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Barbara Lynn Doran

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Songs by Barbara Lynn Doran

Half Hearted Love

Half Hearted Love
Verse one
I’m not stupid you’re no cupid
and I know what you've been doing
You've been splitting your time between us
Against the clock, your all talk
and each lie leaves an after shock
I think it’s time you hitched a ride on the
5 o'clock cheater's bus

I've given you up, chased you down
I'm tired of you, I ain't sticking around
You can play with someone’s else's life
I've braced myself to soften the blow
It ain't me you’re just out of control
I'm running fast to fall out of this
half hearted love, half hearted love, ya

Verse two
I'm no one’s fling, she's got your ring
I'm not attached to all your strings
It occurred to me that you’re not worth the fuss
I got your number, I swear I'll call her
Put an end to Mr. Clean and pure
I think it's time to walk away
from this taste of disgust

More diamonds won't fix a damn thing, no
But when the truth comes out, it's going a sting.



Verse One
I look in your eyes and I see innocence
In the days passing by catching moments of who you’ll be
Yesterdays are gone so fast so treasure everyone

Verse Two
There across the room like a mirror looking back at me
You’re my light in the dark; you’re my hope making me believe
You’re my reason you’re my life, you’re my everything

It’s your innocence and the way you smile, the way you act so shy
It’s when you dance and you sing along, the way you laugh
That keeps me holding on…..That keeps me holding on..

Verse Three
When you tell me about your dreams you bring me back to reality
When you share with me your fears, you take me back to simplicity
I do all I can to keep you safe and teach you right from wrong


When you’re asking me all your questions
I may not have all of the answers for you
But the one thing I know for sure is I will try my best
To guide you through…..I will try my best


Just The Way It Is

Just The Way It Is

Verse one
You know I tried, which is more than I can say
for you I give and all you do is take
It ain't right, the way you carry on
Don't you think I'll hang around while my heart breaks
You don't ever listen, no matter what I say
You tell me your a man and your never gonna change

Is that just the way it is, or just the way you are
Cause this ain't no way to live
Let's get it over with

If that just the way it is, if that's the way you are
Then just quit wasting time
then just say goodbye

Verse two
Just hold on, I know you think your right
but let me tell you there ain't nothing wrong with me
Are you blind, because everybody else is trying to show you something you can't see.
You don't ever listen, no matter what I say
You tell me your a man and your never gonna change

You can throw a pity party, and drink till you forget
with thoughts of me, your headphones and songs about regret.
So just say goodbye



Verse one
Those dreams were my driving force, my passion kept me sane
They held me up in the galling winds and the worst of the rain

Where's that little girl with starlet eyes she been swallowed up by stolen dreams
Like shattered glass I watch my dreams collapse and things will never be the same

When did I become
When did I become
When did I become a stranger in my skin
When did I become this stranger

Verse two
Lost in my new reflection I try to take it day by day
Like I've been dropped in a new town with no compass to find my way

Who's this women now with blinders on trying to adjust to this change
Layer by layer you try to strip me down testing my spirt everyday

When did I become
When did I become
When did I become this stranger in my skin
When did I become this stranger

Though I try to hide behind these smiling eyes
The weight of this disguise is heavy at times
But I move on stay strong




Brooklin, ON

Level of Experience:



Country | Rock

I Write:

By myself | For myself | With others | For others

I prefer to write:

Lyrics | Melody | Chord Patterns | Arrangements

Albums Released:

Self Titled EP 2010, "Love From All Sides" 2014, "REVEAL" 2016


Great Lakes Songwriting Contest Honorable Mention 2009 & 2010,

Other Credits:

Semi Finalist in International Songwriting Competition 2014, and Finalist in Great American Songwriting Contest 2014

I am interested in:

Web Cowriting | Face to face Cowriting | Networking | Pitching Songs to Artists | Pitching Songs To Tv/Film/Etc. | Signing with a Label | Getting a Publishing Deal

Other Jobs:

Professional Cover Band, and Manager at a Truck Dealership


With Reveal, Barb Doran presents a tight set of rock tinged country songs that, as the album title suggests, are the most personal offerings the Whitby, Ontario-based singer/songwriter/recording artist has released to date.

In part that’s because Doran wrote the entire record, with the exception of one song, alone: “That’s a first,” she says. “It’s not that I haven’t written a lot of songs on my own, but my past records were mostly co-written. There were personal songs on previous records, but not like this. I feel the most attached to this record and the songs are like my babies.”

“I also feel this record has more shape to it than my previous albums,” she continues. “I knew I wanted to call the record Reveal, I knew what I wanted and I wrote songs that fit the title and, really, revealed a bit about me that maybe nobody knew before.”

Recorded in July 2016, at Beaird Music Group in Nashville, Reveal was influenced more by songs that have recently resonated with listeners, than by a certain genre of modern country: “Specifically some of the gems that have made it to the radio that are a little bit left of centre and less commercial,” she explains; “songs that have given me, well, just more guts to be myself.”

Doran’s music often treads the line between her own experiences and her deft observations of others. On previous records – Barbara Lynn Dorn (2012) and Love From All Sides (2014) – Doran sang about the challenges and joys that come with opening yourself up to others, love, loss and the grey areas in relationships.

While that theme is echoed on Reveal’s lead single, ‘Half Hearted Love,’ and, on first listen, Reveal reads like a breakup album, “That’s not what it’s about,” she says, laughing.

True, there are songs that speak to her difficulties in letting people get close to her, like ‘This Time’ and ‘Unlock Me,’ but by and large Reveal focuses on Doran’s struggle to reconcile the person she is now – and cope with the limitations that entails – with her previous vision of herself.

All her life Doran’s musical aspirations have been rivaled by a passion for horseback riding – a passion that led her to compete nationally as a youth. Roughly 3 years ago, however, Doran was diagnosed with an autoimmune condition and extensive Arthritis.

“So I’m not allowed to ride anymore,” she says bluntly. “I’ve been medically retired. If I jar my neck the wrong way I could become paralyzed. I’m still trying to adjust, so I don’t feel so restricted.”

Although many of the tracks on Reveal were inspired by that uniquely personal process of adjustment, they are songs anyone who’s dealt with sudden changes in their lives – changes that require us to close one chapter in our lives and begin the next, often with no idea where to start – can relate to.

As for how Doran characterizes this latest chapter of her own: “It’s like breaking up with your old self – not because you want to – because you have to.”

Nowhere is that more evident than on the poignant ballad, ‘Stranger.’ “Musically, I didn’t do much of anything for a year, and ‘Stranger’ was the first song that came out as I was finding my way back.”

Doing so, and getting full force back into music has only deepened Doran’s already substantial chops as a songwriter; prompting her to delve more deeply into her own life for material and to present ever more keenly honed lyrical portraits of the experiences of other people’s lives.

That comes off loud and clear on tracks like ‘Your Drinking Gets Old,’ which, she says, “Is personal, but deeply hidden in fiction,” as well as on purely observational songs like ‘Dark Clouds’ – a tune about a friend struggling with severe depression that, Doran says, “Really hits home for people when I play it live.’”

“Even intensely personal songs are observational, too,” she continues. ‘Easier Said Than Done,’ for example; a track that’s obviously about letting go of the past.

“It’s not necessarily about me, but because I wrote some of it years ago, I almost feel like I was seeing into the future, given what I’m going through now.”

Reveal resonates so deeply and truly because it reflects the changes we all go through over time, but also because Doran was intent on being brutally honest about her own life and being absolutely true to her vision for the record.

“I’m not typical,” she says. “So why should I try to be something that I’m not. When I was doing preproduction with Larry Beaird, he said, ‘Most people tell me who they want to sound like. You haven’t.’ And I was like, ‘That’s because I want to sound like myself. I really wasn’t concerned about anything other than that.”

The result is a record that relies as heavily on modern country as it does on straight up rock and roll and classic folk and one that’s sure to appeal to listeners who value honesty and self-awareness over glossy, cookie-cutter sentiments.

The fact is that Reveal – whether Doran’s audience is aware of the context in which it was written or not – will prompt listeners to examine their own lives, limitations and relationships just as she has; be they with competing version of themselves or with friends, family members or lovers.

Over her career, Barb Doran has made many trips to Nashville to write and record. Doran was nominated in first round ballot at the inaugural 2012 CMAO awards in four categories, qualified as a semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition two years in a row, a finalist in the Great American Songwriting Competition and landed a spot on the Nashville Songwriter’s Association 2014 ‘Ones To Watch’ list. She also serves as a coordinator with the Nashville Songwriter’s Association and runs songwriters’ workshops for Canadian-based artists and songwriters.

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