Behind the Song Archive

‘Darlin’ Cora’

Tuesday, February 25th, 2020

Something a little different this time… ‘Darlin’ Cora’ is an old song. The version you hear on ‘Running Free’ combines those words with a tune written by me. The song, sometimes known as ‘Darlin’ Cory’ or ‘Darling Corey’, brings together a tale of love, loss and moonshine. The earliest published appearance of the song was […]...

‘Zimbabwe’

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020

Anger can be a powerful driver when it comes to writing a song. For me, prejudice and injustice are two things that really make my blood boil and the political situation in Zimbabwe certainly has more than enough them to get the creative juices flowing. It’s hard to know where the song ‘Zimbabwe’ song truly […]...

‘Journeyman Blues’

Friday, January 3rd, 2020

I've recorded 'Journeyman Blues' twice: once as a solo effort and once with a rhythm sections thanks to the generosity of Bruce Dickinson....

‘Running Free’

Tuesday, December 10th, 2019

There’s something appealing about lyrics that are in direct contrast to the melody. One can be tight and forced, the other free and flowing; or one is happy and bouncy, while the other is sombre and serious. ‘Running Free’, the title track of my second album, feels just like that. Now, while I don’t want […]...

‘Milky Tea’

Thursday, November 21st, 2019

Learn more about the originals of 'Milky Tea', the first song off Tom's latest album, "Can't Teach an Old Dog"....

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