Tom Ghent

Alley Cat from Retroflect

RETROFLECT is Tom Ghent’s fourth album -This 2010 release (Sutherland Records) could have been recorded anytime between 1960 and next year. Easy on the ear, tight on the heart and curly on the lips – Exactly like the atmosphere that it conjures up. This IS Greenwich Village in the sixties.

Stop. just listen. This is soothing. It makes me feel like I’m sitting still on a high velvet-covered stool (very still, so I don’t fall off) wearing a black silk top and denim jeans with pearls – Thinking about life and how interesting it is. There are so many stories, emotions and things that don’t matter that we simply cannot live without.

Tom Ghent – On Alley Cat

Just before I left NYC, I often sang at the legendary Fat Black Pussycat, where Shel first brought Kris to hear me. Every night this one young lady would sit in the front row and make goo-goo eyes at me. One night after our nightly, after hours, jam session, frequented by many very prominent musicians, John Stauber, Eartha Kit’s long-time guitar player, invited me to his place. After a few hours of me playing leads by ear to his outrageous jazz chords, most of which I’d never seen before, he wandered off to his bedroom, and I camped out in his living room trying to teach my fingers to make some of those new strange chords, and wrote this song for Miss Goo Goo Eyes. The next morning, I played it for John and he loved it!

Dedicated to Kris Kristofferson

About 20 years ago, Kris told me how much performing his songs meant to him, and how anxious he was to live out his days doing exactly that… For that reason, I dedicate this song, which I wrote in 1977, to him… Btw, I feel precisely the same way…

Tom Ghent

Lust for the Road

Words and music Tom Ghent

                                  THIS HIGHWAY’S AN OLD FRIEND FROM LONG AGO

                                  WHEN I KNEW NO TOMORROW, ROLLED WITH THE FLOW

                                  HOW I GOT BACK HERE SOMETIMES I DON’T KNOW, FOR CERTAIN

                                  BUT, I’VE GOT THIS DREAM BURNIN’ INSIDE OF ME

                                  MIGHT SOUND LIKE FREEDOM, BUT, LORD, I AIN’T FREE

                                  ‘CAUSE I KNOW WHAT I’M LEAVIN’ AND YOU’D BEST BELIEVE, THAT  IT HAUNTS ME

CHORUS:                  SEE, I THOUGHT I’D GOT OVER MY LUST FOR THE ROAD

                                   NOW I’VE GOT A HOME WHERE I NEVER GO

                                   AND I’M JUST A VOICE AT THE END OF THE PHONE, HELLO, HELLO, HELLO

                                   ONE LIFE’S HARD ENOUGH, BUT WHEN YOU LIVE TWO

                                    IT DOUBLES THE HELL YOU HAVE TO LIVE THROUGH

                                    AND, LORD, I DON’T KNOW WHAT I’M GONNA DO… ABOUT HER

                                    AND THIS WHITE LINE GETS LONGER THE FURTHER I GO

                                    BRIGHT LIGHTS  AN’ LATE NIGHTS WITH NOTHIN’ TO SHOW

                                    BUT THIS TRUCK THAT NEEDS FIXIN’ BEFORE I MOVE ON TO THE NEXT SHOW

                                    AND IT USED TO BE EASY TO PACK UP MY BAGS, STEP ON THE GAS, LORD,

                                    AND NEVER LOOK BACK

                                    I MUST BE GETTING OLD.. I’M LOSIN’ MY KNACK FOR FORGETTIN’… 

CHORUS:

TAG:                            LORD, I DON’T KNOW WHAT I’M GONNA DO… WITHOUT HER

                                                                                                                      © 1978 Treaty of Ghent  (ASCAP)

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