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No More Cowboys

by John Speed Band

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Old Man 04:32
OLD MAN © 2011 John Speed Lyrics & Music There's an old man coming up the street He's the one who'll give you everything you need You say he's too old, he's quiet but he's so bold He's got a hand on the chain, If he pulls its gonna rain, you'll see White hairy bastard leaning to the right Sleeping in the morning but he doesn't sleep at night You can hear him when he speaks He knows there's nothing left for keeps He's got a slow down in his brain A tolerance for pain, you'll see I'll take the weight, you spin the rhyme, We live in this place Move to the calling of space and time Place in my heart choice we can make Lay down this weight Move to the beating of love sublime Wake up the masses, free those you blame The future age passes, old man knows its name He laughs and he dances, as he whispers your name Every truth I believed Every rule now relieved, you'll see
Love Song 05:05
LOVE SONG © 2011 John Speed Lyrics & Music Hear me say, You don't need to cry Hear me say, you don't need to lie Tell me what you need me to do I'll get down on my knees for you And I won't hold you back And I won't let you down And I won't lay no blame And I'll always be around I just want to spend this life with you Take me into your heart Take this love apart Let it flow out of you Stand right up, bare your face Show this love every place Let it flow out of you Let it flow, let it flow Let it flow out of you
Holy Shame 04:01
HOLY SHAME © 2009 John Speed Lyrics & Music Take me back where I came from I wanna ride that magic train Up the stairs to the golden palace Stand in line with all these fellows singing Shame, shame on me I saw you lurking near the wall Guilt you wore a torment shawl Trade your guilt for Holy Shame Clean the slate and clear your name Shame on me, shame on me I clawed my heart to make it listen Re-arranged my disposition Took a piece of what was missing and I came back for more Shame on me, shame on me I stood there at the prophet’s side What came on me I do abide Holy Shame was on my side And I, I cry not Shame on me, shame on me
NO MORE COWBOYS © 2009 John Speed Lyrics & Music Somebody is waiting for you It’s not hard to see Signs at every bus stop Tears stain every memory Looking out the window At people sitting in their car dreams Nobody remembers or thinks about When people only wanted to be free I’ve been looking for a cowboy But there’s not one left to see Everybody got so serious It’s getting hard to tell which one’s your enemy And everyone of us thinks You can be my enemy Everyone of us thinks we can live this destiny Too many people Waiting at the break of dawn There aren’t any cowboys left to carry the tradition on Too many people, not a cowboy left to see I got to go and buy something to set my self at ease This wave of desperation seems to wash right over me Too many people, too many people, too many people Not a cowboy I can see
Shady Tree 04:10
SHADY TREE © 2005 John Speed Lyrics & Music Lay down beneath this shady tree I’ll tell you of the wonder Unfolding there in front of me Like wolves before the thunder Your hands are like some mystery The wind has got you shaking Stand in these shoes Shed a tear for me Shed a tear for you Under this shady tree All dreamers come to me All dreams forsaken All men cry humble me We’re ready for the taking Lay down beneath this shady tree To brake the twisted turning Light of love in front of me Compassion for the burning Smothered by this world on fire Hysterically turning
THIS WORLD’S GOT A HOLD ON ME © 2009 John Speed Lyrics & Music We count the time but we can't stop it Train that leaves no warning sign You call to me but I can't hear you Masters on the other line I never get lonely I never get free I can't remember All these things you bring to me Getting older, gifts are given Glimpses light the way for me See me in a way I never Thought that I was meant to be Never give up, never fall down I keep rolling round and round Touch me with this sacred Tao I need you Can't let go Stuck in my own show Can't seem to see This world’s got a hold on me
Slip Sliding 04:42
SLIP SLIDING © 2007 John Speed Lyrics & Music I call you up to see you, I want to I call you up, to see you I need to I want to, here I go You took the high road I took the back road We worked by false entry While I'm slip sliding away I'm slip sliding away I'm slip sliding away Love closed its eyes, we're blinded, we cannot see Hard as we try, we're lost, we're confused, we can't figure out why You took the high road I took the back road We worked by false entry I carry this weight I'm stuck in this state I need you to mirror me, show me how I ever Got to this state Fly away, fly away, take a piece now and stand up To say what you say
HANGAR DES MINES © 2007 John Speed Lyrics & Music Called to the wind and the wind said to me Gather these songs, sing them to me Called to the water and it flowed over me Stream to the river to the bottom of the sea And the reaper of souls rode the midnight train Hoping to find his way home, again and again They called out his name 'til he hung his head in shame Again and again Called to the sun and the sun said to me Lay down your arms, take some time to be free Called to the earth and the earth swallowed me Put your feet on the ground and you will grow like a tree.
Tango Bill 03:56
TANGO BILL © 2002 John Speed Lyrics & Music There’s a power on the first floor, Creeping up to my door But there’s not a damn thing I can do I had the money only yesterday, Last night I saw it fly away I know now I’m totally screwed I cannot stop this burning wheel, No way that I can make a deal Come up and get me If that’s what you need to do I’m moving out into the street In a pattern that I must repeat I’ve got this bag, this misery and these shoes I’m living on my own The whole damn world’s my home You can hear me knocking on your door I need a little ... Food to fill my belly, water on my lips Things that I can tell you, and you know Love’s not a part of it Gimme a little ... Money in my pocket Meet me at the bar I’ll blow it like a rocket and then I’ll Tell you who you are
TALK ABOUT IT © 2001 John Speed Lyrics & Music I spoke to friends of mine, they don’t want to talk about it I asked my doctor and he told me I was ill I asked my family and they changed the subject on me I asked the question now I got to take the pill People never talk about it They don’t want to know about it Memories seems to linger still Time when people opened up And saw what stood around them They didn’t pull the curtain They didn’t take the pill They don’t want to talk about it They don’t want know about it They don’t want to talk about it And I wonder wonder wonder if they ever will I don’t want to know it You don’t want to know it I don’t want to feel the pain Things I thought were so good Things I thought that I could do But there I go again
Save Me 03:41
SAVE ME © 2010 John Speed Lyrics & Music Lights gone out, didn't see it coming Time speeds up, I don't walk I'm running Nothing’s right, but nothing's what I want Take a little time, do a little nothing Over where you parked You left the motor running Now you're sitting in the dark You see something coming now Save me Wake me up at night now Save me Gotta do it right now Save me I'm out here on my own, now Save me Take a little time to do a little nothing Thinking in my brain to keep the thinking running Trying to find a way to believe in something I'm living in remission, Hoping and a wishing Save me Show me the light Show me the way, now Save me Hold me tonight I'm flyin' away, now Save me
Take Me In 05:03
TAKE ME IN                       © 2011 John Speed Lyrics & Music Who do you call, what do you say No love no love for me today Let go my life I'll slip away Tell me the truth, don't fade away, don't fade away, don't fade away Oh my poor heart cold and lonely don't you know Take me in or let me know, do me right or let me go I'm on the road to save my soul again             We do not stand alone Touch my heart, lead me home I'm on the road to save my  soul again
Rolling Sun 01:52
ROLLING SUN © 2014 John Speed Lyrics & Music My reason came to me Like the rolling sun My life time followed me Like the rolling sun Let it roll, let it roll Like the rolling sun
Oh Boy 05:01
OH BOY © 2000 John Speed Lyrics & Music Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy, oh boy I can’t believe it’s true Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy, oh boy What am I gonna do I have a disposition, to please you till I die I let you live in my bedroom, I’ll be home by and by Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy what did I do I had a little money I hoped would get me through You wanted beer and cigarettes so what else could I do I stand and serve I’m giving back as each of us must do Somehow I lost my bedroom now I lost my money too I try to be a saint, what’s good for me is good for you I live on self restraint, I analyse each thing I do I tell myself that somehow If I can see this through The whole damn world will turn around and I’ll be saved like you Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy what did I do Holy Mary full of grace, these tears are streaming down my face My heart is broken in disgrace, I’m lost among this human race Realisation, illumination, transformation, higher station Ball of light, holy right, come to me this moonlight night Fill me up with true belief, see these hands and see these feet See these tears run down my cheeks, let me love 'till I’m complete See these tears run down my cheeks, let me love 'till I'm complete Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy what did I do


Travel through time and space, human frailty, hope, and love sublime. Picked and tailored from more than a decade of writing, hear these fruitful culminations of life experiences in song. See through a window of insightful honesty. Feel the blanketing effect of the vocals set into instrumentation that instills a comfortable rubato groove ... Steer away from short-term gratification and re-discover the depth of soul music.

The John Speed Band plays the music of singer songwriter John Speed. Each member of the band bring their own wash of colours to the music.


released May 7, 2016

John Speed - Vocal and guitars
Roger Coderre - double bass
Joëlle Lanoix - vocal & percussions
Nicole Poissant - vocal, back vocal, hand clapping

Tom Mennier - accordeon on Tango Bill

Mixing and Mastering - Padraig Buttner
Artwork - Félix Lemay

Produced by John Speed and Nicole Poissant
Lyrics and Music - John Speed

This album was performed and recorded at Island Time Studio du Temps de l'île.

Special thanks to Jesse, Mali, Florence, Catherine, Trevor, France and Henio for their support.


© 2016 John Speed (Socan)

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John Speed Saint Anicet, Québec

John Speed’s music takes shape through lyrics that grasp the essential truths often hidden in life’s awakenings. Feel the blanketing effect of his vocals set into unframed instrumentation that instills an intriguingly comfortable rubato groove. John Speed, c'est un tête-à-tête avec une époque archétypale qui va droit au cœur ... Une musique qui a le don de réparer l'âme! » ... more

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