Powell St. John and the Aliens

Powell St. John and the Aliens

 Berkeley, California, USA

Rock and roll, the Sultan of Psychedelia, Powell St. John, with electric autoharp and lead guitar played by aliens, you will be led on a psychedelic journey with songs written by this legendary songwriter, whose songs have been recorded by Janis Joplin, Boz Scaggs & Roky Erikson. Take the journey!


Powell St. John went from Laredo to Austin, Texas in 1959, a harmonica playing, beret wearing beatnik kid who had a hunch that something was going on somewhere. Powell began his musical career in Austin in the early 1960’s, playing at parties and clubs around the University of Texas campus. Eventually he came to work with Kenneth Threadgill of Austin’s Threadgill’s Bar, performing with Janis Joplin and Lannie Wiggins in a small trio called The Waller Creek Boys. Later, in answer to a request for material from Tommy Hall of the 13th Floor Elevators, St. John wrote six songs for their two first albums. In the late 60’s, Powell formed a blues and rock band with Tracy Nelson named Mother Earth.

Powell’s songs have been recorded by such musical legends as Janis Joplin (Bye, Bye Baby), Boz Scaggs (I’ll Forever Sing), Tracy Nelson (Livin’ with the Animals), Roky Erickson (Right Track Now) & Doug Sahm (You Don’t Know).

Over the years, Powell has been interviewed by many of the top television stations from the US and Europe, BBC, CBS, E! Entertainment, Lifetime, and others, about Janis Joplin, the Psychedelic scene in Austin, and his own music career. After a 30 year run of royalties and licensing for film, stage and TV, the Texas Music Hall of Fame inducted Powell in 2005 as part of the South by Southwest Music Conference. At each event attended in Austin during this time, he was mobbed by people, telling him how much they liked his music and asking for his autograph. Taking advantage of the fact that Powell returned to Austin, several of his fans arranged for him to record a new CD, “Right Track Now.

Powell has fans the world over, including many important and influential music industry professionals, such as Julian Cope from the UK, David Fricke from Rolling Stone magazine, and Bill Bentley, senior vice president at Warner Brother’s Records, all emerging from the woodwork as long time St. John fans:

∑ “Powell’s CD is nothing short of amazing. I've listened about 5 times all the way through, and there are so many highlights I can't start to list them. Over the years his music and songs have given me so much joy.” – Bill Bentley, Senior Vice President, Warner Brother’s Records

∑ "I think he is a first-rate harmonica player and I am glad he is still doing it. His songs are some of my favorites!" - Roky Erickson

∑ “In the midst of the budding psychedelic sound, Powell's music was unique, completely original and brilliant. He gave us validation as something more than a derivative R&B band and he inspired me to stretch out beyond my desire to be Irma Thomas. I think he was the most significant and profound artist (and by the very nature of that the least appreciated) of the era. I'm so glad he's making music again”. - Tracy Nelson

This CD highlights this amazing lyricist, who has a timeless knack for song writing and a unique sense of melody. His music is both original and fully engaging, representing the best of the past and greatness for the future.


Bye Bye Baby

Written By: R. P. St. John, Jr.


Bye, bye my baby bye bye
I may be seeing you around
When I change my living standard
And move up town
Bye bye baby, bye bye

So long my honey, so long
Yes, and if I do OK
See you in the funny papers
Some old day
Bye bye baby, bye bye

I get the feeling I could court you clean on into fall
Wind up stayin put off
Put down, strained out and stalled
Aint got time to wait on you
Or catch your superball
I got lots of things I gotta do

Bye, bye my baby bye bye
Yes, I may do all right somehow
But, you may not be with me
When I do
Cause you’re not with me now

Bye, bye my baby bye bye
It’s too bad you had to drift away
I could use some company
Right here on this road
On the road I’m on today

Bye, bye my baby bye bye
Lord, you may have been my wife
But, you just settled for
A place in my heart
You don’t want a place in my life

I know that you’ve got things to do and places to be
Guess I’ll have to find the thing and place for me
I might wind up out on the street
Or sleepin ‘neath a tree
Still you always said that I should go, so

So long, my honey so long
I guess you know you’re on your own
Seems you got lost somewhere out on the world
And left me here to face it all alone

Words and Music Copyright 2004
R. P. St. John Jr. ASCAP

I'll be Movin' On

Written By: R. P. St. John, Jr.

I’ll be Movin’ On

Yes sir, I’m a stranger here
I just drove in your town
No sir, I don’t expect to hang around
Shear survival
It’s in my hands
Shear survival
Which demands
That I’ll be movin’ on
That I’ll be movin’ on

Yes sir, here’s my signature
To prove I’m who I am
Just how far did you say we were from Birmingham
Maybe I could get there before dawn
Maybe I could drive there
All night long
Then I’ll be movin’ on
Then I’ll be movin’ on

Well sir, I was on my way
Before you flagged me down
No, I won’t break no laws on my way out of town
Oh, I’ll take it easy
That’s my code
Yes, I’ll stop for coffee
Down the road
Then I’ll be movin’ on
Then I’ll be movin’ on

Oh, yes I’ll be movin’ on

Words and Music Copyright 1968
R. P. St. John Jr. ASCAP

Synthetic Love

Written By: R. P. St. John, Jr.


Synthetic love
The flames were celluloid
Synthetic love
Just barely humanoid

Synthetic love
The feelings simulated
Synthetic love
Artificially stimulated

Synthetic love
Latex and elastic
Synthetic love
Rubber & plastic


See –
The awesome red rainbow
That trails down their faces
Erasing all traces
Of shame or desire

Bridge 2:

Hear –
The dried peals of laughter
Devoid of emotion
They’re croaking of oceans
Of terminal anue

It was dark as a funeral parlor
With the rose-windowed sun on your collar
And the black suited gentlemen collars
Took you and the flowers away

Words and Music Copyright 2008
R. P. St. John Jr. ASCAP


Janis Joplin - Big Brother and the Holding Company
Boz Scaggs - Moments
Right Track Now - Powell St. John
Mother Earth - Living with the Animals, Make a Joyful Noise
13th Floor Elevators - The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators - Easter Everywhere
Doug Sahm - Day Dreaming at Midnight

Listen to tracks at www.powellstjohn.com

Set List

Bye Bye Baby
City Hall
I Love this Girl
I Loved the Way you Played the Picolo
I, the Fly
John Clay
Living with the Animals
Marvel Group
Monkey Island
On My Way to Houston
Right Track Now
Take that Girl
Toby's Theme
Topless Wanda
Women Rule the World
Song of the Silver Surfer

2 sets 45 minutes each