Better Than Good

Thanks to the musicians who helped with this recording: Don Porterfield, Wayne Martin, Dan Peterson, Dawn DeWitt and Marty Nemenyi.

Format: Album (OUT OF PRINT)
Record Label: Curly Maple Music/You’nI Records
Available On: Currently Unavailable

Produced by Tom Shed
Mixed & Mastered at Rothschild Sound Design, Gainesville, FL
Cover Photo by Phil Weedon, www.philweedon.com
Art Design by Aimee Sheddan and Loren Williams, www.unagency.net
All songs written by Tom Shed, except (*) by Donald A. Grooms

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  • 1. Better Than Good
    Lyrics

    Some people look for love in the dark
    Some people look in the bright light of day
    Some people howl at the Moon in the park
    Some drop to their knees and pray
    Oh me I don't know much about love
    But I believe in what I see
    Right now, I see gorgeous green eyes
    And they are looking back at me

    What are the chances, of a perfect romance?
    Better than good, Better than good

    She might be thinking one night stand
    She might be looking for a man of means
    Hey baby, I'm the man with the plan
    Make me a part of your dreams
    Look out now love's coming my way,
    Right now I'm livin' my chance
    Can't waste time wishin my dreams
    Gotta get on the floor and dance

    Cause', what are the chances,
    Of a perfect romance?
    Better than good
    Better than good

    Breezin' by, Oh My! Cover girl dream
    Jeans tight, so right, you know what I mean,
    Eyes Met, heart set, now I'm on fire
    What about you makes me burn with desire??

    Long hair, cute smile
    Soft kiss, smooth style
    Romance, I'm in deep
    Her love, I'll keep

    So don't live your life with regrets
    You only get so much time
    I've got your love right here in my heart
    Took my chance now you are mine
    Now, what are the chances,
    Of a perfect romance?
    Better than good
    Better than good

  • 2. Bolita Sam*
    Lyrics

    Well the man who ran the numbers, in Florida in '53
    Was a grey eyed black man named McCollum
    And his pretty wife Ruby
    But Ruby had a problem, said she also had a kid
    By a white doctor in Live Oak, who would like to keep it hid

    Bolita Sam, you gambling man
    Couldn't handle what was a going down
    He played his final numbers, but nobody remembers
    That grey eyed black man, Bolita Sam

    Then one Sunday Morning, Ruby couldn't take it no more
    She shot Doctor Leroy Adams
    Left him dying on the floor
    Sam knew when they came for Ruby, they'd take him if they could
    So he filled a suitcase with money, and he left Live Oak for good

    Now Sam went home to Ocala, Ruby went to jail
    Charged with first degree murder
    They wouldn't let her out on bail
    Sam didn't know what happened, didn't know she went insane
    Cause he went home to Ocala, played his final numbers game

    Nobody knows what happened, how it came to be
    Cause Sam went to the graveyard
    Ruby went to Chattahoochee
    Sam did not use a pistol, and here's the reason why
    Says when there is nothing left to do, you gotta lay down and die

    That grey eyed black man, Bolita Sam

  • 3. Draw The Line*
    Lyrics

    I was working my way cross the country
    Going back to the folks in the land
    I'd say all I can do is sing my songs for you
    And eat supper with you when I can
    Then I found a Georgia share cropper
    He'd never seen me before
    He said all we've got is taters and possum
    But there's always enough for one more
    I said there's something I ought to tell you
    I don't eat possum a lot
    But he said possum meat is not that hard to eat
    When possum is all you have got....

    Swapped songs with a Louisiana Cajun
    On the banks of a little Bayou
    He said all we got's crawfish and gator
    But it sure makes a mighty fine stew
    I said there's something I ought to tell you
    I don't eat alligator a lot
    But he said gator meat is not that hard to eat
    When gator is all you have got....

    Then I sat with a Seminole Indian
    Watching deer meat rot in the sun
    He said we don't have a whole lot to offer
    But you can share it with us when it's done
    I said there's something I ought to tell you
    I don't eat rotten deer meat alot
    But he said rotten meat is not that hard to eat
    When that's the only thing you have got
    And this Seminole Indian said......

    Now I've got my own little family
    And every night when the sun goes in
    I never ask them what they've got for dinner
    I just sit down and shovel it in
    'Cause I will eat most anything you've got to offer
    I'll even tell you snakes and snails are fine
    But everybody draws the line somewhere
    And liver is where I draw mine

    Yes I've been all over this country
    And I'll eat most anything you have got
    But please don't invite me to dinner
    If liver's what you've got in your pot

    'Cause I will eat most anything you've got to offer
    I'll even tell you snakes and snails are fine
    But everybody draws the line somewhere
    And liver is where I draw mine....

  • 4. Maybe
    Lyrics

    If I could just get out of this place
    Find some place where I can be free
    Some place where the water is clear
    Some place where I can be me

    So much for wishes
    Cause here's where I stay
    Lost hesitation
    Waiting on maybe
    Maybe

    Dreaming, I fade to a mist
    Drifting soft through the past
    My future is never to clear
    Waiting for something to last

    No late nite kisses
    Embrace on a beach
    Lost hesitation
    Waiting on maybe
    Maybe

    Seems I'm always lost in this dream
    Loneliness lives casually here
    Living is all up to me
    Tomorrow draws uncomfortably near

    So much for wishes
    Cause here's where I stay
    Lost hesitation
    Waiting on maybe
    Maybe

  • 5. Vitachuco*
    Lyrics

    They came to the Prairie, searching for gold
    Demanding what did not exist
    When Chief Vitachuco explained there was none
    DeSoto put irons on his wrists

    Then Chief Vitachuco had a great feast
    He told tales across the campfires
    About the vast riches beyond the Suwannee
    Told the Spaniards to search over there

    Then the Indian knives met the big Spanish swords
    And were broken in the battle that night

    Chief Vitachuco slashed DeSotos' face
    But he lost his own life in the fight

    When DeSoto recovered, his rage was still high
    He said "Bring all those Indians to me"
    He slaughtered 1200, laughed as they died
    Then he marched on across the Suwannee

    So the Indians waited, then came back again
    To the Prairie, where they hoped to remain
    But the white man still wanted their lush prairie land
    So they fought their new leader King Payne

    Colonel Dan Newnan brought troops to a lake
    King Payne brought his warriors there to
    He routed the soldiers, but lost his own life
    As Indians usually do

    For the soldiers came back, as they always returned
    Drove the Indians off of their land

    Fired 400 villages, watched them all burn
    Ending he struggle Vitachuco began

    Now there are no more Indians in North Florida
    No more land for the white man to take
    Only a prairie named for King Payne
    And for Colonel Dan Newnan a lake

    400 years have gone by since that night
    Vitachuco slashed DeSoto's face
    Now white men are living on King Payne's Prairie
    They're sailboating on Dan Newnans' lake

  • 6. Fear
    Lyrics

    My name is fear, I brought you here
    To take away your life
    You walk with me, it's destiny
    You never know when I'll strike

    You walk home, all alone
    I'll be holding back the light
    You will see, it's only me
    Blinding you into flight

    Who fears, who fears

    You make plans, I'll tie your hands
    And destroy the one you trust
    Take your dreams, like some machine
    And grind them all to dust

    I will seek, both brave and meek
    To make sure you belong
    When I attack, don't hold back
    I am weak when you are strong

    Who fears, who fears

    If you know, how I sow
    You will know me as a friend
    When you see, you are me
    My hold on you will end

    My name is fear, I brought you here
    To take away your life
    You walk with me, it's destiny
    You never know when I'll strike

  • 7. TV Can't Smell
    Lyrics

    TV Can’t Smell
    By Tom Shed, Curly Maple Music/Curly Maple America, BMI

    Now I was a little rattled when they took my story live
    The network dissed the copy, said it didn’t jive
    Cameraman is sleepin’ as he pans across the scene
    Hey the crowd is growin’ ugly and the cops are getting’ mean
    Survive, I’m live on the network at five
    I’ve got those first on the scene, with the strung out and mean
    Get me on the network blues, oh lord

    Satellite windows closing as I wrap my summary
    My timin’s right but I’m uptight from day old BVD’s
    Breakin’ news is my business, the road my property
    But the station reports I’m held for sports
    We’ll try to re-feed at three
    Survive, I’m waitin’ on the word we’re clear
    Man I’ve had it with this toxic waste
    Just get me to an ice cold beer, oh yeah

    Now I started off in AM after years of pushin’ print
    I’m callin’ home, all alone, usin’ MCI or Sprint
    The station says I’m hopeful, my producer says I’m hype
    It’s all insane, I change my name
    And move on down the pike
    Survive, get me on out of this town
    I got those rip and read, if it bleeds, it leads
    Get me on the network blues, oh lord

    Anchor for the network is what I’m shootin’ for
    Work my trade to get it made and break on through the door
    Hope I find success, blaze right to the top
    Right now I’m headin’ downtown
    Chasin’ fires, trains and cops
    Survive, get me to that cheap hotel
    A cool shower and a change of clothes
    Thank god so far TV can’t smell,

    I said a cool shower and a change of clothes
    Thank god so far TV can’t smell

  • 8. Ole' Hickory's Town
    Lyrics

    Well they came from all around,
    To the place the call Ole' Hickory's Town
    Where the cows cross the ford,
    By docks piled high with Naval stores

    The St. Johns flows onto the sea,
    Through the town, past industry
    Then came the shouts from all around,
    Ole' Hickory's town
    It's burning down,
    Ole' Hickory's Town
    It's burning down

    Started out on Davis,
    At the old mattress shop
    The crew sat down for dinner,
    Then the whole place went up

    Now Haney tried to make a stand,
    But the flames drove back his desperate plan
    Many fled to the shore,
    Just a step ahead of the deadly roar

    Some were trapped, where they hid
    Adams Street to Hogan's Creek the fires bid
    All it found, raised to the ground
    Ole' Hickory's town,
    It's burning down,
    Ole' Hickory's town
    It's burning down

    Well the people had their fill,
    Of the fire that consumed Ole' Jacksonville
    So they build this time with stone,
    To protect all the families and their homes

    The city grew, prosperity,
    Rose above the fires fearful tragedy
    And their fame grew all around, the fires out...
    In Ole' Hickory's Town
    Ole Hickory's Town
    Ole Hickory's Town

  • 9. Grandma's Song*
    Lyrics

    I'd like to sing my song for you
    It won't take too long
    About what my Grandma taught me
    As she tried to make me strong
    She said always be positive
    And sing a happy song
    And don't be too judgmental
    You might find out you're wrong

    Wash whatever's dirty
    Lead what must be led
    Always love the unloved
    And Feed what must be fed
    Try to help somebody
    Who's carrying a heavy load
    Heal whatever's wounded
    And Guide what runs off the road
    The future is uncertain
    We cannot change the past
    Keep a good heart and live each day,
    As if it were your last

    My Grandma was a lady
    Cherokee through and through
    In every situation
    She knew exactly what to do
    She saw good in everybody
    Even in Grandpa too
    Then she'd hold me
    And she'd tell me
    Things I'm passing on to you

    My Grandma must have mid-wifed
    Every kid who came along
    She saw a lot of trouble
    But she never saw nothing wrong
    Then she'd hold me
    And she'd rock me
    Sing to me our song
    Say you can't go through life fearful
    If you're heart is good and strong

  • 10. Everybody Needs a Song
    Lyrics

    Everybody needs a song,
    A simple tune to carry on
    Something light, but something strong
    Everybody needs a song.
    Sometimes, sometimes, just sometimes
    Seems I need my song.

    Everybody needs a friend,
    To feel your hope and not pretend
    Last until the bitter end,
    Pick you up and start again.
    Sometimes, sometimes, just sometimes
    Seems I need my friend.

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