Thom Lyons

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released November 13, 2012

Thom Lyons: Vocals and Guitar
Peter Rodocker: Guitar, Mandolin, Percussion, Backing Vocals
Jeremy Gibons: Bass
Anders Bergstrom: Drums, Percussion
Jeff Simpson: Organ, Piano, Trumpet
Naomi Hooley: Piano
Anna Tivel: Violin, Backing Vocals
Emily Peck: Cello
Josh Baruch: Drums on "Home"
Amanda Breese: Backing Vocals on "Home"

All songs written by Thom Lyons (C) & (P) 2012 Thom Lyons Music (ASCAP)
String Arrangements by Peter Rodocker

Produced, engineered and mixed by Peter Rodocker at Yellow Room Recording, Portland OR
Mastered by Kevin Nettleingham at Nettleingham Audio, Vancouver WA

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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: Mary
Hello we meet again
Seems you've got people talking
Not for reasons that you wanted tonight
Instead of standing tall, you'd rather stand divided
You're doing wrong instead of doing some right

For all the things I love
I won't lie
There's things you do, they make me so sad
I wanna love you Mary but you make me so mad

How did this get so hard?
I thought you'd learnt your lesson
I tried to blame it on the folly of youth
Now you're at it again
The same old expectations
You've got some growing up to do

For all the things I love
I won't lie
There's things you do, they make me so sad
I wanna love you Mary but you make me so mad
I wanna love you Mary but you make me so damn mad

I'm tired of the arguments, I want a conversation
I want some brand new bright ideas, I want the best intentions
Do you hear the people speak
Not just thoughs that scream the loudest
I mean the others all just trying to live
I'm all for taking stands
So stand with those who need it
Stop asking more of those with nothing to give

For all the things I love
I won't lie
There's things you do, they make me so sad
I wanna love you Mary but you make me so mad
I wanna love you Mary but you make me so damn mad
Track Name: Home
I can’t be that man no more
The same one that for years before
He never put a footstep out of place
So I packed up my suitcase
There were hugs and there were handshakes
Now I’m starting over, half the world away

I’m miles away from all I’ve known
I’m waiting for this place to feel like home
I changed for the sake of changing
I tried to stay, now I’ll try leaving

I put my things up on the shelf
These things belong to somewhere else
I should water the flowers instead of watering the weeds
I need to make new memories
Treasures that I’ll long to keep
And these strangers, these strangers are just friends I’ve yet to meet

I’m miles away from all I’ve known
I’m waiting for this place to feel like home
I changed for the sake of changing
I tried to stay, so now I’ll try leaving

I got nothing but love for those I left
Those I left behind
No I’ve got nothing but love for those I left
Those I left behind me

I’m miles away from all I’ve known
Tonight this place, well it feels like home
I changed for the sake of changing
But I think I’ll stay; I think I’m done leaving
Track Name: Perfect Fit
If this was too easy
Words wouldn't have meaning
It's so much harder than most admit
You see I had this space
Just under my ribcage
And I think that you're the perfect fit
Yeah I think that you're the perfect fit

When I figure out
The way these lines should go
I'll write them down
Just in case you didn't know
That you are my best friend
I could tell you anything
So now I'll tell you everything

Yeah I need a new spin
A new phrase for these feelings
Cause those words have been wasted, so watered down
So I'll try it simply
Without all the poetry
My life is better with you around
My life is better with you around

When I figure out
The way these lines should go
I'll write them down
Just in case you didn't know
That you are my best friend
I could tell you anything
So now I'll tell you everything

You see I had this space
Just under my ribcage
And I think that you're the perfect fit
Yeah I think that you're the perfect fit
Track Name: Last Call
It's the last call
But I wanna stay, God I wanna stay
I don't wanna go
It's the last call
But I wasn't done, there's so many things
I still want to know

I know I should try and take it slow
I know that it's for the best that I'm letting you go
Yeah I want to be a gentleman
I hope you understand
I don't wanna hold your hand

I admit, I wish I was taking you home
I admit, I wish I was taking you home

I was a sucker for a sweet smile
And you've got this accent I can't seem to place
If I had the courage of a couple drinks
I might walk you out of this place

If I'm honest, well I knew it from the start
That I wanna do those things people do in the dark
See, I don't wanna be a gentleman
So do we take it slow
Or do we let go?

I admit, I wish I was taking you home
I admit, I wish I was taking you home
Track Name: When You Wake
Don’t wake just yet
We’ll be safe till the morning when
We’ll face all our promises
And all our questions
The when
Could this be then end?
Do we know what’s coming?
You don’t need all the answers yet
Here’s the one thing I know
I’ll be here when you wake up
Yeah I’ll be here
I’ll be here when you wake up
Yeah I’ll.....

I see peace, maybe not in your dreams
But from here on the outside looking in
You seem free of the burdens you keep
And for once it’s this moment you’re living in
Save your troubles for another time
Sleep and dream and know I’m at your side
Oh and I’ll be here when you wake up
Yeah I’ll be here
I’ll be here when you wake up
Yeah I’ll be here

Just wait; don’t leave me yet
We’ll be safe till the morning
And you don’t
You don’t
Need all the answers yet
Here’s the one thing I know
Yeah I’ll be here when you wake up
Yeah I’ll be here
I’ll be here when you wake up
Yeah I’ll be here
Yes I’ll be here
Track Name: Picking Up The Pieces
It’s the same situation every time he finds a woman with her guard down
You tell me that it’s different, I don’t see the way he treats you when I’m not around
Are you under the impression that it’s honourable intentions that are on his mind?
Don’t think you can blame me for the limits to my sympathy this time

I wonder what trick makes it hard to resist being blinded by his confidence
Does he tell you he needs you, make your mind believe that it all makes sense?
Can’t you see he’s a faker, a user and a taker of your pride?
The look in his eye shows the others on his mind tonight

I should and I could, I don’t and I won’t
Sit here telling you I told you so
You won’t find me picking up the pieces this time
And I should and I could, I don’t and I won’t
Sit here telling you I told you so
You won’t find me picking up the pieces this time

I know habits can be hard to break, tell me, what’s so good about a boy who misbehaves?
You have a need to find a man you can tame?
Maybe I should just hide all the thoughts I think as I watch you sinking
And I’m hoping you’ll finally see
If you’re sick of feeling lonely, he’s no cure, just more disease

I should and I could, I don’t and I won’t
Sit here telling you I told you so
Well you won’t find me picking up the pieces this time
I should and I could, I don’t and I won’t
Sit here telling you I told you so
You won’t find me picking up the pieces this time

I should have maybe kept this all to myself
I would have if this had been anyone else
But he’s trouble, so you better start saving yourself
Saving yourself

I should and I could
I don’t and I won’t
Sit here telling you I told you so
Well you won’t find me picking up the pieces this time
And I should and I could
I don’t and I won’t
Sit here telling you I told you so
You won’t find me picking up the pieces this time

I’m not picking up, picking up, picking...
I should and I could
I don’t and I won’t
Sit here telling you I told you so
You won’t find me picking up the pieces this time
Track Name: Wish You Well
Thought if I told myself not a thing had changed
Then I could tell myself these feelings will just roll away
We’ve been spending, spending way too long
Pretending everything’s gonna be ok
Your time’s no longer mine to waste

Goodbye darlin’, farewell sweet
I wish you nothing but love and happiness, I wish you well
Goodbye darlin’, farewell sweet
I wish you nothing but love and happiness, I wish you, Lord I wish you

We kept it to ourselves, smiling just for show
I guess we told ourselves it’s better than being along
But we can’t do this, we can’t lie no more
Cause I still want you and the reasons are all wrong
To someone else our hearts belong

Goodbye darlin’, farewell sweet
I wish you nothing but love and happiness, I wish you well
Goodbye darlin’, farewell sweet
I wish you nothing but love and happiness, I wish you, Lord I wish you

We can’t do this, we can’t lie no more
Cause I still want you and the reasons are all wrong
To someone else our hearts belong

Goodbye darlin’, farewell sweet
I wish you nothing but love and happiness, I wish you well
Goodbye darlin’, farewell sweet
I wish you nothing but love and happiness, I wish you well

This is the sound of me calling time on this
The sound of me letting you know
Of you and me learning our lesson
This is the sound of me letting you go
The sound of me calling time on this
The sound of me letting you know
Of you and me learning our lesson
This is the sound of me letting you go
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, 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, your lips to mine
Well aybe if I was stronger I could just say no
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 a chance that someday you’ll be mine, all mine

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

And say hello to the man on the side
I’ll be your best kept secret
If there’s a 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
And 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
your best kept secret
And one day soon you’ll be wishing you were mine, all mine
Track Name: Hiding It Well
I've been biting my tongue just so you couldn't tell
I wasn't keeping it together, I’m just hiding it well
Everything you're feeling, I was feeling it too
I'm just trying my best to be there for you

I'm not looking for an answer
I'm hiding my reactions
I tried every distraction that I know
Cause the moment I stop moving
Even for a second
I remember what has happened
He won't be there when we come back home

I know that you told me, "It's OK to be sad"
I was too busy being angry to even think about that
See I get tunnel vision, it's just you that I see
When I know you're alright I'll start thinking bout me

I'm not looking for an answer
And I'm hiding my reactions
I tried every distraction that I know
Cause the moment I stop moving
Even for a second
I remember what has happened
He won't be there when we come back home

Everything you're feeling, I was feeling it too
I'm just trying my best to be there for you

I'm not looking for an answer
And I'm hiding my reactions
I tried every distraction that I know
Cause the moment I stop moving
Even for a second
I remember what has happened
He won't be there when we come back home
Track Name: How Do We Explain This To The Kids?
Hey kid, you’re growing up so fast
I wish your innocence would last
Soon you’ll have questions ‘bout the stories we’ve told
Why’d we build a world fit to explode
Then kick the can straight down the road
Yeah that’s one hell of a future we’ve sold
Now I’m not saying there was no need to fight
Just that the battle wasn’t right
We got angry at the silliest things
I might be a little older
But I’m still looking for an answer
How do we explain this to the kids?

Now I know I’ve made mistakes, but I know for sure
This time I won’t walk away like I did before
And the promise that I make, it’s a promise I won’t break so easy

Yeah I wish I’d made a bigger stand
And I wish that I had been the man
You always seem to think that I was
In time we will hand you this Earth
And it’s not the one that you deserve
And We’ll act all surprised that we were the cause
I know what I need to do
I’m not destined to disappoint you
This should never have to be your fight
It’s time we strike a different chord
And fight for all that we ignored
It’s time to start tomorrow tonight

I know I’ve made mistakes, but I know for sure
This time I won’t walk away like I did before
And the promise that I make, it’s a promise I won’t break so easy

Yeah I know I’ve made mistakes, but I know for sure
This time I won’t walk away like I did before
And the promise that I make, it’s a promise I won’t break so easy