Ian Egan

Ian Egan

 Austin, Texas, USA
BandPopAdult Contemporary

Painting poetic & thoughtful pictures in your mind with poignant lyrical phrases & carefully crafted harmonies, Ian is a songwriter in the best tradition of the poetic storyteller throughout history. His catchy musical hooks & pleasant tenor draw you into his songs.

Biography

Ian Egan's music is Adult Alternative Folk Rock. From the raw adult emotions and soaring harmonies in "Lovin' Care" to the tale of heroes and courage in "Hero's Wall," Ian's poignant and poetic lyrics are brought to vibrant life by the perfect harmonies and immense musical talent of this multi-instumentalist.

Ian has been a published poet for many years, and came to the guitar relatively late... and the poetry flowing through his head suddenly had an amazing outlet on stage in front of the microphone. Ian lives in Austin, Texas, and makes full use of the many wonderful and varied open mics throughout the vibrant music scene in the Live Music Capitol of the World.

Ian is a great admirer of the poets & storytellers of popular music. He is influenced by the social commentary & lyricism of Paul Simon, Jim Croce, Micheal Franti, Ben Harper, Ray Lamontagne, and Bob Dylan among others. (He has claimed on occasion that he is always trying to write the next "Sounds Of Silence.")

In addition to songwriting, Ian is a professional free-lance cartoonist & a published poet & author. His unique perspective on life, from the humorous to the sublime, lend his lyrics a fresh & unusual view of the Universe around us. From the patriotic anthem "Hero's Wall" (Ian spent four years in the Marines) through the fanciful "Mr. Books" (about temptation & the Devil) to the beseeching emotion of "Lovin' Care" & the gentle love song "Tangled," Ian will make you listen & tap your toe... either with a smile on your face or a lump in your throat, and many times both.

Lyrics

The Hero's Wall

Written By: Ian Egan

In the house where I grew up
There where pictures in the hall
Smiling men in uniforms
Called the Hero’s Wall
Grainy black-and-whites
Of men I’d never seen
So I asked my daddy
What did they all mean

His look got sad and wistful
Seeing years gone by
And though he never shed a tear
I thought that he might cry
He said, “I served my country,
Just like these brave men…
But they just won’t be coming
Home again.”

He said, “These men fought bravely
Many years ago…
They lost their youth and innocence
In a godforsaken war.”
We talked of friends and comrades
Sacrificing all
So we put them up
On a Hero’s Wall.
I grew up brave and strong
And I served my country
I fought and prayed and bled
Like my father before me
I watched my buddies die
Sacrificing all
So I put them up
On a Hero’s Wall

My son looked up at me
So innocent at ten
He pointed to the pictures
And asked about way back when
I gazed at my old friends
Some never to come home
And a tear caught my voice
As I passed the torch along

I said, “These men fought bravely
Many years ago…
They lost their youth and innocence
In a godforsaken war.”
We talked of friends and comrades
Sacrificing all
So we put them up
On a Hero’s Wall.

Son, never forget
The Hero’s Wall

Semper Fi, Brothers.

Tangled

Written By: Ian Egan

Woke up this morning
Dreams tangled in my hair
Reached for you across the bed
But you’re not there

Another lonely day
Spent without your smile
Guess I’ll lay right here
And dream a little while

For a little while
Just a little while
A little while
For just a little while

It’s not that I’ve got too much time
On my hands
It’s too damned many hands
Upon my time

I just want to lay with you
Tangled in your smile
Forget about my troubles
And dream a little while

For a little while
Just a little while
A little while
For just a little while

(Interlude)
For a little while
Just a little while
A little while
For just a little while

Dylan’s on the radio
Tangled up in blue
I just want to lay right here
Tangled up in you

Stop the time from flowing
And play within your smile
Put the world on hold
And dream a little while

For a little while
Just a little while
A little while
For just a little while

The River Jordan

Written By: Ian Egan

Walking through the shadows
In the corners of my mind
Looking for an angel of light
Is God out there somewhere
Waiting for an answer
Waiting in the silence of the night

Chorus
I’m going on down to the river Jordan
To wash away my sins
Show me the way to the river Jordan
And come along with me, my friend

Why?
Oh, why?
Why must young men die?
Why must mothers cry?
Why must God choose?
When there’s so much more to lose

Reality is the canvas
We paint our lives upon
And our imagination is the frame
The colors of our soul
The rainbow of our life
When all that we have left is our name

Chorus
I’m going on down to the river Jordan
To wash away my sins
Show me the way to the river Jordan
And come along with me, my friend

Why? Oh, why?
Why must they lie?
Why must the innocent die?
Why must God choose?
When there’s so much more to lose.

I Wonder (Where Love Has Gone)

Written By: Ian Egan

Calico cats
Dance in the moonlight
Fireflies chasing the dawn

A beautiful woman
With eyes of starlight
A smile, and she’s gone

Far away
In the fields of my dreams
I hear you sigh in your sleep

I smile and I wonder
What you are dreaming
And wonder where love has gone
I wonder where love has gone

Chorus
How many dreams must I see?
The love I have for you, and you for me
I want it with all of my heart, but it can’t be

I wonder where love has gone
I wonder where love has gone

I toss and I turn
Counting the hours
Watching the night flow along

A beautiful woman
With eyes of sorrow
Waiting for the dawn

Far away
In the fields of my dreams
I search for you but you’re gone

I smile as a tear
Stains this page
And wonder where love has gone
I wonder where love has gone

Chorus
How many dreams must I see?
The love I have for you, and you for me
I want it with all of my heart, but it can’t be

I wonder where love has gone
I wonder where love has gone

Until The Peace Comes Again

Written By: Ian Egan

Late at night
When the stars shine down
I hold you in my dreams
Your warm embrace
Sooths my troubled soul
Until the peace comes again

Time so quickly slips away
Whatever happened to the day
I’m so tired of fighting the battle
Of yesterday

Will you know me tomorrow
When all our yesterdays are gone
Tattered memories still linger
For so long

In the darkest night
When the thunder roars
Do you hold me in your dreams
Does my strong embrace
Sooth your troubled soul
Until the peace comes again

Time so quickly slips away
Whatever happened to the day
I’m so tired of fighting the battle
Of yesterday

Will you know me tomorrow
When all our yesterdays are gone
Tattered memories still linger
For so long

Late at night
When the stars shine down
I hold you in my dreams
Your warm embrace
Sooths my troubled soul
Until the peace comes again
Until the peace comes again

Bo's Half Pound

Written By: Ian Egan

Racing on a dusty Schwinn
Down past Tommy’s place
Fueled by fear & soda pop
A black lab on the chase

A three of clubs is in the spokes
A childhood’s summer sound
Bo comes running with a snarl
Demanding his half pound from me & you

Relationships will come & go
And crumble into dust
Accusations ricochet
Through a shattered trust

Simple straight apologies
Lie strewn upon the ground
If only love could conquer all
Demanding Bo’s half pound from me & you

Chorus
Remember when we’d laugh & sing,
And hold hands in the rain
Remember when a mommy’s kiss
Was enough to ease the pain
Remember when a summer’s day
Was just for me & you
Ain’t it true
Ain’t it true
Lord, ain’t it true

Adolescent cries & rants
Tempers raw & torn
Slamming doors to end the day
“I wish I was never born!”

We grow up & grow apart
It comes & goes around
And when it’s all said & done
Demanding Bo’s half pound from me & you

Chorus
Remember when we’d laugh & sing,
And hold hands in the rain
Remember when a mommy’s kiss
Was enough to ease the pain
Remember when a summer’s day
Was just for me & you
Ain’t it true
Ain’t it true
Lord, ain’t it true
Ain't it true
Ain't it true
For me & you

Remember: Becky's Song

Written By: Ian Egan

Remember Love
I knew it long ago
Dry your tears
Keep the Love alive

Remember Peace
I knew it long ago
Forgive the pain
Keep the Peace alive

*Chorus*
Shadows grow longer
As the light starts to fade
I’m tired and I’m weary
From mistakes I have made

Remember Hope
I knew it long ago
Face your fears
Keep the Hope alive

Remember Dreams
I knew them long ago
Close your eyes
Keep your Dreams alive

*Chorus*
Shadows grow longer
As the light starts to fade
I’m sad and I’m lonely
That’s the price I have paid

Remember Love
I knew it long ago
Dry your tears
Keep the Love alive
Keep the Love alive

The Conversation

Written By: Ian Egan

I woke up, & got outta bed
Last night’s dreams still in my head
Went downtown to score some pain
She wasn’t home, so I’m lonely again

Stitching up the conversation
When the moment’s gone
Tangled & the tattered edges
Another sad old song

Walking in the pouring rain
It hides the tears but not the pain
Love’s a promise, delivered broken
Even as the words are spoken

Echoes of the conversation
Linger on too long
The radio plays too damned loud
Another sad old song
Another sad old song

(Harmonica)

Hope’s eternal in the velvet darkness
Somewhere in the night
I’m tired of wandering these old streets
Looking for the light

Echoes of the conversation
Linger on too long
The radio plays too damned loud
Another sad old song
Another sad old song

West Texas Skies

Written By: Ian Egan

She cried the tears of angels,
As the rain came down;
Her beating heart
Was the only sound.

The dawn was in her smile,
Fire in her eyes;
As lovely as a
West Texas Sky.

Maria loved me,
Long ago;
‘Til her angels told her to
Let me go.

I cried to the heavens,
Tell me why;
But Heaven’s empty like a
West Texas Sky.

Chorus
Oh, my Maria
Why’d you say goodbye?
Oh, my Maria
I’m as empty as a
West Texas Sky.

Nothing’s so lovely,
Through the years;
As a smile that struggles
Through the tears.

I can still see Maria,
Her smoldering eyes;
Like a sun setting in a
West Texas Sky.

Chorus
Oh, my Maria
Why’d you say goodbye?
Oh, my Maria
I’m as empty as a
West Texas Sky;
I’m as empty as a
West Texas Sky.

Absolutely Austin

Written By: Ian Egan


It’s a long & winding road
Without an end in sight
Rubies on an asphalt chain
Brake lights in the night

Wandering through the years
Chicago in the rear view
L.A. just a memory
Montana Big Sky blue

CHORUS
But in the end what matters
Is you pay the price it’s costing
Then head on home to Texas
Absolutely Austin
Yeah, head on home to Texas
Absolutely Austin

I’ve been to empty places
On purpose, & I don’t know why
Ice-cold rooms & dirty saloons
More tears then I could cry

From New York down to Nashville
Another cheap hotel
A lonely night in Memphis
I know that song damned well

(Harmonica)

Leaving the past behind
So lonely that I could cry
Old regrets & memories
As the miles go by

CHORUS

Set List

Ian performs very few covers; he has a large repertoire of original material. His set list includes 25 songs, enough to fill a two-and-a-half hour show.

When Ian DOES perform covers he will play Bruce Springsteen's "Devils & Dust," Jim Croce's "I've Got A Name," J. J. Cale's "Bringin' It Back From Mexico," or a number of Paul Simon's songs.