Sing Me Another Song

by John Lyons

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MUSICIAN CREDITS
John Lyons: Lead and Harmony Vocals, Guitars, Harmonica
Simon Britschgi: Drums
Matthew Savnik: Organ and Piano
Gabriel Spahni: Bass and Harmony Vocals
special thanks: Simon Winiger: Bass on 'Believe'

MIXING & MASTERING CREDITS
Marco Jencarelli at Soundfarm
Soundfarm.ch

PRODUCER CREDITS
John Lyons
johnlyonsband.com

RECORDING CREDITS
All Tracks recorded by John Lyons at Soundfarm.ch
except:
Helengeli, Waiting For You and Believe
recorded by Felix Müller at fm-music.ch

GRAPHIC DESIGN CREDITS
Pascal Kehl is the artist that created the graphics for this album. The physical CD includes a 12 page booklet with lyrics, band member photos, and credits.
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PHOTO CREDITS
Claudia Minder
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released November 15, 2013

THE JOURNEY
I'm an independent musician. I'm also a 9to5 job working stiff. I do music 'on the side'. Every day rise and grind tryin' to make that cabbage to pay the piper. Running every day to a 9to5, trying to make ends meet and keep my family rolling. Sometimes i find time to make music, and here is the music I made this year, 2013: 'Sing Me Another Song'.

To be very honest I'm now 44 and i've been chasing this music dream most of my life but with little commercial success. I work a full time job in internet as a webdesigner/project manager and that's what keeps the rent paid, fills up the gas tanks in the car and buys clothes, etc for my wife and my 2 daughters and I. It's real hard to make it as a musician these days, in fact it was never easy but especially looks difficult these days since the internet has made it so easy to get free music. I just keep on making music because i believe in myself and I know I have a purpose in my life and an obligation to myself. I write this music for me. And for you. Some days, it's the only thing in my life that makes sense.

SONGWRITING
I started writing for this album in February 2013-although a couple songs that made it on the final album were written before that. In February I got a call from Hitmill studios in Zürich for a songwriting project for the Eurovision Contest. I wrote the song 'Believe' that weekend together with Maury Pozzi, who is a dance music producer most notable for his hit song "Ma Cherie" with DJ Antoine.

Shortly after this, and completely unrelated, I got contacted via Facebook by Marco Jencarelli from Soundfarm Studio in Kriens, Luzern - telling me that he heard some of my music on Soundcloud and was interested to work with me if I had any plans to do a record. At that point, I had no plans and no money to do an album, although I wanted to do an album because I have a great band lineup since the past couple years, and I always knew I needed to get an album or originals happening to give us any chance to progress.

ALBUM IDEA
After meeting with Marco, it was clear that we could work together in some way. He very kindly offered that I consider to work as a freelance producer/engineer at Soundfarm. Then to get me up to speed with working in his studio, he gave me an incredible opportunity to record myself for a week for in his studio while he was out on tour. After this meeting, I began working everyday on my songwriting. I already had a few song ideas written, but mostly was just pieces, without form, without words. You see, I lost my full time job in November 2012 and had been unemployed for some months, so I had a lot of time. My job search was not going well at all, I wasn't getting many interviews and I was quite frankly depressed about my situation. I began approaching songwriting as a job, forcing myself to stand up go down in my basement home studio and work on songwriting for many hours each day and night.

SOUNDFARM STUDIO Sessions. Kriens, Luzern MAY 19-26, 2013
Marco Jencarelli, who is the guitarist for Philipp Fankhauser, was kind enough to offer his Soundfarm studio to me while he was on tour with Fankhauser on the Blues Cruise for a week. I managed to not only finish writing enough songs for this album, but I also learned enough of working in his studio to be able to act as my own recording engineer. I have a background in audio engineering, although not a working professional level, but I was able to pull it off. I spent more than one night sleeping on the sofa in the studio, and more than one night not sleeping at all but working 24 hours through, grabbing 4 hours sleep and then continuing. It was really a lot of work but it was a labor of love. When you care about something and have a vision, a plan, a goal - then the time doesn't matter, it goes by quickly and you find yourself able to work more than normal.
The first couple days, I got familiar working with ProTools. I imported the demo tracks that I had recorded at home and set up the sessions for each song. Then I recorded some guitar parts and vocal tracks. After that, It was 2 days recording the drum parts with Simon Britschgi. Then Gabriel Spahni came and did the bass tracks in one day. Amazing! Matt Savnik came in the last day and we did a marathon 18 hour session to get all the organ / piano tracks.
We recorded cover version of ' See That My Grave Is Kept Clean' and 'Way Down In The Hole' as well, but I decided not to include it on the final album.

FM-Studio Sessions. Wetzikon, Zürich July 8-9
After this week was over, I had recorded most of my songs, but there were a few songs that I did not have time to finish. I wanted to write a bridge for the song 'Believe', and I wanted to include a couple songs on the album that were not ready at the time of the Soundfarm sessions. I worked in June to finish writing 'Helengeli' and 'Believe'. I booked FM-Music Productions with Felix Müller as audio engineer on July 8 & 9 and recorded these 2 songs plus 'Waiting For You', a song I had written in 2012. In the end, I needed to get somebody else to play the bass track on Believe, because my bassist Gabriel was busy writing songs for his band Pegasus. Simon Winiger did me a nice one and played the bass track on Believe. I sent him a rough idea of what I had in mind for bass, and an hour later I had his part in the dropbox. Bam!


SONGS

Another Wave
To me another wave is a song about dealing with anger and frustration, which has always been a theme in my life. What I'm trying to say in this song is, don't take things too personally, because we are each so small in the greater view of this universe. There's many things that are beyond our control, we're just another wave on the ocean.

She'll Tell You No Lies
This song was written by Gabriel Sphani for my band. Thanks bro. I took his demo and rewrote some lyrics to make it more my style, but the basic things is all there still.

Believe
This is simply a song about hope. "Everything can get messed up, but as long as I got you - it's going to be ok."

Waiting For You
This song is about being in a reality of working a 9 to 5 job and not seeing a sense to life, except for chasing money. I keep waiting for you - all of you - to buy my album, support my music - so I can quit my job and do what I was born to do - play music ( and make enough money to live from it comfortably without having to eat hot dogs and sleep on sofas)

Sing Me Another Song
I spent a few years of my life playing in various formations as a solo entertainer and in bands. I was often in bars, clubls, hotel lounges - and I saw a lot of what normally happens there. This song is a story about a nice looking woman at a bar, a guy who is attracted to her and tries to pick her up.

Beautiful
Is a melancholic ballad about liking someone a lot but not feeling the comfort or courage to let them know how you really feel about them

Helengeli
Say what? Helengeli is a tiny beautiful tropical island off the southern coast of India in the Maledives. I visited there with my lovely wife Daniela and my travel guitar in 2010, where I started coming up with the music for this. It's a beautiful guitar sound because it's an 'Open D' tuning on my Gibson J45R. I'm quite happy how the song ended up on the album, I really like the slide guitar sound in the heavy part of the song, I used a fuzz pedal for that tone.

Under The Stars
I wrote this while my wife and kids were away in Italy for vacation. I decided to not join them that week so that I could work on this project. The song came out quick, and I think it's one of the most romantic beautiful 'love' songs that I have written. The bridge reminds me of the Beatles.

Dear James
This really happened to me. The real letter was ' Dear John', but I changed the line to 'Dear James'...just because...

The Blues Moved In
I wanted to write a funky blues in the style of Buddy Guy & Stevie Ray Vaughn - two of my influences - and this is what came out

Blink Of An Eye
This song just kind of happened. I was working on some song ideas in a complete other direction, then I grabbed my acoustic guitar and started playing...this. I worked n the words for 2 days and by the third day of recording demos, trying different things it was done. The vocal track and guitars were recorded in my house!

Bluestar Highway
A song about a road where i grew up in South Haven Michigan. Let's just say I was a bit wild and crazy back in my teenager years - and I feel lucky that I survived this road.

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Track Name: Another Wave
Written by John Lyons

Take my hand and walk with me
Let's look for stones down by the sea
We'll find a treasure if we're lucky
You and me, singin' "One Love"

I hope one day we will realize
The treasure we had was all this time
We spent together hand in hand
Walking by the sea, feelin' free

Another a wave on the ocean
Another ship lost at sea
Another rush of emotion
Why are we too blind to see

Our future plans don't mean a thing
Without the time to laugh and sing
Spend half our lives just go working
Then were gone
Just like we're never here at all

Lets make a promise just you and me
To live our lives most joyfully
Don't be a part of inequality
Open your heart
And you will see that all we are is

Another wave on the ocean
Another ship lost at sea
Another rush of emotion
Why are we too blind to see

Learn to let it go
Learn to let love show
Learn to let it go
Learn to let love show
Track Name: She'll Tell You No Lies
Written by Gabriel Spahni & John Lyons

Well I knew that I would lose her
Before we even met
Even though I felt her attraction
She was a horse which I could not bet

Gave her an inch
She'll take a mile
At least her looks
She always killed with style

I know this wasn't meant for me
I know rumor has it right there
You said you weren't meant for me
You said you know that life just aint fair
If you ask the right questions she'll tell you no lies

She was out searching for
The love of her life
Maybe someday she could
Be a good wife

She couldn't calm down
All the thoughts in her head
She never even listened
To a word that I said

I know this wasn't meant for me
I know rumor has it right there
You said you weren't meant for me
You said you know that life just aint fair
If you ask the right questions she'll tell you no lies
Track Name: Believe
Written by John Lyons & Maury Pozzi

I do believe that this is the time
To sail back to the shore
Because I, I've lost my way
And I can't fight no more

But I never will back down
Just as long as I know
You are there for me
Everything's allright

If you believe
Could you give me a sign
Show me the way
We could be free
Live together as one
If we'd only believe

Another day we've come so far
Storm clouds washed away
The pain inside of me
Your love has set me free

No I never will back down
Just as long as I know
You are there for me
Everything is all right

If you believe
Could you give me a sign
Show me the way
We could be free
Live together as one
If we'd only believe

Can we try to just get back
Back to simple things back to you and me
Where it all started from
In this life of mass confusion
We're tied up in illusions
But there's still a chance for me and you

If you believe
Could you give me a sign
Show me the way
We could be free
Live together as one
If we'd only believe
Track Name: Waiting For You
Written by John Lyons

I get up every day don’t know what to do, put on my shirt my pants and shoes
Brush my teeth, comb my hair, try real hard to get somewhere
I go to work, I ride that train then after that I go home again
Everyday's the same, nothin’ ever change, I got one thing to you to say

But I keep waiting, waiting for you
Yes keep waiting, waiting for you

What’s wrong with the people today they’re acting so crazy running for the money
I just dont get it I wish they’d quit it if that’s the shoe size I just dont fit it
People runnin’ ‘round actin' scared trying to buy your luck but your luck just don’t care
I just wanna be happy wanna be free I wanna live my life for me

But I keep waiting, waiting for you
Yes keep waiting, waiting for you

I get up every day don’t know what to do, put on my shirt my pants and shoes
Brush my teeth comb my hair, try real hard to get somewhere
I got to work ride that train then after that I go home again
Everydays the same, nothin’ ever change I got one thing to you to say

What’s wrong with the people today they’re acting so crazy running for the money
I just don't get it I wish they’d quit it if that’s the shoe size I just don’t fit it
People runnin’ ‘round actin' scared trying to buy your luck but your luck just don’t care
I just wanna be happy, I wanna be free I wanna live my life for me

But I keep waiting, waiting for you
Yes I keep waiting, waiting for you
Track Name: Sing Me Another Song
Written by John Lyons & Gabriel Spahni

As she looks in the mirror puts on her makeup
Smokes another cigarette
She says I’ll have the usual
He see her looking, he says let me pay for that

He knows better
But he just can’t help himself
Because when he see her in that sweater
He starts thinking to himself

Buy me another drink sing me another song
This game goes on and on (and on and on)
Buy me another drink sing me another song
This game goes on and on

Whiskey straight is what he drinking
He gets to thinking may I have a little talk with you
Things don’t get much clearer closing time draws nearer
Those those old familiar blues

But she knows better
She can see it in his eyes
As he starts writing down his number
She says "boy thats not your size"

Buy me another drink sing me another song
This game goes on and on (and on and on)
Buy me another drink sing me another song
This game goes on and on

For the days of wine and roses and romantics are long gone
But as long as there is music we keep keepin' on

Buy me another drink sing me another song
This game goes on and on (and on and on)
Buy me another drink sing me another song
This game goes on and on
Track Name: Beautiful
Written by John Lyons

A warm wind is blowin'
Through your hair
Sounds of laughter
Fill the air
Sunlight smiles
On your face

I cant find the words to say it so I'll sing it
I can't find the courage to tell you that your beautiful

Tick tock goes the clock
In my mind
Tick tock it won't stop
Push rewind
I look into your eyes
My tongue is tied

I cant find the words to say it so I'll sing it
I can't find the courage to tell you that your beautiful
Track Name: Helengeli
Written by John Lyons & Gabriel Spahni

Sitting on this beach I’m dreaming of a perfect place in time
Loving you was always easy always somewhere lost inside my mind
A perfect place in time

Always spinning round and round always running up and down
Take my hand we’ll fly away I will love you each and every day
Each and every day

And you can be anyone you want to be
And you can see any place you’d like to see
And you can be everything in the whole world to me
And I’ll never let you go

I'm dreaming opened up my eyes woke up and I was all alone
I'm dreaming opened up my eyes woke up and I was all alone


And you can dream anything you’d like to dream
Just remember everything ain’t exactly as it seems
Sitting on this beach I’m dreaming of a perfect place in time
Loving you was always easy always somewhere lost inside my mind
Lost inside my mind

Always running round and round always spinning up and down
Take my hand we’ll fly away I will love you each and every day
Each and every day

And you can be anyone you want to be
And you can see any place you’d like to see
And you can be everything in the whole world to me
And I’ll never let you go
Track Name: Under The Stars
Written by John Lyons

This is one of those nights
I wish would never end
We could lay here
Until our souls blend
Look up at the stars
In the sky tonight

Let's take this time
To enjoy each other
To kiss and caress
And love one another
Your lips press to mine
And our feelings show

Let me be with you
Dancing again
Under the stars tonight
With you my friend
My lovely friend
Dancing again

I've never felt quite like this ohh no
Let's dance again before you go
Please don't go

Let me be with you
Dancing again
Under the stars tonight
With you my friend
My lovely friend
Dancing again
Track Name: Dear James
Written by John Lyons

I found a letter from my baby
While I was lookin' for my smokes
Should I read it, I thought yeah maybe
Here's how the story goes

It said ‘Dear James’, that was my first clue
That this letter was not meant for me
It mentioned a hotel and that it was great to see you
And soon it was plain for me to see

She's cheating on me
There goes my heart again
She's lying to me
I thought she was my friend
But shes cheating on me
There goes my heart again
She's lying to me
And I'm not ready for these kind of blues

When she came home from work I asked her
How was work and and who is James?
She could see from my expression
That I wasn't really playing games

She swore its a misunderstanding
I said I’ve heard it all before
As I packed my things she started crying
But I just headed out the door

She's cheating on me
There goes my heart again
She's lying to me
I thought she was my friend
But shes cheating on me
There goes my heart again
She's lying to me
And I'm not ready for these kind of blues

Dear James I'm not angry
You're just a reason for me to leave
I was looking for reasons anyways

She's cheating on me
There goes my heart again
She's lying to me
I thought she was my friend
But shes cheating on me
There goes my heart again
She's lying to me
And I'm not ready for these kind of blues
Track Name: The Blues Moved In
Written by John Lyons

It's a rainy Sunday morning
I woke up all alone
Nobody by my side
No messages on the phone

Laying there thinking
What the hell should I do
It happened all in a dream
But that dream has come true


Ten miles east of here
She's waitin' on a southbound train
I’ve got a cold, cold feeling
I’ll never see her face again
Theres a warm Florida wind blowin'
Against my cold skin
The night that she moved out
The blues moved in

We were more than just lovers
We were pretty good friends
Thats what makes it so hard
When a relationship ends

Now I’m sitting here wonderin'
How the hell I'm gonna get her back
But she’s gone on that train
Yeah she’s rollin' down those tracks

I knew this could happen
But I didnt know how it would end
She stole my guitar
And she ran away with my friend
Track Name: Blink Of An Eye
Written by John Lyons

Stoned on rum and coke that night
He asked her do you have a light
She said hang on I think I might
Walk with me


Out into the night they went
He picked on her French accent
He said my last ten dollars spent
Talk with me

He told her stories in great detail
See her smile for a while
Then she heard the sirens wail
Time rolled by in the blink of an eye

She asked him what he had for plans
He just smiled and took her hand
Come home with me if you can
I’ll be your man

She said your nice but there's no way
My husband is back in town today
Guess that I’ll be on my way
On my way

He said your husband will never know
She said I’m not some cheatin’ hoe
I know its really time to go
And she walked away

Back into the bar he went
His hopes shot down his money spent
His buzz was on and his mind was bent
In the blink of an eye



He told his story in great detail
See her smile for a while
Then she heard the sirens wail
Time rolled by
In the blink of an eye

She never made it home that night
A drunken driver took her life
These things can happen anytime
In the blink of an eye
Track Name: Bluestar Highway
Written by John Lyons

This song is about a stretch of road that I used to frequently drive in Southwest Michigan between Glenn and South Haven. If you lived in the area, this song just might hit home with you.

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Windows down, tunes cranked up
Flick my cigarette into the wind, I drink from my cup
There’s a curve ahead, no time to think
I shift down into overdrive and my eyes don’t blink

Crusin’, Crusin’ Bluestar Highway

Now I’m comin’ up on Deadman’s Curve
Deer in my sight it’s fight or flight and I had to swerve
I see one headlight comin' right at me
So I make my move in the nick of time I barely missed a tree

Crusin’, Crusin’ Bluestar Highway