The Johnny Panic Band

The Johnny Panic Band

 New York City, New York, USA
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Take 2 Rock and Roll hearts. Add songwriting that is timeless yet immediate. Sprinkle with jazz, gospel, folk and reggae. Shake, rattle and boogie. You are now ready to feast on the driven madness that is the neurotic music of The Johnny Panic Band.

Biography

In a seedy (but legendary) bar in Park Slope, Brooklyn, NYC, two very world-weary kids commisserated over the pitiful state of the world and realized something needed to be done. In the time-honored tradition of all great collaboration, they decided to form a band.

Josh Orzeck is a misunderstood genius who could channel Jim Morrison and Jacques Brel. He grew up in a musical househould amidst the records of Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee, Harry Belafonte and Stephen Sondheim.

Gabriela Amari has a kick-ass voice that recalls Janis Joplin and Billie Holiday and Pat Benatar and PJ Harvey

Though comparisons are feeble things, mention should be made of music that matters - The Beatles, Clash, Pretenders, and Janis.

Lyrics

Can You Feel It

Written By: Josh Orzeck

CAN YOU FEEL THE BURNING FIRE
IT’S IN MY SPIRIT, IT’S IN MY BLOOD
CAN YOU FEEL MY HEARTS DESIRE
IT YEARNS FOR FREEDOM, IT YEARNS FOR LOVE

CAN YOU FEEL THE MOONLIGHT SHINING
DEEP WITHIN MY MIND AND IN MY SOUL
CAN YOU FEEL THE HEAVENS’ TIMING
LIFE - SO PERFECT AND SO BOLD

I WISH I KNEW
WHAT I SHOULD DO
CHALLENGE IS ALL THAT PULLS ME THROUGH

CAN YOU FEEL THE STARS A-BLAZING
THEY ARE IN MY EYES, SO I SEE YOU
CAN YOU FEEL JUST HOW AMAZING
THE WORLD - SO BEAUTIFUL, RISING NEW

CAN YOU FEEL THE LIGHTNING’S POWER
ELECTRICITY IN MY TOUCH
CAN YOU FEEL THE THUNDER SHOWER
SHOWING HOW I LOVE YOU OH SO MUCH

ALL I CAN DO
ALL I CAN DO
IS GIVE MY LOVE TO YOU

CAN YOU FEEL THE WIND STILL BLOWING
ALL THROUGH MY BODY AND THROUGH MY BONES
CAN YOU FEEL THE SUN, IT’S GLOWING
IN ITS WISDOM REVEALING THE UNKNOWN

CAN YOU FEEL THE PLANET TURNING
SWIFTLY TILTING UPSIDE DOWN AND INSIDE OUT
CAN YOU FEEL THE PEOPLE LEARNING
THEIR LESSONS AND THEIR SHAME - WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?

ALL I CAN DO
ALL I CAN DO
IS GIVE MY LOVE TO YOU

CAN YOU FEEL ME GIVE MY LOVE TO YOU
CAN YOU FEEL IT
CAN YOU FEEL IT

Copyright 1990
Joshua Orzeck
917-715-9120

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Why Isn't Life Like That

Written By: Josh Orzeck

LIKE A WELL-OILED MACHINE
FASTEST SET OF WHEELS YOU'VE EVER SEEN
CRANK ME UP - GEARS POP
DOWNSHIFT - CAN'T STOP

WHY ISN'T LIFE LIKE THAT
WHY ISN'T LIFE LIKE THAT
...OR IS IT?

LIKE A HIGH FLYING BIRD
SINGS THE PRETTIEST SONG YOU'VE EVER HEARD
RIDES THE WIND - FREE FALL
SAILS THE SKY - SEES ALL

WHY ISN'T LIFE LIKE THAT
WHY ISN'T LIFE LIKE THAT
...OR IS IT?

ON THE EARTH OR IN THE AIR
THE WATERS FLOW, THE FIRES FLARE
ISLANDS RISE, MOUNTAINS FALL
IS THAT ALL THERE IS? THAT'S ALL ...OR IS IT?

LIKE A FINE-TUNED GUITAR
WITH REVERB, ECHO AND A WHAMMY BAR
PLAY ME SOFTLY - SO SWEET
PLAY ME HARD WITH A ROCK-N-ROLL BEAT

WHY ISN'T LIFE LIKE THAT
WHY ISN'T LIFE LIKE THAT
...OR IS IT?

Copyright 1990
Joshua Orzeck
917-715-9120

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America Burns

Written By: Josh Orzeck

AMERICA BURNS

AMERICA BURNS DRINKING MARGARITAS
IT BURNS SIPPING PERRIER
AMERICA BURNS RUNNING IN ADIDAS
IT'S BEEN BURNING SINCE ELECTION DAY

AMERICA BURNS ON FRIES AND WHOPPERS
IT BURNS IN THE MICROWAVE
THE MALL IS FULL OF HAPPY SHOPPERS
SPENDING IT ALL BEFORE IT'S SAVED

MY COUNTRY RIGHT OR WRONG
IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT YOU DON'T BELONG
EVERYONE HERE GETS TO TAKE THEIR TURNS
AND THE BAND KEEPS PLAYING WHILE AMERICA BURNS

AMERICA BURNS WITH HOLY PASSION
BUT SATAN'S KNOCKING AT THE DOOR
YOU'LL BE SAVED IF YOU SEND YOUR CASH IN
GOD HATES FOR HIS PREACHERS TO BE POOR

AMERICA BURNS ON EXTENDED CREDIT
DEEP IN DEBT BUT WHO GIVES A DAMN
WE'LL NEVER LIVE TO REGRET IT
CHARGE IT ALL TO UNCLE SAM

OH SAY CAN THIS BE
MANIFEST DESTINY
IT'S NOT MY CONCERN
THAT AMERICA BURNS

AMERICA BURNS, THOUGH YOU'D NEVER KNOW IT
IT WON'T BE BROADCAST ON TV
THE MAJOR NETWORKS WILL NEVER SHOW IT
IT'S NOT SOMETHING THEY WANT US TO SEE

AMERICA BURNS, IT'S READY TO BOIL
THE DINOSAURS DID BETTER THAN WE
WE'RE TOO BUSY FIGHTING FOR OIL
JUST LIKE LEMMINGS INTO THE SEA
JUST LIKE LEMMINGS, BABY INTO THE SEA

Copyright 1990
Joshua Orzeck
917-715-9120

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Glory Train

Written By: Josh Orzeck

GLORY TRAIN

LORD,
YOU'RE GONNA MAKE ME WORK, WORK, WORK
FOR THE LOVE I NEED
YOU'RE GONNA MAKE ME BLEED
LORD, LORD
YOU'RE GONNA MAKE ME RUN, RUN,
DOWN THIS DUSTY ROAD
WITH THIS HEAVY LOAD

AND I'VE JUST BEGUN TO FIGURE OUT
THAT THERE AIN'T ENOUGH I KNOW ABOUT
JUST ENOUGH TO KEEP MY HEAD ABOVE THE WATER
BUT NOT ENOUGH TO GET ME 'CROSS THE BORDER
TO THE PROMISED LAND
I NEED A HELPING HAND

chorus:
SO LET ME RIDE ON THE GLORY TRAIN
I WANT TO RIDE, RIDE, RIDE ON THE GLORY TRAIN

LORD,
LET MY LOVE, LOVE, LOVE
TILL MY DYING DAY
TILL I'M ON MY WAY
LORD, LORD
LET ME CRY, CRY
CRY AWAY MY TEARS
FOR THE NEXT TEN YEARS

SO I WON'T HAVE TO CRY FOR LOVE NO MORE
AND FOR ALL THE HEARTACHE I ENDURE
I WANT TO RIDE THIS TRAIN AROUND THE TRACK
I WANT TO PUT MY GRIEF IN A GUNNY SACK
AND TOSS IT IN THE RIVER
LORD, DELIVER ME

repeat chorus

LORD,
I WANT TO ROCK, ROCK
TILL THE WALLS COME DOWN
I WANT TO SHAKE THIS TOWN
LORD, LORD
I WANT TO ROLL, ROLL
ROLL AWAY THE STONE
WON'T YOU BRING ME HOME

IT'S TIME THE CIRCLE CAME 'ROUND AGAIN
THE GLORY TRAIN IS COMING 'ROUND THE BEND
THE GLORY TRAIN IS GLORY BOUND
I WAS LOST BUT NOW I'M FOUND

repeat chorus

Copyright 1986
Josh Orzeck
917-715-9120
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The Runaround

Written By: Josh Orzeck

THE RUNAROUND

I KNOW I'VE GOT TO WORK EVERY DAY
THERE'S FOOD I'VE GOT TO BUY, BILLS I'VE GOT TO PAY
NONSTOP HUSTLE FROM THE MOMENT I'M AWAKE
NONSTOP RUNAROUND, RUNAROUND, RUNAROUND
OH LORD, I NEED A BREAK!

WORKING IN THE CITY, GETTING ON A TRAIN
WITH FACELESS FACES CONCEALING THE PAIN
THEY HAVEN'T ANY TIME FOR HAPPINESS
THEY'RE ALL CAUGHT IN THE RUNAROUND, RUNAROUND
OH LORD, WHAT A MESS

UNDER PRESSURE, UNDERPAID
EVERY DAY IS A RUNAROUND
LIFE'S NO MORE THAN MONEY MADE
WHEN EVERY DAY IS A RUNAROUND

WHEN I STUMBLE HOME I'M A TOTAL WRECK
THE PAIN IN MY BACK IS A PAIN IN THE NECK
WHAT HAVE I DONE WITH MY PRECIOUS TIME?
ALL I'VE DONE IS RUNAROUND, RUNAROUND
OH LORD, IT'S A CRIME!

RUNNING 'ROUND IN CIRCLES, RUNNING 'ROUND IN PLACE
I'M JUST ANOTHER RAT IN A RAT RACE
WHAT ABOUT TOMORROW, WHAT HAPPENS THEN?
ANOTHER CRAZY RUNAROUND, RUNAROUND, RUNAROUND
OH LORD, NOT AGAIN!

UNDER PRESSURE, UNDERPAID
EVERY DAY IS A RUNAROUND
LIFE'S NO MORE THAN MONEY MADE
WHEN EVERY DAY IS A RUNAROUND

Copyright 1988
Josh Orzeck
917-715-9120
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It Just Ain't Fair

Written By: Josh Orzeck

IT JUST AIN'T FAIR

I SEE A FRIEND, TRYING TO GET AWAY
HOPING, DREAMING TOMORROW'S GONNA BE A BETTER WAY
I SEE A FRIEND ON THE VERGE OF BREAKING DOWN
TIMES ARE TOUGH AND LONELY - HEARTBREAK IS ALL AROUND

HANGING ON, BARELY MAKING IT
GIVE IT ALL YOU'VE GOT BEFORE IT'S TAKEN AWAY
YOU'RE SO SWEET, YOU'RE A BEAUTIFUL SOUL
YOU'VE BEEN MISTREATED... IT'S SO HARD IN THIS COLD WORLD

IT JUST AIN'T FAIR
WAITING IN LINE FOR THE NEXT DISASTER
LOOKING FOR A SMILE, LOOKING FOR LAUGHTER
EVEN AFTER YOU TELL YOURSELF
YOU REALLY DON'T CARE...
IT JUST AIN'T FAIR

YOU'RE NOT STUPID, YOU KNOW BETTER
YOU'LL DO ANYTHING, ANYTHING INSTEAD OF GIVING UP
YOU SEE YOUR FRIENDS, THEY'RE CRYING, THEY'RE HURTING
IT NEVER ENDS 'CAUSE NOTHING'S FOR CERTAIN IN THIS DAMNED LIFE

SO AREN'T YOU HAPPY, ISN'T THIS FUN
STANDING HERE IN THE RAIN, PRAYING FOR THE SUN
LOSING TRACK OF TIME, LOSING ALL YOUR WITS
YOU WITH YOURS, ME WITH MINE, BUT IT NEVER FITS

IT JUST AIN'T FAIR
WAITING IN LINE FOR THE NEXT DISASTER
LOOKING FOR A SMILE, LOOKING FOR LAUGHTER
EVEN AFTER YOU TELL YOURSELF
YOU REALLY DON'T CARE...
IT JUST AIN'T FAIR

Copyright 1985
Joshua Orzeck
917-715-9120

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Politics

Written By: Josh Orzeck

POLITICS

YOU NEVER WANTED TO PLAY THIS GAME
BUT YOU WENT AHEAD AND DID IT ANYWAY
I SEE YOU'VE GOT YOURSELF IN A FINE FIX
AND IT'S ALL BECAUSE OF POLITICS

YOU DIDN'T KNOW IT WOULD DRAG YOU DOWN
YOUR SO-CALLED FRIENDS CAN'T BE FOUND
WHEN TROUBLE COMES, NOBODY STICKS
YOU CAN'T TRUST ANYONE IN POLITICS

YOU WANTED EVERYTHING YOUR WAY
BUT YOU HAD TO COMPROMISE
DOUBLE-TALK, POLITICAL FOREPLAY
WORDS ARE THE BEST DISGUISE - FOR YOUR LIES

NO PLACE TO RUN WHEN THEY CALL YOUR BLUFF
YOUR FINGER'S IN THE PIE, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH
BUSINESS AND PLEASURE HARDLY MIX
WHEN YOU'RE IN THE LAND OF POLITICS

YOU STOLE THE COOKIE FROM THE COOKIE JAR
"WHO ME?" - YES YOU, YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE
YOU CAN'T GET AWAY WITH YOUR DIRTY TRICKS
JUST BECAUSE YOU'RE IN POLITICS

YOU WANTED EVERYTHING YOUR WAY
BUT YOU HAD TO COMPROMISE
DOUBLE-TALK, POLITICAL FOREPLAY
WORDS ARE THE BEST DISGUISE - FOR YOUR LIES

LOOK AROUND, WHAT DO YOU SEE
IS THIS THE WAY YOU THINK IT SHOULD BE
PEOPLE IN THE STREETS ARE THROWING BRICKS
AND THAT'S THE STATE OF POLITICS

YOU WOULDN'T WORK WITH THE SYSTEM
SO NOW YOU'RE JUST ANOTHER VICTIM
CITY SLICKERS AND COUNTRY HICKS
JUST PAWNS IN THE GAME OF POLITICS

LIES, LIES, AND MANY MORE LIES.....

Copyright 1989
Joshua Orzeck
917-715-9120

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Can't Get Enough of You

Written By: Josh Orzeck, Bee Minor

CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF YOU

I WAKE UP IN THE MORNING
SUNSHINE IN THE SKIES
AND LATE AT NIGHT WHEN I'M IN BED
THE STARS ARE IN MY EYES
THE STARS ARE IN MY EYES

I THINK ABOUT YOU CONSTANTLY
IT'S ALL I EVER DO
I COULD BE WITH YOU FOREVER
AND STILL COULDN'T GET ENOUGH OF YOU
CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF YOU (NO, NO, NO)
CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF YOU

chorus:
MOMENTS OF HAPPINESS
ARE FAR TOO FEW
BUT EVERY TIME WE'RE TOGETHER
I CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF YOU

THERE'S NOTHING LIKE THIS FEELING
FROM MY HEAD DOWN TO MY TOES
I DON'T KNOW IF I CAN STAND IT
BUT I HOPE IT NEVER GOES
I HOPE IT NEVER GOES

COVERS ME WITH SUNLIGHT
RAINBOW COLORS GOLD AND BLUE
I'M DROWNING IN YOUR WARM EMBRACE
AND I CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF YOU
CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF YOU (NO, NO, NO)
CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF YOU

- repeat chorus -

MMM - WHEN I SEE YOU
OH SWEET INSPIRATION
AHH, LOVES CELEBRATION
DANCING IN MY HEART
DANCING IN MY HEART

I THINK ABOUT YOU CONSTANTLY
IT'S ALL I EVER DO
I COULD BE WITH YOU FOREVER
AND STILL COULDN'T GET ENOUGH OF YOU
CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF YOU (NO, NO, NO)
CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF YOU

- repeat chorus -

Copyright 1986
Joshua Orzeck
& Bee Minor
917-715-9120

Publishing Open

What Price Love

Written By: Josh Orzeck, Bee Minor

WHAT PRICE LOVE

WHEN I WAS CHASING YOU
I BELIEVED LOVE WAS PURE AND TRUE
I DID EVERYTHING FOR YOU I COULD DO

THEN WHEN YOU CAME TO ME
I KNEW THAT IT WAS MEANT TO BE
HOW COULD I HAVE BEEN SO BLIND NOT TO SEE?

chorus:
WHAT PRICE LOVE
WHAT PRICE DO YOU HAVE TO PAY
WHAT PRICE LOVE
WHAT PRICE TO GIVE YOUR HEART AWAY

I THOUGHT I HAD IT MADE
I DID NOT FORESEE THAT LOVE WOULD FAD
I THOUGH THAT WHEN LOVE CAME IT STAYED

THEN WHEN YOU SAID GOOD-BYE
EVERYTHING I BELIEVED BECAME A LIE
THERE WAS NOTHING I COULD DO BUT CRY AND CRY

WHAT PRICE LOVE
WHAT PRICE DO YOU HAVE TO PAY
WHAT PRICE LOVE
WHAT PRICE TO GIVE YOUR HEART AWAY

WHAT IS LOVE, NO ONE KNOWS
BUT IT HURTS SO BADLY WHEN IT GOES
I WILL LOVE AGAIN IN TIME, I SUPPOSE

BUT UNTIL WHAT I FEEL FOR YOU IS GONE
TILL I FIND ANOTHER STAR TO WISH UPON
MY LOVE FOR YOU LIVES ON AND ON AND ON

WHAT PRICE LOVE
WHAT PRICE DO YOU HAVE TO PAY
WHAT PRICE LOVE
WHAT PRICE TO GIVE YOUR HEART AWAY

Copyright
Josh Orzeck & Bee Minor
917-715-9120

Publishing Open

Discography

Snapdragon
The Johnny Panic Band
Millennium Tremors

Set List

The Johnny Panic Band has no typical set list. Whatever the moment calls for we will bring forth. Our repertoire includes over 30 songs. On average they range from 3 minutes to 5 minutes... or longer.