Stan Lyness

Stan Lyness

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Stan is a Boston-area nonsinger-songwriter creating quality songs in all roots genres. I'd be delighted to work with any artist to turn these "Instant Nonfat Dry Hits" into superb performances and cuts, to co-write, or to add extra punch to already-good songs.

Biography

Stan was first moved to write by an excruciatingly dull high school social studies class and has ever since taken up the pen whenever things get slow. He now finds himself in an enormously productive period. Watch out world!

Influences are Mose Allison, Kris Kristofferson, Alan Jay Lerner, Merle Haggard, Frank Loesser, Duke Ellington, that sort of thing. Current listening includes jazz, Austin folks, bluegrass, everything.

Lyrics

Dreamin' It Too

Written By: Stan Lyness

country, male or female voice
copyright 2004 Stan Lyness

What a way to wake up,
driftin' out of a dream,
lookin' over an' seein' it's still true,
watchin' you turn my way
with a smile that beams
as if you been dreamin' it too.

CHORUS:
Seems like I'm dreamin' with eyes wide open -
awake or asleep, I got you.
It's so unbelievable, I'd been hopin'
you'll tell me it really is true,
tell me you been dreamin' it too.

When we first got to meet,
my rehearsed words were lost,
swept aside by a daydream of you.
And you seemed to be speechless
as I, while we waltzed -
as if you'd been daydreamin' too.

CHORUS
You must've been dreamin' with eyes wide open.
Your dance did what words couldn't do:
ignited love even with words unspoken.
Before the night ended I knew -
knew that you'd been dreamin' it too.

So today we turn into
a fam'ly at last,
so together whatever we do.
An' I know no dream's ever
outside my grasp
as long as you're dreamin' it too.

CHORUS:
Maybe I dream but my eyes arewide open -
the dream is: I'll always have you.
Pull close to me, honey, I'd been hopin'
you'd tell me it's gonna come true,

tell me you been dreamin' it too.

You Should Live Here

Written By: Stan Lyness

country, male voice
Copyright 2004 Stan Lyness

After workin' all day, gotta drive a long way to make my escape, but then,
I gotta see you or bust but to see you I must commute all over again.
But I think when I drive an' I'm thinkin' that I've
got a plan I'm damned proud of
to spend a great deal less time at the wheel and a lot more time on love:

You should live here! We should give it a spin.
You should live here! We should move your stuff in.
We'll hang your jeans in the closet with mine,
move my beer over, make room for your wine,
Admit it, it's true, it's evident you should live here
- all of the time.

What say tomorrow we go rent a yellow 12-foot Ryder truck,
make one trip more to your front door, and fill that big box up,
haul it over here, open up the rear, bring in your things and style,
make this home your very own an' make my life worthwhile.

You should live here! We should start life again.
You should live here! We should move your stuff in.
Let's hang your jeans in the closet with mine,
move my beer over, make room for your wine,
Admit it, it's true, it's evident you should live here
- all of the time.

Now we might just rely on trust, or better yet, marry soon,
but either way, all my remaining years belong to you.

You should live here - in wedlock or sin!
You should live here! We should move your stuff in.
Let's hang your jeans in the closet with mine,
move my beer over, make room for your wine,
Admit it, it's true, it's evident you should live here
- all of the time.

Now honey how can you take my great plan and stand it on its head?
I just can't see why you'd have me move in with you instead.
Except that your garage holds more an' you got less yard to mow,
an' some workbench space down in your basement,
so honey if you say so,

I should live there! Either way we win.
I should live there! We should move my stuff in.
We'll hang my jeans in the closet with yours,
slide this dresser by that chest of drawers,
Let's give it a try, it's obvious I should live there
- evermore.

What You Tell Your Woman

Written By: Stan Lyness

2/2 jazz, female voice
Copyright 2004 Stan Lyness

Got two game hens in the oven,
got two placemats in their place.
Got the lights turned low for lovin'
an' a top of see-through lace.

For one sweet romantic evening
just leave everything to me,
just one detail I'll be leaving's
your responsibility:

What you tell your woman, that's for you to plan.
There's just one who can handle this and I know you're the man.
Are you stuck downtown all night
stranded by a transit strike?
What you tell your woman, I don't need to know about.
What you tell your woman is your job to figure out.

I got chocolates on the nightstand,
I got cheap champagne on ice,
Got a dimmer on the lights and
satin pillows to entice.

So from you I'll just be needin'
your arrival in good time
with your temporary freedom
and your alibis in line, 'cause

What you tell your woman, that's just up to you.
Just say what you gotta say, do what you gotta do.
Are you playin' poker w/ the guys?
Shoppin' for her big surprise?
What you tell your woman, I don't
need to know about. We know
what you tell your woman is your job to figure out.

What you tell your woman, that's your thing to plan.
There's just one who can handle this and I know you're the man.
Work out what you're gonna say,
when you're quickly called away
for emergencies at work
cov'ring for your boss (that jerk)
or to your ailing uncle's side
'til his episodes subside,
Are you stuck downtown all night
stranded by a transit strike?
Playin' poker w/ the guys?
Shoppin' for her big surprise?
Be careful but be sure to leave me out, because
what you tell your woman, that's your job to figure out.

Got the CD player playin'
classic Barry White CDs.
In the mornin' we can stay in
so stay long long as you please.

I got all the bases covered,
I got everything in tune
for one love-nest for two lovebirds
just come unencumbered soon, yeah

What you tell your woman, that's your job, not mine.
Just make sure it's covered and you've hauled it here on time.
Swear to her you're ever true,
fabricate whatever you
need to tell your woman, I don't need to know about. We know
what you tell your woman
what you tell your woman is your job to figure out.

Discography

Song Demos Volume 1
Song Demos Volume 2
Song Demos Volume 3
Song Demos Volume 4
A 5th CD is in production but I haven't yet come up with a name for it.