Category: About my songs

about the songs written by Thomas Oliver

Through a Glass Darkly (a demo)

      In this song, I’ve taken three real, though disparate situations and weaved them together to underscore the often inexplicable, serendipitous nature of life. Some see a hidden hand in some such occurrences, using such plain words as…

The re-writing of Blue Lights

       Few of my songs have resonated so quickly and consistently with family, friends and fans as has “Blue Lights.”        From the first tryout at a weekly jam, to playing it at other venues with band or solo, in front…

Slow Trains,
South-Bound Women (a demo)

“Slow Trains, South-Bound Women” says it all in the title. In the tradition of the blues, “Slow Trains” is a first-person lament over the loss of a lover. She done gone. The melody, too, is strictly old-time blues, with its…

The stories behind the songs:
#10 Last Child

If you’ve been following this series, you’ll remember that I mentioned that the great country songwriter Harland Howard was renown for having to have a title before writing a song. The title to “Last Child” came from my bookshelf.  Literally,…