Regards From The Roombar

by Ric Seaberg

Released 2003
Released 2003
Ranging from blues to country ballads, biting humor to love songs, reggae to flat out rock 'n roll. There are few who can match his wordsmithing talents.
  • 03:25 Download Lyrics
    Back In Front of the Line

    I was six or seven when a little bit-o-heaven walked down that country road

    I was standin' in the yard'n helpin' mama with the garden

    When I felt my heart explode

    I was just a little boy but it was love at first sight

    So I asked if I might  split…

    Well I took her some flowers and we played for hours

    And that was the end of it.

     

    I didn't have much chance from that day on,

    There were boys in a steady stream

    There was Chick and Dennis and Timmy Ellis, the

    Captain of the football team

    But in senior high I got my shot, when the game went overtime

    She said she'd always loved me, and that kinda shoved me

    Back to the front of the line

     

    I was back!!!, back in front…

    Back in front of the line

    I was back, back back back

    Back in front of the line

    Solo

     

    The years went by, I left for a job ..huh…seemed like a logical plan

    Then she got a life as somebody's wife, and I became a family man

    Well she went on to have a messy divorce, but not as messy as mine

    And when I found her again, she said "where have you been?"

    And I was back in the front of the line

     

    Chorus 2x,  "Now I'm back!" include "ready for a grand old time"

  • 03:56 Lyrics
    I Almost Lost It

     

    I don' remember how it started but I know it made me sore

    Something about the mess in the kitchen 

    Or leavin' my clothes on the floor

    I was thinkin' there might be a hundred objections on her list

    Seems like a perfect example of love gone hit and miss

     

    I shoulda tempered my negative voice and the fire in my eyes

    I know hollerin' won't cure nothin' and I shouldn't dis my bride

    Someday I might push too hard and that would jus' be wrong

    And I would be the loser if one day I found her gone

     

    Chorus

    When I almost lost it I was mad, when I almost lost it, it was bad

    And when the tears came to her eyes, I acted like I was surprised

    Then I knew I'd made a big mistake

    And I knew her heart might start to break

    And because I let my anger stick, I almost lost it

    Solo

     

    Well, if I learn this lesson now, our love can still be strong…

    And "What's So Good About Goodbye" is still a damn good song

     

    When I almost lost it I was mad, when I almost lost it, it was bad

    And when I saw the house tonight, I prayed I'd see my friend, my wife

    She came outside to greet my car, I didn't have to search that far

    And when she fell into my arms

    I almost lost it,

    I almost lost it

     

  • 04:33 Lyrics
    Sweet Is The Way

    I didn't want to be branded, I didn't want to be hurt

    I didn't want to be stranded on third, second, or first

    I didn't want to be a man with a woman 

    Who played me for a sap

    But when I finally asked you to marry me

    That was the end of that

     

    You keep treatin' me well, well, well

    Well I'm so happy you're good, good, good

    Good to me baby and fine, fine, fine

    Fine is a pleasure to me

    You keep treatin' me well, well, well

    I can't believe you're so good, good, good,

    Good to me baby and sweet, sweet, sweet,

    Sweet is the way love should be

     

    When the seas are stormy, you can calm'em down

    When I get rejected or feel like a clown

    You are a woman who won't start abusin' me

    When we don't agree

    You are a woman who is loyal and loving 

    And that’s alright with me..

    Chorus,

    Solo

     

    You are a woman who keeps insecurity further than away

    You are a woman I might write a song about

    One of these fine days

  • 04:13 Download Lyrics
    Marginal Style

     

    I bought a new winter coat, at a shop downtown

    One with lotsa pockets, and loaded with down

    Well it's a nice big cover, I won't be getting cold

    I look like I'm a candidate for the ski patrol

     

    It's Marginal Style…But that's what I wear..

    I am getting older now, and I do not care

    I might be set in my ways…not easy to rile

    I'm jus' stayin' comfortable…with marginal style

     

    I like my aging pick-up, from ninety and one

    We've been friends forever and we get a lot done

    You know it may not be pretty…I'm sure you'd agree…

    But I still take it through the wash….

    And it smells just like me

     

    It's marginal style….But that's what I drive

    I am getting older now, but I'm still alive

    I might be set in my ways, after all of those miles

    And I'll be passin' on your left, with marginal style

    Solo

    Bridge

    Well I need readin' glasses, and my hair has gone astray

    So I jus' wear this baseball hat….. sixteen hours a day

     

    Oh, maybe I'm not "with it", I don' dress like the kids

    And I don' wear Armani, whatever that is

    I've got some flannel shirts and a stack 'o' jeans, nothin' low-cut

    But at least they're stayin' on me and not

    Fallin' offa my butt

     

    It's marginal style,but that's who I am

    I am getting older now, and I don't give a damn

    Someday I'll go to my rest, with a reason to smile

    Cuz on my stone a little poem’ll say….

    "Marginal Style"

     

    fade on "marginal style" vocal repeats

  • 03:06 Lyrics
    She Has To Dance

    She's got a reputation on the local scene

    She likes a little Temptations and a lot of Al Green

    She needs a 4/4 tempo with a medium beat

    It gives her better ideas what to do with her feet

    She's just a soccer mom in a one-horse town

    She's had a busy day but when the kids go down

     

    She has to dance

    Leave her alone

    There ain' no tv workin' or a telephone

    There is a little steam risin' but it's good for the plants

    She's in a world of her own

    When she has to dance

     

    She's got a big thick carpet to protect her knees

    She's got an iPod loaded with her mp3s

    She favors Chubby Checker and some INXS

    She loves a Motown number and The Isleys best

    There's still some Stax-Volt magic not far behind

    She lets her mind go blank when its Hammer Time

     

    She has to dance

    Leave her alone

    There ain' no tv workin' or a telephone

    And when there's no one sleepin' 

    She turns up the amp

    She's in a world of her own 

    When she has to dance

     

    Solo

    Bridge

    There are two James Taylors', doin' their thang

    But she likes the one in Kool and the Gang

     

    She has to dance

    Leave her alone

    There ain' no tv workin' or a telephone

    She'd be Jennifer Beals if she had the chance

    She's in a world of her own 

    When she has to dance

  • 03:12 Lyrics
    Bobble Head Blues

    Don' gimme no grid lock...don' gimme no long lines

    Don' gimme no fast lane....don' gimme no queue time

    Don' gimme no road rage....don' gimme no snake bite

    Don' gimme no hoo hah

    I wanna move through the world right!

     

    Bridge

     

    To get the Ichiro bobble-head

    They're standin' at the gate

    I'd love an Ichiro bobble-head

    But I can't stand to stand and wait!

     

    Solo

    Bridge

     

    Don' gimme no loud shoes....don' gimme no stage fright

    Don' gimme no loud gum...don' gimme no gunfight

    Don' gimme no windows.......don' gimme no red light

    Don' gimme no hoo hah

    I wanna move through the world right!

  • 04:24 Download Lyrics
    You Are My Folks

    I knew when I was small I'd have to make it on my own

    When Daddy went to jail and Mama sat there stoned

    So I bounced around some families and wound up here with you

    I never will forget the day my travelin' days were through

    And when the social worker left I saw the tears form in your eyes

    And as my heart went back together, it was then I realized.......

     

    You are my folks, you are my mother and my dad

    You signed up for life so I am sure you want me bad

    You are my folks, you are the parents I adore

    Well heaven's on the watch and I am grateful to the core

     

    Well as the years flew by you always kept your head of steam

    Sacrificing pleasures just to help me with my dreams

    When Christmas came a ukelele waited by the tree

    Before the day was over I could almost make a "D"

    And then later that guitar and all the lessons I could use

    And when I stayed up late to play, I'd be the one to blow a fuse!!

     

    You are my folks, you are my mother and my dad

    You signed up for life and even if I made you mad

    You are my folks, you are the parents I adore

    Well heaven's on the watch and I am grateful to the core

     

    Solo

    Bridge

    Now I've been stopping by to see you for all the years since you've been gone

    And since you always made me sing this one....... I'll jus' carry on.......

     

    Chorus

    Include.."Well heaven's on the watch and I'll be grateful evermore"

  • 03:38 Lyrics
    Love You Anyway

    Take away my butter, take away my beef

    Make me swallow vitamins seven days a week

    Keep me offa cigarettes and make me see a play

    I'm gonna love you….anyway

     

    Take away my wine, take away my beer

    Bust me for drivin' in a lower gear

    Make me read instructions to see what they say

    I'm gonna love you….anyway

     

    We love the rain in Portland…. We seldom get a freeze

    And June is such a perfect month …for anniversaries

     

    Solo

     

    It rains a lot in Portland…We never get much snow

    And June is such a pretty month…to watch our flowers grow

     

    Tease me for risin' at the crack of dawn

    Tease me for imagining that we have a lawn

    Take away my twine when the roses sway

    I'm gonna love you……anyway

     

  • 04:07 Lyrics
    Meet Me At The Roombar

    Meet Me At The Roombar
    Copyright Ric Seaberg 2003

    She walks in to get her coffee, just about 8
    He puts down The Times and feels a smile on his face
    It's a non-fat latte, cinnamon twist.
    She says "may I have this seat"?. "certainly Miss"

    They talk Yankees and the Cubbies, the Huskies are tough
    Restaurants in the district, and spiritual stuff
    So they stay awhile and talk until he says with a wink?
    "Lets have another coffee, I need a drink"

    And?. meet me at the roombar, I wanna doctor my decaf
    Over by the sweet'n'low,over by the half and half
    Vanilla powder goes a ways, a little spot will do
    Meet me at the roombar?.I like you.

    Solo

    They walk in to get their coffee, just about 9
    They look good together, standin' in line
    It's a non-fat latte, and a fresh macaroon
    He says, "split a drip please", and leave me some room

    Well five years pass so quickly, cuz that's what they do
    They bought a house together, and the baby is two
    They get cocoa and a muffin, for The Biscuit to chew
    And then walk hand in hand to put the milk in their brew?

    So?. meet me at the roombar, I wanna doctor my decaf
    Over by the sweet'n'low, over by the half and half
    Vanilla powder goes a ways, a little spot will do
    Meet me at the roombar?..I love you

  • 03:25 Lyrics
    You Don't Know Dick

     

    My old friend Richard was a great guitarist

    But he did'nt like practice and he slept around

    He stole picks at the music store, but chicks were an easy score,

    They all came runnin' when we came to town

    Now I understand you need a first class player

    Somebody good with a lick

    But if you believe that Richard is your answer,well

    Don' get me wrong but you don't know Dick

     

    My old friend Richard plays a Stratocaster

    With some custom pick-ups that he made by himself

    He's a master on lead, and he will actually bleed

    When he is hammering on or performing a squelch

    Now I understand you need a first class player,

    Someone who knows all the tricks

    But you don't remember when he hit on my woman,

    So, go right ahead, but you don’t know Dick

     

    Oh Yeah, yer gonna be dazzled 

    Yer gonna get volume to rattle the walls

    Yer gonna get a rocker with a nice vibrato,

    Yer gonna get hair and yer gonna get balls

     

    Solo

    Now I understand you need a first class player

    Someone to boogie and click

    Richard's a monster but I've got to be honest

    I've got the impression that you don't know Dick

     

    Oh yeah, yer gonna be dazzled

    A show that will rival Santana and Mick

    You'll get a musician with a rock star look

    And you're gonna get screwed because you don?t know Dick

  • 04:37 Lyrics
    No Good Man

    She told all of her girlfriends, there is not a man for me

    To take the place of the man who used to be

    I’ll jus’ stay lonely for the rest of my life

    I’ve already been somebody’s wife

    No good man wants defective merchandise

    and she cried.....

    No good man’s gonna want a lonely,

    used up piece of matrimony

    I’ll jus’ while away the hours,

    grow my own damn hearts and flowers

    No good man’s gonna want the stress

    Of a woman filled with loneliness

    In this big ol’ land........No good man!

     

    He told all of his men friends, there is not a girl for me

    to take the place of the girl who used to be

    No woman wants me, it’s not in the plan...

    To hold me and kiss me and be my best friend no

    No good girl wants a broken hearted man

     

    No good girl’s gonna want a lonely,

    used up piece of matrimony

    I’ll jus’ while away the hours,

    grow my own damn hearts and flowers

    No good girl’s gonna want the stress

    Of a man filled up with loneliness

    In this big ol’ world........No good girl!

     

    Now when he shakes her hand he thinks, WOW!

    Love might find a way

    And as the months fly by her heart is healing 

    As she hears him say.......

    “No good man’s gonna think your only, 

    A used up piece of matrimony

    We’ll jus’ while away the hours

    Grow’n our own sweet hearts and flowers

    No good man’s gonna make you cry

    And I will love you til the day I die!

    Who’d give up your hand?.......

     

    No good man!!!”

     

  • 03:20 Lyrics
    Obsess Over You

    Obsess Over You
    Copyright Ric Seaberg 2002

    I've been worried 'bout shellfish and the meaning of my dreams
    There is too much pollution in the rivers and streams
    If I don't wash my hands then I might catch the flu
    But tonight I believe I'll obsess over you

    All the snake shows on cable scare the hell outa me
    I'm convinced that Steve Irwin's gonna die on TV
    My portfolio's wasted, well, what can ya do?
    But tonight I believe I'll obsess over you

    So lie back, and let me hold you close to me
    Relax, I wanna see the world as it's supposed to be

    Solo
    Bridge
    So lie back, let me hold you close to me
    Relax, I wanna see the world as it was meant to be

    What if I spaced and forgot to pay rent
    What if plaque builds up inside of my stent
    If the pipes freeze this winter, that wouldn't be good
    Built my dream house with concrete, but I shoulda used wood

    If I'm sipping espresso when two worlds collide
    Or get that vertigo thing like when you lie on your side
    There are too many carbs in a Snickers its true
    But tonight I believe I'll obsess over you

     

    Yes tonight I believe I’ll obsess over you!

  • 01:42 Lyrics
    Eighteen Vinnies

    Vinnie Testaverde, Vinnie Barbarino
    Vinny from My Cousin Vinny
    Vinnie Vincent plays guitar in Kiss

    Vinnie Ream is not a boy
    Vinnie Chas from Pretty Boy Floyd
    Vinnie Abbot, Vinnie Moore
    Vinnie Martimucci, Lord!

    Bridge
    Vinnie Leguizamo's in The Summer of Sam
    Vinnie from Vanilla Fudge?He's in the band
    Vinnie Johnson, Vinnie Jones
    Vinnie Jordan, Vinnie Ferrone,
    Vinnie Galanti, Vinnie Peruzzi
    Vinnie Pastore has an UZI

  • 02:23 Lyrics
    Sing Flick The Light

    I know it's hard to go to bed

    So we should sing one, sleepyhead

    And when we say a fond goodnight

    Then it is time to flick the light

     

    It's time to close your eyes little guy

    It's time to rest now, sweetie pie

    So give your dad a kiss goodnight

    Cuz it is time to flick the light

     

    Solo

    Bridge

    We sure love you and?

    We'll be near

    And when you wake up

    We'll be here!

     

    I know it's hard to go to bed

    So we just sang one, sleepyhead

    And now we've said our fond goodnight

    So it is time to flick the light

  • 04:21 Lyrics
    Sing Flick The Light (Accompaniment)

    I know it's hard to go to bed

    So we should sing one, sleepyhead

    And when we say a fond goodnight

    Then it is time to flick the light

     

    It's time to close your eyes little guy

    It's time to rest now, sweetie pie

    So give your dad a kiss goodnight

    Cuz it is time to flick the light

     

    Solo

    Bridge

    We sure love you and?

    We'll be near

    And when you wake up

    We'll be here!

     

    I know it's hard to go to bed

    So we just sang one, sleepyhead

    And now we've said our fond goodnight

    So it is time to flick the light

NOTES
A well known Portland daily newspaper columnist once described Ric Seaberg this way: "In a kinder and gentler world, he would have been a rock star."

Ric was front man and lead vocalist for a band that was part of the unique Northwest Rock scene in late 60s & early 70s (that laid the foundation for what became grunge). The Morning Reign played in most large cities and small towns across the Northwest and opened for …
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