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David Thomas The first album by a very great band, If I do say so as one of the founding members!!! Favorite track: Down to the River.
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Native's long-unavailable first album, is now finally here!!! Featuring a fresh new remaster - Native jams and rocks with the best of them, with a sound that incorporates funk, reggae, soul, pop, folk, and amazing psychedelic guitar work!!!

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released May 26, 2015

Produced by Lou Gimenez & Native

Mat Hutt – Rhythm Guitar & Vocals
Michael Jaimes – Lead Guitar & Vocals
Jon Epstein – Piano, Organ, Vocals
John Wood – Percussion, Vocals
Matthew Lyons – Bass
Dave Thomas – Drums

Special Guest Star: Catherine Russell

Engineer: Lou Gimenez & Dave Neil
Recorded & Mixed @ Interface Studios NYC

Add’l recording: Mercy Street Studios
Engineer: John McGann

Original Release date: May 26, 1994

Remastered by: Jonathan Vergara @ Pancake Studio, Brooklyn February 22, 2015

Album Art: Karl Ottersberg

2015 Layout and Design: Kassandraa Tamanini

Live Sound: Robert Smith, John Fitzwater

Caretaker: Elizabeth Jaimes

Representation: Jonathan Schafrann, Esq. RIP

All songs written by Native except:
Go – Native & Chris Weems
The Sea – Native, Anthony Balsley & Robert Smith

All songs ©1994 Marmfington Farm Music (BMI/ASCAP).
Album ℗2015 Native.
All rights reserved.

In Respectful Memoriam:

Oscar Jaimes (11/24/23 – 11/17/92)

1994 Thanks Went To:
Ann Jaimes, Charles & Suzette, Sam & Moyha, Lenny & Dorothy, Evelyn & Dave, Elsie & Irving, Brother Pete, Frances & Walter Ottersberg, Val & Granny Taylor, Joanne & Andy, John Weems, & LU... & all our families.

Special 1994 Thanks Went To:
The Grasshoppers, The Other Half, Big Whiskey, The Maul Girls, The Jones, The Funky Meters, The Cottonwood Cafe, Everyone @ Interface Studios, Geoff Gould @ Modulus Graphite, Chard Haynes @ Custom Guitars, WJB Studios, Dave Nolan @ WBAI (for all the Live Air)

Extra Special 1994 Thanks Went To:
Catherine Russell, The Fabulous “Laura’s,” Fred Cox, Mike Knights, Chris & Renee, Johnny Grey, Mike L., Victor Irizarry, Greg Simmons, Mike Davidson, Anthony Balsley, Rebecca Lyons, Mike & Rishon, Vanda, Paul Ducharme, Trish, Doctor Dean, Rechavia Berman, Adam & Jed Zion, Eva Buschor, Chris Kornreich, Pete Baumann, Joel Golden, Mick Ryall, Aaron Chisik, Roy Mayorga, & Mr. Yu (for all those crazy cookies!)

2015 Thanks Go To:
Tamara Kachelmeier & the Brooklyn G Train

It’s all hippies, man.

It’s all one big hippy...

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Track Name: Carried Away
I’m living in a pit of suspicion
I’m my own worst enemy
Can’t quit - I’m a man on a mission
Gotta find the lock that fits the key

Well, I can’t believe my senses
Or the fences that I built around them
So much for their prettiness
That they dress up and defend

The whole world’s spinning ‘round
And nothing’s gonna stop it
Ain’t nothing gonna slow it down
So, you might as well drop it
You got carried away
You just got carried away
You got carried away
You just got carried away

Gonna sit right down and multiply
Become a pillar of respect
Gonna lay right back and testify
No, it’s not what you’d expect
From a man who’s very credo is change
You know I’m cutting to the chase
I’m dizzy and I’m half-deranged
And I’m moving with the pace

The whole world’s spinning ‘round
And nothing’s gonna stop it
Ain’t nothing gonna slow it down
So, you might as well drop it
You got carried away
You just got carried away
You got carried away
You just got carried away
Track Name: Go
Red light don’t mean a thing
To someone who’s just turned around
It’s far away - out of reach
Or, in the palm of your hand

Wondering where to go
Just put your finger on a globe
Spin it, yeah, too fast to know
You’ll just just have to guess
Where to make your home

You’ll find it’s day, when you start
So, come on and guess away
Run or swim, fly or drive
It doesn’t matter how you got there
As long as you - GO!
Track Name: Trying
I don’t remember a thing about the way it used to be
It’s not that I’ve been brain-washed for years
It’s just that it doesn’t mean that much to me
Shaggy smilers been grubbing for years
They sell back-issue nudies to feed
And the pressure on me to be somebody’s saviour
Tells me I ain’t living for free

Try to smile - you’re lying
Well hey, thanks for trying
Try to smile - you’re lying
Well hey, thanks for trying

People write letters to dirty D.C.
Your letters get back-filed and burned
And if you stop trying to care about the streets
Well, nothing, nothing gets done
Though your windows get smashed and you houses get burned
If you don’t like the way your homes are built, you just run
And, all it takes is just one cold weather-freeze
To over-populate your Florida sun

Try to smile - you’re lying
Well hey, thanks for trying
Try to smile - you’re lying
Well hey, thanks for trying

And each day you close your little mind
I’m blind because I want to believe you
And, your pleasures will never come out
When you’re grown and stopped growing
I’d have known if your a cannon
And, I’d have known if you had a shot at all
You could’ve made sense of your situation
But, you put it to rest, and now you’re gone
I’m running over the same old ground
And I’m wondering if I’m up or down
And, I just want someone to save me...

Try to smile - you’re lying
Well hey, thanks for trying
Try to smile - you’re lying
Well hey, thanks for trying

And each day you close your little mind
I’m blind because I want to believe you
And, your pleasures will never come out
When you’re grown and stopped growing

But, I’m trying...
Track Name: Shed Some Light
Everyday fills up with fright
Filled so high i need some rights
Even my friends who’re on their way
Receive their pains in different ways

Sometimes you got to ease your head
When trouble’s there, you hide in bed
Promise yourself you’ll get away
Buy some kind and get high for days

Used to be so easy to heal with just the sun
Like joining hands, we come undone
You don’t have to lie, you just gotta choose
A sparkle in your eye, or a shot of the blues

You find yourself swinging’ from the moon
Shed some light, shed some light
Speak the truth and you’ll be okay
Shed some light, shed some light

Pack up your shit and let’s go on a trip
We’ll catch the evening L.I.’s rocket ship
We’ll find peace with who we know
Have all night good times ’til it’s time to go

Used to be so easy to heal with just the sun
Like joining hands, we come undone
You don’t have to lie, you just gotta choose
A sparkle in your eye, or a shot of the blues

You find yourself swinging’ from the moon
Shed some light, shed some light
Speak the truth and you’ll be okay
Shed some light, shed some light
Track Name: Mood Swing
Upside your head with a mood swing
While sipping a cup of tea too hot to drink
Upside your head with a mood swing
While sipping a cup of tea too hot to drink

You bolt the door when you get home
But, the demons that you hide from
Are locked inside your head --

Mood swing
Mood swing

Upside your head with a mood swing
While sipping a cup of tea too hot to drink
Upside your head with a mood swing
While sipping a cup of tea too hot to drink

You bolt the door when you get home
But, the demons that you hide from
Are locked inside your head --

Mood swing
Mood swing
Track Name: Down to the River
Build me a raft, take this old oar
Gonna smile at the people waving’ on the shore
I’m going’ down to the river, won’t you take my hand
You could be my lady, I’ll be your man
I’m going’ down to the river
Won’t you come down with me?

Down to the river, down to the river
Down to the river, down to the river

Well, I said, “Baby - well now, this day is too hot
Trust me now, I think you’ll like this a lot
I say, honey, don’t look at me like a fool
Just take my hand, you know the water’s so cool
You gotta dive right in, and do it again
Standing’ out here, Lord knows, you just can’t win
I’m going’ down to the river
Won’t you come down with me?”

Down to the river, down to the river
Down to the river, down to the river

I heard a place down on past the falls
There’s a weeping willow, ain’t weeping at all
Well I said, “Come on honey - what do you say?
And now we’ll even do some fishin’, Lord, out on the way
I’m going’ down to the river, won’t you take my hand?
You can be my lady, I’ll be your man
I’m goin’ down to the river
Won’t you come down with me?”

Down to the river, down to the river
Down to the river, down to the river
Track Name: Interested Third Party
Sammy in red - says it suits her
She drinks like a fish and the guys pursue her
Every night, same old bar
Every night, brand new friend
Whoa yeah - Sammy’s in trouble
Sammy’s in red

Sonny my friend, giving’ warning signs
Disses his girl, and he covets mine
Smells like childhood neglect
He needs my girl, oh he needs respect
Whoa yeah - Sonny my friend
Gonna take my girl

I feel the floor vibrating
Oh God, how I love that noise
Get thee behind me Satan
I never was one of your boys
There’s nothing but dust in my pockets
All that’s left of my money and toys

I’m the interested third party

Sonny and Sammy in the corner booth
They ran out of money and into the truth
Sonny has a small glass pipe
Sammy gives her man a light
Whoa yeah - Sonny’s a pimp
But she loves him

I feel the floor vibrating
Oh God, how I love that noise
Get thee behind me Satan
I never was one of your boys
There’s nothing but dust in my pockets
All that’s left of my money and toys

I’m the interested third party
Track Name: Fall Away
Last night I dreamed of you
Woke up aching once again
How long must I suffer?
How long on this crooked path? (fall away)

I’ll be enslaved to no one
I will stand and face the storm (fall away)
I’ll vanquish what besieges me
I will make you leave my dreams

How long, how long, how long
On this sea of black floating away?
I’ll turn it all to blue --
Why must I take another path away from you?
I’ll make you fall away from me

I’ll be enslaved to no one (fall away)
I will stand and face the storm (fall away)
I’ll vanquish what besieges me (fall away)
I will make you leave my dreams

How long, how long, how long
On this sea of black floating away?
I’ll turn it all to blue --
Why must I take another path away from you?
I’ll make you fall away from me
Track Name: Running Smooth
You keep me runnin’ smooth in the city
Not an easy thing to do
You keep my head where I want it
Usually pulls me through

I got a sinkin’ feeling in the city
Creepin’ up from behind
When you’re not around me
I think I’ll lose my mind

You carried the flag for the first time
Even the words of old King James
If these are the things that we hold sacred
Why do they keep us in chains?

Got nowhere to go in the city
Don’t mind if you give me a buzz
‘Cause I’m always willin’
I’ll keep this one just between us

When I get the chronic in the city
The man’s comin’ down on me
Somethin’ to fall back on
That’s what makes me free

You carried the flag for the first time
Even the words of old King James
If these are the things that we hold sacred
Why do they keep us in chains?
Track Name: Island
Maybe there’s an island for you
For you, and island where you can go
To pace and fret all alone

Grind your teeth, and you toss and turn
Scream to no one but the waves
The waves that wash the past away

I’m tired and I wanna lay down
I’m ready for my rest
All you do is put me down
I’ll put it to the test

I live on an island
I watch the light fade away
Oh, an island
Where I dive into the waves
Washin’ clean the death within
Bringin’ light of another day
I saw the dark side
I hope to live to see another day

I’m tired and I wanna lay down
I’m ready for my rest
All you do is put me down
I’ll put it to the test
Track Name: The Sea
When the morning comes, you will become
Like a million lost souls, or will you console
Your lonely heart, your lonely heart - oh, yeah

When the evening falls, will you recall
The shining light of days gone by
Or, will you fly - down to the sea
The sea with me - oh, yeah

When we start to run, how will you come
Flyin’ across the water
Findin’ love that frees the sadness in your mind
That makes you blind

When the nighttime lies, will you be surprised
At the sound of the waves, will you be enslaved
Hide your head in your hands
Your feet in the sand...

When the evening falls, will you recall
The shining light of days gone by
Or, will you fly
Down to the sea with me
Down to the sea with me