Phil Kennelty

Phil Kennelty

 Long Beach, New York, USA
BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

Phil's songs are well crafted, emotional journeys. His performances draw the audience into his world of pain and joy; despair and hope; dreams, visions, and realities painted on canvasses of American and World music styles.

Biography

Phil was born and raised on the outskirts of The City: New York City!! He has played coffee houses and bars throughout the metropolitan area both as a solo act and as a member of numerous Rock, Country and Americana bands. His songs and his interpretations of other artists material are constantly evolving as he changes rhythms and mood, incorporating African, Carribean, Reggae, Delta and Peidmont Blues, Cajun and Zydeco, Native American, Immigrated American and European folk Styles and pure 50's Rock'n'Roll. Phil's Phriends are a collection of Long Island musicians who share his eclectic and diverse tastes and his insistance of making the music phun!!!

Lyrics

In The Big Easy

Written By: Phil Kennelty


In The Big Easy
©2005 Phil Kennelty

It Ain’t Easy in The Big Easy
Life is hard, hard as its ever been.
It Ain’t Easy in The Big Easy
Lord its hard, hard, hard in New Orleans

It wasn’t yet September
And the Gulf had been full of storms
Katrina was the name they’d chosen
For the eleventh one to be born
Well the weathermen called her the strongest
The strongest they’d ever seen
And y’all better get a move on quick
If you’re down in New Orleans

It Ain’t Easy in The Big Easy
Life is hard, hard as its ever been.
It Ain’t Easy in The Big Easy
Lord its hard, hard, hard in New Orleans

Those that could made their getaway
If they were lucky to own a car
But the buses they sent were at the parish line
And they wouldn’t let them get that far

For the poor folks who had nowhere to go
As the gale-winds tore their homes
There were cots lined up on a football field
That was housed inside a dome.

It Ain’t Easy in The Big Easy
Life is hard, hard as its ever been.
It Ain’t Easy in The Big Easy
Lord its hard, hard, hard in New Orleans

Well the winds they blew and the shingles flew
And the walls began to shake
But there was no water and there was no food
When the dome began to break

And Katrina she slid past the city
Then she backed up on the lake
With the Full moon pulling on the rising tide
It was more than the levee could take

It Ain’t Easy in The Big Easy
Life is hard, hard as its ever been.G
It Ain’t Easy in The Big Easy
Lord its hard, hard, hard in New Orleans (Repeat then add)

Lord its hard, hard, hard
Lord its hard, hard, hard
Lord its hard, hard, hard in New Orleans

Single Golden Teardrop

Written By: Phil Kennelty

Single Golden Teardrop
Phil Kennelty

I recall when I was small
A young man on the grow
Before I was betrayed
And I became afraid
Of what I did not know
Well the years rolled quickly by me
Lady Luck chose to defy me
And when the cards fell to deny me a second try
It left a Single Golden Teardrop in my eye

Hey my friend do you remember when
A long, long time ago
When you were riding the sun
I used to ride shotgon
Keeping one eye out for below
Well the promises that were broken
And the words we left unspoken
And the doors that we left open, getting high
They’re just a Single Golden Teardrop in my eye

A Single Golden Teardrop in my eye
Waiting for a train that passed me by
Listening for the never spoken lie
Don’t let it catch you spinning down
Don’t let your feet fall to the ground
It wasn’t meant to keep you from the sky
Its just a Single Golden Teardrop in my eye

Yesterday he passed away
An old old friend of mine
They say his footing slipped
And he lost his grip
But I believe he went flying
‘Cause those times when he was with me
And the times that he would rib me
And all the presents that he’d give me on the sly
Are just a Single Golden Teardrop in my eye

Love Goes On

Written By: phil Kennelty

LOVE GOES ON
© 1979 Phil Kennelty-Cohen

The morning rain has been and gone, I walk the beach alone
I look at all these grains of sand that once were solid stone
And I wish the waves could wash away the tears upon my face
But babe the way I feel for you, time cannot erase

LOVE GOES ON..... though we've said our last good-bye
LOVE GOES ON..... the feelings never die
LOVE GOES ON deep inside
No matter where we hide
After all the tears have come and gone
LOVE GOES ON.....

Another afternoon has slipped away before my eyes
And supper-time just passed me by before I realized
I was going to spend another night awake and on my own
Waiting for the morning light, facing it alone

LOVE GOES ON..... no matter what they say
LOVE GOES ON..... it doesn't fade away
LOVE GOES ON deep inside
No matter where I hide
After all the tears have come and gone
LOVE GOES ON.....

I tell myself its not my fault, there's nothing I could do
I tell myself its over now, its time to start anew
I tell myself that I'll soon forget but I know that isn't true
In my heart I can't stop loving you.

LOVE GOES ON..... no matter how I try
LOVE GOES ON..... these feelings never die
LOVE GOES ON deep inside
No matter where I hide
After all the tears I’ve cried All have come and gone
LOVE GOES ON.....

Inside Your Latest Dream

Written By: Phil Kennelty

Insdie Your Latest Dream
©2007 Phil Kennelty

Its early in the morning
But I've been up awhile
I think alot about you
How I love to see you smile
I see you lying next to me so peaceful and serene
I feel an urge to place a kiss
Inside Your Latest Dream

I know your in a far off place
A world I cannot see
I wonder what you're doing there
Are you thinking about me?
Are you in some kind of danger?
Should I burst upon the scene?
And rescue you with just a kiss
Inside Your Latest Dream

I play the role Prince Charming
And suddenly you stir
I didn't mean to be alarming
Why can't you stay the way you were

I'm sorry if I woke you
That wasn't my intent
But the sun was shining through my window
And my sleep had all been spent
I saw you lying next to me
So peaceful and serene
I only meant to place a kiss
Inside Your Latest Dream
Inside Your Latest Dream
Inside Your Latest Dream

The Last Time

Written By: Phil Kennelty

The Last Time
© Phil Kennelty
2003
The phone rings in the middle of the night
She rolls out of bed and turns on the light
She doesn’t say much, she just nods and sighs
Listening to the troubles, the stories and the lies

She tosses on some clothes, grabs the keys to the car
Turns on the porch light, and heads for the door
Steps out into the night, and looks at the stars
As if to wish once more...

This is The Last Time, she said
The Last Time, I’ll get out of my bed
The Last Time I’ll spend all night long
Trying to right what went wrong.

This is The Last Time, I swear
The next time I just won’t be there
When he calls on the phone
I won’t be home
This is The Last Time

As she drives along on a country road
Thinking about all the lies she’s been told
She wonders if its really true this time
Or has she fallen for the same old line

She hears a song on the radio
Its the one she used to sing to him so long ago
It takes her back to the time before
She remembers just how she swore

It was The Last Time, she said
The Last Time she’d get out of her bed
The Last Time she’d spend all night long
Trying to right what was wrong

This is The Last Time I swear
The next time I just won’t be there
When he calls on the phone
I won’t be home
This is The Last Time....

As she turns the corner, and the silent the night
Is broken by sirens and the flashing light
The tears well in the back of her eyes
As she begins to realize

That its The Last Time, like she said
The Last Time she’d get out of her bed
The Last Time she’d spend all night long
Trying to right what was wrong

It was the Last Time she’d swear
The next time just wouldn’t be there
No more calls on the phone
While she’s all alone
Its The Last Time...

Homesick Blues (Going Home)

Written By: Phil Kennelty

Home Sick Blues
(Goin’Home)
©2006 Phil Kennelty
Been workin’ this job since a quarter to four
Just told the boss I aint workin here no more
I’m going home.....to see my baby
I’m going home.....to see my girl

The sun comes up; the sun goes down
I’m still workin’ in this company town
I’m going home.....to see my baby
I’m going home.....to see my girl

Ashes to ashes...cheek to cheek
Haven’t seen my baby in twenty-two weeks
I’m going home.....to see my baby
I’m going home.....to see my girl

Workin’ to Live; Livin’ to Work
Makes a man lonely and a downright jerk
I’m going home.....to see my baby
I’m going home.....to see my girl

Cream in your coffee; sugar in your tea
This workin man’s life is a killin’ me
I’m going home.....to see my baby
I’m going home.....to see my girl

You’ve heard my story; you’ve heard my tale
It don’t do me no good to just weep and wail
I’m going home.....to see my baby
I’m going home.....to see my girl

Clear Blue Sky

Written By: Phil Kennelty

(There Must Be A Leak In) The Clear Blue Sky
©2008 Phil Kennelty

I stepped out early this morning
Into the bright sunlight
I heard a clap of thunder
Like a shot gun from the blind
Just an occaisional raindrop
Was falling from somewhere up high
All I could think
Was There Must be a Leak
In The Clear Blue Sky

Some people say that’s not possible
It can’t be a sign from above
I must have been drinking
Or smoking or something
Or maybe I’m just still in love
But I know I was squinting when I took off my sunglasses
And I took them off to wipe them dry
And all I could think
Was There Must Be a Leak
In The Clear Blue Sky

It might have been the song the radio played
We called it our own on our wedding day
It could have been the jonquils popping up on the lawn
I planted those bulbs when our baby was born

My friends say I still haven’t gotten over you
But I’m feeling fine and I know that’s not true
It could be a rift in the universe
A cosmic event or a fate even worse
Thought no one believes me and they say its absurd
I know what I saw and I know what I heard
I can’t tell you how and I can’t tell you why
But all I can think
Is there must have been A Leak
In the Clear Blue Sky

Somebody's Having a Bad Day

Written By: Phil Kennelty

Somebody's Having a Bad Day
©2008 Phil Kennelty

Heading out this morning, waiting for the light to turn
The guy in the car behind me, his fuse is starting to burn
Well he can slam on his horn all day
Roll down the window, with something to say
I’m gonna head off on my own way, I don’t care, Let him swear

Somebody’s Having a Bad Day
Somebody’s Having a Bad Day, Today
Somebody’s Having a Bad Day
But It Aint Me.......No, It aint me

The woman at the grocery store, she can’t find a melon that’s ripe
The girl at the clothing shop, she swore, every dress is a little too tight
There’s a man sittin down at the café
Sippin’ on his latte
Complaining that his coffee
Isn’t sweet enough
Life us rough:
Oh so tough

Somebody’s Having a Bad Day
Somebody’s Having a Bad Day, Today
Somebody’s Having a Bad Day
But It Aint Me
No, It aint me

There’s a lady who just got her hair done, caught out in the rain
And a man with his jogging suit on, his brand new sneakers got stained
Me, I keep rolling with the punches
Go with the flow; follow my hunches
I don’t need no free lunches
I’m willing to pay
I got the money to pay
They’re never free anyway

Somebody’s Having a Bad Day
Somebody’s Having a Bad Day, Today
Somebody’s Having a Bad Day
But It Aint Me
No, It aint me
Somebody’s Having a Bad Day
Somebody’s Having a Bad Day, Today
Somebody’s Having a Bad Day
But It Aint Me
No, It aint me

Sing The Same Song

Written By: Phil Kennelty

(We’ve Got to Learn to Sing)
THE SAME SONG
© 2003 Phil Kennelty

We’ve got to learn to live together
We’ve got to learn to get along.
We’ve got to learn to take care of one another
We’ve got to learn to sing the same song

People are people all over the world
We’re all looking for the same things:
Food on the table;
Clothes on our back;
Someone to hold onto and a sweet song to sing

We’ve got to learn to live together
We’ve got to learn to get along.
We’ve got to learn to take care of each other
We’ve got to learn to sing the same song

If you just listen to the music
The rhythm is the heartbeat that makes us strong
The melody is the dream that keeps us going
And the harmony is everybody singing along

We’ve got to learn to live together
We’ve got to learn to get along.
We’ve got to learn to take care of each other
We’ve got to learn to sing the same song

Discography

Phil's full length CD, Thirteen Songs was released in November 2009. From that album "A Matter Of Pride" has received airplay on Catskill Radio's The Road show. "Loves Goes On" was also recorded by Greg Wilson on Take It Slow (Animal Tracks Records) was voted favorite song on the ITS website in October, 2000.
"Sing the Same Song" was covered by Cody Lyons on his America album in 2005.
Phil's own "Live At The Bitter End" EP includes "The Mayor of MacDougal Street", "Love Goes On", "Inside Your Latest Dream" and "Sing The Same Song"

Set List

With a repertoire of over five hundred songs, incuding over 50 original tunes sets can vary quite a lot. Generally a set will last from 45 to 60 minutes and will include one to three themes of related material. Among his favorite artists to cover are the Band, Bob Dylan, Bruce Coburn, Steve Earle, Dave Van Ronk, Moby Grape, The Grateful Dead, Buffalo Springfield and all of its progeny and a few oddballs from left field. But don't expect it to sound like the record. If Phil likes the song, he's probably found a new way to present it. Cover tunes may include
8:05
Acadian Driftwood
Act Naturally
Alberta
Black Magic Woman
BOOM TOWN
Brown-Eyed Girl
By The Rivers of Babylion
Bye Bye Love
Casey Jones
COME A LONG WAY (REPO MAN)
Crossroads
Daydream
Diamonds on the Sould of Her Shoes
DIRE WOLF
DOCK OF THE BAY
DOCTOR MY EYES
DOMINO
DON’T THINK TWICE
EARLY IN THE MORNING
Everybody’s Talkin’
Folsom Prison Blues
Fooled Around and Fell in Love
FOR WHAT ITS WORTH
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