Sam Keenan

Sam Keenan

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Sam Keenan, singer/songwriter from Minneapolis, is wildly prolific. He follows the tradition passed down from Fats Waller to Cole Porter to Brian Wilson to Elvis Costello and on. He has released hundreds of songs over the past 10 years crossing styles and genres in a quirky pop sensible fashion.

Biography

Sam has been successfully completing songs for some time, recording and releasing many of them in a dreadfully unstructured manner over the last decade. He spends his time trying to blend the rich history of rock, hip-hop, folk and improvised music. Mostly, however, people say he just rips off Andy Partridge. Since he is an independent artist, he spends his days working for Minnesota Public Radio, and, as a recording engineer, he has worked with a long list of talented artists and groups, including Regina Spektor, Mercury Rev, Vinicius Cantuaria, Mike Doughty, M.I.A., Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Bob Mould, Ben Harper, Archer Prewitt, BR-549, Echo and the Bunnymen, Aqualung, Inara George, Michael Penn, A Whisper in the Noise, Citizen Cope, Cloud Cult, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and many more. Also, he is a co-founder of a non-profit net-radio station and local MN music supporting company called Misplaced Music, where he has served as the Program Director for the past two years.

Sam Keenan released his debut album, "All The Dark Colored Markers Went Dry" on Draw Fire Records in April of 2008.

Sam Keenan recently rolled into NYC on the Draw Fire Records bio-diesel bus for his showcase at the 2008 CMJ Music Marathon. Pictures of the adventure are posted at www.jennbarnett.com/cmj.

Lyrics

United Nation

Written By: Sam Keenan

sipping a mocha with additive sweetener
change the world, american girl
haven’t you heard that we are all in danger?
and we’ve got to do more about the poor

though i’ve been patient, this conversation isn’t going to change it
with guns a-blazing they’re coming to save us
under observation
united nation

voting for the man and his moral virtue
polarized, politicized, commercialized
i made some streamers to wave while we’re marching
celebrating our empowering

though i’ve been patient, this conversation isn’t going to change it
with guns a-blazing they’re coming to save us
under observation
united nation

your voice is not getting any louder

day after day after day after long day
plunges himself into the couch
says in the end everything will be ok
you don’t have to think about such things

though i’ve been patient, this conversation isn’t going to change it
with guns a-blazing they’re coming to save us
under observation
united nation

your voice is not getting any louder
hungry child not getting any louder
single mom not getting any louder
the people aren’t getting any louder
crying out, you’re not getting any louder
working man not getting any louder
protesters not getting any louder
the people aren’t getting any louder

So Easy

Written By: Sam Keenan

meet me with the kids on the pitchers mound
we’ll plant a tree under a mushroom cloud
i won’t depress you with the ugly facts
let’s concentrate on what is coming next

i painted my face red
need color coming back from the dead

truth is it doesn’t matter
white noise from all the chatter
i bit the hand that teased me
i’ll make it look so easy

there is a story of a boy i knew
he left the pages that the artist drew
lines around his eyes were dark
tried to cover the sketchy marks

truth is it doesn’t matter
white noise from all the chatter
i bit the hand that teased me
i’ll make it look so easy
la, la, la

like atoms come apart
like the tin man who wanted a heart

If Hope Is On The Way

Written By: Sam Keenan

can’t take it any longer
running away
stumbling in the darkness at the end of the day
the fear and doubt set it
sorrow and pain
can’t help but wonder if hope is on the way
beyond approaching footsteps
beyond the rain
can’t help but wonder if hope is on the way

do you feel it welling up when you can’t take it away?
but if you don’t give up all won’t be in vain if hope is on the way

if you can hang on with all your might
if you can let go when the time is right
all that is beautiful tends to fade
can’t help but wonder if hope is on the way
beyond approaching sirens
beyond the rain
can’t help but wonder if hope is on the way

do you feel it welling up when you are out of faith?
but if you don’t give up all won’t be in vain if hope is on the way

it won’t be wasted
won’t be in vain
if hope is on the way

0 X Anything

Written By: Sam Keenan

1 x 1 is 1
1 x 2 is 2
1 x anything is just that thing so you know what to do
like 1 x 3 is 3
or 1 x 4 is 4
now you know how it works so I won’t sing that anymore

the multiplication symbol is an X
X is harder than a plus, so you should do your best

2 x 2 is 4
3 x 3 is 9
4 x 4 is 16, 5 x 5 is 25
6 x 6 is 36
7 x 7 is 49
and 0 x anything is 0 all the time

say you have 2 apples
no, let’s make it skulls
no wait that’s too scary
back to numbers, numbers aren’t so dull

like 8 x 8 is 64
9 x 9 is 81
now we get to double digits and it gets more fun
10 x 10’s 100
11 x 11 is difficult
but 1 hundred 21 should be the right result

say you buy some chocolate
say you buy some more
now you bought too much chocolate
and you’re gonna be sick, fat and poor

2 x 2 is 4
2 x 3 is 6
2 x anything is just doubling what you pick
like 2 x 4 is 8
or 2 x 5 is 10
maybe we should double speed to get more numbers in

4 x 3 is 12
5 x 3, 15
6 x 3 is 18, and I might need some caffeine
7 x 3 is 21
8 x 3 is 24
9 x 3 is 27 can we do some more?

4 x 5 is 20
4 x 6 is 24
4 x 7’s 28 what else can we explore?
4 x 8 is 32
4 x 9, 36
I can not keep up because it’s going very quick

5 x 6 is 30
5 x 7, 35
anything times 5 ends with a 0 or a five
5 x 8 is 40
5 x 9, 45
if I keep this up to long I may not survive

let’s slow down for 6 x 7 that makes 42
6 x 8 is 48, it rhymes and it is true

6 x 9 is 54
7 x 8 is 56
8 x 9 is 72 and now here’s a trick
any combination
can be switch around
like 3 x 4’s the same as 4 x 3 the both are 12

1 x 10 is 10
anything x 10
is just like the number with a 0 on the end

That’s a lot of multiplying
If you can’t remember
Sing this song a hundred times a hundred times that number

Let’s be existential
‘cuz numbers are divine
and 0 x 0’s always 0 all the time

Discography

In early 2008, Sam Keenan released his first true "album" on Draw Fire Records. There have been many short run album releases over the years including "Electric Owl", "Back to the Road", and "After Grey."

There are many songs that have gotten college radio and net-radio play. The songs most notable in the last few years are "That Was Then", "Miracle", "United Nation", "Apart" and "Collapse in the Face of Danger."

Set List

Set list can be anywhere from 30 min to 3 hours depending on the nature of the show. Performances can be either solo or have a band up to eight members.

Set includes:
That Was Then
Miracle
Apart
Be Mine
Beautiful New
Burned
Change
Collapse In The Face Of Danger
Germ Pirates
Grateful
Heaven Passes Away
Honest
Hoping For Guilty Pleasures
If Hope Is On The Way
Justice Must Be Done
Kangaroo
Kissed
Life Isn’t Over Yet
Much
My Own Evangelist
Nothing Behind
Over Horizon
Push It Forward
Rosie’s Door
Rumors
The Good Life
United Nation
War Ships
Watching The Lines
Waters Edge, The
X-Mas Heart Attack

Covers:
Riot Act (by Elvis Costello)
You Belong To Me (by Lee David and Billie Rose)
Earn Enough For Us (by XTC)

There are many more songs, but these are the main ones that would be regularly performed live.