John McMillan

John McMillan

BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

"John McMillan continues in the tradition of songwriters like John Prine, Townes Van Zandt, and Guy Clark, with songs that tell the stories of love and love-gone-wrong. Whether by himself or with his band, John exudes the timeless character of the American songwriting tradition."--NW Monthly

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Biography

John McMillan grew up in rural Florida, singing and playing music for as long as he can remember. "I'd been in several bands with a modicum of local celebrity by the time I graduated from high school," says John, "I'd been in several more bands by the time I graduated from college." McMillan grew up on Elvis, Hank Williams, Bob Dylan, Lefty Frizell, and Johnny Cash, and hopes that somehow this healthy diet of early rock'n'roll, country, blues, and other forms of "folk" music are reflected in the songs that he's writing today. He has played hundreds of shows throughout the southeast, as well as many very intimate performances a little further up the east coast in New York City (which can be quite different from playing the "world famous" Tootsie's in Nashville, TN.) John McMillan has also recorded with some of today's hottest session players, including musician/producer Michael Ramos (John Mellencamp, Patti Griffin, the Bo Deans, the Rembrandts, Los Lonely Boys) and famed slide-guitarist Billy Cassis (Charlie Sexton, Double Trouble). Recently, John has written several songs with Stan Lynch (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Don Henley, Tim McGraw) and Billy Chapin (award-winning writer/producer, session/touring guitarist for international acts such as Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears). After all of these accomplishments, and though only a few years removed from his days of studying English and Film Theory at the University of Florida, a period which also helped to shape and inform the poetry of his sound, John McMillan continues to make his mark on the music industry. As he does, we promise to keep you posted.

Lyrics

Chained To Her

Written By: John McMillan

She was all heather and gold
Carried the world on her shoulders
She was all diamonds and pearls
And her eyes couldn’t be any colder

And I’m chained to her
I’m chained to her
I’m tied to the weight of her world
I’m chained to her

I was the only one there
And the others made sure I had lost them
I was the only one there
And I guess I was her only option

(Chorus)

Like a bird that’s been tossed in the wind
I ain’t knowin’ where I should be goin’
Like a dolphin that swims through the sea
I know I can’t carry the ocean

But I’m here all alone
Prayin’ the she’d be returnin'
But I’m here all alone
Chained to a world that keeps turning

(Chorus)

She Was All I Ever Had To Lose

Written By: John McMillan

Well, I guess I went too far
Inside the walls of this old bar;
But from every bone to every bruise,
She was all I ever had to lose.

And now the night spreads out its wings,
Helps me hide from all these things;
But we can’t always hide
from what we choose,
‘Cause she was all I ever had to lose

Bridge:
Now I’ve emptied my hands,
And I’ve emptied my mind,
So I can’t feel so bad;
But I could give it all up
Only to find
That she was all I ever really had…
…All I ever had.

Lay my bed upon the street;
Take the shoes from off my feet;
Steal from my voice the ancient blues,
‘Cause she was all I ever had to lose.

Well, I guess it’s kinda strange
All the thoughts we rearrange
To make the day feel like it’s new,
When she was all I ever had to lose.

(Bridge)

“Our love can make it in this world,”
Says the poet to his girl;
And she just looks at him and grins,
“All love is lost ‘fore it begins.”

And she just looks at him and grins,
“All love is lost ‘fore it begins.”

Lemon Street

Written By: John McMillan

Dreams are made on lemon street
Just like an old tattoo
Just like me and you
Went fading fast

Whole lotta people say lemon street
Ain’t what it used to be
Maybe they’re right
Maybe we’re just fading fast

And I’ll hold onto you
If you’ll hold onto me
And we’ll still believe
Even if nobody does
On lemon street

Maybe as a boy
You used to play in time
To artificial tongues
And silhouetted minds

And I’ll hold onto you
If you’ll hold onto me
And we’ll still believe
Even if nobody does
In lemon street

Nobody Knows

Written By: John McMillan

Why you gotta be so hard?
Is it easy to be cruel?
With all this time to make up your mind
What do you do?

How does it come without a warning?
Without any alarm
Without the means to keep it clean
And just move on?

Chorus:
Nobody knows
Nobody knows
Nobody knows
What you do to me

Does it radiate inside you?
Does it haunt you when you sleep?
How do you choose what to lose
And what to keep?

(Chorus)

Does it radiate inside you?
Does it haunt you when you sleep?

(Chorus Out)

Discography

Tuesday Night Demos-2004 (iTunes)
Stranger In You-2006 (iTunes)

Set List

Set list can be provided, but varies from show to show.