For Lovers & the Lonely Alike

by Thom Coombes

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    This album was recorded twice. The first recordings and back-ups were destroyed in a flood after 9 months of work. There was a 6 month gap before we could start recording again. Then, we did it in 4 months.

    In retrospect, this album should be called "Thom Coombes & Friends" rather than Thom & the Tomcats. This was my first proper release, and I felt it was different, and bigger than a "thom coombes" solo album, per se.

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Recorded by Matt Fudge January - May 2010
Mastered by Thom.

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released March 6, 2012

Thom Coombes: guitars, vocals, bass, banjo
Matt Fudge: drums
Ryan Weys: harmonica
Kate Pike, Laura Babineau, Danielle Bailey, Meghan Harnum: vocals

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Thom Coombes St John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

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Track Name: Burning Bridges, Burning Boats
We tried to find a different kind of space and sound.
We drank a lot of wine, waste a lot of time, just hanging around.
Now I sleep to the sound of downtown, come look out my window;
the cheers and the jeers from too many beers, coming from the crowd below.
You can burn your bridge, you can burn your boat, you can stay, or you can go. But if you do, then I hope that you don’t try to climb, crawl, swim back or float.
Trying to pay back what I never had, trying to get back in the game.
I’m not saying what everybody’s playing, but I lost it all the same.
It’s better behind you than inside you, I got you beside me.
It’s cold and bitter in the middle of the winter, better get a cup of tea.
Now I walk through the snow like I don’t know that it’s even there.
You can give a damn about the sun and the sand, but I don’t really care.
My face disappeared behind a beard, and I grew out my hair.
I had my grandfather’s coat, a cough and a cold, but it’s that time of year.
Track Name: Break Me
Hold me like you own me,
don’t let me get lonely.
You’ve been away for so long,
make me feel like I belong.
Tell me, tell me with all that time
to yourself have you changed your mind.
I don’t care if you hurt me in the end,
you could be my lover, you can be my best friend.
Nothing sworn when I swallowed your spit, you said “keep the bed warm, keep the lamp lit.”
"That was fair, that was fine,"
I said and I closed my eyes.
I could hear my heart divide
into a million little lies.
Heaven is a place inside my heart
that I didn’t steal and I ain’t gonna start.
All the things that we can’t undo,
we can let them evolve into something new.
If you take me into your home
then I’ll make my bed before I go.
And in the arms of a stranger,
I feel no danger,
I just want to stay there
as we close our eyes and we don’t compare.

Break me like you make me know that you’re still there.
Hold me like you own me, show me you still care.

We stayed up all night listening to records,
some I picked out and some that you favoured,
and I went to work so damn tired
that I fell asleep and almost got fired.
That night I was back at your house,
I was looking at you, trying to figure you out.
Hell is a place you can hold,
and you can’t let go, or so I’m told.
You said “Don’t be a hero or a gentleman,
the door is open, come on in,
Take off your clothes and throw them to the floor,
we don’t need those anymore.”
Well it’s don’t look back and it’s don’t look down,
when we get the fuck outta this town
cause my fingers are crossed and my shoes are tied,
but I can’t run that far if I tried.
Decisions to make and a heart to break,
all it takes is one mistake
for everything to be ruined,
when we don’t know exactly what we’re doing.
But I don’t care if you hurt me in the end,
when you take me by the hand.
I don’t care if you hurt me in the end,
you could be my lover you can be my best friend.
Track Name: Tarnished & Tainted
I fell in love with a girl from a book,
I liked the way that she looked.
Thru the pictures I’ve painted,
I am tarnished and tainted.

But I had tried to explain.
But everything I said sounded the same.

You’ve got the moon and the sun
resting on the tip of your tongue.
Decisions get lost if they take too long.
The place is right but the timing’s all wrong.

We were down to the minute of the last visit.
I didn’t know what to say -it killed me.
I walked away so hollow and empty.

But I had tried to explain…
But everything I said sounded the same...