John Malloy

John Malloy

BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

John Malloy's music is a passionate and emotional exploration of the human condition. His unique brand of contemporary folk blends searching and expressive lyrics with moving and dynamic melodies.

Biography

Singer/songwriter John Malloy is from South Berwick, Maine. That’s the first thing he wants you to know. He’s very proud of his hometown and the people that live there.

At 32, John has spent the majority of the last 15 years focused on his songcraft and has recently become dedicated to carrying the stories that live inside of his songs around from town to town, from stage to stage. John says that “most of my songs kind of seem like they're about that feeling you get when you're driving around aimlessly in the middle of the night, listening to music and trying to figure out where you’re going to end up next.” The characters in his songs seem to be doing just that, moving through the world the best way that they can and looking for a sturdy place to land. The songs are filled with personal, heartbreaking and ambiguously reflective lyrics. It is important to note that the songs never seem self-indulgent or wallowing in confessional down-heartedness.

His self-produced, 2006 album, "As Long as it Lasts Us" has received airplay on Portland, Maine's alternative radio station WCLZ as well as on Shawn Henderson's popular radio show "Stay Tuned" on Portsmouth, New Hampshire's Community radio station WSCA.

His 2004 album, "Bridge Weight", was produced by avant-jazz/free form guitarist David Lajoie. His guitar parts are soaked into the songs, creating an atmosphere that is both warm and edgy. John’s enthusiasm for working with such an original creative force as David Lajoie emphasizes his wide range of influences. He notes singer/songwriters such as Nick Drake, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Ellis Paul, Steve Earle, Lyle Lovett, Tom Waits, Denison Witmer, Sufjan Stevens, Jon Foreman, David Wilcox, John Gorka and Patty Griffin as having a huge impact on his own writing. He is also enormously influenced by a wide range of artists such as The Beatles, REM, Wilco, Radiohead, Counting Crows, Ida, The Velvet Underground, Yo La Tengo, Pavement, Richard Buckner, Elliott Smith and countless others.

John is currently working on a new collection of songs entitled "Words When You Were Young" and hopes to have it completed by the spring of 2010.

Lyrics

I Can't Run That Fast

Written By: John Malloy

A little bit of sun on your hands,
a flower and birthday cake.
What holds me away,
what has kept me so afraid?

I looked downtown
but there was nothing
that spoke to me like you,
no others, no windows, no light
so I walked all night.

At least the fog is steady now,
over the water
and looking so strong.

I came along
and I remember you first,
I will remember you last,
wishing that I could catch you
but I can't run that fast
but I'll try to come through.

A first sight after a long time gone,
a baby in a picture frame.
What makes us stay,
what holds us down this way?

I looked to the cloudlines
but there was nothing
that spoke to me like you,
no feathers, no angels, no light
so I stayed up all night.

At least oh God, you're steady now,
over the mountain
and looking so strong.

I came along
and I remember you first,
I will remember you last,
wishing that I could catch you
but I can't run that fast
but I'll try to come through.

Copyright 2009.

For Now, Tonight, We are Young!

Written By: John Malloy

Someday you will be old
and you won't keep your fists up
and you won't need to know
if you've won over the world.

Someday you won't be told
how to wear your faces
and the money you don't have
will be spoiled and wasted.

But for now, tonight, we are young
and I want to run you ragged
and you can let your heart
crash down into my heart.

For now, tonight, we are young!

Today your friends were all
messy and half awake.
Today your friends were all
happy and ready.

Today your friend said he
just could not make it.
Today your friend said,
"the world is only good
when it's breaking."

But for now, tonight, we are young
and I want to run you ragged
and you can let your heart
crash down into my heart.

For now, tonight, we are young!

You can't go home anymore,
so just keep walking.

Someday you will be old
and you won't keep your fists up
and you won't need to know
if you've won over the world.

But for now, tonight, we are young
and I want to run you ragged
and you can let your heart
crash down into my heart.

For now, tonight, we are young!

Copyright 2006.

Unafraid

Written By: John Malloy

"and I'll even hold your hand",
she said,
"until you think that time will take it easy on you."

But I scatter so fast and I'm not sure what to say.

Maybe there's a lantern we can find
and let it burn the night away
with whsipers.

Do you know how the smoke
tracks us so close?

One little evening,
far enough away and on my own,
I took heart
and went onto some street
where I heard that no one
was ever tired and they're always raising themselves
above the silence,
dressed in song
and cotton skies that come around for sure.

So I climbed up to her window
and sat alone up there
but my angel, she's on the roof.
"how's about a new start," I said.

I will let love be my judge
and i'll stand in the front next time, unafraid.

Copyright 2004.

Split the Sun

Written By: John Malloy

Fragile things up front,
paper rain and proper change.

Will you be coming home,
oh, brother?

I will be holding on just the same.

If we moved the morning
to the end of the day,
could you always keep awake?
If we split the sun,
would you take your half and run?

Who could handle the whole thing?

I meant what I said.
How could I be so sad?
How could I be so mean?

Will you be shaping up,
oh, brother?

I will be holding on just the same.

If we moved the morning
to the end of the day,
could you always keep awake?
If we split the sun,
would you take your half and run?

Who could handle the whole thing?

Sorting out and stretching thin,
there's a hope in that
memory of yours.
So won't the shore line come to meet you,
won't the sure thing come and peek through?

They're making you over again.

Fragile things up front,
paper rain and proper change.

Will you be coming home,
oh, brother?

Copyright 2009.

Discography

Bridge Weight (2004)
As Long as it Lasts Us(2006)

Set List

Set Lists are composed primarily of original material.

The length of sets range from 20-90 minutes depending on the needs of the venue and are extremely flexible.