Thank You For The Favor

by Denis Laing

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WHEN YOU’RE LOOKING TO FIND YOUR TRUE SELF AND DISCOVERING EVERY THING ELSE ONE MORE LOOK AND YOU THINK YOU CAN FIND ALL THE COLORS BEYOND HUMAN PAIN BUT YOU DREAM AND YOU’LL DREAM ALONE WHILE THE ASH TRAY SITS DOWN BY THE PHONE DREAM AND YOU’LL DREAM ALONE WHILE THE ASH TRAY SITS DOWN BY THE PHONE JUST AS THOUGH IT WERE MEANT TO BE JUST AS THOUGH IT WERE MEANT FOR ME AND AS THOUGH I WERE MEANT TO SEE HOW THE LONELY SURVIVE TO BE FREE FREE FROM SORROW FREE FROM LOVE I KNOW IM SURE I KNOW WELL I’M LOOKING AROUND IN MY ROOM SEEING IT ALL TOO SOON HAPPY TO BE THAT WAY BELIVING IT ALL EVERY DAY BELIEVE YOU’LL BELIEVE ALONE WHILE THE ASH TRAY SITS DOWN BY THE PHONE ME UP WHEN I GET CLEAN LEAVE YOUR NAME ON MY MACHINE I’M HOME WHEN I’M LOOKING INSIDE OF MY MIND THERE’S A MIRACLE THERE I CAN FIND BUT IT TAKES UP SO MUCH OF MY DREAMS THAT ME LIFE ISN’T ALL IT COULD BE DREAM AND YOU’LL DREAM ALONE WHILE THE ASH TRAY SITS DOWN BY THE PHONE DREAM AND YOU’LL DREAM ALONE WHILE THE ASH TRAY SITS DOWN BY THE PHONE
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DRIPPIN’ IN THE NIGHT I’VE BEEN DREAMIN’ DREAMIN’ FOR SO LONG I’VE BEEN DREAMIN’ I’VE BEEN DREAMIN’ FOR SO LONG I’VE BEEN THINKIN’ OF WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU SURRENDER, SURRENDER TO ME SURRENDER, SURRENDER TO ME DRIVIN’ IN THE NIGHT I’VE BEEN DRIPPIN’ DRIPPIN’ FOR SO LONG I’VE BEEN DRIPPIN’ I’VE BEEN DRIPPIN’ FOR SO LONG I’VE BEEN THINKING OF WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU SURRENDER, SURRENDER TO ME SURRENDER, SURRENDER TO ME CAN’T ERASE YOU FROM MY BRAIN I’VE TROUBLE WITH MY MEMORY AGAIN I TURN IN TIME TO SEE YOUR FACE FADING INTO EMPTY SPACE DREAMIN’ DREAMIN’ DREAMIN’ DREAMIN’ DREAMIN’ DRIPPIN’ DRIVIN’ SWEAT I’M GOIN’ GETCHA, GETCHA FOR SO LONG I’M GOIN’ GET YOU GONNA HIT IT FOR SO LONG WANNA FORGET WHAT YOU LOOK LIKE STANDIN’ UP SURRENDER, SURRENDER TO ME SURRENDER, SURRENDER TO ME
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LOOK AT YOU LOOK AT ME WE’RE AS HELPLESS AS CAN BE YEA WE SAY THANK YOU FOR THE FAVOR STUCK IN TIME TRAPPED IN LINE BLIND BY IGNORANCE AND WINE WE GAVE OUR MONEY TO THE SWINE YEA WE SAY THANK YOU FOR THE FAVOR WE SAY THANK YOU FOR THE FAVOR SEVENTEEN GRABS ME GUN GO SHOOTS MONSTERS IN THE SUN ONE DAY THEY WRITE BACK TO YOUR MOM THEY TELL OF ALL THE GOOD YOU DONE YEA WE SAY THANK YOU FOR THE FAVOR THANK YOU FOR THE FAVOR THANK YOU FOR THE FAVOR I’M ETERNALLY IN DEBT FOR ALL YOUR MISGUIDANCE AND ADVICE IT’S MY PLEASURE TO FORGET OH I SAY THANK YOU FOR THE FAVOR WHY CAN’T THEY SEE I’M IN CHARGE OF BEING ME ONCE I WAS YOUNG ONCE I STOOD TALL NOW I’M ‘TV’ NOTHING AT ALL LIKE I PLANNED ONCE I STOOD TALL NOW I’M LIKE YOU CREEP AND I CRAWL GOT MY BACK TO THE WALL AND I SAY THANK YOU PASSERS BY STOP AND SIGH INNUENDOS FROM ON HIGH YEA I SAY THANK YOU FOR THE FAVOR AFTER MY SNIDE REPLY SIR YOU’RE IGNORANT AS I
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THOSE DAYS ARE GONE MUST I EXPLAIN MY ONLY DREAM IS TO GO DREAMING ON INVAIN I ONLY KNOW WHEN IM IN YOUR HANDS IM ON MY WAY TO ANOTHER LAND WELL MY HEART RUNS COLDER WHEN I SAW YOUR PICTURE IN EVERY CORNER STORE I KNOW YOU’RE MORE AND COULDN’T BE OVER NOW COULDN’T BE OVER NOW THOSE DAYS ARE GONE MUST I EXPLAIN MY ONLY DREAM IS TO GO DREAMING ON INVAIN I ONLY KNOW WHEN I’M IN YOUR HANDS I’M ON MY WAY TO ANOTHER LAND WELL MY HEART RUNS COLDER WHEN I SAW YOUR PICTURE IN EVERY CORNER STORE I KNOW YOUR’RE MORE AND COULDN’T BE OVER NOW COULDN’T BE OVER NOW SO GOODBYE JOHN BLUE SKIES TURN GREY GO ON AND ON DON’T FADE AWAY DON’T FADE AWAY DON’T GO I DON’T WANT TO UNDERSTAND THE UNDERHANDED EMPTY PEA BRAIN TRIGGERS IN YOUR MIND BELT UP YOUR BEHIND TRIGGERS IN YOUR MIND I DON’T WANT TO BE CRUEL IT’S TIME TO BE KIND SON OF A GUN I KNOW I STAND IN LINE SUDDENLY I DON’T CARE ANYMORE YEA YEA YEA SUDDENLY I’M ACTING LIKE I DON’T CARE ANYMORE OH WHAT A BORE LIFE TURNS OUT TO BE THIS WAITING FOR YOU DON’T AGREE WITH ME JUST AS SOON AS YOU’RE GONE I’LL KNOW MY LIFE WILL BE OVER DECLARING MY LOVE FOR YOU OVER AND OVER
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SALLY’S NO FOOL SHE’S PLAYING FOR DON PLAYING IT COOL BUT LAYING IT ON DONNY’S SO DUMB SHE CALLS AND HE COMES HE’S SINGING HER SONG BUT WEARING IT OUT LOOKS LIKE SALLY’S IN DOUBT WHEN SALLY SAYS OH MY LOVE SHE FINALLY GIVES IN THE POOR BOY IS CAUGHT THE FRUIT OF THE SIN WAS NOT WHAT HE THOUGHT LOOKS LIKE ALL ADDS TO NAUGHT WHEN SALL SAYS OH MY LOVE I DON’T LOVE YOU ENOUGH TO WAIT FOR A DREAM COME TRUE I DON’T NEED YOU TO UNDERSTAND WHAT’S WRONG OH OH OH OH OH OH OH OH SHE WANTS TO TALK IT OVER OH OH OH OH OH HE WOULDN’T WORK IT OUT OH OH OH OH OH OH OH OH SHE RUNS TO SEE HER MOTHER WHEN SHE COMES HOME OOH SHE FINDS AN EMPTY HOUSE LOOKS LIKE SALLY’S IN DOUBT WHEN SALLY SAYS OH MY LOVE I DON’T LOVE YOU ENOUGH TO WAIT FOR A DREAM COME TRUE I DON’T NEED YOU TO UNDERSTAND WHATS WRONG
6.
I WAS THINKING ABOUT MY LIFE AWAITING A TIME TO STRIKE WHEN THE IRON I HELD GREW COLD AND THE STORY I LIVED WAS TOLD ITS OVER NOW THE SONG INSIDE MY MIND A LOOK INTO MY HEART SEES IM NO LONGER BLINDED BY DESIRE OLDER NOW THE WISER FOR MY PART IN THE OUT TRAY I AWAIT MY EPITAPH OH SO TIRED OVER NOW OVER NOW OH NO I WAS THINKING I’D LOOSE CONTROL STEP OUTSIDE OF MY SOUL BUT THE LION INSIDE HAS DIED LEAVING NO PLACE TO HIDE SUDDENLY OLD SOON TO BE COLD SUDDENLY ALL OF MY LIFE GOES BEFORE MY EYES SUDDENLY WISE LOOKING TO LIFE WAS MY DEMISE FOR LIFE IS BUT DEATH IN WARM DISGUISE SUDDENLY I DON’T WONDER WHY, I KNOW IS THER ANYTHING LEFT TO DRINK THE FOOL AND THE WISE MAN SINK THE WEAK AND THE STRONG WILL FALL UNTIL NOTHING IS LEFT AT ALL ITS OVER NOW THE SONG INSIDE MY MIND A LOOK INTO MY HEART SEES IM NO LONGER BLINDED BY DESIRE OLDER NOW THE WISER FOR MY PART IN THE OUT TRAY I AWAIT MY EPITAPH
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IF YOU EVER WANT TO TALK IT OVER CALL ME UP AND HONEY I’LL BREAK DOWN FOR YOU DON’T YOU KNOW IT’S ALL OVER NOW NOT MUCH LEFT OF THE FEELING SO SHE PICKS UP ALL HER HAPPY FEELINGS LEAVING ME IN ONLY MISERY TO DINE ALL I KNOW IS TO LOVE HER NOW NOT MUCH LEFT OF THE FUTURE YOU DON’T REALIZE TIL YOU PAY THE PRICE YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND TIL YOU BURN YOUR HAND YOU BEEN FALLIN IN LOVE YOU BEEN FALLIN IN LOVE OH YEA IN LOVE IN LOVE OOH OOH OOH OOH AND I I DON’T WANT TO BE A MAN ABOUT IT I JUST WANT TO BE THE ONLY BOY FOR YOU DON’T YOU KNOW IT’S NO SECRET NOW EVERY BODY KNOWS YOUR ANSWER EVERY BODY KNOWS YOUR ANSWER YOU DON’T REALIZE TIL YOU PAY THE PRICE YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND TIL YOU BURN YOUR HAND YOU BEEN FALLIN IN LOVE YOU BEEN FALLIN IN LOVE OH YEA IN LOVE IN LOVE OOH OOH OOH OOH AGAIN AND AGAIN OOH YEA YOU BEEN FALLIN IN LOVE OH YEA IN LOVE IN LOVE OOH OOH OOH OOH YOU BEEN FALLIN IN LOVE IN LOVE IN LOVE AGAIN AND AGAIN I UNDERSTAND, THE GODS MAKE PLANS JUST NOT FOR ME, NEVER MEANT TO BE STILL HERE I AM, HEART IN MY HAND IF YOU EVER WANT TO TALK IT OVER CHALK IT UP TO ANCIENT HISTORY MOVE ON DON’T YOU KNOW IT’S NO SECRET NOW EVERY BODY KNOWS IT’S OVER EVERYBODY KNOWS IT’S OVER YOU DON’T REALIZE TIL YOU PAY THE PRICE YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND TIL YOU BURN YOUR HAND YOU BEEN FALLIN IN LOVE YOU BEEN FALLIN IN LOVE OH YEA IN LOVE IN LOVE OOH OOH OOH OOH AGAIN AND AGAIN OOH YEA YOU BEEN FALLIN IN LOVE OH YEA IN LOVE IN LOVE OOH OOH OOH OOH YOU BEEN FALLIN IN LOVE IN LOVE IN LOVE AGAIN AND AGAIN YOU BEEN FALLIN IN LOVE, BUT IT SURE IS TOUGH YEA IT SURE IS TOUGH, KEEPIN YOUR HEAD UP WHEN YOU FALL IN LOVE, WHEN YOUR’E FALLIN IN LOVE IF YOU EVER WANT TO TALK IT OVER

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Recorded in 1984, Thank You For The Favor is a collection of piano demos Denis wrote after moving to Florida. He sent them to his buddy and former band mate from The RPM’s, Brent Mireau, as possible tunes for The RPM’s or other groups. The original recording has seven additional tracks, which Denis considers unfinished, and can be found on a separate release entitled, ‘Piano Demos – Unfinished’. All of these tracks were recorded by Denis on a simple tape recorder, on what became the family grand piano, used by his daughter for music lessons, his wife as a space for an elaborate Christmas village, and the family dog, Siggy, as a favorite sleeping shelter. Denis cleverly added harmonies to some tracks, such as Surrender To Me, by overdubbing tape-to-tape, a la Daniel Johnston. Enjoy these tracks, authentically including some classic Denis banter, and make sure to check out the unfinished Demos too!

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released March 21, 2017

All songs are performed solely by Denis Laing.

Sound Engineering: Denis Laing

All tracks ©1984 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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