1. SIMPLY (Hickman)
  2. LAST NIGHT WAS A BIG RAIN (Hickman)
  3. 500X (THE TRAIN SONG) (Hickman)
  4. SONG FOR MY FATHER (Hickman)
  5. EQUAL SCARY PEOPLE (Hickman)
  6. THIS IS A MAN’S WORLD (Brown)
  7. MEANT TO BE (Hickman)
  8. WHY DON’T YOU (Hickman)
  9. I WISH I WERE A PRINCESS (Hugo/Luigi/Weiss)
  10. UNDER THE SYCAMORE TREE (Hickman)

Released 1989 | Elektra

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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?

Liner Notes

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

Lyrics

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…