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Best of Starburst Music, Volume III – 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

Shipwrecked

I bit myself today
Lost all self control
I’m such a bloody mess
With duck tape it won’t show

I strap these feelings on
With grappling hooks and chains
And carefully contemplate
These guilt’s that leave fresh stains

CHORUS
Shipwrecked far from home
The crisis of my youth
Join my Battle zone
For your putrid proof
My mind a reservoir
Of crooked septic pain
My spirit still at war
With demons I won’t name

I drag my dog-bit leg
Down streets of cobblestone
And wrap my bleeding soul
Round shamans I have known

In my cheater’s chair I lounge
And carefully castrate
My precious thoughts and dreams
To please the magistrate

CHORUS

Bridge
With a Felon’s sense of honor
And convict’s custom creed
I grapple with dishonor
And steel just what I need

CHORUS

So Ready

Fell so far from the light
Into a deep and darkened hole
Took all the strength I had
Just to recover my soul
Now I’m finding the strength
To live life this whole new way
My fists pounding on my chest
It’s now a brand new day
Chorus
I’m so ready
Now I Know Where I Belong
Start A Whole New Life Again
Put The Past Where It Belongs
I’m So Ready To Move On
I’m walking free
Absorbing the light
Connected to the universe
Loving with all my might
Not afraid to cry
Found my inner grace
Hoping now to give
Back to the human race
CHORUS
BRIDGE
The Devils strong but he won’t win
I can see right thru his wicked sins
Inhaled the promise of tomorrow
Shed the cause of all my sorrows
CHORUS

Had I Only Known (feat. Austin Tyler)

Had I known my life was ending
I'd of planned accordingly
Had I seen the darkness coming
I'd of got down on my knees
Had I seen the storm approaching
With no reason for a cure
Had I'd know my life was ending
I would have prayed a whole lot more

(chorus)
Had I only known
Had the prophets only told me
Had I only known
Had I seen the madness coming
I could have picked a different view
Had I known what I know now
I would have been reborn anew
Had I only known
Had I only known
Had I only known

Had the promise seemed unbroken
Had the wisdom come undone
I’d of picked a different program
Danced a lifetime just for fun
Had the prophets and the poets
Reached much deeper in my soul
I’d of led a fight for freedom
Not let failure take its toll

(repeat chorus)

(bridge)
So the heaven’s weave their magic
Basking in the one true light
While us mortals suffer tragic
Misery in mere daylight

(repeat chorus)

None (feat. Austin Tyler)

I cannot trust, distrust I must
Dishonesty is king
Yet truth I lust, from birth till dusk
Its courage I must bring

Ascending stairs through sun drenched tears
Yearning is my muse
My dreams now rust in angel dust
Its truth I must refuse
Stop Telling…lies, lies, why

(chorus)
None to wisdom none too soon
None for you and I
None, Nothing answers questions like
Those who ask just why
Nothing breathes like absence in
The quest to kill the lies

The principle, the wretched full
Survive upon their dreams
With planted seed, on hope they feed,
Believing it would seem
Stop Telling…lies, lies, why

None, None to wisdom none too soon
None for you and I
None, Nothing answers questions like
Those who ask just why
None, None for never, none forever
None for you and I
Nothing breathes like absence in
The quest to kill the lies

(bridge)
I cannot trust, distrust I must
Dishonesty is king

None, None to wisdom none too soon
None for you and I
None, Nothing answers questions like
Those who ask just why
None, None for never, none forever
None for you and I
Nothing breathes like absence in
The quest to kill the lies

Criminal Discontent

Murderers, con-men, junkies and thieves
Outcasts, felons, pimps with degrees
Convicts, criminals, some on death row
Prostitutes, henchmen, dealers with blow

Rapists and drugees, whores with VD
Cell sharing inmates with lots of TV
Pill popping liars and crooks by the score
Serial Killers, the stuff of folklore

Chorus:
All pay their dues, all are understood
All are forgiven, except you
Criminal discontent
Knowing what it has meant
You’ll always have this pain inside
You’ll always be unforgiven

Embezzlers, larcenists, 3 strikes you’re out
Prisoners, Torturers, mafia with clout
Alcoholic offenders down on their knees
Praying to God their term is a breeze

Dealers of dope, flag desecrators
Evil incarnate, public masturbators
Hit men, Torturers, inflictors of pain
Cancer stick purveyors, locked up insane

Chorus:
All pay their dues, all are understood
All are forgiven, except you
Criminal discontent
Knowing what it has meant
You’ll always have this pain inside
You’ll always be unforgiven

Bridge: Hit & run drivers, two-time losers
Atomic bombers, Heroin Shooters
Illegal gamblers, two-bit thieves
Crack dealing “businessmen”, now feeling grief

Chorus:
All pay their dues, all are understood
All are forgiven, except you
Criminal discontent
Knowing what it has meant
You’ll always have this pain inside
You’ll always be unforgiven

2 Pts Penance

I counted up my sins today
It nearly took me all the day
I counted some in twos and threes
Wishing one might set me free
I tried to find my dreams today
But they could not be found
I tired to breathe new life today
No oxygen was found
(chorus)
My life has changed so many ways
Temptations take their toll
I'm stuck inside an endless trance
Two parts penance, one loss of soul
Two parts penance, one loss of soul
I counted up my sins today
And spread them in the sand
Scrubbed them carefully on the rocks
Washed each one by hand
Who's dreams are these? I do not know
I found them on my walk today
Who's demons look the other way
I need some room to breathe today
(repeat chorus)

My life has changed so many ways
Temptations take their toll
I'm stuck inside an endless trance
Two parts penance, one loss of soul
Two parts penance, one loss of soul
(bridge)
I can't lose hope
It lights my soul
Love lights the way
Make my life whole
What seemed OK what numbed the pain
What drowned my sorrows fast
Abruptly fell into the sea
With such a mighty crash
(repeat chorus)
My life has changed so many ways
Temptations take their toll
I'm stuck inside an endless trance
Two parts penance, one loss of soul
Two parts penance, one loss of soul

Sweetness and Tragedy

She moves so slow and patiently
As she slides inside my heart
Pushing all my buttons
From the very start
One moment softly smiling
Rose petals in her hair
The next she’s screaming wildly
Of her nightmares in my ear
CHORUS
Here comes majestic beauty
Spitting in my face
Sweetness and Tragedy
Stunning in its grace
I don’t want no amnesty
Can’t bear this love to waste
Sweetness and Tragedy
Stunning in its grace
My love for her’s a curse
Torments me every day
Just like a desert thirst
I live in shades of gray
CHORUS
BRIDGE
This woman that I love
With hip-psychotic pain
Fills my soul with joy
Lovely as the rain
CHORUS

Guilt

My guilty finger points
Straight up to my own face
I live these haunted dreams
There is no real escape

I wrap these feelings round
And carry them for free
Not really understanding
If I own them or they me

My sleepless whoring self
Now burned in effigy
Losing innocence
And the promise to be free

(chorus)
Not often do I sing
A song of guilt so true
But now that I can see
I’ll sing this one for you
I’ll drop it in your lap
And sit right on your knee
As long as you extract
These nightmares that i see

Racing past my dreams
With thunderous malcontent
Downloading wicked screams
Without evil intent

Barbed wire bed of nails
Beneath my bloody sheets
With pillows lost in vain
And yonder trellised treats

(chorus)
Not often do I sing
A song of guilt so true
But now that I can see
I’ll sing this one for you
I’ll drop it in your lap
And sit right on your knee
As long as you extract
These nightmares that I see

(bridge)
Rulers of morality
Tempting their mortality
A Sinners only friend
The one I will defend

(chorus)
Not often do I sing
A song of guilt so true
But now that I can see
I’ll sing this one for you
I’ll drop it in your lap
And sit right on your knee
As long as you extract
These nightmares that I see

Fine Line

(Chorus)
Fine line
There’s a fine line
I can see it every day
Fine line
Such a fine line
& it just won’t go away

What’s this thing we’re going through?
Is there something there?
Are you really interested?
Or don’t you really care?
What’s going through our hearts
What’s going through our minds
What’s going through our souls
Beware the danger signs

(chorus)
Fine line
There’s a fine line
I can see it every day
Fine line
Such a fine line
& it just won’t go away

Once we thought we had something
Those many years ago
Was there really something there?
This I just don’t know
I can’t tell if we’re just friends?
Or if there’s more at play?
I can’t tell if you want more
Or just the other way

(chorus)
Fine line
There’s a fine line
I can see it every day
Fine line
Such a fine line
& it just won’t go away

Can’t you see the problem?
It’s as plain as day
We’ve both become so hard to love
There just seems to be no way
I know that I am damaged goods
I wear my scars quite well
The sting of pain’s not passed you by
It’s branded you as well

(chorus)
Fine line
There’s a fine line
I can see it every day
Fine line
Such a fine line
& it just won’t go away
Fine line
There’s a fine line
I can see it every day
Fine line
Such a fine line
& it just won’t go away

Gold in Memphis

I’m climbing up this mountain
I’m forging cross this stream
I’m walking 40 miles
I’m living for this dream
I’m baking in the hot sun
I’m dusty and I’m dry
I’ll make it there by Sunday
And you’re the reason why
(chorus)
I know there’s gold in Memphis
It’s on my radio
It wakes me in the morning
And soothes my heart just so
It’s made a star of many
From muddy to elvis
I gotta get me some
Gold in Memphis
I wrote these songs all down
I played them for my girl
She said head down to Memphis
Get yourself a record deal
We’ll build ourselves a home
We’ll fill it full of kids
Just sing them what you sang me
Just show them what you did
(repeat chorus)
(bridge)
I seen these guys all done it
Just strum and singing songs
Don’t look hard to me
Be rich before too long

(repeat chorus)

Hero

Some say angels walk this earth
Masquerade as humankind
What a lucky break for me
You’re of this special kind
You brought me into this world
You taught me right from wrong
Your selfless acts and noble deeds
Helped guide me to be strong
(chorus)
You’re the hero of my nights
You’re the hero of my days
You’re the hero of my dreams
You’re my hero all the way
You’re my hero all the way
Healing hands that let me know
I can fail and still succeed
A generous smile so beautiful
Lending light to every need
Now as I've grown into a man
I’ve come to realize
The awesome power of the love
There in my mother’s eyes

(repeat chorus)
(bridge)
Somewhere between wake and dreams
Exists a holy place
It’s there that I first realized
Your amazing grace
(repeat chorus)

Motherhugger

He’s just left his home and he’s out on the roam
He’s a lady-killer and the world’s all his own
Prefers married gals he won’t hesitate
Your first one with him will be your last date

His six packs’s exposed and his pecks are on deck
(And) from hundreds of gals only he can select
The word’s hit the street his rep is known wide
So girls hold your ground and don’t let him slide

Chorus
He’s a Motherhugger all dressed in black
He’ll love you and leave you so best watch your back
He’s as sweet as can be and he’ll get you to swoon
But bet your sweet booty he’s gone before noon
He’s a Motherhugger

He can lasso a woman with hands at his back
He’s a side winding dealer and never looks back
He’ll get you to love him then just leave you flat
Then he’s gone in a flash and he’s covered his tracks

CHORUS

BRIDGE
Romeo Cowboy
One night stand
Romeo Cowboy
Honky Tonk Man

CHORUS

Testify

I see mothers sons, their hearts ripped in two with so much regret for what they can’t do
I see fathers who’ve failed and misplaced their hope and children so lost resorting to dope
Grandparents with nothing but love in their hearts grandchildren surviving through fits and false starts
I see love so strong while ceasing to wait, righting the wrongs and melting the hate
I see truth so real it burns in my eyes and flushes out memories deceptions and lies
It’s this hurt and this pain that devours us whole and keeps us downtrodden diverting our goals
I see families uprooted and lost all they got as they chase just those dreams endangered to rot
I see brothers and sisters blank stares in their eyes as they beg forlorn heroes to tell them no lies

CHORUS
This is not the way
This is not the why
Now is the day
That I testify
I stand before God
I stand before man
We’ll fix these things
I know that we can
I’m up on my feet
My fists waving high
I’ve found enough courage
Now I testify

I see prophets and poets pointing at signs and gasping for breath as our futures unwind
I see hatred so fierce with its venomous face while the interests rule on with inhuman disgrace
I seen things so wrong that they spark my unrest as they give me the strength to pound on my chest
With a wind so cold that it builds inner strength as it tightens it hold now held at arms length
Under a sky so dark with its thundering sounds as we’re told to believe in madmen and clowns
I see earth so scorched and smoke so thick from humanity’s torch that it makes me feel sick
With jails so full of innocent lives injustice is served over lambs mesmerized
Us regular folks seeing death come so near must summon our strength to overcome fear

CHORUS

BRIDGE
I’m spilling my guts
I’m screaming my list
This bull shit must stop
We’re better than this

CHORUS

The Human Race

With tortured souls, we often ask why
With tortured hearts, we reach for the sky
We creep and we crawl, we rise to fight
We claw our way forward, with all of our might
With vision and grace, we search for the truth
We find peace and comfort, alongside of you
Chorus:
Oh Jesus Lord you are always there
With your infinite wisdom, your knowledge and grace
With all of our shortfalls, with all of our flaws
We are nothing more than the human race
When we were born, you entered our soul
And you reached our for us and made us feel whole
With commitment and strength, we will find our way
Seven billion strong, singing brightly today
Though evil confronts us, with awesome resound
We’ll never be vanquished, we’ll always rebound
Chorus
Bridge
And when we have doubt, and when we’re not sure
You climb deep inside us and help reassure
Chorus

Morning Cup

Sleepy eyes vision blurred
Still in dreamlike state
Inside this theatre of absurd
between sleep and wake
I love this sleepy consciousness
I love my family
Its time to rise and face the day
Surprises yet to see

(chorus)
Cup coffee
Cup coffee
Come to wake me up
More caffeine
More caffeine
You’re my morning cup

My coffee cup a special size
Just right grip of hand
Wake me shake me you’re my friend
I found just who I am

(chorus)
Cup coffee
Cup coffee
Come to wake me up
More caffeine
More caffeine
You’re my morning cup

(bridge)
Not too full, not to hot
Perfect temperature
Just the right amount of cream
You’re my sleepy cure

(chorus)
Cup coffee
Cup coffee
Come to wake me up
More caffeine
More caffeine
You’re my morning cup

Devoted to You

If you're lonely tonight
I gotchya covered
I gotcha covered all night
Frightened
When fear takes its ugly hold
And you can't find your way
And you need to free your soul
CHORUS
I gotcha back
I'll help you to carry the load
I'm standing here right by your side
Dancing down this dusty road
I'm completely devoted to you
I’m devoted to you
Sad
If you're sad tonight
I gotchya covered
I gotchya covered all night
Angry
When you're feeling mad as hell
Let me ease your rage
I’ll work my magic spell
CHORUS
BRIDGE
There was a time when my world fell apart
I was lonely and frightened, huddled in the dark
Through it all you stood there right by my side
Restoring hope to my scattered life
CHORUS

Son of My Old Man

I don’t see how it’s right
I don’t see how I can
I’ve wrestled it all night
I’m just a humble man
I can’t stand funerals
And wakes are even worse
They want me to speak
A Eulogy of sorts
As I straighten out my tie
And gaze at my reflection
Unsure its he or I
Looking my direction
1ST CHORUS
Sure he drank too much. So do i!
Cursed an awful lot. So do i!
Give the shirt off his back. I’d do the same
Liked a night out on the town. Can’t be blamed
Used to flirt with all the girls. Just like me
Laid his claim on this world, as far as I could see
Uncommonly gifted at fatherly love. Guess he was my biggest fan
Jeez i’m just like him! The son of my old man!
They say I sound like him
And even have his gait
My aunts still pinch my cheeks
It’s a family trait
To all his friends at work
He bragged a lot bout me
Called me best he’d ever done
For all the world to see
He said this is my boy
Don’t he look like me?
Spiting image of
The man that he will be
2ND CHORUS
Sure he drank too much. So do i!
Cursed an awful lot. So do i!
Always lived by the good book, i’m the same
Led with his fists & his heart, I do the same
Uncommonly gifted at fatherly love
Took his guidance from god above
But he’d never pass the buck, that’s why I was his biggest fan
Jeez i’m just like him! The son of my old man
Bridge
This funeral aint so bad
Glad we honored his name
Letting all his friends
See what I became
REPEAT 1ST CHORUS