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The Crooked Vines New Orleans, Louisiana

The Crooked Vines is composed of Steven Schwartz, Phil Arpa, Woody Hill, Rex Marshall, Mikayla Braun , and James Keene. They came together with a joint passion and focus on creating new music grounded in funk, rock and soul-driven inspiration.
Their first self-titled album released on October 2nd, 2015. Their sophomore album "Alive" released on November 10th, 2017.
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Track Name: No Miracles
The night was coming to a close
He counts his tips, gets out that door
But then he’s off to work once more
Because his heart won’t be ignored
The more things change
The more things stay the same

Lonely are those who don’t use their soul
They’re only prisoners
It’s a fight for your life, there’s no wrong from right
There are no miracles
You work day and night, you put up a fight
To make it meaningful
At the set of the sun, when you think it’s all done
You’ll know it’s just begun

He passes up the time
Tangling rhymes up in his mind
Sometimes it keeps him up all night
But every rhythm and syllable helps him get his soul right
Everyday things change
Everyday things rearrange

Lonely are those who don’t use their soul
They’re only prisoners
It’s a fight for your life, there’s no wrong from right
There are no miracles
You work day and night, you put up a fight
To make it meaningful
At the set of the sun, when you think it’s all done
You’ll know it’s just begun

Now he passes up the time
Having to fight for his new life
Plays to a full crowd every night
And he’s finally found what’s right
Everyday things change
Everyday things rearrange

Lonely are those who don’t use their soul
They’re only prisoners
It’s a fight for your life, there’s no wrong from right
There are no miracles
You work day and night, you put up a fight
To make it meaningful
At the set of the sun, when you think it’s all done
You’ll know it’s just begun
Track Name: Wildcard
Everyone everyday
We all play the same game
With these urges to win
When we don’t really know what the game even is
But there’s cheating
There's deceiving
We try and trick people into believing

But there's too much at stake these days
Isn’t there too much at stake these days
There's too much at stake these days
Isn’t there too much at stake these days

I know we can’t help
The cards that we’ve been dealt
Maybe a joker or a two faced suit
But we tend to live our lives like we're used to
Hidden traces
Poker faces
We can deceive all of the other players

But there's too much at stake these days
Isn’t there too much at stake these days
There's too much at stake these days
Isn’t there too much at stake these days

So picture this, what if
And I’ll put my money where my mouth is
We stop complaining about
How everything is changing and face it

Cuz there's too much at stake these days
Could you imagine what would happen if we started to
Show our hands
Combine our hearts
To clear the future
And make a new start
Oh I’d go all in on that wildcard
Cuz there's too much at stake these days
Isn’t there too much at stake these days
Track Name: Alive
Sitting on the edge, wishing you were here
Wondering if I’m here at all
See the people stare, glazes on their eyes
Wondering do they even know
Blank faces on the train, dead silence in the sky
Blame it on the screens they steal our lives
They say we’re doomed to fail, we’re fighting tooth and nail
To be what we’re meant to be
Alive, I’m alive, I’m alive

Don’t tell me what I want to know, just tell me what I need to hear
I’ll figure it out on my own
Don’t tell me what I want to know, just tell me what I need to hear
I’ll figure it out on my own

There are secrets no one knows, I was tippin’ on my toes
Holding onto curveballs I’d never throw
But situations change, and mold our lives like clay
And make us into what we are today
Alive, I’m alive, I’m alive
I’m alive, I’m alive, I’m alive

Don’t tell me what I want to know, just tell me what I need to hear
I’ll figure it out on my own
Don’t tell me what I want to know, just tell me what I need to hear
I’ll figure it out on my own
I’m alive
Track Name: Who To Be feat. Evan Thibodeaux
I never thought I’d find my way
Growing up with indirection
No role models there to say
That I’d soon make a connection
I always struggled to project
Stumbling over words and what to say
I thought that others were made perfect
Impossible even to meet them half way
And that’s when you cam into my life
Opened up and showed me that you cared
Spent the time to sharpen the knife
That carved me into what I am and made me feel prepared

It isn’t easy being who you want to be
Others pushing their priorities
If you fail to set your course
The only thing you’ll see
Is another man’s agenda
Will tell you who to be

I know I had a few believers
Friends and family guide me towards the lights
They tried to act in my best interest
Hoping that someday I’d see what’s right
It wasn’t always what I needed
Some will try to hurt you out of spite
Some show love in knowing I succeeded
Some will never dare to say that I was right to fight, so
It isn’t easy being who you want to be
Others pushing their priorities
If you fail to set your course
The only thing you’ll see
Is another man’s agenda
Will tell you who to be

[Rap feature]

It isn’t easy being who you want to be
Others pushing their priorities
If you fail to set your course
The only thing you’ll see
Is another man’s agenda
Will tell you who to be
Track Name: Maybe I'm Crazy
Maybe I’m crazy
Thinking you’re the one for me
It’s so frustrating
After all of the things I’ve seen
You’re so jaded and you lie
I can see straight through all your alibis
But I just can’t get you out of my head
Maybe I’m crazy

It drives me crazy
When you smile so perfectly
My thoughts are weighted
Who’s on the other side of that screen
You’re so jaded and you lie
I can see straight through all your alibis
But I just can’t get you out of my head
Maybe I’m crazy
After all of the games we played
You still took the best of me
And you turn me into just what I hate
And it makes me wanna scream

I’m up nights waiting
Wondering if he’ll come home to me
Just contemplating
Who’s he with, where’s he at, what’s this mean
Now I’m so jaded
You don’t even try
And I’m asking myself why
I just can't get you out of my head
No I just can’t get you out of my
I just can’t get you out of my
I just can’t get you out of my head
Track Name: I Thought It Was Clear
I thought it was clear, I already let you go
Yeah we had something goin but boy that was years ago
So I think it’s about time that you and me sat down
And you tell me exactly why you have come back around
And maybe I’ll let you back in
But baby don’t play with me again

One bad night for everyone involved
Mistakes were made all around the table
But I’m not so naive ooo like I used to be
I don’t know what you’re doin so I’ll keep you safely at arms reach
And maybe I’ll let you back in
But baby don’t play with me again

I don’t know what I want but I know that it’s not to lose you as a friend again
I’m so apprehensive but my heart won’t let this end just yet
So maybe I’ll let you back in
Maybe I’ll let you back in
Maybe I’ll let you back in
But baby don’t fuck with me again.
Track Name: Better Off (For Loving You)
Lost in the dark feel like you just can’t see
But this little light is gonna shine on me
You might be afraid but then one day you’ll find
That you are the light and that you’re all mine

No matter how it all ends up
No matter what we say and do
In the end you need to know
I’m better off for loving you

You were a gem but you were slightly flawed
But I didn’t care I still held you in awe
Time runs its course and all good things must end
I hope you’ll always know that
You were my best friend.

No matter how it all ends up
No matter what we say and do
In the end you need to know
I’m better off for loving you

Why did it have to end
How did it get so frayed
Why couldn’t we have stayed
This way together, forever?

Oh wouldn't it be grand
Holding your hand
Just like I should
Just like i should
Track Name: Wishful Thinking
He was always caring
He was always wondering bout the why
Why we’re always searching
Searching for the one that makes us whole
She was always staring
Staring out the window at the sky
Wondering bout the future
Wondering if he could feel like home

Who knows where we’ll go
Who knows what we know
Who knows how we feel
Does this make us real?

He was always smiling
Smiling at the thought of her embrace
But sometimes he would wonder
Wonder if she really made him whole
She was always thinking
Thinking bout the things he did for her
How he made her happy
But did he ever really feel like home

Who knows where we’ll go
Who knows what we know
Who knows how we feel
Does this make us real?

He was bored and tired
Staring out the window at the sky
Sick of all their fighting
Sick of never ever being whole
She was feeling lonely
Lonely even though they shared a bed
In that shit apartment
Knowing it would never feel like home

Who knows where we’ll go
Who knows what we know
Who knows how we feel
Does this make us real?
Track Name: Anything New feat. Joao
There’s not too much that’s left to say
Cuz we’ve said it all a hundred ways already
And one more time sure won’t convey anything new
And I’m watching headlights getting closer
The girl behind the wheel I barely know her
Losing my mind, my composure, is that anything new?

Try to keep from going under
But these walls haunt me like thunder
And I realize this love was ours to lose

Why can’t we grow from our mistakes
Just start a new and not lose our way
Sun is up, haven't slept in days, is that anything new?
And if this car runs outta gas
I guess that’s it, no looking back
Give up on me and let that be that, till you find someone new

And she’ll keep you out from under
And you’ll never have to wonder about me and you and everything we used to be

[Rap feature]

And she’ll keep you out from under
And you’ll never have to wonder about me and you and everything we used to be
There’s not too much that’s left to say
Cuz we’ve said it all a hundred ways already
And one more time sure won’t convey anything new
And one more time sure won’t convey anything new
Track Name: 20/20
He’s been walking around in a hazy daze
Wishing he could see you baby
Could there be another way
To get back to their special place
She lies about the things she feels
Never knowing what is real
Looks at her life and sees the things she fears
Remembering what she had was real

Life takes us different ways
From living our dreams to hiding our pain
Just know that we are all the same
We’re fighting for a better place

And I don’t know what the end will hold
Only the past is known
But we can wait and see
And maybe we can find a new design
That’ll make us feel brand new

They talk about the past and life
Drinking from the bottle tonight
Can finally see in a different light
Maybe this will end their strife
Life takes us different ways
From living our dreams to hiding our pain
Just know that we are all the same
We’re fighting for a better place

Life takes us different ways
From living our dreams to, we’re all just hiding our pain
Just know that we are all the same
We’re fighting for a better place
Track Name: Reflection
I want to move forward
And turn my own page
I don’t know what I’ll face
But I’m afraid this isn’t the place
So maybe it’s time
For you and me to lose touch for a while
We tried to make it last
But you’re already part of my past

So goodbye, goodbye my sweet
My sweet reflection
You were heaven for a moment
But I feel it in my bones
I’ve got to let go

I want to live where I feel good
Get a job, buy a house made of wood
There are too many things that hold me back where I am now
I’ve got to start over
Tear everything down
So maybe it’s time
For you and me to lose touch for a while
We tried to make it last
But you’re already part of my past

So goodbye, goodbye my sweet
My sweet reflection
You were heaven for a moment
But I feel it in my bones
I’ve got to let go

So goodbye, goodbye my sweet
My sweet reflection
You were heaven for a moment
But I feel it in my bones
I’ve got to let go

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