Melissa Clark

Melissa Clark

 Hamilton, New York, USA

A combination of acoustic, melodious music, and an "edge" pretty well defines the style of this acoustic guitarist singer/songwriter. In addition to original music, Melissa has her own arrangements of familiar "oldies," covering a lot of ground!


Melissa's sense of humor, irony, and fate come through in her music. Whether telling the tale of a relationship involving another person as well as the cat, or a story about caring for an elderly woman, the pieces of a sensitive life come together in this original music. Additionally, with a treasure trove of covers, done in her unique acoustic blues style, Melissa is capable of keeping the crowd rocking, listening, and smiling for the entire evening.
Please check my website for a video of Kansas City, performed at the Earlville Opera house! The website is:
The cover music incorporates acoustic blues arrangements of familiar older pop songs.


A Little Time

Written By: Melissa Clark

It's gonna take a little time,
A little time to understand
The very nature of my crime,
In living my life as I'd planned.
The road I've taken is the one
Less often traveled, generally.
When everything is said and done,
My only crime was being me.

Rules put up walls around
Our hopes and our dreams.
Laws to protect abound,
Or so it seems;
But as for me this life has been
A slow and steady, uphill climb.
The struggle I am trying to win
Is gonna take a little time.

Every morning starts the same.
My mirror image stares at me;
The first move of a brand new game
That never ends in victory,
But still I play it anyway,
Accept my fate, my thorny crown.
It gets me through another day,
And it's the only game in town.

I Don't Know What I Should Do

Written By: Melissa Clark

You're looking at me, looking at you.
I've been down this road, before, still it feels brand new.
I don't know, I don't know what I should do.

I'm wringing my hands, shuffling my feet.
I feel I must turn away, each time our eyes meet.
I don't know, I don't know what I should do.

My heart is racing like a hamster on a wheel.
I can't believe I really feel the way I feel.
I don't know, I don't know what I should do.

I guess it's time for me to turn and walk away
Till we run into each other, on another day.
I don't know, I don't know what I should do.
Or I could simply say the words I know are true,
And tell you, "I'm in love with you!"

It's Only Me

Written By: Melissa Clark

It's only me.
I'm going nowhere,
Just so you know where
I'll always be.

Standing nearby,
For you to trust one;
Now there is just one.
It's only me.

I'm here for you
Long before daybreak
To let each day take
Me where it may.

There is a need
We can each cling to.
What I can bring you,
You take away.

There are times when you are caught up in your wild chases
After dreams that you alone can see,
Meeting other people in distant times and places.
One waits right here,
It's only me.

It's only me.
I'm going nowhere
Just so you know where
I'll always be

Standing nearby
Now and tomorrow
Sharing your sorrow
It's only me.

Heart of a Champion (aka Track 6)

Written By: Melissa Clark

Sometimes in the morning
I play my guitar,
The moments are freeing to me.
Although I know well
I will not be a star,
The freedom is all that I need

To carry me through
An impossible day
Of working for my daily bread.
I have to believe
There is a better way
Than doing this till I am dead.
The heart of a champion beats in my breast,
The effort I give is the same
As the ones who have made it, and played it the best.
It's all for the love of the game, of the game.

When evening rolls 'round
I get ready to play.
There's no place where I'd rather be.
Kick back and relax at the end of the day
When nothing else matters to me.

(Repeat chorus)

Day jobs and stray jobs have kept me alive,
I do what I can to survive.
I pray for and play for each chance to take part
With my minor league hands and my major league heart.

The heart of a champion beats in my breast
With Destiny staking its claim
On the way that we play when we're put to the test.
It's all for the love of the game.
When the heart of a champion beats in your breast,
It's all for the love, of the game.


Melissa has had several songs featured on Jango, and continues to pick up new fans as a result of these songs:
A Little Time
I Don't Know What I Should Do
Heart of A Champion
All The Dreams
Woman's Work

Set List

Wild Night
The Letter
Walkin In Memphis
Things We said Today
Kansas City
Up On The Roof
Passionate Kisses
A Little Time
Don't Let The Sun Catch You Cying
The Last Time
Angel From Montgomery
Mr. Bojangles
I Feel Lucky
I Don't Know What I Should Do
A Woman's Work
Bad Moon Rising
Mercedes Benz
In My Life