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About: Long Hard Nights

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Steve Thomas & the DeComposers - Long Hard Nights
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Lyrics

Long Hard Nights
Steve Thomas

Standing on the corner on the outside of town
A toss of a coin will tell which way I’m bound
Drinking and singing sad old songs
Been thinking is this where I belong

Why I came this way well might not ever know
Guess I had some things I just had to show
After all I thought that I was pretty good
Took all I had I misunderstood

Long hard nights in lonely rundown bars
Guess I realize now just how hard things really are

I’ll go and pack my bags with this heavy load
I’m awfully tired of this lonesome road
Music’s all I have its all I’ve ever known
I’ll keep on singing til I find my home

Long hard nights in lonely rundown bars
Guess I realize now just how hard things really are

Standing on the corner on the outside of town
A toss of a coin will tell which way I’m bound
Drinking and singing sad old songs
Been thinking is this where I belong
Long hard nights in lonely rundown bars
Guess I realize now just how hard things really are
Just how hard things really are
Just how hard things really are

 

 

 

 

Long Hard Nights was written by Steve Thomas some years ago at a time in his life when becoming a traveling musician and hitting the road seemed a real possibility. This song takes a long "hard" look at an aspect of musical life that makes performing such a mixed blessing. While musicians love to play, and especially playing for a new audience, they tend not to arrive reliably in one's living room. People will come to hear the "house band" at a club for a while, but like the same ol' food every night, it can get stale for every one. But when you take the show on the road, it stays new and there is an excitement to playing for a new and appreciative audience. But when the night is over and it is time to pack things up and move on, the realities of travel hit you. Many musicians have written about this part of playing since, for us, it is always there. The late Dan Folgelberg may have said it best to us in his song, Same Auld Lang Syne, when he addresses an old lover he'd chanced upon in the grocery store, " I said the audience is heavenly, but the traveling is hell." 

 

Steve had never considered himself a country music fan. Nevertheless, we must accept the gifts we get and this song just seemed to pop into his mind after noodling around with an acoustic guitar intro lick. He played it for Jeff and it was immediately something they both wanted to work with. The song however, was quite short and with Jeff’s input another verse was added. Jeff also wrote and performs a very tasty country/folk rock sounding lead guitar part, sections of it having two guitar tracks harmoniously complementing each other in the tradition of the Allman Brothers. To date, this is Steve’s only lead vocal recording, wisely leaving the singing to others. Steve plays acoustic guitar and also put together the midi bass part. Drums were a simple, straightforward drum machine rhythm without embellishment. Chorus harmonies were Jeff, Ray Burns and Chris Rininger.


Author: Steve Thomas


Vocals: Steve Thomas
Backup vocals: Chris Rininger, Ray Burns
Acoustic guitars: Jeffrey Powel & Steve Thomas
Electric guitars: Jeffrey Powel
Midi bass: Jeffrey Powel
Midi drums: Plastic Kelly Steve Thomas



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