Two Sides To Every Story

by Allan Thomas

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15 Minutes 04:18
15 Minutes words & music Allan Thomas Waiting for my ship to come in Dreaming about my 15 minutes The CD became a top-ten hit Alert the media about my fifteen minutes Wrote a speech for the grammy awards Bought a tux I couldn't afford Tune in watch me win it Had a premonition it would transpire Never gave up or lost the fire It'll be in my New York Times obit Big 15 minutes 15 minutes The video went viral I cashed in YouTube sensation for 15 minutes Celebrity rehab after a bender The usual baggage on the agenda Lord you've got a big hand in it Can't you just begin it That 15 minutes 15 minutes That's all Paparazzi follow you One of the rarefied and few After that review in Rolling Stone Date starlets under twenty-five Sing on Saturday Night Live Ready for my closeup if you please 15 minutes 15 minutes Mark my my words this ain't no jive Be as busy as a beehive Like Popeye after eating spinach We'll take a bath in the money I'll amass Pretend it's gonna last The sky's the limit For 15 minutes just 15 minutes Accolades off the hook Record downloads of the book Your name tweeted 'round the world The babes beyond reach before Swear it's you they adore When it's gone I'll miss it I'm sure sure gonna miss it my 15 minutes My 15 minutes just 15 minutes That's all I can taste it now ©2018 Black Bamboo Music - BMI
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Aquadesiac 04:47
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Could've Been Worse words & music Allan Thomas Somehow or other it could've been worse Like having your car stuck in reverse Being subject to bad rhyming verse Whoa now could've been worse It could’ve been worse You get the runaround instead of reimbursed Being put under a spell or a curse Falling overboard almost getting immersed Try to remember it could've been worse always be worse Coming in last when you should'a been first Not receiving your just desserts Your reputation getting besmirched Like I said before it could've been worse Can't predict one second to the next Things can flip 180 like on Everest Unless your riding in the back of a hearse Don't forget it could've been worse Things could’ve been worse Always be worse Throat's dry waters dispersed Could be lyin' in the desert dyin' of thirst If you don't need a full time nurse Then I repeat things could've been been worse Always be worse Waiting in vain for tiny windblown surf Or have someone steal your piggy bank or purse Longtime lover leaves you in the lurch Whoa now could've been worse much worse Think you got it bad take a good look around Bound to be somebody even further down When things become highly adverse Better keep in mind things could've been worse much worse Life's cruel and capricious I've done the research Knock you off your high and mighty perch As you bounce from the bottom it might sound terse But you must remember it could've been worse Whoa now much worse always be worse Even worse always be worse Even worse always be worse ©2018 Black Bamboo Music - BMI
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Dating Game 04:44
Dating Game words - Allan Thomas music - Jim 'Kimo' West and Allan Thomas Lied about his age height and weight On the questionnaire for an online date Uploaded six photos maybe ten years old Too bad if they believe everything they're told It's the dating game Worked hours on his profile to entice A late night liaison with miss sugar and spice She wants someone honest kind and sincere He wants a nice rack and a sweet derrière Thats the dating game Into the sunset you both shall ride Dream lover by your side If it all plays out Thank the Dating game Upgraded his account to beat the odds Got down on his knees and appealed to the gods One swipe right maybe he’ll get lucky Won't have bathe alone with that rubber ducky no no no She looked real tall Could you even reach her Slim blonde yoga teacher Sad grey eyes slender neck Could she be the one or five-car wreck The dating game Into the sunset you both shall ride Your dream lover by your side And If it doesn't go south Thank the dating game She logs on hoping for a match Reel in the perfect catch He holds the answer to all her prayers Lets toast to the future of the happy pair A suckers born every minute on the hour Will you pluck a thorn or pick a flower Could end up even more sad and lame Messing around in the dating game The mating game Into the sunset you both shall ride Dream lovers side by side Yes it's guaranteed Yes welcome to dreamland where hope resides A bottle of Dom your stunning bride Thats the promise of the dating game Just pay the fee you'll discover Your long-lost significant other Thats the nature of the dating game That’s the dating game It ain't a booty call That's what she told me no no ©2018 Black Bamboo Music - BMI Westernmost Music - ASCAP
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Instrumental - music by Allan Thomas ©2018 Black Bamboo Music - BMI
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Good To Go 04:40
Good To Go words & music - Allan Thomas Caught two real good ones From Flatrock through the Bowl then got Mowed down mopped up stuck in the rinse cycle Surfboard banged my head thought I'd joined the dead Coughed up sea foam and H20 instead But I'm good to go Yes I'm whoa I'm good to go Thought I'd windsurf at the YMCA Sea was angry windblown spray My rig tried to take flight before I reached the launching zone Nearly sliced my ankle bone But I'm good to go - yes I Oh I'm good to go Sailboarding overpowered everything on the line Having to jump ten-foot faces time after time Couldn't keep my board in the water Survival was the goal Would scare the pants off any mortal soul But I'm good to go yes I soldier on I'm good to go At some point we have to make our way back to shore But you can't resist the urge to take it one step more Oh yeah Six bandaids later and a contusion or two But I'll bounce back tomorrow and start anew Let's head home baby get some ice on my heel Give it a little rest and see what's the deal I'll be good to go yes I I'm good to go When you play with a tigress beware of its claw It act real coy then it's shock and awe Like a razor sharp reef or getting raked over the coals Gonna pay with a pounding that's the way I rolls I'm good to go - Yes I whoa I good to go Soldier on good to go At some point we have to make our way back to shore Can't resist the urge to step it up one notch more Oh yeah Good to go Ooh I'm good to go Soldier on good to go Good to go Soldier on good to go ©2018 Black Bamboo Music - BM
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If Only 03:57
If Only words & music - Allan Thomas If you could surf like Slater sing like brother Ray Be a flying Wallenda for just one day Slip outta your skin into something new See whats it's like if you weren't you If only Ten years younger thirty pounds lighter Have the physique of a prize fighter Find your name in a billionaires will Win the love of a super model If only I'd conquer the world give peace a chance Require my subjects to learn how to dance Pass out money on a silver platter Eat till I burst without getting fatter If only If only Shoulda listened to what the ex had to say About saving up but I pissed it away Never bought a home when prices were low Now I missed the boat and I've got nothing to show If only Get food on my face when I eat If only I could be more neat Make mistakes and then repeat If only I'm vain as one could be You know she wrote that song about me Save someone from drowning be hailed as a hero More famous than Bobby De Niro If only This luck has to change for the better Like a lull in some funky weather Win the lotto or kill it in Vegas Pick up a brush and paint like Degas Get on a roll where you just can't miss Become the guy the girls just can't resist If only I could stop saying if only If only, if only, yeah if only ©2018 Black Bamboo Music - BMI
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Instrumental - music by Allan Thomas ©2018 Black Bamboo Music - BMI
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Is That Asking Too Much?! words & music Allan Thomas I'd like a car rides like a Rolls Drives invisibly through highway tolls Changes color or clear as glass Runs on air instead of gas Is that asking too much Is that asking too much Could use some good news I'm up for or a change A rich divorcee who's not deranged Fly to Paris for a fresh baguette Win beaucoup bucks playing roulette Is that asking too much You think I'm asking too much Make it snappy I'm in a rush Is that asking too much Land a job pays me to think I'll make dirty water safe to drink Do my part for the human race Make the world a better place Is that asking too much Is that asking too much Nobel prize Midas touch Is that asking too much Am I asking too much Dreamt I was a star of film and stage Respected like a revered sage Ensconced in my Malibu mansion Just me and Scarlett Johansson Is that asking too much Am I asking too much Buy a ranch in Texas down in La Grange Raise a herd of beef and sing Home On The Range Extra zeros on my paycheck And two cowgirls dangling off my neck Is that asking too much Am I asking too much Black Mazarati kevlar clutch Is that asking too much Too much I wanna world with no war Money enough to feed the poor All religion rolled into one Vote for me consider it done Is that asking too much You think I'm asking too much Heal the sick with just a touch just a touch Is that asking too much Am I asking too much Am I asking too much ©2018 Black Bamboo Music - BMI
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Instrumental - music by Allan Thomas ©2018 Black Bamboo Music - BMI
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Instrumental - music by Allan Thomas ©2018 Black Bamboo Music - BMI
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Still Life 03:39
Instrumental - music by Allan Thomas ©2018 Black Bamboo Music - BMI Bryan Kessler - Brian Kessler Music - ASCAP
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Instrumental - music by Allan Thomas ©2018 Black Bamboo Music - BMI
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Troubled Times words & music - Allan Thomas Down in Africa and the Middle East Nobody knows the meaning of peace Step out your door poverty and crime Where you go troubled times Living in troubled times Nothing but troubled times Inner city suburbs too Just like a plague that won't let go of you Guns in the hood guns in school Never reach your prime living in troubled times Yeah living in troubled times Hard to keep hope alive Troubled times Wake up at night thinking maybe it's a nightmare But in the clear morning light It's the same story Still living in troubled times Yeah oh troubled times High cost of living low paying jobs President's a joke But no one's laughing very hard World gone mad waiting for a sign Something gotta give end these troubled times Live in troubled times How to keep hope alive living in troubled times Unholy soldiers on a killing spree God forbid you believe differently Refugees run and hide Praying for a way out of these troubled times Maybe it’s a nightmare It’s the same story Yeah troubled times Ooh troubled times Yeah living in troubled times How to keep hope alive living in troubled times Yeah end these troubled times © 2018 Black Bamboo Music - BMI
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Geezer Talk (Baby Boomer Blues) words & music Allan Thomas Geezer talk that's all we have to say Are your knees holding up How's your back today Once we talked about girls and the state of the world Now its aches and pains how it waxes and wanes How's the new drug working on the lesion in your eye Who's the best orthopedist to review an MRI Geezer talk it's all we ever say Isn't there something else besides our imminent decay The stiffness in your neck sore tendons in your hand That bunion on your foot that kills when you stand The swelling in your finger when you press the remote The sting you get when the kids call you an old goat Geezer talk talkin' baby boomer blues We're held together by titanium screws Don't skip your medication go easy with that cane Don't want to trip and break your hip or wind up with a sprain Jim needs a new shoulder after falling from a tree I need a new memory cause mine ain't what it used to be Geezers used to do this they used to be that Now their sitting on their rear drinkin' beer chewin' the fat You groan when you get out of bed Body feels like a ton of lead There's pounding in your head that's just for starters Docs numbers on speed dial should you get unsteady Have ibuprofen at hand and an ice bag at the ready Geezers lose their glasses on a continual basis Can't read a thing or recognize anyones faces Some weeks are better than others Some you'd rather forget But you wanna be in that number instead of the opposite His ankles acting up again her tooth is 5-alarm I'm a hypochondriac what's that throbbing in my arm Geezer talk non-stop workin' up a sweat Pray the fountain of youth gets discovered yet The cortisone kicked in my knee's nice and numb Just one shot away from a functioning thumb Skin's thin as paper easily bruised and cut Lost inches off my height what's happened to my butt Geezer talk how they squawk the whining never end Can hardly wait till the day you have to wear depends Skip the bathroom mirror avoid the shocking sight Hair that once was black skin no longer tight You meet the chiropractor hoping for some relief Then the psychiatrist to alleviate your grief Geezers take supplements as if they were candy Got a hot water bottle and first aide kit handy Sue claims it ain't easy for a geezer to date Different degrees of decrepitude right out of the gate Has a defibrillator that's state of the art In case she has to revive a geezers heart Geezer talk revolves around a similar story Quit now if your faint hearted when the going gets gory David reads X-Rays just like a pro Friends ask his opinion of the symptoms they show But the dog stole his dentures and people have to mime Cause he lost his hearing aide for the umpteenth time Geezer talk is something only geezers can relate Need a cure for geezeritis before it's too late Watch out for infections and things like pneumonia Be sure to have a friend that'll always phone ya When your an elder the clock ticks faster And it seems like there's always an impending disaster Geezer talk yup it's a cryin' shame But you can't go back to looking or feeling the same Ed tried yoga but just couldn't stretch They showed him the door cause he was acting like a letch So he took to gambling on bingo nights And hooked up with a geezerette in leopard-skin tights Geezers gab for hours you'll soon discover Love to complain about one thing or the other Stuffed my vaporizer with medicinal weed Got a stack of medical journals I just have to read My only wish is for a peaceful night Wake up tomorrow resume the fight A geezer greeting is more than just hello You ask how's their ticker and cholesterol Vinny ain't the same since he took Viagra Thinks every nights like a honeymoon in Niagara At first it was fun now it's off the scale His wife tries to run but it's of no avail Geezer talk will somehow always be a thing His foots in a cast her arms in a sling It's time to pay the piper for all that fun For the wild and risky things that you ever done Better make the most of what you been given Right now while there's time to do some livin' Geezer talk on and on it goes discuss the next surgery's cons and pros You lie awake and wonder what's in store You get to where you think you can't take no more All things considered it's been quite a journey But love to stick around before they heave me on that gurney Geezer moving slow slow as a tortoise Tryin' to stay ahead of Mr. Rigor Mortise ©2018 Black Bamboo Music - BMI

about

Singer-songwriter and guitarist Allan Thomas' 6th album 'Two Sides To Every Story' culminates 50 years in the art of making records. Blending elements of rock, blues, jazz and soulful vocals the album contains 8 songs with vocals and 7 instrumentals. Ranging from a solo acoustic guitar slack-key instrumental to full-blown ensemble tracks with some of the worlds tastiest musicians including players from Steely Dan, the James Taylor Band, the Yellowjackets and Crosby Stills and Nash. Plus many other studio luminaries from Kauai, Nashville and Los Angeles.

‘Two Sides To Every Story’ was mixed in Montreal by multi-platinum engineer Paul Northfield (Rush, Dream Theater).

In these wacky times we could all use a bit of levity and several compositions in this collection like 'Dating Game' - a dude's-eye look into some of the head-scratching scenarios in on-line dating, and 'Geezer Talk' a light-hearted laundry list of the daily ailments thrust on unsuspecting baby boomers, aim to induce some humor into the fray. A few tunes express the wishful thinking of one who dreams big, as in 'If Only' and 'Is That Asking Too Much?!', while 'Troubled Times' takes an unflinching look at the darkly disturbing aspects of our worrisome world. Most of the the songs have been written in recent times but the three-acoustic-guitar instrumental 'In Search Of...' reaches back to Malibu, California 1973.

Instrumentals and vocals. Humor and tragedy. Two sides... Dive in.

If you like Sam Cooke, Curtis Mayfield, Van Morrison, Boz Scaggs, Sting, and Steely Dan you'll love Allan Thomas.

credits

released August 1, 2018

Produced and recorded by Allan Thomas

Mixed by Paul Northfield and Allan Thomas

Associate producer Bryan Kessler

Mastered by Paul Northfield


1- 15 Minutes - Alan Thomas vocals, acoustic guitar and percussion, Bryan Kessler electric guitar, Michael Ruff keyboards, Jimmy Johnson bass, Joel Taylor drums.

2- Aquadesiac - Allan Thomas Sadowsky nylon string guitar, Michael Ruff Fender Rhodes, Judd Miller muted trumpet and pads, Sylvain Carton tenor sax, Kirk Smart electric guitar, Jimmy Johnson bass, Keith Carlock drums.

3-Could've Been Worse - Alan Thomas vocals and electric rhythm guitar, Kirk Smart bottleneck slide, Michael Ruff keyboards & Wurlitzer, Jimmy Johnson bass, Keith Carlock drums.

4- Dating Game - Alan Thomas vocals, Jim Kimo West stereo acoustic guitar, Charles Judge keyboards, Judd Miller EVI muted trumpet and flute pads, Amanda Frazier backing vocals, Jimmy Johnson bass, Keith Carlock drums.

5- El Sueno de Repitido - Allan Thomas electric guitar, Bryan Kessler electric guitar, Michael Ruff keyboards, Sylvain Carton tenor sax, Jimmy Johnson bass, Will Kennedy drums.

6- Good To Go - Allan Thomas vocals and electric rhythm guitar, Bryan Kessler electric guitar, Michael Ruff keyboards, Kate Markowitz & Karen Blake backing vocals, Jimmy Johnson bass, Keith Carlock drums.

7- If Only - Allan Thomas vocals, Bryan Kessler electric guitar, Michael Ruff keyboards, Jimmy Johnson bass, Keith Carlock drums.

8- In Search Of... - Allan Thomas nylon string guitar, Bryan Kessler acoustic guitars.

9- Is That Asking Too Much?! - Allan Thomas vocals and electric guitar, Kirk Smart Tele slide guitar, Michael Ruff keyboards, Kate Markowitz & Karen Blake backing vocals, Jimmy Johnson bass, Will Kennedy drums.

10- Makani Olu Olu - Allan Thomas acoustic guitar.

11- On Another Note - Allan Thomas electric guitar, Bryan Kessler electric guitar, Michael Ruff keyboards, Jimmy Johnson bass, Will Kennedy drums.

12- Still Life - Allan Thomas nylon string guitar, Bryan Kessler electric guitar, Judd Miller EVI bansuri flute, chromatic harmonica, pads, Michael Whittaker piano, Jimmy Johnson fretless bass, Keith Carlock drums.

13- There Are No Words - Allan Thomas vocals and electric guitar, Bryan Kessler electric guitar, Michael Ruff Fender Rhodes, James Raymond keyboards, Jimmy Johnson fretless bass, Keith Carlock drums.

14- Troubled Times - Allan Thomas vocals and electric guitar, Bryan Kessler electric guitar, Russel Ferrante acoustic piano, Jimmy Johnson bass, Keith Carlock drums.

15- Geezer Talk (Baby Bloomer Blues) - Allan Thomas vocals, Jimmy Johnson bass, Keith Carlock drums.


All songs by Allan Thomas ©2018 Black Bamboo Music - BMI

Dating Game by Allan Thomas and Jim Kimo West - Westernmost Music ASCAP

Still Life by Allan Thomas and Bryan Kessler Brian Kessler Music ASCAP

Front cover and graphic art Bret Linford

Inside CD artwork Jordan Thomas

Photography: Aaron Feinberg

Immense thanks to each and every player for bringing the music to places I'd never dreamed of.

Extra special thanks to Jimmy Johnson and Bryan Kessler for going beyond the call.

With deep gratitude to Paul Northfield, Stephen Barncard, Bill Gillette, Jeff Richman, Peter Holmstedt, Eric Bronstein, Charleen Dyer, Ed Haaker, Margaret Gill and Graham Nash.

Keith Carlock drums recorded by Michael Whittaker.
Kate Markowitz and Karen Blake backing vocals produced by Phillip Giffin and recorded by Andrew Lembo.

Allan Thomas plays Sadowsky and Collings guitars, with Optima, John Pearse and Sadowsky guitar strings.

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Aloha and welcome to my Bandcamp Music Store home page. Here you can listen to full-length samples of all seven Allan Thomas albums and six singles. Also to be found are credits, photos, stories and lyrics for all songs. Dig in...

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