Live @ The Acoustic Grill

by Tom Savage

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One night. One concert. Live at the Acoustic Grill in Picton, ON.


released September 1, 2009

Tom Savage - Guitar, Vocals
Kevin Davidson - Violin, Backing Vocals
Geoff Chown - Bass

All music and lyrics by Tom Savage



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Tom Savage Kingston, Ontario

Tom Savage is what one might refer to as a triple-threat. One part truth-telling troubadour, one part death-defying guitar slinger, and one part Country Blues howler. Each facet of his formidable on-stage persona carefully crafted over a 20+ year devotion to the composition and performance of song. Tom is a true believer. A disciple of melody and harmony and tempo and timbre. ... more


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Track Name: Cammie Rose
Cammie Rose
Only your heart knows
What I've been going through
I'm a leavin' it up to you

Cammie Rose
Don't leave me here today
Or tonight I'll waste away
Thinkin' bout what might have been
Cammie Rose

Oh, when the light
It shines on your eyes
Don't want to be anywhere
But right by your side

And when you smile
It brightens my day
Please don't take that all away
Cammie Rose


Well, they say
It's always darkest 'fore the dawn
But I believe we can carry on
I believe in the love we had

But if you go
That'll spell the end for me
Drive this truck into the sea
Straight on through to the other side
Cammie Rose

Track Name: The Kitchen Sink
She took everything but the kitchen sink
Half a mickey of vodka she forgot to drink
And an old box of photographs
She left by the stairs

And I don't know what I'm supposed to do
Now that she don't love me, neither do you
And it's one helluva mess we got goin' on here

I'm on my own
For the first time in so long
And it's taken its toll I do find
She's haunted my dreams
And ever since she's gone
It's bringing back the doubt in my mind

Well, the car won't start
The phone won't ring
Dogs don't bark
Birds don't sing
Ever since that morning she left town

And the neighbours, They won't talk to me
They act like I have a contagious disease
And the paperboy always gives me his nastiest frown


I'm lonelier than a leper
You know we used to go together like salt and pepper
As long as I could keep the foot out of my mouth

I'm gonna drown the sorrows from this bleeding heart
I'm make myself a brand new start
And when I see the bottom of this bottle I'm headed South

Track Name: Northern Ontario Highway
There's an old crop duster 
Parked by a roadside diner
Scenery straight out of
Some tourism flyer
Runny eggs and greasy bacon
Hash browns remind you of gravel
And the coffee's only half as strong
As it needs to be

Wawa 500 k away
Too bad we're headed for Thunder Bay
Stop for lunch in The Sault
Fill our bellies and we'll be on our way
Head on up through the hills
Nothing on the radio
Sit tight boys
Only six more hours to go


And this morning feels like a hundred thousand heartaches
And tomorrow it's gonna feel just about the same
It's gonna break my will
This northern Ontario highway

Sleeping giant welcomes us
Terry Fox memorial
Load our gear out of the tour bus
It's a Saturday night at The Apollo

When the morning comes we're off again
Through the land of rocks and trees
Man this kind of driving
Can bring you to your knees


Thursday night in Wabigoon
Last night it was Winnipeg
Sudbury we'll see you soon
We'll be worn out, Ready to rock, on our last legs

The Townehouse on a Sunday night
The band room feels like the Four Points Sheraton
Sit tight Honey, I'm coming home soon again

Track Name: I Won't Be The One To Cry
if this blood i'm spilling
isn't good enough for you

i'd be moving on to
i'd be moving on to

if these words i'm singing
don't mean anything to you

i'd be moving on to x2

if you're heart is black
and your spirit's broke
then it ain't no joke x2

if the highlight of your day
is your late night toke
then it ain't no joke x2

when you're beat up and broken down
bloodied and bruised
Feel like you've been used ?

when you're wore out and weary
and wondering why
you let me pass you by

I won't be the one to cry

if those tears that are falling
don't make me take pity on your soul
then it's time for you to go x 2

if this look in my eye
doesn't let you know
then it's time for you to go x 2


if those moments we were sharing
were anything but true
i'd be moving on too x2

if you're a little too high brow
to hang with regular folk
then it ain't no joke x2

if you never have heard the saying
that you reap just what you sow
then it's time for you to go x2
Track Name: Solemn Ground
hey there baby don't you cry
you'll wake up tomorrow the sun's gonna rise
and i'll be waiting right here underneath for you
underneath the solemn ground

It was mid- september when my luck ran out
I went down with a whimper instead of a shout
I dug myself a hole too deep to get out of

and I tried so hard to memorize
the feeling that i felt when I got those highs
when the room spun so fast I didn't care who i hurt

on a road paved out of good intentions
turned out to be a lost cause in need of intervention
and i could hear the stopwatch clicking in my head

it washed over me liked the cable tv
a man bound in chains who thought he was free
high roller reject watching the red carpet burn
the man's teeth shone like the pearly gates
but the look in his eye would tell me of my fate
my vision was obstructed by all the green dollar signs

i told him of my tale of woe
he must've known i had nowhere to go
but deeper into that hole i'd been working on

he propped me up and on I played
my sentence had simply been delayed
too consumed to simply wipe the slate clean

It's a pathetic story , a victimless crime
you might argue with that last line
i know that you had such high hopes for me

hey there baby don't be sad
they were gonna take away everything you had
but then they decided to take everything from me

And I hope that you'll understand someday
i had too many debts that i had to pay
some in cash and some in just borrowed time

Dirt road in the pale moonlight
told me that i 'd picked the wrong fight
but i tell you one thing , life never seem more clear

told me that they knew me , that i had a wife
told me that she'd pay with her life
And I knew right then I had to make my move

Life measured in moments, not weeks or years
I saw all of the joy and all of the tears
I saw your face as I struggled for the gun

I heard the the shot , but i felt no pain
I only had myself to blame
for diggin this hole too deep to get of
Track Name: Still Hung Up On You
I've been sad, sorrowful, unhappy, desolate
mournful, lugubrious,gloomy, despondent
dejected,depressed, downhearted, downcast

i've been glum, miserable, wretched
morose, woeful, woebegone
joyless,heavy-hearted, down in the dumps
i've been so blue

guess I'm still hung up on you

but you were faithless, adulterous, fickle, untrue
inconstant, unchaste,cheating, philandering, two -timing fool

i've been envious, covetous, desirous,distrustful
grudging, green with envy,suspicious,resentful

i've been doubting, insecure, i've been anxious ,i've been jealous too

guess i'm still hung up on you

although what you did was evil,wicked,immoral,wrong, and sinful
foul, vile, corrupt, depraved, devilish, demonic, and hurtful

it was also cruel and destructive, harmful, hurtful, detrimental it was bad

but i have to say
your still the best i ever had x2
Track Name: The County Line
Take your time on the county line
Careful of the words that you leave behind
No man alive can catch up to you
Even if you're standing still

Lose that number that she gave to you
You know the harm that it can do
No time left for emotion
No void left to fill

As the blood runs through your veins
It drains from another
All the while you contemplate
When they will discover
It was you

Busted lip and a broken tooth
Couldn't let him make a fool of you
He had taken advantage of the situation
And you know that wouldn't do

So you laid him out upon the curb
A moment of silence was observed
All the while you heard her screaming
Shouting out his name


Your face on TV screens province-wide
Guess you can run but you can't hide
This old motel room's getting smaller
Yeah, The walls are closing in

All the way to hell on a suicide run
A blaze of fire down the 401
The sound of metal hitting concrete
The air begins to chill

As the blood runs from your veins
And the reaper comes a callin'
As that light shines in your eyes
You finally realize
You were just a man
Track Name: The One
You think you've got a hold on my heart babe
You think that I don't have the strength to run
Well, those promises I made, they don't mean a thing
And I ain't gonna be the one

Well, I remember the laughter and the good times
I remember when we used to have so much fun
But those days, they have gone along the wayside
And I ain't gonna be the one

I ain't gonna be the one

Well, you're Mama always said you were a good girl
So why don't you put down your Daddy's gun
Cause there's nothing you can do to make me change my mind
And I ain't gonna be the one

You can take the last breath from my lips babe
You can take the midnight moon and the setting sun
You can take everything that I ever had
But I ain't gonna be the one

I ain't gonna be the one
Track Name: No-Win Situation
Love is a no-win situation
Your heart will take you places you don't want to go
Give up on instant gratification
Take it down a notch baby, take it slow

Romance is an imaginary notion
Designed to sell us all on the dream
of the black and white, stormy night, hollywood myth
No grey area on that screen

Sometimes you gotta drag your feet through the mud
Sometimes you gotta admit that you're not right
Sometimes you gotta have your voice heard
But never let your worry last on through the night


Remember the night that we first met
We were both so drunk it's easy to forget
But the stars were shining in your eyes
I bet you knew you were in for a surprise

You may want to leave
You may want to run
The grass is always greener in the next town
You're falling hard, You're falling fast
And now you gotta keep from falling down in...

Track Name: Liquor Store/ Restaurant/ Motor Inn
Hey there's Jim
Diligently working on his scratch-and-win
His wife Mary has her hair up in curlers
Puffin' on a cigarette
A hundred millimetre Virginia Slim
Smoke rings drifting through the air

You can smell the stench of the paper mill
Rollin' on in from over the hill
The locals they say you get used to it after a while
But I'm about as filthy as I can be
And my clothes are beginning to stick to me
And all I can think of is a shower and a shave


You can get anything
At the liquor store, restaurant, motor inn
59.95 plus tax will suffice
But the TV only gets three channels, Oh my lord

I could see from the moment I walked in
The evidence of who had been
Staying there the past three weeks or so
It's a funny thing about cheap motel
And the creatures within that dwell
You just know that mattress is gonna kill your back for tomorrow


A three dollar breakfast who could ask for more
A six pack from the liquor store
We pack our things and we head on down the road
Don't get me wrong I love to roam
But places like that make me long for home
I just want to sleep in my own bed for awhile

Track Name: Every Word That You Say
good to see you
how you been
i'm okay

got one hand on the bottle
got one foot in the grave

when the party is over
when the keg's have all run dry

I'll be the one in the corner
with the twinkle in his eye

every word every word every word that you say
makes me want to run away

every night i lay awake listening to my heart break
i think to myself , oh lord, what's it gonna take

no news is good news
as far as i'm concerned
i know the weather's dreadful
at least the tide hasn't turned

sit down, take a load off
have a drink on me
it can be a heavy burden
waiting on eternity

let's get drunk
sit here and hypothesize
about the expanse of the universe
everything that mystifies

i've got scotch and tequila
peach schnapps and creme de menthe
let's make sure the cupboards bare
let's make sure that we're quite bent
Track Name: You'll Come Around To Me
you'll come around to me
you'll come around to me
one day you're gonna see
and you'll come around to me

my lovin's gonna set you free x2
if you believe destiny
you'll come around to me

the heart can't divide the line x2
straight as an arrow or left behind
the heart can't divide the line

i know you got a worried head x2
put those past deeds to bed
i know you got a worried head

i'm a messenger without a message
i'm a song without a rhyme
i am optimism's last vestige
i am the future running out of time

i am the grim reaper kissing babies
i am the goldfish holding his breath
in a world full of yes, no, and maybe's
i'm the crack whore on crystal meth

i am weaving in and out of traffic
i'm a bottle full of sleeping pills
i'm a one last scuba diving lesson
i'm a giving myself the chills

i'm a wasted most hours of most days
i'm a walking into walls and missing doors
i think i'm working up to something
i'm a gonna settle me some old scores

you'll come around to me
you'll come around to me
one day you're gonna see
and you'll come around to me

my lovin's gonna set you free x2
if you believe destiny
you'll come around to me