Don Argento

Don Argento

 Columbus Grove, Ohio, USA
BandRockAmericana

Riff driven songs with catchy hooks reminiscent of early Tom Petty and The Knack with AC/DC tendencies.

Biography

An American singer-songwriter raised in the cornfields of Ohio,
Don Argento grew up in the era of supergroups like AC/DC, Journey,
Rush, Van Halen, and Queen, Argento's influences pushed him to craft
songs that are riff driven and hooky.


Often compared to Tom Petty and John Mellencamp, Argento says, "Those
are some great tunesmiths to be likened to. When you write songs that
are guitar based and you can't sing like Geddy Lee or Bon Scott, you
gravitate towards what you can do - use your words and passion to get
your message across."


When it comes to songwriting Argento confesses, "Writing songs is
pretty easy, writing great songs is tough." Asked if he thinks he's
written any great songs, "There are a number of songs I feel
very strongly about. I think if you feel comfortable with the idea of
being in a room full of people while one of your songs is on and you don't squirm then you're
confidence has risen to your ability."

But when it comes to whether his
songs are on par with those he's compared to Argento asserts, "Like any
art, whether certain songs are appealing is really up to the listener.
Some tunes can be really great, but that doesn't mean anyone will like
them. Conversely, there's some real crap out there that lots of people
really like. There's no formula. All I can do is try to write songs that
I'll be proud of now and 20 years from now. If I do that I'll be happy
regardless if anyone else likes them."


Along with song writing, Don Argento is also a freelance journalist
with published feature articles on Billy Joel, Neil Peart, Jay Leno, and Daryl Hall.



Lyrics

Livin' The Dream

Written By: Don Argento

When they lay my bones to rest six feet under
And the sky is filled with gray and rumbling thunder
Don’t you shed a tear, for I’m no longer here
Close your eyes and see me with a smile

Cause I’ll be swimming with the girls in Hefner’s grotto
I’ll be singing songs with Elvis and Sinatra
I’ll be flying down Mulholland in a Spyder with James Dean
So don’t worry about me brother
I’ll be livin’ the dream

Some days I’m sure that you’ll be missing me
Thumbing through old photo albums with a friend
You’ll remember all the fun we had when we were young
But man I know you know I gotta run

For those 18,000 fans out waiting for me
At the Bowl in Hollywood California
I’ll burn a fire bright so when you look up in the night
You’ll see I’m always blazing on

Cause I’ll be watchin’ all the girls skate out in Venice
I’ll be tradin’ riffs with Stevie Ray and Hendrix
I’ll be rollin’ down Sunset on a Triumph with McQueen
So don’t worry about me brother
I’ll be livin’ the dream

And out here the sun is always shining
I throw a curve the Babe can never hit
I can drink and cuss all day with my buddy Hemingway
Man, I’m here to tell you it’s all right

Cause I’m swimming with the girls in Hefner’s grotto
I’m singing songs with Elvis and Sinatra
I’m flying down Mulholland in a Spyder with James Dean
So don’t worry about me brother
I’m livin’ the dream
I’m livin’ the dream

Scotch & Soda

Written By: Don Argento

Scotch & Soda running through my veins
Telling me stories I might just believe
See my reflection as I hold you
Look in your ice; I swim in your pool
Every night we fly high
Scotch & Soda

Scotch & Soda warming me up
Feeding me courage drop by drop
When I’m with you I’m not me
I’ve become what I wanted to be
Every night we fly high
Scotch & Soda
Every night we fly high
Scotch & Soda

Scotch & Soda distorting the truth
Things I once trusted so far removed
The glass I will hold down and you will beg
Lighting the future with swells of regrets
Every night we fly high
Scotch & Soda
Every night we fly high
Scotch & Soda

Rain or Shine

Written By: Don Argento

You’re a mystery to me, pullin’ all my strings
You take me all the way, you know I never stray
And on those stormy nights we don’t see eye to eye
You can count on me, oh yes you can

CHORUS:
Rain or shine Darlin’ I’ll be here
To hold or lend an ear, your worn in easy chair
I’ll stand with you, I’ll lie with you
Hold you tight when you’re feelin’ blue
I’ll be here for all time
I’m yours, and Baby you are mine
Forever, rain or shine

You fill me with desire, Baby I’m on fire
Every time we touch, you know I never rush
We found our paradise and don’t it feel nice?
I’m never lettin’ go, just so you know

CHORUS:
Rain or shine Darlin’ I’ll be here
To hold or lend an ear, your worn in easy chair
I’ll laugh with you, I’ll cry with you
Turn you ‘round and pull you on through
I’ll be here for all time
I’m yours, and Baby you are mine
Forever, rain or shine

BRIDGE:
Ooh, we’ve got somethin’ Babe that nothin’s ever gonna break (ah, no)
Just give your hand to me, don’t worry about a thing, you know I’m yours faithfully

CHORUS:
Rain or shine Darlin’ I’ll be here
To hold or lend an ear, your worn in easy chair
I’ll stand with you, I’ll lie with you
Wipe your tears when you’re feelin’ blue
I’ll be here for all time
I’m yours, and Baby you are mine
Forever, rain or shine
Forever, rain or shine
Forever, rain or shine

My Ohio

Written By: Don Argento

Take me home to my Ohio
To that land, where I belong
Cornfields and the back roads leading me on
You know I love Ohio

Everywhere I go, no matter where I am
This place will always be my home
So many things are great in this here Buckeye state
You know my blood runs scarlet and gray

Take me home to my Ohio
I close my eyes and I dream of
Rolling hills and the rivers twisting turning
You know I love Ohio

Right here is where I learned everything I need to know
About the golden rule and standing tall
From the cities to the sticks, from sunrise to sunset
There’s no better place to rest your head

Take me home to my Ohio
I just smile when I think of
Summer nights with the starlight burning so bright
You know I love Ohio

Now give me an O-H
Fire up an I-O
Belt out O-H
Let’s hear it I-O
Lay me down an O-H
Right on I-O
Everywhere I go
O-H-I-O

So, wake me home to my Ohio
It’s this heartland that I’m made of
Small towns and the memories calling me now
You know I got-a-go to
O-H-I-O

Fifth of a Friend

Written By: Don Argento

I’ve always had a thing for tequila
Vodka, gin, no lie
Well, I’d stick out my thumb
For the sweet taste of rum
And gladly hitch a ride
Most nights I drink for pleasure
Some days just to kill the pain
When I wake in a fog
It’s that hair of the dog
That puts me back into the game

Cause I know every word on the front of that label
And the glass sure feels good in my hands
When my demons won’t release me
And man, nothing is easy
All I need is a Fifth of a Friend

Well, I’d trade a decade of being sober
For one kick-ass night on a binge
Cause that ride on the wagon
Is boring and tragic
And that’s not real living to me
Some say that I’m abusing my body
Yeah, well that may be true
But the damage I’ve done sure has been fun
And I’d bet you’d love a shot of it too

Yeah I know every word on the front of that label
And the glass feels so good in my hands
When my demons won’t release me
And man, nothing is easy
All I need is a Fifth of a Friend

Well sometimes that bottle’s talking
Then my words are not my own
Yeah, it’s caused its share of troubles
Don’t I know, Yes I know

When my eyes are weary and bloodshot
And in the bottle I’ve found the end
I reach in my wallet
Pull out a sawbuck
To buy another Fifth of a Friend
When my demons won’t release me
And man, nothing is easy
All I need is my Fifth of a Friend