Man On The Side

from by Thom Lyons

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Track originally found on the "Make It Up As We Go" EP


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


from 9 Songs, released January 1, 2011
"Make It Up As We Go" Liner Notes

Released 01 December 2006
Thom Lyons – Vocals & Guitar
Thomas Quillfeldt – Bass, Piano, Guitar, Cello & Vocals
Andrew Shannon – Drums
Samara Ginsberg – Cello
Joanna Pickering – Cello

Written by Thom Lyons (C) & (P) 2006 Thom Lyons Music (ASCAP)

All songs produced, recorded and mixed by Thomas Quillfeldt & Oli Felton
Mastered by Thomas Quillfeldt & Elliot Boothe at Bonafide Studios London

All artwork, photography and design by Mr & Mrs Smith


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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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