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On the Front Row with The Sara Thomas Band

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Taped before an enthusiastic audience in AETN's Conway studios, the group includes Thomas, vocals and rhythm guitar; Dave Hoffpauir on drums; Chris Michaels on bass and Ben Harris on guitar. The Sara Thomas Band produces a sound described as folk, popo, country and bluegrass infused with just enough rock influence. They finished as semi-finalists in the 2003 Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase and finalists and runners-up in the 2004 Musicians Showcase.

A Benton native, Thomas has been writing songs since age 21. She has since produced two EPs - "The Pink EP" in 2002 and a new CD EP "Get to You" soon to be released by New Scratch Records - and has been featured on the United States of Americana, Vol.3 compilation. She was also a finalist in the 2003 Arkansas Acoustic Festival.

Transcript

(APPLAUSE.)

THANKS SO MUCH FOR HAVING US HERE. THIS IS REALLY COOL. I'M EXCITED ABOUT THIS. I THINK WE ARE. THIS IS MY PARENTS. HI!  MY MOM'S BIRTHDAY. SO, EVERYBODY TELL MY MOM HAPPY BIRTHDAY. (APPLAUSE.) I WOULD SING HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BUT I DON'T KNOW HOW TO PLAY IT, SO I CAN'T DO THAT ONE. THIS IS CALLED "KEEPS HIS EYE ON ME" I THINK I WRITE IT DIFFERENT EVERY TIME. "EYE ON ME", "KEEPS HIS EYE ON ME." SO, ANYWAY, WE'LL DO THAT NOW. (MUSIC) I'M NOT ALLOWED TO GO OUT LATE AT NIGHT. I'M NOT ALLOWED TO COME OFF TOO, TOO BRIGHT. I'M NOT ALLOWED TO GET THE ANSWERS RIGHT. HE'S GOT HIS EYE ON ME. SOMEBODY BETTER DO THE ORDERING. BUT WHEN THE CHECK COMES, BABY, I'LL TAKE IT. IT'S JUST A MODERN TWIST ON JULIETTE. HE'S GOT HIS EYE ON ME. YOU ASK, "WHY DO I LOVE THIS MAN?" I COULD TRY TO TELL YOU. IF I ONLY KNEW WHY I'D BE SO HIGH. BUT I DON'T THINK I CAN. YOU KNOW MY BABY, HE'S A REAL GOOD MAN. HE DOESN'T WANT ME TALKING TO MY FRIENDS. HE LIKES ME TO BE WHERE HE SEES ME AND HE'S GOT HIS EYE ON ME. AND THOUGH I NEVER MEANT TO MAKE HIM CRY, YOU KNOW HE'S JUST A SENSITIVE SWEET GUY. HE CLAIMS THAT IT'S THE ONLY REASON WHY HE'S GOT HIS EYE ON ME. YOU ASK, "WHY DO I LOVE THIS MAN?" I COULD TRY TO TELL YOU. IF I ONLY KNEW WHY I'D BE SO HIGH. BUT I DON'T THINK I CAN. (MUSIC) WHEN HE KNOCKS ME DOWN INTO MY HOLE, WHEN HE MOCKS MY LOOKS AND PLAGUES MY GOALS. I START TO THINK THAT MAYBE I SHOULD GO, BUT HE'S GOT HIS EYE ON ME. AND WHEN THE DAY COMES THAT I BREAK AWAY. I'LL PROBABLY THINK ABOUT HIM EVERY DAY. JUST REMEMBERING THE SWEET, SWEET WAY HE HAD HIS EYE ON ME. YOU ASK, "WHY DO I LOVE THIS MAN?" I COULD TRY TO TELL YOU IF I ONLY KNEW WHY I'D BE SO HIGH BUT I DON'T THINK I CAN. (MUSIC)        . (APPLAUSE ((.

THANK YOU. WE DON'T ALWAYS GET THAT MUCH CLAPPING. PEOPLE ARE NOT ALWAYS PAYING ATTENTION. ALL RIGHT. YEAH. (MUSIC) I'LL WAIT ALL DAY. I'LL WAIT ALL NIGHT. TO SEE YOUR FACE IN PALE MOONLIGHT. AND I'LL WAIT FOR YOU TO SAY THE WORDS I HOLD SO DEAR. AND I'LL WAIT UNTIL IT'S SAFE BUT KNOW THEY'RE WORDS I'LL NEVER HEAR. AND I MISS YOU WHEN YOU'RE GONE ALTHOUGH TO YOU IT WAS JUST A GAME. SO WHEN I WONDER WHAT WENT WRONG I'LL KNOW YOU NEVER FELT THE SAME. IN A DAY I'LL BE LEAVING CAUSE IT'S TOO HARD TO SEE YOUR FACE. I KNOW YOU'LL FIND IT PLEASING YOU WON'T HAVE TO DEAL WITH MY DISGRACE. AND I'LL CLOSE MY EYES AND KNOW WHAT I HAD WAS REALLY NOTHING AFTER ALL. TO YOU, I WAS A PASSING FAD. (MUSIC).

IN A DAY I'LL BE LEAVING BECAUSE IT'S TOO HARD. I KNOW YOU'LL FIND IT PLEASING YOU WON'T HAVE TO DEAL WITH MY DISGRACE. I'LL CLOSE MY EYES. KNOW WHAT I HAD WAS REALLY NOTHING, AFTER ALL, TO YOU. I WAS JUST A PASSING FAD. TO YOU, OH I WAS A PASSING FAD. NOW, I JUST KNOW I WAS A PASSING FAD.

THANK YOU. SO NOW I'M GOING TO TRY TO ATTEMPT AND DO SOME OF MY OWN AND GIVE THEM A BREAK BECAUSE I REALLY OVERWORKED THEM. ?FLT LAUGHTER) FOR THE PAST FEW YEARS. THIS SONG IS CALLED "NOT GIVING UP ON YOU" WE RECORDED IT A COUPLE YEARS BACK. MY FRIEND BILL, WHO HAS NEW SCRATCH RECORDS, IS GOING TO RELEASE IT, FINALLY, TWO OR THREE YEARS LATER FOR ME. SO THIS IS ONE OF THE SONGS THAT WILL BE ON IT. AND I'M ALREADY GETTING SICK OF IT, SO I'M PLAYING IT SO LONG WE'RE GOING TO TRY SOMETHING DIFFERENT. BABE, YOU KNOW, YOU KNOW, I FEEL SO BLUE. NEVER MEANT TO FALL IN LOVE WITH YOU. SO TELL ME NOW WHAT AM I GOING TO DO? I'M JUST NOT GIVING UP ON YOU. TO THE BEST OF MY KNOWLEDGE, YOU RETURN MY LOVE. WHEN IT COMES TO TALKING, YOU CLAM UP. MY TEARS ARE FALLING, HONEY, I'VE USED THEM UP. BUT I'M NOT GIVING UP ON YOU. OH, WHY YOU ALWAYS WANT TO GO AND BE THAT WAY? LIKE IT'S A CRIME TO SAY THE WAY YOU'RE FEELING, BABE. YOU KNOW, MY EYES SEE THROUGH YOU, IT WORKS OUT THAT WAY. NO, I'M NOT GIVING UP ON YOU. BABE, RIGHT NOW I KNOW YOU'RE GOING AWAY. I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU'D LEAVE ME HERE THAT WAY. IT'S LIKE A CRUEL JOKE, SOMEONE MEAN WOULD PLAY. BUT I'M NOT GIVING UP ON YOU. (GUITAR) OH, WHY YOU ALWAYS WANT TO GO AND BE THAT WAY? YOU KNOW I NEED TO HEAR YOU COME AND SAY THOSE THINGS. YOU KNOW I'LL WAIT HERE FOR YOU TILL MY DYING DAY. NO, I'M NOT GIVING UP ON YOU. BABE, RIGHT NOW I KNOW YOU'RE ON A PLANE. STILL CAN HEAR YOU WHISPER OUT MY NAME. WITHOUT YOU, BABY, THINGS JUST AREN'T THE SAME. BUT I'M NOT GIVING UP ON YOU. NO, I'M NOT GIVING UP ON YOU. I WON'T BE GIVING UP ON YOU. MMM, MMM. (APPLAUSE.)

THANK YOU. IT'S NICE TO USE A DIFFERENT PICK FOR THAT. WELL, THAT WAS THAT ONE. AND THIS IS THIS ONE. THIS IS CALLED "OUT THE WINDOW." . THIS IS ACTUALLY IF THE FIRST EP. WE CALL THE PINK EP BECAUSE IT'S PINK. ALL I HAD WAS A LITTLE COMPUTER AND A PROGRAM AND I MADE LITTLE PAPER LABELS AND I STUCK THEM ON THE FRONT AND THEY MESSED UP EVERYBODY'S CD PLAYER THAT BOUGHT ONE. (LAUGHTER.) SORRY ABOUT THAT. SORRY. IT SEEMED LIKE A GREAT IDEA. BUT I GUESS IT WASN'T. OH, WAIT. OH. I'M HAVING A MOMENT. I'M ONLY 28. (LAUGHTER.) OH, I KNOW WHAT. THIS IS CALLED "OUT THE WINDOW." OUT THE WINDOW, SO IT GOES OH YOU KNOW ME. TAKE WITH YOU YOUR SENTIMENTAL REVERIE. I DON'T WANT TO HEAR ANYTHING REAL. I'M JUST GLAD IT'S YOU AND ME. STEEP CLIFF SIDE BY. THE LIGHTS SO BRIGHT, YOU AND ME. FELT LIKE OLD TIMES. AND I KNEW JUST WHY I WAS FREE. I DON'T WANT TO HEAR ANYTHING REAL. I'M SO GLAD IT'S YOU AND ME. IN THE DARK WE SEE WHAT WE NEVER COULD SEE IN THE LIGHT. SUDDENLY WE FEEL WHAT WE WHAT WE NEVER SHOULD. AND THE MOMENT'S PASSED US BY. LOOK AT THIS MALE. HE MAKES THEM ALL PALE IN COMPARISON HE ONCE WAS MINE, BUT I CHOSE TO DECLINE. NOW HE'S GONE. I DON'T WANT TO HEAR ANYTHING REAL. DON'T REMIND ME WHAT I'VE DONE. EVEN IF IT'S JUST FOR FUN. (APPLAUSE.)

THANK YOU. I WANT YOU GUYS BACK UP HERE.

ALL THREE WEARING MAKEUP. THAT'S THE WAY WE DO IT. NOT JUST ME. THESE GUYS, TOO.

I'M NOT WEARING ANY. THIS FEELS BETTER. THIS IS CALLED "WHAT WILL I MISS"? HOW APPROPRIATE? GLAD TO HEAR IT. (MUSIC) I DON'T WANT TO CARE I DON'T WANT TO FIGHT. I DON'T THINK THAT THERE'S A SOLUTION TONIGHT. YOU KNOW WE TALK TOO MUCH. WHEN WE SHOULD HAVE BEEN ASLEEP. IF WE'D HAVE SHUT OUR MOUTHS, YOU'D BE HERE WITH ME. WHY'D I ASK, WHAT YOU DID THEY SAY IGNORANCE IS BLISS. TELL ME NOW WHAT WILL I MISS? I SAW THE WORDS SPILL OUT. RIGHT ONTO THE FLOOR. I SHOULD HAVE COVERED YOUR MOUTH. WHY DID I ASK FOR MORE? I FELT MY STOMACH SINK. I FELT MY HEART CAVE IN. WHY DID I LET THIS HAPPEN? WHY DID I LET YOU IN? WHY'D I ASK, WHAT YOU DID? THEY SAY IGNORANCE IS BLISS. TELL ME NOW WHAT WILL I MISS? AND I DON'T NEED AN EXPLANATION. AND I DON'T WANT TO HEAR SOME MORE. IF I'D BEEN THERE WOULD IT BE DIFFERENT? DO YOU THINK THAT YOU LOVED HER MORE? I WISH I COULD FORGIVE. I WISH I COULD FORGET. IS EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENED WORTH RELIVING TO LIVE? WHY'D I ASK, WHAT YOU DID? THEY SAY IGNORANCE IS BLISS. TELL ME NOW WHAT WILL I MISS? (MUSIC) WHY'D I ASK, WHAT YOU DID? THEY SAY IGNORANCE IS BLISS. YOU KNOW THAT IT IS. TELL ME NOW WHAT WILL I MISS? (MUSIC). MMM, MMM. (APPLAUSE.)

THANK YOU. (MUSIC)        .

FEVER IS HELPING ME OUT. LET ME THE LIFE I'M MORE ALIVE. A COUPLE MORE DOSES TO CALM. I WANT TO FEEL BETTER THAN I FELT. (MUSIC). WHAT ABOUT YOU'RE HERE. I DON'T KNOW IF YOU'RE THERE. PULL OUT THE COUCH, WE'RE GOING NO WHERE. THE QUIET GIRLS. AS FAR AS ROMANCES GOT HYPNOTIZED. COULDN'T HEAR PULLING THE WOOL OVER MY EYES. MORE ABOUT THE LIFE I'M GOING TO WRITE. I'M COMATOSE, THAT'S THE STATE I WANT TO FEEL BETTER THAN I THINK. WATCH ME. IT'S NOT A HABIT. I JUST COME HERE EVERY DAY. I PULL IT CLOSER. THOSE FEARS AWAY AND WHAT A FRIENDLY PLACE YOU KNOW THEY ALL KNOW ME BY NAME IT MAKES ME FEEL BETTER THAN I THINK (MUSIC)        .

STAN HARRIS. DAVE HAUTHTOWER. MICHAEL. SARA THOMAS. THANKS FOR HAVING US AGAIN. LAST CALL. SO YOU CAN MAKE IT GOOD. NO ONE UNDERSTANDS. YOU'RE JUST MISUNDERSTOOD. CLUTCH THAT DRINK. WITH EASE AND GRACE. SEE YOU TOMORROW. SAME TIME, SAME PLACE. SITTING HERE ON A BARSTOOL, I PULL THE WOOL OVER MY EYES. MAKE ME THINK THAT ANOTHER WILL SMOTHER THE LIFE I "MARTYR-IZE" JUST A COUPLE MORE DOSES TO COMATOSE THE NATURAL STATE I WANT TO FEEL BETTER THAN I THINK. I WANT TO FEEL BETTER THAN I THINK. I WANT TO FEEL BETTER THAN I THINK. YOU CAN WATCH ME DRINK. (HUMMING). (MUSIC). (HUMMING). ♪ (APPLAUSE.)

THANKS AGAIN. THANKS FOR HAVING US.

(APPLAUSE.)
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