Evolutionary War

by Ruby Force

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released June 23, 2017

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Ruby Force Los Angeles, California

Evolutionary War is Ruby Force's full length debute. Enlisting the collaboration of musical luminaries, Elijah Thomson (Father John Misty, Delta Spirit,), Richard Swift (The Archs, The Black Keys, The Shins), Frank Lenz (Damien Jurado,) and Sean Watkins (Nickel Creek), McLaughlin keeps good company as these creative partners inject a wealth of guts into her already soul-wrenching compositions. ... more

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Track Name: Church And State
Church and State

There’s a house down where Church meets State
The oak on the corner stands proud
Tucked inside of those old four walls
Are the best friends that I have now

Out in her pink rocking chair, “A” is wise
She stomps her boots to the rhythms that we make
We listen to her wisdom unwind
As she ages like a deep red wine

“M” went out to a nation in need
She gave her hands to the work of good out there
Her heart is stout, her temper is short, but
You won’t find one like her just anywhere

So we sing ooooooo
Lord bless that old house

“G”s got a songbird wrapped in her heart
With a story that she may never tell
How she fell in love with a boy form the bar
And their love saved his soul from the depths of hell

So we sing ooooooo
Lord bless that old house

There’s a house down where Church meets State
The oak on the corner stands proud
Tucked inside of those old four walls
Are the best friends that I have now
Track Name: Memory
Memory

It’s been too long now and I don’t know where he’s gone
Maybe to the bottom of the darkest sea
But that don’t matter much, cause I can bring him up
If you let me

Memory, honestly you’ll break my mind if you take this man
He’s the only thing, memory, that I’ve ever really even had
And you can’t hide my peace when I close these eyes, memory

I’ve been hangin on, if only by one thought
How I can hear his heart beat singin me to sleep
And just like that I know, if I ever let this go
Nothing will catch me

Memory, honestly you’ll break my mind if you take this man
He’s the only thing, memory, that I’ve ever really even had
And you can’t hide my peace when I close these eyes, memory

You can’t hide my peace when I close these eyes, memory
You can’t hide my peace when I close these eyes, memory
Track Name: Ode To Vic Chesnutt
Ode To Vic Chesnutt
I woke up, howling at the dawn
Restless as my wanderin’ eyes awakened
It’s not enough, to make what you want from dreams
Because all such things are likely to be shaken

Ooo, ooo life, spinning like a wheel
Ooo, ooo life, and the pain is real

I saw him there, fixed upon the mount’
Shinnin’ like the noon-day sun was burnin’
So I threw my cares and all my earthly doubt
Upon that hill to have him lift my burden

Ooo, ooo life, spinning like a wheel
Ooo, ooo life, and the pain is real
Ooo, ooo life, all I want I feel
Ooo, ooo life, and the love is real

It won’t be long, before the twilight falls
And shadows take their places all around me
But the darkest hour, comes right before the dawn
And you’ll find me holdin’ on,
Till the light comes through my window in the mornin’

Ooo, ooo life, spinning like a wheel
Ooo, ooo life, and the pain is real
Ooo, ooo life, all I want I feel
Ooo, ooo life, and the love is real

Ooo, ooo life, Ooo, ooo life
And the love is real
Track Name: Cowboy
Cowboy

No one seems to know just how far I would go
Could I turn my back on him or flee for Mexico
Maybe I would, if I thought he would care
And maybe I should, start kickin’ dust in the air

But he’s my cowboy and I am his girl
We’ve been out across the Great Plains, and all around the world
I’d be a fool to throw him back, even for diamonds or pearls
Cause he’s my cowboy and I am his girl

I can’t even count the nights he’s left me in tears
Someday I might grow the nerve to just cut outta here
Maybe I would, if I thought he would notice
Ah maybe I should, and leave him nothing to show

But he’s my cowboy and I am his girl
We’ve been out across the Great Plains, and all around the world
I’d be a fool to throw him back, even for diamonds or pearls
Cause he’s my cowboy and I am his girl

Ooo ya know I love him all the time
Even when he leaves me cold at night
All the good things in the whole wide world are mine

Cause he’s my cowboy and I am his girl
We’ve been out across the Great Plains, and all around the world
I’d be a fool to throw him back, even for diamonds or pearls
Cause he’s my cowboy and I am his girl
Track Name: Damn Your Love
Damn Your Love

I am walkin’ away
But I don’t want to
I wish you would stop me, or real me back in
But you won’t
So I know I can’t stay

It’s been three whole days
With no words from you
How do you do it, how do you string me out
And keep me feelin’ this way

Damn your love, damn your kisses
I wish I never knew
This ain’t right, I want you to fix it
I want to be by your side

Well of course I will
Find me somebody new
But it’s a sin, to let that one in
If my heart still belongs to you

Damn your love, damn your kisses
I wish I never knew
This ain’t right, I want you to fix it
I want to be by your side (x2)

I am walkin’ away
But I don’t want to
I wish you would stop me, yes real me back in
But you won’t
So I know I can’t stay
Track Name: Dancing As I Go
Dancing As I Go

You said I love you way too soon
Now all that’s left is nothing less
Than singin’ the blues

You wait for me a little still
You’re praying that I’ll call you but you know
I never will

Because I’m free, dancing as I go
I’m gonna loose myself in the rhythm of your blues
Yes I’m free, dancing wherever I go
And I won’t look back cause I stole your dancing shoes

You hold this fire in your mouth
These words are burning bridges and keeping you
From getting out

So this is how it’s going to be
You’ll live alone in all your own sweet
Misery

Because I’m free, dancing as I go
I’m gonna loose myself in the rhythm of your blues
Yes I’m free, dancing wherever I go,
And I won’t look back cause I stole your dancing shoes

One by one the days keep slippin’
You’re not here and I’m not missin’ you.
Two more days, I’m headed out town
Drivin’ up North with my windows down
And I won’t recall your name
No I won’t recall your name

Because I’m free, dancing as I go
I’m gonna loose myself in the rhythm of your blues
Yes I’m free, dancing wherever I go,
And I won’t look back cause I stole your dancing shoes

No I won’t look back cause I stole your dancing shoes
No I won’t look back cause I stole your dancing shoes
Track Name: Diamonds
Diamonds

When you walk out in the middle of the night,
Where do you lay your head
I won’t tell, if you don’t fight
I believe we’ve got God on our side
We’ve got God on our side

You’ve got diamonds in your eyes
You’ve got diamonds, I can see em tonight
You’ve got diamonds in your eyes
You’ve got diamonds, oh they’re with you tonight
Yes they’re with you tonight

If you decide to change your mind
What kind of man would you be
Well you can’t change and I won’t fight
Just believe we’ve got God on our side
We’ve got God on our side

You’ve got diamonds in your eyes
You’ve got diamonds, I can see em tonight
You’ve got diamonds in your eyes
You’ve got diamonds, oh they’re with you tonight
Yes they’re with you tonight
Track Name: Plain As Paper
Plain As Paper

That girl is plain as paper, white as white can be
Her face is dull like the earth and dirt
But you see her and you don’t see me

If she speaks it’s but a whisper, her mouth so pale and small
And there’s nothin’ special in the way she walks
But if she passes I see you see it all

I’ve been tryin’, feels like wastin’
All my aces to have you see
But I’m not getin’, any closer
To bein’ anything you need
Cause you see her, and you don’t see me

Well what am I gonna do now, I thought I had it all
But all the pretty girls in the whole wide world
You wouldn’t trade them for your little paper doll
All pretty girls in the whole wide world
They got nothin’ on your little paper doll

I’ve been tryin’, feels like wastin’
All my aces to have you see
But I’m not getin’ any closer
To bein’ anything you need
Cause you see her and you don’t see me
Track Name: Tender
Tender

Tender is the night, lying by your side
Tender is the touch
Of someone that you love too much
Tender is the day
The demons go away
Lord I need to find
Someone who can heal my mind

Come on, Come on, Come on
Get through it
Come on, Come on, Come on
Love's the greatest thing
Come on, Come on, Come on
Get through it
Come on, Come on, Come on
Love's the greatest thing
That we have
I'm waiting for that feeling
Waiting for that feeling
Waiting for that feeling to come

Oh my baby
Oh my baby
Oh why
Oh my
[x2]

Tender is the ghost
The ghost I love the most
Hiding from the sun
Waiting for the night to come
Tender is my heart
I'm screwing up my life
Lord I need to find
Someone who can heal my mind

Come on, Come on, Come on
Get through it
Come on, Come on, Come on
Love's the greatest thing
Come on, Come on, Come on
Get through it
Come on, Come on, Come on
Love's the greatest thing
That we have
I'm waiting for that feeling
Waiting for that feeling
Waiting for that feeling to come

Oh my baby
Oh my baby
Oh why
Oh my
[x2]

Tender is the night
Lying by your side
Tender is the touch
Of someone that you love too much
Tender is my heart you know
I'm screwing up my life
Oh Lord I need to find
Someone who can heal my mind

Come on, Come on, Come on
Get through it
Come on, Come on, Come on
Love's the greatest thing
Come on, Come on, Come on
Get through it
Come on, Come on, Come on
Love's the greatest thing
That we have
I'm waiting for that feeling
I'm Waiting for that feeling
Waiting for that feeling to come

Oh my baby
Oh my baby
Oh why
Oh my
[x2]
Track Name: Why Do You Leave
Why Do You Leave

Out in the dark, we heard your favorite song
You held my hand, and you sang along
Now there’s no one and there’s nothin’
That I want more
I Tried to keep you here forever
That’s why I don’t understand

Why do you leave

Down in the dark, you were the light I saw
You picked me up, now it’s been so long
And there’s no one and theres’s nothin’
That takes me away
I know nothin’ lasts forever
Still I just don’t understand

Why do you leave

I know nothin’ lasts forever
That takes me away
I Tried to keep you here forever
That’s why I don’t understand

Why do you leave