Johnny Schafer

Johnny Schafer

BandFolkAcoustic

Acoustic indie coffee shop style tunes with an edge...i sing songs about life...Love...struggle...progress...relationships...loss....social change...Lyrics and melody are emphasized behind a backdrop of beautiful yet simple chord changes...

Biography

My name is Johnny Schafer. i am the singer/songwriter /poet of the people...Give me your tired, your poor, your weak, your loved ones, your memories, your down times, and your good times you wish would never end...I tell their stories...

I write about topics that stem from situations i've encountered, inequalities that i see in the world, substances ive indulged in, girls, friends that ive had fun with, and life in general...

I try to keep things fun with some of the songs and the debut album takes on a concept bringing the listener through homelessness, addictions, and depression all the way to falling in love to heartbreak to promiscuity to total disgust for the world to suicide to acceptance and love and back again...

Lyrics

Barfly

Written By: Johnny Schafer

Ya better back up off that bar boy...
before you get too deep...

I can see you've been drinkin since we opened up...

and i think you've had enough-
for the evening-
said i think you...
think you've had enough...

"now, excuse me their, bartender...
you don't quite understand...
you see i traded my whole life away..."

"And everything and everyone i know...OH...
said for a bag, and a bottle, and some pills...
i said for a bag, and a bottle and some...
PILLS....
to get my mind...on....straight...
to get my mind...on....STRAIGHT...

give me a bag, and a bottle and some pills...
give me a bag and a bottle...

"take that needle out-your arm, boy...
your wearing way too thin...
you seem to barely exist under those rags that you call "clothes."

you've been sleepin' in that gutter for two years now...two years...too long...."

you said for a bag, and a bottle and some pills...

you said for a bag, and a bottle, and some pills...

you gave it all away oh yes you traded your whole...life....away....
for that bag...and that bottle....

Suicide Solution

Written By: Johnny Schafer

i was thinkin' that i'd call you up
to see if you would like to come back home;
for awhile;
I don't care about the fact you left us worried that we'd one day get this call...
nurse says-
"he's gone now"
I wish that i could change your mind...
I wish that i'd have heard those words from you...
you'd say
"here i go...on my own...wishing I could have said my last goodbye's..."
you'd say
"here I go, on my own, left with nothing but the memories of you...ah, the memories of you..."

I had a dream the bombs dropped down on us in our sleep...
I couldn't help but wish that I was there...
then maybe I could see you again...
even though i'd be letting go of everyone else...
forever...
it happens...way too fast...
and i wish that i'd have heard those words from you...
you'd say
"here i go...on my own...wishing I could have said my last goodbye's..."
you'd say
"here I go, on my own, left with nothing but the memories of you...ah, the memories of you..."

"Here I go...on my own...wishing i would have said my last goodbyes..."
And it never gets easier saying...I never gets easier...It never gets easier saying...goodbye...goodbye...

Discography

Johnny Schafer-Great Expectations L/P-2008

Set List

I generally play a 30-45 minute set list, but if needed, and play up to two hours worth of material...If i do play covers, I generally stick to altered acoustic versions of the cure, sublime(0ccasionally), Bob Marley, fleetwood mac, and many others.