Almost Overnight

AKA 1003


  1. Thistles
  2. Waitin' For You Mama
  3. Right After My Heart
  4. Woh Me
  5. Headed The Wrong Way
  6. Betsy And The Blue Boys
  7. You Can't Expect Me To Change
  8. So Close To Home
  9. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
  10. Peer Pressure
  11. Farmer Needs The Rain
  12. Kid Full Of Dreams
  13. Colder Than Ever
  14. Tender Lullaby
  15. So Afraid
  16. Yellow Moon
  17. Ironbelly
  18. Talk Around Town



Thistles

Crossed on a red light
Must have been blind
I've been driftin' a long long time
Fightin' my way through the clingin' vines
Thistles in my clothes
Shake 'em off
I'm tryin'

Had a good crib hand
Couldn't count the cards
thought I was cool
But my head got jarred
Too many strangers in my backyard
Thistles in my clothes
Shake 'em off

Ooh...

Had a good taste of that old sunshine
I felt too high and I stepped out of line
thought I got lucky and I just quit tryin'
Thistles in my clothes
Shake 'em off

Ooh...

Crossed on a red light
Must have been blind
I've been siftin and driftin' a long long time
Fightin' my way through the clingin' vines
Thistles in my clothes
Shake 'em off

ROY FORBES (SOCAN)

Waitin' For You, Mama

Sittin' all alone in the evening time
Ain't got much to say
Tryin' to find a couple of lines that rhyme
So I can tell you in a rhythmical way

That I'm just lonesome for you mama
Pinin' for you honey
Need you in a desperate way
I'm just waitin for you mama
Waitin' for you mama
Your lovin' gonna make my day

Why did you have to leave me this way
All alone and feelin' so sad
Don't you realize that your lovin' is the best thing
That this young critter's ever had

And he's just lonesome for you mama
Pinin' for you honey
Need you in a desperate way
I'm just waitin for you mama
Waitin' for you mama
Your lovin' gonna make my day

Here's another song all about you
Woh, you do know how to make 'em come out
You just leave me for a while and then you come back
and listen to me tell you what you're all about (to me)

I'm just lonesome for you mama
Pinin' for you honey
Need you in a desperate way
I'm just waitin for you mama
Waitin' for you mama
Your lovin' gonna make my day

ROY FORBES (SOCAN)

Right After My Heart

Your sorrow's getting much too amplified
You cause yourself too much grief
Somebody's taken you for a ride
You need some kind of relief

Look at me
I'm running around
I'm looking all over the world
Look at me
I'm running right after my heart

You're looking like you've been thrown around
By somebody who couldn't feel
He said he'd show you around the town
He stole all that he could steal


Look at me
I'm running around
I'm looking all over the world
Look at me
I'm running right after my heart

ROY FORBES (SOCAN)

Woh Me

Woh me, I'm comin' to you
With a gentle helping hand
Woh me, I'm comin' to you
With a lovin' understanding

Late at night
when the moon is shining bright
And you're shivering cold
You don't have to turn on your electric blanket
Cos I'll be there for you to hold

Woh me, I'm comin' to you
With a gentle helping hand
Woh me, I'm comin' to you
With a lovin' understanding

Late at night
When you're tossing and turning
And your pillow just won't fit your head right
Don't get upset
I'll be right here beside you
And I'm quite prepared to hold you tight

Woh me, I'm comin' to you
With a gentle helping hand
Woh me, I'm comin' to you
With a lovin' understanding

Late at night
When the wind is blowing
And the rain is pounding down on your roof
Don't let annoy you
Listen to the melody
Come over here
I've got some love for you

Woh me, I'm comin' to you
With a gentle helping hand
Woh me, I'm comin' to you
With a lovin' understanding

ROY FORBES (SOCAN)

Headed The Wrong Way

I'm not sure
I could be somewhere in Alberta
Or just across the Saskatchewan border
Had my head on a pillow
I was trying to sleep
Woke up suddenly
I could almost see your face in my mind
Then it faded out like a bad TV
But I know where you are
And I kind of think that it's where I should be

Because I don't think I hugged you tight enough
When you left me at the railroad station
And I don't think I kissed you long enough
Before you drove out of the yard
Now I'm thirty-six hours away from you
Yes, I'm halfway across the country
And this train is movin
So slow
Don't you know
That it's headed the wrong way

Feelin' alone and I'm thinkin' about the times
That I've taken you for granted
Kick myself for some things that I've said
That were selfish and out of turn
When this train gets to where it's takin' me
I'm gonna do what I have to do
Then I'm goin' back to the station
I'm gonna buy another ticket
And I'm gonna train on home to you

Because I don't think I hugged you tight enough
When you left me at the railroad station
And I don't think I kissed you long enough
Before you drove out of the yard
Now I'm thirty - six hours away from you
Halfway across the country
And this train is movin so slow
Don't you know
That it's headed the wrong way

ROY FORBES (SOCAN)

Betsy And The Blue Boys

Any old night that I'm feelin' down
I lock up my sadness and I head downtown
Forget about all those bills I ain't paid
Go out and spend more of the money I ain't made

And Betsy, she's singin' just like Patsy Cline
Sendin shivers chasin' each other up and down my spine
The smoke haze is risin', the liquor goes down
The feet start tappin,  let's order a round

And we'll sing of the future and sing of the past
Sing of the present times passin' so fast
When Betsy and The blue Boys start singin' their song
It won't be too long 'til I'm singin' along
Won't be too long

Well, I woke up this mornin' with a pain in my head
The telephone rang and I wished I was dead
I don't care what I did and I'll do it again
'Cos the pain goes away while the memory remains

And you got Betsy, she's singin' just like Patsy Cline
Sendin shivers chasin' each other up and down my spine
The smoke haze is risin', the liquor goes down
The feet start tappin,  let's have one more round

And we'll sing of the future and sing of the past
Sing of the present times passin' so fast
When Betsy and The blue Boys start singin' their song
It won't be too long 'til I'm singin' along
Won't be too long

ROY FORBES (SOCAN)

You Can't Expect Me To Change

When I needed help you gave it
Asking for nothing in exchange
Now I'm better I want to thank you
But you keep making demands for all your change
Well the price on your kindness is too much to pay
I think I knew it but I reasoned it away
Now I can see you
And I don't believe you
You can't expect me to change

When my back was up against a wall
You lead me away through your gate
And now you sit there and you try to tell me
That what you gave me is more than I can ever repay
Well I don't want to hear you
I've heard it all before
And when you leave don't forget to shut the door
Cos I can see you
And I don't believe you
You can't expect me to change

Well I don't want to hear you
I've heard it all before
And when you leave don't forget to shut the door
Cos I can see you
And I don't believe you
You can't expect me to change

ROY FORBES (SOCAN)

So Close To Home

I sit around
Like a lonely curious teen aged kid
The things you say cut through to the bone
So close to home

Now, I've got feelings
It's a hazy rush, not quite yet defined
Watch that, you're turning my world to stone
So close to home

Confusion is starting
To spin me like a top
I'm stopping and I'm starting'
And there are things that I haven't got

I walk the floor
The sun is climbing, the night is gone
The dark is fading and I'm all alone
So close to home

ROY FORBES (SOCAN)

Peer Pressure

Well, I've been living in a house
Lots of people movin in and out
Sittin' on the same bench
Never needed a defense
But now I'm down on my knees
Peer pressure
Makin' a mental wreck out of me

Well all the hot summer heat
Turnin' good milk into sour cream
I'm headed for a nerve bend
I'm on the receiving end
It's bringin' me to my knees
Peer pressure
Makin' a mental wreck out of me

Now if we were hangin out in high school
Well maybe then I'd understand
But we are many, many
Oh so many years
Out of that gum slip and detention land

You know they've got me on the choppin' block
Little knives, subtle shots
Dissected, gettin poked
I'm at the end of my rope
It's bringin' me to my knees
Peer pressure
Makin' a mental wreck out of me

ROY FORBES (SOCAN)

Farmer Needs The Rain

Ooh the farmer needs the rain
And the farmer needs the heat
Needs it in the proper order
To grow a field of wheat
But when the wind keeps a blowin'
Blowin' everything away
You can bet your boots the farmer's gonna pay

Ah, the government is helpful
They tell you what to plant
You take it into town
They turn around and say, "No tanks."
And then the cops pull you over
Right in front of the bank
Just wanna see if you've got
Purple gas in your tank

Well it's another dry sundown
Navy blue and red
Linda's out sellin' Tupperware
and the kids are tucked in bed
Ah the radio is cracklin'
And the tractor's in the shed
and I'm thinkin' 'bout some things my father said

He said the farmer needs the rain
And the farmer needs the heat
Needs it in the proper order
To grow a field of wheat
But when the wind keeps a blowin'
Blowin' everything away
You can bet your boots the farmer's gonna pay

And then the credit man comes to see you
At the break of day
He might have to take the truck
Cos you can't pay right away


And you look towards the sky
All your praying in vain
We got a lotta bills to pay
When do we get a break
The farmer needs, the farmer needs the rain

ROY FORBES (SOCAN)

Kid Full Of Dreams

A kid full of dreams he was walking one day
Crossing the railroad tracks
Humming a good luck song to himself
With the sun shining down on his back

He's gonna go to the city
He's gonna see the pretty lights
He's gonna go where the wind never blows
And every thing is gonna work out right


Dreamin boy sits alone in his room
Strummin' that 'F' hole guitar
And if the strings had a buzz well, now, he never knew
Because his head was 'way up in the stars

He's gonna go to the city
He's gonna find another life
He's gonna go where the wind never blows
And every thing is gonna work out right


Singin' his song, "I'll miss you when I'm gone"
Planning the big getaway
Poor kid with them small town blues
Never knew how much he had to pay

Now he's lost in the city
High on booze and cocaine
With his hands in his pocket and his collar turned up
He's just standin' alone in the rain

He's gonna go where the wind never blows
And every thing is gonna work out the same

ROY FORBES (SOCAN)

Colder Than Ever

Friday evening slipping on the ice
Lookin for adventure in the pale moonlight
I had a Coca Cola at the high school gym
But the girls wouldn't dance where the lights were dim

So, there were three or four big shots headin' downtown
Cursin' up a storm and fallin' on the ground
Got to the cafe everybody gone
Cos the band was playin and the dance was on

        And the Nighthawks were playin
        We were feelin' right out of it
        They were really playin'
        It was a brand new song about spendin' the night together
        We were colder than ever


Dale's big brother wandered out of the hall
Sayin, "Home you little buggers. You're breakin' the law"
then he took us to the alley and he gave us each a beer
And we heard about the women that were easy 'round here

Me, I had a cigarette, couldn't find a light
We shivered in our parkas by the blue street light
Lookin' at the door, we all tried a grin
As we counted up our change but, we couldn't get in

        And the Nighthawks were playin
        We were feelin' right out of it
        They were really playin'
        It was a brand new song about spendin' the night together
        We were colder than ever


I was headin' out, Eddie said, "Don't go.
Remember the guy my mother's boyfriend knows?
Well, we got a little money, it should be enough
And it sure beats holdin' this power pole up."

So, the bootlegger came and his nose did shine
We gave him all our money for a bottle of wine
We waited in the alley but he never returned
And the older kids chuckled while our faces burned.

        And the Nighthawks were playin
        We were feelin' right out of it
        They were really playin'
        It was a brand new song about spendin' the night together
        We were colder than ever

ROY FORBES (SOCAN)

Tender Lullaby

I wish sometimes that everything
Had gone a bit differently
Except the times when everything
It couldn't be better for me

But if you don't believe in miracles
You could be taking bad advice
Pull down the guard and take a listen
It's like a tender lullaby

Oh many time I've made mistakes
When I never trusted my heart
But people tell me that's when you learn
and I think I, no, I know I'm ready to start

But if you don't believe in miracles
You could be taking bad advice
Pull down the guard and take a listen
It's like a tender lullaby

I wish sometimes that everything
Had gone a bit differently
And sometimes I wonder  if the time
Is ever comin' for me

But if you don't believe in miracles
You could be taking bad advice
Pull down the guard and take a listen
It's like a tender lullaby

ROY FORBES (SOCAN)

So Afraid

Country kid comin' to the city
With a bag full of songs and tapes
Sayin' good-bye to the wide sky
City sky crawlin' with the waste
Country kid movin' in a hippie house
People sleepin' every which a way
Diggin' out a dime for the pay phone
Livin', livin' on blind faith


And I was so excited
I thought I really had it made
I used to think that I was so heavy
Before I became
So afraid


Country kid sittin on the front porch
Laughin and gettin' mighty high
Never ever sayin' 'excuse me'
Gettin' up and walkin right by
Country kid walkin' down the sidewalk
Laughin' and kickin' at the rocks
Smilin' cos he knows he's gonna find someone
To mend all the holes in his socks


And I was so excited
I thought I really had it made
I used to think that I was so heavy
Before I became
So afraid

Family's  out there somewhere
He doesn't think about them a lot
Flat broke but he's so full of himself
And he's countin' all the things
He's countin' all the things that he's got

Country kid sittin on the front porch
Laughin and gettin' mighty high
Never ever sayin' 'excuse me'
Gettin' up and walkin right by
But later on, as he's layin' in the backyard
Chasin' little fears away
Fears piling up in the back of his conscience
Waitin' for the red letter day
Oh, they're just waitin' for the judgment day

And I was so excited
I thought I really had it made
I used to think that I was so heavy
Before I became
So afraid

ROY FORBES (SOCAN)

Yellow Moon

Yellow moon, lead me to the harvest
Yellow moon, lead me to the harvest
Across the long fields at sundown
Through the ruts, the stubble cuts my bare feet
Like needles
Use your magic, yellow moon
You can turn me to a child again

Yellow moon, come on, let me lay down
Yellow moon, come on, let me lay down
Let me hide in the shadow of the stooks
With the spirits of this breathing ground
Work your magic, yellow moon
Make me a child again

Well is it true you control the sun and the rain
Is it true you control the poor man's pain

Yellow moon, look at the skyline
Yellow moon, look at the skyline
Is that fire on the big hill
Does the wind send those shivers
Just to make my heart start racing

Work your magic, yellow moon
Make me a child again

Well is it true you control the sun and the rain
Is it true you control the poor man's pain

Yellow moon, I believe you know it
Yellow moon, I believe you know it
Why the wind blows so hard
And the field mice hide
Come on, take me to the harvest
Work your magic, yellow moon
You could turn me to a child again
Use your judgment, yellow moon
Come on and take me to the harvest

ROY FORBES (SOCAN)

Ironbelly

Ironbelly doesn't play pool anymore
He just sits in the corner and drinks
Ironbelly's belly has gone to pot
And the T V tennis game is on the blink
Howard's wearin' a glass of tomato juice
On the front of his green corduroys
And the records on the juke box are all worn out
You just can't hear a thing for the noise
Mmm, you just can't hear a thing for the noise

Jimmy's sittin' over by the lobby door
The mail didn't come and he's flat
I hear he sings just like Wilf Carter
And he exits with a sissy pack
You can depend on Tommy and Lee
To keep the pool table occupied
Seven kids are all grown up
And they came out of it quite alive
Mmm, they came out of it quite alive

Ironbelly calls for another round
Mae, she just takes her time
She's gonna sink another eight ball
She's gonna tell another joke
And she's gonna keep everybody in line
When it's time to cut the lights
She herds you down to the cabaret
Where you get pulverized by an out of tune band
And you just dance it all away
Mmm, you just dance it all away

ROY FORBES (SOCAN)

Talk Around Town

Special
Everybody wanna be special
Everybody wanna be so great at what they do
                                 great at what they do

Honor
Everybody want a bit of honor
Everybody wanna put in time on the pedestal
                                  time on the pedestal

Mm, gonna go out and
Stir up a little bit of talk around town
Burn bright while the sun goes down
Stir up a little bit of talk around town
Burn bright while the sun goes down

Reverence
Everybody wan a bit of reverence
Everybody want the chance to move another mind
Leave their bit of truth behind

Glory
Desperation cries for glory
Some people go out n' try to stop time with a gun
Freeze the frame, you could be the one
Ahh, gonna go out and

Stir up a little bit of talk around town
Burn bright while the sun goes down
Stir up a little bit of talk around town
Burn bright

While the sun goes down
You can feel the heat
Echoes of victory
Tumblin' through the streets
But in the alleyways
that's where the ones who know the stakes
They wait

Meanwhile youngblood cries for money
People do a lot of haywire things for money
Cos people still believe that there's a freedom you can buy
A place where you never, never, never ever have to try

Mm, gonna go out and
Stir up a little bit of talk around town
Burn bright while the sun goes down
Stir up a little bit of talk around town
Burn bright

ROY FORBES (SOCAN)