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“Hullabalooga”

John’s fifth studio album, “Hullabalooga” was released in early 2008. It is currently available for free download from this web site.

Album Credits:

Music and Lyrics by John Maxfield. Audio Recording Sessions Engineered and Produced by: John Maxfield.
JM – Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Piano, Tenor Saxophone, Drums
Eddie Kozhevsky – Drums on “So Long”
Album Recorded May 2007-March 2008.
Released on CD Tuesday, April 7, 2008

Music and Lyrics Copyright 2008 John Maxfield, ASCAP. All Rights Reserved.

Lyrics:

01. Theme to Hullabalooga (instrumental)
02. Tumbling Down
03. I Miss Her
04. Back on the Bus
05. Total Disaster
06. Lord Have Mercy
07. Things Were Different
08. Black And Blue
09. So Long

Theme to Hullabalooga

(instrumental)
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Tumbling Down

I see starlight in the sky
Like the fourth day of July
It’s the perfect point of view
Up here on the hill with you
Up above the highest plane
Floating up above the rain
From the stars down to the dew
I just fell in love with you
Feel like I’m tumbling down…
Down from the stars to the ground
Tumbling down…
Down from the stars to the ground
Tumbling down…
Down from the stars to the ground
Tumbling down…
From the stars to the ground
I want to take your shaking hand
Our hearts beat like a marching band
That step in time and play in tune
Do you feel the way I do?
Feel like I’m tumbling down…
Down from the stars to the ground
Tumbling down…
Down from the stars to the ground
Tumbling down…
Down from the stars to the ground
Tumbling down…
From the stars to the ground
Home
When we come down we’ll be lying in bed
The dreams in our head will be
Thrown
Away in the morning after my coffee, and your cigarette you’ll go
Home
To the place you are safe, you will go once again, and I’ll miss you when you’re
Gone
And I will wish I could see you again, see you again…
Home
When we come down we’ll be lying in bed
The dreams in our head will be
Thrown
Away in the morning after my coffee, and your cigarette you’ll go
Home
To the place you are safe, you will go once again, and I’ll miss you when you’re
Gone
And I will wish I could see you again, see you again…
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I Miss Her

She’s like a breeze
How she blows through my mind
She is the reason for this whole song of mine
The rest of the world has gone mad or gone blind
My eyes are sore and her eyes are kind
And I miss her
La la la la la la
La la la la la la la
I want to be with her
La la la la la la
La la la la la la la
I want to possess her
La la la la la la
La la la la la la la
The way that she so effortlessly possesses me
We’ve been apart and together again
As lovers and strangers and as fair-weather friends
And on one rainy day I would see her again
By the time morning came I did not know where she had went
Well she didn’t leave a letter, leave a letter
Or anything for that matter, for that matter
Not so much as a thread from her sweater, from her sweater
Now I will wait ‘til I start feeling better
To go get her…
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Back on the Bus

Toe tap knee slap
Foot stomp hand clap
Fuzz tone feedback
Beer served ice-cold
Five dollar cover charge
Bouncer built like a barge
Brain small, belly large
Bully takes no bull
Dust on the dance floor
Not what they came for
Drinking drugging hard core
Ignoring all the amateurs
Here’s where they come
To bang on the drums
To break their guitar strings
And sing in the slums
They don’t how or why
They are still getting by
While they’re still sitting still
Getting tripping balls high
Blow out their out their ears
And they burn up their minds
Like ashes of bridges they left far behind
They fuss and they cuss and they
They still look at us like
We don’t know our way back to the back of the bus
Not on the FM
You got to pay to get played by the radio, on the radio – by a
Stoned drunk D J
Slurred words blurred brain
Another broken record skipping-skipping
Like a rolling stone
You can call me a sell out
I won’t cry, whine, curse, pout
‘Cause you don’t know what you’re talking ‘bout
Or which way is home
Until the day I’m laid to rest
With a broken heart beaten in my chest
I swear to do my very best
Even if I’m left here
All alone
Here’s where I’ll come
To bang on the drums
To bend my guitar strings and sing in the slums
I don’t know how or why
They’re still getting by
When they’re here every night getting tripping balls high
I’ll blow out their ears
While they burn out their minds
And I won’t be remembered when I leave them behind
They fuss and they cuss and scream “Freebird” at us ‘til we
Go find our way to the back of the bus
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Total Disaster

Sitting in a wishing well sinking faster and faster
Studying the simple things that I still haven’t mastered
And it seems like the older I get
The more I wish I knew some trick
And it isn’t just a tragedy- it’s a total disaster
She couldn’t bring me happiness but still naive I held on my hope
She gave me her excuses- I pretended that my heart wasn’t broken
And when she came back again- we pretended we were friends
And it isn’t just a tragedy- it’s a total disaster
She conceived of beauty as something that she had to apply
Around her lips, under her eyes, in her hair
If only her mind
And beauty used to be her name
But now she looks exactly the same
As the images that she tried to escape, that she used to despise
What a total disaster…
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Lord Have Mercy

Mama
Oh, Mama
I don’t wanna go to school no more
They can’t teach me
They can’t reach through
All my apathy, ignorance, boredom
Yay Ya Ya, ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya….
Mama
Oh, mama
Please don’t make me go to mass
All the wine and bread and tears you shed
Ain’t gonna save my sorry Christian ass- I sing
Ya ya ya ya
Ya ya ya ya
Ya ya ya ya ya ya
I’ll never do a decent thing in the name of making some money
Never gonna get me some, nothing in the world comes free
God ain’t looking down or frowning- I’m sure he would think this is funny
Darlin’ or darlin’
Tell me where did I go wrong?
I spent my whole life trying to please you
And now my life is almost gone
Ya ya ya
Ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya
Ya ya ya ya
Ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya
All the preachers
And the teachers
They still tell me that it isn’t too late
To believe in myself or in anything else
But a cold, dark, empty fate
I’ve never done a decent thing in my life to make me some money
Never doubted anything or anyone that I could see
If Man Upstairs can hear my prayers
I’m sure that he would think they sound funny
God, I hope so
Lord have mercy on me
Mama
Oh, mama
I’m afraid my mind has gone away
I can feel my soul is slipping
I can feel my body ache
Ya ya ya ya ya ya ya
Ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya
Ya ya ya ya ya ya ya
Ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya
I never done a decent thing in my life to earn me some money
I never wanted anything but everything that I could see
Maybe there’s a Man Upstairs who hears my prayers and thinks they sound funny
When it’s over, lord have mercy on me
Mercy, mercy
Lord have mercy on me
Someone said you’re up the stairs and all I gotta do is believe
Could faith have healed my pain, and my suffering, and all of my worry?
I don’t think so
Lord have mercy on me
Ya ya ya ya ya
Ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya
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Things Were Different

I had a vision of something that did not make sense to myself
And then I woke up again, and then I woke up again
I tried to explain it to acquaintance who once was a friend
But it was misunderstood, or just didn’t make any sense
Still I feel like I always have
Things seem just like they’ve always been
But I used to understand myself
I guess maybe things were different then…
I had a reason, I had a dream, I had a girl that was good to me
They’ll never come back again, they’ll never come back again
My brothers and sisters my mother and father my family and friends
Are wondering where I’ve gone, where I’ll go and where I have been
I used to dream and dream again
I used to laugh with all my friends
I used to sing and talk some sense
I guess that things were different then
This is like the first or the next or the last day I may ever live
And I may not wake up again- I may not wake up again
All of the people I’ll never know- places that I’ll never see
They don’t mean too much to me- they don’t mean to much to me
I used to wonder who I’d be
And what my life was all about
I guess I’m still the same old me
I guess that things aren’t so different now
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Black and Blue

And now my heart is black and blue
But never broken only bruised
I know it ain’t no revelation
I know my heart is black and blue
I bet by now you know it too
I know it ain’t no revelation
You throw your sticks
You throw your stones
You’d break my heart and then my home
I’d give you everything that’s mine
And other things like money, love and time
And now this faded old tattoo
May never ever be removed
I know it ain’t no revelation
I’ve scarred your name into my skin
And in the brain I beat with gin
I know it ain’t no revelation
The best and worst of all my soul
Came out to you and I lost control
And I can’t recall how or when or why
I used to be someone you would like…
The best and worst of all my soul
Came out to you and I lost control
And I can’t recall how or when or why
I used to be someone you would like…
And now my heart is black and blue
But never broken only bruised
And now my heart is black and blue
But never broken over you
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So Long

So long
I’ll wave goodbye to you
When you’re gone
I’ll wish I’d have lingered longer
So long, so long
So long
I will kiss you goodbye
When you’re gone
The shortest time will seem
So long, so long
I’ve loved you for
So long, so long, so long
I’ll love you more
And on, and on, and on
I’ve waited for
So long, so long, so long
I’ll love you more and more
More and more and more
So long
Give us a smile
When you’re gone a little while will feel
So long, so long, so long
So long
Don’t say goodbye, baby
I will wait
And the time will seem
So long, so long, so long
I’ve loved you for
So long, so long, so long
I’ll love you more
And on, and on, and on
I’ve waited for
So long, so long, so long
I’ll love you more and more
More and more and more
I’ve loved you for
So long, so long, so long
I’ll love you more
And on, and on, and on
I’ve waited for
So long, so long, so long
I’ll love you more and more
More and more and more
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Lyrics 2008 John M. Maxfield. Reprinted With Permission.

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Apr 7
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