John Haydon

John Haydon

BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

"Exudes the brave, naked honesty of Daniel Johnston with a delivery somewhere between Neil Young and Dean Wareham."

Biography

John Haydon's 5th and most recent release "Phantom Heart" is an achingly beautiful and haunting exploration of the dark, hidden realms of the heart and the happiness found in love. The listener can't help but feel that Haydon has transformed a very personal dark night of the soul into a bitter-sweet collection of songs that shine with ageless beauty. Fans will be interested to know that two thirds of the songs were written as "hidden-message love letters" during the formation of a band with another songwriter that he fell in love with (a short documentary about the album called "Song Stories" will be available at www.johnhaydon.com). The songs resonate with poetic sensibility and naked honesty conjuring up the ghosts of Leonard Cohen, Neil young and John Lennon.

For the past 13 years, Haydon has been developing an honest and direct, yet refined songwriting voice. Each song is a balancing see-saw with loneliness and despair on one end and hope and determination on the other end. His previous record "She's Gone" (on iTunes) was released in 2002 and received rave reviews in major music publications in the Northeast.

His musical styles have gone from Pop Rock to Alt-County to Singer/Songwriter to Minimalist Folk reflecting influences that include Badly Drawn Boy, Neil Young, Galaxy 500, Leonard Cohen and Johnny Cash. However, the essential constant thread in his music is what one fan calls "courageous vulnerability". John adds, "Artists like Leonard Cohen, Gram Parsons and Neil Young have always been mentors to me in how they put honesty before anything else in their music. If I can get one thing right, it would be being honest and naked in my music".

No effort was spared making this record. John hand-picked Boston's best including Russell Chudnofsy (Lori McKenna), Mike Piehl (Chris Smither), Steve Chaggaris (Ken Clark Organ Trio /The Soul Band) and Margaret Garrett (Mr. Airplane Man). All the songs were recorded at Moontower Studio, Woolly Mammoth Studio and his home studio in Massachusetts. The masterful Pete Weiss (Bow Thayer, Ramona Silver, Lucky 57) mixed everything at Verdant Studio. Finally, Jeff Lipton (Magnetic Fields, Big Star, Jess Klein, Sebadoh) at Peerless mastered the disc.

Note:

On 4/23/2008, The Watertown Tab published the following article: http://www.wickedlocal.com/watertown/archive/x914614997

Lyrics

I Want To Go Away With You

Written By: John Haydon

I want to go away with you girl - John Haydon - 3-12-07

I want to go away with you girl
where the air is nice
and if we don't have the money to go
we'll make our own paradise right here
yeah, that's right - right here

you got the looks - baby I'm sold
if i fell apart you'd make me whole
you got a plan and i've got the nail
if we do it together baby how can we fail

I want to go away with you girl
we could get away twice
and if we don't have the time to go
we'll make our own paradise right here
yeah, that's right - right here

you got the sail and i've got the map
if I got lost, you'd get me back on track
you got a baby - i got a kid too
we got a whole gang, and i got you

I want to go away with you girl
and carve out a little slice
and if we don't have the time to go
we'll make our own paradise right here
yeah, that's right - right here

you've got the stars and i've got the moon

It's late at night, I hope you get here soon

With You

Written By: John Haydon

Oh my dear my love is for you
Only for you - it's all I want to do
Don't you fear for living alone
All on your own - wandering around

Let me hold that cream white hand
I'll be your man - it's what I'm gonna do
Wipe away that uphappy tear - now that I'm here holding on to you

You got a kid now sleeping in the crib
Look what you did - look at him go
Our plans are simple but they're true.
I'm with you - what else are we gonna do?
I'm with you - what else are we gonna do?

Last Night What You Told Me

Written By: John Haydon

You sat me down but you're still not making sense. Trying to tell me why you brought me here

Pushing past the crickets in my ear

I love your face - it's such a nice shade of red. Feeling more nervous myself, I can only say "what?..".

Got up and got more hot water for my cup

Last night what you told me - you showed me trust

Last night what you told me - you showed me trust

I can't believe the words that I'm starting to hear. I'm so happy that you just want to be clear

Got so much admiration for you, dear

Last night what you told me - you showed me trust

Last night what you told me - you showed me trust

I don't think that hope is the same as expectation 'cause things never really turn out the way they should

The only thing that we can do is do what we know is good

Last night what you told me - you showed me trust

Last night what you told me - you showed me trust

I wish someone could predict what our being together will teach

Like trying to hold a bed sheet down on a windy beach

Some will blow away and some were meant to keep

Last night what you told me - you showed me trust

Last night what you told me - you showed me trust

Discography

Five Dollar Milkshake - Apartinthemiddle - 1998
John Haydon - Resolve - 1999
John Haydon - This Time - 2001
Timbre Project - 2001
John haydon - She's Gone - 2003
Hayseed Prophets - Future Looks Bright - 2003
John Haydon - Phantom Heart - 2008

Set List

I can play a 3-hour set that would include 75% originals