Will Arnold

Will Arnold

BandCountryAcoustic

Solo-acoustic act and singer/songwriter with the unique ability to boil-down society's "trip in a handbasket" into 2-5 minute songs.

Biography

Will was born and raised in Nashville, TN, as "the only person he knew while growing up" who could listen to 70's underground folk/country artists (think Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, Rodney Crowell, Steve Earle) as well as classic rock or oldies radio stations. Those influences on his music are immeasureable.

Other influences include bands or artists who "mean something lyrically or melodically" and can also get your foot tapping. Such artists or bands include jazz acts like Duke Ellington or Gene Harris, and rock bands like the Jon Spenser Blues Explosion and Phish. Listening to Phish mostly taught him melody-complication and the need for condensed metaphors...

Will spends a great deal of his time living life, which is the activity that generates all of his lyrics. An educator by trade and a self-proclaimed luftmensch, Will is able to boil down society's "trip in a handbasket" into short-story-like songs. Some ideas only make it into poetry form, some make it all the way to song.

You can find him with his wife, Becca, and their dog, Perry, enjoying a quiet Nashville lifestyle probably somewhere in a local park, a local sushi shop or...at Home Depot...

Lyrics

Blue Blue Moon

Written By: William Arnold

(Verse 1)
Blue blue moon shining through the window
Please help him find his way tonight
Blue blue moon looking down upon them
Don't let him hide his guilty eyes

(Chorus)
Let your eerie beams carrying purer things
Creep in through the seams and wet his cheeks
I promise to write poems to you every night
If he's by my side before the sunlight

(Verse 2)
Who's gonna' know after this affair is through
Who's gonna' hide a heart filled with lies
Who's gonna' bring me my ag-ed wine
Who's gonna' dry my weeping eyes

(repeat Chorus)

(Verse 3)
Cold cold moon I ask one more thing
The rocky you'd show through the cold and snow
Cold cold moon I see the sun in the east
Why leave me oh so soon blue blue moon

Feeling Un-American

Written By: William Arnold

(Verse 1)
Looking up at the sky there's a new-brimming light
Of the sun shining down on the burnt, dry land
She's heard the other side has a world-famous pride
So she covers her frown with her calloused hands

(Bridge 1)
Is she the enemy?
Is she like you and me?
She's on her knees
Before she ever touches the ground

Will she look up at the top?
There's no one's to stop
She doesn't want to drop
And sink into the ground...

(Chorus)
She's an American feeling un-Americain
Land of the freely judged by you and me
She's an American feeling un-American
Somebody's told her she can be all she can be

(Verse 2)
Bus stop leaves her at the welfare line
In a border town on borrowed time
Nobody's hiring so nobody gets a check
The sun has gone down but she hasn't left yet

(Bridge 2)
She's only sixteen
Already broken dreams
The first signs tell her
No roads lead to home

Will she be in high-gear
Or simply disappear?
She's figured
She's gonna' have to do it alone

(Repeat Chorus)

(outro-repeatx2)
She's an American feeling un-American

Mother, Father

Written By: William Arnold

(Verse 1)
Three dates, it's about time
So many questions running through your mind
You borrowed the car
And want to go farther with her

(Bridge 1)
You would do anything
To take her inside
To think they wouldn't see you
You'd be out of your mind
--you know you'll have to say

(Chorus)
This is my mother, this is my father
they're not like the rest of us
(wait until the rest of us)

This is my mother, this is my father
judge me by the rest of us
(they're not like the rest of us)

The bottle's got them higher
The pain is building like a fire...

(Verse 2)
Sneak in through the back, softly let the door swings back
yeah, you brought her home, you're tired of being alone
In this imperfect world, you found the perfect girl
she doesn'y know what you've been through, so what are you going to do?

(Bridge 2)
You would do anything
To read her mind
So they wouldn't hurt you
You'd leave it all behind
--you know you'll have to say

(Chorus repeat)

(Bridge 3)
There are so many things
Inside your world
You would do anything
To invite in the girl
--you'll never have to say

(Chorus repeat)

Discography

None yet...but some bootlegs exist from my college-coffeehouse days...

Set List

A typical solo-acoustic setlist lasts between 45mins. and 1hr. 45mins. depending on the need or time-allowance. Here's a general idea:

(original material)
1 Feeling Un-American
2 What if?
3 Cardboard People
4 Mother, Father
5 Blue Blue Moon
6 We Planted a Garden
7 What Love Is
8 Daddy's Secret
9 It's Just the Blues
10 The Depot (if people cheer enough or if there are ANY Sewanee alumni in the room...)

(covers)
1 Kodachrome/Everybody Wants to Rule the World (a bluegrass medley)
2 ...a few Old 97's songs...