Tom Richardson

Tom Richardson

BandFolkAcoustic

Tom Richardson writes songs that ring immediately true. With a soulful voice and distinctive guitar style, his music hits home about such things as new love, old love, hope, fear, and the weather report!

Biography

The great thing about Tom, whether solo or with The Farallons, is his sense of fun and his keen insights. He and his partners Terry and Linda have good things to say in a manner just a little different enough to make you wonder. The voices and instrumentation will make you fly. Quite a combination. Tom is the recipient of the West Coast Songwriters 2002 "Song of the Year" award and numerous "Best Song" and "Best Performer" awards.

Lyrics

A Couple of Ridges Over

Written By: Tom Richardson

Clouds lying on the sleeping hills
And as we speed by,
It looks a little like vapor trails in the sky.
Do you see that second ridge
So high and proud.
Reaching up to the vapor trails and the clouds,
That we're chasing.

Hold on hold on baby
I swear it's not that far.
Hold on hold on darling
It's just a couple of ridges over.

We've been running for all these years,
Chasing those trails.
Looking for pots of gold and holy grails.
Mesmerized by that distant ridge line,
We press on.
Confident that our luck will change come dawn,
If we just try harder.

So hold on hold on baby
I swear it's not that far.
Hold on hold on darling
It's just a couple of ridges over.

So we sail on day after day,
Year after year.
Waiting for that second ridge to appear.
And if it never does,
We'll be fine.
All we need is hope and a little more time,
To carry on.

So hold on hold on baby
I swear it's not that far.
Hold on hold on darling
It's just a couple of ridges over.

One Shot Deal

Written By: Tom Richardson

Gather round children and hear a tale
of when a man puts his soul up for sale.
Buyers are plenty and the price is dear,
And in the end one thing becomes clear

This is a one shot deal, and we better get it right
Take care when you're dealing with gypsies in the night.
This is a one shot deal, and the cards are marked,
So you better pay attention
cause this is a one shot deal.

Look upward people into the night sky
And witness a star shooting by.
Sooner or later there will be one,
to come down and the judgment will be done.

This is a one shot deal, and we better get it right
Take care when you're dealing with gypsies in the night.
This is a one shot deal, and the cards are marked,
So you better pay attention
cause this is a one shot deal.

As for the moral, as for the truth
I'm afraid that all comes down to you
Cause if we seek salvation
in a saint or a demagogue
We may as well pop the clutch
and put the peddle to the metal in the fog

This is a one shot deal, and we better get it right
Take care when you're dealing with gypsies in the night.
This is a one shot deal, and the cards are marked,
So you better pay attention
cause this is a one shot deal.

The Stick Man

Written By: Tom Richardson

I heard you danced, so slow,
with a man on a moonlit beach in southern Mexico.
Was it me? Was it me?
When you looked into his eyes did you see me?
Was it just an apparition that you held in you hands?
Was it just a stick man drawn in the sand?
(I'm just asking.)

Did he speak words of love?
Did he compare your eyes to the starry skies above?
Did he make you laugh and feel free
to be the wonderful lover you always thought you could be?
Well, when the party ended
and the mariachis all went home
did you pay the price by being left alone?

Did those warm south winds blow?
Did the moon hang bright and full?
Was the music soft and slow?

On the beach he stands alone,
as you sail north to your California home.
And the tide comes rolling in
to wash away your lovely stick man.

Discography

"Heart of Hearts" on CD and cassette
"Thick As Thieves" on CD
"Wine, Women & Song" benefit compilation CD for breast cancer research

Set List

Blue Fire Wind
Let It Ring
The Stick Man
For All Time
A Couple of Ridges Over
It All Comes Down to Love
Perfect World
One Shot Deal
This Moon
Sleeping Dogs

Up to three 50 minutes sets with a few covers thrown in for fun.