Susie Warley

Susie Warley

BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

Susie weaves together her unique blend of folk, rock, & country into a beautiful tapestry of catchy toe-tappers, moody blues, breezy folk, & raucous, hard-driving rock & roll. Cerebral in thought & passionate in delivery, she explores themes that touch the heart & kindle the spirit.

Biography

Susie's musical influences have included songstresses such as Carly Simon, Stevie Nicks, Olivia Newton-John, Carol King, and Emmylou Harris, with her favorite super groups being the Beatles, Steely Dan, The Eagles, and Heart.

Returning to her rock and roll roots, Naked Dreams is an eclectic collection of 14 songs that spans the gamut of musical genres and lyrical themes. Whether it be a soft love song or a hard heart-breaker; an enchanting vignette or a bold outpouring of raw emotion; a simple idea or a deep philosophical thought, this collection is sure to tease the ears and stimulate the minds of music lovers of all kinds. Best of all, the CD showcases the impressive talents of producer and guitarist John Inmon.

Susie’s debut album, Kalypso, has been described as “world folk” and beautifully showcases her unique vocal style. From sweet and ethereal to rich and emotive, the euphonic tenor of Susie’s voice is sure to please the ear and pull on the heartstrings. Hollywood actress Mamie van Doren selected the title track for her Goddess Video.

In performance, Susie’s repertoire includes originals, along with obscure and popular cover songs. She has performed in venues across Texas, New Mexico, Vermont, New Hampshire, and New York.

Originally from New Hampshire, Susie moved to Texas in 1984 and currently resides in Horseshoe Bay with her husband, Gene, and their two sons. Her singing career began at the age of 7 in church and school choirs. When 12, she received a pawn shop guitar as a gift and began learning the basics from a family friend. Before too long, she was accompanying herself in talent shows. A couple of years later, her father built a Heathkit organ and she enrolled in organ lessons.

A Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Texas-San Antonio, Susie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and is currently pursuing a Master's degree at the Middlebury College Bread Loaf School of English in Middlebury, Vermont. She also writes poetry and is working on a novel. A former marathon runner, Susie continues to make running an essential part of her day.

Lyrics

Time To Fly

Written By: Susie Warley

When Sunday morning comes around I’ll be on my way out of town
You can find me singing in the mountains, yes and—
If you come lookin’ for me I’ll be long gone
Please accept that it was time to move on

So, don’t cry at least we gave it a try
Please don’t ask me why it’s time to fly
Yes, and all good things they must come to an end
I know it’s sad but it’s time to say good-bye

Please don’t be angry with me there’s never any guarantees in love
But believe, I never meant to hurt you
Life’s always full of surprises, you can never predict the future
And honey, there’s no future here with me

So, don’t cry at least we gave it a try
Please don’t ask me why it’s time to fly
Yes, and all good things they must come to an end
I know it’s sad but it’s time to say good-bye

I’ll carry with me a basket of memories
No love is ever for naught, yes and—
I’ll always care for you, it’s just my wayward spirit comin’ through
Don’t want nobody tellin’ me what to do

So, don’t cry at least we gave it a try
Please don’t ask me why it’s time to fly
Yes, and all good things they must come to an end
I know it’s sad but it’s time to say good-bye
Yes, I know it’s sad but it’s time to say good-bye

Hermit on the Hill

Written By: Susie Warley

Everywhere I look I see, a sea of strangers
The world outside looks so cold and full of danger, huh-huh
People rushing here and there amid the blare of horns and Babylon clamor
Here’s where I’ll stay far away and be a silent observer, huh-huh

So who’s the Mad Hatter here
Is it the hermit on the hill
Or you down there in the city
You know I just can’t tell

Peering through my window to the world like a cat in the jungle
Here’s where I’ll hide safe inside my little bungalow, huh-huh
Experience has taught me well tears are my teacher
Oh, yes, I’ve had friends but they’ve all been fair-weather, huh-huh

So who’s the Mad Hatter here
Is it the hermit on the hill
Or you down there in the city
You know I just can’t tell, ah well, yeah—

And who’s gonna miss me, who’s gonna miss me when I’m gone
They’ll say she lived a lonely life, ah but they’re wrong so wrong
‘Cause I’m never lonely here with my paint brush and easel
And my canvas of my painted people
A far gentler race than those of clay (peaceful people)
A far gentler race than those of clay

Simple Things

Written By: Susie Warley and Max Milligan

I remember walkin’ through sunkissed fields of gold with him
My heart racin,’ keepin’ pace with every giant step he’d take
Yes, every giant step he’d take

Fishin’ pole in my hand I had no fears or cares only grand plans
Hopes and dreams and wild schemes that I’d get my lucky catch
Yes, I’d get my lucky catch

Summer rains turned to snow and I watched his eyes grow dim and old
My heart longs for those days of fireflies and lemonade
Yes, of fireflies and lemonade

Oh, those were big shoes to fill, don’t know why I was in such a hurry
Sometimes, I find myself drifting away on clouds of a simpler day
Yes, on clouds of a simpler day

I thought those days would never end and how I wish I could reel them in again
I’d play that movie over and over and it never grows old
No, I’d never grow old

Oh, to see his face again and to hear the whisper of his voice
I’d gladly walk in his shadow again and I remember him
Yes, I remember him

How I miss those lazy days of fireflies and lemonade
Trekkin’ through fields back home with him needin’ just the simple things
Yes, just the simple things
The simple things

Discography

Naked Dreams - Released January 2009
Produced by John Inmon
12 original songs including a co-write with Shake Russell and a co-write with Max Milligan
2 cover songs written by Buzz Cason

Kalypso - Released March 2007
5 original sons and 7 cover songs

Songs Covered By Other Artists:

"Bird and Stone" - Shake Russell, What this Heart Holds CD, Deep in the West Productions.

Set List

Typical performance can be single set up to 90 minutes or 2 to 3 sets of 45-50 minutes each. Songs are a mixture of originals and covers. The following songlist is typical; however, both originals and cover songs are added from time to time.

It Was So Easy
Only You Know and I Know
Smiling Like Austin Does
If Not for You
Some of Shelley’s Blues
Scarborough Fair
Don’t Think Twice
Willin’
Fallen Honky Tonk Angel
Time to Fly
If Not For You
Kalypso
Hey Now
Angel from Montgomery
The Songwriter
Me and Bobby McGee
Let Your Love Flow
Forever in My Heart
Love is a Rose
Run Out of Darkness
Bad Moon Risin
Landslide
Bye-Bye Love
Born to Run
Those Were the Days
For All the Lonely Souls
White Freightliner Blues
Different Drum
Proud Mary
Bed of Tears
House of the Risin’ Sun
Different Drum
Gold Dust Woman
I’ve Got a Name
Happenstance
The Secret
Danny’s Song
Wondering
Summertime
Naked Dreams
Wichit