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NUCLEAR SKY  1996

Song List

High Stake Gambling Town

Concrete Love

Never Fell From Love The Easy Way

Hallelujah Child

Sad Streets

Early One Morning

Those Days Have Passed Us By

Crazy

Whatcha Doing

Need I Say More

I’m Going Down

Angelou (alt. version)

Dance With Me Girl (alt. version)

The Sailor (alt. version)

Mr. Blue (alt. version)

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Credits

HIGH STAKE GAMBLING TOWN

Words & Music Tom Ovans © & Ⓟ 1986 (BMI)

Tom Ovans - vocal

Doug Lancio - electric guitar

Ken Moore - organ

Bob Kommersmith - bass

Mike Organ - drums

 

CONCRETE LOVE

Words & Music Tom Ovans © & Ⓟ 1986 (BMI)

Tom Ovans - vocal, acoustic guitar

Doug Lancio - electric guitar

Bob Kommersmith - bass

Mike Organ - drums

 

 

NEVER FELL FROM LOVE THE EASY WAY

Words & Music Tom Ovans © & Ⓟ 1986 (BMI)

Tom Ovans - vocal, acoustic guitar, harmonica

Doug Lancio - electric guitar

Tommy Goldsmith - mandolin

Ken Moore - synthesizer

Bob Kommersmith - bass

Mike Organ - drums

Lou Ann Bardash - vocal

 

HALLELUJAH CHILD

Words & Music Tom Ovans © & Ⓟ 1991 (BMI)

Tom Ovans - vocal, acoustic guitar

Zip Gibson - electric guitar

Ken Moore - B-3, synthesizer

Bob Kommersmith - bass

Jeff Finlin - drums

 

SAD STREETS

Words & Music Tom Ovans © & Ⓟ 1991 (BMI)

Tom Ovans - vocal, acoustic guitar

Zip Gibson - electric guitar

Ken Moore - synthesizer, string arrangement

Bob Kommersmith - bass

Jeff Finlin - drums

 

EARLY ONE MORNING

Words & Music Tom Ovans © & Ⓟ 1991 (BMI)

Tom Ovans - vocal

Terry Garland - electric guitar

Richard Bell - electric guitar

Ken Moore - synthesizer, piano

Bob Kommersmith - bass

Jack "Bullet" Harris - drums

Ellie Peters - vocal

Lou Ann Bardash - vocal

 

THOSE DAYS HAVE PASSED US BY

Words & Music Tom Ovans © & Ⓟ 1991 (BMI)

Tom Ovans - vocal, acoustic guitar

Terry Garland - electric guitar

Richard Bell - electric guitar

Ken Moore - syntesizer, organ

Bob Kommersmith - bass

Jack "Bullet" Harris - drums

 

CRAZY

Words & Music Tom Ovans © & Ⓟ 1991 (BMI)

Tom Ovans - vocal, acoustic guitar

Denis Colby - acoustic guitar

Vinnie Farsetta - mandolin

Bob Kommersmith - bass

Jane Allingham - vocal

Lou Ann Bardash - vocal

Bill Marrish - vocal

 

WHATCHA DOIN

Words & Music Tom Ovans © & Ⓟ 1993 (BMI)

Tom Ovans - vocal, acoustic guitar

Doug Lancio - electric guitar

Bob Kommersmith - bass

Mike Organ - drums

 

NEED I SAY MORE

Words & Music Tom Ovans  © & Ⓟ 1993 (BMI)

Tom Ovans - vocal, acoustic guitar

Doug Lancio - electric guitar

Ken Moore - organ, synthesizer

Bob Kommersmith - bass

Mike Organ - drums

 

I'M GOING DOWN

Words & Music Tom Ovans © & Ⓟ 1993 (BMI) 

Tom Ovans - vocal, acoustic guitar

Doug Lancio - electric guitar

Ken Moore - organ

Bob Kommersmith - bass

Mike Organ - drums

 

ANGELOU

Words & Music Tom Ovans © & Ⓟ 1994 (BMI)

Tom Ovans - vocal, acoustic guitar, harmonica

Larry Chaney - cuatro

Doug Lancio - gut string guitar

Kelley Looney - bass

Ken Coomer - drums

 

DANCE WITH ME GIRL

Words & Music Tom Ovans © & Ⓟ 1994 (BMI)

Tom Ovans - vocal, acoustic & electric guitar

Zip Gibson - electric guitar

Robb Earls - bass

Ken Coomer - percussion

 

THE SAILOR

Words & Music Tom Ovans  © & Ⓟ 1994 (BMI)

Tom Ovans - vocal, acoustic guitar, harmonica

Ken Coomer - percussion

 

MR. BLUE

Words & Music Tom Ovans ©  & Ⓟ 1994 (BMI)

Tom Ovans - vocal, acoustic guitar, harmonica

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Lyrics

 

 

 

I’m Going Down

 

Oh pretty baby

Please understand

For your love girl

I do what I can

But something’s wrong here

Something’s wrong for sure

I get the feeling

I don’t fit here anymore

I’m going down

I’m going down baby

 

Oh sweet honey

You know it’s true

All these nasty things 

That people will do

I look around baby

I can’t keep it straight

My temperature’s rising

Feel the crushing of the weight 

I’m going down

I’m going down baby

 

Well maybe someday

I will make it

Maybe someday 

This thing I’ll shake it

But ‘til then girl

It’s the way it’s got to be

I don’t want to hurt nobody

Nobody but me

I’m going down

I’m going down baby

 

HIGH STAKES

You Got Touchdowns And Homeruns And Instant Replays 
Quick Stops And Shopping Malls And Six Lane Highways 
You Got Million Dollar Lotteries And No Cut Contracts 
Health Spas And Doctors And Computers To Get Your Facts
But You Better Win
When You Lay Your Money Down
Cause They Don't Like Losers
In This High Stake Gambling Town

You Got Rock Stars And Quarterbacks And Hollywood Dreams 
Colas And Surfboards And Chauffeured Limousines
You Got Gold Medal Winners And Five Minute Meals 
Candidates And Comedians And Wall Street Deals
But You Better Win
When You Lay Your Money Down
Cause They Don't Like Losers
In This High Stake Gambling Town

You Got Credit Cards And Videos And Satellite TV
Dunk Shots And Lawyers And Insurance Companies
You Got Evangelists And Stock Cars And Organized Crime 
Skinheads And Deadheads And Protest Signs
But You Better Win
When You Lay Your Money Down
Cause They Don't Like Losers
In This High Stake Gambling Town

You Got Headphones And Blue Jeans And Miracle Miles
Hotels And Theme Parks And Newsmen Who Smile
You Got Hit Songs And Hit Shows And Horse Racing Bets 
Hot Tubs And Playgirls And Special Effects
But You Better Win
When You Lay Your Money Down
Cause They Don't Like Losers
In This High Stake Gambling Town

 

CONCRETE LOVE

Hot Sun Shining Down
Lunch Hour's Daily Parade
I Sit Above This Town
Construction That's My Trade

Pretty Girls Passing By
I See Them Come I See Them Go
When There's One That Catches My Eye
I Put My Lips Together And Blow

She Works The Office Across The Way
I Noticed Her Just Last Week
The Way She Moves Is A Game She Plays
Sometimes She Smiles At Me

Come On Baby Give Me A Sign
You Know What I'm Thinking Of
In This World Of Changing Minds
I'll Give Ya Some Concrete Love

 

 

NEVER FELL FROM LOVE THE EASY WAY

Skyscraper Lights Flashing Through The Night 
Skipping On A Street So High
Saxophone Singing In A Midnight Breeze
Taxi Cabs Flying By

Whoa
What Can I Do What Can I Say
Whoa
Never Fell From Love The Easy Way

Faces In The Window Of An All Night Stand
Reflections On A Last Trick Show
High Heel Boys Clicking Out Their Aim
Subway Trains Running Below

Whoa
What Can I Do What Can I Say
Whoa
Never Fell From Love The Easy Way

Laughing With You Talking With You
Baby Tell Me Who Was That Ghost
Making Love Beneath Angel Wings
Didn't You Know I Dreamed The Most
Girl Couldn't You See

The Morning Rain Trembles Through The Trees
Daylight Sneaking Up The Block
On A Park Bench An Old Man Sleeps
Footsteps Still Pounding My Heart

Whoa
What Can I Do What Can I Say
Whoa
Never Fell From Love The Easy Way

 

HALLELUJAH CHILD

Standing At The Station Waiting On Salvation
But There's Nothing Happening Here
Just Some Crooked Politicians Thieving Morticians
Preachers Pushing Bibles Of Fear
Dealers On The Street
Sun Going Down In The Rain
Another Smoking Gun
Another Cross Burning In Flames

Hey, Hey, Hey
Sing Hallelujah Child
Hallelujah Child

Propaganda And Hatred, Phonies And Hypocrites
Burning Out Every Single Spark
Sometimes I Need A Flood Light, Sometimes I Need A Search Light
Sometimes It Gets This Dark
Rebel On The Corner
You Know He's Standing All Alone
For In The Halls Of Justice
There's Just Ain't Nobody Home

Hey, Hey, Hey
Sing Hallelujah Child
Hallelujah Child

Well This Train Leaves Tomorrow, Beg, Steal Or Borrow
Where It Goes That's Where I'm Bound
Like Some Old Gunslinger Like Some Old Blues Singer
I'm Going Where I Can't Be Found
So Don't Look Back Baby
Dry Those Tears Of Pity From Your Eyes
On This Road To Freedom
Everyday You Got To Fight To Survive

Hey, Hey, Hey
Sing Hallelujah Child
Hallelujah Child

 

SAD STREETS

Tell Me Baby
Are You Near Me
Can You Hear Me
Was It So Long Ago
That I Held You
On These Sad Streets
Where Hearts Meet
And Get Lost In The Snow 

Well Time It Has Passed
The Years I Can't Count
As I Stand In The Wind
With A Horse Trying To Mount 
These Loves Come And Go 
Leave Nothing To Show

But These Wounds
How We Use Them
Confuse Them
With What We Must Do
Ah My Own Words
I Do Mean Well
But It's Hard To Tell
Just What Gets Through

I Lay Down At Night
On The Roads That Lead
To The Cities Of Fortunes
To The Valleys Of Need
I Know What I See
But I Just Can't Believe

Do You Love Me
Shall I Stay Here
Are My Reasons Clear
Or Shall I Go
My Heart Leaps
With The Sirens
The Sacred Dreams
The Mindless Control

The Rebel Lays Dead
With A Gun By His Side
Drunken And Tortured
They Call It Suicide
But I Can't Understand
These Holes In His Hands

You Send Flowers
To The Grave Yard
But His Ashes Are
Buried In The Sea
You Live In Poverty
Your Eyes Grow Sad
Your Mind Gets Mad
You Must Take Your Leave
But The Fire Is Raging
On The Mask Of The Bandit
Who Understood Nothing
Until He Was Stranded
And Somebody Says
Just Get Out Of The Way

You're In The Barroom
You're In The Mirror
You Tried To Love Her
You Got Reasons To Drink
You Are Loneliness
You Are The Hero
You Kiss The Widows
You Got Reasons To Sink

Your Eyes Get Blackened
From Just Hanging Around
You Look For Your Face
But It's Gone Underground
You'd Hide In The Forest
But They've Got Your Address
 

You Try To Sleep
On A Bed Too Soft
To The Sound Of Locks 
You Follow The Trials 
All These People
They Do Work Hard
You Send Your Regards 
Every Once In A While 

Around And Around
My Head Starts To Spin 
He Gives You To Me
I Give Her To Him
Can There Be Any Chance 
For A Second Romance

Tell Me Baby
Are You Near Me
Can You Hear Me
Was It So Long Ago
That I Held You
On These Sad Streets
Where Hearts Meet
And Get Lost In The Snow

I Drifted, You Missed It
I Resisted, You Kissed It
We Fell From The Place 
Where No One Existed
And Now These Wheels 
Are All That I Feel

 

EARLY ONE MORNING

Hanging Around The Corner
When I Was Just A Kid
Looking For What To Do
I Ran Into The Holy Man
I Ran Into The Voodoo Man
I Ran Into Everything But The Truth

Early One Morning
I Stood Out On The Road
Early One Morning
The Dice Began To Roll

Working A Job
Straight Out Of School
Hanging Around Those Late Night Joints
Boss Man Comes Near
I Couldn't Help But Sneer
Man Can You Tell Me What's The Point

Early One Morning
I Stood Out On The Road
Early One Morning
The Dice Began To Roll

Looking In Your Eyes Girl
Is Breaking My Heart
Tell Me What You Want Me To Do
I Give It To You All Night
Until You're Feeling Alright
But You Know That Never Will Do

Early One Morning
I Stood Out On The Road
Early One Morning
The Dice Began To Roll

 

THOSE DAYS

 

I Said Come Here Baby And Talk To Me
You Know The Rain Is Falling Outside This Window
She Said Hush Now Child Don't You Know You're Just Lucky
A Girl Like Me 'Got Other Places To Go
Then She Smiled And Said Baby Don't Look So Worried
You Know I Know What It Is That Gets You High
So Baby Be Cool
There's Nobody Here To Fool
Besides Those Days Have Passed Us By

I Said Please Girl You Don't Have To Be Talking That Way
You Know We Both Can't Be That Far Gone Things Can't Be That Bad
She Said You Boys From The North Sure Talk A Lot Of Nonsense
You Just Keep It Up You'll Be Driving Me Mad
Then She Kicked Off Her Shoes Said Baby Who Are You Kidding
You Know I Can See A Distant Light In Your Eyes
So Baby Be Real
There's Nothing Here To Steal
Besides Those Days Have Passed Us By

Outside The Rain Kept Falling
As We Fell Into Each Others Arms
For A Moment I Swear I Heard Her Heart Calling
Ah But In The Next Somehow It Was Gone

From A Dream I Woke Up To See Her Dressing
The Stars Outside Beginning To Shine
She Said You Know My Name Baby You Got My Number
You Just Call Me Anytime
But Don't Be Expecting This And Don't Be Expecting That
And Don't Be Looking For A Place To Whimper Or Cry
You Know What I'm Saying Baby
You Know What I Mean
Besides Those Days Have Passed Us By

 

CRAZY

Crazy
Crazy

I Got This All Night Job Working Out On The Interstate
Selling Gasoline And Oil, Cigarettes And Beer, Souvenirs And Junk Food
I Meet People From Everywhere In Almost Every Kind Of Imaginable State
I Know Most Are Just Tired From Driving So I Try To Keep It Cool
Truck Drivers Come In Strung Out Sometimes I Slip Them Some Caffeine Pills 
Cause I Know What It's Like To Be Dodging The Law 
On That All Night Drive 
Tourists Come In With Their Blushing Excitable Young Daughters
I Find It Kind Of Funny How Young Girls Can Sense Something 
Different About Some Guys

Crazy
Crazy

I Used To Play In A Rock And Roll Band In All The Clubs Up And Down This Coast
But That Gets Old When You Don't Make No Money And The Fun Wears Out
If You Know What I Mean
Now I Don't Even Listen To The Radio And I'll Be Damned If I Watch Them Dumb Videos
I Prefer The Sounds Of The Rain And The Color Of My Own Dreams
I Got An Ex Wife And Daughter Living Somewhere But I Don't Know Where
Sometimes If I Don't Look At Their Pictures I Can Remember To Forget
What They Look Like
I Got A Few Friends But Not Too Many But I Don't Think I'm Missing Out On Anything
Anyway For The Way I Am For The Way Things Are You Could Say I'm Doin Alright

Crazy
Crazy

My Boss Says I Should Open Up More And Try To Be Friendlier To People
He Says It's A Tough Tough World Out There And They Need All The Smiles They Can Get
I Say Look At Me Man Can't You See I'm Trying To Be The Friendliest Person In The World
But I Was Born This Way I Can't Help It If I'm A Little Frayed Around The Edge 
Well A Couple Of Weeks Ago This Guy Walks In With A Shotgun And Held Me Up
All The Cops Nodded Their Heads When One Cop Said I Was Lucky I Didn't Get Blown Away
But I Wasn't Afraid Cause I Knew That Guy Wasn't Gonna Pull The Trigger
Cause I Could Tell That He Could Tell We Were Brothers In Some Kind Of Strange Way

Crazy
Crazy

Well I Guess You're Wondering How A Guy Like Me Can Keep Anything Together
Well I Find Most People Want To Believe In Something And Are So Easy To Fool
I Mean Just Ask Any Preacher Or Politician Or Salesman Down Your Street
And Anyway I'm Not Greedy I Don't Steal Well Except For Maybe A Beer Or Two
Well I Got This Girl Friend Waiting For Me Tonight When My Shift Is Through
Sometimes We Drive Down To The Beach And Just Lay There While The Sun Comes Up
Light A Few Cigarettes Drink Some Wine And Watch Those Freighters Crawl On
Down The Coast
Then Maybe We Go Back To My Place And Get Real Lazy And Make Some Love

Crazy
Crazy

 

WHATCHA DOING

She's Out On The Street 
Standing On Heels 
She's Looking For Adventure 
She's Looking For A Deal 
She's Another In A Long Line 
Of Girls From Texas 
She's Looking For That Road 
That Leads To Excess 
I Said Hey Whatcha Doing
I Said Hey Whatcha Doing

He's Got Himself A Car
He's Got Himself A Gun
He's Somebody's Darling
He's Somebody's Son
But His Eyes Are On Fire
From All This Madness About
He's A Badge Of Trouble
Ready To Bust Some Heads Out
I Said Hey Whatcha Doing
I Said Hey Whatcha Doing


Doing To Me

Well You're Selling Me Lies
You're Selling Me Hate
You Keep Me In Line
With All Your Monkey Fate
I Can't Believe All Your Laws
I Can't Believe All Your Money
Can't Believe How You Make
All This Killing Seem Funny
I Said Hey Whatcha Doing
I Said Hey Whatcha Doing


Doing To Me

Well One Of These Days
One Of These Nights
I'm Gonna Make Up My Mind
I'm Gonna Get It Right
I'm Gonna Shed This Skin
Going Back To The Well
Gonna Find A New Heaven
Find A New Hell

I Said Hey Whatcha Doing 
I Said Hey Whatcha Doing 
Doing To Me

 

NEED I SAY MORE

Bum On The Corner
He's Chewing On Gum
Don't Care If You're Bright Baby
Don't Care If You're Dumb
Don't Care If You Stay
Don't Care If You Go
Don't Care About Your Business Baby
Or The People That You Know
He Don't Care About What's Wrong
He Don't Care About What's Right
He's Just Looking For Something Baby
To Make It Through The Night
Bars On The Window
Locks On The Door
Temperature's Dropping Baby
Need I Say More

We're All Gonna Die
Like It Or No?
You Can Keep The Blindfold On Girl
But You Still Hear The Shots
They Can Hit You When You're Sleeping
Hit You When You're Awake
Cut You Into A Million Pieces Baby
Bury You At The Bottom Of The Lake
You Can Run To The Mountains
You Can Bow Down And Pray
But You're Only Free Now Baby
As Long As You Pay
Refugees On The High Seas
Bodies On The Shore
Pig Meat On The TV Baby
Need I Say More

Bum On The Corner
Now He's Chewing On A Rat
Don't Care If You're Sexy Baby Whether You're Skinny Or Fat
Don't Care About No Bossman
No Gossip Magazines
Don't Care About No Boyfriend Baby 
Or All His Criminal Little Schemes 
He Ain't Looking For Salvation 
Ain't Asking You To Think
He Just Wants A Quarter Baby
He Just Wants A Drink

Church Bells Tolling
On The Streets Of The Poor
Times Are Hard Baby
Need I Say More 

I'M GOING DOWN

Oh Pretty Baby
Please Understand
For Your Love Girl 
I Do What I Can
But Something's Wrong Here
Something's Wrong For Sure
I Get This Feeling
I Don't Fit Here Anymore
I'm Going Down 
I'm Going Down Baby

Oh Sweet Honey
You Know It's True
All These Nasty Things
That People Will Do
I Look Around Baby
I Can't Keep It Straight
My Temperature's Rising
Feel The Crushing Of The Weight
I'm Going Down
I'm Going Down Baby

Well Maybe Someday
I Will Make It 
Maybe Someday 
This Thing I'll Shake It
But Till Then Girl
It's The Way It's Got To Be
I Don't Want To Hurt Nobody 
Nobody But Me
I'm Going Down
I'm Going Down Baby
I'm Going Down Baby

DANCE WITH ME GIRL

The Sun Is On The Highway
Moon Sitting Sideways
Dance With Me Girl
I've Been In The Headlines
Another Man Out Of Time
Dance With Me Girl

Don't Turn A Cold Shoulder
I Can't Get Much Older
Dance With Me Girl
Amuse Me For Awhile
I've Come A Ragged Mile
Dance With Me Girl

I Was Born Inland
Just Another Victim
Grew Up On The Backstreets
Running From The Heat
Hands On The Trigger
Until One I Pulled Her
Now I'm In The Bright Lights
Fighting For My Life

I Know The Man Is Coming
But I'm Tired Of This Running
Dance With Me Girl
Just A Song On The Jukebox
Let's Make This Old House Rock
Dance With Me Girl

 

ANGELOU

There's An Ill Wind Blowing
Across The Plain
I Mean Somewhere Down Near Texas
Towards A Town With No Name
Where The Vultures Prey
Upon The Broken Wheel
Where The Terminally Ill
Come To Get Healed
Where The Graves Are Dug
With Names Already Marked
Where Jesus Christ
Waits Glowing In The Dark
Where They Take Dead Aim
When They Get You In Their Sights
Where They Drop You Like A Stone
In The Middle Of The Night
Angelou
Angelou

Them Good Ole Boys
In Their Pickup Trucks
Drinking On Their Beer
And Pissing On Their Luck
While The Latest Mandate
Rolls Across The Land
Where The Science Of Control
Has Gotten Out Of Hand
Where The Air Is Rotten 
Where The Kingsnakes Crawl
Where The Minimum Wage
Has Made Slaves Of Us All
Where A Kid Is Taught
Not To Think To Much
Where A Girl Is Betrayed 
By A Lovers Touch
Angelou
Angelou

I Was Standing In Line
When I Heard The News
A Girl Of Nineteen
With A Couple Of Tattoos
I Grabbed My Gun
I Hit The Interstate
I Drove All Night 
But I Arrived Too Late
I Stood On The Hill
And Watched The Battle Below
While The Media Gathered 
And The Souvenirs Sold
And I Watched With Horror 
When The Flames Touched The Sky
Couldn't Believe My Ears 
Couldn't Believe My Eyes
Angelou
Angelou

Now The Desert Is Cold
The Sun Has Set
I'm Stoned On Peyote
And There's Liquor On My Breath
Don't Know What I'm Saying 
Barely Know What I'm Doing
Seems Like Everything Here 
Has Fallen Down In Ruins
From The Lines On My Face
To All Of The Tears I've Cried
From A Few Lousy Good Deeds
To A Lifetime Of Lies
Never Felt So Helpless
Never Felt So Torn 
Thinking About You Baby
And The Day You Were Born
Angelou
Angelou

 

THE SAILOR

Well I Told That Girl Right Before I Left
We All Do Things In This Life We Regret
With Sadness She Watched Me From Her Door
Walk Down That Path Along That Rocky Shore

Now Many A Year Has Passed And Gone
And Like All Good People I'm Sure She's Pushed On
And I've Sail These Oceans Far And Wide 
Well I Guess I'm Bound To Sail Them Til I Die

So Gather 'Round Boys The Night Is Young
And There's Still A Lot Of Drinking To Be Done
Let's Raise A Glass To All These Memories
And One For Her Wherever She May Be

 

MR. BLUE

Early In The Morning Late At Night
Can't Get Her Out Of My Sight
Do You Know What I Mean
Mr. Blue


Soft Summer Rain On The City Street
I Can Still Feel My Heart Skipping A Beat
Ah You Should Of Seen Her
Mr. Blue

How Can You Paint The Colors Of The Rainbow
Where Do You Begin To Try
How Can You Predict Which Way The Wind Blows
When The Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

Hanging Around This Old Neighborhood
Ain't Nobody Here Never Come To No Good
Well I Almost Did 
Mr. Blue

How Can You Paint The Colors Of The Rainbow
Where Do You Begin To Try
How Can You Predict Which Way The Wind Blows
When The Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

The Joint's Empty It's Time To Go
Guess I Better Have Me One More For The Road
Well Here's To You 
Mr. Blue