Barry Crannell

Barry Crannell

 Wilsonville, Oregon, USA
BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

Songs with heart and humor delivered with the sincerity of a true storyteller. Comfortable with an audience, performances are akin to something out of a living room concert. A little folksy - but smooth around the edges.

Biography

Barry got his first guitar as a gift - in a trapezoidal-shaped cardboard box. Rocked out, fingerpicked, dipped his toes in the classical world, took a wrong turn when he learned to play the banjo, forgave himself long enough to become a songwriter along the way.

Beyond his newfound presence as a solo performer, he's just as likely to be performing as an integral part of the duo, Heart and Hammer. His wife, Julianna Waters, is a prolific and adept songwriter in her own right.

Barry was a winner at the Kerrville Songwriting contest in 1997, a finalist at the Napa and Wildflower Songwriting Contests, and Barry and Julianna were both finalists at Kerrville in 2002.

Oh yeah, he won on the Gong Show with his friends, Kerry and Anne...no, seriously

Lyrics

Dave

Written By: Barry Crannell

Dave © 2008 Barry Crannell ASCAP

Playin’ ball with brother Dave
Stubborn me, standing in the way
He swung and he missed, but not my head
Hurt like hell, I thought I was dead

That was my first memory
Always been so clear to me
Left a scar upon my face
A reminder that I can’t erase – no, I don’t want to

That was 1955
Brother Dave was so alive
10 years later he left this earth
Leavin’ me in a world of hurt

Pick on me, you know he would
He was the only one that could
Many was the kid gone flyin’
When they got caught in the act of tryin’ – and I wonder

How things might have been
Would I be the same?

Now it’s a whole new century
And sometimes it occurs to me
That when it’s said “the good die young”
He must’ve been a helluva good someone

Got no pictures that remain
Just the ones inside my brain
And the scar he left upon my face
Reminds me of my younger days – oh, I remember

Playin’ ball with Brother Dave

Truth Is a Midnight Train

Written By: Barry Crannell/Robert George

Truth Is a Midnight Train
© 2009 Barry Crannell ASCAP/Robert George BMI

Kickin’ some old soup can down the track
Thinkin’ ‘bout a future that won’t be back
Moonlit rail becomes a dusty mirror
Where the man I was just disappears

Cos truth is a midnight train
Creepin’ through my thoughts
The haunted engineer, is all my wasted years
All my love and loss
Truth is a midnight train

She left me on that platform without a kiss
Rolled off into freedom in the silver mist
Now I’d hop a freight but none will go my way
Cos I’m forever bound for yesterday

Truth is a midnight train
Creepin’ through my thoughts
The haunted engineer, is all my wasted years
All my love and loss
Truth is a midnight train

When I watched her train depart
I felt two lights on behind
The green light was my jealous heart
And the red light was my wine

There’s one crawlin’ ‘cross a trestle slow
He can see me and lets his whistle blow
Should I forgive myself and step aside
Or curse my fate and slip into the night

Cos truth is a midnight train
Creepin’ through my thoughts
The haunted engineer, is all my wasted years
All my love and loss
Truth is a midnight train

All my love and loss
Truth is a midnight train

That's What I Do

Written By: Barry Crannell ASCAP/Bill Osofsky BMI

That’s What I Do © 2009

Do you notice?
I come home everyday
I do my job
And I don’t complain
Straight as an arrow
Door to door
I don’t take my time
Or stay out late any more
That’s what I do
Cause I love you
That’s what I do

I bring home dinner
No, it ain’t much
But I know when you’re down
And I know that picks you up
Or I’ll get a movie
The kind you love
And if it makes you smile
You know babe, that's enough
That’s what I do
Cause I love you
That’s what I do

And I'll try every little thing
To get love right
And give you back all you give to me
When you hold me this way - so tenderly

I try to tell you
But words won't come
They get tied up in knots
All tangled on my tongue
But every hour
Of every day
I'll say I love you
A million different ways
That’s what I do
Cause I love you
That’s what I do

Yesterday's Mail

Written By: Barry Crannell/Bill Osofsky


Yesterday’s Mail © 2009 Bill Osofsky BMI/Barry Crannell ASCAP

Faded recollections of a time gone by
Paragraphs that tell a lover's tale
Yesterday's hopes
Yesterday's promises
There to read in yesterday's mail

Reliving now
Us walking in the park one winter's day
Forgiving how
You washed my face with snow and ran away
There within your drawer
The words I'd written long before
And I can’t believe it all began that way.

Faded recollections of a time gone by
Paragraphs that tell a lover's tale
Yesterday's hopes
Yesterday's promises
There to read in yesterday's mail

Remembering
Those days in which my world was only you
Ten years ago
A crowd was any number more than two
And never really knowing
Which way your life was going
When you dreamt of what the future held for you

Loosening those letters from that white, satin bow
Made a million memories begin to flow
Into…

Dear Grandma

Written By: Barry Crannell

Dear Grandma © 2001 Barry Crannell ASCAP

Dear Grandma
Do you know that I’m a star?
And do you know it’s all because
Of this ol’ guitar that you gave me
Such a long time ago
I named it after you
I thought you’d like to know

Dear Grandma
Do you know I miss your face
And peanut butter and jelly
On those story-tellin’ days where I remember
In your rockin’ chair one day you said
Know matter where you go
Go your own way

Wish you didn’t go when you did
You left all your love
In the heart of a little kid

Dear Grandma
I kinda miss the ol’ Sunday school
Wouldn’t have a God if it weren’t for you
And I remember – the 23rd psalm
And the change for collection
You slipped into my palm

Thank you Grandma
Thank you Grandma

You Ain't Dead Enough

Written By: Barry Crannell/Bill Osofsky

You Ain’t Dead Enough For Me © 2009 Barry Crannell ASCAP/Bill Osofsky BMI

It's such a kick to see how death becomes you
So natural - I had to look twice
You look just like the person I slept next to
In a life without emotion, cold as ice.

You ain’t dead enough for me
Embalming suits you well you're such a sight to see
Baby you will burn for all eternity
But you ain’t dead enough for me

All your friends attending talk in whispers
Like they're afraid they might wake you up
This whole church is filled - with flowers in baskets
But the gift I cherish most is in this casket

You ain’t dead enough for me
Your spirit's not the only one that's been set free
Baby you will burn for all eternity
But you still ain’t dead enough for me

Now that you’re gone
I'll carry on
Thanks for the money
I'm goin’ where it’s sunny

You ain’t dead enough for me
But I love the way you're framed inside mahogany
You should burn real nice for all eternity
But you still ain’t dead enough for me.

You ain’t dead enough for me
Embalming suits you well, you're such a sight to see
Your spirit's not the only one that's been set free
You ain’t dead enough
It can’t be said enough
No, you still ain’t dead enough for me

Yellow Moon

Written By: Barry Crannell/Wendy DuMond

Yellow Moon

Yellow moon...
Stop your shinin'
Yellow moon...
Why do you care?
Won't you leave me
In the darkness
Let me hide from my despair?

Yellow moon...
stop your laughin'
turn away that wry ol’ stare
When the lawmen
Came a-lookin’
I thought they’d take him
Clean and fair
They said they’d take him clean and fair

Will you be my only witness
As you hang there in the sky?
Now my love is taken from me
So won't you leave me here to cry?

Yellow moon...
Over Big Black mountain
Like a lamp you shine on me
Over there...
Is where I saw him
My fair love
Swingin' from a tree.

Instrumental

Yellow moon...
There’s no denyin’
I know I should’ve lied that day
But my love
Said he was a-leavin’
And I’d do anything to make him stay
I swore, I'd make him stay

Will you be my only witness
As you hang there in the sky?
Now my love is taken from me
So won't you leave me here to cry?

Will you be my judge and jury
As you hang there in the sky?
Now my love is taken from me
So won't you leave me here to die?

Discography

Heart and Hammer's "Time Flies" CD - 2003

Tracks available on...
CDBaby and iTunes

Previous incarnations...

Crannell and Krevans "Welcome to the World" CD - 1997
Wildgeese "Celtic Music of the Northwest" - 1987

Set List

As a duo, we perform 2 45-minute sets, some of mine, like

Dave
Just Like You
Last Call
Dear Grandma
Truth Is a Midnight Train
Yesterday's Mail
Speaking of Faith

and with Julie...

Wyoming Skies
Deep, Deep Pool
Let the Morning Come
Lone Star

and sometimes a few covers...

Rain (Beatles)
Face in the Crowd (Petty)
Somewhere, Over the Rainbow