Michael O'Connor

Michael O'Connor

 Denver, Colorado, USA
SoloAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

Michael O'Connor honorably received a Star on the South Texas Music Walk of Fame on June 5, 2010."O'Connor has the big four: tone, taste, groove and grit. He's cool." - Ray Wylie Hubbard
"OConnors raspy voice outlines the often simultaneous desire for pleasure and salvation."- Jeff Giddens, The Song Survives

Biography

Michael O'Connor is a guitarist, singer, and songwriter living in Colorado. For decades he has played and recorded with musicians including Ray Wylie Hubbard, Slaid Cleaves, Adam Carroll, Susan Gibson, Terri Hendrix, and Shelley King. A lifetime of hard-won experience on- and off-stage has allowed Michael a rare insight into the world of the rough, the faithless, the romantic, and the unlucky, all of whom find refuge in his songs. Michael has toured throughout the United States and overseas. He has released five albums, and a sixth is on the way this year.

Lyrics

Devil's Lullaby

Written By: Michael O'Connor

WHEN THE SHRIMPERS HIT TOWN WITH THEIR WHITE BOOTS ON
DRINKING ALL THEIR PAY BEFORE THEY MAKE IT HOME, SO WERE STAYING
DIGGY LIGGY LI, DIGGY LIGGY LO
THAT’S THE SONG YOU BETTER KNOW IF YOU’RE PLAYING
THE WOMEN WHISTLE AND THE FIDDLES WHINE
SOUNDS LIKE THE DEVIL’S LULLABY

IT'S A RATTLESNAKE RACE I FOUND MYSELF IN
LANDLADY NOTFIED MY NEXT OF KIN AND I’M RAMBLIN
LEFT A CRYING PREGNANT TEENAGE BRIDE
GRANDMOTHER KNEELING BY HER SIDE THEY WERE PRAYING
SAN PATRICIO HEAR THEIR CRY
I’M PLAYING THE DEVIL’S LULLABY

I SANG THE SONG WHEN I WAS YOUNG
ABOUT THE POWER IN THE BLOOD
BUT JESUS HE CAN’T SAVE ME, I’M CRUCIFIED
THE DEVIL’S LULLABY

SO I SANG THE SONGS OF A ROSE TATTOO
A SAILOR’S HEART WITH A GIRL UNTRUE UNDER THE STREET LAMP
ALL THE SKIRT CHASING AND FREEBASING
HOW THE SCARLET FLOWS WHERE SHE SLICED ME GOOD WITH A RAZOR
THE SIRENS WAIL AND CHURCH BELLS CHIME
PLAYING ME THE DEVIL’S LULLABY
THE WOMEN WHISTLE AND THE FIDDLES WHINE
PLAYING THE DEVIL’S LULLABY

Getaway Car

Written By: Michael O'Connor

THE OL’ MAN’S BEEN DRINKING
AND MOMMA’S BEEN DRIVING
HERSELF HOME ALONE MORE AND MORE
BABY TUGGING AT HER BREAST
AND THAT OL’ DEVIL WON’T TAKE NO REST
THE GOD-DAMN NEIGHBORS ALL KEEPING SCORE

IT’S MOMMA’S BIRTHDAY
OH BUT THE BILLS AIN’T PAID
WE’LL SIT ALONE IN THE DARK
“MAKE A PALLET BY THE SCREEN DOOR DEAR“
“TRY AND LET SOME COOL AIR IN HERE”
LISTENIN’ TO THE HIGHWAY ROLLING FAST

(CHORUS)
AND I DREAM OF A GETAWAY CAR
ONE WITH NO BRAKES OR PLATES
DARK AND SWIFT WITHOUT A TRACE
I’LL DRIVE IT OH SO FAR AWAY
STRAIGHT INTO THE NIGHT
I’M GONNA BURY IT ALL IN THE GLOW OF MY HEADLIGHTS

THE TOWN PUMP’S AT THE EDGE OF TOWN
THE WHORES CALL HIS NAME WHEN HE COMES AROUND
THREE SHEETS TO THE WIND LIKE A MILLIONAIRE
CRAWLS HOME ON HIS HANDS AND KNEES
TO THREE HUNGRY MOUTHS TO FEED
THEIR BELLY’S AS EMPTY AS THE FRIGIDAIRE

(CHORUS)
AND I DREAM OF A GETAWAY CAR
ONE WITH NO BRAKES OR PLATES
DARK AND SWIFT WITHOUT A TRACE
I’LL DRIVE IT OH SO FAR AWAY
STRAIGHT INTO THE NIGHT
I’M GONNA BURY IT ALL IN THE GLOW OF MY HEADLIGHTS

Discography

Set List

Original songs, as well as obscure covers. Song choice is from O'Connor's catalog of songs. Music is folk, roots-rock, blues and a mix of other styles.

Michael also performs as an acoustic duo with Jeff Plankenhorn, Adam Carroll, Ben Balmer and others, swapping songs, and accompanying each other musically & vocally.