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The Best of Ted

by Ted Lehman - Songwriter

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The Better I Was Words by Ted Lehman and Nancy Lehman, Music by Ted Lehman Copyright © 2011 Verse: (G) C-G-D-G-D-G-D(C)G Bridge: Dm-Am-G-Am-Dm-Am-C-D-G Chorus: C-G-D-G-C-G-D-G I’ve been around Done lots of stuff, some of it easy, Most of it tough. I tell lot's of stories folks can’t get enough, the older I get the better I was. I was the leader of a rock ‘n roll band I got people dancin' with a wave of my hand, I was king of the world, universally loved. the older I get, the better I was If I got your ear then you got my love the older I get, the better I was I was better than most you can't prove me wrong I do my thing like singin' my song I don't do it for kisses don't do it for hugs the older I get, the better I was the older I get, the better I was Don't got any proof what I say is the truth it's all up to you to call my bluff the older I get, the better I was
My Side 04:54
My Side By Ted Lehman (ASCAP) © Copyright 2005 I went to my favorite drinkin’ hole Lookin to unwind Suck up some suds with my buds Just to pass the time Hanging with my good ol’ boys Was good up to a point someone started talkin’ politics and fired up the joint My side is the right side And don’t you disagree Cause I’ll argue with you every time Until you agree with me the next topic was religion and then they started talkin’ sports That whole crowd started getting’ loud you’d think it was the peoples court Soon I was wound up pretty tight No matter where I turned Someone was trying to pick a fight And I was getting burned My side is the right side And don’t you disagree Cause I’ll argue with you every time Until you agree with me I didn’t want to contribute To enter into the fray But when they started in about my girlfriend I knew someone would have to pay So there I was clenching my fists And yelling at the top of my lungs All at once it occurred to me “I hope no one’s got a gun” My side is the right side And don’t you disagree Cause I’ll argue with you every time Until you agree with me My side is the right side Everyone else is wrong Drink your beer and shut your trap And just leave me alone Bridge How come you’re so self righteous You got answers for every question When ya act so high and mighty It gives me indigestion why should everyone have to think the same why do they have to think like you when you’re fightin’ with the whole wide world it just makes you the fool
Hard to get Away By Ted Lehman (ASCAP) Copyright © 1980-2011 When It's All laid down beside you You're not sure if it's always there Starting from the beginning is like fallin' down the stairs the past is always with you no matter how you try to change even in a brand new place you can feel the past again you can feel the hurts the pains and the joys you can feel them every day it doesn't matter how they come it's hard to get away It's hard to get away across a thousand miles It's hard to get away from the good times and the smiles it's hard to get away from all the hurts and all the lies that you might as well try to live with them and stop asking all the why's So ask a thousand questions drive yourself insane cause what you do to improve yourself causes many things to change what hurt before will hurt again what felt good will still feel good' the times are different and the place is new things have happened that never could So here I am right here and now moving at my own pace trying to push myself forward it's so hard to get away
Back to the Blues By Ted Lehman (ASCAP) © Copyright 2012 I'm feeling down and dirty I want to hang my head and cry I'm needin' my prescription to ease my troubled mind Can't ignore what I'm feelin' that would make me a fool there's only one solution Gotta' Get Back to the Blues this life that I am living is filled with shades of gray Every lesson in my life I learned the hard way I'm standin' at the crossroads which way will I choose goin' 80 miles an hour Gonna' Get Back to the Blues feelin' bad can feel so good feelin wrong can feel so right feelin' sad aint always bad gets me thru the night there's 3 sides to every story yours, mine and the truth there's an answer to my question Gotta' Get Back to the Blues Bridge: bottom line feelin' fine aint all it's cracked up to be cause feeling blue, can get you thru it's always worked for me gonna let myself go, don't you know time to set myself free getting myself back to the blues is where I wanna be Gotta' Get Back to the Blues Gotta' Get Back to the Blues That's where I wanna be
Superman Fan 05:32
Superman fan By Ted Lehman & Randy Bishop Copyright 1998 (A-G-D-A-G-D-E) ([D-A]D-F-G-A) (E-D-E-D-E-A) I do the right thing I do the wrong might not be cool might need to belong I like cartoons and cooking shows I like talkin' trash it's cool you know I can't fly or see through walls if I jumped off a building I'd just fall can't run faster than a train I'm tryin' my best my hair's turning gray sometimes you gotta make a stand I'm a good man I'm a Superman fan I'm not really a hero I'm not really bad mostly I'm mellow and sometimes I'm mad it's all in your mind it's all part of a plan who is to say who is Superman Superman would always find a way for more than the love of Lois Lane try to do the right thing every day truth, justice, and the American way
Radio 04:10
Radio By Ted Lehman (ASCAP) Copyright © 1980 I wish I could hear my music On the radio The words I write on many nights come deep within my soul I sing with lots of feeling and there's one thing that I know It would really feel good if I only could Hear my songs on the radio From Coast to coast from sea to sea everyone would hear my tunes in cars and bars both near and far everyone would croon When we're work and playin' In the morning in the evening you could hear my playing and I could hear you singing Everybody's got music Everybody's got dreams All I really want in life is for everyone to sing
MOMMA TOLD ME By Ted Lehman & Randy Bishop (ASCAP) (c) 2005 I lost all my money My house and my car Got holes in my shoes But I can't go far Been down so low Been up so high But losin' it all Can make a grown man cry Chorus: My Mama told me That life can be cruel You gotta' work real hard Don't act like no fool Mama told me My Mama told me (repeat) You know I drowned all my sorrows With a bottle of Jack It made me feel better So I kept coming back My woman she left me She left me here all alone You know that I'm hurtin' baby Right down to the bone Bridge: All these years I've been singin' the blues Lord I'm so tired Of paying my dues I've been all alone Without even one friend I keep coming back I keep trying again The songs that I sing They come from my heart Won't somebody listen I'm not too old to start
If You Told Me By Ted Lehman © Copyright 1998 [(Asus-a)F#m-Bm7-Asus-A] Verse (D-Bm-D-Bm-Em7-A-D) Bridge 9Bm-A-D-Em-A[Bm-E9]-Em7-Asus-A) Chorus If you told me The sun would not shine If you told me no more mountains left to climb If you told me that the world was flat I could live with that If you told me If you told me it all could be gone tomorrow If you told me we had nothing left to borrow If you told me the sky was fallin' down I'd still be around If you told me If you told me that the wind wouldn't blow If you told me there's no place left to go If you told me the stars wouldn't shine I'd still be fine If you told me If there was nothing in the world but you and me that's all I need to be happy Just you and me I don't care what happens out there as long as we're together if you were to say you were leaving today the pain would last forever
It’s About My Life By Ted Lehman (ASCAP) and Randy Bishop © Copyright 2005 Ted Lehman [G-Bm-F] [Am-F-C-D] [(Em-F-G) (Em-C-G-D-Em-F-G) (Em-C-G)] [Bb-F-Bb-A] Why are you standing outside my door When I told you to leave me alone? Don’t you think if I’d wanted you here I’d have called you on the phone? It’s not a matter of what you do It’s more about what I’m going through It’s not about you It’s about me It’s about my life About what I want Finding who I am Knowing who I’m not It’s all about loving, hating, passion, and playing Destiny, fate, do you hear what I’m saying? It’s about my life Never mind wasting time on me ‘Cause I’ve got things to do Right now I gotta’ be free And you just gotta’ be you Every time I think about the way I want to be I can’t do what I need to do When you’re a part of me It’s about my life
Old Friends 04:23
Old Friends Written by Ted Lehman (ASCAP) (c) Copyright 2000 [A-E-A-E-B-A-B][A-B-E-A-B-E][A-B-D-E-A-B-E] I was lookin' through some old scrapbooks Sittin' back remembering when The best of times were those good old times They won't ever happen again It was the people not the places Not a post card will be sent When we went our separate ways What happened to you old friends We are all doctors and lawyers and bureaucrats We're all mothers and fathers today We were once sons and daughters and very much shorter When I love you was so hard to say High school doesn't seem long ago when the work was out weighed by the play when coppin' a feel was the biggest of deals before we went our separate ways college days are so fine to remember drinkin' beer after beer every night we were drivin' our cars and cruising the bars and some times an occasional fight where are you now old buddies it would be great if we all could go home cause' being together would be so much better than remembering you all alone.
The Band 04:30
The Band By Ted Lehman (ASCAP) Copyright © 1977 Why can't I write a tune I can't write a song been trying for a couple of weeks now and something's going wrong Almost everything's going wrong The blizzard of 77 has brought to Buffalo lots more than white stuff much more than you could know I just wish I could go I need the band it helps me to survive yes I need the band just to stay alive here I am between bands again I think I'm gonna' cry I think I'm gonna' cry my bucks are down to zero so is the degrees even my house is very cold I think I'm gonna' freeze turn the heat up please School is almost over I really do not care academic Bull Shit I sit in classes and stare I really do not care Then it's all over what shal I do next hit the road or stay in town or maybe take a rest I guess I'll do my best Hanging out in limbo what a place to be the world is caving in again what will become of me I'll have to wait and see
Old Man 05:44
Old Man By Ted Lehman (ASCAP) Copyright ©2011 Intro [F-C-D][F-C-G] F-C-G-D][(C-D-G-F-C-G(G-D)][(Bm-Am-G)C-D] or G-D) When I talk to the younger generation and their eyes grow wide with fascination it's so tough to tell them the truth about the world we imagine in our youth Many roads lead to many places no way to know what road your heart graces flying blind through life, there is no other way find something sweet, make the most of every day when we're young we dream of fortune and fame finding someone to share our life and name we struggle with our passions and our fears as the days slowly turn into years When he was young my son wanted to be like daddy I told him "be the best man you can be" "make time every day to be happy" "and don't grow up to be a lonely old man like me" "and don't grow up to be a lonely old man like me" lonely old man I'm just another guy lonely old man looking to get by lonely old man I wound up in a place lonely old man I thought I'd never face
Between a Rock By Ted Lehman (ASCAP) copyright ® 2005 E (BASS E-D-C-B) Am-G-E(BASS) [Am-Bm] Am-G-F-E(BASS) Bridge [Em-F#m] Am-G-F Between what is right And what is wrong I find myself Where I don’t belong And step up to the plate follow my heart I find my self here Between a place and a rock Between a place and a rock I’m getting squeezed Between a place and a rock Between a place and a rock Between a place and a rock Is where you will find me The choices are mine Sometimes it’s not Stuck inside my head In my mental block I give you what you want Then I hurt myself you take what you need you don’t share the wealth Between a place and a rock I will never be free Between a place and a rock Between a place and a rock Between a place and a rock Is where you will find me When I say what I think I’m called intense There’s no way to go That’s not at my expense Every path I take Leaves me worse then before There’s no good choice There is no right door Between a place and a rock I can’t meet my needs Between a place and a rock Between a place and a rock Between a place and a rock Is where you will find me My health is gone friends and family too I’m hurting someone No matter what I do So I find my self in this limbo It’s the phantom zone With no place to go Between a place and a rock I’m getting squeezed Between a place and a rock Between a place and a rock Between a place and a rock Is where you will find me
Always Love 03:43
Always Love By Ted Lehman (ASCAP) Copyright © 1980-2011 It's always Love that's driving me crazy It's always love that's makin' me lazy it's time to go and don't I know it it's time to go will I blow it it's gonna' be hard to leave you tough not to see you when I'm out on the road you know that I'll miss you when I'm away will you miss me will you be wishin' to kiss me I'll be thinkin' of you goin' back to my baby
I want my MP3 By Ted Lehman (ASCAP), Copyright 1999 [E-A-E][B-A][A-B-E] I want my own jukebox That I can play on my PC Carry around my digital sound I want my MP3 There is so much talent out there And no one hears their song Makin' music because they love it They have been ignored too long On the net they have found a home A place they can belong Artists go direct to fans On MP3.com Don't wanna' go out in the freezing cold Or drive through the snow and sleet I'd rather stay home and download I want my MP3 You got classical and hip-hop, rock and roll and blues, you got alternative, and folk, Jazz and comedy All of it very cool Power Pop, and Latin are pretty hot Look for me in rhythm and blues New country and bluegrass all have all paid their dues I want more than the radio plays brought to you, by the powers that be I want to hear what you like I want my MP3 I want my MP3 Playin' the songs I like I want to play who I want I believe I have the right The record companies don't like it The retailers are saying nay SDMI is dying Folks are doing it any way Pirates are still pirating That never went away It's not gonna' stop the progress MP3 is here to stay I want my own jukebox That I can play on my PC Carry around my digital sound I want my MP3
Tellin Lies 04:03
Tellin' Lies By Ted Lehman (ASCAP) Copyright © 2012 What ever happened so long ago Time to get over it don't you know telling lies to make yourself look good feeding the gossip in the neighborhood you're not happy without a dog to kick when the truth don't work you do something sick you're always sneaking round behind my back doing me damage playing me for a sap exactly what you're telling no one will say exactly what you're selling will come out some day the truth will be told when you're dead and gone everyone will know that you been doing me wrong the world is getting smaller your lies are getting taller hurting me won't make you a star hitting me when I'm down might work for you now in the long run it won't get you far stop telling lies about me stop making up stories that should not be believed stop telling lies about me why don't you just leave me alone why don't you just go back home


This is a compilation of my most recent recordings as well as some of my fan favorites. It runs the gambit from folk and bluegrass to Rock Country and Blues and everything in the middle. I hope you enjoy it.


released August 15, 2012

All songs written by Ted Lehman (ASCAP) except where noted.
Published by APR Music Publishing LLC (ASCAP)


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Ted Lehman - Songwriter Baldwin, Georgia

Ted Lehman was born on Long Island, a child of the 60's & 70's when he began writing songs and performing them. Ted's music has been covered by many other independent artists over the years. Ted is interested in more artists covering his songs, licensing his compositions and recordings for TV, Film, and video games.
For licensing inquiries contact APR Music Publishing, LLC apr@tedspromotions.com
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