David Kleiner

David Kleiner

 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
SoloFolkSinger/Songwriter

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

Biography

David, winner of the 2009 Avalon Folk Festival's 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 David playing solo and with his trio. His CDs are available on iTunes, Amazon, and most streaming music services.


Lyrics

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.

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…

It's You, Baby

Written By: David Kleiner

INTRO

I got a bad habit of having bad habits
Said she’d never civilize me.
Yet here I sit with a fork in my hand
And a napkin on my knees.

VERSE 1

Who’s got no sense of direction
Yet made her way straight into my affection?
Who knows where to look for things I can’t find,
Yet lost her heart to this foolish guy?

VERSE 2

A classy dame, the Ivy League type.
A woman who waited to meet Mr. Right.
Then I came along with no guarantee.
Bet you can’t guess who gave her heart to me.

CHORUS

It’s you baby. It’s you baby. It’s you baby. It’s you.

VERSE 3

Who turns me on like a klieg light?
Who kisses me every morning and night?
Who’s used to saying everything twice?
Who is my darling and my heart’s delight?

CHORUS

BRIDGE

Who cares if I’m right about the rain?
She keeps me dry. She keeps me sane.
Even when she's cold she keeps me warm.
She gives me a hideout
To ride out every storm.

VERSE 4

Who’s got a smile like the Fourth of July?
Who’s that pretty lady giving me the eye?
Who thinks that I am one hell of a guy?
And who is the someone I have on my mind?

CHORUS x2 (retard on repeat)

It’s you baby. It’s you baby.
It’s you baby. It’s you.

Love Will Stay

Written By: David Kleiner

No evidence is written in the rocks
of the thousand natural shocks flesh is heir to:
the friction and the faults, the pressure and the heat.
Whatever’s on the surface
there’s so much more underneath.

All the things of earthen dust will change
from the sun, the wind, the waves, and rain.
Seas will dry up, mountains waste away.
Only love will stay. Love will stay.

The study of love could never be complete.
The conditions of its origin never can repeat:
onset and consummation, fractures and alterations.
Every case is so complex beyond imagination.

All the things of earthen dust will change
from the sun, the wind, the waves, and rain.
Seas will dry up, mountains waste away.
Only love will stay. Love will stay.

In a world of motion
how does love ever start?
What unseen forces in the earth
try to make love fall apart?
The power that moves continents
can’t stop this human heart.

The geologic record’s incomplete.
It does not understand what happens when two people meet:
how love can begin and unfold over time.
Its energy and secrets all lie hidden deep inside.

All the things of earthen dust will change
from the sun, the wind, the waves, and rain.
Seas will dry up, mountains waste away.
Only love will stay. Love will stay.

Love will stay 3x

Hopeless Romantic (The Want Ad Waltz)

Written By: David Kleiner

Friendship and chemistry
rendezvous so discreet
placed this ad left it to fate.
A man whose life fell apart
(in) search of a matching heart
hopeless romantic seeks same (2x)

Verse 1

Forty something male who’s had his heart broken
a guy who has broken a few,
is desperately searching – searching for someone –
someone exactly like you.
For walks in the park, one more last fresh start
and falling asleep on the couch after dark.

Chorus

It’s personal and it’s here in the news.
I’ve got nothing left and that’s too much to lose.
I used to wear my heart on my sleeve.
You can find it tonight there on page sixty three.

Verse 2

Playful sense of humor, a real zest for life.
This guy’s been misunderstood.
Misunderstood, by those who don’t know him
and his ex-wives whenever they could.
(He needs) someone to kiss,a real optimist,
someone who simply loves tunes just like this.

Chorus

Verse 3

This old used heart has had its ups and its downs
like the Chevy that I drive around.
But there’s a Caddy inside in need of repair.
It could be fine, with proper care.
I’d be fully equipped.
I could be passionate,
If I had you along for the rest of the trip.

Chorus

Coda

Friendship and chemistry
rendezvous so discreet
placed this ad, left it to fate.
A man whose life fell apart
in search of a matching heart -
hopeless romantic seeks same. (3x)

The Oldest Man in the Room

Written By: David Kleiner

For RB, who always saves me from bring the oldest man in the room.

VERSE 1

If there is something you want to know,
He been there and done that a long time ago.
Got no best behavior. He’s quick on his feet.
He’s the oldest bad example you’ll ever meet.
Name it. He’s done it
He’s got more to do.
Don’t get in the way
of the oldest man in the room.

VERSE 2

He acts much younger than he appears.
It ain’t the years in your life,
It’s the life in your years.
He ain’t nowhere nearly over that hill.
He don’t spend a lotta time keepin’ still.
Once he gets going,
He can really move.
Don’t try and keep up with the
oldest man in the room

BRIDGE

The past and the future
pull us up and back.
Today is the place we wait.
Some guys live to build a fence.
This old man will build a gate.

VERSE 3

He plans to die young at a ripe old age.
Got gusto to grab from life’s buffet.
Age only matters with wine and cheese.
A roomful of friends is all he needs.
Anything worth tasting, he will consume.
So go and roll a big one

Rooting for a Loser

Written By: David Kleiner

Verse 1

I read the news today, about the hometown team.
They did what they’ve always done lost when they should have won…
hold on to that World Series dream.
They take us for a ride. We take it all in stride.
We are consistent; we’re victory resistant.
We understand life’s basic truths.
Maybe next year they’ll come to play.
Maybe next year they’ll win the big game.
Even if they lose again,
it’s been fifty years and I’m still rooting for them.
I’ve been rooting for a loser all these years.

Verse 2

Each season ends the same,
it’s about next year’s opening day
and all the bad winter trades,
players they’ll overpay…
Our fans learn the patience of saints.
The unending plot twists, the comebacks that just miss,
the famous ten game collapse…
You can’t make up stuff like that...
And it doesn’t show up in the stats.
Maybe next year they’ll come to play.
Maybe next year they’ll win the big game.
Even if they lose again. it’s been fifty years and I’m still rooting for them.
I’ve been rooting for a loser all these years.

BRIDGE

They will break your heart.
That’s what they always do.
Let the agony of defeat,
become a friend to you.

Verse 3

That kid with the left-handed glove in right field?
That little boy is me.
Inside he really cares,
though something’s in the air,
blue sky is all that he sees.
The American game
sends a fly ball his way.
He’s hoping he won’t flub it.
What good can come of it,
a moment he’ll play and replay?
Maybe this time he’ll save the day.
Maybe this time he’ll win the big game.
Maybe his chances are slim.
It’s been fifty years and I’m still rooting for him.
I’ve been rooting for a loser (3x)
all these years.

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'").