Test Patterns The devils in the air The mayor’s got his mouse Spirits beware Cos their tearing down the houseTest Patterns, Their playing all night Test patterns, Their groove is tight Test patterns, I’m in too deep When it’s all over I’ll get me some sleep
He’s the one in the band And he's playing them blues He's a one man band And I'm digging those shoes
Thicksmoke in the air Sipping scotch on the rocks He’s got one foot on a chair And the other on his soap box
Lonesome Smile I saw you walking, you were on your own Slowed down my pace, so I could see your face Your Mona Lisa mystery seems to be your style But all I could see was your lonesome smile
Maybe you’ve got worries on your mind A man too far away, another lonely day Do you feel like you’re on a desert isle Cos’ all I can see is your lonesome smile
Can the wind keep blowing you my way Heavens are calling across the Milky Way I turn and look, did I catch your eye When you looked my way, why did you turn away Now I’m ready for the next long mile Since I’ve seen your lonesome smile
But the road can be long, steep, and winding I really don’t mind and My curiosity’s got the best of me And I won’t let it rest until I get it offmy chest
Da Vinci stares upon the empty frame As he paints the part, what’s in his heart But your Mona Lisa lovers style Cannot hide your lonesome smile
Fine Bottle of Wine Your suit and your tie, you look so distinct Get what you want with a smile Take all their money, give ‘em a wink The end from the means makes it all worthwhile
Take good care of what you got Don’t leave it behind Getting better every day like a fine bottle of wine Ask your fathers and mothers who came before Your friends, your brothers, or the girl next door Diamonds and gold, well, they keep their shine But they lose their luster over time
Fine bottle of wine, (take good care of what you got) Fine bottle of wine, (give it more than your best shot) Fine bottle of wine, (take good care of what you got)
Too Many Years Turned my back on the past then walked away Down that gravel lonesome pine highway Leaving from the west hills 1st of February Only doing what was necessary Out in the woods with my first bottle of wine Pass it around one more time I lost my innocence with that second sip With the taste upon my lips and your cold fingertips
Too many years, so many tears (have fallen, fallen) So many years, its all getting clearer It’s the past in my rear view mirror.
Waiting for the Grand Trunk train underneath the bridge Dreaming of the days when we’d both be rich The walls keep getting higher and higher Trying to grab on to what we desire
What were we thinking with that first cigarette We didn’t know what we’d come to regret We were so headstrong We only wanted to belong
Dancing in the Rain The sun begins to set as we wrap up the day Cold, hungry, and tired, have we lost our way? The ripples of the stream and the heaven’s moonbeam Puts us hundred miles east of all of our dreams
The stars so bright and the campfire light Your blanket around us keeps us warm through the night The ground is hard and covered with rocks As we search for the keys to open your locks
Life’s complications are hard to explain Like a young child laughing and dancing in the rain The answers to the questions seem just out of reach But maybe they’re moments when we’re called on to teach
This album of songs started out before Sweetwood was released.It started with the bluesy Not About You. As a writer people are always asking if the songs are true life, about someone in my life, etc. The cold hard facts are that the songs are songs, written to tell stories.Are they influenced by things I have experienced in my life? The easy answer is yes. Are they autobiographical? Not at all.Songwriting is a craft, and just as a painter doesn’t paint his backyard over and over again, nor do I as a songwriter. Here is a little background of the inspirations for each song:
Dreaming Eyes – I wrote this trying to write a song through the eyes of a young boy/man and his first attraction to a girl
Old 57 – This is a rant towards my daily commute
Test Patterns - As the title track this is about a fictional band. I wound some of the names of the places I’ve played before into the lyrics on this one.
Lonesome Smile – Ever come across the woman with the shy smile.Just me daydreaming.
Fine Bottle of Wine – My scathing criticism of those who pillage our financial system for their own gain.
Walking the Cat – If youknow me, you know I usually go my own way.Ever try taking a cat for a walk?
Too Many Years – This one is probably more autobiographical than any other. It recounts some of my early days as a troubled teenager
Unbelievable – This started as a parents words of wisdom to their child heading off into the real world.It changed a bitthrough numerous edits and that’s why the original version is included asa bonus track
Dancing in the Rain – Why do bad things happen? Who knows and maybe we shouldn’t try to figure it out. Just like a kid splashing in the rain