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“The Status Quo”

John’s sixth studio album, “The Status Quo” was released on 3/9/2009. 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, Tenor Saxophone, Piano, Drums, Cello
Eddie Kozhevsky – Drums on “Dearly,” “Don’t Deny Me,” and “Say You Love Me.”
Stephen Shalwitz – Trumpet on “Loverman” and “Say You Love Me”
Chris Wilson – Alto Saxophone on “Loverman” and “Say You Love Me”
Album Recorded February 2009.
Released on CD Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Music and Lyrics Copyright 2009 John Maxfield, ASCAP. All Rights Reserved.

Lyrics:

01. Dearly
02. Holding Out
03. Ghost Train
04. Dead Silence
05. Rag Doll
06. Loverman
07. Wrong
08. Now What?
09. Say You Love Me
10. Don’t Deny Me
11. Stuck In Saint Louis

Dearly

She isn’t well
I blame myself
I’m feeling blue as the sky
That I’m flying through to see her
Once again, my dearest friend
She isn’t well
I blame myself
I’m wanting to surprise
Her with all these sweet romantic sentiments
Would I regret it if I
Tell her I, tell her I love her?
Tell her I, tell her I love her?
Tell her I, tell her I love her
Dearly, dearly, dearly, dearly?
Tell her I, tell her I love her?
Tell her I, tell her I love her?
Tell her I, tell her I love her
Dearly, dearly, dearly, dearly?
It’s going well
I tell myself
I’m wanting to know why
I’ve been so shy and been so nervous
Half the time, there seems to be no purpose
Still- I tell myself
That there should come a time
When I’ll tell her how she makes my world seem bright
And quite alright
I think I might tell her I,
Tell her I love her
Tell her I, tell her I love her
Tell her I, tell her I love her
Dearly, dearly, dearly, dearly
Tell her I love her
Tell her I, tell her I love her
Tell her I, tell her I love her
Dearly, dearly, dearly, dearly
I will tell her I, tell her I love her
Tell her I, tell her I love her
Tell her I, tell her I love her
Dearly, dearly, dearly, dearly
Tell her I, tell her I love her
Tell her I, tell her I love her
Tell her I, tell her I love her
Dearly, dearly, dearly, dearly
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Holding Out

I was waiting for the right
Time to kiss your lips goodnight
But I think I better take my time,
I think we better take our time
I’m not trying to make you mine or
Trying to get you off my mind
But I think I better take my time
Think we better take our time
I don’t want to do you wrong
Set you up or lead you on
I just think there’s nothing wrong
With holding out and holding on
You hope we could still be friends
If we end what might begin
But I think we better take our time
Think we better take our time
We don’t have to go too far
We’re just fine right where we are
I think we better take our time
Think we better take our time
I don’t want to do you wrong
Set you up or lead you on
I just think there’s nothing wrong
With holding out and holding on
I don’t mean to insinuate
A longing that I have innately
For you that I may feel greatly
More than I’m entitled to
From time to time my mind suggests
What could be and what would be best
But I know better than to think
I know you from what I assume
There’s so much more I want to know
And all the places we could go
May lead us into something so
Horrible or wonderful
Or maybe just a bit of both
But with no promises or oaths
I don’t believe the status quo
Needs any ribbons, rings, or bows
You’re still making up your mind
I still have not made up mine
But I think we better take our time
Think we better take our time
I don’t think that we will fail
I don’t believe in fairy tales
But I think we better take our time
Think we better take our time
I don’t want to do you wrong
Set you up or lead you on
I just think there’s nothing wrong
With holding out and holding on…
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Ghost Train

Pack your bags all you friends of mine
We’re heading east on the west coast line
To where the simple things are just impossible to explain
We’re riding on a ghost train, riding on a ghost train
And we keep on riding…
Riding on a ghost train, we’re riding on a ghost train
And we keep on riding…
Well we stopped a moment to let more get on
We’re not going nowhere but we’re all long gone
And after a short time everything outside just looks the same…
When we’re riding on a ghost train, riding on a ghost train
And we keep on riding
Riding on a ghost train, riding on a ghost train, and we keep on riding…
Well a voice came on and said we’d soon arrive
Fifteen minutes after we’d be there in five and
We can’t stop this engine any easier than we could make it rain
Riding on a ghost train, riding on a ghost train
We keep on riding
We’re riding on a ghost train, riding on a ghost train
And we keep on riding
Keep on riding
Keep on riding
Keep on riding
Keep on riding
Keep on riding
Keep on riding
Keep on riding…
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Dead Silence

Am I now a ghost without a living host?
Separate from all that is real,
But not from the pain I feel?
It doesn’t mean anything
To anyone but me
It doesn’t hurt anyone
Anyone but me
A quietness deader than silence
A blackness much darker than death
Truth hurts with all of it’s violence
It won’t let you catch your breath
It needs not a moment of rest
It takes away everything
It takes away everything
It takes away everything
But the line between life and death
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Rag Doll

I don’t even know you- but baby, I own you
And everything and everyone around
I sell what you buy and it keeps you alive here
With everything and everyone around
You can’t live without me, you complain about me
To everything and everyone around
But you know you want it, I got it and flaunt it
To everything and everyone around
Everything and everyone around
Everything and everyone around
Everything and everyone around
We got religion, culture and education
We have believed that we all have evolved
We have technology, government, and frustration
We have more wrong than could ever be solved
But it don’t mean a god damned thing at all
And you’re just a rag doll
We make your medicine and we make your diseases
We think that we make the world revolve
But when the revolution of nature ceases
Everything that ever was will just dissolve
Just like it don’t mean a god damned thing at all
And you’re just a rag doll
No more whispers, no more screams
No more life or death or dreams
Nothing to do or to think or to be
Nothing to feel, hear, taste, touch, smell, or see
Much less the writing in front of you on the wall
And you’re just a rag doll
You’re just a rag doll
You’re just a rag doll
You’re just a rag doll
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Loverman

The moment in time when your hand was in mine
You made me feel so secure
My heart was aflutter and no other lover
Had given me loving like yours
Your lips brought me warmth with your
Laughter and kisses
And all of the words you would speak
And now all this silence, and distance, denial- it’s as
Cold as the turn of your cheek
Sometimes I wish that I was better
Than I suppose you think I am
Sometimes I wish that I was good enough to be your loverman
You say I’m crazy, I guess that I may be
But then again, baby- I’m fine
I admit that it’s hard to be where we are when I think of that moment in time
When I held you closely and everything- mostly, seemed
Better than truth ever was
You say that I’m crazy, I guess that I may be
I still have some hope left for us
Sometimes I wish that I was better than I suppose you think I am
Sometimes I wish that I was good enough to be your loverman
Sometimes I wish that I was better than I suppose you think I am
Sometimes I wish that I was good enough to be your loverman
To be your loverman
To be your loverman
To be your love or be your loverman
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Wrong

Baby please- please don’t you leave
Please don’t you leave me now
You have what I need and I can’t stop dreaming
No- I can’t stop dreaming about you
Don’t you tell me that we’re through
After all I’ve done for you
I’ve been so good to you for so long
Don’t you tell me that we’re though
After all I’ve done for you
You ain’t done me nothing but wrong
Baby please- when did your heart
When did your heart turn to stone?
We can be free- we don’t have to be
We don’t have to be alone
Why can’t you see, why can’t you see-
My love for you has grown
Don’t you believe- why don’t you believe
It will be better than you have known?
So don’t you tell me that we’re through
When I ain’t done with you
I’ve been so good to you for so long
Don’t you tell me that we’re through
After all I’ve done for you
You ain’t done me nothing but wrong
Don’t you tell me that we’re through
Baby please- please don’t you leave
Please don’t you leave me now
You have what I need and I can’t stop dreaming
No- I can’t stop dreaming about you
Don’t you tell me that we’re through
After all I’ve done for you
I’ve been so good to you for so long
Don’t you tell me that we’re though
After all I’ve done for you
You ain’t done me nothing but wrong
Don’t you tell me that we’re through
After all I’ve done for you
I’ve been so good to you for so long
Don’t you tell me that we’re though
After all I’ve done for you
You ain’t done me nothing but wrong
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Now What?

Now what?
He’s waited and he’s wanted for so long
He had her for a moment now she’s gone
He had her for a moment now she’s gone
Now what?
She felt something that was very strong
She felt it for a moment but it’s gone
She had it for a moment, now it’s gone
No time in love is wasted time
He’ll wait for her her to make up her mind…
Make up her mind…
Make up her mind…
Make up her mind…
Now what?
She felt something, but it wasn’t love
For a moment, she was pretty sure it was
For a moment, she seemed pretty sure it was
Now what?
Is it over now, or only just begun?
Is it over now, or only just begun?
I think that they have only just begun…
She’ll say that he has lost his mind
He’ll wait for her to change her mind…
She’ll change her mind…
Then change her mind…
Then change her mind…
Now what?
They’ve waited and they’ve wanted for so long
They had it for a moment, but it’s gone
They had it for a moment, now it’s gone
She’ll see that he’s in love with her
Before she’s sure its mutual
Its mutual
Its mutual
Its mutual
Its mutual
Now they both say that they will stay together for so long
Their love together will go on and on
And on, and on, and on, and on, and on
Now they both say that they will stay together for so long
Their love together will go on and on
And on, and on, and on, and on, and on
And on, and on, and on, and on, and on
And on, and on, and on, and on, and on
And on, and on, and on, and on, and on
And on, and on, and on, and on, and on…
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Say You Love Me

I stay up, you go to bed
You stay up, and I play dead like the dog I am
Or how you make me feel
Say you love me, I know you never will
We grew up in Illinois
You knew me when I was a boy
I loved you then, I think I love you still
Say you love me I know you never will
When we drove down the interstate
I was late, I made you wait
I’m waiting, baby- I think I’ll wait until
You say you love me, I know you never will
Say you love me, I know you never will
Say you love me, I know you never will
Say you love me, I know you never will
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Don’t Deny Me

Been so long since I’ve seen the sunrise
Up above your windowsill
Been so long since I’ve looked into your eyes
That I can hardly wait until
Our next great adventure, our future rendezvous
You’ll fall into my arms and I will fall in love with you
I’ll put all of my pain and rainy day women behind me
I need your love tonight my darling, please do not deny me
And I don’t want to change you
I don’t want you to change for me
So many other men would rearrange you
Into some self-serving fantasy
But fantasies are bland to me and often so perverse
I want our love to be a blessing, baby, not a curse
Put all your doubt behind you and I’ll put all mine behind me
I need your love tonight my darling, please do not deny me
I’ll tell you time and time again
You comfort my whole tortured soul
I’d never want to loose you as my friend
It’s trying to my self-control
I think that something’s started
I know you feel it too
And even though I know our hearts are beaten black and blue
Put all your doubt behind you and I’ll put all mine behind me
I need your love tonight my darling, please do not deny me
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Stuck In Saint Louis

Sarah Jane got on a plane and left for New York yesterday
Brother Joe left for the snow of Colorado this morning
Me and you are stuck in Saint Louis
We don’t have a ticket, we don’t have a plan
Junior says we’re not in Kansas
We’ll get back in Kansas as soon as we can
There’s nothing like a silver frown
It makes you want to leave this town
Someday your face will smile again
And I swear I’ll never leave until then
And I swear I’ll never leave until then
Our family and friends hang their hats and their heads
And make up their beds far away
Chasing love and chasing life and chasing their tales
Until they get them right, but
Me and you are stuck in Saint Louis
But we’re buying tickets, and we’re making plans
You and I- we’re gonna fly as far and as fast and as soon as we can
There’s nothing like a silver frown
It makes you want to leave this town
Someday your face will smile again
And I swear I’ll never leave until then
And I swear I’ll never leave until then
There’s nothing like a silver frown
It makes you want to leave this town
Someday your face will smile again
And I swear I’ll never leave until then
And I swear I’ll never leave until then
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Lyrics 2009 John M. Maxfield. Reprinted With Permission.

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Mar 9
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