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Midnight in the Garden

by Bryce Thomas

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1.
Venezia 04:17
VENEZIA We were in a cafe, in an alley, near an old bridge Somewhere near the water, oh the water that looks so milky green Acting new found lovers come to summer in the old ways Somewhere near the water, oh the water that keeps you oh so clean Oh your secret's out and there's no doubt Venezia my dear I will go real crazy makin' money for ya baby Buy you lots of diamonds or a diamond encrusted golden heart That you can hold real hard Livin' la dolce vita in a cabana near an old bridge Somewhere near the water, oh the water, it sparkles like a dream L'azzurra aqua dream Your secret's out and there's no doubt Venezia my dear
2.
Wanderlust 04:23
WANDERLUST I wanna love ya but I just can't give in You wanna kiss me but you're so 'fraid of sin And you don't know why we could never get it right We go to Russia ya we get there by sea We fly to Thailand just to land on our knees Oh and you don't know why we could never get it right And I'm wonderin' hell baby where we gonna spend the night? I was callin' out, you were always stuck on the phone It's little wonder why we never make some time to be on our own We meet a buddha, ya he's got the disease A simple guru, man he's so hard to please Oh and he don't know why we could never get it right There's revolution marchin' down the next street While we're just lookin' for a clean place to eat Oh and they don't know why we could never get it right And I'm wonderin' hell baby why do we have to fight? You made your choice and it's me, babe I made my choice and it's you There's nothing left to be said about it or do Except to find a dark place where we can work this all through You keep me in stitches all the time It's proof to me this love is a crime You made your choice and it's me, babe I made my choice and it's you There's nothing left to be said about it or do Except to find a dark place where I can ... with you
3.
Gone 05:37
GONE Took a trip on a sailing ship (gone gone gone) Ya met a lover but he wouldn't commit (long long gone) Found out something that you couldn't admit (wrong wrong wrong) Hit the islands and got lost for a bit (long gone gone) Never could get used to the taste, girl Till it was too late Never could get used to the taste, child Now you'll have to wait till its through with you Met a man down from New York City (my oh my) You wore a dress just to feel more pretty (why oh why) He stole your trust and your souvenir jewellery (cry cry cry) Left the dress and a note saying "call me" (my oh my) Never could get used to the pain, child Till it was too late Never could get used to the pain, girl Now you'll have to wait till its through with you Don't bet the bank on me, I'm runnin' out Don't bet the bank on me, I'm closin' down Don't bet the bank on me Hallelujah In excelsius Deo Getting late and now the fire's fading You watch the boy with the tambourine playing Still struggle with the greater meaning But even good girls take a break from believing Never could get used to the pace, child Till it was too late Never could get used to the pace, girl Now you'll have to wait till its through with you
4.
Powder Blue 04:16
POWDER BLUE Powder blue, she had to move Now she's living in a condo wondering how she's gonna get down Once marooned up near the moon All the stars they come and dangle from her ear lobe Oh, she moves so slow It takes two to find the groove But her sweet perfume well it clung to his rough nose Now all alone, rip out the phone In a bathtub full of rosebuds man she really likes to get down Hey, it's okay The only way, only way, only way to know The only way, only way, only way to go Is with a kiss goodnight She never really wanted him to come back Instead she's livin' revolution from a backpack Lighting candles that she never had a use for Eating chocolate from a pillow on the wood floor Oh, she feels so stoned She drank a lot of gin She got so drunk on the gin that she decided to join the traffic And she was seen running up and down the road in front of this church In and out of the horse-drawn traffic Waving her arms about, imitating a fire engine As one does He was mistaken that she'd never feel more safe in, a brand new life She never really wanted him to ever come back She never really wanted him to ever hang round No, she feels so old Powder blue, powder blew, oh powder blue
5.
Good Things 03:15
GOOD THINGS You used to ask me questions, I liked to give you answers My stories always faltered, you said you saw right through them Now you live another life in which someone calls you wife And oh I see So many invitations to dinner and the theatre But never where to meet you laughing in the lobby All the faces intertwine, the bodies lie so still The fingers and the hands, the shape beneath the sheets As I stare up at the window and wonder where I'm sleepin' But oh I see A silver moon receding behind an older building Reminds me of those buildings that lay along the water Where you used to have a place to draw and sing and paint And oh I see There's panic in receiving a phone call from your mother She's somewhat hard of hearing, but mostly hard believing Good things come to pass (Oh I see) A silver moon receding behind an older building Reminds me of those buildings that lay along the water Where you used to have a place to draw and sing and paint And oh I see There's panic in receiving a phone call from your mother She's somewhat hard of hearing, mostly hard believing Good things come to pass
6.
You and Me 03:28
YOU AND ME You and me are such good company That I believe it's by design Planes may shake and trains be late But we leave to fate what fate can find And I couldn't love you more I'll forgive you baby if you snore And we will have one sweet life You'll make lots of babies as my wife So what are we fightin' for? I don't remember anymore I couldn't love you more I've tried a million times, but who's keepin' score? We will have one sweet life There's no forgiveness we can't find once we turn out the lights So what are we runnin' from? This song ain't half way done
7.
GROOVE BACK ON So you’re getting your groove back on Been some time since you’ve been done But baby you still got style Don’t matter that it’s been awhile And though you maybe feel no good You’re looking all Hollywood Glitter, glamour, glitz your way From Auckland to a Thailand bay Now you’re getting your groove back on Been some time since you’ve been done My baby you still got style Trudging up the royal mile And though you maybe feel no good You’re looking all Hollywood Glitter, glamour, glitz so far From Cairo to the Grand Bazaar Baby you are still lovely Two under two and you still got it Baby it’s true that on you My whole damn world looks so damn good There’s always so much to do Never any time for you Easy to get down and out But life will pull you through somehow And though you maybe feel no good There’s plenty reasons why you should Remember how we used to play Sleeping all the day away So you’re getting your groove back Been sometime since you’ve been done My baby you still got style Perfect silhouette and smile And though you maybe feel no good You’re looking all Hollywood Glitter, glamour, glitz my way I’ll love to our final days Baby you are still lovely Two under two and you still got it Baby it’s true that on you My whole damn world looks so damn good I keep trying and I keep hoping And I keeping wondering why?
8.
DIG MY OWN GRAVE dig my own grave, till somethin' new blooms in my place nothin' left to say, till somethin' gets to you till somethin' breaks on through, through to you tryn' to always be too many things at once too many things I want, want to be
9.
MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN I have gone to seed Everything blue and black and green No bones to be picked or so it seems Just thorns in my side and you but a dream Naked and tired Dance for me my love Glide through the dust that falls from above Fragrant and pure Like a stone, I'm still, fixed to this place Lost, found, in your sweet grace Make a hole for me I'm stuck to the ground and I cannot see The beauty in all that we are Daylight for you Midnight for me When the world is calm No bombs in the air, no sound from the guns Raging and wild We'll lie down and pretend this whole masquerade Is at last at an end Let's start the parade There's a hole in me I'm stuck to this ground and I cannot see The beauty in all that we are Daylight for you And still midnight for me (Keeps his weight on) Keep my weight on

about

MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN came about following a rather long period of creative drought. At the time it was as though being a new father had me channelling all my expressive energy directly into my children. Guitars, piano and drums became rather dusty.

Then, quite unexpectedly, this midnight in the garden of my creativity began to sprout something new. It began with a little tune called Dig My Own Grave, which bloomed full formed in a single evening and is the only song on the new album to not have any extensive revisions or embellishments after the fact.

Some of the other songs, such as Gone, Powder Blue, and Good Things, were in fact intended to be on ONCE WERE EXPLORERS, so I am thrilled that they have at long last been captured.

Newer songs, including Venezia, Wanderlust, Groove Back On and the title track, Midnight in the Garden, were welcome surprises that took root and grew in leaps and bounds.

Unfortunately, all of the tracks are still lacking the best part of my songs... Lisanne's voice. Rest assured, it is a shortcoming I plan to rectify as soon as possible.

For now I hope you enjoy the songs. Please feel free to drop me a note either way with your impressions. I'd greatly appreciate hearing how the individual songs resonate with you.

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released June 6, 2010

Written, performed, recorded and produced by Bryce R Thomas

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Bryce Thomas Toronto, Ontario

Canadian singer-songwriter Bryce Thomas writes, performs, records, and produces his unique blend of alternative folk / folk-rock music. His songs are smart, quirky, heartfelt, and bombastic… everything one could want for their life’s soundtrack.

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