUGHT WOULD LAST
THE BIG SCENARIOS THE GOOD TIMES DADDY-O
BUT THE MIGHTY HAS GONE DOWN
AND I SEE WHY

I’M READY ON THE LINE
LIVE FEEDING ALL THE TIME
JACK IN ME FOR THE SIGNS
BUT I WANT THEM ALL FOR MINE
Track Name: Infidels
INFIDELS

GAVE ME A SIGN NO DOUBT ABOUT IT
YOU WERE THE ONE WHO CALLED ME OUT
FALL ON MY WANTON PRIDE
CAN’T HAPPEN NOW ‘TIL I’VE DECIDED
HE’S THE ONE I CAN’T DENY
BRING IT ON DOWN I COULD NOT HIDE

BRING IT BACK I WANT TO HOLD THE EVERLASTING

HEAR THE CALL I THOUGHT I’D MISSED IT
TRIED TO RUN ‘THOUGH I WAS WILLING
STAND ON THE MOUNTAINSIDE
PRAYED FOR MY MAN TO COME ALIVE
I CARRIED I INSIDE OF MINE
UNTIL I FELT THE MAN ALMIGHTY

AND THE CAROUSEL GOES HIGHER HIGHER HIGHER

HEAD TO THE GROUND BUT I STILL SHINE
OUT OF SIGHT AND OUT OF MIND
HE BLED THE WOUND AND I SURVIVED
STARING INTO THE EYES OF THE TIGER
Track Name: The Ladder
THE LADDER

DOPE INSIDE YEAH
GOT NO MIND TO FIND A BETTER WAY

WELL I THINK I’M LOSING THE FIGHT THIS TIME
LETTING GO AND GONNA FLY HIGH

PAIN IS DONE
SORROW IS GONE
WISH I’D KNOWN THE SECRET ALL ALONG

CAN I HOLD YOU IN MY ARMS ONE LAST TIME
HANG THE FEELING OUT THE STARS

CLIMB THE LADDER OUT TO THE WORLDS THAT WAIT
‘TIL I’VE LEFT IT ALL BEHIND

DOPE INSIDE YEAH
NO MORE TIME TO FIND THE BETTER WAY

WELL I KNOW I LOST THE FIGHT THIS TIME
FLYING FREE AND GONNA GO BYE BYE
Track Name: The Kindest Hour
THE KINDEST HOUR

IN THE KINDEST HOUR
QUIETUS IS ON THE RUNWAY
I CAN HEAR YOU LAUGHING
ALL THE WAY OVER ALL THE WAY OVER
FROM MY WINDOW FROM MY WINDOW

WHEN I REACHED THE SURFACE
YOU HAD LEFT A MESSAGE
PUZZLING INSTRUCTIONS
THAT WERE WRITTEN IN CIRCLES
THAT WERE WRITTEN IN CIRCLES
WORDS I DIDN’T KNOW WORDS I DIDN’T KNOW
Track Name: Old Blood
OLD BLOOD

THIS OLD BLOOD COMING BACK TO LIFE
CALLED TO HUNT BY AND BY YOUR SIDE

IN THE WAY YOU WANT IT DONE IN THE WAY YOU WANT IT DONE IN THE WAY YOU WANT IT DONE IN THE WAY YOU HAVE YOUR FUN HEY HEY HEY HEY HEY HEY

HAD TO SAY “GIRL I’M NOT YOUR BAIT”
SO’S AND SO’S LYIN’ N’ DYIN’ ALL NIGHT
Track Name: Born With A Tear
BORN WITH A TEAR

YOUR TURN TO FALL AWAY YOUR TURN TO CALL IT A DAY

YOU SAY THE WORDS YOU SAY THE WORDS
TO MAKE IT ALL OKAY
YOU SAY THE WORDS YOU SAY THE WORDS
YOU THOUGHT YOU’D NEVER SAY
YOU SAY THE WORDS AND ALL WORDS
MAKE THE TONGUE GO NUMB
YOU SAY THE WORDS YOU SAY THE WORDS
UNTIL THE WORDS DON’T WANT TO COME

YOU WANT TO TALK AND SAY THE THINGS
YOU DIDN’T KNOW WERE THERE
YOU WANT TO TALK YOU WANT TO TALK
ALLOW THE SOUL TO BARE
IT’S TIME TO GO IT’S TIME TO GO
IS WHAT YOU NEED TO SAY
IT’S TIME TO GO IT’S TIME TO GO
BECAUSE YOU DON’T KNOW HOW TO STAY
Track Name: Be Brave Go On
BE BRAVE GO ON!

FOR THE LIGHT FOR THE LIGHT
I MUST DO RIGHT I’LL
SHINE BRIGHTER LUCK ON EVERYTHING
FOR THE LIGHT FOR THE LIGHT
MIGHTY DIVINE I’D
OWE YOU A SWING ON EVERY BEAM

IN THE NIGHT I LEFT IT BARE
RAISED A SAELLITE’S SIMPLE PRAYER
THEN CALLED OUT
GOT YOU BELIEVING NOW

SO BE BRAVE
BE BRAVE FALLING DOWN
BE BRAVE
BE BRAVE FALLING DOWN

BE BRAVE AND THANKFUL ALL THE WAY ON
ALL THE WAY ALL THE BRAVE GO ON GO ON
Track Name: Our Pleasant Home
OUR PLEASANT HOME

YOU’RE ALIVE YOU’RE THE BEST REVENANT IN MY MIND
MORE THAN A MAN COULD EVER BE
NEED TO HIDE FOR THE REST YOU’RE A CHILDISH CHIMERA
BRING ON THE DOWN LO IN ME

WHEN I PASS I’LL MAKE MY WAY TO YOUR DOOR
COME TO YOUR SIDE OF LIFE

YOU TURNED THE LIGHT ON IN MY HOUSE
THERE WAS NOTHING LEFT BUT THE DARKNESS
CRAWLED THROUGH THE NIGHT TO FIND MY SOLACE
CLOSED MY EYES TO FEEL YOUR PROMISE

YOU ALWAYS HELP ME FIND MY HEART
MORE THAN A MAN COULD EVER BE
Track Name: 1 Thousand Petals
1 THOUSAND PETALS

IT’S IN THE AIR I KNOW
ALL THE BELLS ARE RINGING
“HARD TO LET IT GO”
IS THE SONG THEY’RE SINGING

GENTLE LITTLE LIFETIME YOU WERE SO FINE
YOU WERE SO FINE
YOU WERE ALL MINE
GENTLE LITTLE WHISPER YOU WERE SO FINE
YOU WERE SO FINE
YOU WERE ALL MINE
COME SEE THE WATERS RISE COME SEE THE WATERS RISE

HEAVEN BEGS OUR TEARS
‘TIL THE FLOODS TAKE TO THEIR FEET
AND LIFE WASHES AWAY
TO THE NEXT BEGINNING

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