Deliver Me

by Tom Heyman

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    Guitarist Tom Heyman has amassed a pretty hefty résumé as a sideman (Alejandro Escovedo, John Vanderslice, Mark Eitzel) and as a bandmember (Go to Blazes, Marah, Map of Wyoming), but Deliver Me is only his second recording as a solo artist. Released on San Francisco's Jackpine Social Club label, Deliver Me is a woolly mix of folk (à la Tom Rush, Tim Buckley, and Fred Neil), gritty roots rock, blues, and even solid white boy R&B. Heyman has a slew of pals playing on this, including Wilco's John Stirratt, Chuck Prophet, and Eitzel. None of that stuff really matters, though, because Deliver Me stands and falls on its own due to Heyman's abilities as a songwriter and producer (he sat alongside Sean Coleman for this set). Mostly, Deliver Me sounds like a relic, something held over and unearthed from either the folk revival as it entered the 1960s or from the barroom rock era of the late '60s and early '70s. And it is drenched in the feel of San Francisco. It's laid-back, although it carries real tension in some of its song, and it feels good even when the tunes are sad, dour, or angry. The gems here are plentiful. The opener, "Alright," is a folksy country love song that stands tall in its realist optimism and contains a catchall chorus sung by a small backing group amidst the wandering and ringing guitars. The snaky "Monkey Out of Me" has to be a bandstand favorite. It sounds like something off a Tom Waits record from the Heartattack and Vine era. It's a broken love song tempered by a boozy swagger. Heyman is a fine storyteller as well, as evidenced by the rocking folksy blues of "Crazy Ray," the tale of a lost soul who stands out in the crowd because he stands out of time and place and has no idea. The cover of "Milk Cow Blues" feels unnecessary and would have made the record a bit shorter. However, Heyman's read of Ike Turner's "You Got What You Wanted" turns its guttersnipe R&B into something else altogether without losing the original's bite and slow-burning fire. The set closes with "Listen to the Rain," a love song with backbone. It's simple and understated yet masculine and tough. The Wurlitzer growls under the mix as Heyman's blend of guitars and pedal steel slowly unfurls the tune, letting it ease out into the open without artifice or guile. Ultimately, this is a wildly diverse effort. It contains a rainbow of emotions, colors, and hues. Heyman's not the greatest lyricist in the world, but he's growing by leaps and bounds, and his song structures are beguiling and well developed. Deliver Me is a keeper.

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released March 12, 2014

Produced by Sean Coleman and Tom Heyman
Recorded at Closer, San Francisco and York St.
Studios, San Francisco
Recorded by Sean Coleman (special assistance from
Desmond Shea)
Mixed by Justin Phelps and Sean Coleman
Strings written and arranged by Patrick Main, recorded
at Take Root, San Francisco

Layout and design by Brian Mello

Mastered by John Greenham

All songs written by Tom Heyman, BMI, © & ℗ 2005 Tom
Heyman. All rights reserved except:
“Deliver Me” by Tom Heyman, BMI and Chuck Prophet,
Kingsblood Music, BMI, Admin. Bug

“Milk Cow Blues” Kokomo Arnold/MCA Music Ltd.
“You Got What You Wanted” by Ike
Turner/EMI/Blackwood/Memory Lane Music/BMI

Thanks to my family, Deirdre White, Thomas and Mary
Heyman, Chuck Prophet, Nikki, Mike Taylor, Scott
Hirsch, Jim Kim, Tim Bluhm, Greg Loiacono, John
Stiratt, Mark Eitzel, Chris Sipe, John Hofer, Justin
Phelps, Virgil Shaw Tim Mooney, Joe Raan, Jesse
Denatale, Pat Ryan, Paul A. Dickman

Above and beyond
Sean Coleman for his tireless guidance and patience,
Dan Carr for getting the ball rolling, Paul Olguin,
Paul Revelli, and Dan Eisenberg for lifting the music
up, and Nick Tangborn. For getting it out there

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Track Name: Alright
When that silence hangs between us like a shroud
It’ll be all right it’ll be alright
And those words we never dreamed we’d say out loud are
gonna disappear
Up into the night

You can pray for all the trouble that I’ve been
It’ll be all right it’ll be all right
Tomorrow I’ll start living life again
It’ll be all right it’ll be all right

I offer up this gut string serenade
It’ll be all right it’ll be all right
Keeping all those promises I made
It’ll be all right it’ll be all right

You’re my weakness don’t you know it’s true
It’ll be all right it’ll be all right
There’s nothing in this world I wouldn’t do for you
It’ll be all right it’ll be all right

You’re a searchlight arcing across an evening sky
It’ll be all right It’ll be alright
Gonna light the way to heaven when I die
It’ll be all right it’ll be alright
Track Name: Monkey Out of Me
I’m so tired I can hardly hold my head up
So I don’t mind you talking down to me
Got a pile of your old clothes where I’ve been laying
goodness knows
My sleep is gonna come and set me free

I was shaking like a leaf when I first met you
Need a drink to still my beating heart
I built build a monument to love all just for you my
turtle dove
Put it up to watch it fall apart

Shake your head and stomp your feet
Snap your fingers clap your hands
Kisses never taste so sweet as in my dreams I’m still
your man

I’ve got people everywhere depending on me
I’m a dog whose finally gonna have his day
All the losers and the freaks the dirty chicken biting
geeks
Are hanging onto each and every word I say

Shake your head and stomp your feet
Snap your fingers clap your hands
Kisses never taste so sweet as in my dreams I’m still
your man

I’m so tired I can hardly hold my head up
I’m a shadow of the man I used to be
Ain’t much use in trying its all over but the crying
Why’d you have to make a monkey out of me
Track Name: Deliver Me
When I said I recognized him his smile lit up the car
I turned off the meter we weren’t going all that far
We talked about the old days where the good times go
so fast
Staring out the window at the city flashing past

Delivers me deliver me take me in your arms and
deliver me
Deliver me deliver me lead me not into temptation

He used to play the regal kept a penthouse at the Ritz
I picked him up in Chinatown at the ninth street Motel
Six
We took a ride up Osage and there was nothing out on
Pine
Said there’s a special place the people know my name
We’re gonna go there one more time

Deliver me deliver me take me in your arms and deliver
me
Deliver me deliver me lead me not into temptation

They found him on the sidewalk by the hospital at dawn
They thought that he was sleeping his coat and shoes
were gone
I slid off a barstool with my last drink of the night
Someone said David Ruffin’s dead and I kept my mouth
shut tight

Deliver me deliver me take me in your arms and deliver
me
Deliver me deliver me lead me not into temptation
Track Name: Bottles
I‘ve been staring at the bottles lined up by the
window
How they catch the colors of a dying afternoon
And I feel like I’ve been dreaming but I’ve been
hustling and I been scheming
And I know I’ve been so lucky
This streak could end real soon

I've been staring at the bottles remembering the
places
All the pretty faces and all the hazy smiles
When I had it all together I was cool and smooth as
old black leather
I could stretch the lies like railroad ties end on end
mile after mile

I know as the night settles in like a solemn vow
The secrets we once shared like prayers
Will be gone like the shadows at dawn tell me where
are they now

I’ve been staring at the bottles I’ve lined them up
like tombstones
I’ve been hiding from the future I been flinching at
the past
And these nights keep getting longer, this feeling is
getting stronger
I know I’ve been so lucky tell me how long can this
streak last
Track Name: Crazy Ray
Crazy Ray was 5 foot 4 his hair piled high in a shiny
pompadour
He’s checking all the angles, greasing all the wheels
A couple inches taller in his Cuban heels

A dab of royal crown on a rat-tail comb
Nineteen points on a payday loan
A Saint Jude medallion you know Ray’s got hope
He’s washing out his shirts with motel soap

Rockabilly Ray with his elevator shoes
Fat lip, swivel hip got the milk cow blues
Sunday morning and you don’t feel right
You’ve been hanging out with Ray on Saturday night

Slapping backs and shaking hands spilling drinks
making plans
He’s a jukebox junkie he would break into a tune
Sound like a stray dog howling at a midnight moon

Lights are coming on but Ray don’t want to leave
You’re headed for the door you feel him tugging at
your sleeve
Ray would spit and stumble as you try to lean away
Listen to him mumble you can barely hear him say

I made my own luck and I took my own chances
Listen cause I’m talking now
If you get stuck its just bad circumstances
I pay what I owe even though it don’t matter anyhow

Rockabilly Ray with his elevator shoes
Fat lip swivel hip got the milk cow blues
Sunday morning and you don’t feel right
You’ve been hanging out with Ray on Saturday night

           
Track Name: Black Mollies
There’s a place that we could go in the neighborhood
Treat me just like family there, they treat me pretty
good
I can put my fingers on anything I need
Got an ache down deep inside, its like a hungry little
mouth I’ve got to feed

Black Mollies Pink hearts and White Crosses
I’ve been winning all the cut decks and all the coin
tosses
Got a pocket full of quarters and razor in my shoe
There’s a phone booth on the corner that’s where I’ll
be going to
Black Mollies Pink Hearts and White Crosses

How about old what’s his name you know who I mean
Used to wear his pants real tight, he used to run this
scene
And I cleaned my place up nice I even washed the
floors
If you see anything you want, don’t hesitate it’s
yours

Black Mollies Pink Hearts and White Crosses
I’ve been winning all the cut decks and all the coin
tosses
After all the times I’ve showed you baby you still got
it wrong
Why you got to drop the needle in the middle of the
song
Black Mollies Pink Hearts and White Crosses

How come you can’t look at me the way I look at you
Baby you’re the living end just tell me what I have to
do
To make you hold my hand real tight I won’t feel so
alone
When the sun starts beating down and everyone’s gone
home

Black Mollies Pink Hearts and White Crosses
I’m packing up all of my thing s and cutting my losses
Who’s that knock knock knocking at my door
I’ve got nothing left to give but you keep coming back
for more
Black Mollies Pink Hearts and White Crosses
Track Name: Fat City
I don’t know how I didn’t see you coming
You passed me by like I was standing still
You’re always talking bout how you’ll get the next one

You’ll get the next one sure you will

It was gonna be Fat City and a whole lot more
Got me buying my clothes down at the second hand store
I’m gonna stand straight up until I fall straight down
In the middle of the night you disappear without a
sound

I don’t know how I didn’t see you coming
You passed me by like I was standing still
You’re always talking bout how you’ll get the next one
You’ll get the next one sure you will

You got to wind it up you got to go full throttle
  You’re gonna trade me up on a brand new model
If you were a song you’d be a Catholic hymn
You’re here and gone you’re like a phantom limb

I'll stop dreaming I’ll stop dreaming I’ll stop
dreaming now
Cause you been lying I know you’ve been lying so quit
your crying now

Blink and you miss it and it’s gone for good
Leave me standing on the corner like I knew you would
Everything I own don’t amount to jack
I might be going home but I ‘m never going back

I don’t know how I didn’t see you coming
You passed me by like I was standing still
You’re always talking bout you’ll get the next one
You’ll get the next one sure you will
Track Name: Fool For You
Well hey you know I’m such a fool for you
If you just take me back then you could be my fool too

These waking hours get so hard to bear
Visions of you hang like smoke in the air
I call out your name to the walls and the floors
Chasing down ghosts through the windows and doors

Crying hey you know I’m such a fool for you
If you just take me back then you could be my fool too

I get so high that the world falls away
Just like leaves in the wind on a bright winter’s day
And I drift straight on back to the on a soft golden
light
Deep in a dream on a narcotic night

Crying hey you know I’m such a fool for you
If you just take me back then you could be my fool too

I tried to play it straight but I guess I lost my
nerve
You got what you want I’m gonna get what I deserve

I lay myself low every chance I get now
I’m gonna get back to you the only way I know how

Crying hey you know I’m such a fool for you
If you just take me back then you could be my fool too
Track Name: Slip Away
How’d I let it slip away
How’d I let it slip away
  It was a feeling I once had the only thing I feel is
bad
How’d I let it slip away

Back when I still had my pride
Back when I still had my pride
I had a love I couldn’t hide it came from way down
deep inside
  And I let it slip away

I didn’t know what I should do
My wicked wishes all came true
I lit a match and called your name
Closed my eyes held my fingers to the flame

I go walking out at night
Lord at any time of night
I’m not worried or afraid got a little bargain that I
made
When I let it slip away
Track Name: Haunted
Staring at the spaces where the pictures used to hang
up on the wall
Waiting for the silence as another empty night begins
to fall
Jump down turn around what goes bump in the night
Cross your fingers knock on wood but don’t turn out
the light

This house is haunted

Sun shines through the window I can feel the light
explode behind my eyes
The fading morning wipes away the night just like a
memory as it dies
I been adding up the hours man I’m counting up the
days
Get your money ready you know every body pays

This house is haunted

I turn out all the lights but I still see that wine
stained grin
A promise is a promise why won’t you to tell me where
you’ve been

This house is haunted

When I turn on the radio I like to keep it blasting in
my ear
That AM oldies station playing all my favorite hits of
yesteryear
Got the O’Jays and the Hollies and the Beach Boys and
the Stones
I haven’t seen a soul for days now but I know I’m not
alone
This house is haunted
Track Name: Listen to the Rain
Listen to that rain coming down this morning
Falling down so hard you know it simply makes me smile
Baby I don’t care I don’t have to be nowhere
I can lay right here beside you for a while

Listen to that rain waiting on the thunder
Watching as the lightning flashes bright across the
sky
The river it might rise but it can never take us under
Wherever I’m with you the ground is high

I’d beg I’d plead I’d steal
To know that you still feel
The same way I do
About you all the time

Listen to that rain it don’t make any difference
It could just keep falling and the sun refuse to shine
I can close my eyes and be at peace this morning
I’ve done all that I can do to make you mine