Johnny Forlorn

Johnny Forlorn

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Darker folk-rock often with alt-country or Irish flavorings. Male tenor with backing vocals. Piano & violin driven folk-rock. Influenced by Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen & the Pogues.

Biography

John grew up near San Francisco where his family were farmers for 4 generations. The music he heard growing up varied widely from Lee Greenwood to the Steve Miller Band. From the age of eight, John took piano lessons until he got into high school when we joined his frist band as the keyboardist. He then ended up playing in several bands until he finally moved to Seattle in 1989. In Seattle, he studied sound engineering in college while taking guitar and vocal lessons as well. He's played either as a keyboardist or vocalist in bands such as Faith & Disease, Shadow Light and Prayers for the Raven before finally deciding to go under his solo stage name of Johnny Forlorn.

Most of Johnny's songs are fairly somber but are not always nor do they always come from his own personal experiences. Frequently his songs stem from those whom he's met along the way. Many of the songs are story-telling such as "The Devil's Lying Inside" and "In A Moment" while others stick to a standard rock arrangement such as "Long Dusty Road" and "Only My Name Remains". He is influenced by, and often compared to, such artists as Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen, the Walkabouts, and even the Pogues.

Artists and guest artists appearing on the recordings are friends that Johnny has met throughout his years of playing as a studio musician, playing on stage with, or being part of a previous band with. Some of these musicians are from the bands: the Swains, Faith & Disease, the Living Jarboe, Legion Within, and more.

From Siberia to Japan, from the Philipines to Europe, Johnny's first two albums have been played in clubs and radio stations around the world. Domestically, they have been received very well at CMJ college stations as well as specialty shows and at clubs.

Lyrics

Long Dusty Road

Written By: Johnny Forlorn

It's a long long long long dusty road
from where I've been to where I will go.

I've seen my share of heartaches along the way
but I had to break some too just to get away.
From town to town I met some people each day.
So many stories end up the same old way.

It's a long long long long dusty road
from where I've been to where I will go.

I feel hardened along this dusty road.
At the end I wonder, "Will there be someone I know?
Am I destined to walk this road all alone?
'Cause it'd be nice to share a mile with one I know."

It's a long long long long dusty road
from where I've been to where I will go.

My pockets are empty more than half the time.
I keep singing my sorrow just to earn a dime.
Like a deer caught in headlights of a rollin' truck,
I feel like I'm now running out of luck.

It's a long long long long dusty road
from where I've been to where I will go.
It's a long long long long dusty road
from where I've been to where I'll go ... I just don't know.

Only My Name Remains

Written By: Johnny Forlorn

How shall the sun set today?
How shall they remember my name?
Words spoken so generously,
now lay me down to eternity.

And my name is all that remains
And my name is all that remains
And my name is all that remains
the rest is buried now here in this grave.

Six of my very best friends
are dressed in their top hats today.
All the love they carry with them,
is measured now by their burden any pain.

And my name is all that remains
And my name is all that remains
And my name is all that remains
the rest is buried now here in this grave.

Lilies and roses lay down at my side.
Symbols now of their final goodbyes.
And like the love that I once had shared,
they're laid to rest by those who have cared.

And my name is all that remains
And my name is all that remains
And my name is all that remains
the rest is buried now here in this grave.

And now the night has come for me.
My name's been carved so carefully.
My dreams, they fade into the earth,
but my life, it was good, for what that is worth.

And my name is all that remains
And my name is all that remains
And my name is all that remains
the rest is buried now here in this grave.

{repeat chorus}

Discography

The First Loss - 2003 (10 Tracks - 10 Originals)
Another Round, Please - 2006 (11 Tracks - 9 Originals)

Set List

Standard set is about 10-11 songs (45 minutes to an hour). Most are originals with just a couple of covers thrown in.

1. Your Letter Arrived
2. Evelyn
3. Long Dusty Road
4. Ride On (cover of Christy Moore)
5. Only My Name Remains
6. When Sorrow's Your Friend
7. A Song for Angie
8. Wicked Game (cover of Chris Isaak)
9. Somebody Else
10. Here Comes My Love
11. Hometown