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There seems to be a mixed batch of recipes used in creating a great folk-pop song, but there are certainly a few vital ingredients shared by each and every success. We're convinced that Seattle foursome Ivan & Alyosha has assembled a near-perfect blend of these elements, in addition to a few new touches of their own. Their debut full length, All the Times We Had, was released this past February, and it is saturated folky rhythms, hooking group melodies, as well as a heavy hand of rock electricity. Songs like "Running for Cover" satisfy the folk tastes we've come to crave, while tunes like "Who Are You" permeate the world of riffy rock.

While down in Austin, Ivan & Alyosha were the only group we saw twice, and for good reason. Their performance at the Conflict Of Interest party at Hype Machine's Hype Hotel was one not to be missed.

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I want to be the man who gives you all the presents underneath your Christmas tree, well they're all from me.
I want to be the boy who'll run and tell his baby every time skins his knee or breaks his toy.
Yes, I want to be your boy, be your boy, be your boy.
I want to be your boy, be your boy, be your boy.
I want to be the man who understands his woman and he knows she do right by me.
Do you understand? I want to be the boy who gives you all the pretty little things in your magazine.
Oh it's such a joy.
Yes, I want to be your boy, be your boy, be your boy.
I want to be your boy, be your boy, be your boy.
I want to be the man who understands his woman and he know she do right by me.
Do you understand? Yes, I want to be your man, be your man, be your man.
Help me out, South by Southwest! I want to be your man, be your man, be your man.
I want to be your man, be your man, be your man.
I want to be your man, be your man, be your man.
Fathers be kind to your children! You know it matters what you tell them, gotta feel for them! Well go ahead and steal for them! Brothers be good to your sisters.
And lovers leave behind your mistress, hope is coming soon.
Take a pen and a paper and write that tune.
Well you know that the light at the end of the tunnel is dim.
Don't answer to the mediocre lives that have gone ahead Captains be kind to your kings.
If they do you harm don't say anything.
Love will find a way, clarity will come on judgement day.
Dreamers spend some time awake.
Open your eyes, please don't forsake what's in front of you, forgetting your portrait all too soon.
Well you know that the light at the end of the tunnel is dim.
Don't answer to the mediocre lives that have gone ahead paving the way for the innocent to crumble.
It's our children's children and those who have yet to belong.
Yea, yea.
The light at the end of the tunnel is dim.
Don't answer to the mediocre lives that have gone ahead paving the way for the innocent to crumble It's our children's children and those who have yet to belong.
Yeah! When the sky turns black and we know it will from time to time.
and we've been through that, and we came out on top because you're really easy to love, you're really easy to love.
Yes, I know you're good.
And you know I try most of the time.
We've been through that and we came out on top because you're really easy to love, you're really easy to love.
When I can't take it my heart is aching.
You're really easy to love.
The sky turns black.
Oooh.
Yes, we know it will from time to time.
yeah, we've been through that and we came out on top because you're really easy to love, you're really easy to love.
When I can't take it, my heart is aching.
You're really easy to love.
I was born to love her, worship and adore her.
It's plain to see, you were made for me.
I need you, you know I need you here with me.
The sun is shining through my window.
We're making music, making music.
Born in California, Mother nature's daughter, you played the game, you took my name, I love you.
You know I love you.
Baby please.
They call me crazy, call me pretty, I know you feel it, know you feel it.
And if the sky should fall and the morning birds not call, you must know how I love you so.
Oh yeah! I can see the future one way or another, I raised my hands you made the plans just like a fortune teller.
Oh my lord.
The more I get to know you baby the more I see exactly what's wrong with me.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.
And if the sky should fall and the morning birds not call, you must know how I love you so.
Well though I'd like to take her, guess I'm off to meet my maker, Don't let go.
How I'll miss you oh.
Ooh ooh ooh.
Ooh ooh ooh.
Ooh ooh ooh.
Ooh ooh ooh.
Ooh ooh ooh.
Ooh ooh ooh.
Ooh ooh ooh.
Well what she would not give to love the life you live.
Now don't let go, how I love you so.
All the years that you have wasted, now you want 'em all back.
Long ago you stopped counting because you couldn't keep track.
You were faced with a future that was bright as the Sun, but the pressure, it was melting, you decided to run.
Don't you fold when the mountain is high, when the river is wide.
Don't you fold when you're out of your mind, yeah, when you're walking the line.
An oasis in the desert where the waters run clear.
And the only way to see it Is to believe that it's there.
Well, we all must fight our battles no matter where you came.
So, be done with your excuses.
You're the only one to blame.
Don't you fold when the mountain is high, when the river is wide.
Don't you fold when you're out of your mind, yeah when you're walking the line.
And all this time, I was living a lie, I was lost and petrified, but I know that things could change in time, all the years dreams can buy between the heart and the mind.
But don't you fold when the mountain is high, when the river runs dry.
Don't you fold when you're out of your mind, yeah, when you're walking the line.
Don't you fold when the mountain is high, when the river is wide.
Don't you fold when you're out of your mind, when you're walking the line.
Don't you fold.
Don't you fold.
When I was a boy, my grace was near.
Over time, it disappeared.
Well, I'm on my way.
Don't you cry for me.
It was good, to say the least.
Well, the door is almost closed and we're staring through the darkness.
Well, the war is almost won.
Can you hear the kingdom come? As the day begins to fade and we turn the final page I am on my way back home.
Well, I gave my best, or so it seemed.
And with God I have made peace.
When you're old and grey, will you think of me with a smile upon your face? Well, the door is almost closed and we're staring through the darkness.
Well, the war is almost won.
Can you hear the kingdom come? As the day begins to fade and we turn the final page, I am on my way back home.
Strange how something so sweet can become a lie.
I never had the chance to say good night.
Well, the door is almost closed and we're staring through the darkness.
Well, the war is almost won.
Can you hear the kingdom come? As the day begins to fade and we turn the final page, I am on my way back.
I'm on my way back home.
In those innocent eyes, underneath that smile, did you tell the truth? Is it one big lie? Well i wish you well, but i cannot tell, no, no, just who are you when no one is around.
And you paint your face and you change your hair.
Tell me what happened to you such a long time ago.
And all your friends well they have no clue just who are you when no one is around.
Who are you when no one is around? Who are you when no one is around? No one in this world could bring you down.
Well, who are you when no one is around? No, no, no.
Couldn't love anyone else until you get over yourself.
You're burning every bridge, you're taking more than you give, and you wear your mask.
Can't forget the past.
Just who are you when no one is around? Who are you when no one is around? Who are you when no one is around? Well no one in this world could bring you down from wherever you are.
Oh let every man see exactly you are, you won't fail to believe.
Let them eat you up and spit you out.
If they could see you from the inside out, who are you when no one is around? Who are you when no one is around? No one in this world could bring you down.
Well, who are you when no one is around? Thank you! This one's called "Running for Cover.
" If I could wake my crooked heart, if I was there right from the start to feel what it was like to be turned on, if you could fight the battle and win to miss the mark correct within, if your wish came true, your dreams made real.
Running for cover, running to hide.
If I could be a wiser man, to rest my head and trust the plan, and fighting like a child to get my way, if I could see the garden place before the fall, would things have changed? I wasn't there and neither were you, but I take the blame, as you should too, my friend.
Now we're running for cover, running to hide.
Yeah, we're running for cover, running to hide.
We've been trying with each other to unravel the age-old story, but I'm starting to think that there's a reason we don't understand.
And it's easy to blame someone else for my wants and my worries, but I know, I accept that it's just a part of who I am.
Now we're running for cover.
Running to hide.
And you say it's not my problem, Out of sight, out of mind.
Yes, we're running for cover.
Yeah, we're running afraid.
As we war with one another of the mess that we've made.
Running for cover.
Running to hide.
Yeah, we're running for cover.
Running to hide.
Thank you very much.
Have a lovely week.
Goodnight.

Artist Bio

Ivan & Alyosha is a folk-pop, indie, rock band from Seattle, Washington. Formed in 2007 with the current members, Tim Wilson and Ryan Carbary. They were later joined by Pete Wilson and Tim Kim.

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