Fran Snyder

Fran Snyder

 Lawrence, Kansas, USA
BandPopSinger/Songwriter

I'm a French-Canadian with a Kansas tan, and I've toured most of the US playing clubs, festivals, colleges and house concerts. 5 CDs, each better than the last. I love music & love connecting with people. I do that with my acoustic guitar, inspiring lyrics, and a good bit of humor.

Biography

Wanna see a funny, live performance video? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdM4DdHKA8s

Ozark Folk Festival 2009.
Winner, Children/Family category in 2008 International Songwriting Competition.
3rd Place. Poker night last thursday.

Founder of ConcertsInYourHome and now ListeningRoomNetwork - a new site dedicated to supporting public venues that feature intimate concerts.
Speaker/Presenter at Folk Alliance, & Americana Music Conference.

Fran Snyder has been mismanaging his music career for more than a decade. Despite heroic talent and great performances, he always seems to zig when the industry seems to zagnut. But who needs stardom and a heroin habit?

Despite all the mistakes, I, uh, Fran has managed to tour 500,000 miles and somehow make a living at this music thing. Fran enjoys the finer things in life, which is to say, "he's in debt."

Other than that, Fran loves chocolate and long walks on the beach. Oh, and he's not a girl. (Francis is French for "masculine despite wimpy name") You'll often find him on the sunny beaches of Lawrence, KS, feeding the seagulls organically-grown alka seltzer.

Ok... for you formal types... here's the professional bio.

Fran Snyder is a solid entertainer who can command a crowd with just a microphone and his acoustic guitar. Armed with great original songs, surprising cover tunes, and more than a handful of humor, Fran knows how to connect with even the most informal audience.

He's played colleges, clubs, and mainstages all over the US, touring extensively as a solo act, as well as part of the duo" Six Strings and Vinyl. On the mainstage, he has opened for many of his heroes, including Shawn Mullins, Shawn Colvin, Don Henley, Peter Stuart, Dan Fogelberg, Cowboy Junkies, and Boz Scaggs.

Snyder has produced and released five discs on his independent Better Records label. He's also produced other artists like Air's Beth Hirsch
(now on Universal) and the new live disc from JPWilliams (Better Records).

"...doesn't explore the navel too much onstage, rocks..." - Decatur Arts Festival

"...can rev it up in a way few performers can" - Auburn Moon

"...songs go beyond the heartfelt, almost spiritual." Jam Magazine

"I think a good show will make the audience smile, sob, and pee their pants laughing." -- Fran Snyder

Lyrics

I Left the Seat Up (live)

Written By: Fran Snyder

featured on Dr. Demento's Syndicated Show.

i left the seat up

she walks in with a rattlesnake in each hand and asks me for the truth
lies don't come as easily as they did in my youth
when I left the seat up, I left the seat up
and woman will forgive a man for almost anything
he can crash the car, look at a girl even lose the wedding ring
but don't leave the seat up, who left the seat up?

Baby knows it was me
'cause I stand when I pee
She was so sweet 'til I forgot to put down the toilet seat

her skirt is dripping water all across the kitchen floor
i get the sneaking suspicion that I don't live here anymore
since I left the seat up, I left the seat up

Baby knows it was me
'cause I stand when I pee
Now I'm on the street cause I forgot to put down the toilet seat

why is it so hard for a woman to look down? 2x

this shouldn't be funny cause I've been homeless for a while
but there's still a mental picture that always makes me smile
i see that look on her face and her ankles up in the air
as she grabs for the walls and soaks her underwear
I'll bet anybody twenty dollars she had to throw out that underwear
cause I left the seat up, I left the seat up

Baby knows it was me,
we all know it was me/'cause I stand when I pee
she was so sweet til I forgot to put down...
Watch your bare feet cause I forgot to put down the toilet seat
look down look down look down look down woman

Copyright 2005 Fran Snyder, Yoga Monkey Music (ASCAP)

Starting to Believe

Written By: Fran Snyder

Starting to Believe

I took this job just to tie me over
While I save some money for my dream
Reality's getting so expensive
I can only taste what I could be

Wednesday night at the Yellow Fin
It's open mic and I'm gonna sing
I've got a new song up my sleeve

I'm starting to believe, the sky's not falling
I'm starting to believe, there's a good chance of winning
I'm starting to believe, like I did in the beginning
Oh the little part of me that's given up
Yeah the little part of me that's given up is starting to believe

So I'm selling second-hand guitars
In a shop that should be boarded up
Once a week I roll on down to Roswell
and rock myself out of this rut

Wednesday night at the Yellow Fin
It's open mic and I'm gonna sing
I've got a new song up my sleeve

I'm starting to believe, the sky's not falling
I'm starting to believe, there's a good chance of winning
I'm starting to believe, like I did in the beginning
Oh the little part of me that's given up
Yeah the little part of me that's given up is starting to believe

There's a purpose to my pain
And these days are not in vain... I'm starting to believe

Wednesday night at the Yellow Fin
Where I hang out with all my friends
Until they make us leave

I'm starting to believe, the sky's not falling
I'm starting to believe, there's a good chance of winning
I'm starting to believe, like I did in the beginning
Oh the little part of me that's given up
Yeah the little part of me that's given up is starting to believe

Copyright 2004 Fran Snyder

Ruined

Written By: Fran Snyder

Ruined.....

I was a dull day's overcast sky, you were the sun on a sweet apple pie
I'd sworn off love so I averted my eyes
I was happy enough living alone, even if it was lonely i felt right at home
no fussin no fighting, no arguments arising from thin air
I was doing so well, oh well

Ruined... because of you
I'm ruined... what can I do
I'm ruined... caught with my defenses down
I'm ruined... you are my
un-doing... you chased the clouds away
You ruined my bad day

I woke up early despite being tired, after five cups of coffee I'm feeling so wired
if I don't get to work, I'm gonna get fired
I kiss you goodbye but you're looking so sweet, in this chili little house you're my sole source of heat,
with two extra blankets and tube-socks on your feet
so I crawl back into bed, snuggle up close, and you lay that sleepy smile on me. say would you work a while on me.

Chorus

If I was the president and you were a spy
I'd give up my country for your sweet apple pie
I'd sell our secrets, burn our ships, drop every bomb when you shake your hips, I'd
Take us to war, blame it on oil, set fire to the desert soil
I guarantee this world would be just like me

Chorus

C 2008 Yoga Monkey Music (ASCAP)

Savannah Waves

Written By: Fran Snyder


Savannah Waves

In the hazy heat of a georgia afternoon
spanish moss curtains with a breeze blowin through
the waving girl hears a ship going by
she runs to the riverside, scarf to the sky
hoping to find the man who left it behind

Savannah waves at every inbound steamer
Savannah waves she swears he's getting nearer
holds on tight to a feelin and the faded scarf she saves
she runs to the shore like savannah waves

She'll never forget the chill in the air
chasing the leaves through Monterey Square
she lost herself in the blue of his eyes
he lost his love to the blue of an endless tide
is she standing there waiting for him to arrive
or is she just waving goodbye

Savannah waves at every inbound steamer
Savannah waves she swears he's getting nearer
holds on tight to a feelin and the faded scarf she saves
she runs to the shore like savannah waves

Is she waving to me?
Is she waiting for me?

Savannah waves she always been a dreamer
holds on tight to a feelin and the faded scarf she saves
she runs to the shore like savannah waves

and many more
they are bound to take her place
to break on the shore like savannah waves
savannah waves

yeah
yeah
yeah

Copyright 2001 Fran Snyder, Yoga Monkey Music (ASCAP) & Jonathon Shuster

Discography

5 CDs as a solo artist - listed from most recent to least desirable:
"Live and Then Some"
"Five Little Monkeys and Other Kidstuff"
"stir"
"Someone is Watching"
"children"

Set List

My rider and stage plot are ridiculously easy.

Original material draws from 5 CDs. Occasional covers range from Michael Jackson to Radiohead to Stevie Wonder and some French dudes.