Tom Guard

Tom Guard

BandRockFolk

Rock with folk influences. A blending of acoustic and electric hard driving yet accessible tunes with arrangements, hooks and lyrics that are hard to forget. With hints of his father, Dave Guard who founded the Kingston Trio. See "Aloha Mr. Guard" video, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKyuuGeJPKU

Biography

Tom Guard's influences stem from his father's involvement with The Kingston Trio and the folk revolution in the late fifties. In his teens, he was often listening to the family's record collection which ranged from Folkways to rock to jazz to blues and soul. His own passions found him immersed in jazz fusion and so-called art rock from the UK. A few years ago a friend offered Tom some studio time so he took it upon himself to hone his songwriting skills and make it happen. With some learning and experimentation he managed to write eleven original songs and record two covers. Above and Beyond, a country style ballad was written by his father and the other, See Emily Play by Syd Barrett involves an extraordinary mix of bagpipes, tabla and even some banjo picking by Tom. He says, "The experience has helped me to make smart and final arrangements and resist speculating over the multitude of possibilities." The album's title track, Shy River is a poem for his wife which also sends a message to the world that, in being shy, he may also be considered shallow and selfish. So he's letting the rivers flow. There's no better way to express one's self than to ride the rapids now and then. With this in mind he plans to tour and produce another record or two right away. He also teaches guitar and banjo at home in Massachusetts where he lives with his wife, Karen and their three teenage children.

Lyrics

Shy River

Written By: Tom Guard

Shy River
lyrics and music by Tom Guard © 2008

One day when I'd gone around
one last town and there I found
you holding all those golden reasons
and so I visit that town a lot

chorus
Get up and dance tonight
lose your fear and feel alright
No one can criticize
the love on which we base our lives

I've been around
just long enough by now
to know my mind
and learned just how
to set things right

Waves are like words you know
Some of the get lost below
Here come those creepy sinking feelings
of reaching deeper than words describe

Because you helped me through the tower
Now I can laugh and enjoy every hour
Oh yeah

I watch the waves roll by
now and then on the River Shy
I always leave with a good feeling
that there's a meaning in what I got

Looking back I can tell you
I found out what love can do
Seeing now what we been through
makes me feel close to you

chorus
Get up and dance tonight
lose your fear and feel alright
No one can criticize
the love on which we base our lives

Waves are like words you know
choppy talk just runs shallow
Come tell me all about still waters
and when they disappear

Mama San

Written By: Tom Guard

Mama San
lyrics and music by Tom Guard © 2008

Mama San
Tell me the things that you've done
A story
for your little sleepy grandson

chorus
You are the wise old crone
living so long on your own

Let's look
back on our lives and compare
Mama San
the wonderful things that we shared

You are the wise old crone
living so long on your own
You are the wise old crone
Papa San's gone
but you get by just fine
on your own.

Time heals
all of the wounds and the scars
like remedies
passed along down from the stars

Sounds like your old man was mean
punishing you for those innocent things.

Tell me
about all of the jobs that you had,
Papa-San,
and all of the pranks by my dad.

'wish I could live in those days
Call it impossible
Who's to say?

So Mama-San
Thank You for all that you've done
Being there
the warmth and the light of the sun

chorus
You are the wise old crone
living so long on your own.

I love you
and the soul of your grace.
We're on the phone
but you know there's a smile on my face

Pascal

Written By: Tom Guard

Pascal
lyrics and music by Tom Guard © 2008

Pascal was born on a Summer morn'
in nineteen hundred and ninety-four
The Virgo boy with his pale blue eyes
took a look out his window at the open sky

He felt out of place there in Shangri La
so he drafted a plan for a coup de taut

He was named for a mystic man
with practical thoughts his life began
but the ways he used to measure
didn't apply to love and pleasure.

chorus
His name is Pascal
Now he's a man and we're alive today
because he thought another way

We call him Pascal
and he's so full of love
It helped this living legend rise above.

He said, "Along with fate are certain things
that come with what tomorrow brings
The answer came with an obvious clue
It won't sound too harsh if we call it a coup!"

chorus
His name is Pascal
Now he's a man and we're alive today
because he thought another way

He must have reached deep down inside
after seeing other peoples lives
going up in flames not knowing
that their fuel was overflowing
ah yeah

Crossing Over the Road

Written By: Tom Guard

They'd been told a bout him
crossing over the road
He's the good samaritan
Through time his words echoed

chorus
They knew who he was
He wore no disguise
Though they were young
he told them no lies

He ran with the wind
Cold night, then the day begins
So he hid a way
in their barn
sleeping in hay

She snuck out and woke the man
Frightened she she be came
She asked "Who is it?"
In vain he said his name

What if he's come back?
He'd see things have changed
No more anecdotes
The subject remains
There are still bad folks
Don't ignore the lies
Kathy thought "No, really!
Let's open our eyes."

chorus
They knew who he was
He wore no disguise
Though they were young
he told them no lies

Discography

Shy River: Eleven originals and two covers make up this album which is currently receiving airplay and available on CD and digital downloads.

Set List

Shy River, You Never Can Tell (Chuck Berry), Mama San, I Have It In Mind, California Dreaming (John Phillips), Crossing Over the Road, Aloha Mr. Guard, When the Shock Wears Off, Johnny B. Goode (Chuck Berry), Pluto, The Oasis.