Smash to Pieces

by Bryan Thomas

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SMASH TO PIECES is 5 new songs from Albany soul rocker Bryan Thomas and his band the Buggy Jive.

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released January 29, 2011

The Buggy Jive is: BT (lead vox, acoustic guitar); JENNIFER (electric guitar); CLEOPATRA JOANZ (bass); LADY MAC (snare, hat, kick).

All songs by Bryan Thomas.

Cover design by Jean-Luc for TheHiddenCity.com, based on a photograph by Jason Thomas.

Recorded in a warm hole full of light somewhere in Delmar, NY.

Mastered by Larry DeVivo, Silvertone Mastering, Saratoga Springs, NY.

Produced by Dewitt Chyo Damseph for WT3 Records.

SMASH TO PIECES. Copyright 2011 Radical Plastical Music and WT3 Records. All rights reserved.

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Bryan Thomas Albany

Nippertown’s Greg Haymes says Albany soul rocker BRYAN THOMAS's "writes smart, and he writes from the heart, balancing intellect, passion and politics.”

The Times Union named him“Best Male Singer-Songwriter” shortly after he released his acoustic hip-hop debut Radio Plastic Jennifer in 1999. The follow-up soul rock epic Ones and Zeros was Metroland Magazine’s “Album of the Year” in 2002.
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Track Name: Reunion
Hello!
How have you been?
Hello!
Who have you been?

Everybody's dying right before our eyes
If I wait another minute it will be a lie
So I'mma hafta say this for the very last time:
"You look the same."

Hello!
Where are you now?
(Oh yeah, that's right, I knew that.)
Hello!
What are you know?

Everyone is dying right before our eyes
If I wait another minute it will be a lie
So I'mma hafta say this for the very last time:
"You have not changed."

The clock tick-tocks to the hip hop rock and these kiddies is getting old!
But the real story ain't even what I done told
The real story ain't even what I ain't done told
The real story is proving to be the choosing of what's told and untold for the story to unfold
The choosing, the spin, the losing, the win
The decisions and indecision a million revisions
Spitting a vision with imprecision
I'm looking in your eyes trying to read your minds trying to see
I'm squirmin' to determine what in hell it is you wants me to be

This is how I have been.
This is who I have been.
This is where I have been.
This is what I have been.
This is how I have been.
This is who I have been.
This is where I have been.
This is what I have been.

Everybody's dying right before our eyes.
We said we look the same for the very last time.
To say it once again would just be a lie.
We're too late to save.

Amazing just how quickly one minute goes by
I can no longer look directly in your eyes
So I take a drink and stare into my glass of wine
As if it's my grave.

Hello!

I don't want this groove to end y'all.
Track Name: Cake
You got the megaphone
You got the behind
You got the je ne sais quoi
I'm losing my mind

I could try to talk you out of it
But it's to no avail
So for the sake of my faith
I'm hoping you fail

This ain't about me
This ain't about you
It's the United States of Have Our Cake and Eat It Too

I couldn't get away with it
Even with this hair
But you could take off with it
It could make you a millionaire

If I put myself out there like that
They'd put me under the jail
So for the sake of my faith
I'm hoping you fail

This ain't about me
This ain't about you
It's the United States of Have Our Cake and Eat It Too

Everybody wanna be,
No one wanna be one.
Everybody wants a pass.

I'm hoping you fail
For the sake of my vanity
For the sake of my sanity
For the sake of humanity
For the sake of the wine
For the sake of the host
For the sake of the Father,
the Son and the Holy Ghost
For the sake of my faith
For the sake of the cake

This ain't about me
This ain't about you
It's the United States of Have Our Cake and Eat It Too
Track Name: Souls
I don't want to sell no souls
I don't want to sell no souls tonight
I don't want to sell no souls
Least of all not mine

I don't want to crush no souls
I don't want to crush no souls tonight
I don't want to crush no souls
Least of all not mine

Is it too much to presume
That I even have a soul?

Look at me.

So if you've ever saved a soul
If you've ever saved a soul
If you've ever saved a soul
Stay away from
Don't come here go
Stay away from.... mine.

Aaaaahhhhhhhhhh.
Track Name: Revolution
Stand down.
Relinquish weapons.
Celebrate.
All you silly poseurs.
Stand down.
Get to steppin'.
Celebrate.
Your revolution's over.

Revolution over.

It was good enough to make you feel all warm inside.
It was the good stuff. Such a feel-good war.
It was good enough to help us pass the time.
It was good enough for who it was for

It was for you.

Revolution over.

All of our efforts to organize with our eyes on the prize
countering the lies of those who despise us
even as they kiss us and kiss us
we the 21st century Sisyphus Sisyphus
rocking and rolling the rock up the hill
boulder getting bolder soul rock rocking your soul
and the wide sea ebbs and flows
sea is wide and the sun rise high and sets east and west
and over and over and further and closer
hallelujah glory and glory
it's the same old samo story story
over and over and over and over and
Revolution over.

This time the bad guys won
Sell the wife. Sell the house. Sell the car. Sell the kids.
Forget it.
Run for your lives.
Revolution over.
Track Name: Pieces
This is part one of a three part love song.
This is part one of a three part love song.
This is the first part.

It's in parts. She dropped it to the floor and it broke.
We just have to wait and see
It's an art to put it back together and hope.
All the queen's ladies sing

Songs can smash to pieces
Songs can smash to pieces
Souls are mending. The chords are descending.
The first part is ending.

This is part two of her three part love song.
This is part two of her three part love song.
It's a lot like the first part.

And she knows how this will end, yes she knows
We just have to wait and see
She will go. That's how it ends. She will go.
All the queen's ladies sing

Songs can smash to pieces
Songs can smash to pieces
Souls are mending. The chords are descending.
The song is not ending.

This is part four of her three part love song
This is part four of her three part love song
She's skipping the third part

And she knows how it must end so she goes
She's skipping the third part
And she knows how it must end so she goes
She's skipping the worst part
New beginnings
She's skipping the ending
New beginnings
She's skipping the ending
To get to beautiful
It's perfectly ordinary
To get to beautiful
It's perfectly ordinary

This is the end of a three part love song.

She knows how it must end so she fades it out.