Now It's Time

by John Clay

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John Clay debut EP released on Eastwood Records 9/23/16

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released September 23, 2016

Recorded at Lot 49/Deadbird Studios

Produced By: John Clay/Tom Curtis

Engineered By: Tom Curtis

Mixed/Masterd By: Tom Curtis


Personnel:

John Clay - Vocals, Bass, Drums, Electric/Acoustic Guitar

Steve Sturgill - Electric Guitar

Matt Smith - Keys/Piano

Patrick Schroering - Mandolin(My Place)

Kendra Villiger - Backup Vocals(My Place, I've Made Myself A Bed Today, Melwood Night, Now It's Time)

David O'neal - Fiddle(Melwood Night)


Big Thanks to my fellow Hawk, Dustin Michael Harris, for being my champion of inspiration and offering to help bring this record to life. It would've never happened without him.

"On the days that I keep my grattitude higher than my expectations....well I have really good days." -rwh

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John Clay Louisville, Kentucky

Multi-instrumentalist. Aspiring Producer. Songwriter.

Born and raised in Pikeville, Ky out there on route 23 where Gary Stewart, Keith Whitley, and Dwight Yoakam cut their teeth.

A husky gentlemen; burly even, with hair like an asshole and the voice of a southern cherub.

Look for John Clay's upcoming EP "Now It's Time" to be released on Eastwood Records this fall.
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Track Name: I've Made Myself A Bed Today
So when the angels show

I'll be good to go

When they come to lay me down

When they come to lay me down



I pulled out of the lane in the fog bent rain

I stumbled on through the door

And as I watched you disappear I knew then it was clear

You wouldn't comin' back anymore



And I've made myself a bed today

A blanket upon the ground

So when the angels show

I'll be good to go

When they come to lay me down

When they come to lay me down



I recall where we laid

Where I held you and prayed

"Oh lord help me do what I should"

But with each drunken day

I just drove you away

I can't blame ya

I was no damn good



And I've made myself a bed today

A blanket upon the ground

So when the angels show

I'll be good to go

When they come to lay me down

When they come to lay me down


Now the doors they're all locked

And these tears I can't stop

I don't guess I was ever that tough

I'm gonna fade out tonight

And I've shut out the lights

But it still ain't dark enough


And I've made myself a bed today

A blanket upon the ground

So when the angels show

I'll be good to go

When they come to lay me down
Track Name: My Place(In This Place)
I couldn't close my eyes last night

Too much racin' around

I was tryin' to find a way to stand up

And pick myself up out of this hole in the ground

32 years down here and I'm still just scrapin' by

This dead end job/Feel like a slob

I think it's time to solidy

My place in this place.


Seven years old I sat in with my daddy's band

I couldn't quite play those chords

I kept chop time on the mandolin

If I'd have known it would have set me on this path

I'd have walked right up to my dad and said

"You can have this mandolin back"

I need to find...

My place in this place


Don't hear me wrong I just always wondered who i'd be without...

Without my drums and without this guitar right here on my back


I coulda been a business man and wore nice business ties

Jet around the world and back just to sell you people pretty lies

I coulda ran a big machine that tore the mountains down

Just lookin' for a strip of coal to light the lights of my little town


I need to find...

My place in this place

I coulda shacked up tight

Coulda spread my seed god knows how far

But all I ever wanted to do

Was play my drums and my dad's old guitar
Track Name: Running Away
I'm running away from this place that I call my home

Yea I'm running away from this place that I call my home

I'm sick and I'm tired of bein' alone

So I'm running away from this place I call home


Well the mountains are tall and the people all walk close to god

Yea those mountains are tall and the people, they all walk close to god

Jesus don't love me, this much I know

So I'm runnin' away from this place I call home


Pike County has charm but it's lost on a man like me

My flesh and my blood are all that it ties to me

These mountains have charm but I've gotta be goin' my way

I can hear the Ohio callin' to me....every day


I just lay in my bed and talk to the wall all night

When it starts talkin' back I know that somethin' ain't right

So I kick and i scratch and I piss and I moan

And I'm runnin' away from this place I call home


Pike County has charm but it's lost on a man like me

My flesh and my blood are all that it ties to me

These mountains have charm but I've gotta be goin' my way

I can hear the Ohio callin' to me

I can hear

Callin' to me

I can hear it

Callin' to me

I can hear it

Callin' to me

I can see it...
Track Name: Melwood Night
If I were awake in this world I'd have known it was you

I'd know that you stood right in front of me with your eyes green and blue

But honey I never knew

So what am I to do

If I could just pick up the sand and walk it backwards in time

I'd carry that weight on my back as I walked with you on my mind

And you were always on my mind

Every memory I could find


If I finally make my way back home

Will you hear my word?

Will you hear my song?


I've lived in my head and I've danced with the dead of my past

I took one good left then I took one good right now I'm down on my ass

But I stood up fast

Cause my jaw is iron cast

The day I decided to walk out our broken screen door

I thought of the days weeks the years and the tears on our floor

But you're not there anymore

You're out filling up your 'Junk Drawer'


If I finally make my way home


I can see everything in color now

I can see every wrong turn I made

I wish we could go back to black-and-white

For one more day and a Melwood Night


If I finally make my way back home

When I finally make my way back home

Will you hear my word...

Will you hear my song...

When I get back home?
Track Name: Now It's Time
At least a few times in life you have to make a choice and break yourself a heart or two

You have to ramble for a while and try to find your voice

Swim alone the water blue

Come back when you're dry


I've been walkin' down this long road on my own

I've been lookin' for my friend

Tell me mister have you seen that little girl

I got some words that I wanna lend her


Not all that long ago we owned those mountain roads

You couldn't tear us from a bed

We couldn't hold on to it so many miles away

That's when she came to me and said...

"At least a few times in life you have to make a choice and break yourself a heart or two

I need to ramble for a while and try to find my voice, you can call me for a rendezvous"

She walked away with a smile


She said "I'm too young this time"

She said "I'll see you again on the other side"


I gave you your time

I gave you your time

Now it's time

Now it's time


I've been walkin' down this long road on my own

I've been lookin' for my friend

Tell me mister have you seen that little girl

I got some words that I wanna lend her


At least a few times in life I had to make a choice and break myself a heart or two

I had to ramble for a while

I tried to find my voice

But all that I could ever do was think of you


Now it's time...