Unfinished Business

by Tommy Wiggins

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1.
Count your blessings Count ‘em one by one that’s a lesson a lesson to be won Taken for granted darn near everything that we are handed and the joy it brings Old man standing on the side of the road cardboard in his hand you can bet your bottom dollar, boy that wasn’t in his plan So count your blessings count ‘em every day ‘cause tomorrow they just might fly away fly, fly away Every time, yeah we think we got it made you turn around and it’s a hundred in the shade there is such a fine line between luck and loss stuff you think you’re holdin’ on to and what it really costs sister’s hands are hurtin’ she can’t keep up her house no more you spend your whole life workin’ in the end you’re walking the floor So count your blessings count ‘em every day ‘cause tomorrow they just might fly away fly, fly away fly, fly away Every time, yeah we think we got it made you turn around and it’s a hundred in the shade © Tommy Wiggins, Expensive Fun Tunes, BMI
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Dorothy Lee was an orphan girl She was sent away back in ‘37 to the little Northwoods town sisters and her brothers, they weren’t around the girl just turned eleven when she was standing at that station suitcase in her hand Mama just turned eleven with a suitcase in her hand She grew up and she moved on from the little Northwoods town left her aunt and uncle there at the station The boys were off to war back in ‘43 and there were good jobs in the city and Mama was pretty Look out boys, look out world here she comes, the Orphan Girl she’s gonna’ find a good life on her own Met him at a ballroom dance he had just shipped home from France he fell in love, with the orphan girl Made some babies, and made a home her boys raised some babies of their own They called her “grandma” She knew she was blessed beyond her dreams cuz’ all she wanted was a family when she was standing at that station suitcase in her hand Mama just turned eleven with a suitcase in her hand Grandkids there to hold here hand picture of her mama on the nightstand Dorothy Lee knew that her days had passed and she'd be home at last Look out boys, look out world there she goes the Orphan Girl she found what she needed in this life Mama’s gone and that’s all right She’s up there with her Lord tonight She loved every one of us the best Train took Mama to that Northwoods town back in ‘37 Her three boys, we brought her back again in summer two thousand ‘leven ©tommy wiggins
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Same old story in every town everybody tryin’ to wrap their heads around what’s goin’ down Hard to keep gas in your car 20 dollar bill won’t get you very far in your car All the good jobs left this town all the kids are just hangin’ around lookin’ like the lost and found bringin’ everybody down Stay the course, complete the mission they were blinded by belief in their conviction self-fulfilled prediction Cause-effect, truth or fiction temperature is rising from our oil addition Stick your head into the sand really ain’t no kinda plan people all across the land are wakin’ up to take a stand In every city and every little town we all wanna know what’s goin’ down politicians jerkin’ us around How you gonna fix the mess we’re in patience with you’s wearin’ thin keep on keepin’ up that same old run-around What’s goin’ down What’s goin’ down Same old story in every town everybody tryin’ to wrap their heads around what’s goin’ down down, down, down down, down, down © Tommy Wiggins
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Long distance road how far can we go does anybody know? Staring up at the sky wishing that I could fly trippin’ on a slipstream high On a slipstream, in a dream dream everywhere I go ‘d be a good scene in a dream dream high above the road Long distance friend it’s good to see you again been so long that I can’t even remember when We’re a pair, you and I a hippie and a New York guy makin’ that music fly On a slipstream, in our dream dream everywhere we go it’s a good scene in a dream dream long distance road On a rooftop, Chelsea skyline after two AM Some good tequila and conversation It’s been a good day, my dear friend Long distance road how far can you go? Long distance road does anybody know? Long distance road On a slipstream In a dream, dream © Tommy Wiggins
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Came upon a child of God he was walking along the road asked him where he was going and this he told me going down to Yasgur's farm play in a rock and roll band get back to the land set my soul free We are stardust, we are golden caught in the devil's bargain and we got to get ourselves back to the garden Can I walk beside you I have come here to lose the smog feel like I'm just a cog in something turning Maybe it's the time of year Maybe it's the time of man I don't know, but here I am and life is for learning We are stardust, we are golden million year old carbon and we got to get ourselves back to the garden By the time we got to Woodstock we were half a million strong and everywhere was a song and a celebration Well I dreamed I saw the bomber jet planes riding shotgun in the sky turning into butterflies above our nation we are stardust, we are golden caught in the devil's bargain and we got to get ourselves back to the garden © Joni Mitchell Sony/ATV Tunes LLC OBO Crazy Crow Music.
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You don’t know me I won’t let you see What’s on my Facebook wall, I wrote it just for me I live in a secret place, I'm not gonna let you in where I can peel this mask right off of my face and touch my skin You think you know all the secret places that I go But you can only see what lies on the surface, not below There’s not much I can do to make you change your mind Perception is everything, leaves you running blind We think we know everything, but we don’t really know We can only see what's there on the surface, not the soul Yearning, burning, tables turning never learning at all You don’t know me, I won’t let you see what’s on my secret Facebook wall is just for me You don’t know me © Tommy Wiggins
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Brand new day, it's a brand new day I make my own sunshine, brother The promise of a brand new day Getting’ my motor runnin’ Puttin’ the ball in play The promise of a brand new day Makin’ my reservation Ain’t gonna stand in no line Personal celebration Gonna take my time for a Promise of a brand new day Hello, morning glory Bringin’ a brand new story Wonderin’ what you’ve got to say Wakin’ up with the sunrise Rubbin’ the sleep from my eyes Shakin’ off that yesterday promise of a brand new day I won’t let it get to me All of that lunacy I won’t let it messa my mind Takin’ up all of that time That was yesterday Yesterday’s tomorrow I’m gonna get away From all of the sorrow Hello, morning glory Bringin’ a brand new story Wonderin’ what you’ve got to say Wakin’ up with the sunrise Rubbin’ the sleep from my eyes Shakin’ off all the yesterdays Make our own sunshine, brothers Promise of a brand new day Getting’ our motor runnin’ Putin’ the ball in play The promise of a brand new day Brand new day (repeat) ©Tommy Wiggins
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Stay the night, make it right lay your head on my pillow tonight wrapped up in a warm embrace chasing the lonelies from this place with love Feel the pounding in our hearts that’s the place where the lovin’ starts you are lonely, ‘n so am I in the shadows of candle light we’ll make love we’ll make love You have been around for a while I’m held captive by your smile different than all the other men lay beside me ‘till the darkness ends we’ll make love we’ll make love Stay the night, make it right lay your head on my pillow tonight wrapped up in a warm embrace chasing the lonelies from this place with love © Tommy Wiggins Expensive Fun Tunes, BMI
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It’s Christmas Eve the middle of the night the clock is slowly ticking towards the morning light. Wrapped up in the glitter of a twinkling Christmas tree dreamin’ bout those Christmases that used to be. Our kids were small the magic years thumbing thru those catalogs of Christmas cheer. How did Santa really know who’s naughty and who’s nice goin’ back in time this Christmas Eve. Sweet peaceful slumbers children tucked into their beds sweet peaceful slumbers bless those little sleepy heads sweet peaceful slumbers children tucked into their beds sweet peaceful slumbers a few more hours and they’ll be tumbling down the stairs with hearts ‘a pumpin’ It’s Christmas Eve the middle of the night the clock is slowly ticking towards the morning light Merry Christmas Merry Christmas Merry Christmas It’s Christmas Eve ©2009 Tommy Wiggins Expensive Fun Tunes, BMI

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Tommy Wiggins' newest solo album, Unfinished Business, finds him fronting a band of Nashville-based all-stars, including Wilco co-founder Ken Coomer and Lucinda Williams' right-hand man, Stuart Mathis. Rooted in rock & roll, the songs weave their way through soul, country, blues, and all points in between.

It's a sound as broad as Wiggins' own career, tracked in the same home studio — Tommy's Tracks — where he has recorded, mixed, or mastered albums for scores of artists.

A rock & roll lifer, Tommy Wiggins is still moving forward, with Unfinished Business serving as the newest chapter of a story that continues to unfold.

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released August 15, 2019

All songs by Tommy Wiggins and published by Expensive Fun Tunes, BMI except Woodstock (Joni Mitchell, Siquomb Pub. Co.) and Tommy and Stuart Rock Out (Tommy Wiggins/Stuart Mathis, Expensive Fun Tunes/BMI and Space Helmet Music ASCAP .)

Recorded by: Dave Towne, David Goldman, Tommy Wiggins, Chris Mara, Monty Miller, Britton Deuel.
Produced, mixed and mastered by Tommy Wiggins.
Count Your Blessings – mixed by Peter Young
Mixing assistants – Megan Peterson, Britton Deuel
Mastering assistant - Raelynn Janicke

Recorded at – Tommy’s Tracks, Nashville, TN and Cleveland, OH. Musegarden, NYC.
Featured performers - Tommy Wiggins, David Goldman, Stuart Mathis, Ken Coomer.
Supporting performances by - Larry Haack, Eric Lichter, Billy Livsey, Chris Wild, Alicia Michilli, Jacob Klein, Michael Seifert, Reed McClean, Mark Golden, David Richards, Mark Rubel.

Hats off to my Americana duet-singing amigo Larry Haack on Count Your Blessings.

Thank you, David Goldman for decades of supporting my music.

Front and back cover photographs – John Soeder www.facebook.com/johnsoeder
Graphic design – Chloe Conn

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Tommy Wiggins Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville’s Tommy Wiggins began writing songs by kerosene lamp in a Rocky Mountain cabin. He’s been writing, recording and performing his own funky blend of folky, bluesy, country-funk ever since. Tommy recently released his twentieth CD “UNFINISHED BUSINESS” and the chill/yoga inspired TERRA, and he's feeling the call of the West once more. ... more

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