JP Riemens & The Bar Flies

JP Riemens & The Bar Flies

 Hamilton, Ontario, CAN
BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

Driven by the songwriting and vocal talents of J.P. Riemens, The Bar flies deliver an exciting blend of jazz,rock,folk, country and americana to their performance.

Biography

Riemens writing is influenced by bands like the Flying Burritos, Bob Wills, Dan Hicks and John Hyatt. The band has been together for 5 years and 3 cd's. Formerly with Willie Nelson (Teatro), Brian Griffith's searing guitar acrobatics enhance Riemens strong vocal and meaningful lyrics. Drummer Duemo and Bassist Ashworth provide a solid groove.
Riemens songbook has over 100 songs and 7 full length recordings to his credit. His life story is being depicted in the play -Tobacco Troubador- launching in September of 2008. The musical includes a selection of JP's songs.

Lyrics

Untouchable

Written By: JP Riemens

Untouchable J.P. Riemens 2005

Don’t you try to break my heart,
I can do it by myself,
You don’t have to try so hard,
I already know who you are

What you are is a dream I’ve had all of my life,
What you are is the difference between black and white,
What you are is untouchable

Take a breath from your lovers lips,
You can’t hold it in your hand,
So, I just stutter, stumble and trip,
On your invisible terrain

What you are is a dream I’ve had all of my life,
What you are is the difference between black and white,
What you are is untouchable

Just when you think you’ve got it all worked out,
Something hits you from behind,
There ain’t no formal education,
That could prepare you for that time

I don’t care what anybody says,
There ain’t no way to understand,
Even the smartest guy in the world,
Would lose his senses for you girl

What you are is a dream I’ve had all of my life,
What you are is the difference between black and white,
What you are is untouchable

Untouchable

King Of The World

Written By: JP Riemens

King of The World

Gather ‘round people, I got a story to tell,
I was the king of the world for a spell,
People would drop by just to wish me well,
When I was the king of the world

Rings on my fingers, bells in my head,
Sultry women to lie in my bed,
I’m not just a singer in this old hotel,
I was the king of the world

Now nobody wants a piece of me,
Nobody wants to be my friend,
Nobody cares to forgive or forget,
The way I treated them

I live in my mind and I don’t give a damn,
I sing for my supper, that’s all,
It is what it is and I am what I am,
And I was the king of the world

Now the liquor in me flows free in my veins,
I’m not gonna put up a fight,
This bar is my kingdom and it’s where I’ll remain,
I don’t care if it’s wrong or right

Listen up brothers and sisters one and all,
Buy me a double anything for last call,
And cover me up wherever I fall,
For I was the king of the world,

I was the king of the world

Faded

Written By: JP Riemens

Faded - 3:29 / jp RIemens 2003 (SOCAN)

Faded,
Your love for me has faded,
I should set you free,
But I don’t know how to start,

Jaded,
I must have been so sedated,
So sure of myself,
How could we ever part,

Tell me nothin’ has changed,
Tell me it’s just a phase,
Half of your love is more that enough for me,

Maybe I’m wrong,
Only time will tell,
Maybe it’s fate,
Then it’s just as well,
I may be nothin’ more than a fool,
To think that your heart isn’t true.

Tell me nothin’ has changed,
Tell me it’s just a phase,
Half of your love is more that enough for me,
Half of your love is more that enough for me

Discography

Sub Level Audio Bulk - Plastic Diet
Mom's Kitchen - JP Riemens
Full Moon In August - JP Riemens
Girls - JP Riemens
Blue Martini - JP Riemens & The Bar Flies
Plain & Simple - JP Riemens & The Bar Flies
Redneck Lullaby - JP Riemens & The Bar Flies

Samples from most of these recording can be heard at songhammer.com

Set List

Sets are usually 40 to 50 minutes x 2
No Covers