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Best of Starburst Music, Volume II -Johnny Starburst & the All Star Singers

About this album

Award winning songwriter, Johnny Starburst speaks to universal truths exploring the human condition. He serves as lyricist, co-writer and publisher for an eclectic consortium of collaborative initiatives including The Id Kids, NLF, Rapazzi and others as well as for his most recently released album with Peter G. Olach called “Complicated Man”...all available here on CD Baby as well as at www.broadjam.com/starburst. He is both honored and humbled to work with so many enormously talented composers and performers. The common thread in all of these efforts is the story telling and lyric writing which continues to motivate his songwriting and collaborative efforts. His vast catalog spans multi-genres with heavy concentrations in country, rock, pop, jazz and electronic.

Lyrics

Climb Inside

Go ahead climb inside make yourself at home
Welcome to these dusty dreams sepia in tone
Settle back in comfort while I spin a yarn
Long ago in time and place sheltered from the storm

(chorus)
Ma and Pa it’s who you are its love beyond the grave
We are living memories of the music that you made
Siblings four are so much more just knowing who you are
Ma and Pa eternity so close and yet so far

Used to be my old man forged a frightening path
Reckless in his solitude devoted to his task
Wild untamed apologies scattered in the winds
Shuffling toward his destiny as if he had no sins

(repeat chorus)

(bridge)
Ahhhh ahhhh
Along comes my poor mother all goodness and light
Never was a couple so opposite of right
It must have been their differences that caused their love to stick
Even life and death cannot break a bond so fixed

(repeat chorus)

(repeat chorus)

Find a Way

There’s magic in the room when you float thru
Even time stands still with me as if it knew
Our lives must intertwine becoming one
Oh Lord, it’s “us” we must become

CHORUS
The wonder that is you
No feeling can compare
You’re a symphony of beauty and my heart gets lost somewhere
It’s the simple things you do
And the simple things you say
Help me understand I must….find a way

I fight a thousand deaths inside my mind
Wondering just how to make you mine
Our futures winking back in time and space
Oh Lord, I beg you for this grace

CHORUS
Oh Lord, now I know I’ve found the way

CHORUS

Gypsy from Poughkeepsie

My new Manhattan Mojo fell into a nasty fate
So I packed my weekend bag and drove my Beamer upstate
I asked this fortune teller what's this rash inside my head
But she grabbed a hold my shoulder and said let's make love instead
I resisted her advances but she used a magic spell
When I awoke I found that she had caused my head to swell
I wrestled with this arrogance I'd never seen before
And tried to do a big tap dance to shoo it out the door
All the while I saw her smile and with her knowing wink
Its then that I first realized that we were on the brink
CHORUS
She’s my gypsy from Poughkeepsie
Schooled in the mystic arts
Got these lotions and these potions
That work wonders on my heart
When she casts her magic spell
And makes me promise not to tell
My Gypsy from Poughkeepsie
Never fails to make me well
She’s my Gypsy from Poughkeepsie

I asked her if my future held surprises she could tell
With a twinkle in her eyes she produced a shiny gel
She smeared it on my hands and rubbed it in my face
Before I knew what’s happening my mind gave way to chase

I discovered that her training started centuries ago
And that payment for her expertise has become a quid pro quo

CHORUS

BRIDGE
She told me long ago
Down on 34th and vine
A previous customer
Had got into a bind

CHORUS

Trapped (feat. Santolin)

Exit left
I’m good as gone
I must accept
I can't go on this way
I feel bereft
I’ve had enough
My mind's made up
There's nothing else to say

Been quite a ride
I lost my pride
and I know
it’s all downhill from here
But locked inside
Reality
I'm too trapped
to disappear
(Chorus)
Trapped in my reality, no way to be free
There’s a pain inside of me that no one else can see
Wish I could go, there’s somewhere else I’d rather be
But I’m trapped in my own reality
Wish I could say
one thing to you
I'd be delighted
with a different point of view
To aim my toes
at clouds on high
than muddle
on forever clutching to a lie
I could leave
without goodbyes
but never find
forgiveness in your eyes
I know it's true
I can't let go
trapped inside
my own horror show
(repeat chorus)

(instrumental break)
(repeat Chorus)

Devil's Protege

I wear a scarlet S
Tattooed on my head
Beneath my crown of shame
Dripping crimson red

My battered inner child
A festival of sin
Screaming abuse claims
My day of reckoning

CHORUS
WHAT’S THIS I’VE BECOME?
THE DEVIL’S PROTÉGÉ
LOST ALL I HAD GAINED
SOMEWHERE ALONG THE WAY
NO ACCUSER DO I FEAR
NO WITNESS DO I DREAD
NOTHING THREATENS ME
LIKE THE CONSCIENCE IN MY HEAD

I drag this weighted ball
Down streets of no return
Knowing it contains
Sins for all to burn

Is no hope to be found
Does mercy not exist
Forgiveness only from
This beast that I have kissed

CHORUS

BRIDGE
Shipwrecked far from home
I thought that joy had come
A life from good to bad
A gain of zero sum

I though my fellow man
Had Christian goals in mind
But what I found instead
Was nothing of the kind

I Can Hear You Smiling

So
distant and yet so near
Your voice comes thru now its all clear
Why I’m pleading
My way back to you

So
trivial that spat we had last night
this morning things just aren’t right
Now your voice on the phone
Tells me I coming home

CHORUS
I can hear you smiling
I can taste your presence
I can touch your goodness
I can see your essence
I can smell your laughter
So wonderfully beguiling
I feel like you’re right here with me
I can hear your smiling

So
Many times I’ve left in a huff
This old (cranky) bear can be so gruff
But you’re always
So understanding

So
Lucky for me you’re my wife
Wonderful the gift of life
I’ll make sure this man
takes better care of you

CHORUS

BRIDGE
The sound is in the wind
Gently brushing past my ears
Reaching to my soul within
As it wanders through the air
CHORUS

Woodstock Nation (feat. Larry Folk)

I'm protesting Woodstock nation
How'd we stray so far away?
Held a promise now forsaken
Lost our vision, lost our way
We were birthing new salvation
We had the world’s complete attention
I'm protesting Woodstock Nation
We let the dream just fade away

V 1:

Baby boomers, early bloomers built a miracle
Yazgar's farm, a world of charm, became the oracle
The air was sweet, with hope replete, the music so brand new
Half a million sharing peace, the future in clear view

REPEAT CHORUS
V 2:
Say goodbye to reason, you’re either Left or Right
Just pin a label, lay the blame, its all so black or white
Fulfilled in our intolerance, it couldn’t get much worse,
How could it be our brave new world’s becoming such a curse?

REPEAT CHORUS

BRIDGE

We came upon the child of God
And took the other road
We slipped into our parent's shoes
To walk streets paved with fool's gold.

Can’t get back to the garden…

Unzip My Heart

With a bow so purposeful
The arrow took its aim
Hell bent on love and fear
Straight thru my heart it came

Though frozen many years
The tip so fine with lead
The target it did pierce
Crimson as it bled

CHORUS
Unzip my heart with your grace
Give it the light of your full embrace
I beg you please your shot’s hit its mark
I’m down on my hands and knees
I beg you please
Unzip my heart

I see you now so clear
Both winged and full of flight
Unstartled as you near
My aim still in your sight

Is one not yet enough?
How many can I stand
You had me at hello
Just take me by the hand

CHORUS

BRIDGE
Dethaw me from this pain
Expose to light of day
The center of my love
Unhidden now always

CHORUS

Nighttime Funeral

He called himself the prophet
He spoke to God he said
He ruled for 30 years
Decided who was wed
7 wives he called his own
He was the village head
He claimed a sacred plan
At this shanty town homestead

CHORUS
Nighttime Funeral
Burial In The Dark
Such A Strange Event
In God’s Forsaken Park
Hear The Brethren Singing
Like Hyenas As They Bark
Nighttime Funeral
Burial In The Dark

Not all the flock believed
Some did not support
And at his elder age
His death spilled no report
But fowl play was at hand
A strangling did take place
And now the prophet’s spot
A killer does embrace

(repeat chorus)

BRIDGE
A casket for Polygamy
The law brings such a fright
That’s why secret internment
Takes place just at Midnight

(repeat chorus)

Finally Found

Can’t find my dreams
I know I had them when I left today
I think they’re lost
I pray that they will return to me

Too blind from pain to see the truth
Too numb from shame to feel
Too deaf from fear to hear the call
To drunk with grief to heal
CHORUS
I finally found that place
I finally found that place

I made a list
of everything that’s important to me
I stored it safe
But now it’s gone from where I can see

Too maimed from doubt to find belief
Too full of wrong to feel right
Too wracked with sin to re-begin
Denial shields my world from light

CHORUS
I finally found that place
I finally found that place

Bursting Bursting Bursting Bursting Bursting
Through the past found my dreams
Through past now I see
Universe sets us free
Through the past
Now I see
I finally found that place in me
Bursting through
Found my dreams
Through my past
Now I see

Finally Found (Protilius Remix)

Can’t find my dreams
I know I had them when I left today
I think they’re lost
I pray that they will return to me

Too blind from pain to see the truth
Too numb from shame to feel
Too deaf from fear to hear the call
To drunk with grief to heal

CHORUS
I finally found that place
I finally found that place

I made a list
of everything that’s important to me
I stored it safe
But now it’s gone from where I can see

Too maimed from doubt to find belief
Too full of wrong to feel right
Too wracked with sin to re-begin
Denial shields my world from light

CHORUS
I finally found that place
I finally found that place

Bursting Bursting Bursting Bursting Bursting
Through the past found my dreams
Through past now I see
Universe sets us free
Through the past
Now I see
I finally found that place in me
Bursting through
Found my dreams
Through my past
Now I see

Jackie Brown

All spun out in LA Town, sleeping on Venice Beach
Head pounding hard from last night’s booze
Jackie sipping beer gone warm, me humming summer songs
Just two fun-loving crazy fools
I’m strumming major sevenths on this old beat up ax
While Jackie’s scratchy voice sings made up lines
Waves crashing on the shore, our toes touching in the sand
if we just stayed here like this I wouldn't mind

Chorus
Now i know what they say is true
And once lost may never be found
Youth is wasted on the young
We had no idea of the heaven we'd found
Still feel all that love for Jackie Grown
All that love for Jackie Brown

We thumbed our way to Mexico looking for some fun
Two love birds nesting on angels wings
Jackie’s words whisper in my ear, just what I longed to hear
Let’s meet back here every spring

Repeat first chorus

Bridge
Hurried back the next year so consumed with springtime love
Waiting patiently at our rendezvous
But she was late and so I wait, the hours then the day(s) went by
Till I finally realized what she already knew

Chorus
Now i know what they say is true
And once lost may never be found
Youth is wasted on the young
We had no idea of the heaven we'd found
I'd give it all up for one more time around
Just touching toes in the sand with Jackie Brown
Just touching toes in the sand with Jackie Brown

Riding Shotgun With the Angels

My 18-wheeler is a cussing & a smoking
Logging miles from Memphis to Hoboken
This lonely cab is closing in
Since my Chelsea’s death, I find it hard to live again

14 happy years Chelsea rode up front with me
Singing country songs from L.A. to Tennessee
Harmonizing vocals with the radio all the day
She filled my life with such joy it took my breath away

Chorus:
When she sings she takes my soul to heaven
Chelsea’s earned her wings in the celestial jamboree
I can feel her presence sitting right here by my side
Riding shotgun with the angels and me

Dangling from the rearview hangs a picture of my wife
Chelsea passed on Easter when Cancer took her life
We’d go (to) the Grand Ole Opry every chance that we could get
She lived her life the fullest and I have no regrets

Now Chelsea lives in heaven with the stars from long ago
I hear her singing next to me along with my radio
It soothes my soul to know she’s found peace in afterlife
Hob knobbing with the country stars till wee hours of the night

CHORUS:

BRIDGE:
Chelsea sends me messages that comfort and console
Remind me of the fun we had that lives within my soul

Chorus
When she sings she takes my soul to heaven
Chelsea’s earned her wings in the celestial jamboree
I can feel her presence sitting right here by my side
Riding shotgun with the angels and me
Riding shotgun with the angels and me