Kelly Riley

Kelly Riley

 Boston, Massachusetts, USA
BandCountrySinger/Songwriter

Original Folk/Rock/Country/Blues, influenced by Bonnie Raitt, Shawn Colvin, Sheryl Crow, Lucinda Williams, Don Henley, Mindy Smith. Great vocals, strong melodies.

Biography

Kelly Riley is an Award-Winning Singer/Songwriter, a Berklee College of Music Alum and has opened for Willie Nelson and Lyle Lovett and shared the stage with Patty Griffin and many others. Many of her songs have been placed on National and International television programs. Among her accolades:

TOP PRIZE, Nashville Songwriter's Assn. International Competition
HONORS AWARD, Great American Song Contest
GRAND PRIZE, Top Performer, Providence Song Slam
FINALIST, Lilith Fair Competition

Lyrics

My Religion

Written By: Kelly Riley

My Religion c 2007

I close my eyes
and listen to your voice
Hauntingly reminiscent
of a Parisian siren
from another time
and another life
And I watch you;
stumbling and classic
So amazing, yet self-deprecating
And the radiators rattle
As the January rain hits the ground
and freezes outside
your kitchen window
And all the while I’m thinking,
I would leave my religion for you

It’s not rational, it’s not natural
To be thinking these kinds of things
To be believing these things
I’m not saying I’m in control
My imagination has gotten
the best of me
And brought my lips
to touch your neck ...
just below the ear
And in return, quietly,
with certainty,
you give me your consent
Behind a door, in a room,
in my mind ...
And with every hastened breath
I’m thinking,
I would desert my country for you

And in the sunshine, the light creates new angles
and lines and shadows
We squint to see the future
But still know it’s there somehow
And we stomp on the pavement,
Hooves galloping,
bare feet skipping,
designer shoes posing
Sneakers kicking soccer balls
and watching the street
both ways to cross
And as we reach
One perfect rhythmic stride
I’m thinking,
I would live my life for you

Please Mama, Please

Written By: Kelly Riley

Please Mama, Please

Kelly Riley c 2007

Maybe I like to sleep 'til ten
Leave empty beer bottles in my den
And I haven't cooked a roast
Or buttered someone's toast since God knows when

Maybe I'm gettin' used to all the space
Sprawl out on my bed with cold cream on my face
Well, there's no need to fret
I'm just a little set in my ways

I'm tryin', I'm tryin'
I'm doin' the best I can
You're no big help hangin' around
Scarin' away the men
So please Mama, please
Don't ask me again
When I'm gonna get married

Maybe I should get out a little more
Stop spendin' Friday nights at the grocery store
Wash my hair and shave my legs
Put on a dress and paint my face
And get my lazy butt out of this door

CHORUS

I know you think I'm way too picky
And that I'll die alone
And on my death bed I'll proclaim:
"You were right, I was wrong".

CHORUS

Lost Lamb

Written By: Kelly Riley

Lost Lamb

Kelly Riley c 2007

It's hard to say
It's hard to admit
But this loneliness
is more than I can bear

Somethin' ain't right
Somethin'don't fit
My wheels are turnin'
but I'm gettin' nowhere

Got a heavy heart
and a restless soul
I'm a weary traveler;
I've been told
Lost my compass
Forget who I am
Won't you guide
this little lost lamb

I talk to myself a little too much
Dreamin' up the things
you'll say to me
You'll hold my face
with your gentle touch
And promise your sweet love to me

CHORUS

Won't you bring me home
Lead me to your door
Help me find
the promised land

So I'll beat this trail
in the pale moonlight
Searchin' for the day
when you'll comfort me
You'll kiss the dust
from this thirsty mouth
We'll drink from the eternal sea

Love Bug

Written By: Kelly Riley


Me and Jimmy, we went out to get the skinny
We were just about ten years old
Seems that there was kissin’ in the woods behind the mission
A story to unfold

We ran along the guard-rail, down to the trail
And close enough to see
Somethin’ was a-buzzin’, they were swarmin’ by the dozen
Near the old oak tree

Feel the sting, pesky little thing
One kiss one hug
You’re bitten by the LOVE BUG
Laugh or cry, but you can’t deny
No medicine or drug
Will save you from the LOVE BUG

A boy named Rusty made me feel real lusty
In my high school science class
He’d slip me notes and I’d blink my eyes
It was the only test I passed

He showed up after school with a smile lookin’ cool
for a walk down the street
I was feelin’ kinda funny, like the bee to the honey
I smelled somethin’ sweet

It’s terribly infectious
You feverishly loose direction
You’re gonna have a reaction
Still- what’s the attraction?!

Feel the sting, pesky little thing
One kiss one hug
You’re bitten by the Love Bug
Laugh or cry, but you can’t deny
No medicine or drug
Will save you from the Love Bug ...

(Repeat)

Babe in Arms

Written By: Kelly Riley

Babe in Arms

He reached his hand out towards her tiny little fingers
She had slipped and fallen and was howlin' like prairie dog
He picked her up and with the most grown up voice he could muster
He said, "Sister, I'll take care of you."

Ten years later, he was standin' at the bus stop, diploma in his napsack
She brushed the hair from his eyes and handed him his fresh-pressed uniform
He held her tight and with the bravest voice he could muster
He said, "Mama, I'll take care of you."

I'm your father, I'm your hero, I'm your brother
I'm your vision of the world with all its charms
I'll be your hope, I'll be your dreams
All your tomorrows rest on me; my sturdy shoulders
I'm your soldier, I'm your babe in arms

His forty-second Tuesday in convoy through Fallujah
While talking heads back in D.C. tried to hide their tarnished souls
There was a sound, a light, a flash, a pain, a scream
And he heard, "Brother, I'll take care of you."

Chorus

They touched down in St. Louis, fifty miles from his hometown
When they rolled him down the gangway, he saw a little baby girl
She reached out her hand and with the most grown-up voice she could muster
She said, "Daddy, we'll take care of you."
And he thought:
I'm your father, I'm your hero, I'm your brother
I'm your vision of the world with all its charms
I'll be your hope, I'll be your dreams
All your tomorrows rest on me, my weary shoulders
I will always be your soldier, but right now
Just glad to be your babe in arms

Discography

"Live and You Learn"; National and International radio play and placements on Daytime Television programs such as "The Young and the Restless" and "One Life to Live". Currently recording second CD, to be released in Spring, 2011.

Set List

Killin' The Blues (S. Colvin)
Love Bug (K.Riley)
Man in the Moon (K. Mack)
Help Me Make it Through the Night (Kristofferson)
Pretty Soon (F. Brady)
Love Me Like a Man (B. Raitt)
Live and You Learn (K. Riley)
Help (Beatles)
Trainwrecks and Robberies (K. Mack)
Sweet, Sad Song (F. Brady)
Essence (L. Williams)
Please, Mama Please (K. Riley)
Jackson (J. Cash)