Suzie Vinnick – Angel in the Sidelines

(1994, Self)

1. That Vision
2. Will You Look Back
3. When You Lose In Love
4. What Do We Do Now
5. Oreo Cookie Blues
6. How Come
7. Do I Love You
8. Anything
9. Calling The World
10.Angel From The Sidelines
11. Don’t Wanna Know (What Time It Is)
12. Keep Lightin’ That Fire
13. Carry On


That Vision

Written by: Suzie Vinnick/Ron Sures

I can’t tell you I love you right now, it’s hard to tell you but I can’t
I ain’t never gonna be satisfied when I can’t allow my heart to be there
I’ve never been good being hurt, my good’s gotten worse all along
It took one good shot to my heart one time
Now I feel all’s gonna do me wrong, do me wrong yeah

Hey yeah, I feel scared
I know it sounds kind of silly sometimes
Hey yeah yeah I am scared
Hey yeah yeah yeah yeah

I can’t tell you love’s gonna lat forever, well it may who knows
My naïve little heart that I bore one time, well she cowers like a child in the dark
Afraid of a feeling that once I awed, I know it sounds kinda silly but it’s true
I once looked at love with an open mind
Is that vision ever gonna be mine, once again yeah

Hey yeah, I feel scared
I know it sounds kind of silly sometimes
Hey yeah yeah I am scared
Hey yeah yeah yeah yeah

I’m gonna take some time and grow
Into the one that once was, but now wiser
Hold tight to the love that’s inside
Maybe someday, that vision’s gonna come back to me

© 1994 SOCAN

Musicians:

SV – vocals, acoustic guitar, bass
Ron Sures – violin, mandolin, programming, percussion
Peter Kiesewalter – organ
Gary Craig – drums

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Will You Look Back

Written by: Ron Sures/Suzie Vinnick

I remember you, everything you put me through
Walking away from you I realize, what you meant to me

Will you look back at what we used to do
All the things we thought we knew
Think about the crying and the chances that we had
I just saw myself in focus, I just got myself intact
Think about the past when you look back

I learned to say, I was afraid
Now I’m walking away from you
I realize what you couldn’t be

I must go one way and you another
Help me to forget my past
Help me now my lover

© 1994 SOCAN

Musicians:

SV – vocals
Ron Sures – acoustic and electric guitars, bass, percussion
Gary Craig – drums

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When You Lose In Love

Written by: Suzie Vinnick

I’m lying here, thinking of you
And wishing you were here next to me
It’s lonely here, once wished our love would last forever
That’s not reality

Wish it didn’t hurt so bad when you lose in love
You’re gone forever, love’s so far away
Wish it didn’t hurt so bad when you lose in love
I’ll hold my own, now I’m alone
My strength will tell the tale of my love

Did you hurt like me when you had to free
And cut that ties that bound you tight
Oh love, did you hurt like me
Now I’m lying here, wish I didn’t fall so hard
Will I ever, will I ever be free

Wish it didn’t hurt so bad when you lose in love
You’re gone forever, love’s so far away
Wish it didn’t hurt so bad when you lose in love
I’ll hold my own, now I’m alone
My strength will tell the tale

Wish it didn’t hurt so bad when you lose in love
Still hanging on, I know you’re gone
My heart still aches with a tale of love

© 1994 SOCAN

Musicians:

SV – vocal, acoustic guitar
Ron Sures – basses, keyboards, programming
Ross Murray – additional programming

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What Do We Do Now

Written by: Ron Sures

Well I’m sitting down here on a Saturday night
Thinking what should I do
Somebody’s singing but I don’t hear nothing
And everyone looks like you, what am I gonna do

I caught you last night looking at me funny
Or was it just a trick of the light
But the way I feel you better look out honey
My heart’s on fire tonight, what do we do now?

What do we do now?
We just got to try this on somehow
What do we do now?
We just got to work this out somehow
What do we do now?

I know you’re gonna be my lover
But you don’t know it yet
Baby we’ve gotta be made for each other
We gotta settle our bet, how could you forget?

You keep working your way back in
Working your way into my dreams
Over and over and over again
I don’t wanna be friends

…I’m gonna find ya
…I’m gonna get you
…Here I come!

© 1994 SOCAN

Musicians:

SV – vocals
Ron Sures –acoustic and electric guitars, bass, percussion
Peter Kiesewalter – accordian
Gary Craig – drums

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Oreo Cookie Blues

Written by: Lonnie Mack/Mike Wilkerson/Mack’s Flying V Music (BMI)

Chocolate on my fingers, icing on my lips
Sugar diabetes and blubber on my hips
I keep the night light burning in the kitchen baby
So I can go downstairs and cruise
I got them oreo creme sandwich
Chocolate covered creme filled cookie blues

I hide ’em in a cabinet, I keep ’em in a jar
For emergency’s you know I keep ’em in the
Glove compartment of my car
And I can’t live without ’em
They git’ me higher than I can get on booze
I got them oreo creme sandwich
Chocolate covered creme filled cookie blues

Doctor says I’m crazy
You better give ’em up and quick
Or you’ll be pushing up daisies because
Boy you definitely sick
I couldn’t quit if I wanted to
Yeah I don’t wanna lose
It’s them oreo creme sandwich
Chocolate cover creme filled cookie
Built by Nabisco, ain’t no rookie
Next best thang to nookie blues

© 1994 SOCAN

Musicians:

SV – vocals, bass guitar
Tony D – electric guitar
Rick Fines – slide guitar
Peter Kiesewalter – organ
Gary Craig – drums

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How Come

Written by: Paul Tobin

How come we don’t love like that no more
How come we don’t love like that no more
It just hasn’t been the same, since you walked out the door

How come we don’t kiss like that no more
How come we don’t kiss like that no more
It just hasn’t been the same, since you walked out the door

How come we don’t love like that no more
How come we don’t love like that no more
It just hasn’t been the same, since you walked out the door

Pretty baby, I wanna take you by the hand
Pretty baby, I wanna make you understand
Pretty baby, I want you to be my man

How come we don’t love like that no more..
How come we don’t love like that no more..
Well how come, how come?
How come we don’t love, love like that no more..
How come we don’t love, love like that no more..
It just hasn’t been the same
It just hasn’t been the same
It just hasn’t been the same since you walked out the door

© 1994 SOCAN

Musicians:

SV – vocals, acoustic guitar, bass guitar
Tony D – electric guitar/solo
Rick Fines – slide guitar
Peter Kiesewalter – organ
Ron Sures – percussion
Gary Craig – drums

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Do I Love You

Written by: Roy Forbes

Do I love you, yes I do And you know it’s true

Everyday the sun come a creepin’ up
Everyday my heart is beating with love, talkin’ ‘bout love

Every time I hear the radio, another song from another studio ‘bout love
Gonna sing about love

I walk proud knowing what it’s all about
Way out loud gonna shout, gonna shout it out

Do I love you, yes I do And you know it’s true

On the streets and on the boulevards
People meet and they talk, they’re thinking hard about love, talking ‘bout love

Dusty books and words on a podium, taking notes at a big symposium about love
Gonna learn about love

I walk proud knowing what it’s all about
Way out loud gonna shout, gonna shout it out

Do I love you, yes I do And you know it’s true

© 1994 SOCAN

Musicians:

SV – vocals, acoustic guitar, bass guitar
Rick Fines – acoustic guitar, harmony vocal
Terry Tufts – harmony vocal
Fergus Jemison Marsh – Chapman stick
Ron Sures – percussion
Peter Kieswalter – organ
Gary Craig – drums

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Anything

Written by: Ron Sures

Last night she prayed to the saint of the impossible
To bring you back to her front door
She cried in bed and asked for a miracle
Woke up cold lying on the floor
She talked and talked and walked around with herself
Hugging at the mirror, scared about her health
She closed her eyes and she started to dream about you
Through her tears she said

I would give you anything to get you back again
I would leave it all behind just to see your face
And you could change everything if you’d just come home
I would give you anything, where did you go?

She passed the day looking out a window that was looking back to her eyes
She half remembered things about you, things you said
Did you tell her a secret that you disguised?
She said you left me wondering if I should swim or I should drown
While you’re standing in some kingdom holding the crown
And I hate you for leaving me in this wicked old town
She turned away and she said

I would give you anything

Threw her dark hair back, couldn’t figure out how to say goodbye
Maybe I’ll pinch myself and I’ll all be over
If I could just stop this crying, crying, crying…

Her faith, her heart, you tore them apart
Come to her dreams, come to her sleep
If you could just pull me back out of the deep

I would give you anything to get you back again
I would leave it all behind just to see your face
And you could change everything if you’d just come home
I would give you anything, where did you go?
I would give you anything, please come home

© 1994 SOCAN

Musicians:

SV – vocals
Ron Sures – acoustic and electric guitars, bass, keyboards, percussion
Rick Fines – acoustic guitar
Peter Kiesewalter – accordion
Gary Craig – drums

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Calling The World

Written by: Suzie Vinnick/Margaret Wilson

I’m calling the world, looks like my phone bill gonna be pretty high
I’m calling the world, looks like my phone bill gonna be pretty high
Bell’s gonna be ringing, all through the night

I’ll call to tomorrow and I’ll call to yesterday
I’ll call to tomorrow and I’ll call to yesterday
From east to west I’m bound to have my say

There’s no room for distinction, no sense of yours and mine
Afraid of what we’re doing here, want to run and close my eyes
But I know the only answer is to keep them open wide
Take care of one another ‘cause we’re running out of time

I’m calling the world, looks like my phone bill gonna be pretty high
I’m calling the world, looks like my phone bill gonna be pretty high
Bell’s gonna be ringing, all through the night

© 1994 SOCAN

Musicians:

SV – vocals, acoustic guitar, bass
Rick Fines – dobro
Al Black – harmonica
Gary Craig – drums
Ron Sures – percussion

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Angel From The Sidelines

Written by: Suzie Vinnick

I’m gonna watch my angel from the sidelines
Although she cannot see me that’s okay
I’m gonna watch my angel from the sidelines
Watch her growing, growing through her days

She’s got to be an angel in the sidelines
I know it hurts you now she’s gone ahead
She’s got to be an angel in the sidelines
‘Cause her love’s still here, she’s only moved ahead

I know that it hurts so bad to have to let go of someone you love
Time’s slow demanding price
You want to wish it away, away right now

I’m gonna watch my angel from the sidelines
Although she cannot see me that’s okay
I’m gonna watch my angel from the sidelines
Watch her growing, growing through her days

She came and lit a spark in my heart, and I like it, a little life fulfilled
Now she’s gone and I have to let go
But my love is burning still

I’m gonna watch my angel from the sidelines
Although she cannot see me that’s okay
I’m gonna watch my angel from the sidelines
Watch us growing, growing through our days

I’m gonna watch my angel
I’m gonna watch my angel
She’s got to be an angel…

© 1994 SOCAN

Musicians:

SV – vocals, acoustic guitar, bass
Ron Sures – programming, percussion
Rick Fines – electric and slide guitars
Terry Tufts – lap steel, harmony vocals
Gary Craig – drums

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Don’t Wanna Know (What Time It Is)

Written by: Suzie Vinnick/Rick Fines

I don’t wanna know, what time it is, ‘cause I already know that you’re late
I don’t wanna know, what time it is, ‘cause I already know that you’re late

I know that I made you wait, a couple of hours on our last date
But I took the time for you, can’t you see?
I wanted to let you see the real me?

I don’t wanna know, what time it is, ‘cause I already know that you’re late
I don’t wanna know, what time it is, ‘cause I already know that you’re late

Compared to mine your sense of time is completely your own
You better find the form, sign the line
And try to get yourself your own time zone

I don’t wanna know, what time it is, ‘cause I already know
‘Cause I already know, ‘cause I already know
‘Cause I already know that you’re late

© 1994 SOCAN

Musicians:

SV – vocals, acoustic guitar
Nick Atkinson – tuba
Peter Kiesewalter – clarinet
Bill Rowat – trumpet
Gary Craig – drums
Ron Sures – percussion

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Keep Lightin’ That Fire

Written by: Roy Forbes

Another year rolls around before you know that it’s gone
You wake up in the morning it’s the same old dawn
But you don’t sit around child ‘til you’re buried in the mire
Oh you gotta keep striking matches, oh keep lightin’ that fire

Well you’re stopped in your tracks and you’re getting upset
The room’s full of smoke and the wood’s all wet
But you don’t sit around child ‘til the wood gets drier
Oh you gotta pour some diesel on it, oh keep lightin’ that fire

You been a hidin’ out so long, you better get up jump ‘n jive
You been a hidin’ out so long, people gonna wonder if you’re dead or alive

Well you go on for so many years and you never been amazed
Let me tell you nothings gonna happen if you don’t feed the blaze
You know you’re gonna get a flat child, if you don’t change your tires
You gotta keep striking matches
Oh keep lightin’ that fire
Oh keep lightin’ that fire
Oh keep lightin’ that fire

© 1994 SOCAN

Musicians:

SV – vocals, bass guitar
Rick Fines – slide guitar
Peter Kiesewalter – organ
Ron Sures – percussion
Gary Craig – drums

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Carry On

Written by: Ron Sures

As I sit here and wonder
About a life that might have been
All the coming and goings of people
And all the heartache that I’ve seen

Maybe I’ve been too much of an open book
My eyes never close
When I think that I don’t know too much
I think this much I know

People come and go in this life
And as sure as we’re here, tomorrow we’ll be gone
But that ain’t no reason, that ain’t no reason
To keep from carryin’ on, carry on

I was searching my soul for disclosure
Some of these words that I write
Was it the wine I was drinking
There’ll be no answers tonight

Pain never gets me at the corners of my heart
It’s right in the middle or nothing at all
The corners I reserve for something else
When that heartache comes to call

People come and go in this life
And as sure as we’re here, tomorrow we’ll be gone
But that ain’t no reason, that ain’t no reason
To keep from carryin’ on, carry on

Carry on with your life
Nothing wrong with your life
That you can’t get yourself through
After some time
Carry on, carry on, carry on

© 1994 SOCAN

Musicians:

Suzie – vocals
Ron Sures – electric guitar, bass, keyboard, percussion
Peter Kiesewalter – piano, organ
Gary Craig – drums, shaker

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Reviews

Review by Terry Eagan

Angel in the Sidelines is an eclectic sampler of Suzie Vinnick’s masterful musicianship, fine writing, exceptional range of talent, and exquisite singing. The bookend songs on her first Eizusagous Rox Records release stirringly take you into soulful heartache, through questioning struggle, to holding on with faithful hope. That Vision opens with a stadium-filling arrangement that rocks with tasteful twists of vocals, violin, guitar, and organ, and on Ron Sures album-ending Carry On she stunningly and deeply warms you with a ballad of encouragement and peacefulness during moments of great sadness. For longtime fans, Oreo Cookie Blues and How Come showcase Suzie’s singing, bass playing and the searing guitar of Tony D.(the stellar bluesman of ‘Tony D. and his cool band’). Rick Fines joins Tony D. on these two cuts and adds his acoustic, electric, and slide guitar touch on number of the CD’s songs. Jackson Delta bandmate Al Black twirls a pitchful harmonica around Rick’s dobro and Suzie’s bass, guitar, and vocals on Suzie’s late night lament Calling the World. (Suzie and Rick recently finished up a 25 city 28 day tour on the heels of Rick’s recently-released first solo album, Arcadia.

Suzie’s ethereal voice really hits home on her When You Lose In Love, evincing pangs of suffering from the self-titled subject. On Angel From the Sidelines, Suzie serenely hits home on the heartwrench of letting go. Terry Tufts lends touching harmony on Suzie’s Angel From the Sidelines and blends nicely with Suzie and Rick on Roy Forbes tender Do I Love You. Ron Sures exhibits a nice combination of writing, playing, and producing; wrapping soft and complementing instrumentation around Suzie’s singing and incredibly-strong finishes.

For the country-blues-rocking minded, When You Look Back and What Will We Do Now will have you shaking a tailfeather on the dance floor. There’s no shortage of rhythm on the album; with Gary Craig and Peter Kiesewalter providing the drums and organ underpinnings to Suzie’s powerful vocals throughout. Suzie ventures into a Bourbon Street-like I Don’t Wanna Know (What Time it Is), a Rick Fines collaboration, with tuba and clarinet to boot!

As you’ll hear, whatever your primary taste in music; folk, ballad, rock, country, blues, country-blues, and mixtures thereof, you’ll find your thirst satisfied the first listening through, and then further grow in appreciation as you branch into the full range of performance that Suzie Vinnick presents. I look forward to enjoying future productions that feature Suzie’s soul-grasping renditions.

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