Wayne Allen

Wayne Allen

 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
BandPopSinger/Songwriter

"Suitcases are cooler than closets!"

Biography

Singer/Songwriter, Guitarist, Wayne Allen has performed music in numerous venues, theatres, and bars, across the US from 2001 to present. Formerly the front man of the bands Green Lemon & the SKYS, he is currently pursuing an independent music career. Wayne has written hit songs that have received such awards as Relix Magazine’s New Groove Jammy Nominee, HomeGrown Music’s Album of the Year, and CMJ/Relix Jam-Off Winner. Many of his songs have been ranked as the #1 most requested song on radio stations across the US. Wayne has played in several national music festivals, some of which include: Wakarusa Music Festival in KS/AR – 4 years, 10,000 Lakes Music Festival in MN – 3 years, Oregon Country Fair in OR, CMJ Music Marathon Music Fest in NY, SXSW Music Festival in TX, Mateel Summer Arts Festival in CA, Harmony Festival in CA, SummerCamp Music Festival in IL – 2 years, Green Apple Music Fest in NY, Gem & Jam Music Festival in AZ, Green Apple Music Festival in IL, Joshua Tree Music Festival in CA, Smilefest in NC, Buffalo Music Festival in VA, Ashfest in NC, Harvest Festival in ME, Diversafest in OK, Independence Day Jam, in OK, Crossroads Music Festival in OK, & Paseo Arts and Music Fest in OK. Wayne is currently in the recording studio and will have a new CD releasing soon. Wayne’s talent lies in his creative ability and musical vision which together bring about amazing songs. He is a genius when it comes to song writing. It is evident with each new project he produces; his music takes his listeners to new places and keeps them coming back for more.

Listed below are a few reviews regarding Wayne’s recent music projects:

Review below By Steven Reid – Sea of Tranquility

Having never heard Wayne Allen's previous band Green Lemon, I'm pleased to say that I managed to approach his new music project “the SKYS” with no preconceptions as to what would be contained inside his new project's debut album “Small Dreams In An Elevator”. That said, I really wasn't expecting the electronic rhythms mixed with indie rock pretentions and gentle simple melodies bolstered by fragile yet confident vocals that ooze out of the speakers.
While there are samples and loops used throughout this album, the feel never strays too far from organic and Allen possesses a voice that betrays the oft modern feel for something more akin to Stephen Stills or Paul Simon when he was still singing with his tall mate and while these styles may seem at odds, what Allen has achieved is to bind them together with wonderfully melodic phrases, intelligent vocals and sparse drama that make for tracks that are accessible and challenging at the same time.
Some have already lumped the SKYS with the likes of Radiohead, however the feel created here is too up tempo in a down beat manner to truly be put in that bracket and Allen isn't afraid to be overtly pop when the mood takes him. "Bad Guys" comes on like a light weight Killers, however with more listens the stringent beat and jaunty keyboard colours really take hold and as so often during the disc, Allen's vocals raise what could have been a good track into a great one. There are no histrionics to his delivery, however the heartfelt, high pitched timbre is tailor made for the soundscape going on beneath it. "Heavy Eyes" reminds of a less twee "Our House" by Stephen Stills, a gentle acoustic guitar strums behind Allen's excellently layered harmonies and when the synth joins in the feeling is both uplifting and relaxing.
You could imagine the chorus of "Dirty Weather" cropping up on a later day Marillion album, however the double timed high hat in the chorus is altogether more dance oriented and brings a strangely sedate urgency to the singing keyboard backing.In contrast "Turtles" has a strong riff quietly holding an almost spoken vocal to acoustic strumming, piano stabs and glockenspiel pings before the wonderfully arranged vocals soar with an angelic quality and alter the mood completely. "Driver" has a vibe that makes you think of Simon and Garfunkel sitting together in a darkened room with only a spotlight for company as the plaintive acoustic guitar backs another seductive vocal and in an album full of intricate rhythms and beats the contrast is all the more stark and effective. As though to reinforce that contrast "Animal" is pure 80's electronica with a regimented beat gently pushing the synth melodies, although the song itself never gets above a considered jog, somehow the SKYS manage to make these sedate electronic meanderings compelling and vital. The whole album has been building and as the chorus to "Slow" washes over you with its gloriously melodic hook the peak of the disc has been reached. Listen to it once and you'll be humming it for days, give it a couple of repeat listens and you'll discover a chorus line and melody that will stick in your head for eternity. Simple, memorable and stunningly effective. It's like rediscovering a long lost friend.

Lyrics

Bad Guys

Written By: Music & Lyrics by Wayne Allen

BAD GUYS LYRICS:
BAD GUYS – Music & Lyrics by Wayne Allen

Can you tell me, am I running late
You’ve got an honest face
Decisions, have they all been made
I wish I had some say
So here we are, inside this bowl
Swimming round until we’re sold
One man leaves the race
Another takes his place
Swimming round until were old
Everyone likes a smile
It doesn’t matter if it’s just for show
Everyone’s got their own to hide
Everyone has an alibi
Got their money in the bank
Swimming through the bubbles in the tank
I remember when I was a boy
The more you learn the less you enjoy
Everyday a baby is born
Everyday a man is made to conform

Chorus:
I’m waking up in these small dreams
It’s been so long since I could think
I hope you’ll do the same damn thing
We can’t go back, it’s not the same

Can you tell me, do you believe in fate
Is everything suppose to be this way
Cause I’ve been searching all around this place
For reasons to want to stay
But everyone likes a smile, it doesn’t matter if it’s fake
It’s so easy to let the bad guys in here
They all know our names
It’s so easy to be a victim of theirs
But it’s all a game

Chorus:
I’m waking up in these small dreams
It’s been so long since I could think
I hope you’ll do the same damn thing
We can’t go back, it’s not the same

Heavy Eyes

Written By: Music & Lyrics by Wayne Allen

HEAVY EYES LYRICS:

Music & Lyrics by Wayne Allen

I look up to the Skies through these drawn heavy eyes
And I go back to the start before everything was hard
And it’s so easy to see how everything supposed to be
Am I awake and aware or am I just dreaming…

Cause I know that I’m a mess; I write down and sing it so I worry less
And you say you understand but even if you did you could not lend a hand
But it’s ok, I’ll be fine, I’ve been through this before, it just will take some time

Promises, Keep your promises, I’ve heard them all again and again, from you my friend

Chorus:
But it’s just a place that we knew, and now that it’s gone, what to do?
And if you can feel it inside your bones, don’t let go, don’t let go, let go.

Some may say they’re satisfied, did they pretend to enjoy the ride?
Its seems so simple, it seems so fair, but it isn’t so easy when your not there

I feel this isn’t real; it’s all just a dream, that’s how it seems
Cause consequence and evidence have led me to believe in anything
So all this time you stand in line waiting on your turn for peace of mind
Don’t be surprised when you arrive... if I’m still waiting here.

Chorus:
But it’s just a place that we knew, and now that it’s gone, what to do?
And if you can feel it inside your bones, don’t let go, don’t let go, let go.

Dirty Weather

Written By: Music & Lyrics by Wayne Allen

DIRTY WEATHER LYRICS:

Music & Lyrics by Wayne Allen

Feel the cool breeze against your skin, feel the pressure moving in
If your angry, leave it behind, it’s getting late here, but we’re not out of time
When things come up, that you can’t change, things go wrong, you can’t explain
What’s the difference, if it’s all the same, what’s it matter, you can’t complain

Cause in this space, we occupy, everybody’s different, not just you and I
and in this place, we live and die, it makes no difference to say goodbye
The lights turn on, the music stops, the questions come, the questions drop
If it lasts forever, then it never ends, and you’ll want to hide it from all your friends
But you can’t bare it, the compromise, to live a life that you despise
So you lie in bed with, this dirty weather, but you can’t make it, any better

Cause in this space, we occupy, everybody’s different, not just you and I
and in this place, we live and die, it makes no difference to say goodbye

Weight

Written By: Music & Lyrics by Wayne Allen

LYRICS TO WEIGHT:

Music & Lyrics by Wayne Allen

Walk me home put me to bed
Tell me everything you said
Wasn’t true, you just were mad
And now you take it all back

I still hear you when you laugh
Remember thinking that you’d be back
That was then, and I was wrong
I’m still here and you are gone

But, please just take this weight up off my back
Cause it’s so late, and still I can’t relax
And if you call my name and I don’t reply
It’s not you; it’s not you, who I need to find

I have seen all this before
It now it’s here for me once more
Another good thing that I have cost
Another friend that I have lost

But I can still see it in your face
Now it’s a memory in your place
I can’t change how things were spun
I can’t change what’s done is done

So please just take this weight up off my back
Cause it’s so late, and still I can’t relax
And if you call my name and I don’t reply
It’s not you; it’s not you, who I need to find

I still see you in my dreams
I hope I always do, they seem so real
And they make me feel,
Everything

Close your eyes, Close your eyes
See the light, Close your eyes

Driver

Written By: Music & Lyrics by Wayne Allen

LYRICS TO DRIVER:

Driver

Music & Lyrics by Wayne Allen

This road I follow, seems more distant than before
So I’ll just keep driving faster, I won’t look back anymore
Cause there’s a lot of bad drivers, who don’t know where they want to go
But I’ll just drive straight past them, and hope they find what they’re looking for
I’ll be here; I hope you’ll see me
On these roads I’m driving, and I’ll keep driving for you
I’ve seen so many stop signs and I’ve seen traffic fill the road
I’ve driven through parking lots and sand dunes
I’ve driven through rock, sleet and snow
But road conditions never phase me, cause I’ve got 4 wheel drive
So you can go and call me crazy, wonder why I keep on driving
I’ll be here; I hope you’ll see me
On these roads I’m driving, and I’ll keep driving for you
I know we’ve have our break downs, I know we’ve had our trials
But none of these will stop me, from driving on for you
I’ll be here; I hope you’ll see me
On these roads I’m driving, and I’ll keep driving for you

Nice Place

Written By: Music & Lyrics by Wayne Allen

LYRICS TO NICE PLACE:

Nice Place

Music & Lyrics by Wayne Allen

When it’s done, you go home, and I am here, but not alone
And here I’ll stay until the next day, but all the time, it’s the same thing
To take a break, you have to concentrate, on the smallest thought your mind creates
In between these thoughts I dream, of a Nice Place, you can’t leave
This nice place, you can’t leave
It’s a nice place, you can’t leave
This nice place, you can’t leave
It’s a nice place, you can’t leave
So I hang my hat and close my eyes, I think of all my favorite times
In this box where I remain, I watch my past slowly fade
So I think of you, and what you said, I hear your voice inside my head
To trust in fate, you must accommodate, all of what you fear, and let it irritate
Until you lose control, after you’ve lost it all, and then you’ll start to slide into an endless hall
Where you cannot breath, and you can barely scream, but it’s a nice place, you can’t leave
This nice place, you can’t leave
It’s a nice place, you can’t leave
This nice place, you can’t leave
It’s a nice place, you can’t leave
So I hang my hat and close my eyes, I think of all my favorite times
In this box where I remain, I watch my past slowly fade

Slow

Written By: Music & Lyrics for Wayne Allen

LYRICS TO SLOW:

SLOW

Music & Lyrics by Wayne Allen

Everyone is here, nobody is hurt
Everything is fine, when everyone is heard
Take it as it is, it doesn’t last long
Tonight we are here, tomorrow we are gone
Later when the sun comes and you just want to close your eyes
Think of the friends you need most, think of the times you hold close
Cause you know, not everything moves so slow, you know, you know, not everything moves so slow
You know, you know, not everything moves so slow, you know, you know, not everything moves so slow
The truth is why you’re here; the truth is what I fear
And what if I don’t please, please all your needs
What if I’m afraid, afraid of what they’ll say
What if I’m a fake, afraid of what they’ll think
Maybe I’m just wasting time, and I’m confused on where to be
Maybe I’m left behind and it’s too early for me to see
Cause you know, not everything moves so slow, you know, you know, not everything moves so slow
You know, you know, not everything moves so slow, you know, you know, not everything moves so slow

Shoestring

Written By: Music & Lyrics by Wayne Allen

SHOESTRING LYRICS:

Shoestring

Music & Lyrics by Wayne Allen

I don't put too much in my past
Never really seem to get worked up too fast
Even if I were to think real hard about things between us
We would never last
And even if I didn't live on a bus
And even if I didn't have an issue with trust
But even if I had no pictures of us, you will always be
Cause you, got me by my shoestrings
You got me with your mood swings
You got me thinking
And you, got me in your shadows
You got me looking backwards
You got me thinking

Instrumental

I could have chosen a different path and walked alone
But I didn't have to worry you were driving me home
Looking back on that day from here, I wasn't thinking so clear
If I was, I would probably have known
So now I think I'll save both of us some time
Let you know that you will always have a place in my mind
But even if I didn't have another place to be, a girl, like you would never end up with a guy like me,
And even though my eye can only see so far
And even though I'll never really know who you are
Somethings are better this way; I hear what you say,
I hope you'll see that someday
Cause you, got me by my shoestrings
You got me with your mood swings
You got me thinking
And you, got me in your shadows
You got me looking backwards
You got me thinking
Cause you, got me by my shoestrings
You got me with your mood swings
You got me thinking
And you, got me in your shadows
You got me looking backwards
You got me thinking

Different Faces

Written By: Music & Lyrics by Wayne Allen

LYRICS TO DIFFERENT FACES:

Different Faces

Music & Lyrics by Wayne Allen

In this life, what can you do, who can you trust, what can you give
In this life, what can you be, where can you go, what can you change
In this life, what can you find; we’re all balancing on the bearings of time
In this life, what can you fake, we’re all extensions of the decisions we make
We’re all just different faces waiting in a line
In all these different places waiting in a line
We’re all just different faces waiting in a line
In all these different places waiting in a line
Save, save me this time
Save, save me this time

Animal

Written By: Music & Lyrics by Wayne Allen

LYRICS TO ANIMAL:

Animal

Music & Lyrics by Wayne Allen

There’s so much inside of my head
I’m held down to the floor by your words
And I know, I see…
There’s too many places I need to be
But you will find your way
You will be ok
I’ll be fine, give me time
I’ll be fine, give me time
And when I’m away on the road
I’m feeling high, I’m feeling low
Cause everything here seems the same
Cause nothing here ever changes
It takes time to reconstruct, what I’ve done and what I’ve not
I don’t mean for this to fall, but nothing here lasts too long animal
I’ll be fine, give me time
I’ll be fine, give me time

Discography

Green Lemon, Green Lemon
the SKYS - Small Dreams in an Elevator
Shoestring - Single
Weight - Single
Nice Place - Single
Several additional songs have been recorded live...a full catelog upon request.

To listen to several songs by Wayne Allen go to:

http://soundcloud.com/wayneallen