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Bob Menzies

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It’s time for us to forget about all the things that we don’t know...from "The End Of The Line"

Sounds Like:

John Hiatt; Bruce Springsteen; John Prine, Neil Young

Influences:

Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Elton John, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Jimmy Buffet, Billy Joel, Tom Rush

Favourite Singer/Songwriter:

Leonard Cohen

Contact Email:

bobmenziesmusic@gmail.com

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Songs by Bob Menzies

Bitter Wind

Bitter Wind

there are underground stages and songs for all ages
and anyone can get to the moon
there are open mouthed crazies and strung out old ladies
who are careful not to speak too soon
generations come and generations go,
we’re all part of the same old story
if there’s meaning to this how can we dismiss
the ones who’re not part of the glory
It’s a bitter wind blowing a-cross this land
Who is gonna take a stand
It’s a Bitter Wind blowin’ across this land
A Bitter Wind blowin’ across this land

there are boulevards of broken glass and memories that will not last
and tribes of wanton buffoons
and it’s all for the glory of that last great story
and the lover who left way too soon
it’s a flash from the past and a night when we crashed
in a forest of bottles and smoke
but there’s more to this Jack than a barely seen track
or a song or a string or a toke

It’s a bitter wind blowing a-cross this land
who is gonna take a stand
Bitter Wind blowin’ across this land
Bitter Wind blowin’ across this land


If you ask what the prize is the sun also rises
for the orange and the blue
and the bell tolls for Moses and there’s no door that closes
won’t open a new one too

There’s a snake in the grass there’s a feeling won’t last
Why did I tell you those lies
I’ve got limited horizons, I see Krypton rising
But I love you and I hear angels cry

It’s a bitter wind blowing a-cross this land
who is gonna take a stand
Bitter Wind blowin’ across this land
Bitter Wind blowin’ across this land

[Lyrics]


Black Widow Spider

Black Widow Spider
created March 9 2012 Bob Menzies
Bouncy, lively
BPM 180 Key of D
Acoustic Guitar –Tambourine in Chorus
Intro DDDD DDDD GGGG GGGG DDDD DDDD

1, 2, 123…then Intro…1234, 1234, 1234, 1234, 1234, 1234, 1234, 1234…start
Verse 1
D G
She wore tan high heel boots that came above her knees
D DMaj7
She had Egyptian jewelry, an air of mystery
D G
I asked her one day where you going all the time?
D
Whoa, whoa whoa she said
DMaj7 D
I’ll get out of your way, if you’ll get out of mine

Chorus
G D
Black widow spider, got a hard game to play
G D
Black widow spider, got a hard game to play
G D
Black widow spider, got a hard game to play
DMaj7 D
Got a hard game to play
Right into verse 2
Verse 2

All the cowboys loved her when she walked up the line
I got the impression that she loved a good time
She thought I was too serious when I told her it was time
Whoa, whoa whoa she said
I’ll get out of your way, if you get out of mine


Musical bridge 1234

Verse 3

What’s the matter with true love or am I just being naïve
She knew more than I did about getting up to leave
I wanted to get to know her and take a little time
Whoa, whoa whoa she said
I’ll get out of your way if you get out of mine
Right into Chorus
Chorus

Black widow spider, got a hard game to play
Black widow spider, got a hard game to play
Black widow spider, got a hard game to play
Got a hard game to play

Verse 4
Well it wasn’t too long she got married had a couple of kids
I couldn’t believe that she’d do that to me oh but she did
I gotta tell you brother I’m on the verge of committing a crime
Whoa, whoa whoa she said
I’ll get out of your way if you get out of mine

Verse 5
When I was much younger than I am today
I followed my instincts wherever they lay
No matter what happens I keep pushing on the line
Whoa, whoa whoa she said
I’ll get out of your way if you get out of mine

Chorus
Black widow spider, got a hard game to play
Black widow spider, got a hard game to play
Black widow spider, got a hard game to play
Got a hard game to play

Black widow spider, got a hard game to play
Black widow spider, got a hard game to play
Black widow spider, got a hard game to play
Got a hard game to play
Outro

[Lyrics]


Hey Now Joe

Hey Now Joe
Hey now Joe, where do you go?
After the sun goes down
Are you looking for light, in the dark of the night
After the sun goes down

Don’t you hear me calling you, o son of mine
Don’t you hear me calling you now
No one knows where it all goes
After the sun goes down
Hey now Joe
Where do you go, after the sun goes down
Are you looking for light in the dark of the night
After the sun goes down

The wise man dies the same as the fool
This much I have found
Chase the wind, see what comes in
After the sun goes down

Hey now Joe
Where do you go, after the sun goes down
Are you looking for light in the dark of the night
After the sun goes down

Can’t you tell me how to be a better man
Wish I could but I don’t now how
I don’t knows where everything goes
After the sun goes down

Hey now Joe
Where do you go, after the sun goes down
Are you looking for light in the dark of the night
After the sun goes down

Hey now Joe
Where do you go, after the sun goes down
Are you looking for light in the dark of the night
After the sun goes down

[Lyrics]


Lucinda Night

3. Lucinda Night Key of E
BPM 118

Intro – Electric Organ – A E B7 E


Verse 1
E
I used to know a girl on the north side of town
A E
Made me feel all funny turned me upside down
A E
Teased me in the morning loved me up all night
B7 E
She was a young girl name of Lucinda Night

Chorus
A E
Hey Lucinda where will you sleep tonight
A E
Hey Lucinda where will you sleep tonight
A E
Hey Lucinda come and hold me tight
B7 E
Lucinda I love you, I love you Lucinda Night

Verse 2
She said I been to Manila I been to Hong Kong
I wasn’t that friendly but I learned to get along
I met Crazy Jack in Fresno and he taught me this song
When I get going I’ll be a long time gone

Instrumental – 4 bars A E B7 E
Verse 3
I met her in the valley with Benny and Jon
Said she was a friend of James T. Washington
I liked her quite a bit but there was something goin’ on
She had a strange contusion made her face all wrong

Verse 4

She said you better get it started son you ain’t got long
There could be something better comin’ along
But you ain’t the only Jack of Clubs singing this song
And when I get going I’ll be a long time gone

Chorus
Hey Lucinda where will you sleep tonight
Hey Lucinda where will you sleep tonight
Hey Lucinda come and hold me tight
Lucinda I love you, I love you Lucinda Night

Instrumental – 4 bars A E B7 E

Verse 5
I’m feeling kinda weak, but I’ll soon get strong
Been sitting here all night trying to write this song
Sometimes I wonder where a man like me belongs
I’ll be a long time going, but a whole longer time gone
Chorus
Hey Lucinda where will you sleep tonight
Hey Lucinda where will you sleep tonight
Hey Lucinda come and hold me tight
Lucinda I love you, I love you Lucinda Night

Ending - Lucinda I love you, I love you Lucinda Night
I’ll be a long time going, but a whole longer gone…..See Ya!

[Lyrics]


One More Highway

2. One More Highway Key of G
BPM 108

Intro Guitar Strumming - 8 Bars G G C C 3X

Verse 1

G BM Am G
Well the morning has come upon us and freedom is a drug
G Em Am D7
You can’t let it go when you’ve tasted it once
G Em Am D7
It’s time for us to forget about all the things that we don’t know
G Em C D G
So come on with me now we are headed out, we got one more highway to go

Riff – G G CC 2X

Chorus 1

C G
One more highway to go, little darling’
D G
One more highway to go
C G
One more highway to go, little darling”
D C G
Then we’re goin’ home

Riff – G GCG 2X



Verse 2

There’s nothing like cheap wine to help you leave it all behind
Some rollin tobacco and a free train ride
We’ll only be young for a minute or so
Then we’ll watch it go
But for you and me it’s time to leave, we got one more highway to go

Riff – G G CC 2X

Chorus 2
One more highway to go, little darling’

Instrumental based on first 2 lines of verse
G BM Am G
G Em C D7

Verse 3 (QUIETLY)

They can lock you up Janey; they can treat you like lice
But I promise you, you’ll have the last laugh for the rest of your life
So it’s goodbye now I do declare
We got different places to go
Well I’m guessing that we both still have one more highway to go

Chorus 3
One more highway to go, little darling’
Chorus 4
One more highway to go, little darling’

ENDING – Tag-ONE MORE HIGHWAY TO GO

[Lyrics]


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Region:

Toronto, ON

Level of Experience:

ON MY WAY

Genre:

Blues | Country | Folk and Traditional | Rock and Pop

I Write:

By myself | For others

I prefer to write:

Lyrics

Albums Released:

"Breaking Time" released August 23, 2012 One More Highway" released January 1, 2014 Citizens Of Nashville Fall 2014

I am interested in:

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

Biography:

Bob is a Toronto based Indie singer-songwriter. He wrote and recorded his first album "Breaking Time" in August 2012, released August 2013. His second album "One More Highway was released January 1, 2014 and his third album Citizens of Nashville was recorded and mixed in Nashville, mastered in Toronto and will be released Fall 2014

He was born in The Netherlands and grew up in Montreal. During the late sixties and seventies this singer-songwriter travelled a lot, mostly by thumb but also boxcar and freighter ship. From Norway to Morocco, Greece to Holland, France to Germany, the UK and the Channel Islands. He lived in the London of free concerts in Hyde Park, the Who playing the Albert Hall with Chuck Berry and the untimely passing of Jimi Hendrix and Brian Jones. It was also the time of the newly minted albums Nashville Skyline and the songs of Leonard Cohen, albums playing in all of the flats in South London.

Thumbs and boxcars brought him across Canada, California and the Deep South and finally back to Canada and Toronto.

Many of these experiences have found their way into his second album, now being recorded and mixed for a 2013 release.

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