Johnny & the Bells

by Johnny Keener & the Bells

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released October 9, 2016

Johnny Keener: Guitars, Vocals, Keys, Percussion
Brendan McCracken: Bass, Guitars, Vocals, Keys
Dave Shur: Drums, Percussion, Vocals
Nick Delffs: Keys, Vocals, Harmonica
Justin Power: Percussion
Lee Aulson: Vocals
Adria Ivanitsky: Vocals
Emily Vidal: Vocals


All songs written by Johnny Keener
Recorded and produced by Johnny Keener & the Bells at Sidecar Studios
Mastered by Doug Krebs

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Track Name: Inspirational Speaker
At loose ends?
Going in circles?
Grinding the gears?
Confusion inside you?

Friend
Life can be hurtful
Have no fear
There's someone to guide you

Inspirational Speaker
Inspirational Speaker

No confidence?
Down in the dumps?
The boat pulls away,
Your dreams waving goodbye

Friend
It's just a slump
Start right away
I think you'll be surprised

Inspirational Speaker
Inspirational Speaker
Track Name: Monkey
Careful baby
I've got this monkey
It's not funny
He's got teeth like daggers

He's got a shotgun
One off and one on
He's had this gig
Since the fifth of never

Ooh...

Somebody get this
monkey a sandwich
Take his mind off
The situation

Treat him right
See what he's like
We've got to make this
primate function

Ooh...

I've got a bluebird in my heart
like Charles Bukowski says
That monkey's healthy as a horse
and that bluebird's half dead

Help me!
Help me!
Help yourself
Track Name: With the Record On
I see the St. Johns Bridge down below me
And every star in the sky seems to know me
Floating slowly
a-a-a-a-a-a-a-ah

I met a strange strange strange strange stranger
We ride on the wave of danger
Floating, we're never lonely
And then it switches switches switches switches

No one can find me
Baby, I'm gone
After you leave
I go to sleep with the record on

I meet the President there at the tower
I tell him, "Barry, you've got the power
If you could only be lonely
If you knew what you knew then you'd know what to do"

I say, "I've gotta be done with this
I've got a date with Bessie Smith
If you could only be lonely
Well, then you wouldn't be afraid no more"

No one can find me
Baby, I'm gone
After you leave
I go to sleep with the record on
Track Name: Louise
Oh Louise
Oh Louise
She said I couldn't see my knees
She said I couldn't see my knees

She was possessed
Cursed and blessed
It never gave her no rest
It never gave her no rest

When I saw her in the fall, she said
"Play that song again"

When she was young
She had them on the run
When she said the word they'd come
When she said "boo" they'd jump

She said, "Here's the score
You need a man around to drive your car
Because that's all that they're good for
That's all that they're good for"

When I saw her in the fall, she said
"Play that song again
for the last time"

Hey Louise
Hey Louise
Hey Louise
Here it is
Track Name: Down River Road
Down River Road
In the moonlight
By the barn

Go to be alone
Take a girl
Or meet someone

Tomorrow we will face
Whatever there may be
But tonight we dream
Tonight come with me

Down River Road
Down River Road

See from the slope
The river run
through the farms

We will wake alone
But I'll still feel you
In my arms

Tomorrow we will face
Whatever there may be
But tonight we dream
Tonight come with me

Down River Road
Down River Road
Track Name: Secret Handshake
If I were a leaf on the tree
And you were a boy
Would you hear me speak
In a whispery voice?

In some other town
With a canal running through
Would you recognize me
And would I recognize you?

Secret Handshake
Secret Handshake

If you were a bird on the wing
And I were blue
Would I hear you sing
And would I know it was you?

If I were the moss on the ground
And you were a deer
Would you lay your body down
Just like you do here?

Secret Handshake
Secret Handshake
Track Name: Loop the Loop
I was dedicated
In face, obsessed
Decorated
Loved by the people and the press

I was a born flyer, to be sure
A king with wings
They'd come from miles
To watch me do my thing

So I looped the loop
I did a tailspin down
And I pulled out of it
Just two feet from the ground

I saw some people faint
I heard some people scream
I told the copycat daredevils
Not to follow me
Don't follow me
Don't follow me

Well, the wannabes
They wouldn't learn
They'd pose for a picture
And then they'd crash and burn

It happened over and over
I couldn't live with it
So I hung it up
Well, for a little bit

Then I looped the loop
I did a tailspin down
And I pulled out of it
Just two feet from the ground

I saw some people faint
I heard some people scream
I told the copycat daredevils
Not to follow me
Don't follow me
Don't follow me

I saw some people faint
I heard some people scream
As I fell from the sky
With a broken wing
Don't follow me
Don't follow me
Track Name: Silver Ghost
Silver Ghost
I didn't know I'd see you
It's been a while
Since I felt you near

Did she find you?
She wanted to dance
Twenty-five years
Since you walked around

Silver Ghost is on the rise
Silver Ghost is on the rise

Little red cart
Is rusting under the shed
And it's a shame
That you won't meet my kid

But things don't change
As much as you might think
The creek and the stars and the fireflies
Do what they always did

Silver Ghost is on the rise
Silver Ghost is on the rise

Silver Ghost
I didn't know I'd see you
Track Name: The Ballad of North Korea
There goes Mr.Crazy and Mr.Crazy junior
Walking with their hair piled high
They both look like babies
Mr.Crazy and Mr.Crazy junior, Oh My!

With their little fingers on the button it's no wonder
that people lie awake at night
They worry and they worry about Mr.Crazy
and Mr.Crazy junior (that's right)

Well Mr.Crazy died,
and nobody could see inside
to all the people who lived there

Well, Mr.Crazy junior is a man of mystery
I wonder what he's like
Does he draw? Does he like math? Is he a psychopath?
Where's Mr.Crazy junior tonight?