Rodeo

by John Fonvielle

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Debut solo record from seasoned Americana singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, with compelling melodies and insightful lyrics about everything from road trips to relationships, pain and hope, beginnings and endings.

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released October 4, 2015

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John Fonvielle Wilmington, North Carolina

John Fonvielle has played in bands and on records for 40 years. In 2015, he released his first collection of solo work, which reviewers have called "soulfully intense," "uniquely beautiful" and "spare yet expertly layered."

His influences range from Bob Dylan for his melodies and lyrics, to The Band for the musicality, Warren Zevon for his intelligence, and Tom Waits for, well, being Tom Waits.
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Track Name: If Love Never Dies
Sign in the window
Invited me inside
I pushed through the door
Parked it on the Naugahyde
Stared out into the disappearing dawn
And wondered if a memory
is something you have
Or something that’s gone

Waitress brought the coffee
Flavored with a spoon
A short stack of cakes
Looking like a Harvest Moon
Keep the cream, I take mine black
It was then I remembered you ain’t
coming back

So, come on all you flyboys
You better do it right
Push down on the throttle
Let’s punch a hole in the night
She’s a thousand miles away
Living with no ties
But distance can’t kill love
If love never dies

I roll down the window
Put my hands on the wheel
Scenery going by so fast
Man it doesn’t look real
I point my nose at the rising sun
And wonder if living
is something you do
Or something that you’ve done

So, come on all you cowboys
You better hold on
Or you’ll be eating dirt
Before the day is done
She’s a thousand miles away
As the crow flies
But distance can’t kill love
If love never dies
Track Name: You Don't Know Me
You don’t know me
But you think you do
You don’t know me
But you think you do
All this life I’ve been through
You don’t know me
But you think you do

You can’t have me
But you think you will
You can’t have me
But you think you will
If your mind’s set on waiting
You’ll be waiting still
You can’t have me
But you think you will
Maybe I’ll move to Spain
Start all over again
Reinvent myself
You can say you knew me when

All I’ve told
Is true
All I’ve told
Is true
I know better
Than to lie to you
All I’ve told is true

Maybe I’ll go to France
Seek a second chance
Wear scarves and berets
Sit in sidewalk cafes

You don’t owe me
But you think you do
You don’t owe me
But you think you do
All this life we’ve been through
You don’t owe me
But you think you do
Track Name: Soft Place to Land
There’s a million reasons
It’s hard to explain
Some are just old feelings
Others have names
I trip and I stumble
Barely to stand
I’m just looking
For a soft place to land

You’ve got your things
And honey I’ve got mine
When that bell rings
It’s anybody’s time
We scratch and we claw
As we try to understand
Baby we’re just looking
For a soft place to land

I can’t forget
And I can’t remember
I’ll get there yet
Only through surrender
Half of me is child
The other half is man
Both just looking
For a soft place to land

Now everybody’s doing
And they're carrying on
Good times just flew in
Tomorrow their gone
I ride the dark horse
Drink in my hand
Really I’m just looking
For a soft place to land
I ride the dark horse
Drink in my hand
Really I’m just looking
For a soft place to land

There’s a million reasons
It’s hard to explain
Track Name: The Chase
There’s a cold front blowin’ in
It’s moving time again
Following the crops and the sun

We’ll pack up, that old pickup truck
Living like outlaws on the run
Drifting from town to town
We never settle down
Sticking with the work ’til the job is done

Chorus:
It’s the chase and not the wanting
Keep the time
I’ll take the need
I can still taste that old time yesterday
I feel the past blowing through trees

Was way last June
Up in Saskatoon
Prairie wind as hot as angel fire
Beernuts and dominos
Dancin’ Do-si-dos
Siren songs
From the devil’s choir

Chorus

There’s a cold front blowin’ in
It’s moving time again
Track Name: The Devil is Dealing Again
I try to read your mood
You don’t know what I mean
I’d be with you if I could
So many states between us
Looks like the devil is dealing again

We talk on the phone
You try to read my mind
We’re together but alone
Can’t feel you through the line
Looks like the devil is dealing again

Refrain:
You say it’s just a game
We’ll make up the rules give it a name
Come win or lose
Are we the ones who get to choose?

You lay on the bed
I go for a walk
Your words inside my head
Reliving the talk
Looks like the devil is dealing again
Refrain:
You say it’s just a game
We’ll make up the rules give it a name
Come lose or win
Would we still have the strength
To try again?

We’ve weathered the miles
Still I don’t understand
The old and faded smiles
The cold in your hand
Looks like the devil is dealing again
Track Name: Empty Arms Hotel
I lost my heart
Somewhere on the road
I don’t remember
It’s just something I’ve been told
Then I saw your face
Reflected in the well
There, in the courtyard
Of the Empty Arms Hotel

That look behind your eyes
Was it just pretend?
Maybe the same thing
Is happening again
Games that were played
Secrets that were held
What goes on in your heart
I could never tell

Chorus:
Feeling more than attraction
Trading our better sense for passion
Holding your poor heart for ransom
Collecting and then some and then some and then some …

It happens all the time
Men go drinking wine
They make a lot of promises
Then leave them far behind
Hearts get broken
You won’t have to wait in line
It doesn’t seem fair
But it happens all the time

Chorus
Track Name: She Lives in Me
Little hands, little feet
A voice that’s soft and sweet
A smile so bright it would rival any sun
And I must agree
It’s a fond memory
Of laughter, of love and just plain fun
She lives in me

So, we walked down the road
Each helping with the load
The bond grew stronger day by day
She, just like me
We made our own history
Each one trusting the other to stay
She lives in me

What the heart feels
What the eyes have seen
Our lives float somewhere between

The years fell away
So came the day
The road we were on reached a split
As I sit here today
I can truly say
She’s the one I’ve always wanted to be
With

She lives in me
She lives in me
Track Name: Rodeo
When we pull out of the drive-thru
We’ll be on the road again
I can’t help but smile at you
Though you say it’s more
like a wicked grin
No, there’s nothing wrong
with the steering wheel
I just tend to grip it tight
Go to sleep if that’s how you feel
We’ll be driving all night

Chorus:
It’s just like being in the rodeo
Hanging on for dear life
We’ve got no barrel
We’ve got no clown
It’s just you and me
when the deal goes down

The town where we’re headed is
not on any map
I don’t think it’s even got a name
You give me a kiss
and you give me slap
Then ask me for the same
I don’t know if he’s living there
I don’t know if he’s alive
I can’t tell if you still care
I’ll find out when we arrive

Chorus
Track Name: No Magic
There’s no magic pill
That will save what we had
When I think about you
It just makes me sad
So, call your friends, call your family
Maybe they’ll understand
What I can’t

All the ships lost at sea
Just like me
Try to float
Do you think about me?
Your sunk dream boat?
So, call your friends call your family
Maybe they’ll find a way, to say
What I can’t

Refrain:
Do you dream of fields far away?
Of places I’ll never go?
Did you leave me with anything at all?
You’ll never know

There’s no magic spell
That will tell us what to do
If you think about it
You’ll find that it’s true
Call my friends call my family
Maybe they’ll show you how
To feel what I can’t
Track Name: Circles
I can go or you can go
Either way, one of us must go
If love’s alive then love can die
To survive both of us must know

Chorus:
I like circles, circles never end
’round and ’round
Back to the beginning again

You say you love me and that you care
But they’re just words and words vanish into air
Give me something that I can hold
And when I wake tomorrow it’s still there

Chorus

We’re on this world but for the ride
Around the sun to the other side
If time is money and money is time
I’ve spent yours and surely you’ve spent mine

Chorus