John J. Ray

John J. Ray

BandRockSinger/Songwriter

My music is very eclectic, including rock, country, gospel, bluegrass, blues, and folk. My band, The Off-the-Wall Band has three singers who can each sing lead or harmony, and many of our songs have a rich 3-part harmony.

Biography

The Off-the-Wall Band:
www.theoffthewallband.com
What sets us apart:
- a variety of styles and vocal sounds
- rich harmonies
- tasty lead solos
- sweet slide guitar
- high energy
- sounds you can move to

Lyrics

Lifelong Rebel

Written By: John J. Ray

Lifelong Rebelby
John J. Ray - copyright 2007

Drivin’ your van – back from Vegas – I think of all the years
You lived your life – lots of changes – the laughin’ and the tears
My eyes let loose – as I heard (you) singin’ – on the stere-o
They lay me down, way down – beneath the green
– the green grass of home…oooh…the green grass of home

You grew up strong – rough and toughened – on the city street
I walked around – always knowing – you watched out for me
As we went down – to the corner – of the big brick square
You sang some songs, together – with your friends
– your street friends down there… oooh …with your street friends there

Lifelong rebel – and stubborn to the end
Didn’t need anyone – stay strong, never bend
Dark sunglasses - concealed the damage done
Life long rebel – your poison was – your poison was your friend
It was your best friend

I drank too much – at your wedding – you said it was OK
To break the rules – if you make it (so) – you can get away
You taught me not – (to) ever give in – to anybody else
Why did you let them take your – take your power
– take your power away… oooh …You gave your power away

Lifelong rebel – and stubborn to the end
Didn’t need anyone – stay strong, never bend
Dark sunglasses - concealed the damage done
Life long rebel – your poison was – your poison was your friend
It was your best friend

Life long rebel – with your poison – it was your best friend

I Did Not Authorize

Written By: John J. Ray

I Did Not Authorize

by John Joseph Ray
311 W. Adams St. – Fayetteville, AR 72701
479-521-4352
johnnyray22@earthlink.net

I did not authorize the Spanish Inquisition or the Nazi occupation
– or the Lenins’ and the Mao’s brand of Communism
– a twisted vision – a misted prison

I did not authorize the launching of unholy Crusades the stench of Hitler’s masquerade
- & crucifying Christians in the early days
– Just a grim charade – by those afraid

I did not authorize sending young men off to war & attacking those at Pearl Harbor
– or dropping down the big one on Hiroshima
– to even the score & a whole lot more

How can you slay a man – rape women and seize the land
– and declare it’s my will?
Did you hear my command – what do you not understand
– in ‘Thou shall not kill’ – Thou shall not kill
That has been my will, and it always will

I did not authorize spending money on bombs and guns while millions of folks are on the run, trying to find some food & shelter from the sun
– tell their daughters and sons
- they can’t eat guns….

I did not authorize crashing down the World Trade towers – lives by suicide devoured
– & bombing blameless people in a vengeful shower of primitive power – second-hand power

Give up that fallacy that you represent me – when you kill for some God above
It’s not such a mystery – there’s a better way to be free
– and it starts with love – yes, it starts with love
And there’s more than enough with the power of love…..

I did not authorize…

Lifelong Rebel

Written By: John J. Ray

Lifelong Rebel
by John J. Ray

Drivin’ your van – back from Vegas – I think of all the years
You lived your life – lots of changes – the laughin’ and the tears
My eyes let loose – as I heard (you) singin’ – on the stere-o
They lay me down, way down – beneath the green
– the green grass of home…oooh…the green grass of home

You grew up strong – rough and toughened – on the city street
I walked around – always knowing – you watched out for me
As we went down – to the corner – of the big brick square
You sang some songs, together – with your friends
– your street friends down there… oooh …with your street friends there

Lifelong rebel – and stubborn to the end
Didn’t need anyone – stay strong, never bend
Dark sunglasses - concealed the damage done
Life long rebel – your poison was – your poison was your friend
… oooh ...it was your best friend

I drank too much – at your wedding – you said it was OK
To break the rules – if you make it (so) – you can get away
You taught me not – (to) ever give in – to anybody else
Why did you let them take your – take your power
– take your power away… oooh …You gave your power away

Lifelong rebel – and stubborn to the end
Didn’t need anyone – stay strong, never bend
Dark sunglasses - concealed the damage done
Life long rebel – your poison was – your poison was your friend
… oooh ...it was your best friend

Life long rebel – with your poison – it was your best friend

Discography

we have one demo cd at the moment...more coming

Set List

Our set list varies per venue and event, going from driving rock to sweet ballads, dance music to concert-level songs to listen to, full electrified band to relatively unplugged to smaller configurations