Have I Told You Lately

by Denis Laing

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Have I Told You Lately is the centerpiece of Denis' latest recordings and is a collection of his most emotional compositions. Its title track is for his wife, Sharon, and he cites it as his most important song. This is followed by 'I Really Need You Now', a tender song written for his mother. 'Chew Bones' is for yet another leading lady in his life, Trixie the dog! A sweet depiction of the bond between man and animal, it is also an intimate portrayal of his daily life with his wife in Florida. Ever the romanticist, Denis penned many songs of love and its importance, as you will hear across the songs of this album, including 'Big Dumb Guy' (another song for Sharon), and 'If That's Alright With You', inspired by his daughter's long distance relationship during the year she temporarily moved to FL to spend time with him after his pancreatic cancer diagnosis. Laced through all is his unique voice, a character all its own bespeaking of his feelings.

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released January 24, 2017

All songs (except 'Have I Told You Lately' and 'Every Time') are performed solely by Denis Laing.

'Have I Told You Lately', & 'Scrappy Little Johnny': vocals by Denis Laing, guitar by Ben Laing
'Every Time': vocals by Erika Laing, guitar by Denis and Ben Laing

Sound Engineering: Erika Laing
Shaken Not Stirred, Mixed Not Mastered

All tracks ©2017 by Denis Laing

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Denis Laing Jensen Beach, Florida

Originally from Aberdeen, Scotland, Denis has been a lifelong songwriter and musician, generating a huge catalog of material ranging from pop punk to country to singer-songwriter genres. He has also been a huge inspiration to his children, both of whom are musicians and songwriters themselves, simply in admiration of their father. ... more

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Track Name: Have I Told You Lately
HAVE I TOLD YOU LATELY YOU LOOK BETTER THROUGH THE YEARS
AND THAT YOU’RE SO MY LADY I FEEL BETTER FOR THE TEARS
AND HAVE I EVER TOLD YOU JUST HOW WONDERFUL YOU ARE
AND HOW I’LL ALWAYS LOVE YOU, YOU, ARE MY STAR

HAVE I TOLD YOU LATELY I LOVE EVERY LITTLE LINE
AND HOW I’M OH SO GRATEFUL FOR EACH DAY YOU ARE MINE
AND IF YOU EVER WONDER JUST HOW LONG MY LOVE WILL LAST
YOU WILL ALWAYS BE MY HAPPINESS

IF YOU LOVE SOMEONE YOU’VE GOT TO TELL
IF YOU NEED LIKE I NEED YOU
SAY THE WORD AND GIVE SOME KIND OF SIGN
I WANT TO LET YOU KNOW
AS TIME AFTER TIME WE GET BETTER LIKE WINE
HAVE I TOLD YOU LATELY I’M GLAD YOU’RE MINE

TIME TICKS AWAY EVERYONE PAYS
MOMENTS ARE LOST COUNTING THE COST
WHILE THE FORTUNES OF LOVE ARE TRUE
AS NIGHT AFETER NIGHT LOVE IS BETTER THAN NEW
HAVE I TOLD YOU LATELY I LOVE YOU
I LOVE YOU
Track Name: I Really Need You Now
WHEN I OPENED UP MY EYES YOU WERE THERE
AND THROUGH EVERY LITTLE STEP OF LIFE YOU STILL CARED

CLOUDS ROLLED UP SKY GOT DARK
YOU WERE BUSY SEWIN ME A BRAND NEW HEART
IF I CUT MY KNEE IN OUR BACK YARD
WHO COULD EASE THE PAIN WITH A DECK OF CARDS

AND AN INEXHAUSTIBLE SUPPLY OF SOOTHING WORDS AND LULLABYES
OH I ONLY CALLED TO SAY A BOY SHOULD CALL HOME EVERY DAY
I JUST WANT TO TELL YOU HOW I REALLY NEED YOU

SEASONS DIE FORTUNES FADE
LITTLE FINGERS GEGTIN BUSY EVERY DAY
OH I MIGHT GROW UP AND MOVE AWAY
AND NEVER LISTEN TO ANOTHER THING YOU SAY

OH I ONLY CALLED TO SAY A BOY SHOULD CALL HOME EVERY DAY
BUT IN THIS CRAZY CIRCUMSTANCE OF LIFE WE DON’T GET HALF A CHANCE
I JUST WANT TO TELL YOU HOW I REALLY NEED YOU NOW

WHEN I SAW YOU CLOSE YOUR EYES I WAS SCARED
BUT I SEARCHED FOR YOU INSIDE AND ALL I KNOW IS YOU WERE STILL THERE

WITH AN INEXHAUSTIBLE SUPPLY OF SOOTHING WORDS AND LULLABYES
OH I ONLY CALLED TO SAY A BOY SHOULD CALL HOME EVERY DAY
I STILL WANT TO TELL YOU HOW I REALL NEED YOU
OH I ONLY CALLED YO SAY A BOY SHOULD CALL HOME EVERY DAY
BUT IN THIS CRAZY CIRCUMSTANCEOF LIFE WE DON’T GET HALF A CHANCE
I STILL NEVER TOLD YOU HOW BUT I REALLY NEED YOU NOW
Track Name: Chew Bones
TRIXIE MY LOVE, YOU WERE SENT FROM ABOVE
TO GIVE ME A SHOVE, AND TO SHOW ME TRUE LOVE
AND WHAT I’M MADE OF, IS NOW MUCH BETTER STUFF
JUST FOR KNOWING YOU LOVE, COME ON HOME WITH ME LOVE

AND COME WITH ME NOW TO AN ISLAND OF CHEW BONES
ALL OF THE GOOD GIRLS AND BOYS ARE FAST ASLEEP
ON ‘TIL THE DAWN IN OUR ISLAND OF CHEW BONES
I’LL MAKE THE BREAKFAST FOR MUMMY YOU AND ME, AND ITS

COME WITH ME NOW, BRING YOUR DOLLY
RUN WITH ME NOW, LET’S GET JOLLY
HAVE FUN WITH ME NOW, MELANCHOLY
IS SO NOT ALLOWED LET’S GET JOLLY
HAVE FUN WITH ME NOW, RUN WITH ME NOW

AND COME WITH ME NOW TO AN ISLAND OF CHEW BONES
I’LL WATCH THE SUN GO DOWN YOU CAN SIT AND DREAM
DREAM US A DAY ON AN ISLAND OF CHEW BONES
DREAM US A BACK YARD YOU’RE COMIN HOME

AND TRIXIE MY LOVE YOU’RE IN ALL OF MY PLACES
ALWAYS ON MY MIND AND DEEP INSIDE MY HEART
ON TIL THE DAWN IN OUR ISLAND OF CHEW BONES
I’M COMIN HOME GIRL AND WE’LL NEVER PART, AND I’TS

COME WITH ME NOW, BRING YOUR DOLLY
RUN WITH ME NOW, MELANCHOLY
IS SO NOT ALLOWED, BACK YARD FOLLIES
ON OUR FAVOURITE CLOUD, HAVE SOME JOLLY
FUN WITH ME NOW, RUN WITH ME NOW
AND COME WITH ME NOW TO AN ISLAND OF CHEW BONES
I’LL WATCH THE SUN GO DOWN MUMMY’S MAKING TEA
Track Name: Big Dumb Guy
I’M A BIG DUMB GUY MOMMA TOLD ME SO
NAW IT WONT TAKE ME ALL THAT LONG TO TELL YOU EVERYTGING I KNOW
AND I DON’T KNOW WHY I LOOKED AT YOU
OH BUT ALL I KNOW IS WHEN I DID THE BROKEN PIECES START TO FIT
IN A WORLD OF PAIN WE CAN RISE ABOVE OH BABY LET’S STOP COUNTING STUFF
WHEN ALL WE REALLY NEED IS LOVE

COS BABY I GOT SMART WHEN I FOUND YOU
YOU BROKE INTO MY HEART FROM OUT OF THE BLUE
YOU TORE MY WORLD APART HONEY YOU GAVE ME MY START
NOW DARLIN’ WITHOUT YOU I
IM JUST A BIG DUMG GUY YEA BIG DUMB GUY

I DON’T NOW HOW CAN DO WITHOUT
ALL THE LOVE YOU POURED INSIDE THAT FOR SO LONG HAD BEEN DENIED
AND I THANK MY STARS FOR THE DAY YOU COME
HONEY YOU COME ROUND WHER I COME FROM
WHER ALL GOOD GUYS ARE BIG AND DUMB

COS BABY I GOT SMART WHEN I FOUND YOU
YOU BROKE INTO MY HEART FROM OUT OF THE BLUE
YOU TORE MY WORLD APART HONEY YOU GAVE ME MY START
NOW DARLIN’ WITHOUT YOU I

I’M A BIG DUMB GUY BABY TALK REAL SLOW
TELL ME EVERYTHING I NEED TO KNOW, NOW TELL IT SOFT AND TELL IT LOW
THEN SAY IT ALL AGAIN ‘TIL IT ALL COMES TRUE
I KNOW SONY SAID IT BEST WHEN HE SAID
YOU GOT ME AND I GOT YOU BABE
Track Name: Every Time
EVERY TIME I SLAM THAT DOOR
I REALLY WANT TO GO TO WAR
BUT THERE’S NO ENEMY IN FRONT OF ME
SO I VILIFY YOUR SOUL
TO SANCTIFY MY OWN
AND THAT’S A RECIPE YOU GET FROM ME
IF YOU EVER WANT TO BE THAT DUMB
IF YOU EVER WANT FEEL THAT NUMB

CAUSE WHEN I TURN MY BACK ON YOU
I REALLY TURN IT ON ME TOO
OH AND YOU KNOW I NEVER SEE IT COME
DID I COME IN HERE TO HIDE
CAUSE WAITING ON THE OTHER SIDE
IS EVERY THING I WANT
I DON’T KNOW WHAT IM HIDING FROM
OR WHY I ALWAYS WAIT THIS LONG

HIDING FROM YOU HIDING FROM ME
HIDING FROM TRUE LOVE AND EVERY THING I WANT
HIDING FROM TRUTH HIDING FROM PAIN
HIDING FROM FORGIVENESS ‘TIL I SEE YOU AGAIN

BEYOND THE HEARTACHE AND THE HARM
BESIDE A STILL SMALL VOICE OF CALM
AND THEN I HEAR YOU SAY

DON’T THROW AWAY TRUE LOVE
YOU’LL NEVER GET IT BACK
Track Name: Ideas
MY IDEAS WENT OVER BADLY
WHEN I TOLD HER I LOVED HER MADLY
SHE SAID SOMEONE IN MY CONDITION
THERE AINT NO CURE, NO REMISSION SO I
TOLD HER MY LOVE MUST COUNT FOR SOMETHIN’
SHE SAID YOUR DREAMS DON’T MOUNT TO
NOTHIN’ AT ALL OOH YEA TO ME

I LIKE SCIENCE NOW SHE LIKES ART
NO CONTRIVANCE HERE ON MY PART
MAKES A DIFFERENCE IN, IN HOW SHE SEES ME
AND IN HER EYES I STILL SEE
OH GOD PLEASE RELEASE ME SO I
TOLD HER MY LOVE MUST COUNT FOR SOMETHIN’
AND SHE SAID YOUR WHOLE LIFE DON’T MOUNT TO
NOTHIN’ AT ALL OOH YEA TO ME
NOTHIN’ AT ALL OOH YEA TO ME

ALL OUR IDEAS NOW PUT TOGETHER
COULD NOT SAVE US DEAR FROM WHATEVER
AS FOREVER ENDS TODAY
I WILL NEVER HEAR YOU SAY
I LOVE YOU
FOREVER ENDS TO DAY HEY HEY
AND I’LL NEVER HEAR YOU SAY
I OVE YOU
FOREVER ENDS TODAY AND
I WILL NEVER HEAR YOU SAY
I LOVE YOU
FOREVER ENDS TODAY
AND I WILL NEVER HEAR YOU SAY
I LOVE YOU YEA
I LOVE YOU I
STILL LOVE YOU I
STILL LOVE YOU I
STILL LOVE YOU
Track Name: You Don't Know
YOU DON’T KNOW HOW MY HEART ACHES
TO SEE YOU HAVIN’ FUN THIS WAY
DANCIN’ ON MY HEART ‘TIL DAWN
SHARIN’ YOURS WITH EVERYONE
AND MY OH MY HOW THE TIME DON’T FLY
WHEN ALL THAT’S LEFT TO EAT IS PRIDE
AND EVERY DAY’S LIKE A BRAND NEW DAY
SO WHY DO I FEEL THE SAME OLD WAY LISTEN

YOU WOULDN’T KNOW ME NOW I’M JUST A SHADOW OF
ANOTHER SECOND WITHOUT YOUR LOVE JUST BRINGS ME DOWN
I KNOW I SAID ID SEE YOU ROUND, BUT

I THOUGHT WHEN I WAS FREE OF YOU
I’D RUN AROUND LIKE MOST MEN DO
IN AND OUT OF LOVE SO FAST
BUT THE ONLY THOUGHTS THAT EVER SEEM TO LAST IS

YOU WOULDN’T KNOW ME NOW I’M JUST A SHADOW OF
ANOTHER SECOND WITHOUT YOUR LOVE JUST BRINGS ME DOWN
AND YOU DON’T MISS ME BUT YOU DON’T KNOW ME NOW
YOU DONT KNOW ME GIRL

I MOVED OFF YOU MOVED ON AND NOTHING EVER FELT SO WRONG
WELL THERES NOTHING LEFT FOR ME I GUESS
BUT TO FALL UPON YOUR FORGIVENESS
YOU DON’T MISS ME THAT’S FOR SURE
BUT YOU CAN’T MISS WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW

AND YOU DON’T KNOW HOW HARD I’LL TRY
TO MAKE IT UP TO YOU THIS TIME
ALL I NEED IS ONE MORE CHANCE
I SWEAR I’LL NEVER STRAY AGAIN
FOR I HAVE LEARNED MY LESSON WELL
I’VE SEEN HEAVEN BEEN THROUGH HELL
I HAVE SEARCHED MY SOUL ALL THROUGH
AND ALL I’LL EVER NEED IS YOU LISTEN

YOU WOULDN’T KNOW ME NOW I’M JUST A SHADOW OF
ANOTHER SECOND WITHOU YOUR LOVE JUST BRINGS ME DOWN
AND YOU DON’T MISS ME BUT YOU DON’T KNOW ME NOW
Track Name: It's Only Me
HEY YOU, IT’S ONLY ME
SAY WOULD YOU LIKE TO GO OUT BOWLING ON A FRIDAY NIGHT
THAT IS UNLESS YOU GET THE CALL YOU’RE WAITIN’ FOR
I MEAN THERE MUST BE SOMETHING ELSE THAT YOU’D WANT MORE
I’M NOT THE MAN YOU THINK YOU’RE LOOKIN FOR
IM NOT THE VISION THAT YOU SEE BEFORE YOU SLEEP
IM NOT AN ANSWER TO THOSE DREAMS DESIRE WEAVES
I’M JUST A MAN WHO LOVES YOU SO THAT HE CAN’T SPEAK
IM NOT THE MAN YOU THINK YOU’RE LOOKIN FOR, IT’S ONLY ME

WHY NOT ME, WHY NOT YOU
WHY DON’T WE TAKE THE TIME TO REALIZE THE TRUTH, WHY DON’T WE
THAT IS UNLESS WE FEAR THE TRUTH A LITTLE MORE
THE WAY WE DO EACH TIME YOU LEAVE ME AT THE DOOR
I’M NOT THE MAN YOU THINK YOU’RE LOOKIN FOR, IT’S ONLY ME

BUT I’VE LOVED YOU FROM SUCH A DISTANCE
I FEAR YOU MAY NEVER KNOW, YOU’LL NEVER KNOW
YOU CAN REACH OUT WITH YOUR HANDS AND HOLD ME
AND TELL ME ALL THE CRAZY DREAMS YOU NEVER TOLD ME
I’M NOT THE MAN YOU THINK YOU’RE LOOKIN FOR, IT’S ONLY ME

DOO DOO DOO DOO DOO DOO DOO DOO DOO
DOO DOO DOO DOO DOO DOO DOO DOO DOO DOO

SHOULD I WAIT UNTIL YOUR CALANDAR IS FREE
OR TIL THE ONLY MAN LEFT STANDING HERE IS ME

IM NOT THE MAN YOU THINK YOU’RE LOOKIN FOR
I’M NOT THE VISION THAT YOU SEE BEFORE YOU SLEEP
I’M NO ONES ANSWER TO THOSE DREAMS DESIRE WEAVES
IM JUST A MAN WHO LOVES YOU SO THAT HE CAN’T SPEAK
I’M NOT THE MAN YOU THINK YOU’RE LOOKIN FOR ITS TRUE
BUT MAYBE I’M THE ONLY MAN WHO LOOKS FOR YOU
TO BE THE STAR IN EVERY DREAM THAT JUST CAN’T BE, IT’S ONLY ME

DREAMIN, IT’S ONLY ME, DREAMIN, IT’S ONLY ME
Track Name: If That's Alright With You
WE BOTH LIVE TWO SIDES OF THE COUNTRY NOW
YOU’RE OUT OF TOWN
I’M STILL STUCK HERE IN THE CITY BABY
WE PLAY GAMES AND TELEPHONE TAG AROUND
I’M STILL YOUR CLOWN
YOU’RE STILL PRETTY TO THE EYES YOU NEVER SEE

AS ALL MY THOUGHTS OF YOU COME BACK TO ME IN REVELRY
I WONDER WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT
I LOOK INSIDE MYSELF AND YOU’D BE THERE, YOU’RE HANGIN OUT
I WONDER WHAT YOU’RE DOIN NOW

WE BOTH SEE TWO SIDES OF A POINT OF VIEW
YOU’RE NOT LIKE ME
THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT I LOVE ABOUT YOU
WE BOTH MUST AGREE TO DISAGREE
HEY THAT’S ALRIGHT
THAT’S JUST ME RESPECTING YOU RESPECTING ME

AS ALL MY THOUGHTS OF YOU COME BACK TO ME IN REVELRY
I WONDER WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT
I LOOKIN INSIDE MYSELF AND YOU’D BE THERE, YOU’RE HANGIN OUT
OH BABE I KNOW YOU’RE GONNA DO ME PROUD

WE BOTH LIVE TWO SIDES OF THE COUNTRY NOW
HEY THAT’S ALRIGHT WITH ME IF THAT’S ALL RIGHT WITH YOU

WE BOTH SEE TWO SIDES OF A LOVE AFFAIR
HEY THAT’S ALRIGHT I’M STILL OVER HERE YOU OVER THERE
DISTANCE DON’T MEAN NOTHING TO THE HEART
YOU’RE IN ME NOW
THERE AIN’T NOTHING I CAN DO ABOUT THAT

AS ALL MY THOUGHTS OF YOU COME BACK TO ME IN REVELRY
I WONDER WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT
I LOOKIN INSIDE MYSELF AND YOU’D BE THERE, YOU’RE HANGIN OUT
I WONDER WHAT YOU’RE DREAMIN NOW

WE BOTH LIVE TWO SIDES OF THE COUNTRY NOW
HEY THAT’S ALRIGHT
THAT’S ALRIGHT WITH ME IF THAT’S ALL RIGHT WITH YOU
Track Name: Scrappy Little Johnny
SCRAPPY LITTLE JOHNNY
HE SADLY MISSED HIS MOMMY
STARTED HIM TO STRUMMING

BASH THEM CHORDS, BETTER BASH THEM CHORDS
OH YOU NEVER SEE IT COMING
AND THERE AINT ANY RUNNIN
BETTER KEEP IT STRUMMING
BASH THEM CHORDS, BETTER BASH..

I WON’T CRY
WHEN IT’S ALL THROUGH
IN MY LIFE
I FOUND YOU
I WON’T MOAN
WHEN DAY IS DONE
IN MY LIFE
YOU’RE THE ONE

BASHY LITTLE RINGO
BANGING ON HIS BONGOS
TELL ME HOW THE SONG GOES
BETTER BASH THEM DRUMS, BETTER BASH THEM DRUMS

I WON’T CRY
WHEN IT’S ALL THROUGH
IN MY LIFE
I FOUND YOU
I WON’T MOAN
WHEN DAY IS DONE
IN MY LIFE
YOU’RE THE ONE