John Newlands

John Newlands

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Weird, catchy pop built on classic songcraft and fed through an Irresistible Arrangement Machine

Biography

Major influence: The Beatles; others: Brian Wilson, Todd Rundgren, Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan. Drawing from pop, rock, jazz and folk; everything stands a chance of making it into the pot; purity has never been a concern. My sound is set apart from others' by an unfailing commitment to sonic detail and to making seamless recordings.

Lyrics

The Song I Never Wrote

Written By: John Newlands

THE SONG I NEVER WROTE

In your chair with your headphone hair
Behind your self-possession stare
Do you stray while I tilt away
A thousand windmills every day
Every one can shine at something
I’m the B-side king

Can you hear the song I never wrote
Would you like to sing it to me now
Thinking we could float out of the room
Still we cry over
Spilt sour milk

Birds appear no landing gear
You’ll never run the world from here
I’m one to talk in epic battle locked
With the hands of a grandfather clock
Every one can shine at something
I’m the B-side king

Can you hear the song I never wrote
Is it all about the happiness
That would let us float out of the room
But still we cry over
Spilt sour milk

Is there a middle 8
The cheque’s in the mail and it’s forty years late
I’m trying to paint a big picture

Can you hear the song I never wrote
Would you like to sing it to me now
Thinking we could float out of the room
But still we cry over
Spilt sour milk

©2004 John Newlands

New Dance

Written By: John Newlands

New Dance

I had a thousand better things to do
Than prop this dead man's dive and take in the view
The place is a ruin
And the band's out of tune
I'm swimming in a sea on the moon
And I can't reduce love
And I can't rate romance
But I'm always up for learning a new dance
I'm always up for learning a new dance
It's so easy
It's so easy
It's so easy

And so this is where you draw the line
The power is all yours and the beauty's all mine
Is that a capital B
And capital ITCH?
Hey was that a smile or a twitch
And I can't define love
And I can't spell romance
But I'm always up for learning a new dance
I'm always up for learning a new dance
It's so easy
It's so easy
It's so easy

And I'm always keen
To ride the machine
That runs on hopeless dreams
Oh my beautiful dream

Such a capital B
And a capital ITCH
I'm swimming in a sea in a ditch
And I can't define love
And I can't spell romance
But I'm always up for learning a new dance
I'm always up for learning a new dance
It's so easy
It's so easy
It's so easy

©2004 John Newlands

Get Onto My Cloud

Written By: John Newlands

GET ONTO MY CLOUD

One more year in orbit
And it’s still a mystery
No chance of crashing
With the sun sustaining me
Do you remember why we're here

Get onto my cloud
I feel so good today
Get onto my cloud
I've got nothingness going my way

Polar sea desert sand
Curved infinity
Forgive me for imagining
A planet of the free
Do you remember why we're here

Get onto my cloud
I feel so good today
Get onto my cloud
I've got nothingness going my way

Get onto my cloud

We've got to send love out
Industrial amounts
We've got to send love out
Industrial amounts

Can you remember why we're here

Get onto my cloud
I feel so good today
Get onto my cloud
We've got nothingness going our way

Get onto my cloud
I feel so good today
Get onto my cloud
We've got nothingness going our way
Going our way
Going our way
Going our way

© 2004 John Newlands

Discography

LPs: Learn Guitar Overnight, 8-Track Of The Year, Ear In The Mail, Lowell. New singles and album tracks streaming at www.johnnewlands.com

Set List

Set list varies dramatically depending on the gig; almost always exclusively original material; approx. 100 songs.