Eldon Johnson

Eldon Johnson

 Oxbow, North Dakota, USA
SoloCountryAcoustic

Eldon Johnson brings a refreshingly unique style to the country/rock genre, which has been described as a cross between Keith Urban, Dave Matthews, and Jack Johnson. He was a NATIONAL FINALIST in the Colgate Country Showdown, placing SECOND out of over 50,000 across the nation!

Biography

Eldon Johnson Biography 2014

Eldon Johnson was born and raised in the small town of Williston, in the northwest corner of North Dakota. He began his musical endeavors at the age of 5, and writing songs in his teens. In addition to this, since grade school he has been a first-chair drummer and percussionist--winning multiple all-state awards and honors along the way. He continued his musical endeavors while attending college at the University of North Dakota, where he obtained his Masters degree in Physical Therapy in 1995, graduating Summa Cum Laude. Since then, Eldon has replaced the drums with guitar as his primary instrument, and he has continued playing music throughout the upper Midwest--as well as multiple trips to Nashville and Austin, garnering a tremendous following of loyal and devoted fans. He formed the band, True North, with Jim Ed Hodges, which obtained immediate success and notoriety. Eldon and True North released their debut CD, "Down The Road," in April, 2006. Being a multi-faceted artist, Eldon's wide-ranging contributions to the album include lead and harmony vocals, acoustic guitar, and all of the drums and percussionâ₏�as well as self-producing the album and writing 12 of the 14 songs. His sophomore album, "The Other Side," was released in June, 2009.

Eldon entered the Colgate Country Showdown as a solo artist in 2007, winning the ND State Finals, and also the Midwest Regional--advancing him to the 2008 National Finals at the world-famous Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN on January 24, 2008, which was hosted by LeAnn Rimes. He placed SECOND in the finals, out of over 50,000 across the nation that entered the contest, and competed for $100,000 on the grandest of stages. Eldon also recently auditioned for the blockbuster USA/NBC network program, "Nashville Star," and advanced to the National Finals for this, as well.

Currently residing in the Fargo, ND area, Johnson continues to hone his skills as a singer/songwriter and performer, and also works as a contemporary music coordinator at a congregation at home. Eldon's local and regional notoriety and loyal fan base continue to grow with each well-crafted show. His style has been described as a cross between the driving country-rock of Keith Urban, the infectious grooves of Dave Matthews, and the smooth rhythms of Jack Johnson. His intricate and carefully-crafted lyrics blend seamlessly with the warm, smooth texture of his voice. Eldon's soulful songwriting and captivating performances are rich with universally-relevant themes, pulling the listener in and not letting go until the last note has been sung.

Lyrics

Home

Written By: Eldon Johnson

As I sit here listenin' to the wind whistlin' / and the crickets, they compose their symphony / I can't quite remember why I ever / doubted this is where I'm supposed to be

I set my mind to go, because I felt to trapped / but now I know it's where the heart is, and not where you hang your hat

CHORUS
Home is not just a house that you go to every night / and it's not just a town where you hoped the price was right / the grass looked so green, but then summer turned to fall / so I came back when I learned home is found inside of us all

I knew it would be hard, so I hardened my heart / and set out on my own to find my way / but all the unfamiliar places and unfriendly faces / had me doubting I could make it one more day

So, I set my mind to go, because I felt so trapped / for I had learned, it's where the heart is, and not where you hang your hat

CHORUS

Inside of us all
Inside of us all
Inside of us all...

Tricycles and Tonka Trucks

Written By: Eldon Johnson

I remember when I was a young boy / when the things that meant most in my life / were simple and pure, honest and secure / no worries, problems, troubles, or strife

Playin' ball with the boys at the schoolyard / invariably would lead to a fight / then Mike would hate Ben, but soon we'd all be friends again / and the games would go on 'til the dark of night

CHORUS
Oh Lord, I wonder where the time has gone / memories can take me back, but they cannot right the wrongs / Life's much harder now, sometimes I feel so out of touch / how I long for days of old with tricycles and tonka trucks

Truth and honesty, these days, are merely gestures / people talk not from their hearts, just from their mouths / when they say their lies to me, I'd like to hand them a tiny / yellow backhoe and let them figure it out

CHORUS (X2)

Yeah, life's much harder now, am I ever out of touch / how I long for days of old, with tricycles and tonka trucks

Down The Road

Written By: Eldon Johnson

It seems to happen more and more these days / friends move on, and then they move away / and though I know it's just a part of life / the words "goodbye" just never come out right

As they move so many miles away / these simple words are all I need to say

I'll see you down the road / when we'll laugh and smile and talk of days of old / it's hard to say goodbye, but in my heart I know / that I'll see you down the road

Now we've come together in this place / to mourn a loss and sing Amazing Grace / God has called another to His side / and the words "goodbye" just will not come out right

Now you've gone so far, far away / but these same words are all I need to say

I'll see you down the road / when we'll laugh and smile and talk of days of old / it's hard to say goodbye, but in my heart I know / that I'll see you down the road

Yes, it hurts to say goodbye, but through the Lord I know / that I'll see you down the road / yes, I'll see you down the road

Somewhere Down The Line

Written By: Eldon Johnson

Somewhere down the line I see a better day for me / but is it real or make-believe / and if this life I see comes true, I'll owe it all to you / as you bless me

And I know it's gonna take some time / and I know, each day, I'm on your mind / Amen

Somewhere down the line I see a new reality / when my smile will set me free / and through my eyes, I will see the path you've set for me / and how you've blessed me

But I know it's gonna take some time / but you know, each day, it's on my mind / Amen

Somewhere down the line I see a chance to be / all you want out of me / when I get there, I'll look back on the trials I've had to pass / and I'll fall to my knees

Because I knew that it would take some time / and I'm thankful for this life of mine / Amen...

You'll See

Written By: Eldon Johnson

I've got a feeling that I've met you
But I don't know where / and, I hope it don't upset you if I sit and stare / if I sit and stare

I'm sorry to be forward / it's usually not my style / but you're the finest lookin' thing that I've seen in a while / by a country mile

There it is, and brand new feeling I've never felt before / there I go, right through the ceiling / the rules are out the door, I don't need 'em anymore (so)

What if I said I'm the guy you've waited for your entire life / would you laugh, or would you tend to agree? / and, oh, we know life rarely goes according to plan, so just let go and take a chance on me / I'll be everything you need--you'll see

Well, there you go, I said it, and now it's up to you / and my heart is just poundin' wondering what you're gonna do / you're lookin' mighty peaked, yeah, your face is awful red / but you're starting to recover from the things that I just said

And there it is, a brand new expression I've never seen before / you're giving me the distinct impression / that I picked the perfect day to walk up to you and say

What if I said I'm the guy you've waited for your entire life / would you laugh, or would you tend to agree? / and, oh, we know life rarely goes according to plan, so just let go and take a chance on me / I'll be everything you need--you'll see

And here we are, it's three years later, about to pledge our vows / and, the congregation all cheers together / as I turn to you and say the same words I said that day

What if I said I'm the guy you've waited for your entire life / would you laugh, or would you tend to agree? / and, oh, we know life rarely goes according to plan, so just let go and take a chance on me / I'll be everything you need / you mean everything to me

You'll see

Two Kids

Written By: Eldon Johnson

Two kids from different worlds
A tough boy and a daddy's girl
Both wantin' the same thing
Not lettin' life get in their way

One grew up way too soon
And one born with a silver spoon
But that don't matter, 'cause true love is blind
They're heart to heart, and two of a kind

Though their folks don't see it that way
There they stand, hand-in-hand today

Through sun or rain, through darkness or light
They'll stand together and they'll face every fight
And no matter what other people say
These two kids are coming one today

Most give them six months, or less
And say they'll never pass this test
Too young and too immature
Their foolish love will never endure

But, the kids don't see it that way
And there they stand, hand-in-hand to say

Through sun or rain, through darkness or light
We'll stand together, and we'll face every fight
And no matter what other people say
These two kids are coming one today

As their car speeds away
Off into the night, you can hear them say

Through sun or rain, through darkness or light
We'll stand together, and we'll face every fight
And no matter what other people say
These two kids are coming one today

These two kids are coming one today

Stay

Written By: Eldon Johnson

As we sit silently, I fear, that we have come to disappear / that we've become so blind / two became one, then came undone, the ties that bind have now begun / to unwind

A thousand miles between us / or just the useless pride / but I know we'll be alright

Stay with me tonight
Stay with me
Stay with me tonight
Stay with me

Do you see now, do you see how, do you see anything at all / from my point of view? / You twist your words and twist your hair, try your hardest not to care / but, I still think you do

A million miles between us / or just the useless pride / but I know we'll be alright

Stay with me tonight
Stay with me
Stay with me tonight
Stay with me

I miss you / I need you here / I feel it inside, we'll be alright, you'll be

OK with me tonight
Stay with me
Stay with me tonight
Stay with me

Your Used To Be

Written By: Eldon Johnson

It's sure good to see you / yeah, it's been a while, I know / I'm living in the city now, just a few blocks down the road

Well, I see something's different / yeah, that's a beautiful band / but it's shocking how much it looks like the one I placed on your hand

I'm sorry, but I've really got to go / 'cause if I stand here much longer, you're gonna know (that)

Sometimes at night, when I lie awake / I can still feel your touch / and I can still see your face / and I fight with the past and my memories / and I deal with the fact that I'm your used to be

As for me, I'm still single / there's no new "Mrs. Right" / but, I guess it's hard to meet someone, when you stay at home every night

Like I said before, I've really got to run / this is all just so painful, 'cause I haven't moved on

Sometimes at night, when I lie awake / I can still feel your touch / and I can still see your face / and I fight with the past and my memories / and I deal with the fact that I'm your used to be / your used to be

Just as I am turning 'round to leave / you grab me by the hand, and you say these words to me

Sometimes at night, when I lie awake / I can still feel your touch / and I can still see your face / and, though I'm moving on, you're still part of me

Sometimes at night, when I lie awake / I can still feel your touch / and I can still see your face / and I fight with the past and my memories / and I deal with the fact that I'm your used to be

Extended version lyrics:

Well, I wondered if I'd ever see you again / and now that I have, I'm remembering when / we were so much in love, so true and so strong / but it all slipped away, where did we go wrong

I've been crying inside, now I'm crying out loud / but nobody hears, I'm alone in this crowd / and, I loved what we had, and I loved you with me / but it all was sent back, I'm just your used to be

Tennessee Star

Written By: Eldon Johnson

Have you stepped foot in a new town, and swore that you’ve been there before?
As you walk those city streets, you feel a pull deep from your core
If you’re feelin’ what I’m sayin’
Would you kindly hold the door?

I’ve got to go, run, chase that big, bright, shining star
They say no one is ever gonna do it from where you are
So, I’ll set my compass South by Southeast
And follow that Tennessee Star

I’ve got people on the right side, say that dreamin’s a sin
I’ve got people to the left of me, say you gotta be here to win
But this pounding in my chest starts to drown out all the rest
So count me in

I’ve got to go, run, chase that big, bright, shining star
They say no one is ever gonna do it from where you are
So, I’ll set my compass South by Southeast
And follow that Tennessee Star

Well, now, don’t get me wrong, I couldn’t be prouder of where I’m from
And those lessons that I’ve learned, they will guide me all along
Oh, and I’ll be back someday, when my road leads back this way
And I’ll sing my song (but for now…)

I’ve got to go, run, chase that big, bright, shining star
They say no one is ever gonna do it from where you are
So, I’ll set my compass South by Southeast
And follow that Tennessee Star

Yeah, I’ll set my compass South by Southeast
And follow that Tennessee Star

The Other Side

Written By: Eldon Johnson

Baby, come on over here and lend your ears to me
You and me, girl, I think we need a change in scenery

I don’t know the destination, and the truth is, I just don’t care
Flip the coin, pack the car up, heads or tails for anywhere

‘Cause I know it’s gotta be better on the other side
Come and sit down next to me, the wind will be our guide
Ooh yeah, we’re gonna figure it out, as the miles pass on by
‘Cause I know it’s gotta be better than this, on the other side

Well, I’ve got 20 years at the factory, and you’ve got 20 fixin’ hair
And the thought of 20 more, or even one day, is just too much to bear

So, I don’t know the destination, and the truth is, I really don’t care
Flip that coin, pack the car up, head or tails, we’re out of here

‘Cause I know it’s gotta be better on the other side
Come and sit down next to me, the stars will be our guide
Ooh yeah, we’re gonna figure it out, as the miles pass on by
‘Cause I know it’s gotta be better than this, on the other side

No need to call your friends up, or tell your family
We’ll let ‘em know when we get there—wherever “there” might be

‘Cause I know it’s gotta be better on the other side
Come and sit down next to me, fate will be our guide
Ooh yeah, we’re gonna figure it out, as the miles pass on by
‘Cause I know life’s gotta be better than this, on the other side

Baby, come on over here and lend your ears to me
You and me, girl, I think we need a change in scenery

Ride

Written By: Eldon Johnson

Sittin’ out here on this front porch swing, baby, can you tell me just one thing?
Do you feel it, too? Oh, I know you do
Tell me I’m mad, tell me I’m a fool, or tell me something I don’t already know
Do you love me? Yeah, I love you, too

See, I’ve been planning this ever since our junior year
When we held hands in the football stands, and I held you so near

So baby, let’s ride down that winding road tonight
Darlin’, don’t you think it’s time that you and I
Take this world on together, we’ll make it forever
On my knees, baby please, grab the keys
Let’s go for a ride

Just a few miles off Highway 85, down to Springbrook Dam by a quarter to nine
It’s where and when we met—now you’re gettin’ it
A few hundred people sitting outside, ‘round a makeshift altar and a dress so white
And you start to cry, yeah, and so do I

‘Cause I’ve been planning this ever since our junior year
And now your mom and dad and our loved ones are all here

So baby, let’s ride down that winding road tonight
Darlin’, don’t you think it’s time that you and I
Take this world on together, we’ll make it forever
On my knees, baby please, grab the keys
Let’s go for a ride

“With this ring, I thee wed”
Were not the only words I said

Baby, let’s ride down that winding road called life
Darlin’, with you by my side, you and I
Will take this world on together, we’ll make it forever
On my knees, baby please
There’s no doubt about it, I just want to shout it
On my knees, baby please, turn the key
Let’s go for a ride
Baby, let’s ride

Come Back To Me

Written By: Eldon Johnson

What can I say to make you look my way after all this time?
What can I do to get through to you, maybe change your mind?
I know it’s hard, to search in your heart, and find what is real
But, I think you’ll find, it’s en-twined with mine

Come back to me, come back home
Come back away from where you’ve gone
Come back to me, please come back home
Come back and stay from where you’ve gone

For most of my life, I never thought twice about anyone but me
But, now here I am, a once-blinded man, oh, but now I see
I’d give it all, debts large and small, everything
To take it all back and rewrite the past

Come back to me, come back home
Come back away from where you’ve gone
Come back to me, please come back home
Come back and stay from where you’ve gone

8 weeks and 2 days have passed by
And I’ll keep counting, until you’re by my side

Come back to me, come back home
Come back away from where you’ve gone
Come back to me, please come back home
Come back and stay from where you’ve gone

Gonna Pull Up My Roots

Written By: Eldon Johnson

I’m gonna pull up my roots, yeah, the soil here’s gone bad
How did somethin’ so good turn to somethin’ so sad
I don’t mean to simplify the state of affairs I’m in
But, for now I feel I’ve gotta cut loose—I’m gonna pull up my roots

It’s said, “Bloom where you’re planted,” ah, but don’t you forget
That the grass is sometimes greener on the back side of the fence
You can’t soar with the eagles when you still haven’t left the nest
I need to tread some new ground with these boots, I’m gonna pull up my roots

Yeah, I hear the road a’callin’, like a siren in my head
And I dream about it, too, when I lie awake in bed
It used to be enough, everything that I have here
But my needs and wants have grown now, and the answer is so clear
There’s only one thing left to do—I’m gonna pull up my roots

Well, I’ve lived the so-called “normal life,” yeah, I’ve done the nine-to-five
But punchin’ that ol’ clock makes it hard to feel alive
I’m tired of feeling like a used up, beaten-down mule (your fool)
I think I’ll have a taste of that forbidden fruit—I’m gonna pull up my roots

Yeah, I hear the road a’callin’, like a siren in my head
And I dream about her, too, when I lie awake in bed
It used to be enough, everything that I have here
But my needs and wants have grown now, and the answer is so clear
There’s only one thing left to do—I’m gonna pull up my roots

Yeah, I hear the road a’callin’, like a siren in my head
And I dream about it, too, when I lie awake in bed
It used to be enough, everything that I have here
But my needs and wants have grown now, and the answer is so clear
There’s only one thing left to do
Yeah, there’s only one thing left to do…I’m gonna pull up my roots

6-Foot Blues

Written By: Eldon Johnson

I’ve got the 6-foot blues, my baby left me
Yeah, the 6-foot blues, my baby left me
All she said when she walked out
You just ain’t tall enough for me

Well, I’m 5-foot ten, that’s how tall I stand
Yeah, I’m 5-foot ten, that’s what I say I am
Only 2 more inches, Lord, and I could be her man

I’ve tried all that I can think of, tried those elevator shoes
And the topical concoctions that I’ve seen on the news
Seems nothin’ short of surgery is ever gonna do

I’ve got the 6-foot blues, my baby left me
Yeah, the 6-foot blues, my baby left me
All she said when she walked out
You just ain’t tall enough for me

I’ve tried all that I can think of, tried those elevator shoes
And the topical concoctions that I’ve seen on the news
Seems nothin’ short of surgery is ever gonna do

I’ve got the 6-foot blues, she left me
Yeah, the 6-foot blues, she left me
And all she said when she walked out
You just ain’t tall enough for me

Notcher Man

Written By: Eldon Johnson

What do you think you’re doin’ here tonight?
What do you think you’re gonna prove?
Yeah, you tripped and stumbled and fell back into my life
Just like you always do

Don’t look at me and think again, that I will be your now and then
Whenever your life goes from bad to worse
I’m tired of this carousel, girl won’t you please just go to…
Well, I guess there’s no real call for me to curse
But you need to understand, that I’m not your man

Let me guess, was his name Anthony?
Or was it Bob, or John, or Jim?
Those days are over, so go find somebody else
Girl, to help you satisfy your whim

But, don’t look at me and think again, that I will be your now and then
Whenever your life goes from bad to worse
Yeah, there’s the door, so girl run fast, don’t let it hit you in the…
As for me, I know my answer might sound terse
But you need to understand, that I’m not your man

Don’t look at me and think again, that I will be your now and then
Whenever your life goes from bad to worse
No, I won’t fall for your shazam, I really just don’t give a…
Dance with someone else, I’m breaking off your curse
You need to understand
Girl, you need to understand, I’m not your man

Tightrope

Written By: Eldon Johnson

Don’t slip, don’t look down
Steady as you go
Don’t shake, don’t falter
Be cool, don’t let it show

Now stabilize, calm the butterflies, send them packing
No compromise, big boys don’t cry, no backtracking

I’m travelin’ through life heel to toe
It’s unsteady up here on this tightrope
Don’t lose focus, or else, it’s down you go
Hey, look at me, look ma “no hands,”
As I go, on this tightrope

More tasks than time
Better accept the fact
Be here, and there
It’s a delicate balancing act

Moving along, some right—some wrong, but no indecision
Know you belong, with conviction strong, share your vision

I’m travelin’ through life heel to toe
It’s unsteady up here on this tightrope
Don’t lose focus, or else, it’s down you go
Hey, look at me, look ma “no hands,”
As I go, on this tightrope

Sometimes I think my will is gonna break
But I know God won’t give me more than I can take

So, breathe deep, arms out
Keep it together, now
Don’t shake, don’t falter…

I’m travelin’ through life heel to toe
It’s unsteady up here on this tightrope
Don’t lose focus, or else, it’s down you go
Hey, look at me, look ma “no hands,”
Here I go…
On this tightrope

Back Side Of The Storm

Written By: Eldon Johnson / Darrin Wentz

Two trees, splintered in the front yard
Branches scattered in piles
My old mailbox, is half a block away (and the neighbors say)
“Worst we’ve had in a while”

And, oh, the lightning crashed
And how the wind, it wailed
But, now, here I am, safe and warm
Looking up at the back side of the storm

Two hearts, splintered just the same
One naked left hand
Three years, a love that wouldn’t grow
Now all alone, I stand

Oh, and how the lightning crashed
And, oh, the wind, it wailed
Now, here I am, weak and worn
Looking up at the back side of the storm

You know, I never saw it coming
Now my only choice is to survive

So, now here I am, strong, but torn
Looking up at the back side of the storm

Discography

Down The Road (2006)
Stay (on Authentic Voice, Volume 2, 2008)
Down The Road (on Goin' Back Home, Volume 4, 2009)
Tennessee Star (on Rasmussen Rocks! Volume 3, 2009)
The Other Side (2009)

Set List

Eldon Johnson plays a very wide-ranging set list, playing anything from old to new country and rock/pop cover tunes, with some of his outstanding original material sprinkled in, as well. Eldon is very skilled at putting together appropriate set lists for specific venues, and also at modifying the set list "on the fly" if the clientele seems to be digging (or not digging) a certain genre/style on a given night.

Eldon is also one of the most accomplished solo performers in the region, and plays many shows in this manner every year. In solo acoustic shows, Eldon typically plays 2, 3, or 4 50-60 minute sets--depending upon the contract and needs of the venue. Set lists consist of original material, as well as cover tunes from the country, rock, acoustic, pop, bluegrass/newgrass, folk, and americana genres. He plays a very eclectic set list, thereby ensuring that everyone in the audience hears something that resonates within him/her. These are carefully selected and are ALWAYS crowd