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What Happens Next

by Speed the Plough

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A song written about 5 years ago and demoed previously, it took on a new life under lockdown. It was one of the songs that began with Toni (vocals, clarinets) and John (keyboard) alone, when group recording was no longer possible. Then, like everything else, it sat.

It moved to a new level with the addition of Michael’s slide guitar parts during his weekly visits, which brought the perfect sense of longing to the proceedings.

That led to a “wish list” idea for a rhythm section to provide a foundation for everything, reaching out to early STP member Stan Demeski (Feelies, Luna, et al) on drums and Scott Anthony (Rebecca Turner, Fond Farewells, Storybook Sound) on bass. We think it was an inspired mashup.


Verse 1:
The coffee’s on, the day’s begun, the train has left, you’re all alone,
What happens next?
The bird has flown, you’re on your own, you close the door, and still there’s more,
What happens next?

It must be summer cause the love’s all burned away
and romance dies on the vine.
This can’t be love because it feels so good today
I’ll take a rhyme that isn’t mine.

Verse 2:
You ask yourself, a question once, inside your room, tell the truth,
What happens next?
Fit me in your prayers tonight, throw the lock, turn out the lights,
What happens next?

Instrumental verse


released January 6, 2021
Toni Baumgartner - vocals, clarinets
John Baumgartner - keyboard
Michael Baumgartner - guitars
Stanley Demeski - drums
Scott Anthony - bass

Mixed by Don Sternecker - Mix-o-lydian Studios
Mastered by Scott Anthony - Storybook Sound
Engineering by Dan Francia


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Speed the Plough Hackensack, New Jersey

Speed the Plough is a New Jersey-based chamber pop band that has been playing since 1984. The band was formed by John & Toni Baumgartner and Marc Francia, the founders of The Trypes, a mainstay of the ’80s Hoboken scene, which included most members of The Feelies. STP has released 9 full-length albums (Coyote, ESD, Dromedary, and Bar-None), a single on French label Acetone, and a self-released EP. ... more

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