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by Thom Lyons

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released January 1, 2011

Tracks 1-3 from "This Is How It Goes"
Lyrics by Thom Lyons (C) & (P) 2007 Thom Lyons Music (ASCAP)
Music by Thom Lyons, Thomas Quillfeldt, Oli Felton, Andrew Shannon (C) & (P) 2007 Thom Lyons Music (ASCAP)

Tracks 4-9 from "Make It Up As We Go"
Written by Thom Lyons (C) & (P) 2006 Thom Lyons Music (ASCAP)

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Thom Lyons Portland, Oregon

Thom Lyons is a singer songwriter born and raised in London who, in 2011, packed a suitcase and a guitar and traveled some 5000 miles to start a new life in the beautiful city of Portland Oregon
Employing a combination of beautifully crafted songs and a staggering voice that can jump from a weathered baritone to a soaring falsetto, Thom has been winning over audiences on both sides of the Atlantic
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Track Name: Stop To Breathe
I can’t keep up with all this passing time
Days are over faster than I’d like lately
I’m scared of all the things I haven’t seen
This feelings just a symptom of the state I’m in these days

It’s ok to want answers; it’s ok to be afraid
It’s ok; it’s ok
But don’t you waste another second til it’s over
Make the most of every chance you get
And every now and then just take a little moment
And stop to breathe

I think I hesitate at playing games ‘cause
Everytime I try, I find the rules have changed on me
I’d like to think that this is worth the risk
That this could make me feel the happiest I’ve ever been

It’s ok to want answers; it’s ok to be afraid
It’s ok; it’s ok
But don’t you waste a second til it’s over
Make the most of every chance you get
And every now and then just take a little moment
And stop to breathe

If time takes everything
Then hold on to what you love with both hands
Because what you love means everything
So just hold on; hold on; yeah

It’s ok to want answers; it’s ok to be afraid
It’s ok; it’s ok
But don’t you waste a second til it’s over
Make the most of every chance you get
And every now and then just take a little moment
And stop to breathe
But don’t you waste a second til it’s over
Make the most of every chance you get
And every now and then just take a little moment
And stop to breathe
Track Name: This Is How It Goes
If this is how it goes
Than I’ll take it from here
I’m rusty and it shows
I guess it’s been a long time
Maybe I should take a hint
Pack my things and go
Instead of picking at the pieces
Cause it’s been such a long time

If you won’t say a word
Then I’ll just say, “I love you”
Could that be enough
For you
Cause this is how it goes

Well I might fall down
And I might break promises
But I love you still
I swear I mean it
If it’s just too hard
If it’s too big a risk to take
If you’re just too scared
You didn’t really mean it

If you won’t say a word
Then I’ll just say, “I love you”
Could that be enough
For you
Cause this is how it goes

If this is how it goes
Than I’ll take it from here
I’m rusty and it shows
I guess it’s been a long time
Track Name: Something I Can Do
I’m sorry
Called the second I heard the news
Now I can’t find the words to use
That don’t seem useless
They say all the usual lines
How this gets easy with time
It won’t fill the hollow inside
Or fix what’s broken

I’ll try anything
That could stop these tears you cry
So tell me
Is there something that I can do?
Is there something that I can do?

Don’t think that I’ll ever find
The right thing to say
The right turn of phrase
To make this all ok
I can hold you
Be there whenever you need me to
Reach out and comfort you
If it helps this hurt go away

I’ll try anything
That could stop these tears you cry
So tell me
Is there something that I can do?
Is there something that I can do?
Is there something that I can do?
Track Name: Time To Make A Change
Hey mister, hey mister
I hear you stuttering
You’re tripping, you’re slipping
Over lies you’re uttering
Hey mister, you’re starting
To look kinda funny from where I’m standing
Now I’m thinking, I’ve got this inkling
That your time is running out

We’re done listening
To you say, "Everything's gonna be alright"
It's not alright
We’re done listening
To you say, "Everything's gonna be alright"
It's not alright

Hey sister, what’s it take
To show you something is going wrong
We need to tell him, “You’re acting funny
I think it’s time, time you moved on”
Hey brother, d’you ever wonder
If, by closing our eyes and turning away,
When the day comes
To learn from these mistakes
We'll be just as guilty, just as much to blame?

We’re done listening
To you say, "Everything's gonna be alright"
It’s not alright
We’re done listening
To you say, "Everything's gonna be alright"
It's not alright

Get angry, get frustrated, you know
You don’t have to take this lying down
Say something, say anything
Anything’s better than making no sound
If it’s raining quit complaining ‘cause
If you did nothing then you made the rain
Hey brother, hey sister
I think it’s time, time we made a change
Track Name: Man On The Side
All this seems so familiar
Maybe not the place but the situation I find myself in
Where I can’t lose and I can’t seem to win
All you words they bounce right off me baby
I come thick skinned but I bruise easily
Maybe that’s just ego, I don’t know
But I’ve been thinking ‘bout you too much
It’s all of the time
My back to the wall and your lips to mine
Maybe if I was stronger I could just say no
But it’s clear that I want you so I’ll see how it goes
This seems to be my story most of the time
Is it my fault that you can’t make up your mind?

So say hello to the man on the side
I’ll be your best kept secret
If there’s chance that someday you’ll be mine, all mine

Some must think that I’m a glutton for pain
Well it’s not like I’m out looking for someone to rip my heart out
Again and again, no, it’s not my fault
These girls should come with a sign or a warning label
Cause they don’t seem able to tell the truth
So we start up something ‘til they finally do
And by then, well, it’s much too late
I’ve gone and got myself in trouble again
I swear I’ve learnt this lesson, I know how this ends
Why couldn’t you just say, “Let’s just be friends”?

So say hello to the man on the side
I’ll be your best kept secret
If there’s chance that someday you’ll be mine, all mine

To all these girls I write this open letter
I know I still miss you but my aim is getting better
You treat me like a rag doll, I can’t be that guy
Treat me like that and I’ll kiss you goodbye

So say goodbye to the man on the side
I was your best kept secret
And someday soon you’ll be wishing you were mine, all mine
Track Name: Talking About The Weather
Could we start this over?
Maybe I’ll get past hello
It’s all so easy in my head
But when see you I don’t know where the words go

I’m sick of talking about the weather
When I see you, same time same place
I seem to get this sinking feeling
From falling flat on my face

It’s about time I got over this
Cause it really makes me sick
I guess I’m scared, just a little bit
Every time I try to speak of it
So I never say a thing

I wanna get inside your head
But I don’t even know your last name
See if I could be a better version of me
I could try and say what I mean
Instead, every conversation goes the same

It’s about time I got over this
Cause it really makes me sick
I guess I’m scared, just a little bit
Every time I try to speak of it
I wanna end this fear I’ve been living in
Tear it up and throw a fit
But I guess I’m scared, just a little bit
Every time I try to speak of it
So I never say a thing

Could we start this over?
Maybe I’ll get past hello
Maybe I'll get past hello
Track Name: Long Time
Didn’t you notice that I get kind of nervous
Every time I see you across a room
Nervous glances turn to untaken chances cause I
I just can’t bring myself to talk to you
There’s a shake in my hand and a twist in my tongue
And I can’t understand why this takes me so long

I keep telling myself, “I’ll be over this soon” but
It’s gonna be a long time baby
I keep telling myself, “I’ll be over this soon” but
It’s gonna be a long time baby

I could start it simple, I could start it slow
Til I try, well, I’ll never know, maybe
Just something easy like, “Could I ask you your name?”
“Would you like a drink?” “Just a cup of coffee?”
Hope you don’t turn your face and pretend you never saw me
Cause I’m not starting this all over again

Try to make you smile, say something funny
Treat you like a princess, spend lots of money
Cause girl that smile will be the death of me
Think of something cool, pretend that I said
If it’s someone else’s line I’m taking all the credit
Do all I can to prove that you’re the one for me

I keep telling myself, “I’ll be over this soon” but
It’s gonna be a long time baby
I keep telling myself, “I’ll be over this soon” but
It’s gonna be a long time baby

Try to make you smile, say something funny
Treat you like a princess, spend lots of money
Cause girl that smile will be the death of me
Think of something cool, pretend that I said
If it’s someone else’s line I’m taking all the credit
Do all I can to prove that you’re the one for me
You’re the one for me
You’re the one for me

Didn’t you notice that I get kind of nervous
Every time I se you across a room
Nervous glances turn to untaken chances cause I
I just can’t bring myself to talk to you
Track Name: Favourite Thing
Now that I’m leaving
I find myself thinking
Was it all a big mistake?
But then I see your face
And that smile just kills me
And I know it’s a mistake I would make all over again

If this feels so right can it be so wrong?
What’s the big idea can we carry on?
We said “No regrets” and I won’t forget
No I won’t forget

“You and Me” will always be my favourite thing
“You and Me” will always be my favourite thing

Did I hear you right?
Did you say, “I love you”
Before you caught yourself?
You don’t know how it feels
Just to sit here wishing
I was your “someone else”

If this feels so right can it be so wrong?
What’s the big idea can we carry on?
We said “No regrets” and I won’t forget
No I won’t forget

“You and Me” will always be my favourite thing
“You and Me” will always be my favourite thing

If this feels so right can it be so wrong?
What’s the big idea can we carry on?
We said “No regrets” and I won’t forget
No I won’t forget

Now that I’m leaving
I find myself thinking
Was it all a big mistake?
But then I see your face
And that smile just kills me
And I know it’s a mistake I would make all over again
Track Name: Stay (Just A Little While)
Is there something in your eyes that i misunderstood?
Are you daring me to hold on to you longer than i should?
This could be more trouble than it’s worth and yet
We’re stealing kisses, hiding behind closed doors every chance we get

I want to hear your voice when i wake up
Touch you skin, see your face
I’ll put up with fightting just to make up
I know it’s time to go but i want to stay, stay
Just a little while, just a little
Just a little while, just a little
Just a little while, just a little

You heard this dangling conversation in your eye
I did a hundred stupid little things ‘cause i knew they’d make you smile
I knew the end before the start, but i chose to forget
That once i catch this plane i don’t know when i’ll be seeing you again

I want to hear your voice when i wake up
Touch you skin, see your face
I’ll put up with fightting just to make up
I know it’s time to go but i want to stay, stay
Just a little while, just a little
Just a little while, just a little
Just a little while, just a little

I’m tired of it all
Tired of being alone
I’m tired of it all

I know goodbye is better than having never said hello
‘cause you can’t know just wht you’re missing if you’ve never lost at all
Maybe just our timings off, so i hope you understand
That, if down the line, your path hits mine, I’m not letting go again
I’m not letting go again

I want to hear your voice when i wake up
Touch you skin, see your face
I’ll put up with fightting just to make up
I know it’s time to go but i want to stay, stay
Just a little while, just a little
Just a little while, just a little
Just a little while, just a little