Thank You For The Favor

by Denis Laing

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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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Track Name: The Ash Tray Song
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
Track Name: Surrender To Me
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
Track Name: Thank You For The Favor
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
Track Name: Those Days Are Gone
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
Track Name: The Ballad of Sally and Don
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
Track Name: It's Over Now
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
Track Name: Fallin' In Love
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