Tom Mullian

Tom Mullian

 Prospect Park, Pennsylvania, USA
BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

Tom performs solo or with band members. His music features well-crafted, spirited songs, blending styles of country, blues, folk, rock with a hint of celtic. His lyrics are literate and savvy. His narratives explore and relfect back upon the genre. These songs are the music of the lived life.

Biography

Tom is a singer/songwriter and has been performing for 42 years. He was born and raised in Lansdowne and currently resides in Media. He graduated from Upper Darby High School in 1970. He studied music and art history at Delaware County Community College and went on to study English Literature and writing at West Chester.

He began playing the guitar in 1964, inspired by the music and social movements of the times. He performs solo and with various friends in musical combinations. Tom sings, plays the Martin D1 guitar, Regal Steel Guitar, the classical guitar, mandolin, gourdalin, gourd guitar, banjo, and Fender Stratocaster. His repertoire includes original songs, country, folk, rock, traditional, blues, and music of social conscience.

Tom has played in many clubs and at WXPN's World Café Live. He has performed at innumerable rallies, festivals, and fundraisers. For the past two years, he has been a featured performer in Media’s Americana Roots Festival and Blues Stroll. He has also played at numerous open mics, monthly sharings, and Quaker schools and meetinghouses. His music has been broadcast on NPR and KYW; and the Independent Media. The Philadelphia Inquirer has printed a number of pictures of him. The Daily Times featured him in the Weekend Section in May 2006 just as The News of Delaware County ran a two-page interview about his appearance at the 4th Annual Delaware County Peace Festival and new CD release.

In late 2005, he wrote and recorded an eclectic EP of instrumental music entitled HARVEST DANCE.In May 2006, he released an album of original songs called SIX STRINGS AGAINST THE WAR.

Tom's most recent release is Hell or High Water. While the other CDs have been solo performances, the new album features a full band sound. Tom's lead vocals are arranged with tight harmonies. Instruments include his trademark martin acoustic backed with bass, electric guitar, drums, percussion, fiddle, piano and hammond organ.

Lyrics

Julianna

Written By: Tom Mullian

Now the road to Carolina was covered in fresh snow
A storm had hit the south but still I had to go
I'm singing very softly to keep myself awake
Bitter coffee in my veins, the chances that we take

Driving all night singing O Susannah
Tomorrow going to see my Julianna

She's a comfort to my heart, she's the apple of my eye
My deepest joy, my greatest pain, the reason that I cry

Hey there, little darling, you know I'm you're my best friend
Nothing I wouldn't do for you, I'm with you 'til the end

Driving all night singing O Susannah
Tomorrow going to see my Julianna

The road is full of changes, what is waiting 'round the bend
We live and love without regret and we'd do it all...
We'd do it again

Well, I come from Pennsylvania, there's no banjo on my knee
But I can sing that song tonight and I can hold the key
Now she lives in Carolina but she's still my little girl
I loved her ever since the day we brought her in this world

Driving all night singing O Susannah
Tomorrow going to see my Julianna
Driving all night singing O Susannah
Tomorrow going to see my Julianna

Goodbye Rodeo

Written By: Tom Mullian

In these days of forgetting, the sun's growing cold
In the nights of moonless hope, the hours grow old
Through the cracks in the window, through the fog of the glass
I see the crowds all leaving, the seasons never last

And I'll dream of riding when winter shadows fall
This life is all I know but it's goodbye rodeo
Goodbye rodeo, goodbye rodeo

Well, life it has taught me, you take a fall now and then
But you dust yourself off, boy, and go riding again
I see the gray in the mirror, and I've nowhere to go
That girl from last night, boy, was just here for the show

And I'll dream…

In the whiteness of grieving to the colors of the day
Llike sails against a blue sky, guess I'll just fly away
And the sea knows no boundaries, skies hold ancient signs
But stars have fading memories in the wrinkles of time

And I'll dream of riding when winter shadows fall
This life is all I know but it's goodbye rodeo
Goodbye rodeo, goodbye rodeo

Goodybye rodeo, goodbye rodeo

Words & Music by Tom Mullian
Copyright 2010 Criminal Records

We are Diamonds, We are Gold

Written By: Tom Mullian

Is there one more train from this dusky town tonight?
Is there one more moon is which I can delight?
Is there one more game to loose the aces from my sleeve?
Is there one more wager is which I can believe?

We can drink ourselves to madness, lay our bodies on the floor
Tomorrow we'll be rising, walking out the door
Take a bullet in the heart, stagger up, stop and start
And still we'll cry for more

We are princes in the night
Blood brothers in this fight never growing old
We are diamonds, we are gold

Bring me a drink so dark to take my memory away
Bring me a song so stark and I'll hide myself today
Bring me a horse so fast that he runs like black lightening
Let me ride into the wind in a storm so frightening

I can stand up to the devil, play him poker-faced and strong
Bluff him in a game of stud-cut him before long
I bet you heaven to hell, you'll never do as well
For I can do no wrong

We are princes in the night…

There was one night in this hall, there was a woman that I met
Her eyes were blue, her hair was red, I never will forget
And then for o so many nights, she led me to her bed
I wasn't true, I lied to her and I walked away instead

On the edge of the town I met a spirit from the plains
Tell me, ancient one, why it is I'm in pain
In the dark I saw his eyes he said: you're not allowed to die
For all the hearts you've shamed

We are princes in the night
Blood brothers in this fight never growing old
We are diamonds, we are gold

We are diamonds, diamonds diamonds
We are gold...

Hell or High Water

Written By: Tom Mullian

From the belt of orion
To the gleam in the bobcat's eye
For the girl I'll lover forever
And the fish caught on the fly

Mountains kiss the clouds
Waters cleanse the earth
The rising smokey trail
Is the place of my birth

So my friend, do you understand
For all my sons and daughters
I will never leave this land
Come hell or high water

I woke up to the devil
Strolling on my lawn
Scattered shot across his back, go back
Go back, go back to your hellspawn

Strange riders come a-wanderin'
To steal a horse or two
Hogtied 'em for the sheriff
Now he don't have much to do

So you see, my friend...

Great-grandfather lived here
When high the waters come
Set himself just like a tree,
It didn't bother him none

Sugar creek went rising
Many a-home was wrecked
Great-grandfather never moved
When the water reached his neck

So you see, my friend...

You're welcome to my treasure
Sit down at my table
Tell your story through the night
Raise a glass if you're able

If you're riding up on blackridge
Don't ever feel alone
You are always welcome in
In my smokey mountain home

So my friend do you understand
For all my sons and daughters
I will never leave this land come hell or high water...

Walk through Walls

Written By: Tom Mullian

Love is a wave on the crest of the night
A cry in the heart of nightbird's flight
You move me like the moon and tides
On your shore for a midnight ride

Late at night when you're spirit comes
And calls to me-
I can walk through walls

Bottom of the sea, the earthquake comes
Waters rise and the big wave run
Feel you in the wires, feel you in the ground
Feel you in the heart of the earth it pounds

Late at night...

Storm on the mountain, fire in the sky
Leaves in whirlwind, flame in my eyes
See you in the sky, your flickering light
Hear your wings beating in the night

Late at night...

Sea of time, worlds open wide
Angels pass and demons confide
Ain't no distance going to keep me from you
We'll be together see what love can do

Late at night when you're spirit comes
And calls to me-
I can walk through walls

Words & Music by Tom Mullian
Copyright 2010 Criminal Records

Discography

Hell or High Water - released 12/4/10
Peace on Your Way - released 10/09
Six Strings Against the War - released 2005
Harvest Dance - released 11/04

Set List

Hell or High Water
Julianna
Cook up Something Good
Mama Says
We was Just Boys
Moses Creek (instrumental)
Walk through Walls
Hello, New Mexico
We are Diamonds, We are Gold
America, America
Whiskey Row
Goodbye Rodeo