Artist: Everclear

Everything to Everyone ~ Everclear

Everclear is a rock band formed in Portland, Oregon, USA, in 1992. For most of its existence, Everclear consisted of Art Alexakis (vocals, guitar), Craig Montoya (bass guitar, vocals) and Greg Eklund (drums, percussion, vocals). Eklund replaced original drummer Scott Cuthbert in 1994. Montoya and Eklund departed the band in 2003, but Alexakis has continued the band. New members include Davey French (guitar), Sam Hudson (bass guitar), Josh Crawley, (keyboards), and Brett Snyder (drums, percussion).

Art Alexakis suffered through a troubled youth, beginning with his father walking out when Alexakis was a child. Financial hardships pushed his family into the slums of Los Angeles, where Alexakis fell to the lure of heavy drug use. During his teenage years, Alexakis was shuttled around the country between various family members (including a brief period in Houston living with his father’s new family), but the drug addiction persisted. Eventually, Alexakis suffered a near-fatal cocaine overdose, which finally pushed him to clean up.

Everything to Everyone

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You put yourself in stupid places
Yes, I think you know it’s true
Situations where it’s easy to look down on you
I think you like to be the victim
I think you like to be in pain
I think you make yourself a victim
Almost every single day

You do what you do
You say what you say
You try to be everything to everyone
You know all the right people
You play all the right games
You always try to be everything to everyone

Yeah, you do it again
You always do it again

You say they taught you how to read and write
Yeah, they taught you how to count
I say they taught you how to buy and sell
Your own body by the pound
I think you like to be their simple toy
I think you love to play the clown
I think you are blind to the fact
That the hand you hold is the hand that holds you down

You do what you do
Yeah, you say what you say
You always try to be everything to everyone
You know all the right people
You play all the right games
You always try to be everything to everyone

Spin around and fall down
Do it again
You stumble and you fall
Yeah, why won’t you ever learn

Spin around and fall down
Do it again
Yeah, you stumble and you fall
I wonder if you will ever learn
Yeah, why won’t you ever learn
Come on now
Do that stupid dance for me

Oh yeah, you do what they tell you to do
You say what they say
You try to be everything to everyone
Yeah, you jump through the big hoop
You play all the right games
You try to be everything to everyone

Spin around and fall down
Do it again
You stumble and you fall
Yeah, you do it again
Spin around and fall down
Do it again
You stumble and you fall

  • Audio from the 1997 album, So Much for the Afterglow:

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Santa Monica ~ Everclear

Everclear is a rock band formed in Portland, Oregon, USA, in 1992. For most of its existence, Everclear consisted of Art Alexakis (vocals, guitar), Craig Montoya (bass guitar, vocals) and Greg Eklund (drums, percussion, vocals). Eklund replaced original drummer Scott Cuthbert in 1994. Montoya and Eklund departed the band in 2003, but Alexakis has continued the band. New members include Davey French (guitar), Sam Hudson (bass guitar), Josh Crawley, (keyboards), and Brett Snyder (drums, percussion).

Art Alexakis suffered through a troubled youth, beginning with his father walking out when Alexakis was a child. Financial hardships pushed his family into the slums of Los Angeles, where Alexakis fell to the lure of heavy drug use. During his teenage years, Alexakis was shuttled around the country between various family members (including a brief period in Houston living with his father’s new family), but the drug addiction persisted. Eventually, Alexakis suffered a near-fatal cocaine overdose, which finally pushed him to clean up.

Santa Monica

From their 1995 album Sparkle and Fade. This song is about Everclear’s lead singer, Art Alexakis, attempting to commit suicide when he was living in Santa Monica, California.

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I am still living with your ghost
Lonely and dreaming of the west coast
I don’t want to be your downtime
I don’t want to be your stupid game

With my big black boots and an old suitcase
I do believe I’ll find myself a new place
I don’t want to be the bad guy
I don’t want do your sleepwalk dance anymore
I just want to see some palm trees
I will try and shake away this disease

We can live beside the ocean
Leave the fire behind
Swim out past the breakers
Watch the world die

We can live beside the ocean
Leave the fire behind
Swim out past the breakers
Watch the world die

I am still dreaming of you face
Hungry and hollow for all the things you took away
I don’t want to be your good time
I don’t want to be your fall back crutch anymore

I’ll walk right out into a brand new day
Insane and rising in my own weird way
I don’t want to be the bad guy
I don’t want to do your sleepwalk dance anymore
I just want to feel some sunshine
I just want to find some place to be alone

We can live beside the ocean
Leave the fire behind
Swim out past the breakers
Watch the world die

We can live beside the ocean
Leave the fire behind
Swim out past the breakers
Watch the world die

We can live beside the ocean
Leave the fire behind
Swim out past the breakers
Watch the world die

We can live beside the ocean
Leave the fire behind
Swim out past the breakers
Watch the world die
Yeah watch the world die
Yeah watch the world die
Yeah watch the world die
Yeah watch the world die

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