John Schindler

John Schindler

 Jaffrey, New Hampshire, USA
BandAmericanaAlternative

Originally from Saint Louis Missouri, John was influenced early on by that town's rhythm
and blues and his Oklahoma mother’s singing. This funky start was drastically tempered
by a nine-year stint in a Catholic seminary where silence and Gregorian chant were his
daily bread. After leaving the brotherhood, and armed only with his vow of poverty, John
moved to New England and pursued the path of an itinerant musician, playing in sundry
bands and bad barrooms. It was during this time, he reali

Biography

Originally from Saint Louis Missouri, John was influenced early on by that town's rhythm
and blues and his Oklahoma mother’s singing. This funky start was drastically tempered
by a nine-year stint in a Catholic seminary where silence and Gregorian chant were his
daily bread. After leaving the brotherhood, and armed only with his vow of poverty, John
moved to New England and pursued the path of an itinerant musician, playing in sundry
bands and bad barrooms. It was during this time, he realized, that his audience could not
understand Latin.

Winner of both the 2003 Boston Folk Festival Songwriting Contest and the 2006
Rose Garden Coffeehouse Song Contest, John has also been a finalist in many other
song contests.

His CD Memory Train was CD of the Week on Chicago’s WFMT’s Midnight Special.

His new CD is Two-Step Man.
John lives in Jaffrey NH & Boothbay Harbor ME with his wife, Jane and 2 cats, Godzilla
& Iko.
“John's the best singer songwriter I've run into in the last 10 years or so"~ Bob Franke
"John Schindler is full of wonderful, insightful songs that will find their way into the repertoire of other
folksingers. John's songs really connect!" ~ Dick Pleasants, WUMB
“Wise, witty and dark." ~ Charlie Hunter of FLYING UNDER RADAR
“New Hampshire's John Schindler knows how to translate life into wise, oddly witty songs and his new
Memory Train album collects many of the calm little gems he's been writing in recent years" ~ Dan Gewertz,
Boston Herald
“A true original.” ~ WUMB’s Boston Folk Festival
“We could use some more John Schindler in the world!” Chris Darling, WMPG, Portland

Lyrics

Stardust Ballroom

Written By: John Schindler



The Stardust Ballroom, we sought romance
We just played air guitar, we did not dance
We did not tango, we did not twist
We did the limbo, we did not kiss

(Chorus)
Would you take me out dancing
Won’t you hold me with feeling
And watch the notes from the bandstand float
To the Stardust ceiling
Would you hold me real close she said
Don’t you have that feeling
I just feel lost, like the stars across
The Stardust ceiling

Ginger or Maryanne, how long we waited
They were too mysterious, too sophisticated
We were invited, we had our chance
Someone decided we did not dance
To take them out dancing…….

Where have those boys gone who knew no fear
They’re home watching Jeopardy, they’re home drinking beer
Where are the kisses from damsels fair
They’re somebody’s missus with frosted hair
Would you take me out dancing……..

Where is the tenderness that felt so right
Time just goes on I guess down to bowlin’ night
But I’ll find some buddies there, we’ll have some laughs
About our missing hair; our better halves
Would you take me out dancing…….

Back Home in America

Written By: John Schindler

World of the world shakers, home of the homemakers
Kings and queens in blue jeans,
Saints and sailors, junkies and jailers
The rich, the poor, the in-betweens
This is my neighborhood from Harlem to Hollywood

Oh, I thought I was all alone but I was back home in America (2x)

Poets and preachers, substitute teachers,
The bright, the best and all the rest
Maids and hairdressers, plumbers, professors,
The well-dressed, the dispossessed,
Oh sister, oh brother, I haven’t any other.

I thought I was all alone then I was back home in America (2x)

(Break)

So don’t wave the flag for me. I don’t lessons on Liberty

I thought I was all alone but I was back home in America (2x)

Old ones and new ones, the red and the blue ones,
Sons for former Klansmen, daughters of former slaves,
The old and the new there, there was me, there was you there,
alone and afraid in the land of the brave.
I was sick at heart but now I’m healed
I saw a farmer weeping in his flooded field.

Oh, I thought I was all alone then I was back home in America (3x)

Discography

Stardust Ballroom (1998)
Memory Train (2004)
Two-Step Man (2008)
Somebody Loves You (Wildcat Records, 2010)