John Silliman Dodge

John Dodge
John Dodge

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How long must I play the fool? You think I woulda learned back in school

But I was stupid…I was some kinda dense

Pretty stupid…but I’m comin' to my senses now

 

Late nights up to no good, funky business up in the hood

I’m confessin’ that I wasn’t too nice

Learned my lesson, but I paid a terrible price

 

When it looks like love but it smells like trouble

You better turn right around, jump down on the double

Johnny oughta know…Johnny’s on top

Johnny’s in the spotlight, uh-huh, Johnny on the spot

 

Touch fire, fingers will burn, this only took me a lifetime to learn

I was mistaken, now I’m makin’ amends

I was forsaken by my so-called friends

 

 No more drinkin' and drivin', no more cheatin on the side

No more chasin' after money, runnin' down numbers on a Saturday night

No more whiskey in the water, no more janey in the pipe

No more sneakin down the back stairs lookin to the left and the right

 

Johnny oughta know…Johnny on top

Johnny’s in the spotlight…Johnny on the spot

 

John Dodge
John Dodge

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Why don’t you love me? Why don’t you love me?

Why don’t you love me?  Don’t you love me anymore?

 

I used to hit the town and paint it red

Now I’m sufferin’ from this heartache in my head

If you would only pay attention to my pleas

You’d hear me beggin’, beggin darlin

Baby please—please—please

 

I sent you perfume, the most expensive kind

If you don’t come back right now baby I believe I’ll lose my mind

 

Why don’t love me?  Why don’t you don’t love me?

Why don’t you don’t love me, don’t you love me… anymore?

Why don’t you don’t love me, don’t you love me… anymore?

John Dodge
John Dodge

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You tell me that you love me, of this I have no doubt

You tell me that you love me, of this I have no doubt

But the ring on your finger tells me I’m the odd man out

 

You tell me that my kisses are sweeter than wine

You tell me that my kisses are sweeter than wine

But I heard you tell your mister that you’d be home by nine

 

If two makes company, three’s what makes a crowd

If two makes company, three’s what makes a crowd

So it’s time I hit the highway, ‘cause I’m the odd man

I’m the odd man..... out

 

John Dodge
John Dodge

Story

 

You've probably guessed this title means "Return of the Bull." It reprises a theme from the instrumental "Toro Toro" from my EP, "Greetings from Bridgetown." For fun, go to CD Baby and play the two tracks back to back.

John Dodge
John Dodge

Lyrics

 

Before I give you to the arms of another

I’ve got something to say…well, me and your mother

It’s the best time we’ve ever had being your mom and your dad

 

Don’t forget to write, though folks don’t write much anymore

Call from time to time, let us know how you’re doing

The occasional Sunday dinner would be nice

Maybe once a month, maybe twice if we can swing it

You and your exciting new life, you’re the newlyweds

Newlyweds, husband and wife

 

You remind us of us at your age, we were crazy

Crazy in love all the while

Now you’re the ones, the ones who are wearing

That “pinch me, I’m dreaming” smile

 

Don’t forget to laugh, ‘cause laughter lightens any trouble

May no struggle or sorrow or strife ever darken your newlywed life

 

You remind us of us, we were young once and foolish

Feeding our hearts on a song

For who but a fool would make this commitment

When the rest of our lives are so long?

 

Now it’s time to go, you’re blowing kisses from the door

Blessings on you both and your brand new beginning

If a baby comes along that would be nice

We could take her off your hands from time to time

You’ll do fine in whatever you do in this life

You’re the newlyweds… you’re the newlyweds…

Newlyweds, husband and wife

 

John Dodge
Henry the 8th

Story

 

I wondered how Dave Brubeck would arrange an upbeat version of Greensleeves which, if you believe the legend, was actually written by Henry the 8th. Brubeck would probably do a section in 5/4 time. But would he also add crazy Gypsy violin? I don't think so.

 

John Dodge
John Dodge

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Locked and ready, ready to roll

‘Cause the big one’s comin,’ don’t you just know

But down on the corner we got nowhere to go

 

When the levee breaks, when the levee breaks

When the levee breaks, we’re in for a great big….

 

It's business as usual, our backs to the wall

'Cause you can’t even compromise, you can’t do nothing at all

Smells like the empire right before the fall

 

When the levee breaks, when the levee breaks

When the levee breaks, we’re in for a great big…

 

When the levee breaks, when the levee breaks it’s more than just water

When the levee breaks, when the levee breaks

When the levee breaks, we’re in for a great big change

 

 

 

John Dodge
John Dodge

Story

 

I spent a week in New Orleans working with a crew on a Katrina-ravaged house. Late one night walking through the neighborhood, I turned down a short avenue called Mystery Street. It was dark, hot, humid, and foggy. And in that atmosphere this tune was hatched.

 

John Dodge
John Dodge

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Mama, I wanna be a guitar player when I grow up

I said Mama, I wanna be a guitar player when I grow up

She said, I’m sorry son, you can do one or the other but you can’t do both

 

Mama, I wanna make the people jump and shout

Wanna rock ‘em, wanna sock ‘em, wanna show ‘em what it’s all about

She said, Believe me honey, that’s the road to perdition there ain’t no doubt

 

You can grow up a mighty good man

Or you can run around town with that thing in your hand

You wanna break your mama’s heart?

Keep playin’ that guitar out in the yard

 

But Mama, I got the fever down deep in my soul

Mama, I got the fever down deep in my soul

She said, Lord have mercy, protect my baby from that rock and roll

 

You can grow up a mighty fine man

Or you can run around town with that thing in your hand

You wanna make your mama proud?

Turn down that guitar, it’s too damn loud!

 

But Mama, I got music rockin’ in my head

Gonna make a million dollars and buy me one that’s shiny red

She said, God almighty, ain’t you been listenin’ to a word I’ve said?

 

You can play the guitar or grow up, but you can’t do both

Sorry son, you can do one or the other but you can’t do both

 

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John Dodge
John Dodge

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Friend, let me tell you a story ‘bout a house at the edge of town

There in the dark blue midnight a dirty little deal went down

The boy said, “Man, I got to have all the money, all the women, all the fame."

The man said, “Son, that won’t be a problem. I can get you what you want today.”

 

Once you sign up, sign up, once we get you in the program

 

Flash! went the smoke and the lightning, the contract he did sign

It’s gonna take the church unusual to break him out of this one alive

 

He signed up, he signed up, now they got him in the program

 

Truth can be so complicated, easy to believe the jaded lie...

 

It’s always the same situation, the cradle to the grave

The moment of truth at the crossroads: will you be the master or the slave?

 

When you sign up, sign up, once they get you in the program

Sign up, sign up

John Dodge
John Dodge

Story

 

Doing my best to channel Aaron Copland....

 

 

 

John Dodge
John Dodge

Story

 

In the summer of 2012 I attended Jorma Kaukonen's Fur Peace Ranch guitar camp in southern Ohio. Tommy Emmanuel was our teacher and guide for those four days and on the final day, we gathered into a song circle. I had been working on this instrumental piece, which Tommy really liked, and he suggested that I played it for the group. Later when it was finished, I named it in his honor.