Originals: Songs About Life
by Michael Thomas

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Title Description
Forever is an Eternity
(Funeral Song)

(Male or Female)
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Copyright: 2005
BMI#: _________ on ??/??/2005
Words & Music by Michael Thomas

Short Description

A loved one is standing at the casket thinking, "Forever is an Eternity without you"

Long Description

We all have to go at sometime, but what would you be thinking if you were the one left behind?  Forever is an eternity with you.

Story Behind the Song

A dance friend had lost a husband several years ago.  She said she had this one line "Forever is an eternity with you.".  So I decided to right a song about how I would feel standing in front of my wife's casket during her funeral.  After writing this song I hope we both live full lives and die together. You have my permission to play this song at a funeral without my consent.

(Note:  Wrote the verses, and the bridge first.  Then wrote the chorus and lastly added the melody.)

Leave a Legacy

Male or Female (any age)
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Copyright: 2005 (06/26/05)
BMI#: _________ on ??/??/2005
Words & Music by Michael Thomas

Short Description

This song is about pursing your dreams and leaving a legacy.

Long Description

Listen to Grandpa's wisdom about pursing your dream and leaving a legacy.

Story Behind the Song

I had been wanting to write a song called "Leave a Legacy" but I didn't have a clear angle on the song.  When I sign my CD's, I like to write "Leave a Legacy one song at a time".  That gave me the idea for the song.  This song has the real reason why I write songs.  I want to touch people, to leave a legacy.  When I wrote this song I had a young (11 yrs old) artist named Moriah Martin in mind.  That's why I put verse 1 in the song.  We all need encouragement to live our dream.  Moriah, remember to leave a legacy one song at a time.

Christmas Child

(Female/Male Adult)
Maybe a Female/Male Child - if you change the bridge slightly.

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  • Lyrics & Chords - Lyrics Only
  • Play Song  - 128k(cd quality).  
    Very simple recording.
  • Marketing
    • Pitch Suggestion: Christmas CD (Jan-June):  Contemporary Country, Pop (Celine Dion), Adult Contemporary, Contemporary Christian.
    • Demo Suggestion: Simple Nashville demo with a vocal that can be pitched to Contemporary Christian and Pop.
    • NOTE: If you are an organization (orphanage, etc...) that would like to use this song please contact me: michael@michael-thomas.com

Copyright: 2004 (01/08/05)
BMI#: _________ on ??/??/2005
Words & Music by Michael Thomas

Short Description

A short story about an orphan girl who finds a home for Christmas.

Long Description

A short story about an orphan girl who finds a home for Christmas.  She enjoys life so much that she wants an orphan girl one day for her child.

Story Behind the Song

I wanted to right a Christmas song.  I looked at alliterations for Christmas and came up with "Christmas Child".  Later that night, I was watching a TV show on Christmas Eve which had singers raising money for orphans.  A little orphan boy said, "I wish Santa Claus could find a home for me."  That choked me up.  So, I thought, that's what I'll write the song about.

One Night Of Sin
(Male)
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Copyright: 2004 (11/08/04)
BMI#: _________ on ??/??/2004
Words & Music by Michael Thomas

Genre:
Country-Contemporary
Tempo: Medium-Fast
Mood: Sad-Moving - Reflecting on life
Subject Matter: Love & Relationship - Marriage 
Similar Artist:  Tim McGraw

Short Description
A young man has one night of sin and story of the effect on his life.

Long Description

One night of sin can have a lingering effect on your life, however, you can turn things around.

Story Behind the Song
I felt like I needed to write a cheating song but yet I always need a positive message in my songs.  I had the title "One Night Of Sin" from my song "Dad's sermon on Marriage".  Then I met a lady at a Josh Turner (Long Black Train) concert.  She told me her story of her husbands problem with his secretary, her divorce and then remarriage to the same man.  I was thinking about that when visiting my mom's (on the Nantahala River) and came up with the story line.  I added the last talking part of the song after talking with my youngest son about the song.

 

Dad's Sermon on Marriage
(Male)
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Copyright: 2004 (10/14/04)
BMI#: _________ on ??/??/2004
Words & Music by Michael Thomas

Genre:
Country-Contemporary
Tempo: Medium
Mood: Lovable-Delight
Subject Matter: Love & Relationship - Marriage 
Similar Artist:  Michael Bolton, Tim McGraw

Short Description

A father-son talk on the topic of marriage.

Long Description

Dad's sermon on marriage is a father-son discussion on the topic of marriage: what to do, what to look for, and what to watch out for.

Story Behind the Song

I wanted to take the knowledge that I've gained over 21 years of successful marriage and put it into a song about a father-son talk between a dad and his son.  I had 2 sons at the time: 13yrs & 17yrs.   I spent several months interviewing people on the topic of marriage and relationships.  The ages of my 2 son's at the time was 17 (senior) and 14.
I created the lyrics first and then added the melody.  Melody was created to the piano.  I wrote the song in 3 settings over 3 days.

Just Wondering Why

(Male)

(Slow Song)

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Copyright: 2003 (06/29/03)
BMI#: 006538095 on 07/04/2003
Words & Music by Michael Thomas
Written traveling from Nantahala to home.  Took ~1hr to right (excluding the many hours of rewrites).  I Created the melody in my mind while writing the song.  The Title came the day before while driving up to the Nantahala river.

Short Description

Sometimes we don't have a reason why things happen.  We just wonder why.

Long Description

Some things happen in our lives that make us wonder why.  You may feel that unless God shows you why, you will always wonder why until you get to heaven.  Two events in my life are like that.

Story Behind the Song
Sometimes we don't have a reason why things happen.  We just wonder why.  Two major events in my life came to my mind.  My son stuck a knife in his eye when he was 3 years old.  At the time I wrote this song my dad has Alzheimers.  As I wrote this song the tears and emotions flowed.  I wrote the original version while driving to and from my parents house which is on the Nantahala River in North Carolina.


My Thoughts:

Love Bites

(Fast Song)
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Copyright: 2003 (12/27/03)
BMI#: 006752771 on 01/06/2004
Words & Music by Michael Thomas

Genre: Country-Contemporary
Tempo: Fast
Mood: Happy-Joyful
Subject Matter: Love & Relationship - Relationship
Similar Artist:  Brooks & Dunn

Short Description

Hang around long enough and you will get bit by the love bug because Love Bites!

Long Description

The love bug bites by a woman's attraction to a man's butt, eyes, smile and most of all his personality.

Story Behind the Song

I wanted to create a fun light-hearted song.  The chorus seemed catchy enough that I wanted to start the song with the chorus.  I also varied from the norm by starting the verses on the 4th chord.  The 3 main things that seemed to attract a woman's attention is the butt, eyes, smile and of course a person's personality (in that order).  I hope the melody is infectious.
Wrote the song in about 2 hours on the Guitar.  I had the title in mind for about 2 months.  Created the melody and chorus together on the guitar while at my sister-in-laws house during our Christmas vacation.

I Remember Love

(Slow Song)
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Copyright: 2003 Finished 2/2/2003
BMI#: 006469836 on 05/20/2003
Words & Music by Michael Thomas

Genre:
Country-Contemporary
Tempo: Medium
Mood: Lovable-Delight
Subject Matter: Love & Relationship -Relationship
Similar Artist:  Tim McGraw

Short Description

Remember those special moments in life when you felt love and love remembered you.

Long Description

I remember love and love remembers me.  I remember special moments when my parents showed their love towards me.  I remember when I popped the question to my wife and when we had our first child.  Love never gets bored when I come back for more.

Story Behind the Song

If asked to describe love, it would be hard to put into words.  That's the experience I had when I was trying to interview people on the top of "What is Love?".   However, it's easier to remember when you felt love.  It's that feeling in my heart, that special memory.  Those memories keep coming back to me.  I Remember Love and Love remembers me!
I collected my thoughts over 2 weeks.  I wrote the song over 2 days. The melody was created on the piano.  This song originally was going to be called "That's What Love Is".  As I did my research for the song, I realized it's easier to remember the feelings of love than to explain what love is.

Girlfriends with Granny Faces

(Fast Song)
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Copyright: 2003 (11/24/03)
BMI#: 006711375 on 12/02/2003
Words & Music by Michael Thomas & Ardis Thomas (my mom) - 50% words.

Genre: Country-Contemporary
Tempo: Medium Fast
Mood: Lovable-Delight
Subject Matter: Love & Relationship -Relationship
Similar Artist:  Tim McGraw

Short Description

I like girlfriends with granny faces because they know how to treat their man right.

Long Description

I want some granny style lovin' in my modern style livin'.  Girlfriends with granny faces really know how to treat their man.

Story Behind the Song

My grandmother (granny Beland) won a prize on a cruise ship for having the best saying from a grandchild.  Here is the story.  When I was around 6 granny said she had to go out with her girlfriends.  I looked at her and said, "You mean girlfriends with granny faces."   So we (my mom & I) decided to show the traits of old women verses the new modern women.
Wrote the song over 2 week ends.  Had the title in mind about 1 year ago but I could not find an angle for the song.  Created the words first using Master Writer while collaborating with my mom.  Created the melody on a guitar after the words were finished.  I finished the song on my granny's 100th birthday if she was alive.  

You Just Amuse Me

(Fast Song)

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Copyright: 2003 (07/22/03)
BMI#: 6589415 on 08/22/2003
Words & Music by Michael Thomas

Genre: Country-Contemporary
Tempo: Medium
Mood: Lovable-Delight
Subject Matter: Love & Relationship -Relationship
Similar Artist:  Tim McGraw

Short Description

If your wife says you just abuse her, then romance her and she will say that you just amuse her.

Long Description

If your wife changed after you married her, then romance her and you will find that she becomes the woman you married and you will amuse her.

Story Behind the Song

The song is a fast light hearted song that really has a deeper meaning.  If you listen to the story line you will find out why marriages loose the spark of love.  Why does your mate seem to change after you get married?  Here is my reason why.  Women react to relationships with feelings.  It's up to the man to spark those feelings.  The man ignites those feelings by continually romancing his wife.  Men, we need to do what we did when we were dating!  That way she feels "amused" not "abused"!
Words was started first because I didn't have an instrument.  Melody was created on the guitar.  To about 3 weeks to write the song.  The idea for the song came from my wife.  We were visiting my mother-in-law on the 4th of July when I asked my wife for a cup of coffee.  She replied, "You just use me and abuse me."

My Baby's Vain
(Duet)
Fast Song
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  • Lyrics & Chords - Lyrics only
  • Play Song (Duet Country Style in C)- 3.5 meg, 3:31 min, 128k(cd quality). (Key of C)
    Very simple recording.
    Artists:  Michael Thomas & Charmaine Thomas

Copyright: 2003 (5/1/03) 
BMI#: 006469849 on 05/21/2003
PA#: PAu2-787-078 5/21/2003
Words and Music by Michael Thomas (50%) & Windy Briggs (50%).  

Genre:
Country-Contemporary
Tempo: Medium
Mood: Lovable-Delight
Subject Matter: Love & Relationship -Relationship
Similar Artist:  Tim McGraw

Short Description

My baby does many vain things just to please herself and me.

Long Description

Women do many vain things just to get attention.  Many times, it is for us!

Story Behind the Song

I've always been amazed at the amount of time and money my wife spends on looking good.  From a man's view, we would never spend that much time or money on such vain things.  However, in our society it is expected from the woman.  Asking the question why seemed to bring an indirect response from women that said they were looking for attention.  I've never had so much fun bouncing the words of this song off of friends and acquaintances.  
The melody was created on the keyboard in around 30 minuets.  I had the melody of the chorus running in my head prior to that.  Lyrics were created over several weeks.  At the time I wrote this song, I had spent more time working on this song than any one song in my past.
Thanks Stephen:
My son, Stephen Thomas, at first thought the song was corny.  One morning he was interested in the song and helped me make changes to the 2nd verse and the bridge.  Thanks for the hooks, they really spiced the song up.  

Thanks, Windy Briggs
Windy Briggs was an aerobics instructor at the YMCA who also plays in a band.  We wanted to collaborate on a song and this seemed to be a good song to get a woman's input on.  Thanks Windy for all of the laughs we've had writing this song.  Good luck with your career.

Thanks to all those women who set me straight and gave me feed back.  Special thanks to Helen Taylor and Linda Nauret.

That's The Joy of Being Married

Fast Song

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Copyright: 2002 12/01/2002
BMI#: 006469848 on 05/21/2003
PA#: PAu2-723-388 on 12/05/02
Words by Michael Thomas (50%) & Charmaine Thomas (50%).
Music by Michael Thomas (100%)
Written to sing in the Nashville Star competition in Jacksonville, FL.  My wife and I wrote this over about 3-4 days.  The melody was created on the guitar.  We finished the song on 12/01/2002.

Genre: Country-Contemporary
Tempo: Medium
Mood: Lovable-Delight
Subject Matter: Love & Relationship -Relationship
Similar Artist:  Tim McGraw

Short Description

Her loving smile make marriage, with its joys, worth while.

Long Description

This song talks about the joys of being married in stages:  Newly weds, 2 years later, kids later, anytime later, and 20 years later.

Story Behind the Song
I was competing in a talent competition and thought I needed a fast catchy and funny original song if I was going to have a wild chance at placing first.  While driving home I came up with the title, "That's the Joy's of Being Married."  That night my wife and I was laying on the swing on our front porch and we came up with the 2,3 & 4th verses.  Over the next  couple of days, we added the chorus and other verses.  Charmaine, my wife, came up with the basic wording for all of the song except the first and last verse (the man's verse).  I had to massage the verses slightly to fit the melody.  Charmaine, I've had many years of joy being married to you!

Bubblin' Love

(Fast Song)

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Copyright: 2003 (08/17/03)
BMI#: 6589416 on 08/22/2003
Words & Music by Michael Thomas
Wrote the song over about 2 weeks.  Had the title in mind several weeks prior.  Created the melody without any instruments.  Melody and words were created together without any instruments.  The original melody went to lyrics for a chorus that is no longer used and the chorus melody became the verse melody.  While taking a shower I began singing the current chorus.  The bridge came while driving to work.

Short Description

Long Description

Story Behind the Song

My Thoughts:
I wanted this song to be a simple and memorable song.  My focus was on a melody and repetition.  I hope you feel you're bubblin' love while you here this song.

Lovin' Life

(Fast Song)
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Copyright: 2003 (08/23/03)
BMI#: 6596624 on 08/28/2003
Words & Music by Michael Thomas
Melody was created in my head.  I created the melody and words to the chorus at the same time. 

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Story Behind the Song


My Thoughts:
Lovin' Life was the title I wanted to give my CD which contained songs about life.  It made since to right a song with that title.  I wanted to equate Lovin' Life & Livin' Life with with my relationship with my wife and the properties of a song.

Homeward Bound 
(Funeral Song)

Slow Song

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Copyright: 2002 (7/1/1978) 
BMI#: 006469850 on 05/20/2003
Words and Music by Michael Thomas

Genre:
Country-Contemporary
Tempo: Slow
Mood: Calm-Still
Subject Matter: Inspirational - Spirituality
Similar Artist:  Tim McGraw

Short Description

This song is what the deceased at the funeral would say to the people attending the funeral.

Long Description

Have you ever wondered what the deceased might would want to say to the people attending his funeral?  Listen to the song.

Story Behind the Song
We have today.  We may not have tomorrow.  So take take today to prepare for tomorrow.  Change your life.  Spend time with your wife, your family, and your friends.  I wrote this song from the deceased view point.  What would he say to his love ones attending the funeral.
I wrote this song for a deacons funeral.  I've sang this song in many funerals since.  It's one of the most touching songs I've written.  Finished the song in the summer of 1978 when I was 17 years old.

I Know A Song

Slow Song

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Copyright: 2002 (7/1/1979)
BMI#: 006469851 on 05/20/2003
PA#: PAu2-735-883 on 11/17/2002
Words & Music by Michael Thomas
A song about someone feeling wounded and hurt that just needs a helping hand from a loved one.

Short Description

Long Description

Story Behind the Song

My Thoughts:
I was the Youth Minister at a church where my Dad was the pastor.  There was a young teenager (Alice) who was having multiple problems in life.  I wrote this song from the perspective of Alice.  She was feeling wounded and hurt.  She needed someone to just be there, understand, listen and give a helping hand.

Yes, I Care

Slow Song

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Copyright: 2002 (7/1/1979)
BMI#: 006469852 on 05/20/2003
PA#: PAu2-743-581 on 11/14/2002

Words & Music by Michael Thomas
A song telling someone that you care and are concerned about the way they are feeling and would like to help.  Originally written in the key of D.

Short Description

Long Description

Story Behind the Song

My Thoughts:
I was the Youth Minister at a church where my Dad was the pastor.  There was a young teenager (Alice) who was having multiple problems in life.  I wrote this song from the perspective of someone trying to help Alice. Down the road of life she didn't know where to turn.  Many times she said that she just didn't care and she would turn away those that wanted to help her.  Alice, people did care!