Steve Romig

Steve Romig

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Steve has recently scooped several major national & international awards for his passionate, moving Blues songs. He also is a master of jazz, folk, roots & ballads. To all styles he brings great melody and rhythms, deep lyrics and his incredible voice.

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Biography

Melbourne musician, Steve Romig, has been singing and writing songs since he was 15.
He just won three awardsin the Vic/Tas Blues awards for Song, Band and Artist of the Year! He recently also won the Jazz/Blues category of the International Unisong Competition, the Blues category of the prestigious International Song Competition (2005) as well as scooping the Blues award in the Billboard Song contest and was a finalist in the Independent Music Awards. The songs are on his upcoming album "The Friday Sessions" to be released soon.

Steve has performed on stage with many industry illuminati, including Renee Geyer, Darryl Braithwaite and James Reyne. He has sung in many kinds of bands and many configurations - solo, duo, trio, 8 piece band, in Australia, Taiwan and Japan.

His Cd "Touch" was recorded at Melbourne's prestigious Metropolis Studios by even more prestigious engineer Doug Brady (triple Aria Award winner). "Touch" was released in 2004.

Australian singing sensation, John Farnham, recorded Steve's song "Take You Back" in 1999 . It was included on Farnham's "Anthology 3" CD. In 2003 "Sometimes" was included on his 2003 multi-award winning CD "The Last Time". Farnham was inducted into the Australian Record Industry Association's Hall of Fame and also won the ARIA for Best Adult Contemporary Album. So it was a great honour to be associated with this wonderful success.

Steve fell off his bike and broke his neck in April 2005 but is back on his feet (or in the "feetal position" as he says) and, judging by the awards, industry and audience response to this new batch of songs, his long overdue star is ready to rise.

Steve is playing around Melbourne solo and with his band at good venues and music festivals.

Lyrics

Way Down Homeless Blues

Written By: Steve Romig

Chorus
I’m way down, way down
Can’t seem to shake these blues
Oh my Lord, what can I do
I’m way down, way down
A load on my soul
Oh my Lord please let it roll from me
I’m way down, way down

Verse 1
Don’t have a job,
(Lord have mercy)
Don’t have a woman
(Lord have mercy)
My life used to be so sweet
Now I’m in rags,
(Look down on me)
My toes are frozen
(Look down on me)
Lord don’t know me)
I’m living out on the streets
Oh Lord, let me fly to the bosom of Abraham

Chorus
I’m way down, way down
I’m way down, way down
I can’t seem to find my way
Oh my Lord save me I pray from this
I’m way down, way down

Verse 2
Don’t have a home,
( no more comfort)
Don’t have no money
( no more comfort)
My children are grown and gone
No feather bed
( no more comfort)
no more soft pillow
( no more comfort)
To lay my poor head upon
Oh Lord let me rest in the bosom of Abraham

Chorus
I’m way down, way down
I’m way down, way down
I’m way down, way down
Water in my shoes
Lord show me what to do
I’m way down, way down
Night falls and it’s so cold
Death seems to have a hold on me
I’m way down, way down

Verse 3
I had a wife
(‘Til she left me)
I had a country
(‘Til it left me)
They both left me high and dry
I used to laugh
(I was happy)
I used to party
Now I want to lay down and die
So Lord let me fly to the bosom of Abraham

Chorus
I’m way down, way down
I’m way down, way down
I’m way down, way down
It wasn’t meant to be
Oh my Lord you set me free of this
I’m way down, way down

Better Man

Written By: Steve Romig

Baby take you anywhere you like
I take you riding on my motorbike
Little honey you are really sick
Tell me baby where’d you learn that trick

I cant take my eyes off you
When I’m with you it’s all I can do
You’re my confection, my sweet delight
I wanna make it with you every night

‘Cos you make me a better man

You’re amazing love, to see you smile
Just have to touch me in a little while
My heart starts racing and I’m gone again
Shake my senses and you ease my pain

I can’t keep my hands offa you
When I’m with you it‘s all I can do
You’re my connection to a higher light
You breathe into me I just can’t fight it

You make me a better man.

Body on my Mind

Written By: Steve Romig

Verse 1
I play my music, I go from town to town
Nights are like thunder, but the days just bring me down
I’ve got your body on my mind
The sweet sound of your voice in my head.

Verse 2
I’ve got this bourbon and it’s swimming in my head
It’s four o’clock in the morning
I’m tossing and turning in my bed.
I’ve got your body on my mind
And the sweet sound of your voice in my head.

Chorus
Babe oh babe each and every lonely day is so long.
Babe oh babe I am weak as a kitten ‘cos my love is so strong.

Verse 3
I got the blues in my suitcase, a pebble in my shoe
All I got’s my memories and a picture of you
I’ve got your body on my mind
And the sweet sound of your voice in my head.

Instrumental break

Chorus
Babe oh babe each and every lonely day is so long.
Babe oh babe I am weak as a kitten ‘cos my love is so strong.

Rpt Verse 3
I got the blues in my suitcase, a pebble in my shoe
All I got’s my memories and a picture of you
I’ve got your body on my mind
And the sweet sound of your voice
I’ve got your body on my mind
and the sweet sound of your voice
I’ve got your body on my mind
And the sweet sound of your voice in my head.

Everybody’s Got Their Way

Written By: Steve Romig

Chorus 1
Everybody’s got their way
Everybody’s got their way of doing it
Everybody’s got their way
Everybody’s got their way of getting through it

Verse 1
Some people want to wake up early in the morning
Want to see that sun shine bright
Some people don’t get home ‘til just before the sun is dawning
They want to play all night
I want to play all day

Chorus
Everybody’s got their way
Everybody’s got their way of doing it
Everybody’s got their way
Everybody’s got their way of getting through it

Verse 2
Some people want to make hay while the sun shines
Others got to take it slow
Some people want to stop and smell the flowers
Others got to go, go, go

Chorus
Everybody’s got their way
Everybody’s got their way of doing it
Everybody’s got their way
Everybody’s got their way of getting through it

Verse 3
Some people want to rock some people want to roll
Some people think Jesus gonna save their soul
Some people want beans and others want rice
Some people want it plain and others want spice

Chorus
Everybody’s got their way
Everybody’s got their way
Everybody’s got their way....

Please,Please,Please

Written By: Steve Romig

I Got to Please, Please,Please, Please, Please
I Got to Please, Please,Please, Please, Please
I Gotta hold you
Let my arms enfold
I Got to hold you tight
Each and every single night

Lord knows
I'm not the worlds most perfect man
And you know baby
For you
I do the best I can
I work and slavin' every day
To bring you home my hard earned pay
But it's worth it baby
Just to hear you say

I Got to Please, Please,Please, Please, Please
I Got to Please, Please,Please, Please, Please

Lord knows
I'm not the worlds most perfect girl
And you know
If i could
I would give you the world
I wanna squeeze you and hold you tight
Each and every single night
And it's worth it baby
To make you feel alright

I Got to Please, Please,Please, Please, Please
I Got to Please, Please,Please, Please, Please
I Gotta hold you
Let my arms enfold
I Got to hold you tight
Each and every single night

Organ Solo

I Got to Please, Please,Please, Please, Please
I Got to Please, Please,Please, Please, Please
I Gotta hold you
Let my arms enfold
I Got to hold you tight
Each and every single night

Etc

Take You Back

Written By: Steve Romig/ Frank Sablotny

She's gone away
And Deep in the night I cry
For the love that I thought was mine
She left a space
That used to be filled with love
The bitter sweet taste of wine

I call my friends
And tell them I'm doing fine
But you're always on my mind

And I would Take you back
Just like that
Yes I would take you back
Just like that

Don't care what you've done
Don't care where you've been
But I'd take you back
Just like that

We used to laugh
Whenever we made love
And i still hear you in the night

And i'd awake
With you asleep by my side
Like a child in the morning light

I wear a smile
A face that I hide behind
But you're always on my mind

Repeat Chorus

What can i be
My baby when all my dreams are wrapped up in you
What else can i do
But take you back

Come my Children

Written By: Steve Romig

Come my Children we must go
Where the air is clean and the waters flow,
Where the firefly is the woodmans friend
And the air is sweet when the rain descends

Come we children we must fly
Before the moment passes by
While the Whale still swims in the deep blue sea
And the Eagles cry is high and free
Chorus
Come my children heed the call
Before the world begins to fall
All God's creatures sea and land
The time has come to make a stand

Come my children raise the cry
raise it up into the sky
The forests of our drems abound
Don't let our greed burn them down

Repeat Chorus

Should old acquaintance be forgot
And never brought to mind
Know this the fate of all the world's
In the hands of all mankind

Lonely

Written By: Steve Romig

I've been so lonely without you
There's not a damn thing i can do
Can't seem to shake these low down blues
Babe since you said that we were through
Now it feels like thunder
That I can't get out from under
Everyday the rain is fallin in my heart
Come back Baby
Yeah i think that maybe
You and I could make a brand new start
And I've been so lonely without you
Don't you know there's not a damn thing I can do

Raft

Written By: Steve Romig

Floating on a river on a rubber raft
With the sun beating on my skin
I told my friends and neighbors and they all just laughed
Saying what state do you think you're in
So I got in my car and i hit the northern highway
My friends said flying's safer but i had to do it my way
Just a free spirit and a river and a rubber raft

Floating on a river on a rubber raft
Looking back at where I've just been.
The sunshine painting shadows and a gentle draft
Painting pictures upon my skin
The trees are so green
Yeah they smell just like ambrosia
Way up in the north where nobody even knows ya
Just a free spirit and a river and a rubber raft.

Gotta get away from the rain
Gotta get away from the city
Leave behind all of this pain
and just float

OOwoh just see me

Floating on a river on a rubber raft
With the sun beating on my skin
I told my friends and neighbors and they all just laughed
Saying what state do you think you're in
So I got in my car and i hit the northern highway
My friends said flying's safer but i had to do it my way
Just a free spirit and a river and a rubber raft

Outro

Feeling kinda free
This is the only way to be
All this greenery
These are the only things to see.

Etc

Sometimes

Written By: Steve Romig

Sometimes i feel folded
Like a piece of paper
Dirty with the fingerprints of unrepentant hands
Who never, ever think about the words of love inside me
Coz it' all so plain and simple
That no-one understands.

Sometimes i feel congested
Like peak hour in the city
Choking on the petrol and the diesel and the dust
And i sit and wonder how we all could be so stupid
And i want to leave my vehicle
And let it turn to rust

And i wish i had your confidence
I wish i had your smile
I wish i had your Joi De Vivre
Your innate sense of style
And i wish i had your body near me
Warming up my nights.
Saying OOO babe
Baby it's alright.

Sometimes i feel miniscule
Just like an amoeba
Floating on a plate of glass
Watched by unseen eyes
And it feels so cold and lonely
In that instant of existence
That I wonder if someone's watching me
Up above the skies

Repeat chorus

Perhaps there are no solutions
Perhaps just other questions
Maybe there's a meaning to my solitary life.
And i know that there's no guarantees
There' just the pain of living
Perhaps there are no solutions
Maybe there's just life

Repeat chorus

Rock my soul

Written By: Steve Romig

My sweet woman she's a jumpin' bean
She's the best damn woman that I've ever seen

I said Oh Lord she gonna
Oh Lord she gonna
Oh Lord she gonna rock my soul

I'm never hungry and I'm never cold
Gonna love that woman til I'm grey and old

I said Oh Lord she gonna
Oh Lord she gonna
Oh Lord she gonna rock my soul.

Cooks my chicken and warms my bed
Gives me lovin and soothes my head

Her smilin' face makes my poor heart sing
The love we feel is such a simple thing

I said Oh Lord she gonna
Oh Lord she gonna
Oh Lord she gonna rock my soul.

We fit together like a deck of cards
To love my woman isn't all that hard

I said Oh Lord she gonna
Oh Lord she gonna
Oh Lord she gonna rock my soul.

Cooks my chicken and warms my bed
Gives me lovin and soothes my head

I used to be such a lonely soul
Now my woman bakes my jelly roll

I said Oh Lord she gonna
Oh Lord she gonna
Oh Lord she gonna rock my soul.

I always will

Written By: Steve Romig

I wanna tell you about my lover
She's a lady of style and grace.
And when I hold her I hold eternity people
Smells like ambrosia when I kiss her face

The desire rises upi
And fills my loving cup
And there's nothing else I wanna see and feel

So cuddle up baby
Kiss me slow
There is something you should know
I love you and I always will.
Gonna keep that fire burning bright
Warm you on your coldest nights
I love you and I always will.

In the morning when she lays sleeping
I lie and wonder how it got so good
I was a lonely man until we found us
I was walking this world alone and thought I always would

I never get tired of telling her I love her
All I wanna do is make her feel alright

So cuddle up baby
Kiss me slow
There is something you should know
I love you and I always will.
Gonna keep that fire burning bright
Warm you on your coldest nights
I love you and I always will

Seems like i'm only just awaking
So much that I didn't know before.

The desire rises up and fills my loving cup
And there's nothing else i wanna see and feel.

So cuddle up baby
Kiss me slow
There is something you should know
I love you and I always will.
Gonna keep that fire burning bright
Warm you on your coldest nights
I love you and I always will

Take me to the sea

Written By: Steve Romig

Take me to the sea Words and music Steve Romig.

Come with me now my darling one
On the sand and away we’ll run
Turn out faces towards the sun
Together we will play

Brown and naked and swimming free
Dolphins dancing around our knees
Making love in the sand we’ll be
At the dawning of the day

I will kiss you my lady fair
Sweet surrender
Making love in the midnight air
Adventurers we’ll be
Take me to the sea

Lovin’s easy and Lovin’s fine
Your smile is sweet as a glass of wine
Fingers tracing a lovely line
Where your hair is blowing free

Time to dance to a pipers tune
Skipping gaily beneath the moon
Steal a kiss and don’t leave too soon
A pirate I will be.

I will kiss you my lady fair
Sweet surrender
Making love in the midnight air
A sailor I will be
Take me to the sea

Looking out on a velvet sky
Stealing time as it passes by
The moon is shining for you and I
That’s what I believe

Hold my hand and we’ll run away
Find the sun at the break of day
Hold you close as the children play
Running wild and free

I will love you my lady fair
Sweet surrender
Run my fingers through your hair
A pirate I will be
Take me to the sea

Come with me now my darling one
On the sand and away we’ll run
Turn out faces towards the sun
Together we will play

Brown and naked and swimming free
Dolphins dancing around our knees
Making love in the sand we’ll be
At the dawning of the day

I will kiss you my lady fair
Sweet surrender
Making love in the midnight air
Adventurers we’ll be
Take me to the sea

Discography

14 track album "The Friday Sessions" is ready for release. 4 international awards, various national awards.
14 song "Touch", released nationally 2004, is available for purchase or order at over 1,000 record stores Australia wide and on internet stores as well for overseas purchasers.

Touch was recorded with Doug Brady, Mike Brady, Mike Kelly, Kay Harrison, Norm Falvo, Peter Badenoch, Joe Creighton and James Uluave.

Review of "Sometimes" : TAXI International Publishing.
"What a beautiful song. I love the juxtaposing sounds, the warm thick guitar with the bright bluesy guitar, the strings in the chorus. The lyric is superb and your voical texture is so warm, thick and rich. Just beautiful. The first listen I have to admit I was just waiting for something to critique, for something to jump as strange, but nothing did. And while writing this I'm listening I'm wishing I could just listen because the 2nd time is even sweeter. Bravo! Lovely lovely job!

and
"Solid, evocative lyrics, and tight musical arrangements, delivered with plenty of panache"

Streaming tracks and samples on website.

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Set List

Originals
Blues Set
Way Down Homeless Blues
Everybody's Got Their Way
Sometimes
Be Nice to Me
Daddy Come Down (Delta Blues)
Better Man (Rock)
Ain't Gonna Be Your Dog (Country)
You Rock My World (Gospel)
Real Love (Gospel)
Lonely Blues
Backdoor Man
My Soul's Beloved
Leavin' here today
Please, Please, Please

Ballads
Take You Back
I Wanna Touch You
On Western Bay
Nobody Stays in Love Anymore
Old Friend
Hardline
Tender Moments
Sleep
The Mistress
Body on my Mind

Covers
Key to the Highway
Turn Up your radio
Friday on my mind
Lela
songs by Simon and Garfunkle,
James Taylor,
Billy Joel,
Elton John,
Stevie Wonder,
Eric Clapton,
The Beatles
Ray Charles
Eva Cassidy
Ella Fitzgerald
Elvis Costello
Elvis Presley
and many more.