© 2017-2019 RUSS TOLMAN. All rights reserved.

KID

She’s just another California kid from a broken home

Her stepfather won’t leave her alone

Her Dad is married to another cop

The child support payments just don’t stop

Mom she bought herself the local bar

Now stepfather doesn’t have to drink in the car

She just wants to stay out with her friends and drive the town

And Mom doesn’t notice she’s not around

Please don’t make me go home

Please don’t make me go home

Just another California kid from a valley town

Her stepbrother doesn’t want her around

Her teachers think she might be smart or talented at art

There’s a boy working up the nerve

To act and not obverse

She just wants to stay out with her friends and drive the town

And Mom doesn’t notice that she’s not around

Just another California kid with an attitude

Her family’s come quite unglued

Every night’s a bona fide horror show

But she’s got no place else to go

She just wants to stay out with her friends and drive the town

And Mom doesn’t notice she’s not around

©  2018 Tolman Music BMI, administered by BMG Music

LOS ANGELES

I come home. Got her note

“Adios Amigo,” is all she wrote

No explanation, consolation prize

Just a big empty house and a sad surprise

She’s gone. Now she’s gone

I stand still while she moves along

Los Angeles, I beg you please

Take care of her

Los Angeles, I ‘m on my knees

Take care of her

Her postcard came after month or two

“I’m doing fine, well, how bout you?”

And that’s last that I heard

Not another note, not another word

Through the lonely days and lonely nights

I even miss the arguments and fights

©  2013 Tolman Music BMI, administered by BMG Music

405

Living on the 405

For all the time I’ve wasted

God I’m still alive

Morning noon or night

Any time you drive, the traffic’s never light

Four Oh Five, you really gonna piss me off

Four Oh Five, I’m stuck and I can’t get off

From Brentwood up to old Van Nuys

Everything is crawling

Only minutes seem to fly

Wish there was another way

Should’ve left earlier, maybe yesterday

On Sepulveda, I’ll take a pass

Some things, they just just weren’t made to last

Pack up and move away

Maybe it’s time to say goodbye LA

So, so long LA

In my rear view mirror

I still see the palm trees sway

Four Oh Five, you really done pissed me off

Four Oh Five, adios mi amigo I’m gone

 © 2018 Tolman Music BMI, administered by BMG Music

GOODBYE EL DORADO

Goodbye El Dorado, golden city by the sea

Destination for millions, the millions who came before me

So I’m like all the others, seeking answers, fame and gold

Clinging to a dream

No matter how ragged or old

The living here is easy and the weather’s mostly fine

The people aren’t so wicked

And it’s sunny most all of the time

So Goodbye El Dorado

I might see you again

Might drop back for a visit

A visit now and then

Goodbye El Dorado, my time here is done

You’ve been a good companion and I’ve been a dutiful son

I’ve learned all your lessons and the teaching time is done

Pack up and move on toward the rising sun

Goodbye El Dorado, regrets I’ve had a few

But I’ll forget them all promptly, as we strike out for something new

Treasures lost and sometimes won, thank you it was almost fun

El Dorado in the sun, You’ve lost another one

©  2018 Tolman Music BMI, administered by BMG Music

CALIFORNIA WINTER
(Stefan Murphy/Russ Tolman)

In the California winter I turned my life around

In the California winter I rejoiced in the beauty I had found

I was enchanted by her ocean but it meant nothing

Compared to the way I am enchanted by you

I live for things that you say and all that you do

In the merry month of November I turned by attention to the dead

I don’t know how I couldn’t remember all the ludicrous things that you said 

I had no choice but to be with you I would forgive you

You give me a thousand million pleasures in one day 

I live for the things that you say, I live for the day

 

In the California winter I lost my way ahead

In the California winter my ego was left for dead

Discovering you helped me be reborn

But all there’s now is scorn, still my love is sworn

It can’t be torn

 

In the California winter I was humbled to the ground

In the California winter I shivered at the sound

Of your voice telling me I had to leave and go away

I don’t know how I survived that day

I live for things that you say and all that you do

©  2018 Tolman Music BMI, administered by BMG Music

YUBA CITY 
(Ted Savarese)

Fire up my engine and let out the clutch

This town has never really shown me much

Catch a gust of wind, I think I’ll go back to

Yuba City

I’m going down to Yuba City, if I’m going down at all

I’ll wrap myself ‘round town as big as Spain

Loom over Gridley like a coming rain

Whisper to the sky, I think I’ll go back to Yuba City

I’m going down to Yuba City, if I’m going down at all

I’ll barrel in like a drunk debutante, stagger down any avenue I want

No more sleepless nights, I think I’ll go back to

Yuba City

I’m going down to Yuba City, if I’m going down at all

I’m going down to Yuba City, if I’m going down at all

©  2005 Ted Savarese, administered by Tolman Music BMI/BMG Music

ALMOST HEAVEN

Red sky this morning, the fire’s getting closer

Sun through the smoke, making everything oranger

The desert’s all aglow

It’s a strange color, as the smoke wraps around

Protecting us from the hot sun, throwing shadows on the ground

Throwing shadows on the ground

Southern California’s almost heaven to me

With perpetual fun in the summer sun

It’s the only place to be

It’s almost heaven to me

Red boulders and a tiny sliver of blue, between the ground and the grey

The sand glows orange, a breeze it comes

And the birds fly away

You were my sweet thing, and I thought it would always be

But now I’m here in the smoke with just your memory

©  2018 Tolman Music BMI, administered by BMG Music

DO YOU LIKE THE WAY
(Russ Tolman/Jonathan Klages)

You're starting to win, you're seven beers in 

Giving everybody kisses and hugs

There's alot of love the room tonight and you're working on a heck of a buzz

Adjust your crown, swagger around, making the rounds

Everybody bow down to the king of the barroom clowns

Do you like the way you look in this song

Stop me if I'm wrong or if I'm lying

You've got some innovative thoughts and I'm sure it's fun to think them

You're a free spirit or at least you like to drink them

You play the part of the lovable loser, it's performance world class

But a guy with as much talent as you doesn't need to play the stupid ass

We're all on your side and hope that you climb out

Stop digging, drop the shovel and find a better route

You're a mess, Jack but keep coming back

Go through to climb out

Do you like the way you look in this song

Stop me if I'm wrong or if I'm lying

Do you like the way you look in this song

Would you like to sing along or just cry

©  2018 Tolman Music BMI/Jon Light Music BMI, administered by BMG Music

We’re all gonna go down past the rodeo

On our way to our just rewards

Don’t wait for me, I’m in no hurry

Don’t save me a place in line

I’ll be waiting here, order up a beer

And join me for awhile

Time goes by fast enough

We don’t need to give a shove

Take it easy take it slow
I'm in no hurry to go

Take it easy take it slow

Old Methuselah really had it down

That man knew how to hang around

969 sounds awfully fine

Let’s hope old Methus didn’t get bored

And if you ever find the time

To put yours together here with mine

Come it rain or come it shine, together we’ll be fine

Looking forward to seeing some continental drift

And maybe an ice age or two

I’m sure if you just bundle up, you just bundle up, it’ll be easy to get through

©  2018 Tolman Music BMI, administered by BMG Music

TAKE IT EASY TAKE IT SLOW
NORTH HOLLYWOOD DREAM
(Russ Tolman/Jonathan Klages)

You're fresh off the bus, here in North Hollywood

You walk down Magnolia to Lankershim

Things are a bit busier than they were back in Idaho

You wonder how much farther to the Econo Inn

You're finally in LA, let the dreaming begin

But now you're hungry and tired

And there's too much new to take in

Fast forward a few weeks. You've found yourself some roommates and a job

It's two bedroom in Valley Village and you're working over at the mall

You're finally in LA, let the dreaming begin

But now there's rent to make

And there's too much new to take it

Dream dream while you're sleeping. Dream again when you wake

They're be plenty of time for dreaming so dream for dreaming sake

Here comes your big break, they've finally called you back

Years of hoping and waiting. Dead ends and side tracks

You're finally in LA, let the dreaming begin

But you're not feeling well and there's too much new to take in

You've found yourself a partner and now you've a couple kids

Buying's better than renting, now it's time to find new digs

You're finally in LA, let the dreaming begin

But now you've got mouths to feed and there's too much new to take in

©  2018 Tolman Music BMI/Jon Light Music BMI, administered by BMG Music