Chris Barry

Chris Barry

BandCountryPop

I'm a Canadian songwriter from Toronto. I write in a variety of genres. Children's songs, country, rock, pop... even parodies, it's all good with me. I have done coffee houses and perform some of my own recordings but my focus is to supply recording artists with great lyrics and melodies.

Biography

Back in high school, I got my first guitar- an acoustic Yamaki, and some song books, and I started picking up the basics of playing it. During my university years I played a lot of the popular music of the day (this was the late 70's, early eighties). For the next ten years I got involved as an owner and operator of a small computer retail store, got married and started a family. I pretty well put away my guitar (actually sold it after it had been damaged on a plane trip) and I didn't pick it up again until my son was about 4 years old. I bought my second guitar (an Ibanez) from a customer of mine and decided to write a song to my first born. I wrote "How you got it done" on November 14th, 1993, as a code to live by for my first born, and with that, I was hooked. I found a real joy in writing music and it gave me an inner peace that I really needed.
But I had a lot to learn about songwriting and as the years pass, I continue to tune my craft and I've come to appreciate the nuances of creating good songs.
And, I've had some successes in getting my music "out there".
Most recently, Truckin' Love is part of a Truck Drivin' Songs compilation.
In 2005, I released The NHL Hockey Lockout tune, a tongue in cheek parody from this hockey fan's point of view, based (with permission) on the Superman Song by The Crash Test Dummies. It received some radio play.
In 2001, I released a song following 911 about following the advice of such people as Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa and Mahatma Gandhi. It was sponsored by my Canadian government and played at the Canada Loves NY weekend on December 1st of that year, in the Roseland Ballroom. Over 6,000 CD's of the single were distributed free to attendees.
In 2002, I was once again sponsored for a single song project for World Youth Day entitled: "I Believe".
World Vision Canada has a theme song of mine for the 30 Hour Famine that I am currently pitching.
I also wrote songs commemorating events such as the Beltway sniper tragedies, the Bre-X scandal and the 1993 Everest tragedy.
Part of my children's song "Barnyard Boogie" was used in a World Vision campaign to promote sponsor donations to provide various farm animals to the needy.
So, I'm keeping busy, always working on new material, promotion, recording... I love it.
I'm always ready to collaborate with other talented musicians. I'm Toronto based, but I'll go just about anywhere for the right reason.
Cheers,
Chris

Lyrics

Barnyard Boogie

Written By: Chris Barry

There’s a farm nestled in a quiet little mid-western valley where just before midnight, during the summer equinox, when the moon is full, and the human folk are fast asleep, all the farm animals and their woodland kin put aside their differences and get together for a heck of a party called the Barnyard Boogie, and it goes something like this:

The barnyard cat is dancin’ with the mouse,
The carpenter ants are bringin’ down the house,
Everyone’s feelin’ the beat, hands a-clappin’.
The jug band’s jumpin’ and stompin’ around,
The spider in the corner ain’t makin’ a sound,
But look real close you’ll see eight little feet tappin’.

C’mon, do the barnyard boogie with me,
The farmer and his wife are fast asleep,
It’s only half past midnight, I still got some energy,
C’mon, do the barnyard boogie with me.

Old Mr. Owl is havin’ a hoot,
In line with the chickens, doin’ the boot scoot,
The shifty-eyed, egg suckin’ weasel boys are rappin’. Who invited them?
There’s milk on tap at Bessie the cow,
She has some competition from the self serve sow,
The kitty and her litter’s there a-lappin’.

CHORUS third line changed to: It’s only half past one, I’m just startin’ to have some fun,

The fox is friendly with the farmer’s hound,
Old Tom turkey’s struttin’ around,
Everybody’s up, ducks are dancin’
Rooster can’t wait, he’s makin’ noise,
Chicks are harmonizing with the bullfrog boys,
The plow horse and his filly are romancin’.

CHORUS third line changed to: It’s only half past two, I just put on my dancin’ shoes,

The goats are nervous and kiddin’ around,
Old Mr. Mole’s come out of the ground,
The sheep dog and her pups are all a-yappin’.
Miss Piggy’s flirtin’ with the new guard dog,
While keepin’ an eye on Mr. Hog,
In the hen house, chicken wings are flappin’.

The sheep are feelin’ frisky, it’s the best time that they’ve had,
They’ve just been through a shearing, and now they’re acting baaad. Oh so baaad.

C’mon, do the barnyard boogie with me,
The farmer and his wife are fast asleep,
It’s only half past three, and I still got some energy,
C’mon, do the barnyard boogie with me.
Do the barnyard boogie, I said,
Do the barnyard boogie, one more time,
Do the barnyard boogie with me.

Police Tape Lines (The Beltway Sniper Incidents)

Written By: Chris Barry

So dark,
In more ways than one,
Nowhere to hide,
Nowhere to run.

There's a fear,
It makes your skin crawl,
If it can happen here,
It can happen anywhere at all.

I never had the chance to ask forgiveness,
To say my goodbyes,
To tell you how much I love you,
I never thought I’d be the one behind,
Police tape lines,
Police tape lines,
Police tape lines.

What is the reason,
This cold and random act?
Perpetrated with precision,
The devil has another pact.

We live by the rules,
We break and we bend,
We justify the means,
To suit our ends.

I never had the chance to ask forgiveness,
To say my goodbyes,
To tell you how much I love you,
I never thought you’d be the one behind,
Police tape lines,
Police tape lines.

Hopes and dreams lie shattered in an instant of time.
Do you believe in a reckoning for this crime of crimes?

I never had the chance to ask forgiveness,
To say my goodbyes,
To tell you how much I love you,
Just one more time.
Police tape lines,
Police tape lines,
Police tape lines…

Australia

Written By: Chris Barry

Was it that long ago,
high school dances, rock and roll,
when we laughed.
Crazy nights and crazy days,
didn’t care what people say,
we lived fast.
We used to hang around,
It used to be so great.
Now when I come around,
You don’t have much to say,
You turn and look away.

Think I’ll go down to Australia,
never been that way before,
Think I’ll go down to Australia,
half a world away and warm,
Think I’ll go down to Australia,
never been that way before,
Think I’ll go down to Australia,
half a world away and far from you.

Was it that long ago,
I called on your parents home,
respectfully.
Sometimes when lights were out,
you’d slip away 'n walkabout,
alone with me.
We’d lay a blanket down,
In some secluded place.
And lying on the ground,
I held an angel,
I held an angel’s face.

Think I’ll go down to Australia,
never been that way before,
Think I’ll go down to Australia,
half a world away and warm,
Think I’ll go down to Australia,
never been that way before,
Think I’ll go down to Australia,
half a world away and far from you.

Oh baby, if I could just hear you say: “please don’t go”.
Or maybe... that you will be waiting when I come home.

Think I’ll go down to Australia,
Think I’ll go down to Australia,
Think I’ll go down to Australia...

Believing

Written By: Chris J Barry, Alan Marginean

Believing
©June 2007. Music and Lyrics by Christopher J. Barry, Alan Marginean

Hard to believe we’ve let you down,
I’m so sorry we’re apart.
We never knew you’d change our lives,
Never felt so strong about love before.

And never did I imagine something,
Could be this hard…oh oh.

It’s all right to cry,
Just believe we’ll be alright.

Never believe we’ll say goodbye,
Never believe we’d tell that lie,
Never believe that we would fly,
Away from you, our precious child,
Just you believe in fairy dust,
Let it rain down on us,
In the end, all will be well,
Just not like a fairy tale.

I know you believe we’ve let you down ,
We’ve broken your heart in two.
You’re our miracle of love,
We’ll make it up to you, I promise to.

And if only I could just do one thing,
To make it less hard…..I would.

It’s all right to cry,
Just believe it’ll be alright.

Never believe we’ll say goodbye,
Never believe we’d tell that lie,
Never believe that we would fly,
Away from you, our precious child,
Just you believe in fairy dust,
Let it rain down on us,
In the end, all will be well,
Just not like a fairy tale.

I’ll chase the dragons from your bed,
I’m not the man of gingerbread,
I’ll spin a yarn of golden thread,
Keep you from harm.
And build you castles in the sand,
Not run away, like the gingerbread man,
So drift away to Neverland,
You’ll never be alone.

Never believe we’ll say goodbye, Never believe we’ll say goodbye...

Words Like Weapons

Written By: Chris J Barry

Words Like Weapons
©2007. Music and Lyrics by Christopher J. Barry

Got your note,
So you dropped by,
Left your key,
Is that goodbye?

Do you doubt
That I meant well?
Is it just me or is there
Someone else that feels like hell?

Words like weapons make me cry,
Pain, a sandstorm in my eye,
Shrug your shoulders, heave a sigh,
You feel restless, so do I.

I’ll miss talking
To the bathroom door,
I’ll miss holding you
Any more.

I need to see you,
One last time,
If just to break this thread,
That’s wound so tight, it tends to bind.

Words like weapons make me cry,
Pain, a sandstorm in my eye,
Shrug your shoulders, heave a sigh,
You feel restless, so do I.

Tell me you don’t love me anymore,
I need to hear those words,
Thrust your dagger (as a metaphor),
Tell me till it hurts.

Words like weapons make me cry,
Pain, a sandstorm in my eye,
Shrug your shoulders, heave a sigh,
You feel restless, so do I,
You feel restless, so do I.

Discography

Barnyard Boogie- Childrens song
Eye For An Eye- World song for peace
Truckin' Love- Country
I Believe- For World Youth Day 2002
Thirty Hours- The World Vision "30 hour famine"
Katrina- Rock- About the hurricane of 2005
Police Tape Lines- Contemporary Americana
Above the Step- Ballad- The 1993 Everest Tragedy
Salt in the Earth of Kalimantan- Ballad- Bre-X Hoax
My Second Wind- Country/contemporary- true love