Tom Shed's new hit album

Mama’s Goin’ Out

“Mama’s Goin’ Out” is an album with many musical styles.  It is a collection of songs with an artistic view and poignant message.  Each song contains a point and perspective, crafted to introduce the listener to ideas, history and inspiration.  Music with purpose, or if you like, songs about something. Samples are MP3.

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 “Mama’s Goin’ Out” – An homage to working single mothers.  “Mama’s Goin’ Out” declares life has changed, but it’s not over.

“It Don’t Mean You’re Country”- Somewhere in a pop star or actors life there comes a moment they decide they will “up and go country”.  Sometimes it’s an idea better left alone.

“Congratulations Standing Bear” – In 1838 a Native American is brought to Federal Court and ruled a “human being”.  One savage changed into a human being just in time to suffer the consequences. A Don Grooms song.

“Forgotten Memories” – Taking a look at our past and future, “Where’s the water coming from?” never meant so much. Jerry Lawrence Bullard and Tom Shed write this plea for sanity with our natural resources.

“Florida State of Mine” – A celebration of life in the “Sunshine State” as seen thru the natural wonders of our state parks.

“Rivers Roll On” – Amy Carol Webb’s observation of Florida’s rivers and life’s’ flow.

“Plumes” – Steve Blackwell’s song about the first Game Warden murdered while defending a species of birds.

“Maybe” – Decision by indecision.  Life continues to move, disengaging from charting your own course leaves you in a world not of your own.

“Richard’s Blues” – A close friend of Tom’s planned his life out, then died while working towards early retirement.  Each day may be your last.

“Scream and Shout, the relationship song” – Most relationships don’t work out.  When you guard your personality and ego like they have great value, you lose the only thing that does have value.

“Tomorrow” – Don Grooms view of life at hand.  Giving up on today, hoping for better days to come.

“Banjo goes NASCAR®”* – Tom Shed’s salute to all those wrench grabbin’, paint tradin’, pedal to the metal, piston heads who fling mud and dirt dreaming of the day they go to the great asphalt oval. (*NASCAR® is a registered trademark.)

  • 1. Mama's Goin' Out
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    MAMA'S GOIN' OUT
    by tom shed, Curly Maple Music/Curly Maple America, BMI

    She's got her hair up high, with a little bit of tease
    Her cover girl's right, a perfume named,.. “please”
    Four inch Jimmy Choo's with a wrap around the heel
    A hot red dress, cause' tonite's a big deal

    Mama's goin' out
    Mama's goin' out
    Kids begin to shout
    Mama's goin' out
    Mama's goin out and she aint' comin' back by ten

    She's payin' all the bills
    Keeping up the rent
    Six o clock rolls around, she's feelin' pretty spent
    But tonite,
    She's tearin' up the place
    Nobody gonna catch her,
    Though she really really, really, likes the chase

    Mama's goin' out
    Mama's goin' out
    She's out without a doubt
    Mama's goin' out
    Mama's goin out and she aint' comin' back by ten

    Well her dress is real tight
    Spanx are holding in
    She glides out on the dance floor
    All the boys start to grin,
    If they’re feelin' lucky
    That's when the fun begins
    'Cause this joint is really jumpin'
    And Mama's feelin' thin

    Mama's goin' out
    Mama's goin' out
    Tonite! without doubt
    Mama's goin' out
    Mama's goin out and she aint' comin' back by ten

    *Cover Girl®, Jimmy Choo®, Spanx® are registered trademarks

  • 2. It Don't Mean You're Country
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    It Don't Mean You’re Country
    by Billy Dean, Tom Shed, Lyndon LaFevers, BDMG (BMI)

    There's a slight misconception
    a point I'd like to make
    what it means to be country
    just what it takes.
    It’s time in the saddle
    not how your boots fit
    You gotta’ be country music
    You can't just, do it

    It don't mean you’re country
    if it’s whiskey you drink
    it ain't what you wear
    it’s the way that you think
    it’s a buckle you've earned
    it’s the ones you hold dear
    takes more than whiskers
    to wear Willie's beard
    just cause you speak with a slow southern drawl,
    … it don't mean you’re country at all.

    A dry dusty harvest
    crops in the barn
    sweat’s on your brow
    Your family, your farm
    It comes from within you
    and always remains
    ‘cause when you're true country
    it flows in your veins
    there’s some people out there
    just country in name
    All hat and no horse
    All gun and no game..

    It don't mean you’re country
    if it’s whiskey you drink
    it ain't what you wear
    it’s the way that you think
    it’s a buckle you've earned
    it’s the ones you hold dear
    takes more than whiskers
    to wear Willie's beard
    just cause you speak with a slow southern drawl,
    … it don't mean you’re country at all.

    It’s Waylon and Marty
    Hank, Roy and Conway
    Tammy and Patsy’s sweet songs
    It’s music that sounds right
    Not pop stars in mid-life
    It’s the Man In Black, carrying on …

    and just cause you speak with a slow southern drawl,
    … it don't mean you’re country at all.

    … nice shiny pickup you got there bubba

  • 3. Congratulations Standing Bear
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    Congratulations Standing Bear by Don Grooms
    ©/(p) Curly Maple Music/You’nI Music, Curly Maple America, BMI

    Congratulations Standing Bear, today you are a man
    Yesterday you were a heathen savage living off the land
    Now the courts have changed the color
    Of the red skin you have worn
    And at last you are a free man in the land where you were born

    In the heat of Oklahoma where the white man sat them down
    Standing Bear was sadly watching his last son die on the ground
    Father please, the boy cried weakly, when my final hour has come,
    Don’t let my bones be buried ‘neath this Oklahoma sun.
    Take me home to the Dakota’s where my mother gave me birth,
    Let my body lie forever in the breast of Mother Earth.

    So they left the reservation, headed north to Omaha
    That’s where they were arrested for it was against the law
    Filed a writ of Habeas Corpus saying set these people free
    But the whites said these ain’t people,
    They’re just Indians can’t you see
    Then into the federal court room in front of Judge Dundy,
    Where he said of course they’re people,
    And you’ve got to set them free.

    Congratulations Standing Bear, today you are a man
    Yesterday you were a heathen savage living off the land
    Now the courts have changed the color
    Of the red skin you have worn
    And at last you are a free man in the land where you were born

    So they loaded up his body, headed for the burial ground
    But that’s where the soldiers stopped them, said turn this thing around
    You’re no longer an Indian, the courts made you a man
    And you cannot bury you’re garbage on this sacred Indian land.

    Congratulations Standing Bear, today you are a man
    Yesterday you were a heathen savage living off the land
    Now the courts have changed the color
    Of the red skin you have worn
    But you’ll never be a free man in the land where you were born

    No, you’ll never be a free man in the land, where you were born.

  • 4. Forgotten Memories
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    Forgotten Memories

    by Jerry Lawrence Bullard,Tom Shed,Curly Maple Music/Curly Maple America, BMI

    Driving down this interstate, trying to clear my mind
    Thinking back to yesterday, turning back the hands of time
    When US 41 was the main drag, and
    Mom & pop businesses were all that we had

    Then came those developers, eyes all filled with greed
    Tourist traps and houses is what this place needs
    People and politicians forgot to look before they leap
    Sold out our paradise and we sold out way too cheap

    Forgotten memories, forgotten times
    Forgotten places, echo in my mind
    Build another strip mall, where’s the water coming from?
    What happened to this place, I used to know as home?

    As I pass by marsh and Sawgrass, my soul finds a sudden peace
    Driving to the seashore, city noise begins to ease
    I’m drifting back to yesterday, family picnics on the beach
    But the oceans lined with condos and it’s almost out of reach

    Forgotten memories, forgotten times
    Forgotten places, echo in my mind
    Let’s build another golf course, where’s the water coming from?
    What happened to this place, I used to know as home?

    Forgotten memories, forgotten times
    Forgotten places, echo in my mind
    Let’s build a thousand houses, where’s the water coming from?
    What happened to this place I used to know as home?

    Yes, what happened to this place I used to know as . . .

  • 5. Florida State of Mine
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    Florida State of Mine
    by tom shed
    ©/(p) Curly Maple Music/Curly Maple America, (BMI)

    Florida is the place where nature really shines
    A place I call my home where I always feel fine
    Sometimes I’m hanging, breezing at the beach
    Cause when you live in Florida
    Its all within your reach, woo!

    Parks are really friendly and a little wild
    Come on out and sit a spell, sho’ to make you smile
    Skippin’ through the woods, snorkel in the Keys
    Floating down a river in a warm southern breeze, woo!

    I’m heading outside with a few close friends
    Ones an Alligator, the other Pelican
    Nature’s all in splendor, fun in every day
    Critters saying Hi! Livin’ in the Everglades, woo!

    All the parks and beaches, flowers growing wild
    Friendly plants and creatures, sure to make you smile
    Get the family moving, go out and grab some shade
    ‘Cause when you live in Florida, you really got it made, woo!

    I’m shelling on the bay, swaying in the breeze
    Sea oats waving to the happy Manatees
    Walking with the Egrets, Herons on the mend
    Bats eat Mosquitoes, that’s why they’re my friends, woo!

    Squawking at the Hawks, calling to the Gulls
    Turtles really digging it, and Otters heading home
    Take a little sunshine cruise out to the beach
    ‘Cause when you live in Florida, its all within your reach, woo!

    Just hugging on my honey, smelling sweet pines
    ‘Cause it’s fun to get with nature, in this Florida state of mine
    Fun to get with nature, in this Florida state of mine
    Fun to get with nature, in this Florida state of mine……….. woo!
    It’s your state too!!

  • 6. Rivers Roll On
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    Rivers Roll On by Amy Carol Webb, Different Stripes Music, ASCAP

    There’s a place I know
    Where the river runs slow enough the fish can dream
    And the dawn floats through
    Like a sweet old tune and heart can sing
    Where the Rainbow meets the Withlacoochee
    There’s a house where friends may come
    To rest their souls and celebrate their songs
    And the rivers roll on

    There’s a place I know
    Where the moss hangs low enough to tease the earth
    And the quiet’s deep
    As a wise man’s sleep ready for re-birth
    In the Apalachicola
    There’s a place of sacred calm
    Where weary travelers lay their burdens down
    And the rivers roll on

    Father God and Mother Earth gave us rivers
    To teach us how life’s done
    They will stop not for your cares or yearnings
    Nor for fear nor dreams undone

    There’s a place I know
    Where the river runs round stones in its way
    And if you listen well
    It will tell you tales of hope and bravery
    Where the ocean keeps on calling
    To the waters of St. Johns
    I rise and pray for strength to carry on
    And the rivers roll on
    Rivers roll on

  • 7. Plumes
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    Plumes

    Words and music by Steve Blackwell, Peace Creek Productions, ASCAP

    Call me Two Gun Johnson down here in the Glades
    I fish a little, hunt some birds, I'm a jack-of-all-trades
    Grew up near Flamingo down around Cuthbert Lake
    With a rifle or a boat it's a living I must make
    I've scouted out some rookeries where the snowy egrets nest
    After their eggs are hatched you know their feathers are the best
    Feathers for the ladies' hat is what they're for I'm told
    And at 35 dollars for an ounce of them you know they're worth their weight in gold

    I'm talkin' about plumes- bright explosions of wings
    Once I shoot those crazy birds I can buy all kinds of things
    They'll just sit right there can you imagine that?
    Tryin' to protect their young they're just feathers for a hat
    Said he was a game warden as his blue eyes glinted sadly
    I'm not proud to say this, but I'm the man who killed Guy Bradley
    I'm the man who killed Guy Bradley, I shot him for plumes
    Bright explosions of wings, once I shoot those crazy birds I can buy all kinds of things

    I guess I've known Guy Bradley nearly all my life
    We sat together in Miss Haddie's school, carved a desk up with a knife
    He played a decent fiddle in ol' Uncle John's String Band
    They'd play at old man Lyman's store or they'd play right in the sand
    But I've got to feed my babies so I shot, without a word
    Crumpled in the bottom of his sailing skiff you know he looked like a bloody bird
    He's buried out on the coconut grove there on the east cape
    Sending him to protect them birds was a terrible mistake I was after their

    Plumes
    Bright explosions of wings
    Once I shoot those crazy birds I can buy all kinds of things
    They'll just sit right there can you imagine that?
    Tryin' to protect their young they're just feathers for a hat
    Said he was a game warden as his blue eyes glinted sadly
    I'm not proud to say this, but I'm the man who killed Guy Bradley
    I'm the man who killed Guy Bradley, I shot him for plumes
    Bright explosions of wings, once I shoot those crazy birds I can buy all kinds of things
    Plumes

  • 8. Maybe
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    Maybe
    by tom shed, ©/p. Curly Maple Music/Curly Maple America, BMI

    If I could just get out of this place
    Find someplace 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 the 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

  • 9. Richard's Blues
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    Richard’s Blues

    by tom shed, Curly Maple Music/Curly Maple America, BMI

    Aspiration making me climb
    Occupation yours maybe mine
    Relaxation American dream
    Excuse my manners if I jump and scream
    Look out! You’re gone

    Hesitation making me late
    Constipation making me wait
    Apprehension holding me back
    No protection from things that attack
    Look out! You’re gone

    Prosecution has me uptight
    Absolution no where in sight
    No confession, doing the time
    Just take a number, then get in line
    Look out! You’re gone

    Isolation tears on my soul
    Expectation taking its toll
    Consolation maybe a change
    Cancellation then rearrange
    Look out! You’re gone

  • 10. Scream and Shout, the relationship song
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    Scream and Shout, the relationship song

    by tom shed, Curly Maple Music/Curly Maple America, BMI

    Walk with me talk with me
    Hold my hand
    Can you stay a little longer?

    You think and I think,
    Hey, we understand
    Can you be a little stronger?

    And we’re where we should be all the time
    When we’re not we’re without
    Didn’t take time to free our minds
    So we still have to scream and shout
    Still have to scream and shout

    Talk with me walk with me
    Fall in love
    Lately I’ve been feeling so empty
    You touch me this must be
    Forever more
    You’ve been givin’ so plenty

    And we’re where we should be all the time
    When we’re not we’re without
    Didn’t take time to free our minds
    So we still have to scream and shout
    Still have to scream and shout

    Still have to scream and shout

  • 11. Tomorrow
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    Tomorrow, by Don Grooms
    ©/(p) Curly Maple Music/You’nI Music, Curly Maple America, BMI

    Some days drag on forever
    Everything seems to go wrong
    If we can make it through this evening
    A new life will start with the dawn

    Tomorrow’s gonna be a better day
    We’ll lose all our pain and our sorrow
    We’ll all have lots of money, love each other more
    When life gets better tomorrow

    There won’t be no more lonely people, no, no
    Walkin’ sad streets till dawn
    We’ll all be just instant companions
    ‘Cause hate and fear will be gone

    Tomorrow’s gonna be a better day
    We’ll lose all our pain and our sorrow
    We’ll all have lots of money, love each other more
    When life gets better tomorrow

    But peace, good will, don’t just happen, no, no
    Takes people like you and I
    And if some turkey don’t cross me this evenin’
    Why tomorrow I might give love a try

  • 12. Banjo Goes NASCAR®
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    Banjo Goes NASCAR® is an instrumental NASCAR® is a registered trademark