Clyde Brett Barnes

Clyde Brett Barnes

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Turn away if wickedly vivacious music intimidates you! In Clyde’s catalogue you will find only the most stunningly crafted songs meant to inspire beyond believe and leave the listener in a state of euphoria. Sit down, plug in, and allow the music to carry your mind to where it’s never been before.

Biography

The story truly begins one cold night in a Connex Box, located at Camp Doboj, Bosnia Herzegovina. It is there where a simple question was posed, “Do you play guitar?” In a million years I never could have anticipated that the response, “Do you sing?” would lead me on a creative journey of introspective-discovery and musical exploration, and ignite a fire that burns even today. The sojourn on which I have embarked will undoubtedly continue throughout my life and has indelibly changed the way I perceive everything.

Being born of goodly parents who raised me, along with my brother and sisters, on a healthy regiment of sixties music staring the Beatles, I learned early on the power of great music. After I received my first acoustic guitar at the age of ten, I developed an affinity for guitar-based music. Unfortunately my other youthful endeavors overshadowed the guitar and I became disinterested putting aside the instrument for another four years. Thankfully, at age fourteen my father, who works as the producer on my recordings and writings, introduced me to the electric guitar, a Fender Mustang. I was indelibly changed by the instrument and quickly became enamored with the many possibilities the medium provided to express oneself.

After meeting Jason Nelligan, singer/front man extraordinar, on that fateful night in Bosnia, we quickly had over twenty songs written in the span of one month. Always the eternal pessimist, I found it hard to believe I could be a songwriter. However, emboldened by our success performing many of the songs for soldiers providing security for our mission, and the fact that they didn’t laugh, ridicule, or worse, exact physical revenge for the waste of their time, I felt that perhaps I had a talent for song writing.

I now have a catalogue of over eighty songs that include genres that run the gamut, rock, county, pop, electronica, etc. With any luck, sooner rather than later, I will have a number of these songs published. Either way, I will continue developing as a songwriter and, more importantly, continue on the journey I began so many years ago, thankful that music has made me a better man, husband, father, and friend.

Lyrics

Walk Away

Written By: Clyde Brett Barnes

Step once, step twice, don’t step again
Patience is a virtue that we don’t possess
Don’t play the situation like you’ve done before
Remember that we’ve had this talk before!
Cause you made your move, ya you hurt us bad
Never far from thought the fierce-sudden blasts
But we won’t sit around cryin bout how sad
The day of reckoning quickly approaches!

Don’t think, don’t think, don’t think – we’ll walk away (cause we won’t)
Don’t think, come on, don’t think, don’t think – we’ll walk away now
Don’t think, don’t think, don’t think – we’ll walk away (cause we won’t)
Don’t think, come on, don’t think, don’t think – we’ll walk away now!

You think you’ve changed things – you’ve changed nothing
And now you’ll see what happens – when you step on our toes
Live and let live is what we believe – but no way to deal with you
Now the great beast has awoke – and the cities burning are yours

You won the first round we admit it’s true
You beat us down cause we forgot about you
Now the vision’s burned inside our heads
The hate for us you harbor deep in your chest!
Cause you hit us once it won’t happen again
Time for you to feel the strength of our men
Bringing you down will be their pleasure
Crushing your skull under their mights pressure!

Don’t think, don’t think, don’t think – we’ll walk away (cause we won’t)
Don’t think, come on, don’t think, don’t think – we’ll walk away now
Don’t think, don’t think, don’t think – we’ll walk away (cause we won’t)
Don’t think, come on, don’t think, don’t think – we’ll walk away now!

Prisoner of a Sweet Smile

Written By: Clyde Brett Barnes

Prisoner of a Sweet Smile

Think it over in my mind
Every time you cried
Wasn’t it me?
Who dried your tears
Who held you close in here
Can’t you remember?
I guess the memories fade
I still hear you softly say
I won’t leave today

But those days are lost
I think I know the cost
It must have been me

I’m a prisoner – of a sweet smile
And it dominates my mind
I’m a prisoner – of a sweet smile
And it happens every time

Doesn’t help to run away
I see you like I see the day
Clouds can’t hide
All the pain I feel
Is it fake it’s probably real
I want my mind
Back in my control
I don’t want to beg and crawl
Leave me alone!

But those days are lost
I think I know the cost
It must have been me

I’m a prisoner – of a sweet smile
And it dominates my mind
I’m a prisoner – of a sweet smile
And it happens every time
I’m a prisoner – of a sweet smile
And it dominates my mind
I’m a prisoner – of a sweet smile
And it happens every time

Can't Hold This Cowboy Down

Written By: Clyde Brett Barnes

Early in the morning - shake the sleep out of my head
Out all night a drinking - won’t change the day ahead
Work all day to pay the rent – it feels like all I do
If the boss man tells me one more thing – he’s gonna wind up black and blue

And I say – oh…
Can’t hold this cowboy down
Cause I’ve got hard work on left of me
Obligations on the right, I can’t get done
And I say – oh…
Can’t hold this cowboy down

Jenny’s in the kitchen - stuck raising all the kids
She keeps a list a mile long – of everything that I’ve done wrong
One more chance is all she’ll give – to this redneck number one
So please don’t mention last night – cause if she knew then I’d be dead

And I say – oh…
Can’t hold this cowboy down
Cause I’ve got hard work on left of me
Obligations on the right, I can’t get done
And I say – oh…
Can’t hold this cowboy down
I’ve got every foolish banker
Thinking they can run this old boy down
But I’m too tough… Can’t hold this cowboy down

And I say – oh…
Can’t hold this cowboy down
Cause I’ve got hard work on left of me
Obligations on the right, I can’t get done
And I say – oh…
Can’t hold this cowboy down
I’ve got every foolish banker
Thinking they can run this old boy down
But I’m too tough… Can’t hold this cowboy down
And I say – oh…
Can’t hold this cowboy down

Can't Hold This Cowboy Down

Written By: Clyde Brett Barnes

Early in the morning - shake the sleep out of my head
Out all night a drinking - won’t change the day ahead
Work all day to pay the rent – it feels like all I do
If the boss man tells me one more thing – he’s gonna wind up black and blue

And I say – oh…
Can’t hold this cowboy down
Cause I’ve got hard work on left of me
Obligations on the right, I can’t get done
And I say – oh…
Can’t hold this cowboy down

Jenny’s in the kitchen - stuck raising all the kids
She keeps a list a mile long – of everything that I’ve done wrong
One more chance is all she’ll give – to this redneck number one
So please don’t mention last night – cause if she knew then I’d be dead

And I say – oh…
Can’t hold this cowboy down
Cause I’ve got hard work on left of me
Obligations on the right, I can’t get done
And I say – oh…
Can’t hold this cowboy down
I’ve got every foolish banker
Thinking they can run this old boy down
But I’m too tough… Can’t hold this cowboy down

And I say – oh…
Can’t hold this cowboy down
Cause I’ve got hard work on left of me
Obligations on the right, I can’t get done
And I say – oh…
Can’t hold this cowboy down
I’ve got every foolish banker
Thinking they can run this old boy down
But I’m too tough… Can’t hold this cowboy down
And I say – oh…
Can’t hold this cowboy down

Mending Fences

Written By: Clyde Brett Barnes

Every summer

Pensitivo

Written By: Clyde Brett Barnes

Instrumental