David Kleiner

David Kleiner

 Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, USA
BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

Acoustic originals that rock. Blues, rock, folk, and swing covers.

Biography

David, winner of the 2009 Avalon Folk Festival performing songwriter competition, has been performing for more than thirty years. He has headlined clubs such as Charlottesville's Prism Coffeehouse, New Jersey's Barrington Coffee House, and World Cafe Live Upstairs in Philadelphia. His song, "Stand Up for Freedom" (co-written with Mick Choder) won the 2004 Philadelphia Songwriter's Project's Vote Festival Contest. David has opened for Randall Williams, Hot Soup, We're About Nine, and Dave Matthews and Boyd Tinsley. Check out videos on YouTube with the David Kleiner Trio and solo. His CDs are available on iTunes, Amazon, and most streaming music services.


Lyrics

As Soon As I Get Through This

Written By: David Kleiner

As Soon as I Get Through This
Debuted May 23, 2009
Joan of Arc was captured on May 23, 1430
Dedicated to Tom Lehrer

VERSE 1

Joan of Arc, she couldn’t feel the heat,
though the flames were licking at her feet.
“I always do what God commands.
Things didn’t work out as I planned.
But everything’s been lovely and divine and…
As soon as I get through this I’ll be fine.

VERSE 2

“Please God won’t you put me in your grace?
Say a prayer for the human race.
I’ll cry a bit as I depart. That’s me, I just take things to heart.
Throw my ashes in the Seine, forget the shrine.
As soon as I get through this I’ll be fine.

VERSE 3

“Politicians want their own man on the throne,
Lawyers they will do what they are told.
The people stifle their complaints. The priests anoint another saint
The court decides there is no fault to find
And as soon as we get through this we’ll be fine.”

BRIDGE

“Learn from my mistakes
Don’t end up tied down to a stake
But if you do, consider this, my friend,
Take it from Joan of Arc it’ll work out in the end.”

VERSE 4

Buddha said to take the middle way.
What is life but suffering anyway?
If you long for your salvation or for life’s corrupt temptations,
these ten words will help you every time:
As soon as I get through this…
As soon as I get through this…
As soon as I get through this I’ll be fine.

Ain't No School

Written By: David Kleiner

Ain’t No School
words and music by David Kleiner

Somethin’ strange is goin’ on
today at Central High.
The pencil sharpener’s broke down; the water fountain’s dry.
No football players anywhere;
the coaches ran away.
Ain’t no school tomorrow;
ain’t no school today.
That’s right, no school.
The teacher must’ve flipped for sure.
He shaved his head,
ripped off his clothes,
and danced right out the door.
That’s right, OK.
There ain’t no school tomorrow
and there ain’t no school today.

The Central High School Marching Band has trampled down the hall.
The kids broke in the closet
where the chemicals are stored.
The principal is out of touch,
but ain’t been put away.
Ain’t no school tomorrow;
ain’t no school today.
That’s right, no school.
The teacher is a burnout case.
Check his teeth. Look in his eyes. You’ll see it in his face.
That’s right, OK.
There ain’t no school tomorrow
and there ain’t no school today.

We’re gonna learn ‘bout good and bad from watchin’ our TV.
We’re gonna learn ‘bout truth and lies from livin’ on the street.
The things they try to teach you
ain’t worth learnin’ anyway.
Ain’t no school tomorrow;
ain’t no school today.
That’s right, no school.
The teacher just made up his mind.
He saw what he was doin’
and joined the other side.
That’s right, OK.
There ain’t no school tomorrow
and there ain’t no school today.

The only thing they teach you
in a place like that
is stand in line and stay in line
and please take off your hat.
We’re the all new generation,
ain’t just fade away.
Ain’t no school tomorrow;
ain’t no school today.
That’s right, no school.
The teacher finally up and quit.
He told off everybody
and gave ‘em all the slip.
That’s right, OK.
There ain’t no school tomorrow
and there ain’t no school today.

Cape May Waltz

Written By: David Kleiner

A man holds a child as they glide ‘cross the floor.
The surf hugs the shoreline outside of the hall.
One pair of seagulls still circles the sky.
And every sound that you hear comes in three-quarter time. (Like...)

The Cape May Waltz, simple and slow...
The Cape May Waltz, a leisurely stroll...
The magic begins here where New Jersey ends.
Bring all of your children. Bring all of your friends.

Outside the wind empties the salt marsh and dunes.
Inside, the dancers fill up this room.
In autumn and springtime they always return
like wandering seabirds who make their way home. For...

The Cape May Waltz, simple and slow...
The Cape May Waltz, a leisurely stroll...
The magic begins here where New Jersey ends.
Bring all of your children. Bring all of your friends.

These pink painted houses, they can’t really show,
the life that we lived, a long time ago.
Though time passes slow
it will pass you one day. So
find your next partner, the band’s starting to play.

The Cape May Waltz, simple and slow...
The Cape May Waltz, a leisurely stroll...
The magic begins here where New Jersey ends.
Bring all of your children. Bring all of your friends.

Right About the Rain

Written By: David Kleiner

Right About the Rain
Words and Music by David Kleiner

You said you could feel it,
something was in the air.
I had better things to think about and I didn’t care; I didn’t care.
You were sure it would rain.
I said things will stay the same,
like they’ve been all along.
We both were wrong.

Wrong about what I would do Wrong ‘bout almost everything too.
Do you feel better when I say, that you were right,
you were right about the rain?

You said you read me like a book,
I couldn’t keep my feelings hid.
You knew my heart better than I did (better than I did).
But the things that didn’t show,
were why I finally had to go
There was something
you couldn’t touch,
I wanted too much.

You said you didn’t understand
how I could feel the way I do
You said, “It’s all in your mind.”
But that ain’t true. It isn’t true.
You said,
“You don’t mean nothin’ by it.”
You said, “Suffer in quiet.”
You said to cut the crying too.
But now the laugh’s on you,
the laugh’s on you.

You were wrong
about what I would do
Wrong ‘bout almost everything too.
Do you feel better when I say,
that you were right,
you were right about the rain?

I said the end had come…
so I finally left.
On the way out to the car,
I got completely wet,
completely wet.

You were right about the rain…

Feltonville is Sinking (Live)

Written By: David Kleiner

They built these houses on ash and cinder,
here, in Logan, and Osage.
They’ve torn down a thousand just like mine,
right there across the way.

Verse 2
My front porch has buckled; the floors are sloping-
I can’t open the door.
My whole life is tilting down to the ground-
pieces of ceiling on the floor

Chorus

Feltonville is sinking; the city might evict me;
I’m living on shaky ground.
Please Mr. Mayor, I can’t stay here no more.
The walls are tumbling down.

Verse 3
“It’s your fault...You can stay for awhile,”
that’s what they say downtown.
I just want to get the heck out of here
before we all fall down.

Chorus

Verse 4
They brought in some lumber and put in some beams;
got rid of the sag on the porch.
But once it starts moving, you can’t stop the earth
with ten million four by fours.

Verse 5
Keep me safe from the shelter and the Corps of Engineers
and wandering around all alone.
When God’s trumpets crumbled Jericho
Joshua had someplace else to go.

Discography

Cuts from "This Human Heart" and "The News That's Fit to Sing" have been heard on these and other radio stations:

4RED: Brisbane, Australia
5EBI: Adelaide, Australia
ACOUSTIC PIE: Internet
CFMU: Ontario, Canada
CJTR: Regina, Canada
CKPC-FM: Brantford, Ontario
KBAC-FM: Santa Fe, NM
KUMD: Duluth MN
KUSU: Salt Lake City UT
KZSC: Santa Cruz
ONLINE FOLK FESTIVAL
PLANET RADIO: Brisbane, Australia
RADIO ZUSA: Lueneburg, Germany
RADIOWAYNE: Internet Radio
TOWN & COUNTRY RADIO: New Zealand
TRANSITONS RADIO: Syndicated
UMFM: Winnipeg
WBGU: Bowling Green, OH
WCVF: Fredonia, NY
WETA: Washington DC
WFDU: Teaneck, NJ
WFHB: Bloomington, Indiana
WFIT: Melbourne, Florida
WGDR: Plainfield, VT
WHOLE WHEAT RADIO: Alaska
WJCU: Cleveland, Ohio
WJFF: Jeffersonville, N.Y.
WMUC: College Park MD
WOJB: Hayward, WI
WRPI: Troy, NY
WUMD: College Park, MD
WVGN: St. Thomas, Virgin, Islands
WVOF: Fairfield, CT
WVUD: Newark, DE
WXOU: Auburn Hills, Michigan
WXPN: Philadelphia, PA, Gene Shay Show

Set List

We play a large and varied repertoire with about 50 originals and 100 covers, including blues ("Got My Mojo Workin'"), songs by early rockers (Buddy Holly, Del Shannon, and others), Motown ("I Second That Emotion"), contemporary singer/songwriter material (from artists like Steve Earle, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Dylan), and swing ("Ain't Misbehavin'").