SINGER / SONGWRITER / GUITARIST
SINGER / SONGWRITER / GUITARIST / PEDAL STEEL PLAYER
WEST OF THE REST

Blue Sky Morning
words and music by
john greene


When I left home in 72,
California was the place to be
I had a head full of dreams
and a bag full of schemes
No time for reality

4 years of a hand to nose existence,
Living life through a pair of shades
The fog finally lifted my priorities shifted
And I ceased to be unafraid

Now its another blue sky morning
Gonna be another blue sky day
But from Mojave to the Monterey shore
Can’t seem to find what I’m searching for
any more

Thought I left something behind
Couldn’t get it out of my mind
I tried to make the tape rewind
Now I know there’s nothing to find
Its long, long, long, long gone

Now my futures not what it used to be
Second time around’s not the same
This collision with the past
may turn out to be the last time
I play nostalgia games

Now its another blue sky morning
Gonna be another blue sky day
But from Mojave to the Monterey shore
Can’t seem to find what I’m searching for
any more

© joncomusic 2009

Some People
words and music by
john greene


Some people
got an awful lot to learn
Some people
gonna crash before they burn
Its ok for you to drift
You know the walk is part of the gift
Some people
got an awful lot to learn

Stand up
the time to kneel is through
Stand up
the stories were untrue
Saddest sight I ever saw
A butler played by Kenneth More
Stand up
the time to kneel is through

Too much media
not enough message
Too much
putting points upon the page
What ain’t white ain’t always black
What ain’t cheap ain’t always what you lack
Too much media
not enough message

Some people
got an awful lot to learn
Some people
gonna crash before they burn
Its ok for you to drift
You know the walk is part of the gift
Some people
got an awful lot to learn

© joncomusic 2009

Louisiana Bound
words and music by
john greene


Officer Johnson, he flagged me down
As I tore across Crockett County
He said you’re a long way from home here John
And that’s gonna cost you $150

Ozona Courthouse at the break of day
I’ve been on I-10 far too long
You don’t get much for your dollar here
When the Sheriff says you done wrong

Its 900 miles across Texas
From El Paso to the swampy Sabine
Day after day on the freeway
Where the 18 wheelers whine
In a country as big as an ocean
Driving’s like flying on the ground
I’m tearing through the butterfly rain
Louisiana Bound

The night clerk was a god fearing man
He was headed for the drive thru church
He said see the pioneers
with the arrows in their backs
Even Texans aren’t as tall as they were

Its 900 miles across Texas
From El Paso to the swampy Sabine
Day after day on the freeway
Where the 18 wheelers whine
In a country as big as an ocean
Driving’s like flying on the ground
I’m tearing through the butterfly rain
Louisiana Bound

© joncomusic 2009

Nevada Thru A Rearview
words and music by
john greene


All has promise in the morning
As I check out just before dawn
Got that motel leaving feeling
Another picture never drawn

Beverly Hills Nevada
Population 419
Would it be paradise to stay here
Or just like everywhere I’ve been

I love to drive the lonesome highways
Looking for a magic place
Nevada through a rearview mirror
Living from a suitcase

A room with a view can never hold me
The same scene soon grows old
Can’t find a place I don’t grow tired of
That doesn’t start to eat at my soul

I love to drive the lonesome highways
Looking for a magic place
Nevada through a rearview mirror
Living from a suitcase

© joncomusic 2009

Scene of the Crime
words and music by
john greene


We all wear the medals
from our old campaigns
All survivors have their stories of the war
But there’s no place now for cartoon violence
For power or the glory of god

They still play ‘Sweet Home Alabama’
In the shadow of the old oak tree
Where the bodies used to swing
in the moonlight
Freed now from slavery

There’s nothing more savage
than the white man
That feels like he’s running out of time
Remember if you can while you’re dancing
The south was the scene of our crime

Its not what you’re dealt its how you deal
You know you gotta play out your hand
Freedom’s got to be fought for
Are you marching or just playing in the band

They still play ‘Sweet Home Alabama’
In the shadow of the old oak tree
Where the bodies used to swing
in the moonlight
Freed now from slavery

There’s nothing more savage
than the white man
That feels like he’s running out of time
Remember if you can while you’re dancing
The south was the scene of our crime

© joncomusic 2009

Whatever Happened to Love
words and music by
john greene


For me heaven is a motel room
Where I can lie till I resume
My journey thru the
Empty highways of my past

A shower and a bed, a baseball game
My needs are simple and the same
Then I know for certain
That i'm really home at last

Whatever happened to love
Why are there no stars up above

I finally got to Tonopah
Arriving with the evening star
But no tears for me now
Just because my dancing days are thru

Whatever happened to love
Why are there no stars up above

© joncomusic 2009

So Far So Good
words and music by
john greene


Rock and roll was my frontier
My undiscovered country
Add a little love and the right tablets
To a grey fifties escapee

No more running no more hiding
The time for that was through
I took my light and turned it
to a lifetime of adventure
Bending every rule

That was a dangerous age
Now this is all I can do
I might be living for ever
So far so good

The night is young but I am not
My expectations are low
One place is just the same as another
But till you get there you never know

But it was only for a moment
It’s all over now
No new beginnings and no happy endings
No causes worth the vow

That was a dangerous age
Now this is all I can do
I might be living for ever
So far so good

© joncomusic 2009

Chasing Daylight
words and music by
john greene


The tragic poetry of leaving
All those sad embarrassing goodbyes
Security,
departure lounges
Then into the bluest of blue skies

Seems like everyone’s moving when you are
Back on earth they never move at all
Its good to leave
its good to stay home
The past is sometimes better than the now

I’m chasing daylight in row 52K
Curled up in a womb that’s got a view
The waiting is hard, harder than doing
But I’m headed for Wailua Bay now

Thinking, reading, eating, sleeping
Beneath me the Pacific Ocean gleams
I wake up
still tired and distant
Hurtling ever westward to my dreams

I’m chasing daylight in row 52K
Curled up in a womb that’s got a view
The waiting is hard, harder than doing
But I’m headed for Wailua Bay now

© joncomusic 2009

Kauai No Ka Oi
words and music by
john greene


Kauai no ka oi
Kauai no ka oi
Oh ho Mahalo nui loa
Aloha oe

Its raining down on me
Gentle island set me free
Oh ho gentle island set me free
Aloha oe

Now I’m so far away
But I’ll be back one day

Kauai no ka oi
Kauai no ka oi
Oh ho Mahalo nui loa
Aloha oe

Though I’m so far away
I know you’re still there today

Kauai no ka oi
Kauai no ka oi
Oh ho Mahalo nui loa
Aloha oe

© joncomusic 2009

Tell Her I Love Her
words and music by
john greene


Decisions have been made
Despite what could have been
I’ll have to take the time
to learn to live alone
Start a brand new scene

Relationships break down
When you settle for the quo
I tolerated stuff but one is not enough
The cracks began to show

The things that kept us together
Were the things tearing us apart
Something had to give
I became a fugitive
Running from a broken heart

Went through a real bad time
Everything I tried to do was wrong
The end of the romance
Had left me in a trance
Sleepwalking for so long

Now its gotta be you
That makes the first move
Till then tell her that I love her
Tell her that I love her
Tell her that I love her so

© joncomusic 2009

West of the Rest
words and music by
john greene


Said goodbye to the golden state
I didn’t need you anymore
I wanna feel the trade winds on my face
Touch that Pacific shore

But on the other side of the rainbow
They’ve finally run out of leis
The Hawaiian steel’s still crying out
But now they’ve got plastic mai tai’s

The same old sun’s still shining
The surf thunders and the palm trees sway
I look out the window at the sunset
And wonder how I got so far away

The evening star I wish upon
Turns out to be an incoming jet
The view from here ain’t what it was
West of the rest

© joncomusic 2009

Till I Could Say Goodbye
words and music by
john greene


Be careful what you wish for
It might just come true
Now there’s no-one left
to tell my secrets to

We all think we’re invincible
Till it’s proved to be untrue
Then the sea change happens
and all accounts are due

There’s really nothing out there
That is not inside your head
Its sad that all that teaches us
Is how to be afraid

What a day the difference makes
Now that heavens a better place
I cry the same tears, smile the same smile
But it took me such a long, long time
Till I could say goodbye

© joncomusic 2009