John Roy Zat

John Roy Zat

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With Appalachian influences, Cajun, dust bowl, and a dash of rockabilly, John Roy Zat's songs sound and read like a book; and his work has been recorded by music legend Kate Wolf, Banish Misfortune, Caroline Herring, and others.

Biography

JRZ comes from a long line of American singer-songwriters who occupy that space between traditional country and folk music. In olden times (the `70s) they were often referred to as the ‘new Dylan,’ but feel free to delete ol' Bob's name and replace it with Hank Williams, Woody Guthrie, Gram Parsons or Ryan Adams, depending on your age, tastes or inclination.

"I have worked blue collar and white collar day jobs, with people in many different parts of the world. With some mileage on my chassis now and a lot of this planet traveled, I can say that music is one of Nature’s laws. Everybody is moved by music. Everyone has a favorite song, or two, or twenty. One of my greatest joys is making music and sharing songs with people, and the more the better."

Lyrics

Thinking About You

Written By: John Croizat BMI

I’m thinking about you, the night we met
Somebody’s party who’s name I forget
We were having fun and after awhile
I asked for your number; and you gave me a smile
I’m thinking about you – ooh I’m thinking about you
*
I’m thinking about you and our first date
That little restaurant, we stayed very late
The walk to the car, the way we were shy
Then our first kiss when we said good night
I’m thinking about you – ooh I’m thinking about you
*
Could this be a love song? Could this love be true?
I think this is a love song -- about me and you!
*
I don’t know the ending,
It could be happy or sad.
We’re only just beginning,
But babe, it’s not bad
I’m thinking about you – ooh I’m thinking about you
*
Could this be a love song? Could this love be true?
I think this is a love song -- about me and you!
*
I don’t know the ending,
It could be joyous or tragic
We’re only just beginning,
But babe, it’s magic
I’m thinking about you. I’m thinking about you, babe
I’m thinking about you, oooh I’m thinking about you.

Trouble Why Do You

Written By: John Croizat BMI

If trouble were money, we’d all be millionaires
We’d all have diamond rings, more than enough to share
No need to beg or borrow, or sell your soul
Trouble would be as good as gold
*
If trouble were health, we’d all be athletes
We’d wake up in the morning jumping to our feet
No sickness or disease, we never even sneeze
Trouble would take care of our needs
*
Trouble Oh Trouble – why do you what you do
Trouble Oh Trouble – why don’t you try something new
*
If trouble were funny, we’d be laughing all day
Dancing in the sunshine, singing in the rain
No fights, wars or arguments, we’d never disagree
Trouble would keep us so happy
*
Trouble Oh Trouble – why do you what you do
Trouble Oh Trouble – why don’t you try something new
*
Hey Trouble, I got a small suggestion
How ‘bout you consider changing your direction
Instead a being in the way, you could lend a helping hand
Trouble you could be our best friend.
*
Trouble Oh Trouble – why do you what you do
Trouble Oh Trouble – why don’t you try something new
‘Stead of being bad, there’s so much good you could do

Midnight On The Water

Written By: John Croizat BMI

Verse
There are (D)times that I am blue, thinking of you (G)and (D)me,
At midnight (G)on the (D)water, and how it (A)used to (D)be.
There are stars among the trees, in some ol’ memories (G)I (D)know,
At midnight (G)on the (D)water, not so (A)long a(D)go.
Chorus
And though they’re (Bm)gone, like floating dreams,
The scenes were there within the mirror
Made by the (Em)moon upon the water, and our (Bm)love was never stronger.
But the (G)picture was broken by the (D)waves we left behind,
At midnight (G)on the (D)water, once u(A)pon a (D)time.
Verse
There are times that I am blue thinking you and me,
At midnight on the water, and how it used to be.
In the stillness of the lake, where these thoughts take me again,
At midnight on the water, do you remember when.

Crazy Glue

Written By: John Croizat BMI

Crazy Glue (c) John Croizat BMI
* Verse 1
It’s crazy how I love you.
It’s crazy how we fight
You’re my joy and sunshine.
You’re my darkest night.
Our marriage license -
We should put it up and frame it.
All the years we’ve been together —
Only one way to explain it.
* Chorus
I’m stuck on you.
You’re stuck on me too.
Love holds us together
Like a crazy glue.
Can’t pull us apart
No matter what we do.
Love holds us together
Like a crazy glue.
* Verse 2
Love’s not always easy.
Love’s not always kind.
Love is never perfect
Love’s a frame of mind.
I can fly across the mountain.
Sail across the sea.
Ten thousand miles between us.
You’re still close to me.
* Verse 3
You’re my best opponent.
You’re my very best friend.
I know how we started.
I don’t know how we’ll end.
When this life is over,
There’s. another one upstairs.
If you leave before me,
I will see you there —

Long Train Coming

Written By: John Croizat BMI

* Verse 1
You want to climb a mountain or sail the sea,
You want to write a novel or some poetry,
You want to be the next Vincent Van Gogh,
Well you better get busy ‘cause before you know,
Be a long train coming around the bend, Long train coming and you won’t know when,
As sure as the night follows the day,
Long train coming take you away.
Man on the radio shouting about God,
Hound dog howling out in the yard,
Cows in the meadow, crows in the corn,
Long train coming since the day you were born.
* Verse 2
Everybody’s happy, everybody’s sad,
Everybody’s good, everybody’s bad,
Everybody’s fat, everybody’s thin,
Everybody’s playing but there’s nothing to win.
Just a long train coming around the bend,
Long train coming and we don’t know when,
As sure as the day follows the night,
Long train coming take us for a ride.
Rich man in a castle counting his gold,
Poor man on the street sleeping in the cold,
Everybody’s doing their time,
You got yours and I got mine.
* Verse 3
Life is sweet, but it’d be a lot sweeter,
If I had a little more money in the meter,
Brother, sister could you spare me a dime,
I’m working on the building, need a little more time.
Everybody knows but we all pretend
It’s a great big party, never gonna end
Long train coming around the bend
Long train coming and we don’t know when
Long train coming, I’ll say it again,
Long train coming, we don’t know when,
Long train coming, nobody knows,
Where it comes from or where it goes.
* Ending
So do what you have to, and do what you love.
Don’t do nothing you’re not proud of.
Do what you do and do your best.
Long train coming take care of the rest.
Long train, oooh long train
I had my fun; I sang my song.
And all that’s left is to say -- so long.

Discography

In late 2011, JRZ released two CDs of mostly original material. Both have since gotten consistent airplay on independent radio and charted in the top ten on Roots Music Report and Airplay Direct.

The first CD , Solo, features just JRZ's singing and playing, as when he performs solo. On the second, Collaborations, he recorded with a group of like-minded musicians, adding texture and dimension without messing with his intrinsic Americana roots sound. He is currently working on a new CD, due in late 2013.

Set List

Tailored to the performance. It can be exclusively original material, or include covers of such artists as Gillian Welch, John Prine, Billy Joe Shaver, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, etc.