You Never Know

by Allan Thomas

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'You Never Know' is a spoken word piece regarding the current twilight zone times we live in - hopefully the song will inspire some much needed laughter and levity. The lyrics were co-written by Ed Haaker.

Featuring the usual cast of characters including Michael Ruff (Bonnie Raitt/Lionel Richie) on keys, who also wrote the music, Jimmy Johnson (James Taylor/Steve Gadd) on bass, Keith Carlock (Steely Dan/Sting) on drums, and adding two new amazing musicians to our cast with Olivia Ruff on backing vocals and Tripp Sprague on tenor sax. This is the 4th single release from my upcoming 7th album. Stay safe...AT


You Never Know

Words Allan Thomas & Ed Haaker
Music Michael Ruff

1 - Just picking weeds in the garden anything can happen
You may be hit by an asteroid while your nappin’
Or you’re sailing in paradise its a beautiful day
Suddenly you’re capsized by a monster rouge wave
You never know which way it’s gonna go
Don’t plan plan too far ahead you just never know

2 - Just walkin’ the dog you get hit by a car
Choke on a chicken bone in Lucy’s bar
Walk into Starbucks for some coffee in a cup
Out of the blue you get held up
You never know

3 - Foul ball at the game hits your son in the head
Fills you up with guilt and dread
Or you’re hunkering down during the corona scare
Run out of Charmin but the shelves were bare
You just never know

4 - Life has its surprises as you grow old
In one minute things can go from hot to cold
Here one day gone the next
You could have a stroke in the middle of a text
You never know which way it’s gonna go
You just never know

5 - You’re mistakenly arrested and wind up in jail
Can’t reach your lawyer to post your bail
Or a tornado appears and rips your house apart
Now you gotta make a brand new start
You never know which way it’s gonna go
Might think you’ve got it made in the shade but no

6 - You’ve had so many issues and things that went wrong
Yet here you are standing amongst the living throng
Jody’s looking for love since the senior prom dance
Finally found it in an old folks cruise to France
See how you never know

7 - Bragging about the bubble of a bull market high
Till the bottom falls out and all you can do is cry
Got no work walking with you’re you’re honey
Stumble upon a Brink’s bag full of money
You never know

8 - Sitting in your kitchen having a bite
Reading the news about the worlds current plight
Suddenly a plane crashes into your ceiling
Leaving you shocked rocked and reeling
How could you know

9 - Yes it could happen to you regardless of your status
No one’s immune to what life throws at us
You never know which way it’s gonna go
You just never know
Don’t plan plan too far ahead
Sneaks up on you
You just never know

©2020 Black Bamboo Music_Ed Haaker Music_Ruff Mix Music BMI


released July 11, 2020
Allan Thomas - lead vocal
Michael Ruff - keyboards
Jimmy Johnson - bass
Keith Carlock - drums
Olivia Ruff - backing vocals
Tripp Sprague - tenor sax

Produced and recorded by Allan Thomas at Black Bamboo Studios Kauai, Hawaii.

Mixed by Paul Northfield and Allan Thomas at Room With A View Studios Montreal, CA


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