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released July 16, 2016

Written and performed by Tommy Trull

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Tommy Trull is a writer and musician living in Charlotte, NC. His plays have been performed all over the United States.

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Track Name: Nobody Dies of Stage Fright
Didn't know my heart was breaking
I just thought that's how it beats
Were those tears, or were you faking
I don't care
I might as well
Ask the canyons, the caves, the deeps

It's curtain up in ten
And we're onstage again
Tucked back in the wings
While an alto sings
A love song in the green room
Or is it the song that's green

We take the stage but don't begin the play til midnight
The balcony scene is not supposed to be a suicide
Don't be unkind if I forget the lines
I mangled the prose but I know how it goes
But they're telling lies if they say nobody dies of stage fright

Can't see a thing beyond the footlights below
The show must go on, so go on with the show
Still see your face in the perpetual afterglow

It's curtain down at last
We're standing with the cast
Taking final bows
Bringing down the house
The love song from the green room
Still echoing in the wings

We take the stage but don't begin the play til midnight
The balcony scene is not supposed to be a suicide
Don't be unkind if I forget the lines
I mangled the prose but I know how it goes
But they're telling lies if they say nobody dies of stage fright
Track Name: Comfort Zone
I'm writing out a serpentine letter
You say that you could do it much better
From the passenger seat you're living the dream
But you don't make a move until somebody screams
At you
Baby wishing
Is not the same as wanting

You like the girl with the calico eyes
Think you deserve her 'cause you're so nice
Nothing for her to see, looking at you
When there's all this world that you don't have a clue
About
Baby wishing
Is not the same as wanting

Everybody's cheering for you
And you never take the field
Oh no
'Cause you'd have to leave the comfort zone
Everybody's cheering for you
Some of us are getting hoarse

I'm giving you an impossible task
First step to take? Just get off your ass
Forget all the girls on your mobile display
And go take a road, doesn't matter which way
You go
Baby wishing
Is not the same as wanting
Track Name: Saddle Up
Brothers there is so much more
To what your sister’s fighting for
Than whether you should hold the door
Can’t believe that makes you sore

Sandy woke up not a soul could she see
Except for Jake Hawkins, whose ghost wouldn’t leave
She’s covered in mud, all crusted her face
She licked her lips ‘cause she liked how it tastes
Saddle up, saddle up

Jake was her lover, ‘least that’s what he claimed
Said that he’d laid her, said she was tamed
One day she heard how the rumors had spread
Grabbed him by the third leg, and here’s what she said
Saddle up, saddle up

Saddle up for the ride of your life, boy
You want some of hers? Better dig in your spurs
Gone are the days of the knights and the maids
Get with it, or kiss your ass goodbye

Jake threw her down in Humility Woods
Said he wasn’t leaving til she gave up the goods
Four girls on horseback came from the sunset
Jake found his limbs tied to a menage a quartet
Saddle up, saddle up

Saddle up for the ride of your life, boy
You want some of hers? Better dig in your spurs
Gone are the days of the knights and the maids
Get with it, or kiss your ass goodbye

Sandy rode back into town with a grin
Lawmen were waiting and they took her in
Showed her a noose, but she didn’t care
Laughed like a baby, and hung like a bear

Saddle up for the ride of your life, boy
You want some of hers? Better dig in your spurs
Gone are the days of the knights and the maids
Get with it, or kiss your ass goodbye
Track Name: King of Tate Street
Up here on the roof
The city’s tangled in the phone lines
Every house on Silver’s
Like a marionette
Everybody worth a damn
Is somewhere doing something
I could be there with them
But I’m not ready yet

I’m going down to Tate Street
Where the poets drink and meet
There’s a fight at NYP
The vegans in the punk rock scene
I’m going down to Tate Street
You can come with me
Or go home alone

Put a shitty band together
Name is on the poster
Opening for someone
Who will pay us in lines
Better go on first
Before the Killian’s Red takes over
Rock star for the night
Then open Subway at nine

I’m going down to Tate Street
Where the poets drink and meet
There’s a fight at NYP
The vegans in the punk rock scene
I’m going down to Tate Street
You can come with me
Or go home alone

I’m taking classes but I don’t need to go to them
I guess I’m passing but I don’t give a damn
Maybe they’re all graduated, whatever, good for them
I’m the King of Tate Street

I’m going down to Tate Street
Where the poets drink and meet
There’s a fight at NYP
The vegans in the punk rock scene
I’m going down to Tate Street
You can come with me
Or go home alone
Track Name: Dark Side of Wonder
She will be waiting for you down the road
Long as you tell her you’re coming
Don’t need to give her a time or a place
Don’t need to leave her a number
All that she asks is that you keep the past
Living in you through the summer
If fall comes around and you’ve let her down
You’ll find the dark side of wonder

She’s throwing flames on her favorite campaign
Selling the race to the runner
She’s throwing paint on the animal saints
But lying in wait with the hunters
You’ll memorize how her final goodbye
Cracked against you like the thunder
But just when you think that you’re safe in the pink
You’ll find the dark side of wonder

She looks so brave in there, deep in the cave
Letting the wolves feed upon her
Falling in love with her’s watching a dove
Maybe not drown, but go under
Boy it gets cold when she holds you below
Domed like a ball turret gunner
But don’t ever cross her – you think you know loss?
You’ll find the dark side of wonder

You fantasize with your quicksilver eyes
Told her you wanted to wander
Probably a mistake, not the last one you’ll make
At least you were left with your honor
She’ll give you a lift and then aim for the cliff
She always said she’s a goner
But God bless the blackness when you give her back
You’ll find the dark doesn’t want her
Track Name: Secret Sun
I know it’s late, but I’m calling
To let you know I’m in town
I hear that you’re raising a baby
I hear that you’ve settled right down
Don’t say a thing, if you don’t wanna
I’m happy to just hear you breathe
I know it’s not wise to be calling
But I chose this method to grieve

Nothing burns like a secret sun
That hides its light behind the moon
Though gravity might bring us down
The secret sun will be rising soon

The telephone lines will wind around our love
Don’t pull too fast, or you’ll unravel our love
Don’t do that

We should have gone to Vienna
That summer we started to burn
We could have invested in travel
Instead of just waiting our turn
Our hearts cried aloud for some water
So we obliged with our tears
And made the decision to burden
Our souls for a couple of years

Nothing burns like a secret sun
That hides its light behind the moon
Though gravity might bring us down
The secret sun will be rising soon

I know you’re a friend to the animal
I know you’re a slave to the dime
I know that you’d swim ‘cross the channel
Once you’d decided it’s time
You know I’m worth nothing to you now
A coward who mastered the lie
A clown with the strings of a puppet
Who doesn’t deserve a goodbye
Track Name: Homeboy
Hard to come all this way now
For you to show me the way out
Is there really nothing left for us to save
Bought my ticket to ride up
The back seat of a Honda
Wrote down every word I felt I had to say

Can I hold you
By the bonfire
Let the smoke rise
We’ve got all night
Don’t we? Don’t we?

Who’s the guy with the blond hair
Stares at me like I’m nowhere
Maybe I’m just a small town boy but who the fuck is he?
Someone get me a bottle
A quick toke from the hot box
Let me blow my mind away just let me be

You’re an angel
By the bonfire
When the smoke rises
You’ll be all mine
Who’s he? Who’s he?

Am I just the boy who you brought from home?
Cut me right to the bone
Tell me to leave you alone
And I’ll go (home)

Guess I’ll be on my way out
Your homeboy from the old town
What’s left of the fire will just have to stay here and burn
Hope he’s all you wanted
I’m going back to be haunted
Hope you sleep at night I hope you toss and turn

See you dancing
By the bonfire
In a smoke ring
You want everything
But me but me

Am I just the boy who you brought from home
Cut me right to the bone
Tell me to leave you alone
Tell me to leave you alone
And I’m gone (home)
I’m gone (home)
I’m gone (home)
Track Name: The Hero of Hide and Seek
He’s in the last place she’d ever look
The hero of hide and seek
She’s checked all the ash trays, bars and the books
Going on now two weeks
The hero of hide and seek

Taken the car keys left her the ring
Calls her his big mystique
She’s under the house, she’s smelling the sink
Patience is at its peak
For the hero of hide and seek

He’s in the pictures smiling back
Calling on the old days
Once upon a Christmas wish
Calling on the old days

She’s checking the inbox, all the old girls
The lovers who left him weak
Wonders aloud if he’s a swine among pearls
Is that what everybody else sees
In the hero of hide and seek

He’s incandescent every night
Calling on the old days
So how’d he get so hard to find
Calling on the old days

She’s packing it up, she’s changing the locks
Leaving this world to the meek
She don’t give a damn what anyone thinks
She’s leaving the widow’s peak
And the hero of hide and seek
Track Name: Summerfield
Burn it away
This ain’t happening
In my today
I’m tired of grappling
Life with you should be easy
But I make it so hard
I get in my own way
I’m sorry

I’m on my way to Summerfield
Where there’s nothing to do or say or feel
And that’s all right with me
I want a chance to only be
I’m on my way to Summerfield
I don’t want you to make a big deal
If you feel it’s the worst
It’s the holding that hurts
So let go

Welcome me back
You won’t believe this power
Got me on track
Feel like a phoenix now
Life with me will be easy
I’m a new deck of cards
I hope it lasts
I don’t wanna be sorry …

Back in my head
Here I am again
Rather be dead
The struggle never ends
Life itself was so easy
But I made it so hard
I got in my own way
I’m sorry

I’m on my way to Summerfield
Where there’s nothing to do or say or feel
And that’s all right with me
I want a chance to only be
I’m on my way to Summerfield
I don’t want you to make a big deal
If you feel it’s the worst
It’s the holding that hurts
So let go
Track Name: Pulse
Somebody tell me that there’s gonna be nothing to do someday and I’ll be all right
Somebody tell me that there’s gonna be no one to save and I’ll be just fine

Can’t put down the news
Can’t turn off the radio-o-o
Seems we’re gonna lose
But man the losing comes so slow

Somebody tell me that there’s gonna be nothing to do someday and I’ll be all right
Somebody tell me that there’s gonna be no one to save and I’ll be just fine

Fear is on the move
Can’t go where the dancers go-o-o
Whatcha trying to prove?
Do you have truth that no one knows?

Somebody tell me that there’s gonna be nothing to do someday and I’ll be all right
Somebody tell me that there’s gonna be no one to save and I’ll be just fine

Let’s all blame the guns
Let’s all blame the safety zo-o-ones
Fear the righteous ones
They’re hoping for the world to blow

Somebody tell me that there’s gonna be nothing to do someday and I’ll be all right
Somebody tell me that there’s gonna be no one to save and I’ll be just fine

Somebody tell me that there’s gonna be nothing to do someday and I’ll be all right
Somebody tell me that there’s gonna be no one to save and I’ll be just fine

Put down the world and step away
Put down the world and step away
Put down the world and step away
Track Name: Get It Together
This all comes down to
What you want from me
Can’t go back now so
Let’s just wait and see
We said goodbye so
I don’t want to meet

There’s a statute of
Limitations on us
Try to get it together
And remember we work best in the past
If it’s getting tough
Seek protection from above
Try to get it together
And remember we weren’t destined to last

Remember the bad days
Are they lost in all the blur
We had our own place
We took a tortured turn
You had the sweet face
I was the razor that burned

There’s a statute of
Limitations on us
Try to get it together
And remember we work best in the past
If it’s getting tough
Seek protection from above
Try to get it together
And remember we weren’t destined to last

If you’re the same
I know you’ll be fine
I gave you power
Tried you in the fire
Best thing I ever did
Was let you say goodbye

There’s a statute of
Limitations on us
Try to get it together
And remember we work best in the past
If it’s getting tough
Seek protection from above
Try to get it together
And remember we weren’t destined to last
Track Name: O Father I Don't Believe
I’m going home to watch the towers fall on the TV
The only music on the radio’s by the Bee Gees
The baby’s crying and the wife for once wants to see me
Are we at war? Is this the end?
What have I done?

O father never told me there was such a rush
I fucked around and now it’s time to hit the crush
All the things I could have been and what was I – a lush?
If I’m honest I could live forever in this rush

Not gonna say goodbye
Not gonna say goodbye, baby
No one can take my life
I just fucking gave it away

I’m going home to watch the towers fall on the TV
I’m in a band that’s playing shitty bars in the boonies
The biggest struggle that I ever have’s hawking CDs
Are we at war? And will I go?
What do I do?

O father never told me there was such a rush
I fucked around and now it’s time to hit the crush
All the things I could have been and what was I – a lush?
If I’m honest I could live forever in this rush

Every year I watch the towers fall on a replay
I’ve drifted in and out of usefulness for a decade
Late at night I call my father up from his old grave
Is there a war? Are we alone?
When am I done?