MUSIC


Lyrics

Album: Inside Reality


We Got Ways

When lightning comes crashing down through the skies
Like its purpose is to remind us of others that have tried
I can’t pretend there’s reasons of which I realize
That I’ve seen, the temptations hearts left a shatter
But now we have time...we got ways
So I ask myself to get with it in amanor of which
There’s some kind of urgency and care for my brothers and sisters
And I know there are reasons of which I realze
From the streets to the mansions, everyone matters
And yes we have time...we got ways
We got ways to try, we got ways to fly
We got our ways...I know you’ve got your own
Your pictures come back to you with coffee stains on the edges
And your gas tank is reading empty and its cold
The jazz man on the radio thanks his audience of but a few
But he’ll never ever miss a single show
You pour your heart into your passion and your buddy
Gets cuffed for stashin, and the border’s only a few miles away
And yes we have time
And we got ways

Everybody

I’ve got seek, I’ve got to show
I got to toss this glass overboard baby don’t you know
It’s such a real fine time to be alive
Let me take you for a drive
I’ve got your pics, got no game
Got some big beats in the car, would you rather take a train
It’s such a real, fine time
Just got to see ya
I want to meet , but I can dance
Let the evening give us just a little romance
It’s such a real fine time
I got no steps but I can walk
Let Mr. Townsend find the chords Dylan talk the talk
It’s such a real fine time
Give yourself another glass of wine
I try to cover who’s to blame
It doesn’t matter if we get caught out in the rain
It’s such a real fine time, just kick it on back
I want to meet, I got to dance
Let the evening give us just a little bit of romance
Such a real fine time
Everybody...I just want to get along with ya all
Everybody...stand up, stand up
Everybody...just want to be a part of it all
Everybody party with me …lets make it real..take it one time
Don’t need no down time, don’t need no hesitation
Just grooving out jamming, here’s your little presentation
Take it forward hold it back one time
Bust a step can ya keep it time
Dine & dash when ya got no cash
Drive your baby’s car if she looks a little trashed
Don’t need no down time, don’t need no hesitation
Just grooving out jamming, chill on back with a little meditation
Won’t ya leave right there, leave it to beaver
If ya got the time feed your retriever
Stay tuned, stay real, stay good...its all about your personality
Is that understood?

Your Heaven

Can I be in a part of your heaven
That’s where I long to be
It’d be a crying shame like getting caught out in the rain
The torch light that burns inside of me
Wiser the fool I am
The distance I can see
This hole in my soul you know its got to me
Just another casualty
Can I have a piece of your heaven
That’s where I long to be
The spirit in my heart is tearing me apart
Cries for your company
Wiser the fool I am
The distance I can see
This hole in my soul you know its got to me
Just another casualty
Can I have just a piece of your heaven
That’s where I long to be
Trusting all those words you said I lie awake in my bed thinking
There’s no place I’d rather be
I lie awake in my bed, trusting all them words you said
Thinking, there’s no place I’d rather be
No place I would rather be

Inside Reality

I wasted all my words, I wasted all your time
The feeling’s unrehearsed, I keep them in my mind
As I lie awake and dream
As the plane you fly touches down
I clutch the covers to my soul
As you settle in another town
Settled in another town myself
This is the life we chose
And this is the only song I know
Inside reality, outside we change our tune
And after all this time…we’re falling from the moon
I never would regret, you know that I still care for you
I light a cigarette, and say a little prayer for you
Just look out at the stars, the ones that I once shared with you
No matter where you are, that way I’ll be there with you
I wouldn’t say it if it wasn’t true
This is the life I chose
And these are the only songs I know
Inside reality, outside we change our tune
And after all this time…we’re falling from the moon
Holding down the part of you that wants to turn around
Inside reality, outside we change our tune
And after all this time…we’re falling from the moon

Cool Shoes

Such a wonderful day to see
Got myself a little ray of sunshine
Autumn days with burning leaves
The lady bugs…they be multiplying
How high...too many to count
How high
Look all around, what’s attractive to you
Some days ya win, some day’s ya lose
I keep it simple for myself…yes I do
I just slip me on…some cool shoes
Such a wonderful night to sleep
Soothe my mind with a little rain
Gravitate to the cool side of the pillow
Ease my soul again and again
How high…it doesn’t matter doesn’t matter to me
How high
Look all around, what’s attractive to you
Some days ya win, some day’s ya lose
I keep it simple for myself…yes I do
I just slip me on…some cool shoes

The Hill

So he asked “hey man where ya going with your bags packed and your guitar”?
I slide the seat on back with my silly ass grin
And I go where my heart can be still
Gigging with my friends at The Hill
A little change can do you right
Like being out of town...on Christmas night
I can see the water and their smiling faces
I go where my heart buys a thrill
Gigging with my friends at The Hill
Light my soul...I’m cheering for you
And I don’t care…about time
When my time…is spent with you
A secret garden we’ve all been given
Close my eyes, it's my bargain
Drop my bags
Gonna change my living

Jed Capers

If ya take the river down to the city
You gonna find yourself something down and gritty
Old Jed Cappers runs the paper line
But through his back door he got some really fine wine
They call it moonshine
He carts out eight cases at a time
All the people claim its mine all mine
Jed calls out to the neighborhood
He says gather round people…and listen real good
In the night time, is the right time, for this moonshine
You’ll have a good time
Here’s some mud in your eye now yodel with me!!!
Well don’t you know that there ain’t no bottle to leave this town
You got to set em over there…by the lost and found
I set my bottles down by the trash and papers
A man said “thanks boy”, I looked up I seen Mr. Cappers
Just smiling at me
He said “boy I know ya been out on the run with them
Two six shooters and a missing left thumb
A bottle of shine I’ll give to you if you tell me your story
And tell the truth”

Light, Love, & Forgiveness

In horse tail waves, lost somewhere in time
There’s a place for and I to find
I’ve seen myself through the turning away
And life brings me you
You are the stars in my eyes
Heart with no disguise
You are the stage up off the floor
I couldn’t ask for more
You are light, love and forgiveness
To me
Won’t you take me away
Could you take me away
You are light, love and forgiveness
Light, love and forgiveness
Light, love, forgiveness
To me

Spirit

I’m underneath an orange sky
Just trying to get by…..and there’s a cold wind
With Chicago in my sight
On another wasted ride…for you
And it shows a lot inside
It takes me to my home
And I can’t pretend and hide
Can’t leave well enough alone
I’ve looked around, I’ve settled down
But it takes my heart away
Caught in the crowd, I’m chasing trails
That lead me back to you
Settle in a kick back mode, paying rent…we’ll see a show
It’s time to go
Cigarettes with candle light, trading secrets…that’s alright
It’s time to dream
And it shows a lot inside
It takes me to my home
And I can’t pretend and hide
Can’t leave well enough alone
I look around, I’ve settled down
But it takes my heart away
Trapped to this ground but I’ll never let you down

Arrival

The tools of his trade keep the needy people at bay
Running to and from hearing sounds from afar
Will he have to go and wrench another car
“think I’ll just punch out”
He trips out of the shower races to his bike
Everything’s in order “just want to make it right”
Tonight she sings, gazing at the images and pictures of home
She dances underneath the tree to keep from getting wet
Will this time they have tonight be something better yet?
Perhaps they found there’s something more than meets the eye
The telling of their tale when they discover that their love
Had arrived

Someday

Little Jimmi Jammer’s in the paper
Stating out his case and point
Cautions things are quite peculiar
When an innocent man goes to the joint
With a little bit of reason…we can
If we all get together…we can
There is very little doubt what we can do…together!
Someday
Things will be coming round and back your way
Someday
Happiness will be knocking on your door
Some day…someday
See the little man he be running
See the little man he be jiving
See the little man he be grieving at your feet
With a little bit of reason…we can
If we all get together…we can
There is very little doubt what we can do…together!
Someday
Things will be coming round and back your way
Someday
Happiness will be knocking on your door
Some day…someday

Lost At Sea

This life for me, never stays the same
And there’s times that I feel…lost at sea
And this drive for me…Is winding aimlessly
And I’m crawling slow…and I wonder…how far does it go
In the twilight of the night
We’ll let the world just pass us by
Lost at sea
See the man on the TV…he’s hoping for some fame
And the dad with his kid
Laughing…while fishing in the rain
When you dream…you see a vision
Maybe someday…it’ll all come around
In the twilight of the night
We’re drifting on the ocean
Angel guardian by our side
We’ll let the world just pass us by
Lost at sea

Leo’s Dilemma

I sashayed into the room in a casual kind of way
Surveyed my surroundings, It’s just me and ole Jose
A tap upon my shoulder and I turned around to see
A smiling one tooth wonder, she was grinning back at me
So I turned back to the bar and scouted for the door
Requested 1800…they wouldn’t give me anymore
She dances in the moonlight
Singing to you all night
En el dia, En el noche…Bailando!!!!
Do you want to see a rumba?
Or maybe something like a samba?
What about a little tango?
Or maybe see her eat a mango?
Aqui estoy asiendo
Como hege aqui jodido
Enmivid adonde voy de aqui corriendo!!!
Y me esta siquiendo corriendo
Y me esta siquindo

Playing for the Door

Back stage was just fine tonight
All of us on the bus and the candlelight
A perfect way to come out here and play
But there was a time when it wasn’t so good
Knocking around in the old neighborhood
None of our friends ever thought we could play
Well the next thing you know you’re the locals done well
On the stairway to heaven and the highway to hell
But there’s nothing like feeling of singing your own song
This was all 20 odd years ago and all this time passed
And I still don’t know, what I did right and where I went wrong
But the moon is high and the tide is low
I don’t want to leave cause I got more
If you’d like to hear it…well it isn’t that long
Cause I want something more
Than playing for the door
And I will find it or….I’ll walk away…and still smile

Role Call

And if it’s your redemption
Are you strong enough to fly?
And if it’s your creation
Could you love it till it dies?
There’s a bus leaving St. Louis
She hits each and every town
In a crowded church their forgiving
But peace just can’t be found
Sing for their lives
Sing for their souls
May they find their way
Back home

Album: Wood Chips 

Fish Island

You remember this from the fish islands, we’ve been there before
You remember us when we took so high...
If someone would ask you to stay…would you
If someone should tell you to pray…should you
If someone would ask you to run…singing ..I don’t mind
If someone would hand you the gun…could you?

You remember us from the fish islands. We’ve been there before
You remember this when we took so high
We’ll cross this road again

If someone should hand you the day…take it
If someone should give you your fait…believe it
If someone should show you the way…singing I don’t mind
If all of us live for today…could we?

You remember this from the fish islands, we’ve been there before
You remember us when we took so high
We’ll cross the road again

Washing down through water…currents from within…away
Rising to the serface…reaching for the banks…away

Water falls come crashing…protecting virgin caves…away
Falling rocks of inpass…coursing with emotion…away

You remember this from the fish islands, we’ve been there before
You remember us when we took so high
We’ll cross the road again
We’ll cross this way again

Fields of Mine


Winters here and there’s a chill in my bone
And I can feel the weakness of my knees
I worked these lands that we call home
Did not see all the others left alone

And I’m already dying
Blisters on the wall, floors that used to shine

And I’m already crying
Take a look around…these were fields of mine

Been out west….smoked the best
Been without luxury and it put me to the test
And I’m no treason, there are no reasons
She walked right out sayin…this ain’t pleasing

And I’m already dying
Blisters on the wall, floors that used to shine

And I’m already crying
Take a look around…these were fields of mine

Hey hey…there’s a change up in the air
Hey hey…no more shattering of mirrors
And hey hey there’s a change up in the air

Where I Come From

You know it ain't easy…this never ending trail
And I cross the bridge…where I come from
Facing the colors…of an everlasting sun
Down by the waterside…where I come from
Mister listen to the song there upon the radio
Warning all of us around…when it all goes down
Got time to make it real….where nothing’s left undone

Turning out the creedance….from a distant drum
Some find truth way up in the sky..your best friend’s caught up in another lie
Take this wheel and run and drive

Crying tears of a river, are washed up in my soul
That’s how I run…that’s how I roll….that’s how I roll

Let me in….wash me out
This sin has got me running….don’t you keep me out!

You know it aint easy…this never ending trail
And I cross the bridge…where I come from
Facing the colors…of an everlasting sun
Down by the waterside….where I come from

Would You Be My Girl

With each and every town that I stay
Everything seems to come my way
But right inside where my heart resides
Something bigger calling out to me
Would you be my girl…I would be your everything
Run around the world…with open hearts and music sing
Would you be my girl would you be my girl would you be my girl
Your energy that comes from with in
You know it knocks me out and picks me up again
You make the hills come alive from a far
With each every daybreak there you are!!!
Would you be my girl…I would be your everything
Run around the world…with open hearts and music sing
Would you be my girl would you be my girl would you be my girl
Going down town, got my feet down, aint no trouble ahead
Going down town, got my feet down, aint no trouble ahead
Mamma told me that maybe some day I will find my one
Mamma told me that maybe some day I will find my one
Mamma told me that maybe some day
Mamma told me that maybe some day
Mamma told me that maybe some day that I would find my one
Mamma told me
Mamma told me
Mamma told me that I would find my one
Would you be my girl…I would be your everything
Run around the world…with open hearts and music sing
Would you be my girl would you be my girl would you be my girl
With all these blue skies here today
Every song seems to come our way
And if you hang around these parts here today
Would you think about it…and maybe stay

The Waitress

She is a waitress…but at home…she’s so much more
With trinkets on her dresser, and her heart’s kept in her drawer
And it’s the time that we’ve taken seems to pass us by
She is a dancer…with dreams of her own
She’s clothing her kids…where after
They’ll leave her house to grow
And it’s the time that we’ve taken seems to pass us by
And it all stands to reason
With words that fall far beyond
Take my hand, jump off your carrousel
And cantering she runs away with the ones she has raised…by herself
See the lonely seamstress…there’s no magic left in her hands
She’s caught in conversation with a find upstanding man
And it’s the time that we’ve taken seems to pass us by
And it all stands to reason

Sylongeret

If your up, hold your course, take your breath and breathe
If you sing, keep the time, its your choice if you rhyme
Leave it all, don’t look back, drop the weight from your back
One day your up on a rollercoaster
Next time your driving a plane
Far from above we’re gliding down
We don’t even notice the rain
Listening through forest of north birch trees
A cry from a train
Carving out steam as he roles on by
Conductor he calls out her name
Sylongeret
Sylongeret
Won’t you dance your night this way...

Wood Chips

Prism lights crawl through the trees to the kitchen
Where the hardwood table waits
She drowns herself inside a quilting of comfort
Waiting for the winter to pass by
She’s waiting for the winter to pass by
The wooden shack reveals the stories left untold
Dancing shadows thrown upon the wall
Ten thousand stars above worked with him through the night
Waiting for the summer to arrive
He was waiting for the summer to arrive
Will another time or place belong to them
She calls out…through the wind
Beneath the waves of the sea
She quietly returns to the woman
She used to be
Turning the handle to enter one man’s passion
She glances through the broken door
Kneeling she clutches the broom left by the wall
Sweeping all the wood chips out the door
She’s sweeping all the wood chips out the door

I’ll Be Home

I can smell grandma's cooking back home
Leaves are falling by the way to the cobblestone
And the trees all alive full of snow
And I’ll be home…for Christmas
And I’ll be home my dear
And I’ll be home for Christmas for a cup of love and cheer
Send you ticket…won’t ya hop aboard and fly
Santa driving plane…reindeer all be right on time
Please come home for Christmas…once again
Please come home for Christmas
Lay your head down
Lay it down..on my shoulder
I’ll be home for Christmas...again
Please come home…we’ll light a fire once again

Buffalo Song

One man breaks steel, while other shovel coal
One woman of conscious, while the other lives bestow
Trials of circumstance. washed off the old dirt road
Some need direction…while the others can’t be told
And I can see what their speaking of
In the cadence from…from the sun above
Mountains of crystal…sea depths far below
Raising swords bring synchrony
Phantoms scripts remain in tears of the unknown
And the buffalo roam

Your Magic

Well I cashed myself in for all its worth
Another gone down from another wrenched soul
The taste of your finish line with in my reach
With darkness there still shines a light
Well looky right there what the cat dragged in
Another temptation from a wanted sin
Crying through the cages till it hurts alright
The craving’s still tonight
I believe in your magic
I believe in your ways
Well there’s fourty- million people driving off the road
They say goodbye but I say hello
Fall through the valley of the unknown instead
With darkness there still shines a light
Well I caught these scars on the life machine
Laying down looking for my simple dream
I found myself playing in the devils scene
But I still feel all the craving...tonight
I believe in your magic
I believe in your ways
With a little sun light
Drops of rain
Makes it seem
Like it's all...ok

Erica’s Lullaby

Flying like the wind, here she comes again
Just moving right along, knowing right from wrong
With both feet on the ground, she speaks with out a sound
She reaches high…with the world in her eye
Erica…this light forever shines on you
Erica…this life forever shines on you…on you
She carries us home
She carrries us home
Erica…this light forever shines on you
Erica…this life forever shines on you
On you

Your Sweet Time

I got two tickets in my hand, setting out to make a brand new plan
I just want some of your sweet time
Moon creatures, double features, playing out in our minds
I just want some of your sweet time
Ya got daisy chains, traffic lanes, ya need not apply
I see that something special in your eye
Aint got no sunshine
I’ll take the rain
Give me some of your moonshine
Kick off a brand new day…ya make me feel this way
Ya ask for twenty I give ya more, I aint no dummy that’s for sure
I just want some of your sweet time
I’m a little lazy, sometimes crazy, my mattress is on the floor
I just want some of your sweet time
They always said…boy use your head..find the right girl make homestead
I just want some of your sweet time
Aint got no sunshine
I’ll take the rain
Give me some of your moonshine
Kick off a brand new day…ya make me feel this way

Julee Bird

Tuesday’s here and I’m traveling on
Treads on these wheels you know there wearing on down
And she’s riding six white horses
Won’t you come around again
Wednesday just another…day that’s gone by
Lay back in my tall fields…my heads in the sky
And she’s riding six white horses
Here she comes around agin
She’s the light in my soul
She’s alright...I’m getting old
My Julee bird
Thursday brings all my travels back home
Mire towers are run by the men of stone
And she’s riding six white horses
I need to see her once again
She’s the light in my soul
She’s alright...I’m getting old
My Julee bird

Maybe In Another Time

All the halls have gone empty, there’s a tension in my hands
Some ideas running through my head, hope she’ll understand
But the fire inside a crying lion is waiting for his story to be told
For the hand of a woman seeming out of reach
The one he longs to hold
Well the man on the radio playing out his song
I got both hands to steer
I’m thinking all back and to myself what crazy messed up year
Some roads take ya higher, while others take ya low
Sit myself down in this place, to watch her back yard grow
Just another resume…that’s in your way
Well the crowded highway heading north
Bring all the suits downtown
And I find my way down the staircase, till I’m back on solid ground
One man might be shakin, while the others quit the scene
Take myself out of the picture…she’s married to the machine
In a world that’s full of greed…that ain't me
Maybe in another time…we can get there with mystery on our side
Looking out across your sea…will you come to me
Well the candles have gone dim, there's no wine left in the glass
Man we had some good times…you might say a blast
Well the bands kicking out their jams tonight
And the patrons raise a beer, and souls of all the spirits fly away from here
Well the cast of a thousand poets scribe out their chosen paths
I think I’ll blow this red light…god knows I need a laugh
Maybe in another time…it sure ain't me

Rain

Lay myself down…wind…it is settled
River cries mercy...time it has gone
When its all over…as if it ever began
Jogging the memories…from a far distant land
And the rain…is all that I feel
Rain is all that I feel, its all that I see, its all that we are
Counting out the trials of time…just where to begin
You rise above uncertainty…with your back to the wind
And when it all leaves us…it was only a dream
And the rain…is all that I feel
And the rain…is all that I feel
It's all that we are
It's all that I see

Album: Barns and Bridges

Barns and Bridges Pt. 1

Music & Lyrics by Johnny V

Woke up to the TV, and I got myself some wine
I found myself feeling the better part of fine
Rocked and rolled a time or two, drove my baby's car
We camped out in the canyons where our blanket were the stars

Lost upon another's way
We catch the moon
Let's make some time and play a tune

Drifting on this lazy river
The willows offer shade
Saying to ourselves this day, "We got it made in the shade"

Driving through the midnight skies
Silly road games pass as fun
The hours and miles give way unto
Our stars that fade to sun
Let's cross the bridge we built ourselves
May others trail it too
The warm life's free energy
Change autumn skies to blue

And if we take this trip on up
To Pike's Peak
So serene through your eyes

And maybe if there's time enough
To talk a little while
We'll sit on back with a smile
Just a smile

Woke up to the TV, and I got ourselves some wine
Found ourselves feeling the better part of fine
Let's rock and roll a time or two and drive our little car
Campin' out in the canyons where the blanket were our stars

So come on down to the jubilee
Jump inside our wagon
And every soul's an instrument
Every barn will give us shelter

Let's play that song, right or wrong
We'll give it one good try
I think we all just got it now
Raise your cup up to the sky

Watch Out

Music & Lyrics by Johnny V

Watch out, for the word on the street
You don't let 'em tell ya it's hard to believe
Watch out, for the man in the hat
He's got no worries 'bout this or that

Ya can't keep waiting, keep your drive alive
We're rolling down the road, riding side by side
Let it out, take control
Of your mind, and your soul
Keep on working on the thing you know

Watch out, for the dude who can't see
Why's he pointing that gun at me?
Watch out, got no time to get back
You're moving forward. What's wrong with that?

Ya can't keep waiting, keep your drive alive
We're rolling down the road, riding side by side
Let it out, take control
Of your mind, of your soul
Keep on working on the thing you know

And if it makes a difference, just change what you control
You may not see the difference, but others will, and that's the difference

Watch out, got no time to get back
You're moving forward. What's wrong with that?
Watch out, for the sound of the bell
We know who's one from the ones who yell

Watch out, for the word on the street
Don't let 'em tell you, it's hard to believe
Watch out, for the man in the hat
He's got no worries 'bout this or that
Watch out

Outside Looking In

Music & Lyrics by Johnny V

Now what's the matter here?
Troubled down with fear
Are we all prepared?
A beautiful child, contagious with your smile
Blowing with the wind

With hearts that matter, these dreams aren't shattered
Gifts of the unknown
With much to learn, can it be more than concern?
Long roads lie ahead

I'm on the outside, I'm on the outside, the outside looking in
I'm on the outside, I'm on the outside, when will this train come round again?

Fly a paper airplane, listen to the rain
Worlds of unknown time
With knocking on the door, there's so much more
Catch the gift of life

I'm on the outside, I'm on the outside, the outside looking in
I'm on the outside, I'm on the outside, when will this train come round again?

And after all these precious days in the sun
And after all there's so much work left undone
And after all my friend, after all my friend, aren't we one?

We're on the outside, we're on the outside, the outside looking in
We're on the outside, we're on the outside, when will this train come round again?

Little Rosie

Music & Lyrics by Johnny V & Danny Moore

Thirty miles out of Georgia
She got her guitar on her back
Singing the blues and folklores daddy taught her
And other legends from the past

Settle down, ain't what her life's about
In fact she comes and goes at will
Like an eagle who soars out from the rest
Taking to wind, Rosie won't you come back again?

Hey, Little Rosie
Pretty little baby on the run
Hey, where ya going?
See ya next time around the sun

She's off to California with the sun
Hitchin' the road they call highway one
And through the Colorado skies
You can watch her singing with the fireflies

Settle down, ain't what her life's about
In fact she comes and goes at will
Like an eagle who soars out from the rest
Taking to wind, Rosie won't you come back again?

Hey, Little Rosie
Pretty little baby on the run
Hey, where ya going?
See ya next time around the sun

Life is too short, this life we can see
Ya come walk this land, I'm lost in your words
Come back, Rosie!

Hey, Little Rosie
Pretty little baby on the run
Hey, where ya going?
See ya next time around the sun

#2 Pencil

Lyrics by Charity Lache
Music by Johnny V & Bobby Scumaci

Got dreams inside my pockets
Mixed with dirt 'n change
Change is for the better, dirt just keeps me sane
I've been wearin' these here boots
Made to fit, made to wear by you

Thinkin' 'bout where I've been
And if it may be wrong
Thinkin' 'bout where I'm goin'
And if it's gonna take too long
Oh, I'm tired of waking up every morning
Saying hello to this

I found a #2 pencil, I'm ready to take life's test
I think I finally, finally got ahold of this
Oh, I think I got it now

I've said hello just one too many times
I've over stayed my welcome
It's time for me to try
To make this picture bigger
Bigger than what life allows to give

Nobody knows myself, or who I am
I get lost in the moment, that's just what I do
It's hard for me to make a choice
I need to make to find myself, but I do

I've found a lot of life's answers
And I'm ready to take this test
I've think that I finally got ahold of this

Oh, I think I got it now, I have to say goodbye
Have to let it go, have to let the rain go by

I found myself and my sanity
I'm ready to take life's test
Oh, I think I finally got this
Oh, I think I got it now

Whispering Lie

Music and Lyrics by Johnny V

Please let me in, and I'll sit here with you awhile
As a friend, can I be that to you now?

The views of others we all need once in awhile
If I can only show that to you now

I see your stage, and I'm watching you, watching you
Falling away, and I'm calling you, calling you
I see your ways, and it's ok, and it's ok

In a whispering lie, there's something there you can believe in
Just another runaway, you're on your own for awhile

Acting on a whim, wishing for another time and place
There's always something there for you and me

Rise to our stage, and they're watching us, watching us
Falling to grace, and they're calling us, calling us
They see our ways, and we're ok

Watching the wheel spin, we're out of this cage
And it's ok
We're all ok

From Within

Music and Lyrics by Johnny V

As we sit here today
As we talk about the way things are
You will find over time
It's been with us all along

As our songs move along
Getting lost in the winds of change
Maybe change is what you need
Maybe change will do us all some good

If we find ourselves within

Living life keeps it real
With open hearts just do what you feel
Find our distant sun
May it guide us all back home

If we find ourselves within
If we find ourselves within
If we find ourselves within
If we find ourselves within

Just might find our way back home

Watching the World

Music and Lyrics by Johnny V

Stream feeds the river which flows to the ocean
Takes me on another drift away
Sun is rising in the sky through the mountains
Trees fall away and I will sigh

I will always love you

Time is of the essence of another obscure day
Trying to believe other ways, just enough
Can I see a glimpse of emotion?
Trials of tribulations overcome

And I will always love you

Watching the world come through
We're watching the world come through

Dancing of the night shadows all that life will be
Dreaming like another time I wait and I wait
Worlds apart, we never know seeing where it leads
Trying to reach out another way

I will always love you

Watching the world come through
We're watching the world come through

She Dreams

Music and Lyrics by Johnny V

Give my regards to Hollywood
With all of her films, some misunderstood
And in a small town in the Midwest
There's a girl trying to do her best
And she dreams
In her little town
She dreams from a place where all the leaves turn brown
She dreams in her little town

Give my regards to the man in black
A train full of songs, but he ain't coming back
She pens her words from the side of a hill
Wishing all of us well
And she dreams in her little town
She dreams from a place where all the leaves turn brown
She dreams in her little town

(Crystal's favorite horse in the barn told her she could fly over trees and bridges,
and that music was the universal voice of the soul. A long long time ago there
was a lady sweeping all the wood chips out the door.
She was a very very brave girl. I wish I knew her.)

Give my regards to the lady in red
A song written by some guy who's breakin' bread
And through the heather she ambles away
With her guitar she plays
And she plays in her little town
And she plays all her songs hoping they'll be found
She plays in her little town
And she sings in her little town
And she dreams from her little town

Geese Louise

Music and Lyrics by Johnny V

I hear the pounding on the door
Get up off my couch to see what for
Pizza man is due to be here
I grab that pie, crack the fridge
What I'm out of beer?
Ah man, this just can't be, this can't be
No no no
Geez Louise

Pickin' with buds up on the porch
Yeah night time comes you know we light a torch
Then my turn comes to testify
I'm ready for the dig
Clinch my pic, my strings break up into the sky
Ah, this can't be, this just can't be
No no no
Geez Louise

Cooking for my peeps on the grill
I been flippin' chow giving all a thrill
Good times had by all under the sun
Why don't you grab a dog?
Take a brat
What I got no buns?
Ah man, this can't be, this just can't be
No no no
I thought I had 'em here, got no buns, got no beer
This can't be, this just can't be
No
Geez Louise
Geez Louise
Geez Louise

Loretta

Music and Lyrics by Townes Van Zander

I hear the pounding on the door
Get up off my couch to see what for
Pizza man is due to be here
I grab that pie, crack the fridge
What I'm out of beer?
Ah man, this just can't be, this can't be
No no no
Geez Louise

Pickin' with buds up on the porch
Yeah night time comes you know we light a torch
Then my turn comes to testify
I'm ready for the dig
Clinch my pic, my strings break up into the sky
Ah, this can't be, this just can't be
No no no
Geez Louise

Cooking for my peeps on the grill
I been flippin' chow giving all a thrill
Good times had by all under the sun
Why don't you grab a dog?
Take a brat
What I got no buns?
Ah man, this can't be, this just can't be
No no no
I thought I had 'em here, got no buns, got no beer
This can't be, this just can't be
No
Geez Louise
Geez Louise
Geez Louise

Wherever You Go

Music and Lyrics by Johnny V

If you ask me to write in five words or less
Thoughts from the walls of divisions, where to begin?
And it's not in the season
We're farther apart then expected
The door, remains open, come in

Wherever you go, whatever you do
One and one make two, make two

They tell us less is more, but more is what we give
Can we measure these hearts that forgive, just take to rest
Words have been written, truths have been given
The autumn sings before snow, flying away

Wherever you go, whatever you do
One and one make two, make two

Wherever you go, whatever you do
One and one still make two
Make two, make two

My Shadow

Music and Lyrics by Johnny V

It can be something that stands tall
It can be something for us all

It can be something
It can be something

Tracking time on a working man's life
The hammer's down, gotta pay the price
And it's my shadow checkin' up on me
My shadow lookin' after me

Ain't no particular time or place I got to be
I feel the engine burning inside of me
My shadow keepin' up with me
My shadow runnin' after me

I feel there's something, that you should know
We can't ignore, the fact they will grow
And it's my shadow checkin' up on me
My shadow lookin' after me

One time, one cry, what's next?
What makes one think we're better than the rest?

It can be something that stands tall
It can be something for us all
It can be someone's unheard voice
It can be one's child, left no choice
It can be something, we can be something,
We've got to be something

Are we living lies with our head in the sand?
Is seeking power best for the common man?
My shadow always askin' me
My shadow checkin' up on me

Ain't no particular time or place we got to be
Create awareness that's all we really need
And it's my shadow checkin' up on me
My shadow lookin' after me

There's something out there that we should know
Accept our differences in the way that we roll
My shadow checkin' up on me
My shadow always kickin' me

One time, one cry, what's next?
What makes one think we're better than the rest?

It can be something that stands tall
It can be something for us all
It can be someone's unheard voice
It can be one's child left no choice
It can be something
We can be something
We've got to be something
For us all

Barns and Bridges Pt. 2

Music and Lyrics by Johnny V

West wind ties me up
Thoughts are struck on down
Cathedral skies ahead
With rain drops falling on their heads

Whistling trains
Sacrifice colors
With the marveled sky
For all to see

And if I hear them asking
Would you know
I would give you my world
I would give you my all
Take home without despair
I would give you my soul
I would give you in song

I would gather all for you
Barns and bridges

Album: Balance

My Collectables

Music and Lyrics by Johnny V

Which way do I think
How far should I go
These new found trails of the past that I bestow

How high can I fly
What's that so far below
I hope there's room enough...I don't know

What's that I see...I can't believe
a time that I remembered in the 1970s
young and wild, we came alive
I dropped that needle down on all my 45s

There was a time when We wrote, some rockin songs
graffitied note books We'd pack along
Words that reflected, our place and times
Kickin ass and takin names believing in the kind
Oh..........but now I'm here
Oh..........I've shed my fear
Lay me down once more
Seal this cardboard door
My collections...
Treasures, journals, matchbox, photos, letters, trading cards, memoirs, sisters, brother, mom and dad...

Seal up my past, man what a ride it’s been, up to now
Relics of my times, packed away
never thought I'd care about the path that brought me this way
I'm much obliged to all the ones, for giving me each day

San Diego (Vacation Song)

Music and Lyrics by Johnny V

Jump on in we got lots to see
Right now...winds are blowin
With celebration of you and me
Hey now...songs are playing
Let the music just let it be
Right now...my heart is reeling
Can't ya feel it...from land to sea
There's no denial for what you mean to me...
Lord can't ya see

I get so lost in you
I get so lost in you
I'm so lost in you...
I always feel this way
With everything you've shown to me
Can't let this heart of mine retrieve

Hey now...come on over
Bags are packed, you know we're ready to leave
Right now...I just can't wait
Makin moments right...For you and me

With everything you've shown to me
Can't let this heart of mine retrieve
I get so lost in you
I get so lost in you
I'm so lost in you
I always feel this way

When it’s cold out...we got each other
When the day breaks...we got each other
When the night falls...we got each other
If the winds change...we got each other
When the storms crash...we got each other
And if our ride leaves...we got each other

I get so lost in you
I get so lost in you
I’m so lost in you
I always feel this way

Skydiving

Music and Lyrics by Johnny V

I'm a butterfly...surrendered to the wind
This was your idea...that's how this venture begins
Suspended in free fall
Cloth and cord, with invisible thread
Let yourself release, the clouds will be my bed...that's what she said
Miles above the ground
In darkness theres no sound
all at once...what's this new love I have found

SKYDIVING...Free my fall away
SKYDIVING...My soul flies in the sky

Is that a tree...or just a shadow from above
In perfect peace...won’t ya kickstart my heart
Like a parachute...you know it opens up my mind
The sky is not the limit, you know the ground is this time
Miles above the ground
In darkness theres no sound
Then all at once...what's this new love I have found

SKYDIVING...free my fall away
SKYDIVING...my soul flys in the sky
SKYDIVING...I can see your house today
SKYDIVING...My soul flys in the sky

I’m Still

Music and Lyrics by Johnny V

Talk to me, don't think I've got it down, just yet
Walk with me, a course of direction, I shall accept

What are the chances, of a trade in the end, leaders of justice saying "we're ordinary men"

Captured away, with the currents, that’s been drawn for us all
Each verse can be, voiced with conviction, so many people, so many songs

What are the chances, of a trade in the end, leaders of justice saying "we're ordinary men"

I'm still, saying there's a better way
I’m still, here today
I’m still, dreaming from the Milky Way
I’m still counting, I’m still awake

Talk to me, don’t think I got it down, just yet

I’d Like to Be

Music and Lyrics by Johnny V

I'd like to be in a, old time movie
They can give me any role
Maybe it be, kinda scary
Or funny...I don't know

You can be my director
Telling me what to do
After we win our first Oscar
We'll go dancing on the moon

I'd like to be in a rock and roll band
On a big ole lighted stage
With a sea of hands reaching out
I see the smiles on their faces

Singing songs for the young and old
Playing songs old and new
Maybe I can, get me a gig
Jammin on the moon

I'd like to be in a quiet room
And maybe talk to God
With much to say, but more to ask
He'll know, I'm grateful for what I got

If he's busy with his day to day
Could he meet me on some afternoon
He can reserve us a table
And we'll chat up there, on the moon

Trax

Music and Lyrics by Johnny V

I'll find ya silver, and a little gold
Panning for color, since I was eight years old
A man of diligence, will grow in his soul
But there's a consequence, if he lays down to low

“I didn't do it”, cried a desperate man
There's red in the water, from a different plan
This town runs justice, saloon pours out its lies
Welcome back son, bother not to ask why

Preacher man leaves reason, offers up the word
Riders with a flag and contract, have ya heard
Coming from the north, rising from the kingdom
We've written up a law, we call it freedom

Our mothers earth, fights corroding soil
Our children's birth, why must we spoil
You can look at me, I will look at you
We better take a look at the co2

Dont your waist time, dealing out the blame
Make more of an effort, we all need to sustain
Like all our fields, like all of our lands
Take a troubled soul...why don't you take em by the hand

I'll find ya silver, I'll provide ya gold
Make more of a difference that's what we're told
Like our children's children upon they may fold
But I'm tired, and I'm old

One’s Goodbye

Music and Lyrics by Johnny V

I am a watcher from afar, I've been asked to leave without a car
Unexpected gifts I bring to you, my hippie shirt I'll toss in too
Chase my visions, tried to learn. Paid mistakes from acts that burn
You never see me when I leave,
I wish you all, saw the better part of me

My hands are clinched from songs you sing,
shut my eyes to a haunted dream
Amuse myself to get by, abuse myself when I fail to try
The shows long gone...I stand alone,
I'm all checked out...I’m drunk and I’m stoned
Ya never see me when I leave
I wish you all saw the better part of me

Lucky

Music and Lyrics by Johnny V

I am a lucky man
Been dealt a luck hand
The fortunes of grace
Sleeplessness denies
What is lucky...anyway

I am a wanted man
From a time I went wrong
Yesterday's headlines
Are tomorrow's recovery
What is wanted...anyhow

I am a ragged man
Singing lots of songs
Transcending hopes and fears
Neglecting greed filled cheers
Ragged...it comforts my home

I am a lucky man
Been dealt a lucky hand
With the fortunes of you
Understanding true

For the all of you...I'm lucky
For the all of you...I'm so lucky
For the all of you...I'm lucky

This Old Dog

Music and Lyrics by Johnny V

This old dog, been round for years
Seen him grow up, he calms our fears
This old dog never turns down a chance to play
I recall the time he learned, to sit and stay

This old dog, he's our best friend.
this old dog, gonna love us to the end,
this old dog never stops to ask why.
But the hardest thing in the world...is the day, we say goodbye

This old dog, never turns down a bone
He even gets it when we want are time alone
This old dog always greets us with desire
Completes our world, laying by the fire

This old dog, he's our best friend.
this old dog, gonna love us to the end,
this old dog never stops to ask why.
But the hardest thing in the world...is the day, we say goodbye

After the Discussion

Music and Lyrics by Johnny V

Seemingly crossing the Tabloids
Following secrets of trails
Finding out nothing's reveling
Yet something needs to unveil

Whimsical thoughts have betrayed you
Defining a reason escapes
Still you have all of your pleasures
Rise to what you create, you create

Wave...Ships all around you take sail
When...This time will allow you to see
Why...Must there be reason to bail
I've heard what you've said, knowing you fled, escaping reality

Talks from a shameless advisor
Collects what you've earned, with greed
This friend here standing before you
Walks with your plans in need, in need

Wave...Ships all around you take sail
When...This time will allow you to see
Why...Must there be reason to bail

Come walk with me, run to me, don't forge alone
Take all of this in, we'll find our way home
Sing to me, bring to me all that you own
Forgive and forget when others throw stones, there alone...
...There alone
Summer time birds, filled with colors
Shopping for shelter in trees
Finding out what really matters
Can you believe?
What you see
Then like a new day, we found a new way
And it’s good to be home again

Old River

Music and Lyrics by Johnny V

Old river drift me down your highway
Old river carry me away
Old river share with me your wisdom
You know I got some time to spend with you today
Old river your such wise ole fool
Old river won't you wash my blues away
Old river tell me all your stories
I've made some time for your advise today

Sit on back son, grab yourself a stone
ya might think your by yourself but your not alone
When the devil deals ya pain and so much wrong
Ya just pay no never mind and move along

Old river you really are the boss
When your weathered circumstance, we feel your loss
Old river you've got your hooks and bends
Your opened arms to change and season trends
Old river drift me down your highway
Old river won't you wash my blues away
Old river share with me your stories
I got some time for your advise today

Sit on back son, grab yourself a stone
ya might think your by yourself but your not alone
When the devil deals ya pain and so much wrong
Ya just pay no never mind and move along

Old river thank you for your time
You age so well, like desired wine
Old river I'll see ya once again
May our continued paths cross, like two old friends

Mercy

Music and Lyrics by Johnny V

Would you dare to lay your gun down
Could you care to share your water
Calvary has moved along
Don't matter to me, this fight is wrong
Can't blame ya if ya pull the trigger
just doing what's expected of you
My feet are torn, eyes half blind, can barely hear
Do what ya gotta do.........

It's been twenty years, I pen for the TIMES
Calling out the wrong, lies and crimes
When in walks a man with a familiar face......pleading his case

Would you dare to lay your pen down
Could you care enough to listen
Ones I've hurt have moved along
Ones I love, ask me, “what's wrong?”
Can't blame you if ya print my story
Your just doing what's expected of you
But I have regrets, made mistakes, line by line
Do what ya gotta do

Would you dare to lay your guns down

The Garden Hop

Music and Lyrics by Johnny V

Whatcha gonna see, on this brand new day
Reaching for a radish, breaking off a Bean
Looky over dare, onions on the scene

Pickin out potatoes, pop em in a pan
Yankin out the carrots, cut em up by hand
Peter picked the peppers, how many did he pick?
‘Maters falling down, gotta tie em to a stick
Oh oh oh oh...I just can't stop
Do the Veggie hop

Whatcha gonna plant, how long will it take
Like a lot of lettuce, love little snow peas
There's kale on the rise, budds poppin on the trees

Pickin out potatoes, pop em in a pan
Yankin out the carrots, cut em up by hand
Peter picked the peppers, how many did he pick?
‘Maters falling down, gotta tie em to a stick
Oh oh oh oh...I just can't stop
Do the Veggie hop

She's my girl she's so fine
She's my clementine
Gonna take this chance, make romance in the middle of these vines!

Whatcha gonna reap, what's gonna stay
Whatcha gonna hoe, there’s sprouts in a line
Climbing up a trellis...there's pickles on a vine

Pickin out potatoes, pop em in a pan
Yankin out the carrots, cut em up by hand
Peter picked the peppers, how many did he pick?
‘Maters falling down, gotta tie em to a stick
Oh oh oh oh...I just can't stop
Do the Veggie hop

Don’t Let It Drag You Down

Music and Lyrics by Johnny V

When the circus of views comes to town,
let your own thoughts trample the ground...look around
If the traffic’s to much to bear,
ride your wave on the constant aware...you can see

Don’t let it drag you down
Just don’t let it drag you down...anymore

I've seen the terms, endured the cost, felt the changes, at times I was lost. Aim for your targets, shoot for the stars. Just don't can your truths in some old mason jar
Don’t let it drag you down
Don’t let it drag you down...anymore

(Come forth calling)
When you hear the chatter of creatures behold
(Come forth calling)
with ringing echoes escaping the cold...for which we're shown
(Come forth calling)
There's always time to let go and believe,
(Come forth calling)
with choice of values for all to conceive...let them see

Just don’t let it drag you down
Don’t let it drag you down
Don’t let it drag you down...anymore
Don’t let it drag you down
Don’t let it drag you down
Just don’t let it drag you down...anymore

Let Mama Sleep Tonight

Music and Lyrics by Johnny V

Let mama sleep tonight
Your baby's alright
It's been a hard December
The worst I remember
But she's taught us how to deal
She's always kept it real
Quietly dim the light
Let mama sleep tonight

There's a cold wind a blowin
Outside its still snowin
No signs yet of a robin
Daddy's out jobbing
But tomorrow's gonna come
Bring another day of light
So quietly close yours eyes
let mama sleep tonight

There's an old creek down yonder
A place she called in somber
But we never knew at all, she ever had that fight
But theres never been a day
Where she didn't kneel and pray
So quietly dim the light
Let mama sleep tonight

Balance

Music and Lyrics by Johnny V

If I take the time to work things out
Give me peace, I call
A monarch flutters, slows me down
Wash my hands in rainfall

Such a beautiful world to share
Close my eyes and breathe
Cast away, the storms that bore
Balance of life, be free

La la la la, la la la la, la la la la

And then in just one moment,
there's a glimpse that I've seen
Brothers with brothers
Sisters and sisters
Building cities of dreams
Their building cities of dreams

La la la la, la la la la, la la la la

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