Bill Melton

Bill Melton

BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

Each of Bill’s show are like a musical stew -a cup of love, dash of sorrow, pinch of pain, and a pound of smiles with a rich broth of reality. A mixture of American Gothic yearning, mid-western practicality, and stubborn romanticism with humor and terminal sensibility. Mmm mm good!

Biography

Continuing on a musical tradition that has been in his family for over five generations, Bill is a multi-instrumentalist who has literally performed from the muddy banks of the Mississippi to the peaks of the Colorado Rockies. He has performed twice at the Iowa Governor’s mansion, as well as various fairs, festivals, radio shows, clubs, and house concerts. Mixing original material with a few select songs by other artists, Bill’s goal is to end the show with “everyone with a smile on their face, and a song in their head they can’t get rid of”. Bill performs solo, in a folk trio "Homegrown Tomatoes" (www.iowarecords.com) as well as a "hired gun" for various other performers. Having played in bands from bluegrass to blues, his influences have been many, but his favorites are the three Johns- Hartford, Prine, and Cash.

Lyrics

Far-Out Johnnie Has a Waterbed

Written By: Bill Melton

Far-Out Johnnie Has a Waterbed ©2005 by Bill Melton

Far-Out Johnnie has a waterbed
Wears rose colored glasses, suspenders bright red
Over six hundred times, seen the Grateful Dead
Yeah Far-Out Johnnie has a waterbed

He’s a time machine, stuck in ‘72
Back then yeah, he was Mr. Cool
Smoke peace and love, was his golden rule
Johnnie was hip, yeah Johnnie was-- cool

Far-Out Johnnie has a waterbed
Wears rose colored glasses, suspenders bright red
Over six hundred times, seen the Grateful Dead
Yeah Far-Out Johnnie has a waterbed

Socks and sandals, his fashion flare
Braid down is back, bandana in his hair
Times have changed, but he don’t care
Plays guitar, in his bean bag-- chair

Far-Out Johnnie has a waterbed
Wears rose colored glasses, suspenders bright red
Over six hundred times, seen the Grateful Dead
Yeah Far-Out Johnnie has a waterbed

Everything old gets new again
Johnnie’s lifestyle comes round again
Bell-bottoms jeans, old T-shirts too
Once again now, Johnnie is-- cool

He’s mellow, laid back, he’s outta sight
Far out, groovy, he’s dy-no-mite
Free an easy, don’t worry ‘bout the Man
Keep on Truckin’ Mr. Natural Man Hey-

Far-Out Johnnie has a waterbed
Wears rose colored glasses, suspenders bright red
Over six hundred times, seen the Grateful Dead
Yeah Far-Out Johnnie has a waterbed

Wedding Bells

Written By: Bill Melton

Wedding Bells ©2001 by Bill Melton

I remember the day we met
It’s as clear to me, as if it were yesterday
Oh, what a day
When I looked, into your eyes
Well I knew that I just had to try
Couldn’t just pass you by
We fell I love, and then we were on our way, to today--

Wedding bells are ringing, just for you, and me
Telling all the world just how happy we’ll be
In the eyes of God, we join together as man and wife
For our lives--

I gave my heart to you
And you gave me, a love so strong and true
That I want to marry you
You gave me a reason, to laugh and sing
Girl you gave me everything
Now you’re gonna wear my ring
We fell in love, so now our vows we say, here today--

Wedding bells are ringing
Wedding bells are ringing
Wedding bells are ringing
Wedding bells are ringing, just for you, and me

Heroes in Pink

Written By: Bill Melton

Heroes in Pink ©2007 by Bill Melton

She’s a hero, but she doesn’t feel that way
Well she’s a fighter, as she makes it through each day
Through tears and anger, fear and pain, she does what she must do
Now prayer, love, and family, will help to get her through

Call her hero, she’ll just laugh and look away
Sometimes she’s scared, but she takes it day by day
The doctor’s words, left her cold, they numbed her to the bone
Love ones stand beside her, she knows she’s not alone

Sisters and mothers, our daughters and our lovers---
You fight to see Survivor by your name
Stronger than you think, wearing ribbons of pink---
They’re heroes, all Heroes in Pink---

Helping others, who have illness in their life
You say keep believing, be a mother, be a wife
You stand before us, spirit strong, show others they can too
And I hope you know how proud we are of you

Sisters and mothers, our daughters and our lovers---
You fight to see Survivor by your name
Stronger than you think, wearing ribbons of pink---
They’re heroes, all Heroes in Pink--- Heroes in Pink---

Bill Melton 515-289-1153 bmeltonmusic@aol.com www.sonicbids.com/billmelton

Discography

All I Can Say

Set List

Bill shows are typically 90 minutes to two hours (with break). Sets are mostly original songs mixed with a few select songs by artists such as Guy Clark, John Prine, John Hartford, and a few others. Instruments used at the show depend on the venue and type of event.