Originals: Specialty Songs
by Michael Thomas
(River Songs, Sports Songs, etc...)

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River Songs

Song Title Description
Call Of The Nantahala River

(Fast Song)

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Copyright: 2003 (06/07/03)
BMI#: 006538096 on 07/04/2003
Words & Music by Michael Thomas

Short Description

The Nantahala river in North Carolina is calling you today to come and play.  I'll see you on the river.

Long Description

I've been cooped in this city all week long; I gotta get out on the river where I belong.  The Nantahala River's rapids are calling me to play with a kayak, funyak (ducky), open boat (canoe) or watch the rafts and have some laughs.

Story Behind the Song

My Dad had a sign made several years ago that he placed at the front of the property that reads "Call Of The River".    Shortly after that my Dad came down with Alzheimer's.  About 10 years later while he was still alive, I wrote this song.  This song is dedicated to my Dad: Dempsey Thomas.  I love you dad and I share your love for the river.

Creating the song:  The chorus (lyrics & melody) was created on the guitar at the Nantahala river at my parents' outdoor kitchen next to the river.  The verses were written at Einstein Bros bagel shop in Atlanta by Powersferry without an instrument.  The melody for the verses was created a capello while driving.

Let's Go Rafting At Paddle Inn Links:

Copyright: 2005 (06/03/05)
BMI#: 009092129 on 09/14/2007
Words & Music by Michael Thomas

Short Description

This song is about a rafting experience with the Paddle Inn Rafting company. 

Long Description

See: www.paddleinnrafting.com.  Visit the Paddle Inn rafting company and enjoy the same experience on the Nantahala River.

Story Behind the Song

Camping by the Nantahala River, eating breakfast outside by a fire, and then rafting on the Nantahala River with the Paddle Inn Rafting company is a great way to spend a weekend.  The first river sound came from the river bank of the Nantahala river.  The fire & grilling sound was sampled while I was cooking breakfast outside on the banks of the Nantahala River.  The sound in the 2nd verse comes directly from the Nantahala falls.  All the sounds are real sounds from the Nantahala river.

We're Strokin' Links:

Copyright: 2005 (05/05/05)
BMI#: 009092128 on 09/14/2007
Words & Music by Michael Thomas

Short Description

A line dance for Paddle Inn rafters on the Nantahala River in Wesser North Carolina.  The song can also be chanted as you stroke down the river.

Long Description

Visit Paddle Inn Rafting company on the Nantahala River and enjoy doing the line dance "We're Strokin'" 

Story Behind the Song

My brother, mom, and I were talking about how they could really spice up a rafting trip with a line dance written for Paddle Inn rafters.  The next day I wrote this line dance.  Visit Paddle Inn Rafting company on the Nantahala River in Wesser North Carolina and enjoy the experience for yourself.

Stroke It Links:

Copyright: 2007 (05/14/07)
BMI#: 009092127 on 09/14/2007
Words & Music by Michael Thomas

Short Description

This song is designed to be sung (or chanted) while strokin' down a river.  (Similar songs: "We're Strokin" and "Strokin' Down The River")

Long Description

<same as the short description>

Story Behind the Song

I had written the song "We're Strokin' " a couple years prior and really enjoyed singing the song with paddlers as they road the bus up to the put in or back from the the pick up.  As a guide, I've had fun singing "We're Strokin'" with the rafters.  So, I want to write 2 more songs that I could sing down the river or in the bus:  "Stroke It" & "Strokin' Down The River". 
The idea around this song came from my setting the paddle cadence by saying, "Stroke, Stroke".  I thought it would be fun to make as song around that concept.

Strokin Down The River Links:

Copyright: 2007 (05/14/07)
BMI#: 009092126 on 09/14/2007
Words & Music by Michael Thomas

Short Description

This song is designed to be sung (or chanted) while strokin' down a river.  (Similar songs: "We're Strokin" and "Stroke It")

Long Description

<same as the short description>

Story Behind the Song

I had written the song "We're Strokin' " a couple years prior and really enjoyed singing the song with paddlers as they road the bus up to the put in or back from the the pick up.  As a guide, I've had fun singing "We're Strokin'" with the rafters.  So, I want to write 2 more songs that I could sing down the river or in the bus:  "Stroke It" & "Strokin' Down The River". 
I was reflecting on sporting events where the cheer leaders lead the fans in a chant to spell a word.  So I mixed that with a chorus and thought the resulting song would be fun to sing while "Strokin' Down the River".

Sports Songs
(Jock Jams)

Song Title Description
Hit Somebody (Football Sports Song)

(Fast Song)

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Copyright: 2007 (05/12/07)
BMI#: 009092125 on 09/14/2007
Words & Music by Michael Thomas

Short Description

A fun football song that can be used at a football stadium to get the crowd ready for football.

Long Description

<same as short description>

Story Behind the Song

My son was a starting center for Cartersville High School.  I wanted to write and produce a song that could be played at that stadium and other stadiums in the United States that was fun and could envolve the crowd.

Creating the song:  The melody was created without an instrument.  The lyrics were written primarily at Jitter Joes in Cartersville.  The production was done with sampled sounds from several loop CDs.