Equal Scary People

Released January 1, 1989 | Elektra

Sara’s first album! Equal Scary People is highly recommended, Simply is one of her very best songs. Great music on Last Night Was A Big Rain and 500x (The Train Song), and who else but Sara Hickman can tackle a James Brown song and make it her own?

SIMPLY (Hickman)

LAST NIGHT WAS A BIG RAIN (Hickman)

500X (THE TRAIN SONG) (Hickman)

SONG FOR MY FATHER (Hickman)

EQUAL SCARY PEOPLE (Hickman)

THIS IS A MAN’S WORLD (Brown)

MEANT TO BE (Hickman)

WHY DON’T YOU (Hickman)

I WISH I WERE A PRINCESS (Hugo/Luigi/Weiss)

UNDER THE SYCAMORE TREE (Hickman)

  • Sara Hickman – Bass, Guitar, Choir, Chorus, Producer, Harmony Vocals, Drum Samples, Party People, Hose whirled about the head. Cover concept, Art Direction
    Sandy Abernathy – Harmony Vocals
    Josh Alan – Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar
    Maurice Anderson – Pedal Steel Guitar
    Kerrie Bray – Photography
    Dougie Bryan – Guitar, Choir, Chorus, Harmony Vocals
    Ray-Mel Cornelius – Illustration
    Carl Finch – Organ, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Vocals, Producer, Harmony Vocals, Bass Samples, Hose whirled about the head
    Bubba Hernandez – Bass
    Debbie Jennings – Harmony Vocals
    Jim Jennings – Design
    Julie Mayfield – Party People
    Mitch Marine – Drums
    Brad McLemore – Guitar (Classical)
    Darryl Melugin – Bass
    Royce Milam – Party People
    Scott Murphy – Party People
    Reggie Rueffer – Violin
    Terry Slemmons – Guitar (Electric), Engineer, Harmony Vocals
    Kenny Smith – Drums, Tambourine, Choir, Chorus

    Thomas Grace, David Tatge, Sara Hickman, Royce Milam, David Newberger – Executive Producers

  • Simply
    I’ll tell you simply I’m
    Falling for you
    I’ve never felt this way before
    I don’t need flowers and
    I don’t mind tears
    I just need you
    Through the years.

    I am your lover and
    You are my friend
    We’ve got laughter to share
    I’ll always want you
    To want me
    I’ll always want you to care.

    We can’t be one
    But two is fine with me
    You’ve got mine
    I don’t want you
    Under my hand
    I just need you to understand

    I’ll tell you simply I’m
    Falling for you
    I’ve never felt this way before
    I don’t need flowers and
    I don’t mind tears
    I just need you
    Through the years.


    Last Night Was a Big Rain
    Last night was a big rain
    I curled myself into an “o”
    In the front seat you were talking
    to my boyfriend
    as I slipped into the sky.

    Last night when the sky split
    I was sailing as you drove along
    Talking about Kovacs
    And singing those Johnny Cash congs
    I hovered above you
    The rain bouncing on my back
    Stopping at the red light
    You turned to explain…

    Last night as I flew around
    The sky took me in and told me
    A dream
    With a fist full of flowers
    Wrapped up
    In a blanket of blue.

    And last night for the first time
    In a long time
    I let myself fly
    The heart beat of your talking
    Kept me anchored to the backseat
    I was:
    Sister to the shadows
    My thoughts silent wings
    Rider of the rainclouds
    Just until the light
    Turned green.

    And last night when you told me
    You’re so glad I’m so down to earth
    Laughing, we were laughing
    As I wiped the cold rain from my sleeve

    Last night was a big rain
    I found myself searching again
    For something inside me
    That no one can give or take away…


    500X (The Train Song)
    Metal monster
    Dying dinosaur
    I can hear your mighty
    Stomach roar
    As you race
    Slower down the line
    In time we converse
    This eerie mating call
    A coo-coo choo-choo
    Ooo-eee
    My heart
    (and soul)
    They go out to you
    Bending me round, round, round
    Bend me round the bend

    Ooo-oo-oo
    Ooo-oo-oo-ay-oo

    Me in the lotus
    You form a pretzel
    Cross the states
    (How I long to feel
    The grease on my back…)
    Take me to forbidden jungles
    And over forgotten paths
    Clickety-clickety
    Clickety clack…

    How I’m drawn
    To this station
    How I miss what I never had
    Deep inside
    Curiosity and sadness
    Play tag
    With my heart…

    If truth’s the navigator
    Of those steaming, screaming gears
    (passing images still linger…)
    And each day we’re deported
    from depot to desk
    but we’re guided
    by fame and fortune’s fingers…


    Song For My Father
    If we got stuck
    In the middle of the sea
    Could you think of things
    To say to me?
    And if there was only one
    Drop of water on our tiny boat
    Would you gladly give it to me?
    Underneath that hot sun
    I’m not sure what I’d do
    But I like to think
    I’d give in and give it to you

    And on our third day
    Of being afloat
    Would we still be sending out
    s.o.s. notes…
    would we have given up hope
    given up hope
    you and me…?
    With our fingers trailing in the water
    To keep our burned bodies cool
    Would we lose ourselves
    And dive into the world’s biggest pool…?

    I can see fish
    Swimming round and round
    But where are you…?
    I can feel your arms
    Encircling me
    Wiping my brow
    of the sweat
    tell me I’m okay
    you’re okay
    I’m okay
    You’re okay
    Please don’t forget
    To feed the cat
    I’m going now
    Going now
    To that big dune
    In the sky
    Why why why

    If you got stuck
    in the middle of the sea
    would you mind sailing
    all alone
    while thinking of me…?


    Equal Scary People
    One has a golden boy glow
    Lives in a mansion, speaks at night
    Another has drums in his bedroom
    Eats fajitas, rides a bike
    Another has eyes of firewater
    Wears the sky, whistles a tune

    They’re all equal scary people
    They’re all beatin’ to a different drum
    They’re all equal scary people
    They add up to one great big sum

    One has a position of power
    Feeds flawless praise with a spoon
    Another has early waters
    Feels quite safe, but thinks like a shark
    Another promises whatever comes to heart
    Turns on the lights
    When it gets dark

    Chorus

    I have a golden girl glow, I have
    Drums in my room
    I have eyes of firewater
    I have my own set of problems, too
    I hold a secret position
    I carry water around on my head
    Sometimes I’ll promise whatever
    I’m forced to decide because of a whim

    We’re all equal scary people
    We’re all acting like we’re super chums
    We’re all equal scary people
    We’re not having any fun…

    LA LA LA!


    This is a Man’s World
    This is a man’s world
    This is a man’s world
    But it would be nothing
    Nothing without
    a woman or a girl

    Man made the cars
    to take us over the road
    The man made the trains
    to carry the heavy load
    Man made the ‘lectric light
    to take us out of the dark
    Man made the boat for the water like
    Noah made the ark

    This is a man’s, man’s world
    But it would be nothing without
    a woman or a girl

    The man brings about
    a little bitty baby girl
    and our baby boys
    Man makes them happy
    ‘cos man makes their toys
    After a man’s done everything
    Everything he can
    You know the man makes the money
    to buy from another man

    This is a man’s, man’s world
    But it would be nothin’
    Without a woman or a girl
    Oh, he’s lost in the wilderness
    Yes, he’s lost
    Without a woman’s tender kiss


    Meant to Be
    When I’m with you i
    Feel like i
    Could
    Burst in two from
    So much love i
    Wish that you
    Would love me, too
    But
    You can’t see
    This silent agony
    Baby,
    We were meant to be

    Take my blush as
    My devotion
    Deep inside i
    Hold a frantic notion
    That you hide the
    Same emotion, too
    For me
    Can’t you set it free?
    Baby,
    We were meant to be

    You seem to think
    Your looks can satisfy me
    But just one kiss is worth
    A thousand
    Lifetimes

    Chances are you’d
    Like to hold me
    While the moon is
    Singing softly
    And the stars are shining
    Up above
    As we
    Move so tenderly
    Baby,
    We were meant to be


    Why Don’t You
    All the other boys
    Never hesitate
    To drop their drinks
    And ask me for a date…
    Why don’t you…
    Why don’t you…

    All the other boys
    Can appreciate
    That what I offer
    Isn’t second rate
    Why don’t you…
    Why don’t you…

    A long time ago, it seems
    I was the girl
    The girl of your dreams
    Now you have a dolly
    On each arm, and guess what
    Neither of them is
    Me

    I’d drop those boys
    In the wink of an eye
    All you have to do
    Is send me a sign
    Why don’t you…
    Why don’t you…

    Take a second to take
    A second look
    I’m charmed to the nines
    One of a kind, and I’m
    Guaranteed
    To blow your mind

    All the other boys
    Put me in a state
    They wet their whistle
    When I pass their gate
    Why don’t you…
    Why don’t you…


    I Wish I Were a Princess
    I wish I were a princess
    I wish I were a princess
    I wish I were a princess
    and you were my prince

    I wish I were a princess
    so beautiful to see
    I’d pass the greatest law in history
    A lovely little law
    that I hope you’ll never break
    and it would make you fall in love with me

    And if I were a princess
    the next thing I would do
    is plan a celebration in the land
    Oh, what a happy day
    when the people hear you say,
    “My princess, I’m asking for your hand!”

    I wish I were a princess
    I wish I were a princess
    I’d have you sit beside me
    so handsome, so bold
    I wish I were a princess
    and you were my prince
    Oh, we’d live happily ever after
    as in days of old

    I wish I were a princess
    I wish I were a princess
    I’d have you sit beside me
    so handsome, so bold
    I wish I were a princess
    and you were my prince
    Oh, we’d live happily ever after
    as in days of old!

    I wish I were a princess
    I wish I were a princess
    I wish I were a princess
    I wish I were a princess

    Yes, I wish…


    Under the Sycamore Tree
    I was holding you
    And you were holding me
    And then we fell in love
    Under the sycamore tree
    You were smelling the leaves
    And I noticed the day…

    And then we went for a drive
    In your big silver car
    But we were already there
    We didn’t need to go far
    You took a left down the road
    We had a picnic for two

    We could drive to Cancun
    In seconds flat
    But I don’t need paradise
    I already know where it’s at
    And if I said to you
    could you love me, too
    I think I know what the answer
    Could be…

    I was kissing you
    You were kissing on me
    And then we fell into
    A perfect harmony
    The grass tickled my feet
    The grapes were cold and sweet…