Classy Johnny Massy

Classy Johnny Massy

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The birth of a sensation, Classy Johnny Massy doesn't fit in with the current popular music landscape. Boasting an array of styles, ranging from Rockabilly to New Orleans R&B to authentic Rock.

Biography

The Name:
Some say he would give the shirt off his back, although he had little to spare. I gave him a dollar for a coffee and he was grateful.
John Massie was a homeless person, but I felt a connection with him as we sat talking on the sidewalk of a busy downtown street corner. Turns out we shared similar roots as Aboriginal Canadians, and were from the same reservation. Unfortunately alcohol and hard times had taken their toll on the man who wore the weary face of someone much older than his 46 years.
He talked about life and his nine years on the streets of Toronto. He said he had been beaten, but he took care of himself because, “I’m Classy Johnny Massie.” He said this while comically raising his fists. I walked away that day thinking it was a great name for a song or something.
It wasn’t long after my chance meeting with John that I read of his death. It was January 2009. He had been sleeping in a bank vestibule and went out for a smoke. John accidentally set himself on fire. He died later that day.
I had been trying to come up with the name for the band at the time and decided then that I would pay tribute to John. I think he wouldn’t mind. Although the spelling is altered somewhat, we are “Classy Johnny Massy”.

Lyrics

The Piper

Written By: Classy Johnny Massy

Baby you've sure got a lot of nerve
Yes I've really got to hand it to you
You know I never even saw this one coming
And just like that I'm a headline in yesterdays news
I have cried and I've tried to forget the past
I tried to phase out the pain till there was nothing left
Now I've picked up all my pieces and I've broken new ground
But it pains me to see you go down
Can't you see the piper calling
Can you see the piper baby
He's calling you out by name
Whoooooa
Can you see the piper calling
Can you see the piper baby
You've got some dues to pay
Well if it goes around it'll come around
In the time no doubt
And if you're going not caught up yet
You'll soon figure it out
Moving on ain't as easy as you thought it would be
And being free honey ain't exactly free
Can't you see the piper calling
Can you see the piper baby
He's calling you out by name
Whoooooooow
Can you see the piper calling
Can you see the piper baby
You've got some dues to pay

Coupe DeVille

Written By: Classy Johnny Massy

Hey baby baby baby tell me what's your deal
Cause I need me a little sugar, you look like you in need of a thrill
Won't you scooch it on over from behind the wheel?
Let me take a crack at that Coupe Deville
I was born up in the country, raised on Rock and Roll
Believe me honey, I've still got plenty pedal to go
You better grab a hold of something, I ain't takin' it slow
Now your daddy won't mind what your daddy don't know
We got the smokestack lightnin' risin' up under the hood
Ready to kick to the wind with the droppin' of my heavy foot
We've got some forty odd miles 'fore we out of the woods
So for some forty odd miles we gonna shake it real good
Roll on baby, baby roll on
B-baby, baby, baby it's time to move along
Come on, come on
BABY!

Discography

Five song demo C.D
1. The Piper
2. Coupe Deville
3. Bad Boy
4. Danny Boy
5. You Will be Mine
Streaming music at
www.myspace.com/classyjohnnymassy
www.classyjohnnymassy.com